Question 360

By: Robert Serreyn

Question? In Matthew 24:16 Why those in Judaea told to run to the mountains?


The short answer is… The Antichrist (a man indwelled by Satan) is going to try to kill every Jew there.

Right after King Solomon’s death, the kingdom (Nation of Israel) was divided. The Northern half was known as Israel and the Southern half was known as Judah (Judaea).

The dividing line of the two kingdoms is very important. The dividing line ran from about 10 miles north of the Dead Sea on the west side of the Jordan River. The division then went almost straight west to the Mediterranean Sea. Jerusalem, is where the temple was, and it was located almost straight west from the north end of the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is very important to the Antichrist BECAUSE the Jewish Temple is where he enters and declares to the world that he is God (Jesus Christ). This takes place 3 ½ years after the Rapture in the middle of the seven-year Tribulation Period,

Take Notice in 2 Thessalonians 2:4…

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Almost all the Jews living in Judah (Judaea) will be attacked and destroyed (killed) if apprehended (captured); unless they take the mark of the Beast. (Revelation 13:15-18). Matthew 24:15-21 confirms this.

When ye, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Revelation 13:15-18
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (18) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Question? Why would the Antichrist not attack and destroy the Northern Kingdom of Israel but only Judah?

Answer: BECAUSE the Antichrist will use Israel (Northen part) to do all the cleanup work, That is, burying millions of dead horses and human bodies, before they decompose and spread disease throughout the country. Those in the North (Israel) no doubt have heard of the onslaught against their brethren in Judaea (Judah). Fear spreads north into Israel as the Antichrist claims to be God (Jesus Christ). – 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

Out of fear and deception, they will accept the false Messiah and receive his mark, 666. They now belong to the Antichrist, who as the “peacemaker” will allow them to dwell in peace while cleaning up the land.

To give context to the above statement lets look in Ezekiel 39:9 – 13 where the prophecy is given…

And they that dwell in the cities of Israel (Northern Part) shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons. (10) So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. (11) And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. (12) And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. (13) Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.

In Conclusion:

The Antichrist WILL NEED Israel to clean up all the dead horses and human bodies from the Russian, German, Ethiopian, Iran (Persia), Turkey, and Libya armies – Ezekiel 38:1 – 6, 38:15, 39:2 that God killed (NOT the antichrist) that attacked the Nation of Israel.

Ezekiel 38:15
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the NORTH parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army.

Ezekiel 39:2
and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel.

Ezekiel 38:1 – 6
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (2) Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk), and prophesy against him, (3) And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk): (4) And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: (5) Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: (6) Gomer (Germany), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (Turkey) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

To CLEAR UP a prophetic misunderstanding

Notice in Verse 2 of Ezekiel 38, “The chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.” The word “CHIEF” is the Hebrew “ROSH.” The translators took “Rosh” to be an adjective, meaning “chief,” instead of a noun; therefore the proper name of a northern nation, that being Russia. Therefore, the proper translation would be as follows:

“The Prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal”

Note that “Rosh” IS ALSO the Swedish name for Russia. Meschech would be none other than Moscow, and Tubal, present-day Tobolsk.

Russia ALONG WITH all the other 5 armies WILL DESCEND upon the Nation of Israel FROM the mountains of Israel right after the rapture TO TRY to destroy her (Israel) but God WILL STOP them.

Ezekiel 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood, and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

The word PLEAD in the English language is understood to mean “To Beg” or “Try to Convince” which gives a WRONG MEANING and a misunderstanding of what God said.

The Hebrew for PLEAD is SHAPHAT and it means to Pronounce Sentence against, To Punish, Execute Judgement.

Ezekiel 38:22 SHOULD BE translated to read as…

And I (God) will Pronounce Sentence against, To Punish, Execute Judgement against him (Russia’s army) with pestilence (Heb. DEBER = some kind of physical plague of sickness. and with blood; and I will rain (Heb. MATAR = normal rain) upon him and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him (Germany, Iran, Ethiopia, Turkey, Libya armies), an overflowing rain (Heb. GESHEM = a VIOLENT rain) and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23