Prophecy2021-2027(end of days) 2
By J E Bradburn
Emphasis is placed on the identity of Jehovah; and Elohim as Creator, for the declaration of His angel [Elohim; the first born] in this chapter is intimately connected with God repossessing the title to the earth (both land and sea, indeed the entire creation), which has been marred by the interposition of sin and Satan. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm Mention of God’s creative acts over both the earth and sea parallels His Stance.
Revelation 10:2 (KJV) “And He had in his hand a little book open: and He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth,”
Jehovah owns that which He has created. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm
Genesis 2:1 (KJV) “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”
1 Corinthians 10:26 (KJV) “For the earth is the Lord Jehovah’s, and the fullness thereof.”
There should be delay no longer
Revelation 6:10 (KJV) “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”
Signifying not the abolition of time, but that there would be no further delay or waiting for the accomplishment of Jehovah’s covenanted and promised purposes. The truth of this statement is found in the response of Satan after having been cast to earth. Although prophetic events such as the coming of Christ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm for the elect and the day of the Lord are imminent—even history has not evidenced a delay in the consummation of things (the bringing of something to a satisfying conclusion, or the final satisfying completion or achievement of something).
Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV) “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Jehovah’s prophetic timetable is not ours. How often we forget! The result is the discrediting of His Holy Word as we misrepresent that which it teaches by making it conform to our own expectations concerning the age within which we find ourselves in the plan of history. But we must be patient! Jehovah’s predictions are sure, but they are for an appointed time which he alone knows. Let us remember that.
1 Timothy 6:15 (KJV) “Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;”
In the days of the sounding of the seventh angel
This refers to the time period during which the seventh angel sounds the trumpet and the seven final bowls judgement pour forth,
Seven (7) Denotes spiritual perfection: It is the number or hallmark of the Holy Spirits work. He is the Author of God’s Word, and seven is stamped on it as the watermark as seen in the manufacture of paper. He is the Author and giver of life; and seven is the number, which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/significanceofnumbers.htm
The Mystery of Jehovah
A mystery is something which is unknowable by man unless revealed by Jehovah. (e.g. E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible KJV) mysteries reveal information which was not previously much known (because of the expanse of time on this fallen earth) Such as the mystery of…
Revelation 10:7 (KJV) “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God [Jehovah] should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.”
…is that there will be a series of seven climactic judgements that will destroy the satanic mystery of the man of sin. This was not revealed in the Old Testament.
He declared to His servants the prophets
Declared is the announced good news. The message declared to the prophets was ultimately one of good news: the Gospel! http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gospelofthekingdom.htm Not only of Christ’s provision for man’s sin but of Jehovah’s ultimate reclamation of fallen creation The complete Gospel includes much more than individual redemption, http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm but extends to the entire redemptive Revelation of Jehovah http://www.godsplan.org.uk/dispensationalplan.htm The mystery previously hidden refers to all the unknown details which are revealed to from this point to the end of Revelation, when the New heavens and new earth are created. Elohim had preached that mystery (without all the details revealed in the New Testament) (something that shows that something else exists or is true) to His servants the prophets in the Old Testament, men like Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos,, and Zechariah wrote of end time events http://www.godsplan.org.uk/zechariah.htm Much of the detail, however; was hidden, and was not revealed until the New Testament
(e.g. Matthew 24, 25, and 2 Thessalonians 1:5—2:12), and more particularly in the previous chapters of Revelation, Peter emphasised this same truth in his first sermon after the Day of Pentecost, that heaven would receive Jesus. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thesufferingsandglory.htm (Then in 2 Peter 3:5—6 (KJV) made me sit up and take notice.)
2 Peter 3:5—6 (KJV)
5 “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God [Elohim] the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:”
6 “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:”
Acts 3:21 (KJV) “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
Here we have an act of redemption, http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm but on a far grander scale than human salvation alone. Our kinsman-redeemer will restore the entire created order http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm
Who created heaven and…the earth…and the sea
Emphasis is placed upon the identity of God [Elohim] as Creator, for the declaration of the angel in this chapter is immediately connected with Jehovah repossessing the title to the earth (both land and sea, indeed the entire creation), which has been marred by the interposition of sin and Satan. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm mention of Jehovah’s creative acts over both the earth and sea parallels His stance. Jehovah owns that which He has created.
Revelation 10:2 (KJV) “And He had in His hand a little book open: and He set his right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth,”
Genesis 2:1 KJV “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”
1 Corinthians 10:26 (KJV) “For the earth is the Lord's Jehovah, and the fullness thereof.”
It has been given
The portion of the temple which is not under the control of the Jews has been given to the Gentiles to tread (Muslims). Once again, we see the sovereign purpose of Jehovah in the events surrounding the temple during the Tribulation. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm It is He who has ultimately given control of the outer court to the Gentiles.
When Asaph https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms_of_Asaph#:~:text=In%20Chronicles%2C%20it%20is%20said,of%20Yahweh%20(see%20below). Contemplated the apparent success of the wicked, he lamented how Jehovah:
Psalm 74:1—7 (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
01 “O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?”
02 “Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.”
03 “Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.”
04 “Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.”
05 “A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.”
06 “But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.”
07 “They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.”
Often translated as nations in Revelation. These are the nations which John was just told to prophesy about. Revelation 10:11 (KJV) “And He said unto me, ‘Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.’” Hence, he is already to fulfil that command. The emphasis on a portion of the temple precincts being given to the Gentiles (or nations) supposes that the main part of the temple proper is under the jurisdiction of non-Gentiles, that is the Jews. It must be said here that the Jews and lost tribes http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm were once all Jews: Jews is only a name for the Hebrews who all resided in Judea in Israel until the civil war of North and South Israel on the succession of Solomon’s son Rehoboam, around 930 BC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Israel_(united_monarchy)#:~:text=On%20the%20succession%20of%20Solomon%27s,containing%20Jerusalem)%20in%20the%20south. Jeroboam also son of Solomon went north to Samaria with his followers. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage8.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/israelcivilwar.htm
The casting out of the court of the Gentiles, and because it is the court of the Gentiles; proves this present dispensation is at an end. Now; Gentiles and Jews stand on the same level. The one has no prerogatives or rights above the other. The text, therefore, tells of a new order of things—the Jew is again in the foreground for the father’s sakes, and the Gentiles are thrust back.
They will tread the Holy City underfoot
There is only one Holy City within scripture; Jerusalem. In some cases, the phrase refers to the New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven (Rev 21:2; 22:19 KJV) but here it is clearly the earthly Jerusalem because a portion of it has been given to the nations to tread underfoot. The treading of the Holy City is typified by the similar occupation and desecration of the sanctuary by Antiochus Epiphanes in the days of the Maccabees.
Revelation 21:2 (KJV) “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.)
Revelation 22:19 (KJV) “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.)”
For forty two—months
The “Holy City” which is to be tread underfoot is none other than the “Holy City” on which the seventy weeks of Daniel are determined, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/daniel.htm of which one half of the final week is mentioned here as “42 months” 31/2 years.
Daniel 9:24 (KJV) “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”
And as “one thousand two hundred and sixty days” Revelation 11:3 (KJV) “And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
1. Political Awareness
The peoples of this world are becoming increasingly aware of political, legal and spiritual issues. Issues involving democracy, freedom of choice, human rights, legal rights, the power of the media, privacy etc. are now well discussed, even amongst the hitherto illiterate masses in the most backward nations. People have also woken up to the enormous greed, corruption and violence that are sweeping the globe. Ignorance had been the norm for millennia; but now there is a great awareness of what's going on; an awareness largely due to the abundance of evidence provided via the media by eyewitnesses. Never a day passes but we read, hear and even see pictures of events taking place all over the world. Eyewitness reports from remote places are broadcast to audiences in all countries. Yes, eyewitness reports are invaluable as any news reporter or solicitor will tell you. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm Although; In light of the phone hacking scandals it is vital that witnesses are honest, and of reputable character, regardless of the walk of life they are from. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm
Jeremiah explains the reason for the time of the Gentiles will come to an end so that the nation of Israel will be free to serve Elohim under the Messianic economy of the Millennial Kingdom. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/housesofisrael.htm http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm it is Elohim’s jealousy over His closest nation which will bring this about. Woe to the nations who will fail to appreciate Elohim’s zeal for Israel. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/armageddon.htm
My Two Witnesses
It is an angel which is speaking with John http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thetwowitnesses.htm
Revelation 11:1 (KJV) “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, ‘Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.’”
· The angel [Elohim] is speaking in the first person of Jehovah. https://levendwater.org/companion/append4.html
· The angel speaking to John is the second person of the Trinity. (Elohim is the firstborn or creation of Jehovah).
· The voice is that of Jehovah [Lord God] directly from the throne.
These witnesses are said to be My witnesses because, like the prophets who preceded them, they are dedicated to speaking forth His word and judgements as His servants.
Revelation 10:7 (KJV) “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
There are two witnesses because two is the number of witness prescribed by the Law of Moses; Numbers 35:30 (KJV) “Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.” We concur with many other interpreters who see abundant evidence indicating the witnesses are to be understood as the two individuals.
Who are the witnesses?
Now we reach the second fork in the interpretive road: having established that the two witnesses are best understood as historic individuals, which individuals might they be?
They will prophesy
Their ministry will be like that of John: Revelation 10:11 (KJV) “And He said unto me, ‘Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.’” That their prophecy will be worldwide in extent, for they shall not only prophecy (which includes correction and exhortation (something said or written in order to urge somebody strongly to do something), but they will also torment those dwelling on the earth.
Revelation 11:5—7; 10. (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/danielsvisions.htm
05 “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”
06 “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”
07 “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
10 “And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.”
Sackcloth was a rough, course cloth, or a bag like garment made of such cloth which was worn as a symbol of mourning, grief, or repentance, Its association with mourning and sorrow may have been not only due to its coarseness on the wearer, but also because it was made from black goat hair. When prophets wore sackcloth, it indicated there brokenness (destroyed or badly hurt by grief or misfortune) over the message of doom and judgement which they themselves were delivering. Prophets were never cavalier in their dire predictions (showing an arrogant or jaunty disregard or lack of respect for something or somebody), but grieved over the judgement they proclaimed.
Isaiah 20:2 (KJV) “At the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, ‘Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot.’ and he did so, walking naked and barefoot.’”
In this sense, the sackcloth of the two witnesses is akin to the bitterness which attended John’s consumption of the little book of prophecy. The sackcloth indicates the message of the two witnesses is one of impending judgement to which their listeners should respond in repentance. Although this chapter records a rare case of repentance in the judgements of Jehovah at the time of the end, it is not directly due to the testimony of the witnesses.
Revelation 11:13 (KJV) “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
The pattern elsewhere is one of failure to repent:
Revelation 9:21 (KJV) “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
Revelation 16:11 (KJV) “And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”
And the two lamp stands
The same word which described the seven lampshades which were the seven churches of Asia, these two lamp stands will serve a similar purpose to the seven lampstands (the churches) As in the previous phase, the definite article (the) points to a pair of olive trees and lamp stands which would be known to John. The allusion (an indirect reference to somebody or something) is to Zechariah’s fifth vision
Zechariah 4 (KJV) [Vision] https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiy2Y7DqdftAhUXShUIHeVbAwYQFjAEegQIBhAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FZerubbabel%23%3A~%3Atext%3DAccording%2520to%2520the%2520biblical%2520narrative%2CJeconiah%252C%2520penultimate%2520king%2520of%2520Judah.&usg=AOvVaw0576Cg3FijLfpz7UqNpigs
01 “And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.”
02 “And said unto me, ‘What seest thou?’ And I said, ‘I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:’”
03 “And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof."
04 “So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, ‘What are these, my lord?’”
05 “Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be?’ And I said, ‘No, my lord.’”
06 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, ‘This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit,’ saith the Lord of hosts.” [Zerubbabel and Joshua (Hebrew Jeshua)
07 “Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and He shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.”
08 “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,”
09 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; His hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent Me unto you” [Elohim].
10 “For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”
11 “Then answered I, and said unto him, ‘What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?’”
12 “And I answered again, and said unto him, ‘What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?’”
13 “And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.”
14 “Then said he, ‘These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.’”
wherein Zechariah is shown a lampstand of solid gold with seven pipes feeding seven lamps. The lamps are fed by a shared bowl of oil which stands between to olive trees and the fruitful oil-dripping branches which extend from them, the angel responds.
Zechariah 4:14 (KJV) “Then said he, ‘These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
They are the two who are anointed by oil.
The fifth vision ends with the statement that the two stand beside the Lord of the whole earth. In the fourth vision, Joshua (Hebrew Jeshua) is said to be standing before the angel of the LORD. Throughout the fourth vision, it is the high priest Joshua who is being encouraged. In the fifth vision, Zerubbabel is told that the construction of the temple will be completed.
Zechariah 4:6 (KJV) “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Thus it is by the hand of Joshua and Zerubbabel that the Holy Spirit will accomplish the restoration of the second Temple. “While in relation to the remnant of Israel at that time, and to the temple then in building, the actual persons of Joshua and Zerubbabel, designed to describe the abiding (permanent or long-lasting), and especially the future position and mission of the congregation of Israel, The focus has shifted back to Israel in preparation of a faithful nation suitable for the Millennial Kingdom to come. http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm
Revelation 11:7 (KJV) “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
Their dead bodies will lie in the street
Lack of burial is particularly repugnant to the Jews http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm “For a corpse to remain unburied, or to be exhumed subsequent to burial (later in time or order than something else), and thus become food for beasts of prey, was the climax of indignity or judgement. Satan purposefully leaves the bodies of the witnesses unburied as an intentional dishonour and insult.
Revelation 11:8 (KJV) “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.”
Will see their dead bodies
E.W. Bullinger: “The older commentators might have felt a difficulty in understanding how the whole earth could rejoice at an event happening in Jerusalem. But in these days of electric inventions, telephones, and wireless telegraphy, we all know how the next day, through television; and radio in 2021-2027, the whole world will know the truth; when after three days, the two witnesses will recover; stand on their feet, and return to heaven. Just as Christ did after His crucifixion.
The global audience will not just see the dead bodies at the time they are slain, but will continue to observe the bodies over the three and a half day period. But these are not to be taken as lengthy periods, but literal days, Jehovah intervenes after which they will be resurrected alive and well. Three days speak of life and resurrection.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Satan will not allow their dead bodies to put into graves
There are at least two reasons burial is withheld from the witnesses: Hebrew sensibilities. One reason their bodies will remain unburied is an intentional insult to the Hebrew sensibilities which consider lack of burial an indication of being judged or cursed.
Revelation 3:10 (KJV) “Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
Those who dwell on the earth (Kenites) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Fourpillarsofsociety.htm
The tares, Matthew 13:24—30 (KJV)
24 “Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:”
25 “But while men slept, his enemy [Satan] came and sowed tares [poisonous weeds] among the wheat, and went his way.”
26 “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.”
27 “So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, “Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?”
28 “He said unto them, “An enemy [Satan] hath done this.” The servants said unto him, “Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?”
29 “But he said, “Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.”
30 “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers [angels],’ “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn.’”
Matthew 13:36—43 (Tares explained (KJV)
36 “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, ‘Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.’”
37 “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;”
38 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;”
39 “The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”
40 “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.”
41 “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;”
42 “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
43 “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
The explanation of the wheat and tares parable was probably produced by one of the disciples (or other) learned people, but not by Jesus. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earstohear.htm The explanation is a good indicator of what and who,, the tares are.
Breath of Life
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Although there are significant parallels between the breath of life which animates the dead witnesses, and that which will animate the nation of Israel, the spiritual restoration is not in doubt here. This is a literal resurrection of two individuals. The Jewish nation (Israel) has not been spiritually revived as evidenced by the opposition to the witnesses by many residing in Jerusalem
Revelation 11:13 (KJV) “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
At this point spiritual resurrection of the Jews and the lost ten tribes http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm is in progress, but not yet complete.
Great fear fell on those who saw them
The “people, tribes, tongues, and nations” were watching the bodies of the prophets for the entire period they lay in the street, and now saw them stand as they watched! Their rejoicing is cut short as they witness the unthinkable—the two dead, partially decomposing corpses rise to their feet. What they see is manifestly impossible (clear to see or understand) yet, impossible to deny. This resurrection is seen by an international audience due to T.V. coverage, computers, radio newscasts, etc. The testimony to the superiority and victory of the beast; the enemy, unravels in a moment and exultation turns to great fear as the power of Jehovah is seen to overcome even the death inflicted by the beast the enemy. The demonstration of Jehovah’s power universally results in fear, especially for those who do not know Him.
Joshua 2:9 (KJV) “And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.”
Matthew 27:54 (KJV) “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
Acts 5:5; 11 (KJV) “
05 “And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.”
11 “And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.”
Their enemies saw them
The power to overcome death and the promise to raise those who believe from their grave. This is their greatest and last testimony, and it is not ineffectual (not competent, decisive, or authoritative enough to achieve desired); for it contributes to the fear of those who survive the coming earthquake and results in their salvation.
A tenth of the city fell
Revelation 16:19 (KJV) “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.”
In this lesser precursor to the final great earthquake, only one tenth of the city falls. Only a portion falls resulting in a relatively lesser death toll in order to provide opportunity for those remaining to respond in repentence and turn to Jehovah.
The rest were afraid and gave glory to Jehovah
Since the ministry of the two witnesses occurs during the final week of Daniel, they are overcome by the beast near the midpoint of the Tribulation (something that causes great difficulty, affliction, or distress, e.g. an ordeal). http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm During this period, it appears that the covenant of the Antichrist is in effect.
Daniel 9:7 (KJV) “O Lord, righteousness [we] belongeth unto Thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither Thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.” (Judah, Ben, and http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm )
The Jews have control of the Temple, except for the outer court, and are able to worship and offer sacrifices there.
Revelation 11:1—2 (KJV)
1 “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”
2 “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”
Thus, the covenant has not yet been broken, the Abomination of Desolation has not yet transpired, and the most intense (great, strong, or extreme in a way that can be felt) persecution has not yet occurred
Thus, it is likely that the majority of of the population of Jerusalem are well up to the point that the two witnesses are killed and resurrected. This would make sense, as we have noted, the ministry of the two witnesses are prophets of old, both in their God given powers and their wearing of sackcloth. Although the ministry of the two witnesses obviously affects the entire world, it is uniquely Jewish and seemingly designed to have the greatest impact upon those who are Jews. When a tenth of the city falls, the remaining population is said to give glory to the God of heaven. Their response to the final testimony of the two witnesses—their resurrection— and the subsequent earthquake is markedly different than that of the earth dwellers in general as recorded elsewhere in the book of Revelation, for the Jewish people apparently repent. The text says they fear and give glory to God. In concert with the 144,000 sealed of Israel. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Order%20of%20Encampment.htm
Revelation 7:4—8 (KJV)
4 “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” (Judah, Benjamin and the lost tribes)
5 “Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.”
6 “Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.”
7 “Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.”
8 “Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.”
The Second Woe is past
The woes referred to here are the three woes which correlate with the last three trumpet judgements.
Revelation 8:13 (KJV) “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!”
These are more severe than the previous four judgements and target men rather than natural systems. The second woe refers to attending the judgments attending the sounding of the sixth trumpet. We are told that the events recorded in Revelation 10 and 11 transpire before the end of the second woe—that is during the times of the opening of the seven seals and the sounding of the first six trumpets. This confirms our observation that the “one thousand two hundred and sixty days “during which the two witnesses prophecy.
Seventh angel sounded
The seventh angel sounds the seventh trumpet; this last of the seven trumpets is not to be confused with the “last trump.”
The use of the singular term kingdom of the world is Jehovah’s kingdom and not everyone on earth will go to it. The sounding of the seventh trumpet “proclaims the coming coronation of earth’s rightful king” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm, the answer to the prayer of the ages, “they kingdom come” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Decalogueinscripture.htm
Matthew 6:10 (KJV) “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
The seventh trumpet is typified by Zadok the priest blowing the horn when Solomon was anointed as king.
1 Kings 1:39 (KJV) “And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage8.htm The coming of the Kingdom of Jehovah is connected with the overthrow of Satan, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm and involves the reclamation of the earth as the Lord’s, but for now Satan is “god of this age”
Matthew 4: 8-9 (KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/system.htm
8 “Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;”
9 “And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
The event is so certain in the sounding of the seventh angel that it is treated as if it is already past. However, the kingdom will not have arrived in totality until all seven bowl judgement http://www.godsplan.org.uk/armageddon.htmts are poured forth and Elohim Himself returns to earth to defeat the armies of the nations. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm that day is described by many passages of which a small sample appears below.
Revelation 16:17 (KJV) “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.”
An appellative (connected with a name or title) the anointed One, the Messiah. This speaks of His office as the promised Anointed One and is a direct allusion to Jehovah the Father’s pronouncement concerning the Son Elohim’s.
