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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The End Days?

Many here in America cannot find the United States in the Bible so they find it confusing and often ignore prophecy.

But ignoring 80% of the Bible does not make it go away.

America, we need to remember, in God's eyes the good 'ol USA is not in the "Promised Land".

Yet many seem to think and act as if it is. Perhaps that's why many look for "America" in the Bible and are disheartened when they do not readily find it there. Regarding the land of the bald eagle, perhaps the best reference found in Scripture is the fact that God says His people will be dispersed "far away" from His Promised Land. In fact, Jerusalem is on the other side of the planet which shows us when God said scattered and dispersed, He meant it. His words are sure and true. Does that ring your Liberty Bell?

Some people, whether preppers or Bible believers, or both say that “the end” of time may soon arrive, but what does God’s word say about these things? Is there an "end of time" in the Bible? God's words and prophecies are many and there is no one short answer, but we need to search the Scriptures and open the Bible to find the truth.

The words... “end times” are a misunderstood label, so is the word "tribulation". They are misused every day as they have morphed into meanings that do not fully align with Scripture truth. As you will see when you look at God's word for yourself, our Creator and Savior speaks of the “latter days”, He speaks of calamity but the focus is restoration.

So we need to know what "latter days" mean. The latter days of what? If we are to understand days, we need to understand restoration because the latter days are about healing the divide.


The end days are not the end of the world
but they are the end of exile, division and corruption.


The end days tie to God's 7,000 year plan, His "week" for mankind on Earth before a new beginning. Scripture tells us a day is like a thousand years. This time window of God's plan of restoration is shown in Psalm 90:4 "A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night."

The disciple Peter reminded the dispersed of Israel of this timeline. He wrote to those not living in the Promised Land when he addressed his letter to the scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Look at 2 Peter 3:8 "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."

To understand the end days, we have to realize God humbled Himself and became a man by the miracle birth of Messiah Yeshua when He came to live among men, in the fourth day. It had been 4,000 years since the day of Eden: 1000 years from Adam to Noah, 1,000 years to Abraham, 1,000 years to David and 1,000 years to King Yeshua.

Just as a week has seven days, once we get past the 4th day, 'the middle of the week', we are entering into the last days of the week of our Creator's timeline. Days 5 and 6 are the last days of toil, the latter days before the Sabbath rest on the 7th day, the day of The Lord, the millennium.

Right now, we are are fast approaching the end of day 6, prophetic time has passed 2 days or 2,000 years since God walked the Earth as a man just as Adam did. The Bible tells us God declares the end from the beginning. When we consider the creation week of Genesis, we can realize that day six is the day that God created mankind and the same day that Adam and Eve rebelled.

The Apostle Paul was a Pharisee and he taught people using typical Jewish concepts that we don't understand today because the church turned its back thanks to Constantine. Paul spoke to the week of mankind in the plan of God when He referenced the prophetic Psalm, the "watch in the night": "Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night." 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2

There's much more here than meets the western eye when we put on our Hebrew glasses to study the Jewish message.

For a better understanding we can turn to The Temple Institute to learn about the Levitical 'watch' over the Temple which consisted of four watches, each of three hours when they patrolled and safeguarded the Holy Place:
"The sages of the Mishna (Midot 1:2) provide a vivid description of the nightly routine in the Holy Temple with regard to these watches, and the manner in which they were rendered.

"Each night, the supervisor of all the watches patrols the Temple Mount, inspecting each and every watch. Burning torches are borne before him (in order for the guards to recognize that it is he), and if perchance he encounters a watchman who does not rise up before him, the supervisor cries out to him: "Peace be unto you!" But if the supervisor receives no reply, it is obvious that the guard has been caught asleep. He would then rap the sleeping levite with his stick; the supervisor was even empowered to set his covering on fire (as a punishment for not carrying out his duty properly).

Everyone within earshot who heard the cries of the unfortunate sleeper would say what is that noise in the court? Oh, it is the sound of a levite who has been rapped, and his covering set alight, for he has fallen asleep on his watch.'"
As you can now see, the night watchman's untimely nap by the sleeping Levite, was rudely taken away. Like a thief, the rest was taken in the night. The explanation is also given by pastor Alfred Edersheim in Chapter 7 (At Night in the Temple) of his book" "The Temple: Its Ministry and Services".

The "watch" is Paul's message as he refers in Hebrew idiom to a night in the service of the Temple of the living Messiah. Paul's warning applies to you. If you are of Messiah, you are literally the Temple as the Holy Spirit of the living God dwells within you.

We are in the last watch. We must stay awake and be on the alert in this latter day or we may find ourselves waking up with our pants on fire. Simply put, the latter days are not the misused words so many call the “end of the world”.

If we look across the vista of God's word, we can see that the latter days are Biblically defined as the end of the prescribed time of the dispersion and separation of God’s people. That's one reason it is so fascinating to see that Peter wrote to the sojourners of Israel that were not living in the Promised Land.

God promised Abraham and engaged Moses to lead the twelve tribes as well as the strangers and sojourners traveling with them out of Egypt and through the wilderness. God will do this again.

Think about this for a moment...


If the end of the world through global destruction are coming,
why on earth would Jesus want to return here?


And why return to an annihilated planet aglow from nuclear destruction?

The revelation is that the Bible is all about the restoration of His Kingdom which will have no end. That is the story from the beginning and it is why the last question the disciples asked Jesus, in Hebrew Yeshua was:
“... is this the time you will restore the Kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6
They knew the ultimate story line of the Bible. They knew the latter days are about the end of separation from God and His word, marked by the scattering of His people around the globe. The disciples knew kingdom restoration, they understood Eden as the heavenly theme, not the destructive end of the world. They knew about the Kingdom promise.

They knew too that the promise is about the restoration of God's people... a people He calls Israel.

Make no mistake, if we are to begin to understand what they knew, if we are to see the Bible the way they did under the Master's instruction, if we are to understand the latter days, Christians and Jews need to know who they are in relation to each other.

We need to also know that the end of the age, the latter days of our separation from each other as two brothers is upon us. This is what God speaks of, the end of the age of our dispersion as a family of God as "Lost Sheep", as exiles from each other, the land and our King. The end is all about restoration and the end of this exile and just as He did in Egypt, God will use a calamity to bring about His objective.

Over 100 times the prophets declare the phrase “in that day” as God talks about His “day” so we need to look at that, remember it and not listen so closely to to others while getting wrapped up in a tradition.

The key to the calamity is before us today. It has been engaged since 1947.

We need to open our eyes and see that the world seeks to divide Jerusalem and divide "The West Bank" which is known in Scripture as Judaea and Samaria as well as the Hills of Ephraim.

Those in the Mid East that surround Israel seek to divide and destroy and they see a divided nation as the stepping stone to their goal. The Bible was written about the Land of Israel and the people called Israel. Nothing has changed.

Wake up, your pants are on fire! Open your eyes and you will see the deception which wears the disguise of a peace plan which Isaiah calls the controversy of Zion.

The nations of our planet want to establish a land for the Palestinians. God told Obadiah what would happen “in that day”, it’s all there so take a look at the future:
Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise [men] out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? Obadiah 1:8

For [thy] violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. Obadiah 1:10

For the day of the LORD [is] near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. Obadiah 1:15
To understand more about the word "violence" given here by Obadiah, just play the audio found at the link above and listen carefully to the Hebrew word.

God tells Obadiah about the end of the captivity of "the host", the lost sheep in their scattering. He tells of the restoration of those that call themselves Christians with their brothers, the ones that call themselves Jews who will again be the exiles of Jerusalem when it is divided for the last time. Obadiah tells of the coming judgment of those that oppose God’s people and of the judgment of those that now come against Jerusalem.
And the exiles of this host of the sons of Israel, Who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath, And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the cities of the Negev. The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, And the kingdom will be the LORD'S. Obadiah 1:20-21
This prophecy tells the story we now see in the headline news. It is the plan to divide Jerusalem and Israel.

This plan is supported today by President Obama as he supports the opponents of Israel. This has been the case for a long time.


This conflict is ancient. It started Cain and Abel. It is seen with Isaac and Ishmael and one day, on “the day” of The Lord, King Yeshua will personally deal with the conflict as the desolation and abomination atop the Temple Mount comes to a head.
When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Luke 21:20
Regrettably, our government leaders in Washington D.C. support the U.N. plan to divide the land.

We in the U.S. are among the four key proponents along with the U.N., Europe and Russia, to divide Israel into two states as well as Jerusalem to make it an international city controlled by the U.N. This group is known as "The Quartet", and God says judgment will come to "all" that divide the Holy city.

The coming day then for America presents a grave problem for our nation as we lead the way to divide God's land.

For those that are faithful to the Word of God, that pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the salvation of the Jewish people, perhaps the future may be much like "the day" that God saved Jacob’s family from the slavery of Egypt's Pharaoh that "knew not" Joseph. Like the tribulation in Egypt, difficult times look certain, but God speaks through His prophets of a coming time just like the first Exodus and a time before that great day like "the day" experienced by Jacob when he sent his family into the Promised Land across the Jabbok brook after leaving Mahanaim (Genesis 32:22).

Many refer to this future time as a future "Greater Exodus".

