more as we get closer to the end, people want to see a time line
of coming events.
Questions about the order in which events will take place, the
span of time between them and the likelihood of there being
enough time for everything to happen in the time we have left
are becoming more numerous with each passing week.
As you know
the Bible doesn't provide this level of specificity. But
neither are we left to make unfounded predictions. There are a
number of clues scattered throughout the New Testament that take
much of the guess work out of things.
With diligent study, we can put them together and make
some pretty reasonable assumptions.
Romans 11:25 says Israel has experienced a hardening in
part until the full number of Gentiles has come in. I've shown
several times how the phrases "full number" and "come in" point
to the Rapture of the Church. In Paul's day they were often used
in a nautical context.
The “full number” was the number of crew members a ship
needed before it was authorized to set sail. As soon as the full
number of crewmen had been contracted the ship immediately left
the harbor to begin its journey.
“come in” means to arrive at the ship's scheduled destination.
It's still in use today.
People talk about how different life will be for them
when their ship “comes in”.
Romans 11:25 we get the notion that the Church has a full
number, too. That's
the number of believers necessary for the rapture. Reaching that
number frees us from the constraints of this world and we'll
immediately “come in” to our scheduled destination, Heaven.
the disciples He was going to His father's house to prepare a
place for us, and then He'd come back for us to take us there (John
didn't say He'd come back here where we are to be with us here,
as in the 2nd Coming.
He said He'd come back to take us there to be with Him
where He is. This
has to be a reference to the Rapture.
Once He's done that, Israel's time of hardening will come
to an end and the time of their reconciliation will begin.
Isaiah 17, Psalm 83, And Ezekiel
said that one outcome of the battle he described in chapters
38-39 is that Israel will be awakened to His presence (Ezekiel
39:22). Since Paul said Israel's
awakening will follow the rapture and Ezekiel said it
will be an outcome of his battle, we can assume the rapture will
likely precede Ezekiel 38.
Israel's current next door neighbors are mentioned by Ezekiel,
even though they're all antagonists, but
the prophecies of Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83
feature them prominently.
From this we can conclude these prophecies will be
fulfilled ahead of Ezekiel 38 but there's no way to tell
if they will also take place before the rapture.
A set of
parallel clues can bring us to the same conclusion about the
relationship between Ezekiel 38 and the rapture. In
Acts 15:13-18 James said that Israel was being set aside so
the Lord could take out of the Gentiles a people for himself,
after which David's fallen Tabernacle would be rebuilt. The
phrase "take out" comes from a Greek word that means to take
hold of something for the purpose of carrying it away.
It refers to the rapture of the Church.
fallen Tabernacle is the Temple which was destroyed in 70 AD and
will be restored.
But there won't be any need for a Temple until Israel is back in
an Old Covenant relationship with God. And this will only happen
after the Battle of Ezekiel 38. Being back in an Old
Covenant relationship means Daniel's 70th Week will have begun (Daniel
9:27). That means the Age of Grace will have come to an end
and the Church will be gone.
Matt. 24:34, Psalm
90:10 and Isaiah 23:15
these verses I believe Jesus said His 2nd Coming would take
place about 70 years from the time Israel became a nation again
in 1948. (As I
demonstrated in “Why The Re-Birth Of Israel Is A Sign Of The
End”, it doesn't make sense to tie Matt. 24:34 to
specific signs that happen just a few years before the 2nd
coming.) Adding 70
years to 1948 brings us to the end of 2018.
When Daniel's 70th Week begins, there will only be seven
years left until the 2nd coming. That means Daniel's 70th
Week will have to begin 7 years prior to 2018, in 2011.
indicate the 2nd Coming will likely happen on Rosh Hashanna,
also known as the Feast of Trumpets and the Jewish New Year.
Because it takes place at the time of the new moon rather than
on a full moon, it's often difficult to determine the exact time
of its arrival. For
this reason it was sometimes referred to in the past as the
feast where no man knows the day or hour.
Jesus used a form of this phrase 4 times in the span of
23 verses while referring to the time of the 2nd
Coming (Matt. 24:42, 44, 50, Matt 25:13).
projections tell us that in 2018 Rosh Hashanna will occur on
Sept. 9-10. But it takes a confirmed visual sighting to make it
official and Matt. 24:29 says the moon will not give its
light following the end of the Great Tribulation, so no one will
know the day or hour of His return until they see Him coming on
the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
That's All Folks
much of a hint as to timing the Bibles gives us. But remember
Psalm 83, Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38 are all
called battles, not wars. If Israel acted without restraint Psalm
83 would likely require only a week or so to fulfill. Isaiah
17 involves only the firing of a missile or the dropping of
a bomb. The Rapture of the Church will happen in the twinkling
of an eye. God could
annihilate the forces of Ezekiel 38 in an afternoon. My
point is, this is not too much for Him to accomplish in the time
The way the
Middle East keeps heating up it's possible the fulfillment of
Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 could happen very soon.
When the Gaza Blockade issue threatened to ignite into a
full blown confrontation recently, I thought we were seeing its
beginning. But sad
to say it's not if these two prophecies will be fulfilled but
when. And from
Scripture you can't tell if they'll happen before or after the
Rapture. They could
all happen at once.
they do, the Battle of Ezekiel 38 will follow, Israel's
awakening being necessary for Daniel's 70th Week to
begin. This will
bring the anti-Christ to the forefront to confirm the treaty
that allows for a Temple to be built.
In the middle of the 70th Week he'll claim to
be God, kicking off the Great Tribulation, after which the Lord
will return to establish His Kingdom.
Over the past few weeks we've taken a fresh look at Psalm 83,
Isaiah 17, and Ezekiel 38-39.
We've also shown why the re-birth of Israel has to be the
premier sign of the End of the Age. Hopefully, this perspective
on how all these prophecies are related will provide the
overview we need to understand how very close we are to the End
of the Age. Even angels
have longed to look into these things (1 Peter 1:12) but
you and I are blessed to experience them firsthand.
You can almost hear the foot steps of the Messiah.