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October 23, 2005

A Rejected Son Returns as a Rod to Bring Peace to Us!  Part 3A

The U.S. Dollar Outflow Is Making the Economy Very Brittle! Oil That Fires the U.S. Economy Is Burning It To A Crisp! It is Brittle and Will Break in an Instant in the Future! This is the Result of Breaking Away from God’s Word!

The Rejected Son Will Come as the Rod of Judgment and Only He Can Correct the Mess Man Has Made!

Isaiah 11:1,4 – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

The coming collapse of the world’s economic structure, and the tectonic chaos which follows it, is a result of the judgment of God on a society that has reached the same low level that existed before the northern Kingdom of Israel was carried into Assyrian captivity in Isaiah’s day, and before the Kingdom of Judah was carried into Babylonian captivity in Jeremiah’s day.

Jeremiah 5:31 –The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Isaiah 30:8-13 – Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: [9] That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: [10] Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: [11] Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. [12] Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: [13] Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

Just as chaos came on Israel, it will instantly come on Gentiles for the same reasons.  Isaiah wrote it for all to see “for the time to come forever and ever.”  Our economic collapse will be followed by an unleashing of natural phenomena like the world has never seen.

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.

Whatever low level of weakening our economy has not reached when verse 21 begins, will drop below ground zero when the verse is fulfilled.

I wrote my first book, Tectonic Chaos, while I was still doing post-graduate work at Arkansas Tech University.  At that time it was obvious that the Middle East nations of Islam were going to become a major player in the world economic theater.  During the days of the great colonial empires, they played no part in the great stage play of economy produced by the industrial revolution.  Their oil, and the profits from it, was controlled by whichever empire happened to occupy them.  The Arab oil was controlled by the colonial empires, not by the Islamic faith.  They had little or no say in accumulation of wealth to exercise any control over their colonial masters.  But that all began to change with the breakup of the colonial empires following World War I, and the creation of Arab states.  It tremendously accelerated after World War II when the European colonial hold over the Arab states ended.  Suddenly there were four world powers, the United States, the Soviet Union, Red China, and Great Britain.  I was a synoptic analyst in the Nation Security Agency at that time, and it did not take a rocket scientist to understand what was going to happen in the future – Oil, not the Dollar, would one day become the driving force that fueled the dreams of politicians, namely national interest, which causes them to be re-elected – if the nation does well economically, they get re-elected, if not, hello mediocrity.  Knowing this, some 30 years ago, on page 78 of the first edition of Tectonic Chaos, I included the following paragraph.

“The ten horns of Revelation 13:1 are ten Arab nations who will soon form the nucleus of the seventh kingdom, and the ten crowns are the kings that will rule them. For years we have pictured the typical Arab as a scrawny little fellow on a camel in the desert with a comic expression on his face.  This viewpoint is quickly changing.  Oil is slowly replacing the American dollar in international importance – soon ten Arab nations will have gained control of most of the world’s wealth.  We will not try to stop them because of the Soviet Union – and the Soviet Union will not try to stop them because of us and Red China.  The world’s power block will block itself as the ten Arab nations prosper in their midst.”

I wrote that almost 30 years ago in the midst of writing Tectonic Chaos.  Oil has slowly been replacing dollars in importance.  We have watched the cartel, [known as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)], grow steadily since it was formed by Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Venezuela in 1960.  I retired at the National Security in 1971.  Two years later the first outbreak of high oil prices produced the world economic crisis referred to historically as the Great Oil Block of 1973.  Again, in 2000, OPEC put the squeeze on oil production to raise prices.

I remember the first book I saw on a paperback stand in the seventies that headlined the economy was going to collapse the following year.  Since that time every year some new writer has a book predicting it will collapse in a year or two.  I have never doubted it would collapse one day, and I must admit I am surprised it has not by now.  But if you will look back through our archives it will be quite apparent I have avoided this subject of when the economy would collapse.  I think the time has come for me to quit avoiding the subject.  The effect the disasters have had on part of the backbone of our economy, namely, the insurance companies, have certainly put a crack in it.  And the same chain of disasters that have occurred along the coastline from Houston to the floods in the New England states is causing billions to flow out of Washington into massive relief efforts.  Part of the disaster has been the damage to, and the interruption of oil flow from, offshore oil rigs.  It has been the major justification used for rocketing petroleum prices in the United States.  But the major culprit is OPEC.  As I indicated almost 30 years ago, the Arab world would slowly gain control of much of the world’s wealth by controlling the world’s oil flow.  The followers of Islam have made it clear they are aware they cannot defeat the United States militarily, but have pointedly stated they intend to do it by causing our economy to collapse.

