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April 28, 2017

Table of Sections of Revelation

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PROLOGUE SECTION

SECTION 1 BRIDGING VERSE

None

THEME

The Son of Man and His Messages to the Seven Churches

RANGE

It could be from chapter 1:9 to 3:22

SUBSECTIONS The Vision of the Son of Man (ch 1:9-20)
The Messages to the Seven Angels of the Seven Churches (ch 2:1 to 3:22)
SECTION 1 BRIDGING VERSE

(Rev 3:21 NIV) To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Bridging Word(s): The Father’s Throne

SECTION 2 BRIDGING VERSE

(Rev 4:2 NIV) At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.

THEME

The Vision Center and the Main timeline Reference

RANGE

chapter 4:1 to 11:19

SUBSECTIONS The Vision of Heavenly Throne of God
The Seven Seals, The Seven Trumpets, The Seven Thunders and The Little Scroll, The Two Witnesses
SECTION 2 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 11:19 NIV) Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Bridging Word(s): Covenant

SECTION 3 BRIDGING VERSE The Woman is the symbol of the Covenant People!
THEME The Struggle between the Woman and the Dragon
RANGE chapter 12:1 to 13:8
SUBSECTIONS The Woman and the Dragon (ch 12:1-17)
The First Beast (ch 13:1-10)
The Second Beast (ch 13:11-18)
SECTION 3 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 13:18 NIV) This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Bridging Word(s): Six or Sixth

SECTION 4 BRIDGING VERSE (Revelation 14:1 – 5) The Sixth Seal – Look for the explanation of The Fourth Section or Hidden Seals Section
THEME The Redeemed People of God and the Punishments of Evil Peoples
RANGE chapter 14:1 to 16:21
SUBSECTIONS The Lamb and the 144,000 (ch 14:1-5)
The Messages of the Three Angels (ch 14:6-13)
The Two Harvests (ch 14:14-20)
The Angels with the Seven Last Plagues (ch 15:1-8)
The Bowls of God’s Wrath (ch 16:1-21)
SECTION 4 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 16:19 NIV) The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.

Bridging Word(s): Babylon the Great

SECTION 5 BRIDGING VERSE The Great Whore is Babylon the Great.
THEME Babylon the Great and the Bride of the Lamb
RANGE chapter 17:1 to 19:10
SUBSECTIONS The Great Whore and the Beast (ch 17:1-18)
The Fall of Babylon the Great (ch 18:1-24)
The Rejoicing in Heaven (ch 19:1-10)
SECTION 5 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 19:10 NIV) At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Bridging Word(s): Yeshua or Jesus

SECTION 6 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 19:11 KJV) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. (Yeshua or Jesus is the Rider)
THEME Wars and Judgments
RANGE chapter 19:11 to 20:15
SUBSECTIONS The Rider on the White Horse (ch 19:11-16)
The Defeat of the Beast and Its Armies (ch 19:17-21)
The Thousand Years (ch 20:1-6)
The Doom of Satan (ch 20:7-10)
The Great White Throne Judgment (ch 20:11-15)
SECTION 6 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 20:14 NIV) Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.

Bridging Word(s): “Death”, “passed away” and “was no longer

SECTION 7 BRIDGING VERSE (Rev 21:1 NIV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
THEME Renewal of All Things/Utopia
RANGE chapter 21:1 up to (maybe) 22:7
SUBSECTIONS The New Heavens and the New Earth (ch 21:1-8)
The Vision of The New Jerusalem (The Bride) (ch 21:9-27)
The River of Life (ch 22:1 and maybe up verse 5 or 6 or 7)
SECTION 7 BRIDGING VERSE None

EPILOGUE SECTION

Epilogue, Benediction, and Warning

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April 23, 2017

Olivet Prophecy: Part 8

 

Previous Topics:
Part 1: Looking through the Stones of the Buildings of the Temple
Part 2: False Messiahs (1st SEWIC)
Part 3: Fearful Things and Terrors (2nd SEWIC)
Part 4: Persecutions and Martyrdoms (3rd SEWIC)
Part 5: The Desolation and the Great Distress According to Luke
Part 6: The Great Tribulation (GT)
Part 7: The Coming of Lord (LAST-SEWIC)

Part 8: The Illustration of the Fig Tree 

Before we proceed to the simile itself, there’s something that should be explained – The “Kingdom” of God.

8.1 The Kingdom of God

(Revelation 12:10 KJV) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This verse belongs to the vision of the “War in Heaven.” Some people think that the coming of the Kingdom of God in this verse is at the time of the Lord Yeshua’s 2nd coming when he will again eat the Passover Supper and drink of the fruit of the vine at his Father’s Kingdom or Kingdom of God (Mat 26:29, Mar 14:25, Luke 22:16, 18). That is not the case. The “War in Heaven” happens before the Red Dragon pursues/persecutes the Woman of Revelation 12 and before the former makes war with the other seed of the latter. Whereas, at the time of the “Kingdom” of God in Mat 26:29, Mar 14:25, and Luke 22:16, 18, the Red Dragon has no capability to pursue/persecute the Woman or to make war with her other seed because the Lord Yeshua is going to be with his bride – the Woman.

The seemingly “two comings” of the Kingdom of God is perhaps brought about by the not so accurate translation of the word “kingdom” in Mat 26:29, Mar 14:25,  and Luke 22:16, 18. Here’s the definition of the Aramaic word for “kingdom” in the said verses:

SEDRA:

kingdom, realm, reign

The word can also mean “reign.” Now, read the two passages below:

Rev 11:15-17 ESV
(15)  Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.
(16)  And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,
(17)  saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.

Rev 19:6-7 ESV
(6)  Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
(7)  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;

This is the time when God will assume His great power and will reign. It is also the time when the Lord Yeshua will again eat the Passover Supper and drink of the fruit of the vine – during the Reign of God (7th Trumpet).

8.2 The Illustration of the Fig Tree 

(Luke 21:28 Etheridge) But when these things begin to be, take courage, and lift up your heads, because your redemption hath drawn nigh.

Let’s not forget this verse. It is from this verse that the simile of the fig tree follows in the account of Luke.

In verse 32 of Mat 24 above, it can be read that as soon as the branches of a fig tree become tender and shoot forth leaves, they know that summer IS NIGH. Similarly, this is also what can be read in Mark 13:28 and Luke 21:29-30 – that summer is near or approaching. The passage above (Mat 24:32-39) is from King James Version which was translated from the Greek texts. Below is the link to Greek Interlinear presentation of Matthew 24:32:

http://biblehub.com/interlinear/matthew/24-32.htm

Now, here follows the Analysis Pages/Tables of the Peshitta verses about the lesson of the fig tree from the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

8.3 Analysis Tables of the “Summer Verses”

(From Dukhrana Biblical Research: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/)

Matthew 24:32 But from the fig-tree learn a parable: As soon as her branches are tender, and put forth leaves, you know that summer has arrived.

Matthew 24:32
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:12182 Particle from
2:22595 Noun fig, fig tree Feminine Singular
2:4405 Particle but, yet
2:9218 Verb learn, teach Second Masculine Plural Imperative PEAL
2:16649 Noun comparison, parable Feminine Singular
2:6236 Particle immediately, at once
2:14139 Noun branch Feminine Plural
2:19989 Verb soft, tender Third Feminine Plural Active Participle PEAL
2:17143 Verb spring up Third Masculine Plural Active Participle PEAL
2:8425 Noun leaf Masculine Plural
2:25890 Verb know, known, recognize Second Masculine Plural Active Participle PEAL
2:23320 Pronoun thou Second Masculine Plural
2:11593 Verb arrive, reach, attain Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:18574 Noun summer Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Matthew+24:32&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

Mark 13:28 But from the fig-tree learn a parable. When her branches become tender, and shoots forth leaves, you know that summer has arrived

Mark 13:28
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:12182 Particle from
2:22595 Noun fig, fig tree Feminine Singular
2:4405 Particle but, yet
2:9218 Verb learn, teach Second Masculine Plural Imperative PEAL
2:16649 Noun comparison, parable Feminine Singular
2:11328 Pronoun what
2:19988 Verb soft, tender Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:14141 Noun branch Feminine Plural
2:17142 Verb spring up Third Masculine Plural Perfect PEAL
2:8425 Noun leaf Masculine Plural
2:25890 Verb know, known, recognize Second Masculine Plural Active Participle PEAL
2:23320 Pronoun thou Second Masculine Plural
2:11593 Verb arrive, reach, attain Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:18574 Noun summer Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Mark+13:28&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

a) The verb “arrive” in Matthew and in Mark are one and the same (inflected) word ID-2:11593. Its tense is in the perfect form.

Here in the Peshitta accounts of Matthew and Mark, when the branches of a fig tree become tender and shoot forth leaves, summer has arrived!

