Behold the Day of the Lord is coming
Translation by the New King James Version
Commentary by Robert D. Mock MD
Zechariah 14:1 – Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
The climax of the Oracles of Zechariah is placed at the right moment. This is the “Day of the Lord”. This passage has reverberated throughout the centuries. It has definiteness to it. Yet, it has been one of the most illusive conceptual literal and spiritual concepts in the religious world. Ben Joseph may be right though in that the Hebrew does not have a ‘definite article’. As we will later, in review of the major passages in the Old and New Testaments, concerning the coming of Jesus, there appear to be some allusions that the ‘Day of the Lord’ is in two phases, the Second Coming of Jesus and the return of God the Father, the Lord of hosts with the New Jerusalem at the end of the millennium to a “New Heaven and a New Earth”. Our focus on this passage is with the Second Coming of Yahshua (Jesus);
Is this the literal picture? Let us look at the evidence.
The Jews have since the days of the prophets and the exiles of their two houses, the House of Israel by Assyria in the 8th century B.C. and the House of Judah by Babylon in the 6th century B.C., been awaiting the prophetic fulfillment of their prophets in the coming of the two Maschiachs (messiahs), the Moschiach ben Joseph, the Suffering Servant, and the Moschiach ben David, the King of kings, coming to conquer and rule with an iron rod.
With this in consideration, including the vast portions of the prophets committed to the return of the House of Israel (Joseph/Ephraim) and the redemption of Jerusalem from the nations of the world, plus the coming of the Moschiach ben David to set up a kingdom that will be ruled with the rod of iron, states that the current Jewish end times beliefs are Pre-Millennial, that is before the millennium.
The Moslem’s religious roots can be traced back to the remnants of the Jerusalem Nazorean Church in Acts, who fled from Jerusalem as the Roman armies were approaching. The fragments of the Nazorean community were scattered across the Fertile Crescent in the deserts regions of Syria and Arabia. They are found in the Nosarenes and the Nusairiyeh tribes in Arabia and the Syrian Nusairiyeh tribes in the regions of Lebanon. The legends of their father Abraham and Ishmael, and the great lawgiver of the Torah, Moses are accepted by the Moslems except the chosen-ness of the children of Isaac and Jacob. The revelations in the Gospels, except the divinity of Jesus and the Trinity, include the recognition of Jesus as a prophet, one of a long line of prophets, beginning with Adam and ending with their Prophet, the Final Prophet Mohammed, who in essence become the final messiah. These oral tribal traditions were accumulated by the Prophet Mohammed in the Qur’an, their Holy Book.
Surah 98:1-8 - “Those who reject (truth), among the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) and among the Polytheists (Pagans) were not going to depart (from their ways) until there should come to them Clear Evidence.
A messenger from Allah, rehearsing scriptures kept pure and holy: wherein are laws right and straight.
Nor did the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) make schisms, until after there came to them Clear Evidence. And they have been commanded no more than this. To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being True (in faith); to establish regular Prayer; and to practice regular Charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight.
Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hellfire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures. Those who have faith and do righteous deeds they are the best of creatures. Their reward is with Allah: Gardens of Eternity, beneath which rivers flow; they will dwell therein forever; Allah well pleased with them and they with Him: all this for such as fear their Lord and Cherisher.”
According to Islamic thought, in the Jewish scriptures, a prophet like Moses was promised to the Jews from amongst their cousins or brethren, the Arabs.
Deuteronomy 18:15 - “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken”
and rise of the Arab Nations were prophesied of in Isaiah 42:11-12,
Isaiah 42:11-12, “Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar (son of Ishmael and the name used for the Arab nation.) doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.”
To the Christians, according to Islamic thought, Jesus promised them the Comforter to follow him, (John 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7) as described by “Abdullah Yusuf ‘Ali, in “The Meaning of The Holy Qur’an”, he states, the ‘comforter’ is actually Muhammad, the Praised One.
“Ahmad” or “Muhammad”, the Praised One, is almost a translation of the Greek word Periclytos. …The word, “Comforter” in the English version is for the Greek word “Paracletos” which means “Advocate”, “one called to the help of another, a kind friend”, rather than “Comforter”. Our doctors contend that Paracletos is a corrupt reading for Periclytos, and that in their original saying of Jesus there was a prophecy of our Holy Prophet Ahmud by name. Even if we read Paracelete, it would apply to the Holy Prophet, who is “a Mercy for all creatures” (21:107) and “most kind and merciful to the Believers” (9:128) (Abdullah Yusuf ‘Ali, the Meaning of The Holy Qur’an, Amana Publications Beltsville, MD, pg 1461, comment 5438)
Here he comments also on an earlier passage, Sura 3:81)
Sura 3:81 - “Behold! Allah took the Covenant of the Prophets, saying: “I give you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you a Messenger, confirming what is with you; do you believe in him and render him help.” Allah said: “Do ye agree, and take this my Covenant as finding on you:” They said: “We agree.” He bears witness, and I am with you among the witnesses.
when he states,
“The future Comforter cannot be the “Holy Spirit” as understood by Christians, because the Holy Spirit already was present, helping and guiding Jesus. The Greek word translated “Comforter” is “Paracletos”, which is an easy corruption from “Periclytos”, which is almost a literal translation of “Muhammad” or “Ahmad”. (Ibid, 148, comment 416)
As such, the Islamic concept of the time of the end is amillennial, or the messiah, the Final Prophet has already come and the millennium is already here.
The Christians, whose spiritual legacy comes from their Hebraic-Judaic roots, accept the coming of Jesus (Yahshua in Hebrew) as the fulfillment of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53. Yet the Christian faith is divided on the literal return of Jesus Christ as King of kings in the clouds of glory and the spiritual return of Christ, which Christ fulfilled when he left while ascending in the cloud on the Mount of Olives and promised to send His Holy Spirit. With the Kingdom of God put within our hearts, Christ was effectively reigning and the kingdom was already here.
After 160 years, we have returned to the great religious battles that were resurrected in the 1840’s by William Miller, a Baptist minister, who began to preach on the soon and literal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This does not seem a big issue today, as the evangelical Christians and many other denomination of Christendom including the Seventh-day Adventist are looking for the literal coming of Jesus, called by many ‘the Parousia”, which to many actually means a ‘Secret Rapture’ rather than a visible literal coming. This massive religious movement in the 1830s to 1845 was called the “Great Awakening” and affected all the mainline churches of Christendom, especially in the eastern coast of the United States. Towards the end, close to 50,000 followers were believers in the prophetic chronologies as outlined by William Miller.
Let us look at the Memoirs of William Miller in his published writings, which comprised his Sixteen Lectures on the Prophecies, and his Life and Views, of about three hundred pages each, which was extracted in A Brief History of William Miller, by Joshua V. Himes in Boston, January, 1853.
Daniel 2:4 - “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people. But it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.’
What do we learn from this? None of the major Christian denominations in the 1830’s to 1845 believed in the literal return of Jesus in the clouds of glory in which every eye will see Him. Christianity had created her own illusion that she was the only player representing God in this earth. Forget about an end of times. To be confronted with the idea that Jesus was actually literally coming back to this earth was disturbing a lot ‘religious’ comfort zones. This was a radical and paradigm shift in theological thought. It is also obvious, the idea of the return of the Jews to Israel and the national independence of the Jewish people with a capital at Jerusalem was not a religious concept believed or even considered by the religions of the day, including the Advent movement believers. Why? Because there was no visible movement to restore the Jews much less the peoples of the House of Israel back to the Land of Israel. Jerusalem was a forgotten backward and dusty middle-eastern village with no national or international visibility at all.
The Seventh-day Adventists Church, the largest of some 200 Adventist denominations which grew from the wreckage of the failed return of Jesus on October 23, 1844, continued to believe in the literal return of Jesus, but to this day retain the vestige of the Millerite beliefs. These Millerite beliefs include:
Yet, standing alone amongst all mainstream Christian Churches, the Seventh-day Adventists continued to vigorously evangelize the belief that the literal return of Jesus was imminent throughout the 19th century with or without the Jews or Israel. Even so, they gave up date predicting on the coming of Jesus that it appears to have affected any further prophetic reinterpretation of scriptures. As such the Seventh-day Adventist’s are an amalgamation of believing in the literal Second Coming of Jesus as a pre-millennial event, but accomplishing it in a spiritual manner so that all the saints, or Spiritual Israelites (and all the converted Jews to the messiah Jesus) will be literally and physically raptured to a heavenly abode. A literal return of the Jews and the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel to the Land of Israel was not to be a part of the apocalyptic time of the end.
After the disappointment of 1844, several Advent groups continued to keep the movement alive, under the broad heading of ‘Adventism’. These groups included the Advent Christian Church, the Life and Advent Union, and various Second Adventist groups. The conclusion of the Civil War saw a new date of 1865 set for the coming of Christ, The George Storrs, the publisher of the Bible Examiner, and founder of the Life and Advent Union looked to the date of 1870. It was N.H. Barbour who publicized the dates of 1873 or 1874 in the Herald of the Morning. How did they arrive at this? Well in The Harp of God in 1937, it stated,
Harp of God - “Applying the same rule, then, of a day for a year, 1335 days after 539 A.D. brings us to 1874 A.D., at which time, according to Biblical chronology, the Lord’s second presence is due. (The Harp of God, “5,736,190 Edition, Printed March, 1937,” page 235, as recorded in David A Reed, Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516, 1996. page 184)
When the Lord did not arrive literally in 1874, Barbour turned to the Diaglott translation of the New Testament by Benjamin Wilson, in which the ‘coming’ of Jesus, was translated the ‘presence’ of Jesus in Matthew. This produced the ability to escape another disappointment in 1874. It was Storrs and Barbour, who were the Adventist leaders who became the religious mentors of the teenager, Charles Taze Russell along with the Advent Christian Church minister George Stetson.
It was the Herald of the Morning which imprinted the belief that Jesus returned invisibly in 1874 and affected Charles Taze Russell and became the imprint of the future Jehovah’s Witness, in which he first published the Zion’s Watch Tower in 1879. Here he publicized the belief in the invisible return of Jesus in 1874. In the November, 1881 issue, he acknowledged his roots to the Millerite and the Advent movement when he wrote;
Zion’s Watch Tower - “For the sake of many new readers of the WATCH TOWER, is may not be amiss to give a general review of the step of faith by which the Lord has been leading us as a people, during the last seven years (1874) and in a general sense during the preceding thirty-five years (since 1839 in the Millerite Movement).” (Zion’s Watch Tower, November, 1881 page 288 Society’s reprints as published in David A Reed, Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516, 1996.)
Jehovah’s Witnesses fundamental tenet as proclaimed in the theology of the Watchtower today is that Christ returned invisible around October 4 or 5 in 1914. Few Witnesses are aware that their denomination taught that Jesus had returned invisibly forty years earlier in 1874 and was the primary reason for Charles Taze Russell for starting the publication of Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence in 1879. Actually the 1874 and the 1914 date were interchanged back and forth for almost a decade as new dates continued to be set, 1918 and then 1925.
There is great power and control in the belief of an invisible return and presence of Christ. The Jehovah’s Witnesses foundation teaching, that they are authorized to be Christ’s representative on earth, rests or collapses on the belief in the invisible return of Jesus. As such, Jehovah’s Witnesses are amillennialists, and though they came from a literal pre-millennial Advent roots, they have now returned back to the orthodox Roman fold of replacement theology and a spiritual return of Jesus. As Spiritual Israelite’s they believe that they have a right to define their own self-recognized authority and as such are no different than the Catholic Church which has defined its own self authority upon the Apostolic Succession of the Apostle Peter.
It was not until the early 1900s, when a John Darby listening to the testimony of an Edward Irving, was influenced by the dreams of a 14 year old girl named Margaret McDonald describing her views about the end of the ages. As a member of the Plymouth Brethren, Darby, now with other teachers began to popularize the view, Dispensational Theology, or the different dispensations given by the Lord to continue His work on earth. Cyrus I. Scofield became acquainted with John Darby and the teaching of Dispensationalist and in 1909 produced the first Scofield Bible.
According to John Anderson, in an article in the American Free Press, January 28, 2002, called Global Elite promoting ‘End Times’ Myth, he claims that “it was the powerful New York attorney, Samuel Untermyer, who was instrumental in arranging for the Oxford Press, which was controlled by the Rothschild banking family, patrons of the Zionist movement, to publish the Scofield Bible.” It was this same Untermyer, also a “major player in the Zionist movement, who was the one who blackmailed President Woodrow Wilson with love letters that Wilson sent to his mistress, a certain Mrs. Peck” as recorded The Barnes Review (March/April 2000) and Untermeyer’s famous ‘holy war’ speech that helped launch World War II. (American Free Press, Global Elite Promoting ‘End Times’ Myth, January 28, 2002) This same dispensational philosophy is also the basis of the Tim LaHaye end time’s book series, and the movie, Left Behind.
The dispensational teaching of the secret rapture is but a modification of the invisible return of Jesus by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Though the dispensationalists believe in the literal return of Jesus to the Jews, yet the spiritual Israelite are destined to reign in the millennial kingdom. The fate of the Spiritual Israelite rests in the illusion of being secretly raptured away. They do not need a date for it as it could come any time, but there is one almost universally accepted agreement; it will come before the tribulation. Is this a personal self wish? Why would anyone want to go through a tribulation in which Satan is in full control, when they have an option of being spirited away to a safe other dimension? Besides is this not the purpose of the chosenness of the Jews?
Modern Christendom has three prominent prophetic movements. The majority of churches believe today in Replacement Theology and believe that Christ has already come as a spiritual return and they as Spiritual Israelites now replace the Literal Jews. The Evangelical Christians sector are those who are committed to a dispensational theology and believe that the gentile dispensation will soon be past and they will soon be raptured before the tribulation, while in the new dispensation of the Jews will carry this earth into the tribulation, the Time of Trouble, and the second and literal return of Jesus when he sets up His Millennial Kingdom. Most of these call themselves fundamental Christians.
The third view is the remnant of the Millerite Advent movement, which poses a literal return of Jesus, like the dispensationalist. This literal return is to recover a remnant of the Sabbath keeping saints who as spiritual Israelites, represent the literal Israelites, who are now regrafted into the grape vine because they have faith in the messiah-ship of Jesus. As such, they too believe in Replacement Theology and deny any millennial kingdom, literal and physical rulership of Yahshua, who will rule with the rod in His mouth...
What most Christians fail to recognize is the historical trend of the Protestant reformation. The protestant reformation was literally a protest to the orthodox Roman Catholic Church and the corruption within the Orthodox Church. Each reformer, whether Luther, Tyndale, Calvin, Wesley led their reformation group away from orthodox Christianity. Yet in reality, this is a return of the gentile Christian Church back to the fold of their former parent, the Jerusalem Nazorean, Torah believing, Orthodox Jewish Church.
