“The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.” (Amos 5:18) It is “the great day of his wrath.” This dark day is at once the closing scene of the night of weeping and the dawn of the morning of joy. And we would invite your attention, not merely to the scriptural evidence that there will be such a day, but especially to the events that will transpire during that day, and their chronological order.
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Psalm 46 discusses the Great Time of Trouble and Jacob’s Trouble. Here we as Christians have the promise that God will help us “right early” in the dawning of our resurrection change. But the Holy Remnant of the Nation of Israel who survive the Gog and Magog invasion, will survive because helped by the Lord God Himself. The glorified Bride of Christ will behold with their eyes the works of God from heaven itself.
In Psalm 81 God reminds Israel of all that He had done for them when He saved them from Egypt. He will pour them out a blessing so big, if only they will accept Him and listen to Him. This promise is still valid for the Jew today.
Ezekiel 28 is showing that the spirit of Papacy is the spirit of Satan himself; his spirit is reflected in his system. Satan and Papacy have the same ambitions. The prince of Tyrus sits “in the midst of the seas.” Revelation 17:1 states that the “great whore” sits on “many waters.” In both instances, the “waters” refer to peoples.
In the Book of Ezekiel, Papacy is represented as the city of Tyre and the prince of Tyre. In the Book of Revelation, Papacy is addressed as a woman, a beast, and the city of Babylon.
Note the distinction between “king” and “prince” (verse 2). The “king” of Tyrus is Satan, whereas the “prince” of Tyrus is Papacy, Satan’s masterpiece.
Isaiah Chapter 51: The Holy Remnant Saved in Jacob’s Trouble, Beginning of the Kingdom, Messianic ProphecyJun 24th, 2009 | By admin | Category: Isaiah, Psalm 83 and Gog & Magog, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
At the height of Jacob’s Trouble, at the moment of their direst extremity, when they have drunk the cup of woe to its dregs, God will say to the Holy Remnant: “No more will you have this experience.” God will remove the cup forever and turn the destruction against Gog (the Assyrian, the hammer or battle-ax), as shown when the gallows Haman designed for Mordecai were used on himself. And so the “gallows” that Gog and Magog plan to use to exterminate the Jew will boomerang.
Verse 7 is addressed to the nation of Israel. When will their God reign? When Israel is delivered from Gog. At that time the nation will immediately know God is reigning, and they will know Him from that day forward. In other words, there is a specific date in history in which the nation will be converted and know that the God of Israel has delivered them. “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward” (Ezek. 39:22). How blessed are the feet of God that will make this announcement: “Behold, thy God reigneth!”
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.
Chapter 63 covers the destruction of Bozrah a city in Edom. Spiritually this is a picture of our Lord’s Second Advent and one of the Works he will perform in tearing down the false systems that have been a stench in his nostrils. Bozrah is a picture of Babylon, the Mystery of Iniquity, The Mother of Harlots, Jezebel, the many names that describe the Anti-Christ system that has tried to wear out the Saints during the past 1260 days of its flight into the wilderness.
God will fight against the invading nations under Gog as He did in the former “day of battle.” This will occur after Jerusalem has been captured and half of the city is taken into exile. Gog and Magog will appear victorious and will be helping themselves to the goods. Then God will fight for Israel to show this is His victory. God will simultaneously use the various miracles that were done on separate occasions in the past—for example, overflowing rain, earthquake, disease, confusion. The miracles will remind the Holy Remnant that God is fighting for them as in days of old.
Note: Each of the coming dozen or so judgments would be sufficient to decimate the enemy, but Gog will be the recipient of many judgments. Some will die this way, some that way, etc. In retrospect, the Holy Remnant survivors will realize the Old Testament miracles were all true. This great battle of God Almighty will have greater significance along natural lines than anything in the past.
Earlier in Zechariah 14 we saw that Gog will take a spoil when Jerusalem is captured and the houses are rifled. However, when God saves Israel, the reverse will be true. Then Israel will take a spoil. Ezekiel 38:12 shows Gog’s taking a spoil. Ezekiel 39:9,10 tells of Israel’s spoil. It will take seven years to convert Israel’s booty from weapons of war to farm implements. “And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.” Burning the weapons will eliminate the need to cut down trees for firewood.
At the end of the age, the nations will be gathered against Israel and in Israel. In addition to the enemy horde, United Nations and American forces will be there as peacekeepers. The enemy horde from the north will consist of a conglomerate of people: Gomer and all his bands, Togarmah, etc., but under the leadership symbol of “Gog” (Ezek. 38:2–6).
An important point to note is that a time interval will occur between the victory of Judah first and Jerusalem later, between the Arab defeat and Jacob’s Trouble. This little period will be the time of peace and prosperity when Israel dwells with “unwalled villages” and gets “cattle and goods” (Ezek. 38:11, 12). In the Revised Standard Version, Ezekiel 38:10–12 says of the multitude of Gog: “Thus says the LORD GOD: On that day thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages; I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates’; to seize spoil and carry off plunder; to assail the waste places which are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have gotten cattle and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth.” While Israel is dwelling safely and in prosperity, the enemy will come down from the north.