SMS: What Comes Next III

Part III of III – What Messiah has to Say

So when we left off yesterday, we said that while EVERYONE is getting a front-seat view of what the ‘winds’ are doing to our planet, we can’t be certain exactly what’s going to happen with the NEXT sign: the sealing of the Jews. Or can we?

Remember my series on the Olivet Discourse?  It told how Messiah gives us a preview of coming events, all the way from His resurrection thru to the judgment of mankind at the end?  Yeah, well, in case you don’t remember, I took the four accounts of the Olivet discourse from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and put them together.  Then we went thru the discourse, explaining His timeline.

  • First He tells them what will happen in THEIR time (the Church of Ephesus), after His ascension… Matt 24:4-6  But the end is yet to come. Those aren’t end-time events.
  • THEN He tells them the SIGNS that the end times are upon the earth… Matt 24:7.  It matches the seal judgments of Rev 6 perfectly, and ends with:  All this is but the beginning of sorrows.
  • Then He says, But before all this and gives the eras that come between Ephesus and the end… Matt 24:9-14.  And He wraps up that section with It is then that the end will come.

So Ephesus, six other churches (named in Rev 1), then the Beginning of Sorrows/Seal Judgments, and THEN the Wrath poured out.  Got it?  If not, you can read the Olivet timeline posts – they’re on the sidebar… and they’re good.  But for space purposes, that should sum it up, and now we move on to what Messiah said in the Olivet discourse about what happens AFTER the Seal Judgments:

((Matthew/Mark says)) So/And when you see the abomination that causes devastation spoken about through the prophet Dani’el standing in the Holy Place”…
((Luke says))  However, when you see Yerushalayim surrounded by armies, they you are to understand that she is about to be destroyed…

Did you get that?  The destruction of Israel and AoD comes after the seal judgments/Beginning of Sorrows.  That’s what’s next.  Matthew and Mark don’t link the AoD to the destruction of Israel, but Luke does.  And since the Holy Place is in Israel, it makes sense.  Combining all four accounts into one, here’s where He goes into detail about what will go down:

Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house; Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.  For these be the days of vengeance [wrath], that all things which are written will be fulfilled.  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days!  But pray ye that your flight not be in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day; for in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.  And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days. For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people, and they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Not only did He tell us that the destruction of Jerusalem occurs at the time of the Abomination of Desolations, but now He says that this is the start the ‘Days of Vengeneance/Wrath’.  Most pre-wrath sites say Seal Six is the ‘Day of Wrath’, because the lost people in Revelation 6:17 said so.  But who would you believe?  Yeshua in Luke 21 or the lost people who are clueless in Revelation 6?

By the way, that thing that Luke says?  “Until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”?  Revelation 11:2 says Jerusalem is downtrodden for 3.5 years.  Just an FYI.  So looking at our Olivet timeline…

1- Ephesus thru to the End Times, then
2 – Seal Judgments, followed by
3 – Abomination of Desolations, with the
4 – Destruction of Israel, sending
5 – Jews into the Mountains for 3.5 years of ‘wrath’

So yesterday I said that we need to watch for something to happen to Israel between January 2011 and July 1st, 2011… something that has to do with the sealing of the 144,000 Jews.  Apparently it has something to do with the AoD and the destruction of Israel, doesn’t it?

So that’s what we’re watching for next.  And considering the state of things ALL OVER in the Middle East (again… ironic timing), I should say we might not have very long to wait.  D’ya think it’s possible the Lord might work it in before July?  Six months ago I might’ve said “anything is possible, although I’d be surprised if war broke out by then”.  Now I say, “anything goes, and I’d be surprised if it DIDN’T happen by then”!

For fun, I thought I’d tell you what Rabbi Lazer Brody (in Israel) posted the past three days, to give an idea of how explosive tensions are:

Tuesday:  For the first time since the Gaza War two years ago, Ashdod – my beloved city – came under missile attack again. Just minutes ago, the Red Alert siren wailed, and about 35 seconds later, the warhead fell about three kilometers to the south of my home, near the Nitzanim Beach on the south side of town, one of my favorite places for personal prayer. Just last night, my son Danny and I were taking one of our favorite father-and-son walk&talks on that very same stretch of beach. While we were walking, we heard a Grad missile explode on the outskirts of Ashkelon to the south of us. Another Grad missile hit Ashkelon about three hours ago. Thank G-d no one was hurt in either attack.  …As yet, it’s too early to interpret what Hamas’s intentions are. We do know one thing – phenomenal amounts of weapons have been pouring into Gaza ever since the unrest in Egypt started.
Wednesday:  The escalation of terror has now reached Jerusalem. At 3 PM local time, a bomb exploded outside Egged bus number 74 at a station opposite the Jerusalem Conference Center (Binyanei Ha’uma) in the center of town. So far, the grim casualty count is one dead and 39 wounded.Thursday:  Imagine …that you’re shopping in the supermarket just when the kids would be walking home from school. You hear two tremendous explosions that come from the direction of your neighborhood several blocks away. What goes through your mind?  Ask thousands of Beersheba parents what went through their mind yesterday, when the Grad-Katyusha missiles were falling.

Just once more, imagine that your children are safely tucked in bed for the night, and that you and your spouse just turned the lights off. It’s midnight, and you curl up under your comfy and cozy quilt. Suddenly, you hear the wail of a Red-alert siren; you have 35 seconds to get yourself out of bed, get your babies out of bed, and to get everyone down to the bomb shelter three flights down the stairs. Do you think you can do it without panicking?  Thousands of parents in Ashdod did, and they didn’t panic.

Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things,
know that it is near, even at the doors.

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