There are five On That Day sequential events to keep this study of End Time distinct:
- The appointed 7-year time of tribulation for Israel i.e., Jerusalem.
- 3 ½ years of a false peace.
- 3 ½ years of trials for Israel sometimes identified as Jacob’s Troubles
- The time between the end of the 7-years, 3 1/5 of Jacob’s Trouble and Jesus setting up his Millennial Kingdom. He judges the nations between the end of the Tribulation and his Millennial Reign.
- The 1,000-year Millennial Kingdom
- Satan is released, his final run at overthrowing Jesus on earth begins for a short time.
- Eternity: one of two places. Neither eternal destination is a grave.
NOTE: Ezekiel provides the prophetic name of the leader of this coalition of nations—“Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2-3 NKJV). Gog is a real name as is used of a descendant of Reuben in 1 Chronicles 5:4. This fits well with the idea Israel will need someone from one of the Israeli Tribes to believe and follow (Antichrist) at the time of the false 7-year peace treaty.
Reuben is the first born of Jacob. Technically the first-born is the traditional leader after the father dies. Reuben tried multiple times for that position amongst his other brothers but it seems that responsibility fell on Judah or Ephraim. The scenario that a person from the DNA of Reuben may be acceptable to Israel as a trusted leader is not far fetched. Reuben did prevent the death of Joseph by his brothers when he propose selling Joseph to traveling traders (Genesis 37:21).
This man called Antichrist will deny the God of his fathers – *Daniel 11:37. In Matthew 10:32 one must be acknowledged by Jesus to God the Father. To deny God the Father is what Daniel 11:37 states. The only places in scripture we find this statement “God of our fathers” has to do with Israelis. This may suggest that the Antichrist is [will be] of Israeli descent. It is doubtful Israel can or will ever be willing to surrender their hopes as a nation into the hands of a non-Israeli (Jew).
*NOTE: The Antichrist denies the GOD (singular) of his fathers PLUS any other gods of this world. The Antichrist is a puppet of Satan.
The opposing view is that of the Muslim, a believer in Allah. They are just as stringent in beliefs as is those of Judaism and Jewish descent. We will not discuss this in this commentary blog, but this opens the possibilities of a Jewish DNA as Antichrist in the north (Europe) and his opposing forces being the Muslims (Arabs) of the south, mixed in with the added issues of Jerusalem and Israelis. This will be covered in a later article.
JIV: Quick insight to the Hebrew word God. Judaism uses G-D so as to not speak the word God. ’ĕ·lō·hê or Elohim has the plural “im” in the spelling. This makes it plural. What Daniel 11:37 is saying is not that there are or will be multiple gods of his fathers. It means the plural of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…the 3-in-one God we call the trinity. Some Bible translations use the plural gods with a little “g”. The correct use is with a capital “G” but meaning the trinity Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Satan’s contention has always been with the fact of Jesus also being the son of God.
Revelation 13:2 symbolically depicts Satan as “the dragon” and the Antichrist as “the beast” and says that Satan (the dragon) will give the Antichrist …his power, his throne, and great authority…” That is until Satan becomes unsatisfied with the Antichrist.
“And I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; and they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” – [Revelation 13:3-4]. NOW comes the Jacob’s Trouble mentioned in Jeremiah 30:7. There are contrary opinions as to when this supposed death of the beast occurs. This reference in Jeremiah needs to be read carefully. “as if it [beast] had been slain”; “his [beast] wound was healed”; “who is able to wage war with him?” Here is a rational consideration. A dead person is not healed but resurrected. There is no mention or suggestion that there is already an ongoing war. Follow the wording of the text. It appears to us at ahabiblemoment that the beast ‘appeared’ to be dead but was not. He then wages war against Israel and Jerusalem at the 3 ½ junction of the 7-years agreement with Israel.
We also suggest this is the time that Satan himself possess the body, mind, and soul of the beast. He then turns on Israel violating his 7-year contract of peace. He sets himself up in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and Jacob’s Trouble (Israel and Israelis alike) will need to flee to the mountains. The first 3 ½ peace treaty appeared to be okay, but now Satan knows his time is very short. He needs to take drastic action and does.
Another bit of reasoning is that Israel is unlikely to sign a peace agreement with anyone they believe a treaty of deceit. Satan has the attitude that some humans have even today. If he can’t have something, he, as do people, would rather destroy it than share it. Satan wishes to destroy as many people as possible in any way (such as abortion or wars) possible. He knows he cannot defeat God but to muster a huge army to try and destroy whatever apposes him, he accomplishes the “if I can’t have them then I will destroy them so God can’t have them either” syndrome. Wars accomplish this. It is probably that Satan, knowing he can’t win, wars against God just to send as many unbelievers to hell as possible…before they have a change of heart and mind accepting the deity of Jesus as Savior.
Rev. Dr. Jstark