By Kenneth Allan Clark. © Copyright 2010
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1: THE RETURN OF THE CHILDREN OF JUDAH
AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
Israel’s Summer, Autumn And Winter
After the reign of King Solomon, the Kingdom of Israel was divided into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom became known as the Kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom became known as the Kingdom of Judah. During the time of these two kingdoms God sent to them a number of prophets, and when these prophets prophesied, usually they to referred to the people of the northern kingdom, as the children of Israel and the people of the southern kingdom, as the children of Judah.
OAK TREE CLOTHED IN GREEN LEAVES.
Let me draw you a parable. Under the rule of King David and his son King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel was like a mighty oak tree in all its glory, full of life and clothed with green leaves.
OAK TREE CLOTHED IN AUTUMN COLOURS.
Autumn comes and just as the sap of life ceases to flow through the mighty oak tree and the leaves begin to die. So to, as both the kingdoms of Israel and Judah turned from God, the Spirit of God ceases to flow and the people begin to spiritually die.
OAK TREE WITHOUT LEAVES.
Then comes the autumn winds and the leaves are scattered. So to as the autumn glory of Israel and Judah came to an end, the Assyrians came and conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and scattered its people far and wide.
THE OAK TREE IS CAST AWAY,
ROOTS, TRUNK AND BRANCHES.
Then comes a winter storm, so strong that it rips up the mighty oak tree and cast it away roots, trunk and branches. So to the kingdom of Judah was hit by its winter storm, the army of Babylon; and Judah was ripped up, roots, trunk and branches, and cast away into captivity in Babylon.
There are many prophecies in both the Old and New Testaments, concerning the coming destruction of Jerusalem and the taking away of many captives, their later return from captivity and the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
Many, when they look at history would say that these prophecies concerning the destruction of Jerusalem have all been fulfilled not once but twice. First the Babylonians came, destroyed Jerusalem and took the children of Judah away captive to Babylon. After 70 years of captivity a remnant of Jews returned to Jerusalem. Later still, came the Romans and again Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jews were scattered far and wide. Then since 1948, after being scattered for almost 2,000 years, we have again seen an ever increasing number of Jews returning to the promise land.
But I put it to you; these past destructions of Jerusalem and the later return of the Jews are only part fulfillments and type pictures of the final fulfillment of these prophecies which is still to come; still to come after the breach and during the last 10½ years before the return of Jesus Christ. For example let us take a look at Jeremiah chapter 50 verses 1-8.
Jeremiah 50:1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. 2 Declare you among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. 3 For out of the north there comes up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall flee, they shall depart, both man and beast. 4 In those days, and in that time, says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. 5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces towards Jerusalem, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. 6 My people have been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray; they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. 7 All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, we offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. 8 Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.
Jeremiah prophesies a coming destruction of Babylon: Many who read this passage believe that this prophecy was fulfilled when Cyrus, the king of Persia took over Babylon and made it his new capital city. However at that time Babylon was not destroyed, its people did not flee; and Babylon did not become desolate. In fact after King Cyrus took over Babylon as his capital city, for most of the citizens of Babylon, life just carried on as normal. The only thing that changed was a change of king. Over 200 years later Babylon was still a major city and after a peaceful takeover by Alexandra the Great, Babylon became Alexandra’s eastern capital. To this day Babylon has never ever suffered anything like the destruction prophesied in God’s Word. Although Babylon is now much smaller, there are still people living there to this day. So we are still looking ahead to a time when Babylon will be destroyed and left desolate without any people or beast living there anymore. Until that time we cannot say this prophecy, or any other Bible prophecy, concerning the destruction of Babylon has yet been fulfilled.
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
This prophecy also tells of a coming return of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah together, weeping as they come to Zion seeking the LORD. Although I must say yes, after seventy years of captivity, according to the word of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah, King Cyrus took over Babylon and released the children of Judah to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. This return to Jerusalem by the Jews at that time was not a fulfilment of the prophecy given to us in Jeremiah chapter 50.
1: Because Cyrus did not destroy Babylon.
2: The people did not flee Babylon, they were released.
3: While in verse 4 it says; In those days, and in that time, says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. The return of the children of Judah, at the time of Cyrus did not include any children of Israel.
Later in 70 AD the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the children of Judah, and since 1948 we have again seen a return of the children of Judah.
BUT! We have still not seen the destruction of Babylon, nor have we yet seen a return of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah together. We are still waiting for and looking forward to a time when not only will we see Babylon destroyed, we will also see both the children of Israel and the children of Judah together, return to Jerusalem. Therefore we cannot in all honesty say that any of the Bible prophecies concerning the destruction of Babylon and the return of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah together have yet been fulfilled.
So despite popular belief; the vast majority of the prophecies concerning the return of God’s people to the Promised Land have not yet been fulfilled. Yes, some may have been fulfilled in part or in type picture form, back there before the breach, but most still remain to be fulfilled in the future; and they will not be fulfilled until after we have entered the last 10½ years before the return of Jesus Christ.
Most (if not all) of these partly fulfilled prophecies, concerning the destruction of either Jerusalem or Babylon, can be divided into two parts. The first part consist of things prophesied that have come to pass, while the second part consist of things prophesied that have not yet come to pass. In between these two parts there is usually an unannounced breach period of over 2,000 years.
Let us look at Jeremiah 25:11-12. This passage prophesies about Jerusalem’s coming destruction at the hands of the Babylonians.
Jeremiah 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, says the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
It is history, Jerusalem and the land of Judah was left desolate, and from the day the children of Judah were taken away captive to Babylon, the nations served the king of Babylon seventy years. Therefore, verse 11 and the first half of verse 12, of this prophecy, are things prophesied which have already come to pass.
Midway through verse 12 is the breach period in this prophecy.
Then after the breach, in a time yet to come, the second part of the prophecy will be fulfilled when God punishes the king of Babylon and that nation with perpetual everlasting desolations. But before this fulfilment, the children of Judah will once again be taken captive from Jerusalem to Babylon. Then (approximately 5 years later) the children of Judah who have been taken captive to Babylon will flee and return to Jerusalem as the he goats before the flocks as mentioned in (Jeremiah 50:8).
2. ISAIAH 6:9 – 13.
During his ministry on earth in the flesh, Jesus Christ declared the first part of two prophecies given to us through Isaiah to be fulfilled, during or around that time 2,000 years ago. However the second part of these two prophecies will not be fulfilled until after the breach and during the last 10½ years before Jesus Christ Second Coming. The first of these prophecies is found in Isaiah 61:1 - 6 and was quoted in part by Jesus Christ in Luke 4:18 – 19. The second of these two prophecies in found in Isaiah 6: 9 – 13 and quoted in part by Jesus Christ in Matthew chapter 13.
We will pick this prophecy up in Matthew chapter 13, where we find Jesus Christ speaking in parables to the multitudes who had gathered to him.
Matthew 13:9 Who has ears to hear, let him hear. 10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, why do you speak to them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that which he has. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is fat, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
Although we can gain many important lessons from this passage, this prophecy is referring to the Jewish nation who had been gathering in their multitudes to hear Jesus Christ.
Although Jesus spoke to them for many hours, sometimes days, and they enjoyed the stories Jesus told them, the vast multitude of the Jews did not understand the mysteries of the kingdom. Spiritually their hearts were fat. That is to say, their hearts were so hardened against the truth by wrong teachings, wrong beliefs and wrong motives, therefore they could no longer see or hear the truth, nor could they understand the mysteries of the kingdom.
Jesus says of the majority of the Jews of 2,000 years ago, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, by hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.
On hearing this Isaiah asked the question of God, “Lord, how long?” But before we look at God’s answer to Isaiah, let us first look God’s answer through Paul to this question.
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own high opinions of self; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Prior to the Church Age many Children of Israel received salvation while only a few Gentiles were saved, while since 70 AD., many Gentiles have been saved but few Children of Israel have been saved. Until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, many Gentiles will continue to be saved, while only a few Children of Israel will be saved.
One of the last prophesied events to happen before we entered into the breach period was the destruction of Jerusalem and the clearing of the temple site, so that not one stone was left upon another.
Jesus Christ says of the temple and its buildings, in Luke 21:6
Luke 21:6 As for these things which you see, the days will come, in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.
When we stepped into the breach, the city of Jerusalem was in a state of desolation and destruction, and at the temple sight not one stone was left upon another. Therefore, in a time yet to come, when we step out of the breach, Jerusalem will again be in a state of desolation and destruction, and at the temple sight not one stone will be left upon another.
In plain English, almost 2,000 years ago when we stepped into the breach, at the temple site, there was no Jewish temple or Moslem mosque standing, and not one stone was be left upon another. Therefore when we step out of the breach there will be no Jewish temple or Moslem mosque standing on the temple site and not one stone will be left upon another.
If we take a piece of paper and tear it in two, it would not matter how far apart, I was to separate the two pieces of paper in time and distance, the two edges will always match. That is how it is with many Biblical prophecies. Even though many Biblical prophecies have a growing breach of 2,000 years or more, the two parts still match, like two pieces of a jigsaw.
Prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD., Jesus Christ declares this blindness that has come upon the children of Israel, is a fulfilment of the prophecy given through Isaiah the prophet. Also God’s written word (through Paul) declares blindness in part has come upon the children of Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
Even before we entered into the breach period, this blindness in part had already come upon the children of Israel; and this blindness will remain upon the children of Israel until approximately nine years after we step out of the breach; maybe more.
As Christians, we often call this breach period the Church age, even though the Church age started forty-years before the breach, and will continue for a number of years after we step out of the breach. So before we stepped into the breach, the Church age has already started, and when we step out of the breach, we will still be in the Church age.
We call it the Church age, but what does Jesus Christ call this breach period? Jesus calls this breach period,
1: the days of vengeance;
2: the times of the Gentiles.
We pick this up in Luke 21:20-23
Luke 21:20 And when you shall see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that it’s desolation is near. 21 Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter therein. 22 For these will be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give to suckle, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.
In Luke 21:20 to 24 we have the last prophesied events to happen before we stepped into the breach. In 70 AD Jerusalem was surrounded by armies. This event marks both the start of the days of vengeance and the start of the times of the Gentiles.
Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and you would not! 35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, you shall not see me, until the time comes when you shall say, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Ever since 70 AD, the vengeance of God has been upon the Children of Israel. Why? Because they have rejected and killed the prophets of God, and they even rejected and killed God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. He would of gladly have gathered their children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, but they would not accept Him. Throughout this breach period and into this time after the breach, they shall continue to suffer the vengeance of God until they recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God and say of Jesus Christ servants, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Before the breach the Children of Israel rejected Jesus Christ and they were blinded to the truth. After the breach their eyes will be opened to the truth and many will accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
Just as the days of vengeance started before we stepped into the breach and will end after we step out of the breach, so do the days of the Gentiles.
What are the days of the Gentiles?
This is best explained by saying for approximately 2,000 years, from the day God renamed Jacob, Israel, till 70 AD; many children of Israel received eternal salvation while very few Gentiles were saved. Then from 70 AD; for approximately 2,000 years many Gentiles have been saved while few children of Israel have been saved. The days of the Gentiles will continue until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and until that time the Gentiles will trample down Jerusalem.
3. WHAT IS THE SEAL OF GOD?
We need to side step for a moment, and consider what the seal of God is? And how do we receive the seal of God?
Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Everything we receive from God, we receive by faith and that faith comes to us by first hearing the word of God. So it was on the day of Pentecost Peter preached the word of God.
Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
So when we hear the word of God and by faith, believe, repent and are baptized for the forgiveness of sin in the name of Jesus Christ, we shall receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.
So it was on the day of Pentecost 3,000 received faith by hearing the word of God. Having received faith they believed, repented, and were baptized and then they received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.
As Christians we believe in One God, yet within very essence of that One God is three persons. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, all equally God, all One God yet three persons.
As baptized believers in Christ, we have received the seal of the Holy Spirit; therefore because the Holy Spirit is God, we have received the seal of God.
So as Christians we are marked as God’s with the seal of God, while the Jews, who have rejected God, have not been marked as God’s with the seal of God.
After the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, the spiritual eyes and ears of the Jews will be open. Many on hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ will receive faith to believe, repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and as they come up out of the waters of baptism they shall receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, thus they will be marked as God’s with the seal of God.
4. THE SECOND PART OF THE PROPHECY,
ISAIAH 6:11 – 13.
Picking it up in verse 10.
Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat (hardened to the truth), and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert (repent), and be healed. (words in italics added.)
In the first part of this prophecy, we are told of the spiritual blindness, deafness and lack of understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom which came upon the children of Israel back 2,000 years ago because of their rejection of Jesus Christ as God come to earth in the flesh.
They chose to reject Jesus Christ, and they chose to close their eyes to the truth, and hardened their hearts, So God hardened their hearts and closed their eyes and ears to the truth. Lest they see with their eyes hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and covert, repent and be healed.
But in a time yet to come, God will soften their hearts and their eyes and ears will once again be open to the truth, and many will believe in Jesus Christ, covert and God will heal them.
In being told of this spiritual blindness, deafness and lack of understanding which was to come upon the children of Israel, Isaiah then asked, “Lord, how long?
Isaiah 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD has removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be consumed: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when cast: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
It is the Hebrew word ‘shalleheth’ which is translated into English as ‘cast,’ meaning to throw. When one is fishing and he cast his fishing net or line, he throws it out into the water.
Strongs translates this word as ‘a felling (of trees):- when cast.’
Youngs translates this word as ‘a casting.’
The picture God is giving to us in this passage is of a great tree being picked up (as it were, by a great wind) roots and all and being cast away.
It is unfortunate however that the translators have not done a very good job of translating this picture into English.
For example in the King James Version you will find after the word cast, written in Italics ‘its leaves.’ This means the words ‘its leaves’ are not in the original text, but have been added in by the translators. However this gives the passage a whole different meaning.
While most Bible commentators agree the words ‘their leaves’ should never have been added, most of our modern translations have not done any better by suggesting the tree was not cast away but cut down leaving a stump in the ground. This also gives the passage a whole different meaning.
This passage is looking ahead to a time when the cities of Judah shall be laid wasted and without inhabitants, and the land shall be utterly desolate. Many people will be removed by force, as the Lord removes men far away as captives to Babylon, and many others will flee forsaking the midst of the land.
Those who are taken captive to Babylon are likened to the roots, trunk and branches of an oak tree that has been picked up by a great wind and cast away. Although a tenth will latter return from Babylon, and be as holy seed, these too shall also be consumed.
After the captives have returned from Babylon as holy seed, they too will be consumed.
This is possibly pointing ahead in time, till 3½ years after the great tribulation and 3½ days before the battle of Armageddon. At that time, the forces of the anti-Christ will reoccupy Jerusalem and many of those who returned from Babylon will be killed along with the two witnesses, mentioned in Revelation chapter 11.
Could this prophecy be referring to the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians back in 606 BC., the deportation of over 3,000 families to Babylon in 597 BC., and the return of a remnant after 70 years of captivity?
No it could not! Because in Matthew chapter 13 Jesus Christ only declares the first part of this prophecy as being fulfilled during the time of His earthly ministry.
Could this prophecy be referring to the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans, and the scattering of the children of Judah in 70 AD, and the return of many Jews since 1948?
No it could not! Because the children of Judah still do not have eyes to see nor do they have ears to hear; and Isaiah is told this blindness and deafness would remain until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD has removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
Are not the eyes and ears of the children of Judah still closed to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Then the second part of this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled and before the second part of this prophecy can be fulfilled, first Jerusalem has to once again be destroyed, many will flee from this coming destruction and many will be taken captive to Babylon.
Following this destruction of Jerusalem, the Gentiles will continue to trample upon Jerusalem until the days of the Gentiles are fulfilled; then the eyes of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah will be open, and multitudes and multitudes shall convert, repent, come to the Lord Jesus Christ, fall at His feet and worship Him.
5. DOUBLE FULFILMENT OF PROPHECIES.
Before we carry on, we need to consider a couple of side issues. Firstly, there are a number of Bible prophecies that have either been fulfilled in full or in part, or in type form; back before we stepped into the breach; that will again be fulfilled after we step out of the breach. In most cases, this coming second fulfilment will be more complete and more literal than the first fulfilment.
Example 1: There are many prophecies concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, the scattering of its people and many being taken away captive. It would be easy for us just to compare these prophecies with history, and say these were all fulfilled before we stepped into the breach, but the truth is most of these prophecies will be fulfilled again, and more fully, after we step out of the breach.
Example 2: Gabriel, an angel of the Lord said of John the Baptist, “many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:16-17).
Thus in type form, John the Baptist fulfilled the prophecy written in Malachi chapter 4, verses 5 & 6 which says;
Malachi 4:5 Look and see, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
But even though John the Baptist by moving in the spirit and power of Elijah has already fulfilled this prophecy back before the breach; in a time yet to come, during these last 10½ years, Elijah himself in the flesh, shall return to fulfil this prophecy a second time.
6. THE FORMER AND THE LATER RAINS.
In the natural, in a good year God sends down rain upon the Promised Land. First the former rain, which is a moderate rain, an ideal rain to prepare the soil for planting of the seed. Then before harvest God sends the latter rain, a heavy soaking rain, an ideal rain to prepare the fruit for harvest.
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. 2 After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
The LORD our God shall come to us the rain.
In 1 Corinthians 3:9 God’s word says we are God’s garden! We are God’s building! Just as a garden in the natural needs rain, we as God’s garden need spiritual rain, and God comes unto us as the rain, as the latter and the former rain come unto the earth.
Just as there is a natural rain, both the former rain and the latter rain, there is the spiritual rain of the Holy Spirit, both the former rain and the latter rain.
Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
God has already given us the former rain moderately. In a time yet to come, God will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain.
Hang on to that thought.
While I give you another thought.
Back here before we stepped into the breach, less than a week before His crucifixion and His resurrection from the dead; and less than two months before the out pouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Jesus Christ spoke to His disciples about coming tribulation, which according to the writings of Daniel will last a minimum of 3½ years.
Jesus Christ made the following statement.
Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.
Now I ask you this question. Given there were only two months between the day Jesus Christ made that statement and the day of Pentecost, is it possible that the 3½ years great tribulation came within those two months?
Of cause not, it just not possible to fit 3½ years into two months; therefore on the day of Pentecost the great tribulation and darkening of the sun and the moon, after the great tribulation were still future events.
Yet on the day of Pentecost, after the Holy Spirit had come down upon the 200 disciples of Jesus Christ in the upper roam, and many thought they were drunk, the apostle Peter said the following.
Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and listen to my words: 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Through the prophet Joel, God had spoken of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh. And as a result of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the disciples being full with the Holy Spirit appear to be drunk with too much wine. So Peter is explaining to the crowd, no they are not drunk as you suppose, they are filled with the Spirit of God.
Then Peter goes on to quote the following prophecy from Joel:
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Well was this prophecy fulfilled on the day of Pentecost or not?
I put it to you, 2,000 years ago, on the day of Pentecost God poured out the former rain of His Spirit upon all flesh. So verses 17 & 18 of this prophecy have been already fulfilled, and yet it will be fulfilled again, in a time yet to come when God will pour out the latter rain of His Holy Spirit upon all flesh.
But verses 19 & 20 of this prophecy, concerning the darkening of the sun and the moon have still not been fulfilled, and according to the words of Jesus Christ the darkening of the sun and the moon will not happen until after the great tribulation.
So when we consider whether or not this prophecy through the prophet Joel has been fulfilled in full, in part, or in type. We can say; yes that part of the prophecy which declares God will pour His Spirit out upon all flesh has been fulfilled; but that part of the prophecy which says; “the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come,” has yet to be fulfilled.
Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
The book of Joel is full of end time prophecy. This verse is end time prophecy, and like many end time prophecies it has a breach in it. In the natural the former rains come when it is time to plant the seed. And the seed of the gospel of the kingdom was planted on the day of Pentecost, therefore it was on the day of Pentecost, 2000 years ago that God poured upon mankind the former rain of the Holy Spirit moderately, and on that day 3,000 children of Judah heard the gospel, believed the gospel, repented, were baptized and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. So that first part of the prophecy was fulfilled 2,000 years ago before we stepped into the breach.
