Biblical Prophecy

April 10, 2013

The key to understanding prophecy is to know what prophecy is. Is it predicting the future? In part, but the best definition of Prophecy comes from the Bible itself.

For it is the Spirit of Prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.

Rev. 19:10b (NIV)

Prophecy revolves around what Jesus says and what He does. Every prophesy in the Old Testament that pointed to Jesus’ birth, death and Resurrection were perfectly fulfilled. It is with this knowledge that we can know that all prophesies concerning the Parousia (2nd coming) of Jesus, will also be literally and perfectly fulfilled.

Peace be with you

Elijah Jacobs

April 16, 2013

Where are we headed as a nation? Should we expect God’s hand to continually bless us? Is the United States obedient to God’s will? If not, what do you think Yahweh (God’s personal name) is going to do about it? Here is a hint: Consider what happened to the northern kingdom of Israel around 722 B.C. at the hands of the Assyrians and what happened at the hands of the Babylonians to Judah around 586 BC. As a nation, we must not adhere to the mantra of tolerance in matters that blatantly break God’s law. Yes, God wants us to love and support each other and provide for the needs of the less fortunate. Is that happening? Sexual immorality grows like a cancer. Our nation entertains many demonic spirits through our various forms of entertainment. Violence is everywhere. We are ripe for judgment.

As people unite in light of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, Christians ought not to talk about the strength of Americans. We should praise God for His mercy and righteous judgment; then repent. Afterward, we can use the inner strength that God gives to heal from the wounds inflicted by His enemies.

May the Lord Bless You and keep You.

Elijah Jacobs

MARK OF THE BEAST

4/26/13

There is insight on the mark of the beast that I want to share.  At this time, any calculation of the number to a person (Pope, president) or a religion (Islam) is going down a wrong path. What we do know from Scripture (Rev. 13:16-18) is that the 2nd beast (False Prophet) causes all peoples (every culture, ethnicity, social class) to be marked on their forehead or right hand.  This is for the purpose of buying and selling. Without this mark, no one can participate in the anti-christ’s economic system. The mark will be the name of the beast or the number of his name.  Evidently someone with wisdom and understanding will calculate the number–which is the number of a person.  Verse 18 says it is 666 (some manuscripts 616).  In my next post, I will show Old Testament support for why taking this mark for the sake of getting food (survival) is a rejection of God by failing to trust in His provisions.

Remember when the Beast confirms a covenant with Israel for 7 yrs, then we will know who he is and we will be able to calculate the number.  Once the treaty is signed or strengthened, we have only 1260 days before the anti-christ desecrates the temple.  Then he will demand the world’s worship and institute his tyrannical system of government. All of us need to begin storing up goods now, so Christian communities will have the necessities to live without the anti-christ’s mark.</strong

May the Lord Bless you and Keep

Elijah Jacobs

June 4, 2013

We are all children of God. That is our birthright and we have the free will to accept it or reject it. Satan knows what God has in store for His children and he knows that the inheritance of the saints is even greater than his lot. Paul writes that the saints will judge the angels.(1Corinthians 6:3) So Satan devised ways to disqualify God’s people from their inheritance. His servant, the anti-Christ, will cause people to take his mark and worship his image (or they won’t be able to buy and sell for food). This is not new. Daniel 3 gives us a prime example of idol worship during the Babylonian exile. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego overcame their punishment for refusing to worship the image of the King. Theirs was a trip to the fiery furnace and Jesus himself was in there with his faithful servants. So, no true believer has anything to fear when anti-Christ comes to persecute us. If we believe in God, we know that He can deliver us. So what if we cannot buy food! I believe that manna from Heaven will be provided for God’s people again. The only problem self-proclaimed Christians will have is if they are afraid of persecution for the Lord’s sake. What will be revealed then is that their true God is their flesh. Many will be like Esau, who was considered Godless because he despised his birthright (firstborn son), giving it up for a meal.

May the Lord’s grace and strength always guide you.

Elijah Jacobs

July 5 2013                             BE ANTICIPATORS!

Chapter 2 of the Prophets of God talks about the need for God’s people to be anticipators.  It is what makes someone great in his/her chosen profession.  It is the ability to understand what will happen next.   Pg. 15 shows us that what separated Wayne Gretzky from the good players (in the NHL) was  the ability to anticipate where the puck would be.  Anticipators do not shy away from the battle cry but head to where the action will be.  The Bible shows us the patterns that will occur during the last days (Daniel’s 70th Week).  We need to know that the anti-christ will  use subtlety and chicanery in order to gain power.  He will not emerge first, but 10 nations will come to power and then he will overthrow 3 of them.  (Cf Daniel 7:18-28).  He will change the set laws and seasons.  So what does that mean?  It means to look towards the feast days of God and understand that the beast will try to upset them.  It also means that he will attack those who follow the Commandments and adhere to the words of Jesus. He will undermind everything that tries to glorify God.

A saint of God will expect to be on the receiving end of the Beast’s wrath.   God would not want it any other way because it is in this time of great despair that a true man of the Lord will emerge.  If you do not believe me then read the psalms and read the book of Job.  What is the reward for being an overcomer?  In Job’s case, it was double what he previously owned and in David’s case it was a Kingdom.  David was also given the promise that someone from his line will always rule over Israel (the People of God).  If we are to achieve such a rich inheritance, will it be after great persecution or will it come by avoiding perilous times?  The disciples hoped to avoid seeing their Lord killed.  They were scattered and turned away from God for a time.  I see the same thing happening to PTR Teachers.  The apostles James and John wanted to sit at either side of Jesus in his kingdom.(Matthew 20:20-28, Mark 10:35-45) At the time of the request, they did not have the mind of Christ.  The Gospels tell us that all the disciples argued about who would be the greatest.  They put themselves above God’s Plan of Salvation.

Do you want to know whom I believe will be sitting at God’s left and right hand.  The Scriptures give us the clue.  I will explore it in the next entry but here is a hint.  Before Jesus went to Jerusalem to meet his “expected end”, He made an effort to bring the message of Salvation to  the Samaritans, but they would not receive Him.  James and John asked Jesus if they could bring fire from Heaven to the unbelievers.  Jesus rebuked them. (Luke 9:51-56)  Are there two men who will be granted the ability to call fire down from Heaven?   Was there anyone in the Old Testament who was given this ability?  Think about it.

 

May the Lord Bless You and Keep you.

 

Elijah Jacobs

July 17, 2013                           THE TWO WITNESSES

In the last post, I asked the question: “Were there any two individuals who are given the ability to call fire from Heaven?” This ability was not given to James and John (The brothers Zebedee). It seems to me that the position that they were looking for at either side of Jesus was set aside for the Two Witnesses. They(the 2 witnesses) are granted power to prophesy for 1260 days and if anyone opposes them during this time, fire (from Heaven) will come out of their mouths to consume their foes. (Rev. 11:4-6). The 2 witnesses are also killed by the beast and called up to Heaven after 3 and a half days. (Rev. 11:7-13). They are taken up in a cloud in much the same way that Jesus went back to the Father. (Acts 1:9)

Jesus told the disciples that it was not for them to know the times that the Father has set by his own authority. (Acts 1:7). The two Witnesses have this knowledge. They will see Jesus coming into His Kingdom (The Rapture and Day of the Lord Judgment) , during the days of their Prophesying. They are the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord. When Jesus appears to John (son of Zebedee) in Revelation 1, he is in the midst of the 7 lampstands (defined as the 7 Churches of Asia Minor). There is Precedence that Jesus is in between those he calls His Church. The Witnesses are called to do something no one else was asked to do and therefore they have a special place beside Jesus. So who are they?

The 2 witnesses in my opinion are Moses and Elijah. Jesus himself said that he came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the Prophets. Elijah called down fire from Heaven in the Old Testament (2 Kings 1:1-16). Moses had the power to bring the plagues upon Egypt and turn water to blood. The 2 Witnesses have the power to call down plagues on the ungodly, shut the skies from bringing rain and change water to blood. These abilities parallel what Moses and Elijah were able to do. At the Transfiguration of Jesus, Moses and Elijah were there. They discussed the expected end of Jesus. They had a role in God’s Plan of Salvation. That role will continue with their 1260 Day Mission.