The goals of the fanatical elements of Islam are very simple, they intend to defeat the United States and the western world by: (1) Disrupting the flow of oil to affect the economy of western powers, (2) Conducting guerilla warfare terror attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan to drain our economic resources by having to maintain sufficient military personnel to combat them, (3) Maintaining a threat of worldwide terror attacks to cause the western powers to expend burdensome economic payouts to a gigantic complex of government paid security personnel, and (4) causing the United States to simply lose heart because of its body bag count and domestic economic problems.

All of this is just part of the reason I do not expect the U.S. economy to stand up much longer.  We are always the first to supply aid in natural disasters all across the earth.  The Tsunami Disaster last December in Asia, the Earthquake Disaster in Pakistan, and the constant flow of dollars into famine and pestilence ridden areas of the world, are bleeding us dry economically.  Please do not get the idea I am drastically opposed to humanitarian efforts we have, and are making.  I am a realist, who tries to tell it like it is, without regard to the emotional waning of the human heart.  Nor am I suggesting I have the answer as to what we need to do to solve our ever growing economic outpouring of dollars.  If I have been able to correctly interpret the Bible, all this financial drain will continue, and the United States will simply go broke economically.  Oh, make no mistake, we will still have our nuclear weapons, but they will become only a method of defense, because our world leadership, which is not based on the love the other nations have for us, but on how many dollars we shell out to them, is going down the international toilet tube.  Simply put, Jesus is the only one who can straighten out this mess the world is in, and it will not be fixed until he comes.

And, in addition to the dollar outflow mentioned up to this point, there is the fantastic outpouring of countless billions in the battle against the virus driven pestilences such as HIV, TB, Flu, and numerous other life affecting pestilences.  Our worldwide relief to those affected by these pestilences is staggering, not only in the battle against them, but for the dollars poured out to victims of them in medical expenditures.  And what country is always “Johnny on the spot” each time a foreign famine comes to drain more finances from our economic stability? It has always seemed inevitable our economy would one day collapse.  The only question in my mind has always been WHEN?  The complicated infrastructure created by the world’s computer driven power has made a multilayered economy, and it is certainly not easy for the “man in the street” to be certain when it will collapse, and I am one of them.  But I am going out on a limb and at least tell you what I think.

I believe from the end of 2006 through the year 2007 we will see a very dramatic plunge downward in a world economy based on paper and deceit.  I also believe the year 2007 is the earliest year that Israel is likely to be attacked from the north by 10 Arab nations, and I am very confident such an attack will occur by 2012.  I confess the timing of these events is what I think, not what I know.

II Thessalonians 1:7-10 – And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; [10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Acts 20:21 – Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.


October 26, 2005

A Rejected Son Returns as a Rod to Bring Peace to Us!  Part 4

Isaiah 11:1,4,15,16 – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: [4] But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. [15] 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.

Christ will smite the earth with the rod of his mouth. And one of the particular places he will destroy in so doing is the tongue of the Egyptian Sea.  Another area of his smiting will be the great Euphrates River.

In Isaiah’s day the “tongue of the Egyptian Sea” is what we identify as the Gulf of Suez, a northern extension of the Red Sea that slithers like a serpent’s wet tongue between Egypt and the Sinai.  Since Isaiah’s time, man has dug out a northern extension of the “Egyptian Sea” to link the Mediterranean and Red Seas together.  The words “utterly destroy” come from the Hebrew word “charam,” which means “to be cut off” or “to shut up.”  We are advised by God, through Isaiah, that he intends to completely shut up sections of the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal.

In Archive Prophecy Update Number 179A, the division of the Mount of Olives into two remaining halves was described, with one half being carried to the north on the extreme southern edge of a newly created Gaza Plate, while the other half drifted southward on the on the northern tip of a newly created Sinai Plate (See Archive Birth Pang Figure 33).  In Figure 34 you may observe the consequences of the movement of the Sinai Plate as it floats southward on an underground sea of magma.  As you can see, when the southward drift occurs, the Sinai Plate will be jammed against the massive African Plate.  Dry land will crunch against dry land, and a northernmost part of the tongue of the Egyptian Sea will be completely “shut up.” (See Archive Birth Pang Figures 31 to 34).  It may not be completely closed until the final great earthquake in Revelation.

