Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 13 – Fulfillment Of The Sixty-Nine Weeks 5.

I. Introduction.

A. Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks (vv 24-27) provides the chronological frame for Messianic prediction from Daniel to the establishment of the kingdom on earth, and also a key to its interpretation (Scofield Study Bible, C.I. Scofield D.D. (Editorial Revision Committee 1967, Charles L. Feinberg, Th. D. Ph. D.; John F. Walvoord, Th. D., and others.).

B. The main features of the seventy weeks are provided in the verses of the Scripture text and the notes which follow (Mine).

II. Scripture Text. Daniel 9:24-27.

The Seventy Prophetic Weeks

24 “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in times of distress. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are determined. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. And upon the wing of abominations shall come the one causing desolation, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one causing desolation.” (Updated American Standard Version).

III. Verse Examination.

A. Dan 9:24. “Seventy weeks.” Lit. 70 sevens. Obviously years are meant, for Daniel had been thinking of the years of captivity (9:2). 490 days is 16 months, and 490 weeks is 9 1/2 years, both too short to accommodate the events of the prophecy. Furthermore, weeks of days are so specified in 10:2-3, where the Hebrew adds “days.” This period of 490 years concerns “your people” (the Jews) and “your holy city” (Jerusalem). “to finish the transgression.” To end the apostasy of the Jews. “to make an end of sin.” May mean either to atone for sin or to seal up sin in the sense of judging it finally. “to make atonement for iniquity.” Refers to the death of Christ on the cross, which is the basis for Israel’s future forgiveness (Zech 12:10; Rom 11:26-27). “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” In the millennial kingdom of Messiah (Jer 23:5-6). “to seal up vision and prophecy.” To set God’s seal of fulfillment on all the prophecies concerning the Jewish people and Jerusalem. “to anoint the most holy place.” The anointing of the Holy of Holies in the millennial Temple.

B. Dan 9:25. The 70 sevens begin with “a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem,” the commandment of Artaxerxes Longimanus (Neh 2:5). Earlier, Cyrus had authorized the rebuilding of the Temple (2 Chron 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-4). “plaza and moat.” The public square and moat were rebuilt by the time of the first seven weeks (49 years) were completed.

C. Dan 9:26. Certain important events were to happen “after” the 62 weeks (plus the seven weeks, or a total of 69 weeks): the crucifixion of “Messiah” and the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans who are “the people of the prince who is to come.” Because these events were to occur after the 69 weeks had run their course were to occur after the 69 weeks had run their course and before the seventieth week began, there must be a space of time between the conclusion of the sixty-ninth week and the beginning of the seventieth.

D. Dan 9:27. “he.” The prince of vs 26, the Antichrist previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26, who will make a pact with “many” (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But “in the middle of the week” (I.e., 3 1/2 years later) Antichrist will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it (Re: Matt 24:15; 2 Thes 2:4). At Christ’s second coming, Antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).

IV. Beginning And Ending Of The 69 Weeks.

Based on the study of Dr. Harold Hoehner (Th. D., Ph. D.), the dates for the sixty-nine weeks of Daniel 9:25 extended from the first of Nisan (March 5) 444 B.C. to the tenth of Nisan (March 30) A.D. 33., which is the date of Jesus the Messiah’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-40) (The Moody Bible Commentary, Michael Rydelnik, Th. M., D. Miss.).

V. The Purpose Of The Seventy Weeks.

Per Daniel 9:24, the object of the prophecy of the seventy weeks of Daniel is Israel. “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city.” The seventieth week, which is the period of the Tribulation, relates to God’s dealing with Israel and not with Gentiles. However, the Tribulation judgments will be poured out on the earth by Christ and His angels upon unsaved Jews, as well as unsaved Gentiles, whom will be left behind on the earth from the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-18). God’s Tribulation judgments will begin to be poured, beginning with Revelation 6:1 (Ryrie Study Bible).

VI. References.

A. Paragraph I. As indicated.

B. Paragraph II. Verses from the Updated American Standard Version.

C. Paragraph III. Ryrie Study Bible. Charles C. Ryrie, Th. D., Ph. D.

D. Paragraph IV. As indicated.

E. Paragraph V. As indicated.

VI. Companion Web Site.

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 12 – The Beginning Of The Sixty-Nine Weeks 4.

I. Scripture Text. Daniel 9:24a.

“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city” Holman Christian Standard Bible.

II. Introduction.

A. Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks (Dan 9:24-27) contributes the most specific chronological information about the future Tribulation by describing it as a remaining 7 year period (Dan 9:27) out of a total 490-year time period that concerns Israel. Dan 9:27 even divides this future 7 year period into halves, and predicts the prophetic event, the Abomination of Desolation, which will transpire at the midpoint of this coming 7 year period. However, the end result will be a politically and spiritually restored nation, whereby the 6 clauses spoken of in Dan 9:24 will then become a reality for national Israel in her millennial glory. Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks again fits the familiar Old Testament theme of Israel’s predicted national restoration, only after and through a time of unprecedented distress.

B. It will be shown that the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy will be that of the Tribulation. This article discusses the beginning of the 69 weeks that precede the Tribulation.

III. Scripture Examination.

A. Dan 9:24. Seventy weeks may also be translated seventy sevens. Many scholars agree that the “sevens” are years, as the 70 years of captivity addressed in v. 2 implies. Lev 25:8 speaks of “seven sabbaths of years”; Lev 26:18, 21 implies that Israel’s punishment would be multiplied sevenfold. Therefore, an exile of 70 “weeks” would be expected to last for seven times 70 years. 

B. 2 Chron 36:21 suggests that the captivity was to last long enough to make up for 70 omissions of the sabbatical year, which occurred every seven years. This would amount to 490 years before God’s people would experience perfect reconciliation with their God.

C. There are many different interpretations of how these years account for the eras of world history before the Second Coming of the Messiah. Some interpreters have suggested that the use of the number seven in this verse is symbolic representing completeness—that is, the completion of all of human history.

IV. Additional Examination.

A. Daniel was told that this 490 year period would being “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem” (Dan 9:24). In the Scriptures are contained several decrees that have to do with the restoration of the Jews from the Babylonian captivity. There was the decree of Cyrus in 2 Chr 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-3; the decree of Darius in Ezra 6:3-8; and the decree of Artaxerxes in Ezra 7:7. However, in all these, permission was granted for the rebuilding of the temple, and nothing was said about the rebuilding of the city. In Ezra 4:1-4, the rebuilding of the temple was stopped because the Jews were rebuilding the city without authorization. In none of these decrees was the condition of Dan 9:25 met. When we turn to the decree of Artaxerxes, made in his 20th year, recorded in Neh 2:1-8, for the first time is permission granted to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. This then becomes the beginning of the prophetic time appointed by God in this prophecy.

B. It is necessary to establish the date of the decree of Artaxerxes.

1. The date of Artaxerxes’s reign can be definitely ascertained-not from elaborate disquisitions by biblical commentators and prophetic writers, but by the united voice of secular historians and chronologers.

2. The Persian edict which restored the autonomy of Judah was issued in the Jewish month of Nisan. It may in fact have been dated from the 1st of Nisan….The 70 weeks are therefore to be computed from the 1st of Nisan, 445 B.C.

3. The great characteristic of the Jewish sacred year has remained unchanged ever since the memorable night when the equinoctial moon beamed down upon the huts of Israel in Egypt, bloodstained by the Paschal sacrifice; and there is neither doubt nor difficulty in fixing within narrow limits, the Julian date of the 1st of Nisan in any year, whatever. In 445 B.C., the new moon, by which the Passover was regulated, was on the 13th of March at 7h.9m. A.M. And, accordingly, the 1st Nisan may be assigned to the 14th March

V. References.

A. Paragraph I. These verses in this paragraph come from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which was cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Paragraph II.A. The Coming Kingdom, 2016, Grace Gospel Press, Andrew M. Woods, Ph. D., p 163.

C. Paragraph II.B. Mine.

D. Paragraph III. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

E. Paragraph IV. Things To Come, 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., pp 244-245.

VI. Biogenesis – Life. Article 6-29-21.

“the life of the flesh is in the blood” Leviticus 17:11 (New American Standard Bible).

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 11 – The Meaning Of Weeks 3.

I. Scripture Text. Daniel 9:24.

Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

II. Discussion.

A. Before one can determine the chronology of the prophecy of the “seventy weeks,” it is first necessary to understand Daniel’s use of the term “weeks” as it is here employed. On this, McClain has written:

1. The Hebrew word is”shabua,” which means literally, a “seven,” and it would be well to read the passage thus…..Thus the twenty-fourth verse of Daniel’s ninth chapter simply asserts that “seventy sevents are determined” ….. and what these “sevens” must be determined from the context and from other Scriptures. The evidence is quite clear and sufficient as follows: (thru 3)

…..the Jews had a “seven” of “years” as well as a “seven” of “days.” And this Biblical “week” of years was just as familiar to the Jews as the “week of days.” It was, in certain respects, even more important. “Six years” the Jew was free to till and sow his land, but the “seventh year” was to be a solemn “Sabbath of rest unto the land” (Lev 25:3-4). Upon a multiple of this important week of years -“seven Sabbaths of years” – there was based the great jubilee year …..

2. Now there are several reasons for believing that the “Seventy Sevens” of Daniel’s prophecy refer to this well known “seven” of years. In the first place the prophet Daniel had been thinking not only in terms of years rather than days, but also in a definite multiple of “sevens” (10×7) of years (Dan 9:1-2). Second, Daniel also knew that the very length of Babylonian captivity had been based on Jewish violation of the divine law of the Sabbatic year. Since, accordingto II Chron 36 :21, the Jews had been removed from off the land in order that it might rest for”seventy years,” it should be evident that the Sabbatic year had been violated for 490 years, or exactly seventy “sevens” of years. How appropriate, therefore, that now at the end of the judgment for these violations the angel should be sent to reveal the start of a “new era” of God’s dealing with the Jew which would extend for the same number of years covered by his violations of the Sabbatic year, namely, a cycle of 490 years, or
“Seventy Sevens” of years (Dan 9:24).

3. Furthermore, the context of the prophecy demands that the “Seventy Sevens” be understood in terms of years. For, if we make them “sevens” of days, the entire period would extend for merely 490 days, or a little over one year. Considering now that within this brief space of time, the city is to be rebuilt and once more destroyed (to say nothing of the tremendous events of verse 24), it becomes clear that such an interpretation is altogether improbable and untenable. Finally ….. the Hebrew word “shabua” is found only in one other passage of the book (10:2-3), where the prophet states that he mourned and fasted “three full weeks.” Now, here it is perfectly obvious that the context demands “weeks” of days…..And significantly, the Hebrew here reads literally “three sevens of days.” Now, if in the ninth chapter, the writer intended us to understand that the “seventy sevens” are composed of days, why did he not use the same form of expression adopted in chapter ten? The quote obvious answer is that Daniel used the Hebrew “shabua” alone when referring to the well known “week” of years ….. but in chapter ten, when he speaks of the “three weeks” of fasting, he definitely specifes them as “weeks of days” in order to distinguish them from the “weeks” of years in chapter nine.

B. Interesting substantiating evidence is found in Genesis 29:27 where it is said, “Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou serve with me yet seven other years.” Here, the “week” is specified to be a week of years, or seven years. It is also necessary, in this consideration, to observe that the year in prophetic Scriptures is a year composed of 360 days. The same author states”

….. there is conclusive evidence to show that the prophetic year of Scripture is composed of 360 days, or twelve months of 30 days.

1. The first argument is “historical.” According to the Genesis record, the Flood began on the seventeenth day of the second month (7:11), and came to an end on the seventeenth day of the seventh month (8:4). Now this is a period of exactly five months, and fortunately the length of the same period is given in terms of days – “an hundred and fifty days” (7:24; 8:3). Thus, the earliest known month used in Biblical history was evidently thirty days in length, and twelve such months would give us a 360-day year.

2. The second argument is “prophetical”…..Dan 9:27 mentions a period of Jewish persecution ….. Since this persecution begins in the “midst” of the Seventieth Week and continues to the “end” of the Week, the period is obviously three and one-half years. Dan 7:24-25 speaks of the same Roman Prince and the same persecution, fixing the duration as “a time and times and the dividing of time” – in the Aramaic, three and a half times. Rev 13:4-7 speaks of the same great political Ruler and his persecution of the Jewish “saints” lasting “forty and two months.” Rev 12:13-14 refers to the same persecution, stating the duration in the exact terms of Dan 7:25 as “a time and times and half a time”. and this period is further defined in Rev 12:6 as “a thousand two hundred and three score days.” Thus, we have the same period of time variously stated as 3 1/2 years, 42 months, or 1260 days. Therefore, it is clear that the length of the year in the Seventy Weeks prophecy is fixed by Scripture itself as exactly 360 days.

III. Additional Discussion.

 A. This highly complex and startlingly accurate prophecy answers Daniel’s prayer, not with reference to near history, but by giving the future of Israel in the final end of the age. God promises 2 sets of 3 accomplishments each. First, those related to sin are: 1) finish the transgression, i.e., restrain sin and Israel’s in particular in its long trend of apostasy, as in v. 11; 2) make an end of sins, i.e., to judge it with finality (cf. Heb. 9:26); and 3) make reconciliation for iniquity, signifies to furnish the actual basis of covering sin by full atonement, the blood of the crucified Messiah who is “cut off” (v. 26), which affects the first two realities (cf. the fountain, Zech. 13:1).

B. Second, those accomplishments related to righteousness are: 1) bring in . . . righteousness, the eternal righteousness of Daniel’s people in their great change from centuries of apostasy; 2) seal up vision . . . , i.e., no more revelation is needed, and God will bring these anticipations to completion by their fulfillment in Israel’s blessing as a nation; and 3) anoint the Most Holy, consecrate the Holy Place in a temple of the future that will be the center of worship in the millennial kingdom (cf. Ezek. 40–48). Clearly this must be understood to sweep to the end of Gentile power and the time of Antichrist right before Christ’s return. Summing up, the first 3 are fulfilled in principle at Christ’s first coming, in full at His return. The last 3 complete the plan at His Second Advent.

C. This period of 490 years concerns “your people,” (the Jews) “and your holy city” (Jerusalem).

IV. References.

A. Paragraph I. The verse is from the English Standard Version, and is cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Paragraph II. Things To Come, Zondervan, 1958, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 242-244.

C. Paragraph III. A. MacArthur Study Bible, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

D. Paragraph III. B. MacArthur Study Bible, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

E. Paragraph III. C. Ryrie Study Bible.

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 9 – The Time Of The Tribulation 1.

I. Introduction.

A. In order for us to understand the time elements of the tribulation period, it is necessary to refer to the prophecy of Daniel, where the chronology of Israel’s future history is outlined in the great prophecy of the seventy weeks (Daniel 9:24-27).

B. Notice that in the New International Version, “Seventy sevens,” is used to describe the prophetic time period of Daniel.” The New Living Translation uses “seventy sets of seven.”

Daniel 9:24-27New International Version

24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

II. The Importance Of Daniel’s Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks.

A. Many importances may be attached to this prophecy.

B. The literal method of interpretation of prophecy, as is provided by the following authors, provides a concrete foundation on this subject.

1. Properly interpreted, the prophecy of Daniel furnishes an excellent example of the principle that prophecy is subject to literal interpretation. Practically all expositors, however opposed to prophecy “per se,” agree that at least part of the seventy weeks of Daniel is to be interpreted literally….if the first sixty-nine weeks of Daniel were subject to liberal fulfillment, it is a powerful argument that the final seventieth week will have a similar fulfilment (John F. Woolvoord, Th. D., “Is Daniel’s Seventieth Week Future?,” January 1944).

2. The prophecy of the Seventy Weeks has an immense evidential value as a witness to the truth of Scripture. That part of the prophecy relating to the first sixty-nine weeks has already been accurately fulfilled…only an omniscent God could have foretold over five hundred years in advance the very day on which the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem and present Himself as the “Prince” of Israel (Alva J. McClain, B.D., Th. M., LL. D., D.D., Daniel’s Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks).

3. The prophecy supports the view that the church is a mystery that was not revealed in the Old Testament.

a. The seventy weeks of Daniel, properly interpreted, demonstrates the distinct place of the Christian church and Israel in the purposes of God. The seventy weeks of Daniel are totally in reference to Israel and her relation to Gentile powers and the rejection of Israel’s Messiah. The peculiar purposes of God in calling out a people from every nation to form the church and the program of the present age are nowhere in view of this prophecy.” (John F. Woolvoord, Th. D., “Is Daniel’s Seventieth Week Future?,” January 1944).

b. Walvoord’s above statement gives supporting evidence that the church is not in Revelation four through nineteen, but must have been raptued before Israel’s program began.

c. Daniel’s prophecy gives us the divine chronology of prophecy. In the predictions of the Seventy Weeks, we have the indespensable chronological key to all New Testament prophecy. Our Lord’s great prophetical discourse recorded in Matthew and Mark fixes the time of Israel’s final and greatest trouble definitely within the days of the Seventieth Week of Daniel’s prophecy (Dan 9:27; Mt 24:15-22; Mk 13:14-20). And the greater part of the Book of Revelation is simply an expansion of Daniel’s prophecy within the chronological framework as outlined by the same Seventieth Week, which is divided into two two equal periods, each extending for 1260 days, or 42 months, or 3 1/2 years (Rev 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5). Therefore, apart from an understanding of the details of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel, all attempts to interpret New Testament prophecy, must fail in large measure (Alva J. McClain, B.D., Th. M., LL. D., D.D., Daniel’s Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks).

III. References.

A. Scripture of Daniel 9:24-27 was pasted from Bible Gateway.

B. Paragraph I.A. Commentary, “Things To Come,” 1958, Zonderan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp 239.

C. Paragraph II. Commentary, “Things To Come,” 1958, Zonderan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp 239 240.

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 8 – The Purpose Of The Tribulation.

I. The First Purpose.

A. The first purpose of the tribulation is to prepare the nation Israel for her Messiah. The prophecy of Jeremiah (30:7) makes it clear that this time that is coming has particular reference to Israel, for it is “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” Gerald Stanton (Kept From The Hour,” pp.30-31) shows the Jewish character of the period by saying:

The tribulation is primarily Jewish. This fact is borne out by Old Testament Scriptures (Deut 4:30; Jer 30:7; Ezek 20:37; Dan 12:1; Zech 13:8-9), by the Olivet Discourse of Christ (Matt 24:9-26 ), and by the book of Revelation itself (Rev 7:4-8; 12:1-2; 17, etc.). It concerns “Daniel’s people,” the coming of “false Messiah,” the preaching of the “gospel of the kingdom,” flight on the “sabbath,” the temple and the “holy place,” the land of Judea, the city of Jerusalem, the twelve “tribes of Israel,” the “son of Moses,” “signs” in the heavens, the “covenant” with the Beast, the “sanctuary,” the “sacrifice and the oblation,” of the temple ritual — these all speak of Israel and prove that the tribulation is largely a time when God deals with His ancient people prior to their entrance into the promised kingdom. The many Old Testament prophecies yet to be fulfilled for Israel further indicate a future time when God will deal with this nation (Deu 30:1-6; Jer 30:8-10).

B. God’s purpose for Israel in the Tribulation is to bring about the conversion of a multitude of Jews, who will enter into the blessings of the kingdom and experience the fulfillment of all Israel’s covenants. The good news that the King is about to return will be preached (Matt 24:14) so that Israel may be turned to their deliverer. As John the Baptist preached such a message to prepare Israel for the first coming, Elijah will preach to prepare Israel for the second advent:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse (Mal 4:5-6 ).

C. This witness is seen to be effective in that multitudes of Jews are converted during the tribulation period and are waiting for the Messiah (Rev 7:1-8, and the wise virgins of Matt 25:1-13). It is also God’s purpose to populate the millennium with a multitude of saved Gentiles, who are redeemed through the preaching of the believing remnant. This is accomplished in the multitude from “all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues (Rev 7:9) and in the “sheep” (Matt 25:31-46) that enter the millennial age. God’s purpose, then is to populate the millennial kingdom by bringing a host from among Israel and the Gentile nations to Himself.

II. The Second Purpose.

A. The second great purpose of the tribulation is to pour out judgment on unbelieving man and nations. It is stated in Rev 3:10 “I will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” This passage has been considered earlier. That this period will reach out to all nations is clearly taught in other Scriptures as well:

1. Jer 25:32-33 (New English Translation).

32 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says,
‘Disaster will soon come on one nation after another.
A mighty storm of military destruction is rising up
from the distant parts of the earth.’
33 Those who have been killed by the Lord at that time
will be scattered from one end of the earth to the other.
They will not be mourned over, gathered up, or buried.
Their dead bodies will lie scattered over the ground like manure.

2. Isa 26:21 (New English Translation).

For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives,
to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.
The earth will display the blood shed on it;
it will no longer cover up its slain.

3. 2 Thes 2:12. (New English Translation).

And so all of them who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil will be condemned.

B. From these Scriptures it will be seen that God is judging the nations of the earth because of their godlessness. The nations of the earth have been deceived by the false teaching of the harlot system (Rev 14:8) and have partaken of the “wine of wrath of her fornication.” They have followed the false prophet in the worship of the beast (Rev 13:11-18). For this godlessness the nations must be judged. This judgment comes on “…the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains of the mighty men, and evey bondman, and every freeman…” (Rev 6:15), all of whom “blasphemed the name of God … and they repented not to give him glory” [Rev 16:9]). Since the kingdom to follow is a reign of righteousness, this judgment must be viewed as another step in the process of God’s program in dealing with sin so that the Messiah may reign. This program of judgment on sinners constitutes the second great purpose of the tribulation period.

III. The Times Of The Gentiles.

A. Scripture Reference (Luke 21:24, New English Translation).

They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away as captives among all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

B. the times of the Gentiles. This expression is unique to Luke. It identifies the era from Israel’s captivity (ca. 586 B.C. to Babylon; cf. 2 Kin 25) to her restoration in the kingdom (Rev 20:1-6). It has been a time during which, in accord with God’s purpose, Gentiles have dominated or threatened Jerusalem. The era has also been marked by vast spiritual privileges for the Gentile nations (cf. Isa 66:12; Mal 1:11; Matt 24:14; Mark 13:10).

IV. The Fullness Of The Gentiles.

A. Scripture Reference (Romans 11:25, New English Translation).

For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.

B. mystery. This word is used to refer to NT truth previously not revealed (Rom 16:25; Eph 3:3; 1 Cor 15:51). This mystery has two components: 1) Israel has experienced a partial spiritual hardening, and 2) that hardening will last only for a divinely specified period of time. wise in your own opinion. Another warning to the Gentiles against spiritual pride and arrogance . blindness in part. The nation’s blindness does not extend to every individual Jew. Through all of history God has always preserved a believing remnant . until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming to salvation (Mt 5:20; Mk 9:43 45, 47; Jn 3:5; Ac 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation.

C. My note. “Fullness” is determined by God. At the time that God’s determined number of Gentiles comes to belief in Christ, the rapture of the Church will take place. This timing has nothing to do with the conduct of mankind, but of God’s plan. At the time that the Church has been removed from the earth, by the rapture (catching up of the saints, John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 2 Thes 2:2-3), God will begin drawing left behind Jews to belief in Christ as Messiah; left behind Gentiles will also be drawn to belief in Christ as Lord and Savior. The tribulation will not begin until after “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” The starting point for the tribulation will be when the anti-christ confirms a treaty with Israel (Dan 9:27).

V. The Judgment Of The Individual Gentiles.

A. Scripture Reference (Matthew 25:31-46, New English Translation).

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

B. Mt 25:32. “All the nations.” Lit. All the Gentiles. This is a judgment of those Gentiles who survive the tribulation, and whose heart-relation to God is evidenced by their treatment of the Jews (Christ’s brethren, v. 40), especially during that time. Surviving Jews will also be judged at this time.

C. Mt 25:33. “on His right.” The place of honor.

D. Mt 25:35. To do these deeds of kindness to Jewish people during the Tribulation will undoubtedly expose the doers to persecution, and even death, at the hands of antichrist and his agents.

E. Mt 25:37. “when.” They are unconscious of their goodness, in contrast to the ostentation of the Pharisees. In verse 44, we see the opposite: the unconscious neglect of duty.

F. sheep. I.e., believers (10:16; Ps 79:13; Ez 34). They are given the place at “His right hand”—the place of favor. goats. These represent unbelievers, consigned to the place of dishonor and rejection.

G. Mt 25:31-32. He will sit on the throne of His glory. This speaks of the earthly reign of Christ described in Rev 20:4-6. The judgment described here in vv. 32-46 is different from the Great White Throne judgment of Rev 20:11-15. This judgment precedes Christ’s millennial reign, and the subjects seem to be only those who are alive at His coming. This is sometimes referred to as the judgment of the nations, but His verdicts address individuals in the nations, not the nations as a whole (cf. v. 46)

H. Mt 25:40. These “brethren” are Jews who suffer persecution during the tribulation and who receive help from Gentile believers at that time. (Re: “brethren,” Mt 25:40,  “the least of these brothers or sisters of mine”NET).

I. Mt 25:46. everlasting punishment . . . eternal life. The same Gr. word is used in both instances. The punishment of the wicked is as never-ending as the bliss of the righteous. The wicked are not given a second chance, nor are they annihilated. The punishment of the wicked dead is described throughout Scripture as “everlasting fire” (v. 41); “unquenchable fire” (3:12); “shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan 12:2); a place where “their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched” (Mk 9:44-49); a place of “torments” and “flame” (Lk 16:23-24); “everlasting destruction” (2 Thes 1:9); a place of torment with “fire and brimstone” where “the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever” (Rev 14:10-11); and a “lake of fire and brimstone” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev 20:10). Here Jesus indicates that the punishment itself is everlasting—not merely the smoke and flames. The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. They consciously suffer shame and contempt and the assaults of an accusing conscience—along with the fiery wrath of an offended deity—for all of eternity. Even hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Ps 76:10); those who are there will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (cf. Deu 32:3-5).

VI. References.

A. Paragraph I. Things To Come, 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 237-238.

B. Paragraph II. Things To Come, 1958, Zondervan, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 238-239.

C. Pararaph III. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

D. Paragraph IV. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

E. Paragraph V. B-E. Ryrie Study Bible, 1986, Moody Bible Institute, Charles Ryrie, Ph. D.

F. Paragraph V. F-G. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

G. Paragraph V. H. The Moody Bible Commentary, 2014, Moody Publishers, Michael G. Vanlaningham, Ph. D., p, 1505.

I. Paragraph V. I. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

G. New English Translation scriptures were cut and pasted from Bible Gateway.

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 7 – The Source Of The Tribulation.

I. Introduction.

A. In order to understand the Tribulation, it is important to understand the source of the Tribulation. This article will show that God is the architect and orchestrator of the Tribulation, from start to finish, and that its key purpose is to draw unsaved Jews to saving faith in Christ. Consider the following verses of Scripture.

B. Tribulation Overview.

1. The purpose of the Tribulation. Jeremiah 30:7. This prophecy was given in the year 606 B.C., while the Jews were in Babylonian captivity, and speaks of the coming of the tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob). In 30:8 “that day,” the Day of the Lord which will also be the restoration of Israel under Messiah, the son of David. (Ryrie Study Bible)

Jeremiah 30:7, “How awful that day will be! There will be no other like it! It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.”

2. That which must precede the Tribulation. Daniel 9:27. This prophecy was given in the year 538 B.C., while the Jews were in Babylonian captivity. The Antichrist will make a pact with the Jews, which will mark the beginning of the Tribulation period.

Daniel 9:27,”He will make a firm covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and offering. And the abomination of desolation will be on a wing of the temple until the decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.”

3. The Day Of The Lord (Joel 1:15) consists of the events of the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Kingdom Age of the Millennial reign of Christ.

4. In addition to the purpose of the Tribulation for drawing unbelieving Jews to belief in Christ, the entire period of the Tribulation, which will include the Seal Judgments, Trumpet Judgments, and Bowl Judgments, will be a time of testing for all of those that will be left behind from the rapture of the Church (Rev 3:10). Believers in Christ will be “saved from, or saved out of,” the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” Notice that Rev 3:10 identifies those of the Tribulation as “earth dwellers,” and are also addressed throughout “all of the Tribulation,” in the following verses: 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:14, 17:8.

5. The source of the Tribulation judgments, will be God, through Jesus (the Lamb) and God’s angels.

a. Seal Judgments. Revelation 6:1-8:6. Notice that in Rev 6:16-17, those whom have been left behind from the rapture, and have found themselves being the objects of God’s wrath, beginning with Rev 6:1, recognize that “the great day of the wrath of the Lamb has already come upon them.” Notice that in Rev 6:2, the Antichrist is a Seal Judgment which is poured out on the earth by Christ.

b. Trumpet Judgments. Revelation 8:7-9:21.

c. Bowl Judgments. Revelation 15:1-16:21.

6. The Second Coming Of Christ occurs at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:29-31 (for Him to set up the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, and to enact judgment on unbelievers of all times) (also Rev 1:7; Zech 12:10, 14; 1-5, 9; Mk 13:24-27; Rev 19:11-21).

7. The rapture of the Church (John 14:7; 1 Cor 15:50-54; Eph 4:13-18; 2 Thes 2:3) is not a part of The Day Of The Lord, but is that event which removes the Church (the born again believers in Christ), from the earth so that God can deal with unsaved Israel and draw them to belief in Christ. Neither the existence of the Church, nor the relationship between Christ and the Church, were known by the Jews in the prophetic writings of the Old Testament prophets. In essence, it was a mystery of Christ and the Church that was not made known until it was revealed in the New Testament (Eph 5:32; 1 Cor 15:51).

8. At the time of the rapture of the Church, all living and deceased believers of Christ of the church age will be taken to Heaven (John 14:3,6); will receive spiritual rewards at the Bema Judgment (2 Cor 5:10); are joined to Christ in Marriage (Rev 19:7-9; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:25-27); will be in the Presence of Christ and God until the end of the Tribulation (Rev 4-5); will return with Christ at the end of the Tribulation, at the Battle/Campaign of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21).

C. The Seventieth Week Of Daniel Examined (The Tribulation).

a. The church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan. The church is a mystery, unrevealed in the Old Testament. This present mystery age (Inter-Advent age, mine), intervenes within the program of God for Israel because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah at His first advent. This mystery program must be completed before God can resume His program with Israel and bring it to completion pg 193). The church will be raptured before the seventieth week (pg 194).

b. The seventieth week has the character of: (1) wrath (Rev 6:16-17); (2) judgment (Rev 14:7); (3) indignation (Isa 26:20-21); (4) punishment (Isa 24:20-21); (5) hour of trial (Rev 3:10); (6) hour of trouble (Jer 30:7); (7) destruction (Joel 1:15); (8) darkness (Joel 2:2). It must be noted that these references describe the period in its eternity, not just a portion of it, so that the whole period bears this characterization (pg 194-195).

c. This period of tribulation will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth (Rev 3:10). While the whole earth is in view, this period is particularly in relation to Israel. Jer 30:7, which calls this period, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain. The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day Of The Lord.” The use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to that nation. When this period is being anticipated in Daniel 9:24 (538 B.C.), God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city. The whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem” (pg 195) (Daniel 9:20-27).

d. Since every passage dealing with the tribulation relates it to God’s program for Israel, the scope of the tribulation prevents the church from participating in it (pg 196).

e. The purpose of the seventieth week is two-fold (pp 197-200).

(1) The first purpose is stated in Rev 3:10, “Because you have kept My word of perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of the testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.” Apart from the question involved as to who will be in this time of testing there are several other important important considerations in this verse.

(a) First of all we see that this period has in view, “them that dwell on the earth,” and not the church. This same expression occurs in Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:7; and 17:8. Since this period is related to “earth dwellers,” those that have settled down to permanent occupancy, it can have no reference to the church, which would be subjected to the same experiences if it were here.

(b) The second consideration to be noted here is to express purpose, when God is its subject, “to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character, and the steadfastness of his faith.” Since the Father never sees the church except in Christ, perfected in Him, this period can have no reference to the church, for the true church does not need to be tested to see if her faith is genuine.

(2) The second major purpose of the seventieth week is in relation to Israel. In Malachi 4:5-6 (397 B.C.) it is stated: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

(a) The prophet states that the ministry of Elijah was a ministry to prepare the people for the King who was shortly to come.

(b) In Luke 1:17 and Mark 9:12-13, the Lord was showing the disciples that John the Baptist had this ministry of preparing a people for Him. John’s ministry was a ministry to prepare the nation Israel for the coming of the King. It can only be concluded then that Elijah, who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord, can have only one ministry: that of preparing a remnant in Israel for the advent of the Lord. It is evident that no such ministry is needed by the church since she by nature is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but is holy and without blemish.

(3) The two stated purposes of the tribulation, the testing of earth dwellers, and the preparation of Israel for the King, have no relation to the church, whatsoever. This is supporting evidence that the church will not be in the tribulation.

(4) The rapture, the catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thes 4:16-17) will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

II. Tribulation Wrath In Focus.

A. Because the postribulation rapturist refuses to distinguish between the tribulations of this age, which the church will endure, and the unique and unprecedented period of tribulation which shall come on the earth, they insist that the rigors of tribulation come only through the agency of man or of Satan, and disassociate God from the period entirely.

B. The tribulation period will witness the wrath of Satan in his animosity against Israel (Rev 12:12-17) and of Satan’s puppet, the Beast, in his animosity against the saints (Rev 13:7). Yet, even this manifestation of wrath does not begin to exhaust the outpouring of wrath that day.

C. Scripture abounds in assertions that this period is not the wrath of man, nor even the wrath of Satan, but the wrath of God.

1. Isa 24:1. Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare and making it desolate.
He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. (Note: The Lord is to deal with the whole earth more severely than He did at the tower of Babel or through the Noahic Flood, MacArthur Study Bible).

2. Isa 26:21. For look, the Lord is coming from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal the blood shed on it and will no longer conceal her slain. (Note: The innocent killed by their oppressors are to come to life (cf. v. 19) and testify against their murderers, MacArthur Study Bible).

3. Joel 1:15. Woe because of that day! For the day of the Lord is near
and will come as devastation from the Almighty. (Note: The Heb. term “destruction” forms a powerful play on words with the “Almighty.” The notion of invincible strength is foremost; destruction at the hand of omnipotent God is coming, MacArthur Study Bible).

4. Zeph 1:18. Their silver and their gold will be unable to rescue them on the day of the Lord’s wrath. The whole earth will be consumed by the fire of his jealousy, for he will make a complete, yes, a horrifying end of all the inhabitants of the earth. (Note: The discussion expands to include the whole earth as in vv. 2, 3, MacArthur Study Bible).

5. Rev 6:16. And they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. (Note: 16. Earth’s inhabitants will recognize for the first time the source of all their trouble, MacArthur Study Bible).

6. Rev 16:7. I heard the altar say, Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and just are your judgments. (Note.  The personified altar echoes the words of the angel, reinforcing the truth that God is just in all judgment, MacArthur Study Bible).

D. From the above Scriptures, it can not be denied that this period is peculiarly the time when God’s wrath and judgment fall upon the earth. This is not wrath from men, nor from Satan, except as God may use these agencies as channels for the execution of His will; it is the tribulation from God. This period differs from all preceding tribulation, not only in intensity but also in the kind of tribulation, since it comes rom God Himself.

III. Tribulation Summary.

A. The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from Ps 2:5 to Rev 7:14, and described in Rev 11.-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth (Rev 3:10) it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer 30:7) and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Israel in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel.  The elements of the tribulation are:

1. The cruel reign of the “beast out of the sea” (Rev 13:1) who at the beginning of the three and a half years, will break his covenant with the Jews (by virtue of which they will have re-established the temple worship (Dan 9:27), and show himself in the temple, demanding that he be worshipped as God (Matt 24:15; 2 Thes 2:4).

2. The active interposition of Satan, “having great wrath” (Rev 12:12), who gives his power to the Beast (Rev 13:4-5).

3. The unprecedented activity of demons (Rev 9:2, 11).

4. The terrible “bowl” judgments of (Rev 16:1-21).

B. The great tribulation will be, however, a period of salvation. An election out of Israel is seen as sealed for God (Rev 7:4-8) and, with an innumerable multitude of Gentiles Rev 7:9) are said to have come “out of the great tribulation” (Rev 7:14). They are not of the priesthood, the church, to which they seem to stand somewhat in the relation of the Levites to the priests under the Mosaic Covenant. The great tribulation is immediately followed by the return of Christ in glory, and the events associated therewith (Matt 24:29-30).

IV. References.

A. Paragraph I. B. 2. The Moody Bible Commentary, @2014 by The Moody Bible Institute, p. 1307 .

B. Paragraph I. B. 3. Things To Come, @1958, by Dunham Publishing Company, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., p. 231.

C. Paragraph I. B.4. Revelation Commentary, @2011, by John F. Walvoord, Th.D., by Moody Publishers, p. 84.

D. Paragraph I.C. Things To Come, @1958, by Dunham Publishing Company, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp 194-200.

E. Paragraph II, A-D. Things to Come, @1958, by Dunham Publishing Company, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th. D., pp. 235-238.

F. Paragraph III, A-B. Scofield Study Bible, @2006, by Oxford University Press, Rev 7:14 Note.

G. Scriptures in this article are from the Christian Standard Bible. The scriptures were pasted from BibleGateway.com

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 6 – The Essence Of The Tribulation.

I. Introduction.

A. There is no better way to come to an understanding of the Scriptural concept of the tribulation than to let Scripture speak for itself. It is impossible to set forth all the declarations of the Word on this subject. A few will suffice. The line of revelation begins early in the Old Testament, and continues through the New. Consider the following verses of Scripture.

1. Deu 4:30-31. 30 In your distress when all these things happen to you in future days, if you return to the Lord your God and obey him 31 (for he is a merciful God), he will not let you down or destroy you, for he cannot forget the covenant with your ancestors that he confirmed by oath to them.

2. Isa 2:19. They will go into caves in the rocky cliffs and into holes in the round,
trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the Lord and his royal splendor,
when he rises up to terrify the earth.

3. Isa 24:1, 3, 6. 1:Look, the Lord is ready to devastate the earth and leave it in ruins; he will mar its surface and scatter its inhabitants. 3:The earth will be completely devastated and thoroughly ransacked. For the Lord has decreed this judgment. 6:So a treaty curse devours the earth; its inhabitants pay for their guilt. This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, and are reduced to just a handful of people.

4. Isa 24:19-21. 19 The earth is broken in pieces, the earth is ripped to shreds, the earth shakes violently. 20 The earth will stagger around like a drunk; it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. Its sin will weigh it down, and it will fall and never get up again. 21 At that time the Lord will punish the heavenly forces in the heavens and the earthly kings on the earth.

5. Isa 26:20-21: 20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms! Close your doors behind you! Hide for a little while, until his angry judgment is over. 21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives, to punish the sin of those who live on the earth. The earth will display the blood shed on it; it will no longer cover up its slain.

6. Jer 30:7. Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.

7. Dan 9:27. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of that week he will bring sacrifices and offerings to a halt. On the wing of abominations will come one who destroys, until the decreed end is poured out on the one who destroys.”

8. Dan 12:1. “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape.

9. Joel 1:15. How awful that day will be! For the day of the Lord is near;
it will come as destruction from the Divine Destroyer.

10. Joel 2:1-2. 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm signal on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land shake with fear, for the day of the Lord is about to come. Indeed, it is near! It will be a day of dreadful darkness, a day of foreboding storm clouds, like blackness spread over the mountains. It is a huge and powerful army—there has never been anything like it ever before, and there will not be anything like it for many generations to come!

11. Amos 5:18, 20. 18 Woe to those who wish for the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the Lord’s day of judgment to come? It will bring darkness, not light. 20 Don’t you realize the Lord’s day of judgment will bring darkness, not light—gloomy blackness, not bright light?

12. Zeph 1:14-15, 18. 14 The Lord’s great day of judgment is almost here; it is approaching very rapidly! There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment; at that time warriors will cry out in battle. 15 That day will be a day of God’s anger, a day of distress and hardship, a day of devastation and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dark skies…18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment. The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath.
Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth.”

13. Matt 24:21-22. 21 For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

14. Luke 21:25-26. 25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 26 People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

15. 1 Thes 5:3. Now when they are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape.

16. Rev 3:10.  Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.17.

17. Rev 6:15-17. 15 Then the kings of the earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?”

B. From the above Scriptures, it is inescapable that the nature or character of this period is that of wrath (Zeph 1:15, 18; 1 Thes 1:10; Rev 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19), judgment (Rev 14:7; 15:4; 16:5, 7; 19:2), indignation (Isa 26:20-21; 34:1-3), trial (Rev 3:10), trouble (Jer 30:7; Zeph 1:14-15; Dan 12:1), destruction (Joel 1:15; 1 Thes 5:3), darkness (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18; Zeph 1:14-18) desolation (Dan 9:27; Zeph 1:14-15), overturning (Isa 24:1-4, 19-21), punishment (Isa 24:20-21). No passage can be found to alleviate to any degree whatsoever the severity of this time that shall come upon the earth.

II. Key Scripture Examinations.

A. Isa 2:19. See Rev 6:15, which vividly describes the desperate actions of people in the coming tribulation.

B. Isa 24:1-13. The coming judgment will be on the entire earth (v. 1, 4), on all classes of people (v. 2), and will remove all pleasures (vv. 6, 13). Only a small remnant will survive (vv. 6, 13).

C. Isa 24:1. The section (chaps. 24-27), that begins here, deals with judgments of the tribulation period and blessings of the millennial age.

D. Jer 30:7. the time of Jacob’s distress. The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).

E. Dan 9:3-19. In Dan 9:3-19, Daniel’s prayer associated himself with the sins of his people 12 times. He approaches God on the basis of His loyal love in His covenant with Israel (v. 4), confesses their sins (vv. 5-10), acknowledges their deserved judgment (vv. 11-14), and supplicates God for His mercy (vv. 15-19).

F. Dan 9:27. The prince of verse 26, the antichrist previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26,who will make a pact with many (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But, in the middle of the week (i.e., 3 1/2 years later), antichrist will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it. See notes on Matt 24:15 and 2 Thes 2:4. At Christ’s second coming, antichrist and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).

G. Dan 12:1. at that time. The time of the events of 11:36-45, the Great Tribulation. Michael. See note on 10:13. such as never occurred. Jesus’ words in Matt 24:21.

H. Joel 1:15. the day of the Lord. The major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. This eschatological “day” includes the time of the Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1), the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19:23-25; Jer 30:7-9).

I. Joel 2:1-2. The locust army is regarded as a foretaste of an invading army in the day of the Lord (v. 1); i.e., in the tribulation period.

J. Amos 5:18-20. They thought the day of the Lord would bring judgment only on their enemies, little realizing that it would also include them.

K. Rev 3:10 . I will keep you from the hour of testing. A promise that believers will be delivered from the time of Tribulation that will come upon the entire earth (Mat 24:14-21). See note on 1 Thes 4:16-17.

III. Point Summary.

A. Jeremiah 30:7 points directly to Israel as being the object of the coming Tribulation. Daniel 9:27 points to the event that will bring about the Tribulation, which is the antichrist making a covenant with Israel. Daniel’s prayer in 9:3-19, is further conclusive evidence that it is the nation of Israel for which God’s Tribulation judgments are directed. The church has no purpose for being in the Tribulation, and is never addressed in Scripture as being a party to God’s judgments of the end times.

B. Even with the problems that have been addressed with Israel, there are scriptures that show the strength of relationship that exists between God and the Jews.

1.Deu 14:2. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. He has chosen you to be his people, prized above all others on the face of the earth.

2. Jer 31:3. In a faraway land the Lord will manifest himself to them. He will say to them, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you.

3. Zech 2:8. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “For his own glory he has sent me to the nations that plundered you—for anyone who touches you touches the pupil of his eye.

4. Matt 24:22. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.

C. The comment on Matt 24:22 by The Moody Bible Commentary, shows God’s love for the Jews as Israel is about to be decimated at the end of the Tribulation. “The experience of believing Israel is in view here, not that of the Church.”

IV. References.

A. Paragraph I. Things To Come, Zondervan, 1958, J. Dwight Pentecost, Th.D., pgs 233-235.

B. Paragraph II, Ryrie Study Bible, The Moody Bible Institute, 1960, Charles C. Ryrie, Ph.D.

C. Paragraph III. C., The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute, 2014, pgs 1500-1501, Michael G. Vanlaningham, Ph.D.

D. Scriptures in this article are from the New English Translation Bible. The scriptures were pasted from BibleGateway.com

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 5 – Waiting For The Last Days?

I. Introduction.

We are now transitioning from scriptures and context that relate to The Day Of The Lord to those that relate to The Tribulation Period In Scripture. Although this point of transition subject has been touched on briefly in a previous connection, it is necessary to set forth the teaching of the Scriptures on this important eschatological doctrine. All verses in this article come from the New American Standard Bible.

II. The Tribulation In Context.

A. In the teaching of “end times terms,” it is important to consider the context of each verse of scripture. As I have written in a prior article, the Old Testament Jewish prophets wrote of: end times, last days, latter days, day of the Lord, etc., the context always related to the times of the Tribulation or Kingdom Age of the Millennium. Additionally, the Gospel writers, as well as the Jewish Apostles on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17), addressed the prophecies that were spoken and written by the Old Testament Jewish prophets.

B. The Jews in the Old Testament pre-gospel times had been taught by the Jewish prophets about the times of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. The Gospel era Jews began being taught by Christ and His disciples, of the end times of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. On the Day of Pentecost, the Jewish prophets told the Jews, who were in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Pentecost, of the aforementioned end times. The church, and everything about Christ and the church, had been a mystery to all Jews (Eph 5:32) until they began being taught about this mystery by Jews (Apostles and their disciples) who were believers in Christ, beginning on the Day of Pentecost. Gentiles had never received any teaching on the end times, or Christ, or the church, until the believing Jews began to evangelize the Gentiles. Gentiles of all prior ages had never been privy to the Word of God that was solely between God and His chosen people, who were the Jews (Deu 14:2).

C. From the second chapter of Acts, forward, such words as ” last days and day of the Lord, “are used according to their context. The “perilous times” of 2 Tim 3:1, relate to the times which lead to the Rapture of the Church and Tribulation. This end times subject was preached by born again Jews and Gentiles to Jews and Gentiles (saved and unsaved) who were present on earth after Acts 1:26 (Day of Pentecost), and the beginning of the dispensation of grace. The subject of Matt 24:3-31, was taught by Christ to His disciples (privately, Mt 24:3, also perilous times), about the conditions that will be present on earth during the Tribulation. This teaching of Christ was “from a Jews, Christ,” to Jews, Disciples,” about conditions that will affect Israel and Jews (Jer 30:7; Dan 9:27) who will be left behind on earth after the Rapture. The Jews who will be affected, as well as Gentiles, will have not been born again at the time of the rapture of the church (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:16-17; 2 Thes 2:3…”apostasy;” Greek=”aposticia” meaning “falling away,” but more naturally “departure away first.”). God does not react to human behavior, which would make Him a “God of reactions.” Instead, God is a God of Sovereign plans, which He will implement, regardless of human behavior.

III. Key Last Days Scriptures.

A. Isaiah 2:2. Kingdom Age. Millennium.

Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.”

B. Daniel 10:14. Tribulation.

“Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the latter days, because the vision pertains to the days still future.”

C. Joel 2:28-32. Tribulation. Cited by Peter on Day Of Pentecost (Acts 2:17).

1. Joel 2:28. Note. “after this.” I.e., after Israel’s future repentance and restoration (Zech 12:10; 13:1) in conjunction with the second advent of Christ, as written by the portents of verse 30 (see note on Acts 2:16-21). The Holy Spirit will then be poured out on all classes in Israel who belong to the believing remnant (v. 32). For Peter’s use of this passage on the Day of Pentecost, see note on Acts 2:16-21.

2. Scripture. Joel 2:28-32.

The Promise of the Spirit

28 “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will have dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 And even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

The Day of the Lord

30 I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 And it will come about that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
Will be saved;
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who escape,
Just as the Lord has said,
Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”

D. Acts 2:17. Day Of Pentecost. Last Days Connection.

1. Acts 2:17. Note. The fulfillment of the following prophecy will be in the last days, immediately preceding the return of Christ, when all of the particulars (e.g., v. 20 and Rev 6:12) of the prophecy will come to pass. Peter reminded his hearers that, knowing Joel’s prophecy (above Joel 2:28-32), they should have recognized what they were seeing as being a work of the Holy Spirit, not a result of drunkenness. (Ryrie Study Bible).

2. Acts 2:17. Prophecy of “last days” during tribulation.

“And it shall be in the last days, God says,
‘That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
And your young men will see visions,
And your old men will have dreams;”

3. Notice that Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17 relate to Jews and Israel, as to their repentance toward Christ, on the day of Pentecost; and during the Tribulation, which will happen prior to the return of Christ from Heaven (second coming of Christ) to physically stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech 12:2-3, 10; 14:1-5; Mt 24:29-31; Rev 19:11-21); and not in the air at the rapture (1 Thes 4:16-17).

E. 2 Timothy 3:1. Church Age. Dispensation of Grace. Preceding Rapture and Tribulation.

“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.”

IV. Jews In The Tribulation.

The following verses show that Matthew 24:3-29 relates to Israel, and not to the church.

1. Mathew 24:14.  “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (This is not the gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8), but of the Kingdom which John The Baptist, Christ and His disciples preached to first century Israel, when they rejected (Matt 3:1-2; 4:17; 10:5-7; 6:9; Lk 10:1, 9).

2. Matthew 24:15-16. “15 Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place—let the reader understand— 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.” (This is purely related to Jews. Daniel the prophet, the Holy Place, the abomination of desolation, have nothing to do with Gentiles. Personally, I am not planning on fleeing to the mountains.).

3. Matthew 24:20. “Moreover, pray that when you flee, it will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.”  (The Sabbath was of no concern to Gentiles when this passage was written, and is of no concern to Gentiles today, or when the Tribulation occurs.).

4. Matthew 24:21. “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will again. ” (The events of this verse can not happen prior to the Tribulation, with it being the worst thing ever to happen since the beginning of the world, and still have a Kingdom Age (Millennium) to follow. Consider the Noahic Flood, and the following “day to day” living conditions would not be able to take place during the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. (Amos 9:14, “I will also restore the fortunes of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the desolated cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit.”)

5. Matthew 24:29-30. “29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.”(This passage shows that “after the Tribulation,” the world will mourn when they see the return of Christ…there will be great cataclysmic eruptions taking place. In sharp contrast to the events of this passage, is joy in the rapture of the church. Consider Titus 2:13:”looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” There is nothing joyous about the “left behind world” mourning when Christ returns from heaven “for judgment” on the earth in Matt 24:29-30.

V. What Are You Waiting For?

A. There are many people who are waiting for “the last days.” But, please let me say that, as it relates to 2 Timothy 3:1, “we’re there, already.” Just listen to the news events of these days, and you will realize that we definitely are in “perilous times.” But, for believers in Christ, there is coming an event that will remove us from the earth, and the “must more perilous times” of the Tribulation. The event, the rapture of the Church, will have us taken by Christ from earth to Heaven (John 14: 2,3,6), where we will receive spiritual rewards (2 Cor 5:10), and will have a very important position in the Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev 19:7-8), as well as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9), which will take place when we return to earth with Christ from heaven at the end of the earth’s seven years of tribulation (Mt 24:29-30), in the beginning of the Kingdom Age of the Millennium, where we will rule and reign with Him for 1,000 years (Rev 20:6).

B. Believers in Christ are not told to look for the antichrist, or the Tribulation; but both “are on the waiting list” for all who have not been born again, who do not believe in Christ (John 3:18).

C. Consider the things that are waiting for those who find themselves in “the last days” of the Tribulation.

1. As opposed to believers in Christ, being in the Presence of God (Rev 4-5), unbelievers will be the targets of the Tribulation judgments of God, which will be released through His angels and Christ. The Tribulation judgments will be unleashed on all unbelievers who will be left behind from the Rapture. Please understand that these judgments are Godly ordained judgments that will be directed at unbelievers, as opposed to conditions that affect all who live in our world today.

a. Christ will unleash the Seal Judgments on the earth (Rev 6:1-16).

b. Angels will unleash the Trumpet Judgments on the earth (Rev 8:5-13; 9:1-21).

c. Angels will unleash the Bowl Judgments on the earth ( Rev 16:1-21).

2. As being believers in Christ, therefore the bride of Christ, we will not come under the wrath of God during the Tribulation (1 Thes 1:10); Christ will not beat up His bride. We have our born again spirits indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit (Jn 14:20), who teaches us the things of Christ (Jn 14:20; 16:7-8). As being the born again bride of Christ, we have a new Spirit (2 Cor 5:17), which is as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). There is nothing of the Tribulation that can make a born again believer in Christ more righteous. We have no reason to be in the Tribulation, as the Tribulation (all of it, Rev 6:1-19:21) is designed for “those who dwell on the earth,” (Rev 3:10), who are “earth dwellers” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 14, 17:8). Believers in Christ have made heaven their place of choice, and therefore is where our citizenship lies (Phil 3:20).

D. As a believer in Christ, my salvation is secure in Christ (John 10:28-30). I know that through my belief in Christ, that by believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that I have life in His name (John 20:31).

E. As a believer in Christ, I am not looking for, or waiting for, the last days of the Tribulation. I am eagerly “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,” (Titus 2:13). Amen.

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 4 – The Day Of Christ.

I. Day Of The Lord Scripture Basis. Jeremiah 30:7. The Day Of Christ. Holman Christian Standard Version.

“How awful that day will be!
There will be none like it!
It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,
but he will be delivered out of it.”

II. Discussion. Day Of Christ. 1

A. The expression, “Day Of Christ,” occurs in the following passages: 1 Cor 1:8; 2 Cor 1:14; Phil 1:6, 10; 2:16.

B. The “day of Christ” relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord,” is connected with judgment, e.g. Isa 2:12 and Rev 19:11-21.

C. This “Day of the Christ” must be distinguished from the “Day of the Lord,” of 1 Thes 5:2 and 2 Thes 2:2. The latter expression (“Day of the Lord”) comes from the Old Testament, and relates to Christ’s universal kingdom; but the former expression (“Day of Christ) is found in the New Testament only, and relates to His advent for the church.

D. It appears that two separate programs are in view when these two expressions (“Day of Christ” and “Day of the Lord”) are used. They can not be made to refer to the same event. In each case, in which “Day of Christ” is used, it is used specifically in reference to the expectation of the Church, her translation, glorification, and examination for reward.

E. There is thought that “the Day of the Lord” and “the Day of Christ” must come at two different periods of time, usually saying that “the Day of Christ” refers to events of the tribulation period, and “the Day of the Lord” refers to events related to the second advent and the millennium to follow. Certainly, two different programs are in view in these two events of end times teaching, but they fall within the same time areas. Thus, these two events have the same beginning, even though two different programs are in view. It may be that in 1 Cor 1:8, reference is made to “the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” to show that He is related to both events, being both “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

III. Consider Additional Discussion.

A. The day of Christ relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as “day of the Lord” is connected with judgment. 2

B. the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. This refers to the coming of the Lord for His church, the Rapture. This is to be distinguished from the day of the Lord, a term referring to judgment on the ungodly. 3

C. in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is probably a reference to believers’ righteous standing before God. In the OT “the day of the Lord” was a time of eschatological upheaval and judgment. In the NT, it appears to follow the rapture of the church, and refers to a time from which the Church is delivered. Paul called it the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, possibly because the authority with which God will judge the world has been delegated to Jesus, and possibly because Jesus rescues His people from the tribulation period on that day. 4

IV. Footnotes.

1. “Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 231-232, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Dwight_Pentecost

2. Scofield Study Bible.

3. NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition.

4. The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2014, pg 1776. Michael G. Vanlaningham (B.A., M.Div., Ph.D).

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Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 2 –The Time From Rapture To Tribulation

INTRODUCTION

It has been my experience from watching many sermons on tv, as well as videos, that very few pastors teach on any aspect of eschatology. From those sermons, it seems that “all Christians go to heaven,” with that being the end of the sermon. The rapture, when used in sermons, is often used in relation to Scriptures that relate to the second coming of Christ. Very little is mentioned about the time gap between “going to happen,” and anything else in God’s Word. The antichrist, the Tribulation, the Kingdom on earth, the eternal state, are almost subjects of total silence. A subject that is discussed by more concerned theologians is that of how much time will be between the Rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation. This last group of Bible teachers is more inclined to teach the events of the end times in proper order, and with correct scripture applications. This last group of Bible teachers has varying ideas on the length of time that will lapse between the time of the Rapture and the time that the Tribulation begins, but they are serious and honest with their findings. These particular students of critical scripture study are in a vast minority of other pastors, teachers, authors, etc., who are sold out to the teaching of that part of scripture that is often overlooked, improperly taught, and all too often ignored. Based on the study that I have made of eschatology, and of the many quality sermons of the same that I have been blessed to hear, I present this article that may be able to give serious “food for thought,” to others whom may also have a healthy appetite for a deep understanding of the last days. In this discussion, I will present scriptures that relate to the length of time that may exist between the time that believers in Christ will be Raptured and taken to Heaven, and when those whom have been left behind from the Rapture will feel the oppression of the antichrist and the Tribulation judgments of God. It should be noted that the oppression of the antichrist will be part of the Tribulation judgments of God.

DISCUSSION

I. Scripture Text: Genesis 6:11-13 (New English Translation).

11 The earth was ruined in the sight of God; the earth was filled with violence. 12 God saw the earth, and indeed it was ruined, for all living creatures on the earth were sinful. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided that all living creatures must die, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Now I am about to destroy them and the earth.

II. Scripture Comments: NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition.

6:11  corrupt . . . filled with violence. Cf. 6:3, 5. The seed of Satan, the fallen rejecters of God, deceitful and destructive, had dominated the world.

6:13 I will destroy them with the earth. Destroy did not mean annihilation, but rather referred to the flood judgment, both of the earth and its inhabitants.

III. Overview Of God’s Love For Mankind.

This article will show key events of God’s love for the people that occupied this earth prior to a past time of His wrath, and a future time that will precede His wrath being released on the earth. The time of God’s past wrath that will be discussed relates to the flood of Noah’s time. The future time frame that we will discuss relates to the period of time that will take place between the time of the Rapture of the Church and that of the beginning of the Tribulation, when God’s wrath will be poured out on the earth. God’s Word will show that the period of time that precedes His wrath of the Tribulation is a key indicator of His love for all who are in need of having a loving relationship with Him.

IV. The Flood. Causes.

A. Scripture Text. Genesis 6:1-4. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

1 When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful, and they took any they chose as wives for themselves. And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterward, when the sons of God came to the daughters of mankind, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the famous men.

B. Consider the following comments that come from the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition, Genesis 6:1-4.

6:1-4 The account that follows records an act of degradation that reveals the end-point of God’s patience.

6:1 Such long lifespans as indicated in the record of chap. 5 caused massive increase in earth’s population.

