In prophecy certain ancient nations will stand in latter days
This week we will continue with the topic of the imminent return of Yeshua.
We left off talking about the fact that the Lord’s return will not happen at any second but will return at an appointed time and that time is Yom Teruah, year 6001 from creation.
We established that in the last two articles, but what happens next?
The next biblical festival is Yom Kippur and that festival occurs on Tishri 10 and it teaches the second coming of the Messiah to the earth after the tribulation.
But let’s take first things first and let me try and explain.
Let’s say the Rapture of the believer happens on Tishri 1.
That means there are 10 days till Yom Kippur.
It will be that Yom Kippur that the final countdown to the second coming of Yeshua begins.
If Yeshua returns to the earth on Yom Kippur, that means the Tribulation had to start on a Yom Kippur because there are 2,520 days in the Tribulation.
Yeshua said he will return on Yom Kippur in Matt 24.31 when He said He returns at the sound of "the Great Trumpet."
Now the Great Trumpet is a Hebrew idiom for Yom Kippur.
So, with that established, let’s go back to Tishri 1, year 6001.
The Tribulation does not start for ten days, so what’s going to happen?
First, the United States will be devastated because of the Rapture.
Our defenses are vulnerable, key people are missing and the nation will be in chaos, as will many other nations, but I want to concentrate on the United States in particular.
I have already established Temple worship and sacrifices will be restablished in Israel on Tishri 1.
Russia will know of the chaos in the United States and will use this as the chance they have been waiting for and will launch a nuclear strike against the United States and this nation will be destroyed in one day.
With the United States out of the way, Europe and Israel are next.
This attack is prophesied in Jer 50 and 51.
There is no other nation that has ever existed that fits that prophecy except the United States.
Now, in prophecy certain ancient nations will stand for nations in the latter days.
For instance, Israel will be Israel but Europe will be Egypt, Russia will be Assyria and the United States will be the Land of Babylon.
Jeremiah describes the destruction of Babylon but it hasn’t been fulfilled yet.
This Babylon (United States) has certain characteristics.
It has many Jews living in it, it is an economic giant and a powerful army with defenses that reach into the heavens.
It is a land of "mingled peoples" and the nations stream into it. It sits on many waters.
It is called the "hammer" (policeman) of the whole earth and is described as the "last of the great (gentile) nations" in Jer 50.12.
The Sages interpreted this verse as the last of the great nations in the latter days.
There is no way that I can go into this teaching here, but I have taught it many times in the past and believe me there is no other nation this prophecy could be referring to.
Now, the Rapture occurs on Tishri 1 and around Tishri 8 the United States will be attacked by Russia.
Anciently, before Assyria could attack Israel they had to remove Babylon and they did. When the United States is destroyed in one day, Europe will panic.
The heads of the European Union will call a meeting on Tishri 9 and the False Messiah will be there in that meeting.
He will stand up and say he has a plan to save Europe but they must act now and give him war powers.
There will be no time to go back and debate this in their parliaments and legislatures.
They turn their power to act over to the man who will be revealed as the False Messiah.
The next day, Tishri 10 or Yom Kippur he signs an agreement with Israel to protect them also.
All United States military personnel out of the country will automatically come under the leadership of European leaders, in particular the False Messiah and he will use that power he will to his evil advantage.
On that Tishri 10, the Tribulation will begin.
The major players now will be Israel, Europe (Egypt), Russia (Assyria), the Kings of the East (the Orient) and the kings of the South (African confederation).
The False Messiah will be fighting Russia for three years and be losing, Russia will attack Israel around Tishri 1-10 at the beginning oof the fourth year of the Tribulation and will be destroyed by the Lord Himself.
As a result of this deliverance and the preaching of the two witnesses and 144,000, Israel will accept Yeshua as Messiah.
A few months later the False Messiah moves into Israel and on Nisan 10 of the fourth year will sit in the rebuilt Temple of God in Jerusalem and declare himself God and killing the two witnesses.
They will rise from the dead on Passover, Nisan 14, around noon.
But,the Jews will not accept him and they will flee into the Jordanian wilderness for three and a half years and be protected by the Lord.
This last three and a half years is called the Great Tribulation and that is another story.
I have said all this to show that the coming of the Lord is not something that will happen "at any moment" but it will happen according to an eschatological plan that is well developed and described in the Scriptures.
So, I hope this answers your questions about the imminent return of the Lord and gives you some added insight into biblical prophecy.