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Special Prophecy Update Number 254A
December 17, 2005
We Are not Far Away From a Promised Kingdom Rest!
Since I believe we are not far away from the Christ child of the First Advent returning at his Second Advent as the Lion of Judah, I believe it is especially appropriate at this time of year to remember God-called missionaries as they labor in the midst of great difficulties in the nations hostile to the Gospel of Christ. We are not far away from the promised Kingdom Rest, and these missionary families are gathering gleanings of the final harvest. Please read the Blog concerning the Plaster family in Russia, and pray for them and all other missionaries who, in some cases, are truly in harm’s way every day.
Luke 1:31-33 – And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.  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:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
God sent the promised Seed of Genesis 3:15 to Israel, God’s Seed of the man Jacob, but the nation of Israel rejected his Seed. He declared their Temple worship to be rejected by God from the time of his crucifixion, but promised he would return, at which time he would be accepted as their Messiah.
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!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  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.
Israel will have a horrifying time of trouble, known as the tribulation period, through which she must pass before her Messiah comes at his Second Advent. This sudden destruction, also known as the “time of Jacob’s trouble,” will abruptly come upon Israel just when she thinks she has produced a time of “Peace and safety.” I do not believe that time is very far away. Children of God should not be caught by surprise when it happens.
I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – 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 ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
The tribulation time of “Jacob’s trouble” will result in the deaths of two-thirds of the Jewish population in Israel when a Jihad attack of ten Arab nations comes against her. At the end of this war, during the battle of Armageddon, some three and one-half years after the initial attack, Israel will turn to Christ as Messiah in the Negev wilderness, accepting him as the Lord 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.
Jesus Christ will rule from Jerusalem as King of kings over all the earth.
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.
He was born in Bethlehem to rule, but was rejected by the nation to whom he was sent, so he gave Israel up until Israel brings forth national repentance for her rejection of him as the full redemption price for the remission of individual sins. Then a remnant of his brethren will return with him to the people of Israel.
Micah 5:2,3 – But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.  Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ from Jerusalem will be a fantastic time for all the saved who return with him from heaven at his Second Advent. It will be a time of worldwide peace in which those who come with him will rejoice in that they have a final time of REST from the conflict and woes they suffered during their lives in the flesh. Christ’s righteousness and faithfulness will give them that REST, which they will know is eternal.
Jeremiah 23:5,6 – Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Isaiah 11:5 – And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
Hebrews 3:1-4 – Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;  Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.  For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Hebrews 10:23-25 – Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
I believe the day of the attack against Israel is not in the distant future, and I am looking forward to his reign of peace that follows his Second Advent.
Isaiah 11:6-10 - The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Hebrews 4:3-9 – For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.  For if Jesus (Joshua) had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Matthew 11:28,29 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.