THE TERRIBLE OF THE NATIONS

Today is January 4, 2001 as I start this paper.  This paper is a follow up to “The Physical Creation.”

Some questions that I want to deal with follow:

  1. Who are the Terrible of the Nations?
  1. Why are there the Terrible of the Nations?
  1. The reward of the Terrible of the Nations.
  1. How do the Terrible of the Nations deal with Satan and the demons?

There are many questions that we will deal with in this paper.  There will be much review and revisiting scripture with different thoughts in mind.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Have you ever wondered about this verse as I have?  I would do what I thought was resisting and there would be no apparent change in Satan’s attacks.  “Resist” is Strong’s #436 meaning “to stand against i.e. oppose…”  Notice it does not say pray about it and I will make it go away.  This standing in opposition to Satan is going to involve massive amounts of power and faith as God uses what most likely is the Philadelphian Church to enforce His will on Satan.  Maybe it is better said that he will use many members with a Philadelphian attitude.

The Father and Christ just do not zap things into place.  Maybe in some cases they do, but as we come to see and understand God more clearly from his written word, we will see that he systematically, designs, brings to pass, and enforces his will wherever he wants it to.

By the time we reach the end of this paper, you will see and understand the enforcing of God’s will on the demon world.  If you have not already, I would suggest that you read everything produced by Solid Rock’s People prior to January 2001.  It is the basic foundation about demons and their world.

This paper is getting into the deep things of God.  This information has lain hidden and dormant to God’s people for many, many years.  It starts an offensive line of thought.  It will be hard if not impossible for a human to break into the story at this level.  Many basics need to be instilled or implanted in your mind before taking this on.

This is pay back time for the Philadelphian Church.  The Terrible of the Nations are used by Christ to finally start giving Satan his, to give him and the demon world some of the misery they have doled out on humans.

The Terrible of the Nations will not be whipped, pansy, pantywaist, soft, powder puff people.  To the demon world they will be exactly what their name implies.  What about the two witnesses?  Won’t the physical nations consider them terrible?

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Revelation 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

The word “tormented” in verse 10 is Strong’s #928 meaning “to torture-pain, toil, torment, toss, vex.”  So, let us look at this term “Terrible of the Nations.”  There are four places in Ezekiel, chapters 28,30,31,32 speaking of these Terrible of the Nations.

Ezekiel 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Ezekiel 30:11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Ezekiel 31:12 And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.

Ezekiel 32:12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

To answer the first question raised on page one, who are the Terrible of the Nations, let us look at Ezekiel 30:10-11.

Ezekiel 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

So, the Terrible of the Nations are King Nebuchadnezzar and his army.  Verse 11 says “people.”  Notice what it says in Ezekiel 29:18.  You may be thinking that it says Tyrus here.  Well, it does, but who is the King of Tyrus?  Read Ezekiel 28:12-13.

Ezekiel 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

This king of Tyrus was perfect in beauty and in Eden the Garden of God, so this being was Satan or Lucifer.  Notice also Ezekiel 29:3.  This tells us that Satan is the King of Egypt the Great Dragon.  Revelation 20:2 calls the dragon Satan.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Let us examine these four passages where the Terrible of the Nations are mentioned, along with the surrounding verses.  Read Ezekiel 28:7.

Ezekiel 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Until about the last six weeks of the year 2000, I had not realized that Ezekiel 28:1-19 was referring to Satan and the demons.  I thought it had started with verse 12 referring to Satan being full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  Go back to Ezekiel 28:2.  Notice this says the Prince of Tyrus.  “Prince” is Strong’s #5057 meaning a “commander (as occupying the front), civil, military, or religious…”

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Verse 12 tells us that Satan is the king and verse 2 tells us there is at least one prince.  It seems that this prince mentioned here is Satan’s top-level assistant and probably second in command under Satan in his kingdom.

If you have read all the previous papers I’ve written on the demon world, starting with The Job Principle, you will understand that scenario laid out in Exodus about Moses, Pharaoh, and freeing the Israelites.  This is just a prototype to be repeated in the end time, I Corinthians 10:11.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

With that in mind, let us see what we might pick up about the Prince of Tyrus back in Exodus.  Go to Exodus 11:5.

Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

“Firstborn” is Strong’s #1060 meaning first-born, hence chief, eldest (son), firstborn…  So, here in this verse, we would have the firstborn, being the first created, if we understand it right.

Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Moses was instrumental in killing the firstborn of the physical Pharaoh, which had his throne.  So, the end time Moses (which is one of the hats the end time Elijah wears) will be instrumental in killing this prince of Tyrus, if prototypes are true.

Notice in Ezekiel 28:4-7, 9 how much this underling (prince of Tyrus) is like Satan.

