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Right Division proves Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ

Dr. Mike Johnston

Right Division Thesis Overview

The Bible presents God overseeing two overarching programs existing since the world began. One concerns earth, the other heaven (Gen. 1:1). God’s program for earth was well known. It involves prophecy for Israel – God’s preeminent nation on earth – and a coming earthly kingdom and Temple in Jerusalem (Ezek. 40-48; see Rev. 11:1-2) progressively unfolded to her “by the mouth of the prophets since the world began” (Luke 1:70). His program for heaven was unknown by the prophets. It is a mystery involving the Body of Christ and our inheritance in heaven with Christ (Eph. 1:3, 20; 2:6), “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25).

An earthly Kingdom has been on God’s agenda from the beginning (Gen. 1-2; Matt. 25:34). It incorporates five unilateral Jewish Covenants beginning with Abraham God’s prophet and father of the nation of Israel (Gen. 15:18; 17:1-14; 20:7; Deut. 9:5; Matt. 3:9; Luke 1:55; etc). It is from this Hebrew lineage (Gen. 14:13) God ordered blessing to flow throughout the world (Gen. 12:1-8; 13:14-18; 15; 17; 22:17-18; see Ex. 19:5; etc). Then, over the years, God expanded the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 15:18; 17:1-14) four times to include Kingdom laws (Ex. 20:1 – 31:18);  Kingdom land (Deut. 30:1-10); and a Kingdom Lord with a New Covenant Constitution granting and governing Israel’s earthly Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:8-16; Matt. 5-7; Jer. 31:31; see Heb. 8:8, 13).

God established a prophecy calendar for Israel’s Kingdom by disclosing everything to “His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). He revealed her Kingdom would follow seventy weeks of seven years broken into two parts: 69 weeks (483 years) and 1 week (7 years) (Dan. 9:24-27). To avoid ambiguity, God stipulated the 70 week prophecy must be fulfilled by “thy people” (Israel) (Dan. 9:15,16,19,24; 10:14; 11:14; 12:1). Then, at the appointed time (Gal. 4:4), God’s only begotten Son Jesus appeared to offer this Kingdom to the lost sheep of Israel (Matt. 4:17; 10:6; 15:24). However, the leaders rejected Him precisely at the end of the 69th week just as Daniel prophesied (Dan. 9:24-26). As a result, the Temple was later destroyed after Israel diminished (Rom. 11:12), and the prophecy calendar paused making way for the mystery Body of Christ, until “he who now letteth … be taken out of the way” (2 Thess. 2:7). This will occur at the mystery rapture (1 Cor. 15:51), when “the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:25) followed by Israel’s Tribulation (Deut. 4:30-31; Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 7:14) aka “the time of (Jacob’s) trouble” (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15) that will fulfill Daniel’s final week of 7 years.

Notwithstanding the stark specificity of Israel and Jerusalem in Daniel’s 70 week prophecy (Dan. 9:24-27), a cabal has formed to undermine the prophets by shoehorning the Body of Christ into the center of God’s plan for earth and Israel’s Tribulation (Deut. 4:30) where we can’t be seen and we don’t belong. To wit, while a plethora of passages exist identifying Israel and the anti-Semitic Gentile nations on earth during “the time of Jacob’s trouble” Jer. 30:7), the mystery Body of Christ – which has been promised deliverance from this divine punishment (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 2:5-7; Rev. 3:10; see also Rev. 4:1) – is conspicuously absent (Rev. 6-19). In fact, if the church Body is somewhere present on earth during Israel’s Tribulation (Deut. 4:30; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel; Zephaniah; Matt. 24; Rev. 6-19), the Holy Spirit went to great lengths to keep us from knowing it. There isn’t a specific verse anywhere in the Bible clearly and indisputably placing the Body of Christ on earth for a single moment of Israel’s Tribulation without redefining the words “saints”, “elect”, and “disciples” which in Daniel, the Olivet Discourse and Revelation link directly to Israel.

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Why is Israel’s Tribulation Necessary?

February 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston

Answer: repentance of Israel and restoration to the Abrahamic Covenant: “he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them” (Deut. 4:31; see Ezek. 20:37-38 below).

Israel awaits her King and kingdom but she is out of fellowship with God, and God will not bless sin. He made a Covenant with Abrahamic (Gen. 15-18) that was a non-negotiable factor in receiving His blessing. “And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you ... And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant” (excerpted from Genesis 17:9-14).

Israel and the earth rejected Christ and are in sin. “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants [context here is Israel] thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isaiah 24:5-6; see Isaiah 26:9; 33:8; Ezek. 17:18-19)

Punishment and Purging

“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible” (Isaiah 13:11).

Throughout Bible history, Israel rebelled, God responded with judgment, and Israel repented (study the Book of Judges). Although she is returning to the Covenant land as prophesied (Isa. 11:10-12; Ezek. 37:12) she is not in full compliance to the Lord’s Covenant(s). The Tribulation is God’s final restorative act. It is only when His judgments are in the earth that Jews and earth’s inhabitants who survive the carnage will learn righteousness. Punishment [1] and purging will be done as the prophets [2] pictured in punitive and preparatory last day’s Tribulation event (Deut. 4:30; Isa. 24; Jer. 30-31; Joel 2).

