Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

The Time After Jacob’s Trouble

The Great Earthquake and “the Day of the Lord

Earthquake

Back Next Chapter 14, Part 3 Preview: Many people expect a “rapture”. Others expect a place of safety for the church. The Exodus is about to be repeated! The Two Witnesses’ message will spearhead this Second Exodus! Can one suffer thru the Great Tribulation yet not be spared from the Day of Yehovah (Jehovah)? Can you be spared both? Is there a “place of safety” for the remnant of ALL TWELVE TRIBES of Israel during and after the Tribulation? This chapter addresses the “safety” issue by raising questions that you probably never thought to ask; spanning hundreds of Scripture verses that have a direct bearing on your future. Will you escape the Tribulation entirely?

12 Tribes of Israel

At this point in time the world’s nations will no longer be allowed to hurt Israel.

Micah 5:1-8 Now gather yourselves into troops, daughter of troops. They have laid siege against us. They’ll strike the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod.

2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, tho you are small among the clans of Judah, yet One will come from you to Me, the One to be Ruler in Israel. He comes from the distant past, from the dawn of eternity. 3 He’ll abandon them until the time that the woman in labor gives birth [Revelation 12:4-6]. Then the rest of His brothers will return to the people of Israel. 4 He’ll stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of Yehovah, in the majesty of the name of Yehovah His Elohim, and they’ll live securely because His greatness will reach the ends of the earth. 5 He’ll be our peace when the Assyrian invade our land, and when he tramples our fortresses. Then we’ll bring on the scene seven shepherds against them, and eight leaders of men. 6 They’ll rule the land of Assyria with swords, the land of Nimrod in its entrances. He’ll save us from the Assyrian, when he invades our land, and when he invades the borders of our land.

7 The surviving remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, like dew from Yehovah, like showers on the landscape that don’t wait for man, nor wait for the human sons. 8 The remnant of Jacob’s clan will be among the nations, among many people, like a lion among the animals of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, that as he goes thru, he tramples them and tears them to pieces, and there is no one to rescue them. —The Gabriel Bible

At the appointed time Yehovah will simply make the survivors of His chosen people impervious to destruction! Tho few in number, they will simply be allowed to depart from “among the Nations!”

Amazingly, soon after Yehovah rescues our people from what I believe to be the German led end time Babylon-Asiatic hordes, lusting for Israel’s newly acquired wealth, sweeping in on the newly liberated captives; they will attempt to destroy these people who they mistake for “easy marks”. They plan to take their spoils before they can regroup. Israel will have pillaged their captors, just as when ancient Israel exited Egypt. This is not robbery, it is back pay! There will be a great deal of “booty” in the form of “silver and gold” and “livestock and goods” that they will “plunder”. The multi million man Asian army, unleashed on Israel, will have grossly underestimated Israel’s new “Ally”!

One reason why some teach that these prophecies will occur at the end of the one thousand year period is because of the statement that Israel would be a nation of unwalled villages. They are clearly just brought back from captivity, having been sold to enemies all over the world. Because these individuals teach that both the Great Tribulation and the Day of Yehovah last a combined total of 1,260 days, there would, under that scenario, be no time period for these prophecies to occur prior to the thousand years. Ezekiel 38 and 39 are just one place where it becomes apparent that the Great Tribulation, also known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, lasts the full 1,260 days, followed by the Day of Yehovah, a separate year, the year of Yehovah’s vengeance:

Isaiah 34:1, 7-8 Come near, you nations, and listen. Pay attention, you people! The earth and everything on it should hear, the world, and every living thing.... 7 Men as strong as a monoclonius [?] will fall next to them, young bulls with strong ones. Their land will be saturated with blood, and their dust will be greasy with fat. 8 Because Yehovah has a Time of Vengeance, a Year of Payback settling the dispute over Zion.

During this transitional year, year 6000, the Jubilee year immediately prior to the Everlasting Kingdom, Jubilee 2028 AD?, Yehovah will be punishing the world’s military powers, but unarmed Israel will have returned to their own land, “and now all of them dwell safely” (Ezekiel 38:8). The defeat of the Northern super power is prophesied in great detail in Revelation 17 thru 19. This is also to occur during the Day of Yehovah.

Joel 2:31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will become blood red in the presence of the great and awesome Day of Yehovah coming to pass.

The plan to conquer the nations of Israel has been in the works for years, largely due to an inside job, but perhaps some recklessness will alter the “evil plan” resulting in a sense of urgency that will cause the planners to blunder more than they might have. The statement: “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army.” indicates that Yehovah orchestrated their attack to be premature, but they would have eventually attacked anyway. Israel will be without defensive military weaponry! This is in sharp contrast to Deuteronomy 28:52. Their weapons will have been lost in the war and Elohim (God) will not give His remnant people any more because they won’t need them.

