January 8, 2005


I am convinced we are living in what are called “the latter days” of what is commonly referred to as the Age of the Gentiles or the Age of the Church. We are not in what is referred to as “The Tribulation Period,” but we are rapidly approaching its beginning. The prophet Joel, in the verses that follow, describes the final event in the tribulation period, the battle of Armageddon in Israel, but we are several years away from that event. He closes the horrific event, in verses 16 and 17, with the Messiah returning to end this final battle, and then establishing his millennial kingdom.

Joel 3:9-17 – Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: [10] Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. [11] Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. [12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. [13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. [14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. [15] The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. [16] The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. [17] So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.


The holy mountain, to which Joel refers in verse 17, is Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, where the Dome of the Rock now stands. The word “mountain” in the Old Testament, at times, was used to refer to the capitals of nations and, as such, to a nation or nations. Micah is referring to the status of the holy mountain (Jerusalem) and all the other mountains (world nations) following the battle of Armageddon during the millennial reign of Christ, at which time the weapons, created by beating plowshares into weapons before Armageddon, will be beaten back into plowshares for peaceful uses in an era of millennial peace.

Micah 4:1-8 – But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. [2] And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. [3] And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [4] But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. [5] For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. [6] In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her (Israel) that halteth, and I will gather her (Israel) that is driven out, and her (Israel) that I have afflicted; [7] And I will make her (Israel) that halted a remnant, and her (Israel) that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them (Israel) in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. [8] And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.


Micah’s “daughter of Zion” is the city of Jerusalem, which will be the ruling city over all the dominion of the earth. The “daughter of Jerusalem” will be the great kingdom city of all the other kingdoms of this earth. It will have the “first dominion” position over all the great dominion of the kingdom of which Daniel wrote in his prophecies. It is this kingdom and dominion to which Daniel referred several times in his writings.

Daniel 7:13,14 – I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.


Daniel describes the events of the last three and one-half years that close with the battle of Armageddon, which is followed by Christ’s millennial reign. A time equals one year, times equals two years, and the dividing of times equals a half year, all of which equal three and a half years, each one consisting of 360 days, for a grand total of 1260 days. The “he” in Daniel 7:25 is the antichrist, but his dominion will be taken from him at the final battle of Armageddon, and this earthly dominion will be under Christ for a thousand years.

Daniel 7:25-27 – And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. [26] But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. [27] And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.


The initial attack against Israel will occur against Israel 1260 days prior to the final battle of Armageddon. It was taught (before the rise of popular modern day ideas concerning the 10 toes of Daniel’s great statue) that the 10 toes were to come out of the southern part of the old Roman Empire, not the northern European section. I have long contended that the following nations: Syria, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, which all currently occupy the area included in the old Roman Empire at its maximum extent, are among the 10 toes of the statue in the second chapter of Daniel, and that the man identified as the antichrist, the beast, the king of the north, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, the man of sin, and the Assyrian, would come out of Syria or Lebanon. The soon to be Palestinian State will also be one of the 10 toes, and will attack Israel from within, while the other 9 attack from without. (Please view in our Prophecy Update Archives the following Prophecy Updates – 54, 74B, 74A, 73D, 78A, 78, 144F, and 160B)

Daniel 2:41-45 – And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. [42] And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. [43] And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. [44] And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. [45] Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.


Christ was “the stone” that came miraculously by virgin birth, being cut out of God, “the mountain” eternal. He will be King of all the previous kingdoms – the gold was the kingdom of Babylon, the silver was the kingdom of Persia, the brass was the kingdom of Greece, the iron was the kingdom of Rome, and the 10 toes of clay will be the coming Arab Middle East kingdom of antichrist, which will attack Israel 1260 days before the end of the tribulation period. The beast leads the attack against Israel from Syria, reigns for 1260 days, and is found in Revelation 19:19 as the antichrist at the final battle of Armageddon. (Please view the following Prophecy Updates in our Prophecy Update Archives 81B, 27, 28, and 36)

Revelation 19:19-21 – 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.

Ezekiel 39:1-7 – Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: [2] And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: [3] And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. [4] Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. [5] Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. [6] And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. [7] So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezekiel 34:23-31 – And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. [24] And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it. [25] And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. [26] And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. [27] And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. [28] And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. [29] And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. [30] Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God. [31] And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.

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.