Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -4]

Chapter 16 of Reclaiming The Rapture : Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -4]

Jesus is going to destroy His enemies. He will trample them like grapes. “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. Isa. 63:3 For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter.” Isa. 34:2 Isaiah goes on to say in verses three and five, “Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom, and on the people of My curse, for judgment.” 

The nations will be trapped in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, “Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.” But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Micah 4:11, 12 I mentioned that this is where Satan and the Antichrist will set a trap to try to destroy the Jews. But God actually has a better plan. He is setting the trap for the Antichrist and his forces in order to destroy them. He will use His winnowing fan. It is in His hand and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor. Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem. Zech. 14:1, 2 We also read in Zechariah 14 that, The city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zech. 14:2 

There will be a remnant of people who are still there, that are waiting expectantly for the Lord Jesus to return. They will be the ones that will finally cry out to Him. Jesus said, You shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Matt. 23:39 

This verse tells us they will finally say, Baruch haba beshem Adonai. They are finally going to acknowledge their offense. I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. Hos. 5:15 

God says, “I will return again to my place until you acknowledge your offence. It will take a little bit of prodding, shall we say, but when they finally do that, and say, ‘Come, Lord Jesus,’ I will come.” 

The remnant now find themselves in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Somehow they will be forced out into this valley and they will wait for Jesus to come back. Presumably, they will be standing in front of the Mount of Olives, because they know that’s where He’s going to come back. As they are gathered together in front of the Mount of Olives, they will be surrounded by the forces of Antichrist. Jesus is in route, coming to save them. Scripture says that, 

In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem. Zech. 12:6 

I just couldn’t figure this out for such a long time. I thought; “Now wait a second. You have Jesus coming back and yet you also have these governors doing something.” But Jesus says He will do it all by Himself. Still…He will give them some kind of power. 

When I started to put all the pieces together I realized that everything will happen very quickly; but they must hold out until Jesus comes. He gives them incredible, supernatural power, and the governors of Judah are going to be like a fire pan in the wood pile and a fiery torch in the sheaves. This power will enable them to devour those on the right hand and on the left. Perhaps the scene will play out something like this: 

The remnant is down in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The forces of Antichrist are coming against them on the right and on the left. Then the governors of Judah who are on the periphery receive special power from the Lord so that they can actually shoot fire out from their sides. Scripture says, In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. Zech. 12:8 Habakkuk 3:4 gave me an important piece of the puzzle. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden. Jesus has rays of light flashing from His hand. 

This is far cooler than any super hero movie we’ve ever seen, or any villain, or the emperor from Star WarsTM, who can shoot out electricity. Jesus is far cooler and it appears that He will give them this power. The strong among them will be like the Angel of the Lord before them. And so the scene continues with the remnant imbued with power coming out of their hands to defend themselves until Jesus gets there. 

Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. Zech. 14:3 Our scene continues: The Jewish remnant that is down in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, the Kidron Valley, is waiting for Jesus. They are fending off hordes of Antichrist attackers who have postured themselves to be able to get to the remnant from either the left or the right. But the remnant are fighting them off and devouring them on the both sides. Then Jesus finally comes back. 

Scene Two begins: His feet will touch the Mount of Olives. 

And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. Zech. 14:4 

The word used in the verse for valley is the word, gae, just like Ar-ma-gae-don. The touch of Jesus’ feet to the Mount of Olives will create a deep ravine, a canyon. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, it says in Zechariah 14:5. 

So we now have a new puzzle piece. What does it look like? I believe the Lord showed it to me as a picture of Jesus stepping down onto the Mount of Olives, which then splits. At this point the remnant realizes that they have a way of escape. They flee through that mountain valley that has opened up. The Antichrist forces pursue, following hard behind them. Does this remind us of anything? Was there another time in history when this might have happened? Well, of course there was. God parted the Red Sea so the Children of Israel could cross through it on dry ground. 

For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in. Ex. 14:3 

Pharaoh thought the Children of Israel were trapped, so he changed his mind and pursued them, intent on destroying them completely. Just when it appeared that Pharaoh had won the day, God showed that He had actually led Pharaoh and his armies into a trap in which they were destroyed. This scene plays out in much the same way as the Exodus story. After the Jews have fled through the valley opened up by the Mount of Olives splitting in two, Jesus will interpose himself between the Jews that have fled behind Him and the forces of Antichrist that are coming in like a wave with the intent of destroying them. 

Why are they so intent on destroying the Jews? We should keep in mind that the only thing Satan can do is destroy the Jewish people. If he could destroy them, then he could have a standoff with God. God says that He would give the kingdom to the saints. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’ Dan. 7:18 As long as there is at least one breathing Jew on the planet, then God can still fulfill His promise. However, if there was not a single Jew left on the planet, then God could not fulfill His promise, which makes Him a liar. This explains why Satan is working very hard to destroy the Jews. 

Scene Three: Jesus has interposed himself between the Jews and the Antichrist’s forces. He has rays of light flashing from His hands and a sword coming out of His mouth, perhaps similar to something like a laser. He will then begin to decimate the attackers that are coming. He starts to hack them in pieces with the rays of light coming from where His power is hidden. According to Habakkuk 3:5, there will be pestilence before Him and fever will follow at His feet. Jesus’ coming will confuse His enemies. They will see Jesus and realize they are in trouble. They will try to turn around, but they will not able to. 

It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the Lord will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand. Zech. 14:13 

In their panic they will begin to kill one another with their own swords. Even every horse will be struck with confusion and blindness because of Jesus (Zech. 12:4). Why blindness? Remember that Jesus is incredibly bright, brighter even than the sun. He is the man of fire. He is a consuming fire. As Jesus stands there before them, keep in 

mind that He is a fire, He has fiery lightning clothing on Him and He will shoot out rays of light. They will not be able see. They will try to turn around, but He will begin to cut them in pieces and destroy them. 

And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. Zech. 14:12 

Some have proposed that this might be referring to a neutron bomb or a nuclear bomb of some sort; I beg to differ. I suggest that this reference is to the armies being exposed to God’s fiery lightning presence. The armies would, at this time, have come into close proximity to Jesus. They would try to get away, but they will not be able to do so. 

Why is Your apparel red, 

And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, 

And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, 

And trampled them in My fury; 

Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. Isa. 63:2, 3 

Jesus will do this all by Himself. 

I believe we will be on horses behind Jesus. I think our job will be as a group of cheerleaders. 

Give me a “J”, give me an “E”, give me an “S”, give me a “U”, give me an “S”, 

What does that spell? “Jesus!” 

I don’t believe we will do anything except stand and see the salvation of the Lord. Jesus will advance against the Antichrist’s forces, cut them to pieces, and tread on them like grapes. The description we are given is all very literal. Soon there will be a bloody mess so great that the blood will go up to the horse’s bridle. There will be corpses everywhere and tons of carnage. 

I believe this will happen on the day of Yom Kippur. The day of Yom Kippur is when the books are opened and the wicked destroyed. 

Incidentally, it just so happens that twice a year there is a massive migration of birds in the spring and in the fall from the north to the south, from Europe and Asia, and down to Africa. Their common route is to fly over Israel. They don’t fly over anywhere else primarily, almost completely over Israel. This means there are millions and millions of birds up in the sky who are also very hungry. Everything has been destroyed at this point. All the grass has been burnt up, the trees have been destroyed, and the waters have become blood. 

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” Rev. 19:17 

Matthew 24:27 and 28 always gave me trouble. I could not understand the meaning of these two verses put together until I started putting all these puzzle pieces together. 

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 

Now it makes sense. All of these events of Jesus’ return are happening at this time; and the judgment has come. 

Scene Four: Also at this time, Revelation 19 tells us that the Antichrist and False Prophet are cast into the lake of fire. Then will be the judgment of the sheep and the goats. This happens on Yom Kippur. 

I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. Dan. 7:11 

Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. Rev. 19:20 

There is a stream of flaming fire coming out from God. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. Dan. 7:9, 10 

The Beast and False Prophet are thrown into that fire. It is true they are relegated to a geographical place, but the fire that is hitting them is the fire that is coming out from God Himself. Isaiah 30:33 says, The breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, kindles it. 

Thousands, thousands ministered to Him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him, the court was seated in the books were opened. Dan. 7:10 

This is the day that Jesus will judge. This is the day of Yom Kippur. And also the nations will be gathered before Him. He will separate one from the other, the sheep on His right hand and the goats on His left. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels’” Matt. 25:41 At the same time, Satan and the demons are bound. 

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. Rev. 20:1-3 

Satan and the demons are not destroyed at this point, but they are put into a holding cell where they will remain for 1,000 years. 

We see this in Isaiah 24:21, 22; 

It shall come to pass in that day 

That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth the kings of the earth. 

They will be gathered together, 

As prisoners are gathered in the pit, And will be shut up in the prison. 

After many days they will be punished. Satan and the demons will be punished after the 1,000 years. But during the 1,000 years they will remain in prison. Then as Satan descends down into Sheol, to the lowest depths of the abyss, “Those who see you (Satan) will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms?’” Isa. 14:16 That will be the end of the Antichrist, the end of Satan, at least for 1,000 years. Then Jesus will usher in the Millennium. 

In summary: 

  1. The Antichrist gathered the nations to destroy Israel, but this when Jesus comes back. He rends the veil and He comes down. 
  1. The governors of Judah fend off their attackers, briefly, until Jesus puts His feet down upon the Mount of Olives. At that point the Mount of Olives will split in two and the remnant will flee through the resulting valley. 
  1. Jesus jumps down into that canyon and fights the attackers. He gets all bloody as He squashes them like grapes in a winepress. The blood comes up to the horse’s bridle. 
  1. There are so many bodies and so much carnage that the birds come and feast themselves on the flesh of kings and mighty men. 
  1. The judging of the sheep and the goats immediately follows. 
  1. The heavens will pass away. This will literally be the unveiling which will happen the day that Jesus returns. 
  1. The Day of the Lord is a “thief in the night” event. 
  1. Armageddon fits better linguistically and logistically with the valley of the judging of the harvest of the sheaves (Valley of Jehoshaphat). 
  1. Jesus comes personally and fights for Israel. 
  1. The Biblical imagery is literal. 

Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -3]

Chapter 16 of Reclaiming The Rapture : Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -3]

In summary, following are some of the events of the Second Coming: 

1)  An ash cloud will blanket the earth, blocking sun and moon. 

2) The rivers, lakes and oceans will be turned to blood. 

3) The veil between the heavens will pass away. 

4) Everyone will see Jesus coming in flames of fire. 

5) The earth, every mountain and island, is shaken, moved and gone; and the elements, mountains, begin to melt. 

This now brings us to the Battle of Armageddon. Traditionally the Battle of Armageddon has been believed to come before the Day of the Lord. I put the Battle of Armageddon in the day of the Lord. That is the time when it will happen – when Jesus comes back – because He is the one who’s going to be fighting. The Battle of Armageddon is not a nation-against-nation war. Very often people have gone to a location in the northern part of Galilee called the Jezreel Valley and thought it could be an incredible place for a battle. Napoleon said, “I could see a battle being fought here.” 

Unfortunately, this is not the location of the Battle of Armageddon. Secondly, this battle will not see the tanks of the world coming together; or the world’s infantry divisions fighting one another. This battle won’t even feature the high tech weaponry that we have today against other countries. The Battle of Armageddon will be the world united against Jesus and those that He loves. It says in Revelation 16:16, And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. Then in Revelation 19 John writes; And I saw the beast, the kings of  the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Rev. 19:19 Again, it’s not nation against nation. It’s all the nations of the world united together to fight against Jesus. 

In addition to understanding who is fighting whom, we will also consider the linguistic understanding of this battle; the sheaves in a harvest motif that we find very frequently, and the idea of stomping on grapes. We will discover that these aspects can be understood very literally. It’s just a matter of putting the puzzle pieces in their right places. I have to admit that I broke my head! 

In Spanish, a jig saw puzzle is called a “rompecabezas” because it breaks your head. I feel that I have been breaking my head trying to put the pieces together. Now, though, I am very excited to share them with you because I believe that the Lord has guided me in discovering how these puzzle pieces fit together. I will let you be the judge, of course, but I think you will see that the pieces fit incredibly well; and that we can take them very literally, which always excites me because God’s Word is very literal. 

Jesus will stomp on grapes. Blood will go up to the horse’s bridle. There’s even some imagery that is a repeat of the Exodus crossing of the Red Sea. I think God likes to recycle themes. 

This theme will be recycled in a very grand way. God’s Word also tells us that a trap will be set by the Antichrist for the Jews. The trap that the Antichrist will set will actually be the trap that he will fall into. There’s a proverb that says “he who sets a snare will himself fall into it.” 

This is exactly what’s going to happen to the Antichrist. He will set the snare but he himself will fall into it. These things will happen outside the city. The traditional location of the Battle of Armageddon is in the Jezreel Valley. If one were to tour Israel today, 

he or she would be sure to visit Armageddon because most people want to see where the final battle is going to take place. The tour would visit the traditional Battle of Armageddon site in the plain of Jezreel at the Tel Megiddo. One can see Tel Megiddo, but it’s not a mountain. 

A “tel” is not a mountain. Tel is a very ancient word. It actually comes from Acadian, which tells us that the word has been around for long time. A tel is a mound where a city was and then was destroyed, and then they built on top of it, then that city was destroyed, and so on. Eventually, after many centuries, the various destruction layers build up into an artificial mountain that is called a tel. One would not find a mountain in Tel Megiddo today, only a tel. This begs the question, “Where is the mountain?” Where is the city? There is wonderful agriculture in this place, but no city or mountain. One could visit the Jezreel Valley and Tel Megiddo and think to himself, “Wow! This is where the battle is going to happen. But there’s nobody here. Why would anybody fight here? Why suddenly here, when all the other places in scripture keep talking about Jerusalem?” Well of course this is the whole point. It is not going to happen here even though we have been taught that this is the location of the battle. 

