Continued 2
Interpretation: Linen Cloths
By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,
© 2009

 

 

The Light of Life

Because of the long interval of national suffering under the hand of judgment, God wanted His people to know that He was not abandoning them forever. So He spoke through the prophet Ezekiel and informed His beloved people that after their disciplinary period, He would gather them from among the nations where they were dispersed, sprinkle them with clean water, cleanse them, and put a new spirit within them whereby they would be able to walk in His statutes and judgments in holiness [Ezekiel 36:24-27].

Having penned God's intent with Words in chapter 36, Ezekiel was given a vision in chapter 37 to symbolically illustrate what He would do. In the vision, the prophet saw some bones in a dry valley come together to form a host of resurrected bodies.

Ezekiel 37:5-6


5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

The laser-like energy Jeannette spoke about in her vision corresponds to God's infusion of breath and life into Israel's reanimated body of dry bones. Life derives from light, and without light there would be none. Therefore, the light coming into Jeannette from above that caused her to feel like she was a mass of pure energy portrayed the life force of God changing the dead body on the slab into a new creation.

Ezekiel 11:13-20

13 …I … cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?
16 … Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.
17 …I will …gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel….
19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Map of the Land of Israel as defined in Numbers 34 and Ezekiel 47. Author: Emmanuelm. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Does not the surge of laser-like light Jeannette felt depict the power of the life force transforming Israel's stony heart into an heart of flesh? The Spirit is showing that God is working to bring all things to fruition as He prepares to awaken His heritage to newness of life – life never before experienced by the Jews. Isaiah prophesied about this time we are discussing and exhorts the Jews to…

 

 
  Isaiah 60:1-3
 

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Verse 3 indicates that Isaiah is talking to the Jews and says that gentiles will come to their light and kings to the brightness of their rising when their national revival is functionally apparent in the Millennium. The fact that the body of Israel does not arise in the vision tells us that God is not quite through working in the hearts of His people. Irreligious Jews ruling Israel are still reticent to receive God's plan of world rule. They are groping in the darkness covering the earth [verse 2a above], wanting to be a bit player on the world stage when God has magnificent plans for her to have the starring role in the rule of nations if she would only yield to His ways. That will change, however, because the set time for her Messiah King's appearance is come, and no one, not even Israel's blind leaders can compromise God's counsel for her leadership in the Kingdom Age. But as our vision shows, she must have a heart transplant first.

When God has finished infusing Israel with life energy, she will arise and the glory of the Lord will be seen upon her as Isaiah has prophesied. Then, gentiles will come to her light and kings to the brightness of her rising. Before that happens, though, there is a peripheral issue in the vision plot that must be addressed.

 

 

An Evil Intruder In The Tomb

A sinister evil one bent upon stopping Israel's resurrection intrudes into the operating tomb. Jeannette saw the hooded being as satan. And as usual, he carries around a death weapon always looking for opportunity to kill and destroy. Repeatedly he has tried to prevent Israel and her seed from taking over his domain.

Satan manifested himself in the shadows as a chameleon. At first glance, Jeannette saw him as a beautiful evil angel. Then she saw him as a fierce monster. True to the Biblical account of him, on occasion he comes as a angel of light [2 Corinthians 11:14], and at other times he's grotesque, stirring up fear that he's going to kill you. As Jeannette reported, his inconstant deceiving nature always lurks underneath the façade of whichever color he sports.

GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de 1797-98. Museo del Prado, Madrid (Note: I have added knife for design purposes.)

 

 

Battle Of The Seeds

  Genesis 3:14-15
 

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

We are told in the book of Revelation that the serpent is satan [12:9; 20:2]. For 6,000 years, the serpent satan has tried to prevent God from reclaiming the world by killing off the ancestral line from which the woman's seed would come, the seed that would bruise or crush the serpent's head and destroy him as the Genesis prophecy proffers.

The Hebrew meaning of the word "bruise" in most lexicons is "to crush", "to snap at", "to strike", or "to lie in wait". Hence, satan's seed would lie in wait like a serpent for opportunity to strike at the heel of any seed of the woman that even hinted at being "The Seed".

The picture God purposely painted is one which shows a man crushing the serpent's head with the opposite foot from that which the serpent has snapped at and infused with deadly venom. The crushing of both the serpent and "The Seed" is a concomitant, coterminous happening. Is not that a picture of the cross? Jesus did indeed die with deadly venom from our sins that destroyed His body, but in arising from the dead, He destroyed the power of death's grip on humankind when he took away from satan the keys to hell and death [Revelation 1:18]. No one is forced to go there anymore. If they do, it is by choice – the choice of rejecting Jesus' substitutionary payment for their sins [John 16:9].

Who Did The Bruising?

Even more profound is the fact that satan had no power over The Seed, Jesus, to bruise Him until God allowed it. In Isaiah we find that…

  Isaiah 53:10-11
 

10 … it pleased THE LORD to bruise him; he (God) hath put him to grief: when (God) … ma(d)e his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed (the multitude of believer brethren), he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord (for a family) shall prosper in his hand.
11 He (God) shall see of the travail of his (Jesus') soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Does not the above reveal Jesus' substitutionary sacrifice for sins? Does it not show that Jesus is The Seed who would satisfy God's wrath on sin? And does it not indicate that it was the Lord who bruised Him? Satan could not have crushed Jesus had not the Father turned His back while His Son hung on the cross permitting His death. That is why Jesus cried out, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" At that point, the Father severed the line that connected Jesus' spirit with Himself, so that satan could indeed crush Him.

Notice that Jesus did not call out "My Father, My Father…" Why? Because at the point of bearing our sins, He was disconnected from His Father Who will not fellowship with sin nor allow it to contaminate His purity. It's only God's mercy that keeps us all from being consumed by His holiness. Jesus had become a mere man at the point of disconnect whose physical body was then subject to death and decay. Ah, but His body did not decay for He was made alive again while in satan's domain after God's wrath on sin was satisfied. Glory to God! What love!

Lineage To The Seed

The Genesis prophecy began a long battle of the seeds starting with the first two offspring of the woman. Cain killed his brother Abel whose offering God respected over Cain's, and ever since, the seed of the serpent has sought to destroy the seed of the woman. Even today the battle goes on as you will see below.

Until Jesus came, satan did not know who might be "The Seed" that would be his nemesis. History is replete with incidents where the Jewish line is attacked with a supernatural anti-Semitic antipathy that undoubtedly derives from satan's great fear and hatred toward God's Son Who defeated him at the cross and took the keys to his domain away from him. Satan's bruising has only been partially fulfilled though [Romans 16:20]. He has been tried and convicted, but he is out on bail until the time appointed by the Father to incarcerate him.

The devil knows he has but a short time left [Revelation 12:12]. Hoping to prevent Jesus' return to claim ownership of earth at the appointed time, satan has contrived a plot to gather an army of men in the Valley of Megiddo near the Mount of Olives to confront Jesus when He returns to the Mount to take over rulership of the planet [Acts 1:11]. In the meantime, the devil continues killing because that's his nature. He especially trashes Jews and Jesus' gentile seed because he passionately hates them due to their destiny to inherit the earth he does not want to relinquish.

 

 

The Battle Rages On

Chapter twelve of Revelation has been a quagmire for prophecy students for centuries. Some claim that it is the most enigmatic chapter in the Bible. I don't think so. Letting the Bible define itself where possible, the symbolism about the woman becomes clear. In Genesis chapter 37, we find the explanation of who the woman is in a dream Jacob's son Joseph had when he was a lad seventeen years old:

 

 

Genesis 37:9-10

9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and HIS FATHER REBUKED HIM, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren (Jews) indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

Woman crowned with 12 stars ...
 

Revelation 12:1 tells us that there is a woman crowned with 12 stars on her head who is clothed with the sun standing on the moon. From Joseph's dream, we know that the sun, moon, and stars are pointing to and symbolizing the nation of Israel, not the church as some people claim. The church is a virgin, for Paul admonished the church be a chaste virgin as she waits for her Lord to come for her [2 Corinthians 11:2]. She ought not be pregnant! However, there has been one virgin selected from among women who bore a child without the normal means of pregnancy – Mary, Jesus' mother, and she was Jewish, not gentile. Therefore, the woman in Revelation 12 must represent Israel.

Furthermore, Jacob declares in a subtle way by rebuking Joseph using the sun, moon, and stars as references to HIS family that the woman in question in Revelation 12:1 is Jewish and not gentile. Had the rebuke come from Abraham or Isaac, the woman might have been an Edomite, a descendant of Jacob's twin brother Esau, or an Arabian Ishmaelite, Abraham's gentile son. Coming from Jacob, however, the rebuke defines who the woman is because all of his twelve sons without exception make up the nation of Israel. Jewishness derives from Jacob in the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob dictum. Thus, Jacob targets himself as the progenitor of the woman in Revelation 12. Truly, all things in the final book of Revelation have their beginning in the book of Genesis and the twelfth chapter of Revelation follows God's plan.

Verse 5 tells us the woman brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Psalms 2:9 and Revelation 19:15 denotes that Jesus is the One who will rule with a rod of iron. Scripture further denotes that Jesus' seed – members of His family – will rule with a rod of iron with Him because we are His body and participate in all things equally as joint heirs with Him. Moreover, verse 5 states that the man child, the "Seed of the Woman, was "caught up" (raptured) to heaven, which happened when Jesus ascended to the Father from the Mount of Olives after the resurrection at the end of forty days. Likewise, as Jesus' body, we too shall be "caught up" (raptured) in the clouds to heaven in like manner as the Head was "caught up" [1 Thessalonians 4:17].

Verses 1-5 have historically happened. Between verses 5 and 6, however, there is a gap of years, 2,000 so far, which is not atypical in Hebrew parlance. Beginning at verse 6, we find the text speaking about things that will occur in the tribulation. And this is where the text relates to Jeannette's vision.

Verse 6 tells us that the woman, who is Israel, has …fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they (holy angels) should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [6:2]. The people who flee are the believing Jews awakened by the laser-like energy of the vision. They make up the Israelite remnant who receives a new heart in their conclave of safety because they repent for rejecting Jesus as their Lord Messiah at His First Advent.

  Matthew 23:39
 

39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

The escapees out of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, who flee from Antichrist's pursuit of them, will be supernaturally protected from the genocide of Israelites and Christians that will take place all over the world during the last half of the tribulation. When the Antichrist double-crosses the Jews by stopping their reinstituted sacrificial worship in a hastily rebuilt Temple, a large number of them will realize that the man they mistook as their Savior was a false Messiah. This select group of Jews fleeing to the caves of Jordan will recognize their predicament of having rejected Jesus of Nazareth as their true Messiah and will call out for Him to come save them. He will. And in today's vernacular they will say, "Blessed is Jesus of Nazareth who comes as our promised Savior/King Messiah from the Lord."


 
War In Heaven
Precipitates The End Of The Tribulation
  Beginning at verse 7 to the end of chapter 12, Apostle John reports the reason why the Jewish remnant flees to the hills. We learn that there will be a war in heaven and the old serpent called the devil will lose whereupon he will summarily be thrown out of heaven to earth never to return again. His access to the heavenly Supreme Court where he prosecuted people day and night will be over.
RAFFAELLO Sanzio: St Michael and the Devil 1518. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Courtesy of Web Gallery of Art
 

Knowing he has but 3½ years left to decimate God's creation, he will destroy as much of it and its inhabitants as he can. The last part of Revelation chapter 12 explains that the dragon will be enraged with reviving Israel because she will supernaturally escape his clutches to the hills. He will send a flood of hoodlums to try and retrieve the fleeing people as Pharaoh tried when Israel escaped from Egypt at her first birth. Pharaoh, the type, failed and so will Antichrist, the antitype, at her rebirth.

