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Special Prophecy Update Number 137B

September 14, 2003

The Messenger of the Covenant Messenger

Part 1


The Messenger, who announced the arrival of the Messenger who was sent to proclaim and fulfill the covenant of God with man, was John the Baptist.  He began to announce that the Messiah, the Messenger of the covenant, was coming several months before he appeared to be baptized by John, which marked the beginning of his ministry of some 1185 days.

John 1:20-23 – And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. [21] And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. [22] Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? [23] He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Of course, John was quoting from Isaiah, clearly identifying himself as the messenger who had come to announce the Messenger of the covenant.

Isaiah 40:3 – The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

And John’s preaching was clearly the proclamation of the need for the entire nation of Israel, both collectively and individually, to repent of its sins in anticipation of the coming of its King, the Messiah, the Messenger of the covenant, who was to bring in the kingdom.

Matthew 3:1,2 – In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, [2] And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

And when the King, the Messenger of the covenant, the Messiah, began to preach, he preached the same message of the kingdom that John had preached.

Mark 1:14,15 – Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, [15] And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

John, the messenger, proclaimed the Messenger of the covenant was soon to arrive, and Jesus did come quickly to his Father’s House, the temple, which had long been filled with pictures of him in its many sacrifices and rules of worship.  And, after his baptism and temptation, he came quickly to his temple, cleansing it by driving out the corruption he found in it during his first visit as Messiah.

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.

But Israel flatly rejected both the messenger and the Messenger of the covenant.

John, the messenger, was beheaded by Herod to satisfy his illegitimate wife in her hatred for John, who had rebuked her for being married to Herod while she was the wife of Herod’s brother.

Matthew 14:10,11 – And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. [11] And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.

Jesus, the Messenger of the covenant, was delivered by his own nation to be crucified by Gentiles.

Luke 23:20,21 – Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. [21] But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

Matthew 27:25 – Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

John 19:14,15 – And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! [15] But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Matthew 27:37-39 – And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. [38] Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. [39] And they that passed by reviled him wagging their heads.

The Messenger of the covenant came to confirm the beginning of Daniel’s seventh week of seven years at the time of his baptism by John, but was cut-off by his crucifixion some 1185 days into it, leaving 1335 days to be completed before he returns to be crowned King at his Second Advent.  He fulfilled the covenant at his crucifixion, sealing it in his own blood, and with his own death in the flesh.  He was cut off AFTER the 69th week some 1185 days, or 3 plus years into the last 7 years, in the midst of the last week of Daniel’s prophecy of 70 weeks of years.  He was not cut off for his own sins, for he had none.  He was cut off for the sins of all other men.

Daniel 9:25,26 - Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. [26] And AFTER threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Some forty years after he was cut off, the Roman soldiers of Titus, the Prince of Vespasian, the Emperor of Rome, destroyed the city and its sanctuary, with the end coming when they finally broke through the inner wall and roared in like a flood. And determined desolations were brought on the Jewish people thereafter, until the war ended some three years later when Masada fell in 73 A.D., and the temple mount will remain desolate in God’s eyes unto his Son returns, and is crowned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 23:37-39 – 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.

Jesus spoke of these desolations that would come upon Jerusalem and the Jewish nation, and they came exactly as he had prophesied.

Luke 21:23,24 – But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. [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.

The times of the Gentiles for complete control of the temple mount ended in June of 1967, but they will regain control for a 42-month period before Christ’s Second Advent.  The fullness of the Gentile age will end with the Second Advent, and Israel will be restored for a thousand years along with the temple mount and the millennial temple on it.

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.

He was cut off for the sins of all men, and as “many” as received him, to them he gave the right to become the sons of God.

John 1:11,12 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not. [12] But as MANY as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Daniel 9:27 – And he shall confirm the covenant with MANY for one week: and in the MIDST of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The sacrifice and the oblation ceased to be acceptable to God when his Son was cut off in the midst of the week because the temple was declared to be spiritually desolate.  And they will not be accepted again until his Son’s Second Advent, which marks the consummation of this age.  At that time the determined horrors of the seven vials of wrath will pour out on the spiritually desolate as determined in Revelation.


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 137C

September 16, 2003

The Messenger of the Covenant Messenger

Part 2

We covered the first phrase of John 1:23 and Isaiah 40:3 in Part 1 of Prophecy Update 137B.  We will deal with the second phrase in Part 2, which follows.                         

John the Baptist was the first Elijah to all those who put their faith in the covenant messenger Jesus, of whom he testified, because John was the messenger sent before him.  But Herod, the King of Israel, cut off the head of the messenger, and Israel cut off the covenant messenger on the cross.  The second Elijah will be one of the two witnesses in the Negev, and will be the Elijah of all who believe his message that the messenger of the covenant is about to appear again at his Second Advent.

John 1:23 – He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

Isaiah 40:3 – The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert A HIGHWAY for our God. 

Malachi 4:5 – Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

There will be a literal HIGHWAY formed through the wastelands from Assyria (northern Iraq) into the land of Egypt, with Israel sitting between Iraq and Egypt as the ruling nation among all nations.  The creation of this HIGHWAY will be made possible by the great geological upheavals, which are vividly described in Birth Pangs Numbers 21 and 22 in the Birth Pang Archives, and give graphic details of the events associated with these great transformational changes. All of the massive topographical changes in Israel are produced totally by the power of God during the tribulation period.  Pictorial Diagrams of these changes may be found under Birth Pang Figures on the Menu of our Cover Page.  The description in detail of each one of the prophetic changes may be found in Birth Pangs 14A to 32 in our Birth Pangs Archive.

Isaiah 11:15,16 – And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. [16] And there shall be AN HIGHWAY for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.  (See Birth Pang Numbers 21 and 22 located in the Birth Pang Archive)

Isaiah 19:23-25 – In that day shall there be A HIGHWAY out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. [24] In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: [25] Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

Isaiah 27:12,13 – And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt and ye shall be gathered one by one O ye children of Israel. [13] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

This will be the time of God’s tabernacling with Israel for a thousand years on this present earth.  This series on a tabernacle subject began with Prophecy Update 137, and is programmed to continue for some time, being issued normally every Thursday or Friday Night.

Isaiah 4:2-6 – In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. [3] And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: [4] When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. [5] And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion and upon her assemblies a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night for upon all the glory shall be a defence. [6] And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Zechariah 14:16 – And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 

Amos 9:11-15 – In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: [12] That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this. [13] Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. [14] And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. [15] And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.  (See Birth Pang Number 32 in the Birth Pang Archives)


SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 137D

September 17, 2003

The Messenger and the Covenant Messenger

Part 3

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.

We covered Isaiah 40:3, as quoted in John 1:23, in Parts 1 and 2 of Prophecy Updates 137B and 137C.  Because Herod, the king of Israel, beheaded the messenger, John the Baptist, and then Israel delivered Jesus, it’s only true king, the covenant messenger, to be crucified by Roman Gentiles, there have more than 1900 years of trouble and warfare for Israel, which continues to this day.  By the time Israel endures through what warfare is left for it, it will have received double for all its sins, and during this time of horror there will be great topographical changes in the valleys, hills, and roads of Israel. 

Isaiah 40:2-4 – Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. [3] The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. [4] Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

The Scriptures, which follow, vividly describe the period of great tribulation that will come upon Israel in the near future.  This “little moment” of God’s great tribulation indignation will cover a period of some three and one-half prophetic years.

Isaiah 26:20,21 – Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. [21] For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

God’s fight against the enemies of Israel will not be with weapons forged by man, but will be with the burning and fuel of fire from his own creation, and, when the war is finished, his Son will sit upon the throne of David.

Isaiah 9:5-7 – For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. [6] For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

God will unleash the elements of his own creation upon the unbelieving during the tribulation period.  This is the way he wages war.

Isaiah 29:6 – Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

Zechariah 14:3,4 – Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. [4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (See Birth Pang Number 20 in our Birth Pangs Archive)

Zechariah 14:10 – All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.  (See Birth Pang Number 24 in our Birth Pangs Archive)

Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Revelation 16:16-21 – And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. [17] And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. [18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Matthew 24:29,30 – Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: [30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matthew 25:31 – When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

Luke 1:30-33 – And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: [33] And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.