Let’s consider the linguistic implications of the Battle of Armageddon. If we read the King James82, or the New King James83, which are based on the Textus Receptus84, we will find that the word “Armageddon” is spelled with two letter “d’s.” If we look at Armageddon in the Byzantine Majority85 text, the word actually has one delta (d). If we look at the Alexandrian Vaticanas86, it’s spelled with one delta, but in the Textus Receptus, it is spelled with two. Some people prefer the Textus Receptus, and may even have strong feelings against the Alexandrian Vaticanis, which is fine. However, I would like to point out that the Textus Receptus comes out of the Byzantine family. It is a collection of manuscripts. It is really a handful of manuscripts, somewhere between six to twelve manuscripts were used. It came from a larger tradition called the Byzantine Majority text family, which were about five thousand manuscripts. I mention this because there’s only one delta in the Byzantine Majority text. This is an important clue. 

One might think it doesn’t really matter if there are one or two deltas but actually it does. The reason is that based on the Hebrew word, the word that we have is Meg-i-don, the vowels don’t fit for different readings. In the Greek, as it comes to us, we are told that this is a Hebrew word. But we have to look at it through the Greek language which spells it as Ar-ma-ge-don, not me- gi-don. Clearly the vowels do not match up between the Greek and the Hebrew words, and neither does the double “d”. Certainly the double “d” in the Textus Receptus would match, but it doesn’t match with the other textual evidence that we have. 

My assertion is that really, none of these words match the word Megiddo. Megiddo is not the word that should be used. The reason it is important that there is not a mountain in Megiddo is because it is understood that Ar means mountain and Megiddo is, of course, Megiddo; thus Ar Megiddo (the mountain of Megiddo). Not only is there no mountain in Megiddo; linguistically and phonetically, it does not match properly. Therefore, of all the possible interpretations, Ar Megiddo does not fit. 

Some people have suggested that this is “the place of the crowds” and that is what the word means. Perhaps there is an underlying secondary use of that, though I rather doubt it. Dr. Michael Hazer has eloquently posited that this could be Ar- moed, meaning “mountain of the appointed meeting time.” Moed means the appointed meeting time. I think he argued it well. I tend to disagree, though, because I believe the preferable translation is Ar- ma-ge’don, which would be “the valley of the judging of the harvested heap (or sheaves).” Here’s why. This word Arema fits really well. The only vowel that would not fit, that we have to imagine, is the “e” in Ar-e-ma. Jeremiah 50 uses this word when he says, “come to her from a far, open up her barns, pile her up like heaps of grain and completely destroy her; don’t leave any survivors.” When Ruth went to Boaz, he was sleeping on an Arema. He was sleeping on a pile of harvested grain. This is from the word Aram which means “to be heaped up.” It occurs once in the verbal form and we find it other places as a noun, “heap.” We also find it in Micah 4:12. For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. God says that He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. He is telling us about the trap He will lay for the Antichrist. 

One might think it doesn’t really matter if there are one or two deltas but actually it does. The reason is that based on the Hebrew word, the word that we have is Meg-i-don, the vowels don’t fit for different readings. In the Greek, as it comes to us, we are told that this is a Hebrew word. But we have to look at it through the Greek language which spells it as Ar-ma-ge-don, not me- gi-don. Clearly the vowels do not match up between the Greek and the Hebrew words, and neither does the double “d”. Certainly the double “d” in the Textus Receptus would match, but it doesn’t match with the other textual evidence that we have. 

My assertion is that really, none of these words match the word Megiddo. Megiddo is not the word that should be used. The reason it is important that there is not a mountain in Megiddo is because it is understood that Ar means mountain and Megiddo is, of course, Megiddo; thus Ar Megiddo (the mountain of Megiddo). Not only is there no mountain in Megiddo; linguistically and phonetically, it does not match properly. Therefore, of all the possible interpretations, Ar Megiddo does not fit. 

Some people have suggested that this is “the place of the crowds” and that is what the word means. Perhaps there is an underlying secondary use of that, though I rather doubt it. Dr. Michael Hazer has eloquently posited that this could be Ar- moed, meaning “mountain of the appointed meeting time.” Moed means the appointed meeting time. I think he argued it well. I tend to disagree, though, because I believe the preferable translation is Ar- ma-ge’don, which would be “the valley of the judging of the harvested heap (or sheaves).” Here’s why. This word Arema fits really well. The only vowel that would not fit, that we have to imagine, is the “e” in Ar-e-ma. Jeremiah 50 uses this word when he says, “come to her from a far, open up her barns, pile her up like heaps of grain and completely destroy her; don’t leave any survivors.” When Ruth went to Boaz, he was sleeping on an Arema. He was sleeping on a pile of harvested grain. This is from the word Aram which means “to be heaped up.” It occurs once in the verbal form and we find it other places as a noun, “heap.” We also find it in Micah 4:12. For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. God says that He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor. He is telling us about the trap He will lay for the Antichrist. 

This is a bi-consonantal word; and in the infinitive absolute, it always has a long “o” sound. Yacomo, for example, becomes com. In English the word “moot” becomes “moat”. This is an example of how a bi consonantal verb actually becomes “a,” with that “o” sound in there. Therefore, dean could follow this grammatical rule to become don. This explains the don part of the word Armageddon – the Valley of the judging of the harvested heap or sheaves; and this is going to take place, again, not up north in the Jezreel Valley, but down next to Jerusalem. It’s in the Valley of Jehoshaphat between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. This is where Jesus is going to come back, near to the Temple and to the Mount of Olives, which faces the city. 

Jesus will fight on behalf of Jerusalem. He will fight those nations that are coming against Jerusalem. Now also many nations have gathered against you, who say, “Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.” Micah 4:11 Zechariah 12:2, 3 tells us that the battle location is Jerusalem, not the Jezreel Valley; “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” Jerusalem and the Valley of Jehoshaphat is where the action is going to be. Now that we understand linguistically that Armageddon does not mean Ar Megiddo, that it actually means “the valley of the judging of the sheaves”, we can see how the Battle of Armageddon will take place in even greater detail. 

“Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great.” Joel 3:13 

And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. Rev. 14:20 The wine press was trampled outside the city, not up in the Valley of Megiddo or the plain of Megiddo; but outside the city of Jerusalem. 

Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Joel 3:9 

God is basically saying, “You guys have touched the apple of my eye one too many times and now this means war. Get ready because I’m coming personally. This is no longer business as usual. This is personal. Now I am coming and I am going to decimate you because you have really made me mad this time. So watch out! Get ready for war.” Let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Joel 3:9, 10 “You don’t have a weapon? Well go get one because you’re going to need it because I, God, am coming.” All the nations will go to the Valley of Jehoshaphat and Jesus will go down and harvest multitudes and multitudes with His sickle in the valley of decision “for their wickedness is great.” 

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. Rev. 14:14-16 

The Mount of Olives has all these tools on it because the Jews believe that’s where the Messiah will come, so they wanted them to be there when He arrived. The Mount of Olives overlooks the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Revelation 14:20 tells us that, the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. 