Dr. David Reagan offers this additional insight: “What’s it all about? Why is there going to be such carnage? How could a God of grace, mercy and love allow such an outbreak of unbridled terror and bloodshed? One reason is to satisfy the justice of God. Yes, God is characterized by grace, mercy and love, but He is also a God of perfect justice, righteousness, and holiness. Therefore, He must deal with sin. His justice demands it. Even His love compels it. How could a God of true love simply overlook the actions of a murderer or a pedophile? The prophet Nahum understood the true nature of God. He wrote that “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him” (Nahum 1:7). That is the love and mercy of God. But the same prophet wrote (Nahum 1:2-3): A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; The Lord is avenging and wrathful. The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.” [3]

But “And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times [4] more for your sins” (Leviticus 26:15-18).

“And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin … When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning” (Isaiah 1:25; 4:4).

The solemnity of this time is staggering: “For it is the day of b, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion … For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates” (Isa. 34:8; Jer. 46:10).

Israel’s Tribulation, therefore, is God’s preparatory and punitive judgment on sin. “And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.” (Ezekiel 20:37-38)

Israel’s prophets agree:

Ezekiel: “And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me …” (Ezekiel 20:38).

Zephaniah: “And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung” (Zephaniah 1:17).

Isaiah also warned: “The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left” (Isaiah 24:4-6).

In breaking Covenant with God, Israel has established herself as the enemy of God (James 4:4).[5] Nahum warns: “God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies” (Nahum 1:2).

Let’s consider something extremely important. The Tribulation from beginning to end is God’s wrath against His enemies. The church isn’t His enemy. We are the Bride and Body of Christ and Christ will not exercise wrath against His Bride or Himself.

The Tribulation is God’s wrath (Isa. 13:13; Rev. 14:10, 19; 15:1) and His vengeance (Isa. 34:8; Jer. 46:10) [6] exercised on behalf of Israel’s disobedience. [7] His wrath will also encompass all anti-Semitic earth dwellers [8] (see Isa. 24; Rev. 3:10; 6-19) hating and opposing Israel (Gen. 12:2-3; Deut. 30:7; Psa. 2:1-5; Isa. 41:11; Matt. 25:31-46). God’s wrath (Rev. 14:10, 19; 15:1; etc) will continue until the Revelation of Christ to Israel (Rev. 19:15). The wrath begins with the Lamb (Rev. 6:16-17), rejected, beaten and murdered some two thousand years ago. How fitting that the inhumane treatment Christ received was stored up by God to mete out against Israel and earth’s godless during this unparalleled carnage (Jer. 16:18; now. During this awful time the nation of Israel will be invaded and suffer the loss of two thirds of its population according to Zechariah 13:7-9 pushing her to the brink of annihilation at the valley of decision known as Armageddon (Joel 3:14; Rev. 16:16).

[1] For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion (Isa. 34:8).  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates (Jer. 46:10).

[2] Total prophets number about 60 or so. Not all were writing prophets, however.

[3] http://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-nature-and-purpose-of-the-tribulation/

[4] The word “times” is used in Daniel (the prophecy Rosetta Stone) as a reference to years (Dan. 7:25; 12:7). Seven times used here may be a veiled reference to the seven-year Tribulation.

[5] Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)

[6] “For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion … For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates” (Isa. 34:8; Jer. 46:10).

[7] As Dr. Scofield points out, for apostasy there is no remedy but Judgment (Isa. 12:7, 24-25; Heb. 6:4-8; 10:26-31). God has done this throughout Israel’s idol worship and rebellious history (2 Chron. 34:25; 36:16; Ezra 5:12; 8:22, etc.)

[8]Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:9-13)

The 5 Covenants of Israel – Guard and Guarantee her future Kingdom

February 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston, Editor

Our studies of prophecy (Israel, earthly kingdom) and the mystery (church, heavenly kingdom) have taught us that Israel was created, led, and blessed from the prophetic Word. In order to understand Israel’s future, one must understand her past, pictured in  five covenants God made exclusively with her. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum offers this: “Since much of God’s relationship to man is based upon covenantal relationships, a study of the eight covenants is a very important aspect of correctly understanding Scripture. The most common way to divide the Bible is by Dispensations. The dispensations, however, are based upon specific covenants, and knowledge of these covenants will help Bible readers to “rightly divide the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15). Although the dispensations may come to an end, the covenants themselves often continue.”

 Types of Covenants

A covenant is a unilateral or bilateral grant or promise that can be signed, sealed, and implemented. Three different things happen once a covenant is sealed: first, some go into effect right away; second, some provisions go into effect in the near future, which may be twenty five years away or five hundred years away; and third, some provisions go into effect only in the distant prophetic future, not having been fulfilled to this day. There are two types of covenants in the Bible: conditional and unconditional.

 

  • 2 Conditional Covenants– 2 (Edenic and Mosaic): A conditional covenant is a bilateral covenant in which a proposal of God to man is characterized by the formula: if you will, then I will, whereby God promises to grant special blessings to man providing man fulfills certain conditions contained in the covenant. Man’s failure to do so often results in punishment. Thus one’s response to the covenant agreement brings either blessings or cursings. The blessings are secured by obedience and man must meet his conditions before God will meet His (see Lev. 26; Deut 28).
  • 6 Unconditional Covenants (Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Land, Davidic, New): An unconditional covenant is a unilateral covenant and is a sovereign act of God whereby He unconditionally obligates Himself to bring to pass definite blessings and conditions for the covenanted people. This covenant is characterized by the formula: I will, which declares God’s determination to do as He promises. Blessings are secured by the grace of God. There may be conditions in the covenant by which God requests the covenanted one to fulfill out of gratitude, but they are not themselves the basis of God’s fulfilling His promises.

God Made Eight Covenants

Of the eight covenants God made, the first three were made with man while the remaining five were made exclusively with Israel. Only one of these is conditional: the Mosaic Covenant. The other four covenants with Israel are unconditional: the Abrahamic Covenant (promise of a nation), the Land Covenant (promised land of Canaan- Israel), the Davidic Covenant (promised an everlasting king and kingdom), and the New Covenant (promised eternal salvation).

Four things should be noted concerning the nature of the unconditional covenants God made with Israel:

  • First: they are literal covenants and their contents must be interpreted literally as well.
  • Second: the covenants that God has made with Israel are eternal and are not in any way restricted or altered by time.
  • Third: it is necessary to re-emphasize that these are unconditional covenants that were not abrogated because of Israel’s disobedience; because the covenants are unconditional and totally dependent upon God for fulfillment, their ultimate fulfillment can be expected.
  • Fourth: these covenants were made with a specific people: Israel (not the church). This point is brought out by Paul in Romans 9:4: who are Israelites; whose is the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises. This passage clearly points out that these covenants were made with the covenanted people and are Israel’s possession.

This is brought out again in Ephesians 2:11-12: Wherefore remember, that once ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. As stated, five of the eight Bible covenants belong to the people of Israel and, as this passage notes, Gentiles were considered strangers from the covenants. 

God’s 3 Covenants with Man

  • Begin the Dispensation of Innocency (Gen. 1:28) [All references below can be studied fully in the Old Scofield Bible]
  • The EDENIC Covenant (conditional), Gen. 1:26-31;2:16-17 Made with Adam in which life and blessing or death and cursing depended on the faithfulness of Adam. Adam and Eve failed, died spiritually and physically and their sin plunged the whole human race into its pattern of sin and death. 
  • Begin the Dispensation of Conscience (Gen. 3:23)
  • The ADAMIC Covenant (unconditional), Gen. 3:16-19 Here God declares to man, after the fall, what his lot in life will be because of his sin. It includes the promise of the Redeemer. 
  • Begin the Dispensation of Human Government (Gen. 8:21)
  • The NOAHIC Covenant (unconditional), Gen 9:1-18 Made with Noah and his sons after the flood, introducing human government to curb sin, the normal order of nature reaffirmed (Gen. 8:22; 9:2) and the permission for man to eat the flesh of animals. Also His promise never to destroy all flesh again by water. 
  • Begin the Dispensation of Promise (Gen. 12:1)