The text reports that the earth will swallow up the devil's vain attempt to stop Israel's restitution as a nation in the mountain regions of Petra in Jordan, perhaps by earth cave-ins. Israeli journalists report that certain areas around the Dead Sea are being cordoned off today because people have fallen into deep life-threatening pits caused by cave-ins. Could this be the method God uses to swallow up Antichrist's flood? However it happens, God will protect His reviving nationalist Jews in a supernatural way.

As our vision indicates, satan cannot withstand the laser-like light from heaven causing a remnant of Israelis to be redeemed from a death state. Trying to overcome the intense light is a losing battle as satan found out when he could not shield himself enough to reach the body on the slab in our vision. An unspecified number of Jews will escape his dagger, for we saw from Scripture that the earth opens her mouth and swallows up the flood (probably of men) which the dragon sends to recapture the escapees [verse 16].

Because the Antichrist cannot withstand God's supernatural protection of repentant Israel, he becomes enraged and furiously attacks her seed – believers who refuse to take his mark and thus forfeit their lives. As before stated, Scripture records that satan will succeed in overcoming the saints during his 42 months of rule. During these months, the reign of terror on the church persists. Woe to anyone connected to the line of the Seed of the Woman, for the Antichrist seed of the serpent will make war with the remnant of her seed – the left behind Laodiceans who repent and new converts to Jesus.

From all accounts, Antichrist will have a hard time maneuvering because natural catastrophes and the aftermath of war will hinder him. The turmoil of that 3½ year period will keep him and his puppets off balance, so much so that there will be a surviving remnant of Jews all over the world who escape Antichrist's clutches and make it through the tribulation. Jesus said at the close of the age, …He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other [Matthew 24:31] to bring them to Jerusalem to form the nucleus of God's restored nation from which Jesus will rule in the Millennium.

 

Conclusion

Our Father sent this prophetic vision to encourage the church to stay alert for the time for her rapture is very close and to reassure Hebrew people that He is at work bringing all things to fruition. The corpse on the slab is not yet alive, but it will not be long now until it is. With the strife going on in the Middle East, it seems likely that the Church will quickly be called home. Then, God's attention will turn back toward Israel as His point of contact with the world, and the Age of Israel will resume.

The message of the vision is simple yet profound. When Jeannette told me about it, I knew immediately what it signified, but for some reason, I was not released to write up the interpretation until now. It clearly shows that God is at work awakening His elect Israelis. The Israelites must be ready to take over evangelization of the world through the sealed 144,000 hand-picked men who will become Jesus' honor guard in heaven 7. God's two tribulational witnesses of Revelation chapter 11 will also appear to aid God in helping His people discern the times and to rediscover the Kingdom for its manifestation.

The theme of the vision is an awakening. And the body on the slab is definitely Israel. Nevertheless, the theme carries a warning for the Church. Paul tells us:

  Romans 13:11-12
 

11 … knowing the time, … it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Paul exhorts believers to stay out of the darkness of the age. Time is fleeting and it cannot be retrieved. He says to wake up, stop sinning, and love not the world nor its pleasures, Do works worthy of children of light. Make choices that will bring glory to God and will provide timber for your heavenly mansion. Give the angels something with which to enlarge your estate while there's still time.

Considering that we are only one breath away from eternity it would behoove us to keep our armour filled with heavenly radiant energy, Holy Spirit oil to fuel our lamps. As noted in the vision, heavenly energy emanating from a live body is the one thing satan cannot stand. It is what repels him and forces him to flee. Therefore, stay awake and keep connected to heavenly light. The entrance of God's word gives light. The more light you have about the Word, the greater will be your anointing and your potential for living a blessed and fearless life.

May your days be brighter and brighter because the Day of Christ is fast approaching. Till we meet again at the fountain of God's anointing, we at Whitestones Ministries will remain yielded to our Father's call, ready to give you, our brethren, another message. Even so, come Lord Jesus…………

Lee Y. Martin

TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista Bellerophon on Pegasus 1746-47 Palazzo Labia, Venice. Web Gallery of Art


 
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