Déjà vu In Bible Prophecy
In our last installment of Double
Double, we elaborated on how the book of Nehemiah anticipates the life,
ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ, as Nehemiah is dispatched from the
royal throne to restore the temple in Jerusalem. Chapter XLIX in the
present series included comments on the doubling of
Nehemiah’s second coming to Jerusalem, in which he ejected the
Antichrist figure who had taken up residence in the temple.
Part of the doubled cycle
includes the fact that Sanballat, as a “shadow” of Satan,
is orchestrating events which resulted in his servant Tobiah
(manifesting the Spirit of Antichrist before the time of Jesus)
entering in to the temple. This was accomplished because the
“strongman,” seen in Sanballat, has a daughter that is married to a
descendant of the high priest, who has control of the temple.
Jesus told us that when we oppose the “strongman,” he must
be bound before we can “spoil his house.”
“How can one enter into a
strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong
man? And then he will spoil his house” (Matthew 12:29).
The occasion where Jesus spoke of this
presence (the “strongman”) was contextually all about devils which
were being cast out through his power. This confirms the identity of Sanballat
as a material world vessel, representing Satan, as Sanballat is
the “foreigner” who is orchestrating the evil from behind the
This identification helps to explain why
the Word of God regularly speaks of standing in the gap to block the
adversaries’ entrance into the perimeter of the temple.
“And I sought for a man
among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for
the land” (Ezekiel 22:30).
We might suggest the New Testament era
“shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16) is the Spiritual
equivalent of the “hedge” and the “gates,” even as the
“wall” around Jerusalem is related to the Spiritual equivalent of
“But when it came to
pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and
took great indignation, and mocked the Jews” (Nehemiah 4:1).
As we noted last week in the video on Part
XLIX of Double Double, the entrance of the “type”
of Antichrist (Tobiah), moving into the temple, is doubled again
by King Herod.
“Let no man deceive you
by any means: for that day [the return of Christ] shall not come, except
there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition…“
“Who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so
that he as God sitteth in the temple of God” (II Thessalonians
Thus, as Tobiah in Nehemiah’s
timeline entered in (and defiled) the temple, we also saw a prophetic echo of
this event centuries later, when King Herod entered in to
Nehemiah’s temple, which he had refurbished.
This is intertwined in the prophecy of
Daniel’s Seventy Weeks regarding the coming of “Messiah
“Know therefore and
understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to
build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and
threescore and two weeks: the street shall rebuilt again, and the wall, even in
troublous times” (Daniel 9:25).
In the prophet Daniels’ writings, we
find the amazing prophecy which not only points us to another sequential
recapitulation of the Spirit of Antichrist sitting “in the temple
of God” (II Thessalonians 2:4), it has text which confirms
Daniel’s prophecy that it is in the time of the Roman Empire that
the doubled event will occur.
“And in the days of these
kings [the four kings mentioned in Daniel 2, including Rome], shall the
God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed” (Daniel
First, we hasten to add that the Seventy
Weeks prophecy is all about JESUS, as opposed to the Rapture
Cult fiction that says this astonishing prophecy is about the so-called
Antichrist. Jesus is the one who “finish[es] the
transgression” and makes “an end of sins” as he
“make[s] reconciliation for iniquity,” when He “bring[s] in
everlasting righteousness” (Daniel 9:24).
These are all characteristics that were
prefigured by Nehemiah the Pre-Messiah. As Daniels’ prophecy
continues, we do see another shadow of the Spirit of Antichrist, which
applies to the fact that evil King Herod, in the time of Jesus, sought to restore
the grandeur of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
“And for the
overspreading of abominations, he shall make [the temple] desolate, even
until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the
desolate” (Daniel 9:27).
The word “overspreading” is
veiled in our time, but the underlying Hebrew term speaks of a room addition
to an existing building – indicating abomination is “spreading
out” or expanding. In fact, a Hebrew Concordance (essentially a
dictionary) tells us the word means a “wing” (think
of a wing added to an existing building). The West Wing of the white
house comes to mind.
Included in the Hebrew definition of the
citation is the word “pinnacle” – and it is
related to the “wing” which is in view. To put it more succinctly,
this prophecy in Daniel tells us that an expansion of Nehemiahs’ temple
will occur, and it will include a pinnacle, or a tower.
kanaph, kaw-naf; from 3670; an edge or extremity; spec. (of a bird or army) a wing (of a garment of bed
clothing) a flap (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle”
(Strong’s Exhaustive concordance, emphasis mine).