God’s 5 Covenants with Israel – Leading to the Earthly Kingdom and King

  • The ABRAHAMIC Covenant – Kingdom family chosen (unconditional), Gen. 12:1-4; 13:14-17; 15:1-7; 17:1-8 This Covenant is the first God made with Israel and the one from which all others derive. By divine decree, Abraham received posterity, prosperity, and title deed to a promised land. Through Abraham would come a great nation (Israel) and through him (via that nation) all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Messiah). Through Abraham’s descendants (the Jews) came the prophets of God, the writers of God’s written Word (the Bible) and Christ/Messiah according to the flesh. Begin the Dispensation of the Law (Ex. 19:8)
  • The MOSAIC Covenant – Kingdom nation assembled and its laws established (conditional), Ex. 20:1 – 31:18 It is contained in Exodus but amplified in many other portions of Scripture. It was given through Moses as its mediator for the purpose of governing Israel’s (national) relationship with God. It was mainly made up of (a) the commandments, the express will of God, (b) the judgments, the social and civic life of Israel, (c) and the ordinances. It was temporary and would terminate at the cross of Christ. Though it had gracious elements it was basically a covenant of works. It could not impart life to the sinner in Adam (Gal. 3:21) but it served as a tutor which would lead those who were under its jurisdiction to the only One who could impart LIFE (Christ Jesus, Gal. 3:24). [Israel will rebuild Temple and reinstitute blood sacrifices during the day of the Lord- Dan. 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:4]
  • The LAND Covenant – Kingdom Land guaranteed in perpetuity (unconditional), Deut. 30:1-10 God promised land to Abraham. This Covenant assures Israel will have that land forever. However, it is erroneously called the “Palestinian Covenant” in that the Bible does not assign to it that name. It is the land of Israel because it was divinely covenanted to Abraham’s descendants through Jacob (Israel). It is an unconditional promise regarding Israel’s final possession of their ancient land (study Gen. 12-17).
  • The DAVIDIC Covenant – King’s seed chosen (unconditional), 2Sam. 7:4-16; 1Chron. 17:3-15 God promised David an unending, royal lineage, throne, and kingdom. Though God reserved the right to interrupt the actual reign of David’s sons for chastisement, the perpetuity of the covenant cannot be broken. The Abrahamic Covenant launched the nation and the Land Covenant promised them property, the Davidic Covenant guarantees an everlasting Throne, King and Kingdom connected to that people (the Jews) and the land of Canaan. Jesus Christ, the Son of David, is the rightful heir of this promised Throne (Matt. 2:2; Lk. 1:32-33) and on it He will reign over this literal, promised, earthly, future Messianic Kingdom from Jerusalem at His second advent. Begin the Dispensation of Grace (John 1:17)
  • The NEW Covenant – The Kingdom commences with laws written upon hearts (unconditional), Jer. 31:31-40 It is a new covenant with Israel in contrast with the old (Mosaic, “which they broke,” Jer. 31:32). Christ Jesus is the Mediator (in His blood) of this new covenant which was inaugurated at the cross and is described in Scripture as, “enacted on better promises” (Heb. 8:6). The Mediator of this covenant has become, for all mankind, “the source of eternal salvation” (Heb. 5:9) to all who obey Him; as well as the cornerstone and Head of the Church (Eph. 2:20-22; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23) which is being built during this dispensation; individuals called out from both Jews and Gentiles alike. Ultimately and literally, this new covenant with its unconditional and eternal blessings will be established with NATIONAL Israel at Christ’s second advent to earth. Begin the Dispensation of the Kingdom on through Eternity (Eph. 1:10)

It’s Israel’s Earthly Kingdom by Covenant –

February 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston

When the Word is rightly divided, we find that it is Israel, not the church, that was promised a coming kingdom of heaven which occupied much of the preaching of John the Baptist, Christ and the twelve disciples (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; see Gal. 2:7-9). It will one day emerge in fulfillment of the unconditional Davidic Covenant which was built upon the Abrahamic. Prophecy – via progressive mention or revelation – reveals this kingdom will last on earth 1000 years (revealed in Rev. 20:2-7) of unprecedented peace (Micah 4:2-4; Isaiah 32:17-18), joy (Isaiah 61:7, 10), comfort (Isaiah 40:1-2), prosperity, and health (Amos 9:13-15; Joel 2:28-29). It’s location is Jerusalem, the blessed Zion of God (Isa. 30:19).

It is for Israel that the earthly kingdom was “prepared from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34) and through whom the Messiah was born and to whom He was presented, rejected, and yet one day will return to fulfill the Lord Jesus’s prophetic prayer, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth…” (Matt. 6:10). It is to Israel the Lord Jesus explained this Davidic Covenant Kingdom will be inaugurated following His visible Revelation in Jerusalem (Matt. 24; see Zech. 14; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-21) “immediately after the Tribulation” (Matt. 24:21, 29). It is Israel to whom God’s prophets presented five covenants guiding and guaranteeing her future on earth, including a lineage, land, laws, and a Lord – King – that began with the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 15:18) and will continue through the Millennium.

First, God chose to bless Abraham and His family [nation of Israel, Jews] as the source of blessing: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3).

Second, David’s seed, which is from the lineage of Abraham, was promised the throne forever:

“And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever” (2 Samuel 7:16).

Third, Daniel saw the Kingdom given to Israel at the Revelation of the Messiah (Christ): “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. 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 … But the saints of the most High [Jews] shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever … Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High [Jews]; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom … 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 [Jews], whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him” (Daniel 7:13-14, 18, 22, 27).

Fourth, Christ came as the Son of Abraham and of David to fulfill the Covenant and claim the throne: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham …Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven … ” (Matthew 1:1; 6:10).

Fifth, the Covenant, the Kingdom, and the King were summarily rejected on the day Daniel predicted (Dan. 9:24-25). King Jesus was crucified, yet resurrected, and after forty days of further kingdom instruction (Acts 1:3) – ascended to heaven, and a seat at the right hand of God.

Sixth, prompted by questions from four Jewish patriots (Peter James, John, and Andrew – Mark 13:3) wondering when Christ would inaugurate Israel’s Kingdom, Jesus promised to return at the end of the Tribulation (Matt. 24:29; see Zech. 14:4-5; Rev. 19:11; etc) to set up the Covenant kingdom Israel had rejected (Matt. 21-27).

