REVELATION Chapter Twelve: LAMED

Zion’s Child and the Dragon of Old
LAMED: Rod, Staff, Instruction, Learn, Direct, Guide
(Updated 1/12/17)
BY LEVI
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LAMED, PDI
LAMED, PDI

And Moses commanded them, saying: “At the end of every seven years, at the appointed time in the year of release, at the Feast of Tabernacles, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.” (Deut. 31:10-13) NKJV   

In previous articles, the seven millennial messages to the messengers (angels) of the seven assemblies (usually called “the seven churches” by Christians) were reviewed and revealed (from Adam of the first millennial day to the Messiah King’s coming on the Great Sabbath millennium) to concern that which was written on the outside of the Revelation scroll. We ventured further into the Apocalypse by studying the seven years of tribulations, with each of the seven seals on the scroll serving as a summary for one of the seven sequential years. At the breaking of the seventh seal for disclosing the final year, the Shemitah, the scroll was laid open to reveal seven, great trumpets (shofars) sounding global warnings throughout the final year, which is but first year of the Day of the LORD– the Great Sabbath (Shabbat HaGadol). With the Shemitah we concluded that the final year of curses and woes was written within the scroll, which I have entitled the Year of Recompense and the Year of Vengeance after the writings of the prophets (especially Isaiah’s stirring prophetic pronouncement for the end of the age: that the world has broken the everlasting covenant of Christ to invite God’s wrath).
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Just before the Shemitah (or 7th) year, we considered how the twelve tribes will be gathered during the Apocalypse week and restored in the wilderness east of Jerusalem, and how believers in Jerusalem will also escape there after seeing the Abomination of Desolation set-up during the fourth seal/year, which is followed by the fifth year of martyrs and a sealing of the elect during the sixth year (i.e., at the door of the Sabbath). Signs of the times have been liberally given to profess this, and symbols have been interpreted for the preparation of the Feast of Tabernacles.
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This week of years is also called the “building-up of Zion,” and it will complete the generation hidden in Christ and God (i.e., 33 yrs. + 7 yrs.): the Body of Christ at the end of the Age of Grace. Hence, during the Apocalypse both the House of Judah and the House of Israel will be fully restored with children for all twelve tribes.
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Between the sixth and seventh shofars, sounding during the last year of the Apocalypse, an angel (or, more accurately, a messenger of God) is written about in Revelation- one whom we have already elaborated upon- who holds up the little Book of Revelation, followed by two witnesses who are foretold to prophesy for the second half of the Apocalypse week of years (N.B., not the first half as mistakenly taught by many).
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It was explained how two faiths will be sharpened in biblical comprehension and become one family with the help of the two prophets for the coming of Messiah: the Great King who will bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth as He reigns from Jerusalem of Israel. In all this, we found that the Apocalypse is not merely a time of God’s wrath being poured upon the world, but rather it comes because the world resists His will for forming His Jerusalem Bride and claiming the land of Israel as the holy throne of Messiah. Indeed, most of the tribulations seen in the Book of Revelation do not come from God but by the Destroyer, and God must step in to save His people and render justice upon the persecuting nations. Further, God’s wrath does not come without warnings, since His mysteries are revealed beforehand to increase faith and righteous obedience.
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During this restoration of scriptural passages and prophecies (meaning an extrication from all the currently-prevailing and entangled eschatology being presented in apocalyptic exegeses), I have revealed the foundation of the Word with the Moedim Paradigm, to make plain the basic truths of biblical “signs of the times.” Some of these signs have been forgotten by religions who once heeded them; some are still known and taught by a few (e.g., the millennial Sabbath); and some simply have not been known by religionists before these writings.
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Previously known or unknown, a sure foundation of the timely works of God in Christ has been revealed to those who are blessed enough to both read and receive them- a foundation upon which all the appointed times and Divine mysteries of Scripture lock securely into their predetermined places. These mysteries, though now disclosed to all, have long been hidden for the readiness of the saints throughout the ages, but they are now revealed for the readiness of the saints at the end of the age. All these keys- explained in previous articles- to the coming Kingdom have been given to the reader. These things surpass all gnostic and mystical claims of special revelations, and they are God’s truths that the enemy seeks to drown in a sea of disagreeing voices, of sensational theories and utter hyperbole that floods the spiritual airwaves. Blessed are those who discern the difference between mysticism and revelations. 
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In the last article, the two witnesses were revealed, and in this article the people whom they teach and guide during the Apocalypse will be focused upon. Here, readers will receive a better, history-based comprehension of who will make-up the Kingdom of Zion- the citizenry of the Bride- when the Messiah is revealed. This chapter of Revelation will take readers into the maternity ward to witness the birth of a nation, the trials of birth pangs of the coming Kingdom, and the spiritual Body of the Son of God being birthed into the world. This chapter will focus on the war being waged over the nation of Israel, even as the rod and staff of God leads His people through an epic struggle between good and evil.
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Those who are born for this war against a world in rebellion are the stars of the coming Kingdom of Heaven. Today, Jerusalem is corruptible and suffers violence as it is torn between various religions and worldviews, as is all of Israel, but the end, for all who believe the prophecies, will be one of a peaceful, glorious, and, indeed, Holy Kingdom, born through tribulations on Earth. Thus, we will take a panoramic view of Scripture to discern how Satan seeks to prevent this coming Kingdom and reign of Messiah, although he “knows his time is short.”
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It all began with messianic portents, prophecies, and promises of God bringing this world into His universal and just Kingdom, and bringing His throne down to His footstool the Earth, with the reign of His righteous Right Arm ruling for Him: the manifestation of His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) through the awaited Messiah (i.e., the Anointed Son of God). From prophecies given since the dawning Light in the age of Adam, prominently known since the reign of King David some three millennia ago, God promised that Zion is the place of His throne, and in due time it will be established as an everlasting Kingdom- His dominion coming on Earth as it is in Heaven and throughout the universe. His people would be gathered and restored during their trials of spiritual refinement, atoned for and exalted for their faithfulness, and the wicked nations of the world would come to His glorious Light and finally discern the revelations of His mysterious works, establishing peace on Earth with the hope of eternal life through the Gospel and sacrifice of Jesus Christ (a.k.a. Yeshua, their awaited Moshiach).
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But the children of the coming Kingdom were scattered like sheep without their Shepherd, beginning with the northern nation of Israelite tribes that were cast out by raging Assyrian bands some 2,700 years ago, followed by Judah suffering a similar fate beginning at Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem 68-70 A.D./C.E., with the full Diaspora since their unsuccessful revolt against the pagan empire in the said year of 135 A.D. From there they went into all the world, suffering persecution as a peculiar people lacking their own nation. And during this time, about 1,782 years with prayers for an open door into their ancestral homeland (for comparably few Jews had remained and were subject to the ruling empires of the region), the Gospel of the Messiah was being spread like light into dark lands and barbarian kingdoms. And during this period of nearly two millennia, it was said that God had rejected Jews from their Holy Land, for they had rejected His Suffering Servant Messiah in their zeal to rule by force without spiritual refinement of their souls.
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Thus, they prayed annually, “Next year in Jerusalem,” and they reformed their religion to accommodate their desire to keep everlasting covenant with their God- the Elohim YHVH of their ancient fathers- even without the Holy Temple for foreshadowing sacrifices, even until the appointed end of cruel years. Indeed, they were blinded by God about the truths of Christ, with His wisdom and purpose, for His messengers were sent into all the world to gather His lost sheep- not merely Judah back to the corporeal land, which He could have done at any given year- but of all Israel via the faith and grace that has been spread among the Gentiles, that all would be restored in the commonwealth of the nation.
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Balfour & Letter, PDI
Balfour & Letter, PDI

