What is the Living Water? What does it mean to eat the living bread? John 6:35

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He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

What is the living water? Some say it’s Jesus, some say it’s the Holy Spirit. Living Water is a gift from God when you believe in Christ Jesus. Read on……

Living Water comes from the Living Rock

Living Water is a gift for those who believe in Jesus Christ. It is given when a person believes in Him. It flows into our heart cleansing us from all unrighteousness and flows out as rivers into each area of our life. This living water wasn’t available to us until Christ died and gave us the promise. Just as the Rock in Exodus sprung forth water after it was struck by Moses, Jesus was struck and from His sacrifice we are given rivers of living water. The Rock is Christ who brings us salvation.
This living water enters our heart when we believe. He (Jesus) is the fountain and source of the living waters. The bible tells us we are a temple of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit of God lives within us. The living water from Christ cleanses us and creates a Holy place within our heart for the Holy Spirit to dwell.
The living water not only cleanses us, it also brings the promise of eternal life. Scripture tells us. “The fountain of living water within us will spring forth into everlasting life”. All we need to do is believe in Him and ask for it. Remember Jesus told the woman at the well that she needed to ask for it. Speaking of asking, the bible tells us also to ask God for wisdom and the gift of the Holy Spirit James 1:5 . Luke 11:13

Living Water is given when you believe

Let’s start at the beginning – We need to believe first. In order to believe, we have to hear the gospel. Faith comes by hearing. It’s like a seed planted in your heart. God gives us free will and allows you to believe it or reject it. The parable of the farmer explains this further showing some believe and receive the message with pure joy and delight but soon the worries of the world and pull of worldly possessions stop the seed from growing. Someone can believe at first – but there are more steps after believe. One in particular that we will discuss here is eating the bread of life, but for now, let’s look further into this living water.

The Living water and the seed of the gospel

In order to believe, you have to hear the gospel – that’s the seed the Lord tells us about in the parable of the farmer. So what happens when the seed of good news is watered with the living water? Here we have a picture of the great tree in Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:7-8 and this person is referred (if you translated Hebrew) to as a great and valiant warrior! So we went from living water, to seed and now a living tree. Consider the verses :

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1: 1-3

The righteous man will be like a tree by rivers of water. How does a tree start? With a seed!! You see, the words in the bible aren’t there for nothing, everything has great and deep meaning. Let’s look at Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Do you see that? The One who trusts in the Lord will be like a tree by the river. Notice that before Jesus came, there were no rivers of living waters in us, the Holy Spirit was not in us either. Notice the verses talk about a tree by the rivers, just as those in the old testament did not have the Spirit of God in them, but there were times the Spirit was upon them- just like being by the river! Okay, let me rephrase. Before Jesus, Psalms and Jeremiah tell of the Godly man who trusts in the Lord is like a tree BY the river and after Jesus, the Godly man is like a tree with the rivers through Him.

Consider also Isaiah 55:1 and 55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price”. In verse 10, the Lord’s words are compared to rain from heaven watering the seed in the ground for the farmer being the same as God’s word coming from heaven and His Will being done. The Water is the Word of God being sent out and it waters the seed,the plant grows just as God sends His Word and it does not come back void. It accomplishes all as He has spoken. So again we see (free) water, the seed and God’s Will.

And what about the fruits of the spirit? They are from the tree that is watered by the living water. For now , remember: When we believe, the rivers of living water flow into us from the Lord, these waters also water the seed or the beginning of the good news we heard.

Moving on…..
Ezekiel 36:25 tells us the water cleanses us and will satisfy our eternal thirst. Jesus told us the same thing. It cleanses us from all filthiness and worship of idols. Just a water cleanses in washing and bathing, so the living water of the Lord Jesus cleanses our hearts of all filth, sins, iniquity and idolatry. Isaiah 55:1 calls out to EVERYONE “COME TO THE WATERS! COME BUY AND EAT, BUY WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE.” We are called to the waters that are free for us, this is the living water. I’m convinced the food this verse is talking about is the living bread, because that too is free for us. In Proverbs 18:4, King Solomon compares the words we speak as deep waters and the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. Hopefully the words you speak are from the well of living waters within you, something to think about.

Is the Living Water also the Holy Spirit?