Revelation 16:18-21 – 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. [19] And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. [20] And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  

It will be possible to walk across this area on dry land throughout the millennial reign of Christ.  The nation of Israel may replace the Suez Canal as the link between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.  It is possible that Mediterranean maritime shipping commerce will pass upstream to a point on the opposite side of the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem, and then proceed downstream to reach the Red Sea through the Arabah Desert.  Of course, the reverse path would be taken by all maritime shipping passing via the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. This would cause Israel to receive fees from all nations passing through their port on the eastern side of the river (See Archive Birth Pang Figure 47).

“The river,” Of Isaiah 11:15, has been disputed as to its identity by biblical expositors for centuries.  At one time I was convinced that this particular river was the Nile of Egypt.  I thought the “seven streams” were most certainly the seven streams of the great Nile Delta, and I was very persistent in this interpretation.  I was well aware the expression “the river” was “hannahar, and that this was usually applied only to the Euphrates River.  However, because of the “seven streams,” I clung tenaciously to my belief it was the Nile.  But, in my desire to make it the Nile, I had carelessly failed to examine the Hebrew construction of the sentence action.  When it said that the river should be smitten “in the seven streams,” the Hebrew does not mean it already existed as seven streams, and that God would smite seven streams already in existence.  It states that God will smite a single river, and, when he performs that action, it will become seven streams because of the smiting. I now know that the single river, which will be divided into seven streams, is none other than the great Euphrates.  The inspired Hebrew text phrase, in order to understand its meaning, should be read “and shall smite it into seven streams.” This action will occur at the same time, and is a part of, the action whereby God dries up the Euphrates south of the Palmyra folds and faults.

Revelation 16:12 – And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

We were advised in Isaiah 11:16, that this “drying up” of the Euphrates creates a situation such that it will be possible for the millennial return of tribulation Israelites from the area east of the present Euphrates, and that this return would no longer be hampered by having to boat across the Euphrates.  The latter portion of this verse also indicates that such a highway will also extend into Egypt.  The “Israel” of verse 16 represents the descendents of the man Jacob, hence the personal pronoun “he” is used, even though it refers to an entire nation that came from Jacob’s loins.  When the nation of Israel “came up out of the land of Egypt,” God parted the waters of the extreme northern extension of the Red Sea, the extension that was called “the tongue of the Egyptian Sea in Isaiah’s day, but which is identified as the Gulf of Suez today.  On the day Israel crossed this “yam cuwph” extension of the Red Sea, while fleeing from the Egyptian Pharaoh, it could be said God had created a highway of dry land from Egypt to Assyria.  But God closed that dry land pathway to destroy the Pharaoh’s mighty army with a flood of closing walls of water.  However, the dry land passage of Isaiah will be a permanent thing, because of the drying up of the Euphrates and the shutting up of the Suez Canal, thereby making it possible to move all the way from the huge African Continent to the European, Eurasian, or Asian continents, without having to pass over any ocean or sea.  A God made, sea free, highway will be created that will last a thousand years.  Throughout the millennial reign these continents will remain fused by God’s power.  And, throughout the reign of Christ, the nations of these massive continents will move up and down the dry land linkage to worship Christ in the city of Jerusalem, the new capital of the world.  The commerce of Africa will flow through Israel to Asia and Eurasia, and the commerce of Asia and Eurasia will flow between themselves and into Africa.  Israel will sit at the crossroads of the world’s sea and land commerce.  Jerusalem will be the center of the world.

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.

And all the nations of the world will come by land, air, and sea to keep the annual Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14:9,16 – And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. [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.

Ezekiel 39:21-22, 27-29 – And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. [22] So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. [27] When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; [28] Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. [29] Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Earlier this Update, I discussed how God would smite the Euphrates River and, as a result of that smiting, it would be separated into seven streams.  Now, I will deal as to where that smiting by God will probably take place (See Archive Birth Pang Figures 29 and 35).  God has created a long zone of structural weakness in the crust of the earth from the northern headwaters of the Jordan River northeastward to the mighty Euphrates River.  It extends from the Sea of Galilee area across Syria to near El Rashid on the Euphrates River, and consists of an elongated zone of major faults and folds in the in the earth’s crust, known as the Palmyra Belt.  Please note on Archive Birth Pang Figures 35 and 36 how it links the Jordan and Euphrates Rivers together.

