SIGNPOSTS ON THE WORLD'S
Just as we use
signposts to figure out where we are when drive down a highway, we can use
prophetic “signposts” to determine where we are relative to God’s plan for the
While many other
pathways intersect it, the Israeli Pathway is Bible prophecy’s Main Street; all
of God’s Signposts lie all along it. If
we look back over our shoulder, we can see the many prophetic signposts we have
passed. If we look forward, we can see
those that lay ahead:
East Peace Covenant
The Prince and
the Advent of Messiah
SIGNPOST: THE RAPTURE
The Bible often uses
the simile of a Bridegroom and Bride to describe the relationship between
Messiah and the group of those who faithfully follow him.5 “The Rapture” is a term used to describe the
moment when Jesus will gather together and carry away His Bride. The 'rapture'
or 'catching away' has strong parallels in ancient Jewish wedding customs.
Zola Levitt has produced a wonderful booklet called Christian
Love Story which addresses this simile in detail. In it he says,
"When the young man
of Israel in Jesus' time saw the girl he wanted (or the girl his father said he
wanted), he would approach her with a marriage contract. ... The bridegroom
would present himself to the bride with this agreement, offering to pay a
suitable price for her, and she and her father would consider his
contract. If the terms were suitable,
the bride and groom would drink a cup of wine together and this would seal the
bargain. This cup was most significant. It signified the bridegroom's willingness to
sacrifice in order to have this bride.
It was offered as a toast to the bride, and of course, it showed the
bride's willingness to enter into this marriage. Then the groom would pay the price. It should be said that this price was no
modest token but was set so that the new bride would be a costly item -- that
was the idea. ... When that matter was settled the groom would depart. He would make a little speech to his bride,
saying, "I go to prepare a place for you," and he would return to his
father's house. Back at his father's
house, he would build her a bridal chamber, a little mansion, in which they
would have their future honeymoon. ... The bride, for her part, was obliged to
do a lot of waiting. ... Finally, the chamber would be ready and the bridegroom
would assemble his young friends to accompany him on the exciting trip to claim
his bride. The big moment had arrived
and the bridegroom was more than ready, we can be sure. He and his young men would set out in the
night, making ever attempt to completely surprise the bride. And that's the romantic part -- all the
Jewish brides were "stolen". ... Actually, as the excited party of
young men would get close to her house, they were obliged to give her a
warning. Someone in the wedding party
would shout. When the bride heard that
shout, she knew her young man would be there momentarily. She had only time to light her lamp, grab her
honeymoon clothing and go. Her sisters
and bridesmaids who wanted to attend also had to have their lamps trimmed and
ready, of course. ... And so the groom and his men would charge in, grab the
girls and make off with them! ... When the wedding party reached the house of
the groom's father, the bride and groom would go into their chamber and shut
the door. No one else would enter."6
An examination of the
Gospels shows us rich parallels between these wedding customs and Jesus' words
and deeds. For example, when Jesus
offered his disciples the cup at the Passover Feast, just before his death, he
was symbolically proposing marriage to all of his followers. By their partaking of that same cup, they
entered into contract with him -- they became his Bride. If you partake of the Lord's Supper, think
about this rich symbolism in your next worship service.
Jesus' Bride, because
she had broken God's law was under the divine penalty of death. The agreed upon bride price was Jesus' substitutionary death.
He gave his life that his beloved might live. After he paid his Bride's debt, he arose and
went to his Father's house to begin construction of their dwelling place. Prior to his death, he sought to console his
Bride by reminding her of his return by saying,
"Let not your heart be
troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I
would have told you; for I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I
WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF; that were I am, there you may be
also." John 14:1-3
There is great
theological dispute whether Messiah will return to 'catch away' his Bride
before, during or after Daniel’s 70th Week (more on this
later!). Although I am not be dogmatic
about it, I personally believe that he will come for his Bride, before the
Covenant is signed for these reasons:
The seven year
term of the Covenant will be coincident with divine judgements being poured out
upon the earth. Much of the book of
Revelation describes these judgements.
bridegroom's family is about to devastate the Bride's 'home town', does it not
make sense that they would get her out of there first?
If the intent
of those judgements is to punish the rebellious, would the bridegroom choose to
allow his faithful bride to suffer the same end he has reserved for his
The similes which
Jesus used to describe that seven year period of judgement compared those times
to the days of Noah7 and Lot8. In the case of Noah, the faithful were sealed
away in an ark while the rest of the world was judged and destroyed. In the case of Lot, divine messengers were
sent to remove Lot and his loved ones from "ground zero" immediately
prior to the blast. Given these two
dramatic rescues as comparisons, does it make sense that God would allow his
faithful ones to remain on earth during an unprecedented period of distress and
I don't think
so! I think that Jesus love, concern and
desire for his Bride is too great. I
believe that prior to the signing of the Covenant, and prior to divine
judgement, Jesus will catch his Bride away.
Are you Jesus
Bride? Do you expect to be taken with
him when He comes? We have all been
judged guilty by God's for breaking His law.
We have all been sentence to eternal death. Have you sought out Messiah Jesus? Have you entered into contract with him and
allowed him to pay a bride price for you?
He died for you! Just as the men
of Israel would approach God's Temple and present a substitutionary
sacrifice, have you presented God with His Messiah's substitutionary
death to void your own penalty?
Beloved one, there is
no greater love than this. Jesus has
already paid the price, all you have to do is enter into contract with him and
authorize payment. And once you have,
you will be part of that messianic Bride.
You will be part of that great company of believers who faithfully watch
for his coming to catch them away. You
will be spared the horrific judgements that are about to be meted out upon this
If you haven't
already, why don't you take a few moments to enter into contract with Messiah
If the Rapture has
not yet occurred, and you love Messiah and will soon be His Bride…
you expectantly awaiting the arrival of your Bridegroom? Although it may seem hard to believe, soon
you will be looking deeply into the eyes of your Beloved.
the Rapture, Messiah will physically transform you -- alive or dead, you will
be resurrected. In an instant, your
aging, achy, disease-prone body will be overhauled, and given an eternal
warranty. Your "new" body will
we will each appear before his "judgement seat". Unfortunately, this is where many Christians
get panicky. However, this
"judgement" is better likened to the judgement of a sporting event
rather than the judgement of a criminal case.
