The salvation of Israel is coming, and that event is tightly woven into the prophecies of the Last Days. The only question in our mind should be about WHEN these children of Jacob will return to God.
Will we see the Antichrist BEFORE the children of Jacob return…
…will the Antichrist conquer the world first…
…or, will the salvation of Israel happen at the time of the Second Coming?
And, another important question might be:
Is there enough evidence in the Bible to give us a clear answer to that question?
Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t make it easy for us to figure out the order of events of the Last Days. Most of the prophecies of the Last Days are in the Old Testament, and each of those prophets presents a somewhat different perspective on what happens. And, these views are sometimes hard to place in their proper order. So, as we seek to understand what is coming, we should look for the specific characteristics of Jacob’s redemption that separate this moment from other End Times events. Wherever we see those singular characteristics, we know that we are seeing the prediction of the salvation of Israel being fulfilled.
Ezekiel provides us with an important repository of these unique characteristics and gives us two key attributes to look for:
The children of Jacob must be in the Land of Israel before they are saved.
A gigantic military alliance formed by Gog and Magog will descend upon the Land of Israel.
Both of those conditions set by God in Ezekiel are required before the salvation of Israel will occur. Jacob must be in the Land. Israel must be attacked by a gigantic army. The only problem is that the Antichrist also comes with a big army, and when the Lord returns, another big army will make its own invasion.
Are there enough differences in the description of these battles to help us determine which is which?
I certainly believe so, and I hope to point those out as we work our way through the prophecies that deal with Jacob’s salvation. And, I have done this as much for myself, as for you. I also need to know where I am mistaken in my eschatology. That’s why, I have tried to be as unbiased as possible. I freely admit that I could get this wrong, so I need to be as open-minded as possible when approaching this issue.
Why This Is So Important
Now, why is this so important?
I talk about this in my book, Ezekiel’s Fire, which deals with the largest solar flare (or micronova) in human history. And, three prophets – Ezekiel, Isaiah and Zechariah – describe this cosmic catastrophe that will damage and destroy much of our civilization and leave a billion people dead. And, this event will happen during the coming of Gog and Magog and the redemption of the Children of Jacob. So, THAT is a GIGANTIC reason to pay attention to this.
Furthermore, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Zechariah each provide a different viewpoint to this cosmic cataclysm. Ezekiel mentions Gog, Magog and a fire that descends upon the Earth. Isaiah talks about the sun being seven times brighter and the moon being as bright as the sun. Zechariah refers to cars and trucks that stop working. And, all three describe these events as happening when the children of Israel are redeemed and return to God.
Unfortunately, when I wrote that book, I had assumed that the timing of the return of Jacob was pretty clear. I did not know that so many assumed that the salvation of the Jews would happen after the Rapture. And, I was surprised when many wrote to me with serious questions about the timing of this event. And, I was hearing some very thoughtful brothers in Christ say that the Rapture must come before Israel is saved.
I was more than a little surprised at this, but I didn’t think about addressing this question until I saw events in the Middle East move towards a war that would fulfill prophecy. I had been writing about Iran, Russia, Turkey and Syria, and I had wanted to write about the events in the Middle East in more detail. But, I quickly realized that I needed to clear up the question of the timing of Israel’s salvation. So, I stopped writing Omega Shock articles, and devoted my time to solving this question, once and for all. And, as I sat down to address this issue, I quickly realized that the first person who needed this answer was myself.
The Iran Threat
I must admit that I would not have invested so much time and effort into this, if the situation wasn’t so dire and immediate. We are on the doorstep of cataclysmic war in the Middle East. Gog seems to be gathering his alliance, and the most important part of that alliance is Iran.
The Iranian leadership believe that it is their duty to bring back the 12th Imam, the Imam Mahdi, that they claim to be 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. And no, they do not care if their country is burned to the ground as a result of their efforts.
Yes, I know that Iran’s motivations sound bizarre. They’re 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 actually believes, as opposed to what we would like them to believe. And, Twelver Shiism is far from anything that one would call ‘reasonable’.
Furthermore, the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s Sunni army and government has opened up a Shiite highway to the Mediterranean and to 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. It’s as if the mullahs in Tehran were reading Ezekiel 38 and 39 and were thinking that it was all a fabulous idea.
So, ANY discussion of the return of the Children of Jacob MUST include Iran – also known as Persia. We might not be completely certain about who the other players in this alliance are, but we know who Iran is. And, Iran desperately wants to destroy Israel. It has become their reason for existing.
Where Gog And Magog Fits
So, as we watch Iran, we should ask ourselves an important question:
Is Gog and Magog a part of the army of the Antichrist…
– or –
…or are they a part of the Kings of the East that attack when the Lord Returns?