But a modern day reverse exodus has already begun. Israel Today tells us: "Christian populations across the Middle East are shrinking, especially among the Palestinian Arabs":
Modern Day Exodus: the Palestinian Christians - Part I
Modern Day Exodus: the Palestinian Christians - Part II
Modern Day Exodus: the Palestinian Christians - Part III
Despite what we see in this, there is a "Greater Exodus". Jeremiah 16:14-15 records what God proclaims, that an exodus from the ends of the earth will be so big, so dramatic that it will make people forget about the first exodus from the land of Egypt.

It is a part of God's future plan of restoration for Israel:
"Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks."
If you want to be one of the fisherman Jeremiah writes of, you have to remember something, Esther likely dealt with her fear before she confronted Haman before the king. The coming tribulation days will also be like "the day" that Haman sought to destroy the Jewish people and like "the day" that Amalek fought against Israel in Rephidim as they journeyed toward the Promised Land.

The armies of Israel, the host would have never defeated them had it not been for the prophetic raised hand of Moses.

That story is a prophecy in itself, a prophecy of the coming work of Messiah as He too will raise his hand against those that oppose His people. Just on the horizon is "the day" that the people God calls "Israel" will require the hand of Messiah to save them. Ezekiel gives us the sequence of events in Ezekiel 36-39.

If you don't want to be blindsided you must search the answer to the question: Who is Israel?

The Tootah gives us the story of Amalek. It was given that our generation may see:
And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek [was] the first of the nations; but his latter end [shall be] that he perish for ever. Numbers 24:20

Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance to possess it, [that] thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget [it]. Deuteronomy 25:19
Today, on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate our Day of Independence, but the Bible is not focused on Washington D.C. nor New York City our first capital. The Bible is about Jerusalem and a people that will follow The Lord through the wilderness of nations to meet up with and worship Him there.

America was founded by a move of the Spirit of God. When ever there is a move of His Spirit over the face of the earth to shed light and truth, there is always an opposition from Satan to deceive, confuse and spread darkness.

Those that came to America, our founders sought truth and they warned that freedom depends on a virtue and righteousness people. That's why our original public schools were places to learn the Bible and places that began each day in prayer. But all that has changed and the current state of our nation shows us that our founding fathers were correct. In 1796, George Washington counseled us in his farewell address:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

"It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government."

"As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible..."

"In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations."
We need to go back and look at what our first President said in our beginning. More importantly we need to know that God declares the end from the beginning.

For now, we are dispersed on this globe like ancient Israel among a few "heathen" as the agenda is set for the coming fall elections. An election in which many states will choose to legalize marijuana and gay marriage. But, the same is true today as it was yesterday. Judgment will come and as we can see from George Washington, he understood the Bible.

Funny thing though, before you jump to a conclusion and assume judgment on my use of that "olde" English word "heathen" you need to know something. That English word, found throughout the King James Bible is actually the Hebrew word "gowy". Yes "gowy", and it is the same word many today know as "Gentile". So, when you say I am a "Gentile" Believer, are you actually saying "I am a heathern believer"? No, I don't think you mean to do so. That's why you need to look at the Bible from a Hebrew lens and why you must not be a victim of identity theft from a Biblical perspective. Don't let replacement theology or dispensationalism dim the light of truth that the Bible is about adoption, about "grafting" not replacement.

Many are redeemed, but even so, there is a coming time of trouble, a time of refining in the fire, but it has a purpose. God tells us His ultimate plan for America and the rest of the nations:
I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you through the countries; and I will put an end to your uncleanness. Ezekiel 22:15
Today, like ancient northern Israel, many people, like those in America, Canada, South America, Europe, Russia and other nations have tossed the Bible aside. In the good 'ol USA we have moved prayer and the Ten Commandments out of our classrooms and our courts. We encourage a great abomination called "Planned Parenthood" that deprives unborn children through so-called “choice” subsidized by our government funding.

There are also those that seek the lifestyle of Sodom. They neither love God nor fellow man, instead they en-scribe the legal choice to break the two greatest commandments declared by Messiah (see Matthew 22:36-39).

The fact is, God's people are dispersed because we have been in a period of divine judgment, the one God declared to Ezekiel and to Hosea. But there is a great purpose and mystery to this dispersion judgment...

God will put an end to our uncleanliness. Believers will return to God's teaching and instruction, His Torah.

Joseph’s exile that was directed by God was engaged for saving all Israel during famine, our present scattering and dispersion has done the same as it allows God to bring us back to Him from a famine of His word. But how?

This scattering gives God's people the opportunity to spread His gospel around the globe like seeds in the sand that covers the earth and the stars that surround it. That's why God's promise to Abraham was likened to the sand and the stars (see Genesis 22:17-18).

Consider this time lapse with photography from NASA that gives a great two minute visualization of God's plan as promised to Abraham. Just look at the lights around the Earth and consider God's voice as He promised Abraham "all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice" as you see these images assembled by Tomislav Safundžić that begin with non other than a flyover of Egypt and Israel. I recommend viewing it in full screen HD mode at Vimeo.