Imagine blood coming up about five feet, that’s as high as a horse’s bridle, in the Valley of Megiddo, or Jezreel Valley. Liquid will always find its own level; so there would have to be blood going on for a very, very, very, very, very long way to have enough to fill that valley. But understanding that the battle location is the Valley of Jehoshaphat, which is a narrow valley, causes this statement to make complete sense. We are still talking about a lot of blood, but it would be more like it was in a pool if it was in a narrow valley. This makes it easier for us to comprehend how blood could run at that height. 

Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -2]

Chapter 16 of Reclaiming The Rapture : Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -2]

This is the time when the veil goes away and Jesus comes back. 

Isaiah writes it this way; 

And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken. And it will be said in that day: 

“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” Isa. 25:7-9 

The Lord God will swallow up death forever and wipe away tears from all faces. The surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations, will go away when the Lord comes back. Notice that death will be swallowed up at that point. For those who are in the city, or in the temple, on the mountain of God, it will pass away. Isaiah also says it this way; Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! Isa. 64:1 He wants the heavens to be broken so that God himself would come down. 

The veil is like a curtain. When it opens, out comes Jesus – ta da! “Here I am”. Everyone will take notice. No longer will they be pretending that He does not exist. There are many atheists in the world today. There will not be any atheists on the day that the veil opens up, when the heavens pass away, because every eye will see Him. People will say, as they go running into the caves and the clefts of the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! Suddenly everyone will realize that this is the big day; For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand? Rev. 6:17 

Perhaps it will be like a one way mirror. A one way mirror enables people on one side to look through, but people on the other side cannot see through. Right now we cannot see through that one way mirror, but those on the other side can see through. Perhaps the one way mirror will break at that time. We don’t know exactly what it will look like when the veil is removed, but it will pass away. Then the two domains; the domain of mankind with planet Earth, and the domain of God and the angels – and even the demons, will not be separated. When the veil between the two domains passes away, the two shall become one again. 

The heavens are going to open and Jesus will come. His return will be a fiery return. Everyone will see Him coming in flaming fire. Every mountain will be shaken, moved and gone. Every island will be shaken, moved and gone. The elements and the mountains will begin to melt at that time. This will be unmistakable. Don’t worry – you will know when the Second Coming is! You will know when Jesus comes back. That is why He told his disciples, if someone says, ‘I am the Christ’, don’t believe it because you will know when the Christ comes (Matt. 24:5). 

Why do we believe Jesus’ second coming will be a fiery return? We read in Isaiah 66:15 and 16, For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword The Lord will judge all flesh; and the slain of the Lord shall be many

In Second Thessalonians, it says, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. 1:7, 8 I plan to be riding on a horse behind Him in my new body at that point. If you are one of the rebels who are fighting against Him, it will not be a very pleasant day for you. 

Jesus says that, Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only Matt. 24:35, 36. Some believe this scripture refers to the rapture. I disagree. Though I don’t know the day and the hour of the rapture, I believe this reference is to the passing away of the heavens and the earth. We see this in other scriptures. 

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; 

Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, 

And they will be changed. Psa. 102:25, 26 

The day of the Lord, is the day that Jesus comes back. It’s not the entire seven year period. It’s not the three and half year period. The second three and a half year period is called “the time of Jacobs’s trouble”. It will be a time of great distress for the nation of Israel and also for the world at large. 

On that day the ancient hills are going to collapse. Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate. Is. 13:9 When Jeremiah said, I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; and the heavens, they had no light. Jer. 4:23, he used the same word that is used in Genesis 1:2 (tu voo va vo). 

Jeremiah used the phrase (Tu vo vavoo) to describe this amorphous liquefaction of the mountains because they will become like Jell-OTM. They will fall down and become nothing. And every mountain and island was moved out of its place. Rev. 6:14 Also in Revelation 16:20, Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. When every island moves away and every mountain goes away, that’s what I call Epic. That is essentially the movie 2012 where the entire earth just begins to fall apart. 

But it will probably be even worse than that because it will be a day unlike any other. This is the day that Jesus comes back and that’s why it’s called “The Day of the Lord”. Some events will unfold before the Day of the Lord; but on the Day of the Lord, many things are going to happen. You might wonder how there will be enough time for so many events to take place on the day of the Lord. 

It says in Habakkuk Chapter 3:11, the sun and the moon stood still in their habitation. There was another time when the sun and the moon stood still in their habitation. It was during the long day of Joshua. This is very interesting because on that day he said he was fighting the Amorites. The Amorites were Nephilim. I describe this in detail in my book, Corrupting the Image81. So Joshua was fighting against the Nephilim. I believe Jesus will also be fighting hybrids because people that have taken the mark of the Beast would have mingled themselves with demons. The world will believe them to be aliens, but that is all a ruse to deceive the nations. The Day of the Lord will be a long day because Jesus has a lot of work to do on that day. 

We are told that the earth is violently broken. Again, if all of the islands and all of the mountains flee away, the earth is violently broken. The earth will be split open and exceedingly shaken. Isaiah says, The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut; its transgression shall be heavy upon it, and it will fall, and not rise again. Isa. 24:20 Please understand that at this point, because the earth is so incredibly devastated, it’s over. The earth is down for the count, crying “uncle”; or, maybe it’s just plain dead. The Earth becomes completely uninhabitable. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty. Isa. 2:12 

The day of the Lord is when the earth moves. 

And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Rev. 16:18 

Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger. Isa. 13:13 

Here we see “the day of the Lord” once again. It’s not the seven year period of the Lord. It isn’t even the three and a half year period, as bad as those will be. It is “the day” that Jesus, the Christ, the Savior, comes back to redeem His people. He will intercede on behalf of Israel who has finally cried out to Him, “Baruch haba beshem Adonai”. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Psa. 118:26 Welcome Jesus; finally, we are welcoming you. 

Paul says; But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 1 Thess. 5:1, 2 This has often been interpreted to speak about the rapture, but it isn’t speaking about the rapture. It is speaking of the day that Jesus comes back. 

You see, God has a plan. He is going to launch a surprise attack on the Antichrist. He will say, “Here I am!”; and everyone will run like cockroaches into dark places. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Pet. 3:10 Jesus says it this way, Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. Rev. 3:3 He says this in Revelation 16:15; Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame. 

This is sandwiched right between the place where Satan, the Antichrist and false prophet have these three spirits that look like frogs that come out of their mouths and go out to all the nations to bring them to battle at the place of Armageddon to make war against Him who sits on the horse. Jesus says, sandwiched between those events, He is warning the world – I am coming as a thief; watch out; 

you’re not going to realize when I come; you’re not going to know what is about to hit you. The day of the Lord, the thief in the night, is when the earth is destroyed in Second Peter 3:10. 

But the heavens and the earth, which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Pet. 3:7 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Pet, 3:10 Nevertheless, we according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Pet. 3:13 

Notice not only that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night, but also that the heavens will pass away with a great noise. The elements melt with fervent heat. We previously discussed verses in Revelation and Isaiah that tell us the sky is going to recede, or roll up, as a scroll. This is the time when the heavens pass away. At the same time, the mountains are going to melt like wax at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner. Isa. 51:6 

Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? [Part -1]

Chapter 16 of Reclaiming The Rapture : Putting It All Together: What Happens on the Day of the Second Coming? 

