Referred to as the latter years, latter days, and the last days in both the Old and New Testaments, the End Time is a period of years characterized by momentous, world-wide troublesome times and hardships, political and economic turbulence, natural disasters, wars and famines.
These occurrences will reach a pivotal point with the removal of the Lord’s people, known in Christendom as the ‘Rapture.’ This phenomenon will usher in the dreadful 7-year Tribulation Period marked by the emergence of One World Government; a global political leader; a global religious leader; and God’s wrath upon the unrepentant by which millions will die. The Tribulation Period will conclude with the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Zechariah Commentary: Zechariah was a priest and prophet to the Jews during the rebuilding and reestablishing of Jerusalem after Babylonian exile. He was the son of a prophet, which means he belonged to Aaron’s family. The Lord assigned Zechariah to encourage His people to continue rebuilding the second temple (the first temple was burned down by Nebuzaradan, Captain of the Guard, who served under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon).
The theme of Chapters 12 through 14 deals with Israel in the latter years, signifying the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on Earth.
Background Information: Ezekiel was a Jewish priest and prophet who was taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon during his second invasion of Jerusalem in 597 B.C. The Lord commissioned Ezekiel as the prophet to the Jews in exile. He began prophesying to them when he was 30 years old. In Chapters 38 and 39 the Lord tells Ezekiel to speak to the leader of Russia concerning Israel and the Battle of Armageddon set aside for the End Time, referred to as the latter years.
These two chapters are distinctly different from Daniel and Revelation as the Lord is speaking directly to the leader of Russia (Gog), and further clarity is provided about earthly happenings going on in Israel once the Battle of Armageddon is over. The Lord also tells us why He will allow the bloodiest, deadliest war in the history of planet earth.
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