The Euphrates is one of the greatest carriers of top water silt on the face of the earth.  It tears the topsoil from Turkish mountainsides and then carries it through the Fertile Crescent of Syria and Iraq into the Persian Gulf.  The land delta of the Persian Gulf is the fastest growing delta on the earth.  This growth is produced by massive influxes of silt carried into the Persian Gulf by the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

Isaiah indicates that God will smite the Euphrates, causing it to divide into seven streamlets in the area where he strikes it.  The striking will occur in the zone on the Euphrates in the vicinity of El Rashid, Syria, and cause its waters to be redirected southwestward into extreme northern Israel near Dan and the Springs of Banias.  When the Arabah Fault is ripped open from the Gulf of Aqabah to Lebanon, the resultant fantastic shaking of the earth, will cause the Palmyra Fault Zone to collapse, and the Euphrates River will be diverted southwest across the crumbled zone of rock and earth to link with the northern headwaters of the Jordan River.

Whenever any sediment carrying river moves into a zone with more sediment than it can carry, it invariably produces what geologists call “a braided river.”  A braided river is the division of a single river into several streams.  Isaiah counted seven after the Euphrates smiting.  The seven streamlets will weave their way through the newly formed cracks in the crust along the northern fringe of the Palmyra Belt, eventually to feed into the northern headwaters of the Jordan River.  It will be what geologists refer to as “headwater piracy.”  In this case the Jordan River will have acted as the pirate to steal the waters of the Euphrates into its own headwaters.  This tremendous increase will not only triple Israel’s current volume of water, but will also give it more topsoil for land crops than it can use during its Messiah’s millennial reign.  Israel will be transformed into the breadbasket of the world.

We are advised by John, in Revelation 16:12, as to the effects of this massive water division into the upper Jordan.  The current riverbed south of El Rashid will go dry.  It will then be possible for the kings of the east to pass unhampered across shallow streamlets on the way to Jerusalem to worship King Messiah.    



October 30, 2005

A Rejected Son Returns as a Rod to Bring Peace to Us! Part 5

Part 5

It all began with a man child in a manger in Bethlehem who was rejected as King, crucified, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven to wait for his Second Advent.

Revelation 12:5 – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

It will end when the Son returns with the remnant of his brethren following the travail of the tribulation period. The Son will rule and reign on this earth for a thousand years.

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. [3] 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 Son will come leading a great spiritual army of his brethren and the angels at his Second Advent.

Jude 1:14,15 – And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, [15] To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

II Thessalonians 1:7-10 – And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; [10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

Those who believed the testimony of his messengers will be with him in that day in glorified bodies. The degree of glory they will manifest will be proportional to the degree they submitted their wills to God after he saved them by his grace. We will reap what we sow after we are saved in the glorified body we receive.

II Corinthians 5:10-12 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things DONE IN HIS BODY, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

I Corinthians 15:35-42 – But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? [36] Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: [37] And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: [38] BUT GOD GIVETH IT A BODY AS IT HATH PLEASED HIM, and to every seed his own body. [39] All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. [40] There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. [41] There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. [42] SO ALSO IS the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

Daniel 12:3 – And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Heaven will open at the end of God’s wrath and the Son will come with all his saints.

Luke 21:25-27 – And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; [26] Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. [27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

When he comes he will destroy the antichrist, the false prophet, and their armies. Then the Devil will be cast into the interior of the earth for a thousand years.

Revelation 19:11 to 20:2 – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. [15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a ROD OF IRON: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. [17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] 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. [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. [1] And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. [2] And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Revelation 20:6 – Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 22:12 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.


November 2, 2005

A Rejected Son Returns as a Rod to Bring Peace to Us!  Part 6

Revelation 19:15 – And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should SMITE THE NATIONS: and he shall rule them with a ROD OF IRON: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

God gave the law to Israel through Moses in order that they might turn to the Rock which was following them at the time he gave it.