When we think about the end times, we often think about the Antichrist, about the changes in the weather, about the failing economy – things that are touching our lives. This 

makes sense because we all have lives to live. But there is a day coming that we know as, “The Second Coming.” This chapter presents a graphic look at the second coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. This chapter will also point to scriptural proof that the second coming will occur at Armageddon. 

The reader is familiar with the second coming, and has probably heard of the battle of Armageddon; but there are actually a lot of misconceptions about Armageddon. For example, think for a moment about where you believe the battle of Armageddon is going to take place. Maybe you have taken a Bible class where you saw that it was up north. We will demonstrate that the actual location is in Jerusalem. This, and other, exciting revelations will open the reader’s eyes to a new perspective on the events of the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the battle of Armageddon. 

Questions we might have concerning this time period might include: 

  1. What are the conditions on the Earth before Jesus comes? We should consider this question because the earth is going to be quite a mess when Jesus returns. 
  1. What will it look like when the heavens pass away? What is the scriptural evidence for this dramatic event? 
  1. What happens to the earth at Jesus fiery return? This will definitely be an exciting event. We will discover that the earth is going to be destroyed beyond repair. 
  1. What will be the location of the battle of Armageddon? As was briefly stated, it will be closer to Jerusalem than one might have previously considered it to be. 
  1. How will Jesus fight when He comes back? We know He is coming on a white horse, but will He do any more than that? We will examine this in great detail. 

What are the conditions of the earth before the second coming? There will be an ash cloud that blankets the earth, blocking the sun and the moon. Billions would have been killed by the two hundred million demonic horsemen that come out of the pit (Rev. 9). All the oceans, rivers, lakes etc. are blood instead of water. The earth at this time is not a place that we would want to be. Satan and the fallen angels in actual bodily form are on the earth. 

Smoke will darken the sky before the day of the Lord (Rev. 9:2). This is about the midpoint of a seven year period which is traditionally called “The Great Tribulation”. It can be argued, however, that The Great Tribulation is technically a three and a half year period, but this argument is beyond the scope of this particular book. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Rev. 9:2 This is the same darkening of the sun referenced in Isaiah 13:10; For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. Why will it not cause its light to shine? Because ash has filled the sky. 

Some years ago we had some forest fires here in California. I remember looking up at the sky in the evening with all the ash in the sky; and I saw that the moon was actually blood red. When it is observed through a layer of ash, it looks blood red. There is also a phenomenon, known as a lunar eclipse, where the earth comes between the sun and the moon and casts a red shadow on the moon. This is called a “blood moon”. This darkening of the sun and moon will be a constant state of reality during that three and a half year period due to all that ash that is going to come out of the pit when Satan opens it up. 

Revelation 16:10 says; Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. Again, why is it dark? Is it just some mysterious kind of darkness? Or could it be from the ash that has come out of the pit? This author believes the red moon is caused by the ash. As an example, there are pictures of an ice filled sky in Iceland showing that the sun is not giving the fullness of its light because it has been blocked out by ice particles. If thick, dark ash were to cover the sun, it would look like sack cloth had covered it. 

Revelation tells us that the earth is going to be laid waste. Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died. Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Rev. 16:3, 4 Imagine all of the water in the entire world has become full of blood. It says in Isaiah 26:21, The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. We believe this verse says that all the blood that was ever shed from the days of Abel, up until the very last person to be murdered, will come back and come out in the oceans and rivers. The angel of the waters will say, You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due. Rev. 16:5, 6 Those who shed innocent blood on the earth will have blood to drink as their just reward. 

We know that the fallen angels are going to be bodily on the earth at this time. It says in Revelation 12:9, So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. This will happen at the mid-point of the seven year period. Notice also in Revelation 12:4 that it says, His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. He is called “the great dragon”, the “serpent of old”, “the Devil” and “Satan.” The image of him as a dragon is used when depicting his tail drawing a third of the stars of heaven and throwing them to the earth. Here we see that the angels are called stars. In Revelation 8:10, 11; And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. 

One might ask, “How can it be that events in Revelation 12 and events in Revelation Eight are happening at the same time?” Revelation is a thematically organized book and not a chronological book. The Gospel of John, for example, is also laid out thematically. It groups like- kind events together. A historian documenting a certain period of history might arrange events in chronological order, or in a thematic manner. A chronological time line would begin with year one and relate events as they happened. This approach can be difficult to follow at times. 

It is often beneficial to group things together according to relationships and circles, as it were. This is essentially what John has done in Revelation. He grouped events together. Obviously he wrote according to the way he received the revelations, but really, God is the one who’s gave us these events in a thematic way. 

So rather than looking at the chapter and verse to say what comes first and what comes second, look at the events themselves and if they pair up in any way. It could be argued that if there are three points in common, one would have a very strong connection between the two events. This approach is similar to triangulation. If one has a cell phone, and if there are three towers around the cell phone location, one can triangulate his/her position. This is essentially what we are doing. I have named this principle, “Biblical Triangulation”. It is this principle that is used here in Revelation, and other passages in the Bible. 

Then the fifth angel sounded: and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. Rev. 9:1 Here is a star that is falling. When did this star fall? He fell back in Revelation 8:10, And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch. Who is this star? We discover who this star is in Revelation 12:4, His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. As previously mentioned, this is a reference to Satan. So in Revelation 8:10, when it says, a great star fell from heaven, this seems to be a reference to Satan himself, not a meteorite. 

It is basically different camera angles. In Revelation Chapter 12, the camera is up here in heaven, now looking down. One could think of Michael with his cell phone, filming what’s going on and then he puts it up on YouTube or something. At the same time, the people on the earth have their cell phones, as it were, and they’re watching as Satan falls to the earth. What would he look like to them? He would look like a great star falling from heaven. Revelation 9:1 says that the star fallen from heaven was already on the earth. Stars are being interpreted as angels. We see this in other places as well. For example, when Jesus has the seven stars in His right hand, which are the seven angels to the seven churches (Rev. 1:20). Revelation Chapter Eight also references angels when discussing some of the host of heaven being cast down and some of the stars being cast down to the ground and trampled. 

There are symbols in scripture and there are keys to unlocking our understanding of the symbols. The Bible can be taken literally once one understands the key for unlocking the symbols. Scripture tells us that stars are, in fact, angels. Daniel Chapter Eight talks about the Antichrist rising up to the host of heaven. This is a description of the angels, and then also of the stars. We have in Revelation 6:13, And the stars of heaven (that is, fallen angels) fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. And Isaiah 34 says, All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falls from the vine, and as fruit falling from a fig tree. 

Now think about it for a second; is this is really talking about stars? Stars are very, very far away. It would take them a long time to get here. Or, is it talking about the star closest to us, the sun? If it is talking about the sun, and then the sun falls to the earth, the earth is gone; right? Then the book of Revelation is over. There are really no more events for Revelation to convey to us if everything has just ended. So it can’t be talking about actual stars like our sun. It is talking about the angels; those are fallen angels that have fallen to the earth because they are going to pass through the veil. 

