By Ben Ruach ha Kodesh (John of AllFaith) © 2.17.08
"The Earth belongs to HaShem and the Fullness Thereof."
Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age ["world" in the KJV: "aion" means an age or time period, not world]?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you....
Thus does the Master's detailed End Times Prophecy recorded in Matthew 24 begin. This first prediction, the then unthinkable destruction of the Holy Jerusalem Temple, was fulfilled about 37 years after it was given, in 70 CE.
Of all those who are and/or who claim to be prophets, the Biblical prophets are the most accurate and detailed of them all. Indeed, while the Bible is important on countless levels, did you know that fully one third of this sixty six book library is prophetic or that nearly seventy five percent of those prophecies deal directly or indirectly with "the End of the Gentile Times" or Last Days? Its true!
In this study we'll be looking at one of the important prophecies Master Y'shua revealed to Prophet John:
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
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.
6 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.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
The woman who gives birth to this child is Israel and her child is the Kingdom that HaShem promised to Abraham and his descendants. The Sun represents the blessings of HaShem (some say Abraham), and the twelve stars are the twelve tribes of Israel to whom the coming Kingdom is granted. The moon is Sarah and Jewish motherhood through whom the twelve tribes emerge.
As is believed by many Christians and Noahide Nazarenes, the Jewish people are the anointed and chosen of HaShem ("The Name" ie God). Through their various experiences the Jewish people, as a group, lost their faith in the God of Israel and, in 70 CE, HaShem allowed the Romans to expel them from their eternal home of Eretz Israel. According to the prophets, when this happened HaShem Himself joined the Jews in the Diaspora. When the Jews returned to Israel in 1948, HaShem did as well. Paul discusses this in detail as does Prophet Isaiah and other Hebrew prophets. This is also discussed in some detail elsewhere on this Noahide Nazarene website.
But the point here is that even as HaShem allowed His people to be driven out of their homeland in 70 CE, He promised one day to restore them to the Land and to establish a global theocratic kingdom under a righteous Jewish King: the Moshiach or Messiah (this is the primary job of the Messiah and that this did not occur is the main reasons Jews reject the Christian claim that Master Y'shua was Moshiach: No Kingdom means Moshiach has yet to fulfill his purpose). That day began on May 14, 1948 but the return is not yet complete:
Matthew 23:37 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.
There is an important point here to understand. Israel is not just another human-wrought nation. It is the one nation specifically chosen by God to be His tool for global restoration and blessing. When a group of people, largely secular Jews known as Zionists (i.e. those who support a Jewish return to Mount Zion and an end to the Diaspora) decided to work for the modern day restoration of Israel they did so, knowingly or not, under Divine influence. For the return of the Chosen Ones to be complete however, the Jewish people must proclaim, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of HaShem." In other words, only the coming of Moshiach and the Jewish acceptance of him will complete the Jewish Return and signal the end of what Master Y'shua called the Times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24) (this by the way is why a small segment of religious Jews continue to oppose the Jewish state: They believe only Moshiach can establish Israel). It is of the culmination of these "Gentile Times" that our considered verse in John's Revelation is referencing.
Note that as the woman (the Jews) delivered the child (Theocratic Israel, the Kingdom of God on earth) a great red dragon (the Rex Mundi or Antichrist/Dijal/Little Horn), who is actually the Son of Lucifer (whose" tail" drew the third part of the stars of heaven -- ie the fallen angels), approaches the woman that was ready to be delivered, in order to devour her child as soon as it was born. And what does modern history tell us? The very day Israel declared its independence the Muslim Ummah attacked Israel enmasse as the world stood idly by and did nothing.
But what happened? HaShem Himself intervened and Israel destroyed it enemies in a series of truly miraculous victories.
Likewise the prophets will be accurate when they tell us that as the day draws closer for the Kingdom to be established, the Jewish people of Israel will have to flee their homes (Matt 24:15-20). Many of these people will go to Petra where, for the final three and a half years (a thousand two hundred and threescore days) HaShem Himself will protect them as a remnant of His people destined to receive the fulfillment of His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This event, which will occur about three and a half years after the Rex Mundi signs an historic peace treaty between Israel and its enemies (I Thess 5:3) and desecrates the then newly completed Third Temple (Dan 9:24-27, II Thess 2:4), will be the beginning of the final three and a half years of our age, known in John's Book of Prophecy as the "Great Tribulation" (Rev 7:14 and Matthew 24:21).
During this final three and half years the entire cosmos will be at war. The forces of good (the "Sheep") will be everywhere opposing the forces of the New World Order (the "Goats") and its Rex Mundi or global ruler. These people will largely be martyred (Rev. 6:9-11). This is the reference in verses 7 and 8 above.
Having lost in Heaven (in the celestial part of this cosmic revolution) the earth will become a bloodbath as Evil steps up its ages-long attempt to destroy the Jews and all who side with them. Why?
Matt. 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.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Destroy the Jews and you stop the coming of Messiah. Stop the Messiah, and Lucifer and his forces secure domination of the earth. This is goal of the Bilderberg group, the Illuminati and the New World Order.
This unprecedented global conflagration will be the lead up to the final war, the Battle of Armageddon. Such a globally destructive war has not been fought on this planet during our age. It will be this war that will end the present age.