6:2  the sons of God saw the daughters of men. The sons of God, identified elsewhere almost exclusively as angels (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7), saw and took wives of the human race. This produced an unnatural union which violated the God-ordained order of human marriage and procreation (Gen 2:24). Some have argued that the sons of God were the sons of Seth who cohabited with the daughters of Cain; others suggest they were perhaps human kings wanting to build harems. But the passage puts strong emphasis on the angelic vs. human contrast. The NT places this account in sequence with other Genesis events and identifies it as involving fallen angels who indwelt men . Matthew 22:30 does not necessarily negate the possibility that angels are capable of procreation, but just that they do not marry. To procreate physically, they had to possess human, male bodies.

6:3  My Spirit. Cf. Gen 1:2. The Holy Spirit played a most active role in the OT. The Spirit had been striving to call men to repentance and righteousness, especially as Scripture notes, through the preaching of Enoch and Noah (1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 2:5; Jude 14). one hundred and twenty. The span of time until the Flood (cf. 1 Pet 3:20), in which man was given opportunity to respond to the warning that God’s Spirit would not always be patient.

6:4 giants. The word nephilim is from a root meaning “to fall,” indicating that they were strong men who “fell” on others in the sense of overpowering them (the only other use of this term is in Num 13:33). They were already in the earth when the “mighty men” and “men of renown” were born. The fallen ones are not the offspring from the union in 6:1, 2.

C. Consider the following comment from the Expositors Bible Commentary.

Gen 6:3. The 120 years was taken by Luther and others to refer to a time of reprieve granted by God to humankind before sending the Flood. This apparently is an attempt to resolve the discrepancy between the limit of 120 years and the record of 11:10-26. The reprieve interpretation may also reflect the influence of 1 Pet 3:20, which many take to refer to the period of 120 years in Gen 6:3.

D. Consider the following comment from the Zondervan KJV Commentary.

Gen 6:3. In the Hebrew, two key phrases in this verse are obscure: strive with (which could be translated “remain in”) and is flesh (which could be translated “is corrupt”). The verse seems to announce that the period of grace between God’s declaration of judgment and its arrival would be 120 years (see 1 Pet 3:20). If “remain in” is accepted, the verse announces that man’s life span would henceforth be limited to 120 years. This interpretation is contradicted, however, by the lengthy life spans recorded in 11:10-26.

E. Consider the following comments from the Jeremiah Study Bible.

6:1-4. “The sons of God…the daughters of men.” Fallen angels took on the form of men and married human women (lit., “the daughters of Adam.”). This illicit marriage of spirit beings and human beings was an affront to the divine order of reproducing according to one’s kind (1:24).

6:3. “My Spirit shall not strive…forever” – speaks of destruction. Like the people of Noah’s day, those who do not respond to God’s Spirit have no guarantee that He will continue to prod, convict, and remind them of the importance of fellowship with Him. That humanity’s “days shall be 120 years” can mean either that the Flood would come after 120 years or, less likely, that the average human lifespan would be 120 years.

6:5. “every intent of every person’s heart was only evil continually.” The people of Noah’s day were exceedingly wicked – in essence, evil all the time in every thought and deed.

F. Consider the following comment from the Scofield Study Bible.

6:4. Satan attempted to so corrupt the race that the Messiah could not come to redeem mankind. But God salvaged a remnant (Gen 6:8), and a godly line was preserved.

V. The Course Of The Flood

Scripture Text: Scripture Text. Genesis 6:17-19. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

17 “Understand that I am bringing a flood—floodwaters on the earth to destroy every creature under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. 19 You are also to bring into the ark two of all the living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.

VI. The Deaths Of The Flood.

A. Scripture Text. Genesis 7:15-16; 20-21,23. Holman Christian Standard Bible.

15 Two of all flesh that has the breath of life in it entered the ark with Noah. 16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered just as God had commanded him. Then the Lord shut him in……20 The mountains were covered as the waters surged above them more than 20 feet. 21 Every creature perished—those that crawl on the earth, birds, livestock, wildlife, and those that swarm on the earth, as well as all mankind….23…. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

B. Consider the comments of the NKJV Study Bible.

7:15  The animals seem to have been drawn to the ark and to Noah by the compelling force of the Lord.

7:16  shut him in: The Lord who had drawn them now closed the door on them. That shut door was a symbol of closure, safety, and God’s deliverance.

7:21  Without exception, death extended to every creature—all flesh—whose home was on the land.

7:23  man: People died—old people and young; beautiful and brave along with the grisly and gray. Only Noah and those with him escaped the terrible, universal death of the wicked. Jesus affirmed the historicity of the “days of Noah” when he compared them to the end days (Mt 24:37-38; Lk 17:26-27). Peter similarly used the story of Noah and the Flood as a pattern for the final judgment (1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 2:5; 3:5-6).

C. Consider the comments of the Liberty Bible Commentary. Gen 7:16, “and the Lord shut him in.” ‘The shutting him’ intimated that he had become the special object of divine care and protection, and to those without , “the season of grace was over (Mt 25:10). “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut” (Holman Christian Standard Bible ).

VII. Conclusion of the teaching of the Flood.

A. The crux of the account of God’s destruction of wicked mankind is shown in the following two verses.

6:3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.”

7:23…. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him in the ark.

B. God’s warning of imminent judgment gave a one hundred twenty year warning, of that which would fulfill His judgment.

C. There is current-day teaching that Genesis 6:3 states that the life-span of mankind is one hundred twenty years; such a teaching is wrong. All that is needed to show the incorrectness of the “120 year” life span is to look around, and notice how many people are one hundred twenty years old, and how many people have been known to live to be one hundred twenty.

D. Consider the comment of Gen 7:1 (NASB Study Bible). Noah was a preacher of righteousness. He warned his contemporaries of coming judgment (2 Peter 2:5), and testified to the vitality of his own faith (Hebrews 11:7).

E. Consider the comment of 2 Pet 3:9 (NASB Study Bible). Scoffers fail to recognize that all things have not continued without divine intervention since creation (the flood was an intervention, vv. 4-6). They misunderstand the reason for apparent divine delay (God is a long suffering God.)

F. Consider the comment of 2 Pet 3:9 (ESV Study Bible). “any should perish.” Though Christians long for Christ’s return and the defeat of all evil, as long as the present period of history lasts, an opportunity remains for people to turn to God in faith.

VII. Rapture And Tribulation.

A. The Events. “Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth” (Rev 3:10, NASB 1977).

B. The Severity. “for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall” (Mat 24:21, NASB 1977).

C. God’s Grace. “The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9, Christian Standard Bible).

VIII. Conclusions of the teaching of the Rapture and Tribulation.

A. Consider the comment of the King James Study Bible Notes., Rev 3:10:

3:10 . This verse presents a promise that Christ will rapture genuine believers out of the world before the Tribulation period begins. The hour of temptation is the period of worldwide testing (Gr. peirasmos) which has not yet occurred (cf. Dan 12:1; Mt 24:21, 29). Christ promises to keep them from (Gr. ek, “out of”) the period of the Tribulation. That is, they will not even enter into this period of history. The Tribulation is for the purpose of trying or judging them that dwell upon the earth, those who are connected to the earth and its system. Believers are not even included in this term (cf. Phil 3:18-20; 1 Pet 2:11; Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 17:8).

B. Consider the comment of the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Matt 24:21:

24:21 great suffering. Dan 12:1 spoke of a final tribulation greater than any that preceded it. not been from the beginning of the world.

C. Consider the comment of the NRSV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, 2 Peter 3:9

3:9 promise. Of Jesus’ coming (v. 4). he is patient. God’s patience may partly allude to the Noah analogy (vv. 5-7; cf 1 Pe 3:20; Ge 6:3). God sometimes delayed judgment to allow opportunity for the wicked to repent (cf. 2 Ki 14:26-27). Some ancient Jewish sources emphasized God’s patience regarding the day of judgment; once that day arrived, repentance was no longer possible.

D. Consider the comment of the Jeremiah Study Bible.

3:8-9. As fallen human beings, it is our nature to become impatient if our expectations are not immediately fulfilled. But, the apparent delay in Christ’s return is a gift of mercy, a sign of God’s patience. In His great love, He waits, granting people the opportunity to be saved, “not willing that any should perish.”

E. Consider the comment from the Scofield Study Bible.

3:9. “not wishing.” Three aspects of the will of God may be observed in Scripture: (1) the sovereign will of God (Is 46 :9-11; Dn 4:17, 35; Heb 2:4; Rev 17:17). (2) the moral will of God, that is His moral law (Mk 3:35; Eph 6:6; Heb 13:21. (3) the desires of God coming from His heart of love (Ezk 33:11; Mt 23:37; 2 Pt 3:9). God does not desire that any should perish, but it is clear that many will not be saved (Rev 21:8).

F. Those who do not have a relationship of belief in Christ will be left behind from the Rapture, and will have to endure all of the Tribulation judgments of Christ and the Angels. The Tribulation judgments begin in Revelation Chapter 6, and continue through Revelation Chapter 19. All of Revelation 6-19 is God’s wrath, just as the flood of Noah’s time was also God’s wrath.

G. The severity of the Tribulation will be greater than anything that has come upon the earth, until the time of the Tribulation. The seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments of God’s wrath begin in Revelation Chapter 6. The judgments increase in severity, and will be greater in wrath than even during the time of the flood of Noah’s time.

IX. God’s Love.

A. Whenever we consider anything of the happenings of the world, we must first of all consider God’s love. Consider the following passage of scripture that comes from the New American Standard Bible.

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters” (Galatians 4:4-5).

B. Consider the comment on Galatians 4:4-5 that comes from The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2014, Gerald Peterman, B. Des, M. Div., M. A., Ph. D.

1.”When the fullness of time came” (v. 4) does not speak of human events that constrained God. Rather, the Father set the time in advance. The time’s completion (fullness, v. 4) was brought about by the coming of the “Son.” His coming is the center of history. The “Son” is fully prepared to “redeem” (v. 5) because He is fully human (born) and fully Jewish (under the law is the position of a Jewish person. Rm 2:12; 1 Cor 9:20-21.)

2. Both expressions, “those…under the Law,” and “we,” refer to Jews. Adoption into God’s family was originally a uniquely Jewish blessing (Rm 9:4), which now has come to Gentiles (“you” v. 6; the pronoun is pl.). Closely related to adoption is receiving the Spirit (Rm 8:14-17).

C. When we consider the aspects of God, in Christ, we must also consider His love, and Sovereignty, in everything that we bring into our mind.

1. the first coming of Christ to the world, to bring the Messiah of Israel into the world (Galatians 4:4-5).

2. to remove from the world, those whom had come to belief in Christ, the Messiah, before the onset of the Tribulation (John 14:2-6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18).

3. to bring judgment on those who will be present on Earth during the Tribulation, those of whom had rejected Christ as Messiah, to draw them to belief in Him as Messiah (Dan 9:27, Rev 3:10).

4. to return “to the earth,” at Christ’s second coming at the Battle of Armageddon, to save the earthbound Jews from total annihilation at the end of the Tribulation, those Jews of whom had come to belief in Christ during the Tribulation (Zech 12:2-14, 14:1-5; Rev 19:11-21; Matt 24:29-31).

D. God has a plan in which he will cause all believers in Christ to be caught up to heaven in the rapture (John 14:6; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54), prior to the Tribulation. God’s plan for the rapture is based on the fulness of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25), which will not happen until a set number of Gentiles have come to belief in Christ. The tribulation will not occur until the antichrist confirms a covenant with Israel (Dan 9:27).

E. The Rapture and Tribulation are independent of each other. God’s plan for the rapture, which will occur prior to the tribulation, will not happen until the requirements of Romans 11:25 have been fulfilled; but, the grace of 2 Peter 3:9 will not be trumped by a set number of Gentile salvations. The length of time that will transpire between the time of the Rapture and the time of the peace treaty being confirmed between the antichrist and Israel, will be based on God’s grace, and His desire for those who will have been left behind from the Rapture to come to belief in Christ; such people will be on the side of God during the Tribulation, as opposed to being on the side of the antichrist. The purpose of the Rapture is to take resurrected and born again believers in Christ to Heaven, so that God can deal with unbelieving Jews, who will be left behind from the rapture. Israel was never told that they would go to Heaven, but that they may inherit the Kingdom of God which will be present on this earth at the end of the Tribulation.

F. During the time of Noah, God gave everyone on the earth one hundred twenty years to repent prior to the flood. God will not be any less merciful toward unbelievers who will find themselves left behind on earth between the Rapture and Tribulation.

G. How much time will lapse between the Rapture and Tribulation? Nobody knows when the Rapture or Tribulation will begin. The time when the Tribulation begins may be one day after the Rapture, or it may be fifty years later. In the tabernacle in the desert, the Mercy Seat was placed “above the law.” (Exodus 25:16,21). God’s plan for His creation is based on His love (1 John 4:8, “God is love”).

X. Unlisted Study References. The following references were studied, but were not identified in any of the above comments.

A. The New American Commentary, 2 Peter, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2003, Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, B.S., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.

B. The Moody Bible Commentary, Moody Publishers, 2 Peter, 2014, Louis Barbieri, B.A. , Th. M., Th. D.

C. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Old Testament, Genesis, David C. Cook, 1985, Allen P. Ross, B.A., M.A., M. Div., Ph. D.

D. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Testament, 2 Peter, David C. Cook, 1983, Kenneth O. Gangel, B.A., M.A., M. Div., S.T.M., Ph. D., Litt. D.

E. Study Bibles: Apologetics Study Bible, Ryrie Study Bible, TNIV Study Bible.

Tribulation Prophecies And Doctrine 1 – Day Of The Lord – Time Areas Within The Day Of The Lord

I. “Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7, New English Traslation).

A. The above verse forms the basis for this series of articles. The following study note on Jeremiah 30:7 comes from the translators of the New English Translation.

B. As the nations of Israel and Judah were united in their sin and suffered the same fate—that of exile and dispersion—so they will ultimately be regathered from the nations and rejoined under one king, a descendant of David; and will regain possession of their ancestral lands. The prophets of both the eighth and seventh centuries looked forward to this ideal . This has already been anticipated in Jer 3:18.

II. Consider the following comment that comes from the MacArthur Study Bible: 30:7 time of Jacob’s trouble. This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 89), just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1Matt. 24:2122) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19.

III. Consider the following detail that relates to this artice, that comes from Dr. F. B. Huey. 1

A. The Lord announced to Jeremiah that “days are coming” when He would bring Israel and Judah “back from captivity.” He was going to restore them to the land that he had given to their ancestors (cf. Gen 17:8; 28:13; Exod 3:17; Josh 1:3). “Days are coming, (Jer 30:5), is an expression that may refer to events in the near future or remote future. “I will surely save…your descendants” (Jer 30:10) could not be an immediate future.

B. Israel and Judah are linked in this passage. As they both would experience Gods judgment, also they both would experience His blessing, and together would be reunited and in their own land. “In that day,” “that day,” and similar expressions are found frequently in the OT for “the Day of the Lord,” which contains two aspects – judgment and restoration.

C. That day will be “awful,” a time of trouble for Jacob. Jacob is sometimes equated with the Northern Kingdom, but in the overall context, it may include both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms–all Israel. A transition to the main point is provided by the final clause of verse 7; in spite of approaching agony, the nation would survive.

IV. Consider the followin comment that comes from Dr. Homer Heater, Jr. Consider his comment on the Covenants of God with Israel. 2

 Jeremiah 30-33 is one of the clearest units in the book. Here the prophet has collected messages preached over some period of time containing messages of hope and consolation. They are placed here to show that in spite of the judgment of God brought upon his people, that there is still a future for Israel. The New Covenant, especially, gives great hope for the future of Israel. The context clearly calls for the seed of Abraham to be restored in the Eschaton. Chapter 32 is a historical account, but it is in the section on hope, because Jeremiah is instructed by Yahweh to buy a piece of land while the city is under siege! This teaches that the “real estate” will again prove to be valuable. Chapter 33 harks back to the Davidic Covenant and shows that the “Branch” spoken of in chapter 23 will rule and reign in equity and justice.

V. Consider the following detail that relates to the title of this article, that comes from Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost. 3

A. Day Of The Lord. One of the major lines of prophecy running throughout the Old Testament, and continuing through the New Testament, is the prophetic truth related to the Day of the Lord.

B. The Day of the Lord includes the following passages: Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Amos 5:18 (twice), 20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7, 14 (twice); Zechariah 14:1; Malachi 4:5; Acts 2:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10. In addition, the phrase “that day” or “the day” or ” the great day” occurs more than 75 times in the Old Testament. The frequency in which it occurs will evidence its importance in the prophetic Scriptures. These passages reveal that the idea of judgment is paramount in all of them. This is clearly brought out in Zephaniah 1:14-18. This judgment includes not only the specific judgments upon Israel and the nations at the end of the tribulation that are associated with the second advent, but, from a consideration of the passsages themselves, includes judgments that extend over a period of time prior to the second advent. Thus, it is concluded that “the Day of the Lord” will include the time of the tribulation.

C. Zephaniah 14:1-4 makes it clear that the events of the second advent are included in the program of the Day of the Lord. 2 Peter 3:10 gives authority for including the entire millennial age within this period. If the Day of the Lord did not begin until the second advent, since that event is preceded by signs, the Day of the Lord could not come as a “thief in the night,” unexpected and unhearlded, as it is said it will come in 1 Thessalonians 5:2. The only way this day could break unexpectedly upon the world is to have it begin immediately after the rapture of the church.

D. It is thus concluded that the Day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning with God’s dealing with Israel after the rapture, at the beginning of the tribulation period. The Day Of The Lord will extend through the second advent and the millennial age, unto the creation of the new heavens and new earth after the millennium.

VI. Footnotes.

1. “The New American Commentary, 1993, B&H Publishing, pgs 260-262. Dr. F. B. Huey, B.B.A., M. Div., Ph. D; Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theologial Seminary.

2. Dr. Heater taught for eight years at Dallas Theological Seminary, served on the faculty of Capital Bible Seminary for 30 years, and spent eleven years as President of the Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary. Having retired in 2007, he continues to minister under the auspices of BCM International. He and Pat have been married over 60 years, and have 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and one great-grand daughter. They currently reside and minister from Kentucky.

3. “Things To Come,” A Study In Biblical Eschatology, 1958, Zondervan, pgs 229-231, J. Dwight Pentecost. Dr. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014). His nearly twenty books are written mostly for the general Christian reader. His pastoral career continued through this period.

Road To Tribulation 14 – Terms Of Significance

Comments from video. In this captivating sequel, journalist Buck Williams and a group of survivors survivors known as the TRIBULATION FORCE know the truth about the new leader of the new Global Community, Nicholae Carpathia. He has not come to save the world, and he is most certainly not the Messiah, he is the Antichrist. But who will believe them as the world rushes toward the apocalypse. Video details. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force ~ Trailer.
Cloud10Entertainment. Oct 30, 2009.

In the opening video of the move, “Left Behind II-Tribulation Force,” we see a group of people who were left behind from the Rapture; they had not believed the message of Christ, and had not believed in Him as Lord and Savior, prior to the Rapture. Because of the information that was “also left behind,” in books, articles, videos, Bibles, and other such sources of Last Days teaching, the truth of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation is being spread to many people who had neglected the seriousness of the warnings that predicted the circumstance that millions of people had found themselves captive throughout the world. As believers in Christ, we must consider the things that we can do to help those who will be left behind to come to saving belief in Christ, to believe in Him for salvation and to tell others, who will also have been left behind, how they can have an assurance of their own eternal life in the Presence of our Lord.

There are Biblical terms that are often read by Christians about eschatology (the science of last things), yet misunderstood. It is important for Christians of today to understand such information, so that we can leave that knowledge behind for those who will be in a world of total collapse of law and order. We will use this article, and future posts, to make known the things of the Anti-Christ and the Tribulation that await most of the world’s current and projected population.

Two terms that are important to know are “latter days,” and “last days.” Scriptures that are discussed as being “latter days,” relate to the Old Testament. Scriptures that are discussed as being “last days,” relate to the Old and New Testaments. Context is paramount in studying Scripture. The context of the “latter days” Scriptures is that of the words of Jewish Old Testament prophets, as they speak of the Word of God in relation to the seven years of the Tribulation, and the thousand years of the Kingdom Age, which is called the Millennium. The verses that we will examine will come from the New American Standard Bible 2020. Comments will come from the MacArthur Study Bible, unless in noted exception.

In my previous “End Times 13” article, I made known the fact that both the Church and the Rapture were unknown to those of the Old Testament era; they were “mysteries” to the Jews of that time. Therefore the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament did not write on those two future events.

In the Ryrie Study Bible, “mystery” is described in comment to Romans 16:25-26. “the mystery.” A definition of a scriptural mystery: something unknown in times past but revealed in the NT. Here, “the mystery” is the gospel of Christ. OT prophecies of Messiah could be understood, once the mystery was revealed (cf. Luke 24:44-45; 1 Peter 1:10-12).

Dr. Ryrie explains, in his comment to Ephesians 3:3, the “mystery.” The mystery that is spoken of here is not that the Gentiles would be blessed (for that was predicted in the OT), but that Jews and Gentiles would be equal heirs in the one body of Christ (v. 6). This was unknown in OT prophecy but was revealed by the NT apostles and prophets (v. 5).

In his comment on 1 Corinthians 15:51, Dr. Ryrie discusses “the mystery” of the rapture, as follows: The rapture of the church described in verses 51-58 was a “mystery” unknown in the OT but now revealed.

The prophecies of the Old Testament Jewish prophets were those that were given by God to the prophets. Those prophets spoke the same prophecies to the Jews of Israel. Consider the following verses: Isaiah 1:1-2; 2-1 and Jeremiah 2:1-2. None of the prophecies of God to the Jews have any relevance to the church.

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “latter days.”

Jeremiah 30:24, ” the millennial kingdom of the “latter days.” Jeremiah 48:47, “the messianic era , the latter days”). Ezekiel 38:8, “In the context of Israel’s restoration.” Daniel 2:27-35, “It is a reference to the future millennial kingdom of Christ (exception, Ryrie Study Bible note). Micah 4:4, “this phrase looks forward to greater peace and prosperity in the Millennium (cf. Zech. 3:10).”

It is clear that the prophetic scriptures of “latter days,” as was spoken by God to the Jews, relate to the time after the Rapture takes place. It is also clear that none of these “latter days” scriptures have any relation to the church.

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “last days,” as they are written in the books of the Old Testament prophets. Notice that the prophesied times are those of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age (Millennium).

Isaiah 2:2, ” The “latter (or last) days” is a time designation looking forward to the messianic era (Ezek. 38:16Hos. 3:5Mic. 4:1). The NT applied the expression to the period beginning with the first advent of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:172 Tim. 3:1Heb. 1:2James 5:32 Pet. 3:3).Old Testament prophets, being without a clear word regarding the time between the Messiah’s two advents, linked the expression to the Messiah’s return to establish His earthly kingdom, i.e., the millennial kingdom spoken about in Rev. 20:1–10.

Jeremiah 49:39, “I will bring back. As with certain other peoples in this section of nations, God would allow Elamites to return to their homeland. In Acts 2:9, Elamites were among the group present at the Pentecost event. This has eschatological implications as well.

Ezekiel 38:16, “that the nations may know Me. The phrase, frequent in Ezekiel, is part of the theme to glorify God and show His sovereign power (cf. Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes). God is the victor, who will be “hallowed” by fire (cf. v. 19).

Hosea 3:5, “David. Cf. 1:11. This must refer to Messiah during the Millennium, as “in the latter days” specifies (cf. Is. 55:34Jer. 30:9Ezek. 34:232437:2425). The Jews did not seek after Christ at His first advent. This reference has the Davidic Covenant as its background (cf. 2 Sam. 7:12–17Pss. 39132).”

Micah 4:1, “In a reversal of 3:12, Micah shifted from impending judgment to prophecies of the future millennial kingdom (“the latter days”) in which Mt. Zion (v. 3), the center of Messiah’s coming earthly kingdom, shall be raised both spiritually and physically (cf. Zech. 14:910). This discussion continues to 5:15.”

We will now discuss the prophetic scriptures of, “last days,” as they are written in the books of the New Testament. Notice that in the Acts and Hebrews scriptures the audience in each situation consisted of those of Jewish ancestry, and would have known of the teachings of the Old Testament Jewish prophets. In the books of the New Testament, whose audience contained those of Gentile ancestry, the Gentile members would not have known the Scriptures of the Old Testament Jewish prophets, therefore, they would not have detailed knowledge of the Tribulation or Kingdom. So, in the New Testament context, “last days” relates to the time which precedes the Rapture, except when the discussion context is that of teaching New Testament Jews about their ancestor relationship with the Old Testament Jewish prophetic scriptures.

Acts 2:17: last days 1. Notice that the occasion is that of the festival of Pentecost. Those who heard Peter’s sermon were Jews; they were aware of the prophecies of the Old Testament Jewish prophets, and of the scriptures that have been discussed up to this point. Therefore, the conversation is Jewish. In the following comment, the old and new covenants are discussed, both of which relate to God and Israel, and both of which Gentile believers will share in the millennium. Spiritual aspects of the new covenant are now being received by Christians (Exception, my comment). 2. In the last days (see Isa. 2:2Hos. 3:5Mic. 4:1Heb. 1:2; discussions on 1 Tim. 4:12 Tim. 3:11 Peter 1:201 John 2:18). In Joel 2:28, the Hebrew has “after this,” and the Septuagint has “after these things.” Peter interpreted the passage as referring specifically to the latter days of the new covenant (see Jer. 31:33-34Ezek. 36:26-2739:29) in contrast to the former days of the old covenant. The age of messianic fulfillment had arrived (Exception, Zondervan KJV Commentary).

2 Timothy 3:1,  “the last days. This phrase refers to this age, the time since the first coming of the Lord Jesus.”

Hebrews 1:2: last days. The primary group addressed were Hebrew Christians who suffered rejection and persecution by fellow Jews (10:32–34), although none as yet had been martyred (12:4).  The second group addressed were Jewish unbelievers who were convinced of the basic truths of the gospel but who had not placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their own Savior and Lord. They were intellectually persuaded but spiritually uncommitted. last days. Jews understood the “last days” to mean the time when Messiah (Christ) would come (cf. Num. 24:14Jer. 33:14–16Mic. 5:12Zech. 9:916). The fulfillment of the messianic prophecies commenced with the advent of the Messiah. Since He came, it has been the “last days” (cf. 1 Cor. 10:11James 5:31 Pet. 1:204:71 John 2:18). In the past God gave revelation through His prophets, but in these times, beginning with the Messiah’s advent, God spoke the message of redemption through the Son. (My comment. Notice that this is a Jewish audience).

James 5:3,  “last days. The period between Christ’s first and second comings.”

2 Peter 3:3, ” in the last days. This phrase refers to that entire period of time from the arrival of the Messiah to His return (cf. Acts 2:17Gal. 4:42 Tim. 3:1Heb. 1:2James 5:31 Pet. 1:201 John 2:1819Jude 18). The entire age will be marked by saboteurs of the Christian truth and especially the hope of Christ’s return.”

At the time of this writing, it is Thursday, the evening of the last Passover meal (Matthew 26:16-30). The crucifixion of Jesus will take place on the following day (Friday; the day of preparation before the Sabbath, John 19:14; Luke 23:54), in less than twenty-four hours (John 19:14-18). The women followed the body of Jesus to His burial tomb at the end of the day (Friday) before the onset of sunset and the Sabbath; they went to their homes and rested on the Sabbath, returning after the Sabbath ended to anoint the body of Christ (Luke 23:50-24:6), but announcing, “He is risen!”

Jews are still observing Passover, which will end on sunset of Sunday, April 4. Jews will begin their observance of the weekly Sabbath all around the world, beginning in just a few hours. The closing video of this article shows a Jewish family as their prepare for the Sabbath.

As you watch the video consider the great symbolism that relates to the trinity, to the woman bringing light into the world, and to “the Light” that can not be extinguished. .

Video details. How to light Shabbat candles? Yahaduton. May 27, 2013.

Road To Tribulation 13 – Instruction For Those Left Behind – 1

I. In the opening video, we see another inspiring scene from the Left Behind series. This scene is from the first film, Left Behind: The Movie. Bruce and Rayford have missed the Rapture that has taken their wives and children. Now, they need to ask God to forgive them and help them with what’s to come in the next seven years (from video comments).

II. As the opening video shows, there will be people who will come to saving faith in Christ after the Rapture, after they have been left behind (1 Thes 4:16-17). Notice in the video that one of the men coming to saving faith in Christ, is a “left behind pastor.” Those of us who are born again, and are looking forward to the Rapture of the church, have an awesome opportunity to leave behind, for those who will be left behind, such things as “books, tapes, and written articles,” that will be helpful for them to understand the things of the Tribulation that are ahead of them, and for coming to saving faith in Christ.

III. Key items of instruction that are helpful for those of us, whom are already “saved from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10), are things that relate to the Tribulation, the Kingdom Age (Millennium), and the times which precede the Rapture. Old Testament Jewish prophets used certain words to describe the conditions of the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. On the Day of Pentecost, and closely thereafter, the Apostles used some of those same Jewish prophetic terms as they spoke to Jews. As the message of Christ began being received by Gentiles, the words of the epistles began to speak of conditions on earth that will precede the Tribulation. The important factor to consider in understanding such information, is that of context, as we consider such words as End Times, Last Days, Latter Days, etc.

IV. The Jewish Old Testament prophets spoke of conditions that will be present on earth during the Tribulation and Kingdom Age. All Scripture references that follow come from the New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

V. The Jewish Old Testaments spoke of the conditions of the Tribulation. Consider the following verses.

Zephaniah 1:14-15 – 630 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zephaniah+1%3A14-15&version=NASB

VI. The Jewish Old Testament Prophets spoke of the salvation of Israel from out of the Tribulation. Consider the following verses.

