This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
All about Israel's two Exoduses Gloriously pinnacled
by the greatest of all Pentecosts in the universe in
all of time after humanity's Exodus from D.I.Y.,
cooperating with God in an earth of intent.
The reality-check Bible versions
To define the word Exodus, may I just encourage you to use hard-copy or Internet dictionaries.
As for the Bible versions, they were more than just quick exits from one place to another.
They were journeys to other relationships that took time to complete.
Both journeys began with a Passover sacrifice,
Both took 50 days and . . .
Both ended with the provision of Law on their fiftieth day: Pentecost.
The third one, ends in an even greater Jubilant 1000-year Pentecost day of freedom and joyous Celebration for humanity as a legacy from Israel.
Exodus #1 Epoch: From abject slaves of Pharaoh, to slaves of Jehovah* and prisoners
of hope* for an inheritance.
* Leviticus 25:55
* Zechariah 9:12
Exodus #2 Epoch: From prisoners of hope, to sons of God via the restored Israel of God under their final Lord and King: the heavenly only–begotten who inherited the legal right from Jesus —– Romans 8:23; Ezekiel 21:25-27.
Essential to access the Elijah page for the handover details.
humanity's exit from D.I.Y. to a Pentecost of majestic proportions:
The fiftieth 1000-year day* after Jehovah's earth-related 7 creative days of 7000-years have completed.
* 1000 years but a day - Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8
That also concludes God's 7000-year earth-related rest day* especially set aside
for humanity to creatively complete the entire set of Jehovah's 7 days of creation
* 7th of the 7 days of creation God used to modify the earth for human habitation and creating the first two.
The 49th 1000-year sabbatical epoch, is Jehovah's promised 1000-year kingdom for
humans to rest from their selfish works to focus on willingly cooperating with kingdom
admin to complete His purpose. At the conclusion of day 49, the special epoch of
the kingdom of the 1000 years assigned to the 144000, will also cease with their
handing their temporary authority and a job well done back to God
— 1 Corinthians 15:24-28.
At this time God will resume direct control, after having creatively rested/paused with reference to the earth to allow humans to complete the job under angelic supervision.
Humanity will now virtually be in the innocent, untested state Adam and Eve were prior to Genesis chapter 3 without death as their default inheritance. Indefinitely continuing life will once again be their inheritance, subject to the small print of continued cooperation with their Creator to benefit/profit themselves — Isaiah 48:17.
The fiftieth 1000-year Pentecostal Jubilee period will now commence for Jehovah to
personally deal with the original rebellious angels, especially their leader Satan
(Resister) the Devil (Slanderer) and those who side with them, but not before briefly*
releasing the wayward angels and their chief from their temporary 1000-year confinement
of inactivity to deceive all people then living to determine the sincerity and motives
of all humans in order to weed out all who rebel in response to Satan's allures.
* Revelation 20:7-10 - an undetermined period of perhaps 40 years. Not important now to
understand, even as it will not be known or ignored/forgotten by those being tested.
Their ultimate demise amid a crescendo of celebration and rejoicing, will finally allow all humans who demonstrate a willingness to yield to God, to continue with the tasks originally assigned them in Genesis 1:26-28 after that brief 7000 year hiccup.
Most importantly, and in full accord with Jehovah' superlative Justice at this point in history, all humans who have ever lived will have been given the opportunity to live into an indefinite future, while many may choose otherwise.
For the details of the two Israel specific Exoduses:
Most incredible miraculous events connect the first to the second Exodus:
1. Passover lamb Jesus died on the date of the first Passover exit out of Egypt and . . .
2. The Israel of God* received the Law in their hearts and minds on the day of Israel's
anniversary of receiving their written law on the original Pentecost at Sinai
- Jeremiah 31:31-34; Acts 2:1-4.
* Galatians 6:16
was when God's firstborn son Israel exited Pharaoh's Egypt.
Here is the preluding announcement by Jehovah in Exodus 4:22-23:
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, my first–born:
23 and I have said unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me; and thou hast refused to let him go: behold, I will slay thy son, thy first–born. ASV
Well, you could always watch the movie to get an idea, but there is nothing better than getting it first hand by reading the correspondent's report in the aptly named book of Exodus, or second Moses, located in the Bible just after Genesis.