The time of the "latter days" is upon the world, the "latter days" of scattering God's people around the globe and the "latter days" of separation from each other and Messiah that the prophets of the Bible speak of.

And yes, tribulation is coming.

Coming to get the world's attention for the last time on judgment and to put "the elect" into complete reliance on God as it was during the wilderness exodus journey.

Yet, I believe that God will provide for the remnant of His "elect" just as He did long ago when they left Egypt. Many that did not follow in His instruction died in the wilderness, but two witnesses of the houses of Judah and Ephraim believed and walked with His pillar of fire until they arrived at the Jordan.

Do you remember what happened after 9/11?

Almost everyone returned to prayer, to helping each other but it did not last. I believe "Jacob's Trouble" may have begun that day.

The ancient time of separation, the time judgment declared by God to His "lost sheep" people Israel, is now ending in this latter generation. Just as the Bible tells us, God's people are now dispersed like wheat around the world, not yet restored as a whole people group, as the bride.

We are not quite ready, but the harvest is near. Israel, as a people of God have been both "blind and crippled". One blind to seeing the identity of Yeshua and the other crippled in a walk within the teaching of God's Word, His Torah.

The harvest, the gathering of the "Lost Sheep" is the restoration, the healing of the families of Israel (both Judah & Ephraim) and their return is to hear and to walk in His instruction. This is why Jesus-Yeshua healed the deaf, the lame and the blind, to show all of us handicapped by sin - our future.
"And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not - might see..." (see John 9:39). "And great multitudes came unto him, having with them [those that were] lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them" Matthew 15:30
These physical healings were real but they were just the beginning of the story. The Bible refers to the coming "healing" of the nations as the restoration, the fall harvest approaches. Matthew describes the prophetic future, our future "in that day" as he paints a picture from Isaiah:
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. Matthew 21:14

And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. Isaiah 29:18

They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. Isaiah 29:24
So here we are, in the latter day of wandering in blindness with a crippled walk on the soil of nations whose laws and statutes once again oppose God and His holy name. So we must not forget the healing theme of Yeshua's first earthly ministry was for the disabled. He did this as a sign for the unbelieving, He did this out of deep love for the afflicted and He did this as a prophetic example of the coming day of His return to harvest the wheat sown among the tares.

As a people group, as His children, we must repent of being disabled in the walk of Torah. We will be separated just a little while longer from the glorious, physical presence of our Father in His Promised Land so we need to get ready.

Life in the land given to those living in the belief and faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our destiny.

The Bible repeatedly tells us that this scattering will come to an end in the latter days, but much will happen first and it has already begun. Just read your Bible to see the headlines.

God has a plan, and it will be played out on the Middle East stage, the "Bible" lands. His plan is outlined in the seven Feasts of The Lord, the same plan since the days of Eden and we are now entering the appointed time of the Fall Feasts. Yes, we are approaching the end of the separation time given "all" Israel, both Ephraim and Judah, the end of the captivity to sin and the scattering from the place of His name and presence.

The King is returning, but there is no any moment immediacy of the Messiah's return, God's plan has an order marked by prophetic events the Feasts, in Jerusalem and Israel.

Tribulation is already occurring in many parts of the world, especially in the nations around the Promised Land. Just look at Nigeria as an example.

Biblical prophecies are now morphing from dull gray photos to full color and explosive HD video as we watched events in Iraq unfold on "Shushan Purim", the day after Purim on March 19, 2003. Some have even said that perhaps Sadaam Hussein and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are descendants of Amalek and Haman. Perhaps.

If not, most certainly the desires of the heart of these men certainly are as the Caliphate's restoration is the ultimate goal of Islam.

Now, in North Africa - from Tunisia to Lybia and into Egypt – the revived land of the Ptolemaic Empire, the land of the "King of the South" we now see the burden of Egypt prophecy entering the daily news headlines. Bible students should also know that dramatic prophetic events are also unfolding before our eyes. It started in Iraq and continues there despite, or pehaps because of our withdrawal. And it moving to Iran, Syria and Turkey, the soon revived land of the ancient Seleucid Empire, the land of the "King of the North" where the Caliphate seeks to be restored.

Prophecy follows the rule of Torah, so there must be two or three witnesses.

In this way, we are seeing Daniel's visions repeat again before "The Lord's Day" as events in the volatile Middle East heat up repeating the history of 300 BC and the story line of the conquest and empires of Alexander the Great just before Messiah Yeshua's "first" coming.

