Wednesday, November 6, 2013
“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5c,6 KJV).
Big Brother is watching; Heavenly Father is, too!
Just before the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and carried the last of its inhabitants away to Babylon in 586 B.C., the LORD told the Prophet Ezekiel to command Israel’s (wicked) prince: “Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:26,27).
Notice, God would take Israel’s crown from her, and she would not be restored politically until her Messiah (Jesus) would come: it is Jesus Christ’s right to inherit Israel’s crown (see Luke 1:31-33). Until Jesus would come and establish His earthly kingdom, Israel would be out of her Promised Land and Gentile empires would dominate her (in Luke 21:24, Jesus called this “the times of the Gentiles”).
The book of Daniel, contemporary with Israel’s 70-year Babylonian captivity, is the prophetic record of the Gentile empires that would rule the world (which had been Israel’s prospect). In Daniel 9:24-27, the angel Gabriel informed Daniel that it would take 70 weeks of years (or 490 years) to cleanse the Hebrew people of their sin (especially pagan idolatry). Since then, 69 of these weeks of years—or 483 years—have run their course (according to Daniel 9:25-26, they were fulfilled between circa 450 B.C., the year Jerusalem’s wall was rebuilt with Nehemiah, and A.D. 30, the time Jesus Christ died on Calvary).
One more week—the final seven years—of Daniel’s prophecy is still waiting fulfillment. We call this the seven-year Tribulation (or “Daniel’s 70th week”). Once that last seven-year period is finished, Israel will be spiritually cleansed, and she will be God’s chief nation on earth, the nation God wanted her to be from her earliest days. However, before earth’s governments are restored, they will grow increasingly worse….