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LESSON 15

ABRAM’S FIERY FURNACE TRIAL

 

 

JASHER 12

1. And when the king heard the words of Abram, he ordered him to be put into prison; and Abram was ten days in prison.

2. And at the end of those days, the king ordered that all the kings, princes, and governors of different provinces, and the sages, should come before him, and Abram was still in the house of confinement.

3. And the king said to the princes and sages, Have you heard what Abram, the son of Terah, has done to his father? Thus has he done to him, and I ordered him to be brought before me, and thus has he spoken; his heart did not misgive him, neither did he stir in my presence, and behold now he is confined in the prison.

4. And therefore decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spoke and did all the things that you heard.

5. And they all answered the king saying, The man who revileth the king should be hanged upon a tree; but having done all the things that he said, and having despised our gods, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter.

6. If it pleaseth the king to do this, let him order his servants to kindle a fire both night and day in thy brick furnace, and they we will cast this man into it. And the king did so, and he commanded his servants that they should prepare a fire for three days and three nights in the king's furnace, that is in Casdim; and the king ordered them to take Abram from prison and bring him out to be burned.

7. And all the king's servants, princes, lords, governors, and judges, and all the inhabitants of the land, about nine hundred thousand men, stood opposite the furnace to see Abram.

8. And all the women and little ones crowded upon the roofs and towers to see what was doing with Abram, and they all stood together at a distance; and there was not a man left that did not come on that day to behold the scene.

9. And when Abram was come, the conjurors of the king and the sages saw Abram, and they cried out to the king, saying, Our sovereign lord, surely this is the man whom we know to have been the child at whose birth the great star swallowed the four stars, which we declared to the king now fifty years since.

10. And behold, now his father also transgressed thy commands, and mocked thee by bringing thee another child, which thou didst kill.

11. And when the king heard their words, he was exceedingly wroth, and he ordered Terah to be brought before him.

12. And the king said, Hast thou heard what the conjurors have spoken? Now tell me truly, how didst thou; and if thou shalt speak truth, thou shalt be acquitted.

13. And seeing that the king's anger was so much kindled, Terah said to the king, My lord and king, thou hast heard the truth, and what the sages have spoken is right. And the king said, How couldst thou do this thing, to transgress my orders and to give me a child that thou didst not beget, and to take value for him?

14. And Terah answered the king, Because my tender feelings were excited for my son, at that time, and I took a son of my handmaid, and I brought him to the king.

15. And the king said, Who advised thee to do this? Tell me, do not hide aught from me, and then thou shalt not die.

16. And Terah was greatly terrified in the king's presence, and he said to the king, It was Haran, my eldest son, who advised me to this; and Haran was in those days that Abram was born, two and thirty years old.

17. But Haran did not advise his father anything, for Terah said this to the king in order to deliver his soul from the king, for he feared greatly; and the king said to Terah, Haran, thy son, who advised thee to this shall die through the fire with Abram; for the sentence of death is upon him for having rebelled against the king's desire in doing this matter.

18. And Haran at that time felt inclined to follow the ways of Abram, but he kept it within himself.

19. And Haran, said in his heart, Behold now the king has seized Abram on account of these things which Abram did, and it shall come to pass, that if Abram prevail over the king I will follow him, but if the king prevail, I will go after the king.

20. And when Terah had spoken this to the king concerning Haran, his son, the king ordered Haran to be seized with Abram.

21. And they brought them both, Abram and Haran, his brother, to cast them into the fire; and all the inhabitants of the land and the king's servants and princes, and all the women and little ones were there, standing that day over them.

22. And the king's servants took Abram, and his brother, and they stripped them of all their clothes excepting their lower garments which were upon them.

23. And they bound their hands and feet with linen cords, and the servants of the king lifted them up, and cast them both into the furnace.

24. And the Lord loved Abram, and He had compassion over him, and the Lord came down and delivered Abram from the fire, and he was not burned.

25. But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while Abram remained and walked about in the fire.

26. And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with the Lord; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.

27. And Abram walked in the midst of the fire three days and three nights, and all the servants of the king saw him walking in the fire, and they came and told the king, saying, Behold, we have seen Abram walking about in the midst of the fire, and even the lower garments which are upon him are not burned, but the cord with which he was bound is burned.

28. And when the king heard their words his heart fainted and he would not believe them; so he sent other faithful princes to see this matter, and they went and saw it and told it to the king; and the king rose to go and se it, and he saw Abram walking to and fro in the midst of the fire, and he saw Haran's body burned, and the king wondered greatly.

29. And the king ordered Abram to be taken out of the fire; and his servants approached to take him out and they could not, for the fire was round about and the flame ascending toward them from the furnace.

30. And the king's servants fled from it, and the king rebuked them, saying, Make haste and bring Abram out of the fire that you shall not die.

31. And the servants of the king again approached to bring Abram out, and the flames came upon them, and burned their faces so that eight of them died.

32. And when the king saw that his servants could not approach the fire lest they should be burned, the king called to Abram, O servant of the God, Who is in heaven, go forth from amidst the fire and come hither before me; and Abram hearkened to the voice of the king, and he went forth from the fire and came and stood before the king.

33. And when Abram came out, the king and all his servants saw Abram coming before the king, with his lower garments upon him, for they were not burned, but the cord with which he was bound was burned.

34. And the king said to Abram, How is it that thou wast not burned in the fire?

35. And Abram said to the king, The God of heaven and earth in Whom I trust, and Who has all in His power, He delivered me from the fire into which thou didst cast me.

36. And Haran, the brother of Abram, was burned to ashes, and they sought for his body, and they found it consumed.

37. And Haran was eighty-two years old when he died in the fire of Casdim. And the king, princes, and inhabitants of the land, seeing that Abram was delivered from the fire, they came and bowed down to Abram.

38. And Abram said to them, Do not bow down to me, but bow down to the God of the world Who made you, and serve Him, and go in His ways for it is He Who delivered me from out of this fire, and it is He Who created the souls and spirits of all men, and formed man in his mother's womb, and brought him forth into the world, and it is He Who will deliver those who trust in Him from all pain.

39. And this thing seemed very wonderful in the eyes of the king, and princes, that Abram was saved from the fire, and that Haran was burned; and the king gave Abram many presents, and he gave him his two head servants from the king's house; the name of one was Oni, and the name of the other was Eliezer.

40. And all the kings, and princes and servants, gave Abram many gifts of silver and gold and pearl, and the king and his princes sent him away, and he went in peace.

41. And Abram went forth from the king in peace, and many of the king's servants followed him, and about three hundred men joined him.

42. And Abram returned on that day and went to his father's house, he and the men that followed him, and Abram served the Lord his God all the days of his life, and he walked in his ways, and followed his law.

43. And from that day forward, Abram inclined the hearts of the sons of men to serve the Lord.

44. And at that time, Nahor and Abram took unto themselves wives, the daughters of their brother Haran; the wife of Nahor was Milca, and the name of Abram's wife was Sarai. And Sarai, wife of Abram, was barren; she had on offspring in those days.

45. And at the expiration of two years from Abram's going out of the fire, that is in the fifty-second year of his life, behold king Nimrod sat in Babel upon the throne, and the king fell asleep and dreamed that he was standing with his troops and hosts in a valley opposite the king's furnace.

46. And he lifted up his eyes and saw a man in the likeness of Abram coming forth from the furnace, and that he came and stood before the king with his drawn sword, and then sprang to the king with his sword, when the king fled from the man, for he was afraid; and while he was running, the man threw an egg upon the king's head, and the egg became a great river.

47. And the king dreamed that all his troops sank in that river and died, and the king took flight with three men who were before him and he escaped.

48. And the king looked at these men and they were clothed in princely dresses as the garments of kings, and had the appearance and majesty of kings.

49. And while they were running, the river again turned to an egg before the king, and their came forth from the egg a young bird which came before the king, and flew at his head and plucked out the king's eye.

50. And the king was grieved at the sight, and he awoke out of his sleep and his spirit was agitated; and he felt a great terror.

51. And in the morning, the king rose from his couch in fear, and he ordered all the wise men and magicians to come before him, when the king related his dream to them.

52. And a wise servant of the king, whose name was Anuki, answered the king, saying, This is nothing else but the evil of Abram and his seed which will spring up against my lord and king in the latter days.

53. And behold, the day will come when Abram and his seed and the children of his household will war with my king, and they will smite all the king's hosts and troops.

54. And as to what thou hast said concerning three men which thou didst see like unto thyself, and which did escape, this means that only thou will escape with three kings from the kings of the earth, who will be with thee in battle.

55. And that which thou sawest of the river which turned to an egg as at the first, and the young bird plucking out thine eye, this means nothing else but the seed of Abram which will slay the king in the latter days.