I Corinthians 10:4 – And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

The law was straightforward in its bluntness, and was to cause individual Israelites to see the impossibility of measuring up to God’s standard of righteousness.  It was designed to make them throw up their hands to the heavens and cry out: God be merciful to me a sinner.  If the law had not been changed, watered down, such that a man might actually believe he could keep all of it, and thereby be considered righteous before God, then much of Israel might have been converted to belief that only the Messiah, acting alone, could save individuals and the nation from spiritual and physical destruction.  But by the time that Messiah appeared, Israel did not look for a Messiah to save souls, because they had the law to do that – they were looking for a great military leader sent by God to raise a great army, to drive the Romans out of their land, and to restore greatness to Israel as in the days of King David.  Israel had forgotten the law as God gave it, and had so watered down the severity of it, that men and women actually believed they could keep all of it and go to heaven.  They did not remember the law as it was originally given and, because this was true, the law could not fulfill its role as schoolmaster to lead them to Messiah the Christ as their only hope of going to heaven, being justified by faith in him alone and not in their ability to make themselves righteous by keeping the law.

James 2:10 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Galatians 3:24 – Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Israel did not remember the law of Moses.  Had they done so, it would have caused the nation to recognize the Messiah as their only hope of salvation, and they would have been led to receive him as the promised one when he came.  It was one of the last things the Prophet Malachi delivered to them as a warning – To remember the law of Moses as it was originally given.  Even Moses, in the law, spoke of the promised Seed.

Deuteronomy 18:18,19 – I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. [19] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

John 12:49,50 – For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. [50] And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 5:39,40 – Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. [40] And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

Galatians 3:18-23 – For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. [19] Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. [20] Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. [21] Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. [22] But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  [23] But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

They did not remember the law of Moses as it was first given, because they watered it down to the point the nation’s leaders believed they could keep it perfectly.  So who would be led to receive the Christ when he did arrive?  Who needed him if they could be accepted by God through keeping the law of Moses?

Malachi 4:4-6 – Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.  [5] Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: [6] And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, LEST I COME AND SMITE THE EARTH WITH A CURSE.

Revelation 19:15A – And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, THAT WITH IT HE SHOULD SMITE THE NATIONS:

God sent John the Baptist as the first Elijah.  And he was received as such by those believing his testimony of the coming Messiah.  Then the Messiah came preaching the same message as John.  John was beheaded and Christ was rejected and crucified.  The heart of the fathers did not turn to the children, and the heart of the children did not turn to the fathers when they received the words of John and of Christ, nor or they doing so now.  So the smiting curse of the tribulation period is coming on this earth.  It is vividly described in the verses preceding Malachi 4:4-6.  Those who have feared his name, and turned to Messiah as their only hope, will be blessed by Messiah, and will be healed in the shadow of his wings, and he will fully provide for them as his children of the 1000 year reign.

Malachi 4:1-3 – 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.

Religious Jews are still trying to keep the law of Moses to go to heaven, rather than letting it teach them they cannot possibly measure up to the standard of God’s righteousness, and thereby directing them to the coming Messiah as their only hope.  They did not believe the first Elijah sent to them, and most will not believe the second Elijah who will come to them as one of the two witnesses of Revelation 11.

Very few of the Jews walked continuously with Messiah during his First Advent, and most will not believe he is Messiah until it is too late.  The reward awaiting those who have, and who shall, is worth considering in Luke 22:28-30 and Revelation 20:4.

Luke 22:28-30 – Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. [29] And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; [30] That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Revelation 20:4 – And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Messiah gave Israel up at the close of his First Advent, but promised to return to them after the travail of the tribulation period, after which he will protect them with his shepherd’s rod as he leads and feeds them.

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.

Micah 5:3,4 – 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.  [4] And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

Micah 7:14-20 – Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. [15] According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.  [16] The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. [17] They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee. [18] Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. [19] He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. [20] Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Romans 2:28,29 – For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: [29] But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 4:1-8 – What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? [2] For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. [3] For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. [4] Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. [5] But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. [6] Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [7] Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. [8] Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Micah 7:18-20 – Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. [19] He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. [20] Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

There will be a second Elijah in the Negev wilderness with Israel after two-thirds have perished in the initial Islamic Jihad against Israel.  And most of the surviving one-third will turn their hearts to the gospel of the Seed delivered to their father Abraham, and to their fathers who followed him.

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. [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.

Malachi 4:6 – And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Micah 7:20 – Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

I Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.