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MICHAEL, THE GREAT ARCHANGEL PRINCE OF GOD

     

SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 128B

July 14, 2003


MICHAEL, THE GREAT ARCHANGEL PRINCE OF GOD, SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS THE GUARDIAN OF GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE – THE NATION OF ISRAEL!


Apparently, the Archangel Michael was appointed as the guardian angel of God’s chosen people, the longsuffering nation of Israel. It also appears that since Israel rejected its Messiah, Michael has let it suffer great affliction for some 2003 prophetic years of 360 days. It would seem he has let the spirit of antichrist work through all nations to bring a pattern of prosecution and affliction upon the nation of Israel unlike any persecution brought on any other nation, with the Nazi holocaust bearing witness to its severity. It also appears he will continue to let this pattern continue until he stands up for them near the end of the last 1260 days of the Gentile age, and begins to defend them during a time of trouble unlike any other experienced in history. When the antichrist plants his command post (appeden) on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem near the end of the 1260 days, surrounded by the tents (ohel) of his multi-million Armageddon army, and prepares to launch the final battle of this age with a view of forever destroying Israel, then Michael will stand up, and begin to defend Israel against the Devil indwelt antichrist.

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 – And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

It was Michael who came to exercise his power to allow the angel Gabriel to bypass one of Satan’s powerful fallen angels, the prince of Persia, in order to deliver a latter day vision to Daniel concerning God’s people.

Daniel 10:13,14 – But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. [14] Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

It appears that Michael, after being responsible for Satan being cast out of heaven to begin the last 1260-days of this age, will then continue to let Satan persecute Israel, most likely in the form of being Satan incarnate in the body of the antichrist. During this period of time the wrath of Satan on the earth will be manifested on the earth during the three woes of the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpet. This will be the time when Satan knows he only has a short time left to operate against mankind.

Revelation 12:6-9,12-14 – 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. [7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [12] Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, HAVING GREAT WRATH, because he knoweth that he hath but A SHORT TIME. [13] And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. [14] 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.

Time = 1 year times = 2 years half a time = ½ year Total = 3 and ½ prophetic years of 360 days. This is the same time period in Daniel 7:25.

Israel will be persecuted, but will be kept safe in the Negev from direct frontal attack by the forces of antichrist during this period. They will be given into the antichrist’s hand in that he will keep them trapped there, but they will be kept from harm and nourished by God. At the time of Daniel’s writings, the Israelis were the saints of God.

Daniel 7:21,25 – I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; [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. (3 and ½ prophetic years)

Michael will be taken out of the way in that he stands aside during this period of time, and lets the antichrist keep Israel trapped in the Negev, where it experiences tremendous physiological and psychological stress for some 1260 days. I believe Michael is the “HE” in the following verse.

II Thessalonians 2:7 – For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only HE who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

But Michael will again stand up as Israel’s protector at the end of the tribulation period, and the antichrist will be devastated. He will come to his end, and no one will be able to help him.

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1 – And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. [1] And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Revelation 19:19-21 – And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

I have difficulty in interpreting II Thessalonians 2:7 as the omnipresent Spirit of Almighty God being taken out of the way by some force of a greater magnitude.

II Thessalonians 2:7 – For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

I certainly am not implying that Michael is “letting” it happen without resistance. He is indeed resisting the spirit of antichrist, and will most assuredly continue to do so until Satan is cast down permanently to the earth. At this time he will be taken out of the way, and Satan’s wrath will come on the earth until Michael stands up and defends Israel. The “having great wrath” in Revelation 12:12 is what God responds to in the last phrase of 11:15 – “and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”

The construction of II Thessalonians 2:7 in the original language is not easy to translate. The best understanding of it I render as: “only there is one that restrains now, until he be taken out of the way.”

To clarify what I believe this verse teaches, please allow me to put it in as understandable a mode as possible. It teaches that Michael has been successfully restraining Satan from venting his full wrath on the earth’s inhabitants for a long time, but during the three woes of the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets, his restraining power will be taken out of Satan’s way, and mankind will experience Satan’s wrath. The wrath of God follows on the forces of Satan and his followers in the seven vials of wrath. I do not believe God’s wrath will be poured out on the nation of Israel in the Negev. (See Update Number 82A in the Archives).

As I have stated, II Thessalonians 2:7 is a difficult passage to translate. The KJV translators had to supply words to cross a long Greek bridge into the English language. In order to present the full exposition of this verse to the reader, using each Greek word, and supplying the English words necessary to cross the bridge, I present the following translation: “For the mystery of the lawlessness already operates, only (there is) the (one) restraining it just now (who will continue to restrain it) until out of (the) midst (he) comes.” I interpret the one who comes out of the midst of mankind as the protector of Israel, mankind, and the earth, to be the archangel Michael. His being taken out of the way allows the three woes to come on the earth in the form of Satan’s wrath. The warning of these woes coming upon mankind is announced by an angel of the Lord flying through the midst of heaven. Satan’s wrath comes on the earth before the vials of Revelation. God’s wrath comes upon the lost during the vials of Revelation.

Revelation 8:13 – And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!