Sunday, November 16, 2014

Global SITREP E5-14: Beholding The Truth About Armageddon


16 November 2014: As with many of the posts here, this one is about Bible prophecy. Be forewarned, this will not be a sugar-coated treatise on what lies in the immediate future. 

In Daniel 9:26c the angel Gabriel spoke these prophetic words to Daniel: "The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined."  Thus for the one-thousand nine-hundred forty-four years since the sacking of Jerusalem and the complete destruction of the Second Temple of God on Zion (Mount Moriah) in 70 AD have the continuous wars heralding the end of the present ago of mankind raged. And the final prophetic flood is just barely being restrained at the gates. 

In our Lord Jesus Christ's sermon on the Mount of Olives He foretold a more detailed reiteration of Gabriel's prophecy what would occur in the final 42 months of the 70th Week. This, He said, would follow immediately after the image of the Antichrist is stood up in the Holy Place of the 3rd Temple on Zion (Mount Moriah):  "For then there will be great tribulation (megas thlipsis), such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

Now most people who are known by His Name will immediately and correctly relate this statement to the passage in The Revelation of Jesus Christ found in chapter sixteen, verses twelve through sixteen. However, that is not the complete picture that Scripture provides to us. In no way do I belittle this God-breathed Scripture, yet in my studies I found it to be missing prophetic detail found elsewhere in Scripture that provides vivid detail of occurs in those final 42 months, especially right up to the very moment preceding Jesus' Second Coming. We know the earth will be shattered under the judgments of God during the whole of the 70th Week, but there is far more detail given of the complete prophetic picture.

For that more complete prophetic picture we must turn to the prophet Isaiah and his direct call from God Almighty to become His prophet two-thousand seven-hundred fifty-four years ago. The date of Isaiah's call to be a prophet was in 740-739 BC when King Uzziah of Judah, who was afflicted with leprosy over the period of a decade for his failure to obey God, finally passed away. 

Isaiah 6 tells us of his realization of being a hopeless dead man covered from his lips to his toes in his sins, and of his immediate repentance to God upon seeing the Lord sitting upon a throne. And Isaiah thereafter was instantly confessing the sins which made him totally unworthy to view the immense power, Holiness and Glory which he beheld in front of his eyes. Then upon the confession of his sins Isaiah speaks to the sight of mighty and majestic pair of six-winged seraphim which stood above the temple of God. As an aside and for what it might be worth to the reader, I would like to note here that Isaiah's description of the disposition of the seraph's six wings (two wings folded over the face, two to fly with and two wings covering the feet) appeared to my mind's eye as a representation of what we know as the Star of David. Whenever I see the Star of David, I see a representation of the majestic seraph standing above the Temple of God.

Then, immediately following Isaiah's confession of his sins, one of he seraph's flew to Isaiah, touching his lips with a live coal from the burning altar before God and declaring the removal of his iniquity and the purging of all sin from him. Isaiah the prophet was born-again in the presence of God at the very moment he is called to prophecy. And Isaiah hears the voice of YHWH God speaking, "Who shall I send, who will carry forth for us?" Isaiah's response is immediate, "Here am I; Send me!

What YHWH God says next to Isaiah is most instructive, even in our day! It is a direct repetition of what God had instructed Moses about, and Moses in turn had spoken directly to all of Israel in the Covenant of Moab found in Deuteronomy 29:2-4. (See also: Romans 11) So to Isaiah the Lord God specifically identifies "this people" who Isaiah is to speak the prophetic word to:

"Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’

Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed."

No question about it, Isaiah is to prophecy about these things to Israel, and we, in turn, receive this word through the inspired recorded Lord's word, the Holy Bible. 

Now here's where the exquisite details about the final forty-two months of the Megas Thlipsis (Great Tribulation) are made clear. After being told by God who he is to tell these things to, Isaiah asks a question: "Lord, how long?" And the Lord God gives His response to this which is completely unambiguous even though the language is more than 27 centuries old:

"Until cities are devastated, without inhabitant,
Houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,
The Lord has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
Yet there will be a tenth portion in it,
And it will again be subject to burning,
Like a terebinth or an oak
Whose stump remains when it is felled.
The holy seed is its stump."

Planet earth today is home to something over 7.2 billion people and that number is growing annually by about 72 million additional people. By he end of the 42 months of the Megas Thlipsis the number of mankind who survive because God will have shortened the days in order to save what human life remains will be but a tenth of the number alive when the 70th Week began. There will be no cities and no one will be living in them. The remainder of the land will be utterly desolate.

I would roughly estimate that number will be just under 8 billion people living at the time. In real numbers that means every person who is alive today, all 7.2 billion of them, and excepting only those taken by Jesus Christ at the instant of the Harpazo, will have been killed. The remnant tenth of human life upon the earth will number 800 million, and of those (the 200 million of the army of the kings of the East, plus the armies of the Beast gathered at Har Megiddo) will be dispatched into eternity as described in Revelation 19:17-21.

The remnant of mankind, perhaps 600 million or so, will be the stump spoken of in the prophecy directly from God to Isaiah above. All men are created in the image of God, and this is the holy seed of the stump of mankind that will repopulate the earth during the 1,000 years of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

So, as stated many times here, the flood of prophetic fulfillment is about to commence; the Restrainer who is currently holding back the flood at the gates will soon be taken out of the way. Will you be one of those who will soon be swept away by the irresistible force of the flood and into oblivion and the second death for all eternity? Or will you gaze upon and recognize Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, as Isaiah gazed upon and recognized God Almighty, and begin confessing your sin and unworthiness and thereby receive the eternal life the Lord has promised to all that would receive Him into their heart. At this time do you dare deny He is who He has proven Himself to be? It up to you, no one can do this for you. Your future is right now and it lies between just you and the God who created you. Make the right choice. Choose God. Choose now, before its too late.

11 comments:

hartdawg said...

Wait a minute sean, is this passage saying that 90% of humanity will be wiped out during the 70th week? I'm well aware that between the 4th seal and 6th trumpet judgment half of humanity will be wiped out. How come I never caught this before?
I really want to thank you for bringing this to my attention. It's really going to help me in my bible study on prophecy that I'm leading

hartdawg said...

I guess I'm just wondering if this was a prophecy about the first destruction and the babylonian captivity

Sean Osborne said...

hartdawg,

This is about the 70th Week. The prophecy given by the voice of God to Isaiah is speaking about the Megas Thlipsis.

Did Nebuchadnezzar take all of Judah captive, or were some of them left behind in Jerusalem?

Clearly, some of them remained in Judah and in Jerusalem because Nebuchadnezzar took mostly the best and brightest captive in enslavement to serve him Babylon.

Only the 1st Temple was destroyed, Jerusalem and many other cities remained intact.
Is that not a lot more than a tenth portion?

No, the prophecy to Isaiah is about the 70th Week and relates directly to what Jesus said in the Olivet about no life surviving on earth unless those days are shortened.

hartdawg said...

You know what, sean? I believe it, completely. Most students, myself included, kinda read past such statements and miss apply it to the first destruction. Thanks again. I really enjoy learning nuggets of truth that have been there all along. It makes me feel alive. I'll be honest with you, my biggest beef with the left behind books is that I don't think that they portray just how awful that time is going to be. I'm not sure if it's possible to do that

Sean Osborne said...

I'm not sure if it's possible to convey the ultimate meaning of the humanly unimaginable reality of the 70th Week, particularly the final 42 months. But I've attempted to do so with this SITREP.

However, I do bear an assured witness that the Lord was being 110% accurate when He said "For then there will be great tribulation (megas thlipsis), such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be."

Therefore, allow me to repeat with all prophetic assurance that those 42 months will be humanly unimaginable.

And here we are, students of His prophetic word just prior to Israel's 70th Week attempting to convey that reality without sugar coating it as has been done by so many prophecy teachers prior to now. No one in their right mind would want to attempt to live or survive through that; we are told that men will simply die of heart attacks due to the realization of what is occurring upon the earth.

Bear witness and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while there is yet a small amount of time for more gentiles to come in!

hartdawg said...

Please do not take this lightly, I mean this sincerely, after the harpazo and after I'm over the awe of seeing Jesus I'm going to look for you to say "hi"

Sean Osborne said...

Sounds like a plan Bro, see you at the wedding feast of the Lamb!

jmoll106 said...

Sean,
For me, it now makes sense how it dovetails with Isaiah 13 where men become as rare as the gold of ophir.
I pray God gives his saints boldness in these last days.
Thanks.

Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

 Isa 13:10

For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

 Isa 13:11

And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

 Isa 13:12

I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.


NG said...

I have read on i24news.tv that a couple of week ago Israel was about to cast Hezbollah's Nasrallah into eternity when the plan was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute.

Is Israel looking to engage Hezbollah first before attacking Iran? I think the next war between Israel and Hezbollah will occur on the other side of the rapture (I may well be wrong)...

How close are we?

I am supposed be in Israel next weekend and it will be right before the Iranian nuclear deal deadline.

In fact, my wife and I are monitoring the situation there on daily basis and we still don't know if we will really go. To be honest I have little appetite for ending up with a screwdriver in my back.

I already went there and I am not really comfortable projecting myself in a few days at the heart of old Jerusalem which is an Arab neighborhood.

It might not be the right forum to do it but has anyone any advice? Would you travel to Jerusalem next weekend?

NG said...

"Israeli government moves a step closer to early elections" (i24news.tv)

Scipio said...

NG, maybe not! Of course, God will always have your back...but just as an average surfer should not surf a 30 foot wave, perhaps discretion is the better part of valor. Then again, we can't know when this will kick off; I would diligently pray and look for the Lord to answer.
Hartdawg, I concur - Sean THX always.