Boker tov! Good morning! I am going to focus on Luke 10 today, because wow, it all stuck out to me in this time of Coronavirus. Having said that, I am super busy and don’t have time to do justice to this post right now. I have so many more thoughts rumbling around in my head than I can get down in a short timespan, so if you’re interested, grab your Bible and use my post as a jumping-off point.
However, I want to say that I really DO agree with Christine’s book, Revelation Revealed. (Haven’t read it? Order it tonight. You can even get an e-book if you’d like to start reading immediately.) I’ve been studying this since 2007, and I came to the same conclusions before I officially met Christine in 2013. I have seen proofs for the Torah-based historicist view of Revelation from one end of Scripture to the other, and I know I can back it up. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read the book! 🙂
Before this virus started, I would have said we were at Revelation 16:12-16 right now, which is why I wrote all the frog posts recently. Everything before Revelation 16:12 is history now.
Having said that, I have to wonder if this Coronavirus “plague” is likely the start of the fulfillment of Revelation 16:17-21 and Revelation 18.
I could be wrong. But because this is our belief, here is what we are acting upon in our house. We are NOT focusing on the disease other than to stay clean (in a Torah-observant way) and to stay home as much as possible, other than groceries and absolutely necessary appointments and work (which could be canceled soon also).
I firmly believe in a coming Second Exodus, and I think now is the time to look at any passages about it and to compare them to the First Exodus (Exodus 12-13), all the way through the jobs Israel was given while “in hiding,” both in their homes the night of Passover, and later in the wilderness, preparing to enter the Promised Land. Our Torah portion this coming Sabbath (see Exodus 35-40) talks a lot about their duties in the wilderness, and you can find what they did on Passover night in Exodus 12:1-13,31-36.
Grab your Bible and read these out. Make a list. What parallels can you draw between the first and second exoduses?
Read Revelation 16:17-21 and Revelation 18. (Revelation 17 defines who the main characters are, as well as Revelation 18:2-3.)
- In Revelation 18, note the references to a plague, which means exactly that in Greek. The correlating Hebrew word is Strong’s #5061, first used in Exodus 11:1 for “epidemic disease causing high mortality. An epidemic or other sore or illness as a touch from God.”
- Notice that it lasts for an hour, which is 15 days in Biblical prophecy.
- Please note what is judged, the reactions of the people, the ships, the end result.
Now read Isaiah 26:20-27:13.
- Notice who is judged.
- Notice what we are to do.
- Notice what comes after.
What I think comes next, after the plague and fall of the City in Revelation 18. Go look these up. Notice that Yeshua comes in Revelation 19. We need our Messiah to return before we can leave Egypt! It is all in His power. He is the one “gathering the elect from the four winds.” I am not advocating that we try to “exodus Egypt” or Babylon without His powerful presence and assistance.
- Revelation 19
- Isaiah 11:10-16
- Jeremiah 16:14-15
- Jeremiah 23:5-8
- Ezekiel 20:33-44
These things have to be fulfilled sometime, and because of all the similarities between what is happening now and Revelation 18, my hunch is that it could be starting now. Could I be wrong? Yes, but someday, what happens will be very similar to now, and it’s possible this is actually the time. Someday it will happen, right? I told my kids to be ready.
So how are we to be ready?
1. Don’t fear. It’s a sin anyway. I keep thinking about Luke 10:38-42, which I accidentally read ahead of schedule on Sabbath instead of today when it was actually scheduled. We need to sit at the feet of Yeshua. This is the “better” thing.
2. We need to be Torah clean. In other words, this virus came from unclean things. We are not to touch it. Since we can’t help it, we wash our hands, we take daily baths, we wash our clothes a LOT, we wash every surface, we act as if we are all unclean and we stay away from others, we use great care in the kitchen, etc. This is loving our neighbor as ourselves.
3. We hide in our chambers until the storm passes over. Scripture says it will be about an hour, or 15 days. If it goes longer, we know we will be cared for as the Israelites in the wilderness or Elijah who was fed with ravens. We do not fear!
4. We check on our loved ones and help them hide in their chambers. We don’t ignore the hurting or suffering. This is also in today’s reading in Luke, with the parable of the good Samaritan. This is also loving our neighbor.
5. We should obey the governing authorities. No, I don’t think Trump is Messiah or anywhere near it, but according to Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2, we gotta obey him and the governor, and local officials, and we have to pray for them. This extends up to things that obey God; I’m not talking about any decree against Torah, such as va((ines, for we ought to obey God rather than man.
6. We use any extra free time to prepare ourselves. There is coming (under Yeshua as Messiah) a kingdom where we will be the head, not the tail. We will be prosperous. Good times are ahead, even though we must wait for an uncertain amount of time for their fulfillment. I don’t think we have long. But when He is set up as king, He will be looking for wise and prudent servants to fill positions of rulership in His kingdom. I want to be found faithful. Has He called us to write? to minister? to call others to repentance? to help the poor? As far as we can, while still being in a temporary quarantine, we should use our time wisely. It takes about 8 weeks to set up an online business with a website and a product, for instance. We have TIME! We need to be prepared! We need redeem the time we have been given.
Okay, those are my thoughts in a nutshell. Time will tell! 🙂
“Even so, come, Master Yeshua! The grace of our Master Yeshua the Messiah be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21).
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