Going into Exile at Bozrah.
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Micah 2:12-13 & Rev. 12
An essay by Gavin Finley MD
endtimepilgrim.org - 2006
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THE FLIGHT TO BOZRAHThe Apostle John in the Book of Revelation tells us that in the latter days God's covenant people, (in this passage characterized as the woman of Revelation 12), will be in a measure of travail or tribulation. (Moses' prophecy also concurs with this.) The woman will be given the wings of a great eagle and she will fly off to "her place", a wilderness place of exile for a period of three and a half years. (Rev. 12:14) Eight verses earlier in the same chapter the Apostle John is given the same period of time, the exile and nurturing of the woman, in terms of 1260 days. (Rev. 12:6) This gives us a 'Rosetta stone' of sorts for Biblical or prophetic time. This final 3.5 years, 42 months, or 1260 days of this age is measured out for us in very precise terms by the Holy Spirit in seven different Bible verses.
AND THE BOZRAH EXILE
The Bozrah exile embodies a magnificent promise. God's covenant people, many of them mothers and children, will be given a partial reprieve from the Great Tribulation at the end of this age. They will be given the means to fly off to a place "away from the face of the dragon". This is a promise of God. We can be 100% sure that this coming great exodus and regathering of God's covenant people will happen.
The prophet Micah in Mic. 2:12-13 brings us 'the rest of the story'. He tells us where God's covenant people are fleeing to in this epic end time drama. God says He will gather all His covenant people at a secret mystery place the Bible identifies as 'Bozrah'.
Hebrew Names Version of World English Bible
12. I will surely assemble, Ya`akov, (Jacob), all of you;
I will surely gather the remnant of Yisra'el, (Israel);
I will put them together as the sheep of Botzrah,
As a flock in the midst of their pasture;
They will throng with people.
This is the epic end-time migration of people we might call the "Bozrah Exile". Bozrah was an ancient city, (now a ruin), belonging to the Edomites the godless children of Esau. This is an awesome prophecy, and one that few Bible teachers know about or feel free to speak about. And so this redemptive and inspiring story of that epic end-time retreat from the face of the Dragon arranged by God for His covenant people in the final 3.5 years of this age still remains untold.
So there at a mysterious place the Bible calls "Bozrah" the people Micah calls "Jacob" will gather. "Jacob" is a precursor spiritual state before God's covenant people become "Israel", prince with God. God through Micah says "I will gather all of you"! So this company of people, the Congregation/Church God loves will be huge, probably numbering in the hundreds of millions. We are talking here of people from all around the world regathered from all twelve tribes of Israel. This stupendous exile will include those who have been regathered and "called out" of the 'lost 10 tribes of Israel'. This is that Greater Israel spoken of by our Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:12-13 as the 'Commonwealth of Israel'. They will be "called out" to become God's final "ekklesia", His Congregation/Church/Synagogue. All of them, and the bulk of them 666 rejectors, will be regathered.
We know that God's covenant people in their unrefined form as Jacob will be refined at last to become Israel. And yes, this will be a time of trial and a refining to be sure. But this is is not a grievous thing at all for those who are being called out and are responding to YHVH-God by grace through faith in His Holy Word. They will be spiritually preserved under the guidance and comfort of God's Holy Spirit. And there at Bozrah, in that mystery place yet unknown, all of God's covenant people will be sheltered, fed, and nurtured. Mystery Bozrah will be the place where a lot of Biblical and spiritual discussion will be going on. It will be a massive epic Apocalyptic camp meeting of Biblical proportions, and a very noisy one at that. The prophet Micah said of regathered Jacob,
"They will make great noise by reason of the multitude of people". (Micah 2:12-13)How long will this exile last? John the Revelator tells us precisely, to the very day. This time period for the exile is set for the final 3.5 years of this age. The Holy Spirit measures out this final 3.5 years of the age for us in very precise terms in seven different Bible verses.
The Bible refers to this final regathering of His covenant people using the word "Jacob". And so we know this includes the regathering of all 12 tribes of Greater 'Commonwealth of Israel' in their unrefined state. (See Eph.2:11-13) Our apostle Paul speaks of the Commonwealth, (or citizenship), of Israel as those who are called out of heathen gentile wickedness and come under the blood of Christ. Christians in the West are not told about this for fear of the secular princes of the West.
