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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 76
July 12, 2002

MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL AND THE 7TH TRUMPET

We began our expositional series on the antichrist of Daniel in Prophecy Update 71, and then continued the discourse through Prophecy Update Number 75.  We closed Number 75 by giving several Scriptures to show how the antichrist “shall come to his end,” and why “none shall help him.”  Please review Number 75 in our Prophecy Archives before reading this Update.  The KJV translators supplied the Biblical chapter and verse divisions.  It is a continuous narrative from Daniel 11:45 to 12:1.  With that in mind, please consider the following verses.

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1

[45] 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. 

The antichrist will sit in his command post on the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem and issue the command for his millions of troops to attack the remnant of Israel in the Negev.  It is “at that time” that Michael stands up for Israel, and the last trump, the 7th trump of Revelation, sounds to announce the arrival of the 7 vials of God’s wrath.  This is when the first resurrection, the rapture of the saved, occurs (See Prophecy Update Number 73D in our Prophecy Archives).  Those “written in the book” are from “a book of remembrance” found in Malachi 3:16 to 4:3, with 3:16-18 telling the saved they will return to earth, and 4:1-3 advising them what shape the physical earth would be in at the time of their return.

Malachi 3:16-18

[16] Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. [17] And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. [18] Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. [1] For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. [2] But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. [3] And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

When the antichrist returns to sit on the Temple Mount, as the abomination of desolation, the sixth trumpet will blow to begin the second woe.  The second woe will end with a great quake that drastically affects Jerusalem.  It will cause a reverential fear to sweep across the Israeli remnant in the wilderness, and they will begin to turn to Christ and give glory to his name.

Revelation 11:13,14

[13] And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. [14] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

The three woes are the blowing of the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets. 

Revelation 11:14,15

[14] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. [15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 After the rapture of the saved in Revelation 11:15 they are then judged for rewards in heaven in verse 18 while the seven vials of God’s wrath are being poured out on the earth.

Revelation 11:18

[18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

 While all of the saved are being judged in heaven for rewards, Michael is standing up for the remnant in the Negev, and the vials are being poured out on the antichrist and his followers.  I suspect this time of absolute terror will last more than one month, but less than two.  Believers will not be on this earth when it occurs. 

Daniel 11:45 to 12:1

[45] 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.

When Michael stands up, the 7th trumpet sounds, and the saved are delivered up to heaven to be judged for rewards. While they are being judged in heaven, what is happening on the earth in Matthew 24:21,22 corresponds to what is described as the time of trouble that occurs after Michael stands up.

Matthew 24:21,22

[21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. [22] And except those days should be shortened, there should NO FLESH be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

By God’s grace He has elected to bring a small Jewish nation through this brief period. It will consist of Israelis that shall come through this terrible time, still alive in the flesh, to begin to rule over the physical section of Christ’s kingdom during His reign of a thousand years.

THE POSSIBILITY OF A “FORCED” PEACE, IN WHICH IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR ISRAEL TO CARVE OUT FOR ITSELF LARGE CHUCKS OF THE WEST BANK, IS NOW APPARENT TO THE PALESTINIANS AND ALL ISLAMIC NATIONS.  IT IS STIRRING THEM TO ACTION TO FORCE ISRAEL BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO RECOVER AS MUCH WEST BANK TERRITORY AS POSSIBLE.  OTHERWISE, THE PALESTINIANS WILL FIND THEMSELVES BEHIND TWO BUFFER ZONES, ONE AROUND GAZA, AND THE OTHER AROUND THE WEST BANK, AND THEY WILL BE TOLD THAT IS ALL THEY ARE GOING TO GET.  THEY WILL LOSE BETWEEN 20 AND 30 PERCENT OF ALL THE WEST BANK TERRITORY IF THIS WALL IS COMPLETED, AND ISRAEL WILL SAVE MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF ITS SETTLEMENTS NOW INSIDE THE GREEN LINE, WHICH MARKS THE 1967 BOUNDRY BETWEEN JORDAN AND ISRAEL.  (SEE PROPHECY UPDATE 65A AND 65C)

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