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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 136D
September 10, 2003
Headed for the Time of Jacob’s Trouble!
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 shall be saved out of it.
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.
In the War of 1812 many preachers believed the coming of the Lord was very near. The same was true with the Civil War, WW 1, and WW 2, but the Lord did not come. So many today mock anyone who believes the coming of the Lord is drawing near. So what makes this time different from all the other times? It is the presence of Israel, back in place in its land as a state for more than 55 years, and holding its Temple Mount for more than 36 years, that makes all the Scriptures concerning his arrival come to life. The descendants of Jacob, the man whom God gave the new name of Israel, have certainly had every type of trouble imaginable for more than 70 years in Israel. They fought guerilla warfare under the British Protectorate, three wars with their Arab neighbors, and several intifada’s with the Palestinians. But while all this has certainly been a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, the real time of trouble lies in the not too distant future when, following a brief false peace secured by force, they are viciously attacked from within by the Palestinians, and from without by an Arab confederation of nations, which will come upon them in the form of a surprise, lightning Jihad. I believe it will result in the slaughter of two-thirds of the Israeli population, and marks the start of Jacob’s trouble, which will last for three and one-half years before his descendants are saved out of it. The initial attack will be in the general time frame as the first earthquake reported in the book of Revelation. In the following Scriptures, please note that God promises Israel that the third part of it will be delivered.
The third = the woman = the remnant of Israel = 1.7 to 1.9 million Jews
The woman’s Seed = Jesus
The remnant of the woman’s Seed = 144,000 sealed Jews
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.
Revelation 6:12 – And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Joel 2:30-32 – And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
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.
Revelation 12:5,6 – 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.  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with THE REMNANT OF HER SEED, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 7:4 – And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were SEALED AN HUNDRED AND FORTY AND FOUR THOUSAND of ALL the tribes of THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.