Petra: Great Tribulation Refuge of the Remnant of Israel

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Where will the Remnant of Israel Gather during the Great Tribulation?

Bozrah / Petra = The Sheep Pen of the Remnant

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The Day of Vengeance in Edom

January 24, 2009

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A structure carved into the canyon walls of Petra  Petra in Southern Jordan

In the Book of Daniel an Angel of God is revealing the Mystery of the End Times to Daniel while he is a captive in Babylon.   In the following passage, the Angel explains that the Antichrist will enter Israel and other nations:

41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon (Daniel 11:41 KJV)

Edom, Moab and Ammon are all in Jordan ... these areas must escape the Antichrist so that Israel can flee to Edom (Petra/Bozrah is in Edom) where she escapes during the last 1/2 of the Tribulation (times = 2 years, time = 1 year and 1/2 time = 1/2 year ... total = 3.5 years):

14 And to the Woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the Serpent (Revelation 12:14 KJV)

In the Gospel of Matthew, written more specifically to the Jew, an escape route for the remnant of Israel is noted by Jesus as He identifies the kickoff event (cf. Daniel 9:27) for the last 1/2 of the Tribulation Period.   This "kickoff event" is the Antichrist setting up an idol to himself in Israel's rebuilt Temple of God:

15 Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand),
16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains; (Matthew 24:15-16 NASB)

During the terrible last 1/2 of the Tribulation Period, 2/3 of the population of the Nation of Israel falls to the armies of the Antichrist.  The remaining 1/3, the remnant, flees this tyranny foretold in the prophecy of Zechariah:

8 It will come about in all the land, Declares the LORD, That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, "They are My people,' And they will say, "The LORD is my God.' (Zechariah 13:8-9 NASB)

In Micah, we find a prophecy from the Lord declaring Bozrah as the sheep pen of the remnant of Israel:

12 I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold (Bozrah - KJV); Like a flock in the midst of its pasture they will be noisy with men. (Micah 2:12 NASB)

12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah (fold - NASB), as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. (Micah 2:12 KJV)

When the Antichrist tries to finish Israel off at Bozrah/Petra in Edom ... Jesus Christ returns to save them ... After the Battle of Armageddon, His clothing reflects the Winepress of God in Isaiah 63:

1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in His apparel, travelling in the greatness of His strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to Save.
2 Wherefore art Thou red in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like Him that treadeth in the winefat?
3 I have trodden the Winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment.
4 For the Day of Vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My Redeemed is come.
5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore Mine own arm brought Salvation unto Me; and My fury, it upheld Me.
6 And I will tread down the people in Mine anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and I will bring down their strength to the Earth (Isaiah 63:1-6 KJV)

The Day of the Lord is also pictured in the Book of Revelation as Jesus returns to Earth on a white horse.  The Winepress of God from Isaiah 63:3 is again found in the 15th verse of Revelation chapter 19:

11 And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a Rod of Iron: and He treadeth the Winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (Revelation 19:11-15 KJV)

See Bozrah/Petra as "The Valley of the Crescent Moon" in "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade"!

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