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 "Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." Luke 10:21

Amazing Time Prophecies:

The Scattering and the Gathering

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We know that the Bible, although made up of many books written at different times, is really one Book. The Author is really the Holy Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles to write things down that God’s people would especially need in the last days.

We have been looking at the prophecies especially in Daniel and Revelation, however there are many prophecies in other parts of the Bible, and some of them tie in very strongly, to give more information on those in Daniel and Revelation.

We are now going to look at a very amazing time prophecy that was given by God to Moses, and Moses showed it clearly to the Children of Israel. It was well known to the prophets of old, but in modern times it has been lost sight of until just recently, when people, studying out the prophecies and looking at the writings of the Millerite period, shortly afterward rediscovered it. We can’t show everything about this prophecy in this short chapter but we will give you the basics.

When God brought the Children of Israel out from Egypt and took them into the wilderness, there to make a special ‘covenant’ with them, He told them that if they would agree to keep His Commandments and Statutes then they would be His people and He would be their God. The people said: “All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.” Exodus 24:7, Exodus 19:8.

God gave Moses a wonderful set of Covenant Blessings, which He would do for His people if they remained faithful to Him and kept His Commandments. You can read them in Leviticus 26:1-13 and again in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

He also gave Moses a grievous set of curses that would come upon the people if they turned away from His Commandments and Statutes and followed the ways of the heathen. This is called the ‘Curse of Moses’. They are found in the same chapters right after the Blessings. But in Leviticus 26, we also see a phrase mentioned a total of four times: “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” Leviticus 26:18. It is also found in verses 21; 24; and 28.

It is not always considered that these ‘Seven Times’ are actually a time prophecy. A ‘Time’ in prophecy is a prophetic year and Seven Times would be Seven Prophetic Years. A Biblical year is 360 days, so seven times 360 equals 2520 days. With a day for a year of literal time this Seven Times comes to 2520 years.

God made it very clear that to be ‘His People’ and to be blessed by Him, and enter into the ‘covenant’ with Him, they had to keep His Laws and Statutes. Why was this? The Ten Commandment Law, is actually a transcript put into human words, of God’s very character. To be His people back then or at anytime since, and to receive His special care and blessings; His Laws must be cherished and kept. Jesus said: “If ye love me, keep my Commandments.” John 14:15. It is a family affair; to be children of the heavenly King we need to reflect His character and His character is found in His Law.

Those who willfully violate God’s Commandments, put themselves into a position where He cannot continue to bless them, and the curses come as blessings are withheld. In these special prophecies God warns that if all His efforts to chastise them, and get them to return to obedience, fail, then He will scatter them among the heathen for 2520 years. At the end of that time He will again gather out a people, teach them to obey His Commandments, and enter into a special covenant with them.

Revelation shows us this end-time people: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12.

So when did this happen to Israel? Anyone who has read the history of Israel sees how time and again they fell into heathen worship. God sent prophets and judges and bore long with their wicked ways. Finally right after the death of King Solomon, the nation was divided into two parts, with two tribes remaining with Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, and ten tribes being given to Jeroboam. The ten tribes became the Northern Kingdom, and the two were Judah or the Southern kingdom.

The ‘Curse of Moses’ first fell on the Northern tribes as they went deeper and deeper into apostasy and idolatry. In the year 723 BC, King Hoshea was taken prisoner by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17:4) and the ten tribes were scattered among the heathen.

The “7 times” is also called “the times of the Gentiles” and the “treading down” of God’s people.
The timeline of the Northern Kingdom reaches to 1798 and can be divided into two 1260 year periods. The first Desolating Power is Paganism (perpetual, continual or Daily Desolation) for 1260 years. Then the Abomination of Desolation, Papalism, takes over in 538 AD for 1260 more years ending in 1798 when the ‘deadly wound’ took place. (The Times of the Gentiles)

The Southern Tribes came under their ‘Curse’ 46 years later in 677 BC, when King Manasseh was taken captive into Babylon. (The Second Indignation, Isaiah 7:8,9) Their experience was that of being in and out of captivity for 2520 years which ended in 1844. At this time the Lord set His hand to gather a people to enter into His Covenant, keep His Commandments and receive His blessings.

There are 46 years between the ending of the Northern Kingdom’s timeline in 1798 and the Southern one in 1844. When the decree went forth to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem in 457 BC it took 46 years to build it, so it took 46 years between 1798 to gather out and prepare a people, a new spiritual temple, in 1844, to enter again into a special covenant to keep all of God’s Commandments. In 1798 this ‘treading down’ of God’s people, also known as ‘the times of the Gentiles’ and the ‘scattering time’, ended at the pope’s capture by Napoleon’s atheistic France.

In 1844 God set his hand the second time to gather His people. He raised up a group in the new ‘glorious land,’ the United States, to carry the 3 angel’s messages to the world.

The 46 year gap corresponds to when the Jews told Jesus that it took 46 years to build the temple in Jerusalem. So, God was building the Temple of His Remnant from 1798 to 1844. Literal Israel was replaced by the true Spiritual Israel, His world-wide, Sabbath-keeping people, and a new prophet was provided.

The ‘Scattering Time’ of both 2520 year periods is over, and we now live in the Gathering Time, when we are told: “And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:14.

But it is important to realize that after the cross, prophecy no longer refers to literal Israel, but to spiritual Israel as God’s people. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29. What promise? The covenant promise that included the keeping of God’s Ten Commandment Law.

Nebuchadnezzar was out eating grass for ‘seven times’, under God’s ‘indignation’, which is another word that refers to this ‘curse’. When Nebuchadnezzar came to the end of his ‘seven times’ he was restored to his throne and the Bible tells us:

“I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.” Daniel 4:36

We need to understand that we are in the time period when the excellent majesty is to be placed on God’s true people. One way or another, we will have a part to play. Either we will receive the Seal of God or the Mark of the Beast. Either we are going to be stamped with Christ’s image and character, or we are going to receive the image of the Beast and a selfish character like the devil. Either way, there is a part to play. If we receive the excellent majesty, we will go forth conquering and to conquer, proclaiming the wonderful truths of the Bible and the glory of God to the ends of the world, or we will stay spiritually scattered, never gathered spiritually.

We need to make a decision now, today is the day of salvation. Today if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 3:15). Probation is about to close, we need to make the choice now.

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