Summary and Overview
Aug 30, 2006
In the past week I have written a "Who's Who" series in order to give you the tools by which you may interpret Bible prophecy more accurately. Today I want to tie it all together so that you will more easily remember it and be able to use it.
When Abram and Hagar brought forth Ishmael to be the promised seed, it provided the first major allegory of the conflict between flesh and spirit. It was also a religious allegory, telling us how to be "of Isaac" rather than "of Ishmael." The Arabs became a physical manifestation of the fleshly pattern; the Jews became a legal manifestation of the fleshly pattern; and the Church (under Pentecost) became a spiritual manifestation of the fleshly pattern.
Hagar allegorized the Old Covenant (Gal. 4:24), and the Jewish rejection of Jesus (the Mediator of the New Covenant) put the old Jerusalem under the authority of Hagar, which is Mount Sinai. Legally speaking, they gave Jerusalem to the descendants of Hagar, so God gave Jerusalem to the heirs of Ishmael in the 7th century.
Meanwhile, however, there was another running conflict in Scripture between Jacob and Esau. Jacob was ultimately called to be the inheritor of the promise, but he took it from Esau in an unlawful manner. So Isaac promised Esau in Gen. 27:40 that he would receive the dominion some day to rectify the offense. Years passed, with no such rectification. Finally, Esau's descendants (Edom, or Idumea) were conquered by Judah in 126 B.C., forced to convert to Judaism, and absorbed into Jewry itself.
Thus, Jewry itself became the only inheritor of Esau, along with the promise to Judah of providing the King-Messiah. From then on, they had two prophetic destinies to fulfill--Esau's and Judah's. They fulfilled Judah's destiny when King Jesus was born. They fulfilled Esau's in 1948 when Jacob's heirs (the Brit-ish, "covenant people" with "Union Jack" or "Jacob" as their flag) gave Palestine to the Jews representing Esau.
Meanwhile, Jeremiah had prophesied that Judah was divided into good figs and bad figs (Jer. 24). The good figs were to submit to divine judgment (captivity) and be blessed for it in the long run; the bad figs were those who refused to submit, and were divinely judged and even cursed for their refusal to submit.
In Jesus' day there were still both types of people within the nation. The majority were bad figs, and so they rejected the Prince of Peace who taught the people to submit to Rome (the successor of Babylon). Only the Christians submitted, and when they were scattered from the land by persecution, they went out into the Roman world, just as Daniel had gone willingly into the Babylonian world as a "good fig."
Judah's two fig trees then became known as Judaism and Christianity. Judaism is the bad fig tree that was cursed (Mark 11:21) and which would never again bring forth fruit (Mark 11:14); Christianity is the good fig tree of Judah (Rom. 2:28, 29).
The bad fig tree of Judah, along with the heirs of Esau (Idumea), rejected Jesus and His peaceful methods of establishing the Kingdom of God. They fought the Romans forty years later, and God judged them severely for it, putting them under the "yoke of iron" (Deut. 28:48).
While in captivity off the land, they sent representatives as requested to the Khazar king in 740 A.D. to present Judaism as a possible religion for him and his people. King Bulan accepted Judaism, and over time many of his people became converts to Judaism, forming the Ashkenazim branch of world Jewry in southern Russia and Eastern Europe.
According to the letter of King Joseph of the Khazars written in 960 A.D., these people were descended primarily from Togarma, with close ties to Magog, Tubal, and Meshech. Thus, they became the people prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39 who would later desire to invade Palestine and occupy that territory as well as America and Europe.
And so, modern Zionism encompasses at least three primary streams of prophecy. First, the bad fig tree of Judah, which Jesus cursed, was to come back to life again in the latter days, bringing forth more leaves (Matt. 24:32-34)--but no fruit of the Spirit. This occurred in 1948.
Secondly, Jacob gave the land of Palestine back to Esau in 1948 to reconcile Jacob's offense in Genesis 27. Esau was a Zionist who desired to possess that land (Mal. 1:4; Ezekiel 35:10; 36:2), but he and his heirs were also bloodthirsty in their methods and practices (Ez. 35:6).
Thirdly, Jewry absorbed the House of Togarma, which also was Zionist in its thinking (Ez. 38:10-12). Yet it is evident that this branch wanted more than just a tiny strip of land in the Middle East. They also coveted world dominion, and so they also conquered America (by immigration). Togarma, along with his Uncle Magog, Uncle Meshech, and Uncle Tubal, are known today by the more general term, Ashkenaz, the brother of Togarma (Gen. 10:3).
Because the conquest was done in relative secrecy through control of the press, media, and textbooks, it was called Mystery Babylon. Mystery means "secret or hidden." It was a secret conquest, accomplished largely by immigration.
Meanwhile, God blinded the Church in order to make them fulfill the pattern of Isaac, the original blind servant (Gen. 27:1; Isaiah 42:19). Just as Isaac blessed Jacob, thinking he was blessing Esau, so also in 1948 blind Isaac blessed Esau, thinking he was blessing Jacob. In other words, the Church put their blessing upon Esau (Zionists), thinking that they were blessing Jacob. And so the law was fulfilled--"an eye for an eye" (Ex. 21:24). The judgment fit the crime perfectly.
Yes, as the prophecy teachers tell us, prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes! However, when eyes are blind, people do not know what they are doing. They think they are fulfilling prophecy in one way, but in fact, they are fulfilling it in the opposite manner.
All of this will be resolved eventually. The Zionist movement will fail, because God has pronounced judgment upon the bad fig tree, upon Esau-Idumea, and upon Togarmah and his bands. God will judge all three at the same time in one big, final judgment. This big bang will see Jerusalem (Hagar and her son) cast out (destroyed), as we read in Gen. 21:9 and Gal. 4:30.
Only then will the true inheritors inherit the Kingdom as part of the body of Christ. Only through Him will anyone inherit the Kingdom.
Isaiah 29:1-6 appears to describe a nuclear holocaust upon Jerusalem, called "Ariel" in that passage. Likewise, Jeremiah 19 prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem "even as one breaks a potter's vessel which cannot again be repaired." Jerusalem has been destroyed many times and repaired many times. But this final destruction will be such that it will not be repaired again.
Those whom God uses to destroy Jerusalem are described also in Isaiah 29:7 and 8. It tells us that the Arab nations who are "hungry" and "thirsty" for the land of Palestine will wake up still hungry and thirsty. They will remain unsatisfied even after "Ariel" is destroyed. I believe this is because there will be so much nuclear fallout that no one will be able to inherit the land. Thus, it will all be like a dream, and they will wake up still hungry and thirsty, as Isaiah tells us.
Meanwhile, however, God is about to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28). Even the bondservants (including the heirs of Hagar on every level) will be included in this, as Joel 2:29 tells us. The stone will crush the Babylonian image on its feet (Dan. 2:35), and this Stone Kingdom will grow until it fills the whole earth. Then will His glory cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14).