Ezekiel 38 and 39 are quoted in their entirety because this is a primary source of information about the conclusion of this Jubilee Year for Israel:

Ezekiel 38 All: The Word of Yehovah came to me, He said, 2 “Human son, begin facing Gog, from the land of Magog, the leader of the nations of Rosh [Russia], Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him. 3 Tell him ‘The Sovereign Yehovah says: I’m against you, Gog, leader of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I’ll turn you around, and put hooks into your jaws, and I’ll bring you out with your entire army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a large company with bucklers and shields, all of them swordsmen [not yet beaten into harrows (plows)]. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Put will be with you, all with shields and helmets, 6 Gomer, and all his troops, the ‘nation’ of Togarmah from the far north, and all his hordes, and many nations with you.

7 Be prepared! Be prepared, you, and all the hordes gathered with you, and be their guard. 8 After many days you’ll be summoned, in the latter years you’ll invade a land that has recovered from ‘war’, that was gathered from many nations, on the mountains of Israel, mountains that have been a perpetual waste. Its people were all brought out of other nations, and now dwell securely. 9 You’ll go up, you’ll advance like a storm. You’ll be like a cloud covering the land, you, and all your hordes, and many people with you.

10 This is what the Sovereign Yehovah says: In that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you’ll devise an evil scheme. 11 You’ll say, “I’ll attack a land of unwalled villages, I’ll attack a peaceful confident people, all of them living without walls, without bars on their doors or gates. 12 I’ll plunder and loot, turning my hand against the waste places that are now filled with people who were gathered out of the nations, who now have livestock and goods, who live in the center of the world.” 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and its villagers will ask you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered these hordes to rob, to steal silver and gold, to haul away livestock and goods, to seize property?”

14 So, human son, give this prophecy to Gog, “The Sovereign Yehovah says: When that day comes, when My people Israel live securely, you’ll certainly know it! 15 You’ll come from your place in the far north, you, and many nations with you, your entire cavalry, a huge and powerful ‘allied’ army. 16 You’ll advance against My people Israel like a cloud covering the land. Then at the end of the ‘age’, I’ll bring you against My land, so that the nations will know Me, when I’ll become renowned due to you, Gog, before their eyes. 17 The Sovereign Yehovah says: Gog, aren’t you the one I spoke of long ago by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring you against them? [Elohim is making a distinct point of showing that after dozens of specific prophesies have already occurred, as expounded by the two witnesses, these hordes are like stupid animals, marching to the slaughter, not knowing the certainty of their demise.] 18 On the day when Gog attacks the land of Israel, My rage will be ‘ignited’, declares the Sovereign Yehovah. 19 In My passion and in My blazing wrath, I tell you, on that very day there will be a huge earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, land animals, every "living’ thing that moves on the ground, and everyone on the face of the earth will shake at My presence. Mountains will be thrown down, cliffs will crumble, and every wall will be leveled to the ground. 21 I’ll summon swordsmen against him [Gog] on all My mountains, says the Sovereign Yehovah. Every man’s sword will be turned against his countrymen. 22 I’ll execute judgment against him with plagues and bloodshed. I’ll send rainstorms on him and his hordes, and on the many nations with him; a torrential shower with huge hailstones, fire, and burning brimstone. 23 I’ll reveal My greatness and My distinction. I’ll make Myself known in the ‘sight’ of many nations. Then they’ll know that I am Yehovah!

It is extremely important to notice the significance of Ezekiel’s reference to the Great Earthquake in this context. It is necessary to compare the references pertaining to the Day of Yehovah and this Great Earthquake, because this is a primary benchmark in time, essential to correctly understanding the prophetic sequence of events. It is a very specific and unique event, accompanied by hail and the highly unusual occurrence of “each by the sword of a countryman.”

Haggai 2:6,7,20-22 6 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: Once more, in a little while, I’m going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea, and the dry land. 7 I’ll shake all the nations, and they’ll come with the treasures of all nations [see JFB], and I’ll fill this Temple with splendor, says Yehovah the Commander. ... 20 The Word of Yehovah came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month. He said, 21 “Tell Zerubbabel, governor of Judah that I’m going to shake the heavens and the earth. 22 I’ll overthrow royal thrones and destroy the power of the heathen kingdoms. I’ll overthrow the chariots and their riders; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of a countryman.

This other virtually unique occurrence will be plainly identified as a Day of Yehovah prophecy in Zechariah 14:1 and 13.

Paul expounded on this event as well:

Hebrews 12:26-27 whose voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Once again, I’ll not only shake the earth, but the heavens as well.” 27 By His saying, “Once more”, it indicates another major rearrangement of the things that are shaken, because they were created in such a way that the things that can’t be shaken will remain unchanged.

John tied this earthquake to “Armageddon” the “great day of His wrath” and the Seventh Bowl:

Revelation 16:16-21 They [Aramaic] [the demons, see Gill’s] gathered them together in a place that is called Armageddon in Hebrew. 17 The seventh messenger poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came from the Temple, from the throne, that said, “It’s finished!” 18 There was lightning and thunder and voices, and there was a ‘powerful’ earthquake like nothing that has ever happened since people have inhabited the earth, such a widespread earthquake, and such magnitude! 19 The great city was split into three parts. The ‘premier’ city of the nations fell. YHVH remembered to ‘make’ Babylon the Great drink from the cup filled with the wine of His furious wrath. 20 Every island vanished, and the mountains disappeared. 21 ‘Huge’ hailstones a talent in weight [55 pounds] fell from the sky onto people, and they blasphemed YHVH because the plague of hail was so ‘severe’.

This “GREAT EARTHQUAKE” exactly pinpoints the timing of the prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39: The timing is about as pinpointed as you can get.

Zechariah 14:1-13 The Day of Yehovah is coming, [and when it does then] your possessions will be distributed right in front of you! 2 I’ll gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem, and the city will be taken, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half of the residents will go into exile, but the rest of the people won’t be cut off from the city. 3 Then Yehovah [the Son] will go out and wage war against those nations, as He previously fought in battle. 4 And in that day His [Yeshua (Jesus)’s] feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, forming a very large valley, [Elohim is on Mt. Zion, Isaiah 10:12] so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 You’ll flee by My mountain valley, because My mountain valley will reach to Azel. Yes, you’ll flee just like you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Yehovah my Elohim will come, and all of the kadosh ones with Him.

6 When that day comes there won’t be light, cold or frost. 7 It will be the unique day that Yehovah makes Himself known {niphal}, neither day or night, but then when evening comes it will still be light. 8 When that day comes living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the eastern sea, and half toward the western sea, continuously in summer and winter. 9 Yehovah will be King over all the earth. When that day comes it will be Yehovah alone, and His name alone. 10 All the land from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah, but Jerusalem will be elevated, from Benjamin’s gate to the site of the first gate, to the Corner gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11 People will live there, and there will no longer be a curse, but Jerusalem will be safely inhabited.

12 This is the plague that Yehovah will strike all the nations that have fought against Jerusalem with: Their flesh will rot away while they are still standing on their feet, and their eyes will rot away in their sockets, and their tongues will rot away in their mouths. 13 When that day comes a great panic from Yehovah will fall on them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and the hand of one neighbor will be raised against the hand of the other.

Revelation 6:12-13, 17 I watched as He broke open the sixth seal, and there was a huge earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of hair, and the moon turned blood red. 13 Asteroids [Gr. aster] from the heavens fell to the earth like unripe figs falling from a fig tree when it is shaken by a strong wind. ... 17 because the great day of Their anger has come, and who is able to ‘survivethat?”

Ezekiel 39: Human son, prophesy against Gog, tell him, ‘The Sovereign Yehovah says: I’m against you, Gog, leader of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal! 2 I’ll turn you around, and lead you. From the far north, I’ll bring you against the mountains of Israel. 3 I’ll strike the bow from your left hand, and knock arrows out of your right hand. 4 You’ll fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, as well as your allies. I’ll give you to predatory birds of every kind, and land animals to be devoured. 5 You’ll fall in the open field. I have spoken, says the Sovereign Yehovah. 6 I’ll send a fire on Magog, and on those who live securely along the coastlands. Then they’ll know that I am Yehovah.

7 I’ll make My kadosh name known among My people Israel [in the Everlasting Kingdom, Israel will already know the name of their Elohim],, I won’t allow My kadosh name to be profaned any more, and the nations will know that I am Yehovah, the Kadosh One in Israel. 8 It is coming and it will certainly take place, says the Sovereign Yehovah. This is the day that I’ve spoken about. [The Day of Yehovah is mentioned about 30 times in prophecy.]

9 Those who live in the cities of Israel will go out and set the weapons on fire and burn them, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, the war clubs, and the spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them. 10 They won’t need to gather wood from the fields, or cut down any trees from the forests, because they’ll use the weapons for fire, and they’ll plunder those who plundered them, and rob those who robbed them, says the Sovereign Yehovah.

11 When that day comes, I’ll give Gog a burial place in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea, and it will stop anyone from traveling thru, and there they will bury Gog and all of his troops, and they’ll call it the Valley of Hamon Gog. 12 For seven months the ‘nation’ of Israel be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 All the people of the land will bury them. The day that I’m clothed with splendor will be quite memorable, says the Sovereign Yehovah. 14 They’ll appoint men to continually ‘search’ for those who were invading the land, and bury those lying on the ground, to cleanse it. Seven months after the battle they will begin the search. 15 As the searchers pass thru the land and one of them sees a man’s bone, he will set up a marker beside it, until the burial crews have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 There will even be a city by the name of Hamonah [Multitude] there.

More on how the land will be cleansed:

17 Human son, this is what the Sovereign Yehovah says: Speak to every kind of bird, and to every ‘wild’ animal. Assemble and come, gather from every side to My zebak that I’m ‘offering’ for you, a great zebak on the mountains of Israel, where you can eat flesh and drink blood. 18 You’ll eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the leaders of the earth, as if they were rams, lambs, goats, and bulls, all of them fattened animals of Bashan. 19 You’ll eat fat until you’re full, and drink blood until you’re drunk with the offering that I’m preparing for you. 20 You’ll be filled at My table with horses and charioteers, with warriors, and all the men of war, says the Sovereign Yehovah.

