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THE WARNING TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH


 

SOON IT WILL BE THE TIME FOR THE WARNING TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH TO HAPPEN.

 

IS JACOBíS TROUBLE JUST AHEAD OF US? 


WHO IS JACOB TODAY? 

 

WHAT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN DURING THIS TIME? 

 

IS THERE A WAY TO ESCAPE THIS TROUBLE? 

 

Very shortly now, Jacobís Trouble is going to make a horrendous entrance into the lives of millions of people belonging to the House of Israel and Judah. 

 

As we already know, from the faithful teachings of Mr. Armstrong, the modern day Israelites who will encounter this trouble they are the English speaking countries, of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada etc. There has been a tremendous effort put forth by many people trying to disprove the knowledge of the house of Israel.  They are wrong. The Bible tells us very clearly, who the warning message must go to. 

 

LETíS UNDERSTAND FROM THE OUTSET, THAT ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE BEING PUNISHED BECAUSE OF THEIR CONSTANT DEPARTURE FROM GODíS LAWS.  IF PEOPLE WOULD RETURN TO GOD AND BELIEVE AND OBEY HIM THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH JACOBíS TROUBLE.  AS LONG AS THEY HAD A HUMBLE ATTITUDE, AND WERE WILLING TO CHANGE FROM THEIR WRONG WAYS, AND BE TAUGHT BY GOD: THEY WOULD BE SPARED. PEOPLE MUST KEEP GODíS SABBATHS, LAWS, ORDINANCES, STATUTES.  PEOPLE MUST HAVE A CHANGED HEART THEY MUST TURN TO GOD.  GOD DOES NOT WANT THEM TO DIE, THAT IS WHY HE SENDS HIS PROPHETS TO THEM IN THE HOPE THAT THEY WILL REPENT. 

 

God will not send this disaster on Israel and Judah without warning them first, so  the Watchman is sent to warn the nations of their impending doom. 

 

Notice the following scriptures on this subject. 

 

Eze 2:3  And He said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.

 

Eze 3:5  For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel,

Eze 3:6  not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you.

Eze 3:7  But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.

 

We see here that Godís end time messenger, the watchman, is of the same language as the house of Israel who he must warn. 

 

The watchman must take his commission very seriously, because if he does not warn people, their blood will be on his own hands.  God knows His end time messenger very well. God knows that he will be faithful.  God has put an enormous responsibility on his shoulders.  The watchman knows this and has the ability to perform whatever God wants.  This is not because of his own strength, but he knows that all things are possible with God. 

 

Eze 3:17  "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:

Eze 3:18  When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

Eze 3:19  Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

Eze 3:20  "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.

Eze 3:21  Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul."

 

The watchman is not sent to a foreign country with foreign language.  He is to go to the English speaking countries. 

 

The following scripture shows that Godís end time watchman, who is to warn Israel, is from Ephraim. 

 

Hos 9:8  The watchman of Ephraim is with my God; But the prophet is a fowler's snare in all his ways Enmity in the house of his God.

Hos 9:9  They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.

 

This is astounding scripture, here we see Godís end time messenger actually being hated by Godís church.  The reasons for this hatred are mainly because the watchman believes God and has the faith and courage and strength to stand up and be counted in days of peace, and he tells the church their sins.  He doesn't stand around in flowing robes with smooth words of praise for everyone.  He states, hard hitting cold facts, which are hard to handle. He calls a spade a spade, and unfortunately there are a lot of lukewarm white washed sepulchres in the church in the end time.   A lot of Godís people do not believe God.  They simply twist scripture to suit in with what they want to believe, they just want to hear smooth things and be lulled off to sleep. 

 

Just ask yourself when was the last time you learned anything new at church? 

 

Godís church must grow in grace and knowledge. 

 

Godís truth and end time warnings are not bed time stories to drift off to sleep while we are reading them.  They are urgent dynamic warnings of national annihilation and impending siege followed by national captivity by a cruel nation. 

 

Read the above paragraph again and let that statement sink in to your mind.  This is going to happen, it is not some wild dream of ours, or some plot on a T.V. show.  This is real and is going to happen to you and me in the very near future.  Do something about it now, turn to God. A lot of church people think that Jacobís Trouble is not going to happen for years and years, and that if it does happen it will just be a spanking for Israel.  Wake up, the above description is not a spanking, it is national captivity and annihilation.

 

English speaking Israel, are the people who are about to encounter the time of Jacobís Trouble.  The worst time in Israelís history, a time which would wipe out 2/3rds of Israel from the face of the earth, the remaining 1/3 will go into captivity, unless the people of Israel repent and turn to God. 

 

God is a loving and merciful Father, and He will not allow this terrible time to come on Israel until they are warned. 

 

Amo 3:7  Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

 

This time of trouble is to come on Jacob, it is the time of Jacobís trouble. 

 

Jer 30:7  Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob's trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.

 

God will warn Israel and Judah.  But, it seems they just refuse to listen. 

 

Lev 26:26  When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

Lev 26:27  'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,

Lev 26:28  then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.



Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

 

Eze 2:3  And He said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.

Eze 2:4  For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'

Eze 2:5  As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse for they are a rebellious house yet they will know that a prophet has been among them.

 

God has sent many warnings, but the people of Israel just simply will not heed the warnings.  God is sick of the way the nation is living, they lie and cheat, run after false gods, deal with cheating scales, there is no justice in the land, they swear, and oppress the widow and the fatherless, they are only concerned with selfish gain. They have totally forgotten about God and His ways.  In their day to day language we hear blasphemy being used freely, we hear Godís name blasphemed on T.V and Radio. People just do not care about breaking Godís laws.  To blaspheme Godís name is to break the Ten Commandments.  Men and women swear openly in public, regardless of children being present, and the language used is usually the most revolting filth imaginable.   God has had enough. Homosexuality is well entrenched and well accepted in our society. False idols are in our churches. 

 

All of the above, are abominations to the Great God who gave us this country. 

 

Eze 5:15  'So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.

 

Let us see an overview of events which will unfold very soon. Firstly we see the watchman.  For a time he cannot warn Israel.  During this time, he has his mouth stopped by God. Even though many new truths have been revealed to him, and a great deal of new knowledge has been entrusted to him, he must wait until God decides when the time has come for him to warn Israel and Judah.  The timing of the warning is crucial because very shortly after the warning is given, Jacobís trouble will start.  God says there will be no more delay.  Therefore the watchman must be very sure when to start the warning. God will make sure that the time is right, because the truth just simply will not go out until the right time.  The watchman just simply cannot start his commission until God will allow it. 

 

This is before Jacobís Trouble. 

 

Eze 3:26  I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and not be one to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious house.

Eze 3:27  But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.

 

So we see that the watchman cannot speak for a time, during this time he is growing in knowledge which God is giving him.  He is preparing the warning message and waits patiently on the Lord until the time for him to speak and to warn the Israelites is made known to him.  Remember that when the warning does go out, there will be little time left before Jacobís trouble starts. 

 

Notice these conditions in Leviticus. 

 

Lev 26:14  'But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,

Lev 26:15  and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,

Lev 26:16  I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Lev 26:17  I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.

Lev 26:18  'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

Lev 26:19  I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

Lev 26:20  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

Lev 26:21  'Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.

Lev 26:22  I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.

 

Remember these are not our thoughts and ideas, we don't guess or imagine anything, all we need to know is in Godís word, He tells us.  We just need to look for it and search as for pearls, and God will reveal these things to us. 

 

The following scriptures show that Israel and Judah hear the message from the watchman. 



Isa 9:8  The Lord sent a word against Jacob, And it has fallen on Israel.

Isa 9:9  All the people will know Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:

 

Hos 5:9  Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.

 

Unfortunately, during Jacobís trouble Israel calls to Egypt and Assyria to help them, these are gentile nations and God does not want that to happen.  However we see that is what they do and also notice that Israel has been warned about going to these nations, notice the second scripture showing that a covenant is made with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. 


Hos 7:11  "Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria.

Hos 7:12  Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their congregation has heard.

 

Hos 12:1  "Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.

 

Hos 11:7  My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, None at all exalt Him.