Isaiah 48:21 mentions the rock that was split and gushed out water. When Jesus died, this same thing happened. Jesus is the rock and the wellspring of living water. The living water comes from Jesus but what is the living water? In John 7:37-39, we are told that the living water from Jesus is for those who believe and it will flow out of our hearts. The next verse tells us that Jesus spoke this about the Holy Spirit, those who believe would receive the Holy Spirit, because until this time, the Holy Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified. In Eph 1:13-14, we have another indication of the Holy Spirit possibly being this water, but indirectly as if putting a puzzle together. Is it the Holy Spirit or does it cleanse our heart for the Holy Spirit? We know that the living water gives us, when we believe, eternal life and cleanses us, we also know that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit when we believe. Eph 1:13-14 tells us that when we believed in Jesus, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the promised possession. So here we are given 2 benefits to believingone is the promise of eternal life through the living waters, the others is our guarantee of this inheritance, the seal until redemption. It gets a little deep here, but I don’t know for sure if the water is the Holy Spirit, I see a link but not a 100% connection that the two are the same. In Act 2:38 The Holy Spirit was given to believers who repented, were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. In Acts 10:44 The Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word, and in Ephesians 1:13, those who trusted in the good news and believed were sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Living Water cleanses our hearts and it’s given when we believe in Christ. I don’t know if this is also the Holy Spirit– we know the blood and the water do sanctify and cleanse us. The Holy Spirit leads us, helps us, comforts us, gives us strength, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, teaches us, reminds us….  and the Holy Spirit can be grieved. I believe the living water prepares the temple, cleansing the heart, for the Holy Spirit to indwell in us. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Power, Love, Wisdom, Fear of Lord, counsel and might. We are the temple of the Living God.

How do I eat the living bread? The flesh of Christ?

Now if we are cleansed through our belief in Christ (living waters) and the Holy Spirit indwells within us, we have another command to eat the bread or the flesh of Christ. This means to go forward, to walk with and to seek Him with all your heart.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

If you just believe and you turn back to your old ways and the world, you are like the seeds in parable of the farmer, who received the message with all joy but soon the cares of the world or satan snatched the truth or the seed from your heart. See, after you believe in Christ, you need to learn how to walk in His Ways by reading His word and living in righteousness and Holiness. This is what it means to eat the bread, and as you walk with Him. (Jesus call out “Come back to Me!”) This is what the bread is, it means coming towards Him, going to Him or coming back to Him from your wayward ways. Then those first rivers that flowed into your heart will now be a fountain within you.
Bread nourishes, bread strengthens. Don’t forget that seed…what happens when living water and the nourishment of the bread of life pass over the seed of the good news planted in your heart? Here we have the biblical example of that great unshakable tree in Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:7-8. Somehow, and I can’t quite describe how, but I do know it’s true.. there are two parts or three functioning parts of the spiritual heart. It is the Holy Place in the temple – 1) you spiritual heart where the seed is planted and grows, 2) it is the well of living water that flows out as rivers and 3) it is also the heart of the precious Holy Spirit in the form of spiritual fire, sparks or a great flame. (Ezekiel talks more on this (water flowing from the temple chpt 47) but to add that in, would be too long. Hopefully I can put more study time into that concerning the living water as well and find my notes on it which have disappeared somewhere)

You may have believed at one time, but never did anything about it. It’s time to eat the living bread. He tells us if anyone eats this bread, they will live forever. Faith /Believing brings rivers of living water and eating the bread, or going forth walking in Him and with Him following His ways, will lead you to eternal life.

The bread which He gives is His flesh and He gave it for the life of the whole world. (John 6:41-) to eat His flesh and drink His blood brings life in you and to those He will raise up on the last day because they abide in Him and He in them.

*** I did have a vision of the heart and I could see the flames ( or no flames for some) of the Holy Spirit. Each trial and trouble looked like a demon spirit trying to blow out the fire. The more trials and tribulations the person had endured and overcame, caused the fire to grow. The bigger the flame, the more resistant the person was to new attacks – they weren’t bothered, that flame was too large for the enemy to snuff out.
On the other hand and at the same time I saw the heart with the outflows just as the bible says and also in Proverb 4:23. These outflows came from the heart and flowed into different areas of the persons life but also I could see that they connected the believer to Christ as if it were on a great vine- everything was connected through the vine and the heart. ***

 Zechariah 14:8 And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst

A promised River of Cleansing for the Jewish People
(my disclaimer: these are my findings, everyone has different opinions and ideas on these verses, but for now in my life, this is what I believe these verses to mean)

