The Republic of Israel--Part 2
Aug 24, 2011
In Part 1, I addressed the 390-year connection between Israel and America. The number 390 is particularly associated with Israel in Ezekiel 4:5, even as the number 40 is associated with Judah and Jerusalem in verse 6. These were grace periods established by the prophet through intercession, and each has had its desired effect.
Judah's 40-year grace period extended from Jesus' ministry (30-33 A.D.) to the fall of Jerusalem (70-73 A.D.). Jesus' earthly ministry really began with the execution of John the Baptist at Passover of 30 and ended at the cross at Passover of 33. The 40-year grace period for Jerusalem began to end at Passover of 70 A.D. when the Romans began the siege of Jerusalem, and this was finally completed when they took Masada at Passover of 73 A.D.
Israel, however, was given 390-year cycles from the fall of its capital, Samaria. As I showed earlier, the first 6 periods of 390 years ended with the Plymouth colony in 1620, and the final cycle ended in 2010.
So what happened in 2010? I saw the establishment of the Republic, but wanted to wait until the end of the year to see if any other event would fulfill the prophecy. In the end, I saw no other Republic established that could possibly fulfill the requirement.
Tim Turner ["repenter"] was elected president with 490 votes. I was unaware of this until I attended a meeting of the California Republic last Saturday. One of the speakers mentioned this from the podium without understanding its significance.
The number 490 is a period of time in Daniel 9:24 in terms of "seventy weeks," or 70 x 7 years. It is 70 Sabbath-year cycles. It was precisely 490 years from the Edict of Artaxerxes in 458 B.C. until Jesus died on the cross in 33 A.D. For proof of that, see chapter 2 of my book, Daniel's Seventy Weeks.
The fact that 70 weeks is a grace period is shown also in Matt. 18:22, where we are instructed to forgive 70 x 7 times. It is a forgiveness cycle.
Turner's 490 votes occurred in 2010, which happened to be 6 x 490 years after the Israelite revolution in 931 B.C. shortly after the death of King Solomon. This is the revolt that separated the Kingdom of Israel from its prophesied king who was from the House of Judah. It split the king from the Kingdom over high taxes without representation (1 Kings 12:1-16).
On a deeper level, the problem was that the king had abused his position and refused to repent. Instead of reducing taxes, he raised them. He showed no respect for the natural, God-given property rights of man. So the Kingdom was stripped from his hands, according to the word of the prophet in the previous chapter. 1 Kings 11:31 says, "Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes." In later verses, the prophet always spoke of this as a separation of "the kingdom" from the king.
This is what happened also in 1776, when the American colonies revolted against the king of England. God raised the issue once again, in part to teach us the principles of right government, that the power of a king is under God and His laws, and that no earthly king has the God-given right to set aside the God-given rights of men.
In this revolt, God raised to the surface the entire question of right government, in order that we might have some centuries to ponder, discern, and put into practice these principles. This was to prepare the hearts of the overcomers to rule the Kingdom of God. The Declaration of independence laid down that very basic principle that all government was under God's authority, and that all rights came from God. Governments may only grant privileges, and they are responsible to enforce the laws of God, rather than create their own laws that conflict with "natural law."
In retrospect, it is obvious that in spite of the great principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence, we failed to retain that Republic. The issues dividing the people proved to be too much to resolve, and by 1860 the Republic collapsed in Civil War. A new corporate government was established, which, as time passed, proved that it had revolted against God and set up men as its final authority. Thus began the prophetic end-time captivity known as "MYSTERY BABYLON," written prophetically in Rev. 17:5 with all capital letters to indicate a corporation nation.
But this was not the end of the story. In 2010 we reached the end of the 6th cycle of 490 years since that first revolt splitting the Kingdom from the King. America was given a second opportunity to overcome these governmental problems and to establish a new Republic under God. The problems today are as difficult today as they were two centuries ago. Will this succeed or not? I believe it will succeed, because it is the time. But it will require much discussion, humility, and even repentance, such as was done at the first Constitutional Convention.
We are living in a time when the Republic MUST succeed, because the corporation government is beginning to collapse. The economic pressures are enormous. The debt load can no longer be supported by the economy, either here or in Europe. Governments are too big to fail but also too big to bail out. October could prove to be a critical time, as we move into the feast days from Trumpets to Tabernacles (Sept. 29 to October 20).
The 5.9 richter earthquake in Washington yesterday was the largest since 1897. It appears to have circumcised the Washington Monument.
The last time we saw such a "circumcision" was in October of 2002 when a sniper began to shed blood around the city. He shot his victims in a circular pattern around the beltway, ending close to where he had begun. Our revelation was that he would kill 10 people but have 13 victims, because 10 was the number of the law, and 13 stood for America (and also for rebellion). After the 10th victim was killed on Oct. 22, 2002, he was then caught two days later, ending this painful sign.
The quake yesterday brings up this whole issue once again of circumcising the heart of America. Secondly, we will be seeing a significant comet in October. Comet Elenin will be closest to the earth on October 17, during the midst of the feast of Tabernacles (John 7:14). When Jesus showed up in the temple in the middle of the feast of Tabernacles, it was prophetic of His coming. Hence, Elenin may be what Jesus called "the sign of the Son of Man" (Matt. 24:30) or a type of it. In my view, it is likely this on account of its timing. To me, it shows that Christ will come in the middle of the feast of Tabernacles OF SOME YEAR (probably not this year).
The earth is due to pass through the tail of Comet Elenin on November 9. Only God knows what fireworks that may produce. We are likely to see quite a display of "meteor showers" in the heavens, as the "stars" fall from the sky and the powers of the heavens are shaken.
These events indicate that we are at a critical time in history. The kings of the east are ready to overthrow Babylon in the west. It will fall intact as before, and God will use them to set His people free. Babylonians will weep, but Israelites will rejoice. Be sure that your "citizenship is in heaven" (Phil. 3:20), so that you do not suffer the consequences of Babylon's fall.
2010 was a crucial year in the history of the Kingdom, and we are part of that history.
This is the second part of a series titled "The Republic of Israel." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones