Chapter 25 Preview: When is the restoration of “all things” and what exactly does the Book of Acts mean by “all things”? The primary purpose for this chapter is to show that the time line for this enigmatic event may be far sooner than many people think!
There is only place in the Greek copies of the Testimony of Yeshua (“New Testament”) where the word “restoration” is used. Naturally it creates quite a stir. Here it is:
But verse 21 means something far different in the Aramaic. Here it is with a running start:
Acts 3:19-21 So amend your ways and turn to Yehovah so that your sins will be wiped away, and times of refreshing will come to you  ‘from’ Yehovah, 20 and He’ll send Yeshua Messiah, the One who was specially prepared for you. 21 He must remain in Heaven UNTIL the time when everything is completed that Yehovah spoke about by the voices of His kadosh prophets, recorded from antiquity. —The Gabriel Version
 Both Murdock and Etheridge include the words “to you”. This clarifies that the “times of refreshing” aren’t conditional, but your being included is! The Greek lacks this. Interestingly, the KJV, perhaps uniquely uses “when” rather than “so that”—an infrequent usage of the Greek, but it makes the same point, that the “times of refreshing” aren’t dependent on you.
Either way you look at it, once all of the prophecies are finished, the Everlasting Kingdom will be set up and then everything that needs fixing will be.
This should be a fairly easy event to pinpoint in time. Yeshua (Jesus) will stay in heaven from the time that He “ascended to Heaven, and sat on Yehovah’s right hand side” (Mark 16:19) “UNTIL” “EVERYTHING IS COMPLETED” and “times of refreshing” come, when Yehovah will “SEND YESHUA THE MESSIAH”!
Actually the restoration process will begin with the prophesied “Elijah who is to come”, who will fulfill the same role as John the Immerser (Baptist) did:
Malachi 4:5-6 I’m going to send the prophet Elijah to you before the intensely terrifying Day of Yehovah comes! 6 He’ll turn the sentiments of the fathers to the children, and the sentiments of the children to their fathers, otherwise I’ll have to come and strike the earth with utter destruction.
I take this quite literally, and question why anyone else wouldn’t. Either he is physically resurrected in the flesh, precedents already set, or in my opinion, John traveled to the future and saw everything that the book of Revelation says that he saw.
Elijah, likely one of the Two Witnesses, will begin setting things right perhaps on the first day of the 1,260 days of prophesying, possibly with a heavenly sign. But the Greek translations have a much more ambitious job for Elijah, they have him “restoring everything to its former state”:
Matthew 17:10-12And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11And He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” NASB
Compare this to the Aramaic:
Matthew 17:10-12 So the disciples asked Him, “Why do the Torah teachers say that Elijah must come first?” 11 Yeshua answered, “Elijah is indeed coming, so that everything [prophetic] will be fulfilled. 12 But I tell you that Elijah already came and they didn’t recognize him, but treated him any way they wanted to. In the same way the Human Son is going to suffer at their hands.”
While when translating from Aramaic to Greek, “restore” is a possible rendering, it certainly differs from John’s preparing the way analogy, and it doesn’t conform to any other prophecy, and certainly not “everything” prophesied.
Yeshua, who referred to John as Elijah, said he must “again” prepare the way for the coming Messiah:
Remember that John stayed with Mary, but the John/Elijah of the past and future confronts/confronted kings.
Revelation 11:1-3 Then I, John, was given a measuring reed like a staff, and the messenger stood and said, “Get up and measure the Temple of Yehovah and the altar and those who worship there. 2 But don’t measure the courtyard outside of the Temple. Leave it out, because it has been given to the heathens, and they’ll trample the kadosh city underfoot for forty-two months. 3 I’ll commission My Two Witnesses. They’ll prophesy for 1,260 days, wearing sackcloth.
The “Restoration of all things” is said to be “Times of refreshing”. “Refreshing” in Greek literally means “a recovery of breath”! Yehovah is going to have to resuscitate His creation after the Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”)! Yeshua’s incredible return, and the restoring “all things” is the majestic message that “He spoke by the mouths of His sacred prophets in times past” (Luke 1:70). This is the very CORE message of the Bible!
“Restoration” Defined: (apokatastasis). Double compound (apo, kata, isthmi), here only in the N.T., though common in late writers. In papyri and inscriptions for repairs to temples and this phrase occurs in Jewish apocalyptic writings, something like the “new heaven” and the “new earth” of Revelation 21:1.—Quoted from Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament.
When Yeshua the Messiah returns, and His “compensation is with Him”. That compensation will include a “New Heaven” a “New Earth” a “New Jerusalem ” and a New Family!
Exactly what does “all things” or “everything” mean? The following verses define it.
John 1:1-4 In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word Herself was with Aloha, and Aloha was the Word Herself. 2 He was with Aloha in the beginning. 3 Everything was created by Him, and absolutely nothing came into existence without Him. 4 In Him was Life, and that Life was the Light of humanity [anthropos].
This includes the entire physical universe.
1 Corinthians 15:27-28 He has put everything under ‘Yeshua’s’ command. But when He said that everything is under His command, this certainly excludes the One who authorized Him. 28 Now when everything is under His command, then the Son Himself will yield the command to the One who authorized Him, so that Yehovah will be ‘absolutely supreme’.
Only the Father is not under the subjection of the Son.
Colossians 1:16 He created everything  in the heavens and on earth, everything seen and everything unseen, including thrones, governments, rulers and authorities—everything was created thru Him and by  Him.
 This describes the universe.
 The Greek to English translations say “for” here rather than “by”, in a way that may imply the elimination of Yeshua’s role as Creator—making the verse self contradictory.
“Everything” was created “BY” Yeshua! The “invisible” spirit world was also made by the Son!
Hebrews 1:1-3 In ancient times Yehovah spoke with our ancestors in many portions and many forms thru the prophets. 2 But in these last days, He has spoken with us by His Son, who He appointed heir of all things [the universe]. Thru Him He created the worlds. 3 He brightly reflects His Fathers’ splendor and is essentially identical in His Being. He sustains the universe by the power of His Word. And He personally provided the purification to cover our sins, and sat down at the right hand side of His Majesty in the high places.
While the word “all” often does mean “all” in Hebrew and Greek as we generally use the word today in English, it often only pertains to things within the immediate context in these older languages. I do not expect for the destruction of the Day of Yehovah to affect any part of outer space outside of the solar system. The word “heavens” does not necessarily mean anything outside of the viewable sky.
2 Peter 3:10-13 Yet the Day of Yehovah will come like a thieving false “minister in a time of moral stupidity and darkness, when the Heavens will suddenly pass by with a great noise, and the former things will be dissolved by being set on fire, and the surface of the earth and the things being done on it won’t be found. 11 Since all these things will be dissolved , what kind of people should we be in sincere conduct, and reverence, 12 anticipating and desiring the coming of the Day of Yehovah, when the heavens being tried in the fire will be dissolved [or unfastened, set free], and the former things being ignited will melt? 13 But we’re looking forward to a New Heavens and a New Earth as He promised, where the righteous live.
 Very destructive, seemingly “end of the world” sounding language, including the earth being “dissolved” is also found in Isaiah 24:19-23 “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard...” (KJV), during the Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”)—just before the “millennium”.
This Day of Yehovah account is astonishing.
Dont fail to notice that the Heavens and the Earth will need resuscitation after “the Day of Yehovah”! Peter’s reference is elaborated on more fully in “The Great and Awesome Day of Yehovah” (the “Lord”).
Job 14:10-15 But people die, and waste away. A person breathes their last breath, and where are they? 11 As the water evaporates from the sea, and a river is diminished and dries up, 12 so people lie down and don’t rise, TILL THE HEAVENS ARE NO MORE, they won’t awaken, or be roused from their sleep. 13 “Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would keep me secret, until Your wrath is past, and that You would appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14 If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my appointed service would I wait, until my CHANGE should come. 15 You would call, and I would answer You. You would long for the work of Your hands.
How could a Scripture be more to the point: “people die, and waste away” “TILL the heavens are no more”. At this point in time Job was wanting to die. He was actually awaiting his “CHANGE” to being “in the grave” so that he could await the resurrection in peace. Don’t we have to wait until the 1000 years are past for that, as some assume. The New Heavens will arrive after Yehovah’s “wrath is PAST”—a reference to the Day of Yehovah!
Is there a sign that will tell us exactly when Yehovah’s wrath is finished? Absolutely:
Revelation 15:1 I saw a new heaven and a New Earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had gone, and there was no more sea. 2 I saw the kadosh city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from Yehovah, like a bride adorned for her husband [for the Marriage of the Lamb]. 3 I heard a loud voice from the sky say, “Look, Yehovah’s tabernacle [dwelling place] is among humanity [Gr. anthropos]. He will live with them and they’ll be His people, and Yehovah will be with them, yes Yehovah Himself will be with them.” 4 Every tear will be wiped from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, nor will the previous painful state exist anymore, because the previous evil things have gone away. 5 The One who was seated on the throne said, “Look, I’m making everything new”. And He said, “Write this down, because these are the faithful and true words of Yehovah.” 6 Then He said to me, “I’m the Aleph and the Tau, the Beginning and the End. I’ll allow anyone who is thirsty to drink freely from the spring of living water. 7 Anyone who is victorious will inherit these things. I’ll be their Aloha and they’ll be My sons.
Compare this to the following account.
Zechariah 14:1,8,11,16 The Day of Yehovah is coming, [and when it does then] your possessions will be distributed right in front of you!... 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. ... 11 People will live there, and there will no longer be a curse, but Jerusalem will be safely inhabited. ... 16 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.
This Scripture parallels the Revelation 21 account where: “I will allow anyone who is thirsty to drink freely from the spring of living water.” when the New Jerusalem arrives. Compare to: “LIVING waters will go out from Jerusalem” in the Zechariah account.
There are more Scriptures that place the New Jerusalem, with its restorative waters, just after the Day of Yehovah. However you need to see that the last nine chapters of Ezekiel are entirely about the Latter Day. You do have to read carefully to see the timing clues in these chapters. Many would have you believe that these chapters must be history instead of end of this age prophecy. Others would have you believe that Ezekiel 38 and 39, the devastation of Gog and Magog, which positively identifies the end time context of the latter chapters of Ezekiel has to do with the distant future—at the end of the Millennium. While there is another Gog and Magog battle after the “thousand years” mentioned in Revelation, the end time context of this Ezekiel Gog and Magog battle is unmistakable:
Ezekiel 38: (various verses) 1,2,8,19-20 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, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him. 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. 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.
The “latter years“ “great shaking” is in reference to a one time event. It is the Great earthquake also mentioned in Hebrews and Revelation:
Revelation 16:18 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!
Hebrews 12:25-29 See to it that you don’t reject the One who speaks with you. If those who ignored the one who spoke with them on earth didn’t escape, how much less will we if we ignore the One who speaks to us from Heaven, 26 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. 28 So since we’re receiving a Kingdom that’s unshakable, let’s hang onto His loving kindness, so that we can serve and please our Aloha with reverence and fear, 29 because our Aloha is a consuming fire.
Now returning to the Gog and Magog Scriptures, we see some other events that could not possibly be done after the thousand years, and they certainly have not happened yet. Verse 7 is a key to the timing, for it is at this time that Yehovah will choose to make known His name to all twelve tribes of Israel. While it might be argued that Yehovah made His name known to ancient Israel during the First Exodus it cannot be said that Yehovah crushed “the nations” as mentioned in this chapter, letting them see that He is the Father of Israel. Furthermore, it would be absurd to claim that Israel will not know Yehovah until the thousand years are finished. Verses 23-29 make abundantly clear that the amazing fall of Gog and Magog takes place during the Restoration of Israel. The restoration of all things will primarily be done to make a homeland for Israel! Every good aspect of ancient Israel will be restored! Anyone trying to stand in Yehovah’s way will be mown down!
Ezekiel 39:1-29 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, 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.
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 there (meaning multitude).
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 zebak 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 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 impurities 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, 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 on the ‘nation’ of Israel, says the Sovereign Yehovah.
