Ezekiel saw the two sticks of God's authority become one. And so the glorious Millennium of Messiah will be established, bringing that longed for "peace on earth and good will toward men. Luke Prints available at the Israeli Poster Center. Click on the image to go to the article. The two witnesses are showcased in the two Shabbat candles. And two candles are presented on our dining tables in Christendom. This wonderful image of the dual anointing is from the Jewish Cervera Bible. Spain circa Here is another clue from the prophecy of Zechariah in which specific mention is made of two anointed ones who stand before the Lord of the whole earth.
They must relate to the dual anointing of the God of Israel. Our scripture passage is in Zechariah chapter four. Zecharaiah saw two olive trees. Both of them were supplying the oil of anointing to a bowl. That bowl supplied oil to a seven branched candlestick or candelabra. Here is our scripture. And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
And I said, No, my lord. Zechariah 4 God released this dual anointing as two flows of oil. We hear of "natural branches" and "wild branches". This is in reference to Israel and the Church. Clearly both are identified with the olive tree. And the olive tree is a symbol of Israel. It has been a long time coming, and many would consider it impossible, but the Jewish nation will at some point come to accept their Messiah, Yeshua Hamashiach and so come to be 'born again'.
They will receive the salvation Messiah offers in the blood He shed at Calvary. He is the Sacrifice Lamb prophesied from of old and "slain from the foundation of the world. It would appear that their spiritual salvation will occur at the very same time as their military salvation. The armies of the gentile nations will muster on the huge plain of Megiddo northwest of Jerusalem. They will go up to encircle and try to take Jerusalem.
At that moment it will seem that all is lost. But then suddenly an earthshaking event will occur. Just as the Jewish nation is repenting and calling out to the One whom they had rejected for so long He will return. Their Messiah will suddenly be at the door! There will be a magnificent deliverance and the surrounding armies of the nations will be struck down. This awesome period of history is well known as the Battle of Armageddon.
It is an important vignette of the Second Coming of Christ. Zechariah 12 "The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. The climactic corporate and national salvation of the Jews will be a stupendous event. This will be happening just as the fullness of the Gentiles is brought into the Church.
This will be the climax of the history of this age. Nothing further can or needs to be done before Messiah returns in wrath on His enemies and deliverance of both houses of His Elect people. The whole nation of Israel will be saved. It will be spiritually and nationally born in one day as a royal priesthood and a holy nation. The prophet Isaiah was incredulous when he saw it. Isaiah 66 8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
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Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children. The coming in of this host of Jewish Messianic Christians will bring great enrichment to the Church. Wild olive branches are still olive branches! In that Day they will realize that they are in the olive tree of Israel.
This has been very difficult for Christian believers to grasp. At the present time we read about it in Romans 11 and we scratch our heads. We partially receive the message. But we do not really "see it" clearly just yet. It is a hard thing for us to grasp with our oaths of national allegiances such as we have them today and with our national flags resting in our churches.
Over in the other house an epic repentance and national salvation is destined to occur. Yes, the national corporate salvation of the Jewish nation will surely come. This will happen very late in history. But come it will. The prophet Zechariah tells us about it. Zech Up ahead our Jewish brothers and sisters in the royal house of Judah will be joining us in the Body of Christ, the wider Commonwealth of Israel. So, all that being understood, can we exercise some patience here? Can we wait for them as they come home?
Do we have to entertain false notions of avoiding the end-time witness? Why are we preparing to act on this shameful carnal impulse to desert the ship Why are we fancying ourselves turning our backs on our Jewish brethren and skipping out early? And here is another question. Can we be sure we in the Church not be present during those final 7 years? Shall we not be here on earth to finish up the witness for our Messiah? Shall we not be here to witness the unfolding of the "greater works" that attend the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the climax of the age?
Did not the Master of Ceremonies at the Wedding Feast at Cana speak of the best wine being preserved and held back until the very end? Yes, the thick darkness of the midnight hour will surely come. But the lamps of the wise virgins will still be burning. Their lamps will not go out. The wise will have the extra outside supply of oil of anointing and oil of illumination.
The Mystery of Melchizedek
And with the oil of gladness they will be given "a song in the night". Our God will pour out of His Spirit during those awesome future times. And He will perform wonders that have never been seen before. That is the Way of our God. So do we really want to agree with those who declare that we in the Church will not be here? Do we have any scriptural authority to teach this? Or is it just a popular religious fable that sells?
Can we close the gates of Grace and Mercy and padlock them shut with chains a full seven years early? Are we permitted to say, "That's all folks" seven years before the fullness of the Gentiles is brought in? Do we not want to stick around to see these wonders unfold as all Israel is restored? Are we being presumptuous and out of line here with this churchy "cut and run" eschatology of ours? Is this a latter day indulgence, a special dispensation of grace dispensed by the church for profit and filthy lucre?
Where is the Holy Scripture, chapter and verse, proving the God of Israel has set forth such a notion? And by whose authority do we presume to evict the Omnipotent Omnipresent Holy Spirit from tribulation earth and terminate the dispensation of Grace seven years ahead of time? Dear saints, we can and should be encouraged here.
