Deliverance

The Great End-Times Escape . . .
Is It Really “the Rapture” . . . or Something Else Entirely?

by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick

Rapture of the Church – Book


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NOTE: We use the Creator’s original Self-given Hebrew Name, YHVH (which we pronounce Ye-hu’ah), and the original Hebrew name given by Him through the angel Gabriel (Matthew 1:21) to be the Messiah’s name, Yeshua, which is “he will save” or “he will deliver” in Hebrew (Strong’s H3442). We also refer to what Christianity disparagingly calls the “Old Testament” with the Hebrew name for it, the Tanakh; to “the Law” as Torah; and to the “New Testament” as the Renewed Covenant Scriptures. Details on request.

 

Despite the undeniable fact that we ourselves once believed many false doctrines, starting with Roman Catholicism, then proceeding to “mainstream” Protestantism, thence through various flavors of “Messianic Judaism” to arrive where we are today (!), we are nevertheless continually amazed at the human being’s (including our own) capacity for self-deception.

Case in point: Dispensationalism and a pre- (or mid-)Tribulation “rapture” of the Church.

Dispensationalism posits a series of assumptions, stated as facts, which are nowhere even hinted at in Scripture, including the idea of a “pre-Tribulation rapture of the Church” which Dispensationalists place at the beginning of the seven years of the period known as “the Tribulation”, or “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). Nevertheless, this patently false theological system has infected many Christian denominations, even some which do not officially subscribe to Dispensationalism.

Let us investigate the actual origins of this “Dispensationalism”.

Scofield ~ Architect of Apostasy . . .

It is difficult to overstate the influence of Cyrus Ingerson Scofield on contemporary “mainstream” Christian beliefs. By presenting the un-Biblical doctrine called “dispensationalism” as Biblical fact, the Scofield Reference Bible has served as one of the primary agents by which contemporary “evangelical Christianity” has accelerated its slide into apostasy. The Scofield Reference Bible is regarded today in Dispensationalist circles as THE standard Dispensational reference work in virtually all such ministries and divinity schools worldwide, such as Dallas Theological Seminary Cemetery and Moody Bible Institute Institution.

And who was C. I. Scofield? History records that as an ambitious young man in Kansas after the American Civil War, he caught the eye of John J. Ingalls, a Jewish lawyer who was active in the anti-slavery cause. Using his influence both in Kansas and with his Zionist associates in New York and Philadelphia, Ingalls first assisted Scofield in becoming a lawyer, and later arranged his appointment as a Federal Attorney for Kansas, which was still a U.S. territory at that time. Ingalls and Scofield later became partners in a railroad investment scheme, which led to Scofield serving prison time for fraud and criminal forgery.

While he was in prison, Scofield began studying the writings of John Nelson Darby, a founder of the Plymouth Brethren movement in England and inventor of the “any moment now” pre-Tribulation Rapture theory. Upon his release from prison, Scofield deserted his first wife, Leonteen Carry Scofield and his two daughters by her, Abigail and Helen. Court records indicate that he also defrauded her of much of her life’s savings by means of a fraudulent mortgage, but escaped the court’s judgment simply by never returning there. Despite becoming influential and wealthy through the publication of the Scofield Reference Bible, he refused all appeals from his first wife for financial assistance in the rearing of their two daughters. He then took a young girl from the St. Louis Flower Mission as his mistress, later abandoning her for Helen van Ward, whom he eventually married. Following up his Illuminati/Zionist connections in New York, he settled in at the Lotus Club, which was listed as his residence for the next twenty years.

It was here that he presented his ideas for a new annotated Christian Bible, and was taken under the wing of Samuel Untermeier, the president of the American League of Jewish Patriots, chairman of the Non-sectarian Anti-Nazi League, and later became chairman of the American Jewish Committee. Untermeier introduced Scofield to numerous other prominent Zionists, Socialists, Freemasons, and Illuminati, including Samuel Gompers (president of the American Federation of Labor), Fiorello LaGuardia (mayor of New York City), Abraham Straus (banker), Bernard Baruch (financier), and Jacob Schiff (banker). Many of these individuals were also principals, architects and owners of the Federal Reserve System, which has been almost single-handedly responsible for the devaluation of the American dollar, and the loss of over 98% of its value since 1913. It was this group who also financed Scofield’s “research trips” to Oxford and arranged the publication and distribution of the first Scofield Reference Bible. They were looking for a way to not only remove Christianity’s objections to a home for the Jews, but to engage it as an ally and financial supporter. They found it in Dispensationalism.

Why Dispensationalist Christians support “Israel” . . .

Dispensationalism teaches that “the Church” is going to be “taken out of the world” to be “in heaven with Jesus” just before the seven-year period called “the Tribulation”, or “the time of Jacob’s trouble”. Since the Bible states that this period will not start until the one called “the Anti-Christ” enters the Temple in Jerusalem, they reasoned that anything that they (Christians) did to hasten the rebuilding of the Temple would actually be hastening their own departure from the earth to be with “Jesus” for the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb”! Voilà! Christians, get out your checkbooks! And they have, and they still are. Never mind that, based solely on the Hebrew Bible (“Old Testament”), even some orthodox Jews reject the Zionists’ claims to the lands of Palestine (http://www.truetorahjews.org/), as do we, and for the same reasons! GOD FORBIDS IT!

On the Scofield Reference Bible, John Wick Bowman says: “This book represents the most dangerous heresy currently to be found within Christian circles.” The primary error of Dispensationalism – among many – is that it teaches that there have been several different means of salvation between the Garden of Eden and our own time, despite the fact that there is no such testimony to that effect anywhere in Scripture.

In his 1991 book, “Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Critique of Dispensationalism”, author John H. Gerstner states emphatically: “What is indisputably, absolutely, and uncompromisingly essential to the Christian religion is its doctrine of salvation. If Dispensationalism has actually departed from the only way of salvation (faith in Yeshua Messiah), which the Christian religion teaches, then we must say that it has departed from Christianity. No matter how many other important truths it may proclaim, it cannot be called Christian if it empties Christianity of its essential message. We define a cult as a religion which claims to be Christian while emptying Christianity of that which is essential to it. If Dispensationalism does this, then Dispensationalism is a cult and not a branch of the Christian church. It is as serious as that. It is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation.”

In a lengthy article in the “liberal” publication, “Christianity Today,” Timothy Weber explains “How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend”. He explores the history of dispensationalism in Britain and the United States and its pervasive influence on the foreign policies of those nations. Weber admits that most dispensationalist evangelicals show little genuine concern for Palestinians. He cites the constant stream of human rights violations by the Israeli state, including their 1982 invasion of Southern Lebanon. He asks: “While the Jews have a right to be secure within their own borders, do they have the right to seize other peoples’ land, occupy their territory, ignore their rights of self-determination, and bulldoze and/or blow-up the homes and businesses of Palestinian families? … Evangelicals need to consider whether believing in Bible prophecy absolves them from grappling with the issues of right and wrong. Does having a handle on the prophetic details allow them to turn a blind eye to injustice? Does the end justify the means, just because they think the ends have been prophesied?” As we will see, from its very beginnings, the official policy of the Israeli government toward the indigenous Palestinian people has always been one of “ethnic cleansing”, which used to be called “genocide” and “war crime” by the United Nations.

The following is from our article, “Is Zionism of God?” @ http://TorahKingdomLiving.com…

Zionism IS racism . . .

  • Both the process of expropriation and removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.” Theodore Herzl, founder of International Zionism, in The Complete Diaries, Chapter I, p. 88.

  • The Palestinian refugees will find their place in the diaspora. Those who can resist will live thanks to natural selection. The others will simply crumble. Some of them will persist, but the majority will be a human heap, the scum of the earth, and will sink into the lowest levels of the Arab world,” — Near East Department of the Israeli government, 1948.

  • There is no other way than to transfer the Arabs from here to the neighboring countries, to transfer all of them; not one village, not one tribe, should be left.” Joseph Weitz, the Jewish National Fund administrator for Zionist colonization (1967), from My Diary and Letters to the Children, Chapter III, p. 293.

  • The only good Arab is a dead Arab…When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle,” Rafael Eitan, Likud leader of the Tsomet faction (1981) in Noam Chomsky, Fateful Triangle, pp 129, 130.