All of Jacob will be sequestered there at Bozrah. We must assume that this company of people includes multitudes of women and children. The body of the "Man-child" company will be born during this very same time period. The Great Tribulation period coincides with the travail of the woman and here at Bozrah we see her in her place of confinement. It is her birthing chamber even as the body of Man-Child company is about to be born at the First Resurrection. The sacred Head of the Man-child company was born 2,000 years earlier at the resurrection of Jesus Christ, on the morrow after the sabbath of Passover right on Resurrection Sunday on the Hebrew Feast of Firstfruits. Jesus our Messiah at His first coming was the Firstfruits from the dead even as the Head of the Man-Child was crowning and the birth began. The following Body of the Man-child company will be born as well. They are the key players on the stage of holy history during this climactic time. They will bring in the final 5th seal witness at the end of the age. They will finish the race on behalf of all of God's saints from both sides of Calvary.
It is true that many of the saints will die in the witness during those times. But they will be the ones given prominence in the Resurrection of the righteous dead which immediately precedes the Rapture at the end of the age. (See Revelation 20:4-6, and 1Thes. 4:15-17, and also 1Cor. 15:51-53) But the woman with the crown of 12 stars, though under great trial and travail, will be in confinement during this time before the Man-child is born at the Post-Tribulation Resurrection-Rapture. She will be taken off into exile at this "Bozrah" place during the entire period of regathering, refining, and restoration of Israel. The prophet Jeremiah said that this would be the time of "Jacob's Trouble". We know from cross referencing of Holy Scripture in the Olivet Discourse) that Jesus called this period of time following the abomination of desolation, the Great Tribulation'.
Biblical Christians know that when the Seed of Abraham, (the indwelling Christ Himself), comes into their hearts and lives and takes up residence they become a "new creature". See 2Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15. We also know that our identity in Christ brings us into the 'Commonwealth of Israel'. (See Ephesians.2:11-13) So through the blood of Christ we become intimately identified with the Seed of Abraham.
So all that being understood, we as Christian believers should not try to pretend that this passage in Micah referring to "Jacob" is "just for the Jews", or "not for us", or "irrelevant to us as Christians in 'the Church' ".
These scriptures are for us!
And they are important!
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In Revelation 12:6 we are told that 'the woman' will be given "the wings of a great eagle" and that she will fly off to a place of safety where she can be nourished/fed for 1260 days. Eight verses late, in Revelation 12:14, we are given the very same information. The message is restated again. But this time it is given in terms of different time units. The time period for the exile of the woman is given in this verse as a "time, times, and half a time", or a period of three and a half years.
This is our "Rosetta stone" for prophetic time. It tells us in no uncertain terms what a 'year' means when the Ancient of Days dispenses His holy time to us in prophecies that come down to us from the courts of heaven. This is a clincher for Bible prophecy students as they co-relate the prophecies in Daniel and in the Book of Revelation. It "locks in" the time period of the latter half of the 70th Week of Daniel. The time period is given in two time units, those being days and biblical years. 1260 divided by 3.5 = 360. So the number of days in a biblical or prophetic year when a timed prophecy is issued from the courts of heaven is no longer in question. It is 360 days.
God's covenant people in the end-time drama are showcased in scripture in several ways.
Jesus calls them 'the Elect' (singular) in the Olivet Discourse.
In Genesis and in Revelation 12 we also see them pictured as 'the woman'. They are also called the Commonwealth of Israel in Ephesians 2:11-13. They are called 'Jacob' in Micah 2:12-13. The prophet Micah states that they will be gathered in exile "as the sheep of Bozrah". (Mic. 12:12-13)
Why is this flight to Bozrah necessary?
The Apostle John gives us the reason.
The 'woman'/Israel/the Church is being pursued by the dragon.
She is given the wings of a great eagle.