Our success in leading a faithful life will be evaluated. Our Bridegroom will reward each act of
faithfulness to him and his purposes.10 He will purge away our selfish and sinful
acts.11 The preparation for
the wedding will then be complete. For
seven years we will attend a "reception" in our new home, the "New
this world is witnessing the signing of the Middle East Peace Covenant and
enduring the less than tender ministrations of the "prince who is to
come," we will be off honeymooning with our Beloved Messiah.
If the Rapture has
occurred, and you have just found your love Messiah …
still loves you, as He has from the beginning of the world. Jesus has not abandoned you, but the times
ahead will be extremely difficult. As a
mark of your faith, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES agree to receive any ‘mark’
or identifying bio-implant on your right hand or forehead. This will be a symbol of citizenship in the
kingdom of ‘prince who is to come’ and will exclude you from citizenship in
Jesus’ Kingdom. Refusing to receive this
mark will make daily living a challenge.
You will not be able to transact business on your own - - like not
having a credit card or cash. You will
be fully dependent on the provision of God and the kindness of others.
your Bible well to help your new faith and knowledge of God to grow and
flourish. Your deprivation and
persecution will be great but your ultimate heavenly reward will be
greater. The Apostle Paul, while
imprisoned by the first incarnation of the Prince’s Kingdom – Imperial Roman,
provided some advice for you, STAND FIRM!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the
strength of his might. Put on the whole
armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm
against the schemes of the devil. For
our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual
forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the
full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in
the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm, therefore, having girded your
loins with truth, and having put on the
breastplate of righteousness; and having shod
your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all
the flaming missiles of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and
the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all
times in the Spirit, and with this view, be on the alert with all perseverance
and petition for all the saints; and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be
given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery
of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I
may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6: 10-20
the Prince may deprive you of your breath and the pains of this life, he will
not he able to steal your immortal life, if you are suited with the full armor
of God,. Though martyrdom may lie ahead,
God will be your comforter and your ultimate avenger:
“And when He broke the fifth
seal, I saw underneath the alter the souls of those who had been slain because
of the testimony which they had maintained: and they cried out with a loud
voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, wilt
Thou refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the
earth?” And there was given to each of
them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while
longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who
were to be killed even as they had been, should be completed also.” Revelation
in the Lord, stand firm, and your patience will be rewarded.
SIGNPOST: THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE
The Pathways of
Europe and Israel cross at a signpost labeled Middle East Peace Covenant.
This treaty will involve "many" nations, but at a bare
minimum, Europe will become the guarantor of Israel's peace. The principal architect of this treaty will
be The Prince -- a man often
referred to as the Antichrist1.
70 Weeks of Years Prophecy
This Covenant and its
Architect are described by the prophet Daniel.2 He foresaw events from the restoration of Jerusalem after Israel's
Babylonian captivity until the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom -- all occurring during a period of only 70
‘weeks of years’ or 490 years (e.g. 70 * 7).
He prophesied that this 490 year period would
Israel was given a decree allowing them to rebuild Jerusalem,
we know that the seventy years began to tick on the Daniel’s Divine Stopwatch
when King Artaxerxes of Persia issued a decree
allowing the Nehemiah and his fellow Israeli's to return to their land and
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 445 B.C.3
stop after 483
years (69 "sevens" or weeks) when Messiah would be killed or
"cut off" and Jerusalem would again be destroyed, this time by the
people of the coming 'prince,' and
four hundred and eighty three years ticked away 4, when a young
itinerant Rabbi, named Yeshua Ben Yosef
(Jesus, son of Joseph), who made messianic claims was condemned by the Israeli
courts and executed by the Roman government -- and Daniel’s watch stopped. In keeping with Daniel's prophecy, Jesus’
death was followed approximately 40 years later by the destruction of Jerusalem
and the Temple by the armies of Europe lead by the city-state of Rome.
the final seven years, when that prince makes a covenant with "the
are now waiting for the stopwatch to resume and tick off the remaining seven
years. What wisdom does Daniel share
with us about that time?
During Daniel's final
seven years, a prominent, satanically empowered leader will arise. This "prince who is to come" will
be European. We know this because Daniel
tells us that the prince is from the people who destroyed "the city and
the sanctuary." That dubious honor
was claimed by the armies of Europe lead by Rome. That "prince who is to come" will
author a treaty or covenant with "the many." Some people believe that "the many"
refers strictly to the people of Israel.
However, it is possible that it may mean 'many nations'. If this interpretation is accurate, it would
be in keeping with the frantic international search for a comprehensive Middle
East Peace Agreement.
Daniel does not
describe the details of this covenant.
Consider this…we know that Satan is a great imitator. He frequently offers men cheap substitutes
that resemble God's original promises.
Given this understanding, perhaps we can reasonably anticipate the terms
of the coming Middle East Peace Covenant.
In Ezekiel 37:26-28
we find the “original” covenant.. the one containing God’s original promises:
"And I will make a covenant
of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and
I will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.
My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and
they will be My people. And the nations
will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in
their midst forever."
If this is the bona
fide original, what can we expect the Prince’s knock-off to look like?
Firstly, we can
expect it to be a peace covenant. The term
of God’s peace covenant with Israel is "everlasting". From Daniel, we know that the Prince will
break the terms of his agreement after only three and one half years.
Article I: God's covenant states "I will place
them", which refers to even more ancient covenants in which God has deeded
the territory from the Nile to the Euphrates to Israel (Ezekiel 37:25; Genesis
35:12, 15:18-21). We can expect the
Knock-Off Covenant to be much less generous.
Current thinking would suggest that this covenant may guarantee the
security of Israel in exchange for surrender of territory and other
concessions. (When local thugs do this,
isn’t it called a “protection racket”?)
Article II: God's covenant states "And I will...multiply them."
One of the ways we are told that God will multiply them is by regathering the sons and daughters of Israel from amongst
the nations (Ezekiel 37:21). Perhaps
the Knock-Off Covenant will provide modest guarantees of immigration
rights. Using the little known principle
of “backwards thinking”, maybe the covenant will guarantee the return of
Palestinian refugees and instead multiply the enemy within Israel’s boarders.
Article III: God promises "... I will set My sanctuary
in their midst forever." This
refers to the Third Temple being built on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Although Israel has had sovereignty over
Jerusalem from 1967, the Temple Mount is still under the control of the Waqf, the Muslim Supreme Religious Council. Perhaps using pseudo-Solomonic
wisdom, the Prince will divide the territory and administration of Temple Mount
between the Arabs and the Israelis.
