The End Time Prophecy of Moses
Today we hear often about a group of people who are expecting the end of our age to happen at any moment. We see some who look to planets in the skies and others who look to promises of a heavenly abode. But, only after a cataclysmic/apocalyptic end time battle between God and Humanity. Almost exclusively, these groups will take their idealism from the perspective of a coming heavenly host of armies to battle in the name of their God. And to show heavenly support for their specific group of eschatological comrades.But, are these concepts based on later understandings of an earlier document or are they found within the earliest, commonly held, source materials in any form?
Personally, I am a Torah Centrist, in that I use Moses’ teachings to define the contexts utilized by any later prophet or leader, within the contexts of Israel. In large part, due to the Torah containing the “Covenant with Israel”, with it’s associated boundaries and remunerations. In all cases being defined as being specifically for those people whom God had called Israel. So, since we are talking about a Covenant that only involves those whom God calls Israel, then we can assume that the ones who are not called Israel are not directly involved (unless they happen to encroach upon Israel). So, in saying that, when we talk about end times events, we need to use as our foundation (and for the establishment of future expectations and boundaries for such expectations) the Torah. And what it points to as being important land-markers or milestones in the process of God’s plan.
In this writing I will attempt to present what Moses told Israel to expect once the Exile had begun. I will attempt to show you that Moses gives us some very specific milestones that we can see as being events in our own history. As well as there being several milestones, to Moses’ prophecy, that yet to have become a historical fact. So, let’s get started with the texts of the book of Deuteronomy and hopefully I will be able to show you the picture that God is having Moses present to Israel.
We are told in Deuteronomy that God would punish Israel by removing her from their land and would send them out into the nations. That one day in the future God would come to restore them from the places where He had sent them (namely, the four corners of the world). Here is an excerpt from deut 28 to show the part of the judgment that involved exile…
YHVH will scatter you among all the peoples,
from the edge of the earth to the other edge of the earth;
you will serve there, other mighty ones.
Mighty ones whom you have not known,
(either) you or your fathers,
mighty ones, of wood and of stone.
Yet among those nations you shall not find-repose,
nor shall there be rest for the sole of your foot:
YHVH will give you, there, a shuddering heart,
failing eyes and languishing breath.
Your life will hang-by-a-thread before you,
you will be terrified night and day,
and you will not trust in the security
of your own life.
At daybreak you will say: Who would make it sunset!
And at sunset you will say: Who would make it daybreak!
Out of the terror of your heart and out of the sight of your eyes
you shall feel-in-terror.
God tells Israel that if they do not hear the words of the prophets and turn their hearts back to their Covenant. Then God would send them out into exile. To serve leaders and nations that they had not served before. People that would not respect their lives nor their hearts. A people who would not
even respect the life of their own. That during these generations of exile that Israel would become the tail, and no longer the head. And that He would walk in opposition to Israel, as they had walked in opposition to Him. I believe that most who would read this text would agree that this exile has
begun. Some might say it had begun in 70ce (common era) while others, myself included, would put this date to being much earlier.
Regardless of when the exile began, We can all agree that Israel has been in exile, scattered amoungst the nations and only “recently” have been making successful strides in restoring their ancient heritage. But, is the restoration of National Israel in our day part of the process that Moses presents? This is what I would like to discuss briefly now.
Today we can see a thriving nation within the lands called Israel today. And it is a wonderful thing to witness. But, even with the, seemingly, miraculous events of the wars from ’48 until today. We are still waiting on the promises that God made through Moses. Without such promises being realized, we can only deduce that even if what we see might become what God promised, it is not yet the realization that was presented., Namely, it still pales in comparison to the promises that were given.
But, before I get into the promises, I would like to discuss the milestones that seem to be expected to happen before this fulfillment occurs.
Then shall say a later generation,
your children who arise after you and the foreigner that comes from a land far-off,
When they see the blows dealt this land and Its sicknesses with which YHVH has made-it-sick:
All its land burnt, it cannot be sown, it cannot sprout anything,
Like the overturning of Sedom and Amora, Adma and Tzvoyim
that YHVH overturned in his anger
Then shall say all the nations:
For what (reason) did YHVH do thus to this land, (for) what was this great flaming anger?
And they (your children) shall say in reply:
Because they abandoned the covenant of YHVH
the God of their fathers that he cut with them
when he took them out of the land of Egypt:
They went and served other gods and prostrated
themselves to them, gods they had not known
and that he had not apportioned to them.
So the anger of YHVH flared up
against that land, to bring upon it
all the curse that is written in this document.
So YHVH uprooted them from their soil
in anger, wrath, and great fury,
and he cast them into another land,
as it is this day.
