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Second Half of the Covenant

The Second half of Christ’s Covenant begins with this thought!

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11 KJV).

Let’s reword the last phrase of this verse just a little.

Paraphrased – And they loved their walk with God/Jesus more than they loved their own lives.

True-Christians will be willing to give their lives for Christ before they will receive the Mark of the Beast or bow before the Beast or his image.

So this is where the second half of the covenant of Jesus Christ begins. By the conclusion of Revelation 12:10 we have come through the first three and a half years of Christ’s seven years of covenant (Daniel 9:24-27).

Three and a half years have passed in the real world but the countdown to the Battle of Armageddon is still 1986 years off into the future, right around the corner for us. Somewhere in the next twelve or less years the Great Consummation will begin kicking off the great stopwatch in God’s hands.  A countdown which will once again span three and a half years, the remaining time on the proverbial clock.  What clock you might ask?  The Seventy Weeks of Daniel countdown to the end of the prophecy and the end of Christ’s Covenant and the end of the Time of the Gentiles.   The end of the Church Age!

So here is what will happen…

Satan will become indignant when he realizes he has lost the battle and only has a short time before he will be forced into spiritual chains [4] and locked down in the bottomless pit. For this reason, Satan desires to severely punish the Body of Christ and the nation of Israel as seen in Revelation 12 verses 14 and 17. As previously discussed, Israel is the woman mentioned in verses 6 and 14. The Body of Christ is the remnant of the woman’s seed.

 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time. Now when the dragon [The Beast] saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman [Israel] who gave birth to the male Child [Christianity]. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. (Revelation 12:12–14 NKJV)

It is important to notice the phrase in verse 6, which states, “a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (which equates to 1,260 days). This total number of days equals the three and a half years of the Great Consummation when calculated according to the Hebrew calendar of John’s day. Comparatively, there is another phrase in verse 14 that states, “a time, and times, and half a time,” which is a little more difficult to explain. It is important to understand how these two phrases are connected. Though the phrase “a time, times and half a time” may not readily appear to represent three and a half years, the 1,260 days conveys three and a half years without question. Furthermore, the two phrases are interconnected, representing the two halves of the seventieth week. Regardless of how obvious the time frame appears, below is a detailed breakdown:

A time equals one year.

Times equals two or more years.

Half a time equals one half year.

When properly added together, one year + two or more years + one half year equals a minimum of three and a half years.

For a more adept confirmation of this above information see pages 172-175 in “This Side of the Whirlwind.”

Shortly after the ascension of Christ, the nation of Israel was scattered over the face of the earth in order to fulfill prophecy (Deuteronomy 30:1–3). Israel remained in a state of exile until just before 1947. Following Jacob’s Trouble, [5] Israel reemerged as the sovereign state of Israel. Israel’s restoration was the prophetic fulfillment of Jeremiah 16:14–15 and 23:7–8. Israel became officially recognized as a sovereign state on May 15, 1948. This miraculous accomplishment began the Latter Days, which will conclude at the end of the Great Consummation. In fact, until the Great Consummation is completed, God will not redeem the nation of Israel or deliver the chosen people from the laws of sin and death (Romans 11:25–29). These elements must be finished before the Time of the Gentiles can be fulfilled or the blinding in part can be lifted. Revelation 12:6 took place at the time of Christ’s ministry, thereby fulfilling the first half of the seventieth week. In effect, God did and will protect the Israelites during both halves of the seventieth week as illustrated in both verses 6 and 14. These verses also mention a wilderness location where God will protect the nation of Israel during both halves of the seventieth week. This safe dwelling place where God arranged to protect the woman is in fact the land of Israel [6] (Isaiah 26:20–21).

 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood” (Revelation 12:15 KJV).

We know from related scriptures water frequently represents a multitude of peoples or even nations. During the Great Consummation, the secular world will pursue the Body of Christ and likewise any stray Israelites not living in Israel. The above passage relates to the gathering of the military against Israel for the Battle of Armageddon. Through his efforts, Satan hopes to carry the day and wash Israel away like a flood. When he fails, Satan will become enraged and ignite the Battle of Armageddon.

 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth” (Revelation 12:16 KJV).

In some fashion, God causes the earth to come to Israel’s aid. This will likely resemble the days of Korah when Korah provoked the children of Israel to rebel against Moses. At that time, God chose between Korah and Moses, causing the earth to open up and swallow Korah and his band of rebels (Numbers 16:1–35).

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17 NKJV).

The entire seven years of covenant found in Daniel 9:27 are expressed in Revelation 12:1–17. Revelation 12:1–10 relates to the first three and a half years of the seventieth week while the second half of the chapter, Revelation 12:11–17, relates to the second three and a half years of the seventieth week. During the second half of the seventieth week, God allows the Beast to scatter the Body of Christ. The correlation between the time frames of three and a half years and the scattering of God’s people can be seen within the chart titled, “The Day of the Lord,” found in chapter 13 and made available to assist readers in visualizing the often complex nature of this topic. These two factors, along with numerous other elements, spelled out with this book, confirm the validity of the issues being discussed. Let us now look at the specific time frames designated to complete God’s new covenant.

[4] Satan, as a spiritual being, will require similar chains.

[5] Also known as the Holocaust (Jeremiah 30:1–24).

[6]  God protected the land of Israel until AD 70, after which the Jewish-Roman War scattered the Israelites over the   face of the earth to fulfill God’s prophetic plans as outlined in Deuteronomy 30:1–3 and Ezekiel 34.

The information in this post was taken from, “This Side of the Whirlwind” chapter 12.

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