Those are the two great battles that are mentioned as being before the Millennium. If Gog and Magog is not a part of either of those battles, then Gog and Magog must occur BEFORE either of them. And, the reason why is due to the exceedingly short amount of time between those two battles. There just isn’t enough time to fit Gog and Magog between the Antichrist and Armageddon, and there certainly isn’t enough time for Gog and Magog to occur after the Kings of the East attack. Remember that the Millennium begins immediately after Armageddon.
Wait, What Are These Armies?
Most people don’t talk about the army that the Antichrist commands. So, it’s understandable if you haven’t heard of it. We will be talking about this army later, but you might remember that Jesus called the residents of Judaea to flee when the Antichrist declares himself to be god (Matthew 24, Mark 13). Daniel, Zechariah and even Revelation also talk about this army, and the Antichrist’s invasion and occupation of Jerusalem.
The coming of the Kings of the East (aka Armageddon) is directly mentioned in Revelation 16 and 19, and it seems to also be mentioned in Zechariah 14. It is the last great battle before the Millennium, and it happens at the time of the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior. The identity of these kings are something of a mystery. The only thing that we know, is that some of these countries are to the east of Iraq – hence, The Kings of the East.
Furthermore, these two invasions come just three and a half years apart. And, that is just not enough time to insert a massive and superfluous attack upon a place that the Antichrist already controls. This means that the coming of Gog and Magog must either be a part of one of those two armies, or that great invasion must come before those battles occur. And, I plan to accurately and faithfully lay out the reasons for why and why not.
Why I Say ‘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 – as the Bible also does, many times. 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 returning to 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 will 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 idols 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 seems to be 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, some seem to be uncertain about how Israel will be saved.
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.
Translation Errors – The Intentional And Unintentional
And, I think that I know one part of that reason why so few talk about this:
Bad translations of the Bible
I have an absolute passion for the words of God. Not just The Word, but the words. All of them. Every. Single. One. And, those words were given to us in Hebrew and Greek, with some Aramaic. They were NOT given to us in English. And, I’m afraid that very few of the men who did our Bible translations were very proficient in Hebrew or Greek. And worse, I know that some of those men were thoroughly corrupt.
For instance, take the word ‘baptism’. The original Greek word is βαπτίζω or baptizo. It means immersion. It means to dip under the water. But, the translators of the King James Bible were Anglican. They sprinkled. So, instead of translating ‘baptizo’ into ‘immersion’, they just anglicized the Greek word by replacing the ‘zo’ at the end of the word with a ‘sm’.
That is horrifyingly corrupt.
How dare these translators deliberately obscure the meaning of the words of God!
Many Christians have been tricked into believing that they were baptized, because evil men corrupted the Bible. I believe that God will forgive those who misunderstood the meaning of baptism, but He will not forgive those men who deliberately defiled the Bible with their corruptions. And, let me throw in a few more.
Did you know that the name James was deliberately inserted into the KJV, in place of the name ‘Jacob’?
James, the brother of Jesus, and James, the brother of John, were not called ‘James’. They were called Jacob, or more accurately, Ya’acov. Even the Greek reflects this by spelling their names like this:
When you look up the etymology of the name, you’ll find that many claim a tortuous series of linguistic steps from Jacob to James. And, there might be some truth to that. But, that’s not the reason why the translators of the KJV called Jacob, James.
Who was the one paying their salary?
Right, King James.
You’ll notice that Jacob in the Old Testament wasn’t called ‘James’ by the guys translating the Bible from the Hebrew. Just the Greek got the ‘kingly corruption’. And, let me add yet another example that speaks directly to our topic:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
– Luke 21:36 (KJV)
Unfortunately, the original Greek doesn’t say ‘accounted 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)
I’m sure that many people got that verse wrong because they thought that they needed to be ‘worthy’ to escape, as opposed to being strong enough. And, I am struggling to find reasons to believe that this was just an honest mistake on the part of the translators. But, I’m having a hard time with that.
At least some of the translators of the Bible had to be either cretins, criminals or both. For anyone to claim to love God, and then do this to His precious words… I am left speechless. I just cannot believe that someone who is truly saved, could actually do something like this on purpose. And, if the translators were just ignorant of the true meaning of the Greek and Hebrew texts, then I have to wonder at those who hired them.
Why would you hire translators who didn’t understand the language that they were working with?
Either way, I’m shocked at what I have seen so far, which leads me to believe that there is a lot more this than I have seen. That’s why, when I detect a translation error in the scriptures that I reference, I talk about it, in depth. You need to know the true meaning of the words that the translators have corrupted.
Thankfully, my Hebrew is a thousand times better than my Greek, having lived and worked in a Hebrew environment. And, that experience and education has given me the ability to see what most cannot. My Hebrew is so-so by Israeli standards, but good enough for the purposes of this book.
How dare these men translate the Bible in such an awful way!
Now, let’s get into our main topic, and we will start off by talking about how the Antichrist arrives on the scene and conquers Jerusalem.
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Lay out the principles guiding this book.
Introduce how the book is organized.
Talk about why you are including the issue of translation errors. (might need to be on its own page)