Following Alexander's death, the nations of the North were eventually ruled by Alexander's General Seleucus I Nicator who assumed power in the nations we know today as Syria, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq as well as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan. His focus was Persia, ancient Syria and Iran. He was eventually succeeded in the chain of leadership by Antiochus IV Epiphanes who was king at Antioch, today's Antakya, Turkey. Antiochus Epiphanes whose Greek name means “God Manifest” outlawed the Torah when he took over Jerusalem and ordered the sacrifice of swine to his idol. A time when he commanded the Scriptures to be put in the Temple of God, to be burned as in a crypt.

In the south, General Ptolemy I Soter ruled the Ptolemaic Kingdom from Egypt where he declared himself Pharaoh. The geography of that kingdom extended from the exact north African areas we can see today as the nations of the Arab Spring stretch from Tunisia to Lybia and Egypt. We will experience more crisis there because each now have the Sunni Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in control. A Brotherhood whose slogan is "Islam is the solution" and "jihad is our way."

The cycle of history is now repeating.

As I've noted it now appears that we are seeing a resurrection of the Ottoman Caliphate that will seek to unite the present Sunni-Shiite divide that had its birth in the days of Ishmael. It does seem this resurrected Caliphate will be judged by God was foretold by Ezekiel:
"I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there: Therefore, [as] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee." Ezekiel 35:9-11
This story line of Sunni vs. Shiite, the mixture of clay and iron is now emerging with the threat of the blowing of the shofars of war in the Middle East. As this escalates, it will involve terror, conflict and despair for the Mideast world and I am afraid for America as well.

Perhaps like the six Syrian Wars, the battles between these ancient empires that occurred just before Messiah's first coming will repeat before "His Day", the "Day of the Lord"... King Messiah's second coming.
"You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end." Matthew 24:6
To make some prophetic sense of what we now see developing in the headlines, we have to consider that the Caliphate was abolished after World War I. Many have forgetten that "the Caliphate" fought in the "war of the empires" which included the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the German Empire, the Russian Empire, the British Empire and the Ottoman Empire. For one reason or another, many don't realize these empires fell after the 'Great War'.

They also do not remember that the Caliphate was based in Constantinople, Turkey (now renamed Istanbul) and it's empire covered the same geography of the northern Seleucid and southern Ptolemaic Empires. Folks, these are the very same lands that are now uprising in threat and revolt today. Why?

Because the prince of the kingdom of Persia is still alive and well (see Daniel 10:13-14).


All the prophets have many things to say about what God told them about “His Day”. These include the words of three witnesses and the key words that God uses are about His people.

Divided outside of God's reign, He calls them Ephraim and Judah, united they are grafted into the restored Kingdom of Israel, the "Kingdom Come" (see Zechariah 14:8-9, Isaiah 11:1-13, Revelation 20:1-6).

Zechariah gives us the prophecy of how God's people will overcome the revived Ptolemaic and Seleucid kingdoms of the Greek Empire that actually established the birth of what we now call democracy. The rule of the people has been re-established within the Mid East elections following the Arab Spring uprisings.

More conflict is coming:
"When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man." Zechariah 9:13
To better understand the coming "latter days" tribulation from God’s perspective, we must look at the witness of Jeremiah:
And these [are] the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

Alas! for that day [is] great, so that none [is] like it: it [is] even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, [that] I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make [him] afraid. For I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise [is] incurable, [and] thy wound [is] grievous. And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done [it], and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. Jeremiah 30:4-24
Jeremiah talks about God's Pillar of Fire, His whirlwind and cloud of glory fire that allows no man with sin to approach near to God.

Many people do not understand or fear the glory cloud of fire and whirlwind of our Almighty Creator God but we need to, we must because it is not an allegory. It is the same one as witnessed by all of Israel when they came out of Egypt and the same spoken of by Isaiah when he wrote:
Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel ("lion of God"), even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision. Isaiah 29:6-7

And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of [his] anger, and [with] the flame of a devouring fire, [with] scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. Isaiah 30:30

And the people shall be [as] the burnings of lime: [as] thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire. Isaiah 33:12
It is the fire that Revelation 20:7-9 describes:
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
We also have the witness of Zechariah, who speaks of the arrival of Messiah after Jerusalem is attacked by those countries that now surround and oppose Jerusalem:
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which [is] before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, [and there shall be] a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Zechariah 14:1-4
Joel is another witness of the end days events noting the time of God’s coming day as he gives a dire warning for those nations that will divide His land. We see this in the headlines daily. Like ancient Assyria, whose kingdom was destroyed by the Babylonians and the Medes, another people will also meet the same fate Joel foretold as prophesied in Matthew 25:
Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Joel 1:15

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand Joel 2:1
Notice below that Ephraim/Joseph is not yet present as part of the restored Kindgom in Jerusalem within Joel's prophecy. That is true today. Also take note that Jehoshaphat is not a known Biblical place, but it does mean: "YHVH judges".
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and divided my land. Joel 3:1-2

Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness [is] great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I [am] the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. Joel 3:12-17
Ezekiel was given the same truth as a witness to the restoration of God’s divided people into His Kingdom. He was told of the salvation and restoration of the Kingdom of Israel, a restoration of both Judah and Ephraim/Joseph with Messiah Yeshua as King in the line of David as we return to God Torah instruction so that we are prepared to receive God’s 8th covenant, His covenant of Peace:
The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou [meanest] by these?

Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which [is] in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, [even] with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever.

Moreover I will make a covenant of peacewith them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. Ezekiel 37:15-28
Isaiah tells us of the great mission of Messiah:
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6
In the latter days, a lot has to happen. Messiah Yeshua, Jesus gave us a series of signs that must occur before He returns.

First, He warns that many will suffer through a devastating period of natural catastrophes and war. The conflict we call it the "Great Tribulation." God calls it Jacob's Trouble. It is the discipline of God’s people, like a fire that refines silver, not a final judgment of evil, that is the wrath of God that destroys evil. That is wrath, the stern indignation of God. The tribulation is not the destruction of mankind, it is not the plague of God's glory to be seen on the day of judgement. It is Jacob's Trouble that awakens him to repent so that he may repent and be saved from wrath.

Let me repeat 1Timothy 5:9-10: "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Yeshua Messiah. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him."

Yeshua-Jesus told us about the coming calamities, the great tribulation of His elect people. Its purpose is the engage repentance within the hearts of all people so that they turn back (repent) and turn to Messiah:
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive]; but for the elect those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:21–22
The tribulation, the trouble of Jacob is a refining fire that engages the promises God gave all the prophets. The Bible repeats the story over and over so that we know without a doubt, that His promises are true. The promises given by each prophet are all the same: restoration to God's word, to each other, to His land and His leadership as King. Before this restoration, Israel and Judah are not the same in faith, they are divided over Messiah and His Torah. That is what confuses people. They are separated before the latter days, but they will both return:
For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and> Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. Jeremiah 30:3
Judah will lead. In the Bible, Judah always led the way into battle. Judah leads the return as well because the Lord said so:
And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Zechariah 2:11
Other promises include:
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:10

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:2

In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be (NIV) Amos 9:11

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. Micah 7:19-20

At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD. Zephaniah 3:20

And I am very sore displeased with the heathen [that are] at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Zechariah 1:15-16

And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they [shall be as] the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land. Zechariah 9:16
When the city of Jerusalem is attacked once again, we will be shown what the Bible calls the "abomination of desolation" on the Temple Mount and we will hear the words of the deceiver.

God has told us that Jerusalem is again to be surrounded by armies (Zechariah 12:2), and Yeshua warns those who are faithful to escape quickly when this desecration takes place. "Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes" see Matthew 24:17–18.

Like the Feast Days, history and our future is a cycle on God's calendar. There is a parallel to the coming desolation of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, some 160 years before the first arrival of Messiah, pigs were sacrificed as offerings by the pagan Greeks upon the Altar of God and a statue of Zeus, the Greek god, was set up there. Something similar will occur again in the Mi East. Dispensational antichrist preaching about a revived Roman Empire may seem possible, but it is not biblical.

Perhaps the pivotal Scripture for understanding what we now see occurring today is found in the 26th chapter of Isaiah, there God tells us: "I declare the end from the beginning". By these words, God tells us we have to go to the beginning to understand the end times and the coming events in the places of the Bible that we will soon see repeat again. It will also be a time when we rightly understand that the identity of God's children is actually found in the name 'Israel', not in the identity we give ourselves whether that be 'Christianity', the 'Church' or 'Judaism'. Then, we will understand that this prophetic chapter takes on a new, or rather a "renewed" meaning. This prophecy is urgently talking about ancient Israel and about those that "follow Him" today, a people the God of Israel, calls 'Israel'. They are a people who soon face terrorism and witness a latter day abomination of desolation.

Jeremiah 30:7 tell us that God is speaking of Jacob’s Trouble, the great latter day tribulation. It is a very ancient conflict with the radical, wild donkey descendants of Ishmael. God says this about it:
If you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you. I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you." Leviticus 26:14–17
God Almighty is plainly saying that He will bring us down very low because as a people we continue to transgress His commandments. He will discipline us, that is what a loving Father does. Captivity and tribulation came to Northern Israel when they rejected Him and today it comes again to those that reject His teaching and instruction. In Hebrew, that is called Torah. We have not obeyed the God of our fathers, the God of Israel, but "the elect" are and will return to Him.

Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 give God’s prophetic declarations and warnings for us today because God's truth does not change, just read Malachi 3:6 and Hebrews 13:8. There is no separation of an Old and New Testament. God promised that if we would obey Him, He would set us "high above all nations of the earth" see Deuteronomy 28:1. However, if we do not obey God and keep His commandments: "Cursed shall you be in the city". As a people group we are cursed in our cities and many will soon experience destruction in them as we edge closer to the latter days. Look at the recent great destructions, consider Jakarta, New Orleans, Christchurch, Natori City, Sendai. More destruction is coming.

Think about this: millions of Americans are afraid to go out of their own homes at night. Elderly people and women and others all over this land are afraid to venture out in the evening in this so-called "land of the free, and home of the brave".

We are locked in our homes in the day and night like prisoners afraid of the burglar and the looter. We are not blessed in our towns and cities! The growing effect of our national sins include an escalating drug culture, crime, violence, marital infidelity, homosexuality and sexual perversions of all sorts, lying, cheating, stealing and every foul thing imaginable that is disgusting in the sight of our just and holy God. In spite of our great material blessings, America has turned away from God and forgotten Him. We have plummeted our moral standards. We have become a nation not unlike Sodom and Nineveh. God will allow chastisements for our own good as God rebukes and chastens every son He loves (Hebrews 12:6) before He returns. And...
"Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it [is] a mighty nation, it [is] an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say." Jeremiah 5:15
It can’t be ignored what nations on earth today use the eagle as their national emblem. Today, perhaps the best known is the United States, yet another is Iraq and a third, Egypt. It will be "a nation whose language you will not understand".
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. Daniel 8:23
We must not think the prophet that wrote this spoke English. No, English is a language no Hebrew would have understood.

Messiah Yeshua tells us that after the Great Tribulation, there are to be astronomical signs in the heavens above visible to everyone on earth.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken Matthew 24:29

So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Matthew 24:33
Many do not understand this prophecy, they try to read things into it, but it is simple really when we consider God’s creation astronomy.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon orbits directly between Earth and the Sun. A solar eclipse can only take place at the exact phase of a new moon, when the moon’s light is not seen as the moon passes directly between the Sun and the Earth and its shadows fall upon the Earth’s surface while the Sun goes dark as its light is blocked from view. When we realize this, Yeshua’s (Jesus) words are not mysterious at all and they point to a coming time of terrible shaking.

Interestingly, four is known as the number of Messiah. This is because He first came some 4,000 years after Adam (Biblical day four). And it just so happens that the Sun's 864,000-mile diameter is fully 400 times greater than that of our moon, which measures just 2,160 miles. And the moon just happens to be about 400 times closer to the Sun than the Earth.

God is not through with His redeemption plan just yet and we need to be careful not to insert our own theologies like a pre-trib escape rapture into His plan. As we enter into the appointed period of His Fall Feasts, there is much more to be seen on Earth and in Heaven. It is just as Paul tells us, we must see the lawless one first, before His return.

In America's beginning, our founding fathers professed us to be a God fearing nation, but now like ancient northern Israel, we are filled with self importance, deceit, greed, violence and independence from God. We promote separation of church and state. And like ancient Israel, as our national debt rises higher and higher, we too, like ancient Israel face massive taxation. Many don;t realize taxation was a leading cause for the ancient division of Israel. Just as it was long ago, tribulation is coming like the correction of a child by a loving parent before Messiah returns. His promised "signs" in the heavens will be seen in His seasons, so we need to be a watchman and look for them.

We must remain in constant prayer and walk in the instruction of God despite the fact that many say God's commandments are done away with. Jesus, whose Hebrew name means salvation (Yeshua) declares just the opposite. If we follow a pulpit teaching that opposes Messiah's words, do we not then oppose Him? After all, He says not one jot or tittle shall pass (Matthew 5:18) and His "Revelation" tells us:
"Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring -- those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus." Revelation 12:17
Revelation 11:15 tells us of the final day of Trumpets, it speaks of the seventh and final Trumpet. Many today say they "believe" in Messiah, yet they do not know the Biblical calendar gives us the story of the Fall Feasts that begin with the Day of Trumpets as an appointmnent day from God. Today, many do not celebrate the day despite the fact that God says it is an eternal appointment with Him. Can you just imagine what our Creator must think? After all, He tells us that only when the "Last Trumpet" is sounded before Messiah Yeshua’s Jubilee return in power and glory - will we see the end of tribulation and testing of God’s "elect".

Paul, also tells us that the man of lawlessness, the Torah-less "man" must be revealed in his second letter to the Thessalonians:
Concerning the coming of our Lord Messiah Yeshua and our being gathered to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Don't you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Messiah Yeshua will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Paul wrote this admonition because he knew the promises of the Bible. He knew the words of Daniel. He knew that Yeshua will come to restore His people to Himself under His constitution, His Torah. Joshua did not finish the assignment, so Messiah will. His instruction stills stands, it is the ancient assignment given to Israel regarding those nations that surround the Promised Land, it is about those that oppose Him and His people before they enter into the thousand years of rest with King Messiah on "His Day".

