“When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.”
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Global SITREP B1-15: More Indications and Warnings of the Fast Approaching 70th Week
UPDATED 21 FEBRUARY 2015: The title of this SITREP has been updated and so is the content to be updated. In my studies I noticed a parallel of indicator (signs) prophecies in Jesus' Olivet Discourse and Paul's prophetic discourse in Romans 11. I have read these verses hundreds of times and written about them separately. The thing here is they should be linked together directly because they speak to the exact same End Times sign (Indication and Warning).
In Jesus discourse on the Mount of Olives the 21st chapter of Luke records our Lord repeating Gabriel's prophecy recorded in Daniel 9:26b but adding a significant detail. In verses 20 through 24 where the Lord is speaking about the near future of that generation when the armies of the Flavian Dynasty of the Roman Empire would lay siege to and destroy the city of Jerusalem and the Temple.
As we all know this part of the prophecy was fulfilled in 70 AD. But now we fast forward to the present, 27 generations later, and our looking to the complete fulfillment of the prophecy during this current generation.
In Luke 21:24 Jesus carries this prophecy forward in great detail to describe the beginning of the dispersion of Israel to all the nations of the world, and then He says, "And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."
In Romans 11 Paul's prophesy is about the time in the our near future when Israel's spiritual blindness will be removed thereby allowing Israel to recognize and receive Jesus as the true Messiah. The Holy Spirit had Paul specify that time as being when "the fulness of the Gentiles has come in."
Let's define what is meant by "the times of the Gentiles" and "the fulness of the Gentiles." Jerusalem was Jewish until the four Imperial Roman legions explicitly fulfilled Gabriel's prophecy of Daniel 9:26b. This is where "the times of the Gentiles commenced," with the word times (Greek: kairos) carrying the meaning of a measurable but limited amount of time, now approaching its 1,945th year. The fulness (Greek: plērōma) carrying the meaning of a completed complement or number of Gentiles, both dead and living, in the Bride of Christ.
The implication here is that we are presently at a point in the times of the Gentiles where the inclusion of the proverbial "last Gentile" grafted in as the "branches of the holy root" (Romans 11:16-18) is a known unknown number. It is a number known only to God; but it's nearness to completion is currently unknown by us, yet we know it is near, "even at the door."
18 February 2015: As Israel stands ready to receive a significant winter storm tomorrow, there is a more prophetically significant front approaching - a return to Eretz Israel of the remainder of the Lord's chosen people still in diaspora. Recent events in Europe with Islamic State terrorists deliberately hunting down Jews in France, Denmark and else where in Europe. PM Netanyahu recently made a plea for Jews in Europe to make aliyah in a "mass immigration" and return to Eretz Israel.
Some in Europe, the scene of the holocaust of the Jews in the decade prior to Israel's prophetic rebirth as a nation, have taken offense to Bibi's call. President Hollande of France in particular suggested the call for aliyah was "an insult" to Europe's Jews. President Hollande could not be more hopelessly wrong because Jewish aliyah to Israel over the past 70 years is the literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy. And it will only increase in the days and months ahead.
At present there are right around 1.7 million Jews living in Europe, half of them living in France (580K) and England (350K), and the rest predominantly in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Hungary, Holland, Belgium and Italy. Across the pond here in the good ol' USA there are five times as many Jews as there are in Europe: a whopping 8.3 million -- which is even more than than in Israel. In Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Australia there's another 1 million. That's a very rough grand total of 11 million Jews who remain living in diaspora but who will one day soon make aliyah to join their roughly 7.8 million brethren already living in the covenant land God promised to them.
Many times have I cited Isaiah 11:14 as being directly linked to the prophecy of Psalm 83. However, did you know that Isaiah 11:10-11 are two of the key verses which also prophetically speak to the global aliyah of Jews immediately prior to the final engagements of the Psalm 83 war? The same is true for Ezekiel 28 where the chapter commences with the woes to come for Lebanon (see: Joshua 13) it concludes with the prophetic words of verses 25 and 26:
And this aliyah will happen not because Bibi Netanyahu has called for it, or the President of France is against it, but because the LORD God has said it will happen because He will do it. And it will happen before the 70th Week the angel Gabriel prophesied to Daniel about (Daniel 9:24-27) becomes a reality of literally fulfilled prophecy in the very near future.
I believe Him, literally.