The veil between heaven and earth is a very important principle that I did not even know about until a couple years ago when I began discovering it. But there it was, in the Bible, all along. It is an exciting discovery! The book of Revelation is literally the unveiling of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Greek we have the words apo kalupsi. Apo means “away from” and kalupsis means “a veil”. So apo kalupsi means: “the uncovering”, “the unveiling”, or the “revelation”. 

In First John 3:2, when He is revealed, uncovered, unveiled, we shall see Him. We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. In Isaiah 40, verse 5 tells us that the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all of humanity will see it at once. Before the fall of Adam, the terrestrial realm and the spiritual realm were really one. Today, we cannot see beyond the veil on any given day. 

But before the fall, God was in perfect harmony with man and man was in perfect harmony with God. That’s why when God came walking in the garden there was no issue, until Adam and Eve took a bite of that fruit. As a result, God had to cast them out because they could no longer be in His presence. Why couldn’t they be in His presence? 

Was God suddenly kind of snobbish? Perhaps with an attitude of,” I’m sorry I’m just too good for you guys now. You didn’t obey me, so now we can’t be friends anymore.” No. That really wasn’t, and still isn’t, the issue. The issue is, understanding what is God really like. 

As Christians we have a fair understanding of God’s characteristics, such as love. But what does He look like? Scriptures clearly tell us that He has fire from His waist up and from His waist down, and it’s mingled with electricity. The word in Hebrew is Ashman, which means “electricity.” In Greek, it’s electros, again “electricity.” We see in other places that it’s lightning. So you have this fiery, lightning, kind of God that cannot have sin or corruption in His presence, not because He doesn’t like us, but just because we’re incompatible. Daniel says His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. Imagine being in the presence of God and all of His blazing fire. Now imagine going up to God and giving Him a hug. How would that feel? That would really be the end of your day, wouldn’t it? Because you cannot do that, I cannot do that, we are incompatible with God. 

It is similar to the story of the boy in the bubble. He could not be exposed to the outside world. Now imagine you’re his mother or you are his father. How would you feel? Wouldn’t you want to just climb in there and give your son a hug because you love him so much? You would want to squeeze him and tell him how wonderful he is and that you want to be with him. But instead you must say, “Honey, I can’t come in there because if I do, if I go beyond this veil between us, you will die. So you have to stay in there until we find a solution for you.” God knew what the solution was, but He could not fulfill that until the appropriate time. 

So God put a veil between heaven and earth, until that time. Actually, God is the one who left the Garden and lets us be on planet Earth. But on occasion, that veil was opened so that people could see through. Stephen, when he was being stoned, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God. He said, Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God! Acts 7:56 Now this isn’t the kind of “stoned” that can happen here in California! He was actually being stoned with real rocks and he was able to see beyond the veil. This is just one occasion when God allowed people see beyond that veil. John says in Revelation, Now I saw heaven opened. Rev. 19:11 

Ezekiel sitting by the river Chebar says, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. Ezek. 1:1 As Jesus was coming up out of the water, the heavens were opened to Him. Matt. 3:16 

There were so many places where the heavens are opened and people were able to see just through a little bit. When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrians, Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes and then he saw horses and chariots of fire (2 Kings 6:17). It was like Elisha’s servant put on his decoder glasses, could then see beyond into that other realm and he could see what was behind the veil. God’s desire has always been to dwell with men openly, without any kind of a veil, with nothing between us, and completely exposed, one to another. This is His great desire. The day is coming; and it will happen at the Second Coming. God wants to dwell with man. And he who sits on the throne will dwell among them (Rev. 7:15). The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. Rev. 21:3 

And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll. Is. 34:4 This is another one of those passages that I couldn’t figure out. What would it look like for the sky to recede like a scroll? This is a reference to the veil that will eventually pass away. It doesn’t mean the sun, the moon and the stars will one day go away. Those will never depart. God promised His continued faithfulness toward Israel, based on the continued existence of the sun, moon and stars. So the heavens passing away, the heavens rolling up like a scroll, are because the veil is going to go away. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. Rev. 6:14 This is a pretty major phenomenon when this happens; in fact, I see this as the end. We have come now to the end of all things. There is nothing more that’s going to happen as far as the kingdom of Antichrist. 

“You Are Beaten, Yeshua” (Excerpt from the Millennium Chronicles)

“Today is the day we wipe the Hebrews off the map once and for all!”[i] Therion said confidently with the armies of the entire planet standing behind him ready to attack Jerusalem.[ii] There were millions and millions that stood with him that could also fight against Yeshua’s returning army if need be. Additionally, Therion commanded the two hundred million horsemen that came out of the Abyss.[iii]

The solar flare which had scorched part of the earth[iv] some time ago had made most of the conventional, high-tech weapons of the day inoperable, therefore they had converted every conceivable instrument into some kind of weapon; plowshares had been beaten into swords, ​​​​​​and pruning hooks into spears and horses now served as their transportation![v]

With all the might of the world and the kingdom of Lucifer gathered with him at his disposal, Therion was eager to desecrate and destroy what he believed was the last remnant of the Hebrews so that he and his forces could set their eye upon Jerusalem.[vi] Lucifer was incensed against the Hebrews because their existence was a direct threat to his kingdom.[vii] Once it was no more, Adonai would never be able to establish his kingdom on the earth.

“You are beaten, Yeshua!” Therion boasted, gazing beyond the veil toward the upper City of Jerusalem, raising his hands and then flicking them back as if daring Adonai to respond.[viii] “Our struggle, our ‘holy war’ with you ends here and ends today! Our siege against your beloved lower City of Jerusalem has prevailed and it has fallen into our hands. Our soldiers, who took my mark containing my father’s image,[ix] have ravished the women of this city! We have taken half of the residents of this city hostage and are leading them into exile where they shall take my mark or lose their heads.[x] Your people, your elect, your heritage is now mine! You have failed to protect them. You failed to keep your word![xi] Can’t you hear the nations mocking you, saying ‘where is their King?’”[xii] he said again, shaking his hands toward Adonai. “Look, all of the nations of the earth are assembled against your chosen City and we have defiled her! This City shall become a trash heap and the bodies of your elect shall be its refuse![xiii]

“You have accomplished nothing by pouring out your life-force to save these people. My father was right to revolt against your foolish idea of the mighty serving the weak. You surrendered yourself for the world[xiv] and now the whole world is following me! They realize that my father is worthy of reverence because he is strong and now they revere me! Can you not hear them saying, ‘who is like Therion’ and ‘who is able to make war with him?’[xv] You should have accepted my father’s offer of all the kingdoms of the world when you had the chance.[xvi] Look, he has given me his power, his throne, and great authority. I have all authority over every tribe, tongue, and nation and all who dwell on the earth worship me.[xvii] Even your beloved elect, the Hebrews, are in my hand and I am overcoming them completely and shattering their power.[xviii] I am doing as I please and there is none who can withstand me or make war against me.[xix] I have destroyed the weak and the mighty alike[xx] and soon even your people, the Hebrews, shall be no more!

“I defy you, O Ancient One! Your authority is broken and you are a liar! Now the world shall know the truth about you and all who are with you. You are weak and cowardly. Your sacrifice has amounted to nothing and is completely undone.[xxi] The name of Adonai is a rubble heap and any who would run to it will be destroyed![xxii] Yeshua does not keep his promises; your word is a sham, bogus, phony!” Therion raged. “All who trust in you are put to shame.[xxiii]

“You have allowed your people to be hemmed in on every side. They are now trapped like birds in a cage with my forces ready to decimate them. We shall do what the ancient king of Egypt was not able to do!” He turned to Oracle, “This is our moment of great victory. Send in the hybrids to tear them limb from limb and let their blood splatter on every side.”



[i] Ps 83:4

[ii] Joel 3:9

[iii] Rev 9:16-17; Dan 8:12

[iv] Rev 16:8-9

[v] Joel 3:9-11

[vi] Mic 4:11

[vii] Ps 83:3

[viii] Rev 13:6

[ix] Gen 3:15; 6:4

[x] Zech 14:2; Dan 7:21, 25; Rev 20:4

[xi] Deut 7:6; 9:26; 1Kgs 8:51

[xii] Joel 2:17

[xiii] Mic 4:11

[xiv] John 3:16

[xv] Rev 13:3, 4

[xvi] Mat 4:8, 9

[xvii] Rev 13:2,7, 8

[xviii] Dan 7:25; 12:7 Rev 13:7

[xix] Dan 11:36

[xx] Dan 8:24

[xxi] Dan 7:8; Rev 13:5, 6

[xxii] Prov 18:10

[xxiii] Ps 138:2; 22:5

The Certain Coming of Yeshua (Excerpt from The Millennium Chronicles)

“He is right,” one of the Knesset members agreed. “His coming is certain. He will make the weak among us like David and the mighty among us will be like the Angel of Adonai.[i] This is now the time when we will see Yeshua as a man of war who will destroy our enemies. We have not believed our King in the past. Today we will trust. We must, for there is no other way if we desire to live. The King has struck our enemies in the past and he fought against the Nephilim of old whose height was like the cedars and whose strength was like the oaks.[ii] He will fight for us today just like he fought for us in Egypt. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. Not one of us will die if we go now. We must hurry to the valley so that we may see the victory.”

“Then it is agreed, we will all meet in the valley and there await Yeshua who will rescue us,” Caleb said, opening the door expectant of what Yeshua would do but still slightly apprehensive as he thought of the horrors that awaited them in the darkness.



[i] Zech 12:8

[ii] Amos 2:9

Does “The Thief in the Night” Phrase Refer to the Rapture or the Second Coming?

The Second Coming is Like a Thief in the Night

As a boy I remember an evening when our church showed the movie “A Thief in the Night.” I remember the opening scene of the woman running to the bathroom looking for her husband, only to discover the electric razor running and abandoned in the sink – her husband obviously raptured all the while the radio explained the disappearance of perhaps millions of people around the world.

The basis of the movie was derived from 1 Thessalonians 5 where “the Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.” (1Thess 5:2 NKJV) The opening scene made a lasting impression on me and millions of more Americans that the rapture will come unexpectedly and without warning, just like a thief in the night!

It is commonly argued that “the thief in the night” must refer to the rapture and cannot refer to the second coming because that would be obvious as people would simply need to read their Bible; Dr. Dwight J. Pentecost, a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, writes in his book Things to Come

If the Day of the Lord did not begin until the second advent, since that event is preceded by signs, the Day of the Lord could not come as a “thief in the night,” unexpected, and unheralded, as it is said it will come in 1 Thessalonians  5:2. The only way this could break unexpectedly upon the world is to have it begin immediately after the rapture of the church.[1]

The supposed problem is resolved in the rest of the 1 Thessalonians 5 passage. Unfortunately, many people stop reading at verse two and do not continue to see to whom Jesus will come as a thief; He is coming ‘as a thief’ to those not expecting him, that is, to those in darkness! The language is clear that “they” – the ones in darkness, are the ones to whom sudden destruction will come and “you,” the brethren, are sons of light, not darkness. The day of the Lord will not be as a thief to the brethren meaning it could not refer to the rapture itself but rather to the day Jesus comes back.

For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them…and they shall not escape. (1Thess 5:3 NKJV) But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. (1Thess 5:3-4 NKJV) You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (1Thess 5:5 NKJV)

Jesus’ own usage of the concept of him coming as a thief is in relation to the unprepared homeowner who does not know the time that the thief would come and let his house be broken into for “if the homeowner had known at what time the thief were coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into.” (Luke 12:39; see also Matt 24:43) The timing of a thief is a complete surprise to people who are in darkness, who are sleeping and not paying attention.

The people who are not paying attention are the non-believers which Jesus exemplifies in his exhortation to the church of Sardis, the dead church, whose names are ready to be blotted out of the book of life. (Rev 3:5) Because they were considered dead and were therefore not counted as sons of light, Jesus’ coming would be to them as a thief because they were not alert. He admonished them that they must repent for if they do not and were “not alert, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know the time when I will come to you. (Rev 3:3 ISV) Again, we see that his coming will be as a thief and it will be at a time that they do not expect and when he comes, sudden destruction will come upon them. (1Thes 5:3) We must consider that the phrase “thief in the night” appears not to apply to the event known as the rapture, but applies to the actual second coming of Jesus, that is, the day that he returns.

As further evidence of this, we turn to Rev 16:14 where Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet open their mouths and something like frogs come out to go to deceive the whole world to bring them together for the battle of the great day of God at the place called Armageddon. The timing therefore is toward the end of the time of Jacob’s trouble (the second half of the seven year period filled with intense suffering never experienced before on earth). The nations are getting ready for their final attack against Jerusalem for the battle known as Armageddon (explained in chapter …) It is here in the text, sandwiched between verses 14 and 16, that Jesus strongly admonished the armies of the world by saying he was coming as a thief.

They are demonic spirits that perform signs. They go to the kings of the whole earth and gather them for the war of the great Day of God Almighty. “See, I am coming like a thief. How blessed is the person who remains alert and keeps his clothes on! He won’t have to go naked and let others see his shame.” The spirits gathered the kings to the place that is called Armageddon in Hebrew. (Rev 16:14-16 ISV)

It is no accident that Jesus’ admonition is placed there – He has graciously warned the rebels one last time of what will happen at his return and anyone who does not have a garment of Yeshuáh on at that point will be in a world of hurt and will suffer exposed to his glory forever because he will have to go naked and others see his shame.” (See Appendix: Garment of Yeshua) The fact that Jesus directs the exhortation to those gathering together for the day of battle demonstrates that the Day of the Lord coming as a thief in the night can only be a reference to the second coming of Jesus which is the very day that he returns to planet earth in a blaze of glory and flames of fire. The basic thesis of the movie “A Thief in the Night” has incorrectly applied the phrase to the rapture. The day coming like a thief is coming to those who are not anticipating the Lord’s return. Coming like a thief means it is sudden and is a big surprise!

All the nations of the world will be in utter shock and dumbfounded by Jesus coming because they arrogantly and boastfully gather themselves together against Jerusalem in order to lay it waste. The following verses demonstrate how all of the nations will be coming against Jerusalem in order to (successfully) destroy it and hence when Jesus comes back, they will be sorely surprised.

  • I will make Jerusalem a heavy weight; so everyone who burdens themselves with it will be crushed, even though all of the nations of the earth gather themselves against it. (Zech 12:3 ISV)
  • Let the nations be awakened and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; because I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, because the harvest is ripe. Come and go down, because the winepress is full. The wine vats are overflowing, because their evil is great! (Joel 3:12-13 ISV)
  • Now many nations have gathered against you, saying, ‘Let her be defiled,’ and ‘Let’s look down on Zion.’ (Mic 4:11 ISV)

They fully anticipate that they will be victorious in their battle efforts just as Pharaoh imagined he would be when he mustered his army against Israel by the Red Sea. Imagine the incredible surprise he felt as the walls of water came crashing over him. So too will the nations of the earth be utterly shocked when the heavens roll back and there stands Jesus. Habakkuk records that at Jesus’ return, “He stood up and shook the land; with his stare he startled the nations.” (Hab 3:6 ISV) The nations are startled because they were not expecting him, which only serves to prove that His second coming is like a thief in the night.

The book of Zephaniah also records how the day of God’s wrath will bring a sudden end to the nations which will come as a terrible surprise.

in the Day of the Lord’s wrath; but the entire land will be consumed by the fire of his jealousy, for he will bring the inhabitants of the land to a sudden end…the Day of the Lord’s wrath [which] surprises you (Zeph 1:18; 2:2 ISV)

The Thief in the Night in 2 Peter

The element of the surprise is confirmed in 2 Peter, perhaps the most significant passage concerning the day of the Lord. Because the heavens pass away in the passage, Dr Pentecost and others argue that the Day of the Lord must include the millennium because they understand the heavens to pass away afterward. However, our study of 2Peter 3:10 will prove that the heavens pass away the day that Jesus returns.

First of all, we need to consider the context of the chapter: Peter is discussing the return of Jesus and answering the mockery of the skeptics who ridicule “What happened to the Messiah’s promise to return? Ever since our ancestors died, everything continues as it did from the beginning of creation.” (2Pet 3:4 ISV) Peter then reminds his readers that the mockers have “deliberately ignore the fact that long ago the heavens existed and the earth was formed by God’s word out of water and with water, by which the world at that time was deluged with water and destroyed.” (2Pet 3:5-6 ISV) The judgment of God is absolutely certain, Peter concludes because just as the world was destroyed by water, a future judgment will destroy it by fire. “Now by that same word, the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire and are being kept for the day when ungodly people will be judged and destroyed.” (2Pet 3:7 ISV) Concerning Jesus’ apparent tardiness, Peter says that in the Lord’s economy a day is like a thousand years and vice versa. His delay is due to his patience and desire that all should come to repentance. However, just like the unsuspecting people in Noah’s day who, according to Jesus “were unaware of what was happening until the flood came and swept all of them away – that’s how it will be when the Son of Man comes.” (Matt 24:39 ISV)

Peter obviously took his cues from Jesus and so he tells his readers that just as people were caught off guard on the very day the flood waters came and swept them away, so too the very day Jesus returns, will be as surprise, it will come like a thief.

But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day [en he ἐν ἡ] the heavens will disappear with a roaring sound, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be exposed. (2Pet 3:10 ISV)

Peter is not telling his readers anything new; he is simply reiterating either what is in the Hebrew Scriptures (his Bible back then) or, in this case, what Jesus directly said: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matt 25:13 NKJV)

Jesus ties then known day and hour specifically to when “Heaven and earth will pass away…” (Matt 24:35 NKJV) It is the day that the heavens and earth pass away will be completely unannounced and unheralded. The event will be a big surprise to everyone – even to the angels. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matt 24:36 NKJV)

The day in question is not referring to a pre-tribulation event (such as the rapture) but specifically to the day that Jesus returns which aligns perfectly Peter’s reference to the heavens and earth passing away on the Day of the Lord.  Peter then follows up his exposition of the Day of the Lord with a similar exhortation to watch or look because that is the day when (in which) the heavens will be set ablaze and the elements of the earth dissolved.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, think of the kind of holy and godly people you ought to be as you look forward to and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved and the elements will melt with fire. (2Pet 3:11, 12 ISV)

He closes his exhortation with the hope that we have that once Messiah comes he will set up a new era including a new heavens and new earth. “But in keeping with his promise, we are looking forward to new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” (2Pet 3:13 ISV) His reference to righteousness dwelling in the new age appears to be a reference to Isaiah 11 where Messiah Jesus will rule over a new creation in which even the animals are at perfect harmony with mankind.

But with righteousness he will judge the needy, and decide with equity for earth’s poor. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and the wicked will be killed with the breath of his lips. Righteousness will be the sash around his loins, and faithfulness the belt around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb; the leopard will lie down with the young goat. The calf and the lion will graze together, and a little child will lead them. At that time, as to the root of Jesse, who will be standing as a banner for the peoples, the nations will rally to him, and his resting place is glorious. (Isa 11:4-6, 10 ISV)

Peter was looking forward to the new heavens and earth, specifically mentioned in Isaiah 65:17, as well as the general abundance of righteousness described in Isaiah 11 and other passages.  There will be an obvious need for new heavens because the (current) heavens and earth will pass away at Jesus coming, which Jesus, Peter, Isaiah (Isa 34:4) and others have said. The next question however, is what exactly does it mean that the heavens will pass away?

The Heavens Pass Away

According to Peter, the surprising and unexpected day Jesus comes back (“the Day of the Lord will come like a thief”) is when the heavens will pass away (“on that day [en he ἐν ἡ] the heavens will disappear with a roaring sound,”). It is also the day that the creation will begin to melt like wax and all of man’s works will be destroyed by fire (“the elements will be destroyed by fire”), and the earth and everything done on it will be exposed. (2Pet 3:10 ISV)

This verse clearly shows the unexpectedness of the day in which end-of-the-world events will take place! The heavens will pass away, the elements (stoixia στοιχεῖα), the base materials of the world,[2] will dissolve, and the works of men will be exposed to God.

where we discover that in (or on) the Day of the Lord, which comes like a thief, the heavens will pass away and the earth will be destroyed by fire.  We must not miss that it is on that very day (not a seven year period and not one thousand years) on that very day that the heavens will disappear.

But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day [en he ἐν ἡ] the heavens will disappear with a roaring sound, the elements will be destroyed by fire… (2Pet 3:10 ISV)

The evidence is overwhelming that the Day of the Lord is the day that Jesus comes back and is not referring to a pre-tribulational event, regardless of what we believe about the timing of the rapture itself. Another look at 2 Peter 3 will help us to understand the events of that day better.

 


[1] Dr. Dwight J. Pentecost, Things to Come, pp. 230.

[2] BDAG στοιχεῖον “basic components of something, elements of substances underlying the natural world, the basic elements fr. which everything in the world is made and of which it is composed”