After the close of the dispensation of the Mystery and rapture of the Church, the fifth dispensation--the dispensation of law for Israel--will be resumed and brought to completion. Israel will yet be in a state of a hardened heart in the things pertaining to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the final brief portion of the dispensation of law will serve to turn Israel to God, as follows:
Sword, awake against My shepherd, and against a hero -- My fellow, an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts. Smite the shepherd, and scattered is the flock, and I have put back My hand on the little ones. And it hath come to pass, in all the land, an affirmation of Jehovah, two parts in it are cut off -- they expire, and the third is left in it. And I have brought the third into fire, and refined them like a refining of silver, and have tried them like a trying of gold, it doth call in My name, and I answer it, I have said, 'My people it [is],' And it saith, 'Jehovah [is] my God!' - Zechariah 13:7-9
The remaining portion of the dispensation of law is seven years in duration (Daniel 9:27), the latter half of which, three and one half years, is the period referred to as "the great tribulation" (Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21; Mark 13:19). During this seven year period, Israel will resume her temple worship due to a seven year agreement made with her by the future man who will become known as the Antichrist, the Man of Sin, the "little horn," and etc., who shall break the agreement half way through and severely persecute Israel for three and one half years--up to the return of the Lord from heaven (2Thessalonians 2:8). What follows are the primary prophecies from the book of Daniel pertaining to this future period:
And the fourth kingdom is strong as iron, because that iron is breaking small, and making feeble, all [things], even as iron that is breaking all these, it beateth small and breaketh. As to that which thou hast seen: the feet and toes, part of them potter's clay, and part of them iron, the kingdom is divided: and some of the standing of the iron [is] to be in it, because that thou hast seen the iron mixed with miry clay. As to the toes of the feet, part of them iron, and part of them clay: some part of the kingdom is strong, and some part of it is brittle. Because thou hast seen iron mixed with miry clay, they are mixing themselves with the seed of men: and they are not adhering one with another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings raise up doth the God of the heavens a kingdom that is not destroyed -- to the age, and its kingdom to another people is not left: it beateth small and endeth all these kingdoms, and it standeth to the age. Because that thou hast seen that out of the mountain cut hath been a stone without hands, and it hath beaten small the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king that which [is] to be after this; and the dream [is] true, and its interpretation stedfast. - Daniel 2:40-45
Then I wished for certainty concerning the fourth beast, that was diverse from them all, fearful exceedingly; its teeth of iron, and its nails of brass, it hath devoured, it doth break small, and the remnant with its feet it hath trampled; and concerning the ten horns that [are] in its heads, and of the other that came up, and before which three have fallen, even of that horn that hath eyes, and a mouth speaking great things, and whose appearance [is] great above its companions. I was seeing, and this horn is making war with the saints, and hath prevailed over them, till that the Ancient of Days hath come, and judgment is given to the saints of the Most High, and the time hath come, and the saints have strengthened the kingdom. Thus he said: 'The fourth beast is the fourth kingdom in the earth, that is diverse from all kingdoms, and it consumeth all the earth, and treadeth it down, and breaketh it small. And the ten horns out of the kingdom [are] ten kings, they rise, and another doth rise after them, and it is diverse from the former, and three kings it humbleth; and words as an adversary of the Most High it doth speak, and the saints of the Most High it doth wear out, and it hopeth to change seasons and law; and they are given into its hand, till a time, and times, and a division of a time. And the Judge is seated, and its dominion they cause to pass away, to cut off, and to destroy -- unto the end; and the kingdom, and the dominion, even the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heavens, is given to the people -- the saints of the Most High, His kingdom [is] a kingdom age-during, and all dominions do serve and obey Him.' - Daniel 7:19-27
And he hath strengthened a covenant with many -- one week, and [in] the midst of the week he causeth sacrifice and present to cease, and by the wing of abominations he is making desolate, even till the consummation, and that which is determined is poured on the desolate one. - Daniel 9:27
And at that time stand up doth Michael, the great head, who is standing up for the sons of thy people, and there hath been a time of distress, such as hath not been since there hath been a nation till that time, and at that time do thy people escape, every one who is found written in the book. And the multitude of those sleeping in the dust of the ground do awake, some to life age-during, and some to reproaches -- to abhorrence age-during. And those teaching do shine as the brightness of the expanse, and those justifying the multitude as stars to the age and for ever. And thou, O Daniel, hide the things, and seal the book till the time of the end, many do go to and fro, and knowledge is multiplied.' And I have looked -- I, Daniel -- and lo, two others are standing, one here at the edge of the flood, and one there at the edge of the flood, and he saith to the one clothed in linen, who [is] upon the waters of the flood, 'Till when [is] the end of these wonders?' And I hear the one clothed in linen, who [is] upon the waters of the flood, and he doth lift up his right hand and his left unto the heavens, and sweareth by Him who is living to the age, that, 'After a time, times, and a half, and at the completion of the scattering of the power of the holy people, finished are all these.' And I have heard, and I do not understand, and I say, 'O my lord, what [is] the latter end of these?' And he saith, 'Go, Daniel; for hidden and sealed [are] the things till the time of the end; Purify themselves, yea, make themselves white, yea, refined are many: and the wicked have done wickedly, and none of the wicked understand, and those acting wisely do understand; and from the time of the turning aside of the perpetual [sacrifice], and to the giving out of the desolating abomination, [are] days a thousand, two hundred, and ninety. O the blessedness of him who is waiting earnestly, and doth come to the days, a thousand, three hundred, thirty and five. And thou, go on to the end, then thou dost rest, and dost stand in thy lot at the end of the days. - Daniel 12
This future, remaining portion of the dispensation of law for Israel will end when the Lord returns from heaven to establish the Kingdom of God upon earth, to bring Israel into the long awaited Covenanted blessings to her, including a New Covenant relationship with Yahweh. To proceed to our section dedicated to the Messianic Kingdom, click here.
A time of great trouble and distress lay on the horizon.
Near [is] the great day of Jehovah, near, and hasting exceedingly, the noise of the day of Jehovah, bitterly shriek there doth a mighty one. A day of wrath [is] that day, a day of adversity and distress, a day of waste and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of cloud and thick darkness. A day of trumpet and shouting against the fenced cities, and against the high corners. and I have sent distress to men, and they have walked as the blind, for against Jehovah they have sinned, and poured out is their blood as dust, and their flesh [is] as dung. Even their silver, even their gold, is not able to deliver them in a day of the wrath of Jehovah, And in the fire of His jealousy consumed is the whole land, for only a hastened end doth He make of all the inhabitants of the land! - Zephaniah 1:14-18
It is a time of terror and bloodshed for Israel, and for the nations, but Israel will be saved from utter destruction at the close of the period, and she will be restored to her covenanted land forever.
The word that hath been unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, 'Thus spake Jehovah, God of Israel, saying, Write for thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee on a book. For, lo, days are coming -- an affirmation of Jehovah -- and I have turned back [to] the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, said Jehovah, and I have caused them to turn back unto the land that I gave to their fathers, and they do possess it.' And these [are] the words that Jehovah hath spoken concerning Israel and concerning Judah: Surely thus said Jehovah: 'A voice of trembling we have heard, Fear -- and there is no peace. Ask, I pray you, and see, is a male bringing forth? Wherefore have I seen every man, his hands on his loins, as a travailing woman, and all faces have been turned to paleness? Wo! for great [is] that day, without any like it, Yea, a time of adversity it [is] to Jacob, Yet out of it he is saved. And it hath come to pass, in that day, an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, I break his yoke from off thy neck, and thy bands I draw away, and lay no more service on him do strangers. And they have served Jehovah their God, and David their king whom I raise up to them. And thou, be not afraid, My servant Jacob, an affirmation of Jehovah, nor be affrighted, O Israel, For, lo, I am saving thee from afar, And thy seed from the land of their captivity, and Jacob hath turned back and rested, and is quiet, and there is none troubling. For with thee [am] I, an affirmation of Jehovah -- to save thee, for I make an end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee, only, of thee I do not make an end, and I have chastised thee in judgment, And do not entirely acquit thee. For thus said Jehovah: Incurable is thy breach, grievous thy stroke, there is none judging thy cause to bind up, healing medicines there are none for thee. All loving thee have forgotten thee, thee they do not seek, for with the stroke of an enemy I smote thee, the chastisement of a fierce one, because of the abundance of thy iniquity, mighty have been thy sins! What! -- thou criest concerning thy breach! Incurable [is] thy pain, Because of the abundance of thy iniquity, mighty have been thy sins! I have done these to thee. Therefore all consuming thee are consumed, and all thine adversaries -- all of them -- into captivity do go, and thy spoilers have been for a spoil, and all thy plunderers I give up to plunder. For I increase health to thee, and from thy strokes I do heal thee, an affirmation of Jehovah, For 'Outcast' they have called to thee, 'Zion it [is], there is none seeking for her.' Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I turn back [to] the captivity of the tents of Jacob, and his dwelling places I pity, and the city hath been built on its heap, and the palace according to its ordinance remaineth. And gone forth from them hath thanksgiving, and the voice of playful ones, and I have multiplied them and they are not few, and made them honourable, and they are not small. And his sons have been as aforetime, and his company before Me is established, and I have seen after all his oppressors. And his honourable one hath been of himself, and his ruler from his midst goeth forth, and I have caused him to draw near, And he hath drawn nigh unto Me, for who [is] he who hath pledged his heart to draw nigh unto Me? An affirmation of Jehovah. And ye have been to Me for a people, And I am to you for God. Lo, a whirlwind of Jehovah -- Fury hath gone forth -- a cutting whirlwind, on the head of the wicked it stayeth. The fierceness of the anger of Jehovah doth not turn back till His doing, Yea, till His establishing the devices of His heart, in the latter end of the days we consider it! - Jeremiah 30
Matthew and Mark, knowing that many Jews would not accept Jesus as Messiah and would therefore find themselves in the Great Tribulation period, left a note of instruction to those Jews who might consult their writings after the rapture of the Church:
Whenever, therefore, ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever is reading let him observe), then those in Judea -- let them flee to the mounts; he on the house-top -- let him not come down to take up any thing out of his house; and he in the field -- let him not turn back to take his garments. And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck in those days; and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, nor on a sabbath; for there shall be then great tribulation, such as was not from the beginning of the world till now, no, nor may be. And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would have been saved; but because of the chosen, shall those days be shortened. - Matthew 24:15-22
And when ye may see the abomination of the desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (whoever is reading let him understand), then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains; and he upon the house-top, let him not come down to the house, nor come in to take anything out of his house; and he who is in the field, let him not turn to the things behind, to take up his garment. And wo to those with child, and to those giving suck, in those days; and pray ye that your flight may not be in winter, for those days shall be tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the creation that God created, till now, and may not be; and if the Lord did not shorten the days, no flesh had been saved; but because of the chosen, whom He did choose to Himself, He did shorten the days. - Mark 13:14-20
Just when these final events will unfold is unknown, but it could be very soon... it may even begin tonight. We must put forth a serious effort in leading people to Christ. Right now. People are important to God. He loves them very much and it is our utmost duty to bring to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As for our Jewish friends, we must put forth a serious effort to inform them that hopes of a restored Israel today is not what they are to be looking for. It is not in their best interest. They need to be baptized into the Body of Christ, and that right away.
What follows is a four-part presentation of Ready to Rebuild by Jimmy DeYoung, showing the hopeful Jewish people, once again in their land and looking forward to rebuilding the temple and resuming observance of Mosaic Law.
Pray for our Jewish friends. Pray for Israel. Pray for the world. Preach the Gospel.
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