Then it began, on this very day.in November, fourscore and eighteen years ago, with a return to Zion being Divinely placed within the hearts of their religious shepherds, that Prime Minister Arthur James Balfour of the British (In Hebrew: covenant man) people, a mystic, conservative Christian (whose names means courageous noble/guardian and bear-king, Jacob/Israel, from the farmland of grazing), sent his letter under the Divine commission of Heaven for a restored Jewish home in the ancient Holy Land of the Hebrews. And his writing was thereafter afforded due process of secular and religious acceptance into the Treaty of Sevres with the Ottoman Empire and United Nations in compliance, which was formerly known as the League of Nations. Thus, many Jews who heeded the prophetic signs of the times began their plight for a national return.

Nonetheless, Satan, the adversary of humankind and obscurer of the will of God, was not finished with his worldly resistance and plight for power. And it is here that we will continue in our exploration of the restoration by the Revelation of Christ– in things foretold in Divine portents and spiritual symbols since the beginning of the Jewish Diaspora and early Christian persecution by the Roman Beast.
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Here we will consider the first the birth pangs of the ancient nation, followed by the coming Kingdom of God on Earth, with spiritual Zion giving birth and New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven. Hence, we will consider spiritual things in the way in which God sees them, since in the world and churches there has been a veil of blindness over the meaning of the coming Kingdom. Indeed, the Catholic hierarchy has resisted it for their fornication with the politics of Western nations, for pontiff power in the world, and Protestants and Eastern Orthodoxy, among others, have not known nor discerned the truth, leaving but a few who stand for the will of our Creator.
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Artist Perception of Zion, PDI
Artist Perception of Zion, PDI

And there appeared a great wonder [sign] in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev. 12:1) KJV; intrpl. mine

Those of you who have been following the articles leading up to this one likely already know the interpretation of the heavenly depiction of the maiden standing on the moon. Yet to summarize for those who might have missed them, the moon underfoot represents the defeat of Satan’s judgments on Israel, particularly via his Islamic forces. The twelve stars represent the tribes of Israel. The Kingdom of God will be placed above lands currently kept in bondage to the False Prophet of Islam and their lunar deity.
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Yet the lunar sign represents more than the crescent moon being overcome, for the true and full foundation of Old Covenant Law supports the work of God in bringing judgment, in forming His Holy Kingdom. The moon is not evil in and of itself, but it symbolizes all who reflect God’s judgments upon the world, and sometimes God allows evils to come upon His people because of evils done in darkness and ignorance by them. But just as the sun is allowed to shine on the righteous and the wicked for sustaining life, as Christ said for our age, judgments are reflected that collectively bring evil on the righteous and wicked.
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Nevertheless, spiritual Zion, giving birth to the coming Kingdom at Jerusalem, will overcome all judgments by the sacrificial blood of Christ, as the woman with the moon securely under her feet. (NB: For a better comprehension of the moon’s work, please see past lunar articles.) Then all people will know how the Law fully supports God’s will for the nascent Kingdom of Yeshua Messiah.
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The woman being clothed with the sun explains that she is covered by the Presence and light of revelations of the Lord; her pregnancy is by His enlightenment for a Holy Kingdom. Again, the garland of twelve stars shows that it is the Kingdom of Israel with its former twelve tribes being reborn. As already seen in previous articles, God is called a “Sun” because of the solar symbolism of His Light. The tribes of Israel are seen as stars (see Gen. 37:9-10). Satan is prophesied to be put underfoot by the Messiah and His people (see Gen. 3:15). So what we see in advance is spiritual Zion giving birth to a Holy Kingdom on Earth at Israel. It matters not if we claim that the twelve stars symbolize the Messiah’s twelve apostles or Israel’s twelve, patriarchal sons, for all twenty-four were Hebrews who awaited the coming messianic Kingdom at Israel, according to promises that date back to the days of Abraham.
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Above, I have interpreted this as the collective Body of Believers who are seen to make-up the citizenry of the coming Kingdom of Heaven, called the “Body of Messiah”- the anointed elect. Yet, this depiction was presented by God so that the Head of Believers may also be perceived, who was born first into the world. Mariam, the most blessed among women of her day, and the chosen vessel of God for bringing forth the Messiah, was a Jewess of Israel (Judea) who awaited the coming Kingdom. The Spirit of God came upon her to induce a holy conception, rather than the common means of conception through mortal and fleshly desires.
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Moreover, the spiritual symbolism is twofold, with meaning for Christians who came before us and more accurately with meaning for those who will enter the Kingdom with Christ. Mary overcame the forces of evil sent against her and the Holy Child, and we shall overcome our trials as the Kingdom is being born. In childbirth, as is generally known, the head is usually born into the world first and then the body follows. Christ, the Head of all believers, was first delivered in trials; yet the Body of Believers will also be glorified in trials by spiritual conception. The Body- elect nation being prepared- is also called the “son of God” in Holy Scriptures. The Head, who has the name: The Beginning, began the works of God in the world, but God also calls Israel His “firstborn son.” Together, King and citizenry will become one glorified People for bringing peace and justice to the world.
Hence, unlike the linear- one way- thought process that we believers have become accustomed to since the beginning of Western Hellenization, where there is a demand for singular interpretations, correct or incorrect, the manner of God is to witnesses to several important themes/narratives in a single revelation.
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In Genesis the Seed of Eve was prophesied to bruise the head of Satan, but Satan’s seed (the Beast/Antichrist) would bruise her Seed’s heel. Now with Messiah as the Head of the collective “Son of God,” the feet must be the end-time Body being persecuted by the seed of the serpent- the Son of Perdition. This can be perceived as the Messiah’s feet, which were pieced along with the works of His hands, showing that the two interpretations are intertwined in Scripture. As the Lord told Peter as the apostle zealously sought the cleansing of his entire body, if the feet are cleansed then the whole Body of Believers is cleansed. If the feet are refined during tribulations, the end-time Body is refined. This is true because believers are born again for the coming Kingdom.
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God has been doing a work in Israel to conform a nation to His image, as a national messiah, an anointed people. He has not given-up on it, and Scriptures proclaim He will never cast them away forever. Spiritual Israel has been in birth pangs to deliver the Holy Kingdom since God called them out of Egypt, and the Lord has not done all His works in Israel in vain. No, His Word does not return to Him void; He has known the things that He will accomplish from the very beginning. A righteous Kingdom will be born on Earth with the water and the blood, and in the cries of birth pangs. In fact, the nation has already been born in trials, but the Kingdom has yet to be born. A nation cannot become a kingdom without a King, and the Body cannot be complete without the Head. Yet the Head will come out of Zion, and the Kingdom will be born with a glorified Body of citizenry. This is what we perceive in the image of spiritual Zion- a vision being fulfilled.
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Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. (Rev. 12:2) NKJV
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From the above passage, we should be able to discern more than Mary giving birth to the infant Christ, simply because nothing in Scriptures mentions her birth pangs. She had them like all pregnant women do, but there is a reason for mentioning the pains and pangs within the wondrous vision. As will be shown, tribulations that concern the nation and Kingdom being born are described in Scriptures as birth pangs. In fact, Paul describes all of creation as travailing in birth until the Kingdom is born (see Rom. 8:21), and numerous Scriptures compare the tribulations of Israel and Christianity as birth pangs of a righteous Kingdom.
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“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers her anguish, for joy that a human being has been brought into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” (John 16:20-22) NKJV
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In all their sufferings and tribulations throughout the nations, the Jewish people have awaited the fulfillment of the promises of a glorified Kingdom under Messiah. Even before the Diaspora, many Jews longed for the restoration and exaltation of the nation, transformed into a Kingdom again with all Israelite tribes ruled by the Son of David. Being another small nation among nations, ruled by cruel empires, hardly fulfilled the great promises of God to His people.
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Likewise, for over 1,900 years many Christians have awaited the return of Messiah and the Kingdom of Heaven. During early Jewish-Christian persecutions by Rome, many of them awaited the same exaltation of the Kingdom in which other Jews awaited, centered upon Jerusalem.
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As Christians merged with the pagan Roman Empire, and the faith was compromised for imperial power, the Divine promises for the land of Israel simply became an afterthought of confessions of Christ’s divinity. All prophecies for Israel receiving earthly glory were transferred by zealous Gentile bishops to the Church as a “spiritual Israel” given power over the world (Replacement Theology).
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When it became apparent with the end of feudal system Europe, under papal rule, and fall of the Roman Catholic Church’s military power (her riding upon the Beast of Western nations), that the religious institution could not forcibly establish the millennial paradise on Earth, knowledgeable Christians broke away and went to the opposite extreme, basing their doctrines and interpretations of Scripture solely on personal salvation, with newly protesting denominations forgetting the greater purpose of God’s works in this world. For most believers, earthly hopes of the prophecies being fulfilled for a coming Kingdom of Heaven were dismissed for the heavenly Kingdom of the dead. Rather than looking for restoration, Western Christians began to think only of the Kingdom as something that they hoped to enter into upon death- that God was finished with this corrupt, old world.
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Thus, much of Christianity became disillusioned after coming to terms with evidences of centuries of religious corruption, persecution, oppression, and errant doctrines from substitute heads at papal Rome: the so-called “Vicars of Christ” who falsely claim, to this day, to be presently reigning in the millennium of Revelation (unrestricted by the bounds of time in their A-Millennial eschatology). And, indeed, many of their bishops and Jesuit priests still seek to force a new feudal system upon us via global scheming and devising with the U.N., in an existentialist manner that God will surely expose and punish with everlasting shame.
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Hence, many prophecies yet await fulfillment. Before the return of the Jews to the land, some rabbis scornfully taught Jews to forget about the prophecies, that they would never come to pass, and many Jews lost hope and faith. Christian preachers and scholars also wrote and preached scolding denials of the nation of Israel ever being reborn in the Holy Land. Nonetheless, though preached against and denied by so many “men of God,” Israel was reborn, even after the worst of birth pangs in our own times- their fiery tribulations of the Holocaust and international persecution in WW2.
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Dragon PDI
Dragon PDI

