END  TIMES  CHRONOLOGICAL  ORDER -  #15 



From  the  book  by  Ron Rhodes




Continued  from  previous  post



Israel Is Restored and Possesses the Land


Jeremiah 31:31-34, a pivotal prophecy dealing with the new covenant, promises the regeneration of Israel.


Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord . But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord : I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, "Know the Lord," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.


This covenant promises the necessary internal power for  the Jews (NO!  MORE  THAN  JEWS  -  ALL  TRIBES  OF  ISRAEL,  THE  "JEWS"  ARE  ONLY  THREE  TRIBES -  Keith Hunt) to obey Gods commands—something the Mosaic covenant of the law could never accomplish. This covenant promises a complete national regeneration of Israel, and every Jew in the millennial kingdom will personally know the Lord (see Isaiah 29:22-24; 30:18-22; 44:1-5; 45:17; Jeremiah 24:7; 50:19-20; Ezekiel 11:19-20; 36:25-27; Hosea 1:10-2:1; 14:4-8; Joel 2:28-32; Micah 7:8-20; Zephaniah 3:9-13; Romans 11:25-27).



(ALL  TRIBES  OF  ISRAEL.  IT  IS  LIKE  TALKING  TO  A  BRICK  WALL  TO  GET  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS  TO  ACKNOWLEDGE  THE  JEWS  ARE  ONLY  3  TRIBES  OF  ISRAEL  -  THE  10  OTHER  TRIBES  ARE  NATIONS  OF  THE  WEST.  ALL  PROVED  ON  MY  WEBSITE  STUDIES  -  Keith Hunt)



Israel will not only experience regeneration in fulfillment of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) but also be regathered. The land covenant recorded in Deuteronomy 29—30 is eternal and unconditional. God promised that even though Israel would be dispersed all over the world, He would gather them and restore them to the land (see Isaiah 43:5-7; Jeremiah 16:14-18). This will take place in Christ's millennial kingdom.

This is highly significant from a prophetic standpoint.



(YES  FOR  BIBLE  PROPHECY  CLEARLY  SHOWS  THAT  WHEN  JESUS  RETURNS  ALL  THE  TRIBES  OF  ISRAEL  ARE  IN  CAPTIVITY  TO  THEIR  ENEMIES,  SCATTERED  OVER  THE  WORLD....WELL  THE  WESTERN  WORLD  -  Keith Hunt)



 God long ago made specific land promises to Abraham.


On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from theWadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites" (Genesis 15:18-21 NIV).


God passed these land promises down to Isaac and his descendants.


Stay in this land for awhile, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed (Genesis 26:3-4 NIV).


God also reiterated the land promises to Jacob and his descendants.


I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring (Genesis 28:13-14 NIV).


The Bible later affirmed that God's covenant promises would be fulfilled through this distinct family line.


He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit" (Psalm 105:8-11 NIV).


It is clear, then, that after God gathers the Jews (ALL  ISRAEL  TRIBES  -  Keith Hunt)  from around the world, they will finally and completely come into full possession of the land that God promised them. The fulfillment comes thousands of years after the promise was initially made, but God is utterly faithful. Israel will be in full possession of the land just as God said they would be. This will happen at the beginning of Christ's millennial kingdom.



(I  AGREE.....ALL  THE  TRIBES  OF  ISRAEL  WILL  BE  GATHERED  AND  BROUGHT  BACK  TO  THE  PROMISED  LAND  -  Keith Hunt)



A Millennial Temple Is Built



In Ezekiel 40-48, a millennial temple is built (see Isaiah 2:3; 60:13; Joel 3:18) and millennial animal sacrifices are instituted (see Isaiah 56:7; 60:7; Jeremiah 33:17-18; Zechariah 14:19-21). Scholars have debated the question about whether these prophecies should be taken literally
or in some figurative sense. 

Some interpret the chapters symbolically, suggesting that the temple is somehow representative of the church. The problem is, those who see it as representative of the church do not agree among themselves what the symbol is supposed to say about the church. Because the text reads quite literally, providing precise dimensions, specifications, and instructions (just as specific as those for the tabernacle and the temple of Solomon), it seems obvious to the unbiased interpreter that the passage is intended to be taken literally—that is, there will in fact be a millennial temple and millennial animal sacrifices. 



(I  FULLY  AGREE....SO  IT  IS  SPECIFICALLY  WRITTEN,  AND  SO  SHALL  IT  BE  -  Keith Hunt)



Further, in view of the fact that Ezekiel was told, "Declare all that you see to the house of Israel? (Ezekiel 40:4), it seems impossible to conclude that this is supposed to symbolize the future church.

The millennial temple will be the final temple for Israel. The dimensions provided for this temple make it significantly larger than the three other temples built in Israels history (Solomons temple, the postexilic temple, and the tribulation temple).



(THERE  WILL  BE  NO TRIBULATION  TEMPLE.

BIBLE  PROPHECY  TEACHES  NO  SUCH  THING.  ALL  GONE  INTO  IN  DETAIL  ON  MY  WEBSITE  -  Keith Hunt)



This large temple will apparently represent God's presence among His people during the millennium (see Ezekiel 37:26-27). The restoration of Israel as a nation will appear to include a restoration of God's presence (and glory) visibly reentering the temple and being with His people. This temple will be a worship center of Jesus Christ during the entire millennium. It will be built at the beginning of the messianic kingdom (Ezekiel 37:26-28) by Christ (Zechariah 6:12-13), redeemed Jews (Ezekiel 43:10-11), (ISRAELITES not  just  Jews  -  Keith Hunt) and representatives from the Gentile nations (Haggai 2:7; Zechariah 6:15).

Ezekiel 37:26-28 describes this temple as God's dwelling place among the people:


I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.


Even redeemed Gentiles will be included in worship in this millennial temple (see Isaiah 60:6; Zephaniah 3:10; Zechariah 2:11). The worship of Jesus Christ in the future temple is a key aspect of divine revelation on this subject (see Jeremiah 33:15-22; Zechariah 14:16-21).


Why Sacrifices?


Why will sacrifices be offered in this temple? Christ's once-for-all sacrifice has taken away sin and has caused the Mosaic law of sacrifices to be abolished (see Hebrews 7—10). Why, then, is the sacrificial system predicted here? John E Walvoord summarizes the question this way:


The question is naturally raised why the sacrifices would be observed in the millennium if the sacrifice of Christ once for all fulfilled the typical expectation of the Old Testament sacrificial system. While other objections are also made of a lesser character, it is obvious that this constitutes the major obstacle, not only to accepting the sacrificial system but the possibility of the future temple in the millennium as well.2


In answering this issue, we begin with the observation that Israel and the church are not only distinct today (1 Corinthians 10:32; Romans 9-11) but will also be distinct in the millennial kingdom. We might surmise, then, that temple activities in the millennium relate primarily to Israel (though redeemed Gentiles can also participate) and not to the church (see Isaiah 60—61).



(YES,  I  WILL  AGREE  -  Keith Hunt)



This being the case, some Bible expositors have surmised that the millennial sacrifices will be a kind of Jewish memorial of the awful price Christ—-the Lamb of God, who now lives in their midst—-had to pay for the salvation of these believing but not yet glorified Jews. (They are yet in their mortal bodies, having entered into the millennial kingdom following the tribulation, which they survived.) (REMEMBER  ISRAELITES  not  just  "Jews"  -  Keith Hunt). The temple system will thus allegedly function much like the Lords Supper does today, as a memorial ritual (1 Corinthians 11:25-26; see also Isaiah 56:7; 66:20-23; Jeremiah 33:17-18; Ezekiel 43:18-27; 45:13-46:24; Malachi 3:3-4).


According to this view the sacrifices offered during the earthly reign of Christ will be visible reminders of His work on the cross. Thus, these sacrifices will not have any efficacy except to memorialize Christ's death. The primary support for this argument is the parallel of the Lord's Supper. It is argued that just as the communion table looks back on the Cross without besmirching its glory, so millennial sacrifices will do the same.3



(YES,  I  CAN  ACCEPT  THAT  THOUGHT  TO  A  POINT  -  Keith Hunt)



The problem with this viewpoint is that Ezekiel says the sacrifices are "to make atonement" (Ezekiel 45:15,17,20). The "memorial" viewpoint seems to fall short of explaining these sacrifices.