Jeremiah 30:4-10 – 606 B.C. – Notice in verse 7 that this time of Tribulation is called Jacob’s distress, and has no relevance to born-again believers in Christ.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+30%3A4-10&version=NASB

VII. The Jewish Old Testament prophets spoke of the conditions of the Kingdom. As you consider the following verses, it is important to note that “the Kingdom” relates to “a land mass, and relating conditions.” The Kingdom is not something that will be “within you,” (Luke 17:21, KJV), but will be that which will be “in your midst,” (Luke 17:21, NASB). “Thy Kingdom come,” of Matthew 6:10, relates to the coming Kingdom that is promised to the Jews, in which born again Jews and Gentiles will reside, which follows the Tribulation, and is not the spiritual indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11).

A. Isaiah 2:1-4 – 760 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+2%3A1-4&version=NASB

B. Ezekiel 37:21-25 – 587 B.C.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+37%3A21-25&version=NASB

VIII. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jews were taught about the care, protection, and favor that God promised to them through the Abrahamic Covenant, which would come in the form of “land, seed, and blessing.” The Jews were told of the geographic dimensions of the Kingdom that God promised to them, and that the Covenant is eternal and will be confirmed through the bloodline of Abraham’s Covenant blood line of Isaac and Jacob, and that “Israel” would become the name of Jacob and his descendants. The land of the Abrahamic Covenant extends from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq, and will be confirmed in its fullness during the Kingdom Age, when Christ will rule and reign throughout that Millennium of 1,000 years. (Ryrie Study Bible notes: Genesis 15:18-21; Genesis 17:8; Joshua 23:41-45; 1 Kings 4:21).

A. Genesis 12:1-3 – 2126 B.C. (Covenant of Land, Seed, and Blessing)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+12%3A1-3&version=NASB

B. Genesis 15:5 – 1913 B.C. (God’s Seed Covenant With Abraham)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A5&version=NASB

C. Genesis 15:18-21 – 1913 B.C. (God’s Land Covenant With Abraham)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A18-21&version=NASB

D. Genesis 17:13 1911 B.C. (The Abrahamic Covenantis Eternal)
“…My covenant shall be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.”

E. Genesis 26:1-5 – 1800 B.C. (Abrahamic Covenant through Isaac)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+26%3A1-5&version=NASB

F. Genesis 35:9-12 – 1732 B.C. (Abrahamic Covenant through Jacob; now called Israel)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+35%3A9-12&version=NASB

IX. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jews were told of the blessings that will come through the Davidic Covenant.

A. 2 Samuel 7:8-17 – 1042 B.C. (Ryrie Study Bible notes)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+7%3A8-17&version=NASB

1. David would have a son who would succeed him and establish his kingdom (v. 12).
2. David’s son (Solomon), rather than David, would rebuild the Temple (v. 13a).
3. The throne of Solomon’s kingdom would be established forever (v. 13b).
4. Though David’s sins justified chastening, God’s “loving kindness,” steadfast love, would be forever(v. 16).

B. Ryrie added note. The Davidic Covenant did not guarantee uninterrupted rule by David’s family (and in fact, the Babylonian Exile interrupted it), but it did promise that the right to rule would always remain in David’s dynasty. Jesus Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of these promises (Luke 1:31-33) and, although at this present time He is not ruling from the throne of David (Heb. 12:2), at His second coming He will assume this throne.

C. My note. The second coming of Christ occurs at the end of the Tribulation, Mt 24:29-31. “…immediately after the tribulation of those days…all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory…”

D. MacArthur Study Bible note. The second coming of Christ is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ (cf. Rev. 20:4).

E. Re: verse 16, David’s “house, kingdom, and throne, … forever,” were also understood eschatologically/messianically. In the New Testament they were explicitly applied to Jesus (Heb 1:8). (New American Commentary, 2 Samuel).

X. Jews of the Old Testament era knew nothing of the Church or the Rapture of the Church, which were a mystery to Old Testament Jews, therefore, there was no Old Testament teaching of either subject (Church or Rapture). Consider the following verses:

A. A mystery explained. “that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before briefly,” (Ephesians 3:3, 64 A.D.). Ryrie Study Bible note. “A mystery was not something mysterious (in the modern sense) but something unknown until revealed.”

B. The mystery of the Rapture. “51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed,” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 59 A.D.).

C. The mystery of the church. “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church,” (Ephesians 5:32, 64 A.D.).

XI. During the next article, I will discuss the coming event of the catching up of the saints, which is called The Rapture. Additionally, I will explain the differences of the uses of similar terms, such as End Times, Last Days, Latter Days.

XII. Opening Video. Left Behind – The Movie – Bruce and Ray’s Salvation. Jul 13, 2010. Josho456123.

XIII. Study References. Scofield Study Bible. J. Dwight Pentecost: “Things To Come.” C. John F. Walvoord: Commentary on Matthew. Ryrie Stdy Bible. The Moody Bible Commentary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Libery Bible Commentary. The New American Commentaries, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings.

XIV. Consider Israel.

A. Deuteronomy 14:2 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

B. Passover begins at sundown this Saturday, March 27th, and ends at sundown on Sunday, April 4th.
https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/passover

C. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

D. Closing Video.

1. Most Beautiful Shabbat Video Ever!!!! Shabbat.com.Sep 29, 2014.

2. Filmed at the Klatzko Family Shabbat home in Monsey, NY.

XV. Shabbat Shalom (Sabbath Of Peace).
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2313062/jewish/How-to-Greet-Others-on-Shabbat.htm

Road To Tribulation 12 – The Stage Is Being Set

Left Behind ~ Trailer. Oct 30, 2009. Cloud10Entertainment.

I. On an o verseas flight to London, journalist Buck Williams and pilot Rayford Steele are caught in the middle of the most incredible event in history, as without warning dozens of passengers have simply vanished! It soon becomes apparent that this was not an isolated incident and there are millions of people missing. As chaos and anarchy engulf the world, both men set out on different paths in a desperate search for answers.

II. I am amazed at how many Christians have assumed room temperature in their minds, as it relates to the progressive move of the world toward socialism and a one-world government. Many people have become like “frogs simmering in slowly boiling sauce pans.” God’s prophetic Word is in their Bibles, but is never studied for deepness of things that may soon be coming upon the whole world. Just like the frog that slowly dies from the increasing boiling water temperature in the sauce pan, many people are mentally dying concerning their freedoms which are slowly being taken from them.

III. Many pastors are totally unaware of the details of “the rapture of the church, the following tribulation, and the Kingdom on earth” that will follow the tribulation. I had a conversation with a very good pastor friend. I asked him if he had any opinions on the pretribulation or premillennial rapture of the church. My friend really amazed me with his answer, especially considering that this man is a seminary educated pastor. He said, “premillennial, postmillennial, pan-millennial; it’ll all pan out in the end.” I was shocked at such a reply. After all, there probably are members of my friend’s congregation that have honest questions about the subjects of the rapture, tribulation and millennium. I have known other pastors who have exhibited the same ignorance in regard to end times scriptures.

IV. There are seminary leaders who have discounted the value of the Left Behind series of books and movies. The opening video of this article, which is a Left Behind related video, is very close in detail to the events of the rapture, and following events. I have had conversations with one of the pastors who worked on the Left Behind project; I will have to say that he amazes me with his knowledge of all areas of Scripture, as was the case of his partner, Dr. Tim LaHaye.

V. It does not take much of our thinking process to realize that our world is moving very close to a one-world government, as is shown in scripture, as well as in the closing two videos. For those of us whom have been born again, we will be caught up in the rapture (1 Thes 4:16 -17), at such a time that we will not be present on earth for God’s judgment on unbelieving Jews (Jer 30:7), as well as on unbelieving Gentiles (Rev 3:10). The judgments that will be poured out on those on earth during the tribulation will come from Christ ((Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) and Godly angels (Rev 8:7, etc.). There is no purpose for Christ to pour out His tribulation judgments on His Bride, which consists of every born again believer in Christ.

VI. Even though the rapture will take away the Bride of Christ in the rapture (1 Cor 15:50-54), there may be a period of time on earth that follows the rapture, which will precede the tribulation. During such a “post rapture and pre-tribulation period of time, the anti-christ may be actively engaged in setting up a one-world government with world leaders that have been left behind from the rapture. Before the tribulation begins, the anti-christ must confirm a peace treaty with Israel, which he will break midway through the seven years of the covenant; it is at that time that the tribulation will begin.

VII. The anti-christ is not operating on earth now, in such a role, but he may be alive. 1 John 4:3 states that the spirit of anti-christ “is already in the world.” Ungodly governmental control in countries of the world, and the attempts of ungodly governments to bring all nations under such control, is part of Satan’s goal of one-world government coming under his control. With, or without, the active presence of the anti-christ in the world, a system of ungodly one-world government is being set in place, as is being reported in daily news reports of media outlets that are not sold out to the concept of one-world government. An all out assault on the lives of unborn babies is gaining more momentum throughout the world. To accept, or to not accept, the homosexual life style and same sex marriage, can force businesses to close. To affirm Jews as being the legitimate owner of the land of Israel, is to put the mark of xenophobia on a college entrance application. To say that you support the greatness of America is to invite the stigma of national racism on your character. Once the tribulation begins, the anti-christ will have a world government that is waiting for him to assume control, which will have all of the earmarks that liberal Democrats and Rinos are trying to force on the United States, and are trying to export to the other nations of the world through the United Nations and other globalist organizations (the two videos at the bottom of this page show such a takeover of the world’s governments by the anti-christ).

VIII. Prior to the rapture, during this time of unfulfilled prophecies that we have been studying, the unannounced anti-christ may be actively involved in putting together a confederation of ten world governments. Until the time that the rapture takes place, the Church will have to suffer from anything on earth, that unbelievers will also have deal with; the tribulation will not have yet begun.

IX. Under the authority and power of the anti-christ, there will be a confederation of ten world areas, which are said in Scripture to be ruled by ten kings, with such areas being known as kingdoms. Under the control of the United Nations, such kingdoms may be known as “world zones.” You might ask yourself who such a person may be that the United Nations will appoint as its leader of the tribulation era one-world government.

A. The leader of the United Nations is the Secretary General. Consider the appointment process of UN Secretaries General. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Secretary-General_selection
United Nations Secretary-General selection
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

B. United Nations Secretary-General selection is the process of selecting the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. To be selected as Secretary-General, a candidate must receive the votes of at least 9 members of the United Nations Security Council, with no vetoes from permanent members. The Secretary-General is then appointed by a majority vote of the United Nations General Assembly.

C. Although the process is informally called an election, the United Nations refers to it as the “procedure of selecting and appointing the next United Nations Secretary-General.” Since the General Assembly has never refused to appoint the person recommended by the Security Council, it is the selection of the Security Council that determines the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

D. When considering the appointment process of the UN Secretary General, we must ask ourselves a simple question. Where are you, and I, and the leadership of our respective countries in this process? We might also ask ourselves another simple question. Who is a favorite personality of much of the liberal world? The closest person to taking on the role of the anti-christ will be the person who is the head of the United Nations.

E. The following verses of scripture will shed light on the situation of a one-world government, having a ten-world confederation, which will fall under the control of the anti-christ.

1. Consider Daniel 9:27 (538 B.C.) for prophecy of the peace treaty that will be confirmed between the anti-christ and Israel, which he will break halfway through the seven-year period of the treaty (the tribulation).

2. Consider the following verses that discuss the anti-christ leading the world through ten ungodly leaders in ten world zones. The date that Revelation was written is considered to be 96 A.D.
Daniel 7:24-27 (555 B.C.). Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 12, 16.

3. Consider the following verses that discuss the un-godly power that the anti-christ will have over the world directly, and through the false prophet, who is his aid. Read each verse carefully. Verse 17 is key, and has implications to the time in which we are living now.

Revelation 13:1-17. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A1-17&version=NASB

X. Let’s consider again the purpose for the tribulation and, therefore, the rapture.

A. The purpose of this series of Tribulation-related articles is to discuss the events that will lead to the future when the Bride of Christ, the Church, is removed (raptured) from this earth and taken to heaven. It will be at the time of the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) that God will begin to deal with unbelieving Jews (Jeremiah 30:7), and Gentiles who have no saving relationship with Christ. Both groups of unbelievers will be left behind from the rapture, and will have to go through the time of testing that is identified in Revelation 3:10, and is known as the tribulation. There is no purpose for the Bride of Christ, the Church, to go through the judgments of the tribulation that will come on the earth at the hand of Christ and angels of God. The purpose for such tribulation testing is to lead unbelievers in Christ to saving faith in our Lord, so that they can spend eternity with Him. Notice that it will be from the total time of testing that the raptured church will be removed, and not just from a portion of that period of tribulation.

B. In the direction that our world is heading, it is easy to see that a one-world government can easily be attained through an ungodly leader, who will lord over the world during the tribulation, through ten ungodly world leaders. The timing of the tribulation is based on the anti-christ confirming a peace treaty with Israel; no mortal knows when such an action will take place. The timing of the rapture is God’s decision, and not on acts of worldly disobedience to His Word. No mortal knows when millions of believers in Christ will suddenly, and without announcement, leave this world on their way to Heaven. Ungodly voters vote for ungodly politicians. Those who are left behind from the rapture will have to deal with their choices of elected ungodly leaders who will govern this world, in an ungodly manner. Without a doubt, the stage is being set throughout the world for greater ungodly conditions to find inroads into every part of our lives.

XI. The following two videos add light to this discussion of the control of the anti-christ. In the video, the rapture has taken place, and each person was left behind from the rapture. Buck Williams, who is played by Kirk Cameron, is a journalist who is in the process of coming to saving faith in Christ.

Apr 3, 2020. Thansotir RS.
Left Behind II: Nicolae Carpathia (antichrist) becomes One World Governor.

Nicolae Carpathia. Mar 6, 2009. jscottphillips.
Nicolae Carpathia establishes the 10 kingdoms on earth after the rapture.

XII. Study References.

A. C.I. Scofield: Scofield Study Bible.

B. J. Dwight Pentecost: “Things To Come.”

C. John F. Walvoord: Commentaries on Daniel and Revelation.

D. Charles C. Ryrie: Ryrie Study Bible, Basic Theology, A Survey of Bible Doctrine.

XIII. Please follow this site.

Road To Tribulation 11 – Spiritual Showdowns Are Happening NOW!

I. Opening Video.

A. Guard the Truth | Prophetic Perspectives 136. Christ In Prophecy. Jan 25, 2021.

B. As delusion abounds, how can Christians guard their hearts with the truth? Find out with guest Jeff Kinley and Tim Moore of the Lamb And Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

C. God’s judgments, and God’s plan for the rapture of the church, are based on God, and not on a disobedient world to which God will react. The plans of God are cemented in Scripture. The details of God’s plans are often not taught in congregations. Many sermons, teachings, and opinions are present throughout the world of the church of Christ that do not mesh with God’s Word. Consequently, there are many church members that are so ill-informed of the Biblical teachings of eschatology, that when unfulfilled prophecies may be taking place, such Christians will think that they are in the tribulation, or that the rapture of the church is taking place. Part of the reason for so much ignorance of end times teaching is found in scripture. Consider the following information.

1. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the Apostle Paul writes about the rapture of the church happening “prior to the Tribulation.” Even though Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was brief, it is clear the people had come to believe in and hope for the reality of their Savior’s return. The church at Thessalonica thought that the rapture of the church had taken place, and that they were in the tribulation. Their confusion came as they were being persecuted, an experience they thought they were to be delivered from by the Lord’s return (MacArthur Study Bible. The Moody Bible Commentary. Ryrie Study Bible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, Zondervan, 1958, pg 209. Basic Theology, Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Press, 1986, pg 565.).

2. The above paragraphs point to the importance of not only having a teaching of eschatology, but also having such a study that is thorough and correct in its details.

3. Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. (From, “Got Questions,” https://www.gotquestions.org/Eschatology.html).

II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening.

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of Zephaniah 2:11. We will discuss Spiritual Showdowns that are happening NOW!

C. The fulfillment of the spiritual prophecy of Zephaniah 2:11 is taking place now. The unfulfilled physical prophecy may continue into the tribulation.

III. Preview of Zephaniah’s Prophecy.

A. Key Scripture of Prophecy. Zephaniah 2:11 – New American Standard Bible – 630 B.C.

“The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

B. Preview of Key Scripture (Zephaniah 2:11). Consider the account of “The NOW Prophecies.” 1

1. Prophecies are being made ready for the fulfillment of God’s plans for judgment of prophesied nations. The God of the Bible is currently challenging all of His god competitors to prove their worthiness of worship. Like in “Isaiah 46:9-10,” God is forcing the false gods to prove that they are the one and only true God! God is not constrained to prove Himself before the god impostors; rather, He is compelled to prevent people from perishing in these last days. It is His love that always drives His actions. 2. Click onto the link to see Isaiah 46:9-10. 712 B.C. “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me”… (continued in link).
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+46%3A9-10&version=NASB

2. Consider (From New American Standard Bible).

a. 1 John 4:8: “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (90 A.D.)

b. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (30 A.D.)

IV. Consider Zephaniah’s Prophecy. A Spiritual Perspective.

A. Spiritual Showdowns Were Predicted to Happen. 3

1. Zephaniah the prophet foretold of the coming of these spiritual showdowns, per Zephaniah 2:11, “The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

2. Zephaniah 2:11 introduces two prophecies. First, it declares that someday, the God (capital G), of the Bible, will eliminate all of the false gods (small g), presently worshipped within the world. Second, the one true God will rightfully receive His due praise throughout the entire earth. This global adoration takes place when Christ returns and rules over the earth in His millennial reign after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31, Mk 13:24-27, Lk 21:29-31, 33 A.D.), which means that the removal of the false gods must take place sometime prior.

3. The Hebrew word used for “reduce to nothing” can be translated as, “famished, starved, emaciated, or made lean.” There are two primary ways through which the Lord can accomplish this spectacular achievement. One method is that He can “overrun” the pagan deities, and the other is that He can “overshadow” them. He appears to be utilizing both techniques.

4. To “overrun” is to decisively defeat and occupy the territory of an enemy. In this process, the competing god is overpowered, overthrown, and proven unfit for further worship.

5. To “overshadow” is to tower tall above an object, which results in the casting of a shadow over it. In this example, it is the ability of the greater God to prove His prominence and superiority over the stature of the lesser god. To “overshadow” does not require the overrunning of an idol, rather, it is accomplished by making the false god fail in a final choice comparison. It causes the devotee to question the object of his or her devotion. It deflects adulation away from the lying idol by alluring admiration to the obvious greater God.

6. As the Lord steps up His current campaign to overpower and overshadow all the false gods, followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other mostly passive religions will have to deal with major theological differences between Christianity and their respective religions. One by one, the pagan deities will succumb to the supremacy of the Lord, and when He upholds His holy name through the nation of Israel in Ezekiel 39:7, everyone dwelling upon the earth at that time will be forced to focus on His sovereign power. See Ezekiel 39:7, NASB, as follow”

“And I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not allow My holy name to be profaned anymore. But the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.”

7. This article will demonstrate that the spiritual showdowns are currently underway. However, it is the fulfillment of Zephaniah 2:11 that officially commences the final elimination process of all of the false gods. Thus, it is important to understand the context and timing of Zephaniah 2:8-11. This prophecy appears to connect with the toppling of Jordan for its participation in the Psalm 83 prophecy. The primary god worshipped in Jordan that stands to be adversely affected is Allah.

8. Among the surplus of pagan deities, Scripture points out that two of the most prominent ones will be overrun. They are Allah and Satan. Allah appears to be represented in Zephaniah 2:9-11. In these verses, Zephaniah is dealing with the famishing of the god of the Jordanians, which are historically Moab and Ammon. Today, the primary god that is worshipped by most Jordanians is Allah.

9. Revelation 12:7-9 states that Michael, the Archangel, and his heavenly armies will win a war against Satan and his fallen angels. This defeat casts Satan and his cohorts down from heaven to the earth. This is followed a few years later by the prophecy of Revelation 20:1-2, which states that an angel eventually overpowers Satan and binds him in chains for 1,000 years in the bottomless pit. These predictions concerning Satan find fulfillment during the LAST prophecies; they are neither NOW, nor NEXT, events.

10. Ultimately, Allah will be overrun, but presently this pagan god is being overshadowed. The Lord is accomplishing amazing things in several Muslim countries, causing many to willingly forfeit their faith in Islam. Allah’s appeal is fading fast. Neither can he control the growing chaos within his religion, nor can he match up with the supernatural miracles, healings, visions and dreams being outsourced from the Lord. Christ is standing tall and casting His shadow over Allah, who is steadily shrinking small. Disillusioned Muslins are abandoning Allah and coming to saving faith in Christ in record numbers. This is taking place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Syrian refugee camps, and other oppressed places throughout the Muslin world.

V. Consider Zephaniah’s Prophecy. A Physical Perspective.

A. God’s Word speaks of His love and protection of Israel. (New American Standard Bible)

1. Genesis 12:3. “And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

2. Deuteronomy 14:2. “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”

3. Zechariah 12:8. “For the Lord of armies says this: “After glory He has sent me against the nations that plunder you, for the one who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

B. God’s Word speaks of His reaching out to all of the people the world.

1. John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”

2. 2 Peter 3:9. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”

C. God’s Word speaks of His Judgment on those who seek to draw people away from Him (Yahweh), who is the true God, and lead them, or force them, to worshiping false gods.

1. Verse. Zephaniah 2:11. “The Lord will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place.”

2. Commentary. “The Lord destroys the gods by destroying the nations that depend on these gods; these deities have no real existence apart from the people who serve them (1 Co 8:4-6). By revealing the unreal nature of these gods, He brings the nations to acknowledge Him as the one true God.” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Abridged Edition: Old Testament)

D. Consider The Significance Of Yahweh. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

1. Verse. Genesis 15:7. “He also said to him, “I am Yahweh who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”

2. Lexicon. 3068: the proper name of the God of Israel. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/genesis/15-7.htm

VI. Satanic Warfare Against Christians And Jews.

A. Spiritual warfare of Satan, through his allies, is present in the world, and relentless. Such attacks on God’s people comes through the unsaved people and agencies of all nations. Social media platforms, main stream media, government, academia, arts and entertainment, global and new world order types, and those described by the liberal main stream media as “the religious left,” are bold in their attacks on anyone who has says or writes anything that opposes same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, or the support of Israel. The United States has been blessed by God above all other nations, and has been used by God as a refuge for Jews and a protector of Israel. However, the same people and agencies (mentioned above) are actively trying to divide and break down America. Those, “whom have been born again and who know Christ as their Lord and Savior,” have the Presence of God’s Spirit dwelling within their spirit (John 14:16-26), prompting them to righteous living (John 16:7-11). Satan uses those, “who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior, who have not been born again, and do not have the indwelling Presence and influence of God’s Holy Spirit,” to further his un-Godly agenda of killing unborn babies, same-sex marriage, and attacking Israel (physically and verbally).

B. Scripture tells of the influence that Satan has over “Satan’s people.” Scripture also tells us how people can come out from under the power of Satan. Consider the following verses and comments from “God Questions.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). Follow the conversation.

1. “The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” Eph 2:1-2. ” And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient.”

2. “Those whom have not trusted Christ as Lord and Savior.” 2 Cor 4:4. “In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

3. “The air in Eph 2:2 may refer to the invisible realm above the earth where Satan and his demons move and exist. Eph 6:12. “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

4. “This evil realm, called the “air” could be an actual locality, but it could be an actual locality, and it could also be synonymous with the world.” John 12:31. “Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

5. “Although Satan has power and authority in the current world system in which we exist, his power is limited, always under the sovereign control of God.” Job 1:12. “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.”

6. “Satan’s power and authority are temporary.” Rom 16:20. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

7. “God has made it clear that there is only one way to escape the power of Satan’s dominion, and that is through Christ.” Acts 26:18. “to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.” (Context is verses 14-18, where Christ is speaking to Paul.)

VII. Summary.

In prior articles in this “Road To Tribulation” series, we have seen God’s prophetic judgments on nations and people groups who have been hostile toward Israel, and continue in such hostility towards God’s chosen people. The truth of the Ammonites and Moabites (Zephaniah 2:8-11) coming under God’s justice is no less valid. The justice of God will occur, based on God’s timetable, and not on anything that would make it appear that God is implementing a reactive act of justice. Please understand that God’s justice is “JUST,” and will take place.

VIII. Israel In The News.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-troops-nab-gazan-infiltrator-who-was-carrying-grenades/

http://www.baptist.org.il/news/post/165/Youth-group-distribute-water-and-sweets-during-Ramadan

IX. Article References.

A. The sources of information that are noted in this article are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase.

B. Footnotes.

1. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, 2016.
2. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, pg 37.
3. The NOW Prophecies, Bill Salus, pg 38-41.

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Road To Tribulation 10 – Ezekiel 38-39 Invasion Of Israel!

I. Opening Video.

A. Nuclear Showdown in Iran – Bill Salus and Nathan Jones, October 26, 2020.

B. Prophecy Depot Ministries Bill Salus. Jan 3, 2021.

C. What is Iran’s future according to Bible prophecy? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening.

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of the Ezekiel 38-39 war, where a coalition of nations attacks Israel. A background on the historical and political factors that have influenced worldly acceptance of the players are included in this article, and should not be a surprise to anyone.

C. The previous article (Road To Tribulation 9) discussed Ezekiel 38. This article will further the discussion of the events of Ezekiel 39.

III. The Ezekiel 38-39 War (The Invasion Of Israel).

A. Prophecy against Gog.

1. Ezekiel 38:1-39:24. In this section dealing with Israel’s blessing is the description of the deliverance of Israel from the invaders from the north in Ezekiel 38-39 led by Gog. 1.

2. The possibility of Russia attacking Israel is a modern concern of the United States and other nations. With both Russia and Red China constituting a major political bloc, the possibility of a future war between Russia and Israel becomes a possibility. 2

3. The word “Russia” never occurs in Scripture, but the description of this war connects these two important chapters of Ezekiel with the future outcome of Russia as a world power. If Ezekiel 38-39 is studied carefully, it reveals a future invasion of the land of Israel by the armies of Russia and five other nations. Though sometimes confused with the battle of Armageddon, which will be a world conflict before the second coming of Christ, this war will be distinct, both in its objectives, its character, and its outcome. According to Scripture the invaders will be totally destroyed which, undoubtedly, will have an effect on the world power struggle in which Russia is now a major factor. As this prophecy was written 2500 years ago, the question remains whether this has ever been fulfilled in the past. A search of history finds no such battle or outcome. 3

B. The identities of the players of the invasion of Israel.

1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 38:1-6 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.

1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 So I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them magnificently dressed, a great contingent with shield and buckler, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with buckler and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 38:1-6.

a. Ezekiel 38:2. “Gog.” The derivation of the word is uncertain. It probably refers to the ruler of the people who live in Magog. “Magog” was identified by Josephus as the land of the Scythians, the region N and NE of the Black Sea and E of the Caspian Sea (now occupied by three members of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan). “Rosh.” The area of modern Iran. “Meshech and Tubal.” The area of modern Turkey. 7

b. Ezekiel 38:5-6. Other allies include “Persia” (modern Iran), “Ethiopia” (northern Sudan), “Put” (Libya), “Gomer”(probably the eastern part of Turkey and Ukraine), and “Beth-togarmah” (the part of Turkey near the Syrian border).” 7

c. Notice that none of the countries that will attack Israel in the Ezekiel 38-39 war are countries that physically border Israel. The countries that will attack Israel in the Psalm 83 war will be Israeli’s neighboring nations. The participants of each of the wars can be seen in the following link. Notice that the Psalm 83 confederates are Muslim. The Ezekiel 38-39 countries are not all Muslim countries.
https://prophecynewsstand.blogspot.com/2009/12/psalm-83-and-ezekiel-38-reference-maps.html

C. Prophecy against Gog: The destruction of Israel’s invaders.

1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:5-8 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible

5 You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,” declares the Lord God. 6 “And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord.
7 “And I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not allow My holy name to be profaned anymore. But the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is coming and it shall be done,” declares the Lord God. “That is the day of which I have spoken.

