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When Christ Comes – What Is the Order of Events? The Kentucky Bible School July, 2016
Devotees to God’s word have been aware for several years that we are extremely near the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. The primary visible signal of this proximity was the landmark event of Israeli Statehood, achieved in May, 1948. We look upon this event as the “sign of the Son of Man in heaven” as revealed in Matthew 24: 30: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
On the grand scale of the end time prophecies, these two events are tightly compressed in this statement; to our simple view of things they are obviously separated from each other by years. The “sign” appears first in the political heavens (Israel’s establishment among the nations), then some years later, they “see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. ” As sure as the SIGN appeared, so shall the SON OF MAN also appear; but we must allow time for that to happen in our Father’s own good time. .
It must be evident to all that the perfect or sure order of these events cannot invariably be established with confidence; on the other hand, it is evident that some must precede others, e. g. , the resurrection of the dead must occur prior to the Judgment Seat of Christ; and Christ’s sacred Land must be cleared of aggressors of His people before the establishment of His kingdom.
So please consider the following proposals with this realization in mind. In a real sense, the development of all these is being brought forward simultaneously; just as in pre-Adventual history, events progress concurrently with each other.
• So … soon CHRIST COMES back to the earth in His Second Advent. • No man knows the day or the hour of His appearance (Matthew 25: 13). • At the same time we • can discern the • general signs of the • times. Believers • have been expecting • His appearance for • decades because of • the unique circum • stances revealed.
The Angel Gabriel sounds the LAST TRUMP (the Great Shofar of Assembly); the multitudes of the dead in Christ are RAISED from their memorial graves where they have been dormant and “asleep” until Gabriel sounds his trumpet blast. I believe they are regarded by the Spirit as “asleep” because their later awakening from death in the coming resurrection is certain.
All the others do NOT “sleep, ” as their destiny is perpetual oblivion, with no resurrection in their future. The simple truth of this expectation of even the great ones (rulers) of the earth having perished, is well phrased by the words of Isaiah 26: 13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. 14 They are dead, they shall not live (again); they are deceased, they shall not rise (in the resurrection): therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
Serious students realize that to perish is to CEASE to exist – anywhere … or to continue on in any state. These folk have been assigned irreversibly to “hell” – to Sheol – which is the pit of death and darkness in contrast to a lake of literal fire which is, however, a fitting metaphor for total destruction, as in Revelation 19: 20; 20: 10, 14, 15, where we see even “death and hell” cast into the lake of fire in a metaphor, meaning that these deleterious elements themselves are completely destroyed, and in league with the human occupants of Sheol, shall no longer continue. Afterward there IS no more death, clearly signifying that no future inhabitants shall be consigned to the grave (hell).
The angels GATHER TOGETHER the living believers in Christ – doubtless a far smaller number of people than those of many earlier ages who are to be resurrected, and along with those subjects of the resurrection, transport them to a secret place of judgment, as in I Thessalonians 4: 14 – 17. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air (in the atmosphere of the earth): and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Paul’s reference to the Judgment Bema (seat) reminds one of the Greek equivalent of this structure seen here at Corinth. The Judge sat on the Bench with the stone back, and the one being tried stood in front of him.
The resurrected numbers of covenanted People are very great – and they emerge into current society from all ages and all societies of all past ages, but do not mingle with that society until they are admitted to it by the Master, viz. , after their immortalization.
This event is similar to the ‘rapture’ which is the conviction of the people of popular Christendom and is the prime source of their mistaken conviction that all “Christians” are to be raised from the dead, and with all living “Christians, ” will be transported to heaven – far, far beyond the “clouds” which obviously is an erroneous conception.
We are extremely confident that intelligent correlation with many other scriptures shows this verse’s clear meaning to be that myriads (clouds) of the redeemed will be gathered to Him in a ruling capacity upon the EARTH, and in its “air” (or atmosphere) – for the sure Promises to the Redeemed consist not of an eternal habitation in heaven itself at all, but on the EARTH forever, fulfilling the original promises God made to Abraham and his Seed (Genesis 12, 14, as well as Galatians 3, etc. ).
Also much ancillary information is revealed in I Corinthians 15: 15 et seq. , where Paul reasons and explains the resurrection process, and his expectation of the Saints’ earthly inheritance under the Christ. Habakkuk 2: 14 expresses the same principle and is mirrored in four other occurrences of almost exactly the same phrases: the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
He JUDGES His household according to those things done in the flesh, whether good or evil, (Ecclesiastes 12: 14; 2 Corinthians 5: 10, q. v. ) rewarding a large ACCEPTED multitude with immortality. I Corinthians 15: 53 -56 The unfaithful believers are REJECTED and turned aside from His presence. These weep and gnash their teeth, lamenting their failure to achieve immortality. I Corinthians 15: 53 -55; see also Luke 13: 27 But he shall say, ‘I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. ’
This clear statement in itself is concrete evidence of the location of the Kingdom and the inheritance of the Saints. The promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was THE LAND of ISRAEL at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea; it was to be awarded to them in perpetuity – a sacred tract of land stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf (Indian Ocean? ).
Those who are to be turned aside are ruined. Their lives have been essentially wasted; it is better for them if they had never been born, as is said of Judas who betrayed Christ (Mark 14: 21). The edict of Matthew 7: 23 to those on His left hand pronounces and seals their fate: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
He joins joyfully and eternally with the faithful, now Immortalized Saints, in THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. Revelation 19: 6 -9; 22: 12. The location of this event is not revealed, but the account is compelling … cf. Jesus’ account of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19: 9.
In so doing, Christ fulfills in each individual Saint that precious promise to Abraham that his descendants (his SEED) shall be as the sand of the seashore and as the stars of heaven – an innumerable company of powerful, now newly deathless earth-borns of all tongues, people, and ages since Adam. who have been preserved in their Memorial Graves, sleeping there for eons, safely and silently in the dust of the earth in every clime of His creation, awaiting this memorable day of liberation into the atmosphere and into new life. The fortunate ones enjoy a later elevation (after His judgment) from mortality (certainty of death) to immortality (certainty of eternal life).
He then brings THE FAITHFUL with Himself to confront the nations with their own doctrines and practices – to deliver Israel from their threatening enemies round about as in Habbakuk 3, Isaiah 11 and 63 – on the way to Jerusalem.
Micah 4: 13 – ‘Arise and thresh!’ He shall CONQUER, with the assistance of the Saints (Psalm 149: 6 – 9) all Israel’s ENEMIES that remain round about them and within Israel. Ezekiel 35: 12, 14; Obadiah; Micah 5; Psalm 83 and 102; Zechariah 10 - 14; Joel 3; Isaiah 34, all of which please see.
Details of THESE CONFLICTS are abundant and involve the ‘nations round about: ’ Zechariah 14: 2, and all those who have fought against Jerusalem, Zechariah 14: 12. All Islamic!
These nations are NOT all the nations of the world! In Isaiah 34 and in scores of other references, the same terminology is used of the Proximal Arabs … they are ALL the aggressor nations (but ONLY those aggressors) of the Jewish State up to that time. Otherwise – if His meaning was indeed ALL nations – His destruction should spread to the ends of the earth, thus aborting His own plan to teach the nations righteousness and peace during the Millennium.
It is in the above actions that He gathers to Himself and to His kingdom of Israel THE WEALTH OF THE GENTILES – those SAME Gentiles (Zechariah 14: 14; Isaiah 60: 4 – 7). as well as many other commodities and benefits – including their lands, their properties, their bank accounts, their goods and chattels, their minerals and oil wealth.
He incorporates them into Greater Israel, bringing to fruition the Land Promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David – increasing His inheritance to full measure, from the Nile to the Euphrates (Psalm 72: 8; Zechariah 9: 10) and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. … they shall suck the milk of Gentiles … and shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and Redeemer … Isaiah 60: 16; also Isaiah 66: 11. This is a truth that is affirmed here and many times later – reinforcing their now enlightened, firm faith in Him as Messiah.
When the battles are finished, the Jews inquire diligently as to HIS IDENTITY… the personage of their Redeemer, Whom they have not recognized to this point in their wildly pitched battles with the opposing Edomites and others. But They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12: 10) and behold the nail prints in His hands (Zechariah 13: 6), and realize their grave error of having condemned and crucified Him in AD 29, after which His people shall immerse themselves in a great, heartfelt, sincere mourning of repentance – Zechariah 12: 10 – 14 and Zechariah 13: 6 and chapter 14.
As a result of their genuine repentance, having seen Him come in the name of the Lord of Hosts, they are immediately blessed by Him. He had told them definitively in Luke 13: 35 - Ye shall not see Me until the time come when ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He That cometh in the name of the Lord. You see, He actually had spoken extensive and intensive condemnation upon His people for their refusal to accept Him, telling them that they never would throughout the coming centuries be able to perceive His real identity, nor accept His work as their Savior until His stipulations were accomplished!
But … now His People of Israel give Him their undivided loyalty and genuine, heartfelt affection; they are anxious to do His bidding, to fulfill His assigned duties, to start to become a light unto the Gentiles (Isaiah 42: 6). In response He places within their breasts hearts of flesh, replacing their stony hearts of unbelief – and writes upon them His Spirit in the clearly defined act of natural redemption of His people.
Ezekiel 11: 19 and Ezekiel 36: 26 – 28 both attest to this unique and benevolent response of their Savior, the latter of which says, Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
It is again made positively clear the Jews’ defined destiny as His consecrated People of the kingdom age – still mortal, living their lives in service to Him, presumably until their natural deaths. We are assured that these who faithfully live out their mortal lives shall later be raised from the dead and given immortality in accordance with their faithfulness.
During this time the Returned Christ proclaims Himself to them and to the world at large, that He is indeed KING OF ISRAEL, Micah 4: 2 -4; Psalm 2, abruptly and completely reversing the State’s original republican composition. This will surely triggering the disdain, the scorn and the derision of the democracies of the earth. Their devotion to their democratically determined way of life illustrates well their immersion in ‘the three unclean spirits’ proceeding out of the mouth of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet, prompting their total rejection of Christ’s proclamation, and bringing further scorn upon His germinal (mustard seed) kingdom.
So what is His and their reaction? They are infuriated, but He cares not; nor do the Israelis care, as the greatest percentage of them have wholeheartedly accepted Him and recognized His Office. We are not apprised as to whether all the people accept Him as Messiah at the same time; or whether, if some do not accept Him immediately, He will allow them some time for self-examination, and personal review of the Word which clearly foretells Him – principles which shall be effectively taught them by the Redeemed in their midst, and by their King. These enjoy the first stages of their redemption and readily accept whatever their King proclaims to them! Some rebels among His people perhaps remain to be rooted out in the days ahead. We are not instructed as to His method for accomplishing this task.
He PROCLAIMS THE KINGDOM in Zion and to Zion; but the world (except Israel) is deaf to His claims. They repudiate His claims out of hand, having no inkling of His true identity. “Christians” will doubtless immediately proclaim Him to be The Antichrist of their apostate theology; pagans will have no part of Him, not remotely suspecting His authority, His regency, or His future plans.
All the evidence indicates that yet other enemies now gather to resist His kingdom, e. g. , the Gogian host of Ezekiel 38 and 39. The UNO will quickly issue sanctions against this new “king” in Israel.
The West will be frothing with rage at such compliance of their former compatriots. The remaining petroleum-rich Islamic states further afield will immediately begin to prepare for another attack upon Israel in revenge for the colossal victory just won by Christ, the Saints and the IDF!
Also the Beast and the False Prophet headquartered in Roman Europe, but reaching to the furthest extent of the papal realms of commerce, will have been given pause.
They begin their preparation to resist Israel with economic and political sanctions, boycotts and other protective means, for they now perceive possible threats to their commercial advantage, and even their traffic in human souls, because of the sudden influx of souls into the Middle East (the huge numbers of Israelites remaining in the world Today, but being then brought to their eternal homeland).
Conflict shall ensue. That extended conflict is related in Apocalypse 16 – 20, leading into the halcyon days of the proclamation of His kingdom in the vast Mideast and West, including the Americas without doubt – a fortress of Catholic authority and dominion among men.
And, yes, threats become apparent and raise warning flags to mankind in all the ‘free’ world; these perceive threats to their embedded liberty and equality and democratic ideals (selfishness and jealousy of “their rights and privileges” of self-determination as peoples).
These reach outward with the momentum of a huge tsunami to the nations of the world: Psalm 2 is one reference to their self-willed resistance to Him. The Sea and the Waves roar, as the nations rage, and their rulers imagine a vain thing!
He immediately begins clearing the wreckage of the great earthquake which came when His feet touched the Mount of Olives and altered the topography of the Land. Perhaps He now takes this great human displacement as His opportunity to reapportion ownership of the Land itself, dividing it into the cantons described in Ezekiel 40 – 48. In proclaiming Himself King, He initiates KINGDOM OPERATIONS in Zion. getting to the detailed affairs of His administration and the infrastructure of the new State.
He shall ESTABLISH HIS THRONE in Jerusalem. Micah 4: 4; Psalm 72: 8 – 15; and proclaim Himself King of Israel publicly, thus confirming another action that all those expect who already believe He is really their supposed Antichrist. He immediately moves to bring His people back to their land. He GATHERS ALL ISRAEL (including the Ten Tribes) to Zion progressively from this point: as His people arrive in the Land, He shall appoint each family to its eternal inheritance, Tribe by Tribe, setting over each Tribe one of the Apostles, as He promised in Luke 22: 30.
Deuteronomy 30: 3 and Isaiah 27: 12 seem to indicate that at least the first portion of the return was always destined to be gradual, building on the original trickle of immigration – the serial Aliyahs we have witnessed for over an hundred years. By far the greatest portion of His people remain at this time in Diaspora, ready now to be delivered to the land of peace and safety as observed in Israel. These are the remaining people of Judah and Benjamin (the Two Tribes) and the remaining majority of the Ten Tribes of Israel.
At some indeterminate time during these operations He CONVERTS EGYPT – Isaiah 19: 20 – as part of these End time activities after demonstrating His power in saving them from their ‘oppressors. ’ We still wonder if this oppressor might be The Moslem Brotherhood. But if not, some other equally inept group will take up the effort.
The Brotherhood is the spawner of Hamas of our day, and troublemaker extraordinaire, which Egypt has been trying to suppress for many years but which until recently, was greatly increasing in strength: Isaiah 19: 1621; Zechariah 10: 11.
We are told few details of this Egytian operation, but we can be sure Christ is not defeating the Gogian Host in Egypt as some in the past indicated. The Gogian host instead, has or will be stopped DEAD in its tracks east of Galilee, and their stone cold corpses be consumed by the beasts of the field and the birds of the air of that age (Ezekiel 39: 4, 5).
He conquers and PACIFIES ASSYRIA, making them a third with Egypt and Israel – accounts related in passages such as Isaiah 19: 16 -21 - 23; Micah 5; Zechariah 10: 11. He shall put a NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT within His re-gathered People: I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes. Ezekiel 36: 26 – 27; Zechariah 12: 9 - 11.
He shall then PURGE OUT THE REBELS from His people, for there appears to be some who are not able or faithful enough to accept Him at face value. Those unfaithful ones are turned out of His kingdom. Ezek. 20: 38 Those left are described in Zephaniah 3: 12 – I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. Zephaniah (the meaning of his name is “he whom Yahweh hath hidden”) excoriates the unfaithfulness of Israel of his day in chapters 1 and 2, and forecasts the historical Babylonian captivity then still ahead of them. Then he pronounces the final solution upon their race in chapter 3: 19 – leaping over the Babylonian return and their second scattering by Rome in 70 AD and 135 AD into all nations – giving the details of their final ingathering! - that spoken of in Isaiah 11.
In addition, the human fertility rate shall be markedly increased so that Israel, especially, brings forth abundant children – offspring to replace those whom the People have lost in their endless attrition at the hand of the nations. Isaiah 49 is a remarkably poignant testament to this restoration of Israel en toto; indeed, the latest reports from Israel acknowledge that Israeli women Now have one of the highest birth rates in the world.
He shall REMOVE THE CURSE OF THE EARTH as reflected in words such as those in Psalm 72: 16 – 19. As His kingdom progresses, Edenic conditions return in widespread climatic change; the friendly nations receive abundant rainfall and blessings of flock and herd.
Isaiah 49 refers to this time, q. v. , and the poignant account foretold in Isaiah 49: 19: For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy (former) destruction, shall even now (at that time) be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost [in the Holocaust, and at other times] my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
In these passages we see additional evidence that ISLAM SHALL HAVE SUFFERED fatally!! Their pagan beliefs shall have been disproven and trampled. Isaiah 49: 17 -19 addresses the children’s’ interaction with the oppressors round about; verse 18 indicates that Israel shall take all the good things left by the heathen and use them for their own purposes. Their possessions shall adorn Israel as a bride! This subservience of the foreign kings is indicated in verses 23 – 26 as referenced above.
Agreeing completely with these prophecies, we see the complete obliteration of the “Palestinians” reflected in the terse words of Obadiah, who indicates that there shall none remain of the house of Esau which, judging by their areas of habitation (the five areas recorded there as being conquered by Israel) are those regions now inhabited by those identified as being the modern-day “Palestinians” – those who are even now murdering and
oppressing the little ones of Israel – the civilian population: these are not the recognized name of any extant race of people but are clearly recognizable from their modern day location! Newt Gingrich, a U. S. politician recently made sensational headlines by referring to the “Palestinians” as a MANUFACTURED people which have never existed in history, indicating that the title is a pseudonym for “Arab. ” And he is correct.
He shall build THE MILLENNIAL TEMPLE of Ezekiel 40 – 48, and install in it His GLORY (Himself). His glory [Shekinah personified!] returns to His ‘house’ in Jerusalem, site of Zion’s Millennial Temple (see Isaiah 43: 4, 5); also Haggai 2: 7 - 9, which connects the Glory to “the Desire of all nations” Who we believe to be Christ.
He shall bring (real) PEACE to Israel and the nations round about by proclaiming His PEACE to the world. He is not deterred by the refusal of many who will not accept His edicts: Psalm 2; Habbakuk 2: 14, et al. He shall display POWER AND AUTHORITY THAT THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN. His operations appear at first to be more local than international – inside the “first dominion” of His kingdom … the “mustard seed” (beginning, small) stage of His eternal kingdom. Micah 4: 2.
He shall immediately DISARM Israel, His people. Cf. Micah 5: 9 -15; Zechariah 9: 10. His weapons of warfare, used to subdue the heathen, are His spoken words! Revelation 19: 15: And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, and with it He should smite the nations; and He shall rule them with a rod of iron; and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. The effectiveness of that incredibly deadly weapon is seen in the verses following; the angel invites the fowls to gather for the supper of the Great God, to eat the flesh of kings, captains, mighty men, horses and their riders, and of all men free and bond, small and great!! (vv. 7, 18) – activities which are parallel to Deuteronomy 32: 41 – 43; Ezekiel 39: 9 – 27; and other references, such as Hebrews 4: 12; Isaiah 11: 4.
With the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked! There is also extension of that Power to all the Immortal Saints as well, for Psalm 149 tells us, Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the nations, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the JUDGMENTS WRITTEN; THIS HONOR HAVE ALL THE SAINTS. This is another logical reason why it is our personal conviction that the Assistants present with the Christ in His battles with the nations round about ARE THE SAINTS, not the angels, as some believe.
He shall form a NEW COVENANT with Israel, which shall be salvation through Christ, the clear teaching of the Last Supper – thus bringing them out of the Mosaic Covenant and into the Abrahamic Covenant – following their recognition of His person and identity. In my main study Bible I have pasted a Post It note on Zechariah 10: 4, listing several references … Jeremiah 31: 31 -34; 32: 40; 33: 20, 21; Ezekiel 37: 26; 34: 25, 26; Joel 2: 21 -27; Ezekiel 16: 62; Zechariah 9: 11; 10: 10; Isaiah 42: 6, 7; 49: 19, 20; 55: 3; Ezekiel 11: 17 - 20; Psalm 89, esp. verses 1 - 3 [the psalm treats of the Davidic Covenant, the actual identity of this new covenant with them]. See also Hebrews 10: 16, 17. Romans 11: 25 – 27, which actually define the covenant in great and clear detail!
All this activity puts the world on notice – especially the ‘Christian’ world – as He shall fulfill all the requirements which they have fantasized as the role of ‘THE ANTI-CHRIST’ of their manufactured theology. Their resistance to Him and His testimonies shall grow increasingly bitter and more adamant, for this new ‘king’ in Israel has not ‘raptured’ them to heaven nor even addressed their persons, their representatives, nor their polities directly. Since He has not acted to remove them from the world to heaven they reason that He MUST be The Anti. Christ!
The “religious” world shall be livid with rage and indignation. They consort with the acknowledged worldly leader of “religion” at Vatican City. Since the Church’s beliefs about the Second Coming of Christ have been grossly corrupted over the ages, the pope actually knows and understands little about what has really lately occurred. Vatican news people will make much of this startling new development!
The pope will doubtless revert to the long-standing teachings of Francisco Ribera and Ignatius Loyola, the priest-leaders and founders of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) who long ago stated that “the Antichrist” would be a future entity quite removed from papal implications, and would arise from the Jewish people in the latter days to save the Jews from their enemies and declare himself their king, rebuild their Temple, and in three and a half years install a statue of himself in that edifice and demand their worship, which they would decline. A terrible final retribution would then fall upon the Jews, but Jesus would come and save them from the Antichrist – something along those lines as interpretations differ among the sects of Christianity! It is significant that all the Protestant “daughters” of the Harlot power have swallowed this doctrine hook, line and sinker, and spout it from the world’s TV centers every day.
The leaders of the Beast nations of that future time shall be confronted with the real Jesus’ proclamation to them of “the everlasting Gospel” – a body of facts with which they and their papal leader are not at all familiar.
In these, He shall demand their capitulation to His laws and leadership, defining the laws of this new king in Jerusalem as the now valid statutes for all mankind. They will by no means accept this edict graciously, but regard it as infringement upon their own sovereignty.
Consulting with their papal nuncios of each country they will be advised to resist with all their powers – not a wise notion – and to amass their military might to express that resistance. Their advice surely shall be that this upstart of the East is the long-expected Antichrist, and that He is to be resisted with all their might. It is outside the purview of this present study to examine those events in much detail beyond what has been said. The amount of time between the Gogian overthrow and the European affair with the Beast nations – which is the manifestation of the Image of …
Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of Daniel two “standing on his feet” – is impossible to project at this time. The chief account of this confrontation is found in Revelation 17 and 18. In those chapters are listed all the markers and identifiers that any intelligent student of God’s word needs to make positive identification of the Harlot and the Beast, here portrayed in consort with each other in a trading relationship which at that time shall evidently be well developed and dominant in the earth.
Meanwhile, the returned Christ shall conduct the business of His First Dominion WITHOUT CONSIDERING WORLD AQUESIENCE or opinion [such as from the UNO, NATO, SEATO, CIS, the European Union, the Pope, etc. ], and shall go forward with setting up the vast, permanent infrastructure of His kingdom.
Meanwhile, prior to the European affair reviewed above, THE FURY OF GOG OF THE LAND OF MAGOG is fanned into a flame, and the Islamic sensitivity and indignation of Persia, Cush, Libya, and Gog’s other partners (all Islamic!) grow mightily. A worldwide conspiracy against Israel and its new King grows apace in the remaining powers of Islam which are named as being confederates of Gog.