 

These scriptures show plainly that the watchman warns Israel of their backsliding, that they were told to return to God, that they would be chastised, that they would run to Egypt and Assyria, that they were proud, and they will be desolate, they daily increase in lies and desolation. Israel will be warned. 

 

Once the warning goes out, the time of Jacobís trouble will be very close.  Notice the following scripture. 

 

Lev 26:16  I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

 

Lev 26:19  I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

Lev 26:20  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

 

Notice that once the pride of your power is broken, you sow your seed in vain, because your enemy will eat it, so that sounds like a very short time indeed. 

 

Look at the following scripture, the people think that the trouble

is far off.  There is probably very few who even believe that it will happen at all.  But take heed and see what the God of Israel says.  He says there will be no more delay. 

 

Eze 12:27  "Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.'

Eze 12:28  Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done," says the Lord GOD.' "


Notice the urgency of the following scripture: 

 

Hab 2:1  I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.

Hab 2:2  Then the LORD answered me and said: "Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

Hab 2:3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.

 

Notice this scripture, write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run who reads it. 

 

This shows how quickly things will happen once the message goes out. 

 

The subjects that the watchman is learning are considered foolishness by other church members, but he pushes on regardless of public opinion, he is only interested in what God wants of him.  He is a faithful servant. 

 

Once God makes known to him when to give the warning message it will then be given to Israel and Judah. 

 

Then very shortly after the warning message goes out Jacobís trouble will start. 

 

Now back to the warning for Israel. 

 

Let us see what the warning is about, we know that Israel and Judah have acted wickedly in their day to day lives, we know from scripture that they have wholeheartedly turned away from God.  Let us now see what the warning message is about. 

 

The first three seals of the book of Revelation are, White horse, Red Horse and Black Horse.  They represent the following: 

 

Ishmael 

 

Assyria 

 

Shortage of food 

 

Letís compare the scriptures. 



1st Seal    White Horse  -  Ishmael

 

Rev 6:2  And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

 

Gen 21:20  So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

 

Gen 17:20  And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.



2nd Seal    Red Horse    - Assyria

 

Rev 6:4  Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

 

Isa 10:5  "Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.

Isa 10:6  I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

 

Jer 50:17  "Israel is like scattered sheep; The lions have driven him away. First the king of Assyria devoured him; Now at last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones."

 

3rd Seal    Black Horse    -    Famine

 

Rev 6:5  When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.

Rev 6:6  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine."

 

Lev 26:26  When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

 

Lam 5:9  We get our bread at the risk of our lives, Because of the sword in the wilderness.

Lam 5:10  Our skin is hot as an oven, Because of the fever of famine.

 

4th Seal      Pale Horse  Death ; Jacobís Trouble reaches climax

 

Rev 6:7  When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see."

Rev 6:8  So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

 

This is the time of Jacobís trouble as mentioned in Ezekiel 14. 

 

These are four judgments, which God will send on Israel and Judah, because of their disobedience to Him. 

 

The four judgments of Ezek 14 v 21 are: Sword, famine, wild beasts and plague. 

 

Letís compare the scriptures: 


Rev. 6 v 8 states that the pale horse has power over ľ of the earth to kill with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. 

 

Rev 6:8  So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

 

Eze 14:21  For thus says the Lord GOD: "How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence to cut off man and beast from it?

 

The above scripture says Jerusalem, but it refers to Israel as well in keeping with the following scripture. 

 

Eze 9:8  So it was, that while they were killing them, I was left alone; and I fell on my face and cried out, and said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Will You destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?"

Eze 9:9  Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!'

 

Godís four judgments cause 2/3rds of Israel, and Judah to perish.  Rev 6 v 8 shows, that Jacobís trouble has power over ľ of the earth. 

 

There are currently about 424,000,000 people in English speaking countries of Israel, Australia, New Zealand, America, Great Britain, and Canada, at present. The amount of people who will die in Jacobís trouble is about 280,000,000 people.  This represents 2/3rds of English speaking Israel and Judah. 

 

I will repeat that figure, about 280,000.000 people will die in Jacobís trouble.  About 141,000,000 will go into captivity, but only 1/10 will come out of captivity that means about 14,000,000 will come out of this terrible time alive. 

