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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 244A

October 9, 2005

A Rejected Son Returns as a Rod to Bring Peace to Us!  Part 1


ISAIAH 11:1 – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

He came as a direct descendant of David, the son of the man Jesse, as a human man child made of a woman by God in the Virgin Mary’s womb – a sinless man who was both the Son of man and the Son of God.  When Isaiah wrote in 700 BC most did not believe his report, as is the case today.  But he grew up before his heavenly Father as a perfect tender plant of flesh and blood, and in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily.  He revealed himself to those who would believed he had been sent by his Father.  He had no attributes of great human beauty manifested in his flesh – his beauty was the inner beauty of his Spirit.  It was the beauty of God in him reconciling the world to himself.

Isaiah 53:1,2 – Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? [2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

ISAIAH 11:2 – And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

Isaiah 42:1 – Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Isaiah 61:1,2 – The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the MEEK; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; [2] To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

The prophecy of Isaiah 61:1,2 was fulfilled by Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth more than 700 years after it was written.  He proclaimed himself as the one who was sent to tell them it was the acceptable year of the Lord to bring in the kingdom by Messiah, but that rejection of it would bring the day of vengeance of their God.

Luke 4:16-20 – And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. [17] And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, [18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the POOR; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. [20] And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

He did not base his judgments or rebukes on the human senses, but on the Word and Indwelling Spirit of his heavenly Father.

ISAIAH 11:3 – And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

John 12:44-50 – Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. [45] And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. [46] I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. [47] And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. [48] He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. [49] For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. [50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

His judgments were merciful and full of promise to those who were poor in spirit and meek toward God.

Matthew 5:3 – Blessed are THE POOR in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are THE MEEK: for they shall inherit the earth.

But the time is coming when he will smite the earth and slay the wicked.

ISAIAH 11:4,5 – But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [5] And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

His coming judgment is pictured by his return on the white horse of Revelation 19:11 judging those who did not repent of their sins and receive his righteousness by his gracious offer of salvation.

Revelation 19:11 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

II Thessalonians 1:7-10 – And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; [10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Philippians 3:9 – And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Romans 3:26 – To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 3:28 – Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Luke 21:25-28 – 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; [26] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.



    

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 245A

October 16, 2005

A Rejected son Returns as a Rod to Bring Peace to Us!  Part 2


ISAIAH 11:1 – And there shall come forth a ROD out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Revelation 12:5 – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with A ROD of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Because they rejected him, SMITING him with a ROD upon the cheek, the ROD out of Jesse will soon come to SMITE all unbelievers who still reject him.  Micah writes of THE ROD’S birth, rejection, and Second Advent.

Micah 5:1 – Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall SMITE the judge of Israel with a ROD upon the cheek.

 “NOW GATHER THYSELF IN TROOPS, O DAUGHTER OF TROOPS:”

There are few cities on this planet that can compare with Israel in the number of times she has been conquered over and over again in history, many times being retaken by those troops once driven out.  Truly, Jerusalem has earned the title of “Daughter of troops.”  This Scripture speaks of a particular time in her long history, a day during the Feast of Passover, a day when three sets of troops were in the city.  The Roman Governor, who ruled from Caesarea (Pontius Pilate) had, in order to put down any rebellion that might arise at this feast, brought his Roman troops to Jerusalem, and quartered them in the Fortress Antonia, which was attached to the northwestern corner of the Temple Mount, and from which troops could overlook all the Temple courtyards from its highest level.  The King of Israel, Herod, had brought his troops with him for Passover, and they were quartered in Herod’s Fortress Palace on the western side of Jerusalem, where some of its base may be seen today.   The High Priest was also allowed to maintain a small contingency of Jewish troops to protect him from harm, and they could be sent to arrest religious offenders.  They were found around him at public assemblies.

“THEY SHALL SMITE THE JUDGE OF ISRAEL WITH A ROD UPON THE CHEEK.”  

This prophecy of Micah was fulfilled during the last Passover Jesus attended.  It was fulfilled from the time the first troops arrested him to take him to the High Priest until he was placed on the cross.  During this time Jesus was exchanged back and forth between the High Priest, Herod, and Pontius Pilate.  On these occasions he was beaten on the head above his neck many times with rods (reeds), and struck over and over again by the hands of the troops.  You will find all this recorded in the latter chapters of the four Gospels. Jesus was sent by His Father to be the judge of Israel, but they rejected him as their judge, and judged him instead, finding him guilty of the false charge of blasphemy again God.  The middle portion of this verse gives God the Father’s reaction to their rejection of His only begotten Son.

“HE HATH LAID SIEGE AGAINST US:”

Micah was an Israelite.  So the “us” refers primarily to Israel.  God has laid “siege” (judgment) against Israel for almost 2000 years because they rejected the one He sent to judge them.   There has never been a race descended from one man (Jacob) that has ever passed through such persecution, unbelievable horror, and terrifying torture, as has been experienced by the nation of Israel, the most horrifying of all being experienced at the hands of the Nazi SS during WW2.  The current siege is the constant threat of terrorism by Hizbollah, the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Fatah splinter groups.

Micah 5:2 – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

This is one of the most beloved verses in Scripture concerning the birth of Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ.  It has been put on display Christmas after Christmas, and preached vividly during that season from millions of pulpits.  By the time it was fulfilled by Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, traditional teachings concerning the Messiah’s birth had replaced God’s account, and it is truly sad that Herod had to ask where he would be born, and perhaps even sadder that the scribes had to look it up.  Some traditional teachings, by the time that Christ arrived, taught that Messiah the Prince would be born of royalty, or perhaps by the wife of the High Priest, or at least of wealthy parents who had great influence.  Traditional teachings had completely departed from those verses found in the 53rd Chapter of Isaiah.  He was not expected to be a suffering servant, but rather a great conqueror that would fight and destroy Israel’s enemies in battle after battle until Israel reigned supreme.  Some traditional teaching suggested he might be born in the great city of Jerusalem.  But when he came only a handful knew who he was, a man child whose Father was God, born of a virgin from the dirty little  town of Nazareth, laying in a manger outside the inn in a cave in the small city of Bethlehem.  Many “traditional” teachings of today will also cause most of the world to receive the man of sin, the antichrist, as the true Christ.

He was sent by His Father “to be ruler in Israel,” but Israel rejected him as both judge (Micah 5:1) and ruler, and they were without excuse, for all the prophets from Moses to Malachi had foretold of His “goings forth,” which had been from of old, from everlasting.  His characteristics, His goings forth, His life, His purpose, and His death had been clearly revealed by God’s word before His Living Word arrived in sinless flesh.  The following Scriptures reveal this truth.  Had they studied His word and believed it they could have recognized Him.

Deuteronomy 18:18,19 – I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. [19] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

Isaiah 53:6 – [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Malachi 3:1 – Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

John the Baptist was the messenger God sent before Christ the Messiah. And Jesus Christ was the messenger of the covenant made to the seed of both Abraham and David.  He came quickly to the temple after His temptation in the wilderness to cleanse it to be a house of prayer, not a den of thieves.  And, at the final Passover, when He came again to cleanse it, He found the same den of spiritual and physical thieves saturating it with ungodliness.  That is why He cried from the Mount of Olives before His arrest:  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! [38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”  (Matthew 23:37-39)

Judging from the rapid fulfillment of prophecy in Israel at the present time, I am convinced that Israel will finally be calling Him blessed in the near future.

Micah 5:3 – Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

“Therefore” is a conclusion to Micah 5:1,2 that explains why the Messiah of  Israel gave “them up.”  Because they beat him and rejected him as their judge, they came under judgment because they would not let him judge them.  God’s judgment has been on them for some two thousand years.  Without their God to deliver them, they have become the most persecuted, prosecuted, and rejected people on this earth.  The Nazi burning, torturing, and butchering of some six million Jews was beyond belief.  And yet I love them tenaciously.  Why?  Because their Messiah, who forgave them on the cross, is alive in me, and in the near future he will return to be their Messiah, their God with them.  The word “until,” in the second phrase of this verse, makes the point that he has not forsaken them forever, but only “until” they have passed through the final judgment for having judged him, which consists of the last 1260 days of travail in the tribulation period.  Christ will come forth at his Second Advent as the Lion of Judah to rule over the remnant of Israel that survives the tribulation period, and will bring a remnant of his brethren with him.  In verse three he rejected them with “therefore,” then told them they would suffer travail “until” he came back to the earth and “then,” that is, at his Second Advent, all of the remnant of his “brethren” would return to live on the same planet with him.

Matthew 23:38,39 – Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Zechariah 13:8,9 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Zechariah 14:5 – And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

Hebrews 2:11 – For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Romans 11:5 – Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Romans 2:29 – But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Israel still has a final siege of terror to endure for rejecting her judge.  After experiencing what appears to be an end of her suffering when what seems to be peace comes to her land, she will suddenly be viciously attacked from the north in a lightning Jihad involving 10 Arab nations.  This will be her final travail before her Messiah, Jesus Christ returns to reign over her.

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Zechariah 12:2 – Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 

But after Israel’s final travail, this will be the fate of those who laid siege against her.  This is a part of the smiting of the rod.

Zechariah 14:12 – And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

Because they did receive him as the Messianic Rod of Jesse’s son David, he gave them up, but he will return with, and to, those who believe in him.  He will return after the travail of Israel during the tribulation period.

Micah 5:3 – Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

He will feed his flock in God’s majesty.  They will abide on the earth a thousand years, and Christ will be great to the ends of the earth.  He will bring “the Peace” when he comes as Isaiah’s rod of Jesse and defeats the coming Assyrian antichrist.  This will fulfill Micah 5:4 as well as ISAIAH 11:1,4,6.

Micah 5:4 – And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. [5] And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

ISAIAH 11:1,4,6 – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

[6] The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 245B

October 19, 2005

A Rejected Son Returns as a rod to Bring Peace to Us!  Part 3


Isaiah 11:1,4,9-14 runs the gauntlet from the time of his first arrival in a manger in Bethlehem to his smiting the earth with the rod of his mouth at his Second Advent to his bringing in the peace of his millennial reign.

ISAIAH 11:1,4,9-14 – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [9] They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.   [10] And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his REST shall be glorious.

Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find REST unto your souls.

John 14:1-3 – Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  

II Thessalonians 1:7-9 – And to you who are troubled REST with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Hebrews 4:9,10 – There remaineth therefore a REST to the people of God. [10] For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

At the start of the millennial reign of Christ, the final great gathering of the surviving Jews from the great tribulation period will be initiated.  All surviving Jews will return to Israel.  The word “ensign” in Isaiah 11:10 in context means: “to lift up a standard, a banner, for the purpose of gathering the people together.”  Christ the Messiah will be that banner which draws all Jews back to Israel, and for a thousand years the message of him will be carried to the Gentile nations seeking him.

ISAIAH 11:10,11 – And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. [11] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

Ezekiel and many of the other prophets speak of this return to Israel after the Second Advent, and describe the glory God’s blessings to restored Israel.

Ezekiel 39:25,26 – Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; [26] After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

ISAIAH 11:12 – And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The meaning of “ensign” was previously discussed.  The meaning of “sign” in Isaiah 66:10 means “in the sense of appearing as a beacon.”  It will be “his appearing” that acts as a beacon to draw Israelites home to Israel.

Isaiah 66:19,20 – And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. [20] And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.

The sign, his appearing in the heavens, at his Second Advent will be “the beacon” that draws them home.

Revelation 1:7 – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Zechariah 12:9,10 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. [10] And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

The split of the one kingdom under Solomon’s son Rehoboam, into the northern kingdom of Israel (Ephraim) and the southern kingdom of Judah, will be healed.  They will be a great single kingdom under Christ without envy between the tribes, and all their enemies will have been cut off in the great tribulation period.

ISAIAH 11:13 – The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

Ezekiel also writes of the reuniting of the two sticks of Ephraim and Judah when Messiah comes.

Ezekiel 37:19-22 – Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.  [20] And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. [21] And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: [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:

This next verse has as many different interpretations as a wild dog has fleas and, quite frankly, over the years I have changed my mind from what I first believed about it.  What I now believe follows Isaiah 11:14.

ISAIAH 11:14 – But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

One cannot question that the time Isaiah has brought forth is the millennial reign of Messiah.  So, in order to correctly apply this event that begins his reign, we must consider the first thing that introduces it – the forceful taking of the millennial land grant promised to the Jews through Abraham’s seed Jacob.

Genesis 15:18 – In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

As the Scripture states, Abraham’s land grant was to extend to the east and to the west from Jerusalem.  The biblical people that lay immediately to the northeast, east, and southeast of Jerusalem were the 700 B.C. descendants of Ammon, Moab, and Edom.  The biblical people living to the northwest, west, and southwest of Jerusalem were the 700 B.C. Philistines (Isaiah 14:31).

The Isaiah 11:14 reference that Israel would “fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines,” refers to swooping down on the present day occupants of this area like a hawk on a chicken – “they shall spoil them of the east together,” means that Israel will take the Philistine land and the spoils of it “together” (along with) the land and spoils of Ammon, Moab, and Edom, the people to the east of Jerusalem.  The Scripture does not refer to Israel uniting with the Philistines to the west and, joining with them, spoiling the nations to the east of Jerusalem.  Isaiah 11:14 refers to Israel, at Messiah’s Second Advent, expanding to the east and west to claim the land grant promised to them by Abraham through Jacob.

The Gaza Strip of today was the land of the Philistines in biblical times, and the nation of modern day Jordan encompasses the biblical land containing the nations of Ammon, Moab, and Edom.  

Micah 5:5-7 gives an accounting of Israel claiming the Abrahamic Land Grant by force after Messiah returns.  For a full exposition of this Scripture, please consult our Prophecy Update Archive Numbers 66 and 67.

Micah 5:5-7 – And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men. [6] And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. [7] And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

Luke 21:25-28 – 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; [26] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. [28] And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.