And Zechariah's declaration tell us how this will all happen. It is
Appeal to Heaven
This was the Standard raised at America's beginning.
The same Appeal to Heaven will go up in times to come, not
just in America but in all the Judeo-Christian nations of the West.
"Appeal to Heaven" was a flag of the American Revolution.
A study by Gavin Finley MD
an Australian ex-pat living in America.
endtimepilgrim.org - 2010
YouTube Channel - GavinFinley
This video below is the intro to the HBO movie "John Adams". In it we see the "Appeal to Heaven" flag featuring a pine tree not unlike the Norfolk Island Pine. The branches are open wide and reaching to heaven as in an appeal to God for His Judgment on burning issues of contention that have arisen. As we shall discover, this flag is also reminiscent of an earlier standard of the covenant people of the God of Israel.
We know from the prophecies of Daniel in Daniel chapters 7-12 and from the words of Jesus in the Olivet Discourse that a New World Order is looming somewhere up there in our future. Will a similar ensign be raised as the national flags come down in that awesome time to come and we we enter into the 70th Week of Daniel, the final seven years of this age? And given such a situation would not such an Appeal to Heaven be in order?
APPEAL TO HEAVEN,The "Appeal to Heaven" flag we see here appeared during the American Revolution. There were grievances. And there had been an appeal to the King of England. The British Crown maintained the government of the English Colonies in the New World at the time). When the appeal of the English colonists fell upon deaf ears there was perplexity and some raw anger. But good men in America did not just rage and vent their spleen against their government. They lifted their hands to heaven. And they took their case to another Higher Court of appeal.
THEN, NOW, AND IN TIMES TO COME.
Was their case heard?
Yes. Apparently it was.
This was difficult and dangerous time of trial in the New World. A new nation was being born. In the midst of great national trials the American settlers were not just engaging in politics. And in their struggle for independence they were not just waging war. The French across the pond were doing that with their French Revolution. And it was falling apart into a Reign of Terror, hyperinflation, and then dictatorship and seemingly endless war under Napoleon. See this article on the French Revolution vs. the American Revolution.
So at the root of this emerging American history we see this important fact. On this early flag we see evidence of a noteworthy spiritual energy. This remains an important but untaught part of American history. Their faith, flawed though it may have been, was, (and still remains), a vital part of the American heritage. And so right here in the national heraldry of the American Revolution we find that they have left us their testimony.
It was simply this.
In their national time of trial they were not ashamed to make an appeal to God!
Look at the pine tree and the limbs raised heavenward.
Have we seen this imagery before?
The image is reminiscent of Israel's menorah, the seven branched candlestick.
This is the true and Biblically established symbol of Israel.
This wonderful image is from the Jewish Cervera Bible, circa 1299 A.D.
Click on the image to go to the article on the Commonwealth of Israel.
The future times will be times like no other. The very sovereignty of the Judeo-Christian nations will hang in the balance. Will the flags of Western nations be sold to pay the crushing load of new and increasing sovereign debt? And will Eretz Israel go along with the West for the sake of a pocketful of promises of "peace and security"? And if they do compromise politically then what will happen to God's covenant people in these nations and throughout the world? Will all of them cave-in spiritually? Will they personally compromise themselves to the emerging Harlot and the Antichrist who follows after her?
Apparently not. The prophets declare that "an ensign will be raised for the nations."
See Isaiah 11:10,11,&12 and this list of Scriptures. Yes many will fall away from the faith in the coming Great Apostasy. But there is hope. We are told that in the end-time drama with its tribulation and refining the God of Israel will gather all His covenant people from out of all the nations. And in the scriptures we read that after they have endured their trials "a remnant shall return". See Isaiah 10:20,&21.
The menorah in many ways describes the Light of Israel. We know that the six-pointed star on the present flag of Israel, the so-called "star of David", is never spoken of or referenced anywhere in Holy Scripture. But in the book of Leviticus we see that through Moses the Holy One of Israel has already provided, authorized, and set forth HIS key images that represent the Nation and Congregation of Israel. There is no argument about this. The covenant people of God have carried these images with them from times of old.
The scripture we see in Zechariah 4, (see the passage below), seems to be the pivot point drawing the big themes together. There we see the two olive trees and the dual anointing we see in our Messiah who as High Priest and King of kings is of the Order of Melchizedek. In the same passage and juxtaposed to the two olive trees we see the golden bowl feeding oil through seven pipes into the seven branched menorah with the seven lamps or candlesticks. This same Messianic image is cross-referenced in Revelation 1 where John sees the risen Son of Man walking among the seven candlesticks. See Revelation 1:10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,&18.
The vision Zechariah saw of the two olive trees embracing the menorah crystallizes the eventual unity and restoration of all Israel. In one olive tree we see the Kingdom and the royal Jewish House of Judah who have championed the righteous rule and Law of Messiah. And in the other olive tree we see the High Priesthood of Melchizedek win our Messiah. He is the One who brings the atoning blood to the Mercy Seat to provide the ultimate atonement and covering for sin. See this YouTube video on the ultimate and final Yom Kippur at the Last Day, the final Day of Atonement. This is that great salvation the Congregation/Church of Israel brings to the ends of the earth in the Gospel. Here in Zechariah chapter 4 we see justice and mercy being reconciled in the person of Messiah. This is the wonder of the New Covenant. The Servant of Israel is sent as a Light to the Gentiles. This is the salvation, the sanctification, and the glory our Messiah brings into human hearts in the New Covenant. See Jeremiah 31:31,32,&33.
Notice too that the final victory does not come by human effort or by striving of the flesh. Nor does it come by power of politics or by the might of the sword or gun. God's method and the means He has chosen for this ultimate triumph is spelled out very clearly.
It is in our surrendering ourselves to God that we win.
It is in our dying to our-self life that we are raised up to Life Eternal.
Jesus promised thatWhoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Not by might, nor by power,So might something like we see on this images below be a possible candidate for a standard or an ensign heralding the coming of our Messiah? Could some heraldry like this serve as part of that promised ensign for the nations that will be raised to cheer and strengthen the saints on that final difficult leg of their long journey home?
but by MY SPIRIT saith the Lord.
ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 4 (KJV)
4 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
2 And said unto me, What seest thou?
And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be?
And I said, No, my lord.
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying,
Not by might, nor by power,
but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain:
and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it;
and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you.
10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice,
and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven;
they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
11 Then answered I, and said unto him,
What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
12 And I answered again, and said unto him,
What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be?
And I said, No, my lord.
14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
Some more devotional articles on apocalyptic Biblical themes for the enquiring Christian.