21 I’ll display My splendor among the nations, and all the nations will see the judgment [Yehovah and Yeshua (Jesus) are just now coming back to Earth!], I’ve executed, and My hand that I’ve laid on them. 22 So the ‘nation’ of Israel will know that I am Yehovah their Elohim, FROM THAT DAY ON. 23 The nations will know that the ‘nation’ of ISRAEL WENT INTO CAPTIVITY because they were guilty, because they were so unfaithful to Me, and that I hid My face from them, and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24 I acted in proportion to their uncleanness and their their rebellion, and I hid My face from them.

25 So the Sovereign Yehovah says: Now I’ll bring Jacob back from captivity, and have mercy on the entire ‘nation’ of Israel [This is undeniably in the immediate context of the Second Exodus!], and I’ll be zealous for My kadosh name. 26 They’ll ‘accept responsibility’ for their shame, and all their unfaithfulness toward Me, when they live securely in their land, with no one to frighten them. 27 When I’ve brought them back from the nations, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and have become special to them in the sight of many nations. 28 Then they’ll know that I am Yehovah their Elohim, once I’ve made them go into captivity among the nations, and then regathered them to their own land, and I’ll leave none of them behind again. 29 I won’t hide My face from them any longer, because I will have poured out My spirit POURED OUT MY SPIRIT [on who?] on the family of Israel! [This is the promised “New Covenant”] on the ‘nation’ of Israel [This is the promised “New Covenant”], says the Sovereign Yehovah.

Actually, every last verse between Ezekiel 34:1 and the end of the book has to do with the time period between now and Yehovah’s return, as well as with events that take place after the Kingdom of Yehovah is established, even the dry bones prophecy, as I explain in Chapter 12: Are the “Unsaved” Lost?.

Joel 2 is an entire chapter about the plight of the captive house of Israel during the Great Tribulation and an incredible message of hope given during this Time of Jacob’s Trouble when it is almost over. The remnant of Israel will be given the opportunity to escape The Day of Yehovah, which is Elohim’s punishment on the Nations for what they did to Israel!

Joel 2:1 Blow the shofar in Zion. Sound the alarm on My kadosh mountain! All the inhabitants of the land should tremble, because the Day of Yehovah is coming, it’s about to hit! 2 It’s day of darkness and gloominess, a day of thick clouds and darkness. Like the dawn spreading across the mountains, a huge and powerful army moves in. There has never been anything like it, nor will there be again afterward thruout the years, generation after generation. 3 A fire devours before them, and a flame blazes behind them. The land before them is like the garden of Eden, but behind them it’s a devastated desert, and nothing escapes. 4 They look very much like horses, and they run like war horses. 5 They sound like noisy chariots leaping across the mountaintops, like flames of fire crackling as it devours stubble, like a mighty army raring for battle. 6 People writhe in their presence. Every face turns pale. 7 They charge like warriors. They climb walls like soldiers. They all march straight forward, never swerving off course. 8 They never crowd each other. Everyone marches in his position, even bursting thru defenses without breaking ranks. 9 They rush into the city. They run along the walls. They climb into the houses, entering thru the windows like thieves. 10 The earth quakes before them. The heavens tremble. The sun and the moon turn dark, and the stars no longer shine. [Revelation 6:12]. 11 Yehovah’s voice ‘thunders’ before His army, because His forces are extremely large. Those who obey His commands are powerful. The Day of Yehovah is great and very dreadful. Who can endure it?

12 Yet even now, says Yehovah, Turn to Me with all your being, with fasting and crying and mourning. 13 Rip your paradigm, not your clothes, and return to Yehovah, your Elohim, because He is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love, and hesitant to send disaster. 14 Who knows? He might give you a reprieve, and leave a blessing behind, such as a meal offering and a wine offering to Yehovah, your Elohim. 15 Blow the shofar in Zion, announce the fast, summon the Festival Assembly. 16 Gather the people. Announce an assembly. Gather the elders. Gather the children, even the nursing babies. The bridegroom should leave his chamber, and the bride her chuppah. 17 The priests who serve Yehovah cry between the porch and the altar. They’re saying, “Spare Your people,” O Yehovah, and don’t allow Your heritage to be scorned by the enemy, ridiculed by foreigners. Why should the nations ask, “Where is their Elohim?”