It is only after He returns, a Biblical Sabbath "day", a thousand years to be precise, a time many call "the millennium" that Messiah will fulfill the words given to Isaiah and John:
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. Isaiah 65:17-19

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God. Revelation 21:1-3
If you've known Him return to Him now and embrace Him. If you do not know Him, turn to Messiah Yeshua now, the one called Jesus because "The Teacher" is calling for you to follow Him as part of a mixed multitude whose name is Israel, living in grace, mercy and repentance, in faith, in His Torah path and covenant of the resurrected life of Messiah and...

Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James 5:8-11
Call on the name, call on Messiah Yeshua so that you may enter into His Kingdom, "His day" is near.

P.S. I am not sure if you've ever taken a look at the interesting writings of what we call the Apocrypha. There are a number of oddities from the days of the so-called early Church Fathers that are tossed into this general category and many people have different ideas about what truths there are to be seen in them. But I do think that many books and writings that the Disciples knew of were those that ancient Israel also knew.

After all, the Bible talks about many lost books. There is the book of "The Generations" (Genesis 5:1), the book of "The Wars" (Numbers 21:14), the book of "Jasher" which has been “found”. It is mentioned in two spots (both Joshua 10:13 and 2Samuel 1:18). There is the lost book of "Nathan" and the book of "Gad" (1Chronicles 29:29); the book of "Shemaiah" (2Chronicles 12:15); the book of "Jehu" ((2Chronicles 20:34); the book of "The Records" (Ezra 4:15); the book of "The Purchase" (Jeremiah 32:12) and of course the Bible concludes with many references to the names found in the book of "Life". The New Testament refers to the gospel of "Clement" which is very interesting and then there is another great read, the book of "Barnabas", the friend of Paul.

Perhaps one of the ancient Hebrew writings we should look into is called "Esdras", you may have read it. It appears in quite a number of Bibles published everywhere around the globe. For example, in Ethiopia it is considered "canon". Scholars say it was written by Ezra. Check out this "end time" account…
2 Esdras 13:8-46 After this I looked and saw that all who had gathered together against him, to wage war with him, were filled with fear, and yet they dared to fight but I saw only how he sent forth from his mouth something like a stream of fire, and from his lips a flaming breath, and from his tongue he shot forth a storm of sparks… (which) fell on the onrushing multitude that was prepared to fight, and burned up all of them, so that suddenly nothing was seen of the innumerable multitude but only the dust of ashes and the smell of smoke…

After this I saw the same man come down from the mountain and call to himself another multitude that was peaceable. This is the interpretation of the vision:

This is he whom the Most High has been keeping for many ages, who will himself deliver his creation; and he will direct those who are left.

And as for your seeing wind and fire and a storm coming out of his mouth… destroying the on rushing multitude that came to conquer him, this is the interpretation:

The days are coming when the Most High will deliver those who are on the earth. And bewilderment of mind shall come over those who inhabit the earth. They shall plan to make war against one another… Then, when all the nations hear his voice, all the nations shall leave their own lands and the warfare that they have against one another; and an innumerable multitude shall be gathered together, as you saw, wishing to come and conquer him.

But he shall stand on the top of Mount Zion. And Zion shall come and be made manifest to all people, prepared and built, as you saw the mountain carved out without hands.

And as for your seeing him gather to himself another multitude that was peaceable, these are the Ten Tribes that were taken away from their own land into exile in the days of King Hoshea, whom Shalmaneser, king of the Assyrians, made captives; he took them across the river, and they were taken into another land.

But they formed this plan for themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the nations and go to a more distant region, where no human beings had ever lived…

Then they lived there until the last times...
Another book from the Apocrypha is "Baruch". 2 Baruch has an interesting message for the people the Bible calls “Israel”:
Remember that formerly Moses assuredly called heaven and earth to witness against you and said: 'If you transgress the law you shall be dispersed, but if you keep it you shall be kept.'

And other things also he used to say unto you when you the twelve tribes were together in the desert. And after his death you cast them away from you: on this account there came upon you what had been predicted. And now Moses used to tell you before they befell you, and lo! they have befallen you: for you have forsaken the law.

Lo! I also say unto you after you have suffered, that if you obey those things which have been said unto you, you will receive from the Mighty One whatever has been laid up and reserved for you. Moreover, let this epistle be for a testimony between me and you, that you may remember the commandments of the Mighty One, and that also there may be to me a defense in the presence of Him who sent me.

And remember you the law and Zion, and the holy land and your brethren, and the covenant of your fathers, and forget not the festivals and the Sabbaths.

Update February 18, 2015:

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America's Controversy With God's Covenant.

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What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now!

Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Shalom.