 

Eze 5:12  One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

Eze 5:13  'Thus shall My anger be spent, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be avenged; and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it in My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them.

 

Eze 5:15  'So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.

 

The above scripture shows that 1/3rd of Israel and Judah die of pestilence and famine, 1/3rd die by the sword, and 1/3rd go into captivity with the sword after them. 

 

The following scripture shows that only 1/10th of Israel will come out of captivity alive. 

 

Isa 6:11  Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered: "Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, The houses are without a man, The land is utterly desolate,

Isa 6:12  The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Isa 6:13  But yet a tenth will be in it, And will return and be for consuming, As a terebinth tree or as an oak, Whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump."

 

The same explanation is seen in the following scripture 

 

Amo 5:3  For thus says the Lord GOD: "The city that goes out by a thousand Shall have a hundred left, And that which goes out by a hundred Shall have ten left to the house of Israel."

 

The time of Jacobís trouble is the time of Godís wrath on Israel and Judah. 

 

Jer 30:7  Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob's trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.

 

The following scriptures show that Israel is called by Godís name. As shown in Matt. 24 we are hated by all nations for My name's sake.

 

Deu 28:10  Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.

 

Mat 24:9  "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.

 

We know that God does not send disasters on people without first warning them, and as we have shown, God does warn His people. Godís end time messenger, the Watchman, warns Israel, Judah and the exiles of the impending disaster which is going to come on them very soon after the time of the warning, it will not be delayed.  God says He will delay no longer. 

 

Eze 12:27  "Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.'

Eze 12:28  Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done," says the Lord GOD.' "

 

People just simply won't believe that this warning message is for their time, in the very near future.  They have seen many people saying "repent the end is near".  Then things go on as before, and nothing happens.  This time, God says He will delay no longer, but Israel and Judah do not heed the warning message. 

 

The watchman takes his commission very seriously, because if he does not warn people, as God instructs him, the blood of those people will be on his shoulders. 

 

Eze 33:7  "So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.

Eze 33:8  When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

 

So far we have seen that the watchman must warn Israel and Judah of the impending trouble.  We have seen that the first three seals tell us who is involved and why. 

 

We have seen that the 4th seal, the climax of Jacobís Trouble, continues on into the 5th seal of the Martyrdom of Saints. 

 

This time of Jacobís trouble is the first three seals of Revelation, culminating when 1/3rd of Israel and Judah, die of the sword, 1/3rd die from famine and pestilence, and 1/3rd go to captivity.  These three seals at their worst become the 4th seal.

 

A very interesting section of the Bible is found in Leviticus, God states plainly there, the blessings for obedience and the penalties for disobedience.  It is interesting as it would appear that this is the order of events that will begin Jacobís trouble.  A careful study of Chapter 26 will reveal that as God brings on disasters, He expects Israel to repent. They continue to ignore the warnings of both the Watchman and the disasters which God inflicts on them. The disasters get worse and worse, but still God has repentance available to them.  At any time, they can turn to God and beg forgiveness and start living Godís way, but as we see, they ignore Him and God has no choice but to increase the disasters on unrepentant Israel. 

 

Letís notice how Jacobís trouble will start. 

 

Lev 26:14  'But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments,

Lev 26:15  and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,

Lev 26:16  I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Lev 26:17  I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.

 

Look at the order of events: 

 

Terror 

 

Consumption, and burning ague. 

 

Consumes the eyes. 

 

Sorrow of heart. 

 

Sow seed in vain. 

 

Enemies shall eat it. 

 

I will set my face against you. 

 

You will be slain before your enemies. 

 

They that hate you will reign over you. 

 

You will flee when none pursues you. 

 

We have recently seen the terrible terrorist attacks on America, and the world waits in fear for the next attack. 

Terror has begun! 

 

Could consumption and the burning ague, which eats the eyes be nerve or chemical, or germ warfare? 

 

Sow your seed in vain, enemies will eat it.  This is the nation of locusts which God sends to eat everything, read Joel 1. 

 

I will set my face against you.  God brings on these disasters for Israelís own good. 

 

You will be slain.  We will be invaded by a cruel nation. 

 

You will flee.  Already United States of America and most of Israel are scared stiff and buying rifles, gas masks etc. 

 

These events are repeated in Deuteronomy and in Isaiah we see a flow of events, coming one after the other.  Notice the next scripture, also notice that the day of their appointed death is sooner than would have happened if the end time events did not occur. 

 

Isa 28:18  Your covenant with death will be annulled, And your agreement with Sheol will not stand; When the overflowing scourge passes through, Then you will be trampled down by it.

Isa 28:19  As often as it goes out it will take you; For morning by morning it will pass over, And by day and by night; It will be a terror just to understand the report."

 

Notice the last part of the above verse, in the New American Standard Bible, it is translated as: and it will be sheer terror to understand what it means. 

 

Now let us look at the flow of events in Leviticus, after the above mentioned terrors. 

 

Lev 26:18  'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

 

Notice, the availability of repentance, but if Israel will not turn from her evil, they are punished seven times more. 

 

Lev 26:19  I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.

Lev 26:20  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.

Lev 26:21  'Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.

 

Again God wants Israel to return to Him, but if not, seven times more plagues will come on them. 

 

Lev 26:22  I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.

 

God sends the wild beasts, this is listed elsewhere as, crawling animals with venom, wild dogs, birds, lions, tigers, leopards, etc. 

 

Lev 26:23  'And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me,

Lev 26:24  then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

 

Repentance is still available, but if Israel will not listen, God will punish seven times more for their sins. 

 

Lev 26:25  And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

Lev 26:26  When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

Lev 26:27  'And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,

Lev 26:28  then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

 

Again repentance is available but if Israel will not turn from their ways, again God will act with fury and chastise seven times more for their sins. 

 

The following scripture is the final series of punishment God sends before Israel go into captivity. 

 

Lev 26:29  You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.

Lev 26:30  I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.

Lev 26:31  I will lay your cities waste and bring your sanctuaries to desolation, and I will not smell the fragrance of your sweet aromas.

Lev 26:32  I will bring the land to desolation, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it.

Lev 26:33  I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.

Lev 26:34  Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies' land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.

 

After the total destruction which is caused by the locusts, Lev 26 v 16 the watchman calls a national fast day, for the church and the nation of Israel.

 

Joe 1:13  Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; Wail, you who minister before the altar; Come, lie all night in sackcloth, You who minister to my God; For the grain offering and the drink offering Are withheld from the house of your God.

Joe 1:14  Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land Into the house of the LORD your God, And cry out to the LORD.

Joe 1:15  Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.

 

We also know that the daily sacrifice is taken away and also at the same time, the abomination of desolation is set up. 

 

The daily sacrifice is the continuance of the Holy Days and the Sabbath. 

 

The abomination of desolation is the observance of Easter and other pagan rites. 

 

As well as commandment breaking.  A more detailed explanation of this is given below. 

 

Letís look at some new knowledge revealed by God. The abomination which makes desolate is the keeping of Easter, the burning of incense to the Queen of heaven and the keeping of this celebration by the people of God. 

 

Jer 44:22  So the LORD could no longer bear it, because of the evil of your doings and because of the abominations which you committed. Therefore your land is a desolation, an astonishment, a curse, and without an inhabitant, as it is this day.

Jer 44:23  Because you have burned incense and because you have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD or walked in His law, in His statutes or in His testimonies, therefore this calamity has happened to you, as at this day."

Jer 44:24  Moreover Jeremiah said to all the people and to all the women, "Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are in the land of Egypt!

Jer 44:25  Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: 'You and your wives have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands, saying, "We will surely keep our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her." You will surely keep your vows and perform your vows!'

Jer 44:26  Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: 'Behold, I have sworn by My great name,' says the LORD, 'that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "The Lord GOD lives."

Jer 44:27  Behold, I will watch over them for adversity and not for good. And all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end to them.

 

Read the above verses very carefully, notice in verse 22 the abominations which you have committed therefore your land is a desolation. 