There are two reasons that support this:
We know from
Daniel 9:27 that the Prince will stop Temple sacrifice after the first three
and a half years of the covenant.
Therefore, Israel will have to feel secure enough with their ownership
of Temple Mount to begin services.
11:1-2 leads us to believe that Temple Mount ownership is shared with “the
"And there was given me a
measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, 'Rise and measure the temple of
God, and the altar, and those who worship in it. And leave out the court which is outside the
temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will
tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.'"
court just south of the ancient location of the Temple currently contains the
Dome of the Rock and the El Aqsa Mosque. Perhaps they will remain.
By facilitating the
reinstitution of Temple service, the Prince's will assert his false messianic
Finally, God promises
that "My dwelling place will
be with them, and I will be their God." This would suggest that the Shekinah glory -- the Presence of God -- will return to the
Holy of Holies and Israel will worship their God in spirit and in truth. Although not a term of the agreement, we will
see this Presence and role imitated as well.
In Second Thessalonians 2:4 we read that the Prince -- the man of
lawlessness, the son of destruction "...takes his seat in the temple of
God, displaying himself as being God."
He not only imitates the Divine Presence, but he also attempts to assume
the role as Israel's God.
Whatever the actual
terms of the coming Middle East Peace
Covenant, when the Prince enters into this treaty with Israel, the Divine
stopwatch will begin its final countdown of Daniel’s 70th Week of
SIGNPOST: THE RUSSO-ISRAELI WAR
A massive attack on
Israel has been described by the Prophet Ezekiel. The Russian, Arab/Moslem and Israeli Pathways
will violently intersect at a Signpost labeled Russo-Israeli War. In
Ezekiel 38 and 39, the prophet describes a lightning fast attack on the small
Jewish state. These chapters describe
the planning, execution and outcome of a war lead by Russia, and her radical
Moslem allies. Were it not for the
protection of her God, this would be the point at which Modern Israel would
cease to exist.
Before we discuss the
nature of this attack in detail, lets look at how it fits into the overall
prophetic timeline. Unfortunately, the
scripture is unclear as to the exact timing of this event relative to other
prophetic events. Although it is hard to
say definitively, I believe that this invasion will occur during the first half
of the seven year Covenant. My reasons
Immigration to Israel
thirty-seventh chapter of Ezekiel describes the rebirth of the nation of
Israel. The very next chapters describe
this attack. Ezekiel tells us that this
attack occurs in "the latter years", after Israel is regathered from the nations of her dispersion:
"After many days you will be
summoned; IN THE LATTER YEARS you will come into the land that is restored from
the sword, WHOSE INHABITANTS HAVE BEEN GATHERED FROM MANY NATIONS to the
mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were
brought out from the nations and they are living securely, all of
them." Ezekiel 38:8
"ingathering", specifically from Russia, is occurring in our
day. Therefore, I expect the invasion
will occur sooner rather than later. In
fact, it could occur at any time.
Bible indicates that the return of Messiah for his bride, in keeping with
Jewish marital custom, will be a surprise.12 When this judgement takes place, it will send
off theological sky-rockets. If the
invasion of Israel were to occur before the Rapture and the Covenant, it seems
the element of surprise would be compromised.
Therefore, it is probable that the invasion will come after the Rapture
and signing of the Covenant.
East Peace Covenant
the time of the attack, Ezekiel describes Israel as dwelling in peace
(38:8,11). I do not believe that this
will be true prior to the Middle East Peace Covenant, in that guaranteeing
Israel's peace will be its primary purpose.
Nor do I believe that Israel could be considered at peace during the
second half of the seven years, for the Prince will be very busy oppressing and
attempting to personally annihilate Israel.
Who are the
participants in this attack?
""Son of man, set your
face toward God of the land of Magog, the prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal,
and prophesy against him. ... Persia, Ethiopia [Cush],
and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer
with all its troops; Bethtogarmah from the remote
parts of the north with all its troops -- many peoples with
you."" Ezekiel 38:2,5-6
The Prophet Ezekiel
did not have a Rand McNally atlas available to him to provide us with the
modern place names. Rather, he
identified the invaders by their ancient "tribal" names. Our challenge is to correlate those
"tribal" names to modern nations.
Hammond's Atlas of the Bible Lands, contains a map entitled
"The Nations According to Genesis 10." This map shows the early settlements of these
tribes. The following list correlates
tribal placement on that map with a modern map of nations::
CROSS REFERENCE OF TRIBAL LOCATIONS AND MODERN
EZEKIEL 38:2-6 EARLY
TRIBAL LOCATION13 MODERN
NATION (per Hammond's map)
Rosh (not shown) Russia
of the Caspian Sea Kazakhstan
Meshech East of the Black Sea Republic of Georgia
of the Black Sea Northern
Persia North of the Persian
Nile valley Ethiopia,
Put West of Egypt Libya
and south of Ukrainia
the Black Sea Southern tip of
the Russian and
Togarmah * South-east of the Black Sea Eastern Turkey
the leader of this invasion as "Gog, of the land
of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech
This appears to describe a leader of Russia, for some historians and
interpreters place each of the asterisked (*) tribes in the above chart in the
former Soviet Union. In ancient Hebrew,
"Gog" is pronounced "Jawj" or George.14 (This caused a bit of a stir in Israel in the
wake of the Persian Gulf War.)
However, it would
appear that the "George" of the US White House would be a little
misplaced to fulfill this prophecy.
Ezekiel tells us that Gog is the prince of
"Rosh". In the Late Great
Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey explains the derivation of "Rosh":
"The word literally
means in Hebrew the "top" or "head" of something. According to most scholars, this word is used
in the sense of a proper name, not as a descriptive noun qualifying the word
"prince." The German scholar,
Dr. Keil, says after a careful grammatical analysis
that it should be translated as a proper name, i.e., Rosh. He says, "The Byzantine and Arabic
writers frequently mention a people called Ros and Rus, dwelling in the country of Taurus, and reckoned among
the Scythian tribes." Dr. Gesenius in his
Hebrew Lexicon says, "...Rosh was a designation for the tribes then north
of the Taurus Mountains, dwelling in the neighborhood of the Volga." He concluded that in this name and tribe we
have the first historical trace of the Russ or Russian nation."15
Another of the
invaders is "Gomer." Many fine expositors interpret Gomer to be modern Germany.
This is in keeping with Jewish tradition. Until the late 1980's, it was very easy to
stand by this interpretation. East
Germany was the largest Russian satellite in Eastern Europe. This relationship was seen as a prophetic
fulfillment between "Rosh" and "Gomer". But, when East Germany broke away from the
Soviet Union and was reunited with West Germany, many interpreters were left
Perhaps Germany is
not the tribe of Gomer mentioned in Ezekiel. On our cross reference table, you can see
that at least some maps indicate that "Gomer"
originally settled in what is today the southern Russia and Turkey before
migrating westward. Therefore, "Gomer" may not be Germany at all, but the Ukraine and
her immediate neighbors. It should be
noted that this southern area of Russia is heavily Moslem. These tribes would be religiously predisposed
to joining a 'holy war' against Israel.
We have established
that the invasion will lead by Russian, and will involve her Moslem southern
republics. Also joining in the fray will
be a number of Russian allies -- her radical Moslem clients -- Iran, Libya, the
Sudan and Ethiopia. In addition, the
maps would indicate that parts of modern Turkey may be involved as well. Today, that may seem a little far fetched,
because Turkey is a member of NATO, and was part of the coalition against
Iraq. However, President Ozal's involvement in the coalition was not popularly
supported in Turkey. He has also faced a
dilemma when handling the Kurds. These
forces which have been placed in motion, could lead to the weakening or
ultimate overthrow of the Turkish government by radical Moslem factions.
What is the motive
for this war? Ezekiel tells us that this
invasion is inspired by two sources.
Firstly, Russian masterminds develop an "evil plan" (38:10)
all on their own. Secondly, God hardens
their hearts for judgement. Russia and her allies have been mistreating
and persecuting God's People for centuries.
For seventy years, under communism, Russia refused to even confess the
existence of God. Ezekiel tells us that
God Himself is 'setting a hook' in Russia's jaw (38:4) to draw her down to her
In the light of
current events, can we imagine how this "evil plan" will come
about? It becomes easier with each
passing day. As the democratic
government of Russia draws closer to the West and comes under attack from
hard-line communists, plans to restore the glory that was the USSR become more
and more possible.
Consider this Russian
relationship with our radical Moslem allies have been damaged by the Gulf War
and the War on Terror. The misguided
reformers have not only denied our friends support, but they unleashed Western
imperialism in the Middle East, and they have also allowed thousands upon
thousands of Jews to immigrate to 'Palestine'.
facing crises at home and abroad. Our
standard of living has been decimated.
The emigrating Jews took our resources; both their labor and our goods. Our Arab friends are angry that we have
released the Jews, for they are now settling on Arab soil in Palestine.
formulate a "Plan" to kill two birds with one stone -- we can
rekindle our friendship with our radical Moslem friends and at the same time
restore the wealth of our nation. It's
very simple: we invade Israel. It will
take care of the Jewish immigration problem, it will throw the West into a
state of confusion, we'll bring back 'our' goods and it will be popular with
our citizenry. It will be a cakewalk,
and we'll all be heroes!
couldn't have said it better! It was
only some 3500 years ago that the king of Egypt decided to let God's people go,
only to go after them to retrieve them.
It is interesting that the mass immigration of Soviet Jewry is called
"Operation Exodus". Just as
Pharaoh lost his army pursuing people of the original Exodus -- so Russia will
lose her army pursuing Soviet Jewry.
Ezekiel 38:21 describes some of the early fighting as brother against brother. This may allude to Jewish Soviet immigrants
fighting against their Russian brothers in uniform.
The defender of
Israel will not be the Israeli Defence Force, this
time it will be God, Himself. The God of
Israel will miraculously and utterly destroy the invaders!
We are told in
Ezekiel 39:12 that it will take Israel seven months to find and bury the
Russian dead in order to "cleanse" the land. Perhaps this seven month period gives us a
clue as to the time of year that this invasion will occur! Continuing with the "Exodus"
parallel, if the invasion were to occur just before Passover -- the time of the
original "Exodus", then there would be exactly seven months until Yom
Kippur. In that Israel will undergo a
spiritual awakening due to this divine deliverance, that may motivate her to
"cleanse" the land prior to this spiritually meaningful Day of
Atonement - Yom Kippur. Another hint
that this may be a spring invasion is that God invites the birds to feast on
the dead. The large, European birds of
prey -- the raptors, migrate through Israel only in the spring and fall.
This Signpost, in
addition to be an treacherous Russian act, is also a judgement of God. It is God Himself who is setting the hook in
the Russian jaw. Russia and her radical
Moslem allies will meet their doom on the mountains of Israel. As a result of that judgement, God will
reveal Himself to both the nations and to Israel.
""And with pestilence
and with blood I shall enter into judgement with him; and I shall rain on him,
and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain,
with hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
And I shall magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and MAKE MYSELF KNOWN IN
THE SIGHT OF MANY NATIONS; AND THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE
LORD."" Ezekiel 38:22-23
""And I shall SET MY
GLORY among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgement which I have
executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. And the house of ISRAEL WILL KNOW THAT I AM
THE LORD THEIR GOD FORM THAT DAY ONWARD."" Ezekiel 39:21-22
As the result of
God's destruction of the invading force, the world will know that the God of
Israel is the one and only true God. But
it also allows room for us to ponder some interesting questions:
How will this
effect the faith of Israel's Moslem neighbors?
Is this the time of Egypt's conversion from Islam to Judaism? (Isaiah
"glory" which is set among the nations here referring to the return
of the Shekinah glory? Is this the time when the visible sign of God's
presence returns to the Holy of Holies?
How will the
Prince take the news that he was not called to defend Israel (as per the terms
of the Middle East Peace Covenant), but her God was? Will he be brazen enough to claim credit for
himself? Will he use Israel's divine
deliverance as a messianic credential?
To summarize, the
Russo-Israeli war will be initiated by a coalition of forces lead by Russia
borne of hatred and envy of Israel, and will be used by God to reveal Himself
as the Protector of His People.
Similarly, at the end
of the Millennium, there will be a war against another Israeli government --
Messiah's government. The mastermind
behind this plot will be none other than Satan himself. Those who he deceives into joining in the war
with him are symbolically called Gog and Magog, in order to draw a parallel to the invasion we have
just discussed. And just as God will
utterly destroy the Russian led armies, so God will likewise destroy the
Satanically led rebels.
THE PRINCE AND HIS KINGDOM
A great body of the
prophetic word is devoted to describing the seven years after the signing of
the Middle East Peace Covenant. That
time is often called the "tribulation". The second half of the seven years is
referred to as "the Great Tribulation" and "the time of Jacob's
trouble."16 During this
three and a half year period, people will not only be faced with God's
judgement in the form of natural catastrophes, but they will be ruled by the
most hateful and oppressive dictatorship this world has ever seen.
The prophets have
described the dictatorship of the “prince who is to come" -- at great
length. Let's look at some of the
general characteristics of his kingdom:
Daniel tells us that
this kingdom will grow out of Europe.17 This is implied when he tells us that the
Prince, will be from the people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary.18 We know from history that Jerusalem and the
Temple were destroyed by the armies of Europe, led by Rome, in 70 A.D.. In addition, prophetic visions of this
beastly kingdom described it arising from the sea.19 This may be descriptive of Europe's relative
geographic position to Israel, that is, across the Mediterranean Sea.
This kingdom is not
content to restrict its rule to its own geographic borders. Rather, Daniel tells us that this kingdom
"will be different from all the other kingdoms, and it will devour the
whole earth and tread it down and crush it."20 This kingdom will have planetary
CONQUEST THROUGH ECONOMIC DOMINATION
Other kingdoms have
conquered their known worlds by military might, but not this European kingdom,
it will be "different." This
kingdom and her Prince will conquer with peace.21 And how does one peacefully conquer to the
world, you may be asking -- by economic might!
In Revelation 13 we are told that the entire world stands in awe of this
government -- "Who can compete with these people," they will say. That same chapter also describes a tightly
controlled economic and financial system.22
It will be a global
'cashless' society - - anyone who wants to participate in the marketplace and
buy or sell anything, will have to be a member in good standing of the Prince's
credit system. Security will be very tight. No more of these credit cards which can be
lost or stolen. Each person will receive
a number and it may very well be bio-implanted either on the forehead or the
right hand. No bio-implant and you will
not be able to buy; no implant reader at the point of sale and you are out of
This system may be
introduced to put the black marketeers, the drug
lord, tax evaders, the mob, terrorists, and the money launderers out of
business. Without cash or access to the
master system, they would have no monetary exchange mechanism. But, the same system would give the
government absolute and total control of every monetary transaction. Life apart from this system will be near
impossible. People, nations and regional
economic clubs will admire the success of the system, and will clamor to be
part of it. But just as motivating will
be the fear of being "excommunicated" from this global financial
system, for it will consume or 'devour the whole earth.' Failure to participate in the Prince’s
economic and spiritual system will spell certain death…but also certain
I saw the souls of them that were beheaded
for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not
worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither
had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a
thousand years. But the rest of the
dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first
resurrection. Blessed and holy is he
that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him
a thousand years. Revelation 20:4-6
THE PRINCE WHO IS TO COME
The ruler of this
kingdom will be the “prince who is to come” (a.k.a
“the Beast”; “the Antichrist”). He will appear on the world scene as a man of
peace with great spiritual and diplomatic insight. He will be a charismatic European leader who
is successfully able to pull off negotiation of the Middle East Peace Covenant.
In the subsequent three and a half years, his government will be
"coalescing". Revelation 13:5
tells us that it is at this point that the Prince is given
"authority." His kingdom will
then rise to its full strength.
This man will not
only have pretensions of godhood, but a master Plan as well. He will discard the "national-saurus" leaders from the bygone age. He will place the administration of his
government in the hands of a cabinet of ten ministers.23 They will each be given a portfolio of
significant issues or a global region to administrate, for John tells us that
they shall "receive authority as kings."24 This effective team will enable the Prince to
grow to become an autocratic monster.
I believe we can see
this transformation from benign to malignant power in the language of
Revelation 13. This passage pulls no
punches -- the Prince's kingdom is here referred to as a beast, and his satanic
mentor is referred to as a dragon. In
the beginning of the chapter we read that
"the whole world was amazed
and followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave
his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is
like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"" (v.3,4)
It appears that early
in the Prince's reign this worship is volitional and genuine. But then there is an abrupt change. Later, in the same chapter, we are introduced
to a second beast, perhaps a Cabinet Chief.
We are told that the second beast "...exercises all the authority
of the first beast in his presence. And
he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first
beast..." (v.12) We have a sudden
transformation from awe-struck, volitional worship to compulsion!
This Cabinet Chief will set up a tightly controlled economic
system. He will compel every person to
have a ‘mark’ on their right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell. Want to buy bread, milk and some Friskies for
the cat? - - Run your right hand with
the bio-implanted microchip over the scanner at the super market. Perhaps this system will be ‘sold’ to the
public as both a secure credit card replacement, and a patriotic move to make
everyone’s finances transparent in order to rout out terrorists and fraudulent
white collar criminals. While it will
sound good and be near impossible to turn down, those who receive this mark
become ‘citizens’ of the Prince’s kingdom which will mean automatic exclusion
from citizenship in God’s Kingdom for all eternity. Even though it is the better choice, failure
to receive the mark will mean the inability to shop, pay bills, sell goods or
services, and will frequently result in martyrdom - - enemies of the state will
be hunted down and eliminated.
How will the Prince’s
megalomania manifest itself? Three and a
half years after the signing of the Middle East Peace Covenant he will turn on
Israel. No longer will he be the
guarantor of Israel's peace, but of her persecution. Perhaps he will be in a blind rage because
Israel turned to God to save her from the Russian invasion instead of relying
on their Covenant with him.
What motivation could
precipitate such a swing in behavior from being a champion of peace to being a
champion of death? Perhaps his new
satanic "authority" will go to his head. Let's imagine what thoughts
may buzz through his head:
and a half years ago, I made a Covenant with the Israelis. For three and a half years, I have made it
possible for them and the rest of the world to live in peace. When the Russians and Moslems invaded
recently, did they turn to me for help?
No! They turned back to their
mysticism, and called on their God. Did
he give them peace in the last 2000 years?
No, I did. Now their attackers
have been defeated through some "miracle". Not only is Israel attributing their
salvation to their God, but so is the whole world.
three and a half years, the world has looked to me for leadership and
hope. I am trying to save mankind and
usher in my golden age of civilization.
We are so close! Now, my
authority is being called into question, and I could soon lose control and my
vision will be lost. I've got to do
something, and fast. ... Yes! I've got
it! Number One, pack your "miracle
bag", we're off to Jerusalem for the performance of our lives!"
Perhaps as a pure act
of megalomania, perhaps as a "face-saving" gesture, by which he will
claim credit for Israel's supernatural salvation, the Prince will commit an
abominable act. He will fly to
Jerusalem, and enter the newly constructed Holy of Holies. There, in the Temple of God, he will sit down
-- enthroning himself -- and declare himself to be god.25 In Revelation 11:8, Jerusalem is
"mystically" called Sodom and Egypt perhaps denoting its desecrated
state. When this desecration occurs,
Jesus offered some advice to those who are in Israel at that time: Run!
"Therefore when you see the
Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet,
standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are
in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to
get the things out that are in his house; and let him who is in the field not
turn back to get his cloak. But woe to
those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days! But pray that your flight may not be in the
winter, or on the Sabbath; for then there will be a great tribulation, such as
has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever
shall." Matthew 24:15-21
In Jerusalem, the
Prince and his Cabinet Chief will perform some "miracles" to
authenticate his messianic credentials.
The Israelis will not be an easy audience. Then, as has been the case for the last 2500
years, Israel will once again be pursued.
She will flee into the mountainous wilderness and as Daniel has prophesied,
sacrifice to the God of Israel will be stopped.
While the Prince
gathers his initial power, God will station "two witnesses" in the
streets of Jerusalem. They will
prophesy, call down God's judgements, and consume their enemies with fire. They will make the Prince's life miserable
for those initial three and a half years.26 When they have finished their 42-month
testimony, the Prince, having set up his throne in Jerusalem, will have them
executed. Their bodies will be left in
the street for worldwide public viewing.
Perhaps FOX, CNN and MSNBC will provide live coverage. After three and a half days, they will be
resurrected and Jerusalem will be hit by a devastating earthquake -- the
murders committed by the Prince will be immediately avenged.
The next half of the
seven years of tribulation, will be filled with divine, cataclysmic
judgements. As God's people are
oppressed, hunted down and martyred, Divine records will be kept and judgements
will be rained down.
And when humanity is
at its lowest point, the rumors start.
There is going to be a coup!
Hush! Hush! The inspirational word is secretly passed,
"Cheer up; hold fast! There's good
news! Messiah's coming!"
SIGNPOST: ARMAGEDDON AND THE ADVENT OF MESSIAH
While some of these Signposts
may only be vaguely familiar to some, the one that undoubtedly has the highest
'recognition factor' is Armageddon. However, this is also the event that is the
most widely misunderstood. For most
people, the word Armageddon connotes "the end of the world." But this is not the biblical view.
Armageddon is not the
"end of the world", it is only the end of our current pernicious
world order. Armageddon is the final
struggle between the armies of the world and Israel defended by the armies of
Messiah. While all mankind will be
focused on death and destruction, God will be focused on re-establish His
creation as He originally intended it -- a holy kingdom of peace and divine
For seven years prior
to Armageddon, Israel's God and his angelic agents will be the source of untold
grief on a world scale. God's judgements
result in war,
famine, pestilence, animal attacks, and earthquakes,
of the earth including trees and grass,
one-third of sea life and ships,
reduce sun and
moon light by one-third,
of all mankind.
This is not to say
that the peoples of the world will not have deserved the judgement to which
they have been subject. Men will
continue to commit crimes against God and their fellow man without remorse.
"And the rest of mankind,
who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their
hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of
brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and
THEY DID NOT REPENT of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their
immortality nor of their thefts."
Rather than change
their ways, they will strike out at the source of their affliction. To paraphrase Paddy Chayevsky,
they'll be mad, and they're not going to take it any more. Leading this angry and vindictive global mob
will be the Prince. The judgements which
will beset the earth and their Author will not escape the notice of our
prince. He will have laid out a nice,
peaceful, world dictatorship for himself, and then this God of Israel will dare
to challenge his power. The Prince will
ready for a fight to the finish, for he will know what lies ahead.
Then the word will
spread. That which was only whispered in
secret will then be proclaimed in the streets -- Messiah's coming! Although there has been talk of Messiah's
coming for millennia, there will be unmistakable signs in the sky. These signs will herald the ultimate
challenge to the Prince's power.
The Prince will try
to focus the world's pain and anger on a common "enemy" - -
Israel. He will prepare a
"welcoming party" for their Messiah in Jerusalem, sending invitations
to the armies of the world. The nations
will eagerly respond to the call. They
will assemble on the plain of Meggido and at the appointed time, the armies will encircle
Jerusalem. In addition to striking out
at Israel and her God, they may also want to get some licks in at the Prince as
well. Hopes will be high.
Just as God will set
the "hook" in Russia jaw and drag her down to Israel for judgement,
now the world will be "reeled in".
God tells us three primary reasons for this cataclysmic judgement,
treatment of His People, particularly the captivity of the Jews (Joel 3:2-3)
division of Eretz Yisrael
(The Land of Israel) (Joel 3:2-3), and
destruction of the earth (Revelation 11:18).
The battle will begin
before Messiah arrives. The Prince's
coalition forces will have initial success.
Jerusalem will be captured and its occupants brutalized.
"For I will gather all the
nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the CITY WILL BE CAPTURED, the houses
plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the
people will not be cut off from the city.
THEN the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He
fights on a day of battle." Zechariah 14:2-3
join the battle -- Messiah arrives with
his "holy ones"!27
Strengthened by God, the "clans of Judah" will first defeat
the surrounding armies on the "left" and "right", then the
residents of Jerusalem retake the city showcasing great acts of personal
heroism. Then God will focus His
attention on the remaining armies. At
the end of the day, Israel will stand alone, her enemies Divinely defeated once
""In that day I will
make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch
among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the
surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their
own sites in Jerusalem. The LORD also
will save the tents of Judah first in order that the glory of the house of
David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be magnified above
Judah. In that day the LORD will defend
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the ONE WHO IS FEEBLE AMONG THEM IN THAT DAY
WILL BE LIKE DAVID, AND THE HOUSE OF DAVID WILL BE LIKE GOD, like the angel of
the LORD before them. And it will come
about in that day that I will set about to destroy all the nations that come
against Jerusalem." Zechariah
And when God turns to
destroy the nations who dared rise up against His People and His Land. The gruesome description that Zechariah
provides almost sounds like a nuclear blast.
"Now this will be the plague
with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against
Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes
will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. So also like this plague, will be the plague
on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey, and all the cattle that will be
in those camps." Zechariah 14:12,15
After God deals with
the nations’ armies, the Prince, himself, and his Cabinet Chief will be seized,
summarily judged and thrown alive into the Lake of Fire.28
Then, Messiah Jesus
will become King Yeshua. As one of his first royal acts, He will sit
upon His throne and judge “the nations”.29 He separates the rag-tag survivors into three
-- those who have faithfully followed Him during the seven years of judgement,
both Jew and Gentile. This group, King Yeshua will welcome into His kingdom.
Those who have given comfort to his brothers -- While His brothers
are being economically strangled by the Prince's Economic Management System,
these people shared food, drink, clothing, shelter, and compassion with
them. This group too, King Yeshua will welcome into His kingdom.
Those who have NOT given comfort to his brothers -- This group
contains people who either through cowardice or malevolence committed sins of
omission and commission against His brothers.
When they saw His Brothers in need, they either turned away or turned
them in to the authorities. This group,
King Yeshua will condemn; they will face the same
punishment as the Prince with whom they conspired.
Israel and her God
have triumphed! Her Messiah and King has
come and now reigns! And when the people
of Israel see Him, there will be a flash of recognition. It is Yeshua Ben Yosef, the rejected One, the crucified One. The One whose Greek name, 'Jesus', was used
by the blasphemous Gentiles as an excuse to kill Jews for millennia. The words of the Psalmist are recalled:
"My God, my God, why has
Thou forsaken me? Far from my
deliverance are the words of my groaning. ... But I am a worm, and not a man, a
reproach of men, and despised by the people.
All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the
head, saying, "Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him
rescue him, because He delights in him." ... A band of evildoers has
encompassed me; THEY PIERCED MY HANDS AND MY FEET." Psalm 24:1,6-8, 16
The nation laments!
"And I will pour out on the
house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of
supplication, so that they will look on ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED; and they
will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly
over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born." Zechariah 12:10
Great will be the
lament of Israel! For two millenia they will have been separated from this, their
beloved Son. Two thousand years ago
their fathers rejected this man, Yeshua, and his
messianic credentials. Then, this
separation was made near irrevocable by faithless Gentiles - - first they obscured his identity with pagan
traditions then they murdered Jews in "Jesus' name". But all this will become ancient history for
Messiah will transform their mourning through forgiveness:
"Shout for joy, O daughter
of Zion! Shout in triumph, O
Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your
heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD
has taken away His judgements against you, He has cleared away you
enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD,
is in your midst; you will fear disaster no more." Zephaniah 3:14-15
rejoice! After 6,000 years of promise,
her Messiah has come to rule and to reign.
Having defeated his enemies and judged his captives, he will turn to the business of establishing his
Kingdom. Thus, we see that Armageddon is
not the end of the world, but a new beginning!
SIGNPOST: THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM
Beyond Armageddon is
the Messianic Kingdom. Yeshua Ha Melech, Jesus the King,
will ascend his throne to rule and reign as King of kings. His reign will be characterized by universal
peace, holiness and justice and it will last for a thousand years.30 This will be an age of true peace, not the
"genuine, simulated" variety promised by the Prince.
In those days, the
House of the Lord will be rebuilt and rededicated on Mount Moriah
in Jerusalem. God has provided the
detailed plans for that Temple in Ezekiel 40-43. It will be a beautiful sight! A new order of sacrifice will be instituted
as prescribed by God in Ezekiel 45.
Temple will be not only Israel's center of worship, but the center of worship
for the whole world. People from all
over the world will go to the House of the Lord to learn how to lead righteous
lives. The nations will seek out the
company of the Jewish people because of their special relationship with
God. Jerusalem will also become the
center of international law, and justice.
International conflict will forever cease as King Yeshua
arbitrates the differences between peoples.31
And who are the
subjects and administrators of this Kingdom?
They will be the faithful followers of Messiah throughout the ages – the
resurrected, the raptured, the martyred , and the “surviving” brethren.
The Resurrected and
group includes God’s faithful who died from Adam until the Rapture and those of
us who are faithful and living at the time of the Rapture. All will be resurrected and transformed to
immortality at the Rapture. This group
is part of Messiah's Bride, who will live in the New Jerusalem.32 These faithful ones will have spent the seven
years of the Covenant with Messiah, shielded from the storms of judgement. They will reign and rule34 with Yeshua Ha Melech from the regal
city -- the heavenly New Jerusalem35 And a beautiful and great city she shall be:
she is a holy
city that exists in the heavens, until she descends to the "new
earth" in the Eternal Kingdom,
brilliant due to the physical presence of the glory of God; and her brilliance
illuminates the new earth,
the city has a
high wall which contains twelve gates named after the twelve tribes of Israel
and each made of a single pearl,
the wall is
built upon twelve foundation stones named after Messiah's twelve apostles and
each adorned with semi-precious stones,
the city is
cubical, measuring 1500 miles on each side, and
the city and
its streets are made of pure gold.
group includes those who find faith in Messiah after the Rapture and who die
before the establishment of the Kingdom.
Some may have been murdered because of their faith and their refusal to
be "marked" by the evil prince.33 The spirits of these faithful ones will join
the Messiah in the New Jerusalem until the Kingdom comes. When the Kingdom is established, they will be
resurrected and transformed to immortality.
The Surviving Brethren
group includes the countless numbers of men and women who will make it through
the seven years alive and find faith in Messiah or support those who do. They
will not worship the prince and receive his mark. This group is comprised of both Jews and
righteous Gentiles and those who had compassion upon "Messiah's
brothers" during the oppressive reign of the Prince. When Messiah judges the nations, these men
and women will be found worthy to enter his Kingdom. They are not immediately
resurrected but are physically and spiritually just as we are today. They, too, are ultimately resurrected at the
beginning of the Eternal Kingdom.
Jesus will be the
King of kings. Reporting directly to him
will be a subordinate group of rulers.
Some interpreters believe that Israel itself will be administered by the
resurrected King David himself.36
Contrary to popular
belief, we will not be sitting idly playing harps and lining up to get fitted
for "angelic wings". We shall
be a separated kingdom of priests and kings.37 A parable found in Luke 19:12-28 indicates
that we may be given areas to administrate and judge. The Apostle Paul encourages us to exercise
the gift of discernment and wisdom in our daily walk in preparation for our
coming duties. I Corinthians 6:1-3
indicates that these administrative portfolios will include sitting in
judgement of angels:
"Does any one of you, when
he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous,
and not before the saints [Messiah's followers] ? Or do you not know that the saints will judge
the world? And if the world is judged by
you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? Do you not know that we shall judge
angels? How much more, the matters of
this life?" I Corinthians 6:1-3
Therefore, it seems
we will be kept very busy reviewing cases, judging our citizenry and making
wise administrative decisions.
After almost three
millennia of persecution at Gentile hands, Messiah's surviving Jewish subjects
will be elevated to the position of the premier citizens of the Kingdom.
"But you will be called the
priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, an in
their riches you will boast. Instead of
your shame you will have a double portion, and instead of humiliation they will
shout for joy over their portion,
Therefore, they will possess a double portion in their land, everlasting
joy will be theirs." Isaiah 61:6-7
Jews will still be
sought after, but this time with humility and to act as advocates for the
Gentiles with the LORD:
"'So many peoples and mighty
nations will come to seek the Lord of host in Jerusalem and to entreat the
favor of the LORD.' Thus says the Lord
of hosts, 'In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of
a Jew saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with
you."'" Zechariah 8:22-21
The Kingdom will be
the perfect environment:
Satan will be
removed, so there will be no supernatural temptation.
The curse will
be lifted from the earth, and it will bear fruit and animals will dwell in
The rulers and
judgements will be just and fair.
subjects will continue to tend their crops and flocks, build their houses, bake
their bread and reproduce; they will live to a minimum of 100 years old.38
All in all, it will
be a 'back to Eden' experience, with one small difference. These mortal subjects will still have a
sin-prone nature. Even though they are
living in the 'perfect environment', they will still sin and rebel. This is why we are told that Jesus will rule
with a rod of iron39. Their
compliance with Kingdom rules will not always be volitional. As administrators, we will have our work cut
out for us.
After the thousand
years are complete, Satan will be loosed.
He will again deceive mortal man and organize a rebellion.40 Man's sin-prone nature will be put to the
test one final time, and again many will fail.
This rebellion will be very similar to the Russo-Israeli War. This is why these gathering rebels are called
Gog and Magog.41 Needless to say, this war will end as the
other, with the Lord's enemies totally destroyed.42
SIGNPOST: THE ETERNAL KINGDOM
beyond the Messianic Kingdom is the Eternal Kingdom of God43. The faithful mortals of the Messianic Kingdom
will be resurrected to eternal life.
Then, prior to the establishment of the Eternal Kingdom, two judgements
will take place. First, the dead who
have rejected Messiah and his substitutionary death,
will be judged according to their works.
Those who are judged guilty of breaking God's Law -- and all have --
will be condemned and separated from God for all eternity.
Secondly, the heavens
and earth will be purged with fire. Our
worn and tattered heaven and earth will pass away.
"But the day of the Lord
will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the
elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will
be burned up." II Peter 3:10
Then there will be a
new creation -- a new heaven and a new earth.
Mankind will have a new beginning with his Creator. God and man will be physically reunited. The New Jerusalem, the habitation of God and
Messiah's Bride-Queen, will descend from heaven to the earth. There, God will dwell with His people
throughout all eternity.
"..." Behold, the
tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall
be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,"" Revelation 21:
The Millennial Temple
and its new order of sacrifice will pass away with the old earth. This new creation will not have or need a
Temple, because God will dwell among His people. His Glory, the Shekinah
Glory, will be their light -- there will be no more sun or moon, day or
All men of faith will
have been resurrected and spiritually perfected. There will be no more cowardice,
faithlessness, wickedness or hatred. All
sources of sorrow and misery will also pass away. There will be no more death or grieving, no
more crying or pain. God and Man will be
united and dwell forever in perfect peace.
All creation shall be recast according to the Creator's original plan.
Beloved friend, there
are joyous adventures ahead for those whose trust is in the Lord! Before we embark on or discussion of the
Pathways that will lead the world to these Mile Markers, take a moment and
assess your account with God. Have you
allowed Messiah Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, to make
payment for your sin? If you haven't,
why not talk to him about it now? If you
have, are you being faithful to him; living 'in peace, spotless and
blameless'? Are you desiring his coming
as a bride desires her groom and her wedding day?
Let us each pray that
we might be found worthy of our Beloved Lord, Bridegroom and coming King,
Jesus! Let us each pray that He finds us
to be faithful when we meet Him face to face.
1 The English word 'Antichrist' is itself deceiving, for the
prefix "anti-" gives us the sense of 'against.' Actually, the literal translation means
'instead of Christ'. I prefer to think
of him as the 'Almostchrist'. Apart from the true Messiah Himself, this man
will appear to be the best hope the world has to offer. Rather than being totally opposite or against
Messiah, he will be a great counterfeit.
2 Daniel 9:24:27
3 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come, Zondervan Publishing House, 1958, p.244
4 Ibid p 245
5 John 3:29, Revelation 19:7-9
6 Zola Levitt, A Christian Love
Story, Zola Levitt Ministries, 1978 p. 1-6
7 Matthew 24:37-39, Luke 17:26-27
8 Luke 17:28-33
9 I Corinthians 15:50-58
10 I Corinthians 9:24-27, II Timothy 4:7-8, II Corinthians
4:10, I Corinthians 3:12-15
11 I Corinthians 3:12-15
12 I Thessalonians 5:2
13 Atlas of the Bible Lands, Hammond Incorporated,
1959, "The Nations According to Genesis 10" p.B-4
14 The Jerusalem Post International Edition, 3/9/91
("Footsteps of Messiah")
15 Lindsey, Hal, The Late Great Planet Earth, Zondervan Publishing House, 1970 p.65
16 Jeremiah 30:7
17 Daniel 9:26
18 Daniel 9:26
19 Daniel 7:3, Revelation 13:1
20 Daniel 7:23
21 Daniel 8:25
22 Revelation 13:3-4, 16-17
23 Revelation 17:12-13
24 Revelation 17:12
25 II Thessalonians 2:4
26 Revelation 11:3-13, Zechariah 4
27 Zechariah 14:4,5,9
28 Revelation 19:20, Daniel 11:45
29 Matthew 25:31-36
30 Revelation 20:4
31 Isaiah 2:2-4
32 Revelation 21:9-10
33 Revelation 20:4
34 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Revelation 5:10, 20:4-6
35 Revelation 21:9-10
36 Jeremiah 30:9, Ezekiel 34:23-24, 37:24-25, Hosea 3:5
37 Revelation 5:9-10
38 Isaiah 65:17-25
39 Revelation 19:15
40 Revelation 20:7
41 Revelation 20:8
42 Revelation 20:19-20
43 Revelation 21 and 22