Revisiting the Seven Trumpet / Plagues
Associated with the First and Last Half
Of Daniel’s 70th Week
The 5th Presentation in the Book of Revelation
Of the Ministry of Messiah
Fulfilling the Covenant of God with Israel
Michael Craig Clark
Compiled from Lectures Since 1984
Edited and Published per His Review and Permission
Paul Melvin Detmer
At this juncture, we continue transforming the seven presentations given in structure at the end of Section 13 into viable links concerning the repetitions of the same scenario portrayed in signs, symbols, and metaphors throughout the Book of Revelation. These presentations occur before, during and predominantly after each Half of the 70th Week of Daniel 9:24-27. As we have stated earlier, four of the Trumpet / Plagues occur associated with the First Ministry of Messiah, under the name Jesus Christ, and the Last three occur associated with the Final Ministry of Messiah under the name Michael the Great Prince. In this fifth, of the seven presentations within the Book of Revelation, we will readdress the Seven Trumpet / Plagues with emphasis on the Plague aspect of the Seventh in particular, and especially the statement “and the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell.” Following this exposition, we will continue into a briefer view within the 6th presentation of the Ministry of Messiah due to much of what we could reveal of Revelation 17-19 having been mentioned numerous times with much clarity in previous Sections 1-13 as well as the exposition of the first five presentations of the Messiah Ministry so far up through and including Revelation 16:21. Let us now proceed with presentation five, Revelation 15-16:21.
Revisiting the Seven Trumpet / Plagues
Associated with the First and Last Half
Of Daniel’s 70th Week
The 5th Presentation in the Book of Revelation
Of the Ministry of Messiah
Fulfilling the Covenant of God with Israel
1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Remembering that John was in the Day of the Lord by virtue of this vision and being caught up into heaven, the seat of understanding, and shown that final end, we can get our bearings here of a finished product that is then given in sections by looking backward at the progression which leads to that end. In verse one through four we have the overall setting simply stated, and then we are taken inside that setting for a transpiration of time and a progression of the Seven Trumpet / Plagues being poured out in succession.
In that setting, we have both Ministries of Messiah represented by the companies described there, and then the final result expressed of the finish of those ministries. First of all, we see those that sing the song of Moses; this is strictly Israel to whom was given the Law of Moses. Those that sing the song of the Lamb are the mixed company of Jews and predominantly Gentiles – the remnant of Israel that accepted the Ministry of Jesus Christ and the vast company from the nations that come under the blood atonement of Christ awaiting his return, given access to the Promise of the Holy Spirit by the rejection of Messiah by the nation of Israel. They are all seen here as standing in perfection and value of THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL which is the only way and means they could gain the victory over the negatives stated concerning the “mark,” image, etc. As we have redundantly emphasized, THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL is the good news that God is the author and finisher of all things; it is on the basis of that revelation that one is perfect and no longer walks as a child, or as the unenlightened spiritually dead, under the illusion of self-determination, freewill, and choice which is the essence of the “mark of the beast” and all things associated therewith. The question: “Who shall not fear thee?” shows that they stand in the place of a finished product where all things are seen as completed in that revelation so that no one can hold to self-determination due to the vivid reality now being apparent. It is from this complete understanding, much like sitting in the director’s chair on a movie stage with the completed script in hand, that we then proceed back into that script to have it played out, thus showing how we have arrived at “The End.” That progression now is entered in verse 5:
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
Keying again on the finished product, verse 8 makes it quite clear that the production and progression cannot be understood or bring the desired result of entering full understanding, stated as “entering into the temple,” until the finish of the scenario when all the plagues have done their job to bring that final end. This is supported by Revelation 11:19 where the finish of the Trumpet aspect, the positive side of the equation, shows no smoke and clear view into the open temple. It is at this point the place from which God speaks, the ark of the covenant / Messiah, is seen. In other words, as we have stated, although the message has been prepared and ready, it cannot be publicly declared to bring the desired effect until the full Ministry of Messiah, and especially the Last End of the Indignation, have run their course to finality, finishing within the 7th Trumpet / Plague. We now will consider the 7th Trumpet / Plague further as mentioned above, having already given the explanation of the First Six in detail in Sections X-XIII, which the reader should reread if he is unclear so that he can follow here.
