Israel and the Seventh Trumpet Dec 30, 2010 13:08:02 GMT -5
Post by Brother Ben on Dec 30, 2010 13:08:02 GMT -5
Israel and the Seventh Trumpet
What about the Trumpet for the Elect in Matthew 24?
There is evidence to support that the "elect" of Matthew 24 is Israel. Notice the verses immediately following Matthew's trumpet call:
Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Hos 9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
Hos 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Mat 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Luk 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Luk 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
Luk 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
Luk 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Several times in the bible we see Israel likened unto this corrupted fig tree. A tree that had no fruit, only leaves. A tree that the Lord gave a chance to for three years, on which he found no fruit. This tree, Israel, was to be chopped down. Do you remember when they came to arrest Jesus? He made in interesting comment:
Luk 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
This was "their hour." They had missed the time to repent and now they had brought about the "hour" of their choosing. It might be only circumstantial, but read the next verse and consider the way time worked out for Israel.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
One day, 24 hours, is with the Lord as 1,000 years. 1,000 years divided by 24 = 41.67 years. It is interesting that the Lord gave them their "hour" approximately 40 years and then the Romans came in and destroyed them, Jerusalem, and scattered them to the four winds. Scattered to be gathered again by a Trumpet call into their 1,000 year tabernacle of rest.
Therefore, if the elect of Matthew 24 is Israel, then what is this trumpet:
Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
When the battle of Armageddon is over, the armies of the earth are destroyed, and Jesus makes his official 2nd coming to the earth with his saints, the repentant Jews will be gathered into their 1,000 year tabernacle of rest, the Kingdom. However, they must first experience the atonement before the tabernacle. This is in perfect harmony with the gathering for atonement prior to the feast of tabernacles as laid down in Leviticus:
Lev 23:24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Lev 23:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Lev 23:28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.
The Seventh Trumpet of the Rapture is the same Trumpet of gathering to 30 days of atonement for Israel before they are ushered into the Kingdom.
What is God doing to the Elect at this point?
To understand this, let's go back to the point where Christ comes in the clouds.
Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
When Israel sees Christ, they are going to realize that 2,000 years ago, they murdered their Messiah. The waves of grief will strike them with such intensity, that they will spend the following days afflicting their souls. Again, let's look to the prophet Zechariah:
Zec 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
As the nations gather around Jerusalem for the great conflagration, the repentant of Israel will be breaking their hearts over their Messiah whose blood, shed for their New Covenant, was trodden under foot. As they weep for this one, the Firstborn, the Lord pours upon them the spirit of grace and supplications. Paul spoke of this very day.
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
When the last of the Gentile bride comes in, at the First Resurrection and Rapture, the Lord will remove the scales from their eyes at his coming in the clouds and removes their ungodliness. How did they know what the truth is?
Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
From their hiding place behind the walled gates of Petra in Moab, Israel will watch as the Lord comes out of glory, with the Saints, to usher Israel into their 1,000 year Tabernacle of Rest with the King of kings.