Ezekiel 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: 6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Ezekiel 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Compare these verses with Ezekiel 28:12-18 and Isaiah 14:12-13.  Couldn’t it be that Satan intended to take over the Father’s place and the prince take the place of Christ?

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Let us touch on question number two, why are there the Terrible of the Nations?  God is going to use these Terrible of the Nations to kill this prince of Tyrus, Ezekiel 28:9.

Ezekiel 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

“Slayeth” is Strong’s #2026 meaning “to smite with deadly intent, kill, murder…”

It is not only the prince of Tyrus, Satan’s right hand man that will be killed by the Terrible of the Nations.  There will be many more thousands, or possibly millions of demons.

Let us go on to the next verse that mentions the terrible or the nations directly.

Ezekiel 30:11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

If you want to refresh your memory, notice that the subject has not changed since Ezekiel 29:3.  Notice God has a purpose for this end time King Nebuchadnezzar and his army, the Terrible of the Nations.  This purpose is to destroy the spirit land of Egypt and fill it with dead demons.  Here again the prototype was the physical Pharaoh and plagues, etc. These are to be acted out on a spiritual level.

Notice Exodus 10:7.  The word “destroyed” here is Strong’s #6 meaning “to wander away i.e. lose oneself, by impl. to perish…”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says, “This word is generally used of persons when it is signifying death…”  The word “destroy” in Ezekiel 30:11 is Strong’s #7843 meaning “to decay, ruin, batter, cast off, corrupt, destroy…”

Exodus 10:7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?

Ezekiel 30:11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Was the original physical Egypt filled with the slain, dead humans and dead animals?  Look at Exodus 11:5.

Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

The plague of hail also left a lot of slain humans and animals, Exodus 9:21-22,25.

Exodus 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.

22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

Exodus 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

How humbling and devastating this will be to Satan and the demons, the army of demons who raped and pillaged the inhabitants of both the spirit earth and physical earth.  To be conquered by an army of humans made spirit will be a mighty blow to Satan who thinks he is God.   What is the main message that Christ will get across to Satan and his demons?  It is found in numerous places in the Exodus chapters and Ezekiel 28-32.  Notice a couple places, Exodus 7:5 and Ezekiel 30:8.

Exodus 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.

Ezekiel 30:8 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

Satan and the demons are going to know who God is.  This army that Christ uses is of physical origin, Revelation 17:14.  Humans have to be called, faithful and chosen, not angels, who start in a state of perfection.  I do not think calling, as we know it, applies to angels.  Angels without question have to remain faithful.  This human army is just one of Christ’s armies, Revelation 19:14.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

The called faithful, chosen army is no doubt the one identified in Ezekiel 30:10-11.  God uses a physical example here in the form of Nebuchadnezzar.  Notice this quote from Unger’s Bible Dictionary under the section “Nebuchadnezzar,” page 782, item 2, subtitle “Opposes Egypt”

“When Necho II succeeded his father, Psammetichus I, as king of Upper and Lower Egypt, he promptly began the reconquest of Syria and Palestine.  In 608 BC he left Egypt and marched up the seacoast, penetrating inland to the Plain of Esdraelon at Megiddo.  There Josiah, King of Judah, vainly opposed him and was killed.  Necho was soon able to count himself master of the whole country.  It was now his purpose to move eastward to the Euphrates and cross the great valley to seize what might fall to his share when the Assyrian Empire met it’s end.  He reached Carchemish, on the Euphrates, in 605, and there was confronted by Nebuchadnezzar at the head of his father’s armies. The battle that ensued was one of the greatest in all history, judged simply by its immediate historic results.  Necho was utterly and disastrously defeated and fled in a rout homeward closely pursued by the victor.  That one blow made Nebuchadnezzar the presumptive holder of all the valuable territory of Syria and Palestine.”

I find this quote very fascinating in light of all the Bible is telling us about Egypt, Satan, etc.  Notice here that Necho II represents Satan, the King of Egypt.  In Ezekiel 29:3 below, it speaks of Satan being the king of Egypt.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

He suffered a disastrous defeat by the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar who commanded his father’s armies.  In this case, this other King Nebuchadnezzar will command his father’s armies of humans made spirit under Jesus Christ.  Remember he is King of Kings.

I want to expand on these statements in Ezekiel 30:10-11 before we move on to the next two verses concerning the Terrible of the Nations.

Ezekiel 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Now let’s go to Ezekiel 29:18-20 for some more insight into this end time scenario.

Ezekiel 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.

20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.

Who is this Nebuchadnezzar?  Is he the King of Babylon?  The Bible is written for the end time Christians, I Corinthians 10:11.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

Without explaining again the foundational information, I suggest that if you have not already done so, please read everything on Solid Rock’s People home page written before December 1999.

To make a long story short, this King of Babylon is probably the end time Elijah, the leader of the end time church.  Do not let the way God uses terminology throw you a curve.  Christ is King of Kings, Revelation 19:16.  Does that make him like the other kings he is king over?  No way, this is just the way God has written it.

Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Most likely this is the end time Elijah. He is king of Babylon because Christ has given him supreme power over the whole Babylon system.  Notice another example of how God uses words, Isaiah 14:16.

Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

The word “man” is clearly speaking of Satan.  Review verse Isaiah 14:12-20.  Now, notice how Gabriel is described in Daniel 9:21.

Daniel 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

He is called a man.  “Man” is Strong’s #376 and in both verses it means a “man as an individual or male person…”  Notice also Revelation 5:3.

Revelation 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

No man in Heaven or Earth could open the book, but Christ could, verse 5.

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Just how many men are in heaven?  I would think none, as we are physical and that is spiritual.  That great chasm spoken of in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man is between us.  So do not let the way God has worded things confuse you.  What is this Tyrus mentioned in Ezekiel 29:18?  It is the spirit land of Egypt which Satan is king over, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Now go back to Ezekiel 28:2.  Here you have this Prince of Tyrus, then in verse 12 it is the King of Tyrus.  This in verse 12 is clearly speaking of Satan.  He was a being perfect in beauty and full of wisdom.  Read verses 13 and 14.

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy coveringEzekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

The fact is the physical Egypt and Pharaoh that the physical Moses dealt with is patterned after the spirit Egypt that Satan the Great Dragon is King and Pharaoh over.

Notice, breaking into the last sentence of Ezekiel 29:18 a couple of pages back, “no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served (against it).”  Now notice Ezekiel 29:20, “I have given the land of Egypt for his labor wherewith he served against it.”

By this time in our studies of the end time scenario, we should know all of the various hats that the end time Elijah wears.  The Moses hat is patterned after the original Moses and the releasing of the physical Israel.  The end time Moses/Elijah is used of God to force Satan to release the end time church (the Israel of God).  The original Joshua led the people into the Promised Land.  Therefore, the end time Joshua/Elijah will lead us into the Kingdom. Zerubbabel was governor of the Jews, so the end time Zerubbabel/Elijah is the governor of the end time church.

Notice Revelation 3:9, the Philadelphians are referred to as Jews.  I might add that this governorship is in the mildest form.  God hates the hierarchy system.  He is our governor only in the sense that he is the one God uses to give us truth, Luke 1:17.  Teacher may be a better term.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Now, go back to the Moses’ aspect of this.  Notice Exodus 7:1 and Exodus 11:8.

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

Exodus 11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

God the Father and Christ have made this man Moses/Elijah a god to Satan (Pharaoh, King of Egypt, the Great Dragon Ezekiel 29:3).

Remember I Corinthians 10:11.  These things are written as examples (prototypes) to be acted out in the end time.

So, what does this man god, (little “g”) do?  He is probably the leader of the Terrible of the Nations, since he is the leader of the church.  He and his army destroy the spirit land of Egypt.  He and his army fill the spirit land of Egypt with dead, Ezekiel 30:11.  He and his army kill the Prince of Tyrus (Satan’s chief assistant), Ezekiel 28:2,6-9.

Ezekiel 30:11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Ezekiel 28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

This is speculation to some degree that the end time Elijah leads the Terrible of the Nations army under Christ.  As far as I can do the spiritual math, today, August 6th, 2002, it adds up to him.

Just an insertion of food for thought here.  Did Hitler and Mussolini represent Satan, the King of Tyrus, Ezekiel 28:12, and the Prince of Tyrus, Ezekiel 28:2?

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Continuing on in Ezekiel 30:21-26,  these verses give us more insight into the way Christ and the Father will use this Moses/Elijah/little “g” god and his army against Pharaoh, King of Egypt, the Great Dragon, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 30:21 Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.

22 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.

23 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

24 And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man.

25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land ofEgypt.

26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

See what we can learn from, “I have broken the arm of Pharaoh, I am against Pharaoh King of Egypt and will break his arms.”

  1. Spirit arms can break.
  2. Spirit hands on a broken arm can’t hold a sword.

No doubt this can be taken both ways quite literally and also in the sense of Satan’s influence on the physical world today.  Verse 23 and 24 seem to indicate that God means for it to be taken both ways.

  1. Dispersing the demons through the nations.
  2. “Groan” is Strong’s #5008 meaning “a groan- groan.”

It seems Satan will actually be feeling a lot of intense pain as a deadly wounded man.  If you have not read the papers “Physical Creation,” I suggest that you do read them.  Human pain is probably patterned after spirit pain.  Notice also in verse 24 how this connects with what we read in Exodus a page or so previously, “Groan before him with the groaning of a deadly wounded man.”

Remember what it said in Exodus 7:1?  Moses was made a little “g” god to Satan (Pharaoh).

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

Exodus 11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

In Exodus 11:8, the term “bow themselves down unto me” is Strong’s #7812 meaning “to depress, i.e. prostrate in homage to royalty or God…”

Review 1 Corinthians 10:11 and the definition of “examples” on page four.  What the original Moses did physically is just a prototype of what will be done spiritually.  I certainly want to be a member of this Terrible of the Nations army and see Satan and the demons bowing before the saved.  Go back to Ezekiel 30:25-26.

Ezekiel 30:25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt.

26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

God will strengthen the arms of this end time Moses/Elijah/King of Babylon against Pharaoh the King of Egypt, the Great Dragon, Ezekiel 29:3.

God will use this Terrible of the Nations army to scatter and disperse the demons.  What is God’s sword that he will put in to the hand of this King of Babylon, the end time Moses/Elijah?  Ephesians 6:17 tells us.  Many of Satan’s army members will be killed as they are conquered by Christ’s army, the Terrible of the Nations.  It seems to indicate that there will be literal spirit swords in our hands and we will be killing demons as we fill the land with the slain.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

“Sword” in Ezekiel 30:25 is Strong’s #2719 meaning “drought, also a cutting instrument…”

Remember this little “g” god, Moses, will have these demons bowing down to him and no doubt Satan too as he groans with his broken arms.  Knowing this information clears up statements made in Zechariah 3:7 and Haggai 2:21-23.  These verses are referring to the end time Joshua/Zerubbabel/Moses/Elijah.

Zechariah 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

Haggai 2:21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

Read Zechariah 3:1-2.

Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Joshua was awakened in the end time as we all slumbered and slept, Matthew 25:5.  Remember Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, so the end time Joshua will do the same.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

He is a brand plucked from the lake of fire.  “Brand” is Strong’s #181 meaning “to rake together, a poker (for turning or gathering embers)…”  As the sleeping virgins awake out of their sleep, their flame needs attention.

Verses 3-5 show us that this man repented.  Verses 8-10 give this an end time setting.  Verse 7 is what I wanted to dwell on.  This is the reward that this man gets and it spills over into his army, as we will see back in Ezekiel.

Zec 3:3  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

4  And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

5  And I said, Let them set a fair miter upon his head. So they set a fair miter upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.

6  And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, 7  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.

8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

9  For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

10  In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree.

He will judge God’s house.  “Judge” is Strong’s #1777 meaning “to rule by impl. to judge (as umpire)…”  “House” is Strong’s #1004 meaning a “house in the greatest variety of applications, esp. family…”  In the phrase “keep my courts,” “keep” is Strong’s #8104 meaning “to hedge about as with thorns, guard, protect, attend, etc…”  “Courts” is Strong’s #2691 meaning a “yard (as enclosed by a fence)…”

He will also be given places to walk among those who stand by.  Who was standing by?  Satan, for one. The Terrible of the Nations and the King of Babylon walked all over him.  The angel of the Lord was certainly there.  Was this Michael since he seems to be the one in charge of the church, Daniel 12:1?  Were the twenty elders there and Christ?

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

You need to read Solid Rock’s People’s paper, “the Physical Creation” for a complete explanation of what Satan’s position was.  Apparently, this King of Babylon and the Terrible of the Nations army will be given Satan’s original position in God’s family and his spirit nation or land that he had before he went bad.

Go to Ezekiel 29:18-19.  This is this army’s reward.  Remember this is on a spirit level, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

This end time Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon performs a great service against Tyrus.  Who led the original Israelites into battle on the way to the physical Promised Land?  It was Joshua, so the end time Joshua will lead us into battle on our way into the final Promised Land.  Do not forget I Corinthians 10:11.  The word “examples” means prototypes, or things to be imitated.  The Joshua character, I repeat again, is just one of the hats that the end time Elijah wears.

The army served against Tyrus.  Who was the King of Tyrus?  None other than Satan himself, Ezekiel 28:12-13.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Another powerful demon was the Prince of Tyrus, Ezekiel 28:2.  Let’s get our thinking headed along the right lines.

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This fighting we do physically will continue on the spirit level until all of God’s word is fulfilled.  The way into the kingdom is not easy.  Read Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16.

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

“Violence” is Strong’s #971 meaning to force, i.e. (reflex) to crowd oneself (into) or (pass) to be seized…  “Violent” is Strong’s #973 meaning a forcer…  The phrase “take it by force” is Strong’s #726 and #846 meaning to seize (in various applications) to catch (away up) pluck-pull, take by force).

In Luke 16:16, “presseth” is Strong’s #971, same as the word for “violence” above.  Therefore, our position in the kingdom has to be seized, taken by force.  We have to force our way into the kingdom.  We have to force our way in because Satan has it blocked.  This forcing, this seizing, this taking the Kingdom will take on many forms of demon control, what I like to call carrying the big stick.  It will ultimately lead to many dead and imprisoned demons.

Let us go to the book of Haggai. I will give you a quick overview of the book and then dwell on the last three verses.

I have gained more understanding out of this book than what is covered in the paper, Haggai.  What are we looking at here is how God will use this army of his, the called, faithful, and chosen in physical jobs before the assault on the demon world.

I will be as brief as possible in going through this.  Notice in Haggai 1:1, Zerubbabel is Governor of the Jews.  That is the same Jews (Christians) mentioned in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.  Notice in these two verses you have people claiming to be Jews (Christians) and are not.  Remember I Corinthians 10:11.  The Bible is written for the end time Christians with all its prototypes and we are operating on mostly a spirit level.

Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

We do things on a spiritual level, Romans 2:28-29.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

In Zechariah 4:9, notice that Zerubbabel laid the foundation of this house (the end time church).  “House” is Strong’s #1004 meaning a “house in the greatest variety of applications, espec. family…”  Notice also in Haggai 2:18 the foundation of the temple is being laid.  What is the end time temple?  It is the Church, I Corinthians 3:16.

Zechariah 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Haggai 2:18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’S temple was laid, consider it.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

In Ezra 3:6,8,10, we see how the foundation was laid in the rebuilding process.

Ezra 3:6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not yet laid.

8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD.

10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.

I repeat again, that this governorship of Zerubbabel/Elijah in the end time is of the mildest form.  God hates the hierarchy system and won’t stand for a man being worshipped in his place like many did in the late Worldwide Church of God.

Continuing in our overview of Haggai, notice these instructions given by God to his end time army, the Terrible of the Nations, Haggai 1:9-11.  Here again, in verse 9, “house” is Strong’s #1004 meaning a “house in the greatest variety of applications, espec. family…”  If you came through the WCG system, you certainly know how God’s family was laid waste.  You know how we all run to our splinter groups, (house/family).  The WCG just contained a portion of the total family of God.

Haggai 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.

11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.

Why?  Because God has smashed the power of the Holy people in the (hierarchy system), Daniel 12:7.  “Scatter” is Strong’s #5310 meaning to dash to pieces or scatter- be beaten in sunder, break (in pieces), broken, dash (in pieces)…

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

In Haggai 1:10, the heaven is stopped from it’s dew.  There is no living water coming down to the church.  This cutting off of all the living waters to the church causes a spiritual drought, Amos 8:11-12.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

This famine of hearing God’s word is taking its toll here in January 2001.  Verse 12 certainly describes many of the WCG wandering in every direction, attending splinter group after splinter group, spending countless hours surfing the internet for God’s word.

Then result is found in Matthew 25:5-6.  This endtime army or church sleeps until they hear the cry at midnight.  God starts to send us spiritual truth to wake us up out of our spiritual slumbering and sleeping.  There are no exceptions to this.  If you are not asleep in the end time, you are not a virgin.  I did not write verse 5, Christ did.  If you want to argue that point, take it up with Him.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Now, go on to Haggai 1:14.  There are four key words in this verse to God’s end time army.  Let me inject one thought before we go to Haggai.  Will this army, the Terrible of the Nations, be all the resurrected saints at the first resurrection or just the Philadelphian Church, or possibly the Philadelphia Church and the Smyrna Church?  Studying the seven letters to the churches, these are the only two that Christ does not have a problem with.  Will it be one of these two different 144,000?   The Revelation 7 144,000 comes from the Israelites.

I would lean toward the thought that it would include all the first resurrection saints.  We all caught hell from Satan, Pharaoh, the Great Dragon, in our own way.

Haggai 1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in thehouse of the LORD of hosts, their God,

  1. “Stirred” is Strong’s #5782 meaning through the idea of opening the eyes, to wake (lit or fig)…Isn’t that interesting?  Read Matthew 25:5 again, how all the virgins slumbered and slept.  In Haggai 1:14, we see how God starts to wake them up.  Spiritual lies put us to sleep; spiritual truth wakes us up.  The activity of the Holy Spirit, the living water from above, makes all the difference.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

  1. “Remnant” is Strong’s #7611 meaning a “remainder or residue (surviving, final) portion- that had escaped…”Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says of this word remnant, “It is a remainder, a remnant, a residue, survivors (especially after a slaughter)…  I would ask the question, was there a spiritual slaughter in the Worldwide Church of God and maybe in other folds of God’s sheep also?
  1. “Work” is Strong’s #4399 meaning deputyship…Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament says of this word work “the principal meaning is deputyship…”
  1. “House” is Strong’s #1004 meaning a house in the greatest variety of applications, espec. family…

Today is June 12, 2001, as I continue this paper.  Let’s review what this verse and those four key words tell us.  Even at this point the Joshua/Zerubbabel/End time Elijah has to be awakened even further, along with the ex-members of the WCG and other churches of God’s also.  We become spiritually awakened and start to do God’s endtime work.  This work is laid out clearly in the Bible, how it is to be financed, etc.

We become deputies of our end time “leader.”  I think this will be more of an end time teacher.  Not a leader as we think of the word, because we each have to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 2:12. This verse to me is an instruction for a one on one relationship with Jesus Christ.  We did not have that in WCG and I doubt that it is true in other churches as well.  We had a man between God and us: Herbert W. Armstrong.  I cannot see this being acceptable to God.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

This has been quite a lengthy side trip.  Let us go on to the next verse where the Terrible of the Nations is mentioned, Ezekiel 31:12.

Ezekiel 31:12 And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.

To keep your mind focused and not let it drift to the physical aspects of the chapters in Ezekiel, go back and review, starting in Ezekiel 29:1.  And Notice that there is no change in the subject matter all the way through Ezekiel 32.

Let us go back to the beginning of Ezekiel 31 to get a feel for what God is talking about in verse 12.  Notice first in Ezekiel 31:11.  Christ says he has delivered this Pharaoh, King of Egypt, the Great Dragon, into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen.  “Heathen” is Strong’s #1471 meaning (in the sense of massing) a foreign nation…

Ezekiel 31:11 I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

That is clearly referring back the end time Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon and his army, Ezekiel 29:18.

Ezekiel 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

Elijah/Moses/Joshua/Zerubbabel is the end time church leader, or teacher.  Remember the original Joshua fought many battles before obtaining peace and the promised land.  It will be the same with the end time Joshua. There will be physical Jericho’s to be conquered before we move on to the spirit fights.  For instance, Jericho was just a prototype to be acted out spiritually in the end time.

The deputies of the end time Elijah and Elijah himself will go on the offensive against these end time splinter groups of the Worldwide Church of God and other church groups.  This will all be totally under Christ’s leadership as how toextract the Rahabs, the harlots.  Who is that?  That is the sleeping spiritual virgins who have be committing spiritual whoredom with these synagogues of Satan, enslaved by the hierarchy system, Revelation 3:9.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Remember a Jew in God’s sight is a person that is a Jew inwardly, Romans 2:28-29.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

If I see it right, the church of God can look forward to 40 plus years of spiritual battles once the cry at midnight happens, Matthew 25:6.

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

There will be other sources of these spiritual harlots not only in the ex-WCG.  I’ll insert one thought here.  God didn’t make a mistake in Revelation when he said, “Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen,” Revelation 18:2.

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

If I am seeing this even remotely clearly, the second falling is of Satan’s demon world.  It is clear that there are two fallings of physical Babylon, so this would make three.  Three is a nice number if you have done much study into God’s numbers.

We all know that Satan’s incurable wickedness is the cause of his downfall.  I will do some review here.  This entire chapter is covered in my paper the “Physical Creation.”

Ezekiel 31:2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?

If you have reread Ezekiel 29-32, you know there is no change in the subject matter.  This pharaoh King of Egypt mentioned here is the same one in Ezekiel 29:3, the great dragon or Satan.  Satan is not alone here, he has his multitude or as we are told in another verse, one third of the original angels, Revelation 12:4.

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

I think the word “stars” applies to demons or fallen angels, but this verse in itself does not prove it to me.  The word “stars” actually means stars.  Nevertheless, Satan has his associates or partners in crime.

In Ezekiel 31:3, God asks the question, who was like this mighty spirit being in his original state?

Ezekiel 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.

Ezekiel 28:12-17 tells us about some of his original state.  Notice in verse 13, he was in Eden, the Garden of God.  Compare that with what it says in Ezekiel 31:9.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Ezekiel 31:9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.

Continue in Ezekiel 31:3.

Ezekiel 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.

He is compared to a cedar in Lebanon.  We will see how God uses this tree analogy even more.  “Assyrian” is Strong’s #804 meaning in the sense of successful…

Go on to Ezekiel 31:4.

Ezekiel 31:4 The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.

This is getting into some of the deep things of God, some history about the ancient spirit world I had never understood until the early part of 2001.

Consider the statement that the waters made him great.  What are the waters that make greatness?  Look at Revelation 22:1-2.  It is the Holy Spirit, the living water of life.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Notice the setting in these two verses.  It is after everything is spirit and the physical ceases to exist.  Do not believe for a second what we were taught in the WCG about spirit beings being self-existent.  Neither sons nor daughters of God nor angels are self-existent.  If they are, why is this called water of life?  Doesn’t it imply that there is no life without it?  Notice in verse two the tree of life is for the healing of the nations. This implies that all or many of the spirit nations are sick and in need of healing and there is a spiritual nation, which God calls Egypt.

Here in lies a major secret of God’s, at least one of the reasons that led to Satan’s downfall.  In Ezekiel 31:5, we will see that Satan’s position in God’s Garden of Eden (the spirit one) was a very exalted position.  He was over most of the other archangels.  He was one of the cherubs that covered God’s throne, Ezekiel 28:14.

Ezekiel 31:5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.

Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

See in verse 5, God is comparing him to a tree.  His influence reached a long way because of being right there at the top with the abundance of living waters (the Holy Spirit).

Referring back to the statement above of one of the reasons for Satan’s downfall, notice again in Ezekiel 29:3.  Satan claims to be the source of this water of life.  He claims and thinks he made it.  This explains his move to take over God’s throne, Isaiah 14:12-14.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Ezekiel 31:6-10 continues to explain the lofty, exalted position that Satan was created to and from where he fell.  Apparently, his influence was among the dominant influences in the spirit realm at the time.  Verse 8 mentions his beauty.  Compare that with Ezekiel 28:12.

Ezekiel 31:6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.

7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.

8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.

10 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;

 

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

We humans with our finite minds have a hard time comprehending all this on a spirit level since we can’t see spirit.  As all this unfolds in the end time and after the first resurrection, we will see clearly.  All the evil we end time Christians have suffered will be avenged. 

This army of spirit beings is under Christ’s command led by the mighty one of the nations, Ezekiel 31:11. The word “heathen” is Strong’s #1471 meaning “(in the sense of massing) a foreign nation…”  Then the last fall of Babylon will be fulfilled, the spirit one.  It has already happened physically prior to the start of the end time events and will happen again before Christ returns.  The third and final time will be on a spirit level executed by the army, the Terrible of the Nations.

Ezekiel 31:11 I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Let us hit some of the high points as we go though Ezekiel 32. Christ continues to execute his wrath using the army, the Terrible of the Nations, as well as the things he does through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Notice what happens in Ezekiel 32:15.

Ezekiel 32:15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

God the Father and Christ are going to make this spirit land of Egypt desolate or devastated and lacking in what it was previously full of.  Ezekiel 29:11-13 tells us how long the spirit Egypt will be desolate.  This is not an idle threat that this mighty Jesus Christ and the Father are making.  It will be done, backed up, and everything will be accomplished.

Ezekiel 29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

12 And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

13 Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:

Continue in Ezekiel 32:15.  Notice this phrase “the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full?”  So, what is this spirit land of Egypt controlled by Pharaoh, the Great Dragon full of, Ezekiel 29:3,?  We also need to understand how this was acquired.  Go back and review Ezekiel 28:12-18.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Notice this is talking about the archangel that became Satan.  Notice that he had a place in Eden, the Garden of God, verses 13-14.  He was the anointed cherub that covereth.  Continuing in verse 15, he was perfect in his ways from the day he was created.

In Ezekiel 28:16 we start to see at least part of Satan’s’ problem and it very well could have been the catalyst that started his downfall.

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

“Merchandise” is Strong’s #7404 meaning “trade (as peddled) merchandise, traffic.”  The word “traffic” in verse 18 is also Strong’s #7404.

Is verse 16 telling us that there was an interstate commerce system in the spirit earth?  Satan was in the Garden of God, remember?  Did Satan create greed here?  Did this greed lead to violence?  What would be traded in this spirit world?  Would it be much like it is today?  We can see some examples of potential commerce items, gold, precious stones, pearls, and glass, Revelation 21:18-21.

Revelation 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

There will be wine to drink in the Kingdom, Matthew 26:29.  Will this wine be made by magic or will it come from spirit grapes tended to by angels, processed in spirit wineries and transported throughout the spirit earth by spirit means of transportation?

Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Notice another verse that tells us more about the food industry in the kingdom, Matthew 22:2-4.

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

This is describing the marriage banquet.  The oxen and the fatlings are killed.  Notice that these are plural terms.  Where do these oxen and fatlings come from?  Do they come from spirit farms and ranches, go through a spiritual processing plant and end up at the marriage banquet table?

Was Satan maybe trafficking and merchandising food and the associated industries?  Do not forget Revelation 22:1-2.  Every angel and demon as well as sons and daughters of God have to access this water of life.  Verse 2 tells us that it produces food and fruits.  There were many other items for Satan to trade in as well as try to monopolize the industries.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Are these clothes and horses and equipment brought into existence by magic or is there work done that produces these items?  Surely, each angel has more than one set of clothes that he wears forever.  Just consider for a moment what does Christ’s wardrobe look like?  What do the angels wardrobe look like?

Swords are an item that Satan may have also tried to corner the market on.

Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

“Sword” here is Strong’s #2719 meaning a drought or cutting instrument (from it’s destructive effect)…

Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

Going back to Ezekiel 32:15, this mighty God says he is going to empty Egypt of all the wealth and everything else it has stolen and taken by force and other devious means.  We, as part of the army, the Terrible of the Nations, will have a part in it.  I just cannot wait for that day when Satan gets his dues.

Ezekiel 32:15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

The last thought in Ezekiel 32:15 “and then they shall know I am the Lord.”  This same thought is expressed several times in Exodus where Moses is dealing with the physical Pharaoh.  Let us be realistic.  The physical Pharaoh knew he was a human and he knew he would die eventually.

Ezekiel 32:15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

Exodus 9:14 is a statement to the spirit Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, the Great Dragon.

Exodus 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.

Look at what it says in Isaiah 14:12-14.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

To be like or take over God’s place was Pharaoh, the great Dragon’s idea.  No human could even remotely think like this, because we can’t see spirit.

This army of Gods, humans made spirit, the Terrible of the Nations is going to do a number on the demon world, all under Jesus Christ’s leadership and with the power that He and the Father give us.  So, is that all there is to it?  God uses this end time army of physical humans made spirit to wreak havoc on the demon world.  In reality, this will be just a continuation of the physical fight in the end time.  Satan will be using physical humans against God’s people. The fight will be continued on a spirit level.

The two witnesses make a big splash on the physical earth.  The fight then is actually against Satan and the demon world, but they are using humans.  Before all this battle is over, the resurrection happens.  We are made spirit and it goes to another level, the spirit level.

In Ezekiel 30:10-11, the leader of the Terrible of the Nations army is called or compared to Nebuchadnezzar.  They are used to destroy the spirit land of Egypt and fill it with dead demons.

Ezekiel 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Review Ezekiel 29 and 30 up to this point if your mind is starting to lean back toward a physical application here.  Notice especially Ezekiel 29:3.

Eze 29:3  Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

According to Unger’s Bible Dictionary, “there is every reason to believe that Nebuchadnezzar fought many a campaign of which we know nothing.”  Continuing another quote, “by force he had achieved power and by force only could it be successfully maintained.”

At least from Unger’s Bible Dictionary, I am led to believe that Nebuchadnezzar was quite the warrior, so it is likely that the end time human leader God chooses to be the human leader of his people will have this proclivity to be a warrior.

Go to Ezekiel 29:18-20

Ezekiel 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.

20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.

There are wages coming to this Nebuchadnezzar character and his army, the Terrible of the Nations.  Notice again here how verse 18 is earmarked end time. His army served a great service against Tyrus.  Who is this King of Tyrus? Ezekiel 28:12-15 tells us plainly.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Continuing in verse 18, we are told that there was no wages for him and his army.  “Wages” is Strong’s #7939 meaning ‘payment of contract, concretely, salary, fare, maintenance: by impl. compensation, benefit- hire…”

Continuing in verse 19, this human leader and his army compared to Nebuchadnezzar made spirit gets Satan’s possession, the spirit land of Egypt.  What a reward for this man.  He most certainly will catch and enormous amount of hell from Satan before it is accomplished.  His army, the Terrible of the Nations, apparently get all the spirit wealth of the land of this spirit Egypt and personal land to build on, or land that already has houses on it.

What an incredible thing these two mighty God’s that inhabit eternity will be doing.  Replacing the fallen angels and Satan with the saints, lowly human beings made spirit.  Apparently, all the wealth of this demonic world will be given to us.

I, Edgar Bennett, intend to be part of this army.  Satan has tormented me for years.  I have seen and am seeing today, June 19th, 2001, many of my friends in captivity to Satan and suffering at his hands.  I just cannot wait until Satan gets his and I certainly want to help inflict it.

After this army of God, under Jesus Christ’s leadership, gets through punishing Satan and the demon world, he and the remaining live demons will be banished to the bottomless pit for 1000 years, Revelation 20:2-3.  Then he will be released to do his dirty work at the end of the millennium and then be executed.  Read Solid Rock’s People’s paper on “Satan’s Execution.”  The very principal of murder that Satan created will come back to kill him.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

The “Right of Conquest” principle, which Satan created and used for thousands of years, will then be used against him.  Keep in mind this is or was something he was able to do outside God’s will, but it was allowed by God.  Satan is going to know eventually that Ezekiel 32:12 means what it says.

Ezekiel 32:12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

This is not the totality of the story.  There are other nations mentioned in these prophecies that I have not covered.  Maybe I can do a part two at some point.

Published October, 2001

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