END TIME
BIBLE
PROPHECY

Why study it?
Is it just 'tribulation'?
Or is it a threshold into
unspeakable glories?
The Bible tells us the
"rest of the story".

A study by Gavin Finley MD
endtimepilgrim.org           May 2003


'The Final Prayer' (1999)
Painting by Jewish artist Yossi Rosenstein.
This is a magnificent picture of the final exodus
of God's covenant people at the end of this age.
Click on the image above to go to Israeli Posters.

BIBLE PROPHECY IS NOT AN INTELLECTUAL EXERCISE.
IT IS A PILGRIMAGE, A DEVOTIONAL JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY.

One quarter of the Bible relates to end time prophecy. Yet in spite of the abundance of scriptural information available to us End Time Bible prophecy is strangely neglected in both Jewish and Christian teachings. But this is not just an issue relating to inadequate Bible education. Nor is this ignorance caused by a lack of available biblical facts. The information is sitting right there in our Bibles. So it is not at all difficult for the simple, Christ seeking believer to get to know and appreciate what God is doing as the curtain goes up on the final acts of the play. And as the saints enter the threshold and experience a deepening relationship with their God they will understand who they are and what they are about. With great joy they will embrace their vital role of witness in the last days.

The Judeo-Christian people are the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. -Gal.3:29 The saga of the God's family treks on across four millennia from the patriarchs to the present time. It has passed through the history of the nation of Israel then on to Calvary to the overflow of Israel's Congregation into the heathen world to birth the Church on the Day of Pentecost in the summer of the crucifixion year. The last two millennia has seen an expansion of Church history and in more recent years the beginnings of restoration of the nation of Israel. Recent years have seen a huge evangelical outreach spreading out to all nations. 1948 saw the nation of Israel restored to sovereignty.

The Messianic movement is gathering momentum as well. Many Jews are now coming to salvation receiving Jesus/Yeshua as their Savior and Lord. It is quite obvious that the Jewish people have a vital role to play in the end time drama. The ever increasing numbers of Jews accepting Jesus/Yeshua as their Savior and coming Messiah is a wonderful new development. But greater things are yet to come. Future times will see the spiritual salvation of the whole Jewish nation. This will also be attended by their national salvation. Jerusalem will be delivered from the surrounding armies of the gentiles. -Joel 2:28-32 These encircling armies will be destroyed by our returning Messiah as they muster north of the city in the Valley of Armageddon. The spiritual and national salvation of all Israel will be a magnificent moment in future holy history. This climactic end time event set forth in End-Time Bible Prophecy is slated to occur very late in the 70th week. -Zech.12:7-13:1 On this great and glorious future day the entire Jewish nation will accept Jesus/Yeshua as their Savior and Messiah. Their coming home to Yeshua/Jesus will not be for them only. Their salvation and restoration is destined to enrich us all. -Rom.11:11-15

The crucible of history burns off the dross and refines the gold. At each threshold of holy history God's people are 'called out' from the world and called out from the games they play in politics and religion. End Time Bible prophecy gives us a broad picture of future world history, and in particular the final seven years of this age. And it lays out the story of just how the covenant people of God are led onwards towards their destiny. The Greek word 'ekklesia' from which we get our word 'church' or 'congregation' means 'called out'. The congregation of God is a 'called out congregation' or a 'called out company', even an "assembly". That is what the word "church" means. Nothing more than that. Moses was called to lead forth a 'church in the wilderness'. -Acts 7:38 He even had some things to say about what would happen as the pilgrimage of God's people came to the threshold between this present evil age and the coming Millennium of Messiah. He wrote about it in the 'Song of Moses'. God has been "calling out" His people from where they are to where they are meant to go for a full 4,000 years now.

The church/ekklesia/congregation/assembly of God began with one man, Abraham. Then it was the family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In Egypt it became a nation of a million souls. It came out of Egypt in a great exodus with Moses. And it entered the Promised Land under Joshua. Through the Judges they went and then onwards into the Kingdom of Israel under David and Solomon.

Jesus came to His own people. As a nation they rejected Him. But many would believe in Him. And He would go on to draw all men unto Himself. After Calvary and the Resurrection of Jesus there was just a small handful of believers in Jesus/Yeshua. This small company was the true congregation of God in Israel. As the 120 gathered in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then spilled out into the nations. And the Gospel, or Good News of salvation, which began in Israel went out into the world as a "Light to the Gentiles".

Our God is go ahead sort of God. He is continually moving His people onwards and upwards. Religious leaders, on the other hand, are inclined to try to keep God's people boxed up, contented and pacified where they are. But holy history does erupt with true revivals from time to time. And the new wine breaks the rigid old churchy wineskins. But all is not lost. Because it is in these very crises of faith God is calling His people out to Him. He is calling us up to the next level.

God is not locked up in the ying and the yang. He awakens us from our "balanced" life and our self-centered and self-serving routine. During those times it is Christ Jesus or Yeshua Hamashiach who comes knocking at the door of our heart.

The saints, the covenant people of the God of Israel, are a "called out" ekklesia/church, a company strung out on both sides of Calvary. They are a single Elect and Chosen people. This single passing parade is a pilgrim assembly moving forward across the landscape of holy history toward the vision splendid. And as God's Congregation come to each new threshold they renew the Eternal Covenant that was first delivered to the patriarchs. The saints, the "called out ekklesia or "church" are revived at certain key points as the move toward their ultimsate destiny in glory. On these special occasions they arise from their slumbers. Drawn by the Bridegroom they move onwards onto the highway of holiness.

This is what End-Time Bible Prophecy is all about. It is a wooing. It is a great adventure. And it is the high romance in God. End Time Prophecy is not just "doomsday" as we have been erroneously told. God is drawing, even dragging His people, kicking and screaming onward and out of the mortal dangers they themselves had brought on themselves in their comfortable encampments. As they move on the saints are not overcome by the events of history. They keep their eyes fixed upon the Holy One of Israel. Through the centuries they go. They pass from one national camp to another. They are led forward, through each threshold of history. Their character is honed and developed by God as they pass through the various national rulerships. Through each encampment, bondage and deliverance God's covenant people pilgrim on.

Our present encampment is under the global umbrella of the Pax Americana. Before this, and during the first half of the 20th century, we saw the Germans try to bring their own special order to the world, a Pax Germanica. It never happened. (But there is no question that they did indeed smarten us up quite a bit.) Prior to that, in the 19th century, it was the Pax Britannia. The British established an empire covering one quarter of the globe. They also began a huge missionary outreach on a scale that had never been seen before.

Going back in time before the British Empire and before the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo it was the Pax Francais. France, under Napoleon, was the superpower during the 1700's. (The French, even to this day, still think that they should be the ones to oversee the world). French remains the language of diplomacy.

In the centuries before the French other nations had led the way. The Portuguese, the Spanish, the Italians and the Dutch all set the agenda for world history in their time. All of these nations of Christendom had their turn in leadership as Western civilization emerged from the dark ages. In each of these thresholds God has been refining His called out people. Thus the saints pilgrim on towards their true 'manifest destiny'.

What is next on God's agenda? What does end time Bible prophecy have to show us? Do we have a map? That is the subject of this website.

It seems that we are in a relay race through history. The final leg may well be just up ahead. And what a climactic passage that will be! God is even now 'calling out' His people for the final leg of the relay race. He is looking for those who are willing to participate. -Heb.12:1 It will be a race calling for great devotion, determination and endurance. These people are the ones 'who through faith and patience inherit the promises.' -Heb.6:12 As these runners approach the finish line the whole company of the saints along with the angelic host will be watching. And when they break the tape at the end of the race they will be on their feet cheering. It will be a great victory.

A great celebration awaits those faithful runners. They will bring the race to its final glorious conclusion. There, at that place, amidst great jubilation, the best wine will be poured. All of those who ran in previous times will be there to congratulate those final runners. Because they will have been the ones who will have brought the race to its final victorious conclusion.

So.
All that being understood.
Who would want to miss it?
Certainly that final run to the finish line will be a perilous passage for the saints.
It will try our faith and endurance to the utmost.
Indeed it will call for total commitment,
even the 'red badge of courage'.
But who would want to avoid that final glorious passage?
Who would want to 'dodge the call'?

As Christian believers we have been charged with the Great Commission.
In this Jesus gives us His own personal promise that He will be with us right up until the very end of this evil age. Why then would we want to 'skip out' ahead of time?
And why would we even begin concoct a plan to abandon the race and our commission 7 years earlier than the finish line? This, dear friends, is precisely what the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is trying to do. It is not just coddling you. It is attempting to cut you off from your glorious end-time destiny in Christ.

Even a child, if he or she loves God, can read the Bible and understand what God is doing at the climax of this age. In Messiah's coming kingdom we are told that "a little child will lead them." - Isa.11:6 Better a little child than many grown men who have compromised themselves with the powers of this world and with Mammon. Unfortunately we have been to blame here too. We have leaned upon our popular religious leaders to see and teach things our way. Both the Bible prophecy teachers and the people in the pews have sought to impose our man centered humanistic pre-suppositions on the endtime scriptures. We have tried to get the Bible to say what we want it to say. Of course we have done this for well meaning political and economic reasons. No one likes to become unpopular in their society and snubbed by their peers. The modus operandi has been "If the people want a pre-tribulation rapture, then lets give it to them".

But all these compromises to the true Bible prophecy picture of the end time have had an unfortunate result. The eschatological jigsaw puzzle has been turned into a confusing mess. Pieces of the puzzle have been scattered, even lost or "hidden" away. Some pieces have been jammed together where they don't belong. People are discouraged by Bible prophecy. It has become fashioable to say that eschatology "cannot be understood". We hear that a lot.

But this is not true. End time Bible prophecy is not complicated. But in the hands of profane men, some of whom were freemasons, God's Holy Word has been obfuscated. The end time truth has been "cloaked" or hidden behind a gnostic religious smokescreen. It is under a "conspiracy of silence" and a concerted campaign of disinformation.

Here is a case in point. Pre-trib teachers have superimposed a certain key word and a certain key phrase and made them one. They are the word 'tribulation' and the phrase 'wrath of God'. The teaching comes in the books and over the airwaves time and time again that the Great Tribulation is the 'wrath of God'. But is this true? Let us do a bit of clear thinking here. These are clearly different words. And those different words have different meanings. A plain reading of the scriptures and the context in which those words are found reveals that tribulation can relate to wrath. But it is not the wrath of God. The Great Tribulation in the last three and a half years of this age relates to the wrath of man. The wrath of God comes at the very end of this age, after the "last day". It is entirely different from the Great Tribulation. The wrath of God is God's divine judgment poured out upon the heads of the wicked. And it comes at the Second Coming of Christ. The wicked, like weeds or tares, are carried off, at the very end of the age when the heavens are opened and the Day of the Lord begins. This is after the final day of Reckoning. The Day of Atonement is the "last day" of this age. Clearly the Great Tribulation ends at day 1260. It lasts for the final 3.5 biblical years of this age. And the wrath of God comes after day 1290. It does not come until the end of the 1290 days. This is thirty days beyond the end of the Great Tribulation. See this chart.

Pre-Tribulation Rapture lore also does some obfuscation with two other extremely important event of the End Time, namely the "Resurrection of the righteous dead" and "the Rapture". Here is a case where two pieces of the End Time Bible prophecy puzzle clearly do belong together. Paul shows us a Resurrection-Rapture. (1Thes.4:15-17) But Pre-Tribulationists have taken the 'Resurrection' and the 'Rapture' of the saints and cut them asunder. Without scriptural foundation they have presumed to separate them They are never treated or presented as events that will occur together. And yet our Apostle Paul clearly teaches that "the dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain will be (or Raptured) with them to meet the Lord in the air." (1Thes.4:15-17) So this separation of the Resurrection and the Rapture flies in the face of the clear teaching of the scriptures. Jesus, in the Olivet Discourse, presents the same picture. He lays out a clear uncomplicated straightforward single end time gathering of a single Elect. The righteous, both the 'quick(living) and the dead', are gathered at the last day. Jesus clearly and specifically said that this gathering of His Covenant people would occur "after the Tribulation of those days". (Mat.24:29-31) And yet certain 19th century churchmen, under the influence of Freemasonry, have seen fit to separate the Resurrection from the Rapture. As we shall see, they did this for a reason.

Other pieces of the jigsaw puzzle such as the phrase 'last day' have been re-engineered. It should mean the "last day" or last 24 hour period of this age. But sadly, the time period of the phrase 'last day' has been wrenched, twisted, and stretched out like a piece of taffy across 7 years or even 2,000 years. Among evangelicals today the message conveyed by the words "last day' has been religiously crafted and re-engineered. Thus it has been 'cloaked' by change agents of religion. This is priest craft with an agenda.

What is going on here? The answer is obvious. The powers of this world, working with men inside of Christendom, want to change things around to their liking. The have succeeded in twisting the Holy Scriptures around to get them to say something that is not being said by the Holy Spirit at all.

This is so sad to see. Scriptural passages telling us for example that the Resurrection of the righteous dead will be on the 'last day' have thus become become quite meaningless. This, dear saints, is why end time prophecy has become so confusing. It is not the Holy Spirit's fault. The Holy Spirit laid out the scriptures so that they could be understood by the sincere seeking saint. A plain reading of the Bible is not complicated at all. But in trying to make the Bible fit the fanciful notions of men we have ended up with a twisted, contorted, confusing eschatological mess.

Unfortunately Christians don't read their Bibles. They are very busy nowadays. They don't have time or take the time to check up in Berean fashion the things they hear on Christian television or from the pulpit. Christians in past times used to sit on their porch and study the Bible in the quietness of the morning or evening. They read the Word of God for themselves and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit they put two and two together to make four. But today we get our Bible information spoon fed to us. We listen to popular teachers on TV. And we read 'end time novels' like "Left Behind". We would rather do that than open our hearts to God and seek His face in a simple and faithful Berean study of the Bible alone.

