Hiatus? August 12, 2014Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
Sorta looks like it.
“Medical leave of absence” might be more accurate, however. For those of you who have been following the BlogTalkRadio program, you already know I’ve had some challenges. Lately, they have gotten worse, to the point that I simply don’t have the physical energy or mental focus to continue. So I’m taking a break to, hopefully, get back up to speed.
However, as our friend Jack told his wife Rexella: “I’m not setting a date.” Nor can I suggest with any confidence that the Lord wants me to continue. So His will and my ability will shape my future and the futures of the program and the web site.
Please keep me in your prayers. And subscribe to this blog so you will get an email notification if/when things resume.
Final Fortnight Redux August 2, 2014Posted by stevekerp in Current Events, End Times.
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We’re currently looking ahead to Tu b’Av, beginning at 12:26 PM Eastern time (which is sunset in Jerusalem) on Sunday, August 10th. For what it’s worth, the moment of full moon will be 1 hour and 44 minutes later, at 2:09 PM Eastern time. I’m not giddy … yet.
This past week, the pre-tribbers were accused of being “God-haters” for believing and preaching the idea that there will be a rapture event before God’s wrath is visited on this planet. Leaving personalities aside, it may be that this escalating hostile rhetoric is a sign that we are truly close to the end. I’m not convinced that it’s a “sign” per se, since the mainstream media and the culture at large have not picked up on it, at least not yet.
However, the hostility against Israel has become noticeably more intense and more global. That, to me is significant. They are speaking less of peace than of temporary cease-fires (also immediately violated by Hamas) and of Israel’s objective: to destroy (rather than just “contain” or “restrain”) their terrorist neighbors in Gaza. The tunneling strategy was apparently to be executed on Rosh Hashannah, and it’s seen as Providential that the Jews found out about it before the plan could be executed. In the meantime, Iran and their nuclear ambitions seem to have lost visibility, and the war in Syria is likewise not getting as much attention.
Putin in Russia seems to think there will be a major war in Europe soon. So this could be the “calm before the storm” even though things in Europe are barely calm. Well-orchestrated and well-funded “spontaneous” demonstrations against the Jews are daily news. The liberals in Congress now want to continue funding Israel’s “Iron Dome” project, while the Republicans are dragging their feet because of financial considerations. Congress has become incoherent.
Finally, the Ebola story is crowding its way into the headlines, replacing the invasion from Mexico and Central America (funded, managed and facilitated by the Regime). So lots of bad stuff to keep us distracted as the door of God’s mercy and the Church Age draw to a close. Lots of religious people are about to get the surprise of their lives. Eight days and counting …. Are you ready?
With Crimean Crisis, Haaretz ‘Gets It’ June 15, 2014Posted by stevekerp in End Times, Harbingers, Uncategorized.
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What follows is not from some fundamental Christian web site or kook blog or anything. It’s from the mainstream Haaretz Jewish web site, They are the ones suggesting that the events in Crimea and Ukraine are explicit Biblical (Book of Ezekiel – their Bible is our Old Testament) harbingers. THEY are the ones suggesting that the Messiah is coming very, very soon!
If you’re a Christian, the fun is just beginning: An army of “200 million” men will come from the East, according the Book of Revelations [sic], and there’s only one country that can raise such an army. Then, in quick succession but in a sequence that is disputed by scholars, the End Times really get going: Armageddon, Desolation, Tribulation, Rapture, Redemption, the Second Coming – the works.
Jews, by the way, make do with just the war of Gog and Magog, after which messianic days are here and “swords are beaten into ploughshares” etc. Nonetheless, Christians aren’t the only ones who are getting excited about the standoff in Eastern Europe. According to a report catching fire over the weekend in the haredi press in Israel, the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch told his disciples this week that the times of the Messiah are upon us. And who is the source for his amazing analysis? None other than one of the top Jewish sages of all time, the Vilna Gaon himself, the Gra, “the genius of Vilnius”, the famously harsh critic of Hasidic Judaism.
Here’s the link. (You have to “create an account” but it’s free): http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.582663
So, for those of you who may think those of us urging preparation for the return of Christ have spent too much time in the eschatosphere and not enough time in the real world …. well, it looks like Chemi Shalev and maybe a few others in Israel have joined us.