Psalm 2:1—3 (KJV)
1 “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”
2 “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying,”
3 “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
The seventh trumpet proclaims the impending fulfilment of Psalm 2 which will be realised in the pouring forth of the seven final bowls.
Psalm 2:7-9 (KJV)
7 “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”
8 “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”
9 “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
Forever and ever
Into the ages of the ages. His kingdom is without end the nations were angry your wrath has come. This refers to the rage of the nations. Psalm 2:1 (KJV) “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”
Exhibited throughout the Tribulation http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm by an unrelenting opposition to Elohim. The response of Elohim to the anger of the nations was predicted long ago.
Psalm 2:5 (KJV) “Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.”
Psalm 2:12 (KJV) “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.”
The wrath of Elohim speaks of the entire period of the judgements which are being loosed upon the earth, beginning with the first seal loosed by the Lamb. Even the earth dwellers understood that Jehovah’s wrath was being poured for that the time of the opening of the sixth seal.
Revelation 6:16-17 (KJV)
16 “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”
17 “For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Yet, this statement is made in response to the sounding of the seventh trumpet which proclaims a period of intensified judgment specifically characterised as seven “bowls of the wrath of Elohim”. In these impending (immanent) “seven last plagues…the wrath of Elohim is complete.”
Revelation 15:1 (KJV) “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”
The time of the dead that they should be judged
Here it denotes a “specific character of time”—the time during which Elohim will judge the dead. Every man, once dead, will face judgement.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thenumbernine.htm [and what it means]
To Daniel it was revealed that the time of Jacob’s trouble would precede the time of the judgement of the dead and that there would be two categories of resurrection: to everlasting life and to shame and everlasting contempt.
1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of Thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time Thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
2 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
3 “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
Revelation 20:6 (KJV) “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
An End to Our Darkness Parshas Miketz Posted on December 21, 2011 (5772) By Rabbi Berel Wein | Series: Rabbi Wein | Level: Beginner
The word (Hebrew miketz or keitz) signifies “end” or “conclusion.” It is usually used to denote the end of an era, the defining moment of the passage of time. It also denotes that a great change of circumstances is about to occur. What was before will be no longer. The end of the past will give way to a new reality. In this week’s parsha the word introduces us to the radical change in the circumstances of Yosef (Joseph) – from dungeon inmate to viceroy of Egypt. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage4.htm
In Jewish tradition, the word is employed to describe the end of the period of exile and trials of Israel and the beginning of the longed for redemption and messianic era. Implicit in our understanding of the word as it appears in the Torah and Jewish tradition is the understanding that nothing is certain and what may appear to be long lasting and immovable is always only temporary and given to change.
Only uncertainty is certain in our lives and in all human affairs. There is always an end to the present and a new future, for good or for better, always is present just over the horizon of time. This short Hebrew word mocks all of the predictions of experts in any field of endeavour. All such statements are based upon the known past and present but these come to an eventual end and the future remains as inscrutable as ever. We are experts in hindsight. We rarely achieve meaningful foresight in any field of human endeavour, and in national and personal living.
All of this is true regarding humankind generally. It is doubly true regarding the future of the Jewish people and Israel. Only the diehards stubbornly insist that somehow the path of the Oslo Agreements has not yet come to an end. Only the hardened and Jewishly Torah ignorant secularist believe that somehow theirs is the solution to the “Jewish problem,” both internally and externally.
In our generation, the end has come to many ideas, ideologies and circumstances that were supposed to carry on for future centuries. The whole world’s economic structure is now threatened by the unthinkable, something that economic experts told us could never happen and that there never would be an end to consumer and debt driven prosperity.
Hitler’s Reich was to have lasted one thousand years and Marx’s economic theories were to have produced eternal peace, fairness and a certain and easily predictable future. The world operates as though the word miketz is not present in the human lexicon. That is the main tragic error in human society for it allows for faulty planning, a sense of overconfidence, and a pompous certainty of rectitude that is based on the false assumption that circumstances and eras do not change or end.
This week’s parsha reiterates this true fact of our existence, uncomfortable as that may be to our psyche. The Midrash introduces its commentary to our parsha with the verse “keitz – an end has the Lord brought to our darkness.” May that be the keitz to our era as well.
Rabbi Berel Wein
Proverbs 3:18 (KJV) “She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm