Disclaimer: The author intends these articles to assist the reader in understanding the End Times prophecies of the Holy Bible. There is no intention to provoke hatred towards any group, tribe, or nation. Even the family of the Antichrist deserves to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The book of Revelation states that there will be members of every tribe, nation, kingdom, and tongue, in Heaven! It is the hope of the author to provoke Christians to witness of the love and forgiveness of God toward all who will listen! It is his hope that we will share in the joy of seeing even family members of the Antichrist himself, in Heaven with Jesus!
Usually when I do my personal devotions I read through one book or another, usually alternating between the Old and New Testaments. Having recently finished going through several New Testament epistles I thought “Why not revisit some of the Old Testament prophecies I went through while writing The Spirit of Prophecy”.
Jimmy DeYoung, on Brannon Howse’s program had recently said something to the effect of “I am not aware of any war where the whole world is involved except the final battle at the end of the millennial reign of Christ”. This had been on my mind for some time, because I knew that Jeremiah 25 contains a list that starts with Jerusalem, in verse 18, and ends with “all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth” in verse 26.
This war can’t be the final war at the end of the millennial reign for it begins with God’s judgment against Israel, and Jerusalem. During the millennial reign 100% of Israel will be saved. The final battle will not be God against Israel and the world, but the world against God and Israel. Mr. DeYoung has failed to take Jeremiah 25 into account in his eschatology. (Eschatology: the study of end times prophecies)
As I read through the passage I also noticed a peculiar command, and its result;
27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. 28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. 29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
Now, no one wants the Judgment of God against them, but I remembered, or was led to, Jeremiah 49 where a very similar mindset is spoken of. This time the people of Edom are singled out for judgment;
12 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it. 13 For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.
Now why would Edom think they should not suffer the wrath of God? Why would God single them out at this point, when He is angry with the whole world? Why would the land of Edom (Idumea) be singled out for a special curse? Why should their cities be perpetual wastes? Note also that Bozrah is another name for the land of Edom.
The best answer is that the Antichrist will come from the tribes descended from Esau, Jacob’s brother.
The reason they think they should not suffer God’s judgment is because they think that as descendants of the first son of Isaac, they should still have the birthright. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew, and it seems ludicrous that such a major blessing, the position of a nation in Gods economy, could be sold for such a trivial price, but it was, and it was a legal agreement, which God still honors!
The people of Edom will be led by a man who they think is the Christ, but in reality is the Antichrist! He will look like a Christian, talk like a Christian, and act the way many Christians think a Christian should act. At least for a time. The modern nation, which is the inheritance of Esau, will be his first power base!
Edom, Moab, and Ammon, formed a permanent alliance many years ago. They were the founders of the modern nation in view here. Their territory 2,500 years ago was roughly the same as it is today! Just compare this map with a modern map of the Middle East, and you will figure out which nation I am talking about!
Further down in chapter 49 there is another statement made about the people of Edom that caught my eye.
16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
When I read the phrase about them making their nest as high as the eagle I was reminded of another passage concerning this same nation, which contains remarkably similar language;
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD. Obadiah 1:4
Again, as I read this statement I remembered another similar statement. Something about someone wanting to exalt their throne above the stars of God.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isaiah 14:13
The King James bible directs the above statement to “Lucifer”, while the NIV translates it as “morning star, son of the dawn!” Now, since Jesus is known as the Morning Star, does this mean that He will fall out of favour with God? No, the NIV translators made a mistake. It’s not that God is confused, but Satan keeps on trying to imitate Him, and usurp everything that belongs to our God!
As you continue reading you are given more clues.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
It may seem like nit-picking, but this person is a man, not an angel. Lucifer is an angel.
But, lets keep going;
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. 19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
If this person is “cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch”, then who is it? Who is the Branch? Of course the Branch is Jesus, so this “abominable branch” is a usurper, who is similar to Jesus;none other than the Antichrist! So, what could this phrase mean, to be “cast out of his grave”? Here’s a clue;
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Revelation 13:3
There is some debate among bible scholars as to whether the Antichrist, the Beast, will be actually resurrected. I think his resurrection will be genuine. There is only one Savior, Jesus Christ, but God is quite willing to set a trap for those who have rejected the Salvation that God offers through Jesus. When this Edomite is raised from the dead, the whole world will follow him, and suffer the wrath of God for doing so.
Everything you need for salvation is there in the pages of the bible, but an evil generation wants a sign, so God will give them one! Can you think of a better sign that someone being raised from the dead? He will be raised from the dead, but his mouth will be speaking blasphemies. How many will catch on? I think there will be numbers who do, but many of them will die as martyrs.
Far better for you to be saved, and Raptured, and in Heaven while all of this is going on.
Here’s another clue, in the next verse of Isaiah 14;
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
This man will not be buried on the earth. Combine this statement with the previous, that he is cast out of his grave, and it appears to be in line with the statement in Revelation 19:20, where the Beast is cast alive into the lake of fire.
Verse 22 indicates the Lord’s displeasure with this man’s sons and nephews. Satan has no sons, nor nephews, again indicating that this is a man and not an angel. It also indicates that his family supports him in his endeavors. I would still hope that some from his family might get saved, perhaps a cousin, or even a sister.
The fact that he has sons would also indicate that he is not gay, contrary to many scholar’s opinion that the statement “he does not regard… the desire of women” in Daniel 11:37 indicates he is a homosexual. It has another meaning, which I have examined previously. Search this site for “polygamy”, if you want to examine this subject in greater depth.
The chapter begins, in verse 4, calling this man “the king of Babylon”, and in verse 25 he is called “the Assyrian”, but this does not mean that he is born in either Assyria, or Babylon. I live in Canada, and we have a Queen, but even though she has the title “the Queen of Canada” she was not born here, and neither does she live here.
It could very well be the same with the Antichrist. He does not have to be born in Babylon to be called the king of Babylon. This is likely a title that is conferred on him by the Harlot Church, after they have set up camp in this city.
The earlier verses we looked at, in Jeremiah 49, and Obadiah 1:4, line up perfectly with Isaiah 14, and are consistent with the idea that the Antichrist will come from Jordan, from Edom, the nation descended from Jacob’s brother Esau. This small study is but the tip of the iceberg. There is a wealth of evidence that the Beast will come from Jordan. For a more complete study I recommend that you obtain a copy of The Spirit of Prophecy. Dig deep, you’ll be surprised at what you find!
Well, that was an eye opener! For so many years, Bible scholars taught that the AC would come out of the EU. However, for some time now, I’ve believed that he would come out of the middle east, so what you are saying makes sense.
Here’s something else to consider. The city of Amman, Jordan, was known as Philadelphia during the time of Christ. It’s not the same Philadelphia as in Revelation 3, but I think the similarity of the names will be exploited by the Antichrist.
Amman, or Philadelphia, was also known as the city of seven jabals, or seven mountains, and was a Rome wannabe! (jabal is “mountain” in Arabic.)
What else? There are Old Testament prophecies that predict that Amman, or “Rabbah of the Ammonites”, will one day be destroyed by fire. It hasn’t happened yet, and is one of the oldest continuously-occupied cities in the world. I think God will wait until the Beast comes along.
I didn’t know all of that about Jordan. I read the following link earlier today from a prophecy site in the uk about Jordan and the EU.
Thanks for that link Sheryl. It is indeed prophetically significant that Jordan is co-chairing the EU.
There is one verse in Daniel that might have some bearing on the situation.
He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. Dan 11:41
There are a couple of ways to look at this verse. Some bible scholars think that it means that Jordan (Edom, Moab, and Ammon) will be too strong for the Antichrist to defeat. They believe that this little nation will somehow become a hero nation that stands against the Antichrist, and is ultimately victorious against him!
There is another way of looking at this verse which is more in line with the rest of Scripture: The Antichrist will not have to defeat Jordan because he is their favorite son! They will support him from the beginning, and will be his initial power base!
Here’s what I think will happen; A dictator will arise in the EU, who will broker a peace treaty between Israel and the Arabs, in the aftermath of the Psalm 83 war. This treaty will likely allow Israel to rebuild the Temple, and will probably ensure that Israel gets rid of their nuclear weapons, in exchange for a guarantee of European support in the event of an attack. Many professing Christians will identify this dictator as the Antichrist because of this treaty, especially those who are familiar with the ideas of people like Hal Lindsay and Grant Jeffrey.
I personally think this is the same treaty the real Antichrist will confirm, several years later. He won’t originate it, but will reinstate an existing agreement, one which has actually worked! This is why the bible uses the word “confirm”.
Either Jordan as a nation, or more likely some diplomat from Jordan, will stand up against the European dictator. He may even denounce this dictator as “the Antichrist”. This will likely be interpreted as fulfillment of Daniel 11:41. (it isn’t)
A few years later, probably during the Gog/Magog war, the European dictator, and likely the pope as well, will be destroyed in a pre-emptive attack by either Iran, or Russia. If Europe has previously guaranteed Israel’s security, then they will have to attack Europe’s capital before attacking Israel.
After all this is over, and the European leader, as well as the Russian/Iranian leader are both dead, the world will breathe a sigh of relief and say “The Antichrist is dead, now is the time for peace and safety”. Of course this will be the time when the real Antichrist will be revealed, but he will look so much like a Christian that no one will believe it!
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” I Thessalonians 5:3
Jordan is an interesting country, keep your eye on what they are up to.
I received via email your response to my post and tried several times to respond with no success. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org in case you have any interest in a continuing discussion of the “Jordanian Antichrist”, which is a subject of great interest to us both!!!
I didn’t get your responses, but in any case I’d like to keep our conversation on housetops. I think others would be interested in the thread, and it should save having to type it out again in another year or so when someone else has questions/comments.
Chapter 8 of my book “The Spirit of Prophecy” builds a case that the Antichrist will come from Jordan, and likely from the royal family.
I’m happy to discuss it here but the book goes into far more depth than I can on a blog.
Thanks, Dan, much to watch for and think about-Lord bless!
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Adding to what’s already been said, I haven’t seen any mention of it here, but the 21st chapter of Ezekiel identifies Biblical Ammon as the geographic area from which the AC will arise. That is of course the northern part of the modern nation of Jordan. You can take this for whatever you think its worth, but Abdullah II is the “Little Horn” who will be revealed at the set time of the end.
I would agree with you that since Amman, Jordan is named after the tribe of Ammon, that the Antichrist will indeed come from that city. The Antichrist will come from Edom, from the tribe founded by Jacob’s older brother, Esau. I have documented this in chapter 8 of the Spirit of Prophecy. I would also agree with you that the passage you quoted is indeed related to Armageddon and the Tribulation. I think, however, that it could mean that Amman is allied, and confederate with the Antichrist.
Malachi 1:4 states that Edom is the nation against whom the Lord has indignation for ever! This is an even greater judgment than His judgment against Ammon.
I don’t think Abdullah II is the antichrist for one main reason; he is not an Edomite. Abdullah traces his ancestry to Muhammad, and from there to Ishmael. On the female side of his family most of his father’s (Grandfather, great- grandfather, etc.) have married women from Mecca, their home town. Abdullah’s mother is British, but Abdullah himself, is married to a woman from the area known as “the west bank”, which is really Judea and Samaria. This is the area that the Edomites moved into, after the Roman expulsion of the Jews. (So did the Ammonites, but the more significant group is the Edomites)
This means that Abdullah’s children are indeed Edomites on their mother’s side. They can trace their genealogy to the first son of Abraham, and to the first son of Isaac. I would also argue that his oldest son is probably not the Antichrist, because Daniel 11:21 states that he will not be the first choice for ruler;
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
In the Arab world, and indeed in most of the world, the oldest son is always the first choice to inherit the throne. It looks to me like this verse is telling us that the Antichrist will not be the first son, that is, that he will not be the first choice.
So, while I don’t think Abdullah II is the Antichrist, I think there is a very good chance that he is the father of the Antichrist!
Thanks for the comments. They are a great addition to this discussion.
Brother Dan, I understand where you’re coming from on wanting to keep the comments on this web page.
So, to continue, I think that you’ve done a very good job in attempting to connect the Biblical dots which indicate that the so-called antichrist of the last days will arise in the modern nation of Jordan! I came to this same conclusion in a different way. Some ten years or so ago, on a Saturday morning, I had the TV on in my den (which was unusual to begin with) and I walked into the room and there was a man on the screen making a speech. I had no earthly idea who he was, but as I sat down to listen to him, I became absolutely mesmerized by him and the words that he was speaking. His British accent really got my attention and in my spirit I felt very intensely that this was someone that I needed to find out who he was and that he was someone that I should be very careful to watch in the future. I will never forget that experience. It turns out that this man was Abdullah II, the king of Jordan. For several years I researched everything that I could find out about him and was always on the alert if he should show up in the news. At the same time, I began searching the Scriptures looking for prophecies of the last days that were related to the Biblical nations of Ammon, Moab, and Edom, which make up the modern state of Jordan. I was almost astounded at the Biblical evidence indicating that Jordan was a very likely candidate as the nation from which the AC would arise.
Then, I had another supernatural experience that confirmed everything that I felt I was being led to understand. One night I was reading my Bible in the 21st chapter of Ezekiel and I came to this passage:
25 And you, O slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day has come, in the time of the punishment of the end,’
26 thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Remove the turban and take off the crown; this will no longer be the same. Exalt that which is low and abase that which is high.
27 A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it. This also will be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.’
As I was reading verse 25, I clearly and powerfully heard in my spirit something to the effect of “this is talking about Abdullah, the king of Jordan”. I was stunned but had no doubt whatsoever that this revelation was straight from the Lord. Somewhere you’ve mentioned Arnold Fruchtenbaum, who I met a couple of times in the early 1980s when he did two different prophecy conferences in my local church. If you have a copy of his book titled “Messianic Christology”, you’ll see that he identifies the “slain wicked one” in Ezekiel 21:25 as the coming antichrist. If you have a copy of Bullinger’s “Companion Bible”, you will see that he gives Revelation 13:3 as a cross reference to the “slain wicked one” in this passage. He’s described as “slain” in Ezekiel because he will receive a deadly head wound but will “miraculously” survive. So you see, I personally am compelled to believe that Abdullah II is in fact the future Biblical “man of sin” and I fully expect to live to see him revealed as such. Of course, I don’t for one second expect you, or anyone else for that matter, to believe any of this because I say so. You don’t know me from Adam, as the saying goes.
If you’re interested, I’ve written a detailed 19 page paper that I completed in August of last year that debunks the “Roman” antichrist theory based on the seventy weeks prophecy of Daniel chapter 9 that I’d be pleased to send to you upon request.
I would have to agree with you that the Roman Antichrist is a smokescreen. Satan wants us to believe in an Antichrist from Rome, because he’s going to produce one. It is just that he won’t be the real Antichrist.
I’d like to know which version you are reading? The Authorized Version reads thus in the same passage;
25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him. Ezekiel 21:25-27
As I read it, this is talking about the king of Israel in the past. The person “whose right it is” is indeed Jesus Christ. I think this is stating that David’s throne will be desolate until Jesus takes it at His return.