The original apostasy was with the Roman Christian Church who recognized themselves as being the Orthodox faith. It was the Roman Catholic Church who initially set the stage for Replacement Theology and the idea of a Spiritual Israel that would replace the Literal Hebrew-Judaic faith. It was the Roman Catholic Church who initially set the stage for the Spiritual Return of Jesus to dwell within us in order to destroy any spiritual authority of the Jewish Religion as the keepers of the Torah and the Oracles of God. The spiritual wooing of the Gentile Christian Church, by the Holy Spirit, to return to the fold of the Hebrew faith began in the 1500s with Martin Luther and this historic trend continues today.
Replacement Theology will soon be replaced. The chosen ones of God, the Hebrews, will once again be restored to the pathway they were chosen by God in the days of Abraham. The gentile Christian faith will have historic opportunity that by faith in Jesus, and relying fully in faith that His death and resurrection is truly sufficient to restore us to a glorified Edenic state. This glorification is just like Jesus, in His glorified body as He presented Himself to the apostles after the resurrection.
What is critical is the cry, “Come out of Her my People.” The harlot system is represented by all institutions and systems that replace a complete personal reliance upon listening and following the ‘still small voice’ of God instead of hierarchies of power, greed and control.
The scriptural evidence of the literal and personal return of Jesus is solid. To suggest a spiritual return of Jesus, as most of Christendom still believes in the amillennial beliefs that Christ has already returned, only reverts us back to the original apostasy of the Catholic faith.
The new kids on the religious block are the Messianic Churches. Once again, they are one step closer to the faith of the Jerusalem based Apostles. It is they who are diligent in studying the Torah philosophy to find a firm foundation in the life, death and suffering of Jesus. Yahshua as the living Torah, who came to this earth in the flesh, is the fulfillment of the Festival, the sacrificial sin offerings, and can be seen and recognized in the spiritual and mystical dimension of the Jewish sefirot.
Unfortunately, many Messianic Jews still have the arrogance of their mentors; the Christians that the orthodox Torah observing Jews must evangelized and become Christians. It is not Christianity that they need. It is only a faith in Yahshua that He is the literal fulfillment of everything they have been living, praying and worshipping for the past 3500 years. Will we as Christians open their eyes to Yahshua as the living Torah? No, Hashem will do that Himself in His own time. He is the one who has put the scales over their eyes so that they cannot see. He doesn’t ask us to be spiritual lens implant surgeons. All he asks is for us to find our Torah based roots and let them become jealous so that they will also understand. Let us listen to Paul on this subject.
Romans 11:7-8,11-12,25,32 - “God has given them (Israel) a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear to this very day….
“I say them have they stumbled that they should fall. Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
“For I do not desire, brethren that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written;
“The Deliverer (Yahshua) will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins,”… (Isaiah. 59:20-21)
“For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.”
The Lord of host will take responsibility for His acts. The Jews are blind because it is His will for them to be blind. When He opened their eyes, it will be under His own will and authority.
that Jesus will not literally return to this earth.
What a dilemma these choices produce. The geo-political players, in western world politics, represent the churches of Replacement Theology. Most of the President Bush’s chief policy and operational staff are church members from the main churches such as the Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic churches, who have taken political positions that Israel does not have a right to the Land as their inheritance of the chosen lineage of Isaac and Jacob. They also are predominately a-millennialists in that they believe that the Lord has already come in the spirit and that there will not be an apocalyptic time of the end and the literal return of the Jesus as the messiah.
They have called for Israel to leave the ‘occupied’ land, a land that is not designated for them by world court opinion and put the blame of the reign of terror upon the Nation of Israel. In essence the churches of Replacement Theology are running the political and foreign policy sector of America’s Middle East affairs. This is what happens when you take replacement theology and return it back to a literal and practical world. A wrong philosophical base leads one to choose wrong decisions.
The battle of ideology is only begun within the Christian Churches on the issue of the literal return of Jesus. Radio Free America, hosted by Tom Valentine on December 16, 2001, recently interviewed John Anderson, the producer of the video, The Last Days. John Anderson made the following statement.
