A brother in the Lord asked if I would discuss dispensationalism and Zechariah 14 with a blogger who owns a bible prophecy website. I gladly accepted the inviation and will provide to the reader the discussion as it occurred.. I have changed the web site owners name to “Brother” for the sake of his privacy, and each of my responses are italicized and indented for clarity sake.
That means they are prophecies, prophetic, rehearsals, they teach us prophecy! That’s why I know so much about the prophetic things that you are asking, because I’ve studied the feasts, and their meaning, and so, I understand scripture in ways that you do not.
You are correct there – Many things you have said escape me – You seem to link passages together without any justification other than one word, and have the confidence that your interpretation is unassailable.
I do live by faith. Faith is an action verb in the bible, not a “non action belief” as the thought is in the west. My actions are clearly evident, in my business, and in my prophecy website.
(Didn’t you just confess to defrauding someone? But that is neither here nor there – )
As for symbols, if Jesus is a person, and if we will all see him “face to face”, how will that be possible if there are billions of people? Would he not, at some point, tell people to go home, and get to work? And at those times, the people will have reminders around them, as Zech says, the pots and pans will be inscribed “holy to the Lord”.
Do you/they not have the Holy Spirit? Do you/they need “pots and pans” to supplement your/thier relationship with the Lord?
Yes, I do apply Isa 65 to the millennium. The refreshed earth is a fitting description of the future millennium.
I am glad to hear that you admit to applying a scripture that specifically states one thing (the new heavens and new earth) and you are using it to describe a completely different time period (a 1000 yr period prior to the new earth and new heavens). That is your decision, but do not tell me that you are faithful to the Word of God at the same time.
How does 2 Thess 1:8 fit in? Very well with 1 Thess 5,
which refers to Ezekiel 38-39,
Where does 1 Thess 5 (entire chapter?) refer to Ezekiel 38-39?
which also describes a time of 7 years.
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:
This is the only verse that refers to seven years in Ez 38-39. How does burning weapons (I assume wooden weapons, since they burn), have anything to do with the coming of the Lord in flaming fire?
And why do you choose seven years, when just a few verses later, seven months are referred to?
And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
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.
Too many loose ends Brother!
At the time of the rapture, God will rain fire down to destroy the enemies attacking Israel from the North.
I think you mean at the time of the Second Coming, God will rain fire down…., right?
If that is what you mean, and you are associating the 7 years of weapons burning with the Second Coming, then the first 7 years of the Millenium will have fields of weapons burning? Or is it during the entire tribulation that the weapons are burning? If so, the rapture and the attack you see in Ezekiel on Israel happens at the same time?
Not every wicked person on earth attacks Israel at this time, so there are plenty of wicked people left over to enter the tribulation, and from them, “survivors”, too.
RE: If those worthy are taken up at the rapture, and when the Lord comes back, all that know not God will be consumed, who is left? The text does not say “all”.
Granted! Does it need to? Two types of people are in the world – those who know God and those who do not know God. (Is there a third type of person?) I assume in your thinking, that there are two types of wicked people, those who are attacking Israel, and those who are not attacking Israel. Is there a passage that clearly describes these two wicked groups and their distinction from one another?
It says “them that know not God”. Obviously, if they did know God, they would not be attacking Jerusalem, of which we are commanded to pray for the peace of.
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