Luke 21:29 And he spake to them a parable: Behold the fig tree and all the trees

Luke 21:29
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:1290 Verb say, speak, announce, affirm Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:5144 Verb be, was, turn Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:10844 Particle to, for
2:12570 Noun parable, proverb, similitude Masculine Singular
2:6681 Verb see, behold Second Masculine Plural Imperative PEAL
2:22593 Noun fig, fig tree Feminine Singular
2:10069 Particle all, every, whole, entirely Masculine
2:646 Noun tree Masculine Plural

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Luke+21:29&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

Luke 21:30 when they bud forth, immediately from them you understand that summer has neared.

Luke 21:30
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:11328 Pronoun what
2:17141 Verb spring up Third Masculine Plural Active Participle APHEL
2:6254 Particle immediately, at once
2:12185 Particle from
2:27872 Verb understand, understand Second Masculine Plural Participles ETHPAEL
2:23320 Pronoun thou Second Masculine Plural
2:18959 Verb near, touch, come, near, bring near, offer, fight Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:10842 Particle to, for
2:18574 Noun summer Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Luke+21:30&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

b) The verb “near” or “come” (ID-2:18959) in Luke is in the perfect form.

In the account of Luke, when the branches of trees become tender and put forth leaves, summer has neared. Summer has drawn near just before they bud forth.

Fig trees usually leaf out in Jerusalem at the month of March or April according to many sources.

8.4 Analysis Tables of the “Kingdom Verses”

(From Dukhrana Biblical Research: http://www.dukhrana.com/)

Matthew 24:33 So also you, when you have seen all these , you know that it has arrived at the door.

Matthew 24:33
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:5189 Particle thus
2:1743 Particle also, even
2:1481 Pronoun thou Second Masculine Plural
2:11330 Pronoun what
2:6614 Verb see, behold Second Masculine Plural Perfect PEAL
2:5250 Pronoun this, these Common Plural
2:10083 Particle all, every, whole, entirely Masculine
2:8652 Verb know, known, recognize Second Masculine Plural Imperative PEAL
2:11599 Verb arrive, reach, attain Third Feminine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:10843 Particle to, for
2:23077 Noun door, gate, portal Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Matthew+24:33&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

Mark 13:29 So also you, when you have seen all these occur , you know that it is near, [even] at the door.

Mark 13:29
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:5189 Particle thus
2:1743 Particle also, even
2:1481 Pronoun thou Second Masculine Plural
2:11330 Pronoun what
2:6614 Verb see, behold Second Masculine Plural Perfect PEAL
2:5250 Pronoun this, these Common Plural
2:5073 Verb be, was, turn Third Feminine Plural Active Participle PEAL
2:8652 Verb know, known, recognize Second Masculine Plural Imperative PEAL
2:19035 Adjective hand, near, neighbour Feminine Singular
2:5033 Pronoun he, it, is Third Feminine Singular
2:15701 Particle on, about, concerning
2:23078 Noun door, gate, portal Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Mark+13:29&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

Luke 21:31 So likewise you, when you have seen these take place, you know that near is the Kingdom of God

Luke 21:31
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:5189 Particle thus
2:1743 Particle also, even
2:1481 Pronoun thou Second Masculine Plural
2:11330 Pronoun what
2:6614 Verb see, behold Second Masculine Plural Perfect PEAL
2:5250 Pronoun this, these Common Plural
2:5073 Verb be, was, turn Third Feminine Plural Active Participle PEAL
2:8652 Verb know, known, recognize Second Masculine Plural Imperative PEAL
2:19035 Adjective hand, near, neighbour Feminine Singular
2:5033 Pronoun he, it, is Third Feminine Singular
2:11998 Noun kingdom, realm, reign Feminine Singular
2:914 Noun God, god Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Luke+21:31&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

c) The inflected verb “arrive” (ID-2:11599) in Matthew is in the perfect form.

This means that when the situation in Matthew has been met, it (the Kingdom of God) has already arrived AT THE DOOR. In Mark, when the same situation is met, it (Kingdom) is “near, [even] at the door” or “near, [even] on the door” NOT “near the door.” In Luke, when the situation is met, the Kingdom of God is near. There’s no phrase “at the door.”

The “at the door” is a Biblical phrase that is regarded to mean “near.” But when something is said to be near, it does not automatically mean that it is “at the door.” John the Baptist preached that the Kingdom is near (Mat 3:2) and so as our Lord Yeshua (Mat 4:17). But here in our Lord’s Discourse, he indicated indirectly that the Kingdom has not yet arrived at the door. So, this means that the “at the door” means more near than just being near.

d) The nouns “door, gate, portal” in Matthew (ID-2:23077) and in Mark (ID-2:23078) are both in their singular form.

8.5 Comparison Between “Summer Verses” and “Kingdom Verses”

At the start of each of the “Kingdom Verses” from the three books, it is indicated that the situation here is to be compared to the situation in the “Summer Verses” of the same three books.

e) The noun “parable” (ID-2:16649) in the “Summer Verses” (Matthew and Mark) has even “comparison” as its other meaning. Also, Payne Smith’s Syriac Dictionary has the meaning “illustration” for this word.

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/PayneSmith/page.php?p=446

The arrival of the Kingdom of God at the door is to be compared to the arrival of summer. This is an obvious comparison, isn’t it? But there is a “hidden” part in this comparison. Before we continue with the comparison, there are things that must be noted in the “Kingdom Verses.”

f) The verb “see, behold” (ID-2:6614) in all the three books has a perfect tense.

g) The verb “be, was, turn” (ID-2:5073) in Mark and Luke has a tense of an active participle.

Let’s now continue with the comparison.

TABLE OF COMPARISON

Summer Verses Kingdom Verses
As soon as the branches of a Fig tree become tender and shoot forth leaves When they have seen “all these things” take place
Summer has already arrived. the Kingdom of God has already arrived AT THE DOOR.

The occurrence of “all these” or “all these things” in the “Kingdom Verses” is the counterpart of the tendering of the branches of a fig tree and the shooting forth of its leaves in the “Summer Verses.” AS SOON AS the branches of a fig tree become tender and shoot forth leaves, it can be known that summer has arrived BUT these branches remain tender for a time and they also continue to sprout more leaves. Only the starting part of this leaf out process is needed to know that summer has arrived. It is in this sense, as for me, the arrival of the Kingdom AT THE DOOR is to be reckoned in relation to the events in this prophecy. What is being illustrated by “Summer Verses” is the relative position of the time frame of the INITIAL tendering of branches and shooting forth of leaves within the longer time frame of the whole leaf out process.

The “all these things” refer to all the starting events of this prophecy as compared to the starting part of the leaf out of a fig tree. The starting events of the prophecy are what the “beginning of these things” in Luke 21:28 is pointing out. Again here is Luk 21:28:

(Luke 21:28 Etheridge) But when these things begin to be, take courage, and lift up your heads, because your redemption hath drawn nigh.

The “Generation Verses” from Matthew, Mark, and Luke support the direction we are taking in our study. There is more on the rest of this verse later.

8.6 Analysis Tables of the “Generation Verses”

(From Dukhrana Biblical Research: http://www.dukhrana.com/)

Matthew 24:34 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away, until all these shall be.

Matthew 24:34
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:1109 Particle Amen, verily
2:23299 Verb say, speak, announce, affirm First Masculine Singular Active Participle PEAL
2:1378 Pronoun I First Common Singular
2:10849 Particle to, for
2:10863 Particle no, not
2:15148 Verb cross over, transgress, turn away from, pass over Third Feminine Singular Imperfect PEAL
2:22439 Noun generation, tribe, family, stock, line Feminine Singular
2:5249 Pronoun this, these Feminine Singular
2:15208 Particle until
2:5242 Pronoun this, these Common Plural
2:10083 Particle all, every, whole, entirely Masculine
2:5140 Verb be, was, turn Third Feminine Plural Imperfect PEAL

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse: http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Matthew+24:34&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=125%

The “Generation Verses” in the accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are word for word the same, so, there’s no need for the other accounts to be shown here.

h) The verb “be, was, turn” (ID-2:5140) from Matthew, Mark, and Luke has an imperfect tense.

These “Generation Verses” are not standalone verses. They are part of the passage of the Illustration of the Fig Tree. They should be understood within the context of the whole passage. The Lord Yeshua gave the “Summer Verses” as an illustration to which the “Kingdom Verses” are to be likened. These “Generation Verses” were given to define the scope of “all these things.” They are telling until when the “all these things” are to take place.

8.7 Application of the Illustration to Actual History

According to most English Bibles, the apostles’ generation will see “all these things” take place before they pass away, but before their generation passed away, no one among them mentioned that the Kingdom of God has already arrived at the door. Here’s a verse about the “actual” (not at the door) coming of the Kingdom of God.

(Revelation 12:10 KJV) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This verse belongs to the vision of the “War in Heaven” which was fulfilled from 732 AD up to 1492 AD (more on this later). So, from the generation of the apostles up to the start of the War in Heaven, there are more than 600 years. With this time distance to the “actual” coming, can the Kingdom of God be said that it was already at the door before the generation of the apostles passed away? There is a verse from the book of James that can give us an idea how long a duration of time the “at the door” conveys.

8.8 “At the Door”

(James 5:9 KJV) Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

In the Peshitta, the word for “judge” in this verse can also mean “judgment.”

(James 5:9 Murdock) Be not querulous one against another, my brethren, lest ye be judged: for lo, the judgment , standeth before the door.

According to the Analysis Page of the Khabouris Peshitta text of James 5:9, the Aramaic word rendered as “Judge” in most English Bibles should be rendered as “judgment” or “sentence.” Here’s the link to the page:

Analysis of Peshitta verse James 5:9

There are Aramaic words which are defined as “Judge” in the page (the NOUNs, not ID-. 2:4459). Each of these words has its own ID-number at the left side of the table. Each of these inflected words has its own Morphological Information attached to it. At the extreme left side of the table can be found the root words of all the words in the verse including the root word of all “Judge.” It will be noticed that the particular ROOT WORD of all “Judge” (nouns) has other derivative words which are defined as “judgment/sentence.”

Now, the fact is that the inflected word that is used in this verse of the Khabouris Peshitta does not correspond to any of the words defined as “Judge” but specifically corresponds rather to the word identified as ID-2:4474 which has a definition of “judgment/sentence”!

Click the ID number of the said inflected word then click in the next page the link with the words “show verses” and the resulting page will appear. All the occurrences of the word ID-2:4474 in the New Testament will be seen here including James 5:9. The reader can do this same procedure to all the “Judge” (the NOUNs, not ID-. 2:4459) in the Analysis Page to see for himself/herself if any of them does include or not James 5:9 in their lists of occurrences. The author has already done this thing and none of them does include James 5:9. Of course, that is because ID2:4474 has already James 5:9 in its list of occurrences. “Judgment/Sentence” is the right translation of the word used in this verse and not “Judge”!

This same inflected Aramaic word ID-2:4474 can also be found in James 5:12 which is also rendered a “judgment.”

(Murdock) But above all things, my brethren, swear ye not; neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let your language be yes, yes, and no, no, lest ye become obnoxious to judgment.

Now, in the 4th SEWIC of Luke, it can be read:

(Luke 21:22 KJV) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary, the word “vengeance” here can also mean “punishment.” In the Aramaic NT, the same is the case – “vengeance” can also mean “punishment:”

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:22626&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&source=khabouris

In my understanding, the “judgment” or “sentence” in James 5:9 is referring to the “vengeance” or “punishment” in the 4th SEWIC of Luke (Luke 21:22). This vengeance or punishment is what “rise, stand, establish” before the door.

According to Josephus the historian, the Book of James may have been written as early as 45 CE. So, from the time that James wrote his book up to Jerusalem’s  destruction in 70 CE, are less than 30 years. The phrase”judgment stands before the door” (James 5:9) connotes a time distance of less than 30 years.

In my opinion, a duration of 600 years is too long to be the time distance the phrase “at the door” is conveying in the “Kingdom Verses.” Also, if the “all these things” spans only the generation of the apostles, which events are inside of this time frame? Can all of them be clearly identified? The answer to the 2nd question is NO. So, how does the “at the door” fit in the Lord’s Discourse?

8.9 Error in the Translation of the “Generation Verses?”

It is believe among N.T. Aramaic primacists that there is something wrong with the translation of the “Generation Verses.” If we will look at the Analysis Tables of these verses above, we will see that:

a) The noun ID-2:22439 has other meanings aside from “generation” and

b) The verb ID-2:15148 could mean other things aside from “pass away.”

These “Generation Verses” can be translated in many ways but we are not free to translate them the way we want them to be. Maybe, it would be safe to view these verses in consideration of an event the Lord Yeshua might have prophesied in the main section of his Discourse to be done by the people he addressed as “thou” or “you.” That is because, in these “Generation Verses,” there’s an event or action (ID-2:15148, PEAL) that they (ID-2:22439) will do in the then future but only AFTER they had seen “all these things.” Let’s look at Matthew 24:34 in this way:

“Verily I say to you, this <noun, ID-2:22439> shall not <verb, ID-2:15148, PEAL> until all these shall take place.”

The verb ID-2:15148 in these verses could be pointing to an event in the main section of the Lord’s Discourse. If we will find an event from our Lord’s Discourse that will match [one of] the meanings of the verb ID-2:15148, then, these “Generation Verses” can be viewed in the way our Lord might meant them to be.

Here now are the definitions of the verb ID-2:15148 (PEAL) to which the events in the whole prophecy are to be compared by us:

SEDRA

cross over, transgress, turn away from, pass over

CAL

(br verb G

ˁbr vb. a/a to cross over

G
1 to cross over Com. –(a) to traverse Syr. –(b) to review, go over something Gal.
2 to pass by Com. (a.1) to go away, vanish Syr. 1 מן עלמא : to die Gal, Syr, JBAmb. 2 to cease Syr. (a.2) to pass beyond, overtake Syr. 1 to overcome Syr. (a.3) ܒܪܝܼܬܵܐ ܥܲܠ : to omit Syr. (a.4) +road, way : wayfarer, passer by Syr.
3 ˁl: to violate, transgress Gal, Syr, JBA. –(a) to overwhelm Syr. (a.1) to flood Syr. –(b) ܥܲܠ ܚܲܡܪܵܐ : to abuse wine Syr.
4 to be exchangeable PTA, LJLA.
5 to go before Syr. –(a) ܕܥܒܪ : (gram.) past Syr.

The reader can find for himself/herself verb to event or verb to verb agreement instances. As for me, there are three matches, here they are:

1) DEFINITION: turn away from (SEDRA) || EVENT: MAT 24:10

(Matthew 24:10 NIV) At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other

The Bible version from which this verse was copied was translated from the Greek texts. Here’s the corresponding Aramaic word analysis for this phrase:
http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:10686&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&source=ubs

The English phrase “turn away from” has a corresponding single Aramaic word (ܢܬܟܫܠܘܢ) which has the definition:

SEDRA: offended, stumble

The Form of this verb is “ETHPEAL,” the Form of the verb ID-2:15148 is PEAL. Their Forms are not the same.

2) DEFINITION: to go away || VERB: flee, depart

Luke 21:20-23 KJV

(20) And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
(21) Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
(22) For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
(23) But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

These verses belong to the 4th SEWIC. It was explained earlier in this article that the great distress (siege) is not the great tribulation in the X-SEWIC. These two events are two different events. The great tribulation in the X-SEWIC happened after the setting up of the Dome of the Rock. The great distress (siege) here happened in 70 CE – within the apostles’ generation. We have already discussed the possibility of the coming of the Kingdom of God at the door during this generation but there are no convincing passages or data supporting it.

3) DEFINITION: to go away || VERB/EVENT: flee, flight

Matthew 24:15-20 KJV

(15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
(16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
(17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
(18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
(19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
(20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Here is the Word Analysis of the verb “flee” in verse 16:

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:16252&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&source=ubs

The form of this verb is the same with that of ID-2:15148 (to go away) – PEAL. The noun “flight” in verse 20 means the going away or the fleeing. These verb to verb and verb to event agreements are valid matches. The verb ID-2:15148 could be pointing to this fleeing, MAKING IT A CUE EVENT that should be watched by them so that they might know if they had already seen “all these things.”

As for me, this is the event that the noun (ID-2:22439) “tribe, people, nation, generation, family, stock, line” will be doing after they had seen “all these things” take place. These mean that all the events in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd SEWICs of Matthew and Mark, and maybe, up to the time when the desolating sacrilege can be seen being constructed are what the “all these things” in Mat 24:33-34 and in Mark 13:29-30 constitutes. Also, these are the events that are comparable to the initial tendering of the branches of a fig tree and the initial shooting forth of its leaves.

The going away or fleeing of this people (ID-2:22439) is very urgent according to the instructions of our Lord, so, that means this event scripturally started in the same year as with the scriptural setting up of the desolating sacrilege – 687 AD. See Daniel’s 1290 and 1335 Days.

(Some people say that the 1260 (not 1290) days of Rev 12:6 started in 688 AD and ended in 1948. I agree with them. The nourishing of the “Woman” started in 688 AD and NOT in 687 AD in which the 1290 days/years ended. There’s a space of one year between them. This could be the time for the fleeing when the desolating sacrilege can already be seen standing up or being set up.)

In my opinion, the noun ID-2:22439) in the Generation Verses should be rendered correspondingly to the “Woman” of Revelation 12 which is a figure of the Covenant People.

