Wisdom In The Word Bible Studies
By Michael Mendola
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Wisdom In The Word Bible StudiesJul 26, 2021
E198 Special Session: At The Very Edge Of The Age: It's All Converging
I am posting this message that will help you understand what has developed since the beginning of the "COVID crisis" in 2020, and how the Luciferian plans based on the highest technologies have been intentionally orchestrated and converged to this point in time. This message will be an eye opener for you!
As I mentioned in the last Special Session I posted, make no mistake, these things HAVE ALREADY BEGUN to pass JUST AS JESUS SAID in Matthew 24. Look up now!
Please listen and take to heart the message in this podcast. Please take stock of your position with God right now. ALL THINGS ARE IN PLACE! The timeline to the end of the church age, the removal of the church in the Rapture, and the Tribulation under the Antichrist is at the very door. You will understand the gravity of this statement as you listen to this message.
Is your own redemption drawing near, or is it your time of judgment that is drawing near? You still can choose rightly if you have not. I hope that this message helps you see the urgency. Time is running out quickly. No turning the clock back.
This special podcast is by Pastor Robert Breaker.
NOTE: The video version of this message where you can see the whiteboard presentation is available at: https://www.bitchute.com/video/8FMcOf7KeItw/
You can find Rober Breaker's sermons and Bible studies on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPkTFG8FeBL6iR8YemTaMYQ
Pastor Robert Breaker's Website: https://thecloudchurch.org
E197 Daniel: Michael Stands Up To Save Israel Out Of The Time Of Jacob's Trouble
In this lesson we complete our study of the book of Daniel. Ironically, we are living in the very days that fulfill the writings of the last chapter in the book. All is about to be fulfilled and YOU and I are a part of it! What was hidden to Daniel is now open because Israel is back in her land, and the generation to see this is full grown and about to enter the Time Of Jacob's Trouble.
Join the class as we parse the end of Daniels prophecies and examine what it will be like when Micheal is sent to stand for Israel to save them out of the most horrific time in the history of Earth.
If you are saved in Christ, you need to understand because we are to warn ALL about what is surely coming very soon. If you are NOT saved in Christ, and still refuse to receive God's provision - in truth - to make a way for your salvation, you should understand these prophecies because this is the time you will be entering into shortly.
E196 Daniel: Revealed For The Last Generation: Historical Information To Identify The Soon-Coming Final Antichrist (Part 2)
Join us for the final part of this very timely lesson from the book of Daniel as we continue to learn the identifying characteristics of the rising final Antichrist of the last seven years of the Age. We'll examine the historical run-up to this final son of perdition. We'll look to Daniel's writings, other Scriptures and historical references - even going back to the book of Genesis - to help us understand the Antichrist's lineage. You may be surprised to find out that one of the twelve tribes of Israel was actually prophesied to be the progenitor of the very bloodline through which the Antichrist will arise to bring about the seven-year Tribulation, the time of Jacob's Trouble.
E195 Daniel: Revealed For The Last Generation: Historical Information To Identify The Soon-Coming Final Antichrist (Part 1)
Join us for a very timely lesson from the book of Daniel as we continue to learn the identifying characteristics of the soon coming, final Antichrist of the last seven years of history. Make no mistake: He is certainly alive, an adult, and already rising to prominence and power in the world.
God has revealed key historical information in the book of Daniel that was shut-up until this very time to identify the conditions and the persona that will lead you to understand the lead-up and unveiling of final Antichrist who will drive the world into its last seven years of history.
God gave Daniel detailed, verifiable future information that is now documented history. We are to take advantage of this as that final generation this is offered to for wisdom and navigating how the end plays out.
Listen to this lesson to learn details, and similarities of the history and types that tie together the two major Antichrists of this Age, Antiochus IV Epiphanies, and the soon-coming Antichrist that will cause the final abomination that causes desecration that Jesus warned about.
You can sense it for yourself with the unprecedented drive to bring humanity into complete enslavement and global devastation! We are at the undeniable edge of the end the age. YOU must understand what God had hidden but now reveals at this time!
E194 Daniel: The 70th Week Of Daniel - Understanding a Key Message Delivered By A Very Different Messenger
The 69 weeks of years of the 70 Weeks of Daniel have already transpired. The Church age "gap" has arrived, and after 2,000 years, is about to expire; The official end of the church age, commencing with the rapture, is imminent. We - you - are of that final generation that Jesus Christ, Himself said would not pass away until ALL things be fulfilled. We are at the transition point, and ready to enter the final, 70th Week of Daniel's prophetic timeline of the end of this Age.
The final 70th week of years of the prophecy is so important that, about 4 years after Gabriel visited Daniel, a very different "messenger" was sent to him. And, this was not though just a dream or a vision again, but a real-life encounter!
HINT: It took 21 days after Daniel's prayer for this most astounding visitor to arrive and deliver his message. Could this delay be indicative of the 21 centuries of the church age that separated the 69th Week of Years from this final, devastating 70th Week known as the Tribulation?
Join the study as we begin to learn more detail about the importance of this message of the soon coming final 7 years in the prophetic clock of God's people, Israel - and its wonderfully brilliant messenger!
E193 Fundamentals Of Bible Prophecy: Announcing The NEW Podcast - Online Now!
This is just an announcement that my new podcast is online now. It's The Fundamentals Of Bible Prophecy!
Why is it that most pastors will NOT teach Biblical prophecy and all that it entails? If you are hungry for understanding, this series is for YOU, at such a time as THIS.
Find it here: https://anchor.fm/michael-mendola
E192 Daniel: The 70 Weeks Of Daniel - Exact Timeline To Messiah And Disposition of Israel At The End Of The Age
It is the end of the Babylonian captivity. The time for the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the temple has come, just as God promised. Daniel is starting to see a future again for his people! His heart is to know and understand, and he pleads with God to act on behalf of His people to free them as soon a His will allows. God quickly responds by giving him an astoundingly accurate timeline in coded form, called the 70 weeks of years.
One of the key prophecies of the Scriptures for determining the coming of Jesus Christ and the disposition of the Jews and the end of the Age, the Prophecy of Seventy Weeks is given to Daniel by an angel. This messenger informs him that seventy "sevens", or sets, or weeks of years have been decreed, and through this, gives him a detailed but cryptic timeline chronicling the end of the Babylonian captivity to the first coming, and the sacrifice of the promised Anointed One (Jesus Christ) in AD 33, to the end of the Age.
Join us as we review and parse this amazing timeline of how God brings an end to the captivity, and his people back to Jerusalem. And even more, how He maps out for Daniel - especially for us at the end of the Age - the main events that lead to the very year Messiah is sacrificed on the cross, the church age, and the completion of judgment and final redemption of Israel very soon to come.
E191 Special Session: At The Very Edge Of The Age: Where We Really Are Now And What Is Coming Next
I am posting this very timely message that will help you understand how we got to where we are RIGHT NOW in this extremely critical and absolutely unique point in world history. This IS the time Jesus spoke to when he said "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."Luke 21:28.
Make no mistake, these things HAVE BEGUN to pass! Please listen and take to heart the message to you in this podcast. Please take stock of your position with God right now.
Is your redemption drawing near, or is it your time of judgment that is drawing near? You still can choose rightly if you have not. I hope that this message helps you see the urgency.
This special podcast is by Pastor J.D. Farag. You can find his sermons, Bible studies and weekly prophecy updates on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkz3m787ygph7Uvjxzngl-g
Pastor J.D. Farag's Website: https://www.jdfarag.org/
E190 Daniel: God Answers Daniel's Profound Prayer to Understand His Will For The Future
We continue in chapter 9, parsing Daniel's writings and the deep prophecies of world rule until our time now, the end of the age.
The main point of this piece is using Daniel as a prime example of the most effective way of drawing close to God in prayer. We learn from his example, that the righteous and humble, fervent, from-the-heart prayer does avail much! We'll see the result of prayer that is weighted with evidence that we are fully aware of the God to Whom we are speaking, the great, one and only true God. Daniel prays from the standpoint that prayer is willful submission and worship of the One and only God, the One who only can answer prayer.
It becomes even more clear as we enter chapter 9 that we - you who are reading this now - are the only generation to have the ability to fully understand the book of Daniel's (and Revelation's) deepest and most mysterious secrets, now revealed to us - as part of this terminal generation!
E189 Daniel: The Goat and The Two-Horned Ram - Hellenization Sets The World Stage For The Final Antichrist
Join us as we continue parsing Daniel's vision of Gentile world rule. Here, he describes the battle between a goat and a two-horned ram for supremacy. This imagery describes world rule being transitioned from the Medo-Persian to the Greek empire. It's describes the beginning of the end-times thrust of the Hellenization of the world. The modern world we live, in its final phase before the end of the Age, is very heavily based on this transition.
What is Hellenism? Why is it considered the fulcrum point of world governance history?
Hellenization is the historical spread of ancient Greek culture, religion, and, to a lesser extent, language over peoples conquered by the Greeks, or brought into their sphere of influence, particularly during the Hellenistic period following the campaigns of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. The result of Hellenization was that elements of Greek origin combined in various forms and degrees with local elements, and these Greek influences spread from the Mediterranean basin as far east as modern-day Pakistan. In modern times, Hellenization has been associated with the adoption of modern Greek culture and the ethnic and cultural homogenization of Greece - and the world.
Prophetically, the Hellenization of the world set the stage for the final act before the end. What is the final act? It is the crescendo of the Times Of The Gentiles through the follow-on Roman culture, and then it's rapid crash and destruction under the final Antichrist - who will be an export of this Hellenization/Roman system - when he comes on the scene.
The stage has been set. The curtain has risen. The play continues...
Make no mistake: YOU and I are alive and in this theater by God's will, for such a time as this. We ARE witnessing the end of the Age and how it comes about. We ARE that terminal generation, And we have been assigned front-row seats! Keep you eyes open and keep watch! Christians are commanded to do so!
E188 Special Session: What REALLY Is The Point Of All This?
I am joyful and very honored that you are finding value in this Bible study series. It truly is my fondest labor of love for God and for you!
But, I must ask, what do you perceive is God's primary motive in offering the truth of His Word to me, to us - to YOU, personally?
You, as I, are well aware that we each have only one life to live on this earth. Period. We come in with nothing, but, contrary to popular belief, we each do come out with something. And, what we each exit this life with will be judged by the God who brought you here. The "thrust" of your life shows what your will is for yourself. What you and I do with our free will does not lie - and God will allow us what we truly want for ourselves in eternity. None can say they did not freely make their own choice, when they receive the result of what they set their hearts to at the end of life!
Please listen to this special podcast and take it to heart. It truly is the MOST important one in the entire Bible study series! It is by Pastor J.D. Farag. You can find his sermons, Bible studies and weekly prophecy updates on his YouTube channel:
E187 Daniel: Unlocking The Fullness Of The Four Beasts Of Daniel's Vision (Part 3)
Join us In part 3 of this lesson as we continue to parse Daniel's key vision of the four beasts that rise up out of the sea of humanity.
E186 Daniel: Unlocking The Fullness Of The Four Beasts Of Daniel's Vision (Part 2)
Join us In part 2 of this lesson as we continue to parse Daniel's key vision of the four beasts that rise up out of the sea of humanity.
E185 Daniel: Unlocking The Fullness Of The Four Beasts Of Daniel's Vision (Part 1)
In this lesson, we move forward to Daniel chapter 7, which chronicles Daniel's vision of the four beasts that rise up out of the sea of humanity. The images of the beasts speaks to four Gentile kingdoms to rule, in turn, as the world runs through to the end of this Age.
If you have been learning with us, you understand that the chapters of the book of Daniel are not all in chronological order. Because of this, chapter 7 brings us back in time to before the the handwriting on the wall that officially ended Belshazzar's time, and that of the Babylonian empire.
As we further allow Scripture to give the full truth and correct our worldview through it, learn with the class now, as we examine this major prophetic vision and its implications in history and for the end of the Age. The very time you and I live in now.
Chapter 7 brings us back to the first year of Belshazzar's role as the king of Babylon. It is about 555 B.C. At that time, Daniel was given a highly prophetic dream as visions passed through his mind, while he was lying on his bed. God gave him this key vision and had him record the fullness of the dream. As he begins to write, we are immediately told that he sees four beasts rising out of the sea of nations of the earth:
DA 7:2~3... "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea (of nations). Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea...
E184 Daniel: Called To Persecution: Understanding How Satan Uses His System and His People To Destroy God's Own
There are only a handful of constants throughout history that affect all people. The greatest of these is persecution. This is especially true, and most intense for those who are of God's chosen, whether Jew or Christian. This being the case, it is no wonder that the Scriptures have much to say about persecution, exhaustively detailing what it is, how it works and how it is dealt with by God and all those of God.
Join the class as we continue in the book of Daniel and other places in the Bible to examine the why and how of persecution, its intended results and, most importantly, how God uses it to accomplish good in and for those affected by it.
It is important that you and I learn about the 'how's' and 'why's' of persecution because, if you are of God's people especially, you will experience it - sometimes extremely severely - in this life.:
2Ti 3:12~13 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2Ti 3:11...But out of them all the Lord delivered me. 2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
E183 Daniel: King Darius And The Irrevocable Decree That Turns Daniel Over To The Lions' Den
Join the class as we encounter one of the most popular stories of the Bible, Daniel and the lions' den. Most people have heard of this, but very few actually know what took place and even fewer understand the what and why behind it.
In this session we deeply examine and parse the entire important story. We review its greater meaning and purposes as one of a number of similar incidents in Scripture that help us understand a key, "scorched earth" battle plan of Satan. We'll learn what he still, to this very day, knows he must accomplish to win God's throne and destroy His rule forever. We already know that he will never be allowed victory. But more importantly, we learn through the Bible's historical documentation how God works in and through Satan's schemes to show His complete sovereignty and mastery over all.
Continue to learn with us and experience God's heart, mind, character and power in using all things to His glory and to effect His perfect plan of this age.
We begin as Darius sets up his kingdom on behalf of the Persians and yet again, God bring Daniel into his "cabinet" as one of his top officials...
E182 Daniel: The Final Party Of Belshazzar And The Siege Of Babylon
The handwriting is on the wall. Babylon's end has finally come.
Join us as we learn in detail about how God timed and triggered the Gentile world government transition from the Babylonian kingdom "head of gold" to the Medo-Persian "chest and arms of silver".
In this session, we study in full the fascinating back story of Belshazzar, the final king of Babylon, who was unceremoniously ousted by God's decree, written in His own Hand. We'll let Daniel introduce us to the end of the line of ancient Babylon's kingdom:
Dan 5:23 But (you, Belshazzar) hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
Dan 5:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.
Dan 5:25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN...
E181 Daniel: The Insanity Of Nebuchadnezzar, The Handwriting On The Wall And The Defeat Of Ancient Babylon
Join the class as we move forward in our study of the book of Daniel. We continue as Daniel describes the disposition of king Nebuchadnezzar as the time is growing close to the demise of ancient Babylon.
We examine God's long-range plan for Babylon and its system as He brings king Nebuchadnezzar to insanity, but preserves him through it. We'll also continue to follow ancient Babylon's illustrious history through its decline and transition to the Medo-Persian empire - with its system still preserved.
Finally, we'll take a look at the view of the Babylonian system from Nebuchadnezzar, through to the end of the age, where we are today. We'll see how the the insane madness of Nebuchadnezzar continued as part of that system into the time of the end, as governments try to bring about the final, state of a one world “tree” of dominion and religion under their Babylonian system.
E180 Daniel: Understanding Babylon, Its Culture and Her Kings Of The Earth: Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar And Antichrist (Part 3)
The key to understanding what Daniel offers requires two main things: A functionally Hebraic mindset of the reader, and to understand Babylon, the key player of the Times of the Gentiles chronicled in the book. We have already, and now spend more time preparing the class to get the most out of the book of Daniel as we do these things. Join us now, as we continue to parse Babylon, and more specifically, king Nebuchadnezzar, in part 3 of this teaching.
E179 Daniel: Understanding Babylon, Its Culture and Her Kings Of The Earth: Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar And Antichrist (Part 2)
The key to understanding what Daniel offers requires two main things: A functionally Hebraic mindset of the reader, and to understand Babylon, the key player of the Times of the Gentiles chronicled in the book. We have already, and now spend more time preparing the class to get the most out of the book of Daniel as we do these things. Join us now, as we continue to parse Babylon, and more specifically, king Nebuchadnezzar, in part 2 of this teaching.
E178 Daniel: Understanding Babylon, Its Culture and Her Kings Of The Earth: Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar And Antichrist (Part 1)
The key to understanding what Daniel offers requires two main things: A functionally Hebraic mindset of the reader, and to understand Babylon, the key player of the Times of the Gentiles chronicled in the book. We have already, and now spend more time preparing the class to get the most out of the book of Daniel as we do these things. Join us now, as we continue to parse Babylon.
If we consider that Babylon is to Satan as Jerusalem is to God, then we do well to understand Babylon, its culture, its system and its line of kings as it pursues domination the earth for Satan. Join the class as we continue to "front load" our understanding to better grasp the prophecies in the book of Daniel, and the fullness in their timeless meaning across the Age.
E177 Daniel: Deeply Examining Babylon And Its Role Throughout The Timeline of The Age
Join the class again as we continue setting the stage for our better understanding of the key prophetic book for the times of the Gentiles, the book of Daniel.
In this session we closely examine the Babylonian religious and economic system. The better you understand Babylon and its workings end-to-end, the better equipped you'll be to really understand the entire book of Daniel. The better equipped you'll be as you live your life as part of the final generation that is already seeing the now-open prophecies of this great book - and its mate, the book of revelation - come to pass!
Prepare yourself to have your worldview corrected and greatly enhanced! As you listen to this, and the following lessons in this book, the world around you, right where you are, right now, will start to make a whole lot more sense! It's time to open your eye wide!
E176 Daniel: Using Babylon - God's Wrath Against Judah Because Of Their Disregard For The Land
What made God so very angry that He poured out such wrath upon Judah? They not only broke His weekly Sabbath, but...
LEV 25:1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: `When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD. 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4But in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards…
The Sabbath is meant as a commanded restorative time. Not only for Israel, the people, but also for Israel, the land! The land cannot make a choice for itself, so God had to kick out the people to provide the Sabbath rest for the land, in spite of their disobedience.
He warned them before hand with all solemnity:
LEV 26:14 " `But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: …
The "this" God used to punish Judah for breaking the land Sabbaths was to use Babylon to dispossess them from the land.
Join the class as we continue our detail introduction to the times and seasons, and the evil Advisory of Babylon that set the stage for the book of Daniel.
E175 Daniel: The Crushing Of Judah And The Beginning Of The Times Of The Gentiles
Join the class as we continue our deep look into king Nebuchadnezzar's infamous vision of the statue of the "Times of the Gentiles". The vision is a prophecy of the march of the Gentile world governments from his time, all the way to the time we’re waiting for – the taking over of the Gentile-ruled world and the smashing of its legacy – The day of Jesus Christ!
Listen-in as we learn about how God greatly used king Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylon as a tool to punish his people of Judea. We'll allow Daniel to help us understand how God arranged Babylon to be His agent to thoroughly crush Judea, destroy the Temple and cut off the line of the kings of Israel until the end of the Age.
The times of Israel's burgeoning mastery of the world was paused in 605 B.C. It was given over to what we still are in to today: “The Times of the Gentiles”. And, it begins at the reign of Nebuchadnezzar.
E174 Daniel: Introduction To The Book Of Daniel
There are two major prophecy books in the Bible: Daniel in the Old Testament, and Revelation in the New Testament. Both are very detailed and dovetail into each other by design; To understand one, you need to understand the other.
The book of Daniel and the book of Revelation are "book ends", in that the book of Daniel is a sealed Book until the time of the end, with the book of Revelation being the unsealing and the revealing of the complete general timeline of prophecy at the end. Indeed, we are told at the beginning of Revelation that the reader is particularly blessed if they read and understand this book.
Both these books are to be used together - especially by the end-time generation that now has the book of Revelation - specifically to know and fully understand what was, what is now, and what is soon to be.
It IS time. The sealed book of Daniel has been opened and we can know this. We are the final generation, actualizing Jesus' description of how to know this and what we are to do about it. YOU and I are meant to be here. Now. We are specifically blessed to be alive for such a time as this! God has given it to us to understand fully. So, we'll thankfully and soberly obey, taking advantage of this opportunity.
Join the class as we embark on our intensive study of the exceptionally detailed, major prophetic book of Daniel...
E173 Ezekiel: Presenting The Complete Details Of The Fourth Temple and Its Environs (Part 2)
This is part 2 of our examination of the portion of Ezekiel that gives EXACT details of the design of the 4th Temple and its environs.
E172 Ezekiel: Presenting The Complete Details Of The Fourth Temple and Its Environs (Part 1)
Our class enters the portion of Ezekiel that gives EXACT details of the design of the 4th Temple. There really is no excuse for anyone to plead ignorance about this! Even after all of the details God has given us in His Word, the Rabbis and Orthodox Jews still say they are unable to resolve this "puzzle"! Also just as unfortunate, most Christians have no clue of any of this at all! There is no excuse for any to not know.
God wants His own in Christ to know so much more that most of us want to know! Join us as we continue to seek knowledge and understanding and skill in the Word of God about this most fascinating subject.
Let's now settle in with the class and get ready for a real "scripture burner"...
E171 Ezekiel: Confounding Spiritually Blinded Israel: The Unique Design and Furnishings of The Fourth Temple
If you've been following along in our study of the book of Ezekiel, you are aware that there will be a fourth temple. This final building will be erected for Jesus’ reign of 1,000 years, the Millennium. It has been given to Ezekiel by God to detail this final Temple as he describes the coming Millennium.
As the world exits the invasion Gog and Magog invasion and its aftermath, the nations will have no choice but to acknowledge God’s hand in it all. They will know that it was the One they denied that crafted this and the deliverance of His people. Even more important, is that Israel will no longer be able to deny their God either. They will see and know His protective power and plan for them are still in effect and always has been.
Now, God begins to fulfill the remainder of his promises, just as he had restored them to the Land after two-thousand years. Hand-in-hand in this restoration, and an outcome of the invasion and God’s deliverance will be their renewed reverence for God and the forsaking of their idolatry.
Israel will finally acknowledge and accept that Yeshua, the one and only Jesus Christ of the Scriptures IS THEIR Messiah!
Join the class as we again allow Ezekiel to speak to us about the post-Tribulation world: Jesus has come back and He prepares to take His place on the throne of David as king of the Jews in the fourth and final Temple on earth.
E170 Ezekiel: Understanding The Battle Of Gog and Magog: The End-times Consortium Of Nations And The Invasion Of Israel (Part 2)
Continue along with the class as we cover the final, and most fascinating chapters of the entire book of Ezekiel. Join us as me move into chapter 39 and learn the details of the aftermath of the coming Gog and Magog invasion of Israel.
Most people stop at trying to understand chapter 38. Let's ourselves not be so shortsighted! God gives us a complete snapshot of this major inflection point in history. The least we can do is take advantage of all He has freely given to us to understand! And here, we do!
E169 Ezekiel: Understanding The Battle Of Gog and Magog: The End-times Consortium Of Nations And The Invasion Of Israel (Part 1)
Our study of the book of Ezekiel now moves past its historical coverage. From this point, we'll cover the final, and most fascinating chapters of the entire book. The final chapters detail what we, the final generation on God's timeline of this age, are witnessing as already in the process of coming to pass. It also details the cadence of events as the world exits the Great Tribulation and experiences the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel describes Jesus coming back with His bride (the church) to quickly defeat His enemies. He'll details Jesus stopping the destruction of Israel and the Earth and begins to settle in as the final King of Kings and Lord of lords. We are shown details of how Jesus will prepare the fourth Temple and begins to establish His 1,000-year reign and restoration of the earth during the Millennium.
Let’s begin this wonderful study of near-future prophecy concerning Israel at the world famous chapter 38 of this book. Here, God, through Ezekiel offers the Jews, and all alive in the final generation, understanding of the final, end-time invasion of Israel by modern-day Russia, Iran and the band of nations that follow them. Like a swarm of locusts they will in unison come into the land of Israel itself. They are seeking to be "the final solution" that Hitler failed to be.
Fasten your seat belts. It's gonna be a wild ride...
E168 Ezekiel: "I will Settle You And Make You Prosper More Than Before. Then You Will Know That I Am The Lord"
If you've studied with us so far, you've learned that Ezekiel is a key prophetic book of retribution and restoration for Israel. As we approach the end of this amazing document, we have passed its transition from retribution and punishment into the promised, full restoration of Israel.
What is amazing, is that for us, the actual last generation, we are not only seeing these things come, but some of the key miles stones to watch for have already passed many years ago! The restoration of Israel - the land and then her people back to possess it - completed over 70 years ago. We've seen the retaking of their capital, Jerusalem over 50 years ago. Now, we're at the point of the greatly prophesied third, or Tribulation Temple that the Antichrist will move into during the Great Tribulation being loudly called and planned for. Even the sacrificial system that drives the Temple liturgy is being actively and openly practiced in anticipation.
As you join us in these final chapters of Ezekiel, consider all this! Consider how very prosperous Israel has become from literally nothing for 20 centuries, and that she is gaining in stature almost weekly as many nations are looking to moving to align themselves with her as the final days approach.
The only main puzzle piece left to complete the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecies for Israel is that she finally is made to see the True Messiah. The remnant will come to know that their Messiah has already come and they will look to Jesus and repent and morn and then accept Him with joy!
So, how close are we to the end of the age? How close are we to what the closing chapters of Ezekiel forecast? All I can say is: Lift up your heads (those truly in Christ only) - Your redemption draweth nigh! LET'S LEARN TOGETHER!...
E167 Ezekiel: There is a FOURTH Temple Coming: Ezekiel Describes The Millennial Temple That Jesus, Himself Will Reign From
If you've been studying God's Word through our Cover-To-Cover: Overview Of The Bible podcast series, you'll already know that Jesus is coming back as King of kings and Lord of Lords at the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation. His Second Coming will terminate the Tribulation before all life on earth is destroyed.
He will rule as the redeeming second Adam, taking back what the first king Adam lost to Satan. He also comes as the final King of the Jews in the line of king David. But where will he reign from? Where will His throne be situated?
It's almost certain that you've heard about the prophesied third Temple that is almost here. This is the "Tribulation Temple" that the Antichrist will attempt to rule from halfway through the Tribulation. It will be destroyed at the Second Coming of Jesus.
There is coming afterward a FOURTH temple that Jesus, Himself will build and reign from! It was given to Ezekiel to describe this 4th temple in detail and also how Jesus will arrange the Jewish people in their tribes around it, as He sets up His Millennial Kingdom to reign for the next 1,000 years.
Join us as we examine the final chapters of this book and learn the wonderful and amazing details given specifically for us who are alive at the very end of the age!
E166 Ezekiel: “Do You See This, Son Of Man? Yet You Will See Still Greater Repulsive Acts Than These."
Join the class as we continue our study of Ezekiel and God actually showing the hidden detestable things still being done against Him by the remnant in Jerusalem. As we move forward into chapter nine and beyond, we'll see the scene shift from warning, to God actively executing His judgment against the evil and vile people who remained in the city after the Babylonian captivity was accomplished.
As He did at the Passover when preparing to judge Egypt and set His people free from bondage, God first assigns a mark to those who remained faithful and grieve and are repulsed by the evil perpetrated against God:
Ezekiel 9:1 Then [in Ezekiel's vision] I heard Him cry out with a thunderous voice, saying, “Approach now, executioners of the city, each with his weapon of destruction in his hand.” 2 Behold, six men [angelic beings] came from the direction of the Upper Gate, which faces north, each with his battle-axe in his hand; and among them was a certain man clothed in linen, with a scribe’s writing case at his side. They entered and stood beside the bronze altar.
Then the glory and brilliance of the God of Israel (the cloud) went up from the cherubim on which it had rested, to [stand above] the threshold of the [Lord’s] temple. And the Lord called to the man clothed with linen, who had the scribe’s writing case at his side.
The Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, throughout all of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh [in distress] and grieve over all the repulsive acts which are being committed in it...
E165 Ezekiel: The Fourth Sign Of Ezekiel Concerning God's Judgment
In this lesson, we continue to learn about the unique, intense way God uses Ezekiel to prophecy of what is coming to the captives in Babylon and now, even to those who stayed behind in the city of Jerusalem.
In the fourth sign to the captives, God instructs Ezekiel to shave both his head and his beard. In that ancient economy, this indicated severe humiliation. The hair was to be separated into four clumps representing the coming catastrophe to Jerusalem and how it would be played out among the population who did not go to Babylon. These would be the ones to experience the complete fall and deconstruction of the beloved city.
Join us as we read the description of how Ezekiel takes the model of Jerusalem that he built on a tile and uses it along with the hair that he is to remove from his head and his beard. We'll learn what he had to do to show the captives with him the hard destruction that those who they left in Jerusalem would soon experience.
E164 Ezekiel: The Second And Third Signs Of Ezekiel Concerning God's Judgment
In this lesson, we continue to learn about the unique, intense way God uses Ezekiel to prophecy of what is coming to the captives in Babylon. After following God's instruction to lay on his left, then right side, he is told to make bread and eat it according to the number of the days that he lay on his sides. This was to be done for three hundred and ninety days.
Join us as we continue to learn and understand what these unusual activities were about and what God was doing through Ezekiel ministering to His people in this way.
E163 Ezekiel: “Son Of Man, Eat This Scroll, Then Go, Speak To The House Of Israel.”
We move our study into of Ezekiel chapter 3 in this lesson. We'll examine that Ezekiel is instructed by God to “eat” a two-sided scroll. He would find the Words on the scroll were sweet as honey to his mouth, but bitter to his stomach as he consumed it. Unconventionally, this scroll was written using both sides. This was probably to make it known that whatever was written on it was a very long, and detailed message.
Ezekiel is to completely and utterly consume this writing, making it a part of his very being. After this, he would bring it very personally - through his very soul - to the people of Israel in their captivity as the very Words of God that they are.
Join the class as we learn how God used Ezekiel to bring very hard words to his people of what was to come upon them. To make it more personal, the prophet was made to taste of the severe bitterness coming for that very rebellious generation.
E162 Ezekiel: Ezekiel Observes and Documents God Wonderfully Interloping Into Our Time-Space
Join us as we continue where our introduction to Ezekiel. We pick-up exploring and parsing the wondrous and glorious appearing of God into our physical time-space.
We started in our last lesson detailing a major and well describe inflection point in the Scriptures, when God decides to come "down" from heaven into our physical reality. And He shows all of this spectacular wonder to Ezekiel for him to document. Ezekiel does his best to describe the indescribable in his scroll.
Nonetheless, God does travel into our reality in a sort of heavenly vehicle with technological attributes that enable it to transit dimensions and provide thrust and articulation in our physical time-space. Yet, his vehicle still seems to defy the immutable laws of physics that God created as part of this universe - this time-space. Even Ezekiel thought of this as a vehicle that is God's "portable throne".
When the prophets or anyone else described something in their day whether it be things or nations or anything else, they were constrained to couch them in terms that were familiar to themselves in their time.
A portable type of throne was already a realty in Ezekiel's worldview. The idea and style of fixed, or portable thrones or vehicles of the pagan kings - and the gods of mythology - was already well known.
E161 Ezekiel: Continuing The Introduction To The Book Of Ezekiel
Introduced in the final lesson in the book of Lamentations, we continue our introduction of the book of Ezekiel.
We'll being to observe how the book walks through God’s charges against His people and how he rebukes and forms his retribution. Just as much, we'll learn of the final, end-time restoration for Israel out of His love and covenant keeping, and for His holy name’s sake.
Join the class as we begin to cover the most important elements of this vast book. We'll seek to understand its full thrust and meaning for Israel - and the world - as it speaks prophetically to history and what is taking place even today.
