Preface

In more than 40-plus years as a Christian, I never – not even once – thought that it was possible for the prophetic salvation of the children of Jacob to occur after the Rapture. I knew what salvation was, and I knew what you needed to do to get saved. And, nothing about the ‘post rapture salvation’ theory fit anything that I knew about salvation. And, every time that I read through the Bible – for 30-plus years – every verse that referred to the salvation of the children of Jacob, spoke to me of a salvation that was identical to our own.

How was it possible for the Return of Israel to God, to happen any other way?

Jesus is the Last Sacrifice. There is literally no other way to eternal life than through Him. There can be no other sacrifice for sin, since He was the one to pay for it all.

So, why do so many seriously consider an idea that seems so illogical?

I’m not completely sure.

However, I also know that God can do anything that He wants. He has a plan, and it is impossible for that plan to fail in its purpose. Another way of saying is… facts are facts, no matter how illogical they may seem. And, for a long time, I was willing to let those facts speak for themselves.

However, events in the Middle East and the rest of the world are pointing towards a fulfillment of prophecy. So, this question of the salvation of Israel has become more urgent than ever before. The coming of the Antichrist and the Return of Jesus have become something far too real. And, when the Israeli people are saved, serious and catastrophic events will occur. Global war, earthquakes and an unimaginable, civilization-destroying solar storm will take place. A billion or more people could die. So, if Jacob returns to God BEFORE the Great Tribulation, we need to prepare for that.

In fact, I believe that the words of Jesus are very clear on this need to prepare:

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 – Luke 21:36 (NKJV)

Unfortunately, the original Greek doesn’t say ‘counted worthy’ in that verse. It’s not even close to that meaning. I’m not an expert in Greek, but it’s clear that there is nothing about being ‘counted worthy’ in the original Greek word, κατισχύσητε. It has been a long time since I studied Greek, but it’s clear that power or strength (ἰσχύω) is at the core of this word, not worthiness. And, I think that a different translation gets this verse right:

But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 – Luke 21:36 (ASV)

If we are to ‘watch’ so that we can ‘prevail’, then it should be clear that we need to compare what the Bible says about these days to the events that we see.

But, how can we compare the events of today to the words of the Bible, if we don’t understand what the Bible actually says?

And, the events that we are looking at are dire indeed. Even if I did not believe that we were in the Last Days, my understanding of finance and geopolitics tells me that there are problems ahead that will shake the world to its foundations. Even if we aren’t in the Last Days, a billion people are likely to die in the wars, famines and natural disasters that lie in our future. And, I talk about all those things on my website, OmegaShock.com. We ARE in the Last Days, and the salvation of Jacob features prominently in the prophecies about the time that we live in now.

That’s part of the reason why I wrote my book, Ezekiel’s Fire. That book talks about a truly earth shaking cataclysm that will strike the Earth when the children of Israel return to God. That cataclysm will destroy much of what we call ‘civilization’, and it’s directly connected to the spiritual events in Israel. But, if we are raptured before Israel is saved, we have nothing to worry about. But, if we are not…

…woe unto those of us who have not prepared.

So, is my lifelong assumption that the Children of Jacob will be saved before the Antichrist comes… is it correct?

My Moment of Uncertainty

Since events in the Middle East seem to be leading us directly to the coming of Gog and Magog, I sat down to answer this question, and I found myself to be uncertain for the first time ever. Too many good brothers in Christ have disagreed with my position, and that made me pause and wonder if I was wrong. It would not be the first time that I had to climb down from a cherished notion, so I was willing to accept the possibility that I was also wrong here.

So, I combed through the passages that speak of the return of Jacob to God and analyzed those that describe the moment in time in which that salvation comes. What you are reading now is the result of that effort. And, as I did my research, I knew that there was one event that tied together all the prophesies of Israel’s return:

A Great Battle

Ezekiel 38 and 39 refers that battle in a way that we think of as the Battle of Gog and Magog. And, that battle marks the exact moment in time in which the Jews accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And, I have used that battle as a guide, when looking at all the other passages that refer to that moment in time. The goal was to discern the differences (if any) between the salvation of Israel and the peace and security of the Millennium. And, to even put the coming of the Antichrist into its proper place in the order of events.

So, which comes first?

Is it possible to determine the order of events?

Yes, but it is not a simple task.

