The Birth-pains of the Messiah (Tribulation) will last 2520 days, or seven biblical years. At the mid-point of the birth-pains (Nisan 10) the False Messiah will come to Jerusalem and the Abomination of Desolation will be set-up. He will declare himself to be the Messiah (“Jesus”) and God himself (2 Thes 2.4). When this happens, Rev 12.5-17 says that the believers in Yeshua (Israel now believes) will flee to the wilderness and this is the same wilderness we have been looking at. How did Israel come to believe in Yeshua?
Three years into the birth-pains, between Rosh Ha Shanna and Yom Kippur, Russia will invade Israel and be defeated. Israel will believe that Yeshua is the Messiah as a result because the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 have been preaching for three years about what was going to happen, and the people believe after they see what happens to Russia.
Within six months the False Messiah makes a move to destroy the rest of Russia and conquers them. This brings us up to Nisan 10 of the fourth year of the birth-pains and the exact half-way point. The False Messiah declares himself to be God and Messiah “Jesus” according to the model in Replacement Theology Christianity, but Israel has already accepted Yeshua six months earlier so they will know he is not the Messiah.
They will flee from him into the Jordanian/Moabite/Edomite wilderness that stretches from Pella in the north, south to the Arnon and Zered Valley, to biblical Kadesh Barnea (Wadi Rum), then south to Mount Sinai. What does this have to do with what will happen? The phrase “two wings of a great eagle” in Rev 12.14 was used before. It was used in the Exodus out of Egypt and the trip to Sinai (Exo 19.4). Israel will be in this wilderness for 1260 days. We are told in Isa 16.1-5 they are going to “Sela” which means “rock” and this happens to be the capital city of Edom and possibly an early name for Petra. We are told they are going to the Arnon Valley (Isa 16.2) and we know where that is. We know where they are going. Remember, God told Moses to bring the people to Sinai in order to serve him.
Isa 63.1-6 says, “Now who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing color from Bozrah.” There is blood on the garments like one who has been treading in a wine press. Rev 14.14-20 describes the same thing, along with Gen 49.11-12. Who is this who comes from Bozrah? Isa 42.10-16 tells us that the wilderness and its cities will lift up their voices and “let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud.” Now we are in the Petra area, like in Isa 16.1-5.
Deut 33.2 says, “The Lord came from Sinai and dawned on them from Seir (Edom).” People think that this is talking about the past, during the time of Moses, but it is also talking about the future. Messiah is coming from the east and Judges 5.4-5 tells us the Lord went out of Seir, and marched from Edom. The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord, even Mount Sinai.
Hab 3.3-15 shows us that the Lord comes from Teman and the Holy One from Mount Paran. It goes on to describe what happens. These places are where Sinai is located and he is invading with his troops. His radiance is like the sunlight. Messiah is advancing from the east (Oba 6-9; Ezek 25.12-14; Lam 4.21; Jer 40.40-47; Isa 63.1; Isa 42.10-13; Deut 33.1-2; Judges 5.4-5; Matt 24.27-31).
In Rev 14.20 it says that the blood outside of the city of Jerusalem went for a distance of 200 miles. This could have several meanings. This means the bloodshed (like a wine press) when Yeshua comes will cover the whole land of Israel (approx. 200 miles long), or it refers to the distance from Wadi Rum to Jerusalem. The False Messiah has sent his army after the Jewish people when they fled from him into this wilderness (Rev 12.15-17)but he cannot touch them. Yeshua will come back to Mount Sinai on Rosh Ha Shanna at the end of the birth-pains. He will march for 10 days along the same route Moses took, picking up those who have fled three and a half years earlier and have been waiting for him.
He will arrive in Jerusalem out of the southeast on Tishri 10, Yom Kippur. Here are some other verses to look at concerning his coming (Jer 49.19-22; Zeph 1.7-9; Zeph 2.8-11; Hos 13.15; Ezek 25.1-14; Mic 2.12-13; Zech 14.3-5). He arrives in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur (Matt 24.27-31; Isa 27.12-13; Mic 5.4; Joel 2.15-16; Song 8.5). Rev 19.19-21, Jer 19.1-5 and Matt 25.31-46 tells us what will happen after he arrives. This is a very quick overview of the Exodus and how it applies to the future coming of Yeshua.
Now, let’s go back to Exo 16 to see what other concepts we can pick up. When we get done with this very brief survey of the Exodus, we are going to look at the dynamics between Pharaoh and Moses, the plagues and the Passover at a different angle than what we have been talking about.
In Exo 16.13-36 we are introduced to the “manna” which is from the word “man-hu” which means “what is it?” God will give just enough manna for each day, just as he provides for us each day. The problem with Israel here is they still thought like slaves. They didn’t know how to act as free men and women. The truth is, we don’t either. We go back and forth to Egypt in our hearts and actions all the time.
We see in Exo 16.22-29 that the Sabbath was observed before Sinai, and manna is connected to it. First, this is how we know when the Sabbath is because there was no manna on the seventh day and Israel has been keeping track ever since. Manna is also a picture of Yeshua, the “bread out of heaven.” Likewise, the Sabbath is also a picture of Yeshua because we find out rest in him.
Manna is also connected to our thoughts. If our hearts are thankful, it was good. If it isn’t thankful, it tastes like “nothing” and we complain. Here is the lesson: Don’t go through life saying “what is it?” On the contrary, we need to challenge life with “is it what?” What we put into it is what we get out of it. We can approach life tasting and seeing the bread of life (Torah), or we can taste and see nothing, and complain.
These verses, especially verses 22-23, are used by some to say that cooking was not allowed on the Sabbath. The Hebrew word for Sabbath is “Shabbat” meaning “to cease.” We are to cease working at our occupation or gainful employment on certain days. There is nothing in the Scriptures that says we cannot cook on any Sabbath. There are no clear restrictions about it.
If we cook, and our job is cooking, then we shouldn’t cook. What we are “ceasing” is gainful employment because in the “spiritual” our “rest” has nothing to do with “works” to “gain” salvation. Cooking our own food is not an occupation through which we earn money. Now, what about Exo 16.23? The NASB says, “Then he (Moses) said to them, ‘This is what the Lord meant (to say). Tomorrow is a Sabbath observance, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over (to cook on the Sabbath) put aside to be kept till morning (of the Sabbath, it isn’t going to spoil like it does on the other days-Exo 16.20).'” Notice that it doesn’t say bake all of it so you don’t have to bake or boil it on the Sabbath. It is bake what you want, and what is left (what isn’t cooked) will keep for the Sabbath day. They were being allowed to keep extra, whereas on other days of the week they were not allowed to keep extra (16.19) because it would spoil.
So, in other words, they were not to gather it on the Sabbath, but will get twice as much on the sixth day. This is like today. Get enough by Friday so that it is not necessary to buy food on Saturday. It n ever says that we can’t cook on the Sabbath.
Exo 12.16 confirms this where it says, “And on the first day there shall be a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you.” This verse seems to be confirming that nobody goes to work on a high holy day (Shabbaton), but you can cook what needs to be prepared. This view may anger some, but truth is truth. We don’t believe that the Torah is burdensome and we need to evaluate any verse related to this. We are not to “add to or detract from” the Torah (Deut 4.2). Many people have added to the Torah, but few take away. what is usually added is almost always restrictions, not positive things to do. What happens is the “body of law” which is almost always “oral” becomes larger that what God said in the first place.
We will pick up Exo 17.1-7 in Part 75.