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BIRTH PANG NUMBER 30 Chapter 32 – God Weaves a Breadbasket

[12] And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. Ezekiel 47:12

In Birth Pangs 1 through 6 we detailed the unbelievable shaking that would change the geomagnetic balance of the earth by a fantastic shift in its outer and interior structure.  One of the outcomes of this change will be a change in the climate of Israel.  The latitudinal shift associated with winter and summer will be greatly reduced, such that never again will there be a killing frost in Israel south of the mountains north of the Sea of Galilee.

In America we are most familiar with broadleaf, deciduous trees that lose their leaves after the first frost.  But many broadleaf, common in tropical and subtropical climatic zones, never shed their leaves because of frost.  These broadleaf fruit producers bear foliage throughout each year, constantly losing older leaves as new budding leaves push them off.  The fig tree of Israel will not shed its leaves in a deciduous manner unless a frost occurs, and it sometimes keeps its leaves year round.  Trees need two things to grow year round and remain green while producing fruit: water and a suitable climate.  And God will produce both by His great shaking of the Earth and Israel.  The following Scriptures describe this great worldwide shaking and its devastating effect upon the land of Israel and the army of the antichrist.

[12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; [13] And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. [14] And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. [15] And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; Revelation 6:12-15

[12] And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. [13] And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. [14] The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. [15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. [18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Revelation 11:12-15, 18

[16] And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. [17] 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. [18] And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. [19] 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. Revelation 16:16-19

[18] And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. [19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; [20] So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. [2] And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: Ezekiel 38:18-20 + 39:2

Ezekiel 47:12 portrays Israel, following the shaking, as a nation dominated by a new frost free climate with more water than it can use on a preexisting rich soil profile.  The “leaf shall not fade” because frost will not turn it to a winter brown.  But, as a new green leaf bud pushes up into the old leaf’s socket, it will simply push it from the branch before any substantial fading can occur.  And, “neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed,” for without a frost some trees will produce fruit more than once a year.  And, “it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months,” for different trees will bring forth fruit at different times.  One may bring two annual crops to maturity, one in January and one in July, while another does the same in March and September, etc.  There will be fruit coming forth from Israel in every month of the year.  But, in spite of the climatic change, none of this would have been possible without God’s new water supply in Israel, and the fruit comes forth “because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary.”  If you want to see how God geologically brings a preexisting water supply to the surface during this great shaking of the land, then go back and review Birth Pangs Number 25 through 29.  You may do this by clicking on Birth Pangs 29 at the beginning of this update, and then proceeding back by clicking on the top of each update all the way back to Number 25.

The word used for “meat” in Ezekiel 47:12 means “an eatable.”  It includes all food taken into the body to meet its biological needs.  The Hebrew word used for “medicine” literally means “a remedy.” It is only within the past century that man has discovered the value of high quality production of foodstuffs by a quality growing program.  Just the right blend of climatic, soil, and water conditions can produce foodstuffs that will keep a person in an almost constant state of good health.  More and more physicians are discovering the amazing benefits that can be derived by the proper input of high yield foodstuffs.  When the Scripture states, “and the fruit thereof shall be used for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine,” it means that the products obtained from the trees and vegetation of Israel will be of such high quality that they will meet the biological and health needs of all the Israelites.  God will have just the right blend of sun, soil, season, and water to make Israel the breadbasket of the world. 


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 31 Chapter 33 – God Waters His Breadbasket

[6] Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. [7] And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. Isaiah 35:6, 7

In these scriptures we have springs of water breaking out in the wildernesses of Judah and the Negev, and a spring passing through the desert of the Arabah.  In Birth Pangs 25 and 26 I wrote concerning the lifting of the land from Geba to Rimmon, and showed how Ezekiel’s spring would form at the foot of the fault scarp generated by this lifting.  There will be a massive fault scarp extending all the way from Geba to Rimmon (See Figure 39), and at the base of this fault scarp hundreds of springs will burst forth in the Judean and Negev wildernesses.  These springs will water the Judean and Negev zones, eventually feeding into Zechariah’s river that empties into the Mediterranean Sea (See Figure 47).  The stream through the Arabah Desert was fully described in previous Birth Pangs.

In verse seven we are advised that the habitation of dragons (jackals or wild animals) will become a delta-like region filled with reeds and rushes like the Nile Delta.  I believe that the habitation zone mentioned by Isaiah was that portion of the wilderness zone of Judah that extended ten miles westward from the Dead Sea shoreline between Engedi and Eneglaim (See Figure 47).  It is in this zone that the existing and prophesied geological structure could support a bird foot delta, and it is this delta I have portrayed in Figure 47.