8.10 The “Actual” Coming of the Kingdom of God According to Revelation

At the time of their fleeing or flight, the Kingdom of God is understood to have already arrived at the door, isn’t it? But at that moment in time, the apostles and the writers of the New Testament were already dead. So, who would tell them and us that it has already arrived at the door? There is none but there’s a passage about the coming of the Kingdom of our God in Revelation 12 (NOT the Reign of God in the 7th Trumpet):

(Revelation 12:10 KJV) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This is part of the passage of the “actual” coming of the Kingdom of God. The “nearness” of this coming of the Kingdom FROM the time of the (Scriptural) fleeing is what the arrival of the Kingdom “at the door” is denoting. So, let’s find out the time distance from the scriptural year of the “fleeing” up to the year of the actual coming of the Kingdom.

The Dome of the Rock was constructed between 685 AD and 691 AD but the 1290th year of Daniel 12:11 was on 687 AD. And the 1335th year was on 732 AD which was the year of the Battle of Tours – the start of the “War in Heaven” of Rev 12. From 687 AD to 732 AD are 45 years. The question now is – what year was the “actual” coming of the Kingdom of our God in Rev 12:10? This question begs a deeper understanding of Rev 12:7-13. The lack of Aramaic original of the book of Revelation will be our handicap. This handicap will raise uncertainties but we could still use Greek based Bibles and the Aramaic BFBS/UBS codex which is said to be a Critical Text of about 70 to 80 Aramaic manuscripts.

Revelation 12:7-13 KJV

(7) And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
(8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
(9) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
(10) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
(11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
(12) Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
(13) And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

The vision of the ”War in Heaven” SEEN by John within this passage started at verse 7 and it seems to have ended at verse 9. But the 1st clause of verse 13 which John also SAW was still portraying the last part of the ”War in Heaven” – the throwing down of the Dragon. It is in verse 13 that the vision of this war really ends. Verses 10-12 which John HEARD is an INSET and it is apparent in verse 10 that the coming of the salvation, the power, the kingdom of our God and the authority of His anointed take place after the ”War in Heaven” and after the Dragon and his angels were cast down. Now, is it logical for these things to come AFTER the War in Heaven and after the Dragon and his angels were cast down? Could not the POWER of GOD come because the Dragon and his angels were not yet thrown down? Let’s understand the situation first.

In verse 6, the Woman fled and, scripturally, this could be the fleeing in accordance with the instruction of the Lord Yeshua to flee when they see the desolating sacrilege (Dome of the Rock) standing up. At that time, the Islamic armies had already conquered vast territories and were still conquering other lands. Here is the timeline map of the early spread of Islam according to Wikipedia:

Map_of_expansion_of_Caliphate.svg
Age of the Caliphs

  Expansion under Muhammad, 622–632/A.H. 1-11
  Expansion during the Rashidun Caliphate, 632–661/A.H. 11-40
  Expansion during the Umayyad Caliphate, 661–750/A.H. 40-129

In 711 AD, the armies of the Umayyad Caliphate invaded the Iberian Peninsula. And from that year up to 718, they almost conquered all of the Christian Visigoth kingdoms. They setup the Emirate of Al Andalus (Cordova, its capital) and sought to expand it through conquest in other parts of Western Europe. They crossed the Pyrenes which is part of Southern Gaul but were halted at the Battle of Tours (also called the Battle of Poiters) in 732 AD. Here is a quote from Wikipedia about this battle:

“The Franks were victorious. ‘Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi was killed, and Charles subsequently extended his authority in the south. Ninth-century chroniclers, who interpreted the outcome of the battle as divine judgment in his favour, gave Charles the nickname Martellus (“The Hammer”), possibly recalling Judas Maccabeus (“The Hammerer”) of the Maccabean revolt.[33][34] Details of the battle, including its exact location and the exact number of combatants, cannot be determined from accounts that have survived. Notably, the Frankish troops won the battle without cavalry.[35]

Later Christian chroniclers and pre-20th century historians praised Charles Martel as the champion of Christianity, characterizing the battle as the decisive turning point in the struggle against Islam, a struggle which preserved Christianity as the religion of Europe; according to modern military historian Victor Davis Hanson, “most of the 18th and 19th century historians, like Gibbon, saw Poitiers (Tours), as a landmark battle that marked the high tide of the Muslim advance into Europe.”[36] Leopold von Ranke felt that “Poitiers was the turning point of one of the most important epochs in the history of the world.”[37]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tours

Now, aren’t these things which saved Christian Europe from Muslim forces the STANDING UP of Michael the Great Prince and also the “salvation” mentioned in Rev 12:10? The word “salvation” in this verse is defined as:

Strong’s Definition:

G4991 σωτηρία sōtēria so-tay-ree’-ah
Feminine of a derivative of G4990 as (properly abstract) noun; rescue or safety (physically or morally): – deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.

Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon (CAL) Definition:

$wzb noun sg. emphatic
1 rescue Syr.

The people of God living in these places were saved or rescued because of the coming of the power, the Kingdom of our God, and of the authority of His Messiah. As a result, the Devil and his angels were thrown down and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven. Logically, this is the correct flow of events, isn’t it? The “salvation” in verse 10 is not referring to spiritual salvation because this thing started much earlier – when our Lord Yeshua dwelt with men and died at the cross.

Continuing with the ”War in Heaven:” After Charles Martel, his son Pepin, and grandson Charlemagne had driven the Muslim forces out of Gaul, the ”War in Heaven” continued not in Gaul but in the Iberian Peninsula. It was in this place, maybe, that most of the events of ”the Dragon fought and his angels” (verse 7) occurred. The Christian kingdoms slowly reconquered back their lands from the Muslims. And finally, in 1491-1492 AD, Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Iberia fell to the Christians. After that, no Muslim kingdom can be found in Western Europe – the ”heaven.”

(Revelation 12:8 KJV) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Let us now look at Revelation 12:10 from a parsed Greek NT Bible:

ISA Rev 12_10

It can be seen here that the tenses of the Greek words numbered G1096 (became) and G2598 (was-cast-down) are both aorist and are both rendered in the English as past tense. Young’s Literal Version also rendered these two verbs in their past forms. (In most English NT translations, the 1st verb is in its present form while the 2nd is in the past.) However, even if these two verbs are in their past forms, the context of the verse is still telling that the salvation, the power, the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Messiah came after the Accuser was thrown down and this is because of the word “that” (ISA Bible) or “because” in other English Bibles. Here is the definition of this Greek word:

G3754 ὅτι hoti hot’-ee

Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because: – as concerning that, as though, because (that), for (that), how (that), (in) that, though, why.

Let’s now analyze the same verse (Rev 12:10) from the Aramaic BFBS/UBS Bible, here is its Analysis Table:

Revelation 12:10
ID Category Meaning Person Gender Number Tense Form
2:21741 Verb hear, obey, hear First Common Singular Perfect PEAL
2:18632 Noun voice Masculine Singular
2:19207 Adjective great, chief, master Masculine Singular
2:12182 Particle from
2:21653 Noun heaven, sky Common Plural
2:1264 Verb say, speak, announce, affirm Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:4941 Particle lo!, behold!
2:5086 Verb be, was, turn Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:20962 Noun deliverance Masculine Singular
2:7036 Noun power, mighty work, strength, virtue, force Masculine Singular
2:11992 Noun kingdom, realm, reign Feminine Singular
2:919 Noun God, god Masculine Singular
2:20032 Verb put, place, cast Third Masculine Singular Perfect ETHPEAL
2:12271 Noun delator, accuser Masculine Singular
2:416 Noun brother Masculine Plural
2:5044 Pronoun that, those, who Masculine Singular
2:12273 Verb accuse, despise Third Masculine Singular Active Participle PEAL
2:5144 Verb be, was, turn Third Masculine Singular Perfect PEAL
2:10844 Particle to, for
2:11209 Noun night Masculine Singular
2:655 Noun daytime Masculine Singular
2:18101 Particle before
2:911 Noun God, god Masculine Singular

Here’s the link for the complete Analysis Page of the verse:

http://www.dukhrana.com/peshitta/analyze_verse.php?lang=en&verse=Revelation+12:10&source=ubs&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=150%

The verb “be, was, turn” (ID-2:5086) which corresponds to “come” in the Greek based English Bibles and the verb “put, place, cast” (ID:2:20032) are both in their perfect tenses (completed action). Also, the verb “say, speak, announce, affirm” (ID-2:1264) is in its perfect form.

What about the Aramaic word that corresponds to “that” (Interlinear Bible) or “because” in other English Bibles? In the Aramaic, this conjunction word is prefixed to the verb “put, place, cast” (ID:2:20032). See the Analysis Page

1 who, which (indeclinable relative) Com.
2 the one(s) who (determinative) Com. –(a) after demonstratives : the fact that, as for :see s.v. hhyˀ pron. etc. Syr.
3 introducing object clauses Com. –(a) w. verbs of perception, desire, fear, request Com. –(b) before direct speech Qum, Syr, JBA, JBAg. (b.1) how it is that? Syr.
4 w. preformative verbal form : so that, in order to Com.
5 because Com.
6 in compound conjunctions w. preps. : see s.v. first element Com.