Jesus is coming soon! YOU will see Him face-to-face! Are You Ready??
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Daniel’s 70th Half-week May 8, 2014Posted by stevekerp in End Times.
It hasn’t been until recently that I started seeing all these end-times scenarios that are based on the idea that Daniel’s final week is already half completed. A simple reading of the text should dispel this incorrect (and unnecessary) notion.
The scripture text is Daniel 9:24-27 and the passage is clearly chronological. Daniel breaks the 70 weeks into three pieces: seven weeks, sixty-two weeks, and one week. It is not seven weeks, sixty-two 1/2 weeks and then a half-week. Messiah was cut off after the sixty-two week piece was completed. Since the text states this was “after” the sixty-two weeks, and subsequently states the final week does not begin until after the city and sanctuary are destroyed, a period of time must exist between the end of the 69th week and the beginning of the 70th.
In verse 27 Daniel has no trouble identifying the “end to sacrifice and offering” as being “in the middle of the week” and had he intended to communicate that Jesus was cut off in the middle of the week, he could have said so. However, we read “after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off.” It does NOT say “after sixty-two and a half weeks”.
Further, we read in Daniel that after the Messiah is cut off, the city and sanctuary are destroyed. After the city and sanctuary are destroyed, the covenant is confirmed and the final week begins. There is no way around it. Messiah was cut off in about 32 AD and Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. The confirmation of the covenant has to take place after 70 AD and there is neither reason nor scriptural evidence that there is a time delay or gap within the final week.
This is NOT to say that if the covenant is confirmed on this coming Pentecost, that Jesus won’t return until 2021. There is nothing in the prophecy that says Jesus will not return until the final seven years are completed. Rather, there are solid Scriptural reasons for believing Jesus will return in 2017 and will be here on the planet supervising the restoration of all things. In other words, the period of strife, testing and judgment we anticipate will not last seven years. It might be only half of that. Review the “agenda items” in Daniel 9:24 and you will see what needs to be completed in the final seven years. Obviously, these things have not been accomplished, and I think it’s equally obvious that if the final week is simply one of disasters, judgment and wrath, by the time the dust settled on the final day of the 70th week, those things would still be unfinished.
For us, it’s academic. As I’ve said, “we’ve got dinner plans.”
Nisan 10 Prophetic Implications March 17, 2014Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
Tags: Daniel's 70th week, Passover, rapture
Here’s a brief explanation of the significance of Nisan 10. If you find this of interest, you may want to share this with your friends (or even paste it in Facebook).
Background: The foundation of end-times prophecy is usually considered to be the “70 Weeks Prophecy” given by Daniel in the Old Testament and recorded in Daniel chapter 9. The prophecy was given while Daniel and the Jews were exiles in Babylon, and Jerusalem was literally a heap of ruins following the city’s destruction by King Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC (or so; experts differ on the date).
God revealed to Daniel that seventy weeks (literally ‘sevens’) were determined for Israel and Jerusalem to accomplish six objectives. Each week is actually a period of seven years; 70 seven-year blocks or 490 years total. The period would begin when a command went forth to restore and build Jerusalem. The years would not be contiguous, but would be broken into three periods: the first would be seven ‘weeks’ or 49 years, then a second period of 62 ‘weeks’ or 434 years, and then a final period of seven years. Daniel also included a significant time-marker after the first two periods (483 years) had transpired: he wrote that “after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself.” While there may be some doubt as to exactly when this time period began, there is no doubt about when it ended. It ended just before Jesus Christ was crucified. It is significant to note that Daniel said Messiah would be cut off “after” the sixty nine weeks, rather than “at the beginning of the 70th week” or something similar.
Where we are now: We know that 69 of the 70 weeks have already passed. How can we tell that one week remains; that is, what makes us confident that the final week wasn’t already completed at some time in the past? We can safely assume that if the final seven years have also passed, then the six objectives would have been met. Here they are:
- finish the transgression
- make an end of sins
- make reconciliation for iniquity
- bring in everlasting righteousness
- seal up vision and prophecy
- anoint the Most Holy
It seems obvious, just by looking at the world today, at the nation of Israel, or even our own lives that these agenda items have not yet been accomplished. One week – a final period of seven years – must remain.
When did the clock stop? Passover always occurs on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish calendar. That month is known by two names: ‘Abib’ and ‘Nisan.’ Each month begins on a new moon. Four days before Passover – that is, on Nisan 10 – Jesus entered Jerusalem to begin his ‘passion week.’ That was the day that the 69th week ended, and it was also when the Jews began their official rejection of their Messiah. The first 69 weeks were concluded before Jesus was crucified, but the 70th week had not yet begun.
If the 69th week ended on Nisan 10, it would be reasonable to assume that the 70th week would begin on some future Nisan 11. There are several reasons for believing the final week will begin on this upcoming Nisan 11. Following is one of those reasons.
Sign in the heavens: There is a prophecy in Revelation 12 that speaks of a sign in the heavens involving stars, planets, the sun and the moon. That sign is Virgo simultaneously in near-conjunction with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a garland of 12 stars above her head. This highly unusual configuration will be observable above the city of Jerusalem during the Jewish Feast of Rosh Hashannah in 2017. According to Revelation, this sign appears in the middle of this final seven-year period (technically, after 1,260 days). If you back up 1,260 days, you land on Nisan 11 of this year. Illustration and more information here: http://tinyurl.com/nisan11
What’s next? Daniel also stated that the Messiah would confirm a covenant at the beginning of this final week. Theories abound concerning what “covenant” may be in view or how this confirmation may take place, but one thing seems certain: this will be an event that will signal the resumption of God’s covenantal activities between Himself and the people of Israel. This means it must be a post-rapture event.
Paul wrote in Romans 11:25-26 that “hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
Notice that national salvation for Israel occurs subsequent to the fullness of the Gentiles having come in. Compare these prophesied activities with the six objectives stated by Daniel listed above. Notice also that this scripture explicitly mentions God’s covenant with Jacob and the taking away of Israel’s sins.
You may be wondering when Nisan 11 will fall this year on our calendar. That date is April 11, 2014 – about 24 days from now.
An Appeal for Clarity and Decisive Action June 3, 2013Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
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Every year in early or mid October, the fundamental Christian community makes the obligatory hue and cry about Halloween – you know, that it’s really Samhein with a happy face, that it’s occult, it’s witchcraft, it’s a de-sensitizing gateway to the occult. And those who are resistant (including many in the “Christian” community) tell us to quit being grumpy, let the kids have some fun and a little candy, and lighten up.
Halloween is still a major event for many, and is a major money-maker for those who market Halloween-oriented products. Costumes, parties … it’s an industry. And despite our earnest bleating, it is still generally observed even within the “Christian” subculture, at least here in America.
About the time Halloween blows over, we notice that Christmas decorations are going up and, once again, the hue and cry: it’s Saturnalia in drag, it’s idolatry, it dishonors both God and Jesus Christ, etc. etc. And usually the folks we are preaching to and pleading with are already caught up in the “spirit” of Christmas and we are told to put our tails between our legs and back off. Quit being a Scrooge, give it a rest, everybody’s doing it, it’s Jesus’ birthday, etc. etc.
Now it’s the end of spring, and “spring cleaning” is about wrapped up for another year. I would submit that now is the time, before the emotional hooks are set, to make the case against Christmas, throw all the decorations in the trash, and start making non-Christmas plans for December. And unless your family members really don’t care that Christmas dishonors God, or they really don’t care that many of our Christian traditions come from idolatrous religious practices that God hates, and really don’t care what the Bible says about it, you may be able to put the Christmas blasphemy away for good.
For information regarding the history of this abominable event (note: it’s not properly a “holiday” and there’s nothing worthy of “celebration”), check out: http://www.bethelministries.com/CHRISTMAS.htm or http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/xmas/celeb.htm … or just search “why Christians should not celebrate Christmas” in your favorite search engine and proceed accordingly.
I realize there are lots of folks out there who consider themselves Christians and think they are “good people” and would rather follow the traditions of their denomination than the uncomfortable teachings of the Bible. Jesus Christ has a word for you: “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
He will also have a word for you if you refuse to repent: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” (Matthew 7:23) Tell me: is Christmas really worth that ??
Same deal for “Easter” but that’s a separate discussion.
Cute Children and Adorable Pets May 5, 2013Posted by stevekerp in Current Events, Marriage and Family.
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OK – the subject line is a bit deceptive, since what follows says nothing about pets, (though it has plenty to do with cute children). But “America’s Soon and Certain Destruction” would, for many who need to read this, simply motivate them instead to hit the ‘delete’ key. If you are interested in the future … YOUR future …. please read on:
Just in case you are wondering why some are insisting that America is heading for fierce national judgment and why that judgment is now unavoidable, here is the answer:
It’s an 8-minute youtube video. Got 8 minutes?? Or are you “too busy”?
Jesus Himself told us to remember the days of Lot, and especially Lot’s wife. Lot was just one man — the only righteous man in Sodom. He was held in contempt by his family and his fellow citizens. His sons-in-law laughed at him when he insisted that judgment was imminent. He could not do anything about the wickedness of his culture, but he at least had the decency to grieve about what he saw. It was his grieving — not futile attempts at political action or cultural correction (and there is no evidence of either) — that caused God to see Lot as righteous (2 Peter 2:7-8 if you want to look it up).
Lot’s wife could have been saved, had she just obeyed her husband. How many “Christian” wives out there think Ephesians 5:22-24 doesn’t apply to them?
Here in America, we are MURDERING CHILDREN and most folks, even those who call themselves Christians, are apparently unconcerned. “It’s the law. I can’t do anything about it.” That’s true; so what? You can SAY something about it. You can certainly pray about it, pray that God might send revival to your city and perhaps spare at least some in your community. Or you can shrug it off, go back to your favorite TV program … and ignore the silent screams of 50 million innocent children who have been slaughtered mercilessly in this country while we looked the other way, went to our Sunday morning church services, and trudged off to our jobs.
God is just, and HIS … JUSTICE … WILL … NOT … SLEEP … FOREVER! And I daresay the screams of those children will be matched by the screams of the callous and indifferent when God judges this land. On that day, there will be no more “business as usual” – no more careers and dinners out and “Dancing With The Stars” while God is placated for an hour on Sundays and most family altars lie in ruins.
Do you care enough to grieve? Do you care enough to cry out? Do you care enough to repent?
The ‘War on the Middle Class’ January 3, 2013Posted by stevekerp in Uncategorized.
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By now, you may have already seen the following, or something similar. This came from Jack Kinsella’s Omega Letter and was forwarded to me by Pastor Riley:
… this is what the federal budget will look like:
U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:
Annual family income: $21,700
Money the family spent: $38,200
New debt on the credit card: $16,500
Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
Total budget cuts: $385
And so, that’s the plan. If this were your household budget, do you think you could get a new Capital One credit card with no credit limit at 3.04% interest annually? No?
And even assuming that you could, would you go home and announce to your family that all is well because you had avoided the looming fiscal cliff?
It has become (finally!) apparent to some Americans that the current policy is designed to destroy the middle class. Those who work for a living creating real wealth; those who create small businesses; those who try to “build a better mousetrap” – will not be collateral damage. They are in the cross-hairs.
It seems clear that Obama et al have declared war on the middle class. Might it be possible that God has also declared war on the middle class? Looking at us through the lens of the letter to the Laodiceans, what else could a loving God do? We’re concerned about our comfort, our safety, our 401(k)’s, our lavish (compared to the rest of the world and the rest of the cultures in history) homes, our cushy jobs …. and we’re poised for major protest when these things are taken away. What about our major lack of compassion for the hurting people in this world? What about the hungry and homeless people who are on our streets, literally right under our noses?
I’ve led the charge: give a little to assuage my conscience, give what I will never miss, give — not when there is a crucial need, but — when it’s convenient. I don’t recall ever giving anything sacrificially.
We’ve been heaping up wrath for ourselves. We look down our noses at everybody else, but the indictment of Ezekiel 16:49 just might be for US:
Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me …
Perhaps God wants to strip away our lifestyles because it’s so hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom, and He is not willing that we perish.
