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Monday, July 9, 2018

The Mystery of the Palestinian & Davidic Covenants

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all” (Romans 11:25-32).

          The Palestinian and Davidic Covenants were not a mystery to the Jews.  We find them detailed in several prophetic texts of the Old Testament.  The “mystery” is how “all Israel shall be saved.”  This will happen at the very end of the “times of the Gentiles.”  This happens during the 70th week of Daniel known as the Tribulation.  As God judges the Gentile nations for their persecutions of Jews, He will also miraculously intervene in the world to bring the Jews to saving faith in Jesus Christ.  Christ spoke of this time in Luke 21:20-28. 

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:20-28). 

[1]        The Palestinian Covenant is primarily about the Promised Land of Israel and the David Covenant is primarily about the Lordship of Jesus in the restoration of dominion to humanity and the deliverance of saved Jews into their Promised Land under the Federal Headship of Jesus.  Part of the “mystery” is that although Jesus will rule the world from Jerusalem, He will do so through His new Priesthood of all faithful Church Age believers.  Neither the Palestinian Covenant nor the David Covenant will be completely fulfilled until the second coming of Jesus Christ at Armageddon.  Therefore, the parabolic warning of Luke 21:29-36 is primarily to the Jews during the Tribulation (70th week of Daniel).

29 And he spake to them {Jewish believers} a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things {described in Luke 21:8-19} come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God {the Davidic Kingdom ruled by Jesus the Christ} is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation {the saved living at the end of these 7 years} shall not pass away {ever die}, till all be fulfilled {the end of the Kingdom Age and the creation of the new Heaven/Earth}. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away {the dissolution of the fallen creation}: but my words {His promised regarding eternal life and the New Creation} shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged {weighed down} with surfeiting {a hangover}, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day {can refer to the day of wrath, which is the whole 7 year Tribulation, or its culmination in the second coming of Christ} come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare {a previously concealed move made to gain a tactical end} shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth {but especially those who do not understand and watch for the mystery because of unbelief}. 36 Watch ye therefore {because you believe in this pending reality}, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy {because you have trusted in Christ and have been ‘born again’} to escape all these things {the judgments of God in the Seven Seals} that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man {only those who are ‘born again’ will ‘stand before’ Him in that all others will be destroyed at His coming}” (Luke 21:29-36).

          There is another specific truth that is part of all of this; “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25).  Throughout the Church Age, very few Jews will be saved.  However, clearly this does not include every Jew.  Many Jews have trusted in Jesus as their Saviour and Messiah throughout the Church Age.  The word “blindness” is from the Greek word porosis (po'-ro-sis), which means stupidity or callousness.  The idea is that the vast majority of Jews would be very hardened in their hearts towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continue to reject or even consider Him as their Messiah.  Jews have been culturally programmed to resist the Gospel!

The word “happened” in Romans 11:25 is Perfect Tense and Active Voice.  The Perfect Tense describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.  The original rejection of Jesus as their Messiah by the nation of Israel does not need to be repeated by every succeeding generation.  This does not mean that individual Jews could not be saved or reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This was certainly true of the vast majority of the Church recorded in the book of Acts.  Most of them were saved Jews, including the Apostles.  Therefore, no one should be allowed to say that Jews are a cast away people who are all reprobate before God and of which none can be saved.  Jews can be saved just like anyone can be saved.  

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:12-13).

Secondly, God will one day intervene in some very miraculous ways to bring the Jews out of their hardness to Jesus Christ and to repentance of their false view of the Messianic Kingdom and their false view of the Messiah; “until the fulness of the Gentiles {Luke 21:24} be come in,” at which time “all Israel shall be saved” (Romans 11:26).  

God is not going to save “Israel” apart from a faith decision in the Person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ.  The important thing to understand here is that the “Israel” that will be “saved” is national Israel.  God will create a new nation of Israel out of those Jews who repent and trust in the Person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ during the Tribulation Period along with glorified Old Testament Jews returning with Jesus at His second coming.  God will do this through two miraculous means:

1. God’s judgments against the nations
2. Through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the miraculous witness of two resurrected and glorified Old Testament prophets for the last 42 months (1,260 days or 3½ years) of the Tribulation along with 144,000 glorified Jews from Heaven. 

Before we look at these two means through which God will bring the vast majority of Jews to saving faith in the Person and redemptive work of Jesus Christ, we need to understand some things about the 144,000 Jews that are sealed at about halfway through the Tribulation Period (70th week of Daniel).  Misunderstanding of this event has created enormous difficulties that must be corrected. 

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand” (Revelation 7:1-8).

          Who are these 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel and where do they come from?  Does God simply seal 144,000 unsaved Jews?  Is this sealing simply the circumcision of 144,000 unsaved Jews (Romans 4:11; “And he {Abraham} received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised”)?  Is this sealing the seal of the Holy Spirit as detailed in II Corinthians 1:22 or Ephesians 1:13 and 4:32?  According to Revelation 7:3, we are told that these people are “sealed the servants {bondservants} of our God in {epi; lit. upon} their foreheads.”  In other words, these 144,000 individual Jews are marked or stamped with some identifying mark “upon their foreheads” (compare Exodus 28:36).  In Revelation 14:3 we are told that this seal is the Father’s Name and there we are given other very specific details about them.

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:1-5).

In Revelation 14:1 we are told “a Lamb {the glorified Lord Jesus Christ} stood on the mount Sion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”  Is this the earthly Mt Zion or the Heavenly Mt. Zion (Hebrews 12:22-23)?  We see in Revelation 14:3 “they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders.”  Clearly these are saved Jews who are already resurrected and glorified who are now before the Throne of God in heaven.  These saved Jews were resurrected before the beginning of the Tribulation (compare Revelation. 4:1 with I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:22-29).

