Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Two Witnesses and the Fulfillment of the Day of Atonement
My dear friends it is held by many Jewish and gentile believers that the Rapture of the Church will takeplace on a future Feast of Rosh Hashanah. This position does not at all contradict the Holy Scripture since the Feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost all had major prophetic events including the mystery of the church fulfilled on their Feasts Days (Isa. 53, Acts 2, 1 Cor. 5:7,15:23).
When the Rapture is fulfilled oneday on the Feast of Rosh Hashanah then 10 days later on the Day of Atonement - when the nation of Israel is to greatly afflict their souls before the Lord - Israel will then be met with Two of Israel’s most mighty men of old dressed in sackcloth (Rev. 11:3).
My dear friends I have been absolutely blown away as I have looked more and more into the ministry of theTwo Witnesses of Revelation. They are the most neglected individuals of Biblical prophecy today and because of this many are led astray with false prophetic teachings of end time events. We here at the IFB have gone into great depth of who these two individuals are and what their future ministry will be (Rev.11:3-12). These Two mighty men of old will have all eyes on them for the first 3 ½ years of the 7 year tribulation period as the gentile world spins EXPONENTIALLY out of control at the hands of the Four Horsemen. The world willexperience EXPONENTIAL supernatural catastrophic events on the creation,demonic global dominance and tyranny and the Quad Demonic War (Rev. 6-9). Itwill be during this time of EXPONENTIAL global catastrophe that Israel will dwell in absolute security and safety (Ezek. 38:8-14). How can this be? We shall see!
These Two mighty men of old will have all eyes on them for the first 3 ½ years of the 7 year tribulation period as the gentile world spins EXPONENTIALLY out of control.
It will be after this amazing event called the Rapture of the Church that the world - in particularly America - will be absolutely shocked by the mass disappearance of believers in every walk of society. This shock will be very short lived as global events and war will lead into a covenant which a man from Europe will lend his political weight on behalf of the greatly defeated enemies of Israel with a supervictorious Israel (Ezek. 38: 8-14, Dan. 9:27, Rev. 6:1-2). This covenant is established with Israel as the dominant power behind it and the newly revealed anti Christ as the weaker; for his time has not yet come to dominate the world. He will have to patiently wait 3 ½ more years for his lawless hour (Rev. 11:3-12, Rev. 13).
It will be on this day - the day that the covenant is established (Dan. 9:26-27, Rev. 6:1-2) - that the Two Witnesses will begin their ministry to Israel and to the world dressed in sackcloth (Rev. 11:3). My dear friend there can NEVER be any lasting peace for humanity or the Jew until Almighty God’s Law and Messiah is placed in the heart of man (Isa. 53:3-5, John 1:12, Eph. 2:14, Col 1:27, 3:3). If we can see that REALITY then we will NEVER have any problems with the delusions that the world seeks to promote today. It is our position that the covenant with Israel by the Anti Christ will take place on… the Day of Atonement and it is also our position that the Two Witnesses will begin their 3 ½ year ministry on this date also. The key to this position is to see the Holy Scriptures through the eyes of the Jew and the fulfillment of other major prophetic events including the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah of Israel and the establishment of the Church on the Feast Days of the Lord (Lev. 23, Matt. 5:17, Luke 24:24-49, John 5:39, Acts 2, 3:18, 28:23, 1 Cor. 15:2-4, Heb. 10:7).
My dear friend there can NEVER be any lasting peace for humanity or the Jew until Almighty God’s Law and Messiah is placed in the heart of man.
Unbelieving Israel is finally ina position now after a great decisive victory over their border enemies toestablish a delusional peace for themselves after centuries of being undergentile domination (Ezek. 38:8-14, Dan. 9:27), However in spite of their victorious exploits and the fruit thereof they are NOT at peace with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and God will use the 7 year tribulation to bring Israel to the REALITY of their dire estate and condition before Almighty God (Ezek. 39:26, Rev. 11:8). As the nation of Israel half heartedly honors the Day of Atonement as their covenant of “shalom” is established, Two Men of oldwill appear on the scene dressed in sackcloth preaching “Repent, For the Kingdom of Heaven is NOW at hand!” Much like John the Baptist did 2000 years ago in preparing the nation of Israel for Messiah’s first coming and Kingdom offer (Isa. 40:3, Matt. 3, 11:1-11, John 1:6-8, 29) and much like the WORD of ALMIGHTY God (John 1:1-14) and the Messiah of Israel did in His 3 ½ year ministry (Matt. 4:17, 10:7, 13) so will these Two Men of old (Moses and Elijah) do (Rev. 11:3-12)!
The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur is the most solemn and holiest of all the Feasts of the Lord (Lev.23:27-32). It is a day of repentance, of afflicting of one’s soul and seeking the Lord’s forgiveness for past national and individual transgressions. It is the day that the high priest of Israel would enter into the tabernacle or temple and make atonement for the nation of Israel . Israel has been WITHOUT a temple and a high priest since 70 AD and without an atonement or covering since the resurrection of the Messiah of Israel (Acts 2, 7). The Messiah IS the fulfillment of all things! He is the perfect Lamb, the atonement for the transgressor and the High Priest for not just Israel but for the whole world (Isa. 53, John3:16-17, Rom.10:2-4, Heb. 6:18-20, 7-9).
It will be when the Two Witnesses begin their ministry that they will be in sackcloth and their entire ministry will be that of preaching repentance unto all and the ETERNAL truths that Jesus Messiah IS the Savior of the world and the Atoning One for the transgressions of the world (Isa. 53, John 3:16-17)!
It will be that the 7 year tribulation will begin on the Day of Atonement and seven years to the day will end on the Day of Atonement. It will be when Israel is in its most desperate hour and the Anti Christ has full reign on this world that he (the man of lawlessness) will embark on his total eradication of Israel as NEVER EVER seen before in the history of the world (Zech.12-14, Rev. 12). It will be at the end of the seven year tribulation as the armies of the world seek to obliterate Israel that the Messiah will come out of the Heavens with His heavenly armies and those who are left of all Israel will see the very One they have greatly despised and rejected for the last 2000 years (Zech.12:8-14, Rev. 19:11-21)!
Zechariah states that;
“The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 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. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 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 (wailing) for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning (wailing) in Jerusalem , as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” - Zechariah. 12
My friend the Day of the Lord will end with the majority of the nation of Israel afflicting their souls in absolute repentance and they will then with all their being truly repent and receive their Messiah; the Lamb, Atonement, Savior, Redeemer, King, High Priest, Creator and Almighty God the Son (Psalm 2, 110, Isa. 9:6-8, 53,Heb. 1:1-3, 6:18-20, 7-10, Rev. 21:11-21)! Oh what a day that will be!
The Tribulation will begin with the Day of Atonement and will end with the Day of Atonement fulfilling all of Almighty God’s future kingdom promises to her!
The Tribulation will begin with the Day of Atonement and will end with the Day of Atonement fulfilling all of Almighty God’s future kingdom promises to her (Isa. 2:3, 11:10-17, 33:17-20, Ezek. 37:21, Amos 9:14-15,Mic. 4:1-4, Zech. 8:3, 12:8-14, 14, Rom. 11:25-27). It will be by the mighty ministry and supernatural testimony of the Two Witnesses (Moses and Elijah) that Almighty God will use these two as a Divine catalyst to bring Israel to full repentance and to the reception of their Messiah (Zech. 12:8-14,Mal. 4, Rom. 9-11)!
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!