The Gospel must be preached to all the world [Matt. 14.24]
The Powers of Heaven must be removed and
Israel must call upon their Lord to come and save them.
If Jepthah's daughter represents the End Time Church, her role is in part one. But her sacrifice is needed for part two.
Let's look at them in reverse order.
One point is that Israel must repent before Jesus can return. He said 'you will not see me again till you say blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
We hear it spoken in several places that Israel will repent when she sees herself surrounded by enemies and has no other choice but to call on the Lord.
Here is a quote From "America Will Burn" by Dimitru Duduman:
"When Israel realizes she does not have the strength of America behind her, she will be frightened. That's when she will turn to the Messiah for deliverance. That's when the Messiah will come. Then, the church will meet Jesus in the air, and He will bring them back with Him to the Mount of Olives. At that time the battle of Armageddon will be fought."
And here from Tom Cooper in an article titled "Update Israel"
... Syria, Iran, Iraq, and just about everyone else wants to go to war against Israel and liberate "Palestine". I think Egypt is planning to join this challenge as well. They have recalled their ambassador to Israel, and called up their reserve forces (two things they have only done before when preparing to go to war) I believe we are headed for a full scale war.
I also am sorry to say that my long predicted blow out between the U.S. and an allied Russia and China seems to be looming ever closer. China will take Taiwan, pulling the U.S. into a war, and Russia will attack the U.S. mainland. This will free the road to Israel once the U.S. has been taken out of the picture.
Whether this is a couple years down the road I am not sure, but the Middle East is set to explode this summer in my humble opinion. This will lead to the destruction of Damascus the Bible speaks of. Israel will use nuclear weapons, and the world will quake. The end result will be the U. N. putting ground troops in Israel, and dividing the land, which Joel tells us is the precise reason God gathers the nations for judgment, because they divided His land.
I believe all of this is going to force Israel into absolute seclusion, and a desperate situation that only the Mercy of God can deliver them (us) from. This is what will make them cry out Baruch Ha Ba B'Shem Adonai (Blessed be Him who comes in the name of the Lord.) It is then that Jesus will come again to His people, and the veil will be lifted.
This next point is crucial, I can't emphasize it enough.
It is not enough that Israel is attacked on all sides by all nations of the world. It is not enough that Israel is forced into a desperate situation. It is not enough that Israel is frightened and facing annihilation.
These conditions only reflect the physical situation. To make her repent something more is needed, a change in the spiritual situation.
We can't say that Israel will have no other choice but to call on the Lord in this situation. There is another possibility. This has happened before and she fought to the death in 70 AD at the destruction of Jerusalem and later at Masada where all the Jews committed suicide. This time she has an arsenal of nuclear weapons at her disposal. [Anwar Sadat knew this and decided to make peace. Today's Arab leaders seem to have forgotten it.]
There is one more condition needed for Israel to repent and that is that her spiritual blindness must be removed. Otherwise, to call on the Lord will not be considered an option.
That spiritual blindness is due to the presence of the powers of heaven. These are spiritual powers that exercise influence on the minds of those beneath them. They are the cause of spiritual blindness; the spiritual blindness that we speak of as a veil. [It would take another very detailed teaching to go into exactly how this happens. Ralph Mahoney, for example, has an excellent 6 tape series on 'Spiritual Influences On The Mind'. But it is these spiritual influences that come into play here.]
The second point is that Jesus can't return till the powers of heaven are removed.. And what exactly does that mean?
Let's look at two parallel cases in the bible which speak of Jesus return. The first involves Moses, and we need to consider this as an example of prophetic typology where Moses is acting as a type of Jesus.
18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.
19 And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.
20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
His return to his people depended on the removal of those who sought his life.
And in Mathew 2 where Jesus, as a young boy, or Moses as a type of Jesus cannot return to the land of his people till those who sought his life are dead.
when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. Mat 2:19-21
Once again, His return to his people depended on the removal of those who sought his life.
At the end of the Tribulation, the battle of Armageddon, His return to his people will depend on the removal of those who sought his life.
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