  • It is forbidden to be merciful to them, you must give them missiles, with relish – annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones. May the Holy Name visit retribution on the Arabs’ heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them, and cause them to be vanquished and cause them to be cast from the world,” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder and spiritual leader of the Shas party, Ma’ariv, April, 9, 2001.

In reaction to Yosef’s statements, Interior minister Eli Yesha said supportively: “They reflected the overall state of thinking of the Israeli Jewish society.”

These five citations, from Herzl to the present, show that Zionism is, at root, a conscious war of extermination and expropriation against an indigenous civilian population. In other words, all such Pre-Millennial Zionism is “ethnic cleansing,” which the UN has defined as a war crime. We say “Pre-Millennial Zionism” advisedly, since we are surely NOT opposed to the return of the righteous (Torah-obedient) remnant of “the children of Israel” after “the time of Jacob’s trouble”/the Tribulation to ALL of the lands promised them by the Father, YHVH Elohim!

Unfortunately, justice seldom wins against a determined campaign of “Jewish” disinformation and intimidation. In 1991, under intense pressure from Israel and the North American Jewish lobby, the UN reversed itself on Zionism, thereby denying the truths it spoke 16 years earlier.

The Zionist argument, then as now, consists of the lie that the UN’s action itself constituted an act of racism. Zionism, we are told, is “merely” the national expression of “Jewish self-determination”. Thus, to condemn Zionism is to condemn all Jewry – an act of “anti-Semitism.”

The epithet “anti-Semitism” is hurled to silence anyone, even other Jews, brave enough to oppose Israel’s systematic, decades-long pogrom against the Palestinian Arabs. Because of the Holocaust, “anti-Semitism” is such a powerful instrument of emotional blackmail that it effectively obviates rational discussion of Israel and its conduct.

It is for this reason that many good people can witness daily evidence of Israeli inhumanity toward the “Palestinians’ collective punishment,” the destruction of olive groves, routine harassment, judicial prejudice, denial of medical services, assassinations, torture, apartheid-based segregation, etc. – yet dare not denounce it for fear of being branded “anti-Semitic.” “For fear of the Jews.”

… End of quote from our article, “Is Zionism of God?”

In order for the concept of a one-world government to become acceptable to Christians, this “doctrine of demons” called “Dispensationalism” was first contrived, then slowly injected into the world’s Christian community. This teaching, which can appear quite Scriptural to those unschooled in legitimate Bible exegesis, was designed, financed and brought to the forefront by Scofield’s secret Zionist backers, and is today promoted and enthusiastically endorsed by such “evangelical giants” as Jerry Falwell, Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye (“Left Behind” series), John Hagee (“Christians United for Israel”), and a whole host of other Christian dupes. It has proven to be an easy sell to such people, and swells the churches of those who preach it, because it tells people what they desperately want to hear: that they are “special to God” and so they won’t have to go through what the Bible clearly says is coming upon the whole world, and apparently soon.

This has produced precisely what Scofield’s Zionist backers originally intended: a complacent, easily-led, spiritually self-centered, and intellectually lazy Christian Church full of passive believers who think it is a sin, (even “anti-Semitic”) to dare to question anything that today’s 100% secular nation called “Israel” does or wants. It has produced an outwardly religious but complacent, “un-salty” people, forever waiting for their imminent beloved “rapture,” who claim to know God but in their worldliness deny Him. Unwittingly, they find themselves, not in the church of Yeshua of Nazareth, but the “church of the Laodiceans.” [Revelation 3:14]

We are alive today to witness the satanic counterfeit of the REAL Truth, in the final triumph of Dispensational futurism – wrapped in the deceptive trappings of rabbinic (Talmudic) Jewish lies [Revelation 2:9 & 3:9]. Exactly as prophesied [2 Thessalonians 2:3], deceived Christians by the millions have bought into a false belief system – one that was specifically crafted to endorse and promote the acceptance of the murderous Beast of Revelation 13. In doing so, they have become apostate, and not even realized it!

As a result, those who believe this Satanic swill are being herded like trusting sheep and invisibly imprisoned by Biblical-sounding teachings from familiar, smiley faces, who are themselves unknowingly following the satanic plan established for them in the Garden of Eden.

Our Lord Yeshua tells us that the plan will largely succeed [Matthew 7:13-15]:

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many [Greek: polus, the majority] there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few [Greek: oligos, a tiny, insignificant number] there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Please note that our Lord LINKS entering the broad gate with being deceived by FALSE TEACHERS, and warns us that THE MAJORITY of those who believe themselves to be following him are surely NOT following him as he and his Father require. And he repeats this warning even more explicitly in the very next verses:

21 Not every one who merely calls me Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22 Many will cry out to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? and in your name done many wonderful works?”

23 And then will I profess unto them, “I never knew you: depart from me, you that practice iniquity Lawlessness (Greek: anomia – LAWlessness, i.e., Torah-lessness).

The Hebrew word Torah, which is translated throughout most versions of the “Old Testament” as “Law”, actually means “teaching” or “instruction”. There being no specific Greek word for “Torah”, we suggest that what our Lord is warning us of in Matthew 7:23 above, is that he will not recognize anyone as his who does not obey ALL of the commandments in the Torah, i.e., those who practice “Torah-lessness.” This is entirely in keeping with his requirement that we OBEY ALL of his own commandments (John 14:15; 15:10), which surely include ALL of his Father’s commandments as well. Nowhere in the Bible is there the slightest hint that any disciple of the Lord Yeshua’s is free to pick and choose which of the commandments we will obey, and which ignore! The ONLY commandments which we are to ignore are those which no longer apply to believers in this age, such as the Temple offerings, etc. But neither are we to keep the commandments expecting that we are thereby entitled to salvation through our works (which is ONLY through the sacrifice of our Lord Yeshua), but in simple OBEDIENCE, as befits servants who love their master, and children who love their Father.

The Invisible War . . .

The opening words in Jessie Penn-Lewis’ classic “War on the Saints”: “WAR ON THE SAINTS? Why, most Christians do not even know there is a war on.” The great majority of the Christian “sheeple” today are woefully ignorant of the schemes of those who intend to rule the world, and them along with it. Worse, the great majority are quite content to remain that way. The Lord Yeshua warns us repeatedly that the cost of discovering and living out his truth was high and may include the loss of family and friends – which price the majority are not willing to pay. Having been taught (and believing) that “Jesus paid it all” means that they will be spared what is actually prophesied for most true believers in the end times! They have allowed their fear of what is coming to dictate their very attitude toward the written Word of God!

And what does the Bible say will be the fate of “the fearful”?

6 And He (YHVH) said unto me, “It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” [Revelation 21:6-8]

These are the very words of God Almighty, the Creator of the universe (not Yeshua), and of you and us, speaking to the very issue which we raise here.

The Bible also tells us in great detail what we should expect, and what is going to happen, both to those who are faithful to the Lord of Mercy, as well as to those others who love their own lives more than they do him. It is in our own best interests to inform ourselves as best we can on these issues, and make our plans accordingly. We may not know “the hour or the day”, but he commands us to understand “the signs of the times”.

We pray that the reader will take this information to heart, and act on it.

The Tip of the Iceberg in the Path of the Church . . .

But even Dispensationalism pales into insignificance when compared with other even greater errors which have persisted in Christianity for almost 2,000 years, despite the clear contrary teachings of our Lord Yeshua and his disciples on these subjects as recorded in the various Bible translations which have come down to us in various degrees of corruption.

One such error has to do with our Lord’s single commandment to those who will be living in the end times, concerning what we are to do when we see something he called “the Abomination of Desolation”. Our Lord’s commandment is found in Matthew 24:15

Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Mat 24:4 And Yeshua answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying that I am the Messiah, and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mat 24:7 For race shall rise against race, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places.

Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be tortured, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.

Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity (Greek anomia anomia : lawlessness or TORAH-lessness) shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Mat 24:15 When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads this, let him understand)

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judæa (or, “in Judah”, i.e., in the tribe of Judah – as it is translated in the Shem Tov Hebrew Gospel of Matthew) flee into the mountains:

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that are nursing babes in those days!

Mat 24:20 But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be again.

Here are the words of the prophet Daniel to which our Lord referred (Daniel 9:24-27).

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks sevens (Hebrew: shevuim, 70×7=490 years) are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sin, and to make reconciliation for evil, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks sevens (49 years) and threescore and two weeks sevens (62 years): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks sevens (62 years) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant (Isaiah 28:14-22) with many [This is a typical KJV MIStranslation: This is not just “many” in the Hebrew text, but THE many (as in the NASB), l’rabim, which is a Hebrew expression for the goyim, the Gentiles, the non-Hebrew nations of the world!) for one week seven (7 years – The Tribulation) and in the midst of the week seven (after 3½ years) he (the AntiChrist) 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.

[NOTE: “The covenant” which is confirmed above is between a secular ruler and some Gentile nations (l’rabim, the many). This can in no way involve our Lord Yeshua “confirming” the Sinai or Abrahamic covenants, which are between YHVH Elohim and “the children of Israel”. It is also clear that this “he” is active on the earth during the Great Tribulation, a period during which Lord Yeshua must still be in heaven, prior to his Second Coming, at his Father’s side in heaven until the Father “makes his enemies his footstool.” (Psalm 110:1) ]

In other words, Matthew 24:15-18 (and the parallel passages in Mark 13 & Luke 21:21) is our Lord’s solitary specific instruction concerning what his disciples (we) are to DO in the very moment that we SEE something he called “the Abomination of Desolation”:

FLEE.

Not a lot of seminary “cemetery” training necessary to “unpack” that command, is there? But have you ever heard a sermon preached that all disciples of “Jesus” should immediately flee into the nearest uninhabited area in the very moment that they see “the Abomination of Desolation”? We surely have not. If not, why not?

The standard “Christian” explanation is that this warning only applies to those disciples of “Jesus” who happen to be in the vicinity of Jerusalem when “The Abomination of Desolation” actually starts. But, as we shall show, this interpretation hangs on the translation of a single Greek word, Iουδαία/Ioudaia (Strong’s G2449), usually translated as “Judæa”, but which is translated differently elsewhere in the “New Testament”, and particularly in The Shem Tov Hebrew Gospel of Matthew. So this version actually raises far more questions than it answers, and the serious truth-seeker is left with the distinct sense that there is vastly more to our Lord’s warning than most of “Christianity” has ever suspected, much less considered or admitted to itself.

The entire subject apparently has far too many loose ends for any salaried denominational preacher to tackle on his own, and far too many for any denomination itself to venture an “official” opinion on. Risky business. And the prophecy of Hosea 4:6 is fulfilled, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

So, in an attempt to remedy this shortcoming, we hereby throw ourselves into the breach, and pray for our Father’s guidance and your patience, as we try to knit some Scriptural loose ends together.

On Faith

When YHVH Elohim, the Creator God of the Bible, told Abram to leave the land of his birth, other than the promise of future blessings to him and to his descendants, He did not give Abram (who was later renamed Abraham as confirmation of his covenant with YHVH) any information at all about where he was going.

Gen 12:1 Now YHVH had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:

When Moses was later sent by the same God to liberate the children of Israel from their slavery, although he got considerably more detail in the instructions, he still had to step out in faith, and personally confront the most powerful pagan political figure on earth at that time, face to face.

So, considering these examples from the Hebrew Tanakh (Christian “Old Testament”), why should we expect any different treatment than Abram or Moses got when they were told to leave their comfy, familiar lives, families, friends, homes, etc., and step out in total reliance (in faith, without which it is impossible to please God – Hebrews 11:6) on the promises of an unseen God?

Personally, we do not believe that we should expect any different treatment, but that we should expect to have to prove our faith in order to survive the coming Tribulation. Is this not what our Lord actually prophesies for us in the Book of the Revelation when he refers to us as “overcomers”? What else could it mean? Consider that a “tribulation” is a TEST, wherein there is either a prize to be won or bad consequences to be experienced, depending on HOW one responds to the “tribulation”/trial.

Dispensationalists, please note that “the Tribulation” is surely NOT the same thing as “the wrath of God”! The Tribulation is a TEST, and the wrath of God is a PUNISHMENT of the irredeemably wicked! It is surely NOT poured out “upon those who had the Mark of the Beast” until the END of the Tribulation! (Revelation 16)

So, just where in Scripture does our Lord Yeshua order us (his disciples of today) to be ready to instantly move out from our homes into a hostile landscape, leaving everything we own behind? In three places: in Matthew 24:15; in Mark 13:14; and in Luke 21:21:

Mat 24:15 When you therefore shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (let the reader understand):
Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judæa (or, in Judah – Yeshua’s tribe) flee into the mountains:

Mar 13:14 But when you shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that reads understand,) then let them that be in Judæa/Judah flee to the mountains:

Luk 21:20 And when you shall see Jerusalem surrounded with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is near.
Luk 21:21 Then let them which are in Judæa/Judah flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
Luke 17:32
Remember Lot’s wife.

So these specific instructions are not only in Scripture, they are stated three times. Is this an oversight, or an unnecessary repetition? We think not.

The Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that “Now these things (the experiences of people in the Tanakh/“Old Testament”) happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the age has come.” (ESV) How much more seriously should we regard our Lord Yeshua’s explicit instructions to us who are reading the Bible today (see the parenthetical comment inserted by Matthew and Mark: “let the reader understand”)?

He is telling us to FLEE immediately, abandoning all of our worldly goods, not even stopping to get our coats, into the nearest unpopulated area, in the very moment that we see “the Abomination of Desolation”, and to keep on going, and not even look back. End of instructions.

What? That’s IT? Apparently so. If we want more understanding concerning what his expressed will is on the subject, we have to look to other words of our Lord Yeshua, such as not allowing those who were faithfully following him during his earthly ministry to go more than three days without food.

Mat 15:32 Then Yeshua called his disciples unto him, and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”

In fact, this is echoed in the earlier flight of the children of Israel from Egypt, after they had passed through the Red Sea, and just witnessed the destruction of Pharaoh and his armies by YHVH Elohim.

Exo 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

Then God provided water for them, and later manna, and later quail in abundance, when they continually grumbled about the miraculous provision they were receiving from the hand of YHVH Himself! When they had arrived at Mount Sinai, YHVH reminds them what they had just witnessed:

Exo 19:4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

This reference to “eagles” is echoed in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”), and always refers to the angels of God as agents of deliverance. (Matthew 24:28 & Luke 17:37) The Greek word here is aetos, which always means “eagle”, and never “vulture”, as is erroneously translated in several popular Bible versions (NIV, NASB, et al.).

So we see several important principles illustrated in these verses. First, that the God of the Bible and His Son both expect us to be willing to step out in faith, to leave our previous lives abruptly and completely, not even looking back (the words of our Lord: “Remember Lot’s wife.” – Luke 17:32) and to set out with little or no actual instruction as to where we will be going, or for how long. In faith. Second, the upper limit of such obedient flight without food or water is repeatedly and consistently stated as being no longer than three days, throughout the entire Bible. Third, we see the poetic reference to the angels of God as “eagles”, in both the Tanakh (“Old Testament”) and in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”).

From all of this, we conclude that we (the faithful talmidim/disciples of Yeshua) will be required to immediately flee into the nearest available uninhabited area, leaving ALL of our worldly possessions behind (!), in the very moment that we see “the Abomination of Desolation” all around us, wherever we are in the world at that moment. Our Lord Yeshua affirms that we will see it, and we will know what “it” is when we see it.

But what IS “the Abomination of Desolation”?

Most Bible commentators are of the opinion that it is simply an event involving the mere entry by a Satan-possessed human being called “the anti-Christ” into a (partially?) rebuilt bricks-and-mortar Temple in downtown Jerusalem. We believe that it will be that, and far more than that.

Along with a growing number of other independent Bible students, we have come to believe that, at or near the mid-point of the seven years of The Tribulation, Satan and his evil spirits will all be forced out of the spirit world altogether and into physical bodies, on the earth by the power of YHVH Elohim through the Archangel Michael and the other angels of YHVH. (Revelation 12:7-9).

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven (the spirit world).

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

We take the phrase “neither was their place found any more in heaven” to mean that Satan and ALL of the wicked spirits he commands, both demons and angels, will be permanently forced out of the spirit world altogether, and into physical bodies of one kind or another. We expect that some of these bodies will be those of unsuspecting humans who had previously accepted (or earned!) the “Mark of the Beast”, knowingly or not, thereby making themselves “available” for such spiritual possession, either by their lifestyle (disobedience to the commandments of YHVH and of His Son) or by their outright choice to receive a physical mark, as described in Revelation 14:9-11.

Rev 14:9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,

Rev 14:10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

Rev 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the Beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

One of the primary behavioral characteristics of those who are demonically possessed is that they are continuously confused and hyperactive, often to the point of exhaustion and physical collapse. In Matthew 12:45 and Luke 11:24, our Lord described just such a possession of an individual by multiple evil spirits during the end times:

Mat 12:43 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, it walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

Mat 12:44 “Then he says, ‘I will return into my house from whence I came out;’ and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

Mat 12:45 “Then goes he, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked age.” ( Greek: genea Strong’s G1074: age)

The Bible confirms that it is those who, knowingly or not, are bearing either Mark of the Beast, the spiritual mark OR the physical mark, who will surely suffer, as one aspect of “The Wrath of God” is poured out upon all of lost, unrepentant mankind:

Rev 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

Rev 16:2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

From this we conclude that Satan himself will possess the one called “The Anti-Christ” in the very moment that he and his troops are forced out of the spirit world altogether and forever (2 Thessalonians 2:4), and that all of the rest of the fallen angels and demons will likewise be instantaneously forced into either human bodies (as described above) or into cloned bodies which the devil and his angels had previously manufactured for that purpose, even as others of them have done before, according to the Bible. [Also see Earth’s Earliest Ages, an excellent treatise on this topic from 1876! by G. H. Pember.]

These are what are mistakenly referred to in the King James Version and other bibles as “giants” (Genesis 6:4 & Numbers 13:33), although the actual Hebrew word is “nephilim” which means “fallen ones”. We believe that this event is the spiritual (and vastly more important) part of what is called “the abomination that makes desolate” in Daniel 11:31, and what is referred to by our Lord in Matthew 24:15 as “the abomination of desolation”. We expect that the result of the spiritual part will be instantaneously evident around the world in a moment of time, literal pandemonium (“all the demons”), much as the Rapture is FALSELY portrayed in the “Left Behind” series of blockbuster money-makers for false “Christian” prophets Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.

When The Abomination of Desolation happens, we expect that hundreds of millions of previously normal people around the world will instantaneously lose all control over their lives, and civilization as we have known it will vanish. Around the world, planes will fall from the skies, trains will crash into stations, myriad car and truck accidents will happen on every street and at every intersection, in America and in every other country worldwide. The carnage will be truly “apocalyptic”. Nor will there be any possible escape for any of those who are possessed by the evil spirits. They will share the fates of the evil spirits themselves, at our Lord Yeshua’s return. They will truly be “the walking dead”.

All of this is confirmed in Revelation 19:11-21, where ALL of the enemies of the Lord Yeshua are killed (except for Satan and the False Prophet), and the birds of the air are called to feast on their flesh. And this confirms our point that ALL of the enemies of God and of His Son will be in fleshly bodies for the entirety of the last half of the Tribulation, a.k.a., the Great Tribulation.

We believe that it was this about which our Lord is warning us, his end-times disciples, in Matthew 24:15 below (see also the parallel passages in Mark 13:14 & Luke 21:21). Matthew and Mark even insert their own parenthetical comment into the Lord’s words, “(let the reader understand)”, so that we would understand that our Lord Yeshua was addressing these words to future readers of the gospel account and surely not to those to whom Yeshua was actually speaking at the time:

15 When you therefore shall see The Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (let the reader understand:)

16 Then let them which be in Judæa (or “in Judah”, as the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew has it; i.e., in the Hebrew tribe into which Yeshua was born, and into which all of his Torah-obedient disciples are spiritually grafted! – Romans 11) flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are pregnant, and to them that are nursing infants in those days!

20 But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be thereafter.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Please note that our Lord’s instructions clearly state that people on housetops and in the fields (i.e., those outside their homes) WILL be able to instantly SEE “the abomination that maketh desolate” in the very moment that it (whatever “it” is) happens. But, based SOLELY on a MIStranslation of ONE WORD in Matthew 24:16 (“Judæa”), most of “Christianity” today has been taught that “The Abomination of Desolation” applies ONLY to a single physical event in the innermost part of a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, and so his command to “FLEE!” would apply ONLY to those Torah-obedient disciples of his who happen to be in the vicinity of Jerusalem when “it” happens, whatever “it” is.

But because the Temple in Jerusalem sits atop the highest hill in the area, Mount Moriah, it is physically impossible for anyone on a housetop in Jerusalem – ALL of which are physically LOWER than the Temple itself – much less in a field outside of Jerusalem (lower still) – could possibly SEE anyone entering the Holy of Holies, the innermost part of the Temple, as the one called the Anti-Christ is prophesied to do. (2 Thessalonianas 2:4) So if it is impossible for people on housetops and in fields around Jerusalem (or anywhere else!) to personally see whatever is happening INSIDE the Temple, then HOW could they possibly KNOW the exact moment of its occurrence and obediently FLEE in that very moment, as our Lord commands us to do? HOW?

But if these verses do NOT refer to the entrance of a Satan-possessed human being into the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem, to WHAT OTHER event could our Lord be referring? Scripture does not tell us explicitly, but there are indications, as we shall see.

Concerning the “them which be in Judæa/Judah”, all who truly are commandment-keeping disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth surely are “in Judah”, as grafted-in members of the Abrahamic Covenant, according to the entire testimony of Scripture, but particularly Romans 11 and Galatians 3:29. “In Jewry” (or “in Judah” as the Shem Tov Hebrew Gospel of Matthew has it) would apply to the faithful disciples of our Lord Yeshua WHEREVER WE MAY BE IN THE WORLD at the moment that “the abomination that maketh desolate” actually happens. This interpretation makes the most sense to us, and it is the one on which we intend to base our own future actions.

If Torah-true, commandment-keeping disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth are indeed “in Judah”, and we are, then we should take our Lord’s above instructions to heart, since this is the only command he has given us concerning how we are to respond whenthe abomination of desolation”, whatever it is, actually happens. Those who plan to ignore (disobey) such plain commandments do so at their own personal, eternal peril, for “because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 5:6)

Those Christians and Jews who are either ignorant of what is coming, or who choose to disobey our Lord’s unequivocal commandment to flee, will hardly fail to be captured by the forces of the anti-Christ, and may expect to suffer the martyrdom prophesied in the Bible (Revelation 14:9-12). Those captured will likely be given a period of time in which to accept the Mark of the Beast or be beheaded, according to the anti-Christ’s “religion” (Daniel 11:37-39; Revelation 20:4).

This period of time is what we believe is referred to in the Bible as “the hour of temptation” (Revelation 3:10), from which our Lord promises to deliver those of his disciples (“the church in Philadelphia” – Revelation 3:7-13) who: (a) keep his commandments; and (b) have not denied his name. “Keeping his commandments” surely involves our obedience to the spirit of his instructions, and not merely the letter of the Ten Commandments of the Mosaic Torah (“Law”). Denying his name means denying that one is his disciple.

Our Lord also commands us to Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be found worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36) So escape from “all these things that shall come to pass” is by no means automatic, based on one’s supposed “saved” status as a “born-again Christian”. According to our Lord Yeshua himself, some will escape the Great Tribulation and some won’t. The difference may well be determined by the degree of our obedience to “the will of my Father Who is in heaven”. (Matthew 7:21)

The Lord Yeshua’s God-given Hebrew name, Yeshua, is usually translated as “He will save”, but it may also be rendered as “He will deliver”, which is exactly what the Jews expected of their Messiah: deliverance from their oppressors. In fact, that specific deliverance of the righteous (or, to-be-righteous) Jews at the mid-point of the seven years of “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (the Tribulation) is described in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 12:

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Dan 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

The Hebrew word translated as “delivered” above is malat, which actually means “to escape as if by slipperiness”, which, as we will see, will probably prove to be a very apt definition for this particular escape.

The True “Blessed Hope” of the End-Times Church . . .

 

In Matthew 24 the disciples of our Lord Yeshua ask him what the end of the age will be like, and what the signs of his return will be. After some general descriptive information, Yeshua links a prophecy with which the disciples were all surely familiar – the Abomination of Desolation – with the midpoint of Daniel’s 70th week. As previously noted, Matthew and Mark understood from our Lord that Yeshua’s words were not actually intended for those who were sitting at his feet at that time, but for those of us who would be actually living during the end times, and they inserted the parenthetical comment “let the reader understand”, for that purpose. Here is the quote in its entirety:

Mat 24:4 And Yeshua answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name (my authority), saying that I (Yeshua) am the Messiah; and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Mat 24:7 For race shall rise against race, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places.

Mat 24:8 All these are but the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be tortured, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.

Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:12 And because Torahlessness (lawlessness – Greek: anomia) shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Mat 24:15 When you therefore shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads this, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judah (Yeshua’s tribe) flee into the mountains:

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

[The parallel account in Luke 17:32 adds “Remember Lot’s wife.” Don’t look back!]

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are pregnant, and to them that are nursing infants in those days!

Mat 24:20 But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath:

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be again.

Mat 24:22 And unless the number of those days were cut short, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Mat 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah’, or ‘there’; believe it not.

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive even the elect if they can.

Mat 24:25 Behold, I have told you beforehand.

Mat 24:26 So if they shall say unto you, ‘Behold, he is in the desert’; go not forth: ‘Behold, he is in the secret chambers’; believe it not.

Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes out of the east [see the prophecy concerning the “kings of the east” – Revelation 16:12], and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:28 For wherever the carcass is (Greek: ptomah, a dead body, i.e., the righteous dead in Messiah), there will the eagles (aetos – eagles: Strongs’s G105 – i.e., the angels of YHVH) be gathered together.

Mat 24:29 Soon, during (Strong’s G3326 Greek: meta – amid, accompanying) the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars (fallen angels) shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens (Satan’s kingdom, Mystery Babylon) shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near:

Mat 24:33 So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This age shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mat 24:41 Two shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.

Mat 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken up.

Mat 24:44 Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes.

Whatever the “Abomination of Desolation” is, it will happen 3½ years before his return, which return will be at the end of the 7 years of the Tribulation. Yeshua tells us that his end-time disciples WILL SEE IT, will KNOW what it is, and WHAT TO DO about it. Yeshua commands his true followers to immediately flee headlong – leaving everything behind – into whatever unpopulated wilderness is closest to them at the very moment in which they see the evidence of the event called the “Abomination of Desolation” all around them, and to keep on going! He does NOT tell us to try to prepare for the event in ANY way whatsoever, other than to BE READY TO FLEE, taking nothing with us. From his instructions above, we can deduce some other distinctive characteristics of the Abomination of Desolation. For instance:

  • it will be visible from housetops (happening in the streets outside and evident in the city);
  • it will be visible from the fields (happening and evident in the countryside);
  • it will be of utmost importance that we flee immediately, in the very moment that we SEE it, leaving everything behind that we do not already have with us in our possession;
  • it will be important that we not even look back as we flee (“Remember Lot’s wife” – Luke 17:32).

These essential characteristics of the event called “The Abomination of Desolation” argue against it being MERELY the entrance of an individual human being (“the anti-Christ”) into the Holy of Holies of a rebuilt bricks-and-mortar Temple in Jerusalem, although that may well be the symbolic part of it.

Why?

Because the Temple will be located on top of Mount Moriah, the highest hill in Jerusalem, and nothing which happens inside it could possibly be visible from any housetop in Jerusalem, much less from any field outside of Jerusalem. Period.

Unfortunately, such mere structural impediments to that theory have not deterred its proponents one bit, however. They insist that such an event would surely be televised! While we agree that it may well be televised, we doubt that our Father YHVH would rely on CNN or MSNBC to get the news of The Abomination of Desolation out to his otherwise defenseless children, especially those on rooftops and in fields around the world!

Also, from the description given by our Lord, the worldwide part of the event may not be visible at all from inside one’s home, which is where many people who wanted to follow the entry of the AntiChrist into the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem would be watching TV. If it is, indeed, a dual event, one part a mere physical, symbolic entry into a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, but a second spiritual component involving perhaps hundreds of millions of people around the world in a moment of time, those who are glued to their TV screens may well not see what is happening in the streets outside their homes, perhaps losing forever their opportunity to escape the forces of the AntiChrist by IMMEDIATELY fleeing as all his faithful are commanded to do by our Lord Yeshua!

We find considerable support in these facts for our thesis that the main thrust of “The Abomination of Desolation” will actually be an unparalleled horrific spiritual event with eternal ramifications for untold hundreds of millions of unsuspecting, but doomed, human beings in an instant of time! We refer to the instant possession by the devil and his hordes of demons and fallen angels of all of those who will be carrying “the Mark of the Beast”, whether they know it or not.

This is the sense of our Lord Yeshua’s teachings concerning man’s inability to serve two masters:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon. (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13)
[Note: “Mammon” was a pagan “god”, but not just representing the worship of money. Here, it is the Lord Yeshua’s warning to us all to not give preeminence in our lives to one’s own “comfort and convenience” in preference to obedience to the literal commandments of YHVH Elohim. In practice, it surely includes preferring to continue in one’s previous actions and associations even after learning the truth. Sooner or later, we must all “choose you this day, whom you will serve”, as Joshua commanded the Israelites as they crossed the Jordan:

And if it seem evil unto you to serve YHVH, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH.”]

It should be noted that there are actually TWO “Marks of the Beast”, one spiritual (now), and the other physical (during the Tribulation). Both are tied to one’s DISobedience to the Commandments of YHVH and of His Son, our Lord Yeshua. Every human being who habitually and unrepentantly DISobeys ANY of the commandments of YHVH which apply to him or her is already carrying the spiritual Mark of the Beast, whether they know it or not!

If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in ANY of YHVH’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible.” Leviticus 5:17

Lest anyone think that this is “legalism”, and “coming back into bondage”, we remind you that the Father tells us that He does not change (Malachi 3:6), and over and over again our Lord Yeshua affirms the immutability of the written commandments of both Father God and himself and our need to obey ALL of them, not just the “Ten Commandments”!

Lev_26:15-46 And if you shall despise My statutes, or if your soul abhor My judgments, so that you will not do all My commandments, but that you break My covenant . . .(the rest of the verses are a list of all the curses that will befall the children of Israel IF they disobey ANY of God’s commandments, either willfully OR in ignorance. Please note that the Father equates disobedience to His commandments with breaking His covenant! For those of us who claim to be talmidim (disciples) of the Lord Yeshua, this surely means the loss of one’s salvation.)

Num_15:40 That you may remember, and do all My commandments, and be holy unto your God.

Deu_5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would revere Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

1Ki_6:12 [God’s promise to Solomon) Concerning this house which you are building, IF you will walk in My statutes, and execute My judgments, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; THEN will I perform My word with you, which I spoke unto David your father.

Deu_8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of YHVH.

Mat_4:4 Yeshua answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law (Torah – the first 5 books of the “Old Testament”) or the Prophets (Nevi’im – the writings of the Prophets – the rest of the “Old Testament”); I have not come to abolish them but to complete (Greek: πληρωσαιG4137 plerosai, to complete) them.”

The Lord Yeshua surely did come to “complete” the commandments, in that he taught the absolute necessity of not only obeying ALL of the commandments of God as they are written in the Hebrew Scriptures (the Tanakh, “Old Testament”), but to obey them from our hearts, sincerely, “in spirit”, and not just by going through the motions, or reluctantly. And this is what he taught the Samaritan woman at the well, trying to show her the error of the Samaritans’ false beliefs:

Joh 4:21 “Woman,” Yeshua replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

Joh 4:22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Joh 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit (sincerely, from the heart) and in truth (as He is according to Scripture, and NOT as any “denomination”, sect or cult may define Him), for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

Joh 4:24 God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

This is surely a separate commandment, and this is why anyone who expects to attain eternal life in the Kingdom of God needs to:

(1) immediately and sincerely repent of their sins, and

(2) thereafter study ALL of the commandments as they apply to the individual today and obey them! (For a study list, see our article “Keep All the Commandments” on our website – http://TorahKingdomLiving.com . This is just a GUIDE, and is NOT presented as a complete list! Each of us MUST study the Scriptures ourselves. – 1 Timothy 2:15)

And, contrary to most “Christian” preaching today, we CAN keep ALL of the commandments, as evidenced by this “New Testament” testimony concerning the parents of Yochanan the Immerser/ “John the Baptist”:

Luk 1:5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

Luk 1:6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of YHVH.

What is more, this was before John was born, before Yeshua was born, died, was resurrected and ascended, and before the “Age of Grace” was initiated for all mankind at Pentecost!

~~~~~ Back to “the Mark of the Beast” ~~~~~

The following verse refers to conditions which will apply to holders of either Mark of the Beast:

They have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Revelation 14:11

As previously detailed, we know that there will be a “war in heaven” just before the mid-point of the seven years of the Tribulation, and that as a result of this war, the devil and ALL of his minions will be thrown down “into” the earth (KJV), “neither was their place found any more in heaven” (Revelation 12:7-8).

Because it fits perfectly with ALL of the other relevant scriptures of which we are aware, we conclude that this means that ALL of these evil spirits will be FORCED by the power of YHVH Elohim out of the spirit world altogether and into physical bodies of one kind or another, permanently LOSING their access to the spirit world altogether. This will constitute a huge new disadvantage to the Devil and his consorts, and they well know this, which is why they will resist it, as Scripture says. We conclude that the Devil knows full well that this is what is coming, and that he has been preparing for it for thousands of years.

We know from the accounts of demonic possession in the New Testament that many evil spirits can possess a single human being (Mark 5:9; Luke 8:30). What the devil does NOT know is how many human beings will be carrying either Mark of the Beast – the spiritual Mark OR the physical Mark from the AntiChrist – when he and his troops are thrown down into the earth (Rev. 12:9 KJV), and how many will therefore be available for them to immediately possess.

From this, we suspect that, once again, Satan intends to have some of his evil spirits manufacture some “clones” (i.e., hybrids, half human, half fallen angel), even as he did once before, according to Scripture (Genesis 6:4; Jude 6). These are referred to as “giants” in the King James Version, but the Hebrew word is nephilim, which means “fallen ones”, and refers to them and to their offspring as well (Genesis 6:1-8). We also know what happened to them as punishment for their transgression (Jude 6), and that these evil spirits will be loosed once again upon the earth, and once again have human (or humanoid) bodies to inhabit, at least for the last 3½ years of the Great Tribulation!

We know from the Bible that something like this has happened before, and the evidence of it happening today is all around us, in factual accounts of bizarre cattle mutilations, human abductions by “UFOs”, crop circles, apparitions of the “Virgin Mary”, and the strangely consistent “Perennial Philosophy” messages being pushed by every New Age channeller, spiritist and necromancer since the dawn of time! [See our article on UFOs @ http://www.rense.com/general32/expose.htm]

Unfortunately for the world, Satan’s plans will not be evident to the world at large until halfway through the seven years of the Tribulation, at the actual event of the Abomination of Desolation itself.

This is not to say that the devil is not going to orchestrate a steady increase of paranormal events in the lead-up to it. To the contrary, we expect that the worldwide chain of events which are essential to the appearance of the anti-Christ have already begun, and will escalate from now on. We have no interest in trying to predict what these specific events or their sequencing will be, preferring to rely on our understanding of the true nature of what is coming – as opposed to what they will seem to be to the uninitiated – and what our Lord has commanded us to do.

We expect that the true Church of Yeshua Messiah actually faces a future group experience which will closely parallel the physical experiences of the children of Israel in their flight from Egypt. We find that the language and symbolism used to describe the experiences of the Israelites as they fled Egypt (which is a type of the world system now ruled by the devil – 2 Corinthians 4:4) is clearly repeated in the prophecies concerning the end-times experiences of the Church, especially in the Book of the Revelation.

We believe that all of the faithful who so obediently flee will be protected by the angels (“eagles”) of God while they are fleeing, and then, sometime during the three days thereafter, be transported by the same angels to a place of physical safety on the earth for the duration of the last half (3½ years) of the seven-year Tribulation, there to remain until our Lord’s return. This is NOT “the Rapture”, but it is what our Lord Yeshua specifically prayed to his Father for us in John 17:15:

I pray NOT that You should take them out of the world,
but that You should keep them from the Evil One.

This necessarily means that all who expect to be delivered in this manner must meet the stated requirements for inclusion which are clearly specified by our Lord Yeshua in his teachings.

It also means that we must first physically survive the first half of the seven years, which will require faith, understanding, vision, and patient endurance, in order to overcome (both the prophesied obstacles from the Devil and our own fleshly limitations) and to receive the prize of deliverance promised to “the angel of the Church in Philadelphia” – Revelation 3:7-13. However, we expect that those who do not flee when they are supposed to – whether from ignorance of the true meaning of our Lord’s instructions, or reluctance to obey them – truly will be “left behind” to face the full fury of the demon-possessed forces of the Beast and the False Prophet for the 3½ years after that. [Revelation 12:17]

Scriptural Support . . .

1.) First of all, our Lord Yeshua specifically prays that the Father will protect us from the devil, but without removing us from the earth. This not only makes a “Pre/Mid-Tribulation Rapture” impossible, it also should give us some idea of what lies ahead for those of us who try to keep ALL of his commandments!

John 17:15 “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”

One more time, this should convey to us that: (a)  “something wicked this way cometh”; and that, (b) we CAN escape it ALL.

[But how can the righteous be delivered from the Devil and his physical forces
on the earth if we are not taken out of the world? Please read on.]

2.) Next, our Lord Yeshua tells us to PRAY ALWAYS that we might be found worthy to escape ALL THESE THINGS that he had just described as coming upon the entire world. This should tell us that NOT ALL WILL BE “found worthy to escape” . . .

Luke 21:36 “Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

This should convey to us that: (a) “something wicked this way cometh”; and that, (b) we CAN escape it ALL.

3.) Our Lord Yeshua even gave us a pattern of HOW TO pray DAILY and FOREVER (until he returns), and central to this pattern is the request that Father YHVH DELIVER US from the evil one.

Mat 6:9 “After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12 Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Again, this should convey to us that: (a)  “something wicked this way cometh”; and that, (b) we CAN escape it ALL.

4.) And our Lord Yeshua repeats the promises of the Gospels and Epistles in the Book of the Revelation, and makes those promises even more specific:

Rev 3:7 And to the angel (guiding spirit) of the church in Philadelphia (brotherly love) write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;

Rev 3:8 I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word (my commandments), and have not denied my name.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie [see John 8:44 ff]; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

Rev 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to test them that dwell upon the earth (the entire unsaved world).

Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, so that no man steal your crown.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Rev 3:13 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

[Note: This promise of escape/deliverance (the open door which no man can shut) from “the hour of temptation” is ONLY made to the angel (the spiritual guardian/“messenger”) of the church in Philadelphia, and TO NO OTHER. These are those particular disciples of our Lord Yeshua who have faithfully and in the spirit of Truth: (1) kept his word (commandments); and, (2) not denied his name. This automatically eliminates most of contemporary Christianity, which does NOT even keep the commanded seventh-day Sabbath holy (the Fourth Commandment (Greek: entole), much less any of the other commandments of Father and Son (“every word which comes from the mouth of God”- Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4) , even while hypocritically claiming to be obedient to their expressed will. “Denying his name” also means “denying that you are a disciple of his”, whether by word or behavior.]

5.) Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman* which brought forth the man child. [* “The woman” is spiritual Israel, [Genesis 37:9-10] which is composed of those to-be-righteous Torah-obedient Jews who are alive at the Lord Yeshua’s return AND all of his living Torah-obedient Gentile disciples (including “Ephraim”). Paul said that “Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all (Torah-obedient Jews & Gentiles).” – Galatians 4:23]

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, [ years] from the face of the serpent (Satan and his forces).

[Note: This is not the first time that the angels of YHVH are referred to as “eagles” in the Bible. The first time is in Exodus 19:1 – 6

Exo 19:1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

Exo 19:2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched camp in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

Exo 19:3 And Moses went up unto God, and YHVH called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

Exo 19:4 You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.

We should note the potential parallels here between the experiences of the children of Israel as they fled Egypt, and what our Lord Yeshua is describing as lying ahead for the Church. The choice of symbolic imagery is no accident. Throughout the Bible, specific symbols are used to connect seemingly unrelated events and circumstances, thereby giving us insights into the prophecies that we might not otherwise have. And so it is here.

In the case of the Jews, they had just fled “Egypt” the day before, and they had seen the hand of YHVH dispose of Pharaoh and his armies in a moment, at the very last moment. It could be argued (although not proven from Scripture) that it was the wings of the angels of YHVH which kept the waters of the Red Sea heaped up, making a valley in the sea, through which they walked over on the dry sea bed, losing not a single soul to Pharaoh, who is a type of the devil.

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and YHVH caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. (Exodus 14:21)

Bear in mind, this is an east wind, which comes from the east. The children of Israel were heading to the east in their Red Sea crossing, where the water is over 100’ deep in places! This necessarily means that, for the waters of the sea to remain pushed back from the sea bed, the “wind” would have to: (a) be very strong indeed – well above hurricane force; (b) still be blowing while they crossed; and (c) be right in their faces for the entire crossing. For all of these reasons, we conclude that there was something far more supernatural at work than a mere “wind”. Such as angels’ wings?

Concerning the valley in the sea, might this be what King David prophetically saw when he wrote the 23rd Psalm?

YHVH is my shepherd; I shall not lack. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of YHVH for ever.”

While this is surely not the only possible interpretation of this wonderful hymn of praise to the Almighty, it surely fits all of the available evidence beautifully!

In Deuteronomy 18:15, speaking of the Messiah, Moses prophesied that “YHVH your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall obey him.” The point of all this is that, in the Abomination of Desolation scenario described by our Lord Yeshua, he also commands us to FLEE immediately into the nearest wilderness, EXACTLY as the children of Israel did, following the commands of their prophet Moses. After they OBEY and see the results of their obedience, YHVH reminds them, in no uncertain terms, of what they had just lived through, and what remained for them to DO in order to CONTINUE in the Covenant. Might we not expect a similar set of experiences to await us, if for no other reason than the existence of these examples?

Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written
f
or our instruction, upon whom the end of the age has come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

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Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood (Satan’s pursuing armies) after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. [See the rebellion of Korah for a parallel: Numbers 16. ]

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was furious with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah. [“The remnant of her seed” is all he can get at, the obedient rest having already fled to safety under the protection of the “eagles”/angels of YHVH Elohim!]

6.) Exo 19:1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

Exo 19:2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

Exo 19:3 And Moses went up unto God, and YHVH called unto him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

Exo 19:4 You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself.” [See also NT references to “eagles” being involved in the gathering of the faithful at the Lord’s return. {Matthew 24:28 & Luke 17:37} Eagles = angels.]

7.) Mat 24:15 When you therefore shall see The Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads this, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judah* flee into the mountains: [HGM]

[* Most versions read “in Judaea”, but the Shem Tov Hebrew Gospel of Matthew (q.v.), has it as “in Judah”. The first would simply mean “the territory of the tribe of Judah”, which is only the area around Jerusalem. The second would mean “those who are of the same tribe as the Lord Yeshua himself”, as all Torah-true begotten-again Christians are, no matter where they are in the world.]

8.) Mat 15:32 Then Yeshua called his disciples unto him, and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” [KJV]

[We expect that this sets the maximum amount of time that those who obediently flee will be in their own personal wildernesses, before the “eagles” who have been guarding us in our flight then transport us to the place of physical sanctuary on the earth, wherever that may be.]

9.) Luk 22:35 And he said unto them, “When I sent you without purse, and money, and shoes, did you lack anything?” And they said nothing.

[This mild rebuke to the Apostles should be taken to heart by us all, since it is aimed squarely at us, as well. When he sends us out, we are to “be anxious for nothing”, but to trust in his and the Father’s provision for us, as long as we are obedient to their commandments, including that we obediently flee in the very moment that we see the evidence of the abomination of desolation all around us, as he says we will.]

10.) And who, of all those who left Egypt, was allowed to actually enter the Promised Land? “Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I swore unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed Me: except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite [a Gentile!], and Joshua the son of Nun [a Hebrew]: for they have completely followed YHVH. And YHVH’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness for forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of YHVH had died off. (Numbers 32:11-13)

Question: Should not those “Christians” who do not obediently flee the wrath to come expect to suffer the same fate as the children of Israel did for their same lack of faith &/or willful disobedience? If not, why not?

11.) Dan 12:1 And at that time [at the mid-point of the seven years of the Tribulation] shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered*, every one that shall be found written in the book. [i.e., those considered by God to be righteous or soon-to-be-righteous (1 Peter 1:2) by YHVH Elohim, spiritually sealed in their foreheads with His Name.]

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:2-3)
[*Note: This Hebrew word malat (Strong’s H4422) means “to escape as if by slipperiness”, which fits well with our thesis concerning the manner in which the prophecy may actually be accomplished.]

12.) Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven (in the spirit world): Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And (the dragon and his angels) prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven (in the spirit world on the earth).

[We conclude that the devil fights back against this expulsion from heaven/the spirit world on the earth, because he and his forces are being forced out of the spirit world altogether and into physical bodies on the earth, and will thereby lose their concealment from mankind and instant communication with one another via the spirit world, enormous advantages which they have had over all mankind since the Garden of Eden.]

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth (the physical world), and his angels were cast out with him.

[Now Satan and his other evil spirits have been in the spirit world on the earth for many millennia, and as they are today. The earth, after all, is where they do their dirty work, isn’t it? So what is being described is their being thrown out of one mode of existence into another, and one far less favorable to their intended activities, which center around deceiving mankind. It is not a mere change of locale, but of mode of existence, from spirit beings to physical ones, as we are. And this is why Satan and all of his troops resist the change, described as “war in heaven”. (Revelation 12:7)

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Rev 12:11 And they [the Church] overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.”

[We take this to be happening simultaneously with the establishment of the “Abomination of Desolation”, at the mid-point of the seven years of The Tribulation, which is the start of the Great Tribulation, but this is surely NOT YET “the wrath of God”.]

13.) So, what IS “the Abomination of Desolation” which our Lord assures us that “all those who are in Judah” will SEE? Like most other serious students of Bible prophecy, we have struggled with this for many years, mainly due to a nagging dissatisfaction with the conventional explanations usually offered from pulpits. We have a separate paper which goes into the details as we understand them, but we will just state the major premises here.

We have no doubts that “the” Abomination of Desolation does refer to an individual human being, although one possessed by Satan in the very moment when they LOSE “the war in heaven” and are thrown down into the earth (KJV). But is that all that it is?

We have concluded that the entrance of this individual human being into a rebuilt bricks-and-mortar Temple (to be built by the unrighteous rulers of Jerusalem – Isaiah 28:14) in which the chabod/glory [Note: NOT “shekinah”!] of YHVH Elohim has never resided, is utterly inadequate to merit the descriptive phrase “Abomination of Desolation” all by itself, and that something much more far-reaching, horrific and cataclysmic must be involved in the entire process.

Sliding the pieces of this puzzle around, we put the above together with our Lord Yeshua’s prophecy that the day of his coming will be like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:38; Luke 17:26), when the world was almost completely inhabited by half-human/half-angelic monsters called the Nephilim (Hebrew: fallen ones – MIStranslated as giants in the KJV), except for Noah and his family alone. (Genesis 6:1-13) [See also “Earth’s Earliest Ages” by George H. Pember (1876).]

In order for this world to be “like” that world – as our Lord assures us it will – much of mankind will have to be possessed by demons &/or fallen angels, so that the human (or cloned) bodies are under their control. We conclude that it is this which will happen, in a split second, at the mid-point of the Tribulation, when the devil and his minions are thrown down into the earth, and lose their previous spirit-world advantages over us in the process.

We conclude that it is THIS aspect of the event which truly merits the label THE Abomination of Desolation, when untold hundreds of millions of previously “normal” human beings will be instantly possessed by evil spirits. The result would surely be “seen” by every non-possessed person in any public place in the world! It would be true “pandemonium” (all the demons) for the first and last time in the history of the world.

Is it this to which our Lord Yeshua was referring in Matthew 12:43-45?

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, “I will return into my house from whence I came out”; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked age.

And according the the apostle Paul, it is we who are truly “the temple of God”!

Don’t you know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God shall destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

14.) Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. [KJV]

[NOTE: First, the “144,000” is a symbolic number. Twelve may be seen as the number of “completed group testimony”, as in the twelve children of Israel, the twelve apostles, etc. In the case of the Jews, 12 tribes X 12 original descendants of those tribes X 1,000 (symbolizing an indefinite large number) = “144,000”. In the case of the 144,000 of Revelation 14, twelve is the number of the original apostles of our Lord Yeshua X 12 of their original disciples X 1,000 (again, symbolizing an indefinite large number) = “144,000”.
