The nations in prophecy, Part 3
Jan 17, 2014
A century ago, as the apparent end of the “seven times” of tribulation drew near, God poured out His Spirit in a renewal of Pentecost. I have been told that some of the great leaders of that movement prophesied of a much greater outpouring a hundred years later.
We are now at that time in history. What those Pentecostal prophets did not know was that a hundred years had to be added to the “seven times” on account of the century-long interruption of the Grecian Empire’s rule over Jerusalem from 163-63 B.C. Even so, by a word of knowledge, they received revelation of our time today.
It is doubtful if they understood that King Saul was a Pentecostal type, or that Saul’s 40-year reign would prophesy of the 40 Jubilees of Church history. I did not discover this until September of 1990, just as my last secular job ended and I began to move into the work of this present ministry. So those prophets had only a dim awareness of timing, which is now much clearer to us today.
It is also clear that the outpouring in the early 1900’s could not go beyond Pentecost, for “Saul” was still reigning. His time had not yet been completed. When God establishes a set time such as 40 years (or Jubilees), history revolves around God’s calendar—not the other way around. Hence, it was not possible to see the fulness of the Spirit through the feast of Tabernacles prior to the death of “Saul” in 1993.
Yet there is also another perspective of that revival in the early 1900’s, which would be helpful for us to consider. It appears that as the “seven times” of tribulation began to come to an end in 1914-1917, there was a potential for it to end a century early. Of course, this was not in the divine plan, but nonetheless, it is often helpful to study the “what ifs” and “what might have beens.” In fact, we have already looked at some of these, especially what might have been if the Israelites under Moses had been willing and able to hear the voice of God at Mount Horeb. As we noted, they would have received the Sword of the Spirit and would have been given the Great Commission instead of the command to slaughter the Canaanites by the physical sword.
So in the same way we can see that in the early 1900’s, there was a similar potential to end the long captivity and to receive the “Open Door” which is set before us today. It is clear that they were not ready for it at that time, of course, but yet we can see the parallel situation between that time and ours today.
Obviously, a hundred years ago, “Saul” was still on the throne, and there is no way that Pentecost could bring the fulness of the Spirit. Sadly, too, as the Pentecostal revivals progressed, the people felt the need to form denominations, which are a manifestation of King Saul. Many of these were formed in 1910-1912. If you read 1 Samuel 8:5, you will see how the Israelites felt the need to be ruled by “a king like all the nations.” God interpreted the hearts of men in 1 Samuel 8:7, saying, “they have rejected Me from being king over them.”
It is doubtful if very many Israelites would have agreed with God’s analysis, for they did not know their own hearts as God did. But it is clear that men’s desire for a man to rule them in place of God is the epidemic of the church under Pentecost. Under a Saul system, men reject the direct rule of God and set a man in His place. People then have a direct relationship with the church but only an indirect relationship with God (Jesus Christ).
This soon creates a mindset whereby men feel that no one can be a genuine Christian unless he is a church member or unless he comes into submission to a particular organization or denomination. The church becomes the focus, rather than God, and men lose the ability to distinguish between the two. Then when the church degenerates into corruption, as it inevitably does, the people are forced to support the corrupt leaders. If they become disillusioned and leave that church, they are persecuted, condemned as non-believers, and find themselves running for their lives—that is, they become little Davids running from King Saul.
The fact that the Pentecostal revivals a century ago turned into denominational systems that were ruled by men shows that prophetic “Saul” was yet on the throne. Their actions made it clear that we still had another hundred years to go before reaching the end of the “seven times” of tribulation. And so the time was extended, and we know from 20/20 hindsight that this was the divine plan from the beginning.
There is also another factor to consider.
When America was founded, its Constitution was passed in 1789, the same year that the French Revolution began. The year 1789 was the end of 1260 years (“a time, times, and a half a time,” or 360 x 3½ years) since the “little horn” had come to power (Daniel 7:20). As I have shown in past studies, the “little horn” arose out of the ashes of the iron kingdom of Rome in 529 A.D.
This was the year that the Emperor Justinian instituted a whole new judicial system by throwing out the whole Roman legal system and replacing it with Church law. A few years earlier in 526 he had changed the calendar from the old Roman system (which dated events according to the year of Rome’s founding) to a new calendar based on the supposed birth of Jesus.
The Roman calendar had begun in what we now would call 753 B.C. It changed in 526 A.D. Under the old Roman calendar, this year was known as the year 1278 AUC (ab urbe condita, “from the founding of the city”).
And so, between the change of calendar and laws, this “little horn” perfectly fit Daniel’s description of the “little horn” recorded in Daniel 7:25, “he will intend to make alterations in times and in law.” These are the main clues by which we may identify the “little horn.”