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
As we presented in Sections X-XIII, the first four Trumpet / Plagues, with the Trumpet aspect presented in Revelation 8-11 and the Plague aspect here in Revelation 16, are associated with the First Ministry of Messiah, Jesus Christ and the aftermath through and inclusive of 70 CE. At that time, the prosperous relationship with Old Rome and the Zionist league, which rejected Messiah and publicly polluted the sanctuary of Israel’s strength, on April 3, 30 CE placing the abomination of depending on Rome and that league instead of, or in replacement of, the Sovereignty of God manifested in Messiah, came to its end with the Second Overturning of the leadership of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem and the physical Temple. A positive as a Trumpet, in having that removal of the deception for the faithful who knew it was in the way of truth, was also a great negative as a Plague for those under that deception, devastating them and their concepts at that time. Nothing positive in fulfillment since that time, the Plagues show no clear break as we indeed see between Revelation 8 and 9 in the Trumpets. Those who saw the destruction as a positive also passed from the physical scene where the positive aspect comes back upon the return of Messiah, hence the gap in the Trumpets. This left those to continue the Plague aspect that had not repented, thus lamenting their loss of the Temple Mount. This is followed with the return of this same company in lack of repentance still, in the modern Zionist move of 1948 CE, establishing itself in military control of the Holy Mount and Jerusalem in 1967 CE. Again, a positive initiating the judgment against, and the removal of, the deception, the Fifth Trumpet, upon Messiah leaving the Holy Land on December 3, 1987, sounds in the Arab Intifada which has moved into the 6th Trumpet furthering that removal with the formal and international recognition of a Palestinian State by a one-hour, UN vote on November 29, 2012, thus setting the stage for the grand finale in the 7th Trumpet / Plague. These events from 70 CE and then continuing after December 3, 1987 are a Plague and negative to those believing in and supporting the Zionist league with Old Rome in the First Ministry of Messiah and the Zionist league with Revived Rome / UN in the Second or Final Ministry of Messiah. So, we observe their unrepentant condition next in the 5th Plague aspect, as we quickly move to address in detail the 7th Plague having detailed the first six earlier in our presentation.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The Conversion of Israel
Jerusalem Divided into Three and NOT Two Parts
As we presented in Section XIII with the metaphor of “poison in the pot,” the plan of Revived Rome / UN to divide the Jerusalem area out from the Palestinian State and the Zionist State, is a negative to both parties – Zionists and Palestinians, but necessary as the UN, and seemingly common sense, would dictate to try and resolve the matter. Such moves and motivations, are poison in the pot bringing death to the Promise of God and the prophetical scriptures that declare the blessing to the world is to come from Jerusalem under proper government of Messiah as stated in Isaiah 2:1-4. Much like Haman’s gallows, this design can be turned back upon those trying to destroy the Israel of God and the Promise of blessing, within their plan to indeed have a separate regime for Jerusalem, however, adding that which neutralizes the poison in the pot making the whole thing edible. This is what will indeed occur, but not according to the secular designs of the world at large and its current, democratic Greek/Roman government it wishes to promote. It will rather be a third division in the area by Israel recognizing Great Prince Michael as their legitimate government and owner of the Holy / Temple Mount, completing the full cycle of the Third Overturning of Ezekiel 21:24-27. This will put them back under the Sovereignty of God cleansing their sanctuary of strength that was polluted when they rejected that government April 3, 30 CE.
The Results Contingent upon the Confirmation
Of the Covenant 70th Week of Daniel 9:24-27
What has been surprising and not necessarily pleasant, as many realities can be in life and especially spiritual growth and maturity, is the realization that Daniel 9:24 is the promised end in view of the confirmation by Messiah in fulfilling that contract of the Final and Covenant 70th Week.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
It has been disconcerting, yet enlightening to discover that none of what is promised here as the result is realized within the 70th Week or by the end of its fulfillment. Rather, contingent upon the fulfillment, the process to establish these things listed is initiated and find their accomplishment in the years thereafter. Here we can now understand as we have explained many times before, the “time times and the dividing of time” in Daniel 7:24-27 bringing the “judgment did sit,” coupled with the Daniel 12:7 statement of “time, times and a half” bringing the “scattering (broadcast) of the power of the holy people,” also is contingent upon the confirmation of the full 70th Week and especially the last half, and is another way of stating what is conveyed in the list of Daniel 9:24. The point we wish to make here is that it is a package deal equally contingent upon accepting the leadership and government of the one that confirmed and fulfilled that 70th Week – Messiah, Michael the Great Prince. It is realized in the final item in the list “and to anoint the most Holy.” The Most Holy is certainly God, and it is within, or by, receiving “he” whom God hath sent that God is received in His sovereign position over Israel once again.
The Full Package Establishing the Everlasting Kingdom
Within Messiah is the redemption and resurrection to true life by the way of his conveyance of his mindset and understanding received from God directly, then given from Messiah’s broadcast to the people. This is what brings the Everlasting Kingdom in totality. It is one thing to accept a ruler; it is quite another to have the same mindset and understanding that he has. The change of the heart of the people is what has been lacking in all other kingdoms, both in the leadership and the people looking to them for guidance. With the anointing of the Messiah by Israel, he will be placed in the supreme position to instruct and teach as well as rule and reign. In this manner, the Everlasting Kingdom that has been here always, now comes to full manifestation in practical reality on the ground for the perpetual blessing of mankind from henceforth.
With Israel having come to the end of Zionist, Machiavellian maneuvers, once ‘apparently’ successful, but decaying to final ruin in the 5th through the 7th Trumpet / Plague fulfilling Ezekiel 14:1-11 at last, they will so anoint Messiah over them. From that point, the cities of the nations, those bulwarks and institutions that have stood and been fortified via their false interpretation of the Law and the Prophets under the concept of self-determination, freewill, and choice will come crashing down inaugurating a time of trouble or earthquake such as has never been. This will be basically spiritual in orientation as every concept and organization built upon those concepts is dissolved by the truth declared from Jerusalem under Messiah, making void the nations’ claims under their various “isms” and “schisms” of religion. This is what is envisioned in the great hail of the weight of a talent.
