Apostolic Messianic Fellowship

In The Evening Time There Shall Be Light
By Cohen G. Reckart, Pastor

The Last Days

1.)  Eschatology (Study Of The Endtime)
2.)  The Object Of Jacob's Faith
3.)  Those Bloody Hands Of The Cross
4.)  Spiritualizing The Last Days To Secure Antichrist
5.)  The Kingdom Has Come
6.)  Only A Remnant Is All Of The True Israel Remaining

Eschatology (Study Of The Endtime)

The word "Eschatology" is a joining of two Greek words "Escha" and "ology". "Escha" is an abbreviation of the Greek: Greek 2078. eschatos, es'-khat-os; a superl. prob. from Grk2192 (in the sense of contiguity); farthest, final (of place or time):-ends of, last, latter end, lowest, uttermost. "ology" comes to us from the Greek, meaning subject or doctrine: Greek 3056. logos, log'-os; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty or motive; by extens. a computation; spec. (with the art. in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ):-account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.

Joining the two Greek words, "Eschatology" means "DOCTRINE of that which comes at the end or LAST." We expand this to mean a study of the "words or Scriptures of last events."

There are three such events and a study of the "last days" of Scripture must take into consideration how the "last day" prophecies apply and fit these three future events.

These are: 1). the last days of the Law (Old Covenant), and the nation of Israel era before the first coming of Messiah; 2). the last days before the second coming of Messiah and the end of all nations; and 3). the last days at the end of the Millennial Kingdom preceding the White Throne of Judgment.

Confusion between different opinions on Bible Prophecy, and how to apply the different Scriptures pointing to the three "last day," events, is unnecessary. Not viewing these three different time periods is like shutting one eye or both, and trying to see everything through partial or total blockage of vision.

Our study will then cover the Escha-hemera" or study of the last days of the Law (Old Torah Testament), and the present Church age [see Acts 2:17, 2Tim 3:1 "last days"]. This can not be done without a treatment also of the Millennial. This will follow under a different page.

The word "eschatology" is actually a Greek borrow-over from the actual Hebrew study of the "last days." In Hebrew, the term "last days" comes from the one word "Achariyth" [see Gen. 49:1, Isa. 2:2, and Mic. 4:1]: Hebrew 319. 'achariyth, akh-ar-eeth'; from Heb310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity:-(last, latter) end (time), hinder (utter) -most, length, posterity, remnant, residue, reward.

The first mention of "last days" meaning a prophetic future time, when there will come an end to a particular purpose, is in Genesis 49:1. Here Jacob gives his twelve sons a prophecy that would apply to all of their descendants, thus to all the tribes, and thus to all of Israel as a people and a nation.

Jacob gives his sons and their tribes individual prophecies as a type of the characterization of their later peoples. Then, in the midst of these types, he brings in "Shiloh" and the event of the "LAST DAYS." The idea here is that Jacob by revelation, hope, and faith, points his descendants toward an event that overshadows all the other purposes of the tribes of Israel as a collective nation. I include below texts, because these set the stage for the true interpretation of Scriptures concerning Eschatology.

The Object Of Jacob's Faith

The famous prophecy of Jacob concerning the coming Kingdom of Jesus Messiah is found in Genesis 49:

1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.

3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.

14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:

15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.

16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.

20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.

21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:

23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.

Of these entire prophecies of Jacob, the coming of "Shiloh" and the Lordship and Kingship of his Scepter, IS THE MAIN EVENT OF THE LAST DAYS, when the tribes and nation of Israel were to merge under the Reign of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Jesus Messiah.

The GATHERING of the people into and under his Reign was mandatory. This revelation was the object of Jacob's faith.  Jacob instructed his sons as leaders of their tribes, to pass this revelation down to their children, generation after generation until SHILOH, JESUS MESSIAH CAME.  All of Jacob's life he said:  *I have waited for thy salvation O Lord.* Now the word *salvation* is the Hebrew word 'Yehshwah' and translated to us as JEHSUS and JESUS!  Jacob saw in SHILOH ...*JESUS*!  This places Jacob with the same object of faith that Abraham had.  How could any Jew be saved without the same object of faith?

Jacob specifically pointed to a time period he called the "last days," when this GREAT EVENT SHOULD HAPPEN! Moses knew this prophecy having written this history himself. All the Tribes knew of it, having been taught it century after century. The idea of Shiloh coming was the excitement of the entire Messianic Hope. To bolster this prophecy and make it to have the effect of his blessings, Moses also prophesied of Shiloh saying:

DEU 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

DEU 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

And following up on this as Jesus taught him from Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophets, Apostle Peter said:

ACT 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

ACT 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. The words "I will require it of him" is evidently the same as spoken by Apostle Peter: "Shall be destroyed from among the people."

The prophecy of Jacob is not a small matter. It is a life and death choice for all Israel!

It verifies and brings out the reason for Jesus saying to the Jews

Mark 16:16: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not SHALL BE DAMNED."