We visualize the Gogian affair as being instigated by the Islamic countries named as her confederates (all are Muslim except Russia – even Magog). We suspect that the ‘hooks’ in Russia’s jaws, which bring her down upon Israel, are the PETRODOLLARS available to be GIVEN HER as a bribe BY the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Sharia state of Libya, the terrorist State of Ethiopia/Sudan (KUWSH), the two former of which are awash in the monetary rewards of continents of petroleum and having sold it to the world for decades) – Ezekiel 38, 39.
Gog is stated to be attracted to Israel by “a spoil and a prey; ” this cannot be solely the payday offered by the Distal Islamic States who effectively bribe Russia to do the dirty work that they cannot do alone. I suggest it is the wealth of the Gentiles which has been sumptuously gathered into Greater Israel during the earlier Proximal Islamic conflicts – the oil wealth and lands of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the oil Emirates, and the monetary treasuries of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
Golda Meir, premier of Israel, is famous for having said, “The only thing I have against Moses is, he brought us to a dry hole!” – meaning to a land devoid of oil wealth. However, as we are now fully aware, Israel is lately NOT an oil- and gasdestitute country! Late drilling activities and further surveys reveal that Israel could easily become a huge oil and gas producer not only from both liquid crude oil and high pressure natural gas reservoirs, but also from an abundance of oil shale deposits. In the Valley of Sorek (remember Samson? ) lies a deposit of oil shale estimated to be the equivalent to all the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.
Until recently the means of extraction of oil from such shale was expensive, environmentally unfriendly, and required vast quantities of water, all being factors which limited interest in oil shales by the oil men of the world, especially in arid Israel. Now we have been informed that Dr. Harold Vinegar, former head of research for Royal Dutch Shell, has come to Israel with a newly patented technique for extraction of oil from Israel’s huge deposits of shale. We must also add that it will be useful in future exploration in Jordan’s huge oil shale deposits, as well.
His method involves highly precise drilling downward, then drilling horizontally in the shale formations; inserting heating elements into the shafts, heating the shales to a high temperature (causing the oil to seep out in abundance as high quality liquid crude oil) and be recoverable at a price comparable to drilling in near-surface crude oil pools. No fracturing (“fracking”) of the rock is Involved, which often causes leakage of oil into ground water aquifers.
In addition, the process does not require water, but instead PRODUCES water as a byproduct. And still further, the process is extremely safe and environmentally friendly. The BOTTOM LINE is that these newly discovered oil deposits and Israel’s giant discoveries of natural gas in the adjacent Mediterranean Sea, could make Gog’s efforts to grab this “spoil” seem worth the trouble; the Arabs just might promise these spoils to Gog for his leadership and participation in that conflict. At the moment these factors seem to be the most likely “hooks” that will cause Gog to attempt its conquest of Israel.
But contrary to his well-laid plans, Gog and his host shall have no success at all in their adventure, and are absolutely obliterated ‘on the mountains of Israel’ (Ezekiel 39) and are buried at Hamon-gog – a valley ‘east of the sea’ of Galilee (Young). To Gog, her Jewish ‘prey’ appears to be unarmed and vulnerable at this time, dwelling without bars or gates, an innocent people with a naïve King who dwells with them in their apparently false confidence (betach; Hebrew) and seemingly indifferent to any threat that Gog or any others may offer. They are not yet aware of the lethal breath of His lips!
Note that Israel is at that time described as markedly different from today’s Israel, which at the present time is an heavily armed and fortified country by any standard, and ready to defend itself with arms and armor and citizen soldiers. Its demeanor at that future time is outwardly peaceful, self-contained, selfinterested, with no repugnant foreign policies (not yet!) and seems to Gog to have reverted to a more primitive society with peace on its mind, principally.
To the war-planners of the Gogian nations, Israel looks like an hanging summer fruit, a plum ripe for the picking, due to the “amateurish, naïve and foolish, ” precipitous disarmament of the Jewish State, which the Stealth King has accomplished. They have no inkling as to what lies in wait for them upon the mountains of Israel!