The Weight of the Talent
According to the talent of truth that each one has received, as we see in the parables of Matthew 25:14-30 specifically, so is the reward or lack thereof. In considering that parable what stands out is the verse which says:
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Within this verse is the key to why men reject or blaspheme God at the final end when the talent of hail falls as depicted in Revelation 16. Whereas it appears in the parable of Matthew 25 that each servant is judged for his works, it is rather the understanding each has for which they are judged that produced the works. In the verse just quoted, it is obvious that the servant there is under the illusion of self-determination, freewill, and choice. He, like Cain, saw God as a party outside of His creation and the efforts of Cain and Abel in bringing the offering. He perceived the whole experience as God extracting something from him just like Cain perceived the offering portrayal of Genesis 4. Both Cain and the servant of Matthew 25 see God as being outside looking in and extracting effort from them. The faithful servants of Matthew 25 and Abel offered back to God what God gave which was the talent and what it took to enlarge that talent, or the offering and the work it took to bring the offering – both being God working all things according to the counsel of His own will. Being in that mindset, the end result is a positive. However, as we see with the world at large when the 7th Trumpet / Plague is manifested it will be a total negative because those alive and physically present on the earth at this time are under the illusion that they are doing and living apart from God who is only in control of the parameters and extracting worship and service from them with reward of heaven or punishment of hell if they do not do what He requires as they perceive it.
Now even this perception is the will of God as well. However, as we have made clear, this is the point where they can get help and be transformed according to God’s Plan. They, as the servant in Matthew 25, will lose all their understanding as they currently have it and any reward they think they should receive and be cast into outer darkness. Here is where we can coordinate with Revelation 20, as we find those that are judged by THEIR works are cast into the lake of fire, the Word of God exposing them. It is from here THEIR understanding can be burned up, as excruciating as the experience may be, and then be joined to the truth as given in Daniel 12:3 and Isaiah 29:11-24 where those that DO understand can lead them to righteousness and proper understanding within THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL. The understanding is in that message and as to the details of how we have arrived at this point in history, it is in this publication BABYLON HAS FALLEN, showing the purpose for the past, its progression to the current hour, and why it must be relegated to history as we proceed with higher enlightenment.
Zechariah 13:8 through 14:21
The Mechanics of Destruction and Construction
The Third of Men and the Three Divisions of the City
As we have discussed at length earlier in our presentation, “the third” or “the third of men,” is the same as in all of the New Testament and especially the Book of Revelation, and must be understood by qualification under Michael’s interpretation according to the Law and the Prophets or the Old Testament, in order to understand clearly the symbolism and metaphorical references. This is addressed specifically in Zechariah 13:8-9 below and follows into the events of the Last End of the Indignation upon that “third,” or Israel that is present for the finale of God’s Plan. This is, in itself, the introduction of the New Heaven and New Earth and completed concept when God said: “let us make man in our image and likeness.”
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.
Here again as we just saw with the introduction to the Seven Plagues of Revelation 16 in Revelation 15, we have the finished product in Zechariah 13:8-9, and what is accomplished: Israel is refined and only that which is pure remains. In that God is in all things, it is again that revelation that will purge out the debris and refine Israel to be intelligently God’s people with understanding, that understanding being the fire that refines. Next, we have in Zechariah 14, that process detailed as to how it transpires.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Finding the 5th and Primarily the 6th Trumpet Plague in Zechariah 14 moving into the 7th and the Finale
The end time, prophetical scriptures have their clear understanding and positioning in time progression around the fulfillment of the Daniel’s 70th Week, the First and Last Half of it, and the associated Ministries of Messiah with each. With this in mind, in brief analysis of the Book of Zechariah, one will find similarities with the Book of Daniel and certainly Revelation. We will here give a synopsis of Zechariah accenting the high points. Again, we leave any reading of the passages we address to be read by the reader so that they may follow our brief consideration which ends with Zechariah 14 addressing the two verses just given and moves forward from there in detail, showing how verse 3 forward reveals the 7th Trumpet / Plague in finality properly understood, also called in Daniel 12, “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time.”