I believe this mark, or seal, is to identify these 144,000 Jews as God’s ordained messengers or Evangelists as a special group of the New Priesthood of all Church Age glorified believers and their primary purpose is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the 1,000 year Kingdom Age.  These 144,000 sealed Jews are not sealed on earth.  Clearly this sealing or marking takes place in Heaven.  They are glorified Jewish believers “born again” of the Spirit of God who will rule and reign with Christ during the Kingdom Age.  

This is not the same as the resurrection of all other pre-Pentecost believers commonly referred to as Old Testament believers.  These most probably will not be resurrected until the second coming of Christ along with the martyred Tribulation believers who were murdered by the Antichrist.  The resurrection of these Old Testament believers is what Ezekiel 37:1-14 is speaking of.  There is no reason to interpret Ezekiel 37:1-14 allegorically.  Ezekiel 37:1-14 should be understood to refer to the literal resurrection and glorification of Old Testament believers. 

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD” (Ezekiel 37:1-14).

          God will use the horrendous events of the judgment of the nations in the seven seal judgments revealed in the book of Revelation to bring the world to faith in Christ (the 7th Seal is the 7 Trumpet Judgments and the 7 Bowl or Vial Judgments are the 7th Trumpet Judgment; therefore, all of these Judgments are embodied within the 7 Seal Judgments).  The vast majority of the human populace on planet Earth will refuse to repent of their sin and unbelief and trust in the finish work of Christ’s substitutionary redemption.  Yet the book of Revelation tells us that “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” will be saved during the Tribulation.  The vast majority of these people will be martyred.  However, there will be many, of both saved Gentiles and saved Jews, who will survive the Tribulation and enter the Kingdom Age in physical bodies and who will populate the worldwide Kingdom of Christ and reproduce during this 1,000 years. 

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. . . . And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9 and 14).

          The great truth is that those who are martyred during the Tribulation will be resurrected, glorified, and made part of the Church Age priesthood that will rule and reign with Christ during the Kingdom Age.  The means that God will use to bring many Jews to Christ during the Tribulation is twofold.

1. The “abomination of desolation” revealing the Antichrist as the false Messiah as he presents himself as God, which was prophesied in Daniel 9:24-27
2. The two witnesses miraculous sent by God for the last half of the Tribulation along with the 144,000 sealed in their foreheads Jews returning to Earth with the two witnesses.

          The vast majority of Jews are looking for a political Messiah who will usher peace into the Middle East.  These individuals will readily accept the Antichrist as the Messiah based upon this single criterion.  It is as a false Peacemaker that the Antichrist first presents himself in Revelation 6:2 as he arrives on the scene on a “white horse.”  

          Many Jews will recognize what the Antichrist does at midway through the Tribulation and understand that he is the Deceiver.  At this same time in history God will send two miraculous Evangelists preaching that Jesus Christ is the Promised One and that redemption is found through faith in His finished substitutionary death, his burial and resurrection, and that Jesus is soon to come again in full glory to fulfilled both the Palestinian and Davidic Covenants. 

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God {the rebuilt Tribulation Temple, this is not the Millennial Temple}, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them {by whatever method they try to use to kill them}, he {the perpetrator} must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them {their death}, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city {of Jerusalem; this may also be the destruction of the Tribulation Temple that the Antichrist took control of at the time of the ‘abomination that made desolate’} fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant {that were not killed} were affrighted, and gave glory {perhaps signifying repentance and faith in Christ} to the God of heaven” (Revelation 11:3-13).

Thousands upon thousands of Jews will be led to faith in Jesus as their Messiah by the witness of these two unstoppable Evangelist.  The Jews of the Tribulation will recognize that these two Evangelists are the “two olive trees, and the two candlesticks” prophesied by Zechariah and reject the Antichrist as their Messiah. 

1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, 2 And said unto me, What seest thou? 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. 4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? 5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. 8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. 10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. 11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth(Zechariah 4:1-14).

The significance regarding these two witnesses is that God reveals to Zerubbabel through Zechariah, that God’s Temple will not be restored by a large military power (“might”), or by some outstanding charismatic and influential leader (“power”), but that the restoration of the Temple would be a spiritual restoration that could only be accomplished by the Holy Spirit.  This restoration was a physical picture of spiritual revival of the nation of Israel.  The accomplished restoration was not the revival itself, but the product of that revival.
          These two witnesses are how God will accomplish this revival.  The two olive trees represent these two men, full of the Holy Spirit and with unlimited resources.  They are also the two “candlesticks” (“Lampstands”) as they are the heralds of God’s truth in the power of His Holy Spirit.
After the second coming of Jesus Christ in glory, national Israel will be made up of only of saved Jews.  Every other person on planet earth that is still alive at the end of the Tribulation and who has not repented and trusted in the Person and redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ will be destroyed at His coming in glory.  Only “born again” people still living after the second coming of Jesus Christ will enter into the Kingdom Age. 

1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. . . . 12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague” (Zechariah 14:1-7 & 12-15).

Revelation 19:11-21 tells us that this smiting of the nations will take place as Jesus Christ enters back into the realm of the material earth from Heaven.  Although this is often referred to as the battle of Armageddon, the enemies of national Israel are the enemies of God and the glory of the presence of the incarnate Word (“a sharp sword,” Rev. 19:13) will destroy them all in a moment of time. 

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-21).

[1] Easton’s Bible Dictionary; Palestine, Illustrating the New Testament; SwordSearcher Software 6.0

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