I believe that the reason why so many have assumed that the salvation of Jacob occurs during The Millennium (or just before), is because it is hard to separate the events at the beginning of the Millennium, from the events that describe the deliverance of Israel. But, my efforts at a detailed examination indicate that there are significant and meaningful differences between the salvation of the children of Jacob and the Second Coming of Christ.

And, I have been able to determine that there are three great battles of the Last Days:

Gog and Magog

The conquering of Jerusalem by the Antichrist

The coming of the Kings of the East

The key question is whether the battle of Gog and Magog is the same as that of the Kings of the East. So, we will examine the chapters of the Bible that describe those events and try to determine their timing and order. And, if I am correct in my estimation that Gog and Magog comes before the Antichrist, you have some serious preparation to make. If I am wrong, you have nothing to worry about. And, I will do my best to lay out the evidence as clearly as possible and let Holy Spirit guide your thoughts.

Why The Children Of Jacob?

Now, why do I keep referring to Israel and the Jews as the Children of Jacob?

The simplest reason is that this is my response to those who teach a replacement theology. They claim that every reference to Israel in the Bible is now pointed right at them – at Christians. That is a patently illogical position, but many Christians believe this. So, it helps a bit in clarifying my point, when I refer to the physical descendants of Israel as the children of Jacob. However, there is a far deeper reason for referring to them as The Children of Jacob.

When Jacob left his father and mother and went into exile, he was not a follower of God. That might surprise you, so I hope that you were sitting down when I said that. But, it’s true. To put it in Christian terms…

…Jacob was an unsaved man, when he left his parents and the land of Canaan.

God still promised to bless him, and in the dream of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ (Genesis 28), God promised to give Jacob the land upon which he slept and to make his descendants so numerous that they could not be counted. God went on to say that He would be with Jacob, everywhere that he went and would bring Jacob back to the land that he was leaving.

Unfortunately, Jacob wasn’t completely convinced:

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God.

 – Genesis 28:20-21

Jacob called the place where he received that dream, Bethel, but he still wasn’t sure that God would do everything that He said. But, Jacob was willing to ‘play along’. If God fulfilled His promise, then Jacob would accept Yehovah as lord. And, when Jacob was about to enter back into the land that was promised to him, he still wasn’t convinced that Yehovah was the One True God. Even after Jacob wrestled with God, and was promised that his name would be changed, Jacob still didn’t submit with all of his heart.

It was only when God appeared to Jacob in Shechem, telling him to go back to Bethel and build an altar to God, that Jacob finally submitted. And, we know that because of what is said here:

2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

 – Genesis 35:2

Then, God appears to Jacob again, and says that his name will be changed. From that point on, he was Israel, even though Genesis still sometimes refers to him as Jacob.

The important symbol and metaphor lies in the name. The changing of Jacob’s name marked the point of spiritual transformation. While he was Jacob, his spiritual condition was rebellion. He allowed idolatry within his family. He was not truly yielding to God. But, after he got rid of the false gods and obeyed the voice of God, he was given the name of Israel. And, this dichotomy is reflected in the many times that God refers to Israelis as the Children of Jacob.

In those passages where God calls them Jacob, He is making the point that they are in rebellion against Him. The House of Jacob is the place of sin and rebellion. It’s also a demonstration of God’s sovereignty, in that God gave Jacob a promise, even though he was not in obedience.

We, ourselves, were Children of Adam when God chose us and sent His Son to die for us. But, when we accepted the truth of Christ and submitted to Him in obedience, we were transformed into the Children of God. Yes, we still have the physical remnants of our previous father, but our new life in Christ has given us a new name, a new identity and an eternal future. We are no longer slaves to sin, destined for Hell. We are now sons and daughters of the Most High. And, one day soon, the sons and daughters of Jacob will also be released from their bondage and become the sons and daughters of God.

This story of Jacob’s salvation is woven throughout the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. So, we accept this future transformation as fact, as preordained by God.

But, how will this transformation take place?

How will the children of Jacob be saved?

Well, let me ask you an important question:

What was the final sacrifice?

If your answer was Jesus’ payment for our sins upon the Cross and our cleansing by His blood, you are entirely correct. Jesus was, is and always will be the last true sacrifice. And, there will never be any other way to obtain salvation. Only Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

So, what does this mean for Israel?

They will become followers of Christ, just like you and me. They will be Christians. They will accept the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. They will turn from their false faith and accept the precious gift of salvation. They will become our brothers and sisters.

