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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Israel, end times , covenant final thoughts

It is the covenant with Israel, God's choosing of that people and that land, that brings to a close this portion of history.
Exekiel 37:25 "They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people."
This is the place where God is leading history.  
He must keep this promise.  Satan hates this covenant.  
When Satan indwells the anti-christ, this hatred of the covenant drives him to trample down both the people and the land.
Threre are two sections in Daniel where the angel is revealing truth about the end times to us. One section details the future-telling of the career of the anti-christ in Daniel 11:21-45.  Also there is a unveiling of the way that his career starts in Daniel 9:27 And he will make
(the word for 'make' is also accurately translated as 'confirm' so the anti-chirst may not be the 'leader' in making this covenant, he could be just one of ten leaders who 'agree' with it.)
a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”  Most agree the start of the last seven years of history is the making of this covenant, that allows the rebuilding of the altar/temple in Jerusalem.

This little part of the detailed section in Daniel Chapter 11 emphasizes the HATRED of the covenant that will be the driving force of the terrible evil that takes place in the end times.


28 Then he will return to his land with much plunder; but his heart will be set against the holy covenant, and he will take action and then return to his own land.
29 “At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but this last time it will not turn out the way it did before. 30 For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action; so he will come back and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.31 Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. 

At this point the worst time in human history begins and goes on for 3 and 1/2 years.

Finally when Satan has been used to complete  "shattering the power of the holy people"(Daniel 12:7)  "When He (God) sees that their strength is gone,"(Deuteronomy 32:36) When "they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ "(Ezekiel 37:11) Then it is time for the appearance (the second coming) the fulfillment of this amazing scripture. “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:10)  The rapture of the church and the national salvation of Israel end in glorious simultaneous fashion, with both groups receiving the fullness of the promises of God.  His covenant is fulfilled "the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." (Luke 21:24)

As this year comes to a close, I would like to review scriptures that speak of the glorious role of the "church" during this 3 1/2 year period.  
I am so indebted to Art Katz http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=173
and Reggie Kelly
http://the.mysteryofisrael.org/
I recommend you immerse yourself in as much of their teaching as possible.


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