3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
In the first chapter of Zechariah, we will see this prophecy occurred just after the 70 years of Babylonian Captivity and many had been caught in the Cyrus Deception to return unto the land when Daniel would not join them due to Israel’s condition as stated in
As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Nevertheless, God answered the faithful remnant in Daniel 9:24-27 where the correct interpretation of that answer shows the decree from which the timing of 70 Weeks was to be counted. The proper decree was delivered in Ezra’s arrival with the mandate to establish magistrates and judgment or government which is the real building of the city of Jerusalem according to Psalms 122. Prior to that decree and Ezra’s arrival and thereafter, the Prophets Zechariah, Haggai, and Malachi brought the Word of the Lord regarding Israel’s condition in this unsanctioned return fabricated by political Zionists manipulating Cyrus. The words of direction were to try and point them to the future and the real blessing that would occur from the proper interpretation of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy. We can observe that this is the case particularly in Zechariah 4 where we have the two anointed ones, two ministries of Messiah clearly indicated in the vision of the candlestick, the two olive trees, with Messiah laying the foundation and capping off the finished product in those two aspects. Using the literal persons on the scene at that time such as Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4 and Haggai 2, and Joshua son of Josedech the high priest in other places and chapters, in what appears to be prophecies to them of immediate deliverance and the building at that same time ongoing of the literal temple, it becomes clear, in these last days now upon us with Michael giving proper interpretation, these prophecies were of a future day completed as we write these pages. They were NOT fulfilled or directly relevant to the persons used symbolically or a literal building of a temple at that time. They were rather, again, based upon a proper interpretation and fulfillment accordingly of Daniel’s 70th Week in the First and Last Ministries of Messiah in 26-30 CE and 1984-1987 CE respectively. These two aspects of Messiah’s Ministry are the spiritual temple composed of the foundation stone and the capping key stone finishing the prophecy and relevant time period that brings the blessing given in Daniel 9:24.
Synopsis of Zechariah as Prelude to Detailing
Zechariah 14 with Relation to 7th Plague Aspect
And the Three Divisions of Jerusalem
In Zechariah 1 no activity of the Spirit of God is found from the metaphor of the horses sent out to bring report of the area. Everything is quiet and Israel is not being helped in the right direction; yet, there is a message of blessing for the future.
In Zechariah 2, we find that the blessing of Jerusalem and Israel, which is to extend to all, is not a literal thing confined to a literal measure of the literal city. The Jerusalem of blessing is without walls of that nature and protected by the walls of God. In other words, whatever occurs in a physical way to literal Jerusalem must be seen in a greater capacity accenting the greater spiritual aspect. This is the broader concern of the events literally occurring with regard to Jerusalem. The emphasis is on the eventual blessing for the world in the manifestation of the Everlasting Kingdom.
In Zechariah 3, we have the clear indication of the future Messiah NOT being the person used within the declaration of the prophecy. Represented in this scripture in Joshua the son of Josedech the high priest, the prophecy moves on to state that ‘another’ called the “branch” would be the one of wisdom to lead and deliver, although represented in this lowly manner.
In Zechariah 4, detailed in our explanation of Revelation 11 earlier, we have the plain outlaying of the two ministries of Messiah from which all blessing would come.
In Zechariah 5, we have the two standards whereby Israel operates. The first one is the standard of the faithful and the latter is the standard of those that have gone in bed with spiritual Babylon which we will see more in detail when we address Revelation 17-18.
In Zechariah 6, we find the metaphor of the horses again in investigation of the condition of the area and beyond. Here there is indication of the activity of the Spirit of God that has been quieted. At this point the parallels to Revelation can be seen. In Zechariah 1-4 we have seen the condition from the return under Cyrus in 539-537 BCE, with no real blessing in it at all, where the real blessing is yet future in the ministries of Messiah. In Zechariah 5, we see the two standards after which God’s Spirit of activity in the north country is quieted in Zechariah 6. In Revelation, we see the horses again that are revealed when the seals are removed showing the truth that has been hidden or blocked from revelation by those seals. So now let us follow the progression of prophecy and the ministry of Messiah.
In Daniel 12:4, Daniel is told to seal the book until the time of the end. Well if it is sealed, this is what we see as the condition in Zechariah 1 at the end of the 70 years when Daniel was told to so seal it. The horses of color show there is no activity of the Spirit which has to be based upon revelation of truth. It is sealed; thus, all is quiet in Zechariah 1. In Zechariah 2 through 4 we arrive at the ministry of Messiah in Zechariah 4 where the foundation is laid with the future being the place for the capping of the temple by the same one that laid the foundation. Messiah ministered and laid that spiritual foundation in 26-30 CE, and then we have Zechariah 5 and the two standards. The true and righteous standard, the First Four seals, was revealed in the manifestation of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost to the faithful remnant from where the truth was carried to the Gentiles of the north country by the Apostle Paul. As seen in II Corinthians 11 and other scriptures we have given in the previous sections of this publication, the false standard was also carried there by the false apostles using the name of Jesus Christ which Paul said was not the true gospel but another message and a deception. Therefore, the horses appear in Zechariah 6 sealing out the truth, quieting God’s Spirit in the north country again, once the true apostles passed away leaving the testimony in the condition as depicted in the seven churches of Revelation 2-3. This is the state and condition until the removal of those seals in the final capping of the spiritual temple beginning with Revelation 4-8:1 ushering in full disclosure and blessing in the completed ministry of Messiah.
In Zechariah 7 and extending through to the end of the Book of Zechariah in chapter 14, the tone switches from dealing with Israel internally. From 1- 4 pointing to Messiah and the expansion into the north country of the two standards as seen in 5 and 6, which ends in 6 with the quieting of the Spirit awaiting the finish of the spiritual temple in its capping, chapter 7 moves to the disposition of Judah and Israel with regard to the nations. Purging Israel and bringing her in line for blessing from which she is defended and given supremacy over the nations in the end time is clearly the overtones of Zechariah from the end of chapter 6 and starting with 7.
In 7, we find the reason Israel was judged by God using the nations against her. In 8 we can observe the future blessing to Israel when she is restored, and the blessing is disseminated from the blessed condition to nations that are strong at that time due to following the example of Israel in service to God. In 9, the transition experience of first judgment rendered and then blessing ensuing, whereby all may arrive to the condition expressed in 8, is given.
The Latter Rain
In Zechariah 10, which continues the transition experience through judgment to blessing, we are given a key as to the timing that will bring this transition. As we have seen in the two halves of Daniel’s 70th Week, the first one ended in the spring upon which we had the wheat and barley harvest in fulfilling the early rains and harvest in 26-30 CE. As of the writing of this publication, we await the latter rain and harvest, contingent upon the fulfillment of the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week in 1984-1987, once the judgment cycle of this transition experience is completed as we have detailed in this presentation up to this point. It is this latter rain timing that has to be in effect to bring all that the remainder of Chapter 10 indicates. In other words, the full 70th Week must be completed so that the “judgment shall sit” as stated in Daniel 7:24-27 to finish the Last End of the Indignation upon Israel whereby Daniel 12:7, the “broadcast of the power of the holy people” in blessing can also ensue.
Why the Apparent Delay?
It is surely recognized that the blessing of the first harvest came on Pentecost for the remnant of Israel and then extended according to Leviticus 23:22 to the strangers and poor, or those without a link to God as Israel so had – the Gentiles. Here it is three decades later approximately, since the 1987 fulfillment of the Last Half of Daniel’s 70th Week; yet, still we await the completion of the final judgment and the following blessing. As we have stressed throughout this publication, the Word of God, the Law and the Prophets, must be fulfilled. Daniel and other prophetical scriptures are replete with prophecies that stress as well, the conditioning of Israel and the world before that process is complete. We must remember that it is not just the special few as a remnant of Israel, nor it is a limited message that leaves everyone under blood atonement for sin which we are to expect according to these prophecies. It is rather as Apostle Paul states in Romans 11:25-27, “all Israel will be saved.” Additionally, from their salvation and redemption first, consequently the blessing according to Isaiah 2:1-4 flows from Jerusalem bringing about Jeremiah 31:34, Zephaniah 3:9, and from our chapter here of Zechariah 14, verse 9. It is not the Gospel of Grace we are to expect that still deals with men under the concept of self-determination, freewill, and choice, but rather we look for the full truth under the meticulous Sovereignty of God in THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL. It is this message that comes forth from the completed 70th Week bringing the latter rain of blessing and harvest in due time once this process of judgment first and following blessing is finished. Therefore, we again see why Zechariah tells the reader in Chapter 10 to ask of the Lord concerning that Latter Rain. It is upon and from this key all the events flow in the time of end.
Once More, the Two Ministries of Messiah
In Zechariah Chapters 11 through 14 we again have the two ministries of Messiah and the results that flow from them. In 11, we have the first ministry marked out clearly in that Messiah comes and finds just the poor of the flock that he can feed, and the remainder are cut off. The betrayal of Judas Iscariot stands out as a characteristic event associated with the first ministry. After the betrayal and rejection of Messiah, Israel is left from 70 CE, through to the end time now upon us, in the condition ending chapter 11 of no true guidance with foolish shepherds claiming the right to lead. This leadership carries them through to come back to Jerusalem starting in 1948 and forcefully so in 1967. Their condition and leadership remains the same however, and will not deliver them in the critical and final hour of judgment and must be rejected for Messiah and relying again upon the Sovereignty of God. This process of seeking God in judgment mixed with their attempts at deliverance is detailed in 12 where it is seen that many, of both Jews and Gentile have burden themselves with Jerusalem, an indication of UNGA Resolution 181 and all that has transpired associated with it, bringing the judgment forward to a climax. Messiah being present during this time from 1984 on, we see the refining process in 12 and 13 which comes to the key action taken by the world in Zechariah 14.
1 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
In verse one we find the “third,” that is identified in Zechariah 13:8-9, is brought into that stated “refinement.” The Arab Intifada of December 1987, in the 5th Trumpet / Plague began the division of the spoils of war that were confiscated by the Zionists in direct violation of the agreement they forced upon the world in UNGA Resolution 181 in 1947/48. This called for two states and an international regime for Jerusalem; however, Zionist aspirations proved quite different than the Revived Rome / UN designs. As depicted in Daniel 7:24-27, three countries (Syria, Jordan, and Egypt) were subdued in 1967, producing what is called popularly after that time the “West Bank and Gaza.” This “occupied territory” included the real crux of the spoils of this war captured by the Zionist State: East Jerusalem and the Holy / Temple Mount, stated in Daniel 11:44-45 as the “glorious holy mountain” where the willful king of Zionism planted the tabernacle of his palace.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
This now brings us in alignment with the 5th and primarily the 6th Trumpet / Plague: The Arab Intifada which brought the attention for an establishment of the Palestinian State originally planned in UNGA Resolution 181, November 29, 1947, formally came about in UNGA Resolution 67/19, November 29, 2012. This last Resolution being the preparatory and mandatory element missing up to this point whereby the third of men, the Zionists of Israel in their pursuits, can be spiritually slain, takes control of East Jerusalem and the Holy Mount from them for the Third Overturning experience fulfilling the purpose of the 6th Trumpet / Plague and fulfilling Zechariah 14:2 specifically dividing Jerusalem into two parts. As we have pointed out numerous times, UNGA Resolution 67/19 retains the occupied area of the Holy Mount and East Jerusalem within the Palestinian State. Here we have the fulfillment of “one half of the city goes into captivity,” dividing the spoils of war captured by the Zionists move of 1967; those spoils then taken from the Zionists in said UN legislation. The houses built by Zionists to establish their occupation and their hope of blessing according to their plan are ruined and removed, as indicated by “the houses are rifled and the women ravished.” “Women ravished” compares with the “desire of women” ignored in Daniel 11:37 based upon Isaiah 7:14 to bear, in child birth literally, the one that will be Messiah.
Say It Isn’t So!
Now no question, as of the writing of this publication, this vote in the UN on November 29, 2012, is belittled by the Zionist State, and somewhat her chief supporter among the nations, the USA, as a fluke and not binding. However, keep in mind, it is the exact same legislative act in a United Nations General Assembly Resolution, UNGA Resolution 181 in 1947/48 that brought about the Zionist State and upon which their legitimacy in the eyes of the world is based. Additionally, the original designs of that resolution are being brought more to the forefront to appeal to the Arab nations surrounding Palestine and the Zionist State, whereby the international regime under UN jurisdiction as a third nation altogether stated in that original resolution is becoming more and more the understood secular and common-sense solution, separating Jerusalem from both the Palestinian State as well as the Zionist State. In either case, retained in the Palestinian State or part of a third nation/international regime, the Holy Mount is destined to be taken from the Zionists; thus, it will destroy any deceptive façade that their moves are the return of the Israel of God to the Holy Land to effect fulfillment of positive prophecy of the Law and Prophets. To top it all off, the Law and the Prophets so state a Third Overturning out of the evil leadership’s hands that cannot deliver in Ezekiel 21:24-27, as also stated in Zechariah 11-13. As these plans begin to materialize in more events in this direction, cutting off all other avenues for Israel under disobedience to the Covenant of God, they will come eventually to obedience in the acceptance of Messiah as the end of the Third Overturning process for Israel. It is from that point we have verse 3 ushering in all that is stated unto the end of this Book of Zechariah. That time, still not completely clear as to each verse at this time, we await that fulfillment for that complete clarity. However, we will point out certain things that are sure within it.
3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.
11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold everyone on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness Unto The Lord; and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.
Avoiding speculation, we say the sureties here are first of all the conversion of Israel behind Messiah between verse 2 and 3. Here is where the 7th Trumpet / Plague, in the plague aspect of Revelation 16, is relevant in the “great city (Jerusalem) is divided into three parts.” It upon that division the “cities” (strongholds, religions, concepts, beliefs, and all that stem from same) shall be finally determined as “fell.” It is in Israel recognizing their Messiah and his ownership of the Holy Mount, which will rally the Arabs to their side in forming new government based upon all the Prophets and not UN Charter. This will bring the great tribulation or mighty, spiritual earthquake such as never has been. Those backing the Zionist moves up to that point will “flee” that effort to support Messiah and his claim on the Holy Mount.
Spiritual and NOT a Literal Earthquake
Hence, King Uzziah Is the Standard
In other words, as we see in mentioning “in the days of Uzziah,” the unauthorized move to establish the Promise of God through Zionism would have to be abandoned for the proper government and action in Messiah. King Uzziah’s unauthorized entering the temple to offer sacrifice giving him leprosy for doing so, as recorded in II Chronicles 26, caused a spiritual earthquake from which Israel had to flee in proper judgment of the matter. Likewise, and in the same manner, Israel must abandon the King Uzziah like movement of Zionism bringing spiritual death and separation from God and absence of blessing. They must flee to Messiah and his proper government centered out of Jerusalem and the Holy Mount located in the valley between the territories that has been created by this conflict. The two mountains that appear from this conflict are Samaria, the Mountain to the North and Judea, the Mountain to the South created by their unauthorized move and Messiah’s judgment against it. This can be seen in the following link we produced earlier in our explanation of Revelation 14:
Plague Turned Against the Nations
The Destruction of Fallen, Spiritual Babylon
Compared to Revelation 17 and 18
What the 10 nations of the Arabs surrounding the Zionist State cause to happen, to that unauthorized establishment of Israel so-called and its façade of being the Kingdom of God as promised in the Law and Prophets, will be turned upon the nations after Israel’s conversion to God’s Sovereignty and proper government under Messiah. In Revelation 17, we see that what is effectuated eventually from the formation of the Palestinian State facilitating and making possible final status actions of the world and the UN to take the Holy Mount from the Zionist State, is done to the world upon Israel’s judgment running its full cycle to the acceptance of Messiah as the only recourse to withstand those UN moves and actions. There it is stated in bringing Israel to repentance and her end so that she will accept Messiah:
And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
In Zechariah after Israel’s conversion under Messiah, it states:
And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
The point to remember is that Babylon the Great is a relationship and organism composed of the nations in support of Israel, with Israel riding atop the nations, both in an illegal, unauthorized form of fornication to produce the bastard Zionist State which emulates the democratic, Greek / Roman government in the Holy Land destroying and opposing the Promise and Covenant of God in its rightful formation under Messiah and God’s Sovereignty. Now the judgment process is the same in spiritual character on both parties, the Jews first and then the Gentile nations. The Arabs in the nations surrounding the Zionist incursion will follow with the Beast Out of The Sea / UN / Revived Rome through to its final destination of removing the control that the Zionist have over the Holy Mount either by placing same in a Palestinian State as it is stated to be in UNGA Resolution 67/19 or support a plan removing it into a third area under an international regime by original design of UNGA Resolution 181. It is unclear at the point of this writing as to which way it will go.
The Place Where Two Ways No Longer Meet
Whereas the Zionist State would not have come into existence without the support of UNGA Resolution 181 in 1947/48, it is not the Zionist agenda to ride that beast all the way according to that original design. The Arabs did not desire such at all, but over time have had to capitulate to the Beast Out of the Sea and its Revived Roman agenda for this area of the world. Therefore, as we near the finish line of God’s Plan, we find, just as in 70 CE and the Zionist agenda to seceded from Rome and form its own nation with Jerusalem as its capital and center, bringing the Zionist demise, so we have a repeat in the final stage again. However, as stated in Daniel 11:29, the King of the North, in our days the Revived Roman Empire, will come again against the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but not as in the former time of Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE or the latter time of 70 CE through Old Rome’s General Titus with military force. Rather this final and Third Overturning process will involve a “different manner” than these two previous overturnings.
Victory Is Not by Physical Power and Might,
But by God’s Spirit According to Zechariah 4:6
In the final move of the Revived Roman / UN against the Promise and Covenant of God with Israel and consequently against the world for true government and blessing, they have used legislation and diplomatic maneuvers backed up with the threat of executive action and force if necessary. Now within the very democratic governments that Revived Rome / UN has inserted and caused to come about in the Holy Land including the Zionist State, is an important fact the many do not take into the consideration. This point is, as stated by Great Prince Michael below directly in many of his communications to the Zionists over the years since 1987, and in particular this following message around September 13, 1993 and the time moving to the Oslo Accords signed in Washington, DC in 1995:
“When a government fails to continue serving the best interests of its people, it is the right of the people of a democracy to change their form of government.
Moreover, it is the right of those same people to choose the leadership of their government most suitable to meet those interests and offer to the people the security, peace and tranquility of its society entitled to each and every citizen.
A government that becomes self-destructive by surrendering its sovereignty and territories to its enemies fails to serve the best interests of its nation and must be reformed or abolished to preserve that nation’s survival. In such case, it is not only the right of the people to change their form of government; it is their obligation.
The strength of any nation remains in its territorial possessions and its ability to retain, as a part of its body, those same territories whether they were gained in war or in peace.
Disgrace is added to the forfeiture of sovereignty when a nation barters to its enemies the sacred soils upon which their fathers and Prophets have rested. Moreover, such forfeiture is treasonous both morally and efficaciously to a nation’s sovereign existence, and anyone found to be so criminal should be extirpated from its territories in order to preserve that nation.
As with the Nation of Israel at this time who by the treasonous acts of its Zionist government which signed away and continues to sign away its sovereignty since September 13, 1993, the reversal of such treasonous acts can only be achieved by the MONARCHY RULE originally proposed for Israel’s existence. Those that humble themselves to this design shall prosper in peace, and in it, find blessing.”
Within this ability to change the government entrenched as part of the design of democracy, we have the silver lining behind the foreboding clouds of judgment that loom over the Holy Land and all that Revived Rome / UN has contrived to accomplish there, with Jerusalem in its sights more and more each day as we approach the end. As this unfolds with the Zionists trying to break away from the very UNGA Resolution 181 and its final designs on Jerusalem, that gave them their state and existence in the first place by dependence on UN Charter, their last move, when all is said and done by the world body that has come against Jerusalem, will be to break with that UN dependence and establish government under “he whose right it is” according to Prince Michael’s instruction above and certainly Ezekiel 21:24-27 and many other scriptures we have presented in this publication.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Therefore, that demise of the Zionist State will be accomplished when the 10 kings, the Arab nations around the Zionist State, that have been “prepared” to act in UNGA 67/19 via Palestine being internationally recognized as an observer state and therefore A STATE, will give their power to the Beast of Revived Rome / UN to effectuate Israel’s final demise under the concept originated in UNGA Resolution 181 as it comes to its final realization in the completion of the 6th Trumpet / Plague and slays the Zionists, the third of men. Here Israel in her unbelief and dependence as the Zionist State upon the UN and the world, primarily the tax dollars of the USA, will have to acquiesce to the world’s demands finally. It is at this point, according to Revelation 17, her reputation as the Israel of God will be “desolate and naked,” not having any resemblance of clothing herself in what the Bible states about her in truth. Her land – her flesh – the necessary factor that is the life of Israel as a Bible nation, especially Jerusalem without which she has no Bible claim to even be called Israel according to Psalms 137 and other scriptures, will be eaten by the UN action with the accord of the 10 Arab nations around her. And finally, her vision of accomplishing her concept and plan to be the blessing to the world with Jerusalem as its capital under its current mindset, rabbinical authorities, oral Torah, Kabbalah / Zohar, and other tenets of Judaism, will be burned with the fire of this judgment.
Purification and Not Obliteration
Let us stop at this point to remember Zechariah 13:8-9 that introduces Zechariah 14. It states that there is a refining process so that Israel will be in union with God and Messiah. This is also stated in other terms concerning Babylon the Great and its destruction. It is composed of Israel in its Zionist fornication with the Kings of the Earth as also stated in Ezekiel 23.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
So, we now observe and understand the progression of the judgment from Israel in her whoredom as part of Babylon the Great riding the Seven Headed Beast which is in the end time the Revived Rome / UN Seventh Head. The Zionist State is the Beast Out of the Earth that is in the Holy Land only in the power and authority of the Beast Out of the Sea – Revived Rome / UN as depicted in Revelation 13. It is of the Seven, there in the Holy Land by Revived Rome / UN power and is the 8th destined to go into destruction or perdition and be terminated as stated in Revelation 17:11. It was in existence prior to 70 CE, it was not in existence after 70 CE, and yet is in existence again since 1948/1967. We saw this also in the metaphor of the Dragon being in operation prior to 70 CE in the deception of the Zionist league with Old Rome, then the Dragon bound in the bottomless pit (an unknown duration of time) no longer able to deceive by a façade to the world in Jerusalem after 70 CE, and then the Dragon loosed for the final deception of the Zionist league with Revived Rome / UN that is destroyed by the fire of truth from God as the result of Messiah’s final ministry, also given in the symbology of Revelation 20.
When the people of Israel change their government behind Messiah and his headship, they will have come out of Babylon the Great, finishing the refining process of Zechariah 13:8-9. That event will also destroy Babylon the Great at that hour by that conversion. All that came with, and was part of, Babylon the Great will be burnt quickly by Israel bringing proper government and rule through Messiah to the Holy Land in final POSITIVE fulfillment of ALL the Prophets. It is here they will find unity at last with the Sons of Ishmael under that government for blessing to all nations as originally promised through the Promised Seed Messiah according to Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 49:10 and from the Quran which is a reminder of what the Torah has stated in Surah 54:54-55
The Aftermath: The Rest of the Story as to the Nations
It is at this point, the conversion of Israel accepting Messiah and installing proper government in unison with the Sons of Ishmael, that the plagues are turned upon the nations. Their vision, their eyes or perception of prophetical Bible fulfillment according to THEIR interpretation, and the concepts they have followed with respect to that vision will be consumed and vanish as the fantasy or shortsighted theories they indeed are within predominantly Christendom. The reputation, their flesh, all organizations and those doctrines they have used to establish their existence will be consumed without recourse for an answer within those institutions. All evangelization associated with them in the message they preach, their tongue in their mouth, will also be obliterated. This condition of obliteration without an answer will remain unless they understand the fall ministry of Messiah in 1987, depicted in Zechariah 14 as the keeping the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, and Last Half fulfillment and all it involves of Daniel’s 70th Week properly understood.
Once again, As Goes Israel – Also Goes the World
As we have considered primarily the Plague aspect of the 7th Trumpet / Plague in Revelation 15 and 16 in this 5th presentation as it unfolds in the Book of Revelation as the negative side of the same and positive scenario in Revelation 11, we, that are here now writing this publication in preparation for its need when the time comes, experience great depression and anxiety as we see the day approaching. Yet, accompanying those feelings which come from the simple concern and compassion we have for others and what this time of tribulation will mean to so many, we are at the same time quickly lifted above that depression and anxiety to realize that all is in the care and control of the Almighty. It is Israel that has had to bear this burden as a peculiar people down through the centuries, where other faiths claiming some connection have had their martyrs for their views and causes as well, and have suffered as a result of holding for what truth God has given them to perceive along the way to this glorious end. This soon will pass away as the dream and nightmare it is, so that we can usher in the reality that God has ordained for all of us in blessing in the world to come of which the Prophets and Apostles spoke, and which will soon be the reality before our eyes.