As an unlearned but nonetheless stable layman who believes that the Word of God is eternally true and to be obeyed, the following scenario is quite intriguing to me. Let us read the following four verses which describe one particular event, the celebration of YAHWEH’s Feast. Please know that all highlighting and underlining are my own:
Zechariah 14:16-19 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.  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.  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.  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
If we look at the whole chapter 14, we know that this event depicts the period following the devastation of people who surrounded Jerusalem. This forthcoming event was prophesied by Zechariah in chapter 14 verse 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.”
And in the book of Joel 3 verse 2, the same event is forecast: “I WILL ALSO GATHER ALL NATIONS, AND WILL BRING THEM DOWN INTO THE VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT, and will plead [shâphaṭ shaw-fat’ A primitive root; to judge, that is, pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication to vindicate or punish; by extension to govern; passively to litigate (literally or figuratively): – + avenge, X that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge (-ment), X needs, plead, reason, rule.] with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”
As well as in the book of Zephaniah 3 verse 8: “Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: FOR MY DETERMINATION IS TO GATHER THE NATIONS, THAT I MAY ASSEMBLE THE KINGDOMS, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: FOR ALL THE EARTH SHALL BE DEVOURED WITH THE FIRE OF MY JEALOUSY.”
Apostle Peter in his second letter reminded his readers of the same fiery end for all the ungodly nations: 2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, RESERVED UNTO FIRE AGAINST THE DAY OF JUDGMENT AND PERDITION OF UNGODLY MEN.
The people of Israel, God identified them as “My people,” Israel is identified as “My inheritance,” and the land (eretz) Israel as “My land”.
To those “power-that-be”, who are planning to divide the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, the quoted verses above and below, talks about the forthcoming fate of those “power-that-be” who conspired to give in to the Palestinians’ demands against the people of God, Israel! Even the “so called” current greatest man in the world, is still too puny when compared to God’s lowest rank messenger (angel). Just remember that all mortal beings! You are up against the Almighty God and woe to you when the fire of His jealousy is poured upon you.
We are told how great His fire will consume the enemies in the following verse:
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. Zechariah 14:12
Before the real things take place, we will be getting a real taste of that through the Fukushima nuclear plant melt down which is discussed in the following video presentation:
FUKUSHIMA AND THE END OF HUMANITY
Published on Oct 19, 2013
-Fukushima And The End of Humanity-
It is said that, because of this disaster, the Lord Jesus’ statement comes into effect: “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” [Matthew 24:22]
The elect (true believers) will not be subject to this disaster as it creeps ever slowly over the face of the earth. Once the body of Christ is taken up (rapture) as the scripture promises, then all “hell” will break loose!
Continuing with the article at hand, back to the Armageddon scenario: it is said that the instantaneous decaying of the different parts of the body as described can only be caused by nuclear explosion burn. How would this come about? The subsequent verse tells it very clearly:
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 EVERY ONE ON THE HAND OF HIS NEIGHBOUR, AND HIS HAND SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THE HAND OF HIS NEIGHBOUR. Zechariah 14:13
In utter confusion, they will shoot at each other with their nuclear arsenals! Yes, our God will destroy those wicked people through their own hands. They will nuke each others’ cities and people, and the whole earth will be devastated.
But, when I read all of these quoted verses, I came to the conclusion that only those who came up to Jerusalem will be destroyed completely; some of those stay-at-home will remain. The reason? The following verse tells us:
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. (Zechariah 14:16)
Who are these people?
So the New World Order agenda to annihilate 5 billion human beings according to the will of the so called “elite” group, obviously failed in a big way!
I have shared in my previous article concerning this subject as linked below:
5 BILLION HUMAN BEINGS TO BE MURDERED — New World Order
Now, are you amazed if I am intrigued by this statement as written: 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 in Zechariah 14:16 above?
Could these people be what we call mainstream believers, who are spared because they refused to go against God’s people and taking part or agreeing to the dividing of the land of Israel and of the city of Jerusalem?
We should remember that these people believe in the God of Aḇraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. They believe that He sent His Son to die on the stake to redeem mankind from their sins. And shouldn’t that count for something to a “just and loving” God? These are the people who hold on to the word of faith:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Then, are you one of this type of believers? But, then, why are they still around when rapture has already taken place before the battle of Armageddon, led by the antichrist, is fought?
Chronologically speaking (verses reference 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-7) :
- the battle of Armageddon can only take place after the antichrist is revealed.
- The antichrist can only be revealed after the Holy Spirit is taken away and the Holy Spirit will not leave His temple (the body of Messiah) at the mercy of the antichrist.
- Thus the rapture would have taken place first and indirectly the scripture tells us about “Left Behind” group.
The “Left Behind” group is made of half-baked believers! To be included in the “taken up” group, you have to have the proper “boarding pass” as described in my previous article:
DO WE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GATHERED TOGETHER (RAPTURED) WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?
Here is the promise:
For the scripture saith, WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED. [Romans 10:9-13]
Most importantly, you have to repent from your luke-warm Christian life!
Now, to my fellow country-men from, and those who are still living in Indonesia; even fellow-believers who are living in Malaysia and Singapore or wherever the Indonesian bible published by the Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia is read, it is incumbent upon you to call on the “right” name of our Master, Yeshua and the Name of our God, YAHWEH, not Allah! You call on the name of a non-god, the non-god will respond to you.
In the sequence of events, verses from Zechariah 14 as quoted, (now mind you, I am no bible scholar), it may very well be talking about the period following the One Thousand Years reign. For this, I have to take you to the book of Revelation.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. [Revelation 20:7-9]
So Zechariah 14 talks about the period following the thousand years reign. What is interesting to note is, there will ONLY be one Festival out of the seven annual festivals left to be celebrated, the Festival of Booths or Tabernacle or Sukkoth! Why would this be?
The end game for mankind can be read from the following verses:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John SAW THE HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM, COMING DOWN FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, BEHOLD, THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS WITH MEN, AND HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, and they shall be his people, and GOD HIMSELF SHALL BE WITH THEM, AND BE THEIR GOD. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. [Revelation 21:1-4]
Taking all the various verses from the Torah to the prophets and writings, to the gospels and apocalypse, for this particular devotion, I can say that:
• People of God will dwell in the New Jerusalem, with their God
• Dwelling with God has advantages; no tear, no death, no mourning, no crying, no pain.
But, outside the New Jerusalem, in the renewed earth we find survivors as well, as described by this phrase: all who are left from all the gentiles as well as the clan of Egyptians. These people are subjected to a strict rule they, “shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, YAHWEH of hosts, and to observe the Festival of Booths.”
The Torah rules seven annual YAHWEH’s feasts to be observed as rehearsals. The last fall festival to be observed is the Feast of Booth – where it is said that God dwells with His people in the New Jerusalem! That is the end game for mankind! Back to the good old early days before the fall of Adam and Eve!
Revelation 21:6,7 “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Are you afraid to confess your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Then you are one of the “fearful!” Do you still lie? Then you are a “liar!”
What about the other six feasts; Pesach, Unleavened Bread, First Fruit, Shavuot, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)?
Yeshua ha Masiach said: “It is done! I am the ‘Alpha’ and the ‘Omega’. All the law, rules and regulations and celebrations according to the Torah of Moses except one, the Feast of Booth (Sukkot), had been fulfilled following the Lord Jesus’ First coming.
The Feast of Trumpets and White Throne Judgment will take the form of true life events at the time and following His Second Coming.
If that is the case then, why are the Judaic Jews and Jews “wannabes” (the newly emerging misguided followers of Messianic Judaism) still celebrating these seven annual feasts – if they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, they should know that the four of them have been fulfilled: Pesach (Yeshua’s redemption), Unleavened Bread (His sinless death), First Fruit (the first one to be ressurrected from the death and not to die anymore), Shavuot (Ruach ha Kodesh given). These all had been done about two thousands years ago. That is the subject of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Lord Jesus Christ further said: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.[Matthews 28:18-20]
The Lord Jesus did NOT say to observe what Moses taught! Only the Judaic Jews who rejected the Messiah and Son-ship of the Lord Jesus Christ are still celebrating them to demonstrate their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ! Then again I will ask: Why are the so called Messianic Judaism adherents want to follow suit? All of the celebrations, the wearing of tallits and skull cap (kipah), even the growing of facial hairs the Messianic Judaism adherents sporting, are all guided by the non-scriptural “Oral Law” and the old tradition of men!
Survivors of the “war of all wars” are obligated to come up to Jerusalem once a year during the feast of Booths or Tabernacle. Why?
Because, finally, the Lord Himself dwells with His bride (people) in the New Jerusalem; not in the flimsily built booth, behind the houses! They are obligated to come and worship the Lord of lords and the King of kings, in person.
If they failed to do that, God said:
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. 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. 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. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. [Zechariah 14:16-19]
There is a purpose to go up to Jerusalem…to worship in person and in real life, the reigning King of kings and the Lord of lords! Before the real event takes place, let us heed God’s admonishment through the apostle Paul with the following:
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING.” [Philippians 2:12]
BE WISE, FEAR GOD AND OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS!
Baruch ha Shem,