Look at the version you used. Even it specifies that this king is a king of Israel, not Jordan or Edom. That statement would disqualify Abdullah from being the person of this passage. Still I think you are close. As I stated earlier, I believe Abdullah II is in the family of the Antichrist. As you have noted he is a “person of interest”. If he were the father of the Antichrist, then you know which kind of home that person is growing up in.
Abdullah has stated that he is a Muslim, but Daniel states that the Antichrist will not “regard the God of his fathers” (Daniel 11:37). If his fathers were Muslims, as I believe they are, then he will not care about that God (Allah). Abdullah is a part of a society that is trying to improve the public image of Islam in the west. I think he still regards the God of his fathers to some degree.
Translators usually put their own spin on bible passages. This is something that is rare in the Authorized version. It appears that the translators simply translated word for word what they found in the text. Sometimes it makes it harder to understand, but that difficulty is really there in the original. Hebrew and Greek scholars still argue over the meanings of some passages. If it is clearer in the English, than in the Hebrew or Greek, then you know someone has missed something.
I don’t trust the modern versions because I know about the men who compiled the text. The closer we are to the end the more likely it is that Satan will insert things in there that don’t belong.
One challenge I have made in The Spirit of Prophecy, and I’ll make again now, is; Prove me wrong by the Authorized Version. If you can’t then you need to join with me.
Brother Dan, there is not a translation out there that I accept at face value for determining the meaning of any given text of Scripture, and this is particularly true when dealing with prophecy in the Hebrew text of the OT. The word in Ezekiel 21:25 that I translate as “slain” is Strongs number 2491. It’s used a total of 93 times in 84 verses of the Old Testament. In the King James text, it is translated as “slain” or” deadly wounded” in the vast majority of usages. Interestingly, it is found 36 times in Ezekiel which is more than any other book of the OT. Of those 36 times in the King James, 32 times it is translated “slain”, 3 times it is translated “wounded” or “deadly wounded” and one time it is translated as “profane”, which is the text under discussion here. My “AMG Annotated Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary of the Old Testament” defines this word as follows:
“A masculine noun or adjective meaning slain, pierced, mortally wounded, profaned. This word denotes the carnage of battle, the dead, generally as a result of warfare and those having sustained some fatal injury. Also, by extension, the word is used TWICE (out of 93 total usages) to indicate defilement or perverision. In the first instance, it denotes a woman whose virginity has been violated or, as it were, pierced (Lev. 21:7, 14). The other applies to a wicked regent of Israel destined for punishment emphasizing that he is already, in a prophetic sense, mortally wounded (Ezek. 21:25)”
Regarding this Ezekiel passage, Fruchtenbaum, who is a very competent Hebrew scholar, has this to say:
“Ezekiel 21:25 is primarily concerned with the Second Coming of Messiah. Verse 25 refers to the Antichrist, THE LAST GENTILE TO RULE OVER ISRAEL. In verse 26, the turban, or mitre, is the mitre of the priest (Exodus 28:4, 37, 39, 29:6; 39:28, 31; Leviticus 8:9, 16:4) and the crown is the royal crown. Just as Genesis 49:10 uses the royal scepter to represent the authority to rule, Ezekiel uses the royal crown to represent the same thing. Then the exact same phrase is used: “until he comes whose right it is.” Both priesthood and kingship will be overthrown “until He comes whose right it is.” (Messianic Christology, page 21)
Assuming that this passage is, in fact, describing the Antichrist, then “slain” would be most appropriate for one who is prophesied to be wounded unto death yet lives.
The word translated as “prince” in this passage is Strong’s number 5387. It’s a common word used 134 times in 120 verses. Again, from my AMG Hebrew Dictionary, here is the meaning of the word:
“A noun meaning something that is lifted up, a prince, a mist. The Hebrew word is formed from tne verb “nasa” (5375), meaning to lift. It refers to a leader of the people. Although rare, it can refer to the king or TO A NON-ISRAELITE LEADER.”
In Ezekiel 21:28, the “sons of Ammon” are the focus of the wrath of God and in Daniel 11:41, “Edom, Moab, and the FOREMOST of the sons of Ammon” as a prophecy of the last days is a clear reference to the king of modern day Jordan. Or at least it is in my understanding and I stand ready to be corrected.
I would certainly agree that Daniel 11:41 is an End Times prophecy. I’m not so sure about that passage in Ezekiel 21.
There are many words that have more than one meaning. Sometimes one has to assign a meaning by the context. Just because that word was translated another way in other parts of the bible, it doesn’t mean that it must be translated that way everywhere. The King James translators did a good job. I would need compelling information before I would say they made a mistake.
As for Abdullah, he is not an Ammonite, though he is king over the Ammonites. He actually traces his ancestry through Mohammed all the way to Ishmael. His mother is English, but his grandmother was an Arab from Mecca. His ancestors always married women from the Quraish tribe, until his father married an English woman. You can find his ancestry on his, or on king Hussein’s web pages.
Abdullah himself is the first in that line to marry a Palestinian from the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria). Queen Raina is likely from mixed Edomite/Ammonite ancestry, so even if you are on the right track, Abdullah is not likely the Antichrist.
It could be one of his sons, however…
There is a real possibility that the “Arab Spring” rebellions could reach Jordan. If it does, Abdullah could be deposed, or even assassinated. This is another reason why I won’t say definitely who I think the Antichrist is. Until the signs in the bible are fulfilled, the Antichrist has not yet been revealed.
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Reblogged this on servehiminthewaiting and commented:
I have been keeping an eye on Jordan and also expecting that to be the next “government” to fall. This article is quite compelling and particularly the discussion in “comments” section.
It’s interesting to read this post again in light of what’s happening, right now!
“There is a real possibility that the “Arab Spring” rebellions could reach Jordan. If it does, Abdullah could be deposed, or even assassinated. This is another reason why I won’t say definitely who I think the Antichrist is. Until the signs in the bible are fulfilled, the Antichrist has not yet been revealed.”
Certainly, this approach is entirely reasonable. However, being convinced that I personally “know” that Abdullah II will eventually be revealed as the man of sin, I would assert that it is entirely possible that the deadly head wound that he is going to receive will be through an effort to assassinate him. His great grandfather, King Abdullah I of Jordan, was assassinated in Jerusalem by a Palestinian in 1951. Pressure against the monarchy in Jordan continues to mount daily and calls for the King to step down are becoming more widespread. We are on the very cusp of the apocalypse and living in the last days of the last days!
So likewise, ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Matthew 24:33-34
So likewise, ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Matthew 24:33-34
He clearly said it is the generation that “sees all these things”.
I always thought he meant the generation that was alive at the time Israel was founded in 1948. I still hope that was what He meant, but I am beginning to suspect he actually meant the generation that sees the Psalm 83 war, the Gog/Magog war, and the final return of the tribes of Israel.
I don’t like to use the term “Jews” because the northern tribes were never referred to as “Jews”. “Jew” actually refers to the southern kingdom of Judah. I am aware that there are some from those tribes in Israel today, but the majority are still elsewhere. There are many in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as in India and Burma. I am sure there are many in other parts of the world who are hidden, and no-one knows they are of Israeli stock. DNA testing will probably find them.
I think that when they do return, things will move very fast. He will call 144,000 of them to be His special witnesses. They will still have the languages of the nations they came from, and will look much like those people, so they will be able to blend in seamlessly. They will also be virgins, so they won’t have enough time to get married between their return and their commission. This is why it must be a quick turn-around.
The people of Israel today are learning Hebrew as their first language, and if they speak any other language at all, do so with a thick Hebrew accent. The main exception would be the English speakers, because there are so many who came from the USA, there are many who are bilingual Hebrew-English speakers.
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