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On November 14, 2013 we entered a new “prophetic year” known as the Year of the Open Door. New readers should understand that the divine plan each year reaches its culmination on the eighth day of Tabernacles. Then there is a short interim before some event or revelation jump-starts the new prophetic year.
The prophetic year always begins with two cleansing periods of 76 days each, because that is the biblical number of cleansing.
The two 76-day cycles of cleansing are:
November 14, 2013 to January 30, 2014
January 30 to April 15 (Passover)
We are now approaching the end of the cleansing periods so that the meat of the divine plan can unfold through the revelation of the prophetic feast days. There are certain themes and revelations associated with this particular cycle that I cannot yet reveal, because of some delicate situations, but all is unfolding as anticipated. I may not be able to reveal the full story until later when (I presume) it will all be laid out in The Wars of the Lord, Part 2.
I have not even started on this book yet, of course. I must wait until we finish the Elisha revelation, as this will be the main theme throughout that book. The first book ended in 2008 after the Jubilee Prayer Campaign had concluded (2006) and the Father was beginning to reveal the Elisha phase that was coming.
Recall that on April 12, 2009 the word went forth that the Elisha work was about to begin. We then saw the miracle-signs of Elisha occur, one by one until July 9-15, 2010. They ended after the eighth miracle-sign, half way into the Elisha story. On November 14, 2013, as the new prophetic year began, we saw signs of the ninth miracle-sign of Elisha. I believe that this foreshadowed the resumption of the signs of Elisha, so that we will be able to watch the last half of them fulfilled.
It is still somewhat unclear how and when these will fully manifest, but we remain watchful. Perhaps April 15 or 20 will reveal more. April 15 is Passover and the end of the second 76-day cycle. April 20 is the wave-sheaf offering (“Easter”), and also the fifth anniversary of the start of the Elisha signs. They started on the wave-sheaf offering in 2009, which (that year) was April 12.
On April 14/15 is the first of four “blood moons” (i.e., lunar eclipses) that are set to occur this year and next year. They will occur on both Passovers and on both Tabernacles feasts. Some are predicting the “tribulation” to begin or other dire consequences and major changes. I agree that this year will see major changes. I don’t believe we will see a seven-year “tribulation” beginning now. While many are anticipating their version of prophetic understanding, complete with the rise of an individual Antichrist, my view is that Israel’s tribulation is ending this year after “seven times” of judgment (7 x 360 years).
In other words, tribulation is coming upon Babylon and all the beast systems, because God is now moving to set His people free and to establish His Kingdom. Hence, the blood moons may be bad news for Babylon, but we have no reason to fear what is coming. Anyone who has prayed for the downfall of Babylon ought to be rejoicing that their prayers are finally being answered.
Somewhere in all of this, we will see the destruction of the Israeli state, because it is part of the Babylonian beast system—not the Kingdom of God. As I explained in my book, The Struggle for the Birthright, the Israeli state is a political manifestation of Edom, not Jacob.
At the same time, it fulfills Jesus’ prophecy of the cursed fig tree in Matthew 21:19 and 24:32, 33. That “fig tree” nation, Jesus said, will never again bear fruit that is required of Kingdom nations. It will only bear more fig leaves, which, of course, was the reason Jesus cursed it in Matthew 21:19. Fig leaves were used by Adam and Eve to justify themselves, and this mindset has been a major problem since then.
The Israeli state also fulfills Ezekiel 38, 39, where Gog, Togarmah, and others come from various countries to invade the “mountains of Israel.” While many have assumed that the invader is led by Russia, they are only partially correct. A study of Togarmah, even from the Jewish Encyclopedia, shows that these people converted to Judaism in about 740 A.D. in southern Russia and became known as the Ashkenazi Jews.