Daniel says further in the same verse, “and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and a half a time,” that is, for 1260 years. This time ended with the French Revolution that began in 1789, the same year that the U.S. Constitution was established.
The founders of this nation struggled with the issue of slavery in its quest for equality and freedom. In 1784 Thomas Jefferson wrote that “after the year 1800 of the Christian era, there shall be neither Slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the said States.” He said that this fact was “unalterable but by the joint consent of the United States in Congress assembled, and of the particular State within which such alteration is proposed to be made” (General John A. Logan, The Great Conspiracy, pp. 3, 4).
It appeared that slavery would soon pass from the scene. In fact, by the 1790’s, slavery was no longer economical. But then the cotton gin was invented, and this single invention again made slavery worthwhile from an economic standpoint.
Even so, slavery almost died a natural death. Logan explains how “a signal misfortune befell.” Six States voted for the 1784 resolution to ban slavery in all new territories and new States that would join the Union in future years. Three states voted against it. North Carolina’s two delegates split their votes. So there were 13 votes for the resolution and 7 votes against it.
One of New Jersey’s delegates was absent. The remaining delegate from New Jersey voted to retain this prohibition against slavery, but his vote was lost, because the rules required the vote of two delegates from each state. A single vote would not count.
The rules also required a majority vote from all states—not merely all state delegates present. If all delegates from the 13 states had been present, the outcome of the vote would have been different. But as it stood, the prohibition resolution only received 13 votes, which was not a majority out of 26, because the deciding vote from New Jersey was lost. Logan then concludes,
“Thus was lost the great opportunity of restricting Slavery to the then existing Slave States, and of settling the question peaceably for all time” (p. 4).
For further details, see my book, The Prophetic History of the United States, chapter 3.
As time passed, the slavery issue was settled by violence and force through war. In late 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president, and the southern states then began to secede from the Union and to form their own nation called The Confederate States of America. In those days the new president did not take office until March, and during the interim leading to Lincoln’s presidency, President Buchanan, a southerner, did nothing to prevent this secession from taking place.
And so this nation was torn apart by civil war.
The year 1860 was important in the long-term prophetic history of the House of Israel. Recall that Israel began to be deported by the Assyrians in 745 B.C. We have also noted that 2,520 years later from this date was 1776, the year when America—representing the dispersed tribes of Israel—began to reform into a new nation.
The year 1860 was 6 x 434 years since 745 B.C. Thus, the Civil War can be seen as divine judgment upon the nation. God judged us by the law of Judged Time. The number 434 is what we call Judged Time. I explained this further in chapter 7 of my book, Secrets of Time. Judged Time is not as common as Cursed Time (414) or Blessed Time (490), but it still can be seen occasionally in history.
Judged Time is a judgment of the divine court that is imposed when a nation is guilty of “late obedience.” It is better than disobedience, but not as good as immediate obedience. As it applied to the United States, I believe that God intended for this nation to be a beacon of freedom and equality for all, as commanded in the divine law. However, by a quirk of history, slavery was legalized and became a constitutional option given to each of the States. The issue festered, however, and finally broke to the surface in 1860.
The war settled this issue in a most violent manner. The bitterness lingered, as one might expect, and then other devious men took advantage of the situation. Not only did they punish the Southern States after the assassination of Lincoln in 1865, but they also legislated the enslavement of all “citizens.” This subject is too large to cover here, but under cover of setting all men free, they actually put all citizens into equal slavery by the use of legal terms which few understood.
This was the divine sentence according to Judged Time.
And so, by the turn of the twentieth century, when the Pentecostal revival broke out, there was a potential that we might see the end of this Judged Time enslavement of citizens. But the Pentecostals of that era confirmed their enslavement by agreeing with King Saul. By denominationalizing that move of the Holy Spirit, they rejected the direct rule of God and put men in His place. Without realizing it, they put the believers into bondage to men—the same bondage that Samuel describes in 1 Samuel 8:11-18.
Hence, they extended the time of bondage for the church and the nation under the beast system for another century to the present time. When that final century was completed on the 100-year anniversary of the Federal Reserve Act (December 23, 2013), it was also 153 years since South Carolina became the first State to secede from the Union (December 20, 1860), the date marking the start of Judged Time. The completion of 153 years could mark the time of the emergence of the Sons of God, for the numeric value of “sons of God” in Hebrew is 153.
The good news is that we now seem to be living at the end of this Judged Time slavery, as well as the end of the 2,520 years given to the beast empires. I anticipate many changes in these next few years from now until 2016/17. While we may see disruptions and some chaos, the changes are for our good. But such positive outcomes will only be seen if the Holy Spirit is poured out in a new way.
In the end, that is only factor that can make all of this possible.
This is the third part of a series titled "The Nations in Prophecy." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones