Friday, May 20, 2016

PREVIEW: What Comes Next for Us? The Exodus out of Egypt

"That which has been is that which will be,
 And that which has been done is that which will be done.
 So there is nothing new under the sun."
- Ecclesiastes 1:9 

"History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes." - attributed to Mark Twain

To Know the Future, Look at the Past

Recently the Lord opened my eyes to a powerful prophetic parallel in the Bible. This moment in history we are in right now is mirrored by the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt. Ahead of us are a series of increasingly severe plagues on the land. At a time when our backs are against a wall, God will part the Red Sea and deliver us by his mighty hand out of Egypt. Except we will go up through the heavens instead of through water. This is the rescue of the saints - the Rapture. We will spend a time in the wilderness, nourished by God, just as He did for the Israelites with daily manna. Except our wilderness is a dwelling place in our Father's house in heaven. Then we will return, cross the Jordan River, defeat the Canaanites and occupy the Promise Land. Instead of carrying the ark of the covenant across the Jordan River, we will follow the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS on white horses through an opening in the heavens. The battle of Armageddon will ensue. Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, and his heavenly army will emerge victorious over the beast and the armies of earth. Finally, Jesus Christ will reign from Jerusalem for 1,000 years over a restored earth, the new Promise Land!

The Bible is full of prophetic symmetry, where one event or person signifies and portends another in the future. God the Father designed the story line of history to unfurl like a flower. Movements build one upon another. His genius hand arranged for the themes of the exodus, the wilderness and the Promise Land to repeat like poetry in the end times.

Key That Unlocks the Mystery - Eagles' Wings

The symbolism of eagles' wings in Revelation 12 and Exodus 19 is a key establishing the prophetic parallel between the exodus from Egypt and end-times events.

Revelation chapter 12 is a profound passage that covers a broad sweep of history and flows into end-times prophecy. The passage is poetic and metaphorical. The woman represents God's people, Israel, the Church. The dragon represents Satan and the third of the stars of heaven that he swept from the sky represent the angels that followed him in rebellion against God. The male child who will rule all the nations with a rod of iron represents Jesus the Messiah. 

"And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent." - Revelation 12:13-14

When the dragon is cast out of second heaven (his current residence) and thrown down to earth in the end times, he will persecute the woman. But God will give her two wings of a great eagle to fly away to safety in the wilderness, where she will be nourished for a time and times and half a time. The last part is a euphemism for three and a half years, which matches the 42 months of the beast will be allowed to reign on earth:

"There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him." - Revelation 13:5

Flying away on eagles' wings is the same metaphor the Lord God used to describe how he brought the Israelites out of Egypt:

"Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: "You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself."'" - Exodus 19:3-4

In Exodus, the eagles' wings represent God's miraculous deliverance from Egypt - the plagues on the land, the pass over and especially the parting of the Red Sea. The Israelites walked across on dry land, but the waters fell on and drowned the pursuing Egyptian army. In Revelation, the eagles' wings represent the miraculous end-times rescue of the saints that we call the Rapture.

Where did God bring his people, according to the Exodus passage? To Himself! The Israelites encountered the presence of God on Mountain Sinai, just as we will encounter God on his holy mountain in the heavens.

The analogy continues with the wilderness. The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness nourished by God. He provided them food daily with manna from heaven and their sandals and clothes never wore out. In the same way, the raptured saints will be nourished in heaven, away from the presence of the dragon on earth, during the 42 months of the Great Tribulation.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In End-Times Bible Prophecy, the Temple Is the Human Body

Many Christians believe that a third temple will be built to fulfill end-times Bible prophecy. They believe the Antichrist will set up “the abomination of desolation” inside the temple and desecrate it. This is an understandable but mistaken interpretation. Unfortunately, it is also preventing many from realizing how late the hour is. Since the third temple is not built, they reason, we must not be in the end times or at least we have many years before the dramatic events in Bible prophecy unfold. Both assumptions are false. In end-times Bible prophecy, the “temple” is the human body and the abomination of desolation refers to a mass triggering of Satanic control over human bodies and souls.

Please take the following message to the Lord and ask him to confirm whether it is true. Far too many Christians are asleep. Like the foolish virgins in Matthew 25, they lack oil in their lamps and are not prepared for what is now unfolding.

Prophecies of Daniel

The prophecies in Daniel 8 – 12 are profound and multi-layered. They refer to two times and epochs, one that played out in the centuries immediately after Daniel and before the coming of Jesus Christ, and another that will occur at the end of this age.

In 169 B.C., Antiochus Epiphanes conquered Jerusalem, massacred many Jews and plundered the temple. The following year he set up an altar to the pagan god Zeus in the temple. Zeus represents the chief god of the pagan pantheon, the sun-god. From a Hebrew perspective, Zeus represents the head fallen angel leading mankind astray, otherwise known as the devil or Satan. In other words, this was an altar to Satan in the temple of the Lord, fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel chapter 11:

"Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation." - Daniel 11:31

Antiochus Epiphanes is the King of the North in Daniel’s prophecy. He is also a figure or type of the Antichrist King that will appear at the end of this age, according to Daniel, Revelation and 2 Thessalonians. Somewhere around verse 31 or 36 in Daniel 11, the prophecy begins to speak more directly about the Antichrist King. Chapter 12 is all about the end of this age.

Prophetic Symmetry

The Antiochus-Antichrist pair is an example of prophetic symmetry, where one person or event represents and portends another that will happen later. Prophetic symmetry is found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. For example, as Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the Lord instructed each household to sacrifice a lamb and paint its blood on the door posts and lintels of their houses. This signified to the Lord to pass over that house during the final plague of Egypt – death to the firstborn. This amazing deliverance is commemorated every year at the Passover meal. Nearly 1,500 years after the exodus from Egypt, Jesus Christ was sacrificed on Passover at the exact time when the Passover lamb is supposed to be sacrificed. His blood delivers us from spiritual death and reconciles us with God. The Passover lamb was a metaphor that prefigured the ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

A related example is Abraham’s virtual sacrifice of his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, which prefigured God’s actual sacrifice of his Son. It even happened in the same place – Mount Moriah is located in Jerusalem!

The biblical view of history is not a linear timeline of disconnected events. Instead, it is like the unfurling of an exquisite flower, where movements build one upon another. A small sprout from the soil portends a grown stalk, and the appearance of a bud signifies the blooming of a flower. Events are timely, orchestrated and purposeful, reflecting the genius hand of our Creator through time and history. Each part of Scripture interconnects and interrelates with the whole of it, like a living organism. Thus the endless layers and infinite riches of the Word of God!

Please note that prophetic symmetry does not mean an event happens the same way twice. Jesus Christ was a man, not an actual lamb, and his blood does not save us from bodily death, but from the death of our spirits, which is eternal estrangement and disconnectedness from God. In other words, the first instance is a metaphor or representation of the ultimate fulfillment.

This is also where the error comes in for believing a third temple will be built that the Antichrist King will desecrate. That is what Antiochus Epiphanes did, which was a metaphor for what will happen in the end times. The ultimate abomination of desolation will be much more profound than erecting a pagan altar in a temple building.

The Temple Is the Human Body

Under the old covenant, the temple was a building dedicated to the worship of God and containing his Presence. The Hebrew word that is sometimes translated temple or sanctuary in the Old Testament is “qodesh.” It means holy thing or holy place. The meaning of this word is not limited to a building.

Early in his ministry, Jesus set the precedent for what the temple will be under the new covenant in his blood. The following dialog took place after Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple in indignation, overturned tables and poured out their coins:

"The Jews then said to Him, ‘What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body." – John 2:18-21

There it is – the temple as a body, a human body.

The moment Jesus died on the cross, the curtain of the temple in Jerusalem was torn top to bottom and the earth shook. This event signified God's Presence and power would no longer dwell in a temple in Jerusalem. Instead, God's Spirit and Presence would dwell in our bodies – leading, empowering and teaching us – as Jesus had promised.

The Apostle Paul stated it this way:

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" - 1 Corinthians 6:19

This arrangement fulfills what God promised to the prophets long ago:

"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances." – Ezekiel 36:25-27

Furthermore, the analogy extends to sacrifices. Under the old covenant, animals were sacrificed at the temple to worship and honor God. Sacrifices are now defined as righteous acts of obedience to God that we carry out through our bodies. In that sense, we are "living sacrifices":

"You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." - 1 Peter 2:5

"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship." - Romans 12:1

In summary, this is the new arrangement of the new covenant:

  • Body = Temple
  • Holy Spirit = Presence of God in us
  • Righteous acts of obedience = Sacrifices

Abomination of Desolation

Based on the metaphor of a pagan altar in a sanctuary, combined with the understanding that the temple is now the human body, we can conclude that the abomination of desolation will consist of satanic altars placed inside human bodies.

Here is what Jesus said about the abomination of desolation:

"Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short." - Matthew 24:15-22

Jesus said in effect: “Run for the mountains! Don’t turn back! Pray your flight does not happen in the winter or on the Sabbath!” Would a pagan altar set up in a sanctuary provoke this kind of urgent response? Jesus said this event and the ensuing tribulation would be so terrible that if the days weren’t cut short, no one would be left alive. There is something extremely serious going on here. Notice the parenthetical “let the reader understand.” This is another way of saying: “Really think about the meaning here, because it isn’t the obvious one.” If we were simply talking about a pagan altar in a sanctuary, that phrase would be unnecessary.

The satanic altars placed in human bodies essentially will be points of access and control that allow Satan to hijack people’s bodies and souls to carry out evil deeds. This will happen on a mass scale, which is why Jesus’ warning was so urgent.

How? Satan has had thousands of years to figure this out and he’s got it down to a science. The methods include:

  • Mind control established through satanic ritual abuse (SRA), dissociative identity disorder (DID) and advanced technologies
  • DNA manipulation
  • Demonic spirit possession and influence
  • Weaponized viruses and other forms of disease

More detail on these topics is in these articles: 

To learn more about mind control and DID / SRA from a Christian counseling perspective, these videos are excellent. The video trainings also continue further – you can find the video links on Youtube: 

God Is in Control

God is in control of everything and we have nothing to fear. All of this will end magnificently to his glory and honor, hallelujah. He loves us. The power of God is far greater than anything the enemy can throw at us. God will increase his anointing on and through us to beat Satan’s agenda.

But we have to draw near to him, humble ourselves, repent and allow him to heal us. We have to build our faith to the point where it would be normal to receive supernatural, miraculous answers to prayer. This is how we can stand strong, advance God’s kingdom and oppose the satanic agenda now unfolding.

If Christians are waiting for a third temple to be built and thinking there is plenty of time and everything is normal, let me tell you, we do not have time. There may never be a third temple and Bible prophecy does not require it.

Jesus is coming soon! The Four Horsemen have already begun to ride. Soon enough they will encircle the globe. If there ever was a time for the Bride to prepare, it is now.