56. This is my king's dream, and this is its interpretation, and the dream is true, and the interpretation which thy servant has given thee is right.

57. Now therefore my king, surely thou knowest that it is now fifty-two years since thy sages saw this at the birth of Abram, and if my king will suffer Abram to live in the earth it will be to the injury of my lord and king, for all the days that Abram liveth neither thou nor thy kingdom will be established, for this was known formerly at his birth; and why will not my king slay him, that his evil may be kept from thee in the latter days?

58. And Nimrod hearkened to the voice of Anuki, and he sent some of his servants in secret to go and seize Abram, and bring him before the king to suffer death.

59. And Eliezer, Abram's servant, whom the king had given him, was at that time in the presence of the king, and he heard what Anuki had advised the king, and what the king had said to cause Abram's death.

 

60. And Eliezer said to Abram, Hasten, rise up and save thy soul, that thou mayest not die through the hands of the king, for thus did he see in a dream concerning thee, and thus did Anuki interpret it, and thus also did Anuki advise the king concerning thee.

61. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Eliezer, and Abram hastened and ran for safety to the house of Noah and his son Shem, and he concealed himself there and found a place of safety; and the king's servants came to Abram's house to seek him, but they could not find him, and they searched through out the country and he was not to be found, and they went and searched in every direction and he was not to be met with.

62. And when the king's servants could not find Abram, they returned to the king, but the king's anger against Abram was stilled, as they did not find him, and the king drove from his mind this matter concerning Abram.

63. And Abram was concealed in Noah's house for one month, until the king had forgotten this matter, but Abram was still afraid of the king; and Terah came to see Abram, his son, secretly in the house of Noah, and Terah was very great in the eyes of the king.

64. And Abram said to his father, Dost thou not know that the king thinketh to slay me, and to annihilate my name from the earth by the advice of his wicked counselors?

65. Now whom hast thou here and what hast thou in this land? Arise, let us go together to the land of Canaan, that we may be delivered from his hand, lest thou perish also through him in the latter days.

66. Dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard, that it is not through love that Nimrod giveth thee all this honor, but it is only for his benefit that he bestoweth all this good upon thee?

67. And if he do unto thee greater good that this, surely these are only vanities of the world, for wealth and riches cannot avail in the day of wrath and anger.

68.Now therefore, hearken to my voice, and let us arise and go to the land of Canaan, out of the reach of injury from Nimrod; and serve thou the Lord Who created thee in the earth, and it shall be well with thee; and cast away all the vain things which thou pursuest.

69. And Abram ceased to speak, when Noah and his son Shem answered Terah, saying, True is the word which Abram hath said unto thee.

70. And Terah hearkened to the voice of his son, Abram, and Terah did all that Abram had said, for this was from the Lord, that the king should not cause Abram's death.

 

Nimrod had become angry at Abram for destroying the gods in the home of Terah. Abram had spoken harshly in his message to Nimrod concerning the matter. Now Nimrod wants to have Abram killed. He first seeks confirmation from the other leaders of the nation. They recognize the desire of the king, and say what they know he wants to hear. Abram is sentenced to the fiery furnace. This is similar to the events in Babylon during the time of Daniel.

In Daniel’s time, Nebuchadnezzar built an image of gold. This image was twelve and a half feet by 125 feet. It was gold plated. On its day of dedication, the princes, governors, captains, judges, treasurers, sheriffs, and provincial rulers were to attend. The sound of the musical instruments was to signal them to bow and worship. The penalty for not doing so was to be death in a fiery furnace. Like the story in Jasher of Abram, the reverence to be paid false gods, has quite a penalty for disobedience.

Three Hebrew boys would not comply with the directive of Nebuchadnezzar. Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, who were friends of Daniel, had refused to bow to this golden statue. (Perhaps Daniel was elsewhere.) The king gave them a second opportunity. When they again refused, Nebuchadnezzar became furious. The furnace was heated seven times hotter than ever before. The three young men were bound and led toward the furnace. On the way, the king's men succumbed to the heat and died. The three had to walk the final steps to the furnace alone, without the urging of the captors. These events are quite similar to what happened to Abram in the book of Jasher.

Inside the furnace, the ropes burnt off of the three young men. Their clothes did not burn, and they were unhurt by the fire. Nebuchadnezzar noticed that there was a fourth person walking in the midst of the fire.