The last seven years of this age, and the Great Tribulation are not all gloom and doom as we have been told. And the wrath of God comes afterward and only on the wicked. Much of what we have been taught we must unlearn. We must align our beliefs with scripture and scripture alone.
For example, the prophet Joel tells us that the Holy Spirit outpouring will come to a final glorious crescendo right at the end of the age. Can we believe what He is saying here?
The Abrahamic Covenant
Joel saw this final climactic and glorious Pentecostal outpouring at the time of the salvation of Jerusalem at the Battle of Armageddon. He saw it in the time context of the 6th seal cosmic disturbances of a darkened sun and a a bloody moon. Just before the Day of the Lord opens up with wrath being poured out on the enemies of God's covenant people we still see the Gospel at work.
This blow-out end-time revival will a re-visitation, even an eclipsing, of the Day of Pentecost. Back on that epic day 2, years ago our Apostle Peter made special reference to Joel's prophecy and that epic final Holy Spirit outpouring. Notice the embedded time reference in Joel's prophecy as he mentions the darkened sun, the moon turning to blood, and the stars falling. These cosmic disturbances are also seen in the Olivet Discourse and Jesus Himself tags this final blaze of glory as coming "after the tribulation of those days".
He therefore places it in the time frame of the very last few days of this age. This is before the Day of the Lord opens up and the angels of wrath pluck up the wicked as tares for the fires. Joel 2 28 "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. Joel Joel goes on to tell us that at the last possible moment, and just before God's wrath falls on the wicked, the call will go out to all mankind one last time to repent and be saved.
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Joel 2 32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. Hosea prophesied that after "two days", two millennia , God would revive Israel.
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Thus the Jewish nation will come to an epic national salvation. In the manner of the classic fireworks festival the Holy Spirit outpouring will climax in a grand finale at the very end of the seven years. This outpouring will not only see the salvation of the Jewish nation in Judah but will also empower the Church to complete the Great Commission. In this same late 70th week time period the "fullness of the gentiles", the end-time harvest, will be brought in.
While all this is happening the heathen nations will be raging. And yes these will be awful times for many, this is true. But the covenant people of God will 'rise and shine', for their Light has come. Nor will they be scurrying off like rats to hide as we see in those fictitious characters in the "Left Behind" novels. The Bride of Christ will be clothed in righteous glory of her Father, shining like the sun, radiant in splendor.
And like a supernova, the end-time Elect will go out in a blaze of glory! The re-union of the two houses of Israel focusses on Ephraim or his father Joseph and Judah. Ephraim is a handle on Israel for the ten northern tribes of Israel. The Northern Kingdom of Israel rebelled from the royal tribe of Judah went their own way. They ended up in gross idolatry. They were were divorced by God and cast off. The northern ten tribes never returned to the land of Israel in numbers sufficient to restore their tribal names or their sovereignty in Israel. The Abrahamic covenant enables families to continue throughout eternity.
Salvation and eternal life. Families are specifically blessed through the Abrahamic covenant because the crowning blessing of the gospel covenant is eternal marriage. Through priesthood ordinances, which include celestial marriage, or temple marriage, for the living and the dead, families can be eternally bound together.
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The posterity of Abraham today may also perform ordinances in the temples for their deceased ancestors and others. Ultimately, the greatest way families of the earth are blessed is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, a descendant of Abraham. Because of His Atonement, it is possible to receive all the blessings of eternal life.
What must you do to receive and share the promised blessings of the Abrahamic covenant? As with all eternal covenants, the conditions are established by the Lord. He also told Abraham:. Abraham and his posterity offer the blessings of the gospel and of salvation to all the families of the earth see Abraham Peter, James, and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood to the earth, preparing the way for the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant to once more be received. The blessings of the Abrahamic covenant, which are administered by the priesthood of God, were lost from the earth because of apostasy; consequently, a restoration was required to once again offer these blessings to mankind.
The gospel must be restored, the priesthood must be conferred again upon man, the keys of the sealing power must be given again to mortals, Israel must be gathered, and the Holy Ghost must be poured out upon the gentiles. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles noted the fulfillment of a Book of Mormon prophecy regarding the establishment of the Abrahamic covenant in our day:. Nelson spoke of the restoration of the promises made to the fathers:. We have received, as did they of old, the holy priesthood and the everlasting gospel.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are our ancestors. We are of Israel. We have the right to receive the gospel, blessings of the priesthood, and eternal life. Nations of the earth will be blessed by our efforts and by the labors of our posterity. This book, written for our day, states:. Nelson testified of the importance of the temple and the Atonement of Jesus Christ in receiving the greatest blessings of the Abrahamic covenant:. The fulfillment of the ancient Abrahamic covenant is feasible only because of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who are faithful to their baptismal covenant may receive the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant. When those who may not be literal descendants of Abraham are converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and are baptized, they are adopted into the family of Abraham. Because of their conversion, they may receive all the blessings promised to Abraham and his descendants see Galatians —29 ; —7. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles indicated that our identity as the seed of Abraham helps define who we are:. One of the primary reasons we receive a patriarchal blessing is to help us more fully understand who we are as the posterity of Abraham and to recognize the responsibility that rests upon us.