Friday, September 27, 2013


In Daniel 9:24-27, we read of "Daniel's Seventieth Week" [a.k.a. "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7), and "The Tribulation," the second half of which is "The Great Tribulation" (Mt. 24:21)].  This prophecy describes Israel's seven-year peace covenant with the man who, half way through the seven years, is revealed to be the Beast of Revelation (Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-10). 

During the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist will seek to rule the entire world, but his primary goal will be the destruction of the Nation of Israel (Rev. 12:6-17).  And, unless you read all of what the Scriptures have to say about his efforts, you might come to the conclusion that he will succeed.  But, clearly he does not! 

To begin with, there will be a remnant of the Jews still living when Jesus returns to end the Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:31).  The Scripture says, "And the woman (the context is clear that the woman is Israel) fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days" (Rev. 12:6).  The real question is:  "who are "they" which protect and provide for the Jews?" 

There has to be a biblical explanation as to just who "they" are.  While I cannot say for absolute certain, I believe their identity is found in Daniel 11:41, which says, "He (Antichrist) shall enter also into the glorious land (Israel), and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon."

Revelation 12:14 accurately describes those three Transjordan states when it says, "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."  Today, what was Edom, Moab, and Ammon, is now the nation of Jordan.  And, unlike most of the Muslim nations, Jordan has had a peace treaty with Israel since 1994.

Wouldn't it be just like God to use three Arab nations to help Israel?

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