An ancient warning of the evils besetting Israel in the last days


The Lord has long and repeatedly revealed the events involving the people of Israel at the close of this age. Today, in one of my daily readings, I came across such a warning. It was uttered by Moses at the close of his life even as he was handing over the leadership of the nation to Joshua just prior to their crossing over the Jordan and going in to possess the ‘promised land’.

Here are his words on this matter:

“‭For I know‭‭ that after‭ my death‭ ye will utterly‭‭ corrupt‭‭ ‭yourselves‭, and turn aside‭‭ from the way‭ which I have commanded‭‭ you; and evil‭ will befall‭‭ you in the latter‭ days‭; because ye will do‭‭ evil‭ in the sight‭ of the LORD‭, to provoke him to anger‭‭ through the work‭ of your hands‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Deuteronomy 31:29.

There was a warning regarding their behaviour after his death and also in the ‘latter days’. Sadly, Israel had a history of unfaithfulness and disobedience of the Lord no matter what mercies they enjoyed at His hands.

As Christians we must never forget that we have fared no better! That must ever be understood. We can read of the repeated rebellions of God’s ancient people and be critical of them but they were in truth no worse than believers in this age of the Gentiles. A brief consideration of the New Testament will illustrate this truth.

From the failure of the immediate disciples and apostles to remain faithful to the Lord during His earthly ministry to the various churches formed in the Gentile world we see displayed this continued failure to remain stedfast and obedient.

The book, ‘The Acts of the Apostles’, details the erring ways of the early believers as do the various epistles of the apostles, all of which were caused by error and sin entering the ranks of God’s people. The Saviour’s epistles to the seven churches of Asia at the close of the Canon of Scripture, reveals the ongoing deviation from the path of obedience that was evidenced in the first century of this age and which has marked every age since in greater or lesser measures.

“‭Unto the angel‭ of the church‭ of Ephesus‭ write‭‭ . . .‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ I have‭‭ ‭somewhat‭ against‭ thee‭, because‭ thou hast left‭‭ thy‭ first‭ love‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 2:1-4.

“‭And‭ to the angel‭ of the church‭ in‭ Pergamos‭ write‭‭ . . . ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭I have‭‭ a few things‭ against‭ thee‭, because‭ thou hast‭‭ there‭ them that hold‭‭ the doctrine‭ of Balaam‭, who‭ taught‭‭‭ Balac‭ to cast‭‭ a stumblingblock‭ before‭ the children‭ of Israel‭, to eat‭‭ things sacrificed unto idols‭, and‭ to commit fornication‭‭.‭ ‭So‭ hast‭‭ thou‭ also‭ them that hold‭‭ the doctrine‭ of the Nicolaitans‭, which thing‭ I hate‭‭.‭ ‭Repent‭‭; or else‭ I will come‭‭ unto thee‭ quickly‭, and‭ will fight‭‭ against‭ them‭ with‭ the sword‭ of my‭ mouth‭,” ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Revelation 2:12-16.

“‭And‭ unto the angel‭ of the church‭ in‭ Thyatira‭ write‭‭ . . . ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭I have‭‭ a few things‭ against‭ thee‭, because‭ thou sufferest‭‭ that woman‭ Jezebel‭, which‭ calleth‭‭ herself‭ a prophetess‭, to teach‭‭ and‭ to seduce‭‭ my‭ servants‭ to commit fornication‭‭, and‭ to eat‭‭ things sacrificed unto idols‭.‭ ‭And‭ I gave‭‭ her‭ space‭ to‭ repent‭‭ of‭ her‭ fornication‭; and‭ she repented‭‭ not‭.‭ ‭Behold‭‭, I‭ will cast‭‭ her‭ into‭ a bed‭, and‭ them that commit adultery‭‭ with‭ her‭ into‭ great‭ tribulation‭, except‭ they repent‭‭ of‭ their‭ deeds‭.‭ ‭And‭ I will kill‭‭ her‭ children‭ with‭ death‭; and‭ all‭ the churches‭ shall know‭‭ that‭ I‭ am‭‭ he which‭ searcheth‭‭ the reins‭ and‭ hearts‭: and‭ I will give‭‭ unto every one‭ of you‭ according to‭ your‭ works‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 2:18-23.