 

The explanation of the abomination is shown very clearly in scripture.  We do not have to guess or imagine what it is.  God reveals things to His people so that we can grow in knowledge.  Everything we need to know is contained in the scriptures, it depends on how much effort we put into study and whether or not we believe God, just exactly what we get out of the bible. 

 

The following scripture gives a further description of the abominations which are being committed in Israel. 

 

Eze 8:6  Furthermore He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations."

 

Eze 8:10  So I went in and saw, and there every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls.

Eze 8:11  And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up.

Eze 8:12  Then He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, 'The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.' "

 

Eze 8:14  So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD's house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.

 

Eze 8:16  So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.

Eze 8:17  And He said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose.

Eze 8:18  Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them."

 

These are the abominations which God hates and they cause the land to be desolate.  What a disgrace this is.  No wonder God says He won't have pity nor will He hear their cry. 

 

Dan 12:11  "And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

 

This is very serious scripture because at that time of 3 Ĺ  years it would appear that  the witnesses are also giving their testimony also the Holy City is trampled for 3 Ĺ years and the power of the holy people will be shattered. 

 

Notice the following scriptures: 

 

Rev 11:2  But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."

 

Dan 12:7  Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.

 

So we see that the period of 3 Ĺ years is going to be a very serious time and a devastating time as well. 

 

We know that during this time that Godís end time watchman gives the warning message to Israel and Judah, some people listen to him. 

 

These people will be willing to listen to him, but some do not obey what God tells them.  Notice the following scriptures, remember this is the end time messenger and the end time people of God. 

 

Eze 33:30  "As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, 'Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.'

Eze 33:31  So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.

Eze 33:32  Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them.

Eze 33:33  And when this comes to pass surely it will come then they will know that a prophet has been among them."

 

We know that at this time, Michael, the great prince, will arise. 

 

Dan 12:1  "At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.

 

Letís look at the events spoken of in Daniel about the times of the end.  Every one who is found written in the book will be delivered. 

 

Rev 11:15  Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"

Rev 11:16  And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,

Rev 11:17  saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

Rev 11:18  The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth."

Rev 11:19  Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

 

Here we see something which most of our readers will find hard to believe, this is in fact the reign of the Father.  Notice the description of Him, Lord God Almighty, 24 elders worship Him, and His great wrath has come.  The Day of the Lord, is to come. 

 

We see that He rewards the saints, the prophets and those that fear His name small and great. 

 

So this is when the dead and the living spiritual firstfruits, are resurrected {or changed}. They return to the earth with the Father. 

 

This is the reign of the Father, and at this time He rewards the Firstfruits.  These are very special to God and to Christ, they belong to the Father and Christ, they are firstfruits, they are the first to be resurrected after, of course, Christ who has gone on before us as He is the first of the firstfruits

 

Look at this scripture: 

 

1Co 15:23  But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

 

Did you catch that?  Read it again, Christ is resurrected and raised first, then the firstfruits, then they that are Christís at His coming. 

 

Joh 6:44  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

The resurrection of the firstfruits happens before Christ returns.  The firstfruits are resurrected before the other people of God, because they come with the Father, Christ comes with the angels. 

 

Mat 24:31  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

Keep in mind the fact that the dead must rise first, in keeping with 1 Thes. 4 v 16. 

 

Then the live firstfruits will be changed to spirit and raised to the clouds where they are gathered together by the angels. 

 

The firstfruits are very special people.  They are spiritual giants like Abraham, David, Moses, Daniel.  These people have overcome great things in their lifetimes, they have proven to be faithful and have a great reward, far above the reward of most of the people of God.  There will be people alive today who will prove to be firstfruits

 

We have gone a little off track, so back to the main thrust of this article, which is the warning message to Israel and Judah. 

 

We know that some people will be accounted worthy to escape Jacobís trouble.    Notice the following scriptures on this subject. 

 

Eze 9:4  and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."

Eze 9:5  To the others He said in my hearing, "Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.

Eze 9:6  Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple.

 

Some people who sigh over the abominations in Jerusalem will be saved.  The mark which they receive on their foreheads, {according to Strongís Concordance} means "signature." 

 

Eze 9:4  and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."

 

Luk 21:36  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

 

Some people will be watching and praying to be counted worthy. 

