Through Christ, it is now possible for divorced Ephraim (the entire Northern Kingdom) to become the prophesied multitude of nations – the fullness of Gentiles – and not just be scattered among them. That’s right! The fullness of Gentiles refers to the House of Israel (Ephraim) that was scattered and completely absorbed by the world’s Gentile nations and, thus, became Gentiles themselves.
God established that three of His seven commanded appointed times (feast days) – First Fruits, Pentecost, and Tabernacles – would be associated with two different grain harvests and one fruit of the vine harvest that took place annually in Israel. Moreover, God established that these three crops (barley, wheat, and grapes) would also depict, spiritually speaking, three classes of people. The Barley represents the holy and saintly overcomers, the Wheat represents the carnal believers, and the Grapes mostly represent the unsaved unbelievers.
The second, third, and fourth beasts in The Book of Daniel aren’t who most people think they are. They are Media, Persia, and the Islamic Caliphate. Furthermore, because the biblical picture consistently points to the Middle East, and since the only empire that crushed, devoured, and trampled all the regions of Babylon, Media, and Persia—and far more—is the Islamic Caliphate , these truths mean that there will not be a Revived Roman Empire. Additionally, the Mark of the Beast will not be any implanted RFID or computer chip. The Mark of the Beast will be a visible mark that is similar to the one that prevented Cain from receiving an immediate death. In Cain’s case, Father God physically marked him. In the Left Behinders’ case, it is the False Prophet who makes sure that the Left Behinders will receive the physical mark that prevents them from suffering an immediate death.
The Battle of Gog and the Battle of Armageddon are not two separate events. These are just different names to the same concluding campaign of the Antichrist or Gog’s Apocalypse War. In fact, this final battle is the very same scenario—with a few variations—that is repeated by the majority of the Old Testament’s minor and major prophets, by Christ Jesus in the four Gospels, and in the New Testament’s Scriptures written by apostles Paul and John. For this reason, it also should be irrefutable that the same evil end-time world ruler of the revived Islamic Caliphate system of the revived Turkish-Ottoman Empire not only is called Gog but also the Antichrist, as well as the Assyrian, the King of the North, and the Little Horn. For sure, this evil end-time world leader is known by many other appellations. Additionally, it should be irrefutable that the Battles of Gog and Armageddon are the same event that also has different names.
Barley is the grain that was grown in ancient Israel that symbolizes perfection—the perfect firstfruits offering, the perfect sacrifice, and the perfect Bride of Christ. Several Scriptures prove, again and again, that there are two grain harvests that belong to the Lord—the Firstfruits harvest and a subsequent harvest (the Barley harvest and then the Wheat harvest). The Word of God also promises there will be two spiritual harvests—the harvest of Barley Christians and the harvest of Wheat Believers, with the latter being larger than the former. Just like the natural Barley harvest comes first with the natural Wheat harvest following, the Bride of Christ’s pre-Tribulation spiritual harvest will come first, and it will be followed by the Tribulation Period’s finally sold out for Christ surviving Wheat Believers’ end of the Age of Grace spiritual harvest.
Twenty-first century’s human beings definitely are technologically competent to do whatever they imagine to do. This truth is ever-so evident wherever there are human enhancement experiments (genetic manipulations), and evident wherever present-day scientists are searching for interdimensional portals (seeking time travel)—the former of which is happening in laboratories all over the world; the latter is happening primarily in CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.
No person who is of “sound” mind would want to experience any of the increasing in intensity and frequency horrors that are to take place during the end times. Predicted in the Old and New Testaments is the unprecedented dreadfulness (Wrath of God) that will start in the first 3½ years of Daniel’s 70th Week (missing 7 years) and continue through the last 3½ years of said Week. The second half of Daniel’s 70th Week also is known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. Sadly, there will be too many vacillating, unprepared believers and far too many hardhearted, committed unbelievers who will be left on this Earth to live or die during these 7 years of Tribulation. That’s why everyone who needs to do so should get his or her “house” in order, NOW, because Daniel’s 70th Week is just around the corner, and it not only will include the Time of Jacob’s Trouble but also the worst of all the wars there ever has been, or ever will be—the Battle of Armageddon!
If so many people (the Bride of Christ, disbelievers, and unbelievers) will be dying during the Tribulation Period, then how is Christ Jesus keeping His promise to deliver/save/keep His true Bride from God’s Wrath (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10-11), if they aren’t Raptured until mid-Trib or post-Trib? Furthermore, wouldn’t those believers who are snatched off the Earth at mid-Trib also be ESCAPING the most horrific parts of God’s Wrath, since the Word of God describes His Wrath as increasing in intensity throughout the Tribulation Period? So how would believers in a mid-Trib Rapture of the Bride of Christ not be escapists, too? Then too, why would Christ Jesus Rapture His Bride at mid-Trib or post-Trib and then bring them back to the Earth ONLY so that they can be gathered again from the four corners of the Earth, once the Great Tribulation has ended?
The ‘last will be first and the first will be last’ statements definitely can be applied to the Jewish/Gentile cultural environment, and this is probably the reason why Christ Jesus, in the parable about The Great Supper, teaches that during the end times’ Great Supper, God (the King) personally will give the best seats to the world’s invisible people—to those individuals in this world who have been impoverished, debilitated, ill, contaminated, homeless, and so forth.
Based on what God promises in His word, no one has to coerce or beg anyone for his or her money (tithes, offerings, partnerships), and no one has to sell his or her sermons/messages, prayers, teachings, prophesies, spiritual gifts, natural talents and abilities, anointings, and so on, for the purpose of paying “churches” or ministries’ bills, including pastors’ salaries, etc. God absolutely is able to influence or convict recipients’ hearts to give, according to how richly they have been blessed, some spiritual and financial support to those individuals who freely have poured out of themselves into the convicted receivers’ lives.