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:5-8.

a. In repeating aspects of the prophecy of their destruction, God noted again that the invasion of the land was caused by God bringing them into the conflict, “I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel (vs 2). The geographic origination of the invasion was again said to be “the far north.” (vs 2). God further declared, “Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand” (vs 3). 4

b. Because of the various judgments of God mentioned earlier, God declared that the invading army will fall on the mountains of Israel (vs 4). God stated, “I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (vs 4-5). From these Scriptures it is clear that the entire invading army will be wiped out. In addition to wiping out the army that will be invading Israel, a judgment of fire will also be inflicted on Magog and “those who live in safety in the coastlands” (vs 6), indicating that a special judgment will be visited also on the land from which the Russian army troops come. 5

3. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:9-24 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ez+39%3A9-16&version=NASB

4. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:9-24.

a. At the end of the great battle, those who inhabit the cities of Israel will gather up the weapons and burn them, for a period of seven years (39:9). Seven months will be spent burying the dead (39:12). 6

b. The thousands of soldiers killed in the war will be buried in order to cleanse the land (vs 11-13). After the seven months there still will be other bodies located, and according to the prophecy some will be permanently employed to search out the dead and bury them (vs 11-14). 8

c. All the dead will be buried to cleanse the land. An unburied corpse was considered unclean (Deu 21:23), and burial was done as soon as possible after death. Though everyone participated in the burial of Gog’s army (vs 13), a full-time burial corps was employed (vs 14). Anyone who found a bone, skeleton, or any human remains placed a marker on it for the burial corps to find and bury in the valley of Hamon-Gog. 13

d. The gruesome task of the seven month burial (vs 11-13) would appear to have a very sobering influence spiritually. No doubt, it will prove to be one of the means of leading Israel, as well as the Gentiles, to repentance and faith in the Lord. 14

e. See last line of D. 2. b., below, for thought on the timing of the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion of Israel.

f. Immediately after the battle, before the burial takes place, God invites birds and wild animals to feast on the dead bodies. God pointed out how the dead will include riders, some of whom were important people, and also their horses (vs 17-20). 9

g. The judgment on the invaders was designed to display the power of God (vs 21). God had previously judged the people of Israel because of their unfaithfulness, and many of them died (vs 23-24). 10

D. The Restoration Of Israel.

1. Key Verses: Ezekiel 39:25-29 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ez+39%3A25-29&version=NASB

2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:25-29.

a. God here announced the restoration of Israel, as had been predicted in many passages in the Old Testament. This prediction of restoration was just as literal as the prediction of the battle, and both will take place. vs 25-26 below. 11

25 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on all the house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.

b. God, having previously predicted His judgments on Israel, here made a point of how they will be gathered completely from the various lands from which they had been scattered. Now, God makes a specific and sweeping prediction, “When I have brought them back from the nations of their enemies, I will show Myself Holy through them in the sight of many nations. They they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit ON the House of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD” (39:27-29). Not only will God restore Israel to the land, but He promised to gather all of them from their scattered position and bring them back to the land. This will occur in the opening period of the millennial kingdom. It will not be an option to the Children of Israel, but she will be commanded to come to her Promised Land. This is a sweeping dramatic prediction, and supports the doctrine of a glorious future for Israel in the Millennium. Early in Ezekiel 20:33-38, God had declared His purpose to regather Israel, but will purge out the rebels, or the unsaved, so that only righteous Israel will be allowed to possess her ancient land. An important point in biblical interpretation is to treat these prophecies in the literal sense, as are the other prophecies which have been fulfilled. If so, it requires a coming of Christ before the thousand-year reign of Christ, or the pre-millennial return of the Lord. vs 27-29 below. 12

27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall show Myself holy through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then I gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. 29 I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.

c. The timing of this Ezekiel 38-39 war will be discussed in a later article in detail.

IV. Summary.

A. The apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to the land of Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered Russia. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/

B. The key to understanding the attack of Russia on Israel is found in Ezekiel 38-39. Dr. C.I. Scofield provided great understanding on the Russia-Israel conflict through his studies.

1. Dr. Scofield went to Europe in the early years of the 20th century. From Scofield’s studies in Europe, the Scofield Study Bible of 1909 was published. Dr. David Reagan tells the story of some of the findings of Scofield’s studies. At the time of Scofield’s trip to Europe, Russia was an orthodox Christian nation, and there was no such state of Israel. Scofield made the following comment: “I don’t understand it! Russia is an Orthodox Christian nation, and there is no Israel. But, Scripture says that Russia will invade Israel; and, I believe it!” As the following link shows, many anti-Semites disagreed with Scofield’s findings, and were very vocal in their opposition to Israel possessing the land that God had given to them. Such opposition still comes from those without, and within, the church. https://proliberty.com/observer/20090507.htm

2. Biblical and historic truth shows that the apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to present-day Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered present-day Russia. Dr. C.I. Scofield was correct in his discovery of the Russia-Israel connection. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/ Others who came to the same understanding as C.I. Scofield, and have gone on to be with the Lord, include John Nelson Darby, Lewis Sperry Chafer, John Walvoord, Charles Ryrie, and J. Dwight Pentecost, and others. The study bibles that I most often consult are the Scofield and Ryrie Study Bibles, both of which explain the truth of God’s abiding love for Jews, and His promises for “Israel in the end times.”

3. Credential information for the individuals that are mentioned in the above paragraph (2.) can be found on this website’s Page of Theologians.

C. God’s Love For The Jews.

1. Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Promise Of Land To Israel

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the Brook of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River: 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hethites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

2. Deuteronomy 14:2 (1451 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Special Relationship With Israel

2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be his own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

3. Ezekiel 37:21-22 (587 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God Will Return Israel To Their Land

21 tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over all of them. They will no longer be two nations and will no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

V. Israel In The News.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/man-with-knife-arrested-trying-to-enter-jewish-school-kosher-store-in-france/

http://www.baptist.org.il/?fbclid=IwAR2MXofJ3agL9r5k8Y6rMfLIBiLHtPFoBTzlUvzgUyojSSS-NcPX3q0y5Pk

VI. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase.

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1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 189
3. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 190
4. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 195
5. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196
6. The Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1262
7. Ryrie Study Bible
8. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196 (Ez 39:11-16)
9. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:17-20)
10. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:21-24)
11. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:25-29)
12. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 198 (Ez 39:25-29)
13. New American Commentary, Ezekiel, pg 343
14. Liberty Bible Commentary

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Road To Tribulation 9 – The Gap Between The NOW And NEXT Prophecies.

I. Opening Video.

A. Israel’s Role in the End Times. The 700 Club. Nov 17, 2017.

B. Jonathan Bernis is founding Rabbi of Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester, New York, where he served as Senior Messianic Rabbi from 1984 to 1993; you can read more about him by clicking onto the following link.
https://www.jewishvoice.org/about/jonathan-bernis

II. The Gap Overview.

A. From the creation of the State of Israel (1948), until today’s date (2021), is a period of almost 73 years. It is important for us to now consider which events will take place between now and the events of Ezekiel 38.

B. Prophecy Against Gog. 1

1. Ezekiel 38:1-39:24. Included in this passage dealing with Israel’s blessing is the description of the deliverance of Israel from the invaders from the north in Ezekiel 38-39, which is led by Gog.

2. The prophecy against Gog is one of the most dramatic predictions of Ezekiel. The passage predicted an invasion of Israel by a great army that will attack Israel from the north.

III. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained. 2

A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 2

B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecies that will help us to consider the things that will happen on Earth between the time of this NOW writing and the events that will take place during the time of the NEXT prophecies.

IV. What Is In The Gap Between The NOW and NEXT Prophecies? 3

A. As important as the NEXT prophecies described in Ezekiel 38-39 are, they do not appear ready to happen now. There exists a gap between now and then. The following section explains how this conclusion can be drawn.

B. Ezekiel 38:7-13 lists several prerequisites that must exist inside of Israel before the Magog invasion can occur. Israel must be a reestablished nation in the latter years, which is the case today. However, the country needs to be inhabited by a peaceful Jewish people that dwell securely without walls, bars or gates. Additionally, Israel must possess a sufficient surplus of spoils, because that is what the Magog coalition comes after. [587 B.C., https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+38%3A7-13&version=CSB%5D

1. If this prophecy is to be interpreted literally, it is safe to say that Israel is not dwelling without walls. In fact, the Middle East is the most “fenced in” and fortified region in the world, and Israel is arguably the most “walled in” country in the Mideast.

2. Some contend that Israel is dwelling securely today. They generally define the security described in Ezek 38:8, 11 and 14, as a relative confidence in the ability of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) to defend the Jewish nation. Although I agree that the IDF can defend Israel today, I thoroughly disagree with this interpretation. Ezekiel’s intended usage of the Hebrew words for “dwelling securely,” deals with a security that is achieved through military conquests over Israel’s surrounding Arab enemies; we discover this ten chapters earlier in Ezek 28:24-26 [587 B.C., https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+28%3A24-26&version=CSB%5D.

3. The pertinent question for today is: “Does Israel have enemies surrounding them that despise them?” The answer to that question is definitely YES! They all happened to be enlisted in the ancient prophecy of Psalm 83. They comprise an inner circle of Arab states and terrorist populations within those states, that share common borders with Israel. (See my article, Road To Tribulation 5, https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/road-to-tribulation-5-the-psalm-83-war/)

4. Due to the existence of these unsatisfied prerequisite conditions spelled out in Ezek 38:7-13, the Ezek 38-39 predictions are appropriately classified as NEXT, but not NOW, prophecies. This presumably precludes that at least Psalm 83, the concluding Arab-Israeli war, needs to happen before Israel can dwell securely and remove the walls that protect it from its surrounding enemies.

5. Between now and the NEXT prophecies of Ezek 38, we can insert Psalm 83 as a stage setter for the Ezekiel events. Psalm 83 can happen at any time. The only minor conditions standing between now and Psalm 83 are two paper-thin peace treaties between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt. Egypt, probably, and Jordan, certainly, are participants in Psalm 83.

V. Which Prophecies fill the gap between NOW and the Magog invasion? 4

A. Psalm 83 is among the NOW prophecies that happen between now and the time that the Lord upholds His Holy Name in the Magog event. However, there are several other Biblical predictions that could possibly happen before Ezekiel 38-39. This is a sobering potential reality if you consider the likelihood that Ezekiel 38 could happen within the next decade or so. I’m not predicting the timing of Ezekiel 38, but many of today’s top scholars believe that the stage is set for Ezekiel 38 to happen very soon.

B. Although the Bible doesn’t give us a specific date for the commencement point of Ezekiel 38-39, we are concurrently over six decades closer than we were in 1948 when Israel was rebirthed as the Jewish state. The question is: “are we looking at another sixty or more years until the Magog Invasion?” My answer to that question is, “I don’t think so!”

C. The NOW prophecies previously identified should all find fulfillment before the Lord upholds His Holy Name through Israel. The possible exception would be the vanishing of Christians, i.e., the Rapture of the Church
(1 Thess. 4:16-17). The timing of the Rapture could be before, during, or after the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies find fulfillment.

D. Prophecy will be fulfilled, based on the written words of Jewish Biblical prophets, e.g., Isa 1:1; Jere 1:1-2; Ezek 1:3. The prophecies came from God to the Jewish prophets, who in turn gave them to the Jewish people, which related to “prophetic events” that dealt with the Jews. Let me rephrase that statement. God spoke to Jewish Prophets about Jewish matters, which in turn, were told to Jewish people. Such prophecies could have dealt with the time that each prophecy was given, until the end of times. The prophecies related to Jews, but also could have had a collateral effect on other nations, such as in the case of the Psalm 83 War, the Destruction of Damascus, and the Ezekiel 38-39 War.

E. The Rapture will occur based on the words of Romans 11:25 (60 A.D.).

1. Verse. Romans 11:25.

New American Standard Bible 1995
25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

2. Commentary. Romans 11:25.

a. The fulness of the Gentiles refers to the time when the last Gentile will have been saved and the church will be removed from the earth by the Rapture. It is distinct from the Time of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), which refers to the period of time from the Babylonian captivity (587 B.C.) to the rapture of the church. 5

b. Notice that the Rapture of the church is not based on Old Testament Prophecy.

c. “Mystery.” The definition of a scriptural mystery is something unknown in times past, but revealed in the NT. 6.

3. The rapture and the church were mysteries until the Apostle Paul revealed those truths:

a. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (59 A.D.). Mystery of the Rapture.
New American Standard Bible 1995.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

b. Ephesians 5:32 (64 A.D.). Mystery of the Church.
New American Standard Bible 1995.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

VI. Israel In The News.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-post-wwii-nuremberg-and-new-york-purims-future-once-hung-in-the-balance/

VII. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. Please note that the footnotes for Bill Salus show the fruit of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.

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1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 9
3. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 23-25
4. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 25
5. KJV Study Bible Notes
6. Ryrie Study Bible, note on Romans 16:25

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Road To Tribulation 8 – Where Are We Now On God’s Timeline?

I. Opening Video. A Middle East Myth. Prophetic Perspectives #100. Oct 8, 2020. Christ In Prophecy.

A. What is the greatest myth about attaining peace in the Middle East? Find out from the opening video with Dr. David Reagan and the Lamb And Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.

B. Another myth will be discussed in this article, which relates to Israel claiming ownership of the land that God promised to His chosen people (Deu 14:2) in 1913 B.C Gen 15:18-21). We will show scriptural authority and historical records that address ownership of the land that God’s chosen people occupy.

II. Israel’s Prophetic Timeline. 1

A. As we continue our study of the NOW Prophecies, it is important to discuss our present place on God’s calendar of events. Without a doubt, the most important prophetic information for every generation is the knowledge of its whereabouts on our Lord’s prophetic timeline.

B. The prophet Isaiah tells us that there exists a definite beginning and ending, so the logical question for us to ask is, “where are we now?” Consider the following verses from the Jewish Prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah 46:9-10 (712 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

C. The simple answer is that we are somewhere between the two prophetic events of the rebirth of the nation of Israel, and the Ezekiel 39:7 “upholding of the Lord’s Holy Name” through the nation of Israel.

Ezekiel 39:7 (587 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

7 “My holy name I will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let My holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

D. In fulfillment of numerous prophecies, Israel was reborn as a nation on May 14, 1948. This is when the end time’s hourglass made its final turn, and now the grains of sand are rapidly descending downward into its lower chamber. Mankind is racing toward the expiration of this present earth.

E. The events of the previous Isaiah and Ezekiel prophecies should standout like monumental bookends to this present generation, because they are intended to serve as the prophetic proof that the God of the Bible is the one true God over all of the earth. Replacement theology, the erroneous teaching that God is done with the Jews, has facilitated the failure of many Christians to recognize miraculous existence of the Jewish state of Israel. However, their ignorance does not erase the fact that Israel today is a marvelous sovereign undertaking of the Lord. Accoring to the Jewish Prophet Jeremiah, it was intended to be so. Consider the following veres of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 23:7-8 (599 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

7 “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

F. The Hebrew exodus from Egypt resulted in the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14). This was a supernatural event that has yet to be outmatched or duplicated to this day. The miracle was to be memorialized in the midst of the Hebrews generations that followed. It served to remind the Jews that their God Yahweh could deliver them through all obstacles and oppressions. In addition to this monumental miracle, the Old Testament is filled with other historical examples evidencing this fact.

G. However, Jeremiah 23:7 declares that the exodus episode will pale in comparison to the modern day miracle of the rebirthed nation of Israel. Rightfully so, the Lord had to accomplish much more than parting the Red Sea in order to reestablish the nation of Israel in modernity. Below are a few examples that depict the enormous sovereign undertaking of God in order for Israel to exist today:

1. “Implant Zionism In Jews.” Zionism is the term associated with the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. In the late 1800s, after centuries of existence outside of their country, the Jews began to yearn to return to their ancient homeland. They were, and still are, willing to leave their world countries, diverse cultures, and differing languages to return to a place that was desolate and is presently dangerous.

2. “Create Arab Homeland.” From 1517 to 1917 A.D., the Middle East was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. That dominion abruptly ended with the Turkish loss in World War I. This empire had to be eliminated in order for the Mideast to be rezoned with Arab states, and a Jewish state. The creation of the Arab states and the Jewish sate was the fulfillment of the Lord’s Mideast Peace Plan provided in Jeremiah 12:14-17, as follows:

Jeremiah 12:14-17 (608 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

14 Thus says the Lord concerning all My wicked neighbors who strike at the inheritance with which I have endowed My people Israel, “Behold I am about to uproot them from their land and will uproot the house of Judah from among them. 15 And it will come about that after I have uprooted them, I will again have compassion on them; and I will bring them back, each one to his inheritance and each one to his land. 16 Then if they will really learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ even as they taught My people to swear by Baal, they will be built up in the midst of My people. 17 But if they will not listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.

a. The Jeremiah 12:17 prophecy specified that the Arabs and Jews will return to their homelands, which occurred in the aftermath of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

b. It is important to note that Jeremiah 12:17 predicts the destruction of the Arab nations that curse Israel instead of live peacefully alongside Israel. This destruction seemingly occurs with the NOW prophecy of Psalm 83.

3. “Prevent Nai Genocide.” In order for the Jewish state to exist, Jews needed to exist. During World War II, Adolph Hitler and the Nazis attempted the genocide of the Jews. Had they been successful, there would be no Israel today. Whereas, World War I freed up the ancient land of Israel for the Jewish people. World War II prepared the Jews for the land of Israel.

4. “Empower The Allied Forces.” Communist Russia teamed up with the capitalistic America, and the other allied forces, to defeat the Nazis. This cohesion of this unlikely coalition was also the miraculous sovereign undertaking of the Lord.

5. “Create The Jewish State.” With the control of the Ottoman Empire relinquished, and the establishment of the Arab states in place, the restoration of Israel occurred. These territorial shifts paved the way for the state of Israel to come into existence.

6. “Empower The Israeli Army.” Ezekiel 37:10, 25:14, and Obadiah 1:18, and elsewhere, predicted the rise of today’s Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Through the process of three regional wars in 1948, 1967, and 1973, the Jews transformed from refugees into the most powerful army in the Middle East. This had to happen in order to sustain Israel’s existence.

7. “Preserve And Prosper Israel.” Israel is becoming a prosperous nation. According to Ezekiel 38:12-13, Israel continues to prosper and achieve an abundance of plunder and booty. It is this prosperity that motivates the Russian Gog of Magog invaders to attack Israel.

III. The Upholding Of God’s Holy Name Through The People Of Israel. 2

A. The Magog invasion of Ezekiel 38-39 is the other major prophetic marker for this generation to consider. Ezekiel 38:1-39:20 contains forty-three verses of some of the most consolidated and descriptive prophetic information found anywhere within the entire Bible.

B. The reader of the above passages do not need to be a Bible scholar, rocket scientist, or even a believer in Christ to glean a relatively detailed understanding of this forthcoming prophecy. By interpreting these verses literally, the reader is made aware of the following details:

1. Timing of the event (In the end times). Ezekiel 38:8,16.
2. Identities of the invading coalition (These are “Outer Ring” countries because they do not share common borders with Israel). Ezekiel 38:1-5.
3. Motivation or the invasion of Israel (To take spoil, plunder and booty from Israel). Ezekiel 38:12-13.
4. Conditions inside Israel at the time of the the invasion (A nation at peace that is dwelling securely, without walls). Ezekiel 38:8, 11, 14.
5. Defeat of the invaders by supernatural means (Earthquake, pestilence, bloodshed, flooding rains, great hailstones, fire and brimstone). Ezekiel 38:18-23.
6. Aftermath of the event (Israel will gain international renown for burying the dead for seven years). Ezekiel 39:9-16.
7. Purpose of the prophecy (The upholding of the Holy Name of God). Ezekiel 39:7.

C. The Lord appears to have intended the above verses to be relatively easy for everyone to understand, because this is the epic event through which He pledges to notify the world that He is the one true God.

D. There will be no way to misconstrue that the supernatural destruction of the Magog invaders of Ezekiel 38-39 will come exclusively through the hand of the Lord. Although Israel is positively identified within this prophecy, and possibly even America, the victory over the Russian coalition will not be attributed to either, but the Lord will get the full credit. In the aftermath, God alone will receive credit for Israel’s victory. Our Lord will have validated His sovereignty over the affairs of men, as declared in Isaiah 46:10 (712 B.C.), “I (the Lord) will do all My pleasure.”

E. Our Lord will be able to proclaim, with absolute authority, that He is the covenant keeping “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” who sent His only begotten Son, Yeshua, so that all who receive Him as their Lord and Savior will not perish but have eternal life.

F. In my upcoming article, which will be entitled, “Ezekiel 38: The Israeli Perspective,” I will provide a brief discussion of the Gog and Magog War. The article will address my views on the timing of this Prophecy, which I believe will occur before the seven-year Tribulation Period begins (i.e., Daniel’s Seventieth Week). It will also explore whey the Rapture probably will occur before both Ezekiel 38 and the Tribulation Period.

G. In another upcoming article, which I will call, “The Decline Of America,” biblical, historical, and geo-political arguments will be made which will show why America could be identified in Ezekiel 38:13, as the young lions of the merchants of Tarshish. The USA in this prophecy is seen as a lesser nation, a meager sideline spectator of the Magog invasion. America, shrunken to this non-superpower stature, appears to occur as one of the NOW Prophecies.

IV. History Of Israel.

A. God promised the land of Israel, to Israel, in the Abrahamic Covenant.

Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,
“To your descendants I have given this land,
From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

B. God allowed Moses to see the promised land before Moses died.

Deuteronomy 34:1-4 (1451 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

1 Now Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, 2 and all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, 3 and the Negev and the plain in the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. 4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”

C. The Israelites entered into the promised land.

Joshua 3:17 (1451 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 1995

17 And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

D. The name of Israel changed by Romans.

1. Origins of the Name “Palestine”. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/origin-of-quot-palestine-quot

a. Though the definite origins of the word Palestine have been debated for years and are still not known for sure, the name is believed to be derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew word peleshet. Roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of the land to the northeast of Egypt – the Philistines. The Philistines were an Aegean people – more closely related to the Greeks and with no connection ethnically, linguistically or historically with Arabia – who conquered in the 12th Century BCE the Mediterranean coastal plain that is now Israel and Gaza.

b. In the 2nd century A.D., the Romans crushed the revolt of Shimon Bar Kokhba (132 B.C.), during which Jerusalem and Judea were regained and the area of Judea was renamed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, “Palaestina,” in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel.

2. History of the Term Palestine https://www.levitt.com/essays/palestine

a. From where did the term Palestine originate? How did the world and the church get into the habit of calling the land of Israel “Palestine”? One of the guides we use in our tours to Israel is Zvi Rivai, an Israeli Messianic believer, who has done considerable research on this subject. Zvi informs us that before 135 A.D., the Romans used the terms Judea and Galilee to refer to the Land of Israel. When Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Roman government struck a coin with the phrase “Judea Capta,” meaning Judea has been captured. The term Palestine was never used in the early Roman designations.

b. It was not until the Romans crushed the second Jewish revolt against Rome in 135 A.D., under Bar Kochba, that Emperor Hadrian applied the term Palestine to the Land of Israel. Hadrian, like many dictators since his time realized the propaganda power of terms and symbols. He replaced the shrines of the Jewish Temple and the Sepulchre of Christ in Jerusalem with temples to pagan deities. He changed the name of Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina, and changed the name of Israel and Judea to Palestine. Hadrian’s selection of Palestine was purposeful, not accidental. He took the name of the ancient enemies of Israel, the Philistines, Latinized it to Palestine, and applied it to the Land of Israel. He hoped to erase the name of Israel from all memory. Thus, the term Palestine, as applied to the Land of Israel, was invented by the inveterate enemy of the Bible and the Jewish people, Emperor Hadrian.

c. It is interesting to note that the original Philistines were not Middle Eastern at all. They were European peoples from the Adriatic sea next to Greece. It may have pleased Hadrian to utilize this Hellenistic term for the Jewish land. In any case, the original “Palestinians” had nothing to do, whatsoever, with any Arabs.

3. Is the name Palestine an accurate name for Israel? http://letusreason.org/Biblexp63.htm

a. No, it is not. Israel is often called Palestine which is a derogatory term used by her enemies in the past. There was never a Palestine and there is no such thing as Palestinian people until the conflict of our modern time. Israel is referred to this name by the Arabs because the Arabs want to insinuate they stole the land from them.

b. The Bible never uses the name of “Palestine”, but calls it the land “Judah” or “Israel”. Mt. 2:20-21: “Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child’s life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.”

4. The Myth and Fraud That There Ever Was an Arab Country or People Called ‘Palestine.’

The Myth and Fraud That There Ever Was an Arab Country or People Called ‘Palestine’ (Part Two of Two)

a. For the two thousand years after the Romans renamed Israel, the land of “Palestine,” was synonymous with the Land of Israel. There never was an Arab political entity called “Palestine.” No Arabs denominated themselves “The Palestinians.”

b. Roman conquerors under Vespasian and Titus destroyed the Holy Temple in the year 70 A.D., and the Romans drove most of the remaining Jews out of Israel in the year 135 A.D. under Hadrian and Julius Severus with the fall of Fortress Betar. To extinguish the Jewish bond with the land for all forthcoming eternity, and to prevent yet another Jewish return to Israel from Exile, as had happened only seventy years after the Babylonian expulsion of 586 B.C., the Romans changed the name of the land to identify it with the pagan Biblical peoples who preceded the Jews there before Joshua: the Philistines (“Plishtim,” in Biblical Hebrew). That is where the name “Palestine” comes from: Not Arabs bearing a name — but Rome renaming the conquered Land of Israel for the Plishtim, the Philistines of the time of Joshua and Samson and King Saul.

5. The True Identity of the So-called Palestinians. http://www.imninalu.net/myths-pals.htm

a. There is no such a thing like a Palestinian people, or a Palestinian culture, or a Palestinian language, or a Palestinian history. There has never been any Palestinian state, neither any Palestinian archaeological find nor coinage.

b. The present-day “Palestinians” are an Arab people, with Arab culture, Arabic language and Arab history. They have their own Arab states from where they came into the Land of Israel about one century ago to contrast the Jewish immigration. That is the historical truth. They were Jordanians (another recent British invention, as there has never been any people known as “Jordanians”), and after the Six-Day War in which Israel utterly defeated the coalition of nine Arab states and took legitimate possession of Judea and Samaria, the Arab dwellers in those regions underwent a kind of anthropological miracle and discovered that they were Palestinians – something they did not know the day before. Of course, these people having a new identity had to build themselves a history, namely, had to steal some others’ history, and the only way that the victims of the theft would not complain is if those victims do no longer exist.

V. Biblical Israel.

A. Israel is identified in the New American Standard Bible, 1995 translation, a total of 2361 times by name, as well as 645 times by topic.
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=NASB1995&quicksearch=israel&begin=1&end=1

B. The first dated verse in the Bible, as it relates to Israel, is found in Genesis 11:26. The date of that activity is 2165 B.C. (Ryrie Study Bible)

B. The last dated verse in the Bible, as it relates to Israel, is found in Revelation 21:12. The date of that activity is 96 A.D. (Ryrie Study Bible, Scofield Study Bible)

C. The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years, by 40 human writers, in three continents. The Biblical creation account was written by Moses in 1405 B.C. The totality of the Bible was written under the inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Zechariah 7:12) (MacArthur Study Bible). Genesis 1:1 is dated 4004 B.C. in the Scofield Study Bible. The Liberty Commentary Bible explains a 4004 B.C. creation date (pg 3), and a 10,000 B.C. creation date (pg 4). The Holman Old Testament Commentary, Genesis, (copyright 2002, pg 2), states that mankind has been on earth for 10,000 years, which would have a Genesis 1:1 creation date of approximately 8,000 B.C.

VI. Biblical Comparison To Comparable Time Era Writings.

A. Israel is named 2929 times in the Old Testament, New American Standard Bible translation, 1995 update, by name or topic.
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=NASB1995&quicksearch=israel&begin=73&end=73

B. Bible Manuscripts – Reliability of the Old Testament

1. Dramatically, when the Bible manuscripts are compared to other ancient writings, they stand alone as the best-preserved literary works of all antiquity. Remarkably, there are thousands of existing Old Testament manuscripts and fragments copied throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean and European regions that agree phenomenally with each other. 1 In addition, these texts substantially agree with the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, which was translated from Hebrew to Greek some time during the 3rd century BC. 2 The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in Israel in the 1940’s and 50’s, also provide astounding evidence for the reliability of the ancient transmission of the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. 3
https://www.allaboutthejourney.org/bible-manuscripts.htm

2. Jewish scholars performed “unbelievable” care in copying and preserving Scripture.
The Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 are dated from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. These manuscripts predate by 1000 years the previous oldest manuscripts. They represent every Old Testament book except Esther (as well as non-biblical writings). There is word for word identity in more than 95% of the cases, and the 5% variation consists mostly of slips of the pen and spelling.
http://www.faithfacts.org/search-for-truth/maps/manuscript-evidence

C Israel is named seventy-eight times in the New American Standard Bible translation, 1995 update.
https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?qs_version=NASB1995&quicksearch=israel&begin=73&end=73

D. Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability.

Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability

1. There are presently 5,686 Greek manuscripts in existence today for the New Testament.1 If we were to compare the number of New Testament manuscripts to other ancient writings, we find that the New Testament manuscripts far outweigh the others in quantity.2

2. As you can see (from the linked chart), there are thousands more New Testament Greek manuscripts than any other ancient writing. The internal consistency of the New Testament documents is about 99.5% textually pure. That is an amazing accuracy. In addition, there are over 19,000 copies in the Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic languages. The total supporting New Testament manuscript base is over 24,000.

3. If the critics of the Bible dismiss the New Testament as reliable information, then they must also dismiss the reliability of the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Caesar, Homer, and the other authors mentioned in the chart at the beginning of the paper. On the other hand, if the critics acknowledge the historicity and writings of those other individuals, then they must also retain the historicity and writings of the New Testament authors; after all, the evidence for the New Testament’s reliability is far greater than the others. The Christian has substantially superior criteria for affirming the New Testament documents than he does for any other ancient writing. It is good evidence on which to base the trust in the reliability of the New Testament.

VII. Conclusion.

A. The opening question to this article is one that everyone should consider: “Where Are We Now On God’s Timeline?” As was stated in Paragraph II.C.: “The simple answer is that we are somewhere between the two prophetic events of the rebirth of the nation of Israel, and the Ezekiel 39:7 “upholding of the Lord’s Holy Name” through the nation of Israel.” However, I think that we should expand on that answer.

B. The untrue propaganda that is widely spread through the world about Israel has created a powder keg that is waiting to be ignited, thereby creating an explosion having collateral effects that may be felt in all areas of the world. In this study of unfulfilled “NOW” prophecies, that will take place against the enemies of Israel, it is imperative that we stay aware of the anti-Jewish sentiments that are so very wide-spread.