Here we see the proclamation of a generation that will come. After the time of the exile. After the generations that followed Moses have been long since removed from the land. So, in Moses day, this is not only future talk for the exile, itself. But even more so the future after the exile. In a generation that will come even after the nations have forgotten the reason why Israel was removed. We can see that historically, Israel, the land area, has been occupied from Moses day until nearly 600bce when Babylon took over the last people who had survived the Assyrian campaigns (in another article we will discuss the exile under the Assyrians and what people it was that Babylon took away, but suffice it to say that what Babylon took captive was not a single tribe, but a cross section of all Israel). After which time there was still a strong presence in the land of Israel until the late first millennium when the Christian and Muslim armies fought tooth and nail for their claims to the land of Israel in what became known as “the Crusades”.
It is not until the late 1300’s do we finally see the occupations of the land end due to a lack of fruitfulness of the land. And finally in 1850 when the British consul in Palestine made the proclamation that eventually resulted in the Balfour Agreement.Which answered the question that was made by the British Consul when they stated that “Palestine needs a population!” Shortly after we read from Mark Twain and TS Elliott about the desolation of the land. That it hosts no life save for the “bands of robbers seeking the pilgrim Moor”, And finally we see the nations begin the process of settling the land in their own power and might.
Is this an historical answer to the milestone of Moses’ Prophecy? Time will tell. But, it is the first real conversation from the nations about Israel since the days of Rome. And it is the first time that Israel was completely barren of any society or nation since long before Rome. So, even though it might not be an answer to the milestone. It also might very well be. And if so, what is the next milestone on the way?
Now it shall be when there come upon you all these things,
the blessing and the curse
that I have set before you,
And you take them to your heart:
among all the nations where
YHVH your God has thrust-you- away,
And you return (shuv):to YHVH your God
and hearken to his voice,
according to all that I command you today,
Both you and your children:
with all your heart and with all your being,
Here we see that Moses tells us that in the day in that distant generation. Even after the exile has come and the curses are all we can remember now. The blessings are long since forgotten under the cover of time. And when you find yourself in that place and in that day. That you turn your hearts back to what Moses taught our fathers in the day when Moses stood before them as the only spokesman for God. Not to some distant future prophet or to some distant future spokesman. But, that we turn our hearts back to what Moses said in that day. The day he spoke the words of the book we call, Deuteronomy. It is this book that the kings are to write for themselves. This book which the priests are to read for those who come to the Festival of Ingathering, of the native born and of the nations who come to hear. This book is the book that Moses told us to use to test any later prophet. And it is this book in which Moses tells us to test every dreamer of dreams. How much less, a test for anyone who would proclaim the Day of God’s restoration of Israel.
Moses said that we turn our hearts back to God and to the teachings that Moses gave us in that day. That God would hear. And that those who did this “returning“ would be remembered in the day of the restoration from this exile.
YHVH your God will restore your fortunes,
and have-compassion on you:
he will return to collect you from all the peoples wherein
YHVH your God has scattered you.
Even if you be thrust-away to the ends of the heavens,
from there YHVH your God will collect you,
from there he will take you, and YHVH your God
will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed,
and you shall possess it, he will do-well by you and
make you many-more than your fathers.
YHVH your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your seed,
to love YHVH your God with all your heart and with all your being,
in order that you may live.
And here Moses makes it plain that those who have made this return within themselves will, in turn, be treated with a, physical, restoration. From the four corners of the earth, God will cause the restoration. (Notice that there is no mention of Messiah, in another article we will discuss that messiah was never a milestone of note for us to look for, only the actual restoration is a milestone we are told to look for).
And that not only will God restore Israel from the four corners of the world. But also from the uttermost parts under the heavens, which in my mind is the grave since the four corners are already addressed (which also correlates perfectly with the valley of dry bones). So, we have a promise of the restoration of the living and the dead in these words of Moses. And if that was not enough. There is another promise made in these same texts in that not only will they be restored from the living and the dead. But that God will also circumcise the hearts of those whom He has restored and cause them to no longer sin against Him.
This also correlates perfectly to Jeremiah 31 in that God writes His Torah on the hearts of those whom He has called Israel. And they sin no more. These promises are as certain as the promises that Moses made before Israel was sent into exile. The same Moses, who prophesied that Israel would surely be removed from the land due to their stiff-necked spirit, also prophesied of the many blessings that we see occur during the time of David in the United Kingdom of Israel. And even the promises of judgment and punishment occur as they were spoken. Just as the promises of blessing have.
So, how much more do we need to begin treating the remaining prophecies with the same level of expectation they deserve?
For the commandment that I command you this day: It is not too extraordinary for you, it is not too far away!
It is not in the heavens, for you to say:
Who will go up for us to the heavens
and get it for us and have us hear it, that we may observe it?
And it is not across the sea, for you to say:
Who will cross for us, across the sea,
and get it for us and have us hear it, that we may observe it?
Rather, near to you is the word, exceedingly, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it!