While from one perspective the woman Israel gave birth in 1948, from another this has yet to happen because Moshiach has not yet come. Israel is still therefore preparing to give birth to the Kingdom of HaShem. The Israel we know today is a democracy, the prophesied Israel will be a global theocracy (a government led by the hand of God, ie not by fallen clerics). As one travailing in birth pangs Israel is under almost constant pain and pressure, yet Israel remains and her enemies continue to seek her destruction on all sides... just as the prophets foretold.
As a nation of priests Israel represents the people of the earth before HaShem. This is their role, their mission, its what they were Chosen to do. Just as Israel is experiencing these Kingdom birth pangs, so too are we all because both of the now rising kingdoms, that of Lucifer (the NWO) and that of Moshiach, have a direct bearing on our future and well being.
Birth pangs rise and fall, they come and they go, but they become more intense and frequent as the delivery draws closer. Consider some interesting facts:
Among Prophet Y'shua's predictions in Matthew 24 are forecasts of increased earthquakes and other natural disasters. In December 2004 the Indian Ocean tsunami hit several countries and was one of the worst such tsunamis in recorded history. Indeed, the cause of the tsunami was the second strongest earthquake ever recorded. Over 225,000 humans died and untold numbers of animals. Over five million people were left homeless.
In the US 2005 saw the most tropical storms on record. Typically in the US ten storms are considered severe enough each year to be named, in 2005 26 were named. In a normal year the US can expect six hurricanes, in 2005 there were 14 and the number of major hurricanes, usually 2 a year, was 7 in 2005.
Then that same year, in October, a major quake struck Northern Pakistan with damage reaching all the way into India proper. Over 80,000 people died in this one, leaving 2.5 million homeless.
Then came Katrina...
Those of us who believe in the accuracy of the biblical prophets and who believe we are fast approaching the final seven years of this six thousand year old age can readily point to countless evils and sorrows in our world. It is all too easy to point to some disaster and proclaim it is the direct result of God's wrath. After 9-11 for instance Jerry Falwell and others said the attacks were God's punishment on the US for homosexuality and infanticide. And I must confess that when those storms hit so devastatingly on Super Tuesday this year I as others had to wonder... the US appears to be about to elect the most evil (literally) president in our history (Hillary), was God reacting to our collectively foolish vote? But in truth, unless and until God sends a prophet to tell us what the various disasters mean its mere guesswork, and potentially dangerous work at that.
No, such disasters, taken individually, mean nothing as far as we know with any certainty. Taken collectively however its a different matter! For those who understand the prophecies, and there are many many researchers who do, such events are clearly the prophesied "birth pangs" being experienced prior to the coming of Moshiach and his Kingdom.
And things will get a lot worse before they get better! We're not even into the first three and a half years yet!
Like most people, I love to be positive, to smell the roses and believe things are getting better for my family and the world all the time...
But such would be denial friends.
What we can say on a positive note is that the end of these birth pangs is in sight, that its just a matter of time until this "woman" gives birth to her child, the Moshiach.
THAT is positive.
THAT is Good News.
Once this happens:
Zechariah 8:20 Thus saith HaShem of hosts: It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities;
21 and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying: Let us go speedily to entreat the favour of HaShem, and to seek HaShem of hosts; I will go also.
22 Yea, many peoples and mighty nations shall come to seek HaShem of hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favour of HaShem.
23 Thus saith HaShem of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that G-d is with you.' (JPS)
As we prepare for those days that must come first, let us never forget:
Genesis 12:1 Now HaShem said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'
Israel and the Jewish people are and have always been a blessing to the earth and they will, once their Moshiach comes, usher in a thousand years of global peace followed by... well, that's a topic for another study.
For now, we are still experiencing the birth pangs of the coming Kingdom.
Before that Kingdom is established, before HaShem's Will is, "done on earth as it is in Heaven," this earth will experience the most dreadfully devastating seven years in its history bar none. The majority of people will not survive these soon coming months and years. If you are reading these words and are not at death's door now, you will likely behold the fulfillment of these words. You don't need to accept them now, but do keep them in mind. They could make the difference for you.
Before that Kingdom is established, the New World Order advocates will successfully establish the Global Union and enthrone their Rex Mundi (World King) known from the prophets as the Antichrist, the Dijal, the Little Horn, the Son of Perdition and by other terms. During the first three and half years and doubtless already, this man will be a demon possessed European Jew. During the final three and a half years he will be the physical manifestation of Lucifer himself re-animating the body of the fallen leader.
Before that Kingdom is established, the Global Union will require everyone to accept the "Mark of the Beast," doubtless now understood as a computerized GPS,RFID encoded implant. The Mark may well precede the establishment of the Global Union but will probably require a loyal oath to its principles. Don't accept it.
Before that Kingdom is established, HaShem will call forth 144,000 Jewish preachers who will declare the coming of HaShem's Kingdom and proclaim the vile nature of the New World Order and all who support it:
Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
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.
Before that Kingdom is established, HaShem will call forth His Two Witnesses. Their important work will be seen by all the world and have serious ramifications for everyone still alive:
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
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.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
To save the Jews (the Elect), who will then be sequestered at Petra and in hiding elsewhere around the planet, Moshiach will come, but not until hope seems lost and the remaining Jews unite their voices and call upon the God of Israel to save them.
Matt. 24:39 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.
Then will the Kingdom of HaShem be established. Then will the Gentiles go to Jerusalem or seek out the Jewish people knowing that God is with them, just as the prophets foreknew.
Then will the Jews fully understand the meaning and nature of their Holy Calling.
The prophecies are being fulfilled right before out very eyes.
Do what you can to prepare.