The letter that King Joseph of the Chazars wrote to Hasdai ibn Shaprut, the Jewish doctor in Spain who had made inquiry of this “Jewish Kingdom” north of the Black Sea, identifies the Chazars as descendants of Togarmah who had converted to Judaism. This has been confirmed by many Jewish authors in the past few decades.
Togarmah, of course, is mentioned in Genesis 10:3 as the brother of Ashkenaz and the nephew of Magog, Tubal and Mesech. This is the family that Ezekiel says was to attack the mountains of Israel. The Ashkenazim represent at least 80% of world Jewry today.
Hence, the invasion prophesied by Ezekiel occurred a century ago, but most Christians did not recognize it, because they thought that the Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews were Hebrew Israelites returning to their land. The fact is, their ancestors never lived in that land. They came for more devious reasons, as stated by Ezekiel 38:12.
The Israeli state, then, is a complex fulfillment of at least three sets of prophecies. First, it fulfilled the Zionist aspirations of Edom (Malachi 1:1-4). They (not the Palestinians) are the ones who have “appropriated My land for themselves” (Ezekiel 36:6). Because Jacob had defrauded Esau (Edom) by pretending to be Esau (Genesis 27:24), God reversed the situation in 1948 by having Esau pretend to be Jacob-Israel for a season.
At the same time, Jesus’ prophecy of a fruitless fig tree coming back to life was fulfilled. There was no mass conversion to Jesus Christ, whereby they might have borne fruit unto God—the fruit of the Spirit that God requires. But they have certainly manifested a multitude of fig leaves.
Thirdly, when the descendants of Togarmah, who were living in southern Russia, converted to Judaism in 740 A.D., the event set the stage for the fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 38, 39. They conquered the land by immigration. Prophecy teachers did not know enough history, nor did they even read the Jewish Encyclopedia, to recognize what was happening before their eyes. And so, they continued to watch for a future invasion from Russia itself.
So now, with the four “blood moons” occurring in 2014-2015, people like John Hagee think they understand the situation, when, in fact, they totally misunderstand it. The Israeli state will indeed come under attack, as Isaiah 29:1-6 prophesies. But Isaiah tells us that God Himself is leading the attack upon “Ariel,” a poetic name for Jerusalem. God says, “I will bring distress to Ariel” and “I will camp against you,” and “I will set siegeworks against you.”
The description of the final conflagration sounds like a nuclear strike (Isaiah 29:5, 6). Isaiah does not tell us which nations God will use to accomplish His work. The only real hint is that it appears that they have a dream of taking the land for themselves. Yet God says NO ONE will get it in the end (Isaiah 29:7, 8). It is likely that this will be due to the nuclear fallout that will cover the city and the land.
Most prophecy preachers will be surprised when Christ does not come to save the Israeli state at the last minute. They are of the opinion that God is on the side of the Israelis, when in fact He is on the side of these invaders. This is not the same event as the invasion described in Ezekiel 38, 39. Ezekiel’s prophecy was to show how the land was conquered and the Israeli state was set up in 1948. Isaiah’s prophecy shows the end of the story when the Israeli state is destroyed.
The blood moons may well foreshadow a final war against the Israeli state. But it will not end well for those who live there. Both Isaiah and Ezekiel tell us how this will end. Ezekiel says that the original Zionist invaders (“Togarmah”) will be divinely judged with “hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (Ezekiel 38:22). Isaiah pictures the judgment in similar terms.
Is one’s view of prophecy important? It will certainly be important to an Israeli very shortly. Israeli citizens either discount prophecy entirely or, if they believe the prophets, are betting their very lives on the accuracy of their interpretation. My suggestion is that they take this alternate view seriously and study it carefully. I have no desire to see anyone killed, and my motive is to spare as many lives as possible by issuing this warning. But in the end, everyone will have to decide for themselves what to do.
I wish I had the money to pay for Jews to leave the Israeli state, but my meager funds are overwhelmed by the churches who raise money to pay for more Jews to immigrate to the Israeli state, where they could face almost certain death.