The tremendous influx of water into the parched ground of a thirsty land, outlined in Isaiah 35:6, 7, is what leads to the scene outlined in Isaiah 35:1, 2.

[1] The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. [2] It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. Isaiah 35:1, 2

The glory of the Lord will not only be manifested by His presence when he returns to begin his millennial reign, but also by the beauty of a millennial landscape created by His own hands.  The waters of God will turn Israel into a subtropical paradise.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 32 Chapter 34 – God Fills His Breadbasket

[18] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim. [19] Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. [20] But Judah shall dwell forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation. [21] For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion. Joel 3:18-21

Verse eighteen describes the great abundance of liquids that will be produced, directly and indirectly, by the vegetation in the mountains and hills of Judah.  It also predicts the increase of water throughout Judea.  It even describes Ezekiel’s millennial Temple spring and, even more astonishing, it forecasts that it will flow through the new millennial river system (described by Zechariah, Isaiah, and Amos) to pour fresh water into the valley of Shittim.  I tell you that, without question, it is impossible for the word of God not to be inspired.  These writers, writing at different times, and in different locations, literally had to be controlled by a single Spiritual Being to have come to such specific, matching descriptions of the vast geologic and hydrologic changes prophesied to occur during the tribulation period.  That Spirit was, and is, and always shall be, the Holy Spirit of God.

Please note that Joel, in verse nineteen, also confirms the closing of the Suez Canal, and the ripping apart of Edom (Idumea) over the Arabah Fault.  Both these geologic changes were described in previous Birth Pangs.

Verses twenty and twenty-one again paint a beautiful picture of what all the Old Testament prophets knew by faith would one day arrive, that is, God dwelling with them in a material millennial kingdom for one thousand years on this present earth, then eternally in a spiritual kingdom consisting of a new heaven and a new earth.  The prophesied fertility of Israel’s millennial land is mentioned over and over again by numerous prophets of the Old Testament.  There can be little doubt that Israel will become the world’s millennial breadbasket.  Amos speaks of the land’s great productivity during the time of Messiah’s reign on this planet.

[13] Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. [14] And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. [15] And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God. Amos 9:13-15

Verse thirteen describes how the arid desert land of the Judean and Negev deserts will become so productive in the new hydrological pattern, formed by the tribulation period geologic upheavals, that the following figurative illustration is presented as reality:

(1)          The crops will grow so fast that before one can be fully harvested it will be time to plant another.

(2)          The number of new vineyards being planted will be constantly increasing to meet the ever growing demand for the fruit of the vine.

(3)          The mountains will be terraced to drop down from above a multiplicity of fruits, such that were the juices from them to run over the terraces, the resultant gully erosion would erode the terraces.

The same type of figurative language is used in the book of Leviticus to describe fertility of the land given as a blessing from God.

 [5] And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. Leviticus 26:5

Verse fourteen describes the great rebuilding of a nation devastated during the geologic upheavals experienced in the period of great tribulation.  I once was pastor to a deacon who taught the adult morning class.  One day, while he was teaching about these millennial blessings God will pour out on Israel, he briefly paused, and cried,

Oh My!  If I knew how to get there right now, I would start out afoot!  I feel the same way he did.  Praise God, I wish the kingdom was already here, and I was standing and looking at this beautiful picture painted by Amos and the numerous other Old Testament prophets, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel.

[4] And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. Isaiah 61:4

[23] And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. [24] And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it. [25] And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. [26] And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. [27] And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. [28] And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. Ezekiel 34:23-28

Verse fifteen is the completed fulfillment of God to Israel.  For one thousand years the world population will grow and God will extend mankind’s horizons.  With Messiah spiritually controlling the world from the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 40 through 43) through his saints and angels in the spiritual kingdom, and through his nation Israel in the material kingdom, man will rise to heights he has never known.  Israel, the breadbasket of the world, will rule over this earth as nation of nations under the Messiah, the king of Kings, the Son of God and of David, Jesus Christ.   

[24] For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. [25] Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. [26] A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. [27] And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. [28] And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. [29] I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. [30] And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. [31] Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. [32] Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. [33] Thus saith the Lord God; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. [34] And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. [35] And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. [36] Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it. [37] Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. [38] As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 36:24-38

[37] Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: [38] And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: [39] And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: [40] And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. [41] Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. Jeremiah 32:37-41


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 33 Chapter 35 – How Large is the Antichrist’s Kingdom?

