Our articles on the Biblical Festivals reflect our best understanding at this time (2017). They are not the complete and ultimate understanding of the subject, and without any doubt God will reveal much more as time goes by. It is up to us to search out and accept new revelation with great joy, and to correct any errors as they are discovered.
How Lucifer Became Satan and God’s Plan for Man
Before the creation of the physical universe God created beings made of spirit which he called angels; then these billions of angels [created spirits] were organized and assisted in the creation of the universe.
God demands of Job; to answer if he was present at the physical creation as God and the angels were; and if Job knows how to create the earth? God mentions the angels as being there but not Job.
Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?
One of these created spirit beings was a super angel called Lucifer.
In Ezekiel 28 God uses the term “king of Tyrus” to explain the perfection of Lucifer the super angel.
The description provided is clearly not the description of any human being.
Ezekiel 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes [tabrets and pipes referring to musical ability] was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Here we find Lucifer described as one of the anointed Cherub’s whose wings covered the very throne of God.
When God was creating angels he created archangels or cherubim to have oversight over the others. At least three of these powerful beings are named in scripture: Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer. Two of these archangels stood – one on each side – of the throne of God the Father in heaven with their wings covering the throne.
Lucifer was one of the covering cherubs over the very throne of God, as close to God as any being at that time.
Yet he became filled with pride and rebelled against God
28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain [government] of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire [the crystal court before the Most Holy place in heaven].
God said that he had made Lucifer perfect and anointed him to cover the very throne of God the Father.
28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
The greatness of his beauty and the multitude of his riches corrupted Lucifer and filled him with pride: which pride in self; is the foundational cause of all sin!
28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Lucifer with his pride in himself, began to believe that he should take over from God and rule the universe his own way, thinking that he should be the decider between right and wrong. Lucifer was the originator of sin; which is rebellion against God.
Jesus speaking about the time before he gave up his God-hood to become flesh said:
Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
When Lucifer became corrupted by pride, he rebelled against God and sought to rise up above God
14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God: I will sit also upon the mount [as head of government] of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Lucifer wanted to do things his own way, he wanted to be the decider, the ruler, the boss; instead of following God and living by the Word of God.
Lucifer then rose up against God to attempt to overthrow the King of the Universe! But not alone!
First he deceived one third of the angels to follow him.
Revelation 12 is a prophecy about the woman [the Ekklesia] and the birth and ascension of Christ, and about the flights of the Ekklesia of God from Satan’s persecution through Rome; one flight in the first century to Pella, and another coming flight in the 21st century probably also to Pella.
There is a very revealing statement included in Revelation 12 on the original rebellion of Lucifer.
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars [angels] of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
This reveals that when Lucifer rebelled, he had also convinced one third of the angels to join with him in rebelling against God. After his rebellion was defeated and Lucifer was cast down to the earth with his angels; his name was changed to Satan the Adversary and his angels were called fallen angels or demons.
God determined to make man to be even closer to him than the angels; but God did not want another Lucifer, God did not want another rebellion on his hands.
Therefore, God made man flesh, so that humanity could learn that man is not able to decide right and wrong for himself, in the crucible of experience; without possessing the power to destroy on the vast magnitude of a powerful spirit.
Satan was then cast down to the earth and excluded from any authority in the rest of the universe, and is being used by God to teach man lessons that will last for eternity.
From the very beginning God knew that man would go astray; and just as Satan did, man would seek to decide right and wrong for himself. Therefore the Creator set in motion a plan to give his own life for his creation so that when people learn the lesson and sincerely repent of past sin; there would be a way of salvation opened to them.
The plan of the Creator was to impress on humanity how very important it was to live by every Word of God which is the way of life; by giving his own life to atone for the sincerely repented sins of humanity.
God had a plan for the salvation of humanity before the earth existed, and many details of that plan are revealed in the Biblical Sabbaths, the Appointed Times, and the Holy Days and Festivals.
The bondage of Israel in Egypt is an allegory of humanity’s bondage to sin. The calling of Israel out of Egypt is an allegory of God calling an early harvest of humanity out of sin. The Passover lamb was a type of the spiritual Lamb of God dying for the sins of those called out of bondage to sin.
The early or Spring Festivals are an allegory of the calling of a spiritual early harvest of first fruits out of bondage to sin; while the Fall Festivals are an allegory of the calling of the remainder of humanity out of bondage to sin and to eternal life in the family of God as well.
The Transition Period From Pentecost to the Feast of Trumpets
In Palestine there is an early harvest in the spring and a later harvest in the fall; and when God brought Israel out of Egypt and they entered and began to cultivate the physical promised land, they were commanded to observe certain Holy Days and Festivals.
These Holy Days and Festivals were set up as Harvest Festivals to celebrate the ingathering of the early and the latter harvests.
These harvest Festivals, rejoicing over the local harvests; were illustrative allegories of God’s plan for mankind and the spiritual harvests of humanity into the Family of God.
Focusing on the Harvest Festivals, there were three annual Festivals in which Israel was called to present themselves before God and to rejoice over the bounty that God had provided.
Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks [Pentecost], and in the feast of tabernacles:
Exodus 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits [Pentecost] of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles [Ingathering] are each seven days in length.
There are three key points in understanding the meaning of these Festivals.
- They are Harvest Festivals for specific times of the year. The first Festival was the Feast of Unleavened Bread immediately after the Appointed Time of Passover Day.
After the Temple was built the people gathered at Jerusalem for these Festivals and the first Sheaf beginning the early harvest was cut and offered to God at the Temple in Jerusalem during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, then after this Feast the people returned home to reap the early harvest.
This is called the early harvest because it is the first harvest to be reaped and was reaped in the spring at the beginning of the year. If it was reaped in the fall, it would not be the early harvest! It would be the later fall harvest.
- Both the Feast of Unleavened Bread Festival and the later fall harvest of the Feast of Tabernacles [Ingathering] are seven day Feasts.
The scriptures give us the principle to understand by telling us that:
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
This means that each of the seven days of these two Festivals must represent one thousand years; and in no case can a full seven days represent only one thousand years. Using the scriptural criteria it becomes clear that the early harvest which is reaped in the spring, represents a seven thousand year early harvest of humanity into the Family of God, while there will also be a seven thousand year later main harvest of the main bulk of humanity.
We can now see that the Feast of Unleavened Bread with its seven days, represents God calling out a kind of early first fruits from humanity for six thousand years, which is then capped by a resurrection to spirit at the end of the sixth day of Unleavened Bread and a millennial Sabbath in which all flesh then living will also be brought into the family of God completing the seven day [seven thousand year] early first fruits harvest.
After the resurrection of the early called out to spirit, the seven last plagues will be poured out and then the Millennial Kingdom of God will be established over all the earth on Pentecost; just as the theocracy of Mosaic Covenant Israel was established on Pentecost.
The scriptures teach us about a very definite period between Pentecost and the Fall Festivals
The early harvest of first fruits is not reaped on any fall High Day; the early harvest must be reaped in the spring or it would not be an early harvest! The Fall Festivals have absolutely nothing to do with the early harvest of first fruits; the Fall Festivals are about the main harvest of humanity into the family of God.
Christ will come to resurrect and gather his faithful in the spring and over a number of days the seven angels will then pour out the seven last plagues on a resistant humanity finally Christ will come with his resurrected faithful just before the Feast of Pentecost.
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
When Messiah comes to the earth with his faithful, all resistance will be crushed, and Satan with his millions of spirit followers, who have deceived the nations for millennia will be taken into custody and restrained in prison for one thousand years.
Then on the Feast of Pentecost God will pour out His Spirit on ALL flesh and the Millennial Kingdom of God will be formally established over all the earth (Joel 2:28).
Just before the Kingdom of God is established on the Feast of Pentecost, Satan the Adversary and his spirit followers are to be bound up for a thousand years; and humanity will have a millennial Sabbath of rest from his deceptions and rebellions!
Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal [locking up his detention] upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Just before the Feast of Pentecost, Satan and his demons will be bound for one thousand years and during that time all the earth will be at peace and all humanity will exalt the Eternal and serve Him, with every person living by every Word of God!
Since Satan is bound just before the Feast of Pentecost and his imprisonment is to last for exactly one thousand years; Satan will must then be released on the same day on which he was imprisoned one thousand years before.
Therefore Satan will be released just before the Feast of Pentecost one thousand years after his initial imprisonment!
The Beginning of the New Year and Satan
The ancients began the year in the autumn near what we would call the Feast of Trumpets today, and it was commonly understood that the creation was in the fall, but when God called Israel out of Egypt he declared that the year was to begin in the spring forthe called out ones.
We can see that the new year began in the fall for the bulk of humanity, and the spring new year was about the early harvest.
God began his main creation in the fall and God began his creation of a kind of first fruits or early harvest in the spring.
Now if Satan were bound at or just before Pentecost then he would not have his full six thousand years from a fall creation of man; therefore it is to give Satan his full six thousand years, that Satan must be released at the same date that he was first bound on, one thousand later, and he must be given the remainder of his six thousand years which are completed in the fall.
Satan uses his remaining few months to deceive again
When Satan is released he will then go back to his old habits and will again go forth to deceive men to rebel against God.
Satan will be released after the thousand year millennial Sabbath of rest, and will have one last chance to repent. Instead he will again deceive many, many millions into following him away from God.
20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
The prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 is a dual prophecy which will be partially fulfilled when the nations of Asia come up against Jerusalem the first time, just at the coming of Messiah the Christ; and then after one thousand years of peace Ezekiel 38 – 39 will be fulfilled in its fullness.
Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog [the nations of Asia], to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Satan will deceive the nations of the East from a point just before the Feast of Pentecost when he is released, and the deceived multitudes will then come up against Jerusalem, from where Messiah the Christ is ruling over all the earth, and will come against the people of God who are dwelling in peace.
Ezekiel 38 – 39 is a DUAL prophecy: First fulfilled only in part, as the smallest fore-type at the end of the tribulation; and then later fulfilled in all its overwhelming fullness AFTER the millennium.
Ezekiel 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, [and against] the land of Magog, [Gog being the chief ruler (leader) of the nations of Asia] the chief prince of Meshech [Moscow] and Tubal [Tobolsk, Siberia], and prophesy against him,
The Biblical account of the tribulation and the Asian armies
Keep this biblical account of Asia during the tribulation in mind, and compare it to the prophecy of Ezek 38-39 as we study it out. Doing this will help you to separate the two fulfillments.
The New Europe will first conquer Jerusalem and Judea at the beginning of the tribulation and later in the third year will attack Asia (Dan 11:42).
The ruler of the soon coming New Europe will attack Asia in the third year of the rising New Europe.
Asia will endure the European attack, and will respond, striking and devastating Europe and then pouring through the Middle East to attack the final false prophet and the political ruler who have fled to Jerusalem.
In doing this the Asian armies will destroy the New Europe and all her Mideast allies. Finally the Asian armies will attack Jerusalem (Zech 14), and then Messiah the Christ will come to destroy all the enemies of the righteousness of zeal to learn and live by Word of God; and the millennial Kingdom of God will begin on the Feast of Pentecost. For details see our “Bible Prophecy: Tribulation and Deliverance” book.
This is a period of great tribulation and bloody war; compare that to the time setting of the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy which takes place AFTER all Israel has come back to the land and is living in peaceful abundance. Today only PART of JUDAH has returned and they are in constant warfare and insecurity.
This prophecy is Dual; with a fore-type fulfillment late in the tribulation, which is being used by some to deceive professing Christians into thinking the abomination to sit in the papacy is godly while the evil comes from Asia.
This attitude may well be used to help religiously justify Europe’s initial attack on Asia, as a righteous Europe striking against the wicked of Asia.
Yes this will happen only in part, late in the tribulation! Later it will be fulfilled in its fullness after the millennium!
The prophecy in its fullness absolutely refers to the period AFTER the millennium.
The Ezekiel prophecy is NOT primarily about the bloody tribulation; rather it refers to a time when all are at peace and living in abundant safety.
Ezekiel 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech [Moscow] and Tubal [Tobolsk, Siberia]: 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
With Russia will come the Iranians, the Mongolians of the north; and Ethiopia and Libya will be with them; while in the tribulation Libya and Ethiopia will be subject to the enemy of Asia, the New Europe, the king of the North! (Dan 11:43)..
38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
Here the term “latter years” refers to the period AFTER the millennium and not to the “latter days‘ which is pre- millennial.
38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years [after the millennium] thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Revelation 20:7 is the key to understanding Ezekiel 38-39
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Ezekiel 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
Satan tempts the nations to follow Gog [deceived by Satan] to try to despoil and seize the great riches of Israel just after the end of the millennium!
Notice the time period, all Israel has returned to the promised land and is living is total security and abundance, because of their zeal to live by every Word of God. Nothing here about being captive in great tribulation!
38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled [undefended land] villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
38:13 Sheba, and Dedan [India], and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Jesus Christ will allow Satan to deceive the nations of Asia that he might one more time demonstrate his sovereignty and power!
38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog [The ruler of the nations of Magog and a type of Satan], Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? 38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
Then Jesus Christ the Messiah, ruling as King of kings shall destroy these deceived armies.
38:17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
Then the King of kings shall thunder and shake the earth in his wrath and shall cause the invaders to turn upon and kill one another.
38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 38:20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.
Then the real Jesus Christ will rain hail and fire upon the invaders.
38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Does Israel dwell in safety in an undefended land today? Obviously there will be a great fulfillment AFTER the millennium!
Only one sixth of the invaders will survive.
Ezekiel 39:1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: 39:3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
This prophecy is dual and concerns the period late in the tribulation as a very minor fore-type of a later post millennium period
39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 39:5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly [without any concerns or fears] in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
The coming of Messiah and the deliverance of Israel will turn them to true godliness! They will not again rebel at the keeping of every Word of God as physical and spiritual Israel does today. Then AFTER the millennium Satan will be released and will deceive and bring his deceived armies up against God at Jerusalem.
39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: 39:10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
The graves of Gog in Israel in the first fulfillment when the millennium begins
39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
39:12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. 39:13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. 39:14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
39:15 And the passengers [travelers] that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. 39:16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
The kings of the east along with the remaining forces of the new Europe will turn and fight Christ at his coming.
19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Ezekiel 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 39:19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 39:20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
Then there will be a repeat lesson after one thousand years!
But first all the earth will see the power and glory of Messiah the Christ when he does this thing and defeats the massive armies gathered to fight against him at his coming!
When Christ comes all the earth shall repent and turn to live by every Word of God.
39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
Israel shall then turn to the Eternal in sincere repentance and the nations of the earth shall know that Israel was corrected by the Eternal and shall also turn from their wickedness to the Mighty One of Jacob.
39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
It is because of our wickedness that we are corrected.
39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.
39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, [been corrected for their sin] and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen [for all our abominations]: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
Then God will pour out his Spirit on all Israel (Jer 31:31) and on all flesh (Joel 2:28).
39:29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
The prophecy is DUAL; referring to BOTH the coming of Christ and to the final rebellion immediately AFTER the end of the millennium!
When the New Europe rises they will strike out at Asia in their third year and the Asian armies will come up against Europe, finally chasing down the political and religious leaders at Jerusalem. Then Christ will come WITH his resurrected chosen and will destroy these Asian armies as well as the residue of the New Europe and will restrain Satan for one thousand years.
The After the Millennial Fulfillment
Then AFTER the one thousand year millennium ends, near the Feast of Pentecost, Satan and his demon spirits will be released and will again deceive the peoples of Asia who will come up against Jerusalem only to be destroyed a few months later very near the Feast of Trumpets.
Remember that the millennium had ENDED at Pentecost, after which Satan is released for a few months only to be defeated the final time.
Satan is imprisoned with his spirit followers just before the Feast of Pentecost, and he is released with his spirit followers one thousand years later just before the Feast of Pentecost. After his release Satan deceives many nations which would involve hundreds of millions if not billions of people.
This would be a final chance for Satan and his followers to repent which they will spurn, at the same time this will be a lesson for the masses of humanity including Israel who have gotten complacent after a thousand years of peace.
Just look about today at the lack of zeal to live by every Word of God in the called out Ekklesia – who have the example of a very wicked world all around them – and who are supposed to have the Holy Spirit; and it should be clear that people could easily become complacent and lacking in zeal after one thousand years of peace without the presence of any evil.
The Feast of Trumpets begins the events of the Seventh Month containing the final main fall harvest of mankind; by celebrating the final defeat of Satan and a general waking up and returning to a zeal to live by every Word of God by mankind [those who are killed will later be resurrected and given a chance in the final harvest of mankind]; who [Satan and his spirit followers] will then be held and judged and removed and destroyed on the Day of Atonement, so that the Feast of Tabernacles main harvest of lives can proceed.