And so she flees to pre-ordained a place of safety. (Rev.12:6)
There at "her place" she will be protected and spiritually nourished/fed. (See
Rev.12:6 & 12:14)
This exile lasts for a period of three and a half biblical years. (See Rev.12:14)
The time is also given as 1260 days. (See Rev.12:6)
This time of Jacob's Gathering we see in Micah 2:12-13 must surely be related to the great 666 rejection by God's covenant people which brings them into what the prophet Jeremiah called Jacob's trouble. This is also referenced in Holy Scripture as the time of the travail of the woman, again, another reference to God's covenant people from both houses of Israel. This epic period of time occurs during reign of the 666 Beast phase Antichrist when he is possessed by the Beast Demon of the Abyss and is revealed midway through the final seven years of this age as the Beast of 666. So this time of Great Tribulation occurs during the latter half of the 70th Week (or 70th seven), of Daniel 9:24-27. See this chart of the future 70th Week of Daniel. Jacob's gathering or the gathering of the remnant of Israel mentioned by the prophet Micah is the very same time period of 'Jacob's trouble'. And yes, the Church and Western Christendom are very much connected to Israel through the blood of Messiah. So contrary to what we have been told, Christian believers are in the loop. The blood of Christ brings them into the Commonwealth of Israel or the Citizenship of Israel.
Western Christians will be heavily involved in this epic latter day history. See this short video. Because while this epic exodus of Go'ds 666 rejecting covenant people is taking place some group of saints at some time must eventually go up before the kings and rulers and bring in the 5th seal end-time witness. Some group of runners must finish the race on behalf of all the saints who have gone before them. If American and Western Christians are not prepared to consider this then they will have missed out on a great adventure and a divine romance in their God. And the God of Israel will raise up witnesses from another quarter. He will turn away from the contractor-grade carnal Christians of the West and rely on the higher grade blood covenant witness of faithful Chinese, Indonesian, Egyptian and a host of other Christian believers to do the job.
The end-time witness of the saints will not be a cakewalk.
The Valley of Decision will bring the days that try men's souls.
The prophet Jeremiah brings us both the somber news and the glorious news.
He tells us in one passage of Scripture.
Jeremiah 30'Jacob's trouble' is the Great Tribulation period.
7. "Alas, for that day is great, so that none is like it.
And it is the time of Jacob's Trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
This period of time is abundantly documented in Holy Scripture.
(See Daniel 7:19-21 & 12:6-7.)
We see a 3.5 Biblical year, 42 Biblical month, 1260 day period.
It is the exact same time period of the trampling of Jerusalem, (See Rev.11:2).
It is the exact same time period ministry of the two witnesses, (See Rev. 11:3),
It is the exact same time period of the reign of the 666 Beast phase Antichrist. (See Daniel 12:6-7, Revelation 13:3-5.)
How did God's covenant people, the Jewish and Christian people get into this jam?
We know that the God of Israel is not capricious but righteous in all that He allows to happen.
Apparently 'the woman' before coming into her glory has been wanton, even as Gomer.
Moses gave a warning to God's people about this.
He told of the misbehavior of His people in the "latter days".
Moses prophesied that this waywardness in Jacob would come to some sort of a climactic head.
So did Jesus. (John 5:43)
God's covenant people have an humanistic inclination to take up with worldly lovers.
So here we see 'the woman', Israel, God's covenant people, in her final dalliance.
It will be her final and cataclysmic mistake.
She has made covenant with a false messiah.
She will give him her land and her sovereign power leaving herself with nothing.
In the manner of Esau she has sold her birthright for a mess of pottage.
Of course there are consequences to this.
She is now in a world of trouble.
But, all is not lost.
Something else of great wonder is happening.
And it is happening right inside the Tribulation period.
A great drama is unfolding during last half of the last seven years of this age.
The woman is in travail and in pain to be delivered.
She is also being being threatened by the dragon empowering the 666 Antichrist.
Let us pause to take in the big picture here.
The Head of the Man-child has already been born.
He has already been resurrected to glory.
Jesus was the firstfruits from the dead. (1Cor. 15:20)
He rose from the dead and ascended to His Father nearly 2,000 years ago.
The Body of the Man-child is next to be born.
And all who are Christ's will be born into the glory as well. (1Cor. 15:23)
The Man-child is sacrificed in the drama of the 5th seal. (Rev.6:9-11)
Here the 'final witness' of the saints is brought before the courts of heaven.