18 Then Yehovah will be zealous for His land, and have pity on His people. 19 Yehovah will say to His people, “I’ll send you grain and new wine and oil, you’ll have an abundance! I won’t allow you to be ridiculed by the nations any longer.’ 20 I’ll remove the northern army far from you, and drive him away into a parched and desolate land, with its vanguard into the eastern [Dead] sea, and his rear guard into the western [Mediterranean] sea. His stench will rise up, the stench of putrification will rise, because he has done arrogant things. 211 Land, don’t be afraid. Be glad and celebrate, because Yehovah has done great things. 22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the plains, because the pastures of the wilderness will soon be green. The trees will produce their fruit. The fig trees and grapevines will yield abundantly. 23 So rejoice, children of Zion, and rejoice in Yehovah your Elohim, because He has given you the Teacher for righteousness [Barnes]. He sends abundant showers for you, the ‘autumn’ rain and the ‘spring’ rain, as before. 24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. 25 I’ll make up for the years eaten by the swarming locusts, the great locusts, the grasshoppers, and the caterpillars, My great army that I sent ‘against’ you. 26 You’ll have plenty to eat, and be satisfied, and you’ll praise the name of Yehovah, your Elohim, who has done ‘miracles’ for you you, and My people will never be disappointed again. 27 You’ll know that I’m ‘among you’ in Israel, and that I am Yehovah, your Elohim, and that there is no other, and My people will never be disappointed again.

28 AFTERWARD [after the Great Tribulation] I will pour out My spirit on “all flesh” [1]. Your sons and daughters will prophecy and your old men will dream prophetic dreams, your young men will see prophetic visions. 29 I’ll even pour out My spirit on servants and handmaids in those days, 30 I’ll show wonderful signs in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will become blood red in the presence of [2] the great and awesome Day of Yehovah coming to pass. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of Yehovah will be rescued, because on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, there will be a way of escape [rootword, refugees], as Yehovah has said, for the survivors who Yehovah has invited [called].

[1] “All flesh”, as the KJV says, can mean animal life, as in Genesis 6:19, or it can mean all human life, as in Genesis 6:13 and dozens of other places. However, in this context, it appears to be an exclusive reference to all of the “children of Zion” and “Israel” receiving the kadosh spirit first: [2] Paw-neem’ usually means “before”, but the most literal meaning is “in the presence” (or face) of. The timing is clarified in Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the time of Tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon won’t shed her light and shooting stars will fall from the sky, and the inherent power of the skies will be shaken.

There are spiritual similarities in this chapter and others to the remnant of Yeshua’s Assembly, much of which has been influenced by spiritual Babylon, but these are only analogies to the literal intent of these Scriptures! Joel 2 typifies the time after Jacob’s trouble. Our Israelite nations will have suffered tremendously, but will be spared from “The Great and Awesome Day of Yehovah”!

“My House Will Be Built”!

Zechariah presented an end time narrative that is packed full of significance. Here are some developments to watch for that describe the Great Escape! We begin at a time when the whole world is at ease—except for the vicinity of Jerusalem!

Zechariah 1:11-15 They reported to the Messenger of Yehovah who was standing among the myrtle trees and said, “We have walked over the earth, and saw that the entire earth is at rest and in peace.” 12 Then the Messenger of Yehovah asked, “Yehovah the Commander, how long will You withhold mercy from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah? You’ve been angry with them for seventy years.” 13 Yehovah answered the Messenger who was speaking with me with with kind and comforting words. 14 So the Messenger who was speaking with me said, “Announce: This is what Yehovah the Warrior says: I’m extremely jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion, 15 but I’m very angry with the nations that feel so secure, because I was only slightly angry, but they furthered the disaster.

This is the time when some of Yehovah’s people will build a temple for Him. The entire story on this is covered in Ezekiel chapters 40 thru 48. This does not mean just the Jews, in fact the words “Jew” and “Judah” don’t even appear anywhere in the book of Ezekiel. A salient caption from that extremely detailed account is summarized by Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 43:10 You, human son, show the Temple to the ‘nation’ of Israel, so that they’ll be ashamed of their wickedness, and have them measure the pattern.

Continuing in Zechariah:

Zechariah 1:16 So This is what Yehovah says: I’ve returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My Temple will be built in it, says Yehovah the Commander and a measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.

To further illustrate that this is a parallel account, notice the Revelation version of measuring the temple as it pertains to the time of the Two Witnesses:

Revelation 11:1 Then I, John, was given a measuring reed like a staff, and the messenger stood and said, “Get up and measure the Temple of YHVH and the altar and those who worship there.

Notice the context. The enemies of Judah and Israel who captured them and sold them into slavery, “scattered” them. They are still a threat to be reckoned with, but notice who Yehovah is going to send to help make possible the rescue—four “common” tradesmen.

Continuing in Zechariah 1:17-21 Announce again: “This is what Yehovah the Commander says: My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and Yehovah will comfort Zion again, and choose Jerusalem again.” 18 When I ‘looked’ up I saw four horns [nations]! 19 I asked the Messenger who was speaking with me, “What are these?” He answered, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 20 Yehovah showed me four blacksmiths [Gill’s]. 21 Then I asked, “What are they coming to do?” He said, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one can lift up their head, but these blacksmiths have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations that raised their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter them.

Continuing into Zechariah 2:1-5 Then I ‘looked’ up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 I asked, “Where are you going?” He replied, “To measure Jerusalem, to determine how wide it is and how long.” 3 The Messenger who was speaking with me left, when another Messenger was coming out to meet him, 4 and told him, “Run and tell this young man, ‘Jerusalem will be inhabited like an unwalled village because of the huge number of people and livestock in it. 5 I will be a wall of fire around her, says Yehovah, and I’ll be the splendor within her.’”

A “wall of fire” surrounding the many cities of Israel is to become a place of safety! Israel will need protection from her many enemies at this time. This is not “the millennium”; this is the time of the Second Exodus! Notice:

V.6-13 Oye! Flee from the land of the north, says Yehovah, because I’ve scattered you to the four winds of the sky, says Yehovah. 7 Oye, Zion! Escape, you who live in the Daughter of Babylon. 8 This is what Yehovah, the ‘Warrior’ King says: Afterward, His Splendor sent Me to the nations that plundered you, because he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye. 9 I’ll wave My hand over them, and their slaves will plunder them! Then you’ll know that Yehovah the Commander has sent Me. 10 Sing and celebrate, maiden Zion, because I’m going to come and live with you, says Yehovah. 11 Many nations will side with Yehovah during this time, and become My people, and I’ll live among you, and you’ll know that Yehovah the Commander has sent Me to you. 12 Yehovah will inherit Judah as his legacy in the kadosh land, and choose Jerusalem again. 13 Be silent everyone, in the presence of Yehovah, because He moving into action from His kadosh abode!”

Zechariah chapters 3 and 4 are exact parallels of the Two Witnesses, but that is another story. Here is the concluding remark about those chapters:

Zechariah 4:14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Sovereign of the whole earth.”.

You may have heard of the highway to the twenty first century. This is the real one! In the end, former enemies will blaze a trail to the doorsteps of their neighbors:

Isaiah 11:16 There will be a highway for the survivors of His people from Assyria, like there was for Israel during the day when they came out of Egypt.

Isaiah 19:23 When that day comes there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will travel to Egypt, and the Egyptians to Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

Isaiah 34:8 Because Yehovah has a Time of Vengeance, a Year of Payback settling the dispute over Zion.

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES CONNECTION

There is a seven day long Biblical Feast that commemorates the Exodus. It is called the Feast of Tabernacles (bottom half of page). The following passage is what Moses was commanded by Yehovah to tell Israel. What does Tabernacles commemorate? Notice verse 42-43 carefully. They were to celebrate it to memorialize the time of the First Exodus! It portrays the great escape of Yehovah’s people from slavery in Egypt. The stay in tents, or temporary dwellings, represents the makeshift housing that they used on their way to the Promised Land! Will the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths) always commemorate the Exodus of ancient Israel?

Leviticus 23:34-43 “Tell the Israelites: “The fifteenth day of this seventh month begins the Feast of Tabernacles lasting for seven days to Yehovah. 35 On the first day there is a kadosh public assembly, don’t do any ordinary [employment] work. 36 For seven days you’ll present offerings made by fire to Yehovah. On the eighth day you’ll hold a kadosh public assembly, and you’ll present offerings made by fire to Yehovah. It’s a solemn assembly. Don’t do any ordinary work. 37 ‘These are Yehovah’s appointed Festivals. Announce them as kadosh public assemblies to present offerings by fire to Yehovah—burnt offerings, and grain offerings, an atoning offering, and wine offerings, each on its proper day, 38 besides Yehovah’s Sabbaths, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings that you give to Yehovah. 39 So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you’ve gathered in the crops of the land, celebrate the Feast of Yehovah for seven days. On the first day there will be a Sabbath assembly, and on the eighth day there will be a Sabbath assembly. 40 On the first day you will take fruit from the best trees, branches from palm trees, boughs from leafy trees and willows from the brooks; and celebrate before Yehovah your Elohim for seven days. 41 You must celebrate the Feast of Yehovah for seven days every year. It’s a statute forever from generation to generation.. 42 You must live in booths for seven days. Every native born Israelite must live in booths 43 so that coming generations will know that I had the people of Israel live in booths when I brought them out of THE LAND OF EGYPT. I’m Yehovah your Elohim.”

Do you fully appreciate the significance of the last two verses? They reveal the true purpose of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is worth emphasizing because there are literally thousands of people who celebrate a Feast each year, who don’t know its true significance, or even the exact days to celebrate it. You may be surprised to discover that, like Yehovah’s other Feast Days, the little noticed meaning of Tabernacles has more than one fulfillment. The primary purpose for observing this great Feast is soon going to change forever! In the Kingdom the celebration will involve millions Israelite people who didn’t know their heritage, who experienced a new Exodus—escaping the armies of the Beast, (rather than the Egyptians) as they flee to Jerusalem toward a New and much larger Promised Land!