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems [crowns] on his head. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her child as soon as it was born. (Rev. 12:3-4) NKJV; intrpl. mine

Satan, through King Herod, had the male children of Bethlehem slaughtered in an attempt to kill the infant Messiah, but his cunning cruelty for ensuring his kingship hardly explains the “third of the stars of heaven” being cast down. Indeed, in all of his scheming to kill his own nobility, the Bethlehem slaughter was considered a comparatively minor incident, so much so that it has thus far escaped historical record, other than the Gospels.
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Therefore, the above passage is clearly a vision of Satan’s attempt to prevent the nation of Israel from being reborn. The 1/3 of the stars are not fallen angels as taught in Catholic-inherited, flawed Christian eschatology; no passage of Scripture in any of the Gospels tell of 1/3 of evil angels (or demons) being cast down by Satan when Christ was born, nor is there such a recording at His crucifixion. Yet we know by historical record that approximately 1/3 of the “stars of Jacob” were indeed cast down by the Nazi regime in WW2. Six million out of an estimated 18 million Jews were cast down and slaughtered before the birth of the nation of Israel. The Lord had forewarned that 1/3 of Israel would be killed by captivity and fire. While we know there is a spiritual Kingdom and throne of God, the Scriptures make it very clear that His throne and coming Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is at Mount Zion in Israel. By casting down the Jews, Satan sought to resist the state of Israel from being born- to prevent the coming Kingdom of Heaven.
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After casting down 1/3 of the stars of Jacob to the ground, Satan thought to devour the nation during its day of birth on May 15 of 1948, to destroy the firstborn “son of God.” Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Iraqis, and many other Muslims came out with their armies in droves to destroy the nascent nation, and they have sought to do so ever since that time, including Syria and Lebanon and the rest of the Muslim world that hates the little nation of God. Iran, the Islamic republic, continues to stoke Muslim rage for Jewish annihilation, as did Saadam Hussein when he was alive and sought to build an Arab coalition of nations for that very purpose. Yet, children of the “False Prophet” cannot prevail, and Scriptures proclaim that a time is coming when nations that refuse to serve the Holy Kingdom will be decimated with curses for their rebellions against the only true God, Elohim YHVH.
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She bore a male child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught up to God and His throne. (Rev. 12:5) NKJV
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Now the vision shifts and appears to show Christ being caught up to God during The Ascension, for He is foretold to rule with a “rod of iron” (see Ps. 2:8-9), and He was indeed caught up to heaven (see Acts 1:9-10). Yet, on Earth, Jerusalem- Zion- is called the “throne of God” (cf. 1 Chron. 29:23; Rev. 6). The nation of Israel recaptured the city and appeared in Jerusalem in in the Six Day War of 1967, while Satan was trying to destroy them. So we find that the Spirit purposely mixes the vision to confess to both the Head of the nation and the Body of the nation being born. Christ is already King, and Jerusalem is already the Kingdom, but both await full realization at the appointed time.
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Some Christians believe that the “male child” caught up to God will be the raptured Church before the great tribulations. Yet when we continue to read Revelation, we find that Christians will suffer persecution after the birth of Zion’s offspring. In fact, Satan becomes enraged with those who have the Testimony” of Christ.
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Also, Satan does not seek to devour Christians as soon as we are born, unless we force an ultra-spiritual interpretation for the common troubles we face in everyday life. Christians are born at various times and die at various times, and we have done such for almost 2,000 years. Scriptures witness unto Scriptures with no need of senseless twisting and erroneous doctrines. The vision is of the birth of Israel, and it is compared in the passage to the birth of Messiah. Nonetheless, sensitive Christian members should not feel excluded, because the Kingdom of Heaven is soon born with all God’s people gathered in. Those who believe and faithfully seek the Kingdom will have inheritance in Israel when Zion’s birth is transformed as the Messiah’s Kingdom. Then He will submit His enemies under all who are called to become one “son of God”- with Messiah as the Head of the Body of Believers.
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Israeli Soldiers With the National Standard, PDI
Israeli Soldiers With National Standard, PDI

The sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the LORD, who fully repays His enemies! Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children. Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God. “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all you who love her, and all who mourn for her.” (Is. 66:6-10) NKJV; emp. mine

The description of the dragon persecuting Zion justifies our interpretation that the vision is primarily of the nation of Israel and their suffering to bring forth a Holy Kingdom. Later in Revelation we find that the dragon is Satan, and the seven heads and ten horns of the dragon show the whole work of Satan’s attempt to prevent the birth of the Holy Israelite Kingdom, ever since the Hebrews escaped Egypt.
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The heads are empires that have ruled over the nation (minus the Diaspora). They are: 1) Egyptian; 2) Assyrian; 3) Babylonian; 4) Medes-Persians; 5) Grecian; 6) Roman-Templars; and 7) Ottoman-British. The ten horns are the decagon league which the Antichrist will rule from for a short time, until the Messiah’s dominion. The seven heads and ten horns of the vision awaited complete fulfillment during the ministry of Christ, and they cannot be scripturally explained by Christian persecution; yet Scripture does support this Beast as a persecutor of Israel (see Dan. 7:7). The heads show the history of empires that have ruled over Israel- many of them used by Satan to suppress, destroy, and prevent the Kingdom from being born. Other powers during the time of the Diaspora are not included in the spiritual symbolism because most Jews were not there or appointed to the land during that time. There is a prophetic gap.
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As for Germany, which so horribly entreated the Jews by the power of Satan, seeking to prevent the birth, it is the seldom-contemplated tail of the dragon that cast down 1/3 of the stars; it does not qualify as a head because it was never an empire in authority over the Promised Land, although it was for a short time confederate with the Roman Catholics during the so-called “Holy Roman Empire.”
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I realize that some readers may reject the British combination with the former Ottoman Empire, especially since their Prime Minister issued the Balfour Proclamation that allowed Jews to return. I also also realize that King Cyrus of the Persian Empire issued a decree for the return of Jews to rebuild Jerusalem, after the appointed 70 years of Babylonian Captivity. These empires were not, and are not, Satan himself, nor are any of the other empires listed. Yet they have all been possessed of Satan at times to hinder God’s purposes for the nation, just as Peter was called “Satan” when he sought to resist God’s will on Earth. And they each ruled over Israel in place of a jealous God. Each one has, at times, fought the will of God over the land of Israel. The Persians (now Iran), although no longer an empire, have become one of the greatest enemies of Israel, and they desire to destroy the nation and kill all Jews in their Islamic rage. England, which was for a moment a blessing to Israel by God, also resists Israel for the plight of Palestinians, and it becomes more anti-Semitic every year, even electing a Muslim mayor of London. During the Holocaust they resisted God’s will for escaping Jews trying to return home, severely limiting Jewish immigration into Israel. So just as God has used the empires that have ruled over the eastern Mediterranean region to accomplish His will, they have also, at times, resisted His plans for Israel, under Satanic influence and spiritual possession. 
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Moedim Paradigm, Image Mine
Moedim Paradigm, IM

As for why Satan was allowed the seven heads and ten horns in the first place, it is because he- just as the moon mirrors the sun- has sought to have ultimate authority over the seven millennial days. With his ten horns at the end of the battle, he seeks to use his authority to press against and prevent the Day of Atonement. (See the tenth millennial day coming to Israel in the Moedim Paradigm.) He cannot prevent God’s Word from coming to fruition, but he can attempt to fulfill it with alternative interpretations.  

Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days [3.5 years]. (Rev. 12:6) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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In all of this, we see the progression of Israel in tribulations, from Satan’s attempt to annihilate the Jews during the Holocaust (i.e., 1/3 of the Stars of Jacob); to his attempts to destroy the nation at birth; to his attempt to prevent Jews from gaining the Holy City of the Messiah’s throne; to his attempt to prevent the coming Kingdom as Zion escapes into the wilderness.
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But believers will escape the Antichrist when they see the Abomination of Desolation, midway through the Apocalypse week. The end result will be their awaited inheritance into heavenly Zion: as twelve stars in a restored Kingdom of twelve tribes. Zion will be glorified with the Sun of Righteousness, putting the children of the crescent moon underfoot. (NB: The lunar symbol of Islam is all over the Middle East, upon their ambulances and atop their mosques, indeed everywhere the religion of Islam is expressed.)
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Olive Oil Dripped Into Menorah, PDI
Olive Oil Dripped Into Menorah, PDI

When the woman is “fed” in the “place prepared by God,” she receives the truths of God’s Word. She is taught the mysteries of the Scriptures. She is led by Moses and Elijah during the second half of the Apocalypse week. She will flee with Christians when the Dragon’s troops come into Jerusalem and take captives from Old Jerusalem, which Muslims want for their capital and the U.N. and Roman Catholic Church seeks to impose. Thus, she will be taught, instructed, and led by the two witnesses and by the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings.