Those Bloody Hands Of The Cross

The prophecy of Jacob concerning the "last days," when properly put into its correct time slot in the study of the "last days," is the FIRST COMING OF MESSIAH. This we now know was to happen in the "last days" of the Law and nation of Israel era before both were ceaseing and fading away, abolished forever.

The shadows would be replaced with the LIGHT that cast those shadows through the Old Testament types and symbols. These "last days" then, began with the BIRTH of SHILOH and were concluded in the three and one half years of the Ministry of Jesus before the "CEASEING" of the Law at Calvary.

The merging of the people from that which had ceased into the new Kingdom was the "GATHERING" Jacob saw by a vision. This gathering included a provision for the Gentiles as promised to Abraham by God.  It took another three and one half years after the GATHERING OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL (the first half of Daniel's 70th week), when the gentiles were added (the last half of the 70th week), fulfilling all the prophecies of Moses and the Prophets concerning the Kingdom that Shiloh was to bring.

This is the fulfillment and climax of the 70th week of Daniel. Don't you dare take those seven years down from the nailed-scared hands of Jesus, and place them in the future after the Church is alleged to be secretly snatched, and when Jews can practice the law and animal sacrifices with the blessings of God.  Do not take any of the Law down from those bloody hands, just to get unbelieving Jews saved by abolished Law, so they can continue to blaspheme that worthy name of Jesus Messiah, and claim salvation without SHILOH!

The seventy weeks were to usher in Messiah/Shiloh, a new Kingdom, and the GATHERING of the twelve tribes and a GATHERING of the Gentiles into the salvation Jacob waited for all of his life. Paul said in Hebrews 11 that these all died in faith having not received the promise. The promise is no doubt the salvation Shiloh was to bring.  Although they did not receive the promise and see the actual salvation, their faith in it procure for them imputed righteousness. And these, Messiah redeemed from under the Law by his precious blood that they may be made one with us who received the promise.

The whole purpose of Israel as a nation had its climax in the short seven years and days the Messianic Kingdom was fulfilled. To take the coming of Shiloh and his Kingdom in the "last days," and the purpose of the 70th week of Daniel, from their proper Messianic place at the first coming of Messiah, and try to fit in into another time, i.e. 1). the last seven years of the Church age or; 2). the Millennial, error in revelation, apostasy from the words of prophecy, and vain-jangling in unscriptural eschatology.

Let me point out the absurdity of such notions: The prophecy of Jacob concerning Shiloh and the Scepter of his Kingdom, can not be twisted to fit another time period other than Messiah's first coming, without obvious destruction of the original intent of God's plan of redemption. Let me illustrate: The verse of Scripture that predicts Shiloh or Jesus Messiah, points to a BIRTH. The BIRTH of Shiloh was to come from between the feet of the Tribe of Judah and speaks to Mary and the virgin birth. This is backed up by Isaiah in 7:14; 9:6. It is the BIRTH of a person, the BIRTH of Shiloh, the coming of a Son, that the rest of the nation were to understand ushered in the LAST DAYS prior to the setting up of the true salvation plan. The salvation plan was not to be postponed and set up 2,000 years after the BIRTH of Shiloh, but during the immediate years relative to the BIRTH and life of Shiloh. It was to be set up when the BIRTH announced a KING, not 2,000 years later. Hallelujah he REIGNS NOW!  His bloody hands have secured us, and in those bloody hands we are safe evermore.

Spiritualizing The Last Days To Secure Antichrist

The first phase of SHILOH'S Kingdom has come. When he returns in person, we will reign with him in person upon this earth. This is the interpretation of the parable of the Bridegroom coming. He comes not to end all things at that moment, but to usher in his in-person reign upon this earth for ONE THOUSAND YEARS!

It is the confusion of the different "last days" that has many spiritualizing away nearly the entire body of prophecy. If it don't fit their private interpretation, they just spiritualize it away. They mingle dispensationalism, Jewish eschatology, Freemasonry, British-Israelism, Noahidism, Kabbalahism, and out pops their own warped and twisted version that is so far off Scriptural base, only fools and those deceived would believe and follow it.

 Prophecy is made to mean what ever they want it to mean. This is proof that these do not have the revelation of the Gospel of the Kingdom. How then can they preach it to all the world for a witness in the "last days," if the first segment of the Kingdom is just prior to the Millennial?  And why are they not out there preaching the Kingdom is coming?  Instead all we hear is RAPTURE, RAPTURE, RAPTURE, RAPTURE, SECRET SNATCH, QUICK AIR-RIDE, and pounding fear into tender hearts about antichrist and the mark of the beast, to get them to want a secret coming even if it is not true, puke, puke, puke.  Now I know why the devil is a puke-face liar!

The Kingdom Has Come

The King and the Kingdom have come:

JOH 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. TO THIS END WAS I BORN, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

MAT 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

MAR 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Did Jesus lie? Was he born to be a King, or was he born to be only a suffering servant, the Lamb, as the supreme sacrifice? Did the Kingdom come during the life time of those hearing the words of Jesus in Mark 9:1? Are there, as many claim, a band of wandering Jews traveling the world slipping in and out of Churches as strangers who can not die, because the Lord postponed his Kingdom for 2,000 years?

