God Loves to reveal His plans to His people! (Amos 3:7)
And so begins an exciting journey into the pages of Biblical prophecies concerning the end times. Through the lens of a literal, rather than allegorical, interpretation of scripture, author Suzy Hames will take you through uncharted territory as you explore the hidden secrets surrounding Jesus’ return. You will unroll God’s timetable as you discover the meaning of the mysterious numbers in the book of Daniel. From Micah, you will learn about the amazing deliverance from detainment in Bozrah granted to the Jewish exiles who survive Antichrist’s holocaust. And you will gain insight into Ezekiel’s vision of the third temple which foreshadows the role of saintly priests reigning with Christ during the Millennium. Familiar terms, such as “the Rapture”, “the Great Tribulation”, and “the Day of the Lord” will take on a whole new perspective.
In the contemporaneous arena, Hames dismantles the Replacement theology and exposes the Dominion ideology. She clarifies the Emergent Church movement and challenges readers to stand firm in their faith as they battle both deceptive myths and Islamic forces of evil during these last days. The Word of God is rich with treasures that afford the strength to endure. One only needs to step into the Truth, willing to be transformed, and anticipating that, after the darkness, joy comes in the morning.
Micah 2:12 says: I will gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of the fold. They will make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. Today, Bozrah is merely an archeological dig on the desert plains of Jordan, southeast of the Dead Sea, not far from Petra, but in ancient times, it was a pastoral city of the Edomites whose land will not (or, perhaps, cannot) be harmed by Antichrist in the end times (Dan. 11:41). Zechariah 14:2 states that when the horde of nations surround Jerusalem and take the city, half of its inhabitants will go into exile, and Jeremiah mentions: The people who survive the sword will find favor in the desert; [for] I will come to give rest to Israel (31:2). Miraculously, this remnant of Israel will escape to a place prepared in the desert where she will be taken care of for 3 ½ years out of the serpent's reach. Later we will see how God makes this flight to Bozrah possible. Apparently, Satan tries to interfere, but God intervenes: Then from his mouth, the serpent spewed water like a river to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river (Rev.:15-16). It is unclear whether this is an actual river (the area is visited by flash floods) or the Jordanian army, but for the duration of the time these refugees must be contained (1260 days in Jewish years), God will protect and nourish them. Not one will be lost (Is. 34:16). Though a place of safety, it will be a place of great testing and spiritual awakening. Zechariah says of this remnant: This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold (13:9).
Here is also the place where the Day of the Lord begins: The Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in Edom... For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause (Isaiah 34:6-8). Micah 2:13 (NIV) goes on to prophesy the great deliverance: One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head. In shepherding terms, a "breaker" is one who, in the early hours of dawn, comes to take the sheep from their protective fold out to pasture. In other words, the Lord Jesus will personally escort them from their holding place! Unafraid, they will not go in haste, for the Lord will go before them (Is. 52:12). It will be a time of great rejoicing!
From Bozrah, the Lord Jesus and His redeemed exiles will march to Jerusalem. This would explain how the 144,000 arrive there early with the Lamb. (In John’s vision of Rev. 14, they appear to be standing on Mount Zion before the harvesting of the earth). Their incredible deliverance will be a great testimony for all of Israel. Jesus foretold that he would not return to Jerusalem until His people wanted Him (Lk.13:35); now they will be ready to receive Him! And with the voice of an archangel and the last trumpet call of God, the Great Ingathering of all the saints will take place. Oh, the glorious plan of God’s amazing redemption for the salvation of our souls! Words can scarcely express His great love for us!
Suzy Hames is the cofounder of Morning Son Christian School and Parent Co-Op Christian School of Choice in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She has written a history curriculum and several Bible curricula. She and her husband, Steve, have four children. They live with their two youngest children in Fergus Falls.