John sees this great company gathering before the throne of God. (Rev. 12:5)
When it is complete God the Father will give the Word to wrap things up. (Rev. 16:1)
After the 5th seal and the 'final witness' of the saints comes the 6th seal. (Rev.6:12-13)
The heavens open and the sign of the Son of Man is seen in heaven. (Mat.24:30)
And the returning Messiah goes out to judge and to plead with the nations.
Then comes the final Day of Reckoning, the final 'Day of Atonement'. Immediately after the sun sets of that last day the Day of the Lord opens up and the great harvest of the end time is reaped. (Rev.14:14-20)
Meanwhile, the woman of Revelation 12 is in great travail. At the end of her confinement, (and the word "confinement" is a midwifery term"), she is being delivered of the Man-child. (Rev.12:1-2) She has been given the wings of a great eagle.
Remember, we have seen the covenant people of the God of Israel carried "on eagles wings" before. This was the poetic Biblical description of the exodus of Israel out of Egypt 3500 years ago. Now we hear the woman is given the wings of a great eagle. This mass airlift of people will be on a global operation carried out on a massive scale. It will be the most awesome stupendous airlift of people this world has ever seen.
Can we guess which nation or group of nations might be involved here?
Which nation or nations have the lion's share of the aircraft of the world?
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The woman of Revelation 12, also referenced in Micah both as as regathered "Jacob" and "the remnant of Israel", flees "into the wilderness" "away from the face of the dragon". (See Rev.12:6 and Rev. 12:14.) God, once again, is showing His great mercy in deliverance. And a certain country or group of countries is aiding the woman, the remnant of Israel, as she flies from the face of the Dragon. The flight of the woman has been fully provided for. She has been given the wings of a great eagle.
Of course others may have other ideas and another agenda. But the Holy Spirit through the Apostle John writes in the pages of Holy Scripture quite clearly that the woman is on her way to "her place", a mystery place. And that place, wherever that geographical place turns out to be, is "away from the face of the dragon". There, at "her place" the woman will be "fed" and "nourished". For how long? Our Apostle Paul tells ustwice. The exile of the woman will be for the last 3.5 years, (or 1260 days), of this age.
That final gathering place is identified in Micah 2:12-13 with the name 'Bozrah'.
Bozrah means 'sheepfold'. And this is our first major clue.
God's covenant people will be regathered out of their worldwide dispersions and out of the Diaspora and penned up together in this mystery Bozrah place, the sheepfold of the Almighty.
Here is our next big clue.
In former times Bozrah was a pastoral city of Edom.
It belonged to the children of Esau .
So why the switch from Bozrah to Petra? Why hide the Bozrah scriptures with a troglodyte fable about Israel in the Tribulation finding shelter in Petra? Petra has never been able to accommodate more than 1,000 people. Clearly it is not big enough to shelter and supply food and other supplies for tens or hundreds of millions of people for three and a half years.
Petra is an unlikely, even impossible place, for an exile of the magnitude we see in Micah 2. Nor would it provide safe haven for the population of Judah and Jerusalem in the Armageddon scenario at the very end of the age. If we are considering a refuge for Israel in the Armageddon siege then we need to be brought up to date. Yes, in past times Petra was a retreat. The narrow passes into Petra were easily defended by men with bows and arrows and swords. But in these days of modern warfare the situation is far different. The modern government of Israel would never lead their people to Petra in Jordan for shelter. That deep gorge back in the days of the Edomite marauders was a good hide-out for a few hundred people. The deep and narrow entrance into the rock city was a good redoubt. But nowadays Petra would never qualify as a retreat. To put any population in there in these days of modern weapons would seal their doom. Petra would be a deathtrap.
And why? Because one big air burst fuel bomb down in that deep gorge would turn the whole canyon into an inferno. All the oxygen would be sucked out, just as we saw in the terrible firestorms of Hamburg and Dresden. The people in there would be incinerated or perish in their caves of suffocation. That would be the end of all the people in there. And with a chemical bomb the situation would be just as deadly. The gas would flow down the gorge and just sit there. a chemical gas attack in a gorge would kill the whole population. In the modern era of napalm and devilish chemical bombs a retreat to Petra would be absolutely suicidal. The gorge would soon become a fiery furnace and a valley of death. The supposed "refuge" would soon be a place of charred corpses. No one would survive.
So what is going on here with this "retreat to Petra" fable? Why do we continue to hear our Bibles teachers bring forth this improbable, even impossible, "Petra" story? And why has the much bigger Bozrah story we see in Micah 2:12-13 and Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 been hidden from the Church? Why have the Bozrah scriptures been "cloaked" by this unscriptural and fanciful "flight to Petra" story? Why did this Petra story get floated anyway? We keep hearing a lot about Petra whenever the Bozrah sheepfold issue is raised. But precious little in the way of a faithful plain reading exegesis of the Holy Scriptures as they pertain to this critically important prophecy of end-time Bozrah. Why the smokescreen? Why the misinformation? And why make up a Petra story when the word "Petra" is not even in the Bible? Just what is this little conflict in the information war all about? What is the agenda behind the disinformation here? That, dear saints, is what we shall be looking into as we proceed onwards in this article.
The Edomites are still with us today. An epic future time, the 70th Week of Daniel, will see them rise up just as Jacob prophesied. (Gen.27:39-40) They will be given dominion over God's covenant people. Micah sees the second coming of Messiah and the conclusion to the drama. He sees the Shepherd of Israel entering His sheepfold in the hours before dawn. Out there at Bozrah He becomes "the Breaker".
This wonderful Bozrah Deliverance prophecy is hidden. It is "cloaked" by the powers that be. A Bozrah deliverance presupposes a Bozrah exile. We are looking here at an incarceration of God's covenant people in the last 3.5 years of the age. This may be cross-referenced by John the Beloved as the flight of the woman of Revelation 12. This is very disturbing to some Christian believers. The rulers are well aware of past Church history. They probably fear that this information, (should it get out), may trigger societal disruptions by carnal Christians. And so at this point in time the entire Bozrah drama is under a religious smokescreen involving a so-called flight of latter day Judah in Israel to a supposed place of refuge in Petra. And so the real story of the Bozrah Exile is still an untold story.
Here below is the scripture in Micah that tells of the Bozrah
exile and the
This scripture is in the Old Testament. So its prophetic significance
for the Church in the end time drama is missed.
For reasons of political correctness this passage in Micah 2:12-13
is not addressed by today's teachers of Bible prophecy.
Nor do they receive all the promises of lost Israel's restoration in the latter days
as prophecy that might affect them as well as the regathering and restoration of the Jewish House of Judah.
When YHVH-God says "I will regather and assemble All of You" He means just that!
He means that He will gather and restore all 12 tribes of Israel!
Hebrew Names Version of World English Bible
12. I will surely assemble, Ya`akov, all of you;
13. He who breaks open the way goes up before them.
I will surely gather the remnant of Yisra'el;
I will put them together as the sheep of Botzrah,
As a flock in the midst of their pasture;
They will throng with people.
They break through the gate, and go out.
And their king passes on before them,
With the LORD at their head."
13. He who breaks open the way goes up before them.
King James Version
12. I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee;
13. The breaker is come up before them:
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah,
As the flock in the midst of their fold:
they shall make great noise
by reason of the multitude of men.
they have broken up,
and have passed through the gate,
and are gone out by it:
and their king shall pass before them,
and the LORD on the head of them.
13. The breaker is come up before them:
The image above shows a stone sheepfold of the type seen in biblical times. Here the sheep would be confined by their shepherd during the hours of darkness in a place of protection. As the dawn approached the shepherd would come into the sheepfold among His sheep. They would gather around the shepherd as he prepared to open a way for them to be delivered from the stone enclosure. As he opened a way out for them they would crowd up alongside him pushing against the gateway with a lot of force.
When the breakthrough came the whole flock would pour out of the sheepfold through the breach together with the Messiah as "the Breaker" going before them. They would follow on the heels of the Shepherd as he led them out to find pasture. This is the magnificent pastoral picture of the "man-child company" breaking forth into holy history at the end of the age. This will change the destiny of heaven and earth. The stars and angelic rulerships fall. And here on earth Messiah brings in His Millennial Kingdom. He will minister and rule for a thousand years.
This detailed picture of the deliverance of the elect by Messiah (and not the church) at the second advent is given to us in Micah chapter 2. This drama of the Bozrah Exile and Bozrah deliverance is laid out for us quite clearly and in detail.
The Bozrah deliverance is a thrilling element of the Second Coming of Christ. He is the Anointed One and our coming Messiah. The Micah 2 scripture shows the connection of the Second Coming of Christ to Bozrah, (an Edomite domain), very well. We also see The Bozrah deliverance laid out for us in spectacular fashion in Isaiah 63. This is the judgment side to the Second Coming of Christ. God is obviously telling us something here in these Bozrah scriptures. Each of them clearly relate to the return of Messiah.
The short answer is this.
There are none!
Well there will certainly be an epic earthquake that
splits the Mount of Olives. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem will flee.
But where will they flee to?
Are they really going to be Petra?
This "flight to Petra" notion is embedded in the evangelical family. Books have been written on it. And Biblical Christians bring it up quite often. It is brought up in relation to the trials of the Jewish people in Jerusalem at the end of the age and their flight out of the city of Jerusalem. But where did this idea of a "flight to Petra" in Jordan come from?
The scripture passage they present to support this is in Zechariah 14.
1 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of battle.
4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
From east to west,
Making a very large valley;
Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south.
5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake
In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
Thus the Lord my God will come,
And all the saints with You.*
In this prophecy all the prophecies involving Edom there is no mention at all of the city of Petra.
And there is no mention of Petra in any other part of the Bible for that matter.
But here is a clear message of a flight out of Jerusalem that will end up in a nearby city.
That city is not way down in Jordan. It is in fact quite close to Jerusalem.
It is the city of Azal.
This "flight to Azal" happens at the very end of the age at the second coming of Christ.
The "flight to Azal" we see in the passage above is a short distance evacuation of Jerusalem.
The "flight to Azal" involves flight from an earthquake.
It occurs over a matter of hours and days.
It is not a prolonged exile over a period of years.
The passage gives no mention of a prolonged Tribulation refuge way down in Petra in Jordan.
This "flight to Azal" will not satisfy the prophecy of the 'flight of the woman' in Rev. 12:6 & 12:14.
Nor will not satisfy the scripture of the Bozrah exile and the Bozrah deliverance we see in Micah 2:12-13.
The so called "flight to Petra" is a hoax.
It is a doctrine without any scriptural foundation whatsoever.
The 'Azal evacuation' scripture in Zechariah has been used to build up this Petra fable.
Then this "flight to Petra" and "refuge in Petra" fantasy is used in a "cover up".
The Petra refuge fable becomes a "cover story" for the real and solid prophecy of the Bozrah Exile.
Because we know that God will be gathering all And we know that Messiah will be paying a visit to Bozrah at His Second Coming. (Isa. 63)
The Bozrah exile is a story of a rescue to a place of sanctuary during the great Tribulation is it not?
The Bozrah deliverance one of the most exciting and inspiring passages in the Bible.
The Bozrah drama has obviously been put under a religious smokescreen by the religious powers. Why?
Isn't the Bozrah story some exceedingly good and encouraging news?
So why haven't we heard this before?
Well it seems that when it comes to the question of the Great Tribulation Christian Bible teachers do not want to have to tell the Church they might be involved in any sort of exile. Even if it is outlined in the Bible in Micah 2:12-13 and in Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 they will studiously omit any reference to it as an end time scripture involving the Church. These dramas of the end-time, according to them, are are not for the Church. They are "for the Jews". They tell us that this Great Tribulation, is the time of "Jacob's trouble". Therefore, according to them, the Great Tribulation will be a time of trial and tribulation for the Jews and the Jews only.
But is this true?
Is there any scriptural proof that the Church will not be here during the 70th Week?
Bible teachers know that the returning Messiah will deliver the inhabitants of Jerusalem when He comes back and His feet touch the Mount of Olives. When Jesus returns The Jewish nation and Jerusalem will be delivered from the end-time siege by the surrounding nations at Armageddon. - Zech.12:7-13:1 Christians know all about the deliverance of Israel at the Battle of Armageddon. But is this all there is to the Second Coming of Christ? Just what will the returning Christ be doing when He comes to Bozrah?
What Christians do not know is that at His Second Coming Christ will come in vengeance bringing wrath upon His enemies at Bozrah. (Isa.63) He will also deliver His saints at the same place, (or places), named in scripture as Bozrah. This is the awesome and magnificent Bozrah Deliverance.
Bozrah means "sheepfold". And it is a place under the end time sovereignty of Edom. These are two very valuable clues to the Bozrah story as it relates to the climax of this age. Bozrah is part and parcel of the end time drama. The exile to sanctuary in Bozrah and these deliverance actions by Messiah at Bozrah have not been taught by Bible prophecy teachers. But they are all part of the mosaic of this magnificent return of Messiah. Because He is coming back! And He will deliver and then glorify all His covenant people both in Israel and out in the nations. All this drama and adventure will be capped off at the Resurrection-Rapture at the end of the age.
The "cloaking" of this information about the Bozrah Exile is probably done with good intentions. It has been hidden from the Church at large. And it has been kept from them for their own good. The western Church is still immature. Even we as evangelicals are still a carnal, manipulative, and potentially violent people. So we probably did not deserve to know this Bozrah story.
But with this prophecy we are given hope. We don't need to be angry and violent. God has everything under control, even in the midst of Great Tribulation. According to Micah and the Apostle John our God will be merciful. He will nurture and feed His people during the Great Tribulation. He will take them a place of exile named Bozrah.
Bozrah has some connection to the Edomites we know. And the children of brother Esau will be in control. But if God says that the woman of Revelation 12 will be "nurtured" then some positive things will be going on. The remnant of all of the 12 tribes of Israel will be there. Micah says that all of Jacob will be gathered. (Micah 2:12-13). This will have to include the remnant of the lost 10 tribes.
And here is some more encouraging news. Just as in that former seven year famine back in Egypt, there will be "a famine of the hearing of the Word of God". (Amos 8:11) God's people will be hungry for spiritual truth. And the house of Joseph will be feeding them just as our patriarch Joseph did in the former time. The House of Joseph will be there. And once again Joseph will be laying out a table for his brethren. And he will be revealing some mysteries, even in the midst of tears. All this will happen in the Bozrah Exile.
So is this Bozrah prophecy all bad? Just what will be happening during the Tribulation period out at the sheepfolds of Bozrah?
Quite clearly the Bozrah exile will not just be an incarceration story. Apparently the Bozrah enclosure also provide some degree of shelter and even nurturing or spiritual nourishment for the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the end-time. Bozrah is in fact a place of relative safety.
Why is the woman in exile for three and a half years?
As we study the scripture passage in Revelation 12 we see that she is there for two purposes.
1. She is there to be protected. And
2. she is there to be nurtured.
This must mean a spiritual nurturing or nourishment. She will be physically cared for too it seems. This prophecy of the woman who takes flight on the wings of an eagle to a place of nurturing for the exact time period of the Great Tribulation is clearly telling us a very important part of the story of the end-time. It parallels the story of the exile of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the end-time at Bozrah. Bozrah is the place, (or places), where Jacob can be nurtured in the things of God. This will be happening during the last half of the 70th week, and during the time of the Great Tribulation.
The Bozrah story cannot be hidden forever. It will be told eventually. Bozrah is an important spiritual place in which God will protect, preserve, refine, and nurture His people in the end-time drama.
Where will end-time Bozrah be located? Right now we do not know where Bozrah might be geographically. It may be many places. Or it may be one place. It may be one central dumping ground for Judeo-Christian troublemakers in the latter days.
Oh yes, the Bozrah scriptures do not just refer to "past history". Nor is Bozrah just an archeological dig on a ruin of an ancient pastoral city of Esau southeast of the Dead Sea. For those who are there at this appointed plasce in the latter days this will be the place the prophets Isiah and Micah spoke about. Bozrah will be a very real place under the control of modern day Edomites. It may well turn out to be a geo-political area far from the promised land. It may be a modern geo-political area out at the ends of the earth. The covenant people of God may look up in those days to find themselves in the place the Old Testament prophets spoke of over 2700 years ago.
And there, in that place they will find their God. They will find Him
"...as rivers of water in a dry place,-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-
as the shadow of a great Rock in a weary land." (Isa.32:2)
And that is where Messiah,All of this will happen;
Will find them at the end.
A day of wrath, deliverance;
"The Breaker" comes to rend,
He comes to make the breakthrough,
His sheep are pressing in;
He leads them out, they follow Him,
And on 'that Day' they win!
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