We, the final generation of this age, need to learn what God has prepared for us in this decidedly end-times focused book!
E160 Lamentations: The Sharp Pain of Defeat Has Dulled Into The Chronic Ache Of Captivity
Join the class as we finalize our study of the book of Lamentations in chapter five.
You’ll recall that the Hebrew alphabet has twenty-two letters beginning with Aleph and ending with Tav. You'll remember, that Lamentations chapters one and two consist of twenty-two stanzas, the first word of each beginning with the appropriate letter of the alphabet.
Chapter five does not map into Hebrew letters at all, although the twenty-two verses could be considered representative of the twenty-two-letter Hebrew alphabet because of their number. Moreover, verses 19-20 are themselves a mini-acrostic used to express the highest praise for Yahweh in the entire book followed by a tentative, but hopeful cry for help.
Why this major difference between the final chapter and the rest book? Let's find out as we close our study of this heart-wrenching and doleful chronicle of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet.
E159 Lamentations: God's Mercy and Faithfulness Intervene In Judah's Judgement
In this lesson we begin our study of chapter three. Where chapter two deals with God’s judgment from the standpoint of how severe and all-consuming – and personal - His wrath is, chapter three speaks from the counter-point of God's mercy that tempers His judgments.
Chapter three's shows a change in observational standpoint. In what could be considered a "personal psalm", Jeremiah supposes that the catastrophic destruction of Jerusalem would have been total, had it not been for the intervention of the mercy and faithfulness in God's nature, especially toward his covenant people.
Join us as we see Jeremiah's chronicle start to change its tone from shear lamentation to that that of hope for him and his people.
E158 Lamentations: “The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity”
In this lesson we move forward in chapter two, where this book starts to detail the effect of the judgment of God upon the remnant that remain. The emphasis in chapter two seems to be laid upon the very hand of God in the calamities which they were groaning under.
The grief is not so much that these unspeakable things are being done to them, it is much more severe because it was that God, Himself had done this to them, that he appears so very angry with them. It is He that severely chastens them, and chastens them in wrath and in His great displeasure.
Chapter two could be titled “The Lord Has destroyed Without Pity”, as it is a doleful lament of the effects of the severe judgement of God upon the remnant of Judah. Let's begin...
E157 Lamentations: Mourning The Devastation Of Jerusalem And The Captivity of The Judah
Join us as the class begins our study of the book of Lamentations. Where Jeremiah leaves off in the book of Jeremiah, he picks-up in this book, the book of Lamentations. It was written in the acrostic poetic form, and outwardly mourns the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and the captivity of the Jews.
After delivering the most unwelcome message ever delivered to his people, and after being persecuted for it, Jeremiah writes again here out of extreme, heart-wrenching sorrow when what God prophesied through him had all taken place and been fulfilled.
E156 Jeremiah: Preparing Judah For Their Captivity: Nebuchadnezzar's Rise To Becoming The King Of Babylon
In this lesson we’ll take a look at the final thrust in the rise of Nebuchadnezzar to become the king of Babylon. We pick-up at the time where Nebuchadnezzar was already viceroy of his father's kingdom.
Listen in as we learn what Jeremiah has to tell us about the rise of this fierce king. God was preparing him to eventually destroy the temple in Jerusalem, take its holy contents and drag Judah away into Babylon. This would also include the prophet Jeremiah.
At the time Nebuchadnezzar was made viceroy, God revealed to Jeremiah that Nebuchadnezzar would become the master of Egypt. He would take Egypt in two phases. First, he would defeat them at the Euphrates River, then in their own country:
Jer. 46:1 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the [Gentile] nations. 2 Concerning Egypt, against the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated [decisively] in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah: 3 “Line up the buckler (small shield) and [large] shield, And advance for battle!
E155 Jeremiah: Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah and "The Weeping Prophet"
Join the class as we embark on our study of the book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah was probably one of the bravest, yet hardest pressed figures of Biblical history. He had the most dismal task of proclaiming to his own people that they were headed for destruction. Known as “The Weeping Prophet”, he witnessed to his people for forty years yet never had a grateful or even favorable response from any of his kinsmen.
E154 Isaiah: Examining The Structure and Thematic Properties Of This Multifaceted Book (Part 7)
Join the class as we continue to examine the details of the book of Isaiah's structure and thematic content.
E153 Isaiah: Examining The Structure and Thematic Properties Of This Multifaceted Book (Part 6)
Join the class as we continue to examine the details of the book of Isaiah's structure and thematic content.
E152 Isaiah: Examining The Structure and Thematic Properties Of This Multifaceted Book (Part 5)
Join the class as we continue to examine the details of the book of Isaiah's structure and thematic content.