This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
revealing Revelation or, for those who prefer it, apocalypting the Apocalypse
Revelation is not about the whirled of apocalyptic spin of endless yarns woven into a universal fabric of doom by the religious spin-doctors.
It is rather all about the Jehovah's flock of Jacob, whose earthly journey is coming to a close; but it is not about the individual descendants of Jacob whose eternal options are as available as they are for all descendants of Adam.
Musing quietly over Isaiah 2 recently, I noted in verses 10, 19 and 21 something I read many times before in, but not fully inserted it into my cranial folder
10 ¶ Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty.
19 And men shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake mightily the earth.
21 to go into the caverns of the rocks, and into the clefts of the ragged rocks, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake mightily the earth. ASV
Me thinks: ‘where did I read that before?’ Ah, yes in Revelation 6:
15 And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and the chief captains, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they say to the mountains and to the 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 their wrath is come; and who is able to stand? ASV
Quite exiting really, because it confirms Jehovah's vengeance and wrath as a continuing phenomenon for Israel right down to the starting-line in the sands of time, where imminent Heavenly Kingdom governance will have its Genesis.
It also reinforces that the Great Tribulation is an Israel-only event continuing to run even as we speak from the years 66/70 until the fulfilment of Jesus' prophecy of Mathew 24:29-31 a thing not too far.
There was/is NEVER any wrath to be expressed by Jehovah to the world of ‘wicked’ mankind, chiefly because they are not, never having had an opportunity to be considered such, since there was no law for them to define wickedness.
Kings of the earth in the above verse are contextually not the rebel angels under Satan as in Prince of Persia and Prince of Greece (Daniel 10:20), but those of the flock of Jacob in leading positions around the earth, as well as some in earth's minor leagues.
A profound question about our future:
Why does the Gospel of John not have an end-time prophecy to warn the disciples to drop everything and flee to the hills?
and the most profound answer straight out of reality and Scripture:
The answer lays simply in the circumstantial fact that it was all over by the time John penned his Gospel, Epistles and the Revelation and has nothing whatever to do with any alleged future end-time Armageddon in the earthly realm.
Revelation is fundamentally about God's continuing wrath with the flock of Jacob, Israel, the Bride of Christ as a co-joined amalgam drawn from redeemed Israelites/Jews and Gentiles. It is particularly about the end of epochs of their assigned role as the seed of Abraham to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. Epochs?
The primary epoch was the assignment age that stretched from the first Exodus to the end of creative day 7 yet to have the concluding phrase: the evening and the morning were the seventh day in the manner of concluding the first six. The end of day 7 also coincides with the termination of the 1000 year heavenly ‘multiethnic’ kingdom of the Christ, at which point it is all handed back to Jehovah -1 Corinthians 15:24-28:
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be abolished is death. 27 For, he put all things in subjection under his feet. But when he saith, All things are put in subjection, it is evident that He is excepted who did subject all things unto him. 28 And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to Him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all.
Within that overall thematic assignment age of the Seed of Abraham -the firstborn son Israel age - are others.
Epoch: Firstborn son Israel and transgressor under the testament of inheritance from
Exodus 19:3-8 until Messiah who saved Israel the son by being both their final atonement and second Passover lamb.
Epoch: Israel the wife under the law of the Husband from Exodus 24 until the divorce symbolized by the vanishing of the ark of the covenant when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by Babylon.
Epoch: From that time she remained on death row until executed in the Christ. Her death was permanent.
Epoch: The firstborn son Israel continued under the new testament of inheritance as just a little multinational flock, from the death of their saviour to the beginning of their 1000 year heavenly kingdom while in the flesh as the bride of the Christ until
Epoch: as true spirit sons of Jehovah as well as true brothers and wife of Christ they are born again into the heavenly realm/abode of Jehovah at the commencement of their 1000 year reign.
Revelation is primarily about the final moments of Israel's assignment as the means to realise Jehovah's original purpose for creative day seven, at the end of which 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 will be triumphantly fulfilled with Jehovah becoming all things to everyone with the original tasks assigned to Adam and Eve finding their terminus.
That is the simple answer, if anyone were to ask.
For reams of complicated attempts at explanations and mysteries, meander through the Internet, ‘Christian’ bookshops, ask a priest or pastor. It won't matter, because the God-intended future will happen anyway, whatever I or anyone else may utter.
Ah yes, about John, I almost forgot.
By the time John wrote His Gospel, epistles and Revelation, the Bride of Christ's march toward apostate adultery was already well on the way. Some 45 years before John made his contribution, the Apostle Paul had already counselled the impatient elders of the Corinthian congregation who had previously indicated a desire for greater power:
7 For who regards you as superior? And what do you have that you did not receive?
But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? 8 you
are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us;
and I would indeed that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.
1 Corinthians 4:7-8 NAS
First off, the NKJV introduction to:
The Gospel According to JOHN
Just as a coin has two sides, both valid, so Jesus Christ has two natures, both valid. Luke presents Christ in His humanity as the Son of Man; John portrays Him In His deity as the Son of God. John's purpose is crystal clear: to set forth Christ In His deity in order to spark believing faith in his readers. John's gospel is topical, not primarily chronological, and it revolves around seven miracles and seven "I am" statements of Christ.
Following an extended eyewitness description of the Upper Room meal and discourse, John records events leading up to the Resurrection, the final climactic proof that Jesus is who He claims to be: the Son of God.
The title of the Fourth Gospel follows the same format as the titles of the synoptic
Gospels: Kata loannen, "According to John." As with the others, the word "Gospel"
was added later, loannes Is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan, "Yahweh Has Been
- NKJV 1988 edition copyright Thomas Nelson
My reason for including this introduction is the valid observation that John focuses primarily on the risen Christ rather than on the man Jesus.
Not interested in discussing the alleged trinitarian implications here, for it is up to every believer to accept the Roman mythological inroads into the virginal monotheistic Bride promised in marriage to the Christ.
Just as Jehovah's* wife, Israel committed adultery with other ‘gods’ so it was/is
with the Bride of Christ. Flirting with other man-made gods for some 2 centuries,
her adulterous melding with the Roman state and the mythological gods of the realm
in the 4th century was the final straw and sealed her fate. Like Israel at the hand
of the Romans, the bride will also be destroyed by the final world power (Revelation
* Common English name of God as per King James and American Standard Bibles
The heavenly Christ and King of redeemed Israel inspired John in the context of Jehovah having placed or transferred all the chosen ones into the earthly kingdom of the son of His love, beginning with the twelve until the fulfilment of Matthew 24:29-31, when the Heavenly kingdom of God commences its rule:
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. -Colossians 1:12-14.
For more detail please go Here.
The domain of darkness in the above verse describes the situation of Israel under the Law where works were the principal focus rather than the underlying need for faith to give substance to obeying these required works rather than doing them just because someone said so and to avoid unpleasant consequences. It was all just a matter of attitude.
That domain had become ever darker as their years of servitude to the law of Hagar progressed into a compendium of transgressions beyond atonement. Execution of Jehovah's adulterous wife and permanently disinheriting His firstborn son became the only options. The light promised in the OT seemed to be permanently snuffed out by their collective transgressions; unavoidable disaster awaited them as promised; a permanent darkness of nonexistence.
Here Paul addressed envious Jews about their fading role as a light to the nations:
Acts 13:46-47 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 "For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’" -NKJV
Please note in verse 7 above, how Paul applies Isaiah 42:6 to the post messianic, anointed congregation of the Israel of God via his inspired use of plural personal pronouns.
Who or what was/is that Servant and Light to the Gentiles/Nations?
Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,
Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith Jehovah, and thy Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 42:1 Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 42:6 I, Jehovah, have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thy hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
Isaiah 42:1-9 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye peoples, from far: Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name: 2 and he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me: and he hath made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he kept me close: 3 and he said unto me, Thou art my servant; Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4 But I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity; yet surely the justice due to me is with Jehovah, and my recompense with my God. 5 And now saith Jehovah that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, and that Israel be gathered unto him (for I am honorable in the eyes of Jehovah, and my God is become my strength); 6 yea, he saith, It is too light a thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
7 Thus saith Jehovah, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall worship; because of Jehovah that is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who hath chosen thee. 8 Thus saith Jehovah, In an acceptable time have I answered thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to raise up the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages: 9 saying to them that are bound, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and on all bare heights shall be their pasture.
Isaiah 43:1-10 But now thus saith Jehovah that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine.
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. ASV.
The post-messianic Gentiles/Nations/People now include the entire flock of Jacob Israel with the exception of the Saints or Holy Ones making up the little flock of disciples to be given the Kingdom, the Bride of Christ, the Israel of God called out and redeemed from out of the wicked world <2889> of that disobedient nation of Israel under the law.
There is no Spiritual Israel, no New Israel, no Heavenly Israel while the name lingers on as does the name of Jesus for their preparatory works in the outworking of Jehovah's purpose and convincing proof that God always keeps His promises.
Perhaps one fine day I shall add to and edit this page some more.