Yet, at this future time, Christ the King finds it entirely UN-necessary to defend His completely unarmed people, because it is His Father's prerogative to destroy these heathen attackers with the Word of His Mouth, speaking peace (really silence - bringing about their pacification – by total victory over them!) by uttering his Thunderous Voice against them, calling down upon them the terror of the heavens – causing the enemies’ swords viciously to be turned on each other, but also sending terrifyingly destructive displays of lightning, fire, smoke and thunder, great hail and brimstone, and an overpowering rain, gaining complete and instantaneous victory over the heathen, yet keeping His people absolutely safe all the while!
His newly enlightened, covenanted People, in the manner of those of the Exodus at the Red Sea, are commanded to be still. . . to do nothing. . . but behold the salvation of the Lord: Exodus 14: 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.
Indeed, in the finality, after the smoke and din of battle has subsided, it is the inhabitants of the villages of Israel who almost serenely (and thankfully, of course!) come forth and begin to bury the multitudes of the Northern Host at Hamon-gog. So it is more than obvious that Israel is virtually untouched by the threat of the Gogian hordes, and shall be victorious over them through the invincibility of their Father!
Dr. Young designates Gog’s burial place as “east of the Sea of Galilee, ” and thus perhaps may be the deep gorge of the Yarmouk River, now the border between Syria and Jordan, but then, due to Christ’s victories, is “in Israel. ” Ezekiel 39: 11. The gorge pictured here is that of the Arnon river, but is in many ways like that of the Yarmouk.
We believe this signal event also bears on another clear statement of circumstance which shall at that moment - as Israel comes forth to bury this great host - be realized among them, and firmly established in their minds. This great victory utterly confirms the already clearly stated and proven Authority and Sovereignty of their God and His King. Additionally, in singular measure the Almighty not only destroys the military forces of Gog, but also bring a positive effect of His authority to their home territories as He infers in 39: 6, just as He reconfirms His authority and identity within Israel itself as in 39: 7. Why do we so claim?
Look at verses Ezekiel 39: 21, 22: And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. I believe this second instantaneous deliverance from their overwhelming enemies sets the conviction firmly in their minds (if they had entertained any previous doubts) that the Lord God is forever among them and will deliver them from every evil force, every oppressor, from this day forward!
We can learn many details of the fate of Gog and abolish heaps of ignorance and misapplication of many, if we pay diligent attention to the text of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and restrain ourselves from importing chapter after chapter of spurious, supposedly ‘related’ information about the affair. If any other reference assumptively applied to this narrative is incongruent with the outcome plainly stated there, then the application is erroneous; discard it post haste. Any additional conjectures or suppositions as to the success of Gog’s forces MUST conform to the context of this clearly stated account, which decidedly indicates the utter defeat of Gog and its forces before they are allowed to enter the sacred home grounds of Christ and the Saints and of Israel.
As the kingdom proceeds, the Lord intends to return a pure tongue to the earth so that all people may communicate efficiently and clearly in the same language. This will facilitate His control over the earth’s populations and encourage dialog between all its citizens. We project that this pure tongue will be the Hebrew language. The compelling conclusions that we may draw from late findings such as the equally spaced letters spelling out relevant messages to mankind (The Bible Code) throughout the Word is enough to convince this watcher that the Hebrew language possesses all the qualities needed for the vastly expanded technology of that future time, the reformed social needs, the diverse medical accomplishments, the administrative language, the godly instruction that will be spread abroad, and shall be adequate as the instructional language of the Saints and of Christ in the perfecting earth! Zephaniah 3: 8, 9 Ref 530
We will now draw this discussion to a close – this overall summary of events of the end time as we see them displayed plainly in scripture. At the end of this week of lectures I hope each of you will be able to take your handout in hand intelligently discuss the end time affairs of Israel, and of Christ and the Saints, in their physical combat with the forces of Islam first, then the pagans of the north, then the pagans of Vatican City, all preparatory to dealing with the remaining pagans of the whole earth represented by the Chinese, by India, by Japan, and the nations of the earth which shall be dissolved and made one nation under Christ – with its capital city in Jerusalem.