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Special Prophecy Update Number 138A
September 20, 2003
From Now to Armageddon Series
Headed for a False Peace
In Prophecy there are many things that involve, at best, pure speculation, based largely on the opinion of the one doing the speculating. However, there are certain things that leave little to the imagination, and are based upon the occurrence of events in specified chronological order, with the actual time of fulfillment being the element still based on speculation. In this series, which begins with Phase 1, I plan to cover the chronological sequence of the events that will occur from the time the false peace in the land of Israel begins until the Second Advent of Christ at the end of the battle of Armageddon.
The Scriptures are very clear that a false peace must come to Israel before the attack of the antichrist from the north. Paul classified himself as a Pharisee of the Pharisees, a Hebrew of the Hebrews, circumcised the eighth day of the tribe of Benjamin, and he studied at the feet of the Jewish Sage Gamaliel. So, in point, he was not ashamed of his lineage, and loved his people dearly, at one point in Scripture expressing the willingness that he himself was willing to be cursed that this people might be saved.
Romans 10:1 – Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Romans 9:3 – For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
And there is no question that Paul believed all Israel to be considered in unbelief by God. It is for these reasons that I believe I Thessalonians 5:3 is referring primarily to Israel. I acknowledge that it can be applied to all who are in unbelief, both Jew and Gentile, but I believe his basic intent was its application to Israel. While I do not believe it is possible to be certain of the exact time of the coming of Jesus for the saved, we are not the children of darkness, and it should not be a complete surprise if we are “watching” for it. And a part of “watching” for it entails watching the prophetic events being fulfilled in Israel.
I Thessalonians 5:5,6 – Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Mark 13:36,37 – Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon, 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.
“That day” cannot come until Israel actually believes it does have “Peace and safety,” and there is no way under heaven that Israel will ever believe it does until it thinks it can control the maintenance of it. Israel will complete their security fence, wall, and trenches around the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and then a false peace will be forced upon the Palestinians. Israel will confine them within this great wall enclosure, and let them have their own state on Israel’s terms. With all the terrorist groups inside the security zone, Israel will then believe it can have “Peace and safety.” If the terrorists should be able to penetrate the security zone, or exterior borders of Israel facing its Arab neighbors, then Israel would retaliate with air strikes again suspected terrorist zones inside the security zone. With its own population on the safe side of the wall, it would not have to fear the reaction of terrorists within it, and it would not take long for the Palestinian Authority to finally take direct action against Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, for the self-defense of its own population.
This would indeed lull Israel into a false sense of safety. Israel really has little fear of an outside attack from its Islamic neighbors, having soundly defeated them in three wars in 1948, 1967, and 1973. However, it would create a most favorable military situation for the Arab nations. For the first time, Israel would have hostile nations both within and without. The security fence would keep the terrorist groups from their deadly work, but I assure you that it could not stop a planned massive breakout by all the Palestinian forces. Any military commander would tell you that an enemy without is one thing, but having one within and without is a military nightmare.
I am convinced we are headed for a “forced” false peace in Israel. Any negotiations are going to be on terms that will be largely dictated by Israel. In Phase 1B I will be discussing the antichrist’s mindset to this period of time when Israel truly believes it has “Peace and safety.”
Ezekiel 38:10 – 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:
Special Prophecy Update Number 138B
September 21, 2003
From Now to Armageddon Series
Headed for a False Peace
In Phase 1A I elaborated fully on I Thessalonians 5:3, presenting a scenario of how Israel would be led into a sense of false security by a forced peace it would place on the Palestinians by confining them behind am encircling security wall.
I Thessalonians 5:3 – 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 it will be a false peace, which the antichrist will end by a lightning surprise jihad attack from the north. The Scriptures which follow describe his mindset, and plan of deceit he will employ in launching the attack that causes a “sudden destruction to come upon” Israel like lightning from a southward moving tornado, which heads toward a land that believes it dwells in safety.
Ezekiel 38:8 – 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.
Israel will have the Palestinians walled in, but Israeli cities will be outside the wall, unwalled cities vulnerable to a planned Jihad from the north. The planned Jihad will be a direct result of his own evil thoughts.
Ezekiel 38:10,11 – 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,
Based on this evil thought of the antichrist, the Lord has Ezekiel ask him this rhetorical question, which begs an obvious answer, giving assurance that the antichrist will most certainly know Israel dwells safely, because he has been instrumental in lulling them into a false sense of safety.
Ezekiel 38:14 – Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
The second rider on the Red horse in Revelation is most certainly a symbol of war and bloodshed by weapons of war. When Israel finally presents a scenario, regardless of how it is reached, such that the rest of the world sees what it believes to be peace in the Middle East, then it will be taken away by the rider on the red horse, and will not come again until Jesus returns to end the battle of Armageddon, and bring true peace to the earth for 1000 years.
Revelation 6:4 – And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The bloodiest and most horrific effects of the tribulation period will be felt across one-fourth of the earth, which I believe will be the known world at the time John wrote the book of Revelation. “Them” in Revelation 6:8 does refer back to three of the riders, namely, the red horse rider (sword), the black horse rider (hunger), and the pale horse rider (death), and indicates that they will be affecting one-fourth of the earth. Several writers have declared this mean one-fourth of the world’s population, which now stands in excess of six billion, but the Greek word translated “earth” is “ges,” and is used to mean an area of the earth, not the population of the earth. By the time the battle of Armageddon is finished, much more than one-fourth of the world’s population will have been depleted.
Revelation 6:8 – And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
In Phase 2A we will cover the character and initial attack of antichrist against Israel as the willful king of the north in Daniel 11:36.
Daniel 11:36 – And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
Special Prophecy Update Number 138C
September 22, 2003
From Now to Armageddon Series
Initial Attack of Antichrist Against Israel
In Phases 1A and 1B I exposited on “Heading for a False Peace,” the false peace itself, and how it would end with the attack of the antichrist from the north. He is the willful king of the north, who dominates Daniel 11:36-45, and some sections of Daniel 7, as the eleventh little horn, who rises out of the revived southern flank of the ancient Roman Empire. He will attack the saints of Israel, who were the “saints” at the time of Daniel’s writings, and will prevail against them.
Daniel 11:36 – And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
Daniel 7:20,21 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Antichrist will prevail against Israel for three and one-half prophetic years. A “time” equals one year, “times” equals two years, and the “dividing of time” equals half a year, for a total of three and on-half prophetic years. A prophetic year has 360 days.
Daniel 7:25 – 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.
He will enter into the glorious land of Israel from the north and conquer it from Dan to Beersheba, bypassing Jordan, and then head southwest to take over Egypt and the Suez Canal. He will subdue, or being into subjection, other countries around Egypt.
Daniel 11:41,43 – He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.  He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.  But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
He will drive the Israelis to Beersheba, and southward into the Negev, which extends to the Gulf of Aqabah, and makes up more than one-third of the total land area of present day Israel. It will be a terrible slaughter, with two-thirds of the Jewish population being killed, but the remainder, some 1.7 to 1.9 million, will flee and/or fly into the vast Negev Wilderness, and will be “left therein” for some three and one-half prophetic years, which is 1260 days, or a time, times, and half a time.
Zechariah 13:8 – 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.
Revelation 12:6,14 – 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.  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
I will continue to elaborate on antichrist’s initial attack against Israel and other countries in Phase 2B of this series.
Special Prophecy Update Number 138D
September 24, 2003
From Now to Armageddon Series
Initial Attack of Antichrist Against Israel
I closed Phase 2A of this series by stating that I would continue to elaborate on antichrist’s initial attack against Israel and other countries in Phase 2B.
The King of the North from Daniel 11:36 to 45, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal in Ezekiel 38 and 39, the Assyrian in Micah 5, the beast in Revelation 17:12,13, who leads the 10 toes of Daniel 2:42, and the eleventh horn of Daniel 7:20-22, are all one and the same person, namely, the antichrist. His attack will be sudden, and his advance to the south will be swift. His armies will sweep southward to cover the land from Dan to Beersheba like a rapidly moving thunderstorm cloud.
Ezekiel 38:3 – And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: (See Prophecy Updates 27 & 28 in Archives)
Ezekiel 38:9 – 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.
Daniel 11:40 – And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. (See Prophecy Updates 46 and 85A in Archives)
Micah 5:5 – 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. (See Prophecy Updates 67 to 69 in Archives)
Revelation 17:12,13 – 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.
Daniel 2:42 – And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Daniel 7:20-22 – And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.  I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;  Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (See Prophecy Update 54 in Archives)
The antichrist will lead a coalition of nine Arab nations that will attack the northern border of Israel, and one which will attack Israel from within its internal border with the newly created Palestinian state. The loss of life among the Israelis will be staggering, with only one-third of the population, about 1.7 to 1.9 million, being able to make it to the safety of the Negev war contingency area of evacuation. They will remain there for some three and one half years then, as Daniel indicated in 7:22, they will pass through God’s judgment, and possess the old land grant promised to Abraham. They will again be God’s people, and he will be their God.
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.
The ten horns on Daniel’s fourth beast, on the first and second beasts of Revelation, the dragon of Revelation, and the ten toes of Daniel’s statue, all represent ten Arab nations that will attack Israel, and pin them down in the Negev wilderness for three and on-half prophetic years.
The next Update in this series will cover the fall of the city of Jerusalem, and associated events.
Special Prophecy Update Number 138E
September 25, 2003
From Now to Armageddon Series
The Fall of Jerusalem
The city of Jerusalem has fallen to many foreign troops throughout the centuries of its existence. The Messiah prophesied it would fall to the Romans, and remain in Gentile hands for the period of time known as the “times of the Gentiles.” The prophecy referred solely to the city and its temple mount, and how long both would remain under Gentile control.
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.
Jerusalem did indeed fall to the Roman Army of Titus in 70 A.D., but Gentile military control, “the times of the Gentiles”, was ended for it in June of 1967, when it was taken from Jordan by the armies of Israel. However, the Scriptures indicate it will again fall to the antichrist for a period of some 42 prophetic months, or 1260 days, after which it will be retaken at the end of the final battle of Armageddon by the power of the returning Messiah.
Revelation 11:2 – 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.
The actual conquest of Jerusalem will be sheer horror for its Jewish inhabitants, and many will be led away for torture and slaughter, but the Lord gives the assurance that a remnant will escape, and will not be permanently cut off from the city, but will one day come back to drive out those who drove them out. Jerusalem, which sets in the midst of the land of Israel, will be the place where the conquering armies divide the spoil. The slaughter of two-thirds of the population will include the citizens of Jerusalem, but some of them in the city will escape and become a part of the one-third that makes it into the Negev. They will return 42 months later as the residue (remnant) of Jerusalemites that retake their city, and God shall be their God, and they will be his people, for a thousand years on this present earth.
Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2 – 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.  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.
There are several different words translated as “cut-off.” This one is “karath,” which means, “utterly cut off, cut off forever.” It is telling the Jewish inhabitants of the city they will NOT be cut off forever, but will return, when God beings them back some 42 months later, from the Negev, as a conquering people led by the power of their God. Israel is indeed going to be put through fiery testing like refined gold and silver, but when its testing is finished it will take Jerusalem by the power of its God, the returned Son of God, their Messiah.
Zechariah 12:8,9 – In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Revelation 16:16 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
This will be the time when “the fullness of the Gentiles” iniquities finally runs over the brim of the tolerance of God, and he turns back to Israel when they see the light of his Son coming in glory.
Romans 11:25 – For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Luke 21:27 – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory