Is the woman bent over by a disabling spirit an end-time prophecy for Israel?

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  • Luke 13:10-13 Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. (11) And behold, there was a woman who had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. (12) When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your disability." (13) And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.
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At a first glance this crippled woman's healing appears to be another miraculous account of Jesus power and authority over sickness and death.
  • However when reading this story a second time in context, this woman who was bent over for 18 years and was called "a daughter of Abraham” when she was healed by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath (Luke 13:16),
  • is a hidden prophecy for a remnant of unrighteous Israel who will be forgiven of their sins and called "the promised sons and daughters of Abraham” by faith in Christ at the end of the tribulation, when they will enter the Lord's 7th millennium Sabbath rest.
2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one (Sabbath) day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.​
The 1,000 year Sabbath rest of the Lord in the 7th millennium, is foreshadowed by the 7th day when God rested from his work of 6 days in creation; that's symbolic for 6,000 years of God's redemptive work to save sinful mankind by faith, followed by the 7th millennium when one third of Israel will call upon Jesus in the 7th year of the tribulation, so they may enter God's eternal Sabbath rest by faith, Ex 20:8-11, Heb 4:1-11.

Gen 2:3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation (for six days).​

Unrighteous Israel calls on Jesus for salvation and the forgiveness of their sins in the tribulation
Isaiah 4:1-4 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day (of the 7 year tribulation), saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name (Jesus); take away our (sin and) disgrace." (2) In that (7th millennium Sabbath) day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the (tribulation) survivors of Israel. (3) And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for (eternal) life in Jerusalem, (4) when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning, (Zec 13:8-9).​
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years (in the 7th millennium Sabbath day of the Lord).​
Col 2:16-17 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. (17) These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.​
The 7th day Sabbath is a shadow of God's 1,000 year Sabbath rest in the 7th millennium when the earth will be blessed with the knowledge of the Lord, while the resurrected saints will be united as one in holiness, when the nations will come to Jerusalem to worship and seek God's rest in the glorious presence of Jesus, who will rule in righteousness and truth under the authority of his heavenly Father, Mat 11:27, 28:18-20.
Isa 11:8-10 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. (9) They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (10) In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples--of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.


When using scripture to interpret scripture, the number 18 (or 6+6+6) that represents bondage and slavery as a result of sin (Judges 3:12-15), implies this woman who was bent over for 18 years by a disabling spirit, represents Israel who is spiritually bent over by their sins and are in bondage Satan, due to their lack of faith in Jesus, Rom 11:5-10.
  • Judges 3:12, 14 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the LORD....... (14) And the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.​
  • Rom 11:5-10 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (6) But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works (of the law); otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (7) What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking (by works). The elect obtained it (by faith), but the rest (of Israel) were hardened (in unbelief, Rom 11:25), (8) as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day." (9) And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; (10) let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever."
Why is the Sabbath mentioned 5 times when this woman was healed?
The Sabbath that's mentioned 5 times in this story is a number that's symbolic for grace (5). And God's 7th day Sabbath of grace when this crippled woman was healed by Jesus, speaks of the 7th year of the tribulation when a spirit of grace will be poured out on Israel who is enslaved by their sin, when they will look upon their Messiah whom they have pierced and shall mourn for him, Luke 13:10, 14, 15, 16.
  • Zec 12:9-10 And on that day (of the Lord) I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (10) "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.​
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A similar example for Israel's salvation by grace is hidden in the story of an invalid who was 38 years of age under a 5 roofed colonnade when he was healed by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, that's a prophecy for when spiritually crippled Israel will be raised up in righteousness by faith in the 7th year of the tribulation in 2038, John 5:1-9.
On the 7th day Sabbath
Jesus heals a crippled man who is 38 years of age
In the 7th year of the tribulation, Israel who is crippled in
sin and unrighteousness calls upon Jesus and is saved in 2038

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In the scriptures there are 7 accounts of people who were healed by Jesus on the Sabbath day.
  1. Jesus cast an unclean spirit out of a man (Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37)
  2. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law who had a fever (Mat 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39)
  3. Jesus heals a man with a withered hand (Mat 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11)
  4. Jesus heals a lame man by the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-18)
  5. Jesus heals the bent over crippled woman (Luke 13:10-17)
  6. Jesus heals a man with dropsy (Luke 14:1-6)
  7. Jesus heals a man who was born blind (John 9:1-7,14)
These 7 healing events that took place on the 7th day Sabbath, appear to be symbolic for when Israel will be healed of their sinful unrighteousness after 7 years of tribulation in the 7th millennium, that's known as the Day of the Lord.