John Anderson - “Television gurus preaching a fraudulent ‘end time; and ‘last days’ theory popularized in the 19th century (Millerism and Advent theology) are helping lay the groundwork for a world government by corralling good Christians into supporting a doctrine that has no Biblical basis.
True Christian fundamentalism, based on the teachings of the Bible takes the Bible at its word (literal interpretation) and accepts that Christ accomplished all that he intended to do while on Earth and that His kingdom is here and is within you.” (Spiritual interpretation)
Yes it is Passover time and now the fourth cup that has been filled yet not drunk at the thousands of Passover Seders around the world for two and a half millennium. They have been awaiting the coming of Elijah, and are now anticipating the renewed presence of their God because of His presence. They remember now the promise given by Zechariah the prophet, God remembers and God blesses at the appointed Time.
One witness is obviously Elijah; he has been anticipated and awaited for since the era of Malachi. Two thousand years ago, the spiritual image of Elijah arose in the wilderness east of Jerusalem and along the Jordan River valley and called the nation to a new revival anticipating the coming of the messiah, Yahshua, whom he baptized in the Jordan River.
Yet this time, Elijah exhibits his old fiery personality and marches up to the abode of the Antichrist in the Holy of Holiest and pronounced the curses of God with a spirit no different than he did to Ahab about 800 B.C. The powers of this Elijah were like the powers he exhibited in the days of old when as he commanded, fire came down from heaven, a fire so deadly that it devoured his enemies. Also this Elijah had power to halt the jet streams in the heavens and whenever he prophesied drought, no rain would fall. (Rev. 11: 5-6)
Revelation 11:4-6 - “These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all the plagues, as often as they desire.
The time of Satan’s trouble is now past. God’s wrath now begins. Eighteen months are now over. The sixth seal is has come and gone and now the Time of God’s wrath is about to descend upon the earth. Why the time of God’s wrath? If you carefully study the seven last plagues, one realizes that they are all precipitated by what we would call ‘Acts of God.
Twenty one months (half of 42 months) since the Antichrist entered the Holy of Holiest on the Passover, and now we are nearing December and time for the feast of Hanukkah, the time for cleansing the temple. Where Elijah’s miraculous powers were more prominent during the Time of Satan’s wrath, Moses now becomes the agent, as he did to the Pharaoh of old, when the last plagues are about to fall upon the world. We can use here a little but of spiritual speculation.
First Plague - First Elijah enters the scene and introduces the 1st Trumpet or vial plague. Fire, hail and blood are hurled to the earth, and malignant sores erupt on the skin of those with the mark of the beast. One-third of the continental land goes up into smoke as the trees and grass is destroyed and the populations destroyed. The earth is enveloped in an atmosphere of soot.
Second Plague - Then Moses enters the scene as he announced to the Antichrist the next two world disasters. A cometary impact lands on the ocean like a blazing mountain. (Revelation 8:8-9, and Revelation 16:3) The sea turns to a soupy blood from the iron oxide and all the marine habitant is destroyed in a third of the oceans. The sea is packed with caked iron oxide and the decayed marine life pile on the surface of the water, foundering all the intercontinental shipping lanes.
Third Plague - Suddenly a second fragment of the same comet lands on a continent as a great star flaming like a torch. (Revelation 8:10-11 and Revelation 16:4-7) The lands, ponds and even the subterranean springs become clogged with iron oxide, forming noxious odors and fumes. A wail goes over the land
Within less than a month, two third of the world have experienced unprecedented disasters and the loss of the majority of their populations.
Fourth Plague - Moses returns to the court of the Antichrist announcing to the world of the fourth trumpet and vial plague. (Revelation 8:12-14, 16:8-9) The sun will go into nova, with sun flares flaming seven times her normal intensity. Volcanoes will begin to erupt while the crust of the earth as the earth rotation slows down from a 24 hours day to a 16 hour day. One third of the daylight is gone, one-third of nighttimes are gone and ash clouds cover the face of the earth as the Circle of Fire in the Pacific Ocean erupts with hundreds of volcanoes spewing ash into the stratosphere. It is now about June, mid-summer, for the eagle with a loud cry is flying in the mid heavens.