If you recall, the dream of Nebuchadnezzar had an image with a head of gold. The arms and shoulders of the image was silver, and this indicated that the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar would soon end. The Babylonians had the idea that their gods could be changed and influenced. Thus he had a statue built of all gold, and hoped to influence the gods to not have his kingdom end.

Nimrod also feared greatly the ending of his kingdom. His "false prophets" had foretold that Abram would be the ending of his kingdom. He thought he had killed Abram as an infant, and now that he has learned of the deception of Terah that allowed Abram to live, he now tries to kill Abram again.

Many today do not like the prophetic word of the Bible and the prophets of God. The prophets of God have always been opposed by the religious people of the day. Many religious people hope to change the message of God. Nebuchadnezzar sought to change the fact that his kingdom would be overthrown. Nimrod tries again to keep God from ending his kingdom. Many today want to keep the U.S.A. from facing the judgment predicted in the Bible. Some want to delay the rapture or the tribulation. Some hope the whole prophetic picture is wrong.

Today, pressure is applied to the prophets of God to change their message. Many will leave a church if the pastor teaches to give to the needy, and not to receive and build big bank accounts. Some will leave if the message is ever that a saint is not going to be healed. They will look for prophets that will lie and give false prophecies that the Lord will definitely heal. They act as though the fact that the Lord might call someone home to heaven is a defeat. The young saints, or unsaved ones in a congregation, who hear the prophecies of healing and miracle are shaken by the death when it comes. They see it as lies, and failure of the gospel message. So, a person who speaks a true rhema of God is pressured to change their message, or else.

It is not uncommon for the religious of a congregation to oppose and pressure the true prophets to change the message. The patriotism of the nation will pressure the minister to avoid sermons that tell of judgment on this so-called "religious nation".

The hypocrites of the congregation will keep many pastors from ever preaching on the "judgment that begins at the house of God." They would rather hear of the judgment of the wicked outside the church. The pressure is often hidden, but it is real.

The fiery furnace has been often the threat against those who hold to the prophetic word of the Lord. Fire is an indispensable element in the tempering process. It is necessary to make steel, glass, and china. It purifies and strengthens. God develops and tests character by allowing us to go through a fiery furnace experience. During these last days, we will face fire.

Some have the idea that we should just prosper and be blessed. They have lost the whole concept of God testing and trying us. Yet, there are still fiery furnaces for us to face in the last days. Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael faced the fiery furnace, and Abram faced the fiery furnace for standing up against the false doctrines of the day. We too shall face fiery furnaces for the same reasons.

Nimrod's fiery furnace did not kill the man of God. Abram lived while 21 others died.

See Jasher 12:26, 31

26. And Haran died when they had cast him into the fire, and he was burned to ashes, for his heart was not perfect with the Lord; and those men who cast him into the fire, the flame of the fire spread over them, and they were burned, and twelve men of them died.

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31. And the servants of the king again approached to bring Abram out, and the flames came upon them, and burned their faces so that eight of them died.

Nebuchadnezzar's fire of wrath also met defeat because the Lord Himself was there to protect the three young men. Notice their reply to the king.

Daniel 3:16-18

"Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshach (Mishael), and Abed-nego (Azariah), answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God, Whom we serve, is able to deliver us out of thine hand, O King. But if not, be it known unto thee, O King, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."

God needs such willingness to suffer for Christian stands, and for the prophetic message. Are you true to God in the midst of ridicule? trial? sickness? and sorrow? With the fire of the trial, there is victory. Man's wrath turned to praise of the three young men, because they had the fortitude to stand firm and not yield. Many probably yielded in that day to the king's ultimatum. Many today waffle under the pressure to recant, or turn against the true Word from the Lord. Even the fiery furnace did not dissuade the three men in Daniel, or Abram in Jasher. Some have sold out for 30 pieces of silver, a bowl of soup, or some other worthless offer. Where are the saints who will not recant the convictions of the faith?

Each of us face a personal test. We are going to be tested by fire in the last days, as were these three young men.

I Corinthians 3:12-15

"Every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."

I Peter 1:7

"...the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire."

Malachi 3:2

"He is like a refiner's fire."

What we profess will be tried in the last days. The trial is valuable. We may not seek the fiery tests, but they are said to be worth more than gold. When we are tried by our fiery trials of the last days, we will "be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." (I Peter 1:7) If we can't take the fiery trial, we are demonstrating a lack of "gold."

Don't be shocked by the trial:

I Peter 4:12

"think it not strange concerning the trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened to you."