Israel’s History: from Her Calling to Her Kingdom

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Dr. Mike Johnston

  1. An earthly Kingdom in Jerusalem, Israel has been on God’s agenda from the beginning (Matt. 25:34).
  2. God’s will and His Word have been revealed though God’s inspired servants the prophets (2 Kings 9:7; 17:13; Ezra 9:11; see especially Amos 3:7).
  3. Israel exists from prophecy spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21).
  4. God chose and Covenanted with Abraham; commissioning him as prophet (Gen. 20:7) and the father of Israel (Gen. 17:5; Deut. 9:5; Matt. 3:9; Luke 1:55; etc) whereby blessing would flow through his family, from His calling to her Kingdom (Gen. 12:1-8; 13:14-18; 15; 17; see Ex. 19:5; etc).
  5. Over the years, God expanded the Abrahamic Covenant four times to include Kingdom laws (Ex. 20:1 – 31:18); land (Deut. 30:1-10); and a Jewish born King with a New Covenant Constitution for the Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:8-16; Matt. 5-7; Jer. 31:31-40).
  6. God specified Israel’s Kingdom would commence following a 490 year prophecy of seventy weeks of seven years broken into two parts: 483 years and 7 years that the nation Israel herself must fulfill (Dan. 9:24-27).
  7. “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Gal. 4:4) who offered Israel her Kingdom, and was rejected precisely at the end of the 69th week just as Daniel prophesied (Luke 1:32-33; Matt. 4:17; Dan. 9:244-26).
  8. Israel’s seventieth week is currently on hold until he who now letteth be taken out of the way (2 Thess. 2:6-7) and the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph 1:15) aka the Tribulation (Deut. 4:30-31; Matt. 24:21, 29; Rev. 7:14) begins.
  9. The Lord Jesus will return to earth immediately after the tribulation to fulfill the Covenant’s by inaugurating the thousand year Millennial Kingdom in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 7:8-16; Ezek. 34:11-31; Zech. 14; Rev. 19:11-20:7).
  10. Once Israel’s Covenants are fulfilled – and bear in mind they MUST BE – eternity will begin.

 

Thy Kingdom Come: The Millennium

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Dr. Chuck Missler

 

It is tragic that most of the major denominations – Roman Catholic and Protestant – embrace an eschatology (“study of last things”) that is amillennial : a view that does not envision a literal rule of Christ on the Throne of David on the Planet Earth.

 

While there are many different, yet defendable, views regarding many aspects of end-time prophecies, this basic divergence – denying a literal Millennium – is particularly dangerous in that it would appear to be an attack on the very character of God! It does violence to His numerous and explicit promises and commitments that pervade both the Old and New Testaments.

 

The Old Testament is replete with commitments for a literal Messiah ultimately ruling the world through Israel from His throne in Jerusalem. There are at least 1,845 references in the Old Testament and 17 books give prominence to the event. The ancient rabbinical aspirations were dominated by it. In fact, this obsession obscured their recognizing the Messiah when He made His initial appearance. There are at least 318 references in 216 chapters of the New Testament and 23 of its 27 books give prominence to the event. The early church looked longingly for His promised return as their “Blessed Hope” to rid their desperate world of its evil rulers. How and where did this skepticism known as “Amillennialism” begin?

 

Origen

Pious, popular, and persuasive, Origen [1] stands out as one of the great figures of the 3rd century church. Even at the age of 18, he stood out spectacularly well as a teacher in Alexandria. (In misguided obedience to Matthew 19:12, he emasculated himself, which he later regretted.) Later, as a prolific writer based in Caesarea, his De Principiis systematically laid out Christian doctrine in terms of Hellenic thinking and set the pattern for most subsequent theological thought for many years. His numerous sermons and commentaries, however, tragically also established an extreme pattern of allegorizing Scripture, which was to strongly influence Augustine in subsequent years.

 

Augustine

Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo (A.D. 354-430), was one of the most influential leaders of the Western church, living during the turbulent days of the disintegration of the Roman Empire. [He was also a student of Origen- Dr. Mike].

 

He lived a sensuous, dissolute life, but following a dramatic conversion he experienced a total change of character. In 391 he was ordained as a priest in North Africa and four years later was elevated to the Bishop of Hippo. He embarked on a writing career and his extensive doctrinal writings deeply affected the Medieval Roman Catholic Church. Augustine’s most elaborate writing, The City of God , was written as the Empire lay crumbling under a siege by half-civilized tribes. It portrayed the Church as a new civic order in the midst of the ruins of the Roman Empire. Augustine died while the Vandals were besieging the very gates of Hippo in A.D. 430.

 

Although his writings effectively defeated a number of heresies emerging in those turbulent times, the allegorizing influences of Origen left an amillennial eschatology in their wake. As the Church had increasingly become an instrument of the state, it wasn’t politically expedient to look toward a literal return of Christ to rid the world of its evil rulers! The allegorical reposturing of those passages was more “politically correct.” (This reminds me of the saying among the data processing profession: “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything!”)

 

The Reformation Shortfall

A thousand years later, under the influences of Martin Luther and others, the Reformation brought an intensive return to the authority of the Scriptures which, in turn, resulted in the subsequent reform in soteriology (the study of salvation) with its emphasis on salvation by faith alone. Many were willingly burned at the stake for their commitment to a Biblical perspective. However, one of the unfortunate shortcomings of the Reformation was that it failed to also reexamine the eschatology of the Medieval Church in the light of Scripture. Thus, the allegorizing alchemy of Origen, institutionalized by Augustine, left a denial of the Millennium that still continues to pervade the doctrines of most Protestant denominations today.    

 

From Augustine to Auschwitz

One of the derivative aspects of an amillennial perspective is that it denies Israel’s future role in God’s plans. This also leads to a “replacement theology” in which the Church is viewed as replacing Israel in God’s program for mankind. In addition to forcing an allegorization of many key passages of Scripture, this also led to the tragedy of the Holocaust in Europe. The responsibility for the six million Jews who were systematically murdered in the concentration camps has to include the silent pulpits who had embraced this heretical eschatology and its attendant anti-Semitism.

 

Reality of the Millennium

For anyone who takes the Bible seriously, the numerous explicit commitments of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that the Messiah would literally rule from Zion cannot be ignored or explained away. God’s explicit and unconditional commitment of the land of Israel to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the very issue that is being challenged by the world today! And, the resurgence of amillennialism, and its attendant doctrines, is again setting the stage for the next holocaust.1

 

In the New Testament, these commitments are reconfirmed. Christmas reminds us that Gabriel promised Mary that her son was destined to sit on the Throne of David which did not exist during the days of His ministry,2 and is yet to be fulfilled. In fact, He taught us to pray specifically for it: “Thy Kingdom come….” What does that mean? The thousand-year reign, from which the Millennium takes its label, is detailed in numerous passages including Revelation 20, Isaiah 65, and Ezekiel 40-48, among others. Ezekiel’s detailed tour of the Millennial Temple virtually defies any skeptic’s attempt to treat it allegorically (see diagram). Encompassing a Temple area 50 miles on a side, substantially to the north of Jerusalem, as a source of a river that flows toward both the Mediterranean to the west and the Dead Sea to the east, Ezekiel’s description implies a total change of topography, which is explicit in the Scripture. 3

 

However, the more we learn about the Millennium, the more questions it raises. It is not heaven: it is clearly distinctive in contrast to the eternal state which follows (Revelation 21). It will be characterized by a limited amount of evil, which Christ will judge perfectly and immediately. 4 Neither is it the “new earth” that God will yet create;5 for therein righteousness dwells, which is something not true of the Millennium.

 

Millennium Paradoxes

As an example of some of the ostensible paradoxes of the Millennium is the strange question of death. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, a dear friend and highly respected Messianic scholar, suggests that death in the Millennium will be for unbelievers only. Nowhere in the Bible does it speak of a resurrection of Millennial saints. This may be why the resurrection of the tribulation saints is said to complete the “first resurrection” (Rev 20:4-6).

 

From the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34, it would seem that there will be no Jewish unbelievers in the kingdom; all Jews born during the Millennium will accept the Messiah before their 100th year.6 Unbelief would thus be among the Gentiles only, and therefore, death would exist only among the Gentiles.7 [Jer 31:35-37 refutes “Reconstructionism” and similar heresies.] Another strange issue is the prominence of sacrifices in the Millennium. It would seem that they are memorials after the fact, just as the sacrifices in the Old Testament were memorials in advance.8

 

A Time to Study

As recent events have so dramatically emphasized to all of us, it is, indeed, a time to reexamine our perspectives, and to acknowledge in our personal priorities that history includes some shocking “non-linearities”: even our most cherished presumptions are subject to cataclysmic challenges! It is time to refresh our understanding from the bedrock of Scripture and to recognize the urgency of the times. I believe we are rapidly being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than it does about any other period of time in history – including the time that Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea!

Are you ready? Maranatha!

**NOTES**

  1. See our briefing package, The Next Holocaust and the Refuge in Edom. Also, Hal Lindsey’s Road to Holocaust, Bantam Books, is a definitive study of these issues.
  2. Luke 1:32.
  3. See our briefing package, Thy Kingdom Come.
  4. Isaiah 11:1-16.
  5. Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Rev 21:1.
  6. Isaiah 65:20.
  7. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Footsteps of the Messiah, p.273. Cf. Jerusalem in the Millennium: pp.330ff.
  8. Hebrews 10:4ff.

[1] The heretic Origen taught a pre-existence of souls, inferiority of the Son, and universalism. He was also editor in chief of the Romanist Alexandrian Manuscripts used in all modern Bible per-versions including NIV, CEV, NKJV, NASB, etc. For more info, please order our tract: Facts About the Manuscripts. – Dr. Mike 2 Tim 2:2

 

Last Days Signs in the Sun and the Moon and the Stars

Last Days Signs in the Sun and the Moon and the Stars

The Day of the Lord Cometh!

Dr. Mike Johnston

What is the purpose of this tract?

To help my students and friends understand that God’s plan for Israel and His plan for the church are NOT the same. The last days signs in the sun moon and stars heralds the Day of the Lord spoken by the prophets of Israel, signifying when Jesus Christ will return to set up His Davidic Covenant Kingdom in Jerusalem following the tribulation.

I was taught that the church is the new Israel?