C. God has an unfulfilled plan for Israel, and we must not be swayed from our Godly support for His chosen people (Gen 12:3). The majority of the nations of the United Nations have an unending verbal assault on Israel. The vast numbers of the mainstream news media outlets repeatedly take the side of “the Palestinians” over Israel. But, God will not abandon Israel; He is unrelenting in Zechariah 2:8

1. Verse. “For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”

2. Comment. Harming God’s chosen people is like striking the pupil of God’s eye. MacArthur Study Bible.

D. It is important to remember that NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW.

VIII. Israel In The News.
https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/britan-jews-lead-fight-against-the-oppression-of-chinas-uighur-muslims-659477

IX. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. The following footnotes of Bill Salus are a product of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.
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1. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 15-19
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 19-21

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Road To Tribulation 7 – The Terrorization Of Egypt

Egypt: A year of protests. Jan 25, 2012

I. Current Egypt.

A. Opening Video Comments. Only one year ago, on January 25, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo to voice their anger against corruption, poverty and repression in a demonstration called “Day of Wrath.” These protests were inspired by the Tunisian protests earlier that month that saw the ouster of President Zine Abidine Ben Ali on January 14 and the beginning of the Arab Spring uprisings. The date of the Arab Spring was December 17, 2010 – December 2012. The video shows the instability that currently exists in Egypt, as well as in neighboring Arab countries. Such instability will be prevalent when the “Isaiah 19 Proclamation Against Egypt” comes into play.

B. The Arab Spring (Arabic: الربيع العربي‎) was a series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions that spread across much of the Arab world in the early 2010s. It began in response to oppressive regimes and a low standard of living, starting with protests in Tunisia From Tunisia, the protests then spread to five other countries: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain, where either the ruler was deposed (Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Muammar Gaddafi, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh) or major uprisings and social violence occurred including riots, civil wars, or insurgencies. Sustained street demonstrations took place in Morocco, Iraq, Algeria, Iranian Khuzestan,Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Sudan. Minor protests took place in Djibouti, Mauritania, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring

C. This Isaiah 19 prophecy is of exceptional interest because of its amazing climax: the judgment of God on the Egyptians is followed by their repentance and conversion, by manifestations of God’s grace to them, and by their incorporation in the people of God, along with their bitter enemy, Assyria, and the chosen people, Israel, who had suffered so grievously at the hands of both. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary Old Testament, Abridged Edition).

D. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening (Bill Salus).

II. Contemporary Egypt. 1

A. These are the days when the Bible is its own best commentary. Imagine the Prophet Isaiah, whose ministry spanned between 740-701 B.C., standing on the streets of Cairo during the Arab Spring, speaking in front of a mainstream news camera declaring: “The Arab demonstrators have swiftly moved from Tunisia eastbound into Egypt! Egyptians are fighting other Egyptians. The military is being pelted with hundreds of Molotov cocktails as brothers are bludgeoning each other, and neighborhoods are riddled with unrest. The streets of Cairo are filled with violence and civil strife! It’s a very dangerous situation here in Tahrir Squire.”

B. The events of the Arab Spring seem eerily reminiscent of what Isaiah predicted centuries ago.

1. Text. Isaiah 19:1-2 – 714 B.C. – New American Standard Bible (NASB)

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:
Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.

2. Commentary.

a. Is it possible that Isaiah was foretelling of a prophecy intended for modern times? Will more unrest befall the world’s most densely populated and powerful Arab state? This article will take a close look at the judgment prophecies concerning Egypt in Isaiah 19 in relation to Psalm 83.

b. From Isiah’s time forward, there were at least three devastating judgments found in Bible prophecy. These three judgments are as follows”

(1) PAST Prophecies. The Babylonian Judgment, described in Jer 42-44, Ezek 29:18-19, 30:10, and elsewhere.
(2) NOW Prophecies. The Israeli Defense Forces, mentioned in Ps 83 and Isa 19.
(3) LAST Prophecies. The anti-christ during the “Day of the Lord,” referenced in Ezek 30:3-4, Daniel 11:42-43, Joel 3:19, and elsewhere.

c. Among all of Egypt’s prophecies, the most important spiritually speaking for Egyptians, is undoubtedly concerning their national conversion. When all is said and done there will be a remnant of Egyptians that survive to reside in the one-thousand year Messianic kingdom. This is great news for the Egyptians because, as this article points out, events in Egypt seemingly take a severe turn for the worse in the near future.

3. Text. Isaiah 19:24-25 – NASB – 714 B.C.

24 On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

4. Commentary.

a. These verses identify Egyptians as “My people.” This is not a classification that presently applies to Egypt, because the nation hosts about 80 million Muslims, which constitutes about 95% of its population. To be called “My people” requires a belief in the true God, Yahweh, of the Bible, rather than the false God, Allah, of the Koran. Therefore, this is a title that will be bestowed on Egypt in the Messianic Kingdom. This means that Egypt will have a national conversion to accept Christ sometime prior to the commencement of the millennium. This can be deduced from the realization that only true believers in Christ can enter into that future dispensation.

b. Concerning Egypt’s existence during the Messianic kingdom era, Ezekiel explains that the nation of Egypt will be the lowliest of all the kingdoms present on the earth at that time.

5. Text. Ezekiel 29:15 – NASB – 588 B.C.

15 It will be the lowest of the kingdoms, and it will not raise itself above the nations again. And I will make them small so that they will not rule over the nations.

6. Comment. It appears that the above prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. Clearly, Egypt today is not the lowliest of kingdoms on earth. In fact, Egypt’s army, which is ranked 18th among world armies is the most powerful among the Arab states. The next closest Arab army in the region is Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 28th. There are nearly 83 million people living in Egypt, and comparatively only about 27-28 million in the Arab state of Saudi Arabia.

III. Egypt’s Past Prophecies. 2

A. Overview – Ezekiel. The past Babylonian judgment against Egypt occurred in 568 B.C. when King Nebuchadnezzar marched upon the country in order to replenish his military budget and arsenals. He had endured a tiring, but successful campaign against Tyre, in modern day Lebanon. Ezekiel identifies the king’s military motive for us.

B. Text. Ezekiel 29:18-20 – NASB – 588 B.C.

18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre; every head had a bald spot and every shoulder was rubbed raw. But he and his army acquired no wages from Tyre for the labor that he had performed against it.” 19 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am going to give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will carry off her wealth and capture her spoils and seize her plunder; and it will be wages for his army. 20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he performed, because they acted for Me,” declares the Lord God.

C. Overview – Jeremiah. Chapters 42-44 of Jeremiah brazenly warned the Jews at the time not to flee to Egypt in order to avoid this impending confrontation with King Nebuchadnezzar. However, many of His people refused to follow His instructions and migrated into Egypt. As a result, scores of them were killed during the Babylonian conquest of Egypt.

D. Text. Jeremiah 42:19 – NASB – 588 B.C.

19 The Lord has spoken to you, you remnant of Judah, “Do not go to Egypt!” You know for certain that I have admonished you today.

IV. Egypt’s NOW Prophecies. 3

A. Developments in Egypt since the Arab Spring of 2011 are preparing this Arab state for the fulfillment of prophecies issued in Isaiah 19:1-18. These ancient predictions could culminate soon in Egypt’s participation in the Arab-Israeli war under the banner of the “Hagarenes” (confederate Arab nations against Israel) which are described in Psalm 83. As such, a study of Isaiah 19:1-18 will be undertaken at this time.

B. Text. Psalm 83:6 – NASB. – Unknown Date.

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites;

C. Before exploring Isaiah 19, it is important to recognize that these Isaiah prophecies might lead into, or somehow be related to, the Psalm 83 war, but they could also be independent from Psalm 83. Egypt’s role in Psalm 83 is the most controversial of the ten member confederacy that is found in Psalm 83:6-8. Consider the reasons for including Egypt in Psalm 83. If Egypt is included in Psalm 83, and if Isaiah 19:1-18 relates to Psalm 83, then these Isaiah prophecies concerning Egypt should be treated as NOW Prophecies.

V. Denunciation Against Egypt. 4

A. Text. Isaiah 19:1 . NASB – 714 B.C.

1 The pronouncement concerning Egypt:

Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence,
And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.

B. Comments.

1. The very first sentence speaks about a judgment that is intended against Egypt. The judgment is from the Lord and it happens quickly, like a swift cloud moves through the windy sky. Before addressing the typological significance of the swift cloud it’s important to understand that the Lord never renders random judgments upon the nations. In this case, Egypt has done something deserving of divine judgment. The clue to Egypt’s guilt appears to be described in Isaiah 19:16-18, and is relative to something between Israel and Egypt. Egypt’s foul play toward Israel will be discussed in the commentary of those verses.

2. The significance of the “swift cloud” that makes the “idols” of Egypt “totter” is that when Egypt’s judgment occurs, it doesn’t appear to be a long drawn out process, and it adversely affects the spiritual bedrock of the entire country, which today is predominantly Islam. Cloud cover creates darkness beneath it. Darkness alluding to a nation’s religious conditions depict a country’s spiritual blindness. Egypt’s history at the time of the Hebrew exodus saw a similar scenario of the Lord riding into Egypt on a swift cloud.

Exodus 14:19-20 – NASB – 1491 B.C.

19 Then the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Therefore the one did not approach the other all night.

3. In addition to the above Exodus 14 passage, clouds in relation to spiritual matters are found in 1 Thes 4:17, describing Christians being caught up into the clouds during the Rapture. Also, in Ex 19:9, the Lord visited Moses via a cloud, and in Ex 24:15-16, after six days of cloud over Mount Sinai, the Lord called out to Moses from the clouds on the seventh day. These are just a few biblical instances of where clouds are used as a typological representation of a deep-seated spiritual matter.

C. Text. Isaiah 19:2 – NASB – 714 B.C.

2 “So I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians;
And they will fight, each against his brother and each against his neighbor,
City against city and kingdom against kingdom.

D. Comments.

1. This is another prophetic verse that does not appear to have found fulfillment. Because the idols of Egypt are tottering, and the heart of the country is melting in its midst, severe civilian unrest begins to occur. This civil strife quickly burgeons into a civil war, but does not stop there. Ultimately, kingdoms begin to clash with each other. In this instance “kingdom against kingdom” appears to allude to a regional conflict. Presently, there are three predominate kingdoms in the region: Jewish, Arab and Persian, and observably they are all mostly at odds with each other.

a. Most Arab countries don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and want the Jewish state to give up large portions of land for one more Arab state called Palestine.

b. Most Arab countries are genuinely concerned that Iran wants to attain a nuclear weapons program in order for her (Iran) to control the balance of power in the Middle East.

c. Iran (Persian) is threatening to wipe out the Jewish kingdom off of the map.

2. Isaiah 19:2 predicts a regional conflict in Egypt’s future. We see in Isa 19:16-18 that this conflict appears to be between the Arab and Jewish kingdoms.

E. Text. Isaiah 19:3-4 – NASB – 714 B.C.

3 Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them;
And I will confuse their strategy,
So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead,
And to mediums and spiritists.
4 Furthermore, I will hand the Egyptians over to a cruel master,
And a mighty king will rule over them,” declares the Lord God of armies.

F. Comments.

1. If this prophecy is for our times, then these verses imply that when the swift judgment comes, the Egyptians will consult their Muslim clerics and imams, but to no avail. Their Islamic counsel fails in the midst of the deteriorating matters, which ultimately makes Egypt susceptible to the takeover of a cruel dictator.

2. Some commentaries suggest that this cruel master was the Assyrian king Esarhaddon, who conquered Egypt in 671 B.C. Another candidate is the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar in 568 B.C. The antichrist is yet another possibility, since he is involved in the LAST prophecy against Egypt in Daniel 11:42-43. But, it could even be an Egyptian leader that turns into a ruthless dictator, rather than a foreign national like Esarhaddon, Nebuchadnezzar, or the Antichrist.

G. Text. Isaiah 19:6-10 – NASB – 714 B.C.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+19%3A6-10&version=NASB

H. Comments.

1. These five verses will be commented on collectively. At the time of Egypt’s swift calamity, the economy entirely collapses. The fishing and textile industries, that have historically been Egypt’s mainstay, will go bankrupt. Tourism could be added into these passages, as well. Although tourism was not a big source of revenue for Egypt during Isaiah’s time, it has been so throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

2. Isaiah concludes by saying, “All who make wages will be troubled of soul.” That statement sums up Egypt’s economic predicament. Egypt experiences an utter economic collapse. Egypt’s economy is already heading in that direction rapidly. They are reliant upon foreign aid from Saudi Arabia, America, Turkey, and elsewhere, now more than ever before. The Arab Spring may have brought changes politically but, as of yet, it has not improved Egypt economically.

I. Text. Isaiah 19:11-15 – NASB – 714 B.C.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+19%3A11-15&version=NASB

J. Comments.

1. To understand Isaiah’s chastisements in these verses, it is important to note that in the ancient world, Egypt was known for its superior wisdom. But, Isaiah warned them not to count on her wise men to save the nation from the coming destruction. Also, their wisdom was foolishness compared to the foolishness of the Lord Almighty, who was planning the onslaught. No one in Egypt would be able to do anything to avert the destruction. Neither the leaders, nor the populace, could hold back God’s judgment.

2. These comments illustrate that at the time that the Isaiah 19 prophecy was issued, the pinnacle people and places would be affected by this judgment. No Egyptian seems to escape the powerful grasp of Isaiah’s burden against Egypt.

K. Text. Isaiah 19:16-17 – NASB – 714 B.C.

16 On that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in great fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of armies, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a cause of shame to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in great fear because of the plan of the Lord of armies which He is making against them.

L. Comments.

1. Up until these telling verses, we have only been able to ascertain the adverse effects of Isaiah’s prophecy, but now we get a clue to the underlying cause of Egypt’s judgment. Isaiah starts by attributing all the events of Isa 19:1-15 to the consequences of Isa 19:16-17, by saying, “in that day.” In essence, at the time that Egypt’s wisdom fails, religious leaders falter, the economy collapses, and Egypt is ruled by a harsh dictator, the country will be likened to a fearful woman that has become terrorized by Israel (Judah).

2. This implies that Egypt has confronted Israel, and in the process provoked a powerful retaliatory response from the Jewish state. More than likely, this confrontation finds association with Egypt’s military participation in the Psalm 83 war. These verses say that Egypt is not terrorized by Babylon, or by the the antichrist, but by Judah. This implies that Isa 19:1-18 is not addressing the PAST prophecies with the Babylon conquest, or the LAST prophecies relative to the antichrist invasion of Dan 11:42-43, but rather it seems to speak to the NOW prophecy of Psalm 83, the final Arab-Israel war, which appears to be imminent.

3. Recalling that the Lord doesn’t render random judgments, it makes sense that if Egypt seeks to disavow its current peace treaty with Israel, and confederate with the Psalm 83 Arab states and terrorists populations in order to destroy the Jewish state, “that the name Israel may be remembered no more” (Ps 83:4), that Egypt will be judged! Egypt seeking to curse Israel will provoke the curse-for-curse in kind clause of Gen 12:3 to come back against Egypt.

4. If the nuclear equipped IDF (Israel Defense Force) that is presently ranked # 11 among world armies gets provoked into a war with Egypt, then the odds are that the Egyptians will be terrorized by Judah to the point that they resemble the fearful woman of Isa 19:16.

M. Text. Isaiah 19:18 – NASB – 714 B.C.

18 On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of armies; one will be called the City of Destruction.

N. Comments.

1. Again, Isaiah prefaces his prophecy by saying that “in that day,” five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan, which is Hebrew. This implies that Israel will annex five cities that are presently under Egyptian sovereignty when the prophecies spelled out in Isa 19:1-17 take place. When the IDF defeats the Egyptian army again, then it is possible that they will take more Arab territory.

2. According to Gen 15:18, the land that is Arab occupied, and is known as Gaza, West Bank, Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, and the Sinai Peninsula, is identified as the Promised Land for the exclusive use of the Jewish people. It is possible that the five cities that Isa 19:18 identifies will be located east of the Nile, and will be acquired after Egypt’s defeat in Psalm 83.

VI. Summary. 5

A. Somewhat similar to the way that Jordan will tremble and be toppled, Egypt will be terrorized and partially toppled. The NOW prophecies of Jordan and Egypt result in Israel expanding territorially. Israel appears to take much of Jordan, according to Jeremiah 49 and Zephaniah 2, and at least five cities in Egypt in Isa 19:18. Isaiah says one of those cities will be called, “The City Of Destruction. This could imply that it was destroyed by Israel, before being taken over by Israel.

B. Presently, Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, but according to the NOW and LAST prophecies identified in this article, this peace deal is temporary. Someday Egypt, along with Assyria, will possess a permanent peace treaty with Israel, according to Isa 19:24-25. However, between NOW and then, Egypt will be terrorized according to Isa 19:16-18.

C. Text. Isaiah 19:22-25 – NASB – 714 B.C.

22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to their pleas and heal them.

23 On that day there will be a road from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24 On that day Israel will be the third party to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of armies has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

D. Comment. The two great warring nations of Isaiah’s time are to reach a lasting peace with each other during “that day” of Christ’s reign (27:13; cf. 2:2–4). Israel, “in that day,” will become what God intended her to be—a blessing to the rest of the world (Gen. 12:3; 42:6; contra 1:2) (MacArthur Study Bible). The road in verse 23 extends from the western to eastern borders of the promised land of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 15:18-21).

VII. About Israel. https://www.israel365news.com/category/jerusalem/

Jerusalem is one of the world’s oldest cities. Dominion over Jerusalem has changed hands dozens of times and the city, along with the Holy Temple, was destroyed twice – once in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon and again in 70 CE by Rome.

From 70 CE until 1948, Jerusalem was controlled by a series of empires. In modern history, dominion over Jerusalem was held by the Ottoman Empire from 1516 until the beginning of the British Mandate in 1917.

On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly approved the Partition Plan, granting the Jewish people dominion over part of Jerusalem for the first time in 2,000 years. There is a street in Jerusalem known as Kaf-Tet B’November, which literally means November 29, honoring this momentous date.

Jerusalem was reunited, and the Old City was restored to Jewish hands, in June 1967, as an outcome of the Six Day War. Israel celebrates this reunification on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) each year on 28 Iyar in the Hebrew calendar (May-June).

Jerusalem is the capital city of the State of Israel with more than nine million residents. Of those, 64% are Jewish, 34% are Muslim and 2% are Christian.

Jerusalem, and more specifically the Temple Mount, is destined to be the home of the Third and Eternal Holy Temple.

VIII. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase. The following footnotes of Bill Salus are a product of the years of dedication that Mr. Salus has poured into his study of Biblical prophecy.
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1. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 149-152
2. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 152-153
3. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 153
4. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 154-161
5. Bill Salus, NOW Prophecies, pg 161

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Road To Tribulation 6 – The Trembling And Toppling Of Jordan

I. Introduction.

A. Opening Video. Middle East Showdown, Part 1. Bill Salus and Gary Stearman, June 19, 2014. Prophecy Depot Ministries, Bill Salus. Aired again on Jan 28, 2021. Gary Stearman welcomes Bill Salus to the Prophecy In The News Studio where Bill shares invaluable insights written in his book, Nuclear Showdown in Iran, The Ancient Prophecy of Elam. This book reveals the potential relevance of an ancient prophecy that may pertain to Iran’s nuclear program. Scores of Iranian Christians are anxiously awaiting a prophecy concerning their future that was written in Jeremiah 49:34-39 (600 B.C.).

B. The opening video of this article, as will as of future teaching videos, will relate to subjects that we have already studies, as well as those which are yet to be discussed. The dates that these videos were aired may be very recent, or may be of a number of years old. It is important to remember that God’s prophetic time clock is independent of the dates that such prophecies will be fulfilled, or studied.

C. In addition to national enemies of Israel, there are terrorist groups that we will find in the discussion of NOW prophecies. The PLO, Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and others are groups that may be found in any of the scenarios that we will be discussing, as for providing support for the nations that will attack Israel. In the unfulfilled prophecies that we are studying, the nations of the prophecies, as well as any supporting terrorist groups, will be defeated by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

D. A devastating invasion and destruction of the land of the Ammonites was described in this prophecy that Jeremiah received from the Lord. The Ammonites were descendants of Lot’s younger daughter (Gen 19:38, 1898 B.C.). Its capital city, Rabbah, would “become a mound of ruins” (Jer 49:2, 600 B.C.). Like his prophecy concerning Moab, though the destruction was extensive, God promised to “restore the fortunes of the Ammonites” (Jer 49:6). 1

E. The Ammonites were located east of the Jordan River and north of Moab. Throughout the history of Judah and the Ammonites, they had been in conflict. 2. The Ammonites rejoiced over Jerusalem’s fall to Babylon in 586 B.C. 3

F. The Ammonites were frequent enemies, and poor allies to Israel. In the days of Moses and Joshua they hindered the Jewish people from entering Israel and supported Balak in his plan to curse them (Deu 23:4, 1451 B.C.), then during the reign of Jehoiakim they raided Judah (2 Kg 24:2, 600 B.C.). Later, they allied with Judah against Babylon during Judah’s final revolt, yet were a driving force for the assassination of Gedaliah for their own advantage (Jr 40:13-14, 588 B.C.). When Jewish people returned after their captivity, Ammonites hindered the rebuilding of Jerusalem (Neh 4:7, 445 B.C.). 4

G. The judgments against nations adjacent to Israel are set forth in various portions of the Old Testament, e.g., against Ammon (Jer 49:1-6, 600 B.C.). 5

H. Jordan is the present land where the Ammonites, Moabites, and Edomites resided. Click on the folowing link to see a map which shows the location of The Kingdoms of Ammon, Moab, and Edom ca. 830 BC.
Biblical Places on Modern Maps: Jordan

I. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 5.1

II. Supporting Prophetic Scriptures.

A. Text.

1. Jeremiah 49:1-6 – New American Standard Bible – Prophecy against Ammon – 600 B.C.

1 Concerning the sons of Ammon. This is what the Lord says:
“Does Israel have no sons?
Or has he no heirs?
Why then has Malcam taken possession of Gad,
And his people settled in its cities?
2 Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will cause an alarm of war to be heard
Against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon;
And it will become a desolate heap,
And her towns will be set on fire.
Then Israel will take possession of his possessors,”
Says the Lord.
3 “Wail, Heshbon, for Ai has been destroyed!
Cry out, daughters of Rabbah,
Put on sackcloth and mourn,
And move about inside the walls;
For Malcam will go into exile
Together with his priests and his leaders.
4 How you boast about the valleys!
Your valley is flowing away,
You backsliding daughter
Who trusts in her treasures, saying,
‘Who can come against me?’
5 Behold, I am going to bring terror upon you,”
Declares the Lord God of armies,
“From all directions around you;
And you will be driven away one after another,
With no one to gather the fugitives together.
6 But afterward I will restore
The fortunes of the sons of Ammon,”
Declares the Lord.

B. Overview.

Another ancient Bible prophecy seems to be nearing its fulfillment. The subject nation of this vastly overlooked prediction is Jordan. Approximately 2600 years ago, the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah foretold of a tormenting fear that would someday debilitate this Arab state. The prophecy states that Jordan will tremble as troubling events encroach in on all sides of its borders. Jeremiah 49:5 predicts that terrorizing geo-political events surrounding Jordan will severely destabilize the nation. The terror that Jeremiah describes has never engulfed this territory; that is, until NOW! According to Jer 49:1-5 (600 B.C.), the instability that occurs within the country burgeons into an epic biblical war against Israel, which results in the: (1) trembling and topping of Jordan, (2) dispersion of Jordanians from Jordan, and (3) expansion of the Jewish state into Jordan. 6

C. ISIS Appeal Presents Jordan With New Test.

1. The Iraqi and Syrian partisans played a significant role in the expansion of ISIS into those countries. The ISIS supporters in Jordan, like their Iraqi and Syrian counterparts, embrace the same goal of an Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), which is another acronym that ISIS goes by. The goal of ISIL is to establish their Sunni style of Islamic rule throughout the Levant first, and then extend it throughout the rest of the world. The concern is that its bid for more control of the Mideast, ISIL will lockstep with their Jordanian adherents to capture all or parts of Jordan. This approach has already proven to be successful in Iraq and Syria. Adding to Jordan’s internal affairs problems are the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees that continue to flood into the country. Presently, there are over 600,000 refugees encamped in Jordan. Many of those exiles are prime candidates for ISIS recruitment. 7

2. The Levant (C.1. above) is a term that generally identifies the greater Middle East region, which includes Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and parts of the Sinai, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Coincidentally, all of these territories appear to be involved in the prophecy of Psalm 83. 8

a. Former U.S. President Obama stopped saying ISIS, and began saying ISIL. Consider the following news article. “Why Obama calls ISIS ‘ISIL.’ ” “Obama, alone among virtually all world leaders and most news media, consistently calls ISIS, the world’s worst terrorist scourge, by the name ISIL. The former stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, while ISIL stands for The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is a much larger area than merely Syria, including also Cyprus, parts of Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and parts of Egypt.” https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/205157

b. It is amazing how so many Israel opponents favor the term ISIL, over ISIS. Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.) identifies the land that God promised to Abraham and his descendants, the nation of Israel. The boundaries of the promised extend from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River. 9. The Euphrates River extends northward, from the Persian Gulf, and passes through the nations of Kuwait, Iraq, and Syria, and ends in Turkey. The Euphrates River also passes through the ancient city of Babylon. To say that ISIS is now ISIL is to give that terrorist group inferred ownership of God’s promised land to Israel, which will be the land of the Kingdom Age when Christ returns to earth from Heaven at the end of the Tribulation and sets up His Earthly Kingdom. 10. Yes! Words take on significant undertones.

D. Jordan’s Trembling. Jeremiah 49:5 (600 B.C.) says that the Lord will “bring fear upon” Jordan from “all those who are around.” Presently, Jordan faces trouble on every front.

1. Jordan Trembles To The North and Northeast (ISIS). ISIS has its sights on Jordan, and is pressing in from the north and northeast from strongholds in Syria and Iraq. This is a problem because ISIS has sympathizers residing inside of Jordan, as well as in Iraq and Syria. 11

2. Jordan Trembles To the East (Iran). On the eastern front, Jordan is unnerved by Iran’s attempt to spread its dominance in its direction. Presently, Iranian troops are deployed into the embattled areas of Iraq and Syria. Moreover, Iran’s funding of terrorist groups like Hezbollah (to the north), Hamas (to the west), and the Houthis (to the south), further aggravates Jordan’s situation. Of equal, or greater, concern is Iran’s developing nuclear program of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). These ICBMs carry weapons of mass destruction, could fly over Jordanian airspace enroute to Israel, or even landin Jordan itself. 12

3. Jordan Trembles To The West (Israel vs Hezbollah Conflict). Hezbollah’s growing presence to Jordan’s north in the Golan Heights intensifies the already existing tension between Israel and Syria. On Jordan’s western front, Israel is bracing for another possible war with Hezbollah, which could eventuate in over 1500 missiles being launched into Israel daily. 13

4. Jordan Trembles To The South (Terror in the Sinai). Terrorism in the Sinai to Jordan’s south complicates matters further because much needed natural gas resources from there are under constant threat. A Sinai based terror group (Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), who has pledged allegiance to ISIS, has bombed gas pipelines into Jordan in the recent past. Terrorist groups like this, that align with ISIS, are another growing concern for Jordan. 14.

5. Jordan Trembles Internally (The Palestinians). There are an estimated 3.24 million Palestinians living in Jordan, nearly one-half of the country’s overall population, many of them which are discontent with the current Jordanian leadership. These Palestinians want a state of their own, or at least more civil liberties within Jordan. 15

E. Why Jordan and Why NOW? 16

1. Presuming that all of the above is that which drives the fear of what will be in Jeremiah’s ancient prediction, we must ask, “why Jordan,” and “why NOW?” After all, Jordan maintains a peace treaty with Israel, and is generally pro-western, and is regarded by many as being the most moderate Arab state in the Middle East.

2. Some Bible teachers believe that Jordan is a sincere and long lasting friend of Israel. It has also been said that Psalm 83 can’t be a future prophecy, because Jordan is in that Psalm as one of the Arab confederates, and that Jordan won’t betray Israel’s trust and join the other Psalm 83 countries in attacking Israel. However it is important to not overlook the following significant facts:

a. War prophecies concerning Jordan in Jer 49:1-6 (600 B.C.), Zeph 2:8-11 (630 B.C.), Ps 83, Ezek 25:14 (590 B.C.), Isa 11:14 (713 B.C.), and elsewhere, remain unfulfilled.

b. The wars involving Jordan against Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973, which did not fulfill all of the prophecies above, demonstrated a clear pattern of Jordan’s hatred toward Israel in modernity.

c. Jordan refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as the Jewish state.

d. Jordan threatened to revoke its 1994 peace agreement with Israel in October of 2014, because Israel threatened Jordan’s control over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

e. Jordan temporarily withdrew its Ambassador to Israel in November 2014, also over the Temple Mount matter.

f. About one-half of Jordan’s population are Palestinians who are predominantly hostile toward Israel.

3. The answers to “why Jordan and why Now” are found in the unfulfilled prophecies of Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Ezekiel and Isaiah, and the others listed in “a.” above. The following prophecies predict that Jordan will be toppled.

a. Jeremiah 49:1-2 (600 B.C.), Zephaniah 2:8-9 (630 B.C.), and Amos 1:13 (787 B.C.) point out that Jordan is guilty of enlarging its borders at Israel’s expense. Jordan is located within the borders of the “Promised Land.”

b. Some of the most scathing prophecies in store for Jordan’s future deals with the ancient territory of Edom, which is modern day Southern Jordan. According to Amos 1:11, Ezek 25:12 (590 B.C.), Ezek 35:5 (587 B.C.), and elsewhere, Edom has hated Israel with a vengeance. The Bible describes it as a perpetual hatred, which means that it stems from long ago and still exists today. This perpetual enmity against the Jews is represented in the Palestinians, who have Edomite descendants within their ethnicity.

III. Conclusion.

A. Text. Jeremiah 49:6 (600 B.C.). But afterward I will restore the fortunes of the sons of Ammon,” declares the Lord.

B. Comment. Jordan’s immediate future looks bleak. According to Jeremiah 49:1-5(600 B.C.), they will tremble, and then they will be toppled. However, Jeremiah 49:6 has some good news for the Jordanians. This verse foretells that sometime after Jordan gets toppled, some of the Jordanian exiles will acknowledge that Yahweh is God, and that Christ is their Savior..

IV. Israel In The News.

IDF STRIKES HAMAS TARGETS IN GAZA AFTER 3 ROCKETS FIRED INTO ISRAEL

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning (5th) after terrorists based in the coastal enclave fired three rockets at southern Israel.

News Digest — 2/5/20

V. God And Israel – Genesis 12:2-3 – 2123 B.C.

And I will make you into a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

VI. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my future articles.

A. Footnotes. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. Of the footnoted sources, I have been blessed by Bill Salus and his search for prophetic information. I have seen Bill in many interviews where he is questioned, about “end times and last days subjects,” by authors, pastors and theologians, whom are well known for their expertise in such areas of God’s Word. I have been greatly blessed by Bill’s research that has brought about his teaching on the “NOW, NEXT, LAST and FINAL” Prophecies. Through “You Tube” videos I have watched, hours upon hours, of Bill Salus being interviewed, and have found his knowledge of God’s Word to be very “credible.”

1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, pg 150.
2. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, pg 1187.
3. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, pg 1197.
4. The Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1178.
5. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314.
5.1 Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, Pg 9.
6. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 131.
7. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 136.
8. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 143.
9. Charles C. Ryrie, Basic Theology, pg 527.
10. Ryrie Study Bible, Gen 15:18-21, note.
11. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 135
12. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 136.
13. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 137
14. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 137-138
15. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 138
16. Bill Salus, Now Prophecies, pg 139-140

B. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are footnoted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians with whom I greatly respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Road To Tribulation 5 – The Psalm 83 War

Will Psalm 83 be the next prophesied war? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspective. See video details at the bottom of this page.

I. Introduction.

A. Bill Salus speaks on the unfulfilled prophecy of the Psalm 83 War, which will be “The final Arab-Israeli War.” Credentials for Mr. Salus can be found on my Page of theologians for this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on that Page.

B. In this article we will consider information that relates to the past history, as well as to that which points to NOW prophecy and to current day situations that relate to the nations and lands that we are discussing. We will also consider some of the sources of information whose writings helped to make the writing of this article possible.

C. The Roots of the Mideast Conflict. The present hostilities experienced in the Middle East between the Arabs and Jews can be traced to a disposition of hatred, originating almost four thousand years ago. Bill Salus explains how the ancient family feuds between the Middle East patriarchs and matriarchs are the underlying roots of today’s Arab-Israeli conflict. 1

D. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 1.1

E. Psalm 83 was authored by Asaph, about 3000 years ago. Among Asaph’s several hundred attributes, was the gift of prophecy. He was a prophet, according to 2 Chronicles 29:30. 1 Chronicles 25:1-2 informs that Asaph and his sons were specifically instructed by King David of Israel to prophesy. Asaph wrote 12 of the 150 Psalms. He penned Psalm 50 and Psalms 73-83. Among all of these Psalms, Psalm 83 is the most prophetic. The Psalm foretells of a coming Arab alliance that conspires together to eradicate the Jewish state of Israel. This confederation will be soundly defeated by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In the aftermath, Israel will achieve the peace and security that has eluded the Jewish state since its recreation in 1948. This IDF victory seems to provide Israel with the peace and security that is predicted in Ezekiel 38:8, 11 and 14. 2

F. This chapter that we are studying, of “Psalm 83: The Final Arab-Israeli War,” treats Psalm 83 as a NOW Prophecy because it appears that Ezekiel 38 and 39 won’t happen until Psalm 83 has been fulfilled and this peace has been achieved. The minor premise for this conclusion is based upon Israel’s present inability to dwell securely in fulfillment of Ezekiel 38:8, 11 and 14. Due to the current instability in the Middle East, Israel lacks the ability to dwell securely. The fulfillment of Psalm 83 should rectify this problem by better stabilizing the region. The major premise is that until Israel dwells securely, Ezekiel 38 and 39 won’t happen. Yet, Ezekiel 38 and 39 must happen in order for the Lord to uphold His Holy Name in fulfillment of Ezekiel 39:7. Therefore, some major event must occur that enables Israel to dwell in peace and safety. Psalm 83 appears to be that significant event. 3

G. Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed. War is coming to Israel. Psalm 83 tells about a future day when Israel is savaged by her Arab enemies and emerges victorious in a great Islamic purging. What is the future of Syria? Of Egypt? Of Saudi Arabia? Of Jordan? Will Israel take over the Middle East and become a dominant world power, rich in oil and natural resources? This great event could occur at any moment and change the future of the Middle East and the world. It could also lead directly to the Battle of Gog and Magog, which is described in Ezekiel 38-39, and not of Revelation 20:7-9. https://prophecyw atchers.com/product/psalm-83-book-the-missing-prophecy-revealed/ 3.1

H. It is important to know that the Psalm 83 forces that will attack Israel will be nations that share common borders with Israel (Psalm 83:6-8). In the future Ezekiel 38-39 War on Israel, that will take place in, or near the beginning of the Tribulation, those forces will come from nations that will be from beyond the borders of Israel (Ezekiel 38:2-6). https://prophecynewsstand.blogspot.com/2009/12/psalm-83-and-ezekiel-38-reference-maps.html 3.2

I. The prophecies of the Old Testament relate directly to God’s relationship with Israel, but when such as a “Psalm 83 War” takes place, it will affect the whole world. Because this battle will take place prior to the rapture of the church, those whom are “saved and unsaved” will be present on earth, and will experience the direct and collateral effects of this “ten nation Muslim attack” on Israel. Other unfulfilled pre-tribulation prophecies may come to fruition during our lifetimes. But, it is because of a lack of teaching on the Old Testament prophecies, that many Christians will think that they are in the Tribulation, when the fulfillment of such pre-tribulation prophecies begin to take place.

II. Psalm 83. Past History And NOW Prophecy.

A. Psalm 83 Overview. Psalm 83 is a prophecy about an Arab confederacy that wants to eliminate the Jews from the Jewish state and confiscate the promised land of Israel (Psalm 83:1-5). This prophecy is such a big deal that Asaph beseeches the Lord to be very vocal and proactive about this epic event. He pleads; “Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace. And do not be still, O God!”(Psalm 83:1). 4

B. The prophecy specifies that a group of Israel’s enemies confederate and form a devious plan to destroy Israel. “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more” (Psalm 83:4). This prophecy did not find fulfillment in the past up to 70 A.D., when Israel formerly existed. It could not have found fulfillment between 70-1948 A.D., when Israel no longer existed. However, it can find fulfillment NOW that Israel presently exists. Psalm 83:6-8 identifies the belligerents by their ancestral names. 5

C. The Role Of The IDF In Psalm 83.

1. Asaph petitions the Lord in Psalm 83:9-18 to empower the IDF to conquer the Psalm 83 Arab confederacy. His pleadings begin in Psalm 83:9-11. In these verses, Asaph calls attention to the historical war examples depicted in Judges 4-8, concerning the Midianites and Canaanites. The Midianites had oppressed the Israelites for seven years, and the Canaanites for twenty years. Both peoples were soundly defeated, and neither ever oppressed the Jewish people or the land of Israel after their rousing defeats. Asaph requests a replication of these past war strategies in order to achieve the same results for Psalm 83. In these instances, the IDF was significantly outnumbered, which is also the case today. The Psalm 83 Arab populations presently number about 180 million, compared to Israel’s meager population of about 8 million. This means that there are about 22 Psalm 83 Arabs to every one Jew. 6

2. Psalm 83 concludes by painting a vivid portrait of what Asaph petitions the Lord for. What he asks for can only be achieved militarily, through conquest, rather than politically through diplomacy (Psalm 83:13-17). “Yes, let them be put to shame and perish (Psalm 83:17). 7

D. The Purposes Of Psalm 83.

1. The fulfillment of Psalm 83 will accomplish at least eight important purposes, which are: (1) The survival of the Jews in Israel; (2) The maintaining of Jewish control over Jerusalem and all of Israel; (3) Peace and security within Israel, at least until Ezekiel 38 follows; (4) The fulfillment of Ezekiel 37:10 which foretells, that Israel will become an “exceedingly great army;” (5) The end of all Psalm 83 Arab aggressions against Israel; (6) The termination of the ancient Arab hatred of the Jews; (7) The evidence that God’s Gentile foreign policy in Genesis 12:3 is still in effect; (8) the proof that the Lord is the one true God (This [# 8] is described in Psalm 83:18, which is quoted and explained in 2. below). 8

2. The ultimate goal of Psalm 83 is concluded in this verse: “So that they will know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth,” Psalm 83:18. Some of the Psalm 83 Arab survivors from Jordan (Jer 48:47 and 49:6), Egypt (Isa 19:18), and Syria (Isa 19:18) will eventually recognize that the God of the Bible is the one true God. However, apart from the Arabs today that are true followers of Christ, the others are mostly Muslim. They believe that Allah is god. The fulfilment of Psalm 83 will prove them wrong. 9

3. When the Egyptians were pursuing the Israelites (1491 B.C.), who were fleeing from Egypt, God used that situation to let everyone know that, “I am the Lord.”(Ex 14:16-19).

III. Psalm 83 In Summary. What is the next prophetic event that will happen in the Middle East? 10

A. Many prophecies concerning that area of the world have recently been fulfilled. For example, the Bible prophesized that in the end times the Jews will be re-gathered from the four corners of the world — an amazing development that occurred in the 20th century, and which continues today. The Bible also prophesized that as the results of that regathering, the state of Israel would be reestablished — a momentous event that occurred on May 14, 1948. Jesus himself prophesized that one day the city of Jerusalem would be reoccupied by the Jews, and that event took place on June 7, 1967. Finally, the biblical prophets stated that, once the nation of Israel was reestablished, all the world would come together against it over the issue of who would control Jerusalem. And that is exactly what is happening today.

B. So, what’s next? Most believe that it will be an invasion of Israel, led by Russia accompanied by a number of Muslim nations. But, Bill Salus, the author of Isralestine, believes otherwise. He thinks the next great prophetic event in the Middle East will be a war between Israel and all the Arab nations that share a common border with it. Where does he get that idea? Who is going to win that war? And what will be the consequences? Click onto the following link for a video discussion of the Psalm 83 War, as well as other written information on the subject. https://christinprophecyblog.org/2009/05/psalm-83-explained/

IV. Video Information.

A. Nathan Jones and Bill Salus.

B. The Psalm 83 War | Prophetic Perspectives #101

C. Christ In Prophecy. Oct 12, 2020

D. Will Psalm 83 be the next prophesied war? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspective.

V. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my future articles.

A. Footnotes. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. Of the footnoted sources, I have been blessed by Bill Salus and his search for prophetic information. I have seen Bill in many interviews where he is questioned, about “end times and last days subjects,” by authors, pastors and theologians, whom are well known for their expertise in such areas of God’s Word. I have been greatly blessed by Bill’s research that has brought about his teaching on the “NOW, NEXT, LAST and FINAL” Prophecies. Through “You Tube” videos I have watched, hours upon hours, of Bill Salus being interviewed, and have found his knowledge of God’s Word to be very “credible.”

1. Prophecy Watchers, https://prophecywatchers.com/product/psalm-83-package/
1.1 Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 9
2. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 111
3. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 112
3.1 Gary Stearman, Prophecy Watchers,
3.2 Gary Stearman, Prophecy Headline
4. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 115
5. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 116
6. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 119
7. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 120
8. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 120
9. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 121
10. David Reagan, Christ In Prophecy

B. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are footnoted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I greatly respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Road To Tribulation 4 – Prophecy Against Damascus

I. Introduction.

A. Hal Lindsey speaks on the destruction of Damascus, Syria. He also brings into his discussion comments on other prophetic judgments. Another of the judgments that Dr. Lindsey brought into his discussion is the Psalm 83 War, which we will examine in the next “Road To Tribulation” article. Credentials for Hal Lindsey can be found on my Page of theologians for this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on that Page.

B. In this article we will consider information that relates to the past history, as well as to that which points to Now prophecy and to current day situations that exist in the nations and lands that we are discussing. We will also consider some of the sources of information whose writings helped to make the writing of this article possible.

C. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 16

II. Isaiah 17. Past History And NOW Prophecy.

A. Past History. 17:1–14 Damascus and northern Israel.

B. This (Isaiah 17:1-14) is evidently from Isaiah’s early days, when Syria and northern Israel were hand in glove (see ch. 7) and their kingdoms still intact. Damascus is briefly told its fate, but Israel has the brunt of the rebuke, as well as the indignity of being classed with the heathen, her oracle placed among theirs. 1

C. “Oracle,” as stated in 17:1, is translated from Hebrew as: “massa,” meaning, “the burden against.” Strong’s Lexicon shows the translation as being: “utterance, oracle.” Certain Biblical translations record: “oracle, prophecy, message, announcement, divine revelation.” 13

D. The Judgments upon Nations Adjacent to Israel. These predictions are set forth in various portions of the Old Testament, e.g., Damascus (Isaiah 17:1-14; Jeremiah 49:23-27). 14

II. A Now Prophecy. The Destruction Of Damascus.

A. Isaiah 17 (726 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

1. Prophecy about Damascus. Text.

a. 17:1 The pronouncement concerning Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city,
And will become a fallen ruin.

b. 17:9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough, And an uppermost branch, Which they left because of the children of Israel; And there will be desolation.

c. 17:14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.

2. Notes.

a. Note 1. Another NOW prophecy involves the destruction of Damascus, Syria. This verse predicts that Damascus will be utterly destroyed as a city someday. The literal interpretation of the verse reads that the city will be reduced to a ruinous heap of rubble. Damascus is a strategic target for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to attack, and some Israeli leaders in the past have stated that Damascus would be destroyed if Syria ever attacked Israel. 2

b. Note 2. Consider the Good Samaritan of Luke 10:25-37, and the Samaritan woman of John 4:4-26 (mine).

c. Note 3. Ephraim was a member of the Northern Kingdom until the kingdom was conquered by Assyria in 723 B.C. and the population deported. From that time, the Tribe of Ephraim has been counted as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. Ephraim is often seen as the tribe that embodies the entire Northern Kingdom and the royal house resided in the tribe’s territory (just as Judah is the tribe that embodies the Kingdom of Judah and provided its royal family). 15

d. Note 4. In support of the Note 1 comment: Isaiah mentions Assyria, Assyrian, or Assyrians at least 41 times in his sixty-six chapters, but never once mentions any of the above in Isaiah 17. To the contrary, Isaiah 17:9 seems to suggest that Israel is responsible for this destruction. The verse states that the desolation is brought about by “the children of Israel.” This would allude to the IDF. Isaiah 17:14 informs that the destruction happens overnight and appears to be a retaliatory act in self defense. 4

e. Note 5. Additionally, Jeremiah 49:23-27, which was written more than a century after Isiah 17, also talks about a burden against Damascus. If Damascus was literally destroyed in 732 B.C. by the Assyrians, this means that it would have had to become restored subsequently for Jeremiah’s prophecy to find a future fulfillment. I think it is more logical to read Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49:23-27 in connection with each other to learn more prophetic details of the destruction of Damascus. 5

III. Jeremiah 49:23-27 (600 B.C.)

A. Past History. 6

49:23–27 Against Damascus. Cf. Is. 17:1–3; Amos 1:3–5. Hamath, a city on the Orontes River that marked the northern limit of Solomon’s rule (2 Chr. 8:4), 110 mi. N of Damascus in southern Syria, and Arpad, 105 mi. SW of the modern Aleppo in Northern Syria, were to fall, as well as Damascus, Syria’s capital. Nebuchadnezzar conquered them in 605 B.C.

B. A Now Prophecy. 7

1. Judgment on Damascus. Text.

23 Against Damascus.

“Hamath and Arpad are shamed,
For they have heard bad news.
They are fainthearted;
There is trouble on the sea;
It cannot be quiet.
24 Damascus has grown feeble;
She turns to flee,
And fear has seized her.
Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor.
25 Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?
26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets,
And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the Lord of hosts.
27 “I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,
And it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad.”

2. Summary Outline. 7

a. “Bad news” befalls Syria, making it become “fainthearted.”
b. The disturbing news is that there is “trouble on the sea.”
c. “It can not be quiet,” referring to the “trouble on the sea.” This could be alluding to lethal missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea on route to Damascus.
d. “Damascus has grown feeble;” the entire city is shaken, probably from the severe missile strikes.
e. Everyone in Damascus panics and “turns to flee. Fear has seized the entire city, like a woman in labor.”
f. There are many civilian casualties as “young men shall fall in the streets.”
g. The Syrian army is destroyed as “all the men of war are cut off.”
h. “The Lord,” as the perpetrator of the attack, will kindle a fire” in Damascus.
i. The governmental buildings are like in Syrian history when “the palaces of Ben Hadad were consumed.”

C. The Interpretation of Jeremiah 49:23-27 in correlation with Isaiah 17. 8

1. Jeremiah 49:23-27 and Isaiah 17 are likely parallel passages of the same prophecy. Each provides separate details that cooperatively intertwine. It would be comparable to having two separate news reporters covering the same event from different camera angles. 8

2. Jeremiah doesn’t directly tell us who causes the destruction of Damascus, but Isaiah does. He identifies the IDF, (the children of Israel), as the cause of the desolation in Damascus and other fortified cities. 8

Isaiah 17:9, “In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough
And an uppermost branch, Which they left because of the children of Israel; And there will be desolation.” 8

3. Isaiah informs that strong cities will be forsaken, but apart from Damascus, neglects to specify which ones. Jeremiah provides those details. Jeremiah 49:23 says, ““Hamath and Arpad are shamed.” 8

4. Isaiah neglects to directly inform whether the IDF attack upon Damascus is by air, land, sea or any of the above. However, Jeremiah 49:23 says that there is “trouble on the sea; it can not be quiet.” The Hebrew word, “deagah,” which can also be translated as “anxiety, sorrow or heavy concern.” In essence, there is sorrow stemming out from some sea. This is the only place in the Scriptures where the adage, “trouble on the sea,” is used. It foretells of disturbing events occurring within, or coming from, some sea that will cause heavy sorrows to Syrians. 8

5. What Sea? What events? These are the logical questions to ask. Considering the severity of the military and civilian casualties predicted in Jeremiah 49:26, one might conclude that missiles launched from some sea results in at least part of the devastation. 8

6. The sea is most likely the Mediterranean Sea, which happens to be where several Israeli owned Dolphin class nuclear submarines patrol. These are ships that Israel obtained from Germany. They are capable of launching missiles, potentially nuclear, into the heart of Syria. As a matter of fact, Israel received its fifth Dolphin class submarine from Germany in January 2016. 8

7. How long is the attack that levels Damascus? Jeremiah 49 says that troubling news causes people to flee from the warzone. This suggests that some Syrians escape into exile. However, Jeremiah 49:26 says, “young men shall fall in her streets, And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day.” Does the phrase, “in that day,” allude to a 24 hour day? Concerning the length of time, Isaiah informs: “Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.” (Isa 17:14). 8

8. Isaiah says, one night you see Damascus, but in the morning it no longer exists. Perhaps, the military conflict between Syria and Israel extends beyond a single day, but in only one night Damascus gets toppled. Israel already possesses the advanced weaponry capable of destroying a major city. This is one of the reasons that the destruction of Damascus is a very viable NOW Prophecy. 8

9. Why Damascus? The answer to this question is provided by Jeremiah. Isaiah 17:14 ends with, “This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.” Syria, represented by its capital city, is guilty of plundering and robbing Israel. This appears to be why the IDF wages war against Syria. 8

10. Jeremiah 49:25 asks the question, “Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?” Herein, lays another important clue as to why Damascus gets downed. The praiseworthy city of the Lord’s joy is Jerusalem. The question should be askes as follows: “Why is Damascus under attack, while Jerusalem remains intact?” 8

11. This implies that Syria’s judgment is retaliatory in nature. Something sinister coming from Syria against Jerusalem is likely at issue. Syria, in the process of plundering and robbing Israel, is probably provoking Jews to flee from Jerusalem. “Why is Jerusalem not deserted,” is the rhetorical question? Jeremiah predicts that Damascus will be deserted, but then inquires, “why isn’t Jerusalem?” 8

12. This question makes more sense if there is a conflict taking place between Syria and Israel. If Syria was attacking Saudi Arabia unsuccessfully, then the appropriate question would be, “why isn’t Mecca deserted?” 8

13.This curse-for-curse-in-kind clause in Genesis 12:3 finds application in this Syrian-Israeli conflict. This clause determines a like reaction for any foreign power that affects Israel. If a nation blesses Israel, they will be blessed by the Lord. If they curse Israel, they will be cursed in like manner. Syria wants to harm Israel militarily, so the Lord empowers the IDF to reverse the curse militarily. Syria wants Jews to desert from Jerusalem, so the Lord has Syrians desert from Damascus. Syrians seemingly want to overtake Jerusalem, as soon as possible, so in direct retaliation, the Lord has Damascus destroyed overnight. 8

14. The destruction of Damascus cold be an event that correlates with Psalm 83. Syria participates in Psalm 83 under the banner of Assyria. However, when Psalm 83 was written about 3000 years ago, Assyria did not include all of modern-day Syria. It mostly covered parts of northern Syria and northern Iraq. In 732 B.C., the Assyrian Empire took control of Damascus and the rest of what is presently modern day Syria. This means that the destruction of Damascus could occur independently from Psalm 83, because Damascus was not part of Assyria when Asaph authored Psalm 83. 8

15. Whether or not Isaiah 17 is part of Psalm 83, both events appear to be NOW prophecies. This is partially determined by the fact that the IDF participates in each event. The IDF is the tool utilized by the lord to destroy Damascus (Isaiah 17:9), and to end the Arab-Israeli conflict (Psalm 83:9-11). Both prophecies deal with a similar Arab-Israeli scenario. 8

16. This ethnic struggle is deeply rooted in an ancient Arab hatred of the Jews. Ezekiel 35:5 and 25:15 are a couple of Scriptures that allude to this adversarial disposition. Some Bible versions translate it as a “perpetual enmity.” It is a cancerous condition that must be surgically removed. According to the Bible, it will come to an end, but only when its Arab hosts are soundly and finally defeated. 8

17. A passing note about today’s IDF: they exist today in fulfillment of Bible prophecies in Ezekiel 25:14, 37:10, Obadiah 1:18, and several others. Their primary purpose is to protect and preserve the modern day Jewish state. They are biblically relevant for several NOW prophecies. However, they are not instrumental in the NEXT prophecy of Ezekiel 38 or the LAST prophecy of Armageddon. The Lord stops the Ezekiel invaders and Christ stops the Armageddon campaign of the Antichrist. Neither of those major events are NOW prophecies. 8

IV. The Syria Israel tension, now. 9

A. Israel’s modern interaction with Syria is interesting, and a potential hot-spot for future conflict. When Syria occupied the Golan Heights, a strategically crucial high plateau above the whole region of Galilee, Israel was under constant threat of invasion and shelling from Syrian placements on the Golan. But when Syria eventually made a full-on invasion of Israel from the Golan, Israel miraculously beat them back and captured the Golan Heights. Now, Syria insists that this strategically crucial region is theirs and must be given back. The Israelis are adamant that they will never give back land that belongs to them and is necessary for their security. In the meantime, Syria fights Israel through terrorism and their support of militia groups in Lebanon. The dream of a “Greater Syria,” encompassing Syria, Lebanon, and parts of northern Israel is a powerful influence in the Syrian leadership. https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/isaiah-17/

B. Israel was attacked by Syria from the Golan Heights in 1967. 10

C. Israel was attacked by Syria from the Golan Heights in 1973. 11

D. Prior to the 1967 Six-Day War, intermittent hostilities centered on the demilitarized zones, water issues and shelling and infiltration from the Golan Heights. 12

V. Video Information.

A. Hal Lindsey. Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 Destruction of Damascus.

B. Divine Intervention Ministry. Apr 29, 2008.

C. Carlos Sandoval. Sep 5, 2013.

VI. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my future articles.

A. Footnotes. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. Of the footnoted sources, I am blessed by Bill Salus and his search for prophetic information. I have seen Bill in many interviews, where he is questioned about “end times and last days subjects” by authors, pastors and theologians, whom are well known for their expertise in such areas of God’s Word. I have been greatly blessed by Bill’s research that has brought about his teaching on the “NOW, NEXT, LAST and FINAL” Prophecies. Through “You Tube” videos I have watched, hours upon hours, of Bill Salus being interviewed, and have found his knowledge of God’s Word to be very “credible.”

1. New Bible Commentary, Isaiah 17:1-14, Note
2. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 123
3. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 124
4. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 124
5. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 124
6. MacArthur Study Bible, Jeremiah 49:23-27, Note
7. Bill Salus, THE Now Prophecies, pg 125
8. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 126-130
9. Enduring Word, ISAIAH 17 – THE BURDEN AGAINST SYRIA AND ISRAEL
10. Six Day War, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War
11. Yom Kippur War, aka Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War, or October War, aka 1973 Arab–Israeli War
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%E2%80%93Syria_relations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%E2%80%93Syria_relations
13. Bible Hub https://biblehub.com/isaiah/17-1.htm
14. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314
15. Tribe of Ephraim. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_of_Ephraim#:~:text=Ephraim%20was%20a%20member%20of,Ten%20Lost%20Tribes%20of%20Israel.
16. Bill Salus, The Now Prophecies, pg 9

B. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and also have a high degree of acceptance of their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are footnoted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I greatly respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Road To Tribulation 3 – Prophecy Against Elam

I. Introduction.

What specific nations will come against Israel in the last days?

From John Ankerberg Show. Mar 18, 2013. This clip is from our series entitled, “Signs of the Last Days”. It answers the question: What specific nations will come against Israel in the last days? Credentials for the speaker, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, and host, Dr. John Ankerberg can be found on the Sources Page of this website. All other sources that are listed in this article can also be checked for credential information on the Sources Page.

II. The Tribulation

A. We are now entering into a study of the future events that will lead to the tribulation. Scripture tells us of the destination of our journey of study. The events of unfulfilled events of prophecy will happen, and should not be dismissed.

B. The events of unfulfilled events of prophecy will happen, and should not be dismissed.

C. The Ryrie Study Bible divides the Tribulation into two stages in Matt 24. Verses 4-14 list the characteristics of the first half of the tribulation period, whereas verses 15-28 deal with the second half. Verse 21 identifies the second half of the tribulation as being “great tribulation.” The second coming of Christ to earth is shown to occur in verses 29-31, “after the tribulation.” (Notes are shown under Mt 24:3).

D. Consider the following passage that relates to the tribulation.

1. Jeremiah 30:7-9 (606 B.C.)
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

2. Verses:

7 Woe, for that day is great,
There is none like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
Yet he will be saved from it.

8 ‘It shall come about on that day,’ declares the Lord of armies, ‘that I will break his yoke from their necks and will tear to pieces their restraints; and strangers will no longer make them their slaves. 9 But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

3. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. Jer 30:7. “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob).

4. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. Jer 30:9. “that day.” I.e., the Day of the Lord, which will also see the restoration of Israel under Messiah, the son of David. (See the introduction to Joel, and the note on 1 Thes 5:2.

5. Joel Introduction (800 B.C.) Note: Ryrie Study Bible Note from Jer 30:9. “The Day Of The Lord.” The Day of the Lord, the major theme of this prophecy, involves God’s special intervention in the affairs of human history. Three facets of The Day of the Lord are discernable: (1) the historical, that is, God’s intervention in the affairs of Israel (Zeph 1:14-18; Joel 1:15) and heathen nations (Isa 13:6; Jer 46:10; Eze 30:3); (2) the illustrative, whereby an historical incident represents a partial fulfillment of the eschatological Day of the Lord (Joel 2:1-11; Isa 13:6-13); (3) the eschatological. This eschatological “day” includes the time of the Great Tribulation (Isa 2:12-19; 4:1) the second coming of Christ (Joel 2:30-32), and the Millennium (Isa 4:2; 12; 19-23=25; Jer 30:7-9).

6. 1 Thes 5:2 (54 A.D.) Note: Ryrie Study Bible Note from Jer 30:9.
New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

a. Verse: “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord is coming just like a thief in the night.”

b. Commentary: Ryrie Study Bible. “the day of the Lord.” An extended period of time, beginning with the Tribulation and including the events of the second coming of Christ and the millennial kingdom on earth. Here, Paul focuses on the beginning of that day, which will begin (come) unexpectedly (“like a thief in the night”).

c. Commentary: Mine. The Second Coming Of Christ occurs when Christ stands on the earth and sets up His earthly Kingdom. (Mt 24:29-31; Rev 19:11-21). The Rapture of the Church occurs when Christ comes in the air from heaven and catches up His born again believers, and takes them back to Heaven with Him. At the time of the Rapture, Christ does not set foot on the earth (John 14:2-6; 1 Thes 4:13-18, 1 Cor 15:50-54).

III. Prophetic Events That Take Place Prior To The Tribulation.

A. As part of this study, we will discover judgments upon nations that have been unfriendly to God’s chosen people, Israel (Deu 14:2). We will begin this study in regard to nations that have common borders with Israel.

B. A study on God’s judgments against Israel’s unfriendly nations, that do not share borders with Israel, will take place later in this series of articles.

1. The judgments upon Nations Adjacent to Israel. These predictions are set forth in various portions of the OT, e.g., Babylon and Chaldea (Isa 13:1-22; 14:18-27; Jer 50:1—51:64), Moab (Isa 15:1-9; 16:1-14; Jer 48:1-47), Damascus (Isa 17:1-14; Jer 49:23-27), Egypt (Isa 19:1-25; Jer 46:2-28), Philistia and Tyre (Isa 23:1-18; Jer 47:1-7), Edom (Jer 49:7-22), Ammon (Jer 49:1-6), Elam (Jer 49:34-49). 1

2. The prophecies that will be shown in this series will be identified as being NOW Prophecies, which deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These foretellings have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening. 2

3. The NOW Prophecies include, but are not limited to, the globally impacting events that are shown on page 10 of THE NOW PROPHECIES. We will begin our study with “The Disaster In Iran” (Jeremiah 49:34-39), as follows. 3

4. Scripture.

a. Jeremiah 49:34-39 (600 B.C.)

b. New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

c. Prophecy against Elam.

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:

35 “This is what the Lord of armies says:
‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam,
The finest of their might.
36 I will bring upon Elam the four winds
From the four ends of heaven,
And will scatter them to all these winds;
And there will be no nation
To which the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 So I will shatter Elam before their enemies
And before those who seek their lives;
And I will bring disaster upon them,
Even My fierce anger,’ declares the Lord,
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 Then I will set My throne in Elam,
And eliminate from there the king and officials,’
Declares the Lord.
39 ‘But it will come about in the last days
That I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’”
Declares the Lord.

5. Commentary. The prophecy concerning Elam referred to an area east of Babylon, known today as Iran. The destruction of Elam was described as breaking her bow, for, like Kedar, Elam was noted for archery. The complete destruction of Elam does not seem to have been fulfilled in history and may have its final chapter in the future in connection with judgments at the second coming of Christ. Elam was promised, however, restoration (v. 39). 4

6. Commentary. Jeremiah’s statement about Elam’s destruction seem to take on eschatological dimensions, as God said He would “set up My throne in Elam to supervise her destruction.” These events were to happen in the last days (cf. Jr 23:20). Yet, Elam’s destruction will not be total because God will restore the fortunes of Elam (cf.48:47; 49:6). 5

7. Commentary. Connect Jer 23:20 with Jer 49:39.

a. Jeremiah 23:20 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update

“The anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
In the last days you will clearly understand it.”

b. Commentary. “latter days.” They wouldn’t listen, but the day would come (v. 12) when the judgment would fall and then they would “understand.” (MacArthur Study Bible).

8. Commentary. In this prophecy Jeremiah declares that a time would arrive when the Lord would be furious with the leadership of Iran. We know this because Jeremiah 49:38 says that the king and the princes will be destroyed. This most likely represents the Iranian government in place when the prophecy occurs. The Lord would never destroy good kings and princes, so we can safely presume that bad Iranian leadership is the problem. But, why is the Lord fiercely angry with the government of Iran at the time of the prophecy? The reason is because Iran wants to launch something powerful somewhere. This is why the Lord will break the bow at the foremost of Iran’s might in order to prevent such a lethal launch. This qualifies Israel today, because Iran has declared on numerous occasions that it wants to wipe Israel off of the map. Thus, it is safe to say that Israel and Iran are presently enemies. Should Iran get nuclear weapons, the destruction of Israel becomes a strong possibility. Even the attempted destruction of Israel is not something the Lord will tolerate. A few years ago, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei issued a decree to close all home churches, imprison all pastors and persecute all Christians. This ruthless behavior has increased with the advent of the JCPOA nuclear deal negotiated on July 14, 2015. Converting to Christianity in Iran today is a guaranteed push to severe persecution, if not martyrdom, and yet Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world. But, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, and his radical regime are proactively attempting to extinguish the growing flame of Christianity inside Iran. This can not please the Lord! 6

9. It is important to locate ancient Elam on a modern day map. Elam is the area of Iran that hugs the Persian Gulf. Elam represents about one-fifth of modern day Iran, and Persia spreads across the remaining four-fifths of the nation. Persia was the name for Iran until 1935. 7.

10. We must consider how God’s judgment will be inflicted on Iran. Psalm 83 was authored by Asaph about 3000 years ago. Among Asaph’s several spiritual attributes, was the gift of prophecy. He was a prophet according to 2 Chronicles 29:30. 1 Chronicles 25:1-2 informs that Asaph and his sons were specifically instructed by King David of Israel to prophesy. It is important to emphasize Asaph’s ability to prophesy because some Bible experts don’t consider Psalm 83 to be a prophecy. They treat it simply as an imprecatory prayer, or a prayer of lament. In the Psalm 83 War, the Psalm foretells of a coming Arab alliance that conspires together to eradicate the Jewish state of Israel. This confederacy will be soundly defeated by the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). 8

11. God will utilize whatever means of judgment that He finds to be sufficient for the task at hand. Gods will, “will be done.”

IV. Consider the following video.

A. Where is Iran mentioned in the Bible?

B. John Ankerberg Show. Aug 25, 2017. Drs. John Ankerberg, Ron Rhodes, and Mark Hitchcock discuss the situation of Iran vs Israel. From the Series, 5 Great Debates of the End Times https://www.jashow.org/resources/5-gr…
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1 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 314.
2 Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 9.
3 Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 10.
4 John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible, Prophecy concerning Elam, pg 151.
5 Charles Dyer with Eva Rydelnik, Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1181.
6. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 31, 32, 34, 35.
7. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 29.
8. Bill Salus, THE NOW PROPHECIES, pg 111.

Road To Tribulation 2 – The Rapture Described

The Rapture and the Return of Jesus

I. Introduction to this this article’s video speaker. Dr. Mark Hitchcock. Jun 25, 2014. 100huntley.

A. In the opening video, Dr. Mark Hitchcock talks a little about the end of the tribulation period. He distinguishes the difference between the rapture and the second coming of Christ. In our previous article, we discussed the conditions of the Tribulation. In this article we will discuss the Rapture, as to when it will happen, how it will happen, and those will be caught up in the rapture. Credentials for Dr. Hitchcock, can be found in the following paragraph.

B. “The one biblical truth that has affected my Christian life more than any other is the rapture of the church—the belief that Jesus could come at any moment to take His people away to be with Him. It deeply affects how I view my life, this world, and how I live each day. I have always wanted to write a book that clearly explains the truth of the any-moment rapture and how it should affect our daily lives. I’m grateful that the good people at Multnomah have given me the opportunity to share my passion for this blessed hope with others.” — Mark Hitchcock
https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mark_Hitchcock_Could_the_Rapture_Happen_Today?id=5F0hAT_ZFXgC

1. Hitchcock Education (J.D.,Th.M., Ph.D.) https://www.dts.edu/employee/mark-hitchcock/

2. Hitchcock Education Details. BS, Oklahoma State University, 1981; JD, Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1984; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1991; PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2005.

3. Hitchcock Accomplishments. Mark Hitchcock http://marklhitchcock.com/about/
Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

4. Hitchcock Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/mark-hitchcock/227833/

II. Article Objectives.

A. In our previous article, we discussed the conditions of the Tribulation.

B. In this article we will discuss the Rapture, as to how it will happen, and those who will and will not be caught up in the rapture. We will also discuss a Godly accomplishment which will precede the occurrence of the rapture.

C. We will be referring to the word, or place, called Heaven. We must address:

1. Heaven.

Revelation 4:1 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.
Scene in Heaven
4 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

2. New Heaven.

Revelation 21:1-3 – New American Standard Bible 2020 Update
The New Heaven and Earth
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

III. Where did the term ‘rapture’ come from? https://bible.org/question/where-did-term-8216rapture%E2%80%99-come

A. Regarding the term rapture and its use in theology, the following should answer your questions. It is taken from Ryrie’s Basic Theology, Electronic Media from Parsons Technology.

B. Our modern understanding of rapture appears to have little or no connection with the eschatological event. However, the word is properly used of that event. Rapture is a state or experience of being carried away. The English word comes from a Latin word, rapio, which means to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another. In other words, it means to be carried away in spirit or in body. The Rapture of the church means the carrying away of the church from earth to heaven.

C. The Greek word from this term “rapture” is derived appears in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, translated “caught up.” The Latin translation of this verse used the word rapturo. The Greek word it translates is harpazo, which means to snatch or take away. Elsewhere it is used to describe how the Spirit caught up Philip near Gaza and brought him to Caesarea (Acts 8:39) and to describe Paul’s experience of being caught up into the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2-4). Thus there can be no doubt that the word is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to indicate the actual removal of people from earth to heaven.

1. Ryrie Education. (A.B., Th.M., Th.D., Ph. D.)

2. Ryrie Education Details. Charles C. Ryrie. (A.B., Haverford College; Th.M. and Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh; Litt.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary).

3. Ryrie Accomplishments. https://voice.dts.edu/article/dr-charles-c-ryrie-1925-2016-tribute/
Dr. Ryrie taught Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary before serving as dean of doctoral studies for more than two decades until his retirement in 1983. He passed away at 12:37 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

4. Ryrie Books. Charles Ryrie Ryrie Study Bible
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/charles-c-ryrie/207331/
https://www.moodypublishers.com/authors/r/charles-ryrie/

5. Ryrie Lifespan (March 2, 1925-February 16, 2016).

IV. The Rapture In Verses (NASB 2020 Update).

A. John 14:2,3,6 (33 A.D.). “2 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Note: Christ will come from Heaven and take His believers back with him. We can not get to Heaven by any other way, or by anyone else.)

B. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (54 A.D.). “13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, comfort one another with these words.” (Note: Deceased and living believers in Christ will be taken to heaven by Christ. We will meet Christ in he air; He will not set foot on earth. Caught up in English is used for rapture, harpazo, and rapturo.).

C. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 (59 A.D.). “50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (Note: We can not enter heaven or the eternal state in our mortal bodies; we must be changed to be immortal. This change was unknown until Paul spoke these words. The change will occur quickly. Not all believers will die, but all believers will be changed to be immortal/imperishable. Dead believers will be raised and made imperishable. Living believers will be changed and made imperishable. We will never die, or suffer from sickness again.).

V. Purposes Of The Rapture. https://bible.org/seriespage/4-translation-church

A. Explanation Of The Rapture. In Chapter 14 of John, in the very shadow of the cross, Christ reveals an amazing new revelation which He had not tried to teach them before, that is, that there was another purpose of God to be fulfilled first before bringing in the millennial kingdom. Christ told the disciples that He was going to leave them and go to heaven, that He would prepare a place for them in heaven, and that He would come back to receive them unto Himself. In other words, He revealed to them that before He fulfilled His purpose to bring in a kingdom on earth He was going to take them home to glory first. He would come back for them and take them to dwell with Him in the Father’s house in heaven before His return to the earth (Dr. John F. Walvoord).

B. The Coming Of Christ Details (Walvoord Commentary, 1-2 Thessalonians, pg 113).

1. Comes in the air (1 Thes 4:16-17).
2. Comes for His saints (1 Thes 4:16-17).
3. Believers depart the earth (1 Thes 4:16-17).
4. Christ returns to earth with His bride to establish His Kingdom (2 Thes 1:10).
5. Christ gathers His own (1 Thes 4:16-17).
6. Christ comes to reward (1 Thes 4:17).
7. Not in the Old Testament (1 Cor 15:51).
8. There are no signs; it is imminent (1 Thes 5:1-3).
9. It is a time of blessing and comfort (1 Thes 4:18).
10. Involves believers only (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor 15:51-55; 1 Thes 4:13-18).
11. Will occur in a moment, in the time it takes to blink. Only His own will see Him (1 Cor 15:51-52).
12. Tribulation begins (Rev 6).
13. Christ comes as the bright morning star (Rev 22:16).

C. Walvoord Particulars.

1. Walvoord Education (B.A., M.A., Th.M., Th.D., D.D., Litt.D.).

2. Walvoord Education Details. Attended Wheaton College in Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1931. Entered Dallas Seminary, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s of theology (Th.B., Th.M.) degrees, magna cum laude, in 1934 and doctorate in theology (Th.D.) in 1936. He went on to receive an M.A. in philosophy from Texas Christian University in 1945. Wheaton College awarded him a doctor of divinity (D.D.) in 1960; Liberty University conferred the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) on him in 1984.

3. Walvoord Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/john-f-walvoord/203232/

4. Walvoord Accomplishments. https://walvoord.com/about-dr-john-walvoord
John was a member of the Dallas Theological Seminary faculty for 50 years, from 1936 to 1986. He served as president of Dallas Seminary from 1952 to 1986, and as chancellor until 2001. He continued to teach and preach until a few weeks before his death at the age of 92.

5. Walvoord Lifespan (May 1, 1910-December 20, 2002).

VI. Considering Rapture Distinctions.

A. The Nature Of The Church. There is a distinction between the true church and true or spiritual Israel. Prior to Pentecost, there were saved individuals, but there was no church, and they were a part of spiritual Israel, not the church. After the day of Pentecost, and until the rapture, we find the church which is His (Christ’s, mine) body, but no spiritual Israel. After the rapture we find no church, but a true or spiritual Israel again. These distinctions must be kept clearly in mind. The rapture will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again, and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

B. The Doctrine Of Imminence. Many signs were given to the nation Israel, which would precede the second advent, so that the nation might be living in expectancy when the time of His coming should draw nigh. Although Israel could not know the day nor the hour when the Lord will come, yet they can know that their redemption draweth nigh through the fulfillment of these signs (prophetic signs, mine). To the church no such signs were ever given. The church was told to live in the light of the imminent coming of the Lord to translate them in His presence (John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; Col 3:4; 1 Thes 1:10; 1 Tim 6:14; Jas 5:8; 1 Pet 3:3-4). Such passages as 1 Thes 5:6; Tit 2:13; Rev 3:3 all warn the believer to be watching for the Lord Himself, not for signs that would precede His coming. It is true that the events of the seventieth week (the 70 weeks of Daniel; Dan 9:1-27; mine) will cast an adumbration before the rapture, but the object of the believer’s attention is always directed to Christ, never to these portents (signs, mine) (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 202-203).

1. Pentecost Education. B.A., Th.M., Th.D.

2. Pentecost Education Details. Pentecost was Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary, one of only two so honored. He held a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College (1937), in addition to Th.M. (1941) and Th.D. (1956) degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his academic career he taught biblical subjects for over 60 years (Philadelphia College of Bible, 1948–55; Dallas Theological Seminary, 1955-2014).

3. Pentecost Books. https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/j-dwight-pentecost/202850/

4. Pentecost Accomplishments. https://voice.dts.edu/article/an-enduring-ministry-the-life-and-times-of-j-dwight-pentecost-karen-giesen/
DTS president John Walvoord invited Dr. Pentecost to teach in three departments—theology, Greek, and Bible exposition—while he completed his Th.D. This year marks Dr. P.’s fiftieth on the Dallas Seminary faculty. (Dr. Pentecost is now deceased).

5. Pentecost Lifespan (April 24, 1915-April 28 2014).

VII. Preceding The Rapture. The Fullness Of The Gentiles.

A. Romans 11:25, New American Standard Bible 2020 Update.

25 For I do not want you, brothers and sisters, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;

B. Commentary.

1. Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 11:25. “This mystery.” A definition of a scriptural mystery: something unknown in times past but revealed in the NT ( Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 16:25). See other “mystery” verses: Eph 3:3, 5:32, 6:19; Col 1:27,2:2, 4:3; 2 Thes 2:7; 1 Tim 3:16; Rev 1:20. Keep in mind that the mysteries that were revealed in the NT were things of scripture that were not revealed anywhere in the OT.

2. Ryrie Study Bible, Rom 11:25. “Israel’s hardening” is partial (Jews are being saved today) and temporary (“until” they acknowledge Jesus at His second coming). “the fullness of the Gentiles,” i.e., the full number of Gentiles who will be saved (Acts 15:14). After that, God will turn again to the Jews and will save “all Israel” at the Lord’s return (vs 26).

3. John Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 454. The background of this (The Promise of Israel’s Restoration, pg 453, Rom 11:25-27), is the NT doctrine of the Rapture of the church. When the church is taken out of the world in fulfillment of Gods purpose for the church, Israel’s present experience of hardening will also be removed, and revival will come to Israel (vs 25). Their early conversion to the Gospel will help spread the Gospel throughout the world after the Rapture of the church, as there are Israelites in every major nation who already know the languages and the people.

4. J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, pg 298. It is to be noted that the remnant of Rom 11:26 is not converted until the second advent of Christ and the 144,000 are ministering as sealed witnesses immediately after the church has been raptured.

5. MacArthur Study Bible, Rom 11:25 comment. “until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” “Until” refers to a specific point in time; “fullness” refers to completion; “has come in” translates a Gr. verb often used to speak of coming to salvation (cf. Matt. 5:20; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; John 3:5; Acts 14:22). Israel’s spiritual hardening (which began with rejecting Jesus as Messiah) will last until the complete number of elect Gentiles has come to salvation

C. Consider Today’s World.

1. Many things are going on in our world today, that make many people (including Christians) think that we are in the end times, or will soon find ourselves in the tribulation. But, there is nothing in scripture that tells us that rioting, the virus that began in China, or anything else is a precursor to the “last days, end times, or tribulation.” Matt 24-25 relates to the events that will take place when “left-behind Israel” finds itself in the tribulation (Matt 24:1-3). Ryrie states in his Mt 24 notes that vs 4-14 relate to the first half of the tribulation, whereas, 15-28 deal with the second half. Matt 24:36 states, “of that day and hour, no one knows.” Neither the rapture (John 14:2-6), nor the second coming of Christ (Matt 24:29-31) are events that can be tied to anything that is going on in the world today, or will take place in the future. (See Matt 24 of the Ryrie Study Bible for comments about Israel’s tribulation prophecies).

2. Consider Yesteryear.

a. Russian Civil War. 1917-1923.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Civil_War

(1) There were an estimated 7 to 12 million casualties during the war, mostly civilians. Russia was an Orthodox Christian nation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Russian_Orthodox_Church In 1914 in Russia, there were 55,173 Russian Orthodox churches and 29,593 chapels, 112,629 priests and deacons, 550 monasteries and 475 convents with a total of 95,259 monks and nuns.

(2) The year 1917 was a major turning point for the history of Russia, and also the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian empire was dissolved and the Tsarist government – which had granted the Church numerous privileges – was overthrown. After a few months of political turmoil, the Bolsheviks took power in October 1917 and declared a separation of church and state. The government seized all church lands. Thus the Russian Orthodox Church found itself without official state backing for the first time in its history. One of the first decrees of the new Communist government (issued in January 1918) declared freedom of “religious and anti-religious propaganda”.

(3) The mass closure of churches continued until 1939, by which time there was only a few hundred left. According to the official data of the government Commission on Rehabilitation:[28] in 1937 136,900 Orthodox clerics were arrested, 85,300 of them were shot dead; in 1938 28,300 arrested, 21,500 of them shot dead; in 1939 1,500 arrested, 900 of them shot dead; in 1940 5,100 arrested, 1,100 of them shot dead.

(4) Because of the Christian population of Russia, it would be conceivable that some of those Christians may have thought that they were in the tribulation.

b. The Spanish Flu. 1918-1919.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-commemoration/1918-pandemic-history.htm

(1) It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.

(2) Because of the worldwide spread of the Spanish Flu, it is also conceivable that many of the world’s population thought that the tribulation had begun.

c. The Holocaust. 1933-1945.
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/an-introductory-history-of-the-holocaust

(1) The Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933 – when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany – to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe officially ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsher persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews (1.5 million of these being children) and the destruction of 5,000 Jewish communities. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry.

(2) There may have been Jews who were alive, and who died, during the Holocaust who thought that they were present during the conditions of “Jacob’s Distress” (Jer 30:7) and “Daniel’s Seventy Weeks” (Dan 9:1-27), both of which will be the tribulation.

3. Consider History. Based on the events of history, it is obvious that we can not latch onto an event or group of events, that will let us know of God’s sovereign plan for His creation. We may ask if there is anything that we can identify as being a stimulus for the event that is described in Romans 11:25? Based on the information that is provided in the paragraph “VII. A. The Fullness Of The Gentiles,” we have learned that the tribulation will not occur until after the rapture of the church has taken place. The fullness of the Gentiles relates to a number of Gentiles coming to saving faith in Christ; such a determination of “church growth,” can only be determined, and known, by God.

4. Consider falling church growth. There is diminishing church growth in North America, and has been that way for years in Europe. Consider a report that relates to the Southern Baptist Convention: “The Southern Baptist Convention lost 2 percent of its membership last year—the largest drop in more than a century, according to its annual report.”
https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/june/southern-baptist-sbc-member-drop-annual-church-profile-2019.html

5. Consider Evangelical Growth Areas. If church growth is not taking place in much of “the Bible Belt” (SBC), where can the needed growth take place? Consider the following report. https://www.operationworld.org/hidden/evangelical-growth

Countries with the Fastest Growing Evangelical Population (the list is long; check the link).

Rank Country Ann Gr*

1 Iran 19.6%
2 Afghanistan 16.7%
3 Gambia, The 8.9%
4 Cambodia 8.8%
5 Greenland 8.4%
6 Algeria 8.1%
7 Somalia 8.1%
8 Mongolia 7.9%
9 Kuwait 7.3%
10 Tajikistan 6.9%

6. Consider Global Missions. When we consider Romans 11:25, it is very clear that global missions are essential to church growth. We must never forget the emphasis that our Lord placed on taking the His message to all of the world, even to the United States Of America. When I use the words, “church growth,” I am relating to lost souls coming to saving faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior.

a. Matthew 28:18-20
New American Standard Bible – 2020 Update

18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

b. Acts 1:8
New American Standard Bible – 2020 Update

8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and as far as the remotest part of the earth.”

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Road To Tribulation 1 – The Tribulation Described

I. This website has taken on a new name, which is “Eternity.” The purpose of the change is to identify a greater scope of subjects that will tell of God’s plan for His written Word which extends from eternity to eternity.

II. This opening article will explain the scriptural definition and purposes of the Tribulation. Also, those whom will, and will not, find their place in the Tribulation will be identified, with the reason for both destinies being shown.

III. Consider the following Tribulation data.

A. The Jewish Prophet, Jeremiah, and his prophecy are discussed in the following comment from the Scofield Reference notes:

1. Book Introduction – Jeremiah

a. Jeremiah began his ministry in the 13th year of Josiah, about 60 years after Isaiah’s death. Zephaniah and Habakkuk were contemporaries of his earlier ministry. Daniel of his later. After the death of Josiah, the kingdom of Judah hastened to its end in the Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah remained in the land ministering to the poor Remnant (2 Kings 24:14) until they went into Egypt, whither he followed them, and where he died, early in the 70 year’s captivity. Jeremiah, prophesying before and during the exile of Judah, connects the pre-exile prophets with Ezekiel and Daniel, prophets of the exile.

b. Jeremiah’s vision includes: the Babylonian captivity; the return after 70 years; the world- wide dispersion; the final regathering; the kingdom-age; the day of judgment on the Gentile powers, and the Remnant.

c. Notice that the Book of Jeremiah is a prophecy from God, to a Jewish prophet, who passed the information on to other Jews, about Jewish matters (Jer 1:1-5; 2:1-4). Notice that God put His calling on Jeremiah before Jeremiah was born (Jer 1:5), as He also did with the Apostle Paul before he was born (Gal 1:15).

2. Jeremiah 30:7 – New American Standard Bible 2020 – 572 B.C.

a. Verse. “Woe, for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, Yet he will be saved from it.”

b. Comments.

(1) 30:7 “time of Jacob’s trouble.” This period of unprecedented difficulty for Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf. vv. 8, 9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan. 12:1, 534 B.C.; Matt. 24:21, 22, 33 A.D.) and described in detail by Rev. 6–19. (MacArthur Study Bible)

(2) 30:7 “the time of Jacob’s distress.” The coming of days of tribulation that will come upon all Israel (Jacob) (Ryrie Study Bible).

(3) 30:7 “this period (tribulation)” is peculiarly the time when God’s wrath and judgment fall upon the earth. This is not wrath from men, nor from Satan, except as God may use these agencies as channels for the execution of His will; it is tribulation from God. This period differs from all preceding tribulation, not only in intensity but also in the kind of tribulation, since it comes from God Himself (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 236-237).

(4) 30:7 The Time Of Jacob’s Distress Prior To Restoration (30:4-7). “The final return of Israel and Judah” to the land will be preceded by a time of national distress. “Cries of terror” will be heard among the residents of Israel in the latter days, during the time of Jacob’s distress, and there will be no peace. Jeremiah compared the anguish of men clutching themselves in fear to a woman in childbirth (cf. 4:31, 6:24, 13:21, 22:23, 49:24, 50:43). The second calamity will be so awful that there is none like it (cf. Mt 24:21; Dn 12:1).

(5) 30:7 “time of trouble” refers to a the still-future Tribulation period when the remnant of Israel and Judah will experience a time of unparalleled persecution (Dan 9:27, 12:1; Matt 24:15-22). The period will end when Christ appears to rescue His elect (Rom 11:26) and establish His kingdom (Matt 24:30-31, 25:31-46; Rev 19:11-21, 20:4-6) (Bible Knowledge Commentary, Charles H. Dyer). (My note: the elect are Jews, Deu 14:2, 1451, B.C.).

(6) 30:7 “(Jer 30:1-11).” This section is a far-reaching prophecy from Jeremiah concerning the ultimate regathering of Israel and restoration to their land (vv. 2-3). In particular, the Lord prophesied a time of distress for Israel, such as she had never experienced before (vv. 4-7; c Matt 24:15-30). God assured Israel, however, that “he (Jacob) will be saved of it” (Jer 30:7). (Every Prophecy Of The Bible, John F. Walvoord, pg 138).

(7) 30:7 “time of distress for Jacob.” The time of trouble for Jacob is identical to the tribulation. The great tribulation is the period of unexampled trouble predicted in the passages cited under that head from Psalms 2:5 to Revelation 7:14, and described in Revelation 11-18. Involving in a measure the whole earth Revelation 3:10 it is yet distinctly “the time of Jacob’s trouble” Jeremiah 30:7 and its vortex Jerusalem and the Holy Land. It involves the people of God who will have returned to Israel in unbelief. Its duration is three and a half years, or the last half of the seventieth week of Daniel (Scofield Study Bible).

IV. The Seventieth Week Of Daniel Examined (The Tribulation) (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 194-200).

A. The church and Israel are two distinct groups with whom God has a divine plan. The church is a mystery, unrevealed in the Old Testament. This present mystery age (Inter-Advent age, mine), intervenes within the program of God for Israel because of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah at His first advent. This mystery program must be completed before God can resume His program with Israel and bring it to completion pg 193). The church will be raptured before the seventieth week (pg 194).

B. The seventieth week has the character of: (1) wrath (Rev 6:16-17); (2) judgment (Rev 14:7); (3) indignation (Isa 26:20-21); (4) punishment (Isa 24:20-21); (5) hour of trial (Rev 3:10); (6) hour of trouble (Jer 30:7); (7) destruction (Joel 1:15); (8) darkness (Joel 2:2). It must be noted that these references describe the period in its eternity, not just a portion of it, so that the whole period bears this characterization (pg 194-195).

C. This period of tribulation will see the wrath of God poured out upon the whole earth (Rev 3:10). While the whole earth is in view, this period is particularly in relation to Israel. Jer 30:7, which calls this period, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” makes this certain. The events of the seventieth week are events of the “Day Of The Lord.” The use of the name of deity emphasizes God’s peculiar relationship to that nation. When this period is being anticipated in Daniel 9:24 (538 B.C.), God says to the prophet, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city. The whole period has special reference to Daniel’s people, Israel, and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem” (pg 195) (Daniel 9:20-27).

D. Since every passage dealing with the tribulation relates it to God’s program for Israel, the scope of the tribulation prevents the church from participating in it (pg 196).

E. The purpose of the seventieth week is two-fold (pp 197-200).

1. The first purpose is stated in Rev 3:10, “Because you have kept My word of perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of the testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.” Apart from the question involved as to who will be in this time of testing there are several other important important considerations in this verse.

(a) First of all we see that this period has in view, “them that dwell on the earth,” and not the church. This same expression occurs in Rev 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:7; and 17:8. Since this period is related to “earth dwellers,” those that have settled down to permanent occupancy, it can have no reference to the church, which would be subjected to the same experiences if it were here.

(b) The second consideration to be noted here is to express purpose, when God is its subject, “to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character, and the steadfastness of his faith.” Since the Father never sees the church except in Christ, perfected in Him, this period can have no reference to the church, for the true church does not need to be tested to see if her faith is genuine.

2. The second major purpose of the seventieth week is in relation to Israel. In Malachi 4:5-6 (397 B.C.) it is stated: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

(a) The prophet states that the ministry of Elijah was a ministry to prepare the people for the King who was shortly to come.

(b) In Luke 1:17 and Mark 9:12-13, the Lord was showing the disciples that John the Baptist had this ministry of preparing a people for Him. John’s ministry was a ministry to prepare the nation Israel for the coming of the King. It can only be concluded then that Elijah, who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord, can have only one ministry: that of preparing a remnant in Israel for the advent of the Lord. It is evident that no such ministry is needed by the church since she by nature is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but is holy and without blemish.

3. The two stated purposes of the tribulation, the testing of earth dwellers, and the preparation of Israel for the King, have no relation to the church, whatsoever. This is supporting evidence that the church will not be in the tribulation.

4. The rapture, the catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thes 4:16-17) will remove, not all who make a profession of faith in Christ, but only those who have been born again and have received His life. The unbelieving portion of the visible church, together with unbelievers in the nation Israel, will go into the tribulation period.

V. The following article will focus on two key factors that relate to the removal of the church from the earth prior to the tribulation. We will discuss scriptures that explain the rapture of the church, and the Christ-likeness of those who will be taken from this world to Heaven prior to the tribulation.

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B. Tribulation period is usually seen as 2 halves – first half where Israel enjoys peace and second half of terror of the world. Hear what Dr. Mark Hitchcock has to say on this much investigated topic about the end times.

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