Virtually all prophetic teachers of today are certain that the kingdom of antichrist will cover “all the earth,” or “the whole world,” or “wherever men dwell,” or “the face of the whole earth,” or “all that dwell upon the earth,” or “the earth and them which dwell therein,” or “throughout the whole world,” or “in all the world,” or “Asia and the whole world, etc.”  They may be correct, and I am prepared for such an event, but I really believe his kingdom will only affect those sections of the world known to the inhabitants of Israel when John wrote the Book of Revelation.  Before I make my case in Scripture, please consider the following:

Use of the hyperbole in prophecy the word hyperbole comes from the Greek – it means “to deliberately throw outside or inside a marked line for effect, making the area larger or smaller than it actually is, exaggeration for effect, not meant to be taken literally, exaggerating or dimishing beyond the fact, exceeding the truth.”  it is used at times in prophecy to identify a small area as one that is much larger.  It is not a lie because the hearer or reader is acquainted with the use of hyperbole as an exaggerated statement.  the expressions “the whole earth, all the world, wheresoever men shall dwell on the earth, etc. are, at times, not referring to the entire surface of the earth from pole to pole, and around the 360 degree equator.  I believe this has caused many to exaggerate the size and strength of the final empire of antichrist.  God uses the hyperbole quite often throughout the bible.

[5] And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west ON THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. [21] And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. [22] Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. Daniel 8:5, 21, 22

(And yet we know that the Empire of Alexander did not stretch across the FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH)

[32] This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, [33] His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. [34] Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. [38] And WHERESOEVER THE CHILDREN OF MEN DWELL, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler OVER THEM ALL. Thou art this head of gold. [39] And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule OVER ALL THE EARTH. Daniel 2:32-34, 38, 39

(And yet we know that the Babylonian Empire did not extend WHERESOEVER THE CHILDREN OF MEN DWELL, and we know that Alexander’s Empire did not bear rule OVER ALL THE EARTH as we know it today)

In these next verses we are going to see how God means for us to be able to delineate between the whole world as we know it today, and the whole world as it was known in prophetic times.  We are certain the fourth beast was the Roman Empire, and we know it did not dominate the whole world as we know it today.  However, we know for certain that Christ’s coming kingdom will dominate the whole earth as we do know it today.  So when we see the expression UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN, we can say it represents the earth as we know it today.

[3] And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. [23] Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour THE WHOLE EARTH, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. [24] And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. [25] And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. [26] But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. [27] And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. [11] I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. [12] As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. [13] I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7:3, 23-27, 11-14

Now, as you read the expressions describing the size of the antichrist’s kingdom in Revelation go back and forth to Daniel and compare his expressions concerning the world coverage of those kingdoms with John’s expressions of world coverage in Revelation.

[1] And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. [2] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. [5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. [6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations. [8] And ALL THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. [9] If any man have an ear, let him hear. [10] He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. [11] And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. [12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth THE EARTH AND THEM WHICH DWELL THEREIN to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. [16] And he causeth ALL, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: [17] And that NO man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:1, 2, 5-12, 16, 17

[12] And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. [15] And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. [16] And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. [17] For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [18] And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:12-18

Please note that both Daniel and John, when referring to the world as we know it today, used expressions marking it as being “under the whole heaven,” or “from one end of heaven to the other,” or “the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

[27] And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. [31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER. [27] And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the UTTER-MOST PART OF THE EARTH TO THE UTTER-MOST PART OF HEAVEN. Daniel 7:27 + Matthew 24:31 + Mark 13:27

[8] First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD. [5] For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; [6] Which is come unto you, as it is IN ALL THE WORLD; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: [27] So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at naught; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom ALL ASIA AND THE WORLD WORSHIPPETH. [5] For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: Romans 1:8 + Colossians 1:5, 6 + Acts 19:27 + 24:5

[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth THE WHOLE WORLD: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [17] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:9, 17

[44] And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule OVER ALL THE EARTH. [40] And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. [41] And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be DIVIDED; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. [42] And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be PARTLY strong, and PARTLY broken. [43] And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall MINGLE themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not CLEAVE one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. [44] 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 for ever. Daniel 2:39-44

This final kingdom of antichrist does not sound like a kingdom that dominates the whole world as we know it today.  It is to be a kingdom partly strong, and partly broken, and the individual parts don’t cleave together very well.  It sounds like a bunch of the descendents of Ishmael, the six sons of Keturah, and the two sons of Lot mingling their blood lines together to form the Islamic world Israel now faces.  They certainly have never gotten along with Israel, and they cannot get along with each other.  But they will come together as a rag-tail empire to attempt to destroy Israel.  I really believe most of the believers in this world are going to be waiting for an antichrist that will dominate every nation on this earth, and I don’t believe it will happen.  He will arise in Syria, lead 10 Islamic nations against Israel, control the area once dominated by the Old Roman Empire, and that will fulfill all the prophecies written about him as dominating “all the world.”  This has far reaching implications if I am right, such as the mark of the beast only being put on those sections where the Old Roman Empire once stood.

I suspect a lot of believers won’t recognize him as being the antichrist because he does not take over the whole world as we know it today.  In any case, I realize he may dominate the whole world as we know it today, so I am prepared for that possibility, and will simply gulp and swallow a lot of crow if I am wrong.  In any case, I truly believe we will know one way or the other by 2008.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 34 Chapter 36 – Hosea’s 1000 Year Days

Prophetic Year = 360 days     Gentile Year = 365.25 Days

Nr. Gentile Years = .9856262  X  Nr. Prophetic Years

Nr. Prophetic Years = 1.0145833  X  Nr. Gentile Years

It has been 1971 Gentile Yrs since His ascension in A.D. 30.  (A.D. 2001 – A.D. 30 = 1971 Yrs.)

Prophetic Yrs. = 1.0145833 X 1971 Gentile Yrs. = 2000 Yrs 

In 2001 we passed from the first 2000 prophetic years since his ascension into the beginning of the last 1000 years.  We went from the 2nd Day into the 3rd day.

[4] For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. [8] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Psalm 90:4 + II Peter 3:8

[15] I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. [1] Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. [2] After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 5:15 to 6:2

Christ left by ascension and returned to His place in heaven.  He is waiting until they acknowledge their offense of rejecting Him as their Messiah.  They will do so in the Negev when they are driven into it by Antichrist, and will begin to seek His return.  The affliction of the Tribulation Period experienced in the Negev will cause them to seek Jesus early in their tour of it.  The Jewish remnant (The woman’s seed in Revelation 12:17) in the midst of Israel (the woman) is composed of 144,000 Jewish believers.  This remnant will exhort the other Jews in the Negev (the 1.6 to 1.9 million from Zechariah 13:8, 9 and Revelation 12:6, 14) to “return unto the Lord.”  They will tell them that their God has smitten and torn them, but if they will turn to him through his Son, he will bind up their wounds and heal them.  All this is supposed to occur in this present century, and I strongly suspect it is likely to occur before 2008.    

[17] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. [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. Revelation 12:17 + 7:4

[8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [14] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. Zechariah 13:8, 9 + Revelation 12:6, 14

              DAY 1                DAY 2               DAY 3      

      |  1000 YEARS  |  1000 YEARS |  1000 YEARS  |

      |----1972 GENTILE  YEARS----|                                                   

A.D. 30                                      A.D. 2001      

                                             

BIRTH PANG NUMBER 35

Chapter 37 – Alive and Coming Soon to Rule and Reign

[17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. (I Corinthians 15:17)

[38] Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.                                                      (Matthew 23:38, 39)

All that we hope for, have faith in, and labor for in love, is based entirely on Christ having been resurrected from the dead.  All of his promises are worthless unless he is alive to fulfill them.  One of those great promises was the assurance he would come again in His Father’s name to complete the redemption of all those sealed in His name, as recorded by Paul in Ephesians 4:30.

He was rejected by the Israelites to whom He had been sent, so He rejected them temporarily, but promised He would come again as their King at a future date.  The promise of Matthew 23:39 will, I believe, be fulfilled in the near future.   

If God had not advised us, well in advance of Christ’s birth, life, rejection, ascension, and soon coming, then our faith would not stand on such a firm foundation of revealed truth. The writings of the events of His life by many prophets, hundreds of years before they occurred, gives our faith a tilled ground in which to plant itself.   