It’s that simple, but so very few actually talk about this.

 

 

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As I write this intro, events in the Middle East are moving towards war. Iran is accelerating her enrichment of Uranium, in the hopes of producing nuclear weapons. Those wishing to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons are pondering their options.

The Iranian leadership believe that it is their duty to bring back the 12th Imam, the Imam Mahdi, that has been living in secret – in occultation. They are fanatic Twelver Shiites that will do anything to fulfill their dream of a world ruled by the Mahdi, after the Earth has been drowned in blood.

Yes, I know that this sounds bizarre. It’s certainly bizarre to me, but you and I are not followers of Shia Islam. Therefore, we are stuck with having to deal with what the Iranian leadership believes, as opposed to what many would believe as reasonable. And, Twelver Shiism is far from anything that one would call ‘reason’.

Furthermore, the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s Sunni government has opened up a Shiite highway to the Mediterranean and a place called Israel. America was foolish to hand Iraq over to the Shiites, and that foolishness will leave the Middle East and the world scarred by war. More importantly, it has brought that war to the doorstep of prophecy.

That brings us to what this website is all about:

The prophesied return of the Children of Jacob to God.

The prophesied calamities that surround that return.

We have waited for the fulfillment of these prophesies for two thousand years. And the pages that follow should make it clear that we sit at the entrance to that moment in time. We stand at a landmark in prophecy. The problem is that far too many have toyed with the prophecies of the Bible, distorting them until they are unrecognizable.

That’s why I have gathered those chapters of the Bible that specifically address the Return of Israel to God, when the natural branches are brought back to their rightful place – Romans 11. My hope is that the description of this Return will become clear and will help identify the time when that event occurs. To my limited mind, it is clear that we are rapidly approaching that moment. And, it is my concern for your personal safety that compels me to do this.

Why?

The events surrounding the Return of Jacob will shake the world. War and natural disaster will leave very little of Earth untouched. It will be an incredibly dangerous time that will destroy civilization as we know it and prepare for the eventual arrival of the Antichrist and a new world order.

Some have looked at what the Bible has described and thought that such horror should reside within the short time that the Antichrist reigns upon the Earth. It is an understandable mistake, but a mistake nevertheless. Those of you who take the time to read what follows will be unable to fit all of that into such a brief moment in which the Antichrist rules.

The facts speak for themselves. The salvation of Israel cannot be during the time of the Great Tribulation. You might not agree at this moment, but you will when you have seen the evidence laid out before you. So, let me state unequivocally that…

Israel must be saved before – years before – the Great Tribulation arrives.

I am surprised at how controversial that statement is, so I hope that you were sitting down when you were reading it. And, if you thought that statement was controversial, the Bible has some surprises in store for you. So, keep reading.

Ultimately, the salvation of Israel is in the hands of God. The description in the Bible is truly miraculous. It is doubtful that any ‘Great Revival’ has ever occurred quite like this. Those who serve God in the midst of that event will be truly blessed. And no, this is not a call for ‘laborers’ to this ‘harvest’. God knows who will participate, and He has already called the chosen to the field.

So, if you haven’t been called to participate in this ‘Great Revival’, why do you need to read this?

Well, this website is also about those ‘prophesied calamities’ that I mentioned.

I’ve written about some of this in a book that I wrote, called:

Ezekiel’s Fire

That’s a more closely focused look at the events surrounding that moment in time, and you should think of this website as a companion to that book. I certainly do.

Will you survive what is coming?

Will you understand what it is that you see, when it does come?

Hopefully, as a Christian, you already have a passion for understanding the Bible. It’s a big driving force for why I wrote this. I too wish to understand the Bible as completely as possible. It’s why I wrote this. It’s why I read my Bible every day. And, in this age of deception, not understanding the Bible is a deadly, deadly problem.

You MUST understand the Bible correctly, or you will be in perilous danger.

So, if none of the above reasons move you to continue reading, the desire to understand this key event in our future should propel you forward. Even if you disagree with what I am saying, you will have a better understanding of WHY you disagree, which is an important thing.

So please, continue reading. Our next stop is the four chapters of the Bible that I call the Ezekiel Tetrad.  They lie at ‘ground zero’ for the time that is coming, and you really need to understand those four chapters.

[NEXT: The Ezekiel Tetrad]

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