In Zechariah, the One they pierced will be before them (the House of David and inhabitants of Jerusalem) and they will mourn for the One whom they pierced. That’s Jesus and this time has not happened yet, so Zechariah is talking about the last days or the last day. After this great mourning and repentance, a fountain will be opened for them to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness, this fountain has to be the fountain of living water- that the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will receive. This apparently will happen in the last days/day. Jesus will restore and fill those descendents of Israel with living water, those who did not believe, and now do believe because of His great Mercy on them. He has been watching and recording these families from the beginning of time, so awesome to think about! What a great day that will be. I think this verse directly relates to Revelation 7:17 where there is a seal of protection put on 144,00 of the tribes of Israel. Why? Well. A few reasons #1 both Zechariah and Revelation tell us that there will be salvation of the Jewish people in the last days, also #2 we know the Holy Spirit seals us. If the seal in Revelation 7 is the Seal of the Holy Spirit, then they believed in Jesus, which happened also in Zechariah and #3 further down in the chapter we are told the Lamb will lead them to rivers of living water which we also see in Zechariah. The Seal of the Holy Spirit, according to scripture is a guarantee, a promise and it seals us for the day of redemption. In revelation, it seems to be a protection over them from what is about to happen or redemption before whatever wrath is about to hit the earth. (This is all making me see the Jewish people as the prodigal son who returns home, interesting!)

 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;  the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves;  all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves. In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.  “It shall be in that day,” says the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered .Zechariah 12:10-13:3

Revelation 7: After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.  Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,  saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”  And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;[a]
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,Be to our God forever and ever.Amen.”13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”14 And I said to him, “Sir,you know.”So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.  They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;  for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.(remember they were mourning as if they lost a son in zechariah, could these tears be those of the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem as Zechariah tells us?

Cracked Cisterns, Hearts that hold no water (look at all the 13’s)

In the book of Jeremiah, the Lord said that the people had forsaken the fountain of living waters – we know from previous scripture that this is Christ. The people turned and forsook the Lord , their hearts were then as a broken down well that could hold no water. Water would be poured in, but it would never be an outflow into their life because of the decision they made to reject the Lord, the fountain of living water which would have led them to eternal life.

Jeremiah 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,And hewn themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 7:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed.“Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
Zechariah 13:1 “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
Hosea 13:15 Though he is fruitful among his brethren, An east wind shall come; The wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness. Then his spring shall become dry, And his fountain shall be dried up. He shall plunder the treasury of every desirable prize.

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

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Charles Spurgeon: The Water of Life, Sermon 770

Song of Solomon; Song of Songs tells the bible story- Genesis to Revelation

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Last year I studied the Song of Songs/Song of Solomon, the Lord taught me that this book was written for us to understand His love for us. You see, His love is indescribable and it’s unmeasurable, how could anyone possibly understand it? We see this great love between a king and his bride written in the Song of Solomon, we can understand this great love between a man and a woman. God wants us to know that His love for you is even greater than this love we read about. He says “Beloved, your eyes are like doves”.  He loves you, he created you and He wants you to know this and understand how much He loves you.
As I was studying different theories and viewpoints, I remember reading that some ancient rabbis believe this book tells of the story of Israel, perhaps the whole bible written in these 8 chapters. I decided to sit down and see if I could find any similarities and I found something! Now, I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, maybe it’s a start to something more, but check out my discoveries I have found a story line from Jacob to Egypt to Ruth to David, to captivity to the prophets, to John, to Jesus, to the gospel and ending with the same words we read in revelation : “ Even so, come, Lord”

I see it written out as a love story between the Lord God and His people Israel; His love for them- their story through history and their return to Him in the last days. And Yes, it’s lengthy. All 8 chapters are here- but I’ve underlined my conclusions to each verse so hopefully that will make it easier to read through 🙂

 chapter 1: God’s intimate love with Israel in Genesis up to the time of Kings

The song of songs, which is Solomon’s.Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.  (The love between the Lord and Israel begins, oil and ointments first mentioned in Genesis with Jacob, there was a time (vs 4) where they walked closely together. Some speculate this may be when the commandments were given)

Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. ( Israel becomes a slave in Egypt, slaves to their brothers; they took care of the Egyptians, but were not able to take care of their own land- why? She says her face is dark because her brothers and sisters made her work for them- and she was unable to take care of her own people)

Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? (the Lord leads the flock from Egypt and brings them to rest, why should I leave you, O Israel? Moses, Joshua, Judges)

If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds’ tents. (Ruth 3:4  And it shall be, when he (Boaz) lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do,chapter 4:13-15 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.  And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him,,,vs21 and Boaz begat Obed,  And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David”

9-11 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots.  Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver ( She arose in Majesty and beauty as on the way to a certain place with gold- symbolizing Kingship- the beginning of Kings with Samuel and Hannah)

12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. (The Story of Kings beginning with King Saul and King David– spikenard, fragrance, sacrifice- and the king sits at his table)

13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. (Sweet fragrance of intimacy with their Lord God- a new closeness with the Lord begins with Samuel and King David)

14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.(camphire is a ransom, a cover, or a dye. It speaks, prophecy of their ransom)

15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.(The relationship between Israel and the Lord as the nation grows)

16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.( Israel’s dedication of love to the Lord as they continue to grow and be mighty among the nations)

17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir. (The house of Israel began as a a strong fortress in the Lord, fully protected and supported by Him on everyside)

chapter 2: the time of Kings and Prophets to the prophecy of Immanuel

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (His (Jesus) proclamation by the prophets)

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.(His announcement of His love to His people among all the nations of the earth)

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. (Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.- the mention of the banqueting house reminds me of the wedding of the lamb. –Solomon mentions apples 4 times in this book)

I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.(Proclamation of the King of Kings coming)

My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.(There is anticipation for His arrival)

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. (He calls his people back, but are they listening?)

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; (The time has past, and a new time is here- be ready)

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; (a new time is coming, Passover is celebrated – Hezekiah/Nehemiah/Ezra- rebuilding)

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. (Intimacy between the people and the clefts of rocks and secret places may symbolizes the Holy of Holies and their intimacy with the Lord in His Holy Place)

15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. (other nations have tried to come in and capture us, the fortresses are torn down- Babylon captivity)

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.( Come back! Come back, she cries…has He left? Has she been abandoned? She is alone and waiting for Him to come back or waiting for His arrival- this could be the time of their captivity)

Chapter 3; Israel searches for Him, but cannot find Him to the Angels proclamation)

By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. (“you seek me but do not find me”; “you honor me with your lips, but turn your back to me”- Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Micah speak out)

I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. (You search for the Lord on the “broad paths” but you do not walk along the narrow path to find Me. You search, but still do not find me)

The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? (The watchmen may symbolize the religious system in the Temple who over see the land and people- who later beat her for her continued search of her love Ezekiel 44:8  And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves)

4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother‘s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. ( King Jesus is about to arrive on scene – to be born into the family of David – behold, a virgin shall conceive a child, who has ever heard of such a thing?)

I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? (John the Baptist in the Wilderness preparing the way for the king and the 3 Kings who had been waiting for this day who came with myrrh and frankincense- for He comes like a pillar of Smoke – Our Lord and our God- and others say this may be Israels journey to canaan- or maybe both!! Or maybe even add Israel becoming a nation in 1948)

Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.( The 3 Kings prepare for their journey to see the King of Kings fortold in scripture)

They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. (Wicked King Herod hears of the news and sends orders to slaughter every male child, screams and cries of anguish are heard throughout the land, for the sword has slain them)

King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. ( They escape to Egypt – like a chariot of Pharaoh- the King Jesus is hidden and safe)

10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. (The daughters of Jerusalem have fallen in love with the new King, gold and purple symbolizing majesty and kingship- as written also in chapter 1)

11 Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart. ( GO! Find Him! For the King is here- The shepherds see the angels and the songs of praise and peace (and gladness) fill the heavens)

Chapter 4; Remission of sins, proclamation of love, but she is beaten and rebuked for loving Him and searching for Him – prophetic words and awaiting His arrival and promises

Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. (His proclamation of Love to His wife, Israel)

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense. (This is written 2x, she keeps seeking and again begins to wait again for the king- but He has already come, she is anxious for his arrival and worried the day will end, she must find Him, even if she has to run away)

7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.(He came for the Remission of sins, our Salvation, He cleansed His people, all those who believe in Him)

Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards. ( Jesus is tempted in the desert)

Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.10 How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon. (His proclamation of love to His people)

12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. (This reminds me of the Holy spirit – we are sealed and protected by the Holy Spirit)

13 Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard,14 Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices:15 A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. (Description of Jesus- a well of living water)

16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. ( As the scent travels with the north and south wind, so does the good news- yet she keeps calling and waiting for His arrival)

Song of Songs 5; Behold, He comes

 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. ( I am coming my love, the Lord is about to arrive)

I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. ( Jesus is knocking on the door and she is ready, but she does not answer, the laws of man have held her back)

I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? ( I have made excuses and she hears the Lord, but she doesn’t listen; this also reminds me of the parable of the 10 virgins. She is waiting , but she isn’t prepared or won’t answer the door even though her love has arrived. He was there, but she really didn’t care)

4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.( She knew He was there, but something held her back- was it the religious system of that day? That convinced her not to open? )

I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.( She finally decides to open the door, but He is no longer there)

I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.( He was at the door knocking, but she didn’t answer- He is the door, behold, he stands at the door and knocks….)

The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.(The religious men beat His beloved for searching Him out, she was stopped in her search for Him)

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.

What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?

10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. (Jesus is chief among 10,000- a King and a ruler)

11 His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.(reminds me of a description of the Lord in the book of Ezekiel)

12 His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.14 His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.15 His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.

16 His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem (He is altogether lovely – Jesus taught us we are his friends)

Chapter 6: His death; our salvation, Isreal still searches for Him, a call for Him to return

Whither is thy beloved gone, O thou fairest among women? whither is thy beloved turned aside? that we may seek him with thee. (Where has He gone that they can seek Him? She sought Him, but she was beaten for looking for him. He knocked on her door, but she didn’t answer, when she finally decided to get up and search for him after he left, she was beaten by the gatekeepers)

My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies. ( He has left to His own garden and His own flock, there is still love between the two, even though there is a separation)

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies.Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.

As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks.There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number.My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. ( The Kings still loves her and she belongs to Him, he has made her beautiful, without spot and undefiled- chosen, the nations see)

10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? (Who is as the morning and as terrible as an army with banners? Is this Lucifer? Son of the morning coming against God’s people?)

11 I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished and the pomegranates budded. 12 Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib. (She continues to search, but something is in the way)

13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies. ( The king calls his beloved bride, Israel back- come back, come back!  He loves her and He will not give up on her- though there is division- for she loves and searches for him, but the gatekeepers have held her back and when she did have an opportunity to be with him, she didn’t open the door)

Chapter 7: After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Gospel is proclaimed and the Lord continues to reach out to His beloved people, and walk among His chosen

How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. ( The feet of the messenger on the mountain proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World)

Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies.Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins.Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples;And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. (The entire body of Christ, each part working together as one, bride of Christ)

10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. ( The bride and the bridegroom)

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. ( Let us walk together)

12 Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. 13 The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.( They walk together, and ,through the vine , the Lord Jesus they (His people) flourish by the Holy Spirit producing fruit- and are a pleasing aroma unto the Lord)

chapter 8: He is coming again, but He is not yet ready, He will fight for Israel, He will protect her, A call, as proclaimed as in Revelation : “Come Quickly! Hurry, come quickly!”

O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.

His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me.

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please. ( He is not yet ready to return yet)

Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. (She is restored and again with her love- Zechariah 12-14- He will save His people)

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.(Seal of the Holy Spirit- or the mark in revelation- set upon His love for protection from death and the grave)

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?

If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour. (Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?)

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices. (Behold, with haste, He comes quickly)

  1. Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
  2. Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
  3. Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
  4. Revelation 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
  5. Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
  6. Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
  7. Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord

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THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON- Revelation 19:11-21 The day of the Lord

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         And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon (aka Mount of Megiddo) Revelation 16:16

  This post describes the day when the Lord returns to earth as depicted in Revelation 19:11-21. The more I study, the more information I find – it seems to never end. I have collected verses that I think may further detail this day- now there are many interpretations, so decide (through your own study) on your own.  There is a battle in Revelation 19 and a different one in Revelation 20 (end of the 1000 year reign with Christ). As for the rapture, that is another subject. (but some may say this is rapture) Whether we believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, a mid or a  post- tribulation rapture,(or none)  I think we can all agree on these two things:

 1.      Be ready for the Lord at any moment- keeping yourself ready at all times and pray without ceasing for the salvation of others
2.      Be ready for persecution Know that if we live- it is for the Lord, and if we die- it is for the Lord.

       I have been told by the Lord to 1-Prepare for Him, 2- He is about to pour out His wrath 3- we must invite others and go after the lost. I do feel, and I know others do also, a great urgency in our spirit to gather in as many as we can.
  

 Revelation 19:11-21 The Lord of Heavens Armies.

         Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.  The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.  From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.  On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords
            Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared.  Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.” Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies           

       I believe that this may also be the same day that another two major events will happen.

  1. Fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 12-14 “They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son:” Zechariah 12:10 A river of cleansing for the Jewish people. Jesus comes back to attack the nations who hate Israel- and Zechariah12:4 gives us more details” “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations” and in verse 9: “ On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem” Could this be the 144,000 that were sealed by the angel in Revelation 7 (and 14)? Maybe…but I don’t have enough proof here to go into detail, but it makes sense. Matthew 24 may prove this: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”
    side note: This could be the 144000 sealed, and if the following verses in Revelation 4 describe them in heaven- then maybe those sealed are taken up at that time “taken out of great tribulation” so maybe it’s here or Rev 19…Most of the scripture I have below points this to the day of this battle as described above. Rev 4 is vague and up for speculation.  We are told they follow Him wherever He goes – so maybe they are the army???? Time frame is important to decifer- so just passing thoughts for now.
  2. The great sickle – There are two sickles mentioned in Revelation 14. One is the Lord on a cloud and it seems that this may be the rapture, because it speaks of a harvest and the other is an angel with a sickle. The sickle we are discussing is revealed in Revelation 14:18-20” Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia“  Now what is my reasoning here? When else can this take place? It is the sickle thrown in during the “winepress of God’s wrath”. The winepress of God’s wrath is described above in Revelation 19.”. If it was any other time before this moment- there would be no one to fight against when the Lord returns, and if it happened after this point- everyone would be dead from His arrival. The sickle is either happening at the same moment or just after Him- somewhere on this day. If the sickle is at this point-then there is a good possibility that there may be believers left to harvest in the end. Does this prove a post trib argument- maybe, but not necessarily. There might be people who decide to turn back to the Lord in the last hours. To possibly prove this, read Isaiah 30:27 “Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire: And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err” and Matthew 24 may also prove this “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other..  so we know from this verse that the angels will be out gathering in the elect when He Appears.

 revelation 19Let’s travel into the future and see what happens on this day:   The earth is dark and the stars are falling. The earth quakes mightily, you you hear the screams of people and the great battle cry from afar. In the darkness, people hide, they seek shelter as buildings collapse, tsunamis rise up in places unheard, cities and islands disappear. Lightnings, thunders, and great hail (possibly up to 125lbs) fall upon the earth. The people make a fist at the Lord God and blaspheme His Holy name, but the great supernatural army led by the Lord of Hosts marches on in Victory without braking rank. The earth quakes as cities and nations fall. Nothing can hide from them -in and out through houses, buildings, mountains, nothing can stand in their way. Before them, the land is beautiful like the garden of Eden, and behind them is great destruction.  When they pass over the waters, the great sea stands at attention , piling back the waters,revealing the foundations of the earth as the saints and the Lord plunder through.  The army led by the beast and the false prophet rise up to fight, but they are killed by the sword that comes from the mouth of the one  riding  the white horse. The land is filled with dead bodies, rivers of blood flow through the cities and down from the mountains. The King of Glory leads them, He is shining brilliantly a bright amber fire, more glorious than the rising sun. He is surrounded by thick veiling clouds. Wicked men are instantly killed by the Sword that comes from the mouth of the rider, blood fills the land and another great quake among the shaking and a host of angels is sent out over the entire earth. The angels throw in the sickle and gather up the wicked clusters off the vine of earth and cast it into the fire. Jesus captures both the beast and the false prophet and they are thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. They have deceived the elect, they have destroyed God’s children, they have ruined and distorted all the Lord had originally planned for us. But Praise God! Jesus has saved those who believe and serve Him- who search after Him with humble hearts. They said no to the sweet temptations of worldly desires and lusts. They have not been deceived. Jesus, the Mighty King- Lord of Heaven’s Armies, has arrived with a mighty army behind Him, robed in white.   One this day, the Lord will save His people. They will see the wounds and know He is their Savior- Jesus Chris. They will weep bitterly over Him, then the Lord will open a river of cleansing for them. “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity.

        (We know from earlier scriptures in Revelation that the saints were given white robes, so we can assume they are saints- and not angels. Are they the saints of a pretrib rapture? Or from days of old?  I’m not 100% ready to answer that just yet- but you should think about it)

Now on to details of this day….

  • Jesus arrives with His Army- saints robed in white garments Zech 14:5 Rev 6:10-12 Rev 7: 12-14 Jude 1:14
  • The Lord’s robe is dipped in blood- red, winepress:Genesis 49:10-12 Isaiah 63
  • He is burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke
  • For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the Lord. Zephaniah 1 (*interesting to note here in Zephaniah a mention of those not wearing the proper clothes- similar to the parable Jesus spoke of when inviting those to the feast**)
  • All the nations will come against Jerusalem Zechariah 14: 1-3
  • He will be full of fury and arrive with a battle cry Zephaniah1:8-18 Isaiah13:4-6 Hab 3:13 Joel 2:1 Joel 2:11 Psalm 47:5
  • It will be a day of great tribulation Matthew 24:15-22
  • He comes from Mount Paran and move across the deserts to Edom He moves from east to west Hab 3:3
  • The waters of the earth will separate when He and His army trample over them and the foundations of the earth will be seen 2 Samuel 22  Psalm 18 Hab 3:13-15
  • The sun and the moon will not give off their light Matthew 24:29-51 Isaiah 13:10 JOel 2:31
  • it will be as lightning flashes across the sky luke 17:24
  • Their dead will be left unburied, and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.  The mountains will flow with their blood. 
  • He is victorious over all the nations Zeph 2 Zeph 3:8
  • The Heavens will roll up like a scroll, the sun and moon will no longer give off light and the stars will fall from the heavens
  • The earth will quake 2 Samuel 22  Psalm 18 Isaiah 13:13 Joel 2:10
  • It is a day Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel Exodus 15 Jeremiah 49:19-32
  • Plagues and pestilence will come before this day – Habakkuk
  • They leave a path of destruction behind them –Joel 2Their horses are of supernatural strength “Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops. Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle” joel 2
  • This army goes through the land like a mighty unstoppable wind- NO ONE can hide from them- they search every house, every corner, nothing is overlooked. Every enemy is searched out: “The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank.  They never jostle each other; each moves in exactly the right position. They break through defenses without missing a step.  They swarm over the city and run along its walls. They enter all the houses, climbing like thieves through the windows.”-Joel 2- it goes on to say the Lord is at the head of the column- leading them with a shout (cry as we read in Isaiah). He witnesses, the earthquakes, darkness of sun, moon, and stars. “The earth quakes as they advance, and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive?”
  • He shall come as a thief in the night 1 thes 5:2-4 2 Peter 3:10A day of sifting the wheat and tares- the angels are sent out
  • The angels will swing their sickle over the vine of the earth Matthew 24:30-31 
  • The great cleansing of Judah, Jerusalem, and the royal line of David – as foretold in Zechariah 12-14 Zechariah 9:13-16 Hab 3:13 Ezekiel 39:25-28
  • The great sickle swung on this day!  During this time the angels are sent out to separate the wheat from the tares, and throwing the tares into the lake of fire.
  • His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives Zechariah 14:4
  • The sun and the moon will turn dark first- according to Joel 2:28-32 “The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives  
  • This happens after the seventh angel poured his vial in the air. Revelation 16

Who is rider on the Horse?    Isaiah describes him : “Our Redeemer, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, is the Holy One of Israel…. The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies. (Is 42:13, 47:4, Jer 6:6)The rider on the horse is the One who is faithful and true, the King of Kings and His title is the Word of God. There is only one person who can fit this description of the Rider who leads this great heavenly army- His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, Redeemer

Why has this rider arrived?  Isaiah foretold this: “For the Lord is enraged against the nations. His fury is against all their armies. He will completely destroy them, dooming them to slaughter. Their dead will be left unburied, and the stench of rotting bodies will fill the land.  The mountains will flow with their blood. The heavens above will melt away and disappear like a rolled-up scroll. The stars will fall from the sky like withered leaves from a grapevine, or shriveled figs from a fig tree. And when my sword has finished its work in the heavens, it will fall upon Edom, the nation I have marked for destruction. The sword of the Lord is drenched with blood and covered with fat—with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of rams prepared for sacrifice. Yes, the Lord will offer a sacrifice in the city of BozrahHe will make a mighty slaughter in Edom. Even men as strong as wild oxen will die— the young men alongside the veterans. The land will be soaked with blood and the soil enriched with fat. For it is the day of the Lord’s revenge, the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel Isaiah 34:2-8

The Prophet Habbukkuk describes the day:  “I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise. His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.  Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind. When he stops, the earth shakes.  When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One! You marched across the land in anger and trampled the nations in your fury. You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe. With his own weapons, you destroyed the chief of those who rushed out like a whirlwind, thinking Israel would be easy prey. You trampled the sea with your horses, and the mighty waters piled high. Hab 3:2-6, 12-15  **notice how he describes the plagues and pestilence that comes before this time, the earthquakes, and notice this verseYou went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones”- Could this be referring to  Zechariah 12-14 being fulfilled on this day?!.  “ He will trample the sea with his horses and the waters pilled up high, pay attention reader- this moment is recorded throughout scripture- when the Lord returns this day, he will also go across waters and the waters will separate for him and his army**

 Isaiah gives the same description in chapter 59:17-19 He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion. He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds. His fury will fall on his foes. He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth. In the west, people will respect the name of the Lord; in the east, they will glorify him. For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the Lord.

Jacob prophesied of the Rider when He spoke over Judah-He washes his clothes in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.  His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk. (re:Lion of Judah ) Gen 49:11-12

 Joel spoke of this day and the army in detail:  “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.Fire burns in front of them, and flames follow after them. Ahead of them the land lies as beautiful as the Garden of Eden. Behind them is nothing but desolation; not one thing escapes. They look like horses; they charge forward like warhorses. Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops. Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle. Fear grips all the people; every face grows pale with terror.  The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank.  They never jostle each other; each moves in exactly the right position. They break through defenses without missing a step.  They swarm over the city and run along its walls. They enter all the houses, climbing like thieves through the windows.  The earth quakes as they advance, and the heavens tremble. The sun and moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord is at the head of the column. He leads them with a shout. This is his mighty army, and they follow his orders. The day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. Who can possibly survive? Joel 2:1-11

More from Joel : Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.  In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.  And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth— blood and fire and columns of smoke.  The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the Lord arrives.  But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 2:28-32. (Joel 2 needs its own study and now I’m wondering about the time frame of this verse..if Joel 2 is in chronological order…more to think on- is this verse happening today or is it speaking of a distant time?)

 Isaiah  speaks of revelation 19: “The Assyrians will be destroyed, but not by the swords of men. The sword of God will strike them. Isaiah 31:8 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations 

Isaiah saw this day and notice it is also the day of sifting: Look! The Lord is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire.  His hot breath pours out like a flood up to the neck of his enemies. He will sift out the proud nations for destruction. He will bridle them and lead them away to ruin. But the people of God will sing a song of joy, like the songs at the holy festivals. You will be filled with joy, as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord—to the Rock of Israel, Isaiah 30:27-29

 Isaiah (matches Revelation 19:11): The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. Is 11:4-5  

 Eyes like Flames of Fire- Isaiah gives same description:  And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. Is 11:13-16 and Rev 19:12

  A Robe dipped in Blood- Isaiah 63 (describing Rev 19): Who is this who comes from Edom, from the city of Bozrah, with his clothing stained red?  Who is this in royal robes, marching in his great strength? “It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!  It is I, the Lord, who has the power to save!”  Why are your clothes so red, as if you have been treading out grapes? “I have been treading the winepress alone; no one was there to help me. In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes. In my fury I have trampled my foes. Their blood has stained my clothes. For the time has come for me to avenge my people, to ransom them from their oppressors.  I was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm, and my wrath sustained me. I crushed the nations in my anger and made them stagger and fall to the ground, spilling their blood upon the earth.”Is 63:1-6

And His title was the Word of God-Rev 19:13:   John 1:1-4 tells us who this is: the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,[a] whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us John 1:1-4, 1 John 1:1-2

 The Sickle is Swung at this timeSo the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath.  The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 mileslong and as high as a horse’s bridle. Rev 14:19-20. Matthew also describes this: “Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Matthew 24:2—32

     We see some really neat clues here in Matthew 24:29-32

  • This day will come after great anguish
  • The sun and moon will be dark and stars will fall
  • Powers in the heavens will be shaken
  • Then the Lord will appear-
  • Then deep mourning- this has to be Zech 12- okay.. it maaaay be
  • Then “he will send his angels to gather” this has to be the sickle of wheat and tares

       Matthew 24:29-32 goes into detail about his day. We know it is the last day because of the description. Zechariah 12 hasn’t been fulfilled, so this has to be the day when His people will look ‘upon Him whom they pierced and they will mourn for Him as if for an only Son” it is here where the Lord cleanses them. Who is He cleansing? Zechariah tells us:  Judah, Jerusalem, and the royal line of David” This day- is also the great day of the Sickle. The angels are sent out to separate the good from the bad – the wheat and the tares. So you may say- aha! This proves post tribulation rapture because there are some who are saved… maybe….but not necessarily. There could be some saved on earth- even after the rapture. If this is the case, then it is those who are getting sifted out. 

The sons of Korah, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit describe Him:  “Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Psalm 24:3-8

Jesus is going to save His Jewish People
Zechariah 12 describes this day :  I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah.  On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. “On that day,” says the Lord, “I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. I will watch over the people of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of their enemies. And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, ‘The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, their God.’ “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighboring nations right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. “The Lord will give victory to the rest of Judah first, before Jerusalem, so that the people of Jerusalem and the royal line of David will not have greater honor than the rest of Judah.  On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the Lord who goes before them!  For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.  The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, and with the husbands separate from their wives. The clan of David will mourn alone, as will the clan of Nathan, the clan of Levi, and the clan of Shimei.  Each of the surviving clans from Judah will mourn separately, and with the husbands separate from their wives.

 More proof on Salvation of the Jewish People:  “I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.  And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, “The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.  And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.” Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.  Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead.  Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy.  For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. Romans 11:25-32  

(Let us reason together…… When else could this great moment happen?  If you look closely at this day, it is closely described as the same day He comes in Wrath in Revelation 19 against the enemies of Jerusalem. This day could be the day of salvation for the Jewish people. Could this be the 144,000 that were sealed in Revelation 7 & 14? I don’t know… yet.   Some commentaries put this together with Joel and Hosea and say this day will last 3 days…but I haven’t looked into that further, just putting more in your brain to ponder

This sounds like the same battle of Revelation 19 with more detail: Revelation 16:15-22: Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 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. 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.  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. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 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.

        If you haven’t accepted the Lord Jesus into your heart and your life- make today the day of your salvation! He wants you back. Do not be deceived by the false teachers and prophets. Give your life to Him today, repent of your ways, change, seek Him, and let Him transform you into a new creation. Begin to run the race ,striving for the goal He has ahead for us. He Loves You!