First, Irwin Baxter from End Time Ministries defended the post-tribulation viewpoint. Other than he is the most non-linear theologian on the planet, his post-trib defense is correct. He was given five to ten minutes to defend his position. He acquitted himself well.
Then Bill Salus http://www.prophecydepot.net/ defended the pre-tribulation rapture viewpoint. He rattled-off non-specific scripture like a machine gun for ten minutes. He wasted ten minutes of my life on rapture gibberish.
Finally, TBN offered Jonathan Cahn thirty seconds. In those thirty seconds Jonathan edified and prophesied like a man on fire. He was worth the wait, and all the TBN shenanigans.Why are Jonathan Cahn’s comments worth the wait? He is a Sabbath-keeper, and a Torah lover. He has a natural advantage over a Gentile Christian, based living a lifestyle similar to Yeshua’s lifestyle. There are times when people ask me, “How do you know the answer to that Bible question?” Umm, I live that Bible answer. I submit that the best revelations will be coming from men like Jonathan Cahn soon.
My opinion: In order to understand the end times, you must understand Torah first and foremost. It’s that important. That means you need to live Torah!Let’s discuss one part of Ezekiel 38-39 (Gog from Magog) with a Torah reference, to prove my assertion.
“Thus says the Lord God: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. Ezekiel 38:10-12 (ESV)Old Gog was a Jew-murdering thug from the area of Turkey. Eventually we will see two more Gogs from Turkey. One Gog will kill Jews in the next few years. The other Gog will kill at the end of the millennium. Suleiman the Magnificent was a type and shadow of Gog. Is God telling us that we will see the walls come down in Israel in the next few years? Maybe. Or is He offering an obscured reference to Torah? Maybe. Yeshua almost always referenced Torah in all of His parables.
I believe that Ezekiel 38:10-12 is a Torah reference. He’s telling us that a condition will be met for Jubilee redemption according to Torah. What condition is that?“The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me. And in all the country you possess, you shall allow a redemption of the land.
“If your brother becomes poor and sells part of his property, then his nearest redeemer shall come and redeem what his brother has sold. If a man has no one to redeem it and then himself becomes prosperous and finds sufficient means to redeem it, let him calculate the years since he sold it and pay back the balance to the man to whom he sold it, and then return to his property. But if he has not sufficient means to recover it, then what he sold shall remain in the hand of the buyer until the year of jubilee. In the jubilee it shall be released, and he shall return to his property.“If a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, he may redeem it within a year of its sale. For a full year he shall have the right of redemption. If it is not redeemed within a full year, then the house in the walled city shall belong in perpetuity to the buyer, throughout his generations; it shall not be released in the jubilee. But the houses of the villages that have no wall around them shall be classified with the fields of the land. They may be redeemed, and they shall be released in the jubilee. Leviticus 24:23-31 (ESV)
My opinion: God is forewarning us that He will classify Israel, in the last days, as an unwalled country. Thus, according to Torah, He can redeem them. Ezekiel 38:10-12 is not a reference to Israel removing their walls. Removing walls would be silly, and pointless. My contention is that they will soon live like they are in an unwalled state, in shalom via the Antichrist. Watch for a sudden peace caused in mysterious ways. When other theologians warn you to watch for walls being torn down, please don't believe them.
Israel will be redeemed soon, and they will be released in the jubilee year. There will be no time limit, and no other restrictions based on Ezekiel 38-39. He will redeem His people! Count on it!Shalom!