Many act shocked when a trial comes. They wonder how can God allow these people to speak lies, spread untruths, hate me, etc. We, as the saints, should expect the trials to come. We are adequately warned in the Word of them. The saints who were our examples suffered many a trial.

Joseph was hated by his brethren, sold into slavery, lied about by a rejected woman, imprisoned for years, etc. David was hated by Saul, chased about the country side. Saul tried to kill him. Daniel was thrown into the lion's den. Paul was shipwrecked, beaten, imprisoned, stoned. The fiery trials we face will bring perfection and maturity to us. They will establish us in our faith. They will leave us with renewed strength. They will settle us.

I Peter 5:10

"that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."

The events of that time troubled Nimrod for several years. Then he is given a dream.

Jasher 12:46-50

46. And he lifted up his eyes and saw a man in the likeness of Abram coming forth from the furnace, and that he came and stood before the king with his drawn sword, and then sprang to the king with his sword, when the king fled from the man, for he was afraid; and while he was running, the man threw an egg upon the king's head, and the egg became a great river.

47. And the king dreamed that all his troops sank in that river and died, and the king took flight with three men who were before him and he escaped.

48. And the king looked at these men and they were clothed in princely dresses as the garments of kings, and had the appearance and majesty of kings.

49. And while they were running, the river again turned to an egg before the king, and their came forth from the egg a young bird which came before the king, and flew at his head and plucked out the king's eye.

50. And the king was grieved at the sight, and he awoke out of his sleep and his spirit was agitated; and he felt a great terror.

 

He saw Abram exiting the furnace, and carrying a sword. While Nimrod fled Abram in the dream, Abram threw an egg at Nimrod, which struck him in the head. The egg became a river, and the river destroyed the army of Nimrod. Then the river turned back into the egg, from which a bird emerged. The bird plucked out the eyes of the king.

This dream is prophetic. Nimrod ruled the nation which later would be Babylon, and during the tribulation will be the kingdom of the Antichrist. The Seed of Abram (the Lord Jesus) will someday come to destroy the future ruler of the kingdom of Nimrod. The "egg" represents the promised seed (see Genesis 3:15) that will destroy the evil ones, and the devil himself in the last days. The "egg" would turn into a river, i.e. all the seed of Abram who would come and be enemies of the devil. The Jewish nation, and now we, the Christians are that "river."

Galatians 3:29

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

The three men in regal garments, that Nimrod saw, and who escaped with him from the river, are the other three divisions of the Grecian empire. The Grecian empire was divided into four divisions. The Antichrist will come from one of the four divisions of the Grecian empire.

Daniel 8:9

"And out of one of them came forth a little horn."

The Antichrist shall conquer the other three (Daniel 7:8, "were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots."). Then the other nations of the revived Roman empire will give to him their power. The three other parts of the old Grecian empire, are the rest of the kingdom of the Antichrist in the first part of the tribulation. The other troops that are destroyed in the dream of Nimrod, are the ones of the kingdom of the Antichrist that are defeated in the fall of the city of Babylon in the tribulation. See Revelation 18) He, the Antichrist escapes the destruction, and moves his capital to Jerusalem for the second half of the tribulation. He gains more power, and chases the devout Jews who recognize him now as not being the promised Messiah. Many Jews flee to Petra for that last 3 ½ years.

Nimrod is seeing this dream, and is seeing events dealing with the last day end to this kingdom of evil, of which Nimrod was the first evil ruler. The Antichrist will be the last evil ruler of this kingdom.

The river turns back into an egg, and from the egg emerges a bird... This promised seed is Jesus, and He will destroy the Antichrist at His second coming.

Daniel makes sure we know that the vision of Daniel is for the end times. Note the emphasis of God to inform us of the final fulfillment of this passage. He does not want us to think that this prophecy would all be fulfilled in the coming of Alexander.

Daniel 8:17

"...for at the time of the end shall be the vision."

Daniel 8:19

"I will make known what shall be in the last end of the indignation."

Daniel 8:26

"...shut thou up the vision, for it shall be for many days."

In the dream of Nimrod, even Anuki, this wicked prophet, announces that the fulfillment of the dream is for the "latter days."

See Jasher 12:52, 55, 57, 65

52. And a wise servant of the king, whose name was Anuki, answered the king, saying, This is nothing else but the evil of Abram and his seed which will spring up against my lord and king in the latter days.

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55. And that which thou sawest of the river which turned to an egg as at the first, and the young bird plucking out thine eye, this means nothing else but the seed of Abram which will slay the king in the latter days.

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57. Now therefore my king, surely thou knowest that it is now fifty-two years since thy sages saw this at the birth of Abram, and if my king will suffer Abram to live in the earth it will be to the injury of my lord and king, for all the days that Abram liveth neither thou nor thy kingdom will be established, for this was known formerly at his birth; and why will not my king slay him, that his evil may be kept from thee in the latter days?

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65. Now whom hast thou here and what hast thou in this land? Arise, let us go together to the land of Canaan, that we may be delivered from his hand, lest thou perish also through him in the latter days.

 

In the final fulfillment of Daniel's vision, the ram is Iran. It comes against the goat, i.e. Iraq. Iraq will emerge the winner. The two horns of the ram will be broken. Later the "great horn" of the he goat will be broken... (This may refer to Saddam Hussein.) Four notable ones will arise, and out of one of them will emerge the "little horn..." This is the Antichrist. The Antichrist will become "great" and "prosper" (Daniel 8:9). He will conquer many people.

In Nimrod's dream, the three and he represent the four divisions of the same kingdom, and the one destroyed by the bird will be the one Daniel referred to as the "little horn."

At the end of this tribulation period, during the final thirty day period of Daniel 12:11, the Antichrist will be defeated "without hand" (Daniel 8:25). It is the "Prince of Princes", Jesus, Who will defeat him. Even back in Abram's time, a revelation was being given by God to those of the evil regime. This revelation showed that God was not hiding the fact of a coming Redeemer, and Judge of sinners. Abraham knew many end time prophecies.

Hebrews 11:8-19 (KJV)

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.


In the last days the Antichrist's forces will come against Israel. The "Prophecy of Ezra (known as II Esdra) reveals this destruction vividly.

Prophecy. of Ezra 15:34-35 shows a description of the bombs, armies coming by air, etc. that sound very modern.

Prophecy of Ezra 15:34-35

"Armies as storm clouds will come from the east, and the sky will be darkened by them from the north to the south. These armies will be full of wrath, and horrible to see. The armies will smite down upon the earth; and a multitude of fiery bolts, like meteors, will kill many. Blood will fill the valleys to the depth of the belly."

Revelation 14:20

"And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs."

Enoch 100:1-3

"In the last days father will fight against son, brother will kill brother, until the blood flows like a river. A father will have no mercy on his sons, and the sinner will kill his favorite brother - from dawn till sunset they will kill each other on that day. The horse will walk up to his chest in the blood on that day. The chariot will be covered by the blood of those, who in confusion and unbridled anger, kill each other."

The "Prophecy of Ezra" also reveals in 15:38-44 that armies will come to encompass Israel and Jerusalem, as the armies of the "West" came and encompassed Iraq in the Gulf War. The "fiery bolts" which sound like missiles or bombs, will rain terror and death on the tiny nation of Israel. The "flying swords" definitely sound like a description of missiles. This seems to be a description of the early stages of the war that we call "Armageddon." By the time the Lord and the saints arrive, the invading armies are already in Jerusalem.

Prophecy of Ezra 15:38-44

"Then shall come more armies from the south, from the north, and from the west. Strong winds will arise in the east, and will come to blow against these coming armies. The fiery bolts, that have caused fear to come, will destroy many. The great and mighty armies that have come in wrath will rain many fiery bolts down upon every prominent place. Fire, hail, and flying swords will cause many waters to flood the fields. The walls will fall in the cities, and the trees, orchards, and even mountains and hills will have flooding waters. Then shall Babylon even fear. My people will come against Babylon, and the wrath of fiery bolts will bring her to dust and smoke that shall rise up to the heavens. All that see will bewail her."

The rebuilt city of Babylon is divided by the river Euphrates. As flood waters pour out of the destroyed dams comes near the city, they will greatly fear.

Prophecy of Ezra 15:44

"My people will come against Babylon."

Israel is still trying to defend herself from the approaching Antichrist and his armies. Jesus and the saints have not yet arrived to finish this war.

Revelation 18:10, 17a, 19b.

"Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying Alas, Alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come... For in one hour so great riches is come to nought... and they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping."

Revelation 18:11, 18

"And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:"

Revelation 18:23b

"for by her sorceries were all nations deceived."

Revelation 19:2

"For true and righteous are His judgments; for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand."


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