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3 All ye
inhabitants [yashab] of the world [tebel], and
dwellers [shakan] on the earth ['erets], see [ra'ah] ye, when he
lifteth up [nasa'] an ensign [nec] on the mountains [har]; and
when he bloweth [taqa`] a trumpet [showphar], hear [shama`] ye. KJV-Interlinear
3 All you
inhabitants of the world and dwellers on earth, As soon as a standard is raised
on the mountains, you will see it, And as soon as the trumpet is blown, you
will hear it. NASB
The single biggest source of confusion comes when people try to apply prophecies that belong to the Old Testament, to our current dispensation. And the dispensation which ours interrupted was the Age of Israel, which in Daniels seventy weeks prophecy, was interrupted by our dispensation at their sixty-ninth week, leaving them with still one more week of years (seven years) to complete their dispensation. That last week is the tribulation.
And these prophecies belong to the Age of Israel, or to its concluding seven years, and not to our dispensation.
Our dispensation has no applicable prophecies from the Old Testament, none, as our dispensation was a hidden era that was not revealed until Jesus revealed it. Our dispensation is one of historical trends and preparation and positioning of many things, for those final, end of days, years, known as and Tribulation.
When the Tribulation begins, many things will be in place, such as the nation of Israel, increased knowledge, increased populations, increased earthquakes, major powers to the north, south, east and west, phenomenal apostasy and so forth.
So, the standard on the mountain and the trumpet blowing has nothing to do with our dispensation, nothing to do with the Rapture, nothing to do with our current days whatsoever.
What they do reveal is symbolically placing the entire world on notice, with such public activities of all nations, that no one can possibly miss it, or not know that it is something that is far beyond normal.
The ensign on the mountains, refers to the activities of the world, being so public and in full view of all, that everyone will see that these things are not natural but from God.
The trumpet blowing, is likewise the symbolism of a phenomenally public notice, that everyone will hear of it and see it.
When the Rapture occurs, all believers will be removed from the world, leaving only unbelievers alive on planet earth. Simultaneously with that event, all restraint on evil will be removed for the next seven years, such that crime and evil of all sorts will run rampant. Wars will erupt, government regulation will increase rapidly, storms, famine, reduced production, starvation and such will drive people to extreme measures. The death rate for the first half of the Tribulation (three-and-a-half years), will see half of the population of the entire world dead.
Literally everyone remaining alive will be affected in some way.
So the public notice that something is very wrong in the world, will be well known by all.
And, in the last half of the Tribulation, those last three-and-a-half years, things will only get worse and worse until Armageddon. The only thing that will save humanity from total extinction, will be the Second Advent of Christ.
And so here we know that those people will also know, why all of this is happening to them. But of course we have also studied that most of those folks will ignore the signs and run straight into their own oblivion.
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