A Treacherous Journey | The Point of Conversion
In the most testing circumstances of the most treacherous journey, contrastingly, the converting Jews won’t complain; so much, the rather, in the experience of life from the dead, their tongues will be loosed to proclaim the glories of the Holy One of Israel!
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” – Matt. 24:34-35
“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” – Isa. 45:18
At last, the stage is set. Finally, the scenery is perfect. An elect generation of Jews will arise from the dust and answer the verbal proclamation, “Go forth”, and, “Shew yourselves” (Isa. 49:9), venturing out into the wild unknown of a planet that is perfectly destroyed. With a divine reversal in process (Isa. 29:17-21, 32:15), and with the consummation accomplished, the Jews will arise from their hiding places amidst the rubble of a fallen Empire, weeping as they go (Jer. 50:4-8, Jer. 31:8-9). The Gentiles, not knowing what comes next, will watch from the galleries of a commonwealth bankruptcy with little hope of life. For, by all appearances, at the rapid destruction of heaven & earth before the eyes of this generation of people (Matt. 24:34-35), there’s no hope of survival; effectively, at the End of the World, the gloomy outlook of the Gentiles will assent to the End of Mankind. Yet, statedly, in the destruction of the world God isn’t eradicating all life (Isa. 45:18, Matt. 24:34-35). Upon ascending from the heaps of destroyed buildings, being astonished at having survived the war, the dispersed Jews will look upon the scenery about them in great fear. Then, the frightened Jews will hear the word proclaimed,
“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring My sons from far, and My daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.” – Isa. 43:5-8
While exceedingly troubled at the sights and sounds about them, the Jews will hear, “Fear not: for I am with thee” (Isa. 43:5). In being with the Jews in this expressed way, the LORD is regathering the Jews from the uttermost parts of the world to bring them back to Jerusalem (hence the divine commands: “Give up” & “Keep not back”). However, despite the commencement of the regathering upon the liberation of the Jews on Day 1,290, lo and behold: the Jews are still unconverted! Describing the elect Jews, the LORD says, “Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears” (Isa. 43:8)! Thus (let the reader understand), the Jews are in fear for the sights and sounds about them, and especially for their want of conversion (Isa. 45:8). Despite the compelling word, “Fear not”, their fears cannot be relieved until the blinded eyes are opened and the deafened ears are unstopped by the miracle of conversion! Thus, in heeding the call for the Jewish regathering (Jn. 6:44), the Jews are endeavoring to return to the bosom of Christ wherein is peace (Matt. 23:37-39). Yet, in the endevour, the temptation of loneliness and utter loss will be overwhelming! While in the throes of human misery, former temptations crouch at the door (Isa. 40:27, 49:14)! For, the enormity of human suffering heretofore is both inexplicable and unimaginable (Matt. 24:21)!
Human Suffering & Life from the Dead
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:
but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matt. 24:22
[Isa. 57:16, 65:8-16, Zech. 13:8-9]
For, even before the war, starting with the Vials (), the inhabitants of Babylon’s World were systematically and consecutively humbled: firstly, in the loss of health and beauty through being stricken with grievous sores that were so racking, the people gnawed their tongues for pain (Rev. 16:2, 10); secondarily, in the loss of every living soul in the sea as a source of food, the people became hungry (Rev. 16:3); thirdly, in the loss of rivers and fountains of freshwater, in them becoming rotten like flowing streams of human blood, the people became thirsty (Rev. 16:4-7); fourthly, in the loss of the greenhouse effect of the ozone layer in the atmosphere, or, in the loss of solar equilibrium in our solar system to wit the sun waxed exceedingly hot and scorched mankind with a burning heat, the people became hopeless to survive by agriculture (Rev. 16:8-9); fifthly, in the loss of light through the blanketing of thick darkness (natural or supernatural), the hasty and mischievous people were stopped in their places and hindered from any recourse by shear blackness of darkness (“They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days” – Ex. 10:23), thus they were forced to think upon the vapor of their short lifetime while powerless to change their fate except by submission to Almighty God (Rev. 16:10-11); and, lastly, leading up to the outbreak of war, these unhealthy, ugly, and pain-stricken Babylonians, now restless for hunger, fainting for thirst, and whining for the heat, became enraged in their quest for immortality and encouraged by the filthy dreams of devils () in hopes that they could fight against God and usurp the seat of Omnipotence, and so change the course of things (Rev. 16:12-16).
“Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!” – Num. 24:23
Ah! What terrible demise of great destruction is ordained to humble this depraved people who, after suffering such straitness and distress in (Jer. 19:9, Deut. 28:28, 34, 53-57), refuse humiliation and rally in retaliation (Rev. 16:12-16, Isa. 14:12-23)! At refusing humiliation (for unbelief in God) and rallying in retaliation (for belief in lying spirits), they show in themselves the hellish nature of fallen mankind (Rom. 1:18-22, James 3:6, Gen. 3:5). Like immoral and instinctive animals (“as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed” – 2 Pet. 2:12), hell-bent on surviving, they hope to successfully murder Christ a second time! Moved with demonic imaginations, the people march to war even while the Man, Jesus of Nazaraeth, is visibly clothed in the splendor of immortality and, being thus, is (Rev. 6:15-16)! For this hopeless and impossible cause, the Babylonians are hopeful, believing what is impossible with man is possible with devils (“the spirits of devils, working miracles” – Rev. 16:14, 2 Thess. 2:9-12)! Lusting with demonic hatred and murderous conspiracy, the people lament and agonize, saying, “We will not have this Man to reign over us” (Lk. 19:14)!
“Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto im, All these things will I give thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” – Matt. 4:8-9
Then, for their arrogance, a crushing avalanche of apocalyptic warfare fell upon their heads to wit, the world they coveted to possess was consumed in the mighty consumption called the consummation (Joel. 3:15-16, Hag. 2:6, 21-22, Isa. 2:10-12, 17-21, 13:13)! And, how unimaginable are the sights and sounds of this event? Likewise, in the aftermath, how astonishing the scenery in the eye of the beholder? None could tell the story better than the Jews (Rom. 9:15), God’s witnesses (Isa. 43:9, 12, 44:9, 26). No personal experience could possibly be quite like theirs. This elect generation of Jews (Rom. 9:23), for whom God has destroyed the world (Rom. 9:22), and for whom God will restore the world (Isa. 2:1-4, 4:1-6, 11:1-9, 12:1-6), are center stage in this staggering contrast where, even though heaven and earth have effectively passed away, this generation cannot and will not pass away (Matt. 24:34-35)! This is a testament to fact that Jesus affirmed, in the saying, “My words shall not pass away” (Matt. 24:34-35). None, as they, could personally bear witness to the eye-opening experience (Isa. 29:18, 35:5, 42:7, 16, 18-19, 43:8)!
Before crawling out of their holes amidst the heaps of fallen cities (“the cities of the nations fell” – Rev. 16:19), the dispersed Jews will hear the howling sounds of wind violently changing direction while, in the background, the simmering of burning fire mixes with a chorus of wailing voices from all survivors worldwide. Out in the elements, and looking up, they’ll gasp at the sight of a destroyed heavens (“Heaven…shall pass away” – Matt. 24:35)! The firmament, whose glory once awed mankind (Ps. 19:1), has vanished (Isa. 51:6)! The elements thereof, which sheltered mankind from the violence of outerspace, have dissolved in fire (2 Pet. 3:10-12)! The stars, divinely placed in the sky to illuminate the night and grant mankind a sense of direction (Gen. 1:16, Ps. 136:9), have fallen from heaven to earth in the violence of the (Rev. 6:13, Isa. 34:4, Matt. 24:29, Lk. 21:25-26, Mk. 13:24-25)! The sky, like a vast ocean of chaotic blackness (Isa. 50:3), forbids any light from the sun & moon (Rev. 6:12, Isa. 13:10)! Thus, like the rolling back of a scroll (Rev. 6:14, Isa. 34:4), the essential features of the heavens have departed from overhead (Rev. 6:14)! The endangered Jews, in shock, gaze upward at the furious void (Lk. 21:33, 2 Pet. 3:7) without realizing the enormity of the catastrophe! Wishing, and resolving, only that they would obey the voice who calls them forward, the Jews stammer onward without composure. How could they find composure while yet unconverted?
