Video Description: MARANATHA Global Bible Study // Session 24: The Second Exodus in the Book of Revelation – Joel Richardson
Let me start by saying that the historical fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 from 27-34 AD, Messiah’s Olivet Discourse which describes events leading to the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, and most of prophecies in Revelation during the last 1,900 years; validates the authority of Scripture and the deity of Messiah. Joel’s futuristic explanations serve to hide those proofs.
The Protestant Reformers and great theologians of the 16th-19th centuries all taught the historical fulfillment of prophecy. It’s only during the few centuries that the futuristic deceptions have taken hold as the enemy has deceived even the very elect.
The concept of a future 70th week of Daniel 9, in which a one-man antichrist appears and most of Revelation is fulfilled, is a deception from the enemy. I know that sounds crazy since most people teach these concepts, but the enemy has worked hard to mislead the end-times saints so that even the very elect are deceived. I pray that you will seek truth, not to defend a belief.
Please understand that I declare these things not because I think that I know it all, and I’m not saying that everything that Joel Richardson teaches is false. He seems to be very sincere in his beliefs and His love for Messiah. What I’m showing is that what he teaches about prophecy fulfillment is false, because it’s based on the futuristic model that was created by the enemy to deceive the end-times saints.
I don’t proclaim this for my sake, because this isn’t about me. You can dismiss what I’m saying and defend your beliefs, but now you’re accountable and I’ve fulfilled my role as the watchman blowing the trumpet.
Joel Richardson bases his explanation of the fulfillment on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9.
Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas are basing their explanation of the fulfillment of Revelation on the concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9, but that is a false foundation.
The 70th week of Daniel is the only prophecy in the Bible that foretold exactly when Messiah would start His ministry and when He would die for our sins. Daniel was not praying about the end times or the antichrist. He was praying about what would happen to the Jewish people when they’re released from their captivity in Babylon. He was given a vision that the promised Messiah would appear in the 70th week of Daniel and atone for their sins.
When you understand that the 70th week of Daniel 9 foretold the exact time that Messiah would carry out His ministry and die for our sins; then you know that it’s not about the antichrist.
We’ll all stand before our Righteous Judge to account for what we believe and teach about the most important prophecy in the Bible. I pray that you will read the explanations in this book about the 70th week of Daniel, compare it to Scripture, and discern it for yourself.
Joel Richardson points to Matthew 24:29 as the rapture event in the end times.
In this video he’s talking about Matthew 24:30, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
In his last video, Joel covered the sixth seal of Revelation, which says, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”
He’s talking about Messiah’s Olivet Discourse, as he’s relating it to the same event. Matthew 24:29 says, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”
On the surface they may seem to point to the same event, but they’re not. In my Joel Richardson Revelation Sixth Seal Video Review post, I show that the Bible uses the symbolism of the sun, moon and stars, to point to leadership systems. The sixth seal of Revelation is pointing to political upheaval in the Roman Empire, which took place in the fourth century.
Messiah’s Olivet Discourse describes events which led to the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD, during which the Jewish leadership system was removed from power. The High Priest (sun), Sanhedrin (moon) and Jewish priests (stars) were either killed or taken prisoner.
So Joel’s connection of the sixth seal and Messiah’s Olivet Discourse is not only invalid, and both of those prophecies have already been fulfilled and are not yet future.
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Joel Richardson says that all of modern Israel will be saved in the end times.
He says that all of Israel will turn to Messiah in the end times. He points to Daniel 12 saying that the Israelites shall be delivered.
That’s a false association, as Daniel 12 is Daniel’s answer to what would happen to the Jewish people, those who He understood from the prophecy in Daniel 9 would reject their promised Messiah and deliver Him up to be ‘cut off,’ killed.
The 1,290 and 1,335 days were fulfilled during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD. The Jews who believed in Messiah were saved, as they heeded His sign to escape Judea to the mountains for protection. The unbelieving Jews stayed behind and were desolated during the war.
I pray that Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas find the truth about prophecy fulfillment, for they are declaring things which they will regret when they stand before Messiah.
Messiah’s apocalyptic vision is a war manual, designed to hide the explanation from those who should not understand it. It uses symbolic words that are defined in the Old Testament to point to a literal fulfillment. If you read Revelation only from a literal perspective, the interpretation is hidden.
Understanding the vision is like taking a Biblical final exam. If you’ve read the whole Word, you will have seen the symbolism that Messiah uses and can apply it to the fulfillment.
If you read Revelation as one chronological narrative, the prophecies seem out of sequence. That’s because it has four chronological layers, each of which spans from when it was written until Messiah returns.
This book explains the prophecies of Revelation on a timeline to help you see how the four chronological layers interact with each other, so that you can comprehend the whole vision.
You will learn how to identify who fulfills the role of the son of perdition, the antichrist beast, the false prophet, and the harlot called ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great.’ You will understand the proper context of the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments; the little book of Revelation 10, and the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
Whether you’re a novice at Bible prophecy or someone who has studied it extensively, I provide an explanation that is easy to understand yet has the depth of verse by verse explanations to provide you the evidence you need to prove it out.
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