Another Nation To Watch

Matthew 24:7-8 (NKJV) “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

In the Middle East, for the last 10 years, Iran was pressing to obtain a nuclear weapon to use against Israel. Russia already possess nuclear weapons. But there may be an alternate use of these weapons. The alternate use of these weapons is the use of them against the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.

We must also leave open the possibility of these weapons being used during the great tribulation period.

In the final week of Daniel’s prophesy, the abomination of desolations will be a pivotal point in the middle of the week. As we should know, the final week is symbolic for a year.

Remember that in Daniel 9, Daniel spoke of the 70 years that was prophesied in Jeremiah 25 as well as 2 Chronicles 36.

The 70 years is because the land of Israel had no rest according to the command of the Lord in Leviticus 25.

Then Gabriel came and gave Daniel important news that 70 weeks have been determined for Israel. There would be 7 weeks and 62 weeks which makes up 69 weeks. There’s one week missing, isn’t it?

Then the final week only points to one thing.

The great tribulation period.

A week is 7 days. So it’s symbolic for years. 7 years, which is the final week.

Now in Daniel 9:26-27 we see that the Jewish Temple will be occupied by the antichrist in the middle of the week or 3.5 years or as Revelation states, the 1260 days. This is none other than the “abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel in chapter 12, the Lord Jesus in Matthew chapter 24, and Paul in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, fulfilled in Revelation 13.

Because in Daniel 9:26-27, the beast will make a covenant with Israel for one week, which is the final week, but in the middle of the final week (middle of the seven years), he will cut off the covenant and start to kill Jews and followers of Christ that were born again during the great tribulation period (see Revelation 7:9-17).

In Daniel chapter 8, it shows a precursor event that the sacrifices will be halted. Then in Daniel 9, we see that the antichrist will do the same thing during the great tribulation which will last for 7 years. Daniel chapter 8 is a separate event and is only a precursor to Daniel 9:26-27. They’re not the same event.

Iran is the other nation to watch. This is consistent with Ezekiel 38 and 39.

One of the things that we have to understand is that when it comes to end time prophesy, there’s a tide. It comes and goes. So with end time prophesy, we see the same thing. But each event is a stepping stone to the next event.

That’s why we need to “watch and pray” as the Lord Jesus instructed.

These are volatile times and things are happening faster and with deliberate actions to achieve a goal.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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