A Time of Jacob's Trouble
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"For affliction does not come forth from the dust, nor does trouble spring up out of the ground; man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward" (Job 5: 6 – 7).
For six thousand years mankind has known very little joy. True happiness has been elusive and fragmentary. The history of the human race is more accurately characterised by "trouble," wars, gloom, sickness, death and endless tribulation of every sort. Job was certainly not alone in his suffering, both mental and physical, for suffering is universal. Yeshua (Jesus) said, "In this world you will have tribulation… but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33).
All trouble originates from the sin of Adam and Eve and the curse that God imposed on the whole earth at that time, including even the world of nature (Romans 8: 22). But all of the trials and tribulations that this world has ever experienced will be insignificant when compared to a unique seven year period of a time yet to come.
This period is referred to by the prophet Daniel as the "seventieth week" Daniel - 27. The description given to it by many of the writers of the Bible are so awesome, they defy the imagination. There is no precedent for it. It is unparalleled in all of history. Therefore, the descriptive terminology from the Bible itself becomes the best, method to sketch this future seven year span of time. Yet even the ancient prophet’s descriptions, grievous as they are, are totally inadequate to fully understand those horrendous days.
During the second half of this seven year period, also known as the great tribulation, God’s judgement will fall on the ungodly and unrepentant, who will blaspheme His holy name all the more, even in the midst of their suffering. But, the Body of the Messiah (church) will be spared from the wrath from heaven, since they have been caught up in the rapture just prior to the tribulation.
Preceding the outbreak of any war, the "Ambassadors" are all called home, since no government ever attacks until its "Ambassadors" are secured, and since we all are "Ambassadors" for Christ. We will be called "home" before He settles His controversy with the nations.
This second half of the seven years is also known as the "Time of Jacob’s Trouble," and sadly a severe time of testing for the Jews.
God has a two fold purpose for this "seventieth" week of Daniel which will burst upon the earth with great ferocity. His first purpose is to bring "salvation" to
"The Time of Jacob's Trouble" is a foundational teaching that is tremendously needed at this time ~
As believers in the Messiah of Israel, we must face up to our responsibilities regarding the Jewish people. The first step is to understand what is going on ~ and why the ongoing conflict in
The God of
No one else but God can declare the end from the beginning and accurately predict the future thousands of years in advance. The word of God that came to Jeremiah the prophet: This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: "Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess," says the Lord. Jeremiah 30: 1- 3
These are the words the Lord spoke concerning
Why is this time called "the time of Jacob's trouble"?
Is there a parallel between what is taking place today in
Jacob was the son who had the blessing and promise of God. But it was not until he returned to his homeland that he fulfilled his destiny. After a life-changing encounter with God, Jacob the "heal grabber," became
The return of Jacob from serving under Laban, is a prophetic picture of what will happen to Jacob's descendants in the end times.
In the book of Genesis, chapters 31 to 33, we read about the return of Jacob to the
Just like the return of Jacob ~ the dream and vision of Theodore Hertzl for a
Both have been the result of increased insecurity, caused by jealousy and hostility from the people around them in foreign lands.
It was God who told Jacob to go back to the Promised Land. In the same way the Zionist movement has been God's hand in history to return the Jewish people back to their own land. "Then the Lord said to Jacob, 'Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.'" (Genesis 31:3)
Despite their sin, rebellion and unbelief, God has been with the Jewish people throughout their long history. "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered
God has promised to watch over
Nothing ~ is a coincidence when it comes to
He said in Micah 4:6 - 7, "'In that day,' declares the LORD, 'I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation.'"
Immediately, after Jacob had left an upset and angry Laban and having burnt all the bridges behind him, the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is the camp of God!" So Jacob named that place Mahanaim (Genesis 32:1-2). "Mahanaim" means two hosts or two camps. Today two armies are actively and intensely involved in the return of the Jewish people back to their own land: the angels in heaven and the prayers of believers who love
Like Jacob when he returned to his own land, the Jews today are faced with a bitter and wounded brother who has sworn to kill them ~~~
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father is near; then I will kill my brother Jacob" (Genesis 27:41). The Bible says that Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to tell Esau that he only wanted to live in peace with him (Genesis 32: 3 – 5).
This is so much like
The Bible says that Esau was coming out to meet Jacob with four hundred men. Four is the number of the earth and also of the flesh. The number 400 is often mentioned in the Bible in connection with military might (Judges 20:2, 1 Samuel 22:2; 25:13; 30:10).
When Jacob heard the news of this army coming against him, it says, in great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. He thought, "If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape." Then Jacob prayed ~ Genesis 32:7 -13, 24;
"O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper, I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this
This was the start of a time of Jacob’s trouble ~~~ Jacob’s heart began to soften from the heat of the fire that he is going through. He sent the people ahead of him with generous gifts to his brother Esau. But Jacob was still afraid!
Jacob wrestles with God ~~~
"So Jacob's gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp. So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak." (Gen 32:21)
Jacob's real problem was not with man, but with God. He had spent twenty years in a foreign land with the promise of God over his life, but there was still something unsettled between him and God. Now the hour of reckoning had come.
Nothing requires more vigour and unceasing exertion than wrestling. It is an emblem of the true spirit of faith and prayer. Jacob kept his ground; though the struggle continued long, this did not shake his faith, nor silence his prayer. He will have a blessing, and had rather have all his bone put out of joint than go away without one.
The Angel puts a lasting mark of honour upon him, by changing his name ~~~
Jacob name signified being a "deceiver" ~ but from now onwards he shall be celebrated, for true valour. Jacob‘s new name, "Israel" meaning a prince with God; a name greater than those of the great men of the earth. Having power with God, he shall have power with men too; he shall prevail, and gain Esau's favour. Jacob names the place of wrestling "Peniel" and obtains the favour of God.
It is the same with the Jewish people today. Just as Jacob spent twenty years serving Laban, so the Jewish people have begun to return after twenty centuries scattered among the nations. Just as it was with Jacob, something is still unsettled between them and God.
The Final outcome is secured ~~~
Never has God forsaken the Jewish people, when their hearts were turned towards Him. Their Messiah will come down to rescue His people Israel and do mortal combat with her enemies who are also His enemies, for the day of His vengeance will come, and who will be able to stand (Isaiah 59:20; 63:1 – 4; 34:5 – 6).
God will save his people,
The final outcome is secured! And so all
God has never taken away or changed his call, plan or promises for the Jewish people ~~~
The verse in Romans ; Paul is talking about
God knew even before He chose
A few types that fore-shadow the great Second Coming event of the return of the Messiah:
(1) Joseph ~ In Genesis 45: 1 – 15, here we see the man in power and glory, the man before whom the knee had to be bowed and the Reveller of Secrets. And, when his brethren came the second time, he made himself known to them. There he stood dressed in his royal robe and royal authority. Before him eleven trembling men, hungry in rags and terror stricken and now he begins in the tenderness of his heart to weep and says… "Come near to me… I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into
(2) Moses ~ when he came the first time to his brethren to deliver them, they rejected him. And the second time, forty years later when the tribulation had risen to its greatest heights, they received him and he led them forth; we read this in Exodus chapters 2 and 5.
(3) In the New Testament we have a type in unbelieving Thomas ~ because of his absence when the Lord first appeared to His Disciples after His Resurrection, he (Thomas) declared, "except I shall see in His hands and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe (John 20:25). And, after eight days again Yeshua’ (Jesus) Disciples were within, and Thomas was with them. Then Yeshua came, the doors being shut and stood in the midst of them, and said, "Shalom (peace) be unto you." Did He now condemn Thomas for his unbelief? NO! He let Thomas feel His wounded hands, feet and side for himself and said "Be not faithless, but believe!" Thomas answered Him: "my Lord and my God." Surely this is what it will be again when they (His brethren the Jews) who knew Him not will behold him, the pierced one.
Can God ever forget His people
"Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have carved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are forever before Me." Isaiah 49:15 -16
Is it possible that these marks are the nail prints in the hands of Yeshua (Jesus), that He will carry throughout the eons of eternity to remind Himself of His eternal promises to His eternal people? His hands were pierced for Adam’s entire race. Salvation was offered to the Jew and also to the Gentile. But, the prints of the nails may remind Him of the many needy sons of Abraham who have not yet accepted that offer.
Some time in the near future the Jews will acquire the ancient site of their
"The day is coming," some of them say, "when the living will envy the dead. HaShem (God - literally meaning The Name above all names’) will not reject the prayers of the many, and will accept our prayers and hearken to our outcries with compassion and grace. He will issue a spirit of purity from Above, in order to return us to ‘Avinu
Today, however, the return of the Jews to their own homeland is building up to a climax of terror and unprecedented international condemnation against
In fact that the long simmering
The Bible contains an exciting beginning and an unforgettable end, like any good book should. The beginning was CREATION. The end will be destruction but then RECREATION. In fact, God’s Word has a very happy finale, at least for those who know the Lord. The sin soaked earth will be reborn. The final period of history ~ when the prophesied man of lawlessness will gain control over the world, a
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God bless you and your family always (Ruth )
Alf & Julie Saunders
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