Second, this sealing of the “144,000” commandment-keeping, Torah-obedient Jews (Revelation 7) who will be alive at that time happens just prior to the mid-point of the seven years of the Tribulation, what we would call “the time of Jacob’s trouble” or at the start of the Great Tribulation. This 144,00 “of the children of Israel” is not the same as the 144,000 of Revelation 14, who are “redeemed from the earth”, i.e., from the non-Hebrew, Gentile nations, representing members of the Church/ Ephraim, both the resurrected and the raptured. The difference is that these living Jews are marked as a group, at that time, whereas the 144,000 of Revelation 14 represents the Church/ Ephraim, each of which disciple of Yeshua was marked spiritually – “sealed unto redemption” – at the very moment that he or she repented of their sins and accepted him as Lord and Savior. But these living Jews, with their non-raptured, non-resurrected, sexually-normal human bodies, will be absolutely essential to the prophesied repopulation of the Promised Land during the Millennial Reign (Ezekiel 37:25). This is why those not-yet-righteous, but soon-to-be-righteous living Jews, none of which will have accepted Yeshua as Messiah at that time, must be marked by God for deliverance by the angels (“eagles”) of YHVH, for only He knows who they are, according to His foreknowledge of all things (1 Peter 1:2). Otherwise, if they were to die at the hands of the AntiChrist before they had a chance to accept Yeshua as Savior, these still-unrighteous Jews would be doomed to the Lake of Fire. So this marking of the 144,000 Jews therefore necessarily happens before the devil and his angels and demons are thrown down INTO the earth, locked into physical bodies on the earth from then on.]

15.) Exo 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. [KJV] [I.e., marked for deliverance.]

16.) Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. [KJV]

[This is just the righteous seed of the Woman – the Torah-obedient righteous resurrected dead in Christ AND the Torah-obedient raptured living – at the Lord’s (only) prophesied return, at the end of the Tribulation, just before the wrath of God is poured out upon “those who dwell upon the earth”. The living Jews – protected from the wrath of the devil – will then still be in the place of physical sanctuary for the full duration of the last half of the Tribulation AND for the full extent of the Wrath of God, until those who warred against the Lamb are destroyed, and the False Prophet and the anti-Christ and Satan dealt with. This righteous remnant of the Jews will only then enter into the Promised Land. The resurrected ones (Ezekiel 37) to dwell there forever, and the living/delivered Jews (who will still have non-glorified, sexually-normal bodies) to repopulate it. ALL Torah-true Christians, however, will have previously received glorified (asexual) bodies at the Lord’s return, as all of Scripture testifies.

We further conclude that it is the deliverance of the protected Torah-true Jews and Christians from their sanctuary which is prophesied in Micah 2:12-13: “I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel (the Lost Tribes/Ephraim); I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock (chosen ones) in the midst of their fold (the general population): they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The Breaker (Yeshua) is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their King shall pass before them, and YHVH on the head of them (the Mark of YHVH on their foreheads!).” ]

17.) Psa 110:1 <A Psalm of David.> YHVH said unto my Lord (this is the Hebrew word adoni, ONLY used of humans or angels, and NOT Adonai, used ONLY of God the Father) “Sit you at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”

[NOTE: The Lord Yeshua specifically claimed that this Scripture referred to him. {See Matthew 22:5 & Luke 20:44} If the Lord Yeshua must sit at the Father’s right hand until the Father makes “his enemies his footstool” – i.e., brings them into submission – how could he possibly return to earth seven years prior to that time, to come “silently, like a thief in the night” “for” his Church as the “Pre-Trib Rapturists” claim? How?]

We believe that the “144,000” of Revelation 7 (the to-be-righteous living Jews) and the “144,000” of Revelation 14 (righteous Christians, the firstfruits/Bikkurim of Yeshua’s brethren) are symbolic numbers, and that they are identical to show that they are exactly equal in VALUE before the throne of YHVH, and NOT that they represent the actual number of people in each category.

As previously noted, we expect that the entire ekklesia/“called-out ones”/“the TRUE Church” (all begotten-again, commandment-keeping, Torah-obedient Christians, including Ephraim) actually faces a future experience which will closely parallel the flight of the children of Israel to safety from “Egypt” as recorded in Scripture. We pray that you carefully consider the parallels between the account of the Hebrews crossing through the Red Sea, and the entirety of the 23rd Psalm, as below.

Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of YHVH, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more for ever.

Exo 14:14 YHVH shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.

Exo 14:15 And YHVH said unto Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Exo 14:16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Exo 14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will lay a heavy burden upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Exo 14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am YHVH, when I have laid heavy burden upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Exo 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, departed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Exo 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and YHVH caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

Exo 14:22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. [i.e., as if they were in a valley.]

Exo 14:23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

Exo 14:24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch YHVH looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

Exo 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for YHVH fights for them against the Egyptians.

Exo 14:26 And YHVH said unto Moses, Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

Exo 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and YHVH overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Exo 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

Exo 14:29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

Exo 14:30 Thus YHVH saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

Exo 14:31 And Israel saw that great work which YHVH did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared YHVH, and believed YHVH, and his servant Moses.

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Psa 23:1 <A Psalm of David.> YHVH is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures [a place of safety and plenty]: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of YHVH for ever.

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (3½ years), from the face of the serpent. [This describes a group fleeing from a powerful enemy.]

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. [This describes the actions of a pursuer, whose plans are thwarted by the supernatural power of YHVH Elohim.]

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was furious with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah.

The remnant of the seed of the Woman is those Torah-obedient disciples of Yeshua who did not flee (for whatever reason) into the nearest wilderness as commanded by the Lord Yeshua {Matthew 24:15} in the very moment in which they SAW the evidence of the Abomination of Desolation all around them. The devil can’t get at “the Woman” or at the main part of “her seed” because they will be protected by the “eagles”/angels of YHVH on their way to the place of physical sanctuary, and then in that physical sanctuary for the entire last half of the Tribulation. If we are right about all of this, The Tribulation Sanctuary is the ONLY PLACE you will want to be for the last half of the Tribulation! If you are looking for a “good reason” to start searching out ALL of the commandments of Father YHVH Elohim AND of our Lord Yeshua and obeying them, there it is. And even in the “New Testament” (Ephesians 5:5-10)

Eph 5:5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Eph 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Eph 5:7 Therefore do not be partakers with them;

Eph 5:8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

Eph 5:9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),

Eph 5:10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

The ONLY ones the devil WILL BE able get at are those who truly will be “LEFT BEHIND” by the last angel out, when they do not flee as commanded. This is WHY the devil is “furious”: he sees the righteous escaping from his slimy clutches, “as if by slipperiness”!

Consider that Lot and his family were physically transported by the angels of YHVH outside of Sodom and Gomorrah “YHVH being merciful” (Genesis 19:16), but they still had to flee the rest of the way on foot. Nor does Scripture tell us exactly HOW they were provided for, while they were fleeing. But they were. Even in the cave. With an abundance of wine and food. (Genesis 19:30, ff)

The tragic irony of this is that the very ones who swallowed the “Left Behind” lie promulgated by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins and “came to Messiah” so that they would not be “left behind” will be! They will have to earn their citizenship in the kingdom of heaven, not by simple obedience, but by martyrdom. So each one will either accept the Mark of the Beast and suffer damnation, or deny the Mark and be beheaded, but saved. We conclude that this is the true meaning of the cryptic phrase “the hour of temptation” which occurs only one time in the entire Bible (Revelation 3:10). When these remnants of “the seed of the woman” are captured, each will probably be given a certain amount of time to decide whether to accept the Mark of the Beast or be decapitated. We believe that this period of time is what is referred to as “the hour of temptation”, and what our Lord told us to pray that we would not be led into, in the “Our Father”.

Which is precisely WHY the devil has it all set up this way. Those who expect that they will be spared the entirety of the Tribulation simply because the God of the Bible recognizes their “superior virtue” will, in fact, be caught flat-footed by the appearance of the anti-Christ, and the instantly-mandatory Mark of the Beast.

This, then, is what we believe the TRUE meaning of “the hour of temptation” to be: that time period during which all who are captured by the forces of the anti-Christ are allowed, in which to CHOOSE to go on living as a subject of Satan, or to stand fast for Yeshua, and be executed. As the prophet Joel wrote, there will be “multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision.”

Avoid this, we pray, and FLEE obediently WHEN YOU SEE the evidence of the Abomination of Desolation swirling all around you, as our Lord Yeshua says we all surely will.

His reward is with him. Isaiah 62:11 – “Behold, YHVH has proclaimed to the end of the earth, Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation (yeshuah: Strong’s H3444) comes. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”

Bob & Suzanne Hamrick ru12@runbox.com http://torahkingdomliving.com

Authors of: Exposing Satan’s ‘Left Behind’A Handbook for Surviving the Tribulation

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