You were taught a heresy called replacement theology that the Lord Jesus attributed to the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9; 3:9). The fact is Israel is a nation that exists from prophecy, and focuses on an earthly kingdom and King. [1] The church is a body (Christ’s) that exists from the revelation of the mystery that Jesus gave to Paul and no one else (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 3:3). It focuses on Heaven and our citizenship there in Christ. Reading Peter’s words in light of the mystery Paul revealed in his 13 inspired letters [my comments bracketed] not only helps unveil the difference between prophecy for Israel and mystery for the church, but in the very distinct ministries of these two apostles: As also in all (Paul’s) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood [mystery], which they that are unlearned [unknowledgeable about prophecy and mystery] and unstable [inconsistent hermeneutics brings about a wide range of conclusions] wrest [fight against], as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16). 

What is the tribulation and Day of the Lord?

Both are Jewish, OT terms given to Israel by the prophets of God. It has no bearing on the church whatsoever. In short, the tribulation is a future 7 year period when God will punish the world for sin and prepare Israel and her supporters for the Messiah and the Davidic Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:16; Zech. 14; Matt. 25:31-34). The term was first used by Moses in a prophecy warning that Israel would suffer tribulation in the latter days (Deut. 4:30). While other prophets pictured the horrors of it, Jeremiah called this the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7), and Jacob is Israel (Gen. 32:28). Prior to the crucifixion the Lord Jesus answered questions about His future return to set up the Davidic Kingdom by listing signs of the tribulation and the great tribulation (Matt. ; 24:21, 29) preceding it (Olivet Discourse: Matt. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21). Scholars believe this tribulation period revealed by Moses, the prophets, Jeremiah, Christ and others comprises the final 7 year period missing from Daniel’s 70 week prophecy for thy people [Jews] and thy holy city [Jerusalem] (Dan. 9:24-27).

The Day of the Lord (more explained in a moment) is a well known Jewish OT term mentioned specifically 26 times by 9 OT prophets, and alluded to in the NT by Luke, Paul, and Peter. Dispensationalists teach that the Day of the Lord begins with the tribulation and extends on through the 1000 year Davidic Kingdom (2 Sam. 7:16). Since the church is NOT Israel and has already had her sins judged once for all at the cross- there is no reason for us to be here suffering during the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble.

Is the Day of Christ the same as the Day of the Lord?

No! The Day of Christ- used in several variations including day of our Lord Jesus Christ, Day of the Lord Jesus, and day of Jesus Christ– is a Christian phrase Paul was given in the revelation of the mystery for the church. As a Hebrew scholar, Paul was well aware of the prophetic significance of the phrase the Day of the Lord and knew it described events surrounding the tribulation aka the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble. He also knew that the Day of the Lord is judgment against the proud (Isa. 2:12); destruction (Isa. 13:6; Joel 1:15); God’s fierce anger (Isa. 13:9;    Zeph. 2:2); God’s vengeance for Zion (Isa. 34:8); God’s vengeance against His adversaries (Jer. 46:10; Obad. 1:15); terror (Lam. 2:22); Israel’s battle (Ezek. 13:5); the time of the heathen (Ezek. 30:3); a time of trembling (Joel 2:1); great and very terrible (Joel 2:11); dark and bloody moon (Joel 2:31; Acts 2:20); multitudes in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14); woe (Amos 5:18); darkness (Amos 5:20); bitter crying (Zeph. 1:14); and wrath (Zeph. 1:18). Not surprising, Paul’s variations of the day of Christ never include the prophetic warnings of the Day of the Lord because it was given to a group totally distinct from Israel; the church. Arno Gaebelein agrees:

“There is an important difference between the day of Christ and the Day of the Lord. The day of Christ concerns the Church, the saints of God. The Day of the Lord concerns the earth– Israel and the nations. The day of Christ begins when He takes His saints in glory and they are with Him. The Day of the Lord will bring . . . the visible manifestation of the Lord from heaven. The day of Christ comes first and the Day of the Lord follows [and continues] at least seven years later. The Day of the Lord does not concern the saints at all; it falls on the world. Before the Day of the Lord can come, His saints have to be gathered together unto Him. The promise of 1Th_4:16-18 needs first to be fulfilled. (Paul)  uses this hope of being gathered to Christ, when He comes for His saints, as a motive why they should not listen to those who said the day of [Christ] is present. He reminds them of the fact that their gathering unto Him had not yet taken place. How, then, could the Day of the Lord be present?” (The Annotated Bible- Arno Gaebelein)

What or where are the signs indicating the Day of the Lord is near?

Luke 21:25 tells us: 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. Many of these signs and perplexities can be studied in the Olivet Discourse accounts Christ gave to the elect- Jews (Isa. 45:4; Matt. 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21).

What is the significance of the sun, moon, and stars in Scripture?

By design, the sun, moon and stars have played key roles in God publishing His panoramic program. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  (15)  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light [2] upon the earth: and it was so.  (16)  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also (Genesis 1:14-16).