Those who refuse Israel when interpreting the vision of the woman and child face another eschatological challenge with the above passage: Mariam and Yoseph escaped to Egypt with the infant Yeshua, but the Gospels offers no scriptural support of Mary and Joseph being fed in the wilderness for 3.5 years. Besides this, the vision has the “male child” caught-up to the throne of God before her escape in the wilderness, which does not correspond to the history of Christ’s birth and earthly ministry. All Scripture must properly fit, and the Head needs the Body to fulfill them.  
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Seven Years of Apocalypse, IM
Seven Years of Apocalypse, IM

Just before the believers flee to the wilderness during the middle of the Apocalypse week, a great spiritual war is seen in Heaven. This is when Satan’s spirit and his angels are actually cast down to Earth. This is when Death and Hell are manifest with the “Abomination of Desolation,” when the Great Tribulations will begin for living believers.

The Spirit illustrates the woman fleeing into the wilderness twice, with the war in Heaven in-between, to reveal when Satan will be cast down, at 3.5 years. After he is rejected from spiritual Heaven, he will declare himself God at the Temple, and when he (as the Antichrist) is rejected, he will return home in rage and prepare a flood of troops to forcibly remove Jews and persecute Christians.
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Satan enters the Son of Perdition and he is given approximately the same amount of time for bringing his message to his children of darkness as Yeshua the Messiah had in preaching the Gospel truths to the children of enlightenment. Another reason for the Holy Spirit showing the escape twice is because God has determined it, and it will shortly come to pass, as explained in the previous article. First, there will be war in the spiritual realm that will end with the final defeat of Satan, to cast him out, then it will be manifest on Earth with great tribulations, until the Son of Perdition is defeated by Messiah. Remember, the spiritual Kingdom is not some place far away in space, but is all around us and in us, and the war for truth that occurs spiritually is manifest in a very real, corporeal war upon Earth.
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And war broke out in [spiritual] heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels [messengers] fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out [spiritually defeated], that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Rev. 12:7-12) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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“At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people [Hebrews]; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [final 3.5 yrs.], even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”  (Dan. 12:1-3) NKJV; intrpl. mine.   
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There has long been an on-going spiritual battle for the truth in heavenly places. Satan has twisted the Word of God for a long time to fulfill the Scriptures his own way. And for a long time the spiritual realm, besides the holy throne of God, has been corrupted by the doctrines of Satan and his messengers. He is the “author of confusion,” and he has confused the Law and the Gospel both among angels and men.
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Furthermore, Satan has utilized the Law to bring accusations against believers, dismissing the power of the blood of the Lamb. At the time of the end, the battle for biblical truths and prophecies will become an all-out war. At this time, Michael, meaning like Elohim, and the messengers of truth will arise with the crystal-clear waters of the Word. The truth will become so clear that the messengers of lies, and writer of lies, will not be able to stand before them, for they will battle with the flaming Sword of God’s Spirit. And when they arise for the truth, it will make clear that the Kingdom of Heaven comes to Jerusalem, and that the Lord will yet again choose Jerusalem and the tribes of Jacob.
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Michael is the prince who watches over Israel, and the Kingdom of Heaven has suffered violence. Satan accuses Israel and those who are grafted into the promises of Israel before God. Other princes over providences in spiritual places are involved in this war and resist the exaltation of Israel. The “prince of Persia” (now called Iran) resisted the Lord’s will for Israel for “21 days” until Michael stood-up to help in the battle for their return and restoration, which was a foreshadowing; on the 21st day of the Moedim Paradigm (the Great Sabbath), the spiritual princes controlled by Satan will have their resistance to the Kingdom of Israel broken.
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“But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds Me against these, except Michael your prince…)” (Dan. 10:21) NKJV
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Consider that none of the princes over the nations stood with the “Son of Man” when He stood to decree the return of Jews to Israel from Babylon. None of them stood with the Scripture of Truth except for Michael. Yet, in the war at the end, Michael commences to command battle with an host of commissioned angels (messengers) and wins for the Word of God. Michael stands up for the truth of Israel, preparing the way for the Great King to fulfill the promises to the nation- to bring in the everlasting dominion of Christ’s Kingdom.
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Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day [Apocalypse], and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one [Satan]. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…to make known the mystery of the gospel… (Eph. 6:10-19) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Have you, the readers, yet grown to discern that you are the living angels of God, the messengers of His Spirit? Did God command the angels at the throne to be the messengers of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, or did He command spirits here on Earth to be His angels and spread the Gospel of the Kingdom? Did Christ tell angels in the spirit that the harvest was ripe for their reaping, or did He tell His disciples? Have you yet discerned that, in being alive on Earth, you also partake of the war in the realm of the Spirit? Or, is the veil still on your eyes in the midst of this war for truths? Have you not understood that the war of the spirits is manifest in the destiny of the earth? Do you still believe that God is only the God of the dead and that the spirits in this world are separated from Him?
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How long will the people of God sleep and the truth remain untaught? How long will the messengers of Satan control the airwaves with the dark clouds of deception, and the authors of confusion write their twisted doctrines? Can you not perceive them when they stand-up possessed and spread his lies, his half-truths, and his blasphemies? Have you really understood what the great Apostle Paul explained about this war for the truth in heavenly places? How many believers are now falling for the doctrines of demons and lies rather than the truth of the Kingdom of Heaven (see 1 Tim. 4:1)? The spiritual things are manifest in our own world.
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By not loving our lives unto death, and standing up for the truth, we will have victory and cast down every doctrine of demons. This will enrage him, and he will seek to prevent the gathering in the wilderness; it is all connected. By the prophecies in the Scripture of Truth, we believe that all truths and knowledge of God will prevail and cover the earth like waters of the seas.
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eagle-clawsNow when the dragon saw that he had been cast down to the earth [spiritually debased], he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child [the Kingdom citizenry]. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and time and half a time [3.5 years], from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood [many troops]. But the earth helped the woman [earthquake], and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. (Rev. 12:13-16) NKJV; intprl. mine
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The serpent is Satan manifest through the Antichrist. He is now seen as the serpent because this is when he seeks to deceive and have the elect cast out of the coming paradise, even as he did with Adam and Eve. He will dispatch a flood of troops after the elect gather in the wilderness, but an earthquake will decimate them. Zion is helped by the two prophets, even as the Lord YHVH helped Israel by Moses and Aaron when he bore them on “eagles’ wings” in the wilderness, bringing them to Himself (see Ex. 19:4).
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For clarity and to gain an earthly view of what is being revealed in the Revelation vision, we will look at the parallel prophecy in the Old Testament:
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Olive Grove on Mount of Olives, PDI
Olive Grove on Mount of Olives, PDI