Fifth Plague - Once again the antichrist is summoned. In the midst of summer, the 5th trumpet and vial plague hits. (Revelation 9:1-12, 16:10-11) This time that mysterious demonic abode called the Abyss is hit over the Throne of the beast in Pergamum or maybe a reconstructed Babylon in Iraq, since that nation has been redeveloped like Afghanistan, as a model nation by the United Nations, and now becoming the seat of the Antichrist. Being which look like locusts but act like scorpions erupts by the billions. For five months those marked by the beast are tormented physically and psychically. They gnaw their tongues in agony like one tormented with schizophrenia. Sores erupt on their bodies as the volcanic ash continues to settle over the vast land masses. The first woe is gone.
Sixth Plague – The mighty Euphrates is now visited by the sixth plague. The nations of the world are now in anger and revolt. Righteous anger of the prior War on Terror has now evolved into demonic uncontrolled wrath and hatred. For thirteen months, a massive world coalition of forces is set in place to invade the Land of Israel. Out of this Land, with the two witnesses calling the shots of the timing and extent of the international plagues upon the earth, all the forces on earth prepare to go after them. The Lord of hosts prepares the way with drying up the Euphrates so that the nations of the East led by the red hordes of China and the Islamic countries will have easy entry. Yet the three demons coming from the mouths of the dragon, beast and false prophet stir up the wrath and anger of the nations. One-third of the populations of the nations are killed in this scorch earth destruction as they move towards the Holy Land. Two things beckon the world to Israel, the destructive powers of the two witnesses and the Land of Israel which has remained untouched by the cosmic destruction that is wrecking havoc to the entire world.
Here we meet the forces of Armageddon on the perimeters of the city of Jerusalem. The mental and cosmic forces of the two witnesses have held them at bay, but the time of their witness is about over. The forces of the Antichrist invade in a mighty thrust and the perimeters of the city were overtaken and the two witnesses are captures and killed
Suddenly a loud celestial shout or voice comes down from the heavenly dimensions while the troops of the Antichrist’s forces and the demonic inhabitants who controlled the city of Jerusalem at the last days before Christ were shouting, ranting, having revelries over the bodies of the two witnesses of Moses and Elijah. This reminds us of recent scenes of shouting, stomping and vile oaths of Arafat’s Palestinian terrorists and sympathizers over bodies of Israelis captured, abused and dismembered during the Intifada. What a visible imagery of Moses and Elijah, slain and lying on the streets of Jerusalem.
The voice shouts “Come up here” and suddenly they arise from the streets to the horror and shock of the peacekeeping forces. The international reports beam images around the world, a dual resurrection occurring before the eyes of the billions of people, those that are left living after the catastrophes of the past twenty-one months.
Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations (Multi-national forces of the One-World Government) will see their dead bodies for three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth (satellite telecommunication to all the earth) will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
The two witnesses now send a message through the international reporters to all the inhabitants of the world, “Look up and gaze into the heavens. An omen is coming and the era of your restoration or destruction is at hand.” For those with ears to hear, will turn their eager eyes in anticipation. Jerusalem, Hashem’s capital city in this solar system, is now under the control of the Antichrist. With total control of the whole earth, the Antichrist now prepares the forces of Armageddon to battle against Yahshua.
At this same time, deep seismic forces beneath the Temple of Hashem begin to rumble. This earth shifting will come from the same faults that shook on the death of Yahshua about 30 CE. Seven thousand are killed in this local quake. (Revelation 11:13)
as the Ascension of Christ
The Day of the Lord demands an active preparation by his servants (saints) for
He will come as a thief. (Secret Rapture or Unexpected Rapture?)
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