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We are told that it will be worse than anything we can imagine. The Great Time of Trouble starts after the Little Flock are put to death by the Papacy during the hour of power of the beast, and ends with the deliverance of Israel in Jacob’s Trouble, Revelation describes it as when the 4 winds are let loose.
After the True Christians are put to death by Christendom during the hour of power of the beast. It will be destroyed. Revelation talks about the Harlot and the Beast which persecutes the saints (True Christians) being destroyed, along with the daughter systems (mother of harlots).
“WHERE are we?” is the significant question now troubling the thinking portion of Christendom, and occasionally propounded through the religious and secular press.
Although these are valuable lessons for the Christian, when verse 24 is considered in context, it shows that there will be prayer in the Kingdom Age. Jesus said, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matt. 21:13). Truly the Third Temple will be a “house of prayer for all people” (Isa. 56:7). While the Kingdom will be an age of sight and works, as opposed to the age of faith now, prayer will always be in order.
There came a limit to His merciful dealing with natural Israel. When that point had been reached a separation took place between those who were Israelites (the wheat) and the remainder (the chaff).
Rabbah’s being burned with fire and becoming a desolate heap had a past fulfillment, but in regard to the future fulfillment of Psalm 83, these terms indicate that Israel’s strike on its Arab neighbors will be decisive. Is there a suggestion here that nuclear power might be used?
In the antitype, Edom pictures Christendom. Just as Esau sold his birthright, the Abrahamic promise, so Catholicism was a golden cup in the hand of the Lord but lost the stewardship because of improper use. True spiritual Israelites inherit the stewardship. Esau (Christendom) will be stripped. In the type, the people tried to hide in rocks and caves, but they were searched out. “He is not” means extinction. Accordingly, the beast and the false prophet will go into Second Death (permanent extinction).
The six circuits (once each day) represent the first six periods of the Gospel Age (Ephesus through Philadelphia). An angel blew a trumpet (announced a special message) in each period, or church. (In all, there are seven churches, trumpets, messages, and messengers for seven periods.) In the Joshua type, seven priests blew seven trumpets. The seven priests picture the seven messengers, the seven trumpets are the Word of God, and the sound represents the seven messages.
The armed men of war represent consecrated soldiers of the Cross, who faithfully proclaim the message of truth. The armed men of war were from Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh, although some from the other tribes could also have been included. The people in the rear picture the rest of the “Christian” world, which is a mixed company.
“Out of him [Judah] came forth the corner[stone], … the nail, … the battle bow, … [and] every oppressor [ruler] together.” It is important to get the correct thought, for based on the previous verse, the expression “out of him” can be considered as a cleansing, or it can be thought of from a favorable standpoint, that is, as an opposite of the preceding verse. Of the two possibilities, verse 4 indicates a very favorable situation. The NIV is a good rendering, as follows: “From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.”
The “corner” is the clue that all of these are favorable, for the cornerstone is definitely a reference to Jesus. He is the top stone, the “head of the corner,” the Lord over his body, i.e., the Church (Matt. 21:42; Acts 4:11). He will be the King who governs the Kingdom Age—the mighty God, the age-lasting Father, the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).