In a total blackout, insomuch that day and night are utterly indiscernable (Zech. 14:6-7), the consternated faces of Jews will pan downward toward the smoggy landscape in looking both near and far. Straining to see in the darkness, lo, they’ll barely make-out the scenery through the residue of burning flames in heaven and on earth, or, through the illumination of any nearby glorified saints whose bodies shine like the stars in earth’s skyline (Dan. 12:3). Feeling lost amidst the enormity of destruction (“earth will pass away” – Matt. 24:35, Isa. 24:1, 3-6, 17-20), the Jews will hurridly look left and right - unable to discern their own location! Literally, the landscape will be completely unrecognizable from the standpoint of the Jews.
“Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth aborad the inhabitants thereof.” – Isa. 24:1
The mountains, melted by fire (Isa. 64:1-2), flowed like rivers and reshaped the entire region (Ps. 46:6) while, in the (“the earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard” – Isa. 24:20), immense portions of earth and rock moved insomuch that “the mountains [cannot be] found” (Rev. 16:20, Isa. 54:10)! In the collapse of “all nations” (Hag. 2:7), lo, “the earth is utterly broken down” (Isa. 24:19) and “every island fled away” (Rev. 16:20) while, in “the flame of devouring fire” (Isa. 30:30) as a tempestuous storm in the battle of the 2nd Advent War (2 Thess. 2:8, Heb. 10:27, Isa. 11:4, 30:27-28, 30, 33, 34:8-10, 66:14-16, Rev. 19:20, Heb. 12:29), lo, “the earth is clean dissolved” (Isa. 24:19)! Thus, with the greenery of the world now lost, and, with the life and colors of the environment now gone in that the earth was scortched black in the fiery deluge, the Jews are made to gaze upon the scenery once beheld by Isaiah, in the foresight,
“The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away…the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left” – Isa. 24:4, 6
My reader, can you imagine it: the Jews, being called by God, arising from the dust and staggering into the scenery of Day 1,290? Ah, the sights, the sounds, & the smells! Namely, with the seas & oceans now empty, having become polluted with death & rotten like blood where an ecosystem of life once flourished (Rev. 16:3); with the rivers licked up and evaporated in the exploding firestorm of wrath (Isa. 34:9), and, the bodies of fish lying in piles where rivers once flowed (Isa. 50:2); with the dust of earth saturated with blood and swelling with human fat (Isa. 26:21, 34:5-7, Deut. 32:39-43, Rev. 14:14-20, 19:11-16) – excreted from the carnage of dead bodies dashed like a potter’s vessel (Ps. 2:9, Zech. 12:3), and, from the smoking remains of partially melted bodies that were liquified like wax before the flame (Ps. 68:1-4, 11:6, Ezek. 38:22); yea, and with such a quantity of ravaged corpses being scattered “from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth” like dung before the open skies (Jer. 25:29-33, Ps. 110:6), and, with the violence of carnivorious birds feasting upon the gory remains (Rev. 19:17-19, Ezek. 39:17-21), or, with the open cavities of the dead overflowing with maggots and shaking in the surge of the inward swarm of flesh-eating worms (Isa. 50:8-9, 51:6, 8, 12); thus, when mankind is demonstrably wasted like the heavens were dissolved and the earth waxed old like a garment (Isa. 51:6), even as the soils of earth were radically deformed in the welting hailstorms during the 2nd Advent War (Isa. 30:30, Rev. 16:17-21, Ezek. 38:21-23, Isa. 66:15-16), and, with all the glory of man shown to be weak and fragile – and highly combustible! – even as a blade of grass among the flowers of a field rapidly burns in great quantity (Isa. 34:12, 40:6-8, 15-18, 23-24, 41:11-12, 23-24, 29, 47:14)! In a scenery of imagery beyond human description, and from the vantage point of freshly liberated Jews who stagger about the howling fallout, the first steps of freedom feel more like the last steps of deathrow inmates before execution. The sights and sounds of death will be overwhelming, and the stench of death inescapable, and yet the Israelites will follow the voice of Christ into the outer regions of their fallen cities to venture into the vast unknown of what lies beyond.
“Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” – Isa. 40:10-11
If ever the Jews have felt “poor” and “needy”, this is it (Isa. 26:5-6). While meandering through and climbing over the fallen structures and broken buildings of the Empire of Babylon, lo, the footsteps of these “poor and needy” Jews will “tread” upon the majestic structures of Babylon that lie in the “dust” (Isa. 26:5-6). In roaming about the cities of Babylon’s World while looking for the countryside, the Jews have never felt so lost and humble as a sheep without a Shepherd (Isa. 40:10-11, Mal. 4:2). The breathtaking sights, sounds, and smells of the consummation in every direction (Isa. 40:3-8, 12-26) leave the Jews comfortless in their endeavor (Isa. 40:1-2), and yet they cleave in hope to the words spoken to them beforehand; namely, that the LORD would “gather the lambs with His Arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isa. 40:10-11).
“For, behold, the Day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the Day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the Day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” – Mal. 4:1-3
Thus, they will muse upon seeing “the King in His beauty” when Jerusalem is in its glory (Isa. 33:17). The Jews will as they think upon beholding “the Land that is very far off” (Isa. 33:17), Mount Zion, and they’ll “meditate terror” as they look about the foreign lands of their dispersion (Isa. 33:18). They’ll think upon former things in days of old (Isa. 41:22, 42:9, 43:18, 46:9, 48:3) when the LORD accomplished the foretold regathering of the Jews to Jersualem despite seemingly impossible odds (Isa. 45:26-28). Yet, things were never so impossible as now! Thus, as the soils ooze with blood in the highly populated areas of the city (Ps. 58:10), and, as the barefoot Jews with bloody feet tread upon the ashy remains of a consumed civilization lying in the dust (Isa. 26:5-6, 49:23, Mal. 4:1, 3), the Jews will hope against hope that they shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD (Rom. 4:18, Ps. 118:17, Ezek. 18:21, 24, 33:13).
“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” – Joel 3:15-16
Having hardly eaten or drunken since prior to the War, and, at hardly surviving heretofore (approx. 20 to 25 days), the Jews will arrive at the outermost part of the collapsed cities of their dispersion on the brink of physical exhaustion or death. At once, staring in amazement, they’ll gaze upon the vast countryside feeling they’re looking death in the face. The earth is now more hazardous than the harshest Wilderness in past ages as a result of the consummation; thus, it threatens death to all sojourners and dissuades all travelers! Yet, in shock, the onlooking Gentiles will watch the Jews wander to the outer-edges of the city. With no discernable path to take and no safe passage to travel, and with no physical sustenance in sight, the frightened & confused Jews (Isa. 33:14, 61:7) will fall to their knees and call upon the LORD who is worthy to be praised!
“And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee.” – Isa. 30:18-19 
“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tied: they shall call on My Name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” – Zech. 13:8-9
While “faint” for hunger and “weary” for thirst, and while hardly surviving the famine during the War (and after two thirds of the Jewish Population worldwide have utterly perished!), the dispersed Jewish People will stammer onward in hopes to begin their journey back to Jerusalem in obedience to the call of God; yet, alas, they are ready to “fall” like the “youths” and “young men” of the Gentiles do lie in the dust round about them (Isa. 40:28-31)! The onlooking Gentiles, powerless to rise to their feet (Isa. 40:29), will watch the Jews venture into the long journey of what looks like suicide, only then to see them begin to call upon the God of Israel in their distress! Literally, while all men stagger for faintness and fall to the ground for weariness, miraculously, the Jews will be enabled to “run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isa. 40:31), and so continue the voyage. Contextually (observable in Isaiah 40:1-28), this is the literal fulfillment of the word spoken of old, in the prophecy,
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isa. 40:29-31
How can it be? These are the days when God has taken away “peace” from the earth – and in doing so, the LORD forbids “peace” to the wicked (Isa. 48:22, 57:21)! And, yet, these are the days when the LORD says to the wicked, “whosoever shall call on the Name of the LORD shall be delivered” (Joel. 2:30-32)! , the LORD is calling all wicked men (Jew & Gentile) to repentance and, meanwhile, as the Jews are compelled to answer the call, the Gentiles will behold a glorious wonder nothing short of “life from the dead” (Rom. 11:15)!
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” – Isa. 57:18-21
Just as the LORD promised long ago in the Latter Rain Outpouring of the Spirit in the Last Days, the God of Israel will answer the call of suppliants at such a time as this (Zech. 10:1, Joel. 2:28-32, Ezek. 39:29, Isa. 32:15-20, 44:3). The tearful prayers of the dispersed Jews at the onset of their treacherous journey will be answered (Jer. 31:8-9, 50:4-8)! Hereby, through conversion, the LORD will “restore comforts” to the mourning Israelites who long to be regathered from dispersion (Isa. 57:18-21). Hereby, through conversion, the LORD will give “peace” and “healing” to the Jews who attempt the fatal journey in longing for restoration (Isa. 57:18-21). Yet, how will the Jews be converted exactly? Know this, my reader: whatever happens, however it happens, the onlooking Gentiles will be captivated at the sight of it!
“Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given Him for a Witness to the people, a Leader and Commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon Him : Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” – Isa. 55:3-7
“Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour My Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” – Isa. 44:1-8
Speaking to the Jews, the LORD demands their hearkening, while promising, “your soul shall live” (Isa. 55:1), even as they stand in the scenery of perfect destruction and death. Through conversion, the LORD is promising them an “Everlasting Covenant” in the “sure mercies of David” (Isa. 55:3). Illustrating this, the Jews will “behold” in real time what God commands them to see in the prophecy, “Behold, I have given Him [Jesus Christ] for a Witness to the people, a Leader and Commander to the people” (Isa. 55:4). If ever the Jews needed “help”, it is now (Isa. 44:2). If ever the Jews were afraid, it is now (“Fear not, O Jacob” – Isa. 44:2). Yet, in their distress the Jews will seek the LORD and call upon Him (being the first to do so), even as they are commanded in Isaiah 55:6-7, and the LORD will pour out His Spirit upon them in the manner described in Isaiah 44:3-5. As a result, and for the divine wonders performed on their behalf in the sight of all, the Jews will be gloriously converted (“…for He hath glorified thee.” – Isa. 55:5)! And, in beholding it, the onlooking Gentiles will be compelled to rise to their feet and “run” to the Jews (Isa. 55:5)! Yea, “nations” whom the Jews know not will arise and “run” to the Jews (Isa. 55:5)! And, in running to the Jews, “One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob…” (Isa. 44:5)! The inglorious Gentiles will see the glory of the Jews and marvel, and upon seeing it, “seven women shall take hold of one man [a Jew], saying, …only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach” (Isa. 4:1; Note: Did most of the men die in the 2nd Advent War?)! They, secondary to the Jews, will be compelled to answer the call alongside the Jews (Isa. 55:6-7)! Explicitly describing this in Isaiah 55:3-7 & 44:1-8, it was written,
“Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee.” – Isa. 55:5
“One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” – Isa. 44:5 [Isa. 4:1]
This, indeed, is a momentous occasion! For, what shocking display of glory could result in this? This is none other than the glorious conversion of the Jews (the overflow effect being “life from the dead” - Rom. 11:15); and, in reaction to this, there’s an influx of converting Gentiles! Should we be surprised? Of course, the LORD hasn’t left this moment of futurity shrouded in mystery. We can know exactly what happens and how it happens. Illustrious explanation is provided to those who endeavor to pinpoint the exact moment of the Jews being converted in the chronicles of Biblical Prophecy.