The Prophet Hosea briefly reflected on that exiting* event in 11:1:
"When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. NKJV
* You'd just have to love the English language
At the end of their Exodus epoch, God's firstborn son Israel was presented to the world of mankind a first time.
This is where it becomes really interesting, because Matthew quoted Hosea 11:1 when Joseph and Mary fled with Jesus into Egypt to escape Herod.
Matthew 2:13-15 Now when they were departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I tell thee: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 And he arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt; 15 and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt did I call my son. ASV
Because Jesus was born to live and die as God's firstborn son Israel - retracing his original steps.
There are a number of second exodus scenarios of the Many Happy Returns genre played out in the minds of Christians and Jews alike. Some are tied in with some sort of End Time, Rapture or whatever the anxious have invented or yet shall. Just have a browse on the Web to discover and get a feel, spiritual or otherwise.
In any case, let us examine:
when God's firstborn son Israel exited Egypt a second time, but this time
in the person of Jesus.
If one were to run with that term Second Exodus:
It already happened some 1900 years ago.
Behold Paul's words to the very people all this primarily applies to - Hebrews 1:6:
And when he again bringeth in the firstborn into the world*
he saith, And let all the angels of God worship* him. ASV
* Strong's 3625 3625 oikoumenh oikoumene the inhabited earth i.e. the entire world
Same as in Revelation 12:9.
* see end of Page
This verse has been distorted by most translators under the impression that here Paul uses again as a grammatical device to indicate repetition in a series of OT quotations, as he had done before.
For example, in Romans 15:10-12 he did so 3 times.
Added to that is the translators' profound belief that the firstborn refers here to Jesus Christ, whereas Jesus had never been brought into the world of mankind on a previous occasion in order to be brought a second time.
They concluded, therefore, that again in verse 6 also indicated repetitive OT references.
That verse is, however, uniquely connected to Jesus in that he substituted for God's firstborn son Israel in every facet of their lives:
1. as a young child bursting out of the womb of Egypt through the waters of the Red Sea,
2. a baptism in the manner of Israel under the cloud through the sea; -1 Corinthians 10:1-4
3. 40 days (day for a year) in the wilderness tempted by the adversary;
4. Crossing the Jordan into the promised land, as it were, via his baptism.
5. His entire life in complete submission to the law;
6. duly executed as God's adulterous wife Israel according to the Law, Jesus also took all the transgressions of God's firstborn son Israel upon himself when he died, since at death a person is acquitted from sin - Romans 6:7.
This freed God's firstborn son Israel to continue to run with all the promises God made to the fathers, especially Abraham.
Thus Jesus was both, their second Passover lamb and final atonement sheep and scapegoat, ensuring God's Firstborn son Israel's ultimate salvation.
The Old Testament is replete with absolutes regarding Israel's redemption, salvation, repurchase and atonement. God will keep all His promises to the fathers, come what may.
Jesus put paid to that by becoming the Yes and the Amen as the Means through which all the promises of Jehovah shall culminate in a crescendo of ultimate realization:
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20
That is why the heavenly Christ also wears that designation Amen in that very same sense in Revelation 3:14.
But to repeat:
The second Exodus was when God's firstborn son Israel
exited Egypt one final time in the person of Jesus.
OK, but what about all the promises and prophecies about Israel's return to their land, experiencing eternal peace and prosperity upon the hills of the land of milk and honey Israel?
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.
Here is the broad principle from Hebrews 8:5 presented in the context of the office of High Priest, where everything on earth that was in any way related to and connected with Israel in the outworking of God's purpose, was the pattern or image of the virtual reality of everything in the heavenly realm of God's presence.
3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices: wherefore
it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.
4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts according to the law; 5 who serve that which is a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses is warned of God when he is about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern that was showed thee in the mount.
Since it is, and shall most likely continue to be, impossible to see and comprehend anything to do with the heavenly realm, Jehovah uses familiar earthly scenarios, beautiful precious objects and celestial imagery to convey heavenly matters to the human mind, if only inadequately at best.
After the major environmental change at the time of Noah, mankind continued to be ungoverned, though not ungovernable. To better facilitate that, via example and education until the end of the 7th exclusively earth-related creative period also known as God's rest day, God formed one tribe into a government for whom He provided a constitution and a judicial system.
The whole of the Bible is exclusively devoted to perfect that means for benefiting the entire human race i.e. every human being who had ever lived, lives and yet shall, none of whom have inherited sin and depravity in the slightest from forefather Adam.
So, the entire structure of the kingdom of Israel, the people, the capital city Jerusalem, the Temple, the Priesthood, the king & Kingdom, the whole of the territory of the original twelve tribes, the milk and honey, the exquisite beauty of it all, the peace and the promises are only a poor and inadequate token reference to the impossible to describe heavenly conditions that await the little flock of those selected for heavenly governance.
It is this small number of men and women initially of the tribe of Jacob and later supplemented by those of many races and former national and tribal allegiances, still wearing the collective name of the Israel of the promise, as the Seed of Abraham, who are the saints and chosen ones of the biblical narrative.
At the conclusion of the Great Tribulation upon the tribe of Jacob i.e. the end of the Jewish age of identity & place, which commenced around 66 CE with the first onslaught by the Roman armies and continues even as we speak, all those chosen for heavenly governance for humanity's eternal benefit are collected into the heavenly precinct for their initial one thousand year assignment –Matthew 24:29-31:
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 <chosen> from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other (horizon to horizon).
* 21 for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world* until now, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
* <Strong's 2889 kosmos of Israel>
When all is finally done, the tangible earthly shadows will then finally assume their promised heavenly realities.
This is clearly identified by Paul in Hebrews 12:18-23 speaking to those chosen saints:
For ye are not come unto a mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that no word more should be spoken unto them; 20 for they could not endure that which was enjoined, If even a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned; 21 and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake: 22 but ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church* of the firstborn* who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
* congregation, assembly
* yes, the Israel of God’s promise, His firstborn son of Exodus 4:22
and described in all its exquisiteness in Revelation:
9 And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, who were laden with the seven last plagues; and he spoke with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb. 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God: her light was like unto a stone most precious, as it were a jasper stone, clear as crystal: 12 having a wall great and high; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 on the east were three gates; and on the north three gates; and on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he that spoke with me had for a measure a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16 And the city lies foursquare, and the length thereof is as great as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs: the length and the breadth and the height thereof are equal. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 And the building of the wall thereof was jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto pure glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the several gates was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple thereof. 23 And the city hath no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine upon it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamp thereof is the Lamb. 24 And the nations shall walk amidst the light thereof: and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it. 25 And the gates thereof shall in no wise be shut by day (for there shall be no night there): 26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it: 27 and there shall in no wise enter into it anything unclean, or he that makes an abomination and a lie: but only they that are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Q: Who only can enter the heavenly city and attain to everlasting life/immortality according to Revelation 22:14?
A: Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have the right to come to
tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.
Yes, only those of multiethnic Israel who have washed and whitened their robes in the blood of the lamb Jesus to be forgiven all their transgressions against the law they inherited from an Israel under the first Testament/Covenant along with all the promises to the fathers, are allowed to enter the heavenly city.
Who are these again?
The 144000 of virtual Israel (Revelation 7:4-8; 14:1-5) made up of those already dead crying out from their graves, told to wait and given a white robe (Revelation 6:9-11) including the unnumbered Great Crowd still alive at the time busily washing theirs (Revelation 7:9-17).
Those waiting for Israel's second Exodus will be waiting forever, because it has already happened over 1900 years ago in the person of Jesus.
* Definition of worship:
4352 proskunew proskuneo pros-koo-neh'-o
from 4314 and a probable derivative of 2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); TDNT-6:758,948; v
AV-worship 60; 60
1) to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence
2) among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence
3) in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication
3a) used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank
3a1) to the Jewish high priests
3a2) to God
3a3) to Christ
3a4) to heavenly beings
3a5) to demons
Please note the distorted use of this simple reverential Greek verb by the Authorized Version of the King James Bible which is in every instance translated with worship.
Worship is no more than an attitude of willing submission to God and His good advice, which was/is only ever for the benefit of the individual -Isaiah 48:17.
That is called circumcision of the heart.
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