[1] Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. Micah 5:1

This is a detailed prophecy about a known city, the city of Jerusalem.  Jerusalem stands at the top of a list of worldwide cities that have been conquered over and over again historically by troops of many different nations and ethnic groups.  She has more than earned the title “daughter of troops.”  This prophecy refers specifically to a time in Christ’s ministry when Jerusalem had three sets of troops operating in her at the Feast of Passover.  The Governor of Israel, Pontius Pilate, brought a large group of Roman troops from Caesarea to preclude the possibility of a Jewish rebellion at the time of Passover.  The Fortress Antonia, where he billeted them, was joined to the northwestern corner of the Temple Mount, and from its tower the Temple courtyards could be seen.  Herod, the Roman appointed king of Israel, had his troops quartered in his palace fortress on the western side of the old city.  The Romans allowed the High Priest to have a small contingency of troops associated primarily in duties involving Temple protection.  The time was the last Passover for Jesus on this earth.  The One who has “laid siege against us” is God the Father, and the “us” is Israel.  The reason that God has laid siege against Israel, one that has lasted some 2000 years, is because of the rejection of His Son.  The prophesied rejection was fulfilled when Christ was struck on the head repeatedly, as shown in the following Scriptures:  Matthew 26:66-68 plus 27:30, Mark 14:65, Luke 22:63,64, and John 18:22 plus 19:3.

[2] But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall HE come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2

The place of Christ’s birth was predicted so well that it stands as one of the most exacting in the Scriptures.  He was rejected as the judge of Israel in Micah 5:1, and as her ruler in this verse.  That is why God has laid siege against them for some 2000 years.  They have been the most persecuted, prosecuted, and butchered people on this planet, and have known no true peace as a nation since their exile from Israel during the wars of Titus and Hadrian in the first century.  The prophets of old, even before Micah, had told of His “goings forth.”  Even Moses advised Israel from “of old” about the coming of God’s Prophet.  So Israel had no excuse in failing to recognize Him as the Messiah when He arrived.

[3] Therefore will HE give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of HIS brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. Micah 5:3

“Therefore” is a conclusion to Micah 5:1, 2.  Because they rejected Him as “judge” and “ruler,” He stood on the Mount of Olives and uttered the words of Matthew 23:37 to 39.  The word “until” tells us HE will give Israel up “until” she finishes her final time of travail in the great tribulation period, at which time HIS Second Advent will bring HIM forth as the returning Lion of Judah.  The word “then” marks HIS return to earth with the saints (previously caught out at the first resurrection), who are “the remnant of HIS brethren” by grace through faith in Christ as adopted sons of Abraham.

[4] And HE shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. Micah 5:4

This is clearly a prophecy of Christ’s millennial reign, with his kingdom extending from one end of the earth to the other.

BIRTH PANG NUMBER 36 THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL, PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE! Part 1

[1] And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: Revelation 12:1

There can be no legitimate question as to who the “woman” in this Scripture represents – she is positively identified in the Old Testament as the nation of Israel.  It is from this nation that God has chosen His remnant, and God will select a remnant of 144,000 sealed Israelites to be carried unharmed up to the blowing of the seventh trumpet.

First of all, let us examine the symbols of this verse.  Here is a woman clothed with the sun, standing on the moon, with a crown of twelve stars on her head.  The sun is the Patriarch Jacob, the moon represents his wives that gave birth to his twelve sons, and the twelve stars are the twelve sons from which the nation of Israel descended. The woman represents the nation of Israel, and this interpretation is not based on opinion.  God revealed the key to this verse to Joseph long before John wrote it. 

[9] And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. [10] And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? [11] And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. Genesis 37:9-11

Here, in Joseph’s dream, are the same set of symbols, the sun, moon, and eleven stars, with Joseph himself being number twelve.  Jacob, his wives, and Joseph’s eleven brothers are made to bow down before Joseph at some future time.  This was to be fulfilled when all of Jacob’s large family came down to Egypt where Joseph had been made second in command to Pharaoh.  God only uses this set of symbols twice in his Word, and the first interprets the second.  The woman literally represents all the descendants of the twelve sons of Israel – what we identify today as the nation of Israel.

[2] And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. Revelation 12:2

Over nineteen hundred years ago the nation of Israel gave birth to the flesh and blood Son of God – the sinless man, Christ Jesus, in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt.  God chose a virgin of the tribe of Israel as the one who would bear His Child in her womb, the blessed virgin Mary.

[30] And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. Luke 1:30, 31


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 37 THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL, PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE! Part 2

[1] And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: [2] And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. [3] And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. Revelation 12:1-3

We fully exposited on verses one and two in Birth Pang Update Number 36 last week, and proved that the “woman” represents Israel, and that an Israelite woman, the virgin Mary, was chosen by God to bear the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

In verse three we find the great adversary of the woman and her man child.  Their adversary is the great red dragon, the fallen archangel Lucifer, whom the world knows today as Satan.  He is portrayed as being made red with the blood of the prophets and other saints he has caused to be slain.  His seven heads represent the kings of the six great world governments that have persecuted Israel in the past, and one that will persecute her in the future.  The persecution began with the Egyptian Pharaoh of the Exodus, and will end with her persecution in the Negev Wilderness by the antichrist.  The six kings that persecuted her in the past represented the following nations in chronological order: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Italy.  The last world government will be the seventh, and its king will be the antichrist of Satan.  The seven crowns represent the authority given to the kings of these nations by Satan.

[10] And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.  Revelation 17:10

The seven kings are the seven governmental heads on the red dragon.  All seven wear crowns given to them by Satan because he personally brought them to power during their lifetimes.  The first six kings came from the six great world empires of the past beginning with the Pharaohs of the Egyptian bondage, and ending with the empire that was still in existence in John’s day, the great Roman Empire.  In John’s day all the learning and expertise of the previous five great empires had been passed on to the sixth empire of iron – the Roman Empire.  The last of these empires, the Antichrist’s, will have incorporated all the accumulated knowledge of the ages from Satan’s previous secular empires.  In the Bible, governments are frequently referred to as “mountains.”  This final government of the antichrist will be the seventh “mountain,” and it will have the political support of the great apostate system of religion known as the “whore of Babylon.”  She will verbally support the 10 Arab nations in their Jihad against Israel, but she will ride to her destruction on their back.  And, after she rides high because of the antichrist’s early successes, the 10 Arab nations, who have always hated her, will turn on her and burn the thousands of her churches scattered across their domains.

[3] So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. [4] And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: [5] And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. [6] And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. [16] And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. [17] For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [18] And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:3-6, 16-18

There was only one city that met this criteria in John’s day, the great city of Rome.


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 38 The Remnant of Israel, Past, Present, and Future! Part 3

[4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Revelation 12:4

Continuing with the exposition of the twelfth chapter of the book of Revelation, we find that a bit of Satan’s past history is revealed.  We are informed that when Satan fell by sin about one-third of the angels (stars) chose to follow his leadership.  By the pulling power of his tail, much like some officials ride into public office on the political coattails of a stronger candidate, one-third of the angels exercised their free will and chose to follow Satan, rather than God.  They are forever sealed in their free will choice, just as my soul is sealed in its free will choice to trust in Jesus until my body is redeemed at the rapture.

[30] And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

The prophet Isaiah graphically portrays the ancient fall of the beautiful angel Lucifer.

[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isaiah 14:12

Since Lucifer’s fall he has a new name – Satan.  Lucifer means “shining one,” while Satan means “the hater, accuser, or the adversary.”  One primary goal existed in Satan’s plan after his fall – to prevent the birth of an heir who could legitimately take away his earthly spiritual and material kingdom.  Verse four presents a picture of fallen Lucifer as a dragon, standing before the woman Israel, determined to kill the heir as soon as he was born.   

[5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Revelation 12:5

The woman Israel is symbolized as the earthly wife of God.  So here is the picture presented in verse five – Satan’s greatest fear is realized – the symbolized wife of God gives birth to God’s Son through a direct descendant of Israel, the virgin Mary, who has all the correct genealogical credentials from Seth to Heli via Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David, and Zerubbabel.  Beginning with Herod, Satan attempted to destroy the Son both spiritually and physically.  Finally, he thought he had destroyed him physically on the cross, but God completely turned the tables on Satan, and openly revealed the great mystery of all the ages to all the world – the great mystery of Christ crucified for all the sins of all who would believe he alone was the total price for completed salvation, and that he alone, with no additional requirements from the recipients, was the provider by His onetime sacrifice for all sins. 

[18] For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. [18] For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. [2] For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. I Corinthians 1:17, 18 + 2:2, 5

God shocked Satan!  He took Israel’s sinless “man child” of verse five, and “her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”  God resurrected His child, Jesus Christ, and He is in heaven today as the eternal Son of God.  He was “caught up unto God and to his throne” more than 2000 years ago in prophetic years of 360 days, and He is still there.  Very soon, the woman of chapter twelve is going to have to flee for her life during the Great Tribulation Period.  I believe this fleeing will occur within the next eight years, and if God had not provided a place of safety for her in the Negev wilderness, she would be utterly destroyed. 

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Revelation 12:6


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 39 The Remnant of Israel, Past, Present and Future! Part 4

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Revelation 12:6

The woman is Israel and the wilderness is the Negev of Israel.  I will not spend any time elaborating on this verse.  Prophecy Updates 5 through 11, found in our Prophecy Archives, contain more information on this verse than you could ever use in expositing on it.

[7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. Revelation 12:7, 8

Revelation 12:4 indicated that when Lucifer left Heaven he took about one-third of the angelic host with him.  However, the book of Job clearly indicates that Satan still has access to God’s presence in heaven at God’s invitation.

[6] Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. [7] And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. Job 1:6, 7

While it is true that Satan’s appearances, in the Heaven where God the Father dwells, are rather rare, it is evident that he has never been completely cut off from access to Him.   And here, in Revelation 12:7, we are advised that a great spiritual battle will occur in Heaven between Michael and his angels and Satan and his angels.  In verse eight we are advised that Satan’s spiritual army loses.  Furthermore, verse eight also tells us that Satan and his hoard will never again be allowed in the Heaven where God dwells.  This great spiritual battle is still future, but will be occurring after Israel flees into the Negev wilderness.  It will end with Satan being cast permanently out of heaven.

[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:9

This confining of Satan to the earth will mark the point in time that Satan enters the body of the man of sin (anti-Christ), and thereafter dwells on the earth as Satan incarnate for the rest of the Tribulation Period.

[10] And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Revelation 12:10

At this point in time the rapture of the saved will be drawing near, and Revelation 12:11 informs us as to how those who are to be taken will be selected by God.

[11] And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11

Those taken at the rapture did not overcome the Devil by baptism, by works, tradition, or any other humanistic endeavor.  They “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”  It is our faith that His sacrifice of His body, and of His blood, for our sins was more than enough to save us from what we are by birth and by our inherited nature, sinners separated from God, who must have a savior.   We are born-again by belief in His Word that the Overcomer, Jesus Christ, will make his abode in us to live His life in us.

[4] For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. [5] Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [23] Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. [20] I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. [21] I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. I John 5:4, 5 + John 3:7 + I Peter 1:23 + Galatians 2:20, 21

If you have been born again of God, you have overcome the world by His shed blood sacrifice for your sinful state.  Faith allows you to have obtained the victory over the world by His power.  It is your belief in the sacrificial offering of the sinless Son of man, Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, as the all-sufficient price for your complete salvation that causes you to be identified as an “overcomer.” 

[18] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: [5] And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, [14] For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. I Peter 1:18, 19 + Revelation 1:5 + Hebrews 10:14


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 40 The Remnant of Israel, Past, Present, and Future! Part 5

[12] Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Revelation 12:12

I must confess that, since large segments of the this 12th chapter are parenthetical to the entire book, this may be associated with the three woes that begin with the blowing of the fifth trumpet, and end with the blowing of the seventh trumpet.  It may be that the wrath of the devil is poured out on man during this period, while God’s wrath is associated with the seven vials of wrath that follow.

[13] 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! [1] And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. Revelation 8:13 to 9:2

[1] And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. Revelation 16:1

While rejoicing is going on in heaven, because of the permanent removal of the devil, three great woes are being experienced by “the inhabitants of the earth” due to his presence among them.   The devil pours out his wrath at an accelerated rate because he knows he only has a short time to vent his anger.  Revelation 12:13 returns us to be troubles of a small section of mankind – the surviving one-third of the nation of Israel trapped in the Negev wilderness.     

[13] And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. Revelation 12:13

The woman is what remains of Israel after the attack that drove her into the Negev and conquered Jerusalem.  If the attack were to occur in the next three years, it would amount to some 1.7 to 1.9 million Israelis.

[8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [1] Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 41 The Remnant of Israel, Past, Present, and Future! Part 6

[14] And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. Revelation 12:14

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Revelation 12:6

The woman is Israel.  The place that God has prepared for her is the Negev wilderness.  A time is one 360 day year, times are two 360 day years, and half a time is 180 days, which totals 1260 days or 3 and ½ prophetic years.  Both these scriptures describe the time period of 42 prophetic months (30 days per month) before the end of the Tribulation Period.

