This Revelation Timeline Decoded post reviews a video by Dalton Thomas of FAI STUDIOS, called ‘Jacob’s Trouble // Understanding the Greatest Crisis the World Will Ever Know.’
Video description: Dalton Thomas lays out the Biblical foundation of “the time of Jacob’s trouble” and why it matters.
Dalton Thomas says that the time of Jacob’s Trouble is an end-times prophecy.
He says that it’s a grounding prophecy, a framework for the end times. In Deuteronomy 4:26-31, he says that before they took possession, that they there told that they will be driven out of the land. You see these things come upon you in the latter days, then you will obey his voice.
The latter days is not pointing to the end times, but to the latter days of the Jewish nation. The former days existed before they were taken captive by the Babylonians. The latter days existed from when they were released from captivity in Babylon until the Roman desolated Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation in 70 AD.
True Israel was not destroyed, for the Jews who believed in Messiah saw the abomination of desolation in 66 AD, when Cestius and his army surrounded the holy temple and were ready to take the city captive. Then Cestius and the army left for no explained reason.
The Jewish believers understood the passage in Luke 21:20-21 and they obeyed Messiah command and escaped Jerusalem and fled to the mountains for safety. Then three strong divisions of the Roman army came and desolated Jerusalem and the temple.
Messiah’s Ekklesia is built on the foundation of believing Jews, so the Father’s promises to the nation of Israel were fulfilled.
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Dalton Thomas says that Jeremiah 30:4-7 is about the end times.
Jeremiah 30:4-7 says, And these are the words that the LORD spake 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.
This is the same narrative as Messiah’s Olivet Discourse as He described the great tribulation that was coming upon the Jewish nation, as they continued in the rebellion against the Heavenly Father and they delivered Messiah up to be killed in order to try to protect their nation.
The true Jews, those who believed in Messiah, were saved from the time of Jacob’s Trouble, as they fled to the mountains of Pella for safety, before the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, in which 1.1 million Jews died in and around Jerusalem from famine, pestilence, infighting, suicide, evisceration, crucifixion and by the Roman sword.
Dalton Thomas says that Daniel 12 is about the end times.
The message of Daniel 12 is Daniel’s answer to prayer for more information about what would happen to the Jews, as he knew from the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy that Messiah would appear in the 70th week of Daniel and ratify the everlasting covenant (which was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins.
Daniel understood that because the Jews would deliver Messiah up to be killed, that the city and temple would be desolated as judgment against the unbelieving Jewish leaders.
The 3 1/2 years in Daniel 12 took place during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD. The believing Jews were saved from the calamity, the unbelieving Jews were desolated.
This is the context of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse, as Messiah had just rebuked the Jewish leaders and proclaimed that judgment was coming upon them in that generation. Then He proclaimed that the second temple that He just came out of would be desolated. He described events that would take place before the judgment, so that His saints knew to escape Judea.
We can look to the witness of Jewish historian Josephus to see how this prophecy was fulfilled in exacting detail.
Dalton Thomas says that by putting the time of Jacob’s Trouble in the past, you’re laying a false reality for the end times.
The opposite is true, for by assigning the time of Jacob’s Trouble to the future, you’re laying a false reality of how the end times will play out.
Dalton says that we need to understand the return of Jews in Israel.
I agree, for most of the Jews in modern Israel are Jews by religion not by blood. They are the fulfillment of Messiah’s prophecy to the church era of Philadelphia, which existed from the late 18th century until the 20th century, which is the time that the Khazar Jews started migrating into the land of Palestine. Messiah points to ‘the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie.’
Messiah is describing the Khazar Jews who descended from the land of Khazaria in Eastern Europe, who converted to Judaism around the 8th century. Then when they were pushed out of the land, they fled primarily to Russia and Poland. And then during the last few centuries, they took opportunity to come into Palestine to steal the land from the Palestinians who lived in unwalled villages, killing many of the residents.
Interestingly, every Israeli Prime Minister changed their last name to sound more Jewish, and they all came either from Russia or Poland.
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Dalton Thomas says says that the time of Jacob’s Trouble is the worst time of tribulation ever to take place.
He is right about that, but he is wrong about the fulfillment. During the Jewish-Roman War, Jerusalem was filled with many dead bodies as different factions of the Jews warred against each other, and they died from killing each other, famine and pestilence. They couldn’t go outside of Jerusalem to bury the bodies, so they heaped the bodies up in stacks around the city and they threw many of the bodies over the city walls into the valleys that surround the city.
Jews who tried to escape Jerusalem were captured, tortured and crucified; as many as 500 per day at one point; so that the trees that surround the city were filled up with many bodies and were not taken down. Wild animals and birds fed on the dead corpses. Indeed this was the worse scene of sheer horror that has ever existed.
Dalton Thomas is sadly mistaken about the fulfillment of the time of Jacob’s trouble and Messiah’s Olivet Discourse. He takes it all literally, instead of understanding the symbolic language that Messiah used to point to a literal fulfillment.
Matthew records that Messiah pointed to “this generation” ten times. In the final time, Messiah said, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”Matthew 24:34
The nine previous mentions are pointing to the Jews who opposed Messiah. Are we to believe that the tenth time that He described “this generation,” that He is pointing to the end times? No!
The context of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is the desolation of the temple that He was just in when He rebuked the Jews and said, “Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation.”
All of the things that Messiah described from Matthew 23:36 to Matthew 24:33 were fulfilled by 70 AD when the Romans desolated Jerusalem, the temple, and the Jewish nation. The enemy has deceived people about the symbolism of the sun, moon, and stars being darkened; Messiah coming in power and glory; and the elect being gathered. But the Bible gives the proper definitions for the symbols.
We need to take Messiah at His Word and look at how the things that He described were about the Jewish nation, for their punishment of continuing their rebellion against the Father, for delivering Messiah up to be killed, and for persecuting His disciples.
The Olivet Discourse is directed related to the 70th Week of Daniel 9, which says that the city and temple will be desolated because of the abominations of the Jews.
If you’re seeking for truth, and not to defend a belief, this book will prove out the fulfillment of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse. It will help you see that it’s not about the end times so that you’re not misled about the fulfillment of Revelation, as we await Messiah’s promised return.