Before we move on, let’s go over a few things first. When the 6000 years from creation is over, the next day is Rosh ha Shannah, year 6001. This is the first day of the 1000 years called the “Day of the Lord.” We are approaching this day as we live in 2015 AD. This is the day the Natzal, or “rapture” occurs and the believers are changed and taken to heaven. Those who have died already are in heaven, but they will have their bodies resurrected and changed, and both groups go bodily to be with the Lord. Ten days later we come to Yom Kippur, the beginning of the 2520 days of the Birth-pains. Nearly three and a half years later, on Adar 10, the Abomination of Desolation is set up. This may be two statues, one a crucifix and the other a statue of Mary. Nisan 10 is one month later and this is the exact mid-point of the Birth-pains. The false messiah will enter the city of Jerusalem and declare himself God in the Temple. He will slay the Two Witnesses (Rev 11) and stop the sacrifices in the Temple. The Jews flee to the wilderness and take the Mishkan with them to Petra, although many will flee to other places. The services continue in Petra, and the false messiah will send an army against them, but this army is destroyed by an earthquake. What army is left will surround small pockets of believers in the wilderness, but will be unable to approach them because the Lord will protect them.
Now, in order to have the Messiah, you must have Birth-pains. There will be two comings of the Messiah, so there will be two Birth-pains. In the first coming, the Birth-pains were in 66- 73 AD (Micah 4.10). In the second coming, the second Birth-pains (Isa 66.7-9) is also called the Tribulation Period. Micah 4.10 says “Writhe and labor to give birth, Daughter of Zion, like a woman in childbirth. For now you will go out of the city (Luke 21.20-24 in 70 AD) and dwell in the field (the world during the last 2000 years) and go to Babylon (the United States). There (in the USA) you will be rescued (the Hebrew word “natzeli” here is related to “natzal” meaning “to pluck up” and used for the concept of the rapture. It means “delivered), there the Lord will redeem you (many Rabbi’s believe that America is the last stop for the Jewish people before the coming of the Messiah).” When the rapture happens, immediately after, the 144,000 will be saved in the USA for the most part. The deliverance begins in “Babylon” or America.
Now, let’s look at another verse about the second “birthpains.” Isa 66.7 says “Before she travailed (Israel-Gen 37; Rev 12.1) she brought forth (Yeshua-Rev 12.5); before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy (how can you give birth before the pain? Because this is referring to the birth of Yeshua before the “two birth-pains).” He was slain in 30 AD and the first birth-pains came in 70 AD at the hands of the Romans. This is the first stage. Now, let’s move to Isa 66.8 which says “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed (at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation) she brought forth her sons (the 144,000 will be the first fruits of those saved during the Birth-pains-Rev 7.3; Rev 14.4).” This is the second stage. There are four stages of labor and birth-pains. Effacement is the onset of labor, with mild contractions. The second stage is dilation and things are moving faster and getting severe, the baby begins to move. The third stage is called the transition and this is the most severe, very short and the worst phase. The last stage is called the expulsion, and the baby is delivered. Isa 66.9 says “Shall I bring to the point of birth, and not give delivery (of the nation, and the answer is “no”)? says the Lord. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb? says your God.” This is opposite of v 8 because the “birth” hasn’t happened yet, and is the third stage. Israel has called on the Lord for help and they are delivered and believe in Yeshua and are “born from above” (Ezek 39.22). Just as Hezekiah turned his nation to the Lord, the Two Witnesses and the 144,000 will turn Israel towards God through Yeshua, and the nation will be born on Yom Kippur of the third year of the Birthpains. Once Israel believes, the 144,000 will be sent among the Gentiles after Russia is defeated (Micah 5.7; Matt 28.19-20), following the same pattern Yeshua gave the apostles after his three and a half year ministry among Israel.
In Rev 13.1 we have the rise of the false messiah, who is the eschatological character called Leviathan in this passage (Isa 27.1). He has seven heads, ten horns and ten crowns. In Rev 12.3, we see the dragon (the power behind the false messiah) with seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns, three less crowns than in Rev 13.1. This is the false messiah at the mid-point of the Birth-pains. Micah 5.5-6 says that when Assyria comes (Russia) Israel will raise against him “seven shepherds and eight princely men.” This is the false messiah near the mid-point of the Birth-pains, and seven kings plus himself, for a total of eight princely men. Dan 7.7 says that there was a fourth beast with ten horns. This relates to Revelation. In 7.8 another horn comes up, for a total of 11 horns. Three horns were plucked up, leaving eight (Micah 5.5-6). In Dan 7.20 it also says that three of the horns (kings) fell, and also Dan 7.24. The political structure of the false messiah and his kingdom changes. Zech 11.8 also makes a reference to the destruction of three shepherds who rebel. This all alludes to the fact that there will be seven shepherds (kings, horns, crowns) and eight princely men (if you include the false messiah). The false messiah makes war on the tzaddikim (saints), who are Jews, or anyone who believes in Yeshua.
Now, just a little bit of information about the concept called “the mark of the beast.” Deut 6.4-9 is called the Shema. It is where the practice of “tefillin” comes from. This is where an observant Jew will put a box with the Hebrew letter “Shin” on it on his forehead. Deut 12.11 says that God will put his name on the place where the Temple will stand, and we know that the three valleys around Jerusalem form the Hebrew letter shin. What the tefillin is to a righteous man, this is done to the wicked by means of what is called the “mark of the beast.” The Hebrew letter “vav” is shaped like a tent peg, and it is the number six in Hebrew, and six is the number of man. Three vav’s put together can form the letter shin. Now, Rev 13.16-18 says that a mark will be put the right hand or the forehead of those worshipping the image of the false messiah. This parallels the tefillin in Deut 6.4-9, only in a wicked counterfeit. It says in Rev 13.18 that the number of the beast is the number of man (the Hebrew letter “vav”-there is no “a” in Greek here) and his number is “6, 6, 6” or “vav, vav, vav” and this is a counterfeit shin, the name of God because you can make a counterfeit shin by putting three vav’s together. The institution of this false shin will begin at the mid-point of the Birth-pains. In Part 13, we will begin talking about events after the mid-point of the Birthpains and begin to talk about idolatry and just who are the seventh century prophets talking to when they talk about Israel in their prophecies. Remember, the seventh century prophets will be giving us information about the latter half of the Birth-pains, so we will be illustrating just what will be going on with Israel out of the land (they are in the wilderness) and the presence of the false messiah, the false prophet and the false religion that will be throughout the land.