When the antichrist launches his lightning Jihad from the north it will be a two pronged attack.  Syrian and Lebanese troops will launch a blitzkrieg strike southward along the western lees of the Galilean and Samaritan Mountain.  The Palestinians will zoom northward along the western lee of the Judean Mountains out of Gaza to link with their comrades coming down from the north.  This will cut off coastal Israel from interior Israel.  Some 70% of the Jewish population lives along the narrow coastal strip from Tel Aviv to Haifa.  They will be kept pinned down by thousands of katyusha rockets being launched from the bluff top cities of Tul Karm and Qalqilya in the Samarian Mountains.  It will eventually be necessary to air evacuate the population out of this area across the Mediterranean into the Negev, as stated in 12:14.  The other battle prong, consisting of troops from Iraq, Syria, and Iran, will be directed southward along the west bank of the Jordan River in a lightning strike.  The Palestinians will pour down the hundreds of dendritic valleys in the eastern lee of the Samarian Mountains, armed with shoulder held antitank launchers.  They will destroy many of the Israeli tanks coming north to intercept the southward moving Arab tank units of Syria, Iraq, and Iran.  The Jewish population to the east of the coastal sections, and to the west of the Jordan River, will flee on land in whatever types of transportation may be available.  This has long been the national Israel contingency plan that is to be carried out in the event of attack from the north, and the Negev has been their emergency contingency evacuation area since 1948.  If you desire a detailed discussion of what I have just briefly covered, please review Prophecy Updates 5 through 11, which are found in our Prophecy Archives.   

[15] And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. [16] And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Revelation 12:15, 16


BIRTH PANG NUMBER 42 The Remnant of Israel, Past, Present, and Future! Part 7

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [15] And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. [16] And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Revelation 12:6, 15, 16

I have already exposited on all the verses prior to verses 15 and 16 in Parts 1 through 6 of previous Birth Pang Updates.  The woman, Israel, has received a population decrease of two-thirds, evacuated the city of Jerusalem, and is in the act of fleeing into the Israeli land south of Beersheba, which is the Negev.  But the Scriptures indicate that this remnant will one day return, and at that time they will call God their God, and He will once again call them His people.  The “residue” (remnant) will not be “cut off” from Jerusalem forever, but will come north out of the Negev, following the battle of Armageddon, to retake the city.

[8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [1] Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2

The confederation of 10 nations, led by antichrist, is moving like a rolling flood in hot pursuit of Israel in verses 15 and 16.  The word “flood” is used several times in the Old Testament to refer to an army advancing like a flood.  One use is in Jeremiah 46:8.

[8] Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof. Jeremiah 46:8

 The antichrist has been brought down by God to drive Israel into the Negev.

[3] And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: [4] And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: [14] Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? [15] And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: [16] And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. [17] Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? Ezekiel 38:3, 4, 14-17

[16] And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Revelation 12:16

After God has put hooks into antichrist’s jaws to bring him into Israel, the Devil is cast out of heaven, and immediately directs the antichrist’s armies southward from Jerusalem toward the entrance city to the Negev, namely Beersheba.  Across southern Israel, from Hebron to Beersheba, are numerous topographical folds in the rock strata oriented northeast to southwest, and in these folds are hinge faults with the same orientation.  This type of fault is capable of suddenly opening during the occurrence of earthquake activity.  An army passing through this zone in hot pursuit, if large earthquakes suddenly rippled through it from Israel’s Arabah Fault in the Jordan Valley, could suffer many casualties by being swallowed up in it.  This is probably the earthquake that begins the last 3 and ½ years of the Tribulation Period, which occurs on the opening of the 6th Seal.

[12] And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; Revelation 6:12-17

[18] And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. [19] For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; Ezekiel 38:18, 19

Once the series of earthquakes have depleted his army, the antichrist, who will know the strength of Israel in the Negev, will halt his advance at Beersheba, and head for Egypt.  This will leave between 1.7 and 1.9 Million Israelis trapped in the Negev for about 3 and ½ years.  

[43] But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. Daniel 11:43

In our next update, Lord willing, we will close Chapter 12 with verse 17, discussing this “remnant” of the woman’s “seed” that exhibits what true churches teach today.

[17]  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:17


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[5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. [6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [17] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:5, 6, 17

The man child seed of the woman is Jesus Christ. God promised in Genesis 3:15 that this seed would one day crush the power of Satan, but in so doing would suffer for the price he paid while walking and dying on this earth. Even though the woman is herself a Jewish remnant, there will also be a Jewish remnant within the remnant, a living remnant of believers who testify to the unbelieving Israelis that Jesus is the Messiah, and keep the commandments delivered to them by Jesus Christ.  They are a sealed believing remnant of 144,000 Jews living among the one-third of Israel that flees to the Negev. This one-third will number between 1.7 and 1.9 million.

[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. Revelation 7:4

[8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. Zechariah 13:8

Through the testimony of the 144,000, and the preaching of the two witnesses who lead them, it will cause all Israel to be saved when Jesus returns, and a spiritual nation shall be born in a day.

[25]  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Romans 11:25-27

[9]  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13:9

[2] But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. [3] And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:2, 3