Behold, the Day of YHVH is coming, and your [Jew’s] spoil [treasured gains] shall be divided in your presence. And I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle. And the city shall be captured, and the houses plundered, and the women ravished. And half the city shall go into exile [or captivity], and the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then YHVH shall go out and fight against those nations, like the day He fought in the Day of Battle. And His feet shall stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east, and shall split the Mount of Olives from its middle [divide it during an earthquake], from the east and even unto the west- a very great valley. And half of the mountain shall move northward and half of it southward. And you shall flee to [through] the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal [ancient Judean city meaning “nobility,” for separation and selection]. And you shall escape as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah, king of Yehuda. And YHVH my Elohim shall come, all the holy ones with You. (Zech. 14:1-5) PIT; intrpl. mine

The Lord gives plenty of warning about this army of “locusts” that the Destroyer sends from the pit of hell to divide Jerusalem and take captives. Yet even without the prophecies, we already clearly discern the direction Satan leads his united nations in rebellion against the will and Word of God. The old city and the new city of Jerusalem, the east and the west, are already divided between Philistines and Jews, and the renegade nations rage because of Jewish homes and neighborhoods, against their “settlements” being built in the old city and region. Indeed, Satan has put it into their hearts to divide the city, even as the people were spiritually divided over Christ, because the Palestinians want Jerusalem as their capital. With Christ warning Jews to flee at the Abomination of Desolation, it leaves little doubt in my mind that our enemies will forcibly remove Jews and leave Muslims before the Messiah comes to save His people and claim His city and throne.
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“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place [Holy Place of the Temple]” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house, and let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter on on the Sabbath [Great Sabbath]. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time [Sabbath], no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened…For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”- Yeshua (Matt. 24:15-22, 38-42) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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GREAT TRIBULATIONS OF NOAH, PDI
GREAT TRIBULATIONS OF NOAH, PDI

Jerusalem will be rocked by a flood of troops as the elect escape midway through the Apocalypse, but when Messiah comes to deliver the people and city, it will be a place of salvation as the nations that persecuted Israel are severely punished and ruled with a rod of iron. Those who enter Jerusalem with Christ will be glorified and inherit eternal life. Indeed, troubles come, but the place to be for the next millennium, during the Great Sabbath, will be the Holy City. Those who reign with Christ will not be hurt in the second death at the G.W.T.J. of the Shemini Atzereth.