While standing on the outer-edges of their fallen cities, or at having assayed the journey for a little while, the Jews will come to their wits end (“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” – Ps. 107:8, 15, 21, 31, 43). In looking for “rivers”, they’ll find a “wilderness”. In looking for “watersprings”, they’ll find “dry ground”. In looking for a “fruitful land” that was perhaps untouched by the consummation, they’ll find “barrenness” (Ps. 107:32-34). Why? Explicitly, it is “for the wickedness of them that dwell [in Babylon’s World]” (Ps. 107:34). Yet, in a divine reversal of things (Isa. 29:17-21, 32:15), the LORD will contrast the righteous and the wicked: in performing a restoration amidst the consummation, and, in granting peace in a world of tempestuous chaos, by the creation of life in an environment of death. In answering the earnest prayers of the Jews while they gaze upon the treacherous journey as upon the face of certain death, the LORD will create life!
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.” – Isa. 41:17-20
The Jews are this poor and needy people in pursuit of water to assuage their thirst, hardly alive from the hardships heretofore (Isa. 41:17). The Jews are the people venturing into a world that is turned into a wilderness of death, a desert land without sustenance (Isa. 41:18). In such a state, and refusing to turn aside, they will call upon the LORD and He will hear them! In answering, He will open both rivers & fountains providing pools of water in the dry lands of the wilderness – hereby, bringing life to the dead! One company of the dispersed Jews walking amidst the mountainous high places, and another in the valleys, each one refusing to turn back from the treacherous journey even until their tongue fails for thirst in pursuit of water (Isa. 41:17)! In this exact scenario the Jews will be converted. They will be en route home braving the voyage across the wild terrain by calling upon the name of the LORD, and, the treacherous scenery of death shall blossom into life!
“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” – Isa. 35:1-10
The exact moment of the Jews being converted is pinpointed in Isaiah 41:17-20 & Isaiah 35:1-10, in the words, “That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it” (Isa. 41:20), and, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped” (Isa. 35:5). Namely, this is in the use of creative power (“I will open…make…plant…set…the Holy One of Israel hath created it” – Isa. 41:17-20) to succor the lives of the Jews as they make the impossible journey; and, lo, “an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness” (Isa. 35:8)!
“I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King. Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people have I formed for Myself; they shall shew forth My praise. ” – Isa. 43:15-21
“Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed His servant Jacob. And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out. There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.” – Isa. 48:20-22 [Peace: Isa. 48:20-22, 55:12-12, 57:13-21]
Whithersoever the Jews shall venture in travel, or whatever obstacle of death prevents their passage, even if it be as vast as “the sea” or immovable as “the mighty waters” (Isa. 43:16), the LORD will make a “way” where there is no “path” as in the “former things” of old (Isa. 43:16, 51:10); yet, in outdoing the former things the LORD will do a “new thing”, in fulfillment of the word, “I will even make a way in the wilderness…” (Isa. 43:16, 18-19). The wild terrain of earth will be graced by the newly converted footsteps of the Jews and, in turn, “the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21). In other words, creation itself shall go from groaning & travail to rejoicing & celebration (Rom. 8:18-23)! For example, in the wilderness (“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree” – Isa. 41:19) or in the desert (“I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together” – Isa. 41:19) God will instantaneously create all manner of trees for sustanence insomuch that, apparently, creation is celebrating the arrival of the Jews in their region! Thus, as the LORD makes a way where there is no way in a wilderness of death in the aftermath of the consummation, the dead and dying shall burst into life!
“…They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them. And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.” – Isa. 49:9-13
“I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” – Isa. 57:18-21 [Peace: Isa. 48:20-22, 55:12-13, 57:13-21]
If, on occasion, the Jewish Pilgrims chance upon an unavoidable fiery blaze, the Jews will walk “through the fire” and “not be burned”, and “neither shall the flame kindle upon [them]” (Isa. 43:2). Or, if the Jews come upon an overflowing river like the floods of the sea (seeing the whole earth is in unrest), the waters “shall not overflow [the Jews]” nor hinder their passage (Isa. 43:2). Or, when the dispersed Jews of differing regions (Isa. 49:12) encounter a vast series of impassable mountains, the LORD says, “I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways shall be exalted” (Isa. 49:11)! For, in all lands of every continent in any condition, “they shall feed in the ways”, and, “they shall not hunger nor thirst” (Isa. 49:9-10), because the LORD will create a way even if He must part the mountains like the waters of the Red Sea! Or, if needed, He will even raise the earth into a mighty highway for the ransomed of the LORD to pass over dry shod! Whatever the case may be, the LORD says, “I will be with thee” (Isa. 43:2).
“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” – Isa. 42:16-21
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isa. 60:1-5 [Isa. 9:2-7]
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am…” – Isa. 58:8-9
This notoriously blind people (Isa. 42:16; Isa. 29:18, 35:5, 42:7, 43:8), the Jews, who were deserving the likes of Babylon to punish them (Isa. 42:19-20, 22-25), will be unblinded in the way that God will create in answer to their tearful supplications and, herein, they will be gloriously converted (“They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.” – Isa. 42:17)! Thus, it shall be, when day and night are indiscernible for the blackness of smoke filling the sky (Zech. 14:6-7), and, when traveling companies of Jews begin their pilgrimage in the thick darkness, they will find the journey impossible for want of light. Why? “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (Isa. 60:2). Nevertheless, in refusing to turn aside, the Jews will call upon the God of Israel, who said, “I will make darkness light before them” (Isa. 42:16). Then, just as was foretold, “the glory of the LORD” shall rise upon the Jewish Pilgrims insomuch that, in the distance, the Gentiles will behold the brilliant spectacle and hasten thereto, as it was written, “the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising” (Isa. 60:3)!
“O LORD, Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy Name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For Thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify Thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear Thee. For Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” – Isa. 25:1-4
Also, when and if the smoky clouds of pollution is cleared to wit the sun, for lack of ozone, shines down upon the earth with a scorching heat, “neither shall the heat nor sun smite [the Jews]” (Isa. 49:10). Yea, even if “the moon shall be as the light of the sun”, and even if “the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days” (Isa. 30:26), it shall do no harm to the Jews en route to Jerusalem! For, the LORD shall provide “a shadow from the heat” as divine wisdom pleases (Isa. 25:4); perhaps, by spreading a cloud overhead that follows the path of the voyagers (Ex. 13:21-22, Num. 14:14, Neh. 9:19); or, perhaps by some other unknown means, yet this much is sure: the Lord’s provision shall be “as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isa. 32:2)! In the great pilgrimage, when encountering any deadly obstacle, like torrential winds of mortal force (tornadoes & hurricaines), or, a stormy tempest of acid rain & hail (apocalyptic weather), the experience of deliverance from the vantage point of the Jews means conversion.
“Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.” – Isa. 32:1-4
Even as Christ, in the 1st Advent, fed the weary and empty-handed Jews who toiled all night for hunger (Jn. 21:1-14), and in feeding them He ate with them, even so when the LORD opens the fountains of freshwater in the 2nd Advent, shall He not also drink of the newborn brook alongside His brethren? Yea, “He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall He lift up the head” (Ps. 110:7; Heb. 2:9-18)! In coming to the Jews “in the way”, lo, the King shall speak peace to them (Jn. 20:19, 26; Isa. 32:1); and, in doing so, He will appear to the wayfaring Jews of the Last Days for approx. 45 days, much like He appeared to the 1st Century Jews for 40 days (Acts 1:3). Doing wonders, Jesus will feed, comfort, and care for them just as promised for the whole duration of the journey back home (Isa. 40:10-11); and, whenever He isn’t among each individual dispersed company of Jewish Pilgrims in bodily presence, His ministers will be (Jude 1:14).
By appointing the redeemed saints of the 1st Resurrection as “princes” (Isa. 32:1, Rev. 20:4-6), we can presume that they will minister to the needs of the Jews in the meantime of Christ’s absence and on behalf of Christ, even as angels did of old (Isa. 63:9, 1 Kings 19:5-8); for, it would seem, this is the expressed meaning of the foretold declaration, “And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isa. 32:2). In this manner, these glorified men will miraculously interpose deliverances on behalf of Christ to the needy Jews (1 Jn. 3:2), for they are living and reigning with Christ (Rev. 20:4-6)!
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” – Rev. 20:4-6 [Lk. 19:11-27]
Those angelic men who rode with Christ to fight in the 2nd Advent War (Rev. 19:11-16, Lk. 20:34-38) resulting in the consummation will, likewise, ride with Christ in the wonder-working activity of the regathering & restoration. At the experience, and in beholding the wonders, the Jews will be miraculously changed: the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of stammerers will speak (Isa. 32:3-4)! Thus, they will rejoice, sing, and declare the wonderful works of God worldwide as they make the pilgrimage back home (“with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth” – Isa. 48:20-22)! For, the Jews will know personally what all the world will come to realize visibly, that the consummation befell the world “for the wickedness of them that dwell therein” (Ps. 107:34).
“Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein…Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way…The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” – Ps. 107:32-34, 39-40, 42-43
“Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders…He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease…Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” – Ps. 107:32, 35-38, 41-43
Both the consummation & the restoration are morally motivated acts of divine justice to put a difference between the righteous and the wicked (Mal. 3:17-4:3). Understandably so, seeing that there were no righteous men the LORD took away peace from the earth (Isa. 48:20-22, 55:12-13, 57:18-21). Likewise, but on the contrary, the LORD will wondrously accomplish the restoration amidst the regathering as wicked men turn to righteousness (Isa. 55:3-7)! Thus, in becoming truly converted, and therein being righteous by the grace of God, the Jews will supernaturally experience a reversal: a dead, dying, and consumed world bursts into life at the presence of sojourning Jews as a testament to the righteousness of God who created all things to be inhabited (Isa. 51:16, 45:18)! It was written, “The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and iniquity shall stop her mouth” (Ps. 107:42)! Therefore, at the command of the Creator (who alone has power), the heavens shall drop down, the skies will pour, the earth will open, and life will spring up before the righteous (Isa. 45:8)! And, at the seeing of it, “iniquity shall stop her mouth” (Ps. 107:42) because all men will come to “know” that “from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside [the LORD]”, and that He alone forms “light”, creates “darkness”, makes “peace”, and creates “evil” – authoring both the consummation & the restoration before the eyes of all mankind (Isa. 45:6-7)!
“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth? Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” – Isa. 45:6-12
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” – Isa. 55:10-13 [Peace: Isa. 48:20-22, 55:12-13, 57:13-21]
In the experience, the jubilant tongues of newly converted Jews will say, “in the LORD have I righteousness and strength” (Isa. 45:24), while bystanding creation round about gives an applause of celebration to the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5), and while flying immortals overhead will say to Christ, “Thou art worthy…for Thou hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10)! To the astonishment of the heathen, God gives strength to the weary Jews amidst the fainting strength of all mankind; and, as He enlivens the Jews (and all creation with them!) along the treacherous journey of otherwise certain death (Isa. 40:27-31), they’ll say, “The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God” (Jer. 51:10)!
“Therefore My people shall know My Name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak: behold, it is I. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth Good Tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth Good Tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.” – Isa. 52:6-8 [Peace: Isa. 48:20-22, 55:12-13, 57:13-21]
Shunning former temptations (Isa. 40:27, 49:14), the Jews will become responsible followers of the Voice of the LORD that calls them in the remaining 45 Days (“…therefore they shall know in that day that I am He that doth speak: behold it is I.” – Isa. 52:6). In hearing and seeing how it’s roar destroyed the world in the past 30 Days (Isa. 30:30-31, 42:13-15), bethinking themselves, the Jews will entrust their life & security to God in obeying the Voice of the LORD as it directs their footsteps into the realms of otherwise certain death (Isa. 43:6-8, 44:25-28, 52:6). They will jubilantly declare their conversion and vindicate the righteousness of God in the totality of what has taken place; now, more than ever, longing to declare His works in Zion upon their restoration to the City of Jerusalem (Jer. 51:10, Isa. 52:6-8, Isa. 12:4)! Upon arriving there, believe it or not, the rising light of Jewish Restoration will increase in brightness and, in turn, orchestrate a worldwide celebration among all peoples and nations!