And now we come to the event anticipated by Jews and others the world over. A mind-staggering event like none other in the history of the world—the coming of the Messiah.
This prophecy page has had a close focus on the prophetic timeline given in Daniel 11. Continuing in the chapter: “But reports from the east and north will alarm him, and he will march forth in a great fury to destroy and annihilate many” (verse 44). These “reports” from the east and north are the prophesied Asian hordes (the biblical “kings of the east”) that will “alarm” the German-led European Union. There will be massive confrontation between these two powers. Also, “he [the king of the north] will pitch his royal pavilion between the sea and the beautiful holy mountain, and he will meet his doom with no one to help him” (verse 45). The king of the north will have moved his headquarters to his “trophy,” Jerusalem, and there he will come to his end. Why? Because of the Messiah’s coming.
Continuing into chapter 12: “At that time, the great prince, Michael, who stands beside the sons of your people, will appear. It will be a time of trouble, the like of which has never been since the nation came into being. At that time, your people will be rescued, all who are found inscribed in the book” (verse 1). There will be great worldwide calamity like never before. The king of the north will have wreaked havoc on the nations of Israel (Jeremiah 30:7). Yet the united Asian conglomerate will be ferociously fighting the king of the north, bringing God’s judgment upon them (Joel 2; Jeremiah 50-51—additionally, the entire book of Nahum is an end-time prophecy against this king of the north). And before all is finished, the king of the north and Asian juggernaut will be judged together—before the Messiah. No one escapes the judgment of God.
I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will contend with them over my very own people, Israel, which they scattered among the nations. For they divided My land among themselves. (Joel 4:2; JPS [3:2 KJV])
These are the great warring nations, the king of the north and the kings of the east. These belligerent powers will be brought by God down into Israel’s Valley of Jehoshaphat for a very significant purpose. Verses 12-13:
Let the nations rouse themselves and march up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit in judgment over all the nations roundabout. Swing the sickle, for the crop is ripe; come and tread, for the winepress is full, the vats are overflowing! For great is their wickedness.
These nations will gather together in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Isaiah refers to it also as the “Valley of Vision” (Isaiah 22:1, 5). The nations’ original idea will have been to fight each other. Yet they are going to see a Messiah sitting in judgment before them, ready to pronounce sentence! Zechariah explains this:
Lo, a day of the Lord is coming when your spoil shall be divided in your very midst! For I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for war. … Then the Lordwill come forth and make war on those nations as He is wont to make war on a day of battle. On that day, He will set His feet on the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall split across from east to west. … And the Lord my God, with all the holy beings, will come to you (Zechariah 14:1-5).
This is the Messiah that was prophesied to come! He will literally be seen by the nations atop the Mount of Olives, surrounded by His loyal followers! He will have come, finally, to judge the belligerent nations! And yet he will not be revered by these nations. Rather, many Bible prophecies state that they will join forces to turn on Him! Certainly the nations will not recognize Him as their Lord and Master. Yet they will soon find out the severity of their mistake in fighting the Messiah. As Joel states, they will be utterly mowed down like a harvester swinging a sickle. How? Zechariah continues (verses 12-13):
As for those peoples that warred against Jerusalem, the Lord will smite them with this plague: Their flesh shall rot away while they stand on their feet; their eyes shall rot away in their sockets; and their tongues shall rot away in their mouths. In that day, a great panic from the Lord shall fall upon them, and everyone shall snatch at the hand of another, and everyone shall raise his hand against everyone else’s hand.
There will be a bloodbath in the Valley of Jehoshaphat such as never was before. When the Messiah comes to stand on the Mount of Olives and judge the nations, His fury will be made known! Continuing now in Joel:4:14-16:
Multitudes upon multitudes in the Valley of Decision! For the day of the Lord is at hand in the Valley of Decision. Sun and moon are darkened, and stars withdraw their brightness. And the Lord will roar from Zion, and shout aloud from Jerusalem, so that heaven and earth tremble. But the Lord will be a shelter to His people, a refuge to the children of Israel.
The Messiah will come to vanquish the humbled nations of Israel, and will finally put down the savagery of the Gentile nations. Israel will return from captivity—another final exodus prophesied to be far greater than the first.
Daniel 8 specifically describes the downfall of the human leader of the German-led king of the north. “By his [this leader’s] cunning, he will use deceit successfully. He will make great plans, will destroy many, taking them unawares, and will rise up against the Chief of chiefs,but will be broken, not by [human] hands” (verse 25). This man and his kingdom will be utterly conquered by the might of the Messiah! In the following verse, God tells Daniel that the vision “is true” and is for “far-off days.” Indeed it was—2,500 years later, we are on the cusp of these prophecies being fulfilled!
Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 talk specifically about the Asian superpower—the kings of the east. Verses 17-21 of chapter 39 describe their coming judgment:
And you, O mortal, say to every winged bird and to all the wild beasts: Thus said the Lord God: Assemble, come and gather from all around for the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you—a great sacrificial feast—upon the mountains of Israel, and eat flesh and drink blood. You shall eat the flesh of warriors and drink the blood of the princes of the earth …. Thus will I manifest My glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see the judgment that I executed and the power that I wielded against them.
And as for the captives of Israel? Verses 28-29:
They shall know that I the Lord and their God when, having exiled them among the nations, I gather them back into their land and leave none of them behind. I will never again hide My face from them, for I will pour out My spirit upon the House of Israel—declares the Lord God.
And what happens directly after this time period? In the very next verses Ezekiel begins to describe the third temple that will be built. At this point in time, the Messiah will lead construction of the third temple and rule from it over all mankind!
Daniel 2 gives us a broad view of the prophetic progression of the ruling governments over this world, right up into this time when the Messiah will rule. In verse 44 we read:
And in the time of those kings [the 10 leaders making up the European king of the north, in this context], the God of Heaven will establish a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, a kingdom that shall not be transferred to another people. It will crush and wipe out all these kingdoms, but shall itself last forever.
We are extremely close to the end of man’s governments, which have brought utter corruption, misery and death upon the Earth. God is about to step in and establish His government, led by the Messiah, administered by His faithful people, a government that will last forever. Daniel 7 also speaks of this time. Verses 13-14:
As I looked on, in the night vision one like a human being came with the clouds of heaven; He reached the Ancient of Days and was presented to Him. Dominion, glory, and kingship were given to Him; all peoples and nations of every language must serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and His kingship, one that shall not be destroyed.
This is that Messiah who will rule forever! He, of the line of King David (Isaiah 11:1, 10-11) will fulfill God’s promise to David of an eternalline ruling on his throne (2 Samuel 7:13; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 33:17).
“But wait for Me—says the Lord—for the day when Iarise as an accuser; when I decide to gather nations, to bring kingdoms together, to pour out My indignation on them, all My blazing anger” (Zephaniah 3:8). Indeed, we continue to wait, patiently, for that final coming of the Messiah to bring justice to the surface of the Earth! He will establish His temple in Jerusalem, and from there instruction and peace will be spread across all the Earth.
And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, let us go up to the Mount of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob; that He may instruct us in His ways, and that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Thus He will judge among the nations and arbitrate for the many peoples, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not take up sword against nation; they shall never again know war (Isaiah 2:3-4).