It can be seen that included in the meanings of this conjunction is “so that” – the 4th one. In Mark 4:32, this same conjunction with resultative meaning is also prefixed to the noun “shadow, shade” (ID-2:8175).

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:8175&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&source=khabouris

(Mark 4:32 Etheridge) and when it is sown, it springeth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and maketh great branches; so that in its shadow the fowl can dwell.

Also, in Luke 5:7, this same conjunction is prefixed to the adjective “hand, near, neighbour” (ID-2:19038).

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:19038&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&source=khabouris

(Luke 5:7 Murdock) And they made signs to their associates, in the other ship, to come and help them. And when they came, they filled both the ships, so that they were near to sinking.

The resultative meaning “so that” of this conjunction which is prefixed to the verb “put, place, cast’ (ID-2:20032) in Rev 12:10 can reverse the context and the chronology of what is said in this verse in the Greek texts and in the English Bibles translated from it.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven that said, behold! came the salvation, the strength, and the kingdom of our God, [and the power of His Christ] so-that-was-cast-down the accuser of our brethren who was accusing them day and night before our God.

This is the correct rendering of this verse in accordance with history.

Regarding Revelation 12:10 above, seemingly, the great voice from heaven which John heard came to him as soon as the vision of the War in Heaven started. While he was seeing the vision of the war, he was also hearing this voice but a few moments delayed.

Let the particle “lo!, behold” (ID-2:4941) in the Aramaic BFBS/UBS Bible Analysis Table of Rev 12:10 and the particle “because of this” in Rev 12:12 help us further in what we are studying. Here is the definition of “lo!, behold”:

CAL Definition:

h) I01

hˀ (hā) interj. here! look! Sam. הא٠ אה ; in JLA, LJLA הא אנה also written האנה andהנה

1 here, look! (presentative particle) Com. –(a) now then Com. (a.1) as an indicator of the imminent future Com. –(b) האנא = הא אנא JLAtg, LJLA.
2 here (adv.) Com. –(a) up until now Com. –(b) ܠܐ ܗܐ : is it not? Syr.

Payne Smith:

Lo BeholdAccording to CAL’s definition, this word can be a presentative particle and it can also be an indicator of the imminent future. When applied to Rev 12:10, it clearly presents and HIGHLIGHTS the recent coming of the salvation, the strength, and the kingdom of our God but it does not indicate the coming of these things in a future sense because their “coming” (ID-2:5086) is in its perfect tense. Here now is the last part of what the loud voice in Heaven has said:

(Revelation 12:12 LITV) Because of this, be glad, the heavens and those tabernacling in them. Woe to the ones dwelling on the earth, and in the sea, because the devil came down to you having great anger, knowing that he has a little time!

The pronoun “this” after the phrase “Because of” points to a singular event.

http://biblehub.com/interlinear/revelation/12-12.htm

In the Aramaic BFBS/UBS Bible, the pronoun “this” is suffixed to the preposition “Because of.” It also points to a singular event.

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:5270&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&source=ubs

The question now is – which event does the pronoun “this” points to? Here is the list of events from what the voice in Heaven has said:

1) The coming of the salvation/rescue, the power, and the kingdom of our God, [and the power of His Christ].
2) The throwing down of the Accuser of our brethren.
3) The prevailing of our brethren against the Accuser.

All these events can cause happiness. As for me, the 1st event is what the “this” is pointing to because the coming of the salvation/rescue, the power, and the kingdom of our God, [and the power of His Christ] is the event that is HIGHLIGHTED. Also, it is the root event from which the 2nd event resulted. The 3rd event is just an expounding of the last clause of the 2nd event.

Rev 12:12 On account of this (1st event), rejoice, O heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the earth, and to the sea; for the Accuser descends to you, having great wrath because he knows that his time is short.

The (symbolic) Heavens and they that dwell in them are to rejoice on account of the 1st event. This “rejoicing” can be linked to the “happiness” mentioned in Dan 12:12:

Daniel 12:11-12 KJV

(11) And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
(12) Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

The word “Blessed” in verse 12 has this definition:

H835 אשׁר ‘esher eh’-sher

From H833; happiness; only in masculine plural construction as interjection, how happy!: – blessed, happy.

As was explained in the article “Daniel’s 1290 and 1335 Days,” the 1290 days/years ended in 687 AD. The 1335 days/years ended in 732 AD – the year that the Battle of Tours occurred which is the start of the “War in Heaven.” This war occurred because Michael the Great Prince who stands for the children of Israel took his stand to rescue the Covenant People from the Muslim armies. The “War in Heaven” is itself the coming of the salvation/rescue, the power, and the kingdom of our God, [and the power of His Christ]. And for this, this people should be happy.

Going back to Generation Verses, the verse from the three books could be telling:

Verily I say to you, this people will not go away, until all these things shall be.

With this translation, the scope of “all these things” is defined to be until the setting up of the desolating sacrilege. From the scriptural year of this event (687 AD) up to the “actual” coming of the Kingdom of God (732 AD), there is a time distance of 45 years. This is how long the “at the door” is denoting nearness in the Kingdom Verses. This time distance is now very convincing, isn’t it? Moreover, the very next event I know in the Bible that follows after the urgent fleeing which implies that the Kingdom of God has already arrived at the door is the “actual” coming of it. The sense of “it is what is coming next” is there which the phrase “at the door” seems to be denoting too.

Let’s go back to the verse where the illustration of the fig tree follows:

(Luke 21:28 Etheridge) But when these things begin to be, take courage, and lift up your heads, because your redemption hath drawn nigh.

We now know the beginning part of “these things” which correspond to the whole main discourse of the Lord. Problems will arise in the “Generation Verses” if we are going to assume that “these things” of v28 refers to the passage that begins about the signs in heaven (v25 of Luke 21) and ends in the coming of the Lord (v27 of Luke 21).

The people are told to take courage and lift up their heads after they had seen the said part take place. These two prophetic instructions of the Lord Yeshua, if taken together could mean taking a stand against another people or other peoples. Here is a passage that can give us an idea about the lifting up of head that is related to taking courage:

(Zec 1:21 MKJV)  And I said, What are these coming to do? And He spoke, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head. But these have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.

The instructions of the Lord in Luke 21:28 can be linked to the “War in Heaven” because of their combined meaning and because it is the event that follows after the cue event (fleeing or going away) which implies that they had already seen the “beginning part.”

What about the “deliverance?”

The author can’t tell for sure whether it is the deliverance brought about by the War in Heaven or the deliverance at the 2nd coming of the Lord. But it is more probable that it is the deliverance they obtained from the War in Heaven which had already drawn near at the time of the Lord’s Olivet Discourse. Whichever is the case, the beginning part of “these things” in Luke 21:28 is what the simile of the fig tree is illustrating.

 

Olivet Prophecy: Part 7

 

Previous Topics:
Part 1: Looking through the Stones of the Buildings of the Temple
Part 2: False Messiahs (1st SEWIC)
Part 3: Fearful Things and Terrors (2nd SEWIC)
Part 4: Persecutions and Martyrdoms (3rd SEWIC)
Part 5: The Desolation and the Great Distress According to Luke
Part 6: The Great Tribulation (GT)

Part 7: The Coming of Lord (LAST-SEWIC)

Mat 24:29-31 ASV

(29)  But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
(30)  and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(31)  And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The first events in this passage are about the “darkening” of heavenly hosts and “shaking” of heavens. These are the “darkening” and “shaking” at the start of the 6th Seal as was explained in the previous topic “The Great Tribulation.” The last event is about the gathering of the Lord’s elect which happens after a loud trumpet call (7th Trumpet). There are so many events in between the first and last events that are not included here in the LAST-SEWIC.

What we will do next is to know the relationship between the LAST-SEWIC and the X-SEWIC.

We have already partly discussed the X-SEWIC in regard with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd SEWICs. We will now discuss its end part in relation to the LAST-SEWIC.

Although, the LAST-SEWIC doesn’t have “warnings” and “instructions” within itself, we’ll still call it a SEWIC – the LAST-SEWIC.

In verse 29, it says that the sun and the moon will be darkened and the stars will fall from heaven IMMEDIATELY after the tribulation (the great tribulation of the X-SEWIC). So, this means that these signs from the sun, moon, and stars are in parallel with the appearance of false messiahs and false prophets who will show great signs and wonders in the X-SEWIC. Here’s the middle and end part of the X-SEWIC:

Matthew 24:21-28 KJV

(21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
(22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
(23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
(24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
(25) Behold, I have told you before.
(26) Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
(27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

In verse 27, the Lord Yeshua says that his coming will be like the lightning that comes from the east and flashes as far as the west. In verse 30-31 of the LAST-SEWIC, the Lord says that at his coming on the clouds with power and great glory, he will send out his angels to GATHER his elect. Back to the last verse of the X-SEWIC, he says that wherever the corpse/body is, there the vultures/eagles will GATHER. Now, aren’t the gathering in the X-SEWIC and the gathering in the LAST-SEWIC which both occur at the coming of our Lord with power and great glory portray one and the same event? Read the following passage:

Luke 17:22-37 KJV

(22) And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
(23) And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
(24) For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
(25) But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
(26) And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
(27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
(28) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
(29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
(30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
(31) In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
(32) Remember Lot’s wife.
(33) Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
(34) I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
(35) Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(36) Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(37) And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

This passage is about the Lord’s coming which is likened to the lightning that shines on one part under the heaven unto the other part. The phrase “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together” can also be found in this passage (v37). The people symbolized by the “vultures” or “eagles” are understood to be the one in every two persons which will be taken in verses 34 to 35 or 36. They will be taken while they are doing their daily routines – grinding meal, in bed [and working in the field]. This will be the situation at the DAYS (plural) of the Son of Man. These are likened to the DAYS of Noah and to the DAYS of Lot. The people were also doing their daily routines and were given in marriage. Then the day came when Noah and his family were taken from among the people. Also, the day came when Lot and his family were taken from Sodom. The peoples whom they left at their respective times were destroyed. Notice that in both of these instances, it was the people of God who were taken! They were taken to safe places before the coming of the destruction. So, the people that will be taken in that NIGHT (verses 34-35) are God’s people and they will be gathered where the corpse/body is.

The above passage (Luke 17:22-37) is similar to the passage below:

Mat 24:36-44 KJV
(36)  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
(37)  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(38)  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
(39)  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(40)  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(41)  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
(42)  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
(43)  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
(44)  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Their major difference is in their last parts:

Luke 17:33
Mat 24:43-33

Could the gathering of eagles/vultures to where the body/corpse is give us a hint what part of the night the Son of Man will come as a thief? In v36 of Mat 24 above, it is written that of that day and that hour, only the Father knows. But in v43-44, it is hinted that there is something that can be known in relation to the coming of the Lord. How can this be? We’ll go back to v36 after we had studied v43-44.

There’s another passage similar to Mat 24:43-44:

Luk 12:35-40 KJV
(35)  Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
(36)  And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
(37)  Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
(38)  And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

(39)  And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
(40)  Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

The passage that I’m saying is v39-40. It is similar to Mat 24:43-44. Read the other verses before v39. At the time when the lord of the men returns, he will gird himself and make those he finds awake to sit down to meat and he will serve them. The Lord Yeshua had already done these things before he ascended to heaven. See the passage below (blue colored phrases):

Joh 13:1-5 ASV
(1) Now before the feast of the passover, Jesus knowing that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto his Father, having loved his own that were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
(2) And during supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,
(3) Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and goeth unto God,
(4) riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments; and he took a towel, and girded himself.
(5) Then he poureth water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

In v1 above, there’s a definite time frame mentioned (in red) regarding the departure of the Lord out of this world unto his Father. It is written in Acts 1:10-11:

Act 1:10-11 KJV
(10) And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
(11) Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

In the Aramaic, verse 11 includes the word “what” or “when” ID-2:11330.

Definitions of ID-2:11330:

Sedra: what

CAL: 1 when, after CPA, Syr, JudSyr.

So, Acts 1:11 could be translated as:

(Acts1:11) Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as when ye have seen him go into heaven.

Is the time pointed to by “when” in Acts 1:11 the time frame of “his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto his Father written in John 13:1?” It includes the Passover Supper.

Here’s is Matthews’s account of the Passover supper:

Mat 26:26-29 KJV
(26) And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
(27) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
(28) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
(29) But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Look at v26. There it is! The loaf of bread that the Lord broke, he says of it “Take, eat; this is my BODY!” His disciples were gathered to eat the bread which is his body.

In Mat 26:29, Mark 14:25, and Luke 22:16-18, the Lord Yeshua tells until when he will not eat the Passover and drink of the fruit of the vine – until the Kingdom (reign) of God comes (Luke 20:28).

The fruit of the vine symbolizes the Lord’s blood of the (new) covenant. This covenant is the New Covenant described in Jeremiah 31:

Jer 31:31-34 KJV
(31)  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
(32)  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
(33)  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
(34)  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

The “strong covenant” in Dan 9:27?

The Passover and Final Plague

The first Passover was instituted before the 10th or final plague in Exodus 12:1-28. Then the final plague came.

In the 6th Bowl of the Seven Last Plagues, before the 7th or final plague, the Lord is hinted to arrive as a thief (Rev 16:15).

When he arrives, the 7th Trumpet will be blown and his elect will be taken up and gathered to where the body is which is symbolized by the bread. At that time, God will assume His power and he shall reign and the Lord Yeshua will AGAIN eat the Passover supper and drink the fruit of the vine with the saints.

Only the Father of the Lord Yeshua Knows that Day and that Hour

“That Day” in Mat 24:36 could be the Day of the Lord. It is said that the coming of the Day of the Lord is synonymous with the coming of the Son of Man in Power and Great Glory. What is not known unto all except unto the Father is perhaps on which particular Passover Day or on what day of the “hour” of John 13:1 the Day of the Lord (millenium) will start. The “hour” in v42-44 could mean the “hour” of a day/year, that is, a Jewish year divided into 24 equal parts; the first 12 hours being the “night part.”

NOTE to the reader: all the things said here by the author about the “day” and the “hour” in v36 and v42-44 are all “MAYBEs”!!! We should be vigilant at all times.

Watches of night

Smith’s Bible Dictionary

Watches of night : The Jews, like the Greeks and Romans, divided the night into military watches instead of hours, each watch representing the period for which sentinels or pickets remained on duty. The proper Jewish reckoning recognized only three such watches, entitled the first or “beginning of the watches,” (Lamentations 2:19) the middle watch, (Judges 7:19) and the morning watch. (Exodus 14:241 Samuel 11:11) These would last respectively from sunset to 10 P.M.; from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M.; and from 2 A.M. to sunrise. After the establishment of the Roman supremacy, the number of watches was increased to four, which were described either according to their numerical order, as in the case of the “fourth watch,” (Matthew 14:25) or by the terms “even,” “midnight,” “cock-crowing” and “morning.” (Mark 13:35) These terminated respectively at 9 P.M., midnight, 3 A.M. and 6 A.M.

It can now be said that the gathering at the last verse of the X-SEWIC is the same gathering at the last verse of the LAST-SEWIC.

 

The Whole Picture

Below is the chart of events of the whole Olivet Prophecy:

CENTERED 1_2_3 and X and L

If the reader has read the article “Revelation and its Mysteries,” he/she knows that the Rider on White Horse in the 1st Seal (Rev 6:2) is the Lord Yeshua and not false prophets as some have supposed. It is written in that Seal that the Rider was given a BOW! The ARROW-shaped chart of events of the whole Olivet Discourse of the Lord Yeshua confirms that we are correct in our study.

 

Next Topic:
Part 8: The Illustration of the Fig Tree

 

Olivet Prophecy: Part 6

 

Previous Topics:
Part 1: Looking through the Stones of the Buildings of the Temple
Part 2: False Messiahs (1st SEWIC)
Part 3: Fearful Things and Terrors (2nd SEWIC)
Part 4: Persecutions and Martyrdoms (3rd SEWIC)
Part 5: The Desolation and the Great Distress According to Luke

Part 6: The Great Tribulation (GT)

Mat 24:7-8 KJV

(7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
(8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

The Aramaic word for “sorrows” in v8 has this definition:

labor pains Qum, JLAtg, CPA, Syr. –(a) fig. Syr.
2 (magic) a type of demon JBAmb.

It is expected from the last verse above that events in v7 will continue and intensify up to the days of the Great Tribulation (GT). As “labor pains,” it is also indicating that “pains” occur NOT in one continuous time. At the time that the abomination of desolation can already be seen standing up, the days of the GT had already started or was about to start:

Mat 24:20-21 KJV
(20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
(21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The versions of Etheridge and Lamsa which are translated from the Aramaic are similar to KJV in regard to the start of the GT. Those same days end just before the “darkening:”

(Mat 24:29 KJV) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

What specific ‘darkening” and “shaking of heavens” is meant here? Here’s a passage from the 6th Seal:

Rev 7:13-14 KJV
(13) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
(14) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Looking backward from Rev 7:14, the nearest “darkening” of heavenly hosts occurs at the beginning of the 6th Seal itself. This could be what is meant in the Olivet Prophecy.

The immediate preceding seal from this particular darkening is the 5th Seal. There are no signs of GT here. It seems that it’s the aftermath of the GT the seal is telling. If we will look from the 2nd Seal up to the 4th Seal, we will see that the 4th Seal has the most and greatest causes of distress in all of them. On the other hand, if we will closely examine the 5th Seal, we will see that it has no “actual” event that happens on its time, that is, between the 4th and the 6th Seals! The 5th Seal is telling of events that are past and future then but no event(s) at its present time. Why would the souls be told to wait for events that are future then if those events are to happen on that same seal (except that it would be told later that they happened in that same seal)?

As I see it, the immediate “actual” event that follows after the 4th Seal is the darkening of heavenly bodies of the 6th Seal. John saw the 5th Seal between the 4th and 6th seals but it has no “actual” events. In actuality, it spans no time frame. This seal contains the prayers of those slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held, and they are being consoled, maybe because what they had gone through was a great ordeal (4th Seal).

How about the passage below?

Joe 2:6-10 ESV
(6) Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale.
(7) Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths.
(8) They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted.
(9) They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.
(10) The earth quakes before them; the heavens trembleThe sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.

Here is the same passage again but rendered by a different version:

Joe 2:6-10 YLT
(6) From its face pained are peoples, All faces have gathered paleness.
(7) As mighty ones they run, As men of war they go up a wall, And each in his own ways they do go, And they embarrass not their paths.
(8) And each his brother they press not, Each in his way they go on, If by the missile they fall, they are not cut off.
(9) In the city they run to and fro, On the wall they run, Into houses they go up by the windows, They go in as a thief.
(10) At their face trembled hath the earthShaken have the heavensSun and moon have been black, And stars have gathered up their shining.

It can be seen from this passage (two versions) that verses 6 and 10 make (more) sense in relation to the other verses if they will be looked upon in the perspective of time. The word “face” in both verses can also mean “before” or “beforetime” as in Deu 2:12, Jos 11:10, 1Sa 9:9, and Isa 41:26.

H6440 BDB Definition:
1) face
1a) face, faces
1b) presence, person
1c) face (of seraphim or cherubim)
1d) face (of animals)
1e) face, surface (of ground)
1f) as adverb of loc/temp
1f1) before and behind, toward, in front of, forward, formerly, from beforetimebefore
1g) with preposition
1g1) in front of, before, to the front of, in the presence of, in the face of, at the face or front of, from the presence of, from before, from before the face of

Together, verses 6 and 10 support what is said in Mat 24:29: pain or tribulation (4th Seal) then darkening with earthquakes and shaking of heavens (6th Seal).

What about Joel 3:15?

Joe 3:9-16 YLT
(9) Proclaim ye this among nations, Sanctify a war, stir up the mighty ones, Come nigh, come up, let all the men of war.
(10) Beat your ploughshares to swords, And your pruning-hooks to javelins, Let the weak say, ‘I am mighty.’
(11) Haste, and come in, all ye nations round, And be gathered together, Thither cause to come down, O Jehovah, Thy mighty ones.
(12) Wake and come up let the nations unto the valley of Jehoshaphat, For there I sit to judge all the nations around.
(13) Send ye forth a sickle, For ripened hath harvest, Come in, come down, for filled hath been the press, Overflowed hath wine-presses, For great is their wickedness.
(14) Multitudes, multitudes are in the valley of decision, For near is the day of Jehovah in the valley of decision.
(15) Sun and moon have been black, And stars have gathered up their shining.
(16) And Jehovah from Zion doth roar, And from Jerusalem giveth forth His voice, And shaken have the heavens and earth, And Jehovah is a refuge to his people, And a stronghold to sons of Israel.

The word “gathered” in v15 can also mean “withdrawn” according to Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions.

It is clear in this translation that the “darkening” and “shaking” of heavens and earth happened earlier than the time setting of v9-v14. It is more probable than not that this is of the 6th Seal again.

What about the “darkening” in the 4th Trumpet?

At the time of the 4th Trumpet, GT is already past because the 6th Seal which portrays the multitudes who came out of the GT comes first before the Trumpets.

What about the “darkness, gloom, clouds, and thick darkness” in the Day of the Lord?

Zep 1:14-16 ESV
(14)  The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there.
(15)  A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
(16)  a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

“Distress” and “anguish” are also mentioned in the above passage and they are mentioned first, then, the “darkness, gloom, clouds, and thick darkness.” A Bible reader might think that “distress and anguish” in the passage are the “Great Tribulation” which precedes the darkening of the sun, moon, and stars as prophesied by the Lord in Mat 24:29. But according to what has been discussed so far, the particular “darkening of heavenly hosts” that comes immediately after the GT is:

Rev 6:12-13 KJV
(12)  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;(13)  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

It is the nearest darkening of heavenly hosts from the passage:

(Rev 7:14 KJV)  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The particular darkening of heavenly hosts in Rev 6:12-13, according to Joel, will come:

(Joe 2:31 KJV)  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

That’s it. So, the “distress and anguish” and the “darkness, gloom, clouds, and thick darkness” in Zeph 1:15 which will occur at the Day of the Lord are NOT the Great Tribulation and the darkening of heavenly hosts described in Mat 24:29! Moreover, the “darkness, gloom, clouds, and thick darkness” during the Day of the Lord seems to be denoting NOT a time AFTER a tribulation, read the passage below:

Amo 5:18-20 KJV
(18)  Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
(19)  As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
(20)  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

It can be seen from the passage above that the “darkness” or “very dark darkness” during the Day of the Lord is itself denoting tribulation – the GT should have ended at the time the sun and the moon are darkened as described in Mat 24:29.  Again, the “distress and anguish” and the “darkness, gloom, clouds, and thick darkness” in Zeph 1:15 are NOT the Great Tribulation and the darkening of heavenly hosts in Mat 24:29. The GT occurs BEFORE the Day of the Lord!

Let’s go back to “labor pains” of the Olivet Prophecy.

History tells that things of Mat 24:7-8 intensified when fearful things and terrors came.

 The wars of conquests by Islamic armies AFTER their early expansion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y#t=11m35s

 The terrors and killings that resulted from refusal to convert to Islam. At first, only the polytheistic peoples were forced to convert but there were times that “People of the Book” were also forced to convert.

http://markhumphrys.com/islam.killings.html

 The war of conquests by Genghis Khan in the 13th century AD and of the other Mongolian leaders after him. Here’s a quote from http://www.history.com/news/history-…t-genghis-khan:

“While it’s impossible to know for sure how many people perished during the Mongol conquests, many historians put the number at somewhere around 40 million. Censuses from the Middle Ages show that the population of China plummeted by tens of millions during the Khan’s lifetime, and scholars estimate that he may have killed a full three-fourths of modern-day Iran’s population during his war with the Khwarezmid Empire. All told, the Mongols’ attacks may have reduced the entire world population by as much as 11 percent.”

 Famines

1783–84 Chalisa India 11 million
1789–92 Doji bara India 11 million
1810, 1811, 1846, and 1849 China 45 million.
1850–73 As a result of imperialism, the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion, drought, and famine, the population of China dropped by more than 60 million
There are more. See List of famines

 The Black Death (Bubonic Plague) of the 14th century.

https://www.britannica.com/event/Black-Death
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/plague.htm
http://www.historytoday.com/ole-j-benedictow/black-death-greatest-catastrophe-ever

– 1918–1920 Influenza Pandemic (more deaths than World War 1)

https://www.britannica.com/event/inf…c-of-1918-1919
See List of epidemics

 World War 1

 World War 2

The Day of Jacob’s Trouble

Jer 30:1-3 KJV

(1) The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
(2) Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
(3) For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

Jeremiah opens the chapter by telling that word came to him from the Lord. He relates in v2 how God told him to write in a book what God had spoken to him (earlier). He continues (v3) to tell the other things that God has told him concerning the restoration of Israel and Judah to the land that was given to their ancestors. These things together with many events that God told to Jeremiah in the other parts of chapter 30 and 31 are widely believe to happen at the Day of the Lord.

(Jer 30:4 KJV) And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.

Jeremiah states in this verse that what is to follow is what God had spoken to him and told him to write in a book.

Jer 30:5-7 KJV
(5) For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace
(6) Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
(7) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Clearly, the passage above is about the day of Jacob’s trouble.

Jer 30:8-9 KJV
(8) For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
(9) But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Verse 8 tells when the yoke will be broken and when the bonds will be burst which will mean that strangers will no more serve themselves of him. Let’s understand first the “yoke.”

(Jer 27:2 KJV) Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

The physical yoke on Jeremiah’s neck was broken off by Hananiah in Jer 28:10-11. Hananiah died in that same year (Jer 28:17). It is God who decides when the symbolic yoke will be broken off in Jeremiah’s neck.

Going back to Jer 30:8, there will be a problem understanding this verse if we will treat it as part of what was spoken and written and that is because of the two possessive pronouns “thy” and the last pronoun “him.” There are two possibilities here:

  1. If the two “thy” are “Jacob’s,” then who is “him” that will serve no more?
  2. If the two “thy” are “Jeremiah’s,” then the “him” can be “of Jacob” which v9 confirms.

The 2nd proposition makes sense and that would mean, in verse 8, God is talking NOT to Jacob but to Jeremiah who was given the sign of the yoke in chapter 27. This in turn is telling that verse 8 is not part of what was spoken earlier by God and written by Jeremiah.

Which day does “In that day” (v8) refers to? Surely, it can refer to the day of the return of Israel and Judah to their land in v3 – in the Day of the Lord. “In that day” referring also to day of Jacob’s trouble depends on whether or not Jacob’s trouble really occurs after the restoration. But if it really occurs at that time, why present it in this way? There is something that needs to be considered.

We have seen the problem in understanding v8 because of the grammatical persons of the pronouns used in the verse but that was already resolved. The last pronoun in the 3rd person is understood to be Jacob. In v9, the 3rd person (plural) pronoun refers to Israel and Judah or their people. Take note, in these two verses, God is speaking of their restoration or other events at the time of their restoration. Let’s continue with the other verses but let’s not include the 1st pronouns referring to God in our study.

(Jer 30:10 KJV) Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

The pronouns in the 1st part of the verse changed to 2nd person from 3rd person in v8-9. This part is speaking of the saving of Jacob from his trouble (see again last clause of v7).

In the 2nd part of the verse, all the pronouns are in their 3rd person again. This part is speaking again of Jacob’s restoration.

NOTE well, the transition from the 2nd to 3rd person of pronouns in this verse:

I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity

There is a time distance of at least a generation FROM the time of the saving of Jacob from afar (his trouble) TO the time of the saving of his seed from the land of their captivity (Zech 14?). It can be more!!! The quote, as for me, is not a futuristic idiom depicting the same time or event and that is because of the switching of pronoun persons and what their contexts say.

Jer 30:11-17 KJV
(11) For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
(12) For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.
(13) There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.
(14) All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.
(15) Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
(16) Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
(17) For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

The pronouns switched back to 2nd person in v11 up to v17. Again, in this passage, it is talking about the saving of Jacob (from his trouble), about his chastisement, and about the fate of those who scattered, devoured, and plundered them. Look at v17, if Jacob’s Trouble happens AFTER his restoration to the land of his ancestors, would he be called an OUTCAST?

In v14, the enemy or cruel one can only be Satan who is portrayed as the Red Dragon in Revelation 12.

Note that the (future then) thread of time in the passage above progresses as can be seen in v16 and first part of v17 but Jacob’s trouble itself is obviously past in those verses.

Jer 30:18-21 KJV
(18) Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
(19) And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
(20) Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
(21) And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.

Pronouns in this passage are in their 3rd person. Once again, it is speaking about the restoration of Jacob. It can be seen in v19 to v20 that this passage’s (future) thread of time also progresses, then in v21 it returns … to meet the time thread that originated from Jacob’s trouble?

(Jer 30:22 KJV) And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Yes, but up to the 1st verse of the next chapter, their time threads are shown to be separate.

(Jer 31:1 KJV) At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Let’s go back to what was spoken (earlier) and written because there are other hints in there about the time of its occurrence:

Jer 30:4-7 KJV
(4) And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
(5) For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.(6) Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
(7) Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Definition of “trembling” in v5:

H2731 חֲרָדָה chărâdâh khar-aw-daw’
Feminine of H2730; fear, anxiety: – care, X exceedingly, fear, quaking, trembling.

Definition of “fear” in v5:

H6343 פַּחַד pachad pakh’-ad
From H6342; a (sudden) alarm (properly the object feared, by implication the feeling): – dread (-ful), fear, (thing) great [fear, -ly feared], terror.

Remember “fearful things and terrors” from Luke 21:11? In here, they were heard.

woman in travail” in v6: the “labor pains” in Mat 24:8

paleness” in v6: the color of the horse in the 4th Seal

“that day is great, so that none is like it” in v7; yes there is none like it:

(Dan 12:1 KJV)  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

(Mat 24:21 KJV)  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The GT is the great wrath of the Devil:

(Rev 12:12 KJV)  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

The Devil is having a great wrath, aware that he has but a short time and his time is short maybe because:

(Mat 24:22 KJV)  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Jacob’s trouble (World War 2) is just a part of the GT or the wrath of the Devil. It’s the last part of his wrath according to Revelation 12 and history. Here are some verses about the Dragon (Satan or Devil) and the Woman of Revelation 12:

Rev 12:15-16 KJV
(15) And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
(16) And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

The flood that came out of the mouth of the Dragon could very well be the armies of Nazi Germany and its ally countries in Europe during World War 2. They almost swept off all of Europe at that time. When only Britain was left fighting the Germans, Hitler turned his attention to the east – the Soviet Union. He disregarded his country’s non-aggression pact with the Soviets and invaded their country. The vastness of the land of the Soviet Union swallowed up much of the invading countries’ armies and equipments easing up the pressure on Great Britain. This is how the Woman of Revelation 12 was helped by the symbolic earth in verse 16.

(Rev 12:17 KJV) And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

After much of the armies of the Axis Powers in Europe was swallowed up by the land of the Soviet Union and while both sides were fighting each other, the Dragon was wroth with the Woman. He went away and made war with the other seed or children of the Woman. The other area of the globe that a “major” war had broke out after the invasion of the Soviet Union was in the Asia Pacific region. On December 7, 1941, more than six months after the Soviet Union was invaded, Japan attacked and bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the Dragon’s war on God’s other people started. By this war, we can know who the other seed of the Woman are.

The Holocaust was part of World War 2.

And if those days were not shortened, we would not be alive today. Nuclear weapons were first used in World War 2.

Let’s go back to Jeremiah 30. “Jacob’s trouble” was INSERTED (by God’s order) at the start of the word that came to Jeremiah. (It can even be considered to be before the “word” came to Jeremiah in v1 because what was to be written was already spoken to him.) It is from that part of the wrath of the Devil (Jacob’s trouble) that the time thread of 2nd person pronouns came.

Whereas the time thread of 3rd person pronouns came as a result of the (Great) Wrath of God.

Jer 30:23-24 ASV
(23) Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, even his wrath, is gone forth, a sweeping tempest: it shall burst upon the head of the wicked.
(24) The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it.

The Great Wrath of the Devil and the Great Wrath of God don’t overlap each other. According to the 6th Seal:

Rev 6:16-17 KJV
(16) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
(17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The great day of the wrath has come but the “actual” Great Wrath of God has not yet come; it is just looming. Continuing to the next part of the 6th Seal:

Rev 7:1-3 Murdock
(1) And after these things I saw four angels, who stood on the four corners of the earth; and they held the four winds of the earth, so that the wind blew not on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on the trees.
(2) And I saw another angel, and he came up from the rising of the sun; and he had the seal of the living God; and he called out, with a loud voice, to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying:
(3) Hurt ye not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we shall have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads.

Now, in Rev 7:13-14, also a part of the 6th Seal, it is said:

Rev 7:13-14 Murdock
(13) And one of the Elders turned, and said to me: These who are clothed in white robes, who are they, and whence came they?
(14) And I said to him: My lord, thou knowest. And he said to me: These are they who came from great affliction; and they have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

GT or the Devil’s wrath is already past at this point in time and even at the start of the 6th Seal; when the sun became black, like sackcloth of hair; and the whole moon became like blood, and the stars of heaven fell on the earth, as a fig-tree casteth its unripe figs, when it is shaken by a strong wind. This darkening is the darkening in Mat 24:29 which immediately follows the GT (4th Seal). Obviously, there are many events from the 6th Seal up to the coming of the Lord just before the 7th Trumpet is to be sounded that are not included in:

Mat 24:29-31 KJV
(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
(30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Are we going to ignore these Biblical facts?

Another thing, the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man of Rev 6:15 said in v17 that “the great day of his wrath is come.” That “day” cannot mean the Day of the Lord because:

(Mat 24:36 KJV)  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Zechariah 14

Zec 14:1-2 KJV

(1) Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
(2) For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

The captivity of Jerusalem in this chapter of Zechariah is not during the GT. It is during God’s Wrath – at the time of the 6th Bowl (Rev 16:16). Doesn’t this particular captivity of Jerusalem precede the “restoration” in Jeremiah chapter 30?

After this captivity, false prophets will be like those in Zech 13:2-6 and not like those in Mat 24:23-26 who will appear after the GT. The word of God about shepherds who destroy and scatter His sheep can be found in Jer 23:1-4.

Let’s go back to “labor pains again.”

As far as I know, there is no passage in the Bible that explicitly tells how long the GT would be, but the “beginning” of labor pains described in Mat 24:6-7 gives us an idea of how long it would be. GT is understood to be inside this “labor pains” – in the intensified part of it and this part can logically be expected to happen as the continuation of the “beginning” in a matter of years or decades but not more than a thousand years. That is signified by the warning of our Lord Yeshua to urgently flee when they see the abomination of desolation standing up. Here’s an interesting thing: from 685 AD up to 1945 are 1260 years.

There’s another article which proves further the time of occurrence of the GT. Here’s the link: The Aftermath of The Great Tribulation (GT)

If the reader has more questions, maybe the article Revelation and its Mysteries can help.

What is Coming is Not the Great Tribulation, It’s the Great Wrath of God!!!

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Part 8: The Illustration of the Fig Tree

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