As western Christians we must confess that our problem with Bible prophecy is not an intellectual one. The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are all sitting there in our Bibles. It is an easy matter to put them together. No, our problem really is that we have a heart attitude problem towards our God. We do not know Him intimately. So we do not trust Him. We have not submitted ourselves in humility to the Holy Spirit and to the God's Word. Christians point the finger of accusation at the world. And we pretend that we are different. But in our hearts we follow the crowd controlled, money driven religious champions who operate in the ways of this world. We rage against 'secular humanism' "out there" in the world. But we embrace "religious humanism" inside our own hearts!

Like a Trojan horse within the church this religious humanism is inside our church walls. Religious humanism is on church radio and church television. Our real enemy is worldliness. And this is how Lucifer, (the "god of self" we secretly worship), has poisoned the western church and made it powerless. The religious worldliness inside the church is far more deadly to our faith than the secular worldliness outside the church.

Disinformation is is a terrible thing. It is worse than no information at all. And the end time saints need good and correct information. False teaching on the end-time dulls and confuses God's people. It leads them down false paths to cliff edges and into armies they have no business joining. It renders them spiritually unprepared for witness and unable to meet the challenges which lie ahead. Corrie Ten Boom has given a very important message to the Church along these lines. Every Christian should hear it.

Wrong information about the End Times is damaging to our faith for another reason as well. Christians can end up on the road to nowhere. They can also be led to a brick wall. This provides an occasion for people who are now Christian believers to become angry and to blame God. Christians who have been given the run around are quite understandably upset when the information they have been given is incorrect. Wrong information has landed them in trouble. If they had known about all this then they would have had an opportunity to prepare. But now they have been tripped up and they are caught in a web of circumstances they should have been warned about.

But they were not warned! Quite understandably people in this predicament complain of a 'raw deal'. Christians become angry at God. The anger will either be directed inwards, and cause clinical depression, passivity, hopelessness, and despair. Or it will be directed outwards at other human beings. Such people are ripe for enlistment in a hopeless crusade made up of Christian sword swingers. This is how Christians leave the flows of grace to become men of blood. This is the danger for Christians as they come unprepared into the End-Time. Edomite anger can come into their souls from the spirit of Esau. It is this anger, rage, and wrath which sets Christians up for either
1. Depression and despair
2. Crusading against infidels, or
3. Apostasy and "falling away" from the faith.

Unfortunately this is going to happen to a lot of Christians. Our Apostle Paul has warned us that there will indeed be a great 'falling away', even a great apostasy. - 2Thes.2:3, John 5:43, Dan.9:27

Religious humanism is not just a matter of unscriptural and incorrect doctrine. As a people we are driven by our religious fantasies. We are no longer people who worship idols of clay. But we do erect and set up concepts in our minds. They become our idols. And so we worship these fantasies rather than searching the scriptures and turning our eyes to God. Our 'feelings' about what "we want to believe" are set up as idols over and above the Holy Scriptures. This is what has happened with the Pre-Tribulation rapture. It is a fantasy we have erected. And we haven't had or taken the time to check it out with the scriptures. This is to our shame. And if the matter is not attended to with all diligence it will be to our loss.

God has a wonderful plan for His people in the End times. We are called to be His witnesses before kings and rulers. The Holy Spirit, (contrary to what we have been told), will be with us. He will take us right through the 70th week and into the end-time glory. There is a great and wonderful adventure and the romance in God ahead of us. Can we stick with Him?

The whole Pre-Trib Rapture scenario we see in the "Left Behind" novels is very unfortunate. The characters and the scenes presented are so pitiful. We replace the sheer drama of God's magnificent agenda with our own humanistic Hollywood style melodrama. Apparently this sort of survivalist material is easier for the carnal souls, to whom churchmen cater, to take in. Of course these "Left Behind" fantasies sell well on the religious market.

We succeed in imposing upon the Bible what we want the scriptures to say. Not even clear-cut scriptural facts will dissuade us. We have resolved in our hearts that the end time events will unfold according to what our own human desires and our masonic deacon boards have laid out for us. We name and we claim what we want to happen. And that is that! We have been told by our television churchmen that we are 'little gods'. So like Star Trek heroes we are bound and determined to "make it so".

How did we go so far astray?
Brothers and sisters we should have done better than this. As usual the problem comes right back to our personal devotion to God. We set limits on the closeness of our personal walk with Him. In spite of all the liturgical and social religious activities it remains a sad fact that most of the Judeo-Christian people do not yet have a personal relationship with YHVH/God. Churches with their bowling alleys, pitifully small missionary budgets, and self esteem seminars have become social warehouses. Most of us have yet to even recognize the Luciferian selfism we have bought into, let alone repent of it. We receive God's blood bought gift of salvation as a "ticket to heaven". Jesus/Yeshua does come into our hearts. But that is as far as we have come in ur relationship. We won't let Him come into the deeper rooms of our soul.

NOMINAL CHRISTIANITY AND AN UNWILLINGNESS TO RECEIVE THE COMING MESSIAH.
THEY DO NOT LOVE HIS APPEARING. SO THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

There is another reason Bible Prophecy is under wraps.
People do it to themselves. They choose not to know.
How can this happen?

Well many, if not most Christians, are nominal Christians. They are Christians in name only. They are not in actual communion with Christ. So they are like lost sheep out on their own. They are not led by God's Holy Spirit. So it should not come as any surprise that many, perhaps most nominal Christians, are not quite ready yet to welcome the Coming Christ into this world as the ultimate world ruler, the Messiah. In King David's song, the nations at the end of the age are not too impressed with Bible prophecy either. In fact they are actually hostile to God's promised Messiah. They are raging against His coming. - Ps.2

If we pause and think about it for a moment this is somewhat strange. One might expect that the very thought of Christ's second coming as 'King of Kings' would be an occasion for much joy among God's 'called out' congregation. Huge amounts of old testament prophetic poetry, especially in the last half of Isaiah, tell of the future glorious Millennial Kingdom. It is exceedingly good news. This "good news" or "Gospel of the kingdom" brings salvation, miracles and healing to mankind on this earth. -Mat.4:23,9:35 And this "Gospel of the Kingdom" is destined to be preached throughout the whole world.- Mat.24:14 The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a magnificent moment in history. Yet we don't want to hear about it?!

Just what sort of a kingdom will our Messiah establish when He returns? Is it to remain a religious kingdom of the heart only as Augustine has decreed? Is the Kingdom of God to remain a 'kingdom of the church' limited to this present evil age as Amillennialists believe? Is the Kingdom of God a church sponsored church moderated thing? Is it never to be anything more? Is the Kingdom of God never to become manifest in great spiritual and political power here on earth with Christ as Messiah ruling from Jerusalem over the nations?

Apparently many of us, even as Christians think that this religious idea or is all that the Kingdom of God will ever be. It seems we have a 'problem' with the incarnate Christ. We do not want Christ to come back into the cosmos He created and He redeemed with His own blood. The church is unresponsive to her coming Prince. She lies asleep as Sleeping Beauty. Could it be that she has been drugged? The poison of religious gnosticism is in the air. It is lacing the piece of apple there in her mouth.

THE SPECTER OF GNOSTICISM WANTS TO KEEP CHRIST LOCKED UP IN HEAVEN.
WORLDLY MANKIND WANTS TO KEEP TO HIMSELF IN HIS OWN LITTLE "WORLD WITHOUT END".
THIS HOLDS BACK THE WORD OF TRUTH CONCERNING END TIME PROPHECY.

Gnosticism places a divide between heaven and earth. A chasm that no one can cross. Yet even Jacob saw a ladder and Jesus spoke of Himself being that Way into God. -John 1:51 This is all very strange. We call ourselves Christians yet we do not want Christ/Messiah coming to rule and reign upon this earth. His Millennial rule, according to us, is unnecessary. We don't want Him down here.

For 1700 years this 'amillennialist' view, which denies a future rule of Christ on this earth has held sway. This belief is still held quite deeply within the bosom of most of the older state licensed denominations of Christendom. This old medieval doctrine, smiled on by kings and princes, was left untouched by the Reformation. Amillennialism allegorizes, spiritualizes, or 'vaporizes' away all scriptural references to the Kingdom of God coming to earth. It was Origen and St.Augustine who began the process of allegorizing away the clear scriptural references to a 'Kingdom of God' on earth to mean the 'era of the church'. But the Bible tells us quite clearly that the Millennium of Messiah will be a very real kingdom here on earth. Six times in seven verses we are told that the rule and ministry of Christ/Messiah will last for one thousand literal years. -Rev. 20:1-7 Yet we still balk at the message. We don't want to hear it.

A RESURRECTED BODY TRAVERSING HEAVEN AND EARTH.
MESSIAH AND HIS GLORIFIED SAINTS AT THE END OF THE AGE,
IN THE MILLENNIUM TO COME, AND IN THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH.

If Jesus is to return to this earth then just what sort of Messiah will He be? Fortunately we are not left to guess. Our coming Messiah will return in the very same human form as when He left.
9. Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched,
He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
11. who also said, "Men of Galilee,
why do you stand gazing up into heaven?
This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

- Acts 1:9-11
Our Messiah will return in His resurrected spiritual body. He will be the same solid Jesus who appeared with his disciples, after His resurrection, teaching and exhorting them as they walked together along the Emmaus road. -Luke 24:13-32 He will be the same solid Jesus who fellowshipped with Peter and the disciples on that morning when He prepared that fish fry for them by the seashore. -John 21:1-14 Our resurrected Messiah not return as a ghost or the subject of some religious vision. He will not be a figment of some religious reverie or locked up in religious allegory. Nor will He be just an image filtered out through stained glass in a cathedral. In fact we have a witness that can put such foggy notions to rest. Thomas had thought that the resurrected Christ was just a ghost. But when Jesus appeared in the upper room Thomas discovered for himself that Jesus in His new resurrected spiritual body was in a solid human form. Thomas saw and felt the wounds of Christ remarking "My Lord and My God!"

What can we say about this? The spiritual body in which Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples appears to have the properties of both matter and light. He can appear on the scene then disappear at the speed of light. But when He appears He has a solid body that can be touched and felt. His disciples saw Him on numerous occasions after His resurrection. And He was in this same spiritual body when He ascended into heaven. After He was caught up into heaven at His ascension the angels brought word to the watching disciples. That word was simply this. Jesus would return in precisely the same manner and form as when they saw Him leave this earth two millennia ago. -Acts 1:9-11 So our returning Messiah will appear in a spiritual body with a solid human form. After all, is He not the Son of Man?

CHRIST WILL RETURN AS MESSIAH TO MINISTER AND TO RULE UPON THIS EARTH.

Why must Messiah come? Well it is a certainty that someone has to come and assume global rule and soon. Someone must come to ensure real "peace and safety"/security. This world is coming unglued. This poor starving, diseased, polluted, war-torn world is crying out for just such a world ruler to come. The stage is being set for the final act of the play. There will most certainly be a consummation to this evil age. And there will be 'closure' to the ongoing ever increasing humanistic rebellion against God. History must come to its appointed climax.

After the final dramas of the four horsemen and after the church has brought her "final witness" at the 5th seal our Messiah will return. He will save this planet from nuclear self-destruction, even the 'MAD' policy we currently live under of "Mutual Assured Destruction". The brightness of His coming will destroy the false messiah, the Antichrist, and put an end to his 666 system. -2Thes.2:8 Messiah will judge the wicked and deliver His covenant people from their enemies. Then He will come and sit in judgment of the nations, separating the sheep from the goats. -Mat.25:31-46 This is the Sheep-Goat Judgment. He will establish His Millennial Kingdom, a golden age here on earth. -Rev. 20:1-10 Here on this planet there will be peace among men at last. The animal and plant kingdoms will be restored. Streams will break forth in the desert. And the waste places will blossom as the rose. -Isa.35:1-2 There will be joy among men and the creation/ecosystem will return to the harmony and beauty it once knew. -Isa.55:12-13

A BAD ATTITUDE AMONG HUMANISTIC MEN AGAINST THE THRONE OF DAVID.
AND A RAGING OF NATIONS AGAINST THE RETURN OF CHRIST AS MESSIAH.

So why the reluctance to accept these realities? Have we as 'the church' taken on the mindset of the state rulers and princes of this world with whom we have made covenant? Do we, like them, perhaps have "an attitude", even a hostile attitude to the Throne of David? Even among many evangelicals the thought of Jesus coming back in our lifetime to rule and reign upon this earth as Messiah is a bit troubling. We are not quite ready for Him to return yet. We want to have some fun first, (or so we think).

So the Millennium of Messiah is not preached, taught, or brought up for discussion in most churches. It is banned in the state run official "three self' church in China. There are no Bible passages read out publicly in the Episcopal/Anglican church that relate to the second coming or the Millennium of Messiah. This suits most of the people who attend. Such a notion is inclined to cramp our style, to irritate us, if not fill us with dread.

Why is this so? Is eschatology inherently a dark and foreboding subject? Is end-time Bible prophecy all doom and gloom? Not at all. It is our unwillingness to draw near to God that makes it a subject of dread. The revelation is the unveiling of the glory of Christ. Magnificent vistas lie before us. So why is end time prophecy invariably viewed as "spooky" or "negative"? The simple answer is that we have not yet taken the time to get to know the returning King. So it naturally follows that we are just not 'ready' for Him to return just yet. And we are not yet ready to take our places of responsibility in His Kingdom. We have 'a lot of living to do', or so we say. We have this notion that our level of pleasure would take a nosedive if we committed ourselves fully to Jesus Christ. This, of course, is not the case at all.

Ask any 'sold out' Christian believer in China or Egypt, even in the midst of trials and testings, if he would exchange what he has in Christ for anything this world has to offer. He or she would smile and say "Never!". But here in the west, the overindulged Christian believer is not so sure about that. We have yet to make those discoveries. Deep down inside we tend to believe that His coming will be bad for us. The fact is, most Christians in the western nations don't even want to hear about the second coming let alone the coming of a Messiah to rule on this earth for a thousand years. Oh yes we sing hymns about Christ's coming Kingdom. But we want to keep His 'coming' as an existential reality of the heart only. Oh yes we may stand when the finale chorus of Handel's Messiah is sung.

"The kingdoms of this world,
 Now have become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ
 And He shall reign forever, and ever!"
But when it comes right down to it, given the choice, we would prefer to continue on under the princes of this world. We have too much invested in this world. And we are having too much fun, or so we think. Even though we clearly see the rot setting in we are happy to see the present world system continue on under the rule of the present humanistic rulers. Here in the rich countries of western "Christendom" even the evangelicals want 'the party to go on'. As we say, "Let the good times roll!" But the times are changing. And so will our opinions. Even now our armies are beginning to gather in the middle east. And as we wage war on Ishmael in the shadow of the Caucasus mountains there are ominous rumblings at the gates of Gog. With each passing month western military forces are edging ever closer to the Valley of Megiddo. Isn't it time for us to draw near to God?

There is an old saying, "Ignorance is bliss". But while God's people have not yet come to realize that their Messiah is coming back the angelic rulers and the princes of this world are quite well aware of it. In fact the dark angelic rulers, the principalities and powers are dreading the coming of 'the time'. - Mat.8:29 The powers who rule the G-7 nations, nations in which we take our citizenship, are in fact secretly conspiring and raging against His coming. The plot is thickening. Holy history is drawing us on towards its appointed climax. Events will unfold precisely as was prophesied by the prophets of Israel over two millennia ago.

How will the final scenes of this age open up? Well one main element will be that the church-state accord will come unglued and the Pilgrim saints will walk out. Many would say that this could never happen. In recent years we have heard a lot of talk of "separation of church and state". This is a very serious matter. The church state union has held society together, more or less, for 1700 years.

The deal the church made back in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicaea was an epic accord. And it may, in fact, be coming up for 're-negotiation'. Just what will that mean? Well we don't know. But church leaders who are in the know about these things are worried. Should they be worried?

Well that is an interesting question. It depends on which kingdom they are really serving. The Chinese church is not established with the government. Most of it remains underground. It is a house church movement. They don't have big churches on the skyline as we do. And yet the Church in China, made up of living stones, not stones of masonry, is is expanding wonderfully. It has no meaningful political or governmental protection whatsoever. Nevertheless it is a vital vibrant church. And it has been doing a better job than the Christian church in the west.

We sent those first the missionaries into the far east during the 19th century. Now they need to come back and teach us a few things. The Chinese church, full of devoted and faithful young people, has been doing very well under persecution. Every seven years since Mao Tse Tung began the communist persecutions under the Red Guard in 1949 the Chinese Church has doubled in size. And the persecutions have not let up. The Dragon is raging against the Lamb of God. And he is having a hard time of it.

Jesus told His disciple Peter,

I will build my church!
And the gates of hell will not prevail against it!"
-Mat.16:18
Well it is a sad fact to have to report but here in the western established church we are not so sure about this. The specter of the New World Order looks like it might at some point replace the current Pax Americana. This is very worrisome to us, and particularly to American Christians. See the article on the Puritan History, Past, Present, and Future. Many religious leaders are responding by becoming more politically active in the Christian Right. Many are scurrying off to the 'powers that be' to sit down at 'round-tables' of the emerging world powers. They are keen to find out what they need to do to maintain the status quo, (and their ecclesiastical power). But all their efforts will be in vain.

The fact is that the elites of this pagan world don't like our Messiah very much. Even in the countries with a democratically elected government godly people do not make up 51% of the population. Their notion of a "moral majority" is a myth. The crowds, even in so called "Christian nations" are just like the crowds that gathered before Pilate 2,000 years ago. They are against Christ and they are against His covenant people as well. When Pontius Pilate brought the suffering Christ before the crowds, people who should have known the Judeo-Christian God, and asked for their judgment what did they say? They said, "Away with Him! Crucify Him!". They preferred to have a "winner". Someone like a certain sword wielding crusading freedom fighter, a zealot named Barabbas. Are our crowds today much different?

The principalities and powers of this world despise our Messiah. They want Him and His righteous rule to stay up in heaven or at least well away from them. Their agenda, as usual, is to defile, degrade, and discredit the covenant people of God, whether they be Jewish or Christian. They will try to put their pagan thing in the holy place, even in our hearts and in the holy city of Jerusalem. -Mat.24:15 Evangelicals are marginalized and alienated. in the popular culture. Overseas more than 500 Christians die for their faith in Jesus Christ every day.

The Jewish people, descendants of Judah and possessors of the Throne of King David, are similarly despised. A large proportion of U.N. resolutions are all about causing grief for the little nation of Israel. The world powers are forever trying to get Israel to "give in" and to surrender her scepter of sovereignty and to divide up her land and give chunks of it to the "Palestinians". Why this combined assault on the priesthood and the kingdom of God? What is going on here?

Three thousand years ago King David wrote a song about the end time conspiracy of the nations. Psalm 2 tells of the nations rising up in anger and joining together to conspire and plot against the rule of the coming Christ/Messiah. This is happening with escalating ferocity. We saw this in the wars of the 20th century and the awful pogroms and holocaust against our Jewish brethren before and during World War 2. Now, even as the third millennium from Pentecost is about to dawn, the political and military focus of the world is homing in on the middle east. Israel, and particularly the golden city of Jerusalem, as usual, are in the cross hairs. The kingdoms of this world are hostile to the coming Kingdom of God. The princes of this world, both angelic and human, are lusting to possess and defile God's land and God's people. They want to delay or derail this agenda of a returning Messiah. And they want to cut off or twist the information of End Time Bible Prophecy into disinformation.

EMERGING FROM THE SPELL OF EASTERN MYSTICISM;
AND GOING BEYOND THE MINDSET OF YING AND YANG
TO GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF END TIME BIBLE PROPHECY

We cannot avoid this information war in which the principalities and powers of this world, (and their hired and deceived church leaders try to cut Christian believers off from a truthful interpretation of God's Holy Word. It is all part of the ultimate showdown between God of Israel and rebellious mankind. The saga of God's people must and will come to its prophesied and appointed glorious conclusion. There must be a climax, a resolution, to the burning issues of this age. The Ying and Yang of 'balanced forces', of endless meaningless cycles and of postponed decisions cannot continue to hold sway forever. Eastern mysticism, the mindset of the dragon, must be shown for the meaningless, impersonal, uncaring, and cruel sham that it is. Our Judeo-Christian God is the Sovereign Ruler, the God of history. He alone is the Savior of the world and he alone is worthy to be its High Priest and King of Kings.