 

Zep 2:3  Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD's anger.

 

During Jacobís trouble, Israel goes under siege by a very cruel nation. 

 

Deu 28:49  The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand,

Deu 28:50  a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young.

Deu 28:51  And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.

Deu 28:52  "They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you.

 

Look at the above scripture, the walls which Israel trusts in. The nation should trust in God and not some military powers which they think they have.  Material things can and will be destroyed at this time, God is the only method of protection, not any army or military might. 

 

Deu 28:53  You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you.

Deu 28:54  The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind,

Deu 28:55  so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.

 

Here we see that the Israelites eat their offspring during the siege.  This must be a terrible time of famine and severe hunger for people to eat their own children, and yet here are the words of God about these dreadful events, which will occur very soon now. 

 

Also we see that the nation that puts us under siege is a cruel nation. 

 

Jer 6:22  Thus says the LORD: "Behold, a people comes from the north country, And a great nation will be raised from the farthest parts of the earth.

Jer 6:23  They will lay hold on bow and spear; They are cruel and have no mercy; Their voice roars like the sea; And they ride on horses, As men of war set in array against you, O daughter of Zion."

 

Notice the dreadful conditions befalling Israel during the siege. 

 

Lam 4:8  Now their appearance is blacker than soot; They go unrecognized in the streets; Their skin clings to their bones, It has become as dry as wood.

Lam 4:9  Those slain by the sword are better off Than those who die of hunger; For these pine away, Stricken for lack of the fruits of the field.

Lam 4:10  The hands of the compassionate women Have cooked their own children; They became food for them In the destruction of the daughter of my people.

Lam 4:11  The LORD has fulfilled His fury, He has poured out His fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion, And it has devoured its foundations.

 

The people are burnt, starving to death and even resort to eating their own children in order to stay alive.  Unfortunately verse 12 shows us that this whole situation could have been avoided if they had heeded the warning message from God. 

 

Lam 4:12  The kings of the earth, And all inhabitants of the world, Would not have believed That the adversary and the enemy Could enter the gates of Jerusalem

 

This scripture shows that Israel and Judah just simply did not believe God when He sent His watchman to warn them of this impending invasion and siege. 

 

This will be a dreadful time for Israel and Judah, but as God has said He has sent a watchman to warn them.  They could have escaped the trouble, if they had listened to the warning message that the end time prophet gives to them, but this is what happens. 

 

Towards the end of Jacobís trouble there is a famine of hearing Godís word. 

 

Amo 8:11  "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD.

 

The watchman is to go on and warn the other nations about the time just ahead of them, the Day of the Lord. 

 

This is the second part of the watchmanís commission, firstly he ate the book, spoken of by Ezekiel,{this was the warning message to Israel concerning Jacobís trouble}. Now we see him eating a little book, and this is the warning to the remaining nations regarding the Day of the Lord.  Notice this scripture. 

 

Rev 10:8  Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth."

Rev 10:9  So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."

Rev 10:10  Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

Rev 10:11  And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings."

 

Notice the last few lines, you must prophesy again before many peoples, nations, and tongues, and kings. 

 

So we see that the watchman has a twofold commission.  But firstly his immediate concerns are the warning message, which must go to Israel.  Even though he knows that they will not listen to him, he must warn them regardless. 

 

Jer 6:17  Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.'

 

A very interesting thing also happens during Jacobsís trouble some certain leaders of Israel come to inquire of the Lord and sit before the watchman.  God is not happy with them and His reply is in the following verses. 

 

Eze 20:3  "Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Have you come to inquire of Me? As I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will not be inquired of by you." '

Eze 20:4  Will you judge them, son of man, will you judge them? Then make known to them the abominations of their fathers.

 

The watchman then explains Israelís history of rebellion, unfaithfulness, idolatry and the reasons why God now has to bring on Jacobís trouble.  This is explained in the next verses, so read the rest of Ezekiel 20 for what God said to the leaders. 

 

Israel and Judah just simply will not change from their ways, they have committed dreadful acts of abomination towards God, they deal falsely with their scales, they have perverted the justice system, they lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, they pollute all of Godís laws. 

 

They have forgotten Godís Sabbaths, His laws, statutes and ordinances.  They must learn to change from their evil ways. 

 

Hos 4:2  By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.

 

Eze 22:8  You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.

 

Even though what is going to happen to Israel is a terrible event, God said it had to happen for their ultimate salvation.  Notice the following verses on this subject. 

 

Eze 14:22  Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it.

Eze 14:23  And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I have done in it," says the Lord GOD.

 

We see plainly by this scripture, that Israel have a totally different attitude when they return from captivity.  Jacobís trouble has to happen for this result to occur. 

 

The following scripture shows that even the Israelites knew that God had to bring Jacobís Trouble on them to change their hearts and attitudes, they loathe themselves because of the evils they committed. 

 

Eze 6:9  Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.

Eze 6:10  And they shall know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them."

 

5th Seal is the martyrdom of saints, the martyrdom begins during the time of Jacobís trouble. 

 

There is a time when many of Godís people will have to die, mainly to prove to God that they can be trusted for all eternity.  This is because during this life they rejected the end time knowledge which God has restored to His church in this end time. They must now prove to God that they are worthy, unfortunately this will mean, torture and death for them. 

 

Ezekiel chapter 34 is about the Ministers in Godís church and applies to them and they must heed and repent of their wrong ways. 

 

Notice the following scripture, this not only applies to the ministry but to all members of Godís church, we must be careful not to reject new knowledge as God restores it. We must continue to grow in grace and knowledge.  Notice the penalties for not doing this. 

 

Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

 

The above scripture is a sober warning for all of us in Godís church. 

 

The following is a summary of some of the abominations which have been committed in Israel and Judah, which people must stop doing and turn to the right ways of God, if they wish to be spared Jacobís trouble. 

 

God sends His prophets to warn Israel, but they will not listen, look at the following abominations. 

 

The following is from Ezekiel 22. 

 

A city shedding blood, she makes idols contrary to her interest for defilement.  You are guilty with your bloodshed and defiled by your idols.  Your rulers shed blood, they oppressed the alien, they wronged the fatherless and the widow. You have despised My holy things, and profaned My Sabbaths.  Men eat at the mountain shrines and commit acts of lewdness.  They uncovered their fathers nakedness, and humbled women in their menstrual impurity.  One has committed abominations with his neighbours wife, and another has lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law.  And another has humbled his sister, his fathers daughter. 

 

They take bribes to shed blood, they take interest and profits, they injure their neighbour for gain by oppression, and have forgotten the Lord.  You have acquired dishonest gain by bloodshed. 

 

There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst, they devour lives, take treasure and precious things and make many widows. 

 

Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things, they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean.  They hide their eyes from My Sabbaths, and the Lord is profaned among them.  The leaders are like wolves, tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives for dishonest gain.  The prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying 'thus says the Lord God, when the Lord has not spoken. 

 

Is it any wonder God has to completely burn them and get rid of the greater majority of Israel and Judah.   Look at what they do.  This is the world we live in today, the whole lot of it is corrupt, unclean and covered with blood from the dealings of mankind. 

 

We need to wake up and change our ways, and believe God before the time for repenting is over and God deals with great wrath on His people.  There will come a time when God will no longer hear.  He has been patient for approximately 6000 years and has warned and waited for people to change for a long time.  He will not wait forever, He will act, and that will happen very shortly. 

 

What we have shown in this article is not a pretty bed time story, it is the cold hard truth and the facts. God will send His watchman.  Some of Godís church will not recognise him as a prophet, until it is too late for them, because they do not believe God.  A group of people will come to hear what he is saying and he will be well known, but their hearts are not with him, some people will be counted worthy to escape Jacobís trouble. 

 

During Jacobís trouble Israel is taken under siege and they eat their own children.  2/3rds of Israel and Judah die by pestilence, and war and famine, the remaining 1/3rd go into captivity.  The 2/3rds is approximately 280,000.000 people. 

 

This is not your usual go to sleep article.  This article is designed to wake you up and warn you of this dreadful time. 

 

You have been told.  Will you heed the warning or just go back to watch T.V.? 

 

That decision is up to you.