It is imperative to understand that there will be a Second Exodus from slavery. The First Exodus was only a “dress rehearsal” when viewed from the worldwide scope of the second Exodus. Here are a couple of very revealing verses:
Isaiah 11:1111 When that day comes Yehovah will extend His hand a second time to recover the survivors of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
Jeremiah 23:7-8 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.’” 8 Instead, they’ll say, ‘As surely as Yehovah lives, who brought about the ‘ EXODUS’ of the descendants of the nation of Israel from the North Country, and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ Then they’ll live in their own land.
Carefully notice some things about the above quote: First Yehovah is going to “shake” “the earth” “once more”, not two or three times. That will take place within the Day of Yehovah. Secondly, because of that shaking, there must be a literal “transposition” or a major “change” of the earth. Thirdly, the context of this event is when we are “receiving a kingdom”! Fourth, the Kingdom of Elohim “cannot be shaken” not when its established, nor a thousand or million years from now! “Our Elohim is a consuming fire”, He is literally the “Spirit of burning”. Much of this present “old” earth will “shake” and endure a great fire! This is yet another proof that Yehovah’s Kingdom will, of necessity, be set up on the New (renewed) Earth! This is also the very time when the New Heaven will be established! Note also, not only is the “removal”, or more literally, the “transposition” of the earth being addressed “but also the HEAVENS”. In the near future we will have both a New Heaven and a New Earth!
If there is any remaining doubt about when the shaking takes place, then read the scripture that Paul was quoting from:
Haggai 2:6-9 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. 8 The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, says Yehovah the Commander. 9 The latter splendor of this temple will be greater than the former, says Yehovah the Commander. And I will establish peace in this place, says Yehovah the Commander.”
Yehovah “will shake all nations”. This is during the time when modern “Babylon” is being destroyed.
He will “shake all nations” over the course of a full year. Apparently “heaven” will be shaken first, a few months prior to the great earthquake. Afterward, the “nations” and finally the “earth” will also be shaken during the seventh bowl plague.
Isaiah 12:6-13 Cry loudly, because the Day of Yehovah is near! It will come like destruction from the Sovereign. 7 That’s why everyone’s hands will go limp, and everyone’s courage will fail. 8 They’ll be terrified. Pain and sorrows will overcome them. They’ll writhe in pain like a woman in labor. They’ll look at each other in astonishment. Their faces aflame with fear. 9 The Day of Yehovah is coming—a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation, and to destroy all the sinners within it. 10 The stars in the sky and their constellations will no longer shine. The SUN will be darken when it rises, and the MOON won’t reflect its light. [This event precedes the shaking of v.13, when the Day of Yehovah is “at hand”] 11 I’ll punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their wickedness. I’ll put an end to the arrogance of the proud, and humble the pride of the ruthless. 12 I’ll make people scarcer than pure gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir. 13 So I’ll make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be SHAKEN OUT OF IT’S PLACE at the wrath of Yehovah the Warrior King, during the day of His fierce anger.
This change in “it’s place” or “orbit” will likely alter the sun and the moon and the earth’s alignment by five degrees forming a perfect alignment, resulting in monthly solar and lunar eclipses. The movement of just one heavenly body, either the moon or the sun or the earth would result in the restoration of perfect alignment. The movement of any one of these bodies would correct the alignment—a great heavenly sign. The earth might “move” only in relative placement, just as the sun only appears to rise. The logical time for this to begin is on the very first day of the 1,260 day period. The shaking of the earth itself is far into the year of retribution because the Seventh Bowl of Revelation 16:18 indicates: “there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty.”
There is another reference to the heavenly signs that has significance in relation to the timing of end time events:
Joel 2:18-25 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 right ways 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.
This is just prior to the Day of Yehovah when Yehovah will cause a separation between His remnant, which He will call into the New Israel, and those whom He will destroy. See Judgment Day—The Last Day.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”. 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 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].
Note that Yehovah will pour out His spirit on some of the Children of Israel preceding the “Day of Yehovah”. Some enlightened people of other nations will accompany Israel in the Second Exodus, as happened in the First Exodus. Notice that the darkening of the sun and moon also occurs “before” the Day of Yehovah, while the shaking of the heavens occur during or “in” the Day of the (see Revelation 16 above). The shaking of the heavens likely be the event that will alter the length of a year to 360 days. This would of necessity occur on, or possibly before, the first day of the 1,260 day period, for the math to work. It would apparently also be the first sign given by the Two Witnesses!
Psalm 104:24-33 Yehovah, how numerous are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your creations. 25 There is the great sea, deep and wide, teeming with living things, both small and large creatures. 26 There the ships venture, and leviathan, that you formed to frolic there. 27 All of them look to You to provide their food at the right time. 28 When You give it to them, they gather it. You open Your hand and they are satisfied with good things. 29 When You hide Your face they are terrified. When You take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. 30 When You send out Your spirit, there is a new creation, and You renew the surface of the earth. 31 Yehovah’s splendor endures forever. Yehovah takes pleasure in His works. 32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles. He touches the mountains and they smoke. 33 I’ll sing to Yehovah as long as I live. I’ll sing praise to my Elohim all my life.
This chapter would not be complete without some mention of the need for a renewal of earthly Jerusalem.
Isaiah 29:1-24 Oye Ariel! Ariel, the city where David camped! Year after year, celebrate the feasts in the annual cycle. 2 Then I’ll pressure Ariel, there will be mourning and crying. She’ll be like an altar hearth to Me. 3 I’ll lay seige against you on every side, and blockade you with towers. I’ll raise siegeworks against you. 4 You’ll fall down, and speak from the ground. Your voice will emanate from the dust. Your voice will resemble a medium’s coming out of the ground. Your voice will whisper from the dust. 5 Your many enemies will be like fine dust. The ruthless hordes will be like chaff flying in the wind. It will happen suddenly, instantaneously. 6 Yehovah the Commander will come with thunder clouds, with an earthquake, intense howling from hurricanes and tornadoes, and the flames of a consuming fire. 7 The horde of nations that go to war against Ariel, everyone who attacks her and her fortifications and besieges her, will be like a dream, a vision in the night. ... 16 You turn things upside down! Should the potter be thought to be like clay, so that the thing made should say about the one who made it, “He didn’t make me,” or the thing formed say of the one who formed it, “He has no understanding?” 17 Isn’t it yet a very little while, and Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be regarded as a forest? 18 On that day, the deaf will hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind will see out of obscurity and out of darkness. 19 The humble also will increase their joy in Yehovah, and the poor among men will celebrate in the Kadosh One of Israel. 20 The ruthless is brought to nothing, and the scoffer ceases, and all those who are alert to do evil are cut off- 21 who wrongly incriminate others, who set a trap for the defense in court, needlesly depriving the innocent of justice with their lies. 22 So this is what Yehovah who redeemed Abraham, says about the descendants of Jacob: Jacob will no longer be ashamed and his face will no longer turn pale. 23 But when they see their children, My handiwork among them, they’ll revere My name. They’ll honor the Kadosh One of Jacob, AND stand in awe of the Elohim of Israel. 24 Those who are confused will learn the truth, and those who complain will accept instruction.
The ignorant of the earth who survive the Great Tribulation and the Day of Yehovah (Judgment Day) “will come to understanding” on the very day when Jacob is resurrected and “when he sees his children”.
This will ALL happen in “a VERY little while” once these things begin to occur.
Is nothing exciting then left for after the millennium? The best is yet to come! Year 7000 is another Jubilee year. When Passover of the year 7000 comes, we will begin a new millennial week. Perhaps all of the secrets of the universe will be revealed then. Perhaps as we will have learned how to rule over one Galaxy during this millennium we will then have the entire universe to work with! Then, on the Days of Unleavened Bread of that year, all of the “leavening” in the Galaxy will be gone forever! Then, probably on Pentecost of year 7000, the membership of Yehovah’s family will grow dramatically. To paraphrase Acts 2:41: “Then those who gladly received His word were made like their Father (John 10:34) and that day billions were added to them.” Perhaps, just as we were preparing for great things in the final years of this age, and Satan was stirring up trouble on earth, so it might be then. Satan will be back for a final fling. He will assemble those whom Yehovah couldn’t use. He’ll gather his goats for a goat roast and then they will be ashes for eternity. The Biblical Days may perpetually mark the greatest events for all of the eternity that awaits us!
Chapter 26 is The Mysterious Seventy “Weeks” Prophecy of Daniel