This is the very pinnacle
spoken of in the New Testament.
brought [Jesus]…and set him on a pinnacle of the
temple, and said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from [here]”
Documents from this period tell us of a
great tower, that was added to the temple, by King Herod as a tribute to
Mark Antony of Rome, and it was called The Tower of Antonia.
“This fortress, castle,
citadel, or tower…which overlooked the temple, could be no
other than what Hyrcanus I built, and Herod the Great rebuilt, and called The
Tower of Antonia” (Antiquities of the Jews, Flavius Josephus,
Book XIII, Chapter XVI).
Under the Old Testament law of Moses, only
Israelites could even enter the temple, but Herod (who was an Idumaean),
not only entered into the tower, just like Tobiah before him, he
moved into the “wing.”
“The citadel he repaired
at a vast expense; nor was it other than a royal palace, which he
called Antonia” (Wars of the Jews, Flavius Josephus, Book I, Chapter
The Idumaeans were descendants of Esau
– and they were also called Edomites, in an earlier time. The
reader will recall that it was Esau who forfeited his birthright
because he sold it to Jacob, who became Israel. In bitter regret, Esau
later completely turned from God, and mingled his seed with the various
Arab tribes that progressively surrounded Israel.
By pinpointing the expansion of the
abomination in which the Gentile Idumaean moved into the temple, the prophecy
converges with Daniels’ prediction that it is “in the days of these
kings” (Daniel 2:44) that God will set up his kingdom, as the
Citadel was named after a Roman Caesar.
History records the dynasty of Herod was
favoured by Rome, so naming the pinnacle The Tower of Antonia (as
a tribute to Caesar), is somewhat predictable.
The fact that this abomination was a doubled
version of Tobiah moving into a “chamber” of the
temple (Nehemiah 13:5), has an additional significance as these two
episodes involved Flesh and Blood, whereas the event they foreshadow, in which
the Spirit of Antichrist enters into the Spiritual temple
of Israel (that is the body of Christ), has not escaped our attention.
This is part of Zechariah’s triune
equation, in which we see all creation with three components in which two
parts (read Flesh and Blood) are cut off and die, while the third part
“In all the land, saith
the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be
left therein” (Zechariah 13:8).
This division can be assigned as the
Spirits of Life, Death, and Hell. Actually, the doubles
are everywhere, as the Herod of Christ’s time, also manifests another
prophetic cycle which intersects with the Tobiah in the Temple pattern.
In the Gospels, we see Herod the Tetrarch,
who was inhabited by Death. His wife Herodias manifested Hell
-- which “causes” (Revelation 13:12) those who dwell on the
earth to embrace Death – even as the the Spirit of Life was
in John the Baptist. Herodias hated John because he reminded Herod it was not
lawful for him to have Herodias (who had been the wife of Herod’s
brother), so she pushed Herod to kill John.
In previous studies (notably the Serpents,
Scorpions, and 70 Sons DVD), we’ve shown “Death” (the
Serpent Spirit – Revelation 9:18, 19) has the authority but is
reluctant to kill, even as “Hell” (the Scorpion Spirit – Revelation
9:5) desires to kill, but lacks the authority.
In the account, (through Salome, her
seductive daughter that dances for Herod) Herodias maneuvers Herod into
promising the young vixen anything she desires. Under the instruction of
Herodias, the daughter requests the Life of John the Baptist (one of the Sons
“And she went forth, and
said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John
the Baptist” (Mark 6:24).
Thus, the saga of the “leaven of
Herod” (Mark 8:15) intersects with the Nehemiah/Sanballat/Tobiah
pattern. Just as Tobiah and Herod are manifested as
the “two parts” that enter in to the temple – juxtaposed
against the Spirit of Antichrist entering into the Spiritual body of Christ in
our time (the third part) -- the example of Herod (representing the Spiritual
Serpent), Herodias (as the Spiritual Scorpion), and John the Baptist is a double
of the Ahab, Jezebel, and Elijah sequence.
But a further elaboration on that instance
of Sequential Recapitulation will have to wait for another installment
of Double Double: Déjà vu In Bible Prophecy.
--- James Lloyd