Is not all of this an unnecessary corruption of Scripture, just for the sake of saying that the Kingdom was postponed till the Millennial, because not a large enough number of Jews believed in Jesus at his first coming? Is it not true that those who denied the Kingdom and who allegedly are the guilty ones for causing it to be postponed, are damned already,  ...being dead?  Why postpone it if those are dead for whom it was caused to be postponed?

Is it not true that all the Jews for nearly 2,000 must still be saved according to Acts 2:38 or be damned regardless if it was postponed? Why would God postpone the Kingdom for the ancestors of those that are damned? Why damn millions of Jews by telling them the Kingdom was postponed and they need not obey the Gospel because their Law Covenant is still in effect and of full force?

If indeed two million Jews embraced Christianity in the first century AD as claimed by Jewish sources, that is more then now will ever come to Messiah. Modern Messianic movements do not even use Acts 2:38 for salvation as SHILOH instructed the Apostles.  There is not one single passage of Scripture where the Apostles ever spoke or hinted at a postponed Kingdom, during which, later generations of Jews can be saved without Messiah by returning to Law keeping.

The idea of Law keeping and animal sacrifices for Jews after Calvary is no where found in the New Torah (New Testament). And yet unborn future descendants of those that were damned [Mark 16:16], are the Jews who are saved in the alleged postponed 70th week, after the Church is raptured?

A Jewish historian, giving a lecture at a "Christian" college, who had taught several years in a Jewish seminary, and who had made a through investigation of the early history of Christianity in Israel, said that "there were around two million Jews converted to Christianity during the first century AD." This defeats the notion that so many Jews rejected the Kingdom, that God decided to postpone it because there were not enough Jews accepting it to warrant going on with the plan.

Only A Remnant Is All Of The True Israel Remaining

Did God not speak by the Prophet Isaiah that all He envisioned anyway was a remnant to establish his Kingdom? Why then the necessary doctrine that God needed a super majority of believing Jews to go on with his plan of the Kingdom, or he would start pouting and deprive them of it and postpone it for a future generation of Jews who would be more appreciative?

ROM 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.

ROM 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Dear reader, where does it say God needs the whole nation to accept his Kingdom or he will put it on hold for 2,000 years until a generation will be born that will accept in 100%? It is a fancy notion, but the idea is not in Scripture anywhere. Paul, according to the Jewish understanding, said that although the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, they were not entitled to unconditional eternal security, and only a remnant would be saved.

What he is teaching here, is that unsaved Jews, although they number as the sand of the sea, do not have power to stop, change, alter, or postpone the Divine plan put into effect before the foundation of the world.  If only a remnant would be saved, God would not deprive this remnant of their reward and faith because the majority were apostate and refused to come into the Kingdom.  And as stated elsewhere, *why would God postpone the Kingdom for those he has purposed to cast out*?

LUK 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

What we see is a Biblical fact that many refuse to grasp for obvious reasons (They do not love Messiah's Church [Israel]).

The remnant of Israel that was saved according to the prophecy of Isaiah, is the ALL OF ISRAEL of the remnant, not all of Israel of the nation, for that would contradict Isaiah and the following:

ROM 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

The issue here is the "last day" time factor when the Deliverer would come out of Sion and turn ungodliness from Jacob. If we believe that this was the first coming of Messiah and in fulfillment to the 70th week of Daniel, to make an end of transgressions [in the last days of the Law era], then the idea of a postponement of the Kingdom is nothing but an eschatological myth.  And if the Kingdom was postponed, then John the Baptist and his Ministry was a fluke and failure, having come before the actual time was right to announce the Messiah and his arriving Kingdom.  And Poor God, he did not foresee this, and so let John and Jesus continue on as though the Kingdom was at hand.

Certainly Paul did not look for a future second coming of Christ as a Deliverer. He saw this in his first coming and so did all of the Apostles. To turn ungodliness from Jacob was the washing of regeneration by the blood of Calvary. For without the shedding of blood there is no remission or turning away of ungodliness from Jacob. To teach that the Kingdom comes at a time other than the BIRTH of Shiloh is an unnecessary corruption. Such corruptions obviously have only one purpose, and that is to teach that the Church is NOT THE KINGDOM SHILOH CAME TO SET UP IN THE LAST DAYS.  And, anyone who teaches that is an apostate.

Why these who deny that the Kingdom is here now, and yet preach John 3:3-5 as salvation into the Kingdom, has always been a mystery to this Minister. If it can be proven that Shiloh was BORN and came already, such fancy notions as a postponed Kingdom, are mere man's stupidity or ignorance or both.

Jacob pointed his ancestors to the "last days" of natural Israel when Shiloh, Jesus Messiah, would come and rule over all that would be the true Israel. Those who teach "postponement eschatology," do so because they see natural Israel [regardless of ungodliness, apostasy, being antichrist, and the great whore], as being the only recipient of the Kingdom. To these the message of the Kingdom is RACE not FAITH & GRACE.

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