As the chapter closes we see the reiteration that Moses makes to ensure the people understand. “This is not an impossible task for you. It is not far away that you have to have someone come down from the heaven to attain to it for your. It is very near to you,“ within reach, attainable… doable. It is not something that demanded God’s own hand to fulfill. But rather, it is in your heart, already, to perform what Moses taught us. The texts of Deuteronomy 30 (and the supporting texts in the prophets that speak within the very same boundaries that Moses defines in Torah) explain the process for restoration of Israel. And that when the National Body of Israel is restored into the land of Israel, that the citizens of that body will also be restored. The citizens of Israel seem to be defined here in Deuteronomy 30 as being the children who have turned their hearts back to the „Covenant of our Father’s“. And as such, Moses says that not only will those alive be gathered from the four corners. But also those who are the farthest away from the heavens will be gathered. And as I mentioned this points to those who have turned their hearts back to the Father’s Covenant, and are no longer living within the four corners of
I want to post a few prophetic texts here to show the overlap with the contexts that Moses presents. With my stated position being Torah Centric, I view all later writings as needing to fit within the boundaries established in the Torah. The following prophetic examples are presenting their adherence to Moses’ foundations as well as supporting his teachings directly. In that they describe in greater detail what Moses mentioned so many years before. For example, Here is Jeremiah 31.
“See, the days are coming,” declares ,יהוה “when I shall make a new covenant
with the house of Yisra’ l and with the house of Yehudah,
not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim,
My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares .יהוה
“For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisrael after those days, declares :יהוה
I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts.
And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
“And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbor, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know ’,יהוה
for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares .יהוה
“For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”
Thus said ,יהוהwho gives the sun for a light by day, and the
laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
who stirs up the sea, and its waves roar יהוהof hosts is His Name:
“If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares ,יהוה
“then the seed of Yisra’ l shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” ĕ
Thus said “ ,יהוהIf the heavens above could be measured,
and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I would also cast off all the seed of Yisra’ l for all that they have done,” declares ĕ .יהוה
“See, the days are coming,” declares ,יהוה“that the city shall be built for יהוה
from the Tower of Hanan’ l to the Corner Gate. ĕ“And the measuring line shall again extend
straight ahead to the hill Gar b, then it shall turn toward Go ĕ ʽah.
In the Jeremiah texts we see the same outcome as Moses defines. Those who are called Israel (ie the National Body, regardless of northern and or southern Kingdom alignment) are given this “new“ Covenant. Which ultimately is the same Covenant as was already given (as stated above, “I shall
write My Torah on their hearts of flesh“) in Deuteronomy 30. The circumcising of the heart as mentioned in Deuteronomy 30:6 is defined in Jeremiah as being the writing of God’s existing Torah (that was first written on stone) on the hearts of flesh. In other places we see that God calls this a “putting a new spirit within you“ as it says in Ezekial 36 and 37 concerning the restoration of the land, the people, and the rejoining of the two kingdoms into a single united Kingdom as it was in the days of Moses, and Davvid. We also see in Jeremiah’s texts that “no more will we need to teach about God, for all will know“. This is also mentioned in other prophets that when these things happen. That the nations will know that it was God, and not man, that brought about such a great exodus from the four corners of the earth. And that once the „writing of the Torah on the hearts of Israel“ happens, that the need to teach people that God is “|real“ will never be needed again. So, I think we can safely say that as of yet, this part of Moses’ prophecy is still future to us.
Which would also mean that the Valley of Dry Bones is still future since they are also directly related to Jeremiahs text in chapter 31 as well as Moses in Deuteronomy 30. Here is the excerpt from Ezekial 37.
“Therefore prophesy, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus said the Master ,יהוה
“See, O My people, I am opening your graves,
and shall bring you up from your graves,
and shall bring you into the land of Yisrael.
“And you shall know that I am ,יהוהwhen I open your graves,
O My people, and bring you up from your graves.
“And I shall put My Spirit in you, and you shall live,
and I shall settle you in your own land.
And you shall know that I יהוהhave spoken, and I have done it,” declares ” ’.יהוה
Again, once the gathering of the dead, and gathering the living (in the previous chapter) has happened. Then the putting of the new spirit. The writing of the Torah on the heart. And the circumcising of the heart has occurred. Then all nations will know that YHVH is God. Those with the Torah on the heart will live within the land of Israel and the time of “God“ begins for humanity. As we can see. The prophets are clearly following the same outlines as Moses. They are not introducing anything new to the prophecy. They are not expectant of a change to the process. Not even in the days of Malachi, some 350 years before the common era, who also commanded us to hear and remember the Torah of Moses. Again, no expectation of change or absolution to the
existing plan. What was started in Moses, is still as valid and promising as it was in the days it was first uttered. And as Moses, and the prophets all speak, What Moses said, is what we need to hear in the last days of Man. Even in the final days when the era of Man draws to a close. Moses’ prophecy
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