In the natural the latter rains come just before the harvest, so it will also be in the spiritual. Sometime after we have stepped out of the breach, and after the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, the spiritual blindness and deception which has been upon the children of Judah and the children of Israel will lift, the Spirit of God will be poured out upon them and in one day 144,000; 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel shall hear the gospel, believe the gospel, repent and be baptized, they shall all receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and thus be marked in God with the seal of God.
Just how long before the harvest will the out pouring of the later rain of the Holy Spirit be? By looking at what happens during the time of the sounding of the fifth and sixth trumpets we get a good indication of when the harvest will be.
Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
And the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
While Joel prophesise;
Joel 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
These two passages (one in Revelation and one in Joel) are both speaking to us of the same thing?
In the days after the great tribulation, pillars of smoke will arise out of the pit, the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.
After the sounding of the fifth trumpet, pillars of smoke arise, the sun and the moon are darkened, and these locusts come out of the smoke upon the earth and torment men for five months, but only those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads.
Three things I would like you to consider here.
1: When the locusts come upon the earth, the 144,000 children of Judah and children of Israel have already received the seal of God.
2: Therefore the out pouring of the latter rain of the Holy Spirit comes shortly before the darkening of the sun and the moon.
3: Following the darkening of the sun and the moon we have a time period of five months between the sounding of the fifth trumpet and the sixth trumpet.
Revelation 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
An hour, and a day, and a month, and a year; equals one year and one month. Add this to the five months between the sounding of the fifth and sixth trumpets that means there is a minimum of 1½ years from both the sealing of the 144,000 and the darkening of the sun and the moon until the sounding of the seventh trumpet on the last day.
Joel2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for He has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Before we entered the breach 2,000 years ago, on the day of Pentecost, God give us the former rain moderately and 3,000 children of Judah believed and received the seal of the Holy Spirit.
In a time yet to come, after we have crossed the breach, God will cause both the former and the latter rain to come upon us. And in one day 144,000 both children of Israel and children of Judah shall believed and received the seal of the Holy Spirit.
7. JOEL Chapter 3.
When God speaks to us through the prophets, He often gives us a number of series of snap shots. While the snap shots in each series may be in order, when you go from one series to another you can be jumping forward and backward in time, looking first at number of snap shots from one view then another number of snap shots from another view. It is almost like you have three or more cameras focusing on the same event for an hour. Then the film from each camera is reduced to ¼ of an hour of high lights, finally you are shown these ¼ hour films, one after another. But without the Spirit of God to guide you, you don’t always know you are jumping backward and forward in time, so it is throughout the book of Joel.
Towards the end of Joel chapter 2 God is speaking to us of the darkening of the sun and the moon and other events that happen after the return of both the children of Israel and the children of Judah. Then Joel chapter 3 starts back before the return of the children of Israel and the children of Judah.
Joel 3:1 For, look and see, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back from captivity those of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and there I will judge them, for they have scattered my people, my heritage among the nations, and they have divided my land.
Here God is not only saying He will return those who have been taken away captive from Judah and Jerusalem; God is also going to gather all the nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat.
After the return of the captives, the armies of the world lead by the Russian king, will come into the valley of Jehoshaphat and spread over the mountains of Judah. There God will judge them and destroy them. (In the book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 & 39, the Russian king is referred to as Gog of Magog)
Starting in Joel chapter 3 verse 3, God first reads out the charges against the nations, then their punishment.
Joel 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yes, and what have you to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? Will you render me a recompense? And if you recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head; 5 Because you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: 6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you sold unto the Grecians, that you might remove them far from their border. 7 Look and see, I will raise them out of the place whither you have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head: 8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Then starting from verse 9 God gives us another series of snap shots, taking us back to before the nations gathering together to make war against God’s people. In verses 9 – 11 the call goes out to the nations to prepare for war against Judah and Jerusalem. Then at the end of verse 11 the call goes out to God to cause His mighty ones to come down.
Joel 3:9 Proclaim you this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plough shares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: there cause your mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
Then God speaks;
Joel 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
And God says to his mighty ones, his warring angels.
Joel 3:13 Put you in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
In the last days the children of Israel and the children of Judah together shall return to the Promised Land, and hard on their heels shall come the armies of the world, whom God by His power and might will destroy. After this great victory, the two witnesses will call the people together and preach to them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
Multitudes and multitudes shall be gathered together to hear the preaching of the two witnesses, and when they have finished preaching, the 144,000 will choose to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Then within a few days the sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
Once the people of the world and God’s people have been given one last chance to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, the sun and the moon shall be darkened by reason of the smoke rising from the bottomless pit, and from out of the smoke comes locust with stings like scorpions, to torment men for five months, but the locust will be commanded not harm those who have the seal of God.
God is well able to protect His own, while the wicked suffer the wrath of God.
Did you know all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? Therefore to suffer the wrath of God and to be cast into the lake of fire, to suffer eternal damnation is our just punishment for our sins.
But on cross of Calvary, 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, a man without sin, suffered and died on the cross for your sins. So that now all who believe, repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour shall not perish but have everlasting life.
It is written in John 3:14 – 18.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Today you have heard the bad news. The wrath of God that will shortly come upon the wicked of this world, and also of eternal damnation and torment that awaits every unrepentant sinner in the lake of fire. For all of us, this is the just punishment for our sins.
But today you have also heard the good news, and all who believe the good news, repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour shall be saved and enjoy eternal life, happiness, peace and joy for ever more.
The choice is yours. What shall it be? The wrath of God, eternal damnation and torment in the lake of fire; or believe the good news, repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you shall be saved and enjoy eternal life, happiness, peace and joy for ever more.
Not to choose; or to reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, is to choose eternal damnation and torment in the lake of fire, for there is no other name by which man can be saved but through the name of Jesus Christ.
If you have not already done so, I invite you today to repent of your sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Do it today, for tomorrow may be too late. You could be killed in a car accident on the way home tonight. You could die of a heart attack. Then where would you spend eternity? Suffering eternal damnation and torment in the lake of fire; or would you be enjoying eternal peace, happiness and joy in the presence of the Lord. The choice is yours.
Israel became a nation in 1948; was this a prophetic fulfillment?
I was asked the question, Israel became a nation on May 15th 1948; was this a prophetic fulfillent of the Scriptures? and please explain your answer.
First; no I do not believe this was a prophetic fulfillment of the Scriptures.
After the death of King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel divided into two kingdoms; one the northern kingdom of Israel, the other the southern kingdom of Judah. After this; regardless of which of the twelve tribes they were born into, it was not usual for all those who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah, to be called the Children of Judah; and for those who lived in the northern kingdom, to be called the children of Israel.
When the northern kingdom fell, the children of Israel were scattered; and when the southern kingdom fell, the children of Judah were taken captive to Babylon. Although the children of Judah returned to the Promised Land after the fall of Babylon, and since 1945, we have again seen and ever increasing number of the children of Judah returning, we have not yet seen the return of the children of Israel who are descendants of those who lived in the northern of Israel.
The prophet Jeremiah writes
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and in that time, says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
This prophecy has not yet been fulfilled.
Now let us look at Ezekiel 37:15 – 22:
Back ground info first.
The central range of mountains in the northern kingdom of Israel was known as Mt Ephraim. While the whole table land of Judah was known as Mt Judah. Joshua the son of Nun was buried in the mount of Ephraim (Judges 2:9).
So when it says in
Ezekiel 37:16 Moreover, you son of man, take you one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
Judah, and all the children of Israel that are his companions, are those who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah and their descendants. While Ephraim and all the children of Israel that are his companions, are those who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel and their descendants. Yes with the death of King Solomon the kingdom was divided in two, but there is a time coming when the two kingdoms (the two sticks) shall once again be joined together to make one kingdom (one stick).
Ezekiel 37:19 Say unto them, Therefore says the Lord GOD; look and see, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows (the northern kingdom of Israel), and will put them with him, even with the stick of (southern kingdom) Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
Ezekiel 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
Yes the kingdom was divided into two kingdoms. Yes the northern kingdom of Israel was scattered and latter the southern kingdom of Judah was taken captive to Babylon. Yes we have seen a return of a remnant of those who are of the southern kingdom of Judah, but to this day we have not seen a return of those who are of the northern kingdom of Israel. Therefore the descendants of Jacob two are still divided as two nations, as two kingdoms. They have not both become one nation and one kingdom, therefore this prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 37 has not yet been fulfilled.
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