Some teach that the Feast of Tabernacles “pictures the Millennium”. Aside from the fact that the next thousand years concludes the first “millennial week” of Yehovah’s plan for mankind, the only prominent Scriptural features of the “Millennium” are the punctuations in history brought on by Satan! It is Satan’s rebellion that will literally “mark” the conclusion of this millennium, and it will also be Satan’s final rebellion that demarcates the end of the next millennium. In fact, here is the only reference to that thousand year period in the entire Bible.

Revelation 20:6-7 Blessed and kadosh is anyone who has part in this first [or best] resurrection, over them the second death has no influence, but they’ll be priests of YHVH and of His Messiah, and they’ll reign with Them during the thousand years. 7 When the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison

Too much emphasis is placed on the “millennium”—not even a Biblical term. There is not going to be just a “thousand year reign”. Adolph Hitler proclaimed a thousand year “Reich”. The Kingdom of Elohim is an EVERLASTING KINGDOM! (Psalms 145:13, Daniel 4:3, Daniel 4:34, Daniel 7:27, 2 Peter 1:11)

Daniel 7:14 He was given dominion, and splendor, and a Kingdom, so that people of every nation and language would serve Him. His Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom that wont pass away, and His Kingdom is one what will never be destroyed.

Isaiah 9:7-8 Of the increase of His dominion and prosperity there will be no end, from David’s throne and over His kingdom, arranging it and maintaining it, with justice and righteousness from that time on—forever. The zeal of the Word* of Yehovah the Commander will make it happen. 8 Yehovah has sent a message against Jacob, and it will fall on Israel.

These Feast Days were intended for all time, for all of Yehovah’s people, not just for Israel.

Jeremiah 23:5-7 The days are coming, says Yehovah, when I’ll raise up for David a righteous Branch. He will be a King who rules wisely, and do what is fair and right thruout the land! 6 In his lifetime, Judah will be delivered, and Israel will live in safely. This is the name that He will be given, ‘Yehovah Our Righteousness!’ 7 That’s why the time will come,” says Yehovah, “When people will no longer say ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.’”

I can’t help but put in a plug for Elohim’s (God’s) Sabbath. Notice the things that will be established following Israel’s captivity when there are “New Heavens” and a “New Earth”: Yehovah will select some of the survivors to be “Priests and Levites”! Did you think that Yehovah was finished with them? And “from one Sabbath to another” everyone will worship Yehovah. I would seriously recommend that you check out the allegations that Sunday has ever had any merit with the Elohim of Israel!

Isaiah 66:19-24 I’ll set up a sign among them and send some survivors to the nations—to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Meshech, RoshTubal, Javan, to the distant islands who haven’t heard of My fame or seen My splendor. They’ll announce My splendor among the nations. 20 They’ll bring all of your relatives from all the nations as an offering to Yehovah, on horses, and on chariots, and on litters, and on mules, and on dromedaries, to My kadosh mountain Jerusalem, says Yehovah, like the Israelites bring their offering in a ceremonially clean vessel into Yehovah’s Temple. 21 “I’ll also appoint some of them to be priests and Levites [Ezekiel 44:6-15],” says Yehovah. 22 As the New Heavens and the New Earth that I’ll make will endure in My presence”, declares Yehovah, “So will your descendants and your name will also endure. 23 In the future, from one new moon to the next new moon, and from one Sabbath to the next Sabbath, all of humanity will come to worship before Me”, declares Yehovah. 24 They’ll go out and see the carcases of the people who have rebelled against Me, because the maggots devouring them won’t die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they’ll be abhorrent to everyone [1].”

[1] Unfortunately, there will be a steady stream of wicked people being thrown into the fire every ‘moonth’, all thru the time of the “New Heavens and the New Earth”, keeping the maggots fed.

Egypt is not going to be totally forgotten in the next go around. However, the entire world will be commanded to celebrate Yehovah’s Feast of Tabernacles in the Kingdom of Elohim. Elohim takes His Feast Days seriously and will soon let it be known that He will accept no substitutions!

Zechariah 14:16-19 Then everyone who is left behind [survives] from all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Yehovah the Commander, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 When that time comes, if any of the clans of the earth won’t come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yehovah the Commander, they’ll get no rain. 18 If the people of Egypt don’t show up, they won’t get any rain. This is the plague that Yehovah will strike the nations with that don’t go up and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of any other nation that doesn’t go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

Why wait until the next Exodus for a reason to celebrate the great purpose of the Elohim of Israel on His Feast Days? Most people reject Scriptures such as these, will you?

Zechariah 8:22-23 Yes, many people and strong nations will come wanting to see Yehovah the Commander in Jerusalem, and pray to Yehovah in person. 23 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: In those days, ten men from every language and nation will take hold of the ‘tzitzits[“tassels”] of one Jew, and say, “We’ll go with you, because we’ve heard that Elohim is with you.

There is much more information on Yehovah’s seven annual Feast (and Festival) Days on this site.