Amos 3:7 tells us that the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing it to His servants, the prophets. Jesus Himself told his disciples that it is impossible for a Prophet to die outside of Jerusalem. (Luke 13:33). When Moses died, it was outside of the Holy Land but the Lord buried him. Yet we find out in Jude (verse 9) that the arch-angel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses. Satan knows prophesy and will try to upset set times and laws. (Daniel 7:25). Satan wanted Moses’ body in order to prevent God from fulfilling His Plans for Salvation.

Finally, it would be logical that the 2 witnesses (Moses and Elijah) would have spots on either side of Jesus. Three witnesses are the perfect number to settle a matter or dispute. Moses had experience judging his people. I believe that the two witnesses will rule as judges with Jesus. The three together complete God’s Plan of Redemption: through the Law, the prophets and the Blood of Christ.

*For more on the 2 witnesses and their identities as Moses and Elijah, please read Chapter 6 of the Prophets of God: Two Olive Trees.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you and may His face always shine upon you.

Elijah Jacobs

JULY 29, 2013                      Zechariah on the 2 Witnesses.

The prophet Zechariah describes the 2 witnesses in the same way that God describes them to John. (Rev. 11:4). Zechariah 4:3 and 4:11 tells us that they are the 2 olive trees that are to the left and right of the golden lampstand (Representative of Jesus, the light of the World). Verse 14 confirms that they are the 2 olive trees which are anointed to serve the Lord off all the earth. This description fits with the 2 witnesses who: (1) were with the Lord at the Transfiguration, (2) were at the tomb to be witnesses to the Resurrection, (3) were witnesses to the disciples at the Lord’s ascension and (4)are the forerunners to the Return of the King.

Zechariah chapters 2-5 have a very close parallel to Revelation 11. There is rich symbolism of our High Priest Jesus’ coming to His Millennial Temple and his 2 witnesses/prophets who go ahead preparing the Way for the Lord. They serve a vital role in God’s Salvation Plan. Jesus has been discussing it with them since the Transfiguration. The 2 witnesses will play their parts well, culminating with their deaths at the hands of the Beast (anti-Christ) Three and a half days later, they terrorize those who would rejoice at their demise by coming back to life and ascending into the heavens. They show God’s power over death and their ultimate reward will be a seat on either side of their King.

May our Savior give you the wisdom and the strength to endure the dark days ahead, so you may receive the Crown of Life.

Elijah Jacobs

August 20, 2013                    Do Not Be Caught Unaware!

Most prophecy teachers will refer to Matthew 24:36 in reference to the coming of Jesus. I have heard people say over and over: “Noone knows the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, not even the angels or the Son himself.” This line of thinking goes along with the teaching by PTR that the Rapture is imminent (can happen at any moment). My answer would be this: “Let’s see what God’s Word says.” Scripture must always be used in context and before truth can be realized, all related Scriptures must be compared and harmonized. (See section under Excerpts: Rules of Interpretations).

Following these rules of interpretations, we go to Matthew 24:37 which tells us that the coming of the Son of Man will be similar to the Days of Noah. What we know about Noah was that he was a preacher of righteousness and was obedient to God. (Hebrews 11:7). Genesis 7:4 shows that God tells Noah that the rains will come down on the earth in 7 days and last for 40 days and nights. Amos 3:7 teaches us that the Sovereign Lord does nothing before telling his servants, the prophets. So once Noah proved to be faithful to God, our Lord showed him exactly when the flood would begin and how long the rains would last.

Since we know that the days before Christ’s return will be like the days in Noah’s time, then it is perfectly reasonable to state that God will tell his faithful ones when His Day of Judgment will be and how long it will last. We must have the Spiritual ears to listen. God has always worked His plan of Salvation around the Feast Days of Israel.(See the section on Feast Days of Israel). This will continue with regards to the 2nd Coming of Christ. So, if Jesus’ Second Advent is centered around one of the High Holy Days of Israel, then it cannot be at any moment. In the next post, I will show you how we can know the Feast Day of God’s coming (i.e. the Rapture) and still not know the exact hour or Day (from the Gregorian Calendar).

May the Lord protect you and give you the wisdom and grace to persevere.

Elijah Jacobs

August 22, 2013

In my last post, I said that we can know the Biblical Feast Day on which Jesus returns (to gather His people) and still not know the day or the hour.(*From the Gregorian Calendar). Under the section for Feast Days on this website, I discussed which Fall Holy Day will be fulfilled with the Rapture, so I am not going to get into it here. What I am going to prove is that God can return on a specific day on the Hebrew Calendar and it still would not nullify Jesus’ words that “No one knows of that day and hour.” Jesus lived during the time of the Roman Empire, and Palestine was under the supervision of the Romans, who used the Julian Calendar. So the Judean people would have had knowledge of both the Hebrew Calendar and the Julian Calendar. The Julian Calendar erred from the real Solar Calendar by 11.5 minutes a year, so it was pretty accurate. The difference was that the Hebrew Day would begin at sundown the day before on the Julian Calendar. So when Jesus made His declaration of not knowing the time or hour, those who heard these words would have an understanding of both calendars.

When Jesus comes for the elect, they will be gathered from the four corners of the earth. (Matthew 24:31). This means that people will be in different time zones. So a person being gathered on the West Coast will be taken up at a different hour than a person from the East Coast. So I can teach that the Rapture will be fulfilled on the Feast of Trumpets and still be true to the teaching that no one knows the day or the hour. What if a person on the East Coast is gathered up at 12:08 am, and someone one the West Coast is gathered at the same time? It will be 9:08 pm for that other individual and for that west coaster, the rapture will have occurred on a different day than for the east coaster.

In conclusion, God wants us to be watchful and prepared for His coming.(Read Matthew 24, Luke 21:5-38 and Mark 13 in context). The argument about not knowing the day or the hour does not have substance when one has an understanding of the Hebrew Day and the fact that Rapture will cover all time zones. When we dig deeper, we will find that Jesus gives us clues to the potential hours of his return through his parables. I will explore this in the next post.

Please Keep studying the scriptures. If our hearts are open to truth and not personal agendas, God will show us His Truth.

* In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the advancement of the Julian Calendar by 10 days and introduced a corrective device to prevent future error. This device was that century years, such as 1700 or 1800 would not be counted as leap years. The century years that would be counted were the ones divisible by 400. The Gregorian Calendar Year differs from the actual solar year by 26 seconds and is still used by the United States today. The Hebrew Calendar also had to make adjustments for the difference in the Solar and Lunar Year. Their Calendar (which consists of 29 and 30 day months) adds an intercalary month 7 years out of every 19 year cycle.
(These facts were gathered from Info Please. “The Curious History of the Gregorian Calendar” by Ben Snowden.)
Sincerely,
Elijah Jacobs

August 26, 2013                          Jesus Gives us CLUES!

Jesus does warn us that He can come at an unknown hour. Does that mean that we are not to know the time of His Coming or does it mean that the hour is unknown to those who are not prepared? I am inclined to believe that for those who are not vigilant and watchful, the return of our Lord will be like a thief in the night. Jesus gives us the parable of the 10 Bridesmaids as an example of what His Return will be like. (Matthew 25:1-13). Jesus shows that the Bridegroom was delayed and the bridesmaids fell asleep. The wise ones were prepared for the coming of the prince. The call (much like the cry of the archangel )(1Thessalonians 4:13-16) alerted everyone that the bridegroom was coming. This call was at midnight. So sometime after midnight we see the bridegroom arrive. I believe that this specific time that Jesus gave was not arbitrary but a clue as to when he will return. Most, will be asleep or will be lost in Satan’s grip when the fullness of time (for Jesus’ return) arrives. Some will lose faith because they will feel that God is slow with regards to His Coming. The Apostle Peter addressed this very issue.

God is not slow with his promises but He is patient with us, hoping that none will perish and that all will come to repentance. Unfortunately, many will be scoffers and mockers. For those people, the Lord will come like a “thief in the night.” Peter tells us that we are to not only wait for the coming of the Day of God but to hasten its approach. (2 Peter 3:9-12). We do that by bringing the Gospel to the 4 corners of the Earth. (Matthew 24:14).

Jesus gives us a 2nd witness as to His return in the example of the watchful slaves. (Luke 12:35-39). Once again there is a witness to our lamps being lit. (The light of Jesus must always shine through us. Matthew 5:14-16) Jesus does not say definitively when the master will return, but says if the master returns in the middle of the night or at dawn, those who are prepared will be blessed. This is done for the purpose of God’s servants to be ever vigilant. Mark 13:32-37 is another witness that mentions that the return of the Lord may occur after midnight but before the breaking of dawn. Mark adds that the master’s return could happen in the evening as well. This is not a contradiction. Remember, Jesus is speaking in and around Jerusalem and that is the time frame we must use. If the return of Christ is somewhere between 12am and 6am in the Middle East, then it will be anywhere from early evening to Midnight in the contiguous United States. We must be like the men of Issachar, who knew the times which they lived in and what the people of God ought to do. (cf: 1Chronicles 12:32). So by understanding that the Return of the King can occur between the hours of 12am and 6am,(2nd or 3rd watch in the KJV) Palestinian/Israeli time, we will be equipped with knowledge that many will not have. God wants us to be leaders so that we can search for his lost sheep and prepare His Saints for the terrible times that lie ahead. We are given the charge to be WATCHMEN!!
Will you stand on guard with us?

May the Lord teach you and guide you always.

Elijah Jacobs

October 29, 2013                   PSALM 83 IS PROPHECY

Before we enter into the 70th week of Daniel, it is important to know what events will happen next. Current world events, like Iran being 1-2 months away from having nuclear weapon capabilities, only strengthen the belief that we are truly in the last days of this age. However, before a treaty can be confirmed by the anti-Christ (Daniel 9:27) war will break out in the Middle East and most likely the Temple Mount in Jerusalem will be affected. It is very likely that major damage will be done to the Dome of the Rock and AL-ASQA (the Muslim Mosques which are currently on the Temple Mount). The anti-Christ will broker a deal that will allow a Jewish Temple to be built. A major war that will occur before the 70th week of Daniel is detailed in Psalm 83. What the rest of this post will do is show why this Psalm of Asaph is prophecy and to identify the current nations with their Biblical names.
The first question that may be asked is this: Is Psalm 83 just a prayer for judgment on Israel’s foes (imprecatory prayer, where the writer calls down divine curses on his enemies.) or is it also foretelling a future event? The key to understanding prophecy is to know that there are near and far fulfillments. So while this prayer was relevant in Asaph’s time against his enemies, it also tells what will happen in the near future. Asaph had dual roles, as a Levite Priest appointed by King David (1Chronicles 16:4-5) and as a Hebrew Prophet. 2 Chronicles 29:30 informs us that Asaph was a seer. The Hebrew word for seer, Chozeh can be translated as a beholder of vision. In 1 Chronicles 25:2, we learn that Asaph prophesied under the order of King David. So clearly anything that Asaph writes would have prophetic implications. How do we know that this psalm is relevant now? Look at verse 4.

They say, “Come let us wipe them out as a nation: let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

This quote not only has been said by Palestinian leaders but by the former Iranian President (Ahmadinejad) as well as the Ayatollahs. The terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas echo these same thoughts. Most of the Middle Eastern Arabs see the current Jewish nation as bullies who must be eradicated. Observation of Middle Eastern events tells us that the war depicted in this psalm is coming very soon. So who are the players?

1) Tents of Edom are the Palestinians and Southern Jordanians. Edom, Moab and Ammon occupied the southern, central and northern portions of Modern Day Jordan.
2) Ishmaelites: The Saudis.
3) Moab: Palestinians and Central Jordanians.
4) Hagarenes: Egyptians. (Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, was a slave woman from Egypt serving Sarah. (Abraham’s wife.)
5) Gebal: Hezbollah and Northern Lebanon.
6) Ammon: The Palestinians and Northern Jordanians.
7) Amalek: The Arabs of the Sinai region.
8) Philistia: Hamas of the Gaza strip.
9) Inhabitants of Tyre: Hezbollah (who reside in Lebanon currently) and the Southern Lebanese.
10) Assyria: Syria and the northern Iraqi’s

Finally, many of the nations/peoples above also show up in (as of now) unfulfilled prophetic conflicts.
1) Edom: Ezekiel 25:14, Jeremiah 49:10 and Obadiah 1:18.
2) Ammon: Jeremiah 49:2, Zephaniah 2:9, Isaiah 11:14.
3) Moab: Zephaniah 2:19, Isaiah 11:14
4) Philistia: Ezekiel 25:15-17, Isaiah 11:14
5) Saudi Arabia: Ezekiel 25:13.
6) Egypt: Isaiah 19-16-18.

Hopefully this post gave some much needed information and insight into what is coming very shortly.

God Bless You Always.
Elijah Jacobs

January 2, 2014                Bad Times for Israel’s Enemies

We are on the verge of some of the most exciting times that will come upon the world Stage. 2014 will bring about events in the heavens that have been seen only 7 times in over 2 Millennia. There will be lunar eclipses on the first Day of the Biblical Feast of Passover (beginning at Sundown April 14-Sundown April 15) and on the first Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot beginning at sunset Oct 8). In addition, there will be lunar eclipses on the First Day of Passover and the First Day of Tabernacles in 2015. This will be only the 8th time since 1 AD that a blood moon (as the result of a lunar eclipse) will be apparent on the Feast Days of Passover and Tabernacles in consecutive years. Many may shake their heads and say: SO WHAT!

However, there is great prophetic significance to these eclipses. Is it just coincidence that the 8th occurrence of these amazing events will be on 2 of Israel’s Holy Feast Days? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Before delving into what may occur concerning Israel during this future time frame, we must explore past history. God works in patterns. The 7 times previously that a blood moon appeared during the aforementioned feast days in consecutive years were in the following years.
1) 162 and 163 A.D.
2) 795 and 796 A.D.
3) 842 and 843 A.D.
4) 860 and 861 A.D.
5) 1491 and 1492 A.D.
6) 1947 and 1948 A.D.
7) 1966 and 1967 A.D.

Historically, the 8th and 9th centuries were times of major persecution of the Hebrew People. In 1492, the Spanish Inquisition ended (terminating another period of harsh treatment on the Judean people). In 1948, the modern nation of Israel came into existence and Israel withstood attacks from her Arab neighbors and emerged victorious. By the way, the modern nation of Israel is not the united 12 tribes, but this event in May of 1948 was a partial fulfillment of prophecy. (Isaiah 66:7-8). Finally, the 6 Day War of 1967 (June 5-10), saw the Judean people reclaim Jerusalem and take back the Temple Mount. In the name of peace, Israel returned control of the Temple Mount back to Islam after 10 days. The pattern is clear! The last 3 times these heavenly signs occurred in conjunction with Biblical Feast Days, the Judean people were blessed and Israel’s enemies were defeated. Many in the Arab world, including President Obama believe that for the sake of the Palestinians and world “peace”, Israel should go back to the pre-1967 borders.

Apparently, people like to ignore the promise that God made to Abraham that would be given to the descendants of his only begotten son (Genesis 22:2) Isaac. Verse 17 has God making a vow that Abraham’s descendants will be occupying the gates of their enemies. The land grant that God gave Israel is laid out in Genesis 15:18:

“TO YOUR DESCENDANTS I GIVE THIS LAND, FROM THE WADI OF EGYPT TO THE GREAT RIVER (THE EUPHRATES)”…
So from Egypt to the Euphrates, which runs through modern Iraq, will be the land that the 12 tribes will inherit. Those who speak otherwise, like it or not, are going against THE WORD OF GOD.

I believe that by understanding the patterns of history, it is reasonable to conclude that a major event(s) concerning Israel will occur in 2014 through 2015. Do not be surprised if the war prophesied in Psalm 83 occurs during this time frame. The Hebrew people will emerge victorious. Islam will have suffered another major setback and the Arab Nation will be thrown into utter chaos. Sounds like a perfect time for the serpent to strike at the heels of the people of God. Shortly after this fallout, look for a leader to emerge, using guile and misdirection while preaching peace. He will be the one to confirm a Covenant with Israel, only to break the covenant, half-way through its proposed 7 year period. (Daniel 9:27).

TRULY WE ARE ON THE PRECIPICE OF THE LAST DAYS AND THE WISE NEED ONLY GO TO THEIR BIBLES AND LET THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE THEM TO ALL TRUTH.

MAY THE LORD, YAHWEH, PROTECT AND KEEP YOU.
YOUR SERVANT
ELIJAH JACOBS

November 13, 2014          Understanding the enemy

Preparation is key for any battle. The successful sports teams are the ones who not only refine their skills but understand the tendencies of their opponents. They are anticipators. It is the same for the people of God. We must not underestimate our adversary. The prophet Daniel is like a veteran coach who preps his young team for battle. He gives us great insight into what the adversary (the antichrist) will do.

” And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.” Daniel 7:25-26, KJV.)

We need to heed these words and prepare for great tribulation. We have insight into Satan’s playbook. His minion, the antichrist, will try to change the Holy Days of God. (The Feast Days of Israel). The laws Daniel is referring to are God’s commandments. The overcomer will have God’s Law of Love in his/her heart. Understanding the Feast Days is also crucial. They are all fulfilled in Jesus. By understanding the set times and laws, we can know what Satan will do and when he will do it. Persecution will come but Yahweh will win in the end. Our job is to keep the faith, remain steadfast in Christ, and prepare an army of believers for the battle of the ages.- EJ

 

November 20, 2015                      The Prophets

The Old Testament prophets played an important role in the history of Israel. They spoke for the Sovereign Lord. Their message was often one of chastisement, repentance and future judgment. However, there was also the hope of deliverance for the people of God. Below is the list of all the books of the Prophetic Books and the meaning of their names.

  1. Isaiah- Yahweh is salvation.
  2. Jeremiah- Yahweh throws, Yahweh establishes (appoints or sends)
  3. Lamentations follows the book of Jeremiah and describes the funeral of the holy city of Jerusalem. Out of the ashes of destruction, there is a spark of hope as God promises to remain faithful to His people in the future. The Hebrew title, “Ekah” means: “Ah, how!”
  4. Ezekiel- God strengthens or strengthened by God.
  5. Daniel- God is my judge.
  6. Hosea- Salvation.
  7. Joel- Yahweh is God.
  8. Amos- Burden-bearer.
  9. Obadiah- Worshipper of Yahweh or Servant of Yahweh.
  10. Jonah- Dove.
  11. Micah- Who is like Yahweh?
  12. Nahum- Comfort, consolation.
  13. Habakkuk- One who embraces or clings.
  14. Zephaniah- Yahweh hides, Yahweh has hidden.
  15. Haggai – Festal, festive.
  16. Zechariah- Yahweh remembers, Yahweh has remembered.
  17. Malachi- My messenger.

These names are in the same order as they are in the Bible. Our Heavenly Father is raising prophets now as we approach the end of this age. Amos 3:7 says it all.

” Surely the LORD God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” (NKJV) EJ.

 

December 14, 2015            History of End Time Prophecies (Part 1)

A key to understanding events which will occur at the end of the age, is to pay close attention to the history of prophecies concerning the latter days. Jesus, through his first advent, perfectly fulfilled all prophecies concerning His Birth, Crucifixion and Resurrection. It is with this knowledge, we can accurately say that future oracles will come true just as precisely.

Three prophets played a key role during the Babylonian banishment and the eventual return of some of the exiles: Daniel, Haggai, and Zechariah.  The purpose of this post is to show the timing of several prophecies. In future posts, I will explore how the dates given are clues to understanding Daniel’s 70th week.

When Scripture gives us explicit details about God’s Word, we better take note. As the Median and Persian Empires grew, the Lord spoke during the time of King Darius. Daniel chapter 9 tells us that it was during the first year of Darius’ reign when he read the scroll of Jeremiah. This particular Darius was the son of Ahaseurus (Xerxes). This is an important piece of information because Xerxes was the king who married Esther. Therefore, we can conclude that the events in Daniel chapter 9 occur years after queen Esther helps to deliver her people from evil Haman.

While Daniel was in captivity, he was given an incredible prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27) about his people and the future Messiah. Daniel’s obedience in writing down God’s Word was a guide for the magi to find and worship Jesus. (Matthew 2:1-23). Around the same time, 2 other prophets were hearing the Word of God in Jerusalem: Haggai and Zechariah.

On the 1st day of the 6th month (Elul) of year 2 of Darius’ reign, Yahweh spoke through Haggai, commanding the Jewish people to rebuild the Temple. Zerubbabel (governor of Judah) and Joshua (high priest) began the construction on the 24th day of the same month (Haggai chapter 1).  Elul is the month before the High Holy days and it is a time for self -inspection and repentance.

In the next installment, I will look at a prophecy given to Haggai during the Feast of Sukkot.  Finally, we will look at oracles given to Zechariah. The timing of one specific vision may give us a clue as to when the 2nd seal in Revelation 6 will be unleashed. EJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 comments

  1. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    The word “prophecy” seems to frighten some Christians. In light of your definition, why do you think that is?

  2. arjdolphins’s avatar

    I believe much of Christianity equates prophecy with the end of the world. I have heard this expressed by Christians of various denominations just in the last few weeks. I would love to hear more responses from Christians on what they think prophecy is. Many do not want to think about Prophecy. When I explain that Christ’s return is to rescue His elect and then to take the world back from Satan, it eases people’s minds. I suppose many Christians do not believe in the Age of the Millennium as a literal kingdom.

    When it comes to Prophecy, it is not telling the future–as so many think–but it is THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS. We are drawn to mystics, fortune tellers, tarot card and palm readers, because we want to know specifics about our future.

    Even with my teenage daughter, she does not want to consider what may happen over the next 10 yrs. She understands world events but she does not like to consider a world without computers or cell phones. My nephew became upset when I shared my opinion that video games won’t be around when Jesus returns. As adults, we reject prophecy on the same grounds–we don’t like what we read in the Bible. We prefer a future more to our liking.

    Elijah Jacobs

  3. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    In your post that asks “Where are we headed as a nation?” you mention the resolve and inner strength of many Americans. Do you think this “strength” is an obstacle to repentance–the only thing that can save this country?

  4. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    In your (4/26) post on the antichrist, I believe you are saying we won’t know who he is until we begin the 70th week of Daniel. Is that your take on it? In your view, what’s the significance of “the spirit of the antichrist” and what is it (1st John 2:18-27)? Is identifying the spirit of the antichrist and those who have it more relevant to believers today than knowing the identity of the beast himself?

  5. ElijahJacobs’s avatar

    Pastor John, you are understanding the post correctly. Many are trying to identify the final beast by attributing the number 666 to a name. The spirit of the anti-christ, as you say has been in the world since the time of the Apostle John. This spirit is prevalent in religions that deny Jesus as the Son of God who came in the flesh or organizations that reject Jesus’ words. John is clear that anyone who denies Jesus as the Son of God, not only does not know The Father, but has the spirit of the anti-christ. As for recognizing the end-time beast, most will conclude he is the Messiah because they are deluded, though he will deny the Father and the Son.

    To know definitively who the anti-christ is and when Daniel’s 70th week begins; the confirmation of the covenant with the governmental representatives of Israel is our key (Daniel 9:27). As you say, this treaty or covenant signing is not the next event on the prophetic timeline. Judgment on all so-called Christian Churches as well as Jewish synagogues happens next. Afterward, the world will be turned upside down by war. This is what is going to lead to the beast’s emergence on the world scene, not a Rapture taking Christians to heaven. Global war will lead to famine and chaos setting the stage for anti-christ’s meteoric rise. Nations will give the beast their allegiance based on his false promise to revive the planet through peace, security and prosperity.

  6. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    I’m not hearing anything really new in what you offer, although you did say you had some insight. Do you think if we watch the leaders who prominently manifest the spirit of anti-christ, they will direct us to the beast himself? Also, I throw out the proposition that the spirit of the anti-christ has always been in the world, it didn’t begin in John’s time. The Apostle gave the spirit a name, but it was evident in Cain as well as Korah. What spirit was behind the Israelite’s demand for a king in 1st Samuel 8:4? Would you agree or disagree that it was the spirit of anti-christ?

  7. ElijahJacobs’s avatar

    Maybe I should not have said new insight. Forgive me, if it sounded too egotistical. However, I have a point that I want to share which will be in a follow up post. The idea that the spirit of anti-Christ has been in the world since Old Testament times is interesting. I agree with you that it was given a name in John’s time and was defined with reference to the Father and the Son. Since the spirit of the anti-Christ comes from Satan, then I would say that it has been around since the fall of man. I will also add that it was around when iniquity was found in Lucifer, too. As you said, it was named and defined in the New Testament. As for your point that by recognizing those with the spirit of anti-Christ will help us to identify the final beast, I would say absolutely. The final beast will act similarly to Antiochus Epiphanes (who definitely had the spirit of anti-Christ). Men like Nero, Hitler, the Ayatollahs of Iran and current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exemplified this spirit. My follow up post will compare Esau (the elder of Isaac’s sons) to those who take the mark of the beast. Esau, in my opinion, had the spirit of the anti-Christ. So did Nimrod and Saul, that is why God’s Spirit would not stay with Israel’s first king.

    Thank you for your comments.

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