I’m hoping the rapture is NOT soon, because we’ve gotta get this thing right. We have brothers and sisters in Christ about whom we presumably have great concern. We may be looking at our final opportunity to do unto Christ by doing unto “the least of these.”
Let’s re-visit Luke 16 and realize that we will soon be required to give an account. Let’s also re-read Matthew 25 very literally and understand, if we miss everything else, that what we do to and for the poor will have eternal consequences for us.
Jezebel Spirit December 15, 2012Posted by stevekerp in End Times, Marriage and Family, Uncategorized.
This is an ugly message but it needs to be said. My hope and intent is that it’s Biblical and timely. If it’s inapplicable, praise God! If it’s unpleasant, that is unavoidable. It is certainly not my intention to be harsh, or (God forbid!) to justify the behavior or attitude of any husband who is unwilling to love, lead or provide for his wife and family. I’m not fixing blame, just identifying sin.
Jezebel was an evil, manipulative woman. She appears in the books of Kings in the Old Testament, and in the church in Thyatira in the new. She’s known primarily for sexual immorality but I believe she manifests herself in other ways, primarily rebelliousness (which is as the sin of witchcraft) and an arrogant, independent, or unsubmissive spirit. She may show many of the virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman in that she rises up early and works diligently. But she has a real problem with Ephesians chapter 5.
I mention this because it appears to me that the eschatological community is the “happy hunting ground” for this spirit. Many of us are in what would be called “unequal yokes.” We long for the return of the Lord and watch for the signs, as He commanded. But one may have a spouse who is completely unconcerned: indifferent at best and hostile at worst. We’ve all seen it. What I have also seen is highly-motivated women who think that because their husbands are not as “spiritual” as they are, that they need no longer submit to him.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.” — Ephesians 5:22-24
This command does not have exceptions or an escape clause. If a woman will not submit to her husband who she can see, how can she submit to the Lord, Who she cannot see? And especially when He has given her a direct command to submit? “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
“Everything” means all the venues of married life. To refuse to submit is to adulterate the relationship. The obvious example is sexual infidelity. Here are a couple more:
- The couple could live on the husband’s provision, but the wife wants a bigger house, newer car, vacations, etc. Her dissatisfaction adulterates her marriage in the arena of provision.
- The wife has spiritual questions or concerns. Instead of following her husband’s spiritual leadership (and encouraging him to grow as a spiritual leader), she goes to a church pastor or minister or a friend. If the children have spiritual questions, she refers them to “the minister.” This adulterates her spiritual relationship with her husband and is also an assault on the family altar.
“Submit” has become an ugly word, and now has Islamic overtones. So let’s just say “respect” and you’ll get the basic idea. I’ve seen women, and maybe you have also, who are working outside the home. As “career women,” many have substantial incomes and get tremendous respect from their co-workers. And this can turn into contempt for their husbands. Some make more money than their husbands, and in this Babylonian world, this turns to arrogance. Some are more religious than their husbands, so they replace their husband’s spiritual headship by making their pastor or minister into their spiritual head. This is immorality!
In an extreme case, there was a woman who felt she was getting direct communications from God. She may have been getting indirect communications from Him through her husband (God respects the chain of command), but she didn’t think he was “spiritual” enough so she would not listen. I believe a seducing spirit may have gained entry at that point, and her dreams, visions and communications that she thought were from God were actually from the dark side. God did have a message for her: Ephesians 5:22. But she was too “spiritual” to listen. Now, as a result, her marriage is in shambles, her testimony is about destroyed, and her legal problems are just beginning.
THIS IS THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT! (Pardon my all-caps – I’m not yelling, just emphasizing). Bad stuff happens to Jezebel and to all who follow her example (Rev. 2:22). Wives: respect your husbands, even if they are unsaved or spiritually indifferent. Love is patient and kind; it is never arrogant or rude. You “spiritual” women: how spiritual are you when the going gets tough? Do you tally your husband’s shortcomings to “justify” your rebelliousness? Are you helping your husband to become the man he needs to be? Or have you abandoned him because it’s easier and more satisfying to invest your life in your career instead of your marriage? Remember Lot’s wife? Whose “suitable help” (Genesis 2:18) are you, anyway?
Self-test for working women: If you treated the people you work with like you treat your husband, would you get promoted? or fired?
Consider Esther – Ahasuerus was a tyrant. Need I say more??
One additional thought: If Ahab would have loved his wife Jezebel even as Christ loves the church, it would not have made any difference. There is no cause/effect relationship between these two mandates in Eph 5. No Jezebel-spirited woman will ever be able to say, “I was unsubmissive because my husband didn’t love me” (or “didn’t love me enough”).
NOTE: The nucleus of this item was originally posted on the Five Doves web site on December 14, 2012. Following is a confirmation from one reader:
Steve…thank you so much for this article. The Lord Jesus Christ used you to speak to ME directly. I am a Christian, saved by the Grace of God. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, but your words really cut directly to my heart, soul and spirit.
I believe my husband is saved, and we use to worship together when we first got married. We both have drifted away from attending church, but I do still study the Word and worship via Christian programs on radio, television, internet, etc. My husband is retired and I still work full-time outside the home. I am what is call a “Career” woman and make more money than my husband (although everything is OUR money). I have been feeling resentful of him because we are struggling financially and I tend to blame him for not “providing” for our family. I find myself saying hurtful things to him and have felt spiritually “superior” to him. I know I am not as God is not a respecter of persons, but I am guilty of this nonetheless. I have been very rebellious and they way I speak to him is not how I should as a wife.
I have used the excuse that he is not acting like the Christian “Leader” of our home, as a license for me to not give him the respect he is due as the “Head of the Household”. When the Holy Spirit has convicted me (on several occasions), I did apologize and ask his forgiveness and told him I would try to treat him as I should. I really mean it and believe I have been better, but there are so many issues we both are dealing with. I found out he watches pornography, and I have been tempted to flirt with someone at work. We are not connecting sexually. I feel cheated on, but also feel guilty for being tempted to stray (I have not physically, but in my heart, I guess I have).
There is just so much more, I can’t put it all into words, but when I saw your letter on Five Doves, I KNEW it was speaking to me. I do believe time is running out and the Lord will soon return. I am going to pray again to the Lord to forgive me and help cleanse and give me a renewed spirit. I do not want to be ashamed when He comes for His Bride.
Please pray for me too. I just HAD to write and thank the Lord for using you to speak this WORD to me.
God gave men helpers because men need help. Some of us need a LOT of help. I am truly frightened for some Christian women who are going to get some terrifying surprises when Jesus returns and holds them accountable for the shabby way they treat their husbands.
Additional Insights from Haggai December 7, 2012Posted by stevekerp in End Times, Uncategorized.
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During today’s program, we didn’t get quite as far as I’d hoped regarding the prophecy of Haggai, and I would be remiss if I failed to point out what, to me anyway, is a fairly obvious bridge between Haggai and Revelation. We read the verse but didn’t connect the dots:
“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying:
I will shake heaven and earth.
I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms;
I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms.
I will overthrow the chariots
And those who ride in them;
The horses and their riders shall come down,
Every one by the sword of his brother.
‘In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the LORD, ‘and will make you as a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:21-23)
“I will” is stated or implied six times, and I believe that the six things the LORD says He will do point directly to the events we are anticipating.
- “I will shake heaven and earth.” Compare Isaiah 2:19-21, 13:13, and Revelation 6:12.
- “I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms.” Compare Daniel 2:35, Isaiah 2:11-12 and Revelation 11:15
- “I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms.” Compare Zechariah 12:9, 14:2-3 and Revelation 18:23
- “I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them.” Compare Revelation 19:17-18
- “I will take you, Zerubbabel …” Consider Revelation 11:3 and the possibility that Peter Goodgame is correct in believing that Zerubbabel will be one of the “two witnesses.” (see The Two Witnesses of Revelation)
- “[I] will make you as a signet ring …” Consider the use of signet rings in passages such as Esther 8:2,8 and Daniel 6:17. Again, this maps well to the activities of the “two witnesses.”
I do not find it difficult to believe that the “two witnesses” are already here, but still unrevealed. It could be that the foundation of the Lord’s temple will be laid in the very near future, and that the events we anticipate will begin playing out in history in the VERY near future.
Are you excited? Are you ready??