[Incidentally, the sun, moon, and stars serve as types which are divine illustrations of truth. Scofield [3] offers this regarding these three entities: The “greater light” is a type of Christ, the “Sun of righteousness” (Mal_4:2). He will take this character at His second advent. Morally the world is now in the state between; (Gen_1:3-16); (Eph_6:12); (Act_26:18); (1Pe_2:9). The sun is not seen, but there is light. Christ is that light (Joh_1:4); (Joh_1:5-9) but “shineth in darkness,” comprehended only by faith. As “Son of righteousness” He will dispel all darkness].

What are the prophecies detailing the end times signs in the sun moon and stars?

Before looking at them, let’s remember that Israel is a nation that was promised through 4 covenants with Almighty God to be a nation in a land ruled by laws that would become a permanent Kingdom. She rejected the King some 2000 year ago and is still awaiting her Covenanted Kingdom and King. There are at  least 7 key prophetic passages alerting Israel to the timing of the Day of the Lord and the Kingdom.

  1. Isaiah 13:9-11  Behold, the Day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.  (10)  For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.  (11)  And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
  2. Isaiah 24:21-23  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.  (22)  And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.  (23)  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
  3. Joel 2:30-3:2  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 bloodbefore the great and the terrible Day of the Lord come.  (32)  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.  (3:1)  For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,  (2)  I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
  4. Joel 3:12-16  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.
  5. Matthew 24:27-31  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  (28)  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  (29)  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  (30)  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  (31)  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

(Matthew 24:32-25:30 is parenthetical) Matthew 25:31-34  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  (32)  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  (33)  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  (34)  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

  1. 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:  (20)  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into bloodbefore that great and notable Day of the Lord come:  (21)  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  2. Revelation 6:12-13  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;  (13)  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [the church is NOT MENTIONED one time from Chapter 4 through 18].

Using the Chart of signs in the sun, moon, and stars- p4

There are 7 verses discussing the end times signs in the sun, moon, and stars. Although they are all pertinent to Israel signifying the coming of the Messiah, PreWrath rapture advocates claim it is actually the rapture these events signal which will- according to their unprovable theory- occurs in a one time event after the tribulation but before God pours out His wrath in conjunction with the darkening of the sun, and the moon turning to blood.

On the chart (p4) I have listed all 7 passages cited. I also have included any mention of the Day of the Lord (which is for Israel, not the church), 2nd Coming to Jerusalem (also for Israel), Armageddon-Valley of Jehoshaphat (for Israel) and/or Judgment (sheep and goat). Please pay particular attention to the congruency of the Day of the Lord, the 2nd Coming of Christ to Jerusalem, and the Judgment because those espousing the PreWrath hypothesis have to separate them in order to make their theory work. 

Chart of signs in the sun, moon, and stars

Reference

Stars/Heaven

Sun

Moon

Day of the Lord

2nd Coming

to Jerusalem

Armageddon/Valley of Jehoshaphat/Judgment

Isaiah
13:9-11

The stars and the constellations shall not

give their light

The sun shall be darkened in his going forth

The moon shall not cause her light to shine

Day of the Lord cometh,

cruel both with wrath and fierce anger

Not mentioned

He shall destroy sinners; I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity

Isaiah

24:21-23

No mentioned

The sun ashamed

The moon shall be confounded

And it shall come to pass

in that day;

after many days

Lord of hosts shall reign in

Mount Zion and in

Jerusalem

The Lord shall punish the host of the high ones and the kings of the earth, and they shall be gathered together in the pit

Joel
2:30-3:2
(see Acts2:19

below)

I will show wonders in the heavens

The sun shall be turned into darkness  [4]

…and the moon into blood

before the great and the terrible Day of

the Lord comein those days, and in that time

Not mentioned

I will also gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of

Jehoshaphat. In mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance

Joel

3:12-16

The stars shall withdraw their shining

The sun shall be darkened

The moon shall be

darkened

The Day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision

The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, the children

of Israel

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. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.

Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-34

The stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken

The sun shall be darkened

The moon shall not give her light

Not mentioned

Lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; immediately after the tribulation of those days. The sign of the son of man in heaven; coming in the clouds with power and great glory

Eagles are gathered at Armageddon/sign of the Son of man coming with power and great glory, tribes mourn, sends his angels w/great sound of trumpet, elect gathered . . . then shell he sit upon the throne of his glory and separate the sheep from the goats in his kingdom.

Acts 2:19-21

(see Joel 2:30 above)

I will show wonders in heaven above

The sun shall be turned into darkness

…and the moon into blood

Before that great and notable Day of the Lord

Not mentioned

Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord

shall be saved

Rev. 6:12-13

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth

The sun became black as sackcloth of hair

And the moon

became as blood

Not mentioned

Not mentioned

Wrath of the Lamb follows (Rev. 6:16-17)

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[4] Someone suggested that Joel and Revelation both describe a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. During solar eclipses the sun is obscured by the moon except for wisps of light around the corona as if a sackcloth- dark goat’s hair cloth used in bag making sacks and clothing – was put in front of the sun. Lunar eclipses often cause the moon to not disappear completely but turn shades of orange and fire red.

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