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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 198A
November 14, 2004
The Time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) Trouble – Part 1
God indicated that the descendants of Jacob, the man whom God chose to rename Israel, would experience a time of great trouble in the latter days, but that he (his descendants) would be saved out of it. God will save a remnant of Israel’s offspring, and carry them into the millennial reign. The current Middle East events are gradually drawing the world closer and closer to The Time of Jacob’s Trouble. I am very confident in the sequence of events which will come, that is, first a false peace, then a breaking of that peace by a vicious Jihad against Israel from the north, followed by three and one-half years of the entrapment of Israel in the Negev wilderness, and finally, Israel’s breakout at the Second Advent of Christ. This is a summary of these events as described by many other prophets concerning the time of Israel’s trouble. As I said, I am very confident of the sequence of events, but must confess, that even though I believe the Jihad from the north is likely to occur just before 2008, it is always the timing of a prophetic event that is so difficult to predict. The events occurring at the present time in the Middle East lead me to say I expect the most likely time for the attack to occur is 2007, which is, of course, speculation on my part.
JEREMIAH 30:7 – Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but HE (Israel) shall be saved out of it. (God saves a remnant of the descendants of Jacob, the man Israel).
One-third of the in-country population of Israelites will be preserved as God’s remnant, saved out of tribulation to enter the millennial reign of their Messiah, Jesus the Christ. The other two-thirds will be killed in the surprise, lightning Jihad from the north. If the attack were to occur in the next six years, then the one-third would number between 1.7 and 2 million.
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.
The time of Jacob’s Trouble will begin when antichrist attacks Israel, and will end some three and one-half years later when he positions himself in his palace, his “appeden” (command post), on the temple mount, and directs his vast army to attack Israel in the Negev, the place into which he drove them when peace was broken. Michael, the great archangel of Israel, will stand up and defend Israel, and those written in the book that Malachi describes will go into the millennium in flesh and blood bodies that house saved souls. (See Archive Prophecy Updates 75 & 76).
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.  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.
Malachi 3:16 to 4:1 – 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.  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.  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  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.
Isaiah 66:23,24 – And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Malachi 4:1 is the same time alluded to in Matthew 24:21&22, which follows the blowing of the seventh trumpet when seven vials of God’s wrath are poured out on unbelievers left after the rapture. (See Archive Prophecy Update 76)
Revelation 16:1 – And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Matthew 24:21,22 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
God will protect the “elect” Jews he chooses to survive the vials of wrath and, during this brief period, they will call upon his name, and he will save them; then bring them through the wrath to enter the millennium in bodies of flesh and blood that house saved souls. They are the third part of Zechariah 13:8,9.
Acts 2:19-21 – And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  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.
Zechariah 13:9 –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 Lord breaks the yoke the antichrist has over the neck of Israel, such that Gentiles will no longer be able to serve themselves of Israel’s descendants.
JEREMIAH 30:8 – For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Micah 5:6 – And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall HE deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
For a full exposition as to “why” the antichrist is the Assyrian, and the “HE” in Micah 5:6 must be Jesus the Messiah, please take a look in our Prophecy Update Archives at whole numbered Updates 62 to 69.
The next three verses from Jeremiah, Zechariah, and Micah describe the environment, work, and worship by the remnant we have been discussing. They will be the part of Messiah’s Kingdom that still live as saved souls in flesh and blood bodies. (See Archive Update 197B)
Jeremiah 30:9 – But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. Micah 5:7 – And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord,
The next two verses describe the environment of faithful church members, the locale where they will work, and what they are likely to do in glorified bodies during the millennium.
Revelation 3:12,13 – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (See Archive Prophecy Update 175)
Revelation 7:13-17 – And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (See Archive Prophecy Update 177).