History is not just a cyclical pattern of birth, death, and rebirth. Holy history is going somewhere. The players repeat their histories from time to time this is true. But history moves forward in teleological fashion. The Protagonist and the Antagonist move on toward the final arena as the climax approaches. And in the threshold God's people along with the whole creation, like a woman about to give birth, will cry out for deliverance. -Rev. 12:1-17 Decisions of eternal consequence will be made by men and nations. And indeed a Deliverer will come. Isa. 63 He is the One who will cap off history.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not just a Sunday reverie. He is the God of history. His sovereign will and His righteous agenda for this earth has been written in the holy scriptures for our encouragement and admonition. Indeed He will oversee this whole process personally. -Dan.7:9-14 As end time Bible prophecy unfolds and this age comes to the final consummation His plans and purposes will be confirmed and established.

THE END TIME DRAMA

God's people in scripture are not just spectators. They are in fact portrayed as a woman betrothed to God. - Hosea, Rev.12 etc. The woman's antagonist is the dragon, who is Lucifer or Satan. The Woman and the Dragon must face each other as they enter the final contest of the ages. This final drama was even seen by the patriarchs thousands of years ago. They looked up at the night skies and saw the redemption story laid out for them pictorially in the stars and constellations. The woman, God's people, will escape from the face of the Dragon. - Rev.12, Micah 2:12-13 At the end of the Millennium the dragon will be cast into the Lake of Fire. - Rev.20

What begins the end-time drama? The answer is very simple. Global crises will come along requiring global crisis management. This in turn will call for a global crisis manager. He will need and will demand the authority to act decisively as a one man superpower or in effect, a man-god. Humanistic mankind will see what their dreams are made of here. Only they have denied the true Messiah. So their dreams will turn out to be nightmares.

This world has not had global leadership since Roman times. But a world government will surely come. The power broker will actually achieve wide and popular acceptance around the world. A global peacemaker, if he is going to do anything, will have to have authority. He must have sovereign powers vested in him by the G-7 nations. At the time of the coming crises the major nations will have all been trying (unsuccessfully) to deal with the critical issue of world peace. It therefore follows that this leader will have to enter into a power sharing treaty with the G-7 nations, Israel, and the church, just to name a few. This deal, outlined for us in Dan.9:27 will be term limited to seven years. The world will come to believe that he is the man who can get the job done. He will even establish and license global religion for the New World Order, taking for himself a harlot religious consort. This harlot will be the beginning of trials and tribulations for God's covenant people during the first half of the 70th Week, the final seven years of this age.

If 'established religion' is to be preserved during the first half of the 70th week Harlot Church will be riding a ten horned beast.

The clash between the Eternal Covenant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the covenants of men is inevitable. It is an overhanging future reality. This climactic contest must eventually be expressed in history. The Bible tells us how. It will come with the epic 7 year covenant Daniel prophesied in Dan. 9:27. The prophesied drama of the end time will unfold as an impossible love triangle between God's people, (the woman betrothed to YHVH God), and two princes. She cannot have both of them. They are are engaged in a spiritual war against each other. So she must choose one or the other.

This period is a time of decision and high drama. It will involve many trials, tribulations and awesome moments of self discovery. This will turn out to be the quintessential story of "Beauty and the Beast". And like Gomer, enclosed by thorns, God's Judeo-Christian people, corporately speaking, will finally come to their moment of decision. Afterward, when they realize that they have chosen the wrong prince, they will find themselves in tribulation. This is just as Moses, back in the Torah, said would happen. - Deut.4:30 Oh yes, Moses made his contribution to end-time prophecy.

God will bring His people, all of them, to a place where they must make a choice. It will be a choice for Him. Or for the kingdoms of this world. Awesome times lie up ahead. There, in the Valley of Achor, a special spiritual place, God's called out "ekklesia"/congregation will begin to remember the God they left behind. Amnesia will be replaced by remembrance. They will remember their true Husband, their Beloved, the One from whom they became separated when they wandered off into this evil world. - Hos.2:14-23 And in the valley of decision God's people will come seeking the way to Zion. - Jer.50:4-5 And as armies gather at Armageddon and begin to surround Jerusalem the whole Jewish nation will be in their final extremis. At that time they will remember the One whom they had formerly rejected. And they will cry out to Him in repentance. Will He answer? Oh yes He will! At that very day they will remember their Messiah, the One they pierced. At last they will find their spiritual and national salvation in Him. - Zech.12:7-13:1

What will emerge from all this is a glorious reunion of all the household of God. God will have regathered all His jewels. -Mal 3:16 It will be the climax of an epic love story between God and all His regathered people, a huge worldwide company from both houses of Israel. -Rev 7. What a day that will be! The fellowship between God and man will be restored. A fountain for cleansing will spring forth from Jerusalem, and the creation will again begin to realize the beauty it once knew. This is the future glory revealed to us in end-time Bible prophecy.

Why will tribulation come? Is God unfair? The truth is that we, the called out congregation of God, bring the tribulation upon ourselves. We fancy that we can 'double deal' with our God. God owns our souls and the land of Israel. And yet we figure we can "two time" the God of Israel and make 2 covenants with two opposing rulers and still live on in peace? This is foolishness.

Wisdom, as a woman, is crying out to us in the streets and at the gates and in the open square. -Prov.1 She is crying out to us to turn from our pathway of compromise and choose the pathway of wisdom. But we are not listening. - Prov.1:20-33 Our true Prince is the Prince of Israel. He is the Prince of Peace. So our spiritual dealings should be made in holiness with Him and Him alone.

We serve a holy God. And we have have one primary allegiance. It is the covenant we have with the God of Israel. The Holy One of Israel became incarnate, taking on flesh to come into this world. His name is Jesus or Yeshua which name means 'Savior'. He came to us as the ultimate Sacrifice Lamb. He bought us salvation with His shed blood, the blood of the Everlasting Covenant. - Heb.13:20, Oh yes, there is another prince that will come. But he has "no regard for the God of his fathers". - Dan.11:37 He comes in his 'own name'. (John 5:43) This prince of the Dan. 9:27 covenant is the coming false messiah. As a peacemaker he will call for the nations to sign on with his 7 year covenant. Christian nations should have no dealings with this man! But they will. The scriptures tell us that God's people, those in Christendom and in Israel will sign his 7-year deal. This will initiate the final week, (7 years), of the 70 Weeks of Daniel. - Dan.9:24-27 He will come in as smooth operating peacemaker. - Dan. 9:27A But in the middle of the 7 years he will be possessed and revealed as the antichrist, the son of perdition/hell. - Dan.9:27B

Our God is a loving God. His desire is to draw His people back to Him. But we, the Judeo-Christian people, are the ones responsible for all this mess. We are the ones who are the two timers. We are the ones who fancy that we can cut a covenant with heaven and hell at the same time. When this shady Dan.9:27 deal eventually leads on to the 'abomination of desolation' three and a half years later and half way into the 70th week our guardian angel, Michael, will be in a very awkward position indeed. He, and God's people as well, will face the final epic spiritual battle of the ages. -Dan. 12:1 And how are we implicated in all this? Because we loosed those dark forces ourselves! Jesus Himself said "What you bind and loose on earth will be bound or loosed in heaven." We have sowed to the wind. The time will come when we shall reap the whirlwind. Through all this God is calling out to His people to return to Him. He is "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance". -2Pet.3:9

As usual we are inclined to blame others, even God, for our misfortunes. But the coming tribulation is all our own doing. Moses himself told us this way back at the beginning in the "Song of Moses". He said that in the latter days we would become prosperous and as in times past we would depart from the faith, making compromises and unfaithful alliances. This would bring us into tribulation in the latter days. - Deut.4:30 Jesus said the same in the Olivet Discourse. All these prophecies apply to the true church as well as to the Jewish nation because we as wild olive branches are grafted into the Olive tree of Israel. - Rom.11 Our Apostle Paul said that "If we are Christ's we are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise." -Gal.3:29 Our new identity as born again Christians is in the commonwealth or citizenship of Israel. - Eph. 2:12-13 So Israel and the church will come into the very same crucible of the end-time as laid out in Bible prophecy. Both of us will sign on with the coming false messiah. -John 5:43 It will be the penultimate quintessential story of 'Beauty and the Beast'.

This is an awful truth but we must face it. Jesus warned us that no man can serve two masters. -Mat.6:24 Yet we shall make this covenant with a false messiah. We shall cut the covenant in a similar manner as the established church made covenant when they sat down at table with the Roman Caesar at Nicaea in 325 A.D. Only this time the church's political lover, her champion, this "prince" will make no pretense of being "Defender of the faith".
He's out for number one! And he has the power!
He wants us to sit down and covenant with him!

How shall we respond?

Power, either spiritual or temporal, carries with it an awesome responsibility. We enter into power by treaty or by covenant with someone who is mightier than we are. The established church, like Gomer, wife of Hosea, is a damsel in distress. She is estranged from her true husband and all alone. She has therefore become obsessed with finding power, protection, safety and security with her lovers, the princes and powers of this world. God's people of the church, like Gomer, have typically chosen thorny champions to protect them politically. These princes have been secretly at war against the Prince of Israel all along. But now, the plot is thickening. To their dismay, Gomer discovers that her champion, her political prince is beginning to turn against her Judeo-Christian God and herself! Her prince, the one in whom she had trusted is beginning to turn into a toad. Now Gomer, (Israel and the Church), is in trouble. - Hosea & Rev. 12 What will she do now? This is the drama and the divine romance of end-time Bible prophecy.

Very few Christians are aware of this drama being played out. Fewer still have been informed of their vital role of witness as the play of the ages comes to its climax and its appointed conclusion. But now the curtain is about to go up. Do they know their lines? Are they aware of their future role?

This theme of an estranged woman who finally goes out in search of her absent lover and Betrothed is the central drama in the Song of Songs/Solomon. There is a similar theme in the message of Jesus to the Church at Laodicea. -Rev.3:14-22 Jesus is standing at the door knocking. Will she open to Him and invite Him in? Indeed these themes are woven throughout the whole Bible. It is the basis for the end-time drama. It is a wrenching love triangle. Gomer as God's Judeo-Christian people is still out there lost. She is still shacked up with her lovers in the wilderness. Except for her Sunday reveries she has almost forgotten her true Prince and husband. The church has wandered away from her true Husband. She has become a wild thing, a wild branch in fact. She prefers her forceful thorny earthy lovers to the Prince of Israel who appears somewhat ethereal and unreal to her. She only perceives him through a mirror, a window of religious tapestry and stained glass. She doesn't really know Him in a real and personal way. Walking by faith in God by the comfort/power and guidance of His Spirit is an unknown reality for her at this point. She has yet to really know her Betrothed. And she is not yet ready to trust Him in a passage through this world. But she will.

Right now Gomer is 'busy' in the world with all her allegiances. She is a very popular girl. Ecumenical roundtables, politics of the left and right, military power and financial power have all become the pre-occupation of many Christian denominations today. This obsession by the church with temporal power is exactly the same as it was during the crusades 900 years ago. The established church has left her first love. Her devotion to the God of Israel is vague and tenuous. Like the Lady of Shalott she is still going after her "Lancelot". She is obsessed with his sword. And so the Word of God has been lost to her. In a final vision the poet sees her singing her last mournful song as she drifts down the river towards the city of Camelot/Babylon. This is an awesome and fearful specter. God is calling His people back to Himself. Shall we answer His call?

Like Israel of old, the church has gone after her lovers. And why? Because she is just as self centered as the earthy princes she goes to bed with. This is not new. Earthly power is a dark spiritual aphrodisiac for those in love with the things of this world. Temporal earthly power has been and still continues to be the main devotion of the established church. This has been the case since the Church "went up" to meet the Caesar Constantine at the Council of Nicaea back in 325 A.D..

The dark angels behind Rome and the powers of this world with which the Church has made covenant are not Christian. They are in fact anti-Israel and antisemitic. Furthermore they have an appetite for blood. Roman Catholic scholar James Carroll has written a well documented and very telling book on this subject entitled Constantine's Sword.

The endtime play will see the presentation before the watching world of two princes. One will be the Messiah, the coming Prince of Israel. The other will be a false messiah, a pretender, and a usurper. This other prince, this false messiah will not come in the Father's name. He will come in his own name. Yet we, as God's Judeo-Christian people, will receive this selfist/Luciferian prince to our bosom. Why? Because we will think that he has the 'saving power'. This is a very 'hard saying'. But this 7 year covenant with a false messiah, an earthy deal with prince who comes in his own name, is prophesied to happen. It will surely come to pass. This was spoken of in detail by Jesus Christ Himself. See John 5:43. That very crisis of Dan.9:27 will set the trumpets blowing. - Joel 2:1 At that point in time, at some awesome future Rosh Hashanah, (Jewish New Year), the ultimate Feast of Trumpets will erupt into history. On that epic day we shall know for a certainty that we have entered the 70th week. The final seven years of this present evil age will have just begun. This is the time the prophet Daniel declared would be the seven year time period God has determined for dealings with His covenant people. Then, at the end of the age, on the day after the final day to repent, the Day of Atonement, He will send evil angels to gather the tares, to destroy the wicked. The nations that remain will be dealt with at the sheep-goat judgement.

The real question is this. Do we want to hear all this? For most people, and even amongst the people who honour our God, the answer is 'no'. Our heart commitment is still very much tied to this world. The fleshpots of Egypt and the humanistic culture and materialistic marketplaces of Babylon still draw us away. And the myriad covenants we have made with this world system still bind our hearts. So the result is what we see in the west today. Our many worldly covenants keep us from going into a deeper covenant walk with our God. The eventual result of this wanton neglect is inevitable. Whether we like it or not, the Judeo-Christian people will come to their time of crisis. The time will come when they will have to make their choice. It may be sooner. Or it may be later. But the day of reckoning must come. Why? Because we are the engine of history. We are the covenant congregation of YHVH, the God of Israel. Because of the Eternal Covenant we have entered into our witness to that covenant is essential. When all is said and done our final witness will be heard. We cannot run away from our destiny. Our God will not allow it. He loves us too much for that.

We must face the facts here. We are a wayward people and even as Judeo-Christian people we still full of tricks. Like our father Jacob, we too as a corporate people will come to that 'dark night of the soul'. It has been our wanton hearts and our shady dealings that have in fact lead us into the crisis of the endtime. As we come into the end time we shall wrestle with our God even as our patriarch Jacob did before he prepared to cross over the Jabbok river to go on towards the promised land. Many evangelicals are wrestling with God right now. We take Him to task over the whole question of why the church needs to be present on earth in the endtime. We don't like the idea. It sounds uncomfortable. We think we have a "special deal" absolving us from involvement. But God is not mocked. We shall reap what we have sown. And God will yet again call His people to account.

Many trials, decisions, discoveries and new resolves lie ahead of us. Crucial issues will be decided up ahead in that Valley of Achor/tribulation. At that very place we shall rediscover and "know" our God. And at that very place of 'trouble', the place in which YHVH/God said "Lo ammi", "not my people", God's covenant people will remember who they are. They will enter into the divine romance, even with the One who is our "Ishi". - Hos.2:14-23 In that surrender to God they will bring the final witness of the New Covenant of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach. When the New Covenant is witnessed events in the spirit realm will quickly turn around. Our Christian faith, which is based on the Abrahamic covenant, is in actual fact 'blood covenant Christianity'. Holy history awaits our decision and our signature of witness. When we have signed and brought our corporate witness to that eternal covenant things will then begin to happen. Our God will act on our behalf out of the blessings of the covenant we have just signed. The Holy Spirit, the Ruach Hodesh will engulf God's elect people in unprecedented waves of glory. -Joel 2:28-32 And when our brothers and sisters in the Jewish nation finally repent nationally and are saved at Armageddon then Christ will return at the Mount of Olives. Our Messiah will also return as "The Breaker". He will unshackle His people who have been penned up in Esau's sheepfolds of Bozrah. - Micah 2:12-13 And so He will lead all His His people out and into the glory of His Kingdom. What a story! And to think that this spellbinding part of the end time drama has been covered up!

What can we say about all this? Great adventures in God lie ahead. There is that final leg of the race to be run. We shall run that final leg on behalf of all the saints who have gone before us. -Heb.12:1 End time Bible prophecy shows God calling His people out to Him just as He has always done. The shofars will sound and the Feast of Trumpets will announce His Kingdom. -Joel 2:1 And at the end of the 7 years that final Day of Atonement will issue forth the last call to those are still undecided. Then God's judgement will fall on the wicked.

In the days to come history will call upon all of us to choose. We shall have to choose between being "sold out" to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or "selling out" to the princes of this present world system. The mark of the beast will be offered to those who will worship the beast. By this blood covenant initiation the wicked will enter into the financial system of '666'. And the righteous will seek the face of their God. The time of "Jacob's trouble" will arrive on our doorstep precisely on time and as prophesied. -Jer.30:7 We, the church, along with national Israel, shall be in the midst of it. It will truly be a time of testing and refining. The curtain will go up on the endtime drama as they saints go up to witness. And God's elect will take center stage before the watching world. The dross will be discarded. Zech.13:9, Mal.3:2-3 The gold will flow from the crucible. And the glory of God will be seen on earth before a cloud of witnesses, even of angels and men.

Here is a word of encouragement. We may enter tribulation because of the choices and covenants we have made in this world. But if we are in Christ/Messiah we are not under God's wrath. - 1Thes. 5:9 God's enemies are! They are the ones that will experience the wrath of God. Messiah will save Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem at the Battle of Armageddon.-Zech.12:7 End times Bible prophecy involves a magnificent deliverance story for God's elect. It will also be a time of wrath for those who hate God and His people and who reject His great salvation. -Heb.2:3

Here is the good news in end time Bible prophecy. God has a magnificent future awaiting those who call upon His Name. His divine purpose will surely be seen as future holy history unfolds.

So where do we see all this in scripture? Details of apocalypse were seen by Daniel and many of the old testament prophets. The apostle John wrote the book of Revelation and much of the new testament is end times Bible prophecy. The holy scriptures declare that the God of Israel fully intends to personally regather all of His lost sheep who at the present time are dispersed out among the heathen nations. He will judge between the sheep and the goats. - Mat. 25:31-46 And He will bring His sheep back home to the mountains of Israel. -Ezekiel 34:11-17 Then under the Throne of David He will restore them to the land and the Kingdom of Israel in peace. Here are just some of the many wonderful promises YHVH/God has given us in the old testament. He spoke them through the Hebrew prophets over two and a half millennia ago. They will surely come to pass. Perhaps these awesome and magnificent events might even open up in our lifetime. Shouldn't we then consider it a priority to prepare our heart for Messiah? Shall we repent and turn from our own ways? Shall we invite Him into our heart? Shall we open ourselves up to His gracious rule in our life?

Grace and shalom to all the saints.


OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES RELATING TO THE END TIME RESTORATION OF ISRAEL AND THE REGATHERING OF ALL HIS COVENANT PEOPLE.

Ezekiel 34:11-17
11. 'For thus says the Lord God: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14. I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15. I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord God. 16. I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment." 17. 'And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats".

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31. "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- 32. not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

Isaiah 11:10-16
10 "And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious." 11 It shall come to pass in that day That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time To recover the remnant of His people who are left, From Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea. 12 He will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth. 13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart, And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, And Judah shall not harass Ephraim. 14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west; Together they shall plunder the people of the East; They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab; And the people of Ammon shall obey them. 15 The Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River, And strike it in the seven streams, And make men cross over dry-shod. 16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people Who will be left from Assyria, As it was for Israel In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt. - Isa. 11:10-16

Jeremiah 16:14-21
14 "Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "that it shall no more be said, 'The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,' 15 but, 'The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.' For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. 16 "Behold, I will send for many fishermen," says the Lord, "and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 17 For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes. 18 And first I will repay double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable idols." 19 O Lord, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, "Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things." 20 Will a man make gods for himself, Which are not gods? 21 "Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; And they shall know that My name is the Lord.

Jer 32:37-42
"Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath, and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good, and for {the good of} their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me. And I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. For thus says the LORD, 'Just as I brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising them.

Amos 9:13-15
Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "When the plowman will overtake the reaper And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will be dissolved. Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live {in them} they will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them," says the LORD your God.

Amen. So be it.


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