“‭And‭ unto the angel‭ of the church‭ in‭ Sardis‭ write‭‭; These things‭ saith‭‭ he that hath‭‭ the seven‭ Spirits‭ of God‭, and‭ the seven‭ stars‭; I know‭‭ thy‭ works‭, that‭ thou hast‭‭ a name‭ that‭ thou livest‭‭, and‭ art‭‭ dead‭.‭ ‭Be‭‭ watchful‭‭, and‭ strengthen‭‭ the things which remain‭, that‭ are‭‭ ready to die‭‭: for‭ I have‭‭ not‭ found‭‭ thy‭ works‭ perfect‭‭ before‭ God‭.‭ ‭Remember‭‭ therefore‭ how‭ thou hast received‭‭ and‭ heard‭‭, and‭ hold fast‭‭, and‭ repent‭‭. If‭‭ therefore‭ thou shalt‭‭ not‭ watch‭‭, I will come‭‭ on‭ thee‭ as‭ a thief‭, and‭ thou shalt‭‭ not‭ know‭‭ what‭ hour‭ I will come‭‭ upon‭ thee‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 3:1-3.

“‭And‭ unto the angel‭ of the church‭ of the Laodiceans‭ write‭‭; These things‭ saith‭‭ the Amen‭, the faithful‭ and‭ true‭ witness‭, the beginning‭ of the creation‭ of God‭;‭ ‭I know‭‭ thy‭ works‭, that‭ thou art‭‭ neither‭ cold‭ nor‭ hot‭: I would‭ thou wert‭‭ cold‭ or‭ hot‭.‭ ‭So‭ then because‭ thou art‭‭ lukewarm‭, and‭ neither‭ cold‭ nor‭ hot‭, I will‭‭ spue‭‭ thee‭ out of‭ my‭ mouth‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 3:14-16.

Only the churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia are not accused of any disobedience or toleration of sin within their ranks. Of course it must be noted that the Saviour commended the other churches where He had grounds to do so but even so there were sad failures amongst these gatherings of God’s people, even though they were only ‘one generation’ old!

Ought not we in the Free Presbyterian Church here in Ulster to take this to heart and examine ourselves most carefully for the Word of God would teach us that NO second generation of believers were ever free from a departure from the truth of God that their fathers had, by the reviving grace of God, been enabled to embrace afresh, repenting of previous backsliding and disobedience of God’s law.

A headline in this morning’s press underscored Moses word for me.

The looming war so gruesome it would make Gaza look like child’s play: MARK DUBOWITZ’s (journalist) grave warning about the imminent clash that might even wake Sleepy Joe Biden

Part of that report states:

‘For seven months, Hezbollah terrorists have been raining thousands of rockets and missiles on communities in northern Israel forcing some 60,000 residents to evacuate.

Meanwhile, new reports suggest Tehran’s mullahs are shipping more weapons directly into Lebanon on flights from Iran to fuel their terror proxy.

Hezbollah is now equipped with thousands of high-tech drones and mortars, and an arsenal of more than 200,000 additional rockets and missiles.

That’s ten times the munitions that Hezbollah had during its last major war with Israel in 2006.

The Shia Muslim extremists also have an army of at least 20,000 men, though some experts say the true figure could be five times when reservists are included.

In contrast, Hamas was thought to have fewer than 25,000 fighters at the start of its war with Israel.’

Since 1948, when the state of Israel was reinstated after its destruction in AD 70 by the Romans, there has been a simmering and mounting hatred of Israel amongst her neighbours. That has been manifested by various outbreaks of war and an ongoing terrorist war against her. The flood of bitter hostility has been filling up and it clearly is close to overflowing. The training and arming of tens of thousands of militant Muslims will not go on forever but the time will come, and that surely in the not too distant future, when all this arming and training will be put into effect and Israel will subjected to a most  ferocious and concerted attack.

The above article also highlights that there are those in the ranks of Israel’s chief ally, the United States of America, who are already distancing themselves from her and indicating that they will not come to her defence in the face of such a disastrous attack.

Partly to blame for this is Israel’s actions in the present conflict involving the Muslin terrorist group linked to Gaza, Palestinian terrorists, Hamas.

It would appear that though Israel has the right to defend itself against these merciless and evil terrorists, there are those amongst Israel’s staunchest supporters who believe that the soldiers of Israel, supported by some of her politicians, have resorted to horrifying acts of vengeance and retribution.

Few would deny that the people of Israel have suffered much provocation at the hands of their Muslim neighbours but the Lord of old laid down their rules of war and how Israel was to act in such circumstances. Yes, she is allowed to defend herself but the Lord has said: “‭For‭ we know‭‭ him that hath said‭‭, Vengeance‭ ‭belongeth‭ unto me‭, I‭ will recompense‭‭, saith‭‭ the Lord‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Hebrews 10:30.

The Psalmist gives us the actions that a persecuted and afflicted people should take.

“‭O LORD‭ God‭, to whom vengeance‭ belongeth; O God‭, to whom vengeance‭ belongeth, shew‭‭ thyself.‭ ‭Lift up‭‭ thyself, thou judge‭‭ of the earth‭: render‭‭ a reward‭ to the proud‭.‭ ‭LORD‭, how long shall the wicked‭, how long shall the wicked‭ triumph‭‭?‭ ‭How long‭ shall they utter‭‭ ‭and‭ speak‭‭ hard things‭? ‭and‭ all the workers‭‭ of iniquity‭ boast‭‭ themselves?‭ ‭They break in pieces‭‭ thy people‭, O LORD‭, and afflict‭‭ thine heritage‭.‭ ‭They slay‭‭ the widow‭ and the stranger‭, and murder‭‭ the fatherless‭.‭ ‭Yet they say‭‭, The LORD‭ shall not see‭‭, neither shall the God‭ of Jacob‭ regard‭‭ ‭it‭.‭ ‭Understand‭‭, ye brutish‭‭ among the people‭: and ‭ye‭ fools‭, when will ye be wise‭‭?‭ ‭He that planted‭‭ the ear‭, shall he not hear‭‭? he that formed‭‭ the eye‭, shall he not see‭‭?‭ ‭He that chastiseth‭‭ the heathen‭, shall not he correct‭‭? he that teacheth‭‭ man‭ knowledge‭, ‭shall not he know‭?‭ ‭The LORD‭ knoweth‭‭ the thoughts‭ of man‭, that they ‭are‭ vanity‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 94:1-11.

Of course such a spirit of believing that the Lord is their defence and hope has not been amongst the Jewish people except for a small remnant of elect believers, since the days the nation rejected their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Of that event Peter said following the wonderful healing by the Lord Jesus of the lame man at the gates of the temple in Jerusalem at Peter’s hands and just after the day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon the waiting disciples:

“‭And‭ when Peter‭ saw‭‭ ‭it‭, he answered‭‭ unto‭ the people‭, Ye men‭ of Israel‭, why‭ marvel ye‭‭ at‭ this‭? or‭ why‭ look ye so earnestly‭‭ on us‭, as though‭ by our own‭ power‭ or‭ holiness‭ we had made‭‭ this man‭ to walk‭‭?‭ ‭The God‭ of Abraham‭, and‭ of Isaac‭, and‭ of Jacob‭, the God‭ of our‭ fathers‭, hath glorified‭‭ his‭ Son‭ Jesus‭; whom‭ ye‭ delivered up‭‭, and‭ denied‭‭ him‭ in‭ the presence‭ of Pilate‭, when he was determined‭‭ to let‭‭ ‭him‭‭ go‭‭.‭ ‭But‭ ye‭ denied‭‭ the Holy One‭ and‭ the Just‭, and‭ desired‭‭ a murderer‭‭ to be granted‭‭ unto you‭;‭ ‭And‭ killed‭‭ the Prince‭ of life‭, whom‭ God‭ hath raised‭‭ from‭ the dead‭; whereof‭ we‭ are‭‭ witnesses‭.‭ ‭And‭ his‭ name‭ through‭ faith‭ in his‭ name‭ hath made‭‭ this man‭ strong‭‭, whom‭ ye see‭‭ and‭ know‭‭: yea‭, the faith‭ which is‭‭ by‭ him‭ hath given‭‭ him‭ this‭ perfect soundness‭ in the presence‭ of you‭ all‭.‭ ‭And‭ now‭, brethren‭, I wot‭‭ that‭ through‭ ignorance‭ ye did‭‭ ‭it‭, as‭ ‭did‭ also‭ your‭ rulers‭.‭ ‭But‭ those things, which‭ God‭ before had shewed‭‭ by‭ the mouth‭ of all‭ his‭ prophets‭, that Christ‭ should suffer‭‭, he hath‭‭ so‭ fulfilled‭‭.‭ ‭Repent ye‭‭ therefore‭, and‭ be converted‭‭, that‭ your‭ sins‭ may be blotted out‭‭, when‭ the times‭ of refreshing‭ shall come‭‭‭ from‭ the presence‭ of the Lord‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 3:12-19.

This was the nation’s crime and it led to their being set aside by the Lord and His turning to the Gentile nations in this age. Since that setting aside, Israel, bereft of that wonderful protection and favour, have suffered at the hands of the Gentiles, an example of which in modern times was Hitler’s campaign of genocide in the period of the second world war.

What Moses spoke of will mark the very close of this age and involves the embracing of the Antichrist by those dwelling in Israel. He is in power in Jerusalem during the days of the ‘great tribulation’ and the witness of the two last witnesses. I give at length what is written concerning this time in the Book of the Revelation.

“‭And‭ I will give‭‭ ‭power‭ unto my‭ two‭ witnesses‭, and‭ they shall prophesy‭‭ a thousand‭ two hundred‭ ‭and‭ threescore‭ days‭, clothed in‭‭ sackcloth‭.‭ ‭These‭ are‭‭ the two‭ olive‭ trees, and‭ the two‭ candlesticks‭ standing‭‭ before‭ the God‭ of the earth‭.‭ ‭And‭ if any man‭‭ will‭‭ hurt‭‭ them‭, fire‭ proceedeth‭‭ out of‭ their‭ mouth‭, and‭ devoureth‭‭ their‭ enemies‭: and‭ if any man‭ will‭‭ hurt‭‭ them‭, he must‭‭ in this manner‭ be killed‭‭.‭ ‭These‭ have‭‭ power‭ to shut‭‭ heaven‭, that‭‭ it rain‭‭‭ not‭ in‭ the days‭ of their‭ prophecy‭: and‭ have‭‭ power‭ over‭ waters‭ to turn‭‭ them‭ to‭ blood‭, and‭ to smite‭‭ the earth‭ with all‭ plagues‭, as often‭ as‭ they will‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ when‭ they shall have finished‭‭ their‭ testimony‭, the beast‭ that ascendeth‭‭ out of‭ the bottomless pit‭ shall make‭‭ war‭ against‭ them‭, and‭ shall overcome‭‭ them‭, and‭ kill‭‭ them‭.‭ ‭And‭ their‭ dead bodies‭ ‭shall lie‭ in‭ the street‭ of the great‭ city‭, which‭ spiritually‭ is called‭‭ Sodom‭ and‭ Egypt‭, where‭ also‭ our‭ Lord‭ was crucified‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ they‭‭ of‭ the people‭ and‭ kindreds‭ and‭ tongues‭ and‭ nations‭ shall see‭‭ their‭ dead bodies‭ three‭ days‭ and‭ an half‭, and‭ shall‭‭ not‭ suffer‭‭ their‭ dead bodies‭ to be put‭‭ in‭ graves‭.‭ ‭And‭ they that dwell‭‭ upon‭ the earth‭ shall rejoice‭‭ over‭ them‭, and‭ make merry‭‭, and‭ shall send‭‭ gifts‭ one to another‭; because‭ these‭ two‭ prophets‭ tormented‭‭ them that dwelt‭‭ on‭ the earth‭.‭ ‭And‭ after‭ three‭ days‭ and‭ an half‭ the Spirit‭ of life‭ from‭ God‭ entered‭‭ into‭ them‭, and‭ they stood‭‭ upon‭ their‭ feet‭; and‭ great‭ fear‭ fell‭‭ upon‭ them which saw‭‭ them‭.‭ ‭And‭ they heard‭‭ a great‭ voice‭ from‭ heaven‭ saying‭‭ unto them‭, Come up‭‭ hither‭. And‭ they ascended up‭‭ to‭ heaven‭ in‭ a cloud‭; and‭ their‭ enemies‭ beheld‭‭ them‭.‭ ‭And‭ the same‭‭ hour‭ was there‭‭ a great‭ earthquake‭, and‭ the tenth part‭ of the city‭ fell‭‭, and‭ in‭ the earthquake‭ were slain‭‭‭ of men‭ seven‭ thousand‭: and‭ the remnant‭ were‭‭ affrighted‭, and‭ gave‭‭ glory‭ to the God‭ of heaven‭.‭ ‭The second‭ woe‭ is past‭‭; ‭and‭, behold‭‭, the third‭ woe‭ cometh‭‭ quickly‭.‭ ‭And‭ the seventh‭ angel‭ sounded‭‭; and‭ there were‭‭ great‭ voices‭ in‭ heaven‭, saying‭‭, The kingdoms‭ of this world‭ are become‭‭ ‭the kingdoms‭ of our‭ Lord‭, and‭ of his‭ Christ‭; and‭ he shall reign‭‭ for‭ ever‭ and ever‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 11:3-15.

The closing sentence of this quotation tells us just how close are the events in Jerusalem involving the two witnesses are to the return of Christ in power and glory.

Dear Christian, it is not wrong to see something of the approach of that time when Israel, in desperation, turns to and embraces the false hope of help from the Antichrist which will mark the closing days of this age. Of this alliance between Israel and the Antichrist, Daniel wrote under the inspiration of God:

“‭And he shall confirm‭‭ the covenant‭ with many‭ for one‭ week‬‬‬‬‬‬ (seven years)‭‭‭‭‭‭‭: and in the midst‭ of the week‭ he shall cause the sacrifice‭ and the oblation‭ to cease‭‭, and for the overspreading‭ of abominations‭ he shall make ‭it‭ desolate‭‭, even until the consummation‭, and that determined‭‭ shall be poured‭‭ upon the desolate‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Daniel 9:27.

The Saviour warned of this event and indicated that it would mark the beginning of the ‘great tribulation’.

“‭When‭ ye therefore‭ shall see‭‭ the abomination‭ of desolation‭, spoken of‭‭ by‭ Daniel‭ the prophet‭, stand‭‭‭‭‭ in‭ the holy‭ place‭, (whoso readeth‭‭, let him understand‭‭:)‭ ‭Then‭ let them which be in‭ Judaea‭ flee‭‭ into‭ the mountains‭ . . . “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬For‭ then‭ shall be‭‭ great‭ tribulation‭, such as‭ was‭‭ not‭ since‭ the beginning‭ of the world‭ to this‭ time‭, no‭, nor ever‭ shall be‭‭.‭ ‭And‭ except‭ those‭ days‭ should be shortened‭‭, there‭ should‭ no‭ flesh‭ be saved‭‭: but‭ for‭ the elect’s sake‭ those‭ days‭ shall be shortened‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬15-16, ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭21-22.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This period is set forth in the verses in Revelation 11 that we have already quoted. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth,” verse 3. A  thousand two hundred and threescore days is exactly three and a half years – the middle of the seven year period of Antichrist’s covenant with Israel.

The ‘ally’ that Israel will come to trust in will betray them and along with the tens kingdoms subservient to him, will become the devil’s instrument to destroy the ancient people  of God. However, their only true ‘Ally’ will come to their aid at that time!

“‭Behold, the day‭ of the LORD‭ cometh‭‭, and thy spoil‭ shall be divided‭‭ in the midst‭ of thee.‭ ‭For I will gather‭‭ all nations‭ against Jerusalem‭ to battle‭; and the city‭ shall be taken‭‭, and the houses‭ rifled‭‭, and the women‭ ravished‭‭‭‭‭; and half‭ of the city‭ shall go forth‭‭ into captivity‭, and the residue‭ of the people‭ shall not be cut off‭‭ from the city‭.‭ ‭Then shall the LORD‭ go forth‭‭, and fight‭‭ against those nations‭, as when‭ he fought‭‭ in the day‭ of battle‭.‭ ‭And his feet‭ shall stand‭‭ in that day‭ upon the mount‭ of Olives‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Zechariah 14:1-4.

“‭And‭ I saw‭‭ heaven‭ opened‭‭, and‭ behold‭‭ a white‭ horse‭; and‭ he that sat‭‭ upon‭ him‭ ‭was‭ called‭‭ Faithful‭ and‭ True‭, and‭ in‭ righteousness‭ he doth judge‭‭ and‭ make war‭‭.‭ ‭ His‭ eyes‭ ‭were‭ as‭ a flame‭ of fire‭, and‭ on‭ his‭ head‭ ‭were‭ many‭ crowns‭; and he had‭‭ a name‭ written‭‭, that‭ no man‭ knew‭‭, but‭ he himself‭.‭ ‭And‭ he ‭was‭ clothed‭‭ with a vesture‭ dipped‭‭ in blood‭: and‭ his‭ name‭ is called‭‭ The Word‭ of God‭.‭ ‭And‭ the armies‭ ‭which were‭ in‭ heaven‭ followed‭‭ him‭ upon‭ white‭ horses‭, clothed‭‭ in fine linen‭, white‭ and‭ clean‭.‭ ‭And‭ out of‭ his‭ mouth‭ goeth‭‭ a sharp‭ sword‭, that‭ with‭ it‭ he should smite‭‭ the nations‭: and‭ he‭ shall rule‭‭ them‭ with‭ a rod‭ of iron‭: and‭ he‭ treadeth‭‭ the winepress‭‭ of the fierceness‭ and‭ wrath‭ of Almighty‭ God‭.‭ ‭And‭ he hath‭‭ on‭ ‭his‭ vesture‭ and‭ on‭ his‭ thigh‭ a name‭ written‭‭, KING‭ OF KINGS‭, AND‭ LORD‭ OF LORDS‭.‭ ‭And‭ I saw‭‭ an‭ angel‭ standing‭‭ in‭ the sun‭; and‭ he cried‭‭ with a loud‭ voice‭, saying‭‭ to all‭ the fowls‭ that fly‭‭ in‭ the midst of heaven‭, Come‭‭ and‭ gather yourselves together‭‭ unto‭ the supper‭ of the great‭ God‭;‭ ‭that‭ ye may eat‭‭ the flesh‭ of kings‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of captains‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of mighty men‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of horses‭, and‭ of them that sit‭‭ on‭ them‭, and‭ the flesh‭ of all‭ ‭men, both‭ free‭ and‭ bond‭, both‭ small‭ and‭ great‭.‭ ‭And‭ I saw‭‭ the beast‭, and‭ the kings‭ of the earth‭, and‭ their‭ armies‭, gathered together‭‭ to make‭‭ war‭ against‭ him that sat‭‭ on‭ the horse‭, and‭ against‭ his‭ army‭.‭ ‭And‭ the beast‭ was taken‭‭, and‭ with‭ him‭ the false prophet‭ that wrought‭‭ miracles‭ before‭ him‭, with‭ which‭ he deceived‭‭ them that had received‭‭ the mark‭ of the beast‭, and‭ them that worshipped‭‭ his‭ image‭. These both‭ were cast‭‭ alive‭‭ into‭ a lake‭ of fire‭ burning‭‭ with‭ brimstone‭.‭ ‭And‭ the remnant‭ were slain‭‭ with‭ the sword‭ of him that sat‭‭ upon‭ the horse‭, which‭ ‭sword‭ proceeded‭‭ out of‭ his‭ mouth‭: and‭ all‭ the fowls‭ were filled‭‭ with‭ their‭ flesh‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 19:11-21.

Thus the sad and distressing indications of terrible times ahead for Israel also signal that their ultimate deliverance is also drawing near.

The glorious triumph of the latter helps to comfort the heartbreak of the believer as they see the approach of the former!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
26th June 2024