CONCLUSION

An understanding of the salvation of Israel is the foundation of Biblical knowledge. Without this understanding, your spiritual house is built on sand. Israel will have to be saved physically before she can be saved spiritually. The Two Witnesses will echo these words to our people:

Romans 11:25-27 Friends, so that you won’t be presumptuous, I want you to know of this hidden mystery—that a degree of spiritual blindness has overtaken Israel until the full complement of the nations comes in, 26 and then all Israel will be Rescued. ‘As the Scriptures declare’, “A deliverer will come from Zion and turn Jacob from sinfulness. 27 And THEN they will have My [NEW] COVENANT, after I have forgiven their sins.”

The salvation of Israel is the first step into eternity for mankind. The journey since Abraham has been fraught with setbacks. “Blindness... has happened to Israel”, and it will continue until the prophecies detailed in the Scriptures have been fulfilled. However, once a trail to destiny has been blazed, other nations will follow in Israel’s footsteps.

The following Scripture is the admonition that was given to ancient Israel, after the First Exodus, just prior to the time when they were to inherit the Promised Land. Israel failed miserably. The advance knowledge of a Second Exodus and a Second Promised Land, if you believe the Scriptures, is a great blessing. After the coming Exodus Israel will fulfill the role that she should have fulfilled in the following text. And yes, the national statutes and judgments will again be inaugurated as explained in Ezekiel 40-48.

Deuteronomy 4:1-14 Now Israel, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances that I’m teaching you, and obey them, so that you can live to enter and take possession of the land that Yehovah, the Elohim of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 You must not add to or subtract from the Words that I’m giving you, in order to obey the Commandments of Yehovah your Elohim that I give you. 3 You saw with your own eyes what what Yehovah did at Baal Peor. There Yehovah your Elohim destroyed from among you all of the men who followed the Baal of Peor. 4 But those of you who clung to Yehovah your Elohim are all alive today. 5 Look, I’ve taught you statutes and ordinances, just as Yehovah my Elohim commanded me, so that you could follow them in the land where you are entering to take possession of. 6 So obey them, because this is your source of wisdom and your understanding that the people see. When they hear about all these statutes, they will say, “Surely this is a great nation of wise and understanding people. 7 What other great nation is there that has their elohim as near to it as Yehovah our Elohim is to us, whenever we call on Him? 8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances as righteous as this whole Torah, that I’m setting before you today? 9 But you should be careful, and watch yourselves closely, so that you don’t forget the things that you saw with your own eyes. Don’t let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live, but pass them on to your children and grandchildren. 10 Remember the day you stood before Yehovah your Elohim in Horeb, when Yehovah told me, “Gather My people so that I can allow them to listen to My words, so that they learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and so they can teach their children.” 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, while it blazed with fire clear into the sky, amid thick clouds and intense darkness. 12 Then Yehovah spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but you didn’t see His form; just a voice. 13 He proclaimed His covenant to you, that He commanded you to obey—the Ten Commandments, and He wrote them on two stone tablets. 14 It was at that time that Yehovah commanded me to teach you the statutes and ordinances that you’re to follow in the land you’re about to cross over into and take possession of.

Romans 11:2-5 YHVH hasn’t rejected the people who He predestined. Don’t you know what the Scriptures say about Elijah when he complained to YHVH against Israel? He said, 3 “YHVH, they’ve killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars. I’m the only one left, and they’re trying to kill me.” 4 And what was revealed to him, “I have kept seven thousand people for Myself who have never bowed down to worship Baal [the lord]!” 5 It is the same today, a remnant have been rescued—selected by compassion.

The Hebrew Scriptures are saturated with the story of Israel. Yet the Testimony of Yeshua (New testament) is also built on Yehovah’s Master plan to save all of Israel: from the beginning in Matthew to the climax in Revelation! This is the very reason for the Book! “The Church” is not the apple of Yehovah’s eye (Zechariah 2:8), or a replacement for Israel. Spiritual Israel, His Congregation thru the ages is the all volunteer rescue team. We are in training to work under the envoys (apostles) and will literally rule the earth!

Matthew 19:28 Yeshua told them, “I assure you that when the Human Son sits on His magnificent throne on the Renewed Earth, those of you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, presiding over the twelve tribes of Israel.

Judging in this instance would be in the sense of the judges who presided over ancient Israel before she had kings.

Here is what is going to happen very soon. The entire book of Revelation is about the near future (except for a few “footnotes” about Satan and the thousand years). This includes the Seven “Churches” (Revelation 2-3) and the New Jerusalem! Check the evidence—there is no 1000 year postponement!

Revelation 21:2, 10-12 I saw the kadosh city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from YHVH, like a bride adorned for her husband [for the Marriage of the Lamb]. ... In the spirit realm he carried me to the top of a vast, lofty mountain, and he showed me the kadosh city of Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from YHVH, 11 bringing with it the splendor of YHVH. Her brilliance resembled a very precious gem, like a jasper stone, as transparent as crystal. 12 It had a very massive and high wall with twelve gates. The names of the twelve tribes of the descendants of Israel were inscribed on them.

That pretty much covers it.

The End
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