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.
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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).
Ezekiel tells us that a sixth of this host will survive the destruction (their purpose being to bury the dead and go back to their homeland to tell the great miracles of the Lord and that He fought for Israel and saved them. It will take 7 months to bury the dead.
There are many other things that happen at this time, with the Ancient Worthies (Hebrews 11)being resurrected and in power (fathers will become princes–Psa 45:16) They will be the visible government for Jesus and his Bride who are of the Divine Nature like God. But that is another study.
The term “Valley of Jehoshaphat occurs only twice in the Bible, and both times in the third chapter of the Book of Joel. The following quote comes from our verse by verse study in Joel
First, the people and the discontents will oppose Papacy. Then the Lord’s Great Army will take over. From the fall of Papacy until the time God saves the Holy Remnant will be one period of trial and trouble. During this time, the Great Company will find themselves. The vision will become plain to the Great Company left behind when they actually see Babylon fall—at least it will become plain at that time to those with a present-truth background.
For “one hour,” mystic Babylon will again manifest Inquisition power (Rev. 17:12). The persecution will awaken the masses, who have believed the propaganda that the Inquisition was greatly exaggerated. Persecution, despotic power, and animosity will be manifested by Papacy and evangelical Protestantism. These actions will expose the hypocrisy of the systems, which have professed to be so loving. The masses will then react. Those who chafe under the hour of power will SUDDENLY ACT, and when they EXPLODE, Babylon will fall. In essence, the people will be so fed up at that point that they will act and not fear for their lives.
Joel performed the duty of a watchman in his day. He was addressing those in Israel who were asleep and should have been more alert. In addition to being intoxicated and not watching, the people were in a stupefied condition and had difficulty reasoning in a rational fashion.
From the spiritual standpoint, those who have been imbibing the false wine (doctrine) of Christendom are intoxicated and asleep. The “drunkards” need to wake up and realize what is happening, but because they fail to watch and sound an alarm, they will sleep through the doctrines of demons in the coming church-state hour of power. However, a time will come for shock and renewal. The old wine will wear off, and a new experience will come upon them—a radical change for which they are ill prepared.
The name “Habakkuk” means “wrestle, wrestling”—hence the mental and moral struggle presented in Habakkuk’s prophecy. (The verbal form of the word has to do with “cling” or “clasp.”) As we proceed, we will see that the perspective of Habakkuk’s prophecy is that of the Great Company. Therefore, by extension, the Book of Habakkuk pertains to the mental and moral struggle or condition of the Great Company, a righteously inclined class who will have problems after the Little Flock is off the earthly scene.
The Book of Habakkuk is most famous for a Scripture quoted several times in the New Testament: “The just shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). See Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38. There is a lot behind Habakkuk’s statement that the just shall live by faith.
It would seem that this verse is not intended to be understood in either a figurative or a symbolic fashion but, rather, in a literal sense, for its meaning is suited to be grasped by the natural man—both Jew and Gentile. The background of verse 6 is described in greater detail in verses 15–18, and the climactic fulfillment is reached in verse 19. In other words, verse 19 refers to a particular sign God has set or determined in order to clearly and unequivocally convince all individuals on hand at the scene of action in the environs of “the city” of Jerusalem of the meaning and purpose of the representative gathering of all nations to that locale. What is that purpose? They are to witness (1) the defeat and destruction of the host of Gog and (2) the purging of natural Israel, leaving behind a Holy Remnant (Isa. 4:2–4).
Although three voices are noted in verse 6, in reality all of the voices are somewhat synonymous in occurrence, and all share a common causal factor. The voice of noise from the city refers to the tumult and outcries appertaining to Jacob’s Trouble, which will be centered in Jerusalem, and particularly to the various climactic judgments to be inflicted upon the host of Gog as well as the purging of Israel itself by the Lord (Isa. 4:4). The “voice from the temple” and the “voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies” should probably be considered in a literal sense to mean that God’s voice will thunder a rebuke from heaven above the Temple mount. Accompanied by a large visual manifestation of Christ’s crucifixion suffering on Golgotha Hill in AD 33, God’s voice will perhaps say, “This is my beloved Son. Hear ye him” (Zech. 12:10).
Chapter 6 ties in with chapter 5. In centering his comments on the capital, Jeremiah included the Benjaminites in this prophecy as sharing the same guilt as Judah, which was an area almost as large as the territory of the ten tribes. The tribes of Benjamin and Judah both flanked Jerusalem, but Benjamin had a greater influence over the city. (The city was supposed to be neutral, but this administrative influence existed.)
Zechariah 9 is a very exciting chapter. It starts out with more detail about Psalm 83 which is the Arab-Israeli war that is coming very soon (see Newsletters for more details), also gives more details about the Gog and Magog invasion that follows the Psalm 83 incident and then discusses Israel’s coming back into favor with God with the rescue of the Holy Remnant. Here we connect the scriptures that pertain to the subject (Valley of Dry Bones, and Parable of Rich man and Lazarus) when the prisoners (who have hope) are released out of the pit where there is no water. What beautiful harmony there is in the Word of God.