“For this is as the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so I have sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor My covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you [Jerusalem]. “O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror [terrorism], for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble [against Israel], but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. (Isa. 54:9-17) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Lest other Christians mistakenly believe that the Antichrist’s persecution comes only to the Jews in Jerusalem, Revelation informs us that after the woman flees to the wilderness for 3.5 years, with the help of the two Eagle’s wings, Satan will go after Christians who prophesy about the coming Kingdom- true Christians who follow the Word of God. After his flood of troops are swallowed up in an earthquake, he sets his vengeance and rage upon the rest of the Woman’s spiritual offspring:
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And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her offspring [Christianity], who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 12:17) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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By Satan making war with those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ, after he is prevented from reaching the elect in the wilderness, we perceive that Christianity is indeed connected to this gathering. So what else can it be that Satan is seeking to punish and put an end to, which is connected to his rage against the people escaping to the wilderness and mountains? The clue that the Holy Spirit gives is that they have the “testimony of Jesus Christ.” This is not as the great mass of Christianity which casually preaches the Gospel today; these are those who will preach the true Gospel and the Kingdom of Heaven. The “testimony of Jesus” is the spirit of prophecy” (see Rev. 19:10), and these faithful messengers will preach the prophecies of the coming Kingdom. Zion will be built-up because of these messengers sent from God. Satan will want to silence them, as do all secular progressive dictators and anti-Christian despots, from prophesying from the Word. It will enrage his Antichrist when he sees these things coming to pass, for he will exalt himself over all the things of God and blaspheme in hatred of the truths that he will deny. 
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Satan’s spiritual high places are cast down when Michael battles him for the truth, and the soldiers of Michael will not love their lives unto death, but they will preach this true Gospel at all cost. This war is both spiritual and on Earth; when God’s truths give spiritual victory and power, there is spiritual victory in Heaven. When the corrupted doctrines are defeated in spiritual places, Satan and his false messengers will seek to shut-up and destroy those who spread the truths of the gathering and the coming Kingdom. He wants to rule the world via the Son of Perdition whom he will possess. He wants to change the times and seasons and laws of God, to change the prophecies.
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The true Gospel is not about gaining a personal, material world by pleasing God; the true Gospel is seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven, then having these things added. The true Gospel is giving up the world for the sake of the truth when Truth calls. The true God is not having God please us because of our righteousness and gifts, but us pleasing God for His righteousness and gifts. The true Gospel is not finding what we can get from God, but finding what we have to offer God. The true Gospel is not remaining willfully ignorant whilst we glorify God for His wisdom and knowledge; the true Gospel is glorifying God by learning and seeking His wisdom and the knowledge that He shares with us. The true Gospel is not of a god we must die to meet, but the “God of the living” whom we live for. We can always die to meet God if we take-up our crosses amid persecution for the true Gospel, but to live for the Living God (even without persecution) is better. So many ministries teach the promises of God for material blessings, but how many teach taking up our crosses to do our part in sharing the love of God and truths of His coming Kingdom? The true Gospel is not the spiritual view alone but manifestations of the spiritual for our world. The true Gospel is God coming to tabernacle among us and Jerusalem gloriously revealed on Earth as the center of the Kingdom of the Messiah. The true Gospel is not being snatched-away to Heaven before the tribulations, rather it is answering the Word and the Spirit’s call for the gathering. The true Gospel is not God destroying Earth forever, but Him restoring the earth back to a paradise like Eden after the rebellion of the nations is put down. The true Gospel is not Gentile believers replacing Jews, but it is of one people being formed together at His appointed time, as one flock of God. The true Gospel is not simply eating a piece of bread but eating the whole Word of God. And the true Gospel is not dependent upon any religious institution or carnal church for salvation and forgiveness, but fleeing religions when they become errant, for living our lives in His presence, filled with prayer in personal relationships that requires no dark booths, magical prayer beads, or religious pomp and ceremony. God’s appointed days are indeed holy and to be observed, but what are they without knowledge of what they profess and the Spirit living in the heart of the believer?
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But now I see them; now I behold the children of mercy and virtue. They walk in the shadows of His love, secretly lifting the weak as others put the weak down. They walk in grace and the Spirit of God, beaming with the radiance of His faith and righteousness. They are here, and mysteriously they are there, but the world does not know them nor perceive their ways. They share their last morsels of bread with the hungry and their warm clothes with the children who walk in suffering, nakedness, and famine. One is at the hospital holding the hand of a stranger, and another is volunteering and teaching at the nursing home. They do the works of God not to for praise by humanity nor to feel good, but in the love of God and love for God. They have love to share, but they receive little glory in the world. In their brokenness and weakness God is perfected in strength. They have love for the Word, the whole Word, wrestling with hard sayings in late ours of the night and praying on their knees for others. Their zeal is not as the zeal of the homicide bombers and terrorizers of the False Prophet; nor do they seek to murder strangers for their Kingdom of Heaven; their zeal is giving-up their lives for the teachings of everlasting life, to show the mercy and grace of God. They take the Gospel to the prisoners and open their homes to the orphans of the world. They are the excellency of Jacob’s heritage and the anointed watchers of Zion. They are the miracle-workers who see God in all creation, and He talks to them. He walks with them. The world is not worthy of them, for they have put on Christ and seek to live conformed in the image of Almighty God. And while the world waxes cold for the overflow of evils, they do their deeds in secret and unto the Lord! Praise God, they come to a gathering of Zion! They go to meet their Lord at His coming! They go to build-up what the world has broken down, and to heal what the world has wounded. They will learn the whole Word of God, for they seek truths and learn of the things that have blinded them. And in no way will they compromise with the wicked when they learn the truths, for they follow the Word, not men.
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All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me, that I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40) NKJV
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For Your servant David’s sake, do not turn away the face of Your Messiah. The YHVH had sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: “I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body. If your sons will keep My covenant and MY TESTIMONY WHICH I SHALL TEACH THEM, their sons shall sit upon your throne forevermore.” For the LORD has chosen Zion [Jerusalem]; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place [Sabbath] forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There I will make the horn [government] of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Messiah. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon Himself His crown shall flourish.” (Ps. 132:10-18) PIT; intrpl. & emp. mine
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