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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 131B
August 4, 2003
Before the Battle of Armageddon Occurs!
Every time some event occurs in the Middle East, such as the recent Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I receive a series of calls from a few who are not well versed in the overall sequence of events that must occur before Armageddon. These calls are usually from those who don’t attend church anywhere, and have a tendency to believe that the battle called Armageddon is suddenly going to break out in the Middle East, a great worldwide atomic war will accompany it, and then Jesus will come after most of the human race has been wiped out by a great World War III. Armageddon, in their minds, comes on us without warning, and in a very short period of time, atomic, biological, and chemical weapons have wiped us out. Since there are a lot of things that must occur before the final horrible battle of Armageddon, I thought I would simply list a few of them in this Update, which you might share with those who don’t know much about prophecy. In order to be in a mode of “watching” for something, one should be aware of the events prior to that event which indicate it is near. Israel is the fig tree of God. Israel’s interaction with the Gentile trees around it can tell us a lot about how fast Armageddon is approaching,
Luke 21:29-31 – And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;  When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.  So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
THE THINGS THAT MUST HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND THE FINAL BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON!
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE FIG TREE AND THE OTHER NATIONS AROUND IT – KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE FIG TREE, ISRAEL!
Luke 13:5-9 – I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon and found none.Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
When Jesus was crucified, after laboring to get the fig tree to accept him for more than three years as the Messiah of God’s vineyard, God cut it down from his spiritual presence in his earthly vineyard, and about 40 years later he pulled it up from its Jerusalem physical roots, using Titus and his Roman Legions as his Gentile instrument.
Matthew 23:37,38 – 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!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Luke 21:24 – 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.
Before Armageddon, a false peace must come to Israel!
Romans 9:1-3 + 11:32 – I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for MY BRETHREN, MY KINSMEN according to the flesh:  For God hath concluded THEM all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
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.  But YE, brethren, are NOT in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Before Armageddon, the false peace must be broken by an attack against the Israel fig tree from the north by 10 other Gentile trees around it.
Ezekiel 38:8-13,17 – After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell SAFELY all of them.  Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.  Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:  And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are AT REST, that dwell SAFELY, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,  To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.  Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?  Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
Revelation 17:12,13,17 - And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
Before Armageddon, the Antichrist must prevail against the fig tree for a period of 3 and ½ prophetic years.
Daniel 7:21,25 – I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Before Armageddon, the fig tree must be driven into the Negev wilderness, where it will remain for 3 and ½ years of 360 days.
Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Before Armageddon, two thirds of the figs must be cut off and die in the attack, but one-third of the figs must be kept physically alive in the Negev wilderness. They will repent and turn back to their God by belief in his Messiah, receiving him as their God at His Second Advent.
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.  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.
Before Armageddon, Jerusalem must fall to the armies of the Antichrist.
Zechariah 14:1,2 – Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Before Armageddon, Jerusalem must be under Gentile control for 3 and ½ prophetic years.
Revelation 11:1,2 – But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Before Armageddon, the two witnesses must testify to Israel for 3 and ½ prophetic years.
Revelation 11:3 – And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Before Armageddon, there must be a sealing of 144,000 Israelites by angels sent by God.
Revelation 7:1-4 – And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Acts 2:20,21 – The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.