(WELL  UNDER  THE  OLD  COVENANT  WE  HAD  THE  SAME  KIND  OF  WORDS  "TO  MAKE  ATONEMENT" -  IT  DID  BUT  ONLY  IN  SOME  PHYSICAL  WAY  BETWEEN  ISRAEL  AND  GOD.  PAUL  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  SAY,  "BUT  IN  THOSE  SACRIFICES  THERE  IS  A  REMEMBRANCE  AGAIN  MADE  OF  SINS  EVERY  YEAR.  FOR  IT  IS  NOT  POSSIBLE  THAT  THE  BLOOD  OF  BULLS  AND GOATS  SHOULD  TAKE  AWAY  SINS  -  HEBREWS  10: 3-4  -  Keith Hunt)



The solution may be that the purpose of the sacrifices in the millennial temple is to remove ceremonial uncleanness and prevent defilement from polluting the purity of the temple environment. According to this view, such will be necessary because Yahweh will again be dwelling on the earth in the midst of sinful (and therefore unclean) mortal people. (Remember, these people survive the tribulation period and enter the millennial kingdom in their mortal bodies. They retain their sin natures even though they are redeemed by Christ as believers.) The sacrifices will thus remove any ceremonial uncleanness in the temple.



(THAT  MAY  HAVE  SOME  MERIT  OF  THOUGHT,  BUT  THE  MAIN  POINT  WILL  BE  TO  SHOW  AND  REMIND  THE  PHYSICAL  PEOPLE  OF  ISRAEL [ALL  PEOPLE  EVERYWHERE  ALSO]  THAT  THEY  WERE GREAT  SINNERS  AS  PEOPLES  OVER  THE  LAST  2,000  YEARS  OR  SO  TO  CHRIST'S  RETURN.  IT  WILL  REMIND  THEM  OF  SIN,  AND  ALL  THE  PAST  GENERATIONS  OF  SINS  DONE  BY  ISRAEL  AND  ALL  PEOPLES  OF  THE  EARTH  -  Keith Hunt)



Because of God's promise to dwell on earth during the millennium (as stated in the New Covenant), it is necessary that He protect His presence through sacrifice....It should further be added that this sacrificial system will be a temporary one in that the millennium (with its partial population of unglorified humanity) will last only one thousand years. During the eternal state all inhabitants of the New Jerusalem will be glorified and will therefore not be a source of contagious impurities to defile the holiness ofYahweh.4



(A  WEAK  IDEA,  BUT  I  GIVE  IT  SOME  MERIT,  THAT  IN  THE  MILLENNIUM  THERE  WILL  BE  PHYSICAL  HUMANS  IN  JERUSALEM  AND  IN  THE  TEMPLE  OF  GOD.  BUT  THE  MAIN  REASON  IS  TO  REMIND  PHYSICAL  PEOPLE  OF SIN,  AND  THE  SINS  OF  THEIR  FOREFATHERS  IN  OFTEN  REJECTING  THE  TRUTH  AND  LAWS OF  GOD  BY  REJECTING  THE  BIBLE,  AND  DOING  WHAT  THEY  WANTED  TO  DO,  THE  WAYS  THAT  SEEM  RIGHT  TO  MAN,  BUT  END  IN  DEATH  -  Keith Hunt)



Seen in this light, the sacrifices are not a return to the Mosaic law. The law has forever been done away with through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:14-15; 7:1-6; 1 Corinthians 9:20-21; 2 Corinthians 3:7-11; Galatians 4:1-7; 5:18; Hebrews 8:13; 10:1-14). The sacrifices relate only to removing ritual impurities in the temple as long as fallen but redeemed human beings remain on earth.



(AGAIN  THE  BETTER  THOUGHT  IS  AS  PAUL  WROTE.....TO  BRING  TO  REMEMBRANCE  SIN  DONE,  AND  ESPECIALLY  THE  SINS  OF  ALL  MANKIND  SINCE  70  A.D.  WHEN  THE  TEMPLE  AND  SACRIFICES  STOPPED  -  Keith Hunt)



Christ Reigns from the Davidic Throne



God promised David that one of his descendants would rule forever on his throne (2 Samuel 7:12-13; 22:51). Like the land promise to Abraham and his descendants, this is an unconditional covenant. It did not depend on David in any way for its fulfillment. David realized this when he received the promise from God, and he responded with humility and a recognition of God's sovereignty over human affairs.

The three keywords of the covenant are kingdom, house, and throne. Such words point to the political future of Israel. The word translated house here refers to a royal dynasty.

This covenant finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, who was born from the line of David (Matthew 1:1). In the millennial kingdom, He will rule from the throne of David in Jerusalem (Micah 4:1-5; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Zechariah 14). This reign of Christ during the millennial kingdom will extend beyond the Jews to include the Gentile nations as well. 



(WELL  NOW  INTERESTING  TO  SEE  SOME  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS  REALIZING  GOD  PROMISED  DAVID  THAT  HIS  LINE  AND  THRONE WOULD  LAST  FOREVER.  AND  JESUS  CANNOT  BE  GIVEN  THE  THRONE  OF  DAVID  IF  IT  CEASED  TO  EXIST.  BUT  PROTESTANT  PROPHETS  KINDA THINK  IT  ALL  OF  A  SUDDEN  RE-APPEARS.  NOTHING  COULD  BE  FURTHER  FROM  THE  TRUTH.  THE  THRONE  OF  DAVID  EXISTS  TODAY  AND  WILL  CONTINUE  TO  EXIST  TILL  IT  IS  GIVEN  TO  JESUS.......THAT  THRONE  NOW  RESIDES  IN  BRITAIN.  ALL  QUITE  PROVABLE  AS  GIVEN  ON  MY  WEBSITE  -  Keith Hunt)



Multiple prophecies in Scripture point to Christ's reign during the millennial kingdom:


• "May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!" (Psalm 72:8).

• "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this" (Isaiah 9:6-7).

•"I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13-14).

•"He shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth" (Zechariah 9:10; see also Revelation 20:4).


Note also that when the angel Gabriel appeared to the young virgin Mary to inform her that the Messiah was to be born through her womb, he spoke to her in Davidic terms.


And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1:30-33).


The three key words used by the angel to describe the future rule of Jesus Christ were throne, house, and kingdom—-the same words God used when he promised David that one from his line would rule forever (2 Samuel 7:16).

Gabriels words must have immediately brought these Old Testament promises to mind for Mary, a devout young Jew. Indeed, Gabriels words constituted a clear announcement that Mary's Son would come into this world to fulfill the promise given to David that one of his sons would sit on his throne and rule over his kingdom.

Now that the millennial kingdom is instituted following the second coming of Jesus the Messiah, these long-anticipated prophetic promises are fulfilled: Christ reigns from the throne of David.



(YES  AMEN  AND  I  SAY  AGAIN  AMEN  -  Keith Hunt



Resurrected Saints Reign with Christ


Scripture promises that Christ will gloriously reign from the Davidic throne. But Scripture also promises that the saints will reign with Christ. In 2 Timothy 2:12, for example, the apostle Paul instructs, "If we endure, we will also reign with him." Those who endure through trials will one day rule with Christ in His future kingdom.

This provides an interesting parallel between Jesus Christ and Christians. Christ Himself endured and will one day reign (1 Corinthians 15:25). In the same way—though obviously to a much lesser degree, and under the lordship of Christ-—-believers must endure and will one day reign with Him (Revelation 3:21).

The idea of reigning with Christ is compatible with what we learn elsewhere in the book of Revelation. For example, Revelation 5:10 reveals that believers have been made "a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." Revelation 20:6 makes a similar affirmation: "Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years."


Even beyond the millennial kingdom and into the eternal state, this privilege of reigning with Christ continues. "Night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:5). What an awesome privilege and blessing!



(AMEM  AGAIN  AND  AMEN  -  Keith Hunt)



In what capacity will believers reign? Peoples rank or office, as it were, will apparently be commensurate with their commitment and faithfulness during their earthly lives. How wonderful it would be to hear these words from Christ: ""Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much" (Matthew 25:21).



(WE  ARE  REWARDED  ACCORDING  TO  OUR  WORKS;  WHAT  WE  HAVE  DONE  WITH  WHAT  WE  HAVE  BEEN  GIVEN,  SO  IT  IS  WRITTEN  -  REV. 22:12  -  Keith  Hunt)



Christ Brings Physical Blessings



Scripture reveals that those who enter into Christ's millennial kingdom will enjoy some unique physical blessings. These six are representative sampling.

1. People will live in a blessed and enhanced environment.


The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God (Isaiah 35:1-2).


2. Rain and food will be plentiful.


And he will give rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. In that dayyour livestock will graze in large pastures, and the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork (Isaiah 30:23-24).


3. Animals will live in harmony with each other and with humans.


The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a litde child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox (Isaiah 11:6-7).

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AMEN,  SO  INDEED  IT  SHALL  BE  -  Keith Hunt



To  be  continued