End-Time Scenario – Part 1

By James on January 13, 2014 in End Time Prophecy
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End-Time Scenario

Part One Of Two

End Time Events

Christianity teaches an immensely popular doctrine called ‘Pre-Millennial Return Theory.’  This theory calls for the Messiah Yeshua (more commonly known in the West as ‘Jesus’) to return to earth in PHYSICAL form at the beginning of the last thousand years of earth’s history.  This last thousand years of earth’s history is popularly referred to as ‘The Millennium,’ and several key prophecies (which we will review at the end of this study) tell us that we are heading in to that last thousand years right now.  That being the case, many believe that Yeshua’s Return is imminent; and that it could happen at any time.

Most of those who believe in a Pre-Millennial Return are very zealous for it; and one can easily understand why.  In sharp contrast to the decades of sacrifice and struggle that the Jews underwent before their Zionist dreams were finally fulfilled in 1948 (with the re-establishment of the State of Israel), Pre-Millennial Return Theory claims that the believers will be transported back to the Land of Israel supernaturally (either in a cloud, or by some other means), with no efforton their part.  Then, once they are back in the Land, they expect to be given new supernatural bodies that will sustain them for the last thousand years of earth’s history (so they can rule and reign sitting next to the Conquering King, Yeshua.)

One can see why this theory is so popular.  This “do nothing” theory tells us that no real effort is required on the part of the believers: All they have to do is just to bury their Mina, hang out in the Dispersion, and wait for Yeshua to come.

But is this principle of “burying one’s Mina and waitingreally what the Scriptures speak of?  Certainly it is exceedingly appealing from an emotional point-of-view, to think that no effort will be required of us: But does it really make any sense?  And, while this theory appears to fulfill SOME of the Prophecies beautifully (at least at first), there are literally scores of OTHER prophecies which can NEVER come to pass, if Yeshua returns at the start of the Millennium.

The difference is by NO means just academic: If, like the Ark, Scripture Prophecy tells us that the coming Second Exodus and the Millennial Reign will come about ONLY as the result of inspired human action, and if the establishment of YOUR part in the Millennial Kingdom depends upon YOUR coming back to the Land of Israel when the window of opportunity comes open (before the destruction of Babylon), then YOU NEED TO KNOW what the Scriptures ACTUALLY say.

PART #1:

Pre-Millennial Return Theory’s Many Fatal Flaws:

Pre-Millennial Return Theory tells us that when Yeshua shows back up in the clouds (any day now), that He will supernaturally transport the believers back to the Land of Israel with Him; perhaps on His cloud, with the wind in their hair as they circle the earth, smiting the enemies of Israel.  Then, after touching down on the Mount of Olives (and splitting it in two), Yeshua will go on to build the next Temple; in which He will serve not only as the next High Priest, but also the Ruler and King of the whole earth.

Now, in truth, all GOOD believers WANT our King to come back and rule over us.  Life is such a mess in this nuclear age that many people are of the opinion that the only way civilization can continue is if Yeshua Himself comes back to earth, and straightens the whole thing out.

Yeshua coming back at the start of the Millennium is such a desirable scenario that we could easily believe in it, IF it did not transgress so many of the other Prophecies (like it does.) 

The problem is that while a Pre-Millennial Return seems to address SOME of the prophecies perfectly (even dreamily, in fact), it leaves huge numbers of OTHER key prophecies forever unfulfilled.  This can never be.

For example, as we will see in a moment, Yeshayahu (or Isaiah) tells us that the Second Exodus does not take place by SUPERNATURAL means, but rather, by NATURAL ones.  There is clearly a conflict between Pre-Millennial Theory, and the Word of Elohim.

Next, there are other prophecies which speak of many coming HUMAN leaders and kings over the nation of Israel.  This cannot come to pass, if Yeshua is reigning Supreme, for we know that He will not share His power of His glory with anyone.

The Scriptures ALSO prophecy of a coming human High Priesthood; which is something that will NEVER COME TO PASS if Yeshua the Messiah returns at the start of the Millennium, to be our Earthly High Priest.

These are just the beginnings of the theological problems that Pre-Millennial Return Theory is unable to address.

So before we lay out the ACTUAL End-Time Scenario, let us take a moment to drive seven nails in the coffin of the Church’s anti-Prophecy lie.  Please take a moment to pray, and by ALL means, check each and every point for yourself, using your own Scriptures.

Fatal Flaw #1: The Second Exodus of Isaiah 66:20

There are several variations on the Pre-Millennial Return Theme, but all of them call for the saints to be caught up, either in a ‘Rapture’ or a ‘Modified Rapture’ (though not all of them acknowledge it as that.)  All comprehensive Pre-Millennial scenarios incorporate ‘rapture-type’ scenarios, expecting some kind of ‘magical’ supernatural transportation to happen to them, by simple virtue of their belief in Yeshua (or ‘Jesus’) as the Messiah.

In this supernatural transport, the believers expect to be taken somewhere unusual: Either to Heaven for a time, or to a literal ‘Place in the Wilderness’ (or perhaps to some other place.)  Ultimately, however, they expect to be taken to Jerusalem, where they expect to be given supernatural bodies that will sustain them for the next thousand years, while they rule and reign sitting next to a physical Yeshua.

This ‘Rapture-type’ scenario is EXTREMELY popular among the believers, partly because it seems to explain certain passages of Scripture very well.  However, in complete contrast to Pre-Millennial Theory, the Book of Yeshayahu (or Isaiah) speaks of a coming Second Exodus that takes place using NATURAL means:

[Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 66:20]

20 Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to YHWH out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My Set-Apart Mountain Jerusalem,” says YHWH.

One might imagine that the ‘horses, chariots, litters, mules and camels’ here are euphemisms for the trains, planes, and automobiles of the modern age.  The important thing to notice, however, neither this prophecy NOR ANY OTHER prophecy seems to suggest that when the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel are brought back to the Land of Israel, that it will be in a cloud (or by any OTHER ‘magical’ or supernatural means.)  Rather, what the actual language indicates is that the believers will have to MAKE THEIR OWN WAY back to the Land, using what natural means are available to them.  (There are many other examples.)

One can understand the believers’ reluctance to accept the Word of Truth here: The idea of being supernaturally transported back to Jerusalem on a cloud is very romantic (Roman-tic.)  We could HAPPILY accept it; except that it is NOT what the prophecies actually foretell.

Pre-Millennial Fatal Flaw #2: Revelation 20:4-6

All the many variations of the Pre-Millennial Return concept invariably hinge upon a literal interpretation of just ONE specific prophecy (at Revelation 20:4-6), which speaks of the saints living and reigning with the Messiah for a thousand years:

Manifestation (Revelation) 20:4-6

4 And I saw thrones; and they sat on them; and judgment was committed to them.  Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the word of Elohim, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and set-apart is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

The Church has always taught that this passage implies that the Messiah will be physically present in Jerusalem, because this is the face-value of the passage.  Ordinarily, scholars can be expected to insist that the literal face-value of a passage is the ONLY correct interpretation; and this is some times the correct approach to take.

The reason that assuming the literal face-value of Revelation 20:4-6 is the ONLY correct interpretation of this passage is NOT correct is that Book of Revelation speaks almost entirely of events taking place in the Heavenly.  For example, the narrative begins:

Manifestation (Revelation) 4:1

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven.

The events taking place in Heaven certainly DO take place just exactly as they are foretold: Only, they take place in the Heaven (and not on earth); and they do not necessarily resemble their Heavenly counterparts exactly.

Therefore, even though we know EXACTLY what is going to take place in the Heaven (or rather, what IS taking place right now), when we are told that the saints will live and reign with the Messiah for a thousand years, that does NOT necessarily mean that Yeshua will be physically present on the earth.

To wit: Notice that Revelation 5:8-10 tells us that the saints will be sent to rule and reign on the earth, while the Lamb (Yeshua) stays in the Heaven:

Manifestation (Revelation) 5:8-10

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb (Yeshua), each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints.)

9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,

And to open its seals; for You were slain,

And have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood

Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

10 And have made them kings and priests to our Elohim;

And they shall reign upon the earth.”

If the Lamb stays in Heaven while the saints are sent to earth, then this should tell us that while the saints WILL rule and reign with the Messiah for a thousand years, this does not necessarily imply that He will be physically present.

Also consider that as much as we might like Revelation 20:4-6 to be fulfilled in a literal way here on earth, the three verses immediately before Revelation 20:4-6 can only be speaking of events taking place IN THE HEAVEN:

 [1] Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the DRAGON, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years; 3 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. But after these things he must be released for a little while. [Manifestation (Revelation) 20:1-3]

Do you, dear reader, expect to see a literal fulfillment of this passage here on earth?  Do you expect to see a literal dragon thrown into a literal bottomless pit, here on earth?

Yeshayahu (or Isaiah) 14:16 speaks of Satan as being a MAN:

[Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 14:16-17]

16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,

And consider you, saying:

Is this the MAN who made the earth tremble,

Who shook kingdoms,

17 Who made the world as a wilderness

And destroyed its cities,

Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’

What shall we say then?  Do Isaiah and Revelation conflict?  Let it not be!  But rather, we just need to grow in our understanding, until we can see that the prophecies speak of MANY different things; and in many different ways. 

Some times the prophecies speak literally, some times they speak allegorically (or euphemistically.)  Some times they speak of events occurring in Heaven, and some times they speak of events occurring on earth (some times literally, and some times figuratively.)  All these can be admixed and jumbled together, like a big mysterious jig-saw puzzle, for:

2 It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a matter:

But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

[Proverbs 25:2]

The problem is that in trying to be a nation of kings and priests (and in searching this matter out) we have to empty ourselves of our own desires, so we can Hear what the prophecies actually have to say to us.  If we WANT Revelation 20:4-6 to be literally fulfilled here on earth, we may look for a few verses that seem to support what WE want to believe, and then when we think we have found them, we stop searching.

This is the same approach the Christian Church used for years to justify their anti-Law agenda.  They took a few verses from the writings of the apostle Shaul (aka Paul) that SEEMED to support the idea that the Law had been done away with; and even though their doctrines OBVIOUSLY CONFLICTED with OTHER verses (and even the Words of Yeshua), the Church formed dogmas on them, because that was what they wanted to hear.

We can assume Revelation 20:4-6 speaks of Yeshua coming physically to earth if we want; but as we have already seen, the verses immediately preceding this passage are symbolic (or Heavenly); and so are the three verses AFTER.

Revelation 20:7-10 reads:

[7] Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from Elohim out of heaven and devoured them.

10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, where the beast and the false prophet are.

[Manifestation (Revelation) 20:7-10]

There can be no doubt that there will be a big war, and that Satan will be behind it: But again, are we to look for a literal lake of fire and brimstone, into which a literal dragon will be cast? 

And if so, then where is this lake right now?  Does it even exist?

LIVING AND REIGNING WITH THE MESSIAH:

In SOME cases, it DOES make sense to assume that the literal face-value of the passage is correct.  However, the problem with ALWAYS insisting that the literal face-value is correct is that YHWH Elohim (or ‘The L-rd G-d’) does not always INTEND for us to take His Words at their face value.  Rather, He frequently (though not always) intends for us to understand Him FIGURATIVELY.

As shocking and as blasphemous as this statement might at first seem, we must acknowledge that YHWH (‘Jehovah’ or ‘Yahweh;’ actually pronounced Yahuwah) FREQUENTLY speaks to His people in allegory, in euphemism, and in symbolic language.  For example, when YHWH commanded Israel’s children to circumcise the foreskin of their hearts, was He commanding them to have open heart surgery, there in the wilderness?

16 Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer!  [Devarim (Deuteronomy) 10:16]

This CANNOT be intended to be taken literally.  Rather, YHWH is speaking symbolically here (in what in Hebrew is called a ‘Mishle,’ meaning a ‘Parable,’ or a ‘riddle-of-the-wise.’)  And if we can accept that YHWH the Father spoke in parables, it should not come as much of a surprise to learn that Yeshua the Son ALSO spoke in parables.

However, as much as we like to focus on Yeshua’s love (and His compassion, and forgiveness), the reason the Father and Son speak in Parables is to HIDE THE TRUE MESSAGE from all those who are not elect:

Mattithyahu (Matthew) 13:10-17

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

11 He answered and said to them, “Because to YOU it has been given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has NOT been given!  12 For whoever has, to him MORE will be given, and he will have in abundance; but whoever does NOT have, even what he has will be taken away from him!

13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.  14 And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear, but shall not understand,

And seeing you will see, but not perceive; 

15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull;

Their ears are hard of hearing,

And their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears;

Lest they should understand with their hearts,

And turn, so that I should heal them.’

16 But blessed are YOUR eyes, for they see, and YOUR ears for they hear; 

17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Prophecy is put together as a gigantic jig-saw puzzle; and it can be exceedingly complex, so that it takes years of study to know what is actually being said.  However, at the same time, the overall concept of Salvation is so simple that even a child can understand it.

The problem, however, is that some times children are the ONLY ones who can understand it, because only the children are willing to be humble enough to hear what the Scriptures actually have to say to them, without trying to super-impose their own ideas on top.

As we will see, the Scriptures clearly speak AGAINST a Pre-Millennial Return: But the problem is that we as adults WANT Yeshua to come back SO MUCH, and our egos are so bound up in the thought of ruling and reigning next to Him, that just like the multitudes in Yeshua’s day, we are unable to Hear what the Scriptures are trying to say.

In order to Hear what the Scriptures have for us, we must be willing to humble ourselves to the core, and to hold our hearts still, and LISTEN.  However, as sad as it is, the majority WILL NOT WANT TO DO THAT, because they would rather believe a beautiful lie, than Hear the difficult truth.  Sadly, these persons are not ‘elect.’

Not much has changed in two thousand years.

MESSIAH WITH US:

Let the ‘scholars’ demand that Scripture must ALWAYS be interpreted literally, if they want: We know that a much better rule for Scripture interpretation is that we just simply have to understand what He is saying.

When YHWH INTENDS for a passage to be understood literally, then we must interpret it literally.  However, when He speaks allegorically, metaphorically or euphemistically (or in parables, or of events in the Heavenly, or whatever), then the thing is to catch His drift.’

The ‘catch’ to ‘catching His drift’ is that only the elect will be able to do so reliably: And therefore we have to pay close attention to whom we give our ear.

So then, how are we to think?  Revelation 20:4-6 clearly states that the saints will rule and reign WITH the Messiah: But if Yeshua will not be PHYSICALLY present, then how can He be WITH them, as they reign?

The answer is very simple: Yeshua will be WITH His people in the same way He was WITH the mighty men of old, all throughout the ‘Old’ Testament:

Just for a few examples:

Breisheet (Genesis) 39:2-4

2 YHWH was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that YHWH was with him, and that YHWH made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him.

Breisheet (Genesis) 39:23

23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because YHWH was with him; and whatever he did, YHWH made it prosper.

Shemuel Aleph (1st Samuel) 3:19

19 So Samuel grew, and YHWH was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground.

Shemuel Aleph (1st Samuel) 18:12-14

12 Now Shaul was afraid of David, because YHWH was with him, but had departed from Shaul. 13 Therefore Shaul removed him from his presence, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and YHWH was with him.

Melakim Bet (2nd Kings) 18:6-7

7 YHWH was with (Hezekiah); he prospered wherever he went.

Dibre HaYamim (1st Chronicles) 9:20

20 And Pinkhas the son of Eleazar had been the officer over them in time past; YHWH was with him.

And is being ‘with’ His people only an ‘Old’ Testament term?  Not at all!  YHWH was ‘with’ Yeshua in the same way that Yeshua will be ‘with’ His Body:

Luqa (Luke) 1:65-66

66 And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of YHWH was with him.

Yeshua’s Name ‘Immanuel’ (Im-ma-nu-El) means (literally) “Elohim with us.”  This is because He IS with us, even while not physically present: And yet He promises to be even MORE so, in the days and years ahead.

Pre-Millennial Fatal Flaw #3: JOSEPH’s Stone:

Breisheet (Genesis) 49:22-24

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough,

A fruitful bough by a well;

His branches run over the wall.

23 The archers have bitterly grieved him,

Shot at him and hated him;

24 But his bow remained in strength,

And the arms of his hands were made strong

By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob:

From THERE is The Shepherd, the Stone of Israel.

Do you assume that the references to ‘The Shepherd,’ and ‘The Stone of Israel’ mentioned at Genesis 49:24 are references to Yeshua, because Yeshua is called ‘The Good Shepherd’ at John 10, and ‘The Stone,’ at Matthew 21?

If so, then look again; because Genesis 49:22 tells us that the ‘Shepherd’ and ‘The Stone of Israel’ mentioned in this verse do NOT come from the Tribe of Judah, but rather from the Tribe of Joseph (meaning Ephraim or Manasseh.)

Ivrim (Hebrews) 7:14

14 (However), it is evident that our Adon arose from (the Tribe of) Judah.

Stop for just a moment, and ponder the enormity of what we have just said.

In complete contrast to Pre-Millennial doctrine, there will be a Shepherd (who is also called the Stone of Israel) who will come from the Tribe of Joseph (i.e., from the Northern House of Israel/Ephraim.)  This ‘Shepherd’ will obviously be a major figure in the End Times, since he is important enough to have warranted mention in the End-Time prophecies over Israel.

The problem, however, is that since we have not yet seen this ‘Stone of Joseph,’ this means that his appearance on the scene (as well as his rise to pre-eminence and power) has yet to come. 

This creates a real problem for the so-called ‘Pre-Millennial Return’ theory; for if the Conquering King returns at the START of the Millennium, it would seem that Joseph’s Stone will logically be precluded from ever rising to power and position; meaning that this prophecy will never come to pass.

Logically, the only way for a coming ‘Shepherd’ (or a ‘Stone of Israel’) to gain recognition and fame is if his glory (or esteem) is NOT eclipsed by the presence of the physical Son of the Living Elohim, for at Isaiah 42, YHWH tells us:

[Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 42:8]

8 I am YHWH: That is My Name;

And My Glory I will not give to another.

We know from other studies that Yeshua was a Manifestation of His Father, YHWH (for more details, see the study ‘Manifestation of Elohim,’ located free online, at www.nazareneisrael.org/freestudies.asp.) 

Therefore, since Yeshua is essentially YHWH manifested, are we to argue that Yeshua the Conquering King is going to share His glory with a mere mortal human being from the Tribe of Joseph after returning supernaturally in the clouds, smiting the enemies of Israel, and breaking the Mount of Olives in two?  What would make Him want to do that?

This prophecy provides a logical dilemma for Pre-Millennial Return Theory, for which its adherents are unable to give any clear, logical, Scriptural answer.

Pre-Millennial Fatal Flaw #4: Hosea’s ELECTED Official

Hosea 1:11 speaks of the re-unification of the Two Houses of Israel:

And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel shall be gathered together, and shall APPOINT for themselves one head: And they shall come up out of the Land; for great is the day of Jezre’el.  [Hoshea (Hosea) 1:11]

Notice that the language of this passage does not speak of Yeshua’s Divine Kingship.  Rather, the word ‘appoint’ is “V’sumu;” Strong’s H#7760; and it speaks of an elected official:

OT:7760

suwm or siym —

to put, to place, to set, to appoint, to make

Some may insist that this elected ‘head’ is Yeshua, since 1st Corinthians 11 tells us that Yeshua is the ‘Head’ of the Body of Messiah.  However, note that this is not at all the same thing as a governmental Head-of-State; to which Hosea 1:11 refers.

However, there will be some who will refuse to listen to reason.  Therefore, if you are one of those that insist that Hosea’s ‘head’ MUST be Yeshua, then be honest with yourself, and see if you can answer the following six questions:

When Yeshua comes in the clouds to smite the earth, how will anyone stop quaking long enough to hold an election?  (Think about it.)

  1. And why elect a Conquering King?  If Yeshua hypothetically lost this election, do you suppose He would bother to step down?
  2. If He would NOT step down, then why bother to hold an election?
  3. Since the idea of holding an election to ‘appoint’ the Conquering King is ridiculous, then who IS this elected official?  Have we seen him yet?
  4. And if his election is forever precluded by the presence of a PHYSICAL King-Yeshua, then HAS not ‘Pre-Millennial Return’ Theory just argued (ipso facto) that the prophecy at Hosea 1:11 is NULL AND VOID?
  5. And if we are arguing that the prophecy at Hosea 1:11 is now NULL AND VOID, then what do we do with Yeshua’s commandment (at Matthew 5:17-19) that as long as heaven and earth still exist, NOTHING will fall from the Law or the Prophets, until ALL is fulfilled?

Unless we are willing to ignore Yeshua’s Words, or unless we are willing to tear the Book of Hosea out of our Scriptures, or unless we are willing to throw out any verse that we do not know how to fit in to our Pre-Millennial, anti-Prophecy context (which is what the Church did for centuries), then Hosea 1:11 provides yet another logical paradox for Pre-Millennial Return Theory, which its adherents are unable to resolve.

 Pre-Millennial Fatal Flaw #5: The ‘King’ is ‘Raised Up.’

Here is one that really requires prayer, before you continue your reading:

Scripture speaks of a Time of Jacob’s (meaning Judah’s) Trouble.  Then, after this Time of Judah’s Trouble is over, an official called David their king will be raised up from among the brethren.

Ordinarily, we might assume that any reference to ‘David their King can ONLY be a reference to Yeshua; and yet we know that this CANNOT be a reference to Yeshua, because this man does not come in the clouds, but is raised up, from among the brothers.

In other words, he is not originally an important personage; but he becomes one, and rises to power and prestige, and a position of leadership:

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 30:6-9

6 Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child?

So why (then) do I see every man with his hands on his loins,

Like a woman in labor,

And all faces turned pale?

7 Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it!

It is the time of Jacob’s (meaning Judah’s) trouble;

But he shall be saved out of it.

8 ‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’

Says YHWH of hosts,

‘That I will break his yoke from your neck,

And will burst your bonds!

Foreigners shall no more enslave them:

9 But they shall serve YHWH their Elohim,

And DAVID THEIR KING, whom I will RAISE UP for them.

Most Pre-Millennialists will rabidly insist that this reference to ‘David their king’ MUST be a reference to Yeshua: but this is utterly impossible, because Acts 1:11 tells us that the next time we see Yeshua, He will be coming in the clouds:

9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Yeshua, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (i.e., in a cloud.) 

[Ma’aseh (Acts) 1:9-11]

Even though the man who is raised up from among the brotherhood is called Beloved (or ‘David’) their king (their beloved king), this can NOT be a reference to Yeshua, because the next time we see Yeshua, He comes IN THE CLOUDS. 

Therefore this passage can ONLY be in reference to a mortal human being (which is not at all what Pre-Millennial Theory calls for.)

[Note: There will also be those who suggest that this prophecy will be fulfilled by the ancient King David being physically resurrected from his tomb.  We will deal with the flaws of this ideation in a later section of this work, where we discuss how Shaul tells us the resurrection is spiritual (and not physical.)]

Fatal Flaw #6: His LEADER Comes FROM AMONG HIM

Jeremiah 30:6-9 told us that David their king will be RAISED UP from among the brothers.  Now let’s read just a few more verses in the very same chapter (which discusses the Ingathering of the Two Houses) and we see that it also mentions a leader who does not come in a cloud either, but who comes from among them:

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 30:18-22

18 “Thus says YHWH:

‘Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents,

And have mercy on his dwelling places;

The city (Jerusalem) shall be built upon its own mound,

And the palace (Knesset) shall remain according to its own plan.

19 Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving

And the voice of those who make merry;

I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish;

I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

20 Their children also shall be as before,

And their congregation shall be established before Me;

And I will punish all who oppress them.

21 Their LEADER shall be from among them,

And their GOVERNOR shall come from their midst;

Then I will cause him to draw near,

And he shall approach Me;

For who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ says YHWH.

[Note: Although the King James renders this word as ‘nobles,’ the word is not plural.  Therefore, the correct translation is actually (a) ‘leader. 

Thayer’s gives: 

OT:117  addiyr —

1)         great, majestic

a)         used of the waters of the sea

b)         used of a tree

c)         used of kings, nations, gods

2)         a great one, majestic one; (used of nobles, chieftains, servants)]

Whoever this leader is, he CANNOT be Yeshua, because Yeshua will come in the clouds (rather than being from among them.’)

Pre-Millennial Fatal Flaw #7: SHARED POWER in Zechariah

(And no Yeshua)

If you are still in a prayerful mood, consider slowly and most carefully now, the future prophecies in Zechariah:

In Zechariah 3:6-8 we read of a future human High Priest named Yehoshua ben Yehotzadak.  Zechariah tells Yehoshua ben Yehotzadak that there will be (yet) ANOTHER man (BESIDES him) whose name will be, ‘The Branch.’ 

The first thing to notice is that Yehoshua ben Yehotzadak and this ‘Branch’ are two entirely different people:

Zechariah 3:8

8 “Hear, O Yehoshua, the High Priest,

You and your companions who sit before you

(For they are a Wondrous Sign!)

For behold!  I am bringing forth My (other) servant, The Branch.”

Next, Zechariah 4:14 tells us that NEITHER Yehoshua ben Yehotzadak NOR  this human ‘Branch’ IS Yeshua.  Rather, they are the two anointed ones who SERVE the Master of the whole Earth (meaning Yeshua, unto whom all power and authority in heaven and on earth was given: Matthew 28:18.)

The fact that both the High Priest and the Branch SERVE Yeshua the Messiah ought to tell an awake reader that neither one of them IS Yeshua the Messiah.  Read it in carefully:

Zechariah 4:14

14 So he said, “These (Yehoshua ben Yehotzedek and the Branch) are the two anointed ones who SERVE the Master of the whole earth (meaning Yeshua the Messiah, unto whom all power and authority was given.)”

Then Zechariah 6 tells us that this ‘Branch’ will NOT come in the clouds; but that he springs up out of his place (meaning he comes forth from among the brothers, perhaps surprising almost everyone.) 

Then, in complete contrast to Pre-Millennial Return Theory, this passage tells us that the Ezekiel Temple is NOT built by the Lamb (who is still in the Heaven); but that this human Branch will build it:

Zechariah 6:11-13

11 Take the silver and gold, make an elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Yehoshua the son of Yehotzadak, the High Priest.

12 Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says YHWH of hosts, saying:

“Behold, a (different) man, whose name is ‘The Branch!’

And he (meaning The Branch) shall SPRING UP out of his place,

And he (Branch) shall build the Temple of YHWH;

13 Yes, he (and NOT Yeshua)

Shall build the Temple of YHWH!

He (Branch) shall bear the glory,

And shall sit and rule on His throne;

So he shall be a priest on His throne,

And the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”‘

That this passage tells us the ‘Branch’ does NOT come in the clouds is just one more witness that he IS NOT Yeshua the Messiah.

REALITY CHECK:

Zechariah 6:11-13 tells us that at the time the Ezekiel Temple is built, there will be two human men who will SHARE power in the Millennial Kingdom.  Yehoshua ben Yehotzadak (the High Priest) will wear a crown; and the ‘Branch’ will sit on a throne: “and the counsel of peace shall be between them both,” as together they serve the Adon of the whole Earth (meaning the Lamb, Yeshua; who remains in the heavenly until the earth until the End of the Millennium.)

Now, please pray for a moment, and notice how the prophecies in Zechariah completely contradict the scenario normally given by Pre-Millennial Return Theory.

Ask yourself: If Yeshua comes in the clouds at the START of the Millennium, both to build the Temple, AND to serve as our King and High Priest (as Pre-Millennial Theory suggests), then WHY does YHWH tell us that He plans to raise up TWO OTHER men, one seemingly a King, and the OTHER the High Priest?  And WHY does the prophecy in Zechariah tell us that one of these men will build the Ezekiel Temple; and suggest they will SHARE power in the Millennial Kingdom?

And, if Yeshua returns in the clouds at the start of the Millennium (meaning He ought to return any day now), to rule and reign physically for a thousand years, then WHY does YHWH tell us that he is going to raise up a King, an elected Head of State, governors, and a leader who comes from among him?  Why do ANY that, if Yeshua’s return is so imminent?

And WHEN will there be time to do so?  Studies tell us that we are now at the start of the Seventh Millennium (the details will be reproduced at the end of this study, for those unfamiliar with them): But if Yeshua returns any day now, then WHEN will all of these other dignitaries and notables have time to arise, and make names for themselves? 

And if Yeshua the Son is ruling and reigning supreme, sharing His glory with no man, then WHY would He allow these mere mortals to rise up, and take the focus off of Him?  Isn’t that entirely CONTRARY to the Pre-Millennial thesis?

Further, we STILL need to know who the ‘Shepherd’ (and the ‘Stone’ of Israel) from the Tribe of Joseph will be; and how (and when) HE will ever be able to make any kind of a name for himself.

These are just some of the challenges Pre-Millennialism is unable to answer.

Part Two:

The Human Millennial Reign

Prophecy is essentially one big jig-saw puzzle; and, once have pieced together the correct framework (of a Post-Millennial Return), then it becomes possible to ‘put ALL the pieces together’ in ways that fit (and make sense.)  Once we assume a Post-Millennial Return, nothing has to be excluded, or ignored.

As this section will show, Scripture speaks of a SPIRITUAL resurrection of the saints, who then rule and reign over the earth for a thousand years.  In large part, this spiritual resurrection is already underway. 

Although the exact sequence of events is not yet known, as this section will also show, Scripture Prophecy calls for Judah and Ephraim to fight together in a war (or wars) for territorial expansion, at the beginning of this millennial period.  The prophecies also call for the Ingathering of Ephraim to happen at this time, BEFORE there is religious unification.

Some time AFTER there is religious unification comes the building of the Ezekiel Temple, and then Yeshua returns at the end of this human ‘Millennial Reign,’ to judge the earth, and to save the armies of His bride Israel from utter destruction.

As this study will also show, it is at this time that Yeshua catches His saints up to be with Him in the clouds forever after; when He takes them to the Wedding Banquet at His Father’s House, in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

It is at this time their bodies are transformed.

A SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION:

The apostle Shaul (aka ‘Paul’) clearly states that the resurrection is SPIRITUAL (and NOT physical.) 

[Qurintayah Aleph (First Corinthians) 15:42-44]

 [42] So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

44 It is sown a natural body, IT IS RAISED A SPIRITUAL BODY.

The language here is not vague, so whatever difficulties the reader may have in accepting the fact that past Israelites (Ephraimites and Jews) will be ‘spiritually resurrected’ (and that these ‘resurrected spirits’ will be placed in the bodies of present-day Gentiles) need to be dealt with by the reader at this time.  The author is unable to do this work for you.

We might also surmise, then, that this SPIRITUAL resurrection corresponds to the time that the saints are sent to the earth, at Revelation 5:8 (above.)  It also corresponds directly with the resurrection of the Two Houses, of Ezekiel 37 (presently in progress):

Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 37

1 The hand of YHWH came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of YHWH, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.

Here we are told that Yehezqel (Ezekiel) is in the Spirit, (indicating a spiritual fulfillment.)  However, if anyone believes that this prophecy will be LITERALLY fulfilled, then they need to produce a LITERAL valley, full of literal bones.

2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.

The bones are very dry: (i.e., Israel has been spiritually dead for a long time.)

3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O YHWH Elohim, You know.”

4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of YHWH! 5 Thus says YHWH Elohim to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am YHWH.”‘”

This is still the same as sending the saints down from the heavens, to rule and reign on the earth (while the Lamb stays in Heaven: see Revelation 5:8.)

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.

9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says YHWH Elohim: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”‘”

10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.

In this next passage, the phrase WHOLE House of Israel often refers to ALL Twelve Tribes of Israel (meaning both houses, Israel and Judah.)  However, in this particular passage it more likely refers to the Northern Kingdom of Israel (the Lost Ten Tribes: i.e., Protestant Christianity, including the Nazarene movement.)

11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’

Then YHWH promises to spiritually resurrect the Lost Ten Tribes, and to bring them back to the Land of Israel:

12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, ‘Thus says YHWH Elohim: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am YHWH, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, YHWH, have spoken it, and performed it,” says YHWH.'”

Then we are given more detail as to how the prophecy will come about:

Remembering that in prophecy, the order of sequence is important, we see that FIRST the House of Judah (or the Jews) is formed as a stick (and is settled in the Land of Israel.)  This has already taken place. 

THEN the stick of Joseph (or the House of Israel, or Ephraim, i.e., the Lost Ten Tribes) will be formed, and will be brought back into the Land.  This is what is starting to happen right now (more details in Section #3, below.)

Once the Stick of Joseph (the House of Joseph) is re-formed, then the Stick of Joseph can be put together with their brothers, the Jews; and the Two Sticks will become one in the Land (and this is the mission of the Beit Yosef project.)

It is important to note that Ezekiel 11 tells us that the Ingathering of the Stick of Joseph will take place BEFORE religious unification occurs (more details below.)

15 Again the word of YHWH came to me, saying, 16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’  

THEN take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for All the House of Israel, his companions.’

17 THEN join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

The stick of Judah is already formed, and is already settled into their own land (the Land of Israel.)  Now it is Ephraim’s turn; and the spiritual re-awakening we are presently witnessing IS the spiritual resurrection.

That being the case, it should not be too long before the House of Ephraim is brought back to the Land as well; on horses, and in chariots, on litters, on mules and on camels (as the Scriptures command): rather than in the clouds.

18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’ —  19 say to them,

Next, the stick of Joseph is ADDED TO the stick of Judah:

‘Thus says YHWH Elohim: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel (his companions) and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick; and they will be one in My hand.”‘ 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.

Some people argue that the language does not specify that the Stick of Joseph will be added to the stick of Judah; but it should be obvious to any alert reader that it is the House of Joseph who still needs to return to his homeland:

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says YHWH Elohim: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side, and bring them into their own land;

22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all.

Surely Yeshua WILL ultimately be King over all of them, AFTER the religious unification of Ezekiel 11 occurs (discussed later.) 

However, as we have already seen, the word ‘king’ can ALSO be used as a euphemism for a government leader (see Jeremiah 30, above.)

We are ALSO told that the unification will be permanent, and that the Church steeples will eventually cease:

They shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned (the churches) and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim.

Many will dispute whether it is a spiritually-resurrected king David, or Yeshua the Messiah who is here referred to as ‘David My servant:’

24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

We could argue that the Shepherd mentioned here is ALSO Yeshua, except that we are still waiting for a Shepherd (and a Stone of Israel) to arise from the Tribe of Joseph (in the House of Joseph/Ephraim.)

25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My Servant David shall be their Prince forever.

This reference to ‘My Servant David’ IS obviously a reference to Yeshua the Messiah, because only the Heavenly Yeshua will live long enough to be the peoples’ Prince “forever.”

26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, YHWH, set Israel apart, when My Set-apart Place is in their midst forevermore.”‘”

All of this gives us a basic outline of what the immediate future holds.  However, the details are yet to be determined.

JOINT WARS FOR TERRITORIAL EXPANSION, THE INGATHERING, AND THE RELIGIOUS UNIFICATION OF EZEKIEL ELEVEN:

Although the exact sequence of events is unknown at this time, Scripture calls for both Houses (Israel and Judah) to fight together in a war (or in wars) of territorial expansion, for the Lost Ten Tribes to Ingather, and for an ultimate ‘religious unification.’  The only detail that is exactly known is that Ezekiel 11 specifies that the religious unification comes only AFTER the Ingathering of the Tribes (see below.)

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