As I said in context, the woman who was bent over by a disabling spirit for 18 years is a picture for Israel who is bent over by their sins and in bondage to Satan, due to their unbelief in Christ. So with this in mind lets begin to examine the events in Luke 13 that preceded this woman's healing on the 7th day Sabbath.

All have sinned and need to repent
In Luke 13:1-3, during his 3 ½ year ministry to Israel, Jesus declares the fallen nature of all mankind when he said the Galileans whose blood was shed by Pilate while they were offering their sacrifices to God (under the law), are no worse sinners than others since all need to repent (by believing in Jesus sacrifice for their sins through a New Covenant) or likewise you will perish.
  • Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? (5) No, I tell you; but unless you repent (and believe in God's forgiveness of sin through faith in Christ), you will all likewise perish (under the law)." Luke 13:4-5​
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The fig-tree with no fruit is cut down after four years
Jesus then told this parable, "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. (7) And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?' (8) And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. (9) Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" Luke 13:6-9​
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The fig tree with no fruit after 3 years is symbolic for the nation of Israel who did not believe in Jesus as their Messiah during the first 3 years of his ministry, John 15:5-8. And after Christ's resurrection in the fourth year, the majority of Israel remained stubborn in their unbelief and as a result they were eventually cut off from their land in 135 A.D. and cast into the nations for approximately 1800 years.

After the parable of the fig tree with no fruit, Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath when he sees this woman who is bent over for 18 years.

Did you notice that 18 is mentioned a second and third time?
The number 18 that's mentioned a second time when Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and sees this bent over woman, is a prophecy for the second millennium from the cross when the bent over unbelieving Jews have been restored to their God given land in 1948, when Jesus salvation is being taught to Israel by the Gentiles, Luke 13:11-13, Isa 11:11-12, 49:22-23, Hosea 6:2a.

And the third time that 18 appears when this bent over woman was set free from bondage and made straight by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, is a prophecy for a remnant of spiritually crippled Israel who will be raised up in righteousness by faith in Christ in the 7th year of the tribulation, so they may live before Jesus in the third millennium from the cross, Luke 13:16, Hosea 6:2b, Zec 13:8-9.

On the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him, Hosea 6:2b
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  • When you compare the 3 prophetic days in Hosea 6:1-2 with the number 18 that's mentioned 3 times in Luke 13 in the chart below, you will begin to see a veiled prophecy for God's judgment of all mankind when Jesus became torn on the cross for our sins so that we can be healed by faith,
  • followed by the second millennium when the nation of Israel will be revived when the Jews will return to their God given land, Jer 16:14-15, Isa 11:11, 66:8.​
  • and the third millennium when a remnant of Israel will be raised up in righteousness by faith in Jesus at the end of the tribulation.​
But first I would like to share a few thoughts on the tower of Siloam that fell on 18 people and what this possibly represents.
  • Pro 18:10, The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.​
  • The word Siloam means sent. Jesus was also sent to redeem Israel from their sins, Mat 15:24.​
  • In Mat 21:44 the scriptures say, And the one who falls on this stone (called Jesus) will be broken to pieces (in repentance); and when it falls on anyone (who does not believe), it will crush him."​
  • The tower of Siloam that fell on 18 people is symbolic for God's judgment of all mankind who is in bondage to sin (18), unless we repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus salvation, Luke 13:4-5.
  • If we run into the strong tower called Jesus we will be forgiven of our sins. However if we do not trust in God's plan of salvation, Jesus the strong tower will fall on us and crush us for our sin and unbelief, that's represented by the 18 people who were killed by the tower of Siloam, John 16:8-9.​
The First day
The First millennium
The First 18
Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us (on the cross), that he may heal us (by faith); he has struck us down (for our sins), and he will bind us up.​




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The first millennium began when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected after 3 days, so we can be forgiven by faith and healed by the power of the Spirit so we can walk in righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21,
After the resurrection Israel still did not believe in Christ and a result they were scattered throughout the nations of the world, but God will restore the descendants of Abraham to their land for a second time, Isa 11:10-13, Luke 18:9​
Just as the tower of Siloam struck down 18 sinners, mankind who is in bondage to sin (18) was struck down by God when Jesus became sin for us on the cross, so he can bind us up by faith, Luke 13:4-5

After Christ's 3 ½ year ministry, the fruitless unbelieving fig-tree nation of Israel was cut down by God and later were driven out of their land into the nations, John 10:22-39, Luke 13:6-9
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The Second day
Hosea 6:2a After two days he will revive us;


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The Second millennium
Unrighteous Israel who is still in bondage to Satan (18) due to their unbelief in Jesus, are revived and restored to their God given land in the second millennium in 1948
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The Second 18
Jesus is teaching in the synagogue when he sees this woman bent over by a disabling spirit for 18 years, who is symbolic for the revived unrighteous nation of Israel when Jesus gospel is being taught to the Jews by the Gentiles, Luke 13:10-11
The Third day
Hosea 6:2b on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.

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The Third Millennium
A remnant of bent over unrighteous Israel calls upon the name of the Lord by faith at the end of the tribulation, when they are raised up in righteousness and will live before Jesus in the third millennium, Luke 13:35, Zec 13:9, Eze 36:25-28
The Third 18
The woman who was bent over for 18 years and was made straight by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, represents Israel's salvation when they will be raised up in righteousness in the 7th year of the tribulation, Luke 13:12-16

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In this 13th chapter of Luke there are 3 hidden examples for a 2,000 year gospel age that will be followed by the tribulation and the heavenly feast of Abraham in the third millennium when Jesus will reach his goal, Luke 13:32.

The first example for a 2,000 year gospel age
The 18 people who were killed by the tower of Siloam and the fruitless unbelieving fig-tree nation of Israel that was cut down after 4 years, followed by the woman bent over for 18 years who was healed by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, is the first example for the 2,000 year gospel message of repentance, followed by the third millennium when a remnant of Israel will be saved by faith in Christ in the 7th year of the tribulation, when Jesus will reach his goal on the third day, Luke 13:32.

The second example
The second example for the 2,000 year gospel age is represented by the two parables of the mustard seed and the leaven that are symbolic for the growth of the kingdom of God in this world, Luke 13:18-21.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Luke 13:18-19 He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? (19) It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."​
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In Matthew 17:20, the small grain of mustard seed that represents the measure of faith that it takes to move a mountain, reveals nothing is impossible for the saints who have this mustard seed of faith in God since he can move mountains out of their place, Job 9:4-6.

So what is this parable implying when the mustard seed of faith in the saints grew into a tree where the birds of the air made their nests in its branches? What is Jesus telling us in this mysterious parable?

At this point I would like to discuss the characteristics concerning the growth of mustard seeds that I find worth mentioning in regards to this parable. White and yellow mustard seeds will grow into a small bush that's approximately 2 feet high. While the black Mediterranean mustard seed will usually grow to about 6 feet in height. Although under ideal conditions the black mustard seed can abnormally grow up to 12 feet high when it becomes more like a tree, that provides a place for the birds to build their nests in its branches. And the darker that mustard seeds are in color the more pungent their taste and odor will be.

The small mustard seed in this parable that grew into tree, in reality is represented by the black Mediterranean mustard seed that also has a strong pungent taste and smell.

And the birds of the air that made their nests in the branches of this abnormal black mustard tree are symbolic for the demons and Satan who is the prince and power of the air, that Jesus revealed in the parable of the sower, Mat 13:3-4, 19, Eph 2:2.

The birds of the air make their nests in the branches of the abnormal Black Mustard Tree
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Therefore, the mustard seed of faith in the saints that has grown into an abnormal black mustard tree where the birds of the air make their nests in its branches (Mat 13:3-4, 19), is symbolic for several churches and denominations that have become abnormally large and spiritually dark due to their acceptance and teaching of false Satanic doctrines from the demonic birds of the air, that a multitude of worldly Christians are intoxicated by and eager to hear, which has resulted in the mustard seed of faith in these saints becoming ineffective and spiritually powerless for the kingdom of God, because it has become corrupted by Satan's deceptive lies, Mat 17:14-20, 1 Tim 1:18-20, 4:1-4.

In other words these deceived, disobedient and scripturally twisted saints have shipwrecked their mustard seed of faith, since they have exchanged the truth of God's Word for Satanic lies in the spiritually abnormal black mustard tree church, 2 Cor 11:3-4.
  • Proverbs 28:9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
  • 1 Tim 1:18-20 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, (19) holding faith and a good conscience. Which some have rejected and shipwrecked their (mustard seed of) faith, (20) among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
The Spiritually Abnormal Black Mustard Tree Church
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  • 1 Tim 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the (mustard seed of) faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (from the birds of the air), (2) through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
  • 2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, (4) and will turn away from listening to the truth (of God's Word) and wander off into (demonic lies and) myths.​
This turning away from hearing the truth of God's Word and exchanging it for a lie in the black mustard tree church, will one day lead to the apostasy that's spoken of in 2 Thess 2:3.

The end-time Apostate Church
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  • Mat 8:19-20 And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." (20) And Jesus said to him, "Foxes (false prophets, Eze 13:4) have holes (where they dwell in spiritual darkness), and birds of the air (demons, Mat 13:3-4, 19, Eph 2:2) have nests (of Satanic teachings in the black mustard tree church), but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head (for rest and fellowship with these disobedient saints who choose to walk in the darkness of their sinful flesh, Rom 8:7-8)."​
  • 1 John 1:6-7 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.​
  • Amos 3:3 "Can two walk together (in fellowship), unless they be agreed?​
But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and after that the spiritual, 1 Cor 15:46
Over and over again in the parables and the Old Testament scriptures, God uses natural pictures to reveal spiritual realities. For example, Jesus is our spiritual Passover Lamb of God who took the eternal punishment for our sins when he was being crucified, at the same time when the Passover lambs were being sacrificed for the sins of Israel, John 1:29.

Therefore, the mustard seed that grew into an abnormal black tree represents the mustard seed of faith in the saints that has become abnormal and corrupted by Satan's lies from the demonic birds of the air, who want to destroy the churches faith in God's Word and replace it with false doctrines that appeal to the dark desires of the sinful flesh, Gen 3:1-5, Deu 13:1-18, 1 John 2:15-16.
  • Gal 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
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The Parable of the Leaven
Luke 13:20-21 And again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? (21) It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened."​

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The second parable of the leaven that a woman hid in three measures of meal represents the deceitful leavened doctrines of false teachers that are secretly being hidden into God's Word, which are spreading more and more throughout the Gentile church with each passing day, until all of the scriptures have become twisted and distorted by their leavened teaching, Mat 16:6-12, 1 Cor 5:6-8.
  • Mat 16:6, 12 Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." ..........(12) Then they (the disciples) understood that he (Jesus) did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the (leavened and corrupted) teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
  • 2 Peter 2:1-2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive (leavened) heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth (in God's Word) will be blasphemed (by their leavened teaching).
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  • 1 Tim 6:3-6 If anyone teaches a different (leavened) doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, (4) he is puffed up with (leavened) conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, (5) and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. (6) But godliness with contentment is great gain,​
2 parables represent the 2,000 year gospel age of the church
The two related parables of the mustard seed that became an abnormal tree and the leaven hidden in three measures of meal, are symbolic for how the saints in the kingdom of God will become more and more corrupted by Satan's lies as the Gentile church grows for 2,000 years, that will be followed by a faithful remnant of the church who will be raptured to the heavenly feast of Abraham in the third millennium when the tribulation begins, Luke 13:22-30, Rev 3:4, 8-10.

While the faithless, disobedient black mustard tree church will be left behind in the tribulation and handed over to Satan for the destruction of the sinful flesh, so the righteous spirit of God within these carnal saints may be saved in the day of the Lord, 1 Cor 5:1-5, Rev 3:3-4, 15-16, 7:13-17.
  • Rev 3:3-4 Remember, then (church of Sardis), what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. (4) Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments (of righteousness by following after sin, Pro 25:26), and they will walk with me in white (at the feast of Abraham), for they are worthy.
  • 1 Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
  • Luke 21:34-35 "But watch yourselves (saints) lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and (the sinful) cares of this life (from the demonic birds of the air), and that day (of the tribulation) come upon you suddenly like a trap. (35) For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. (36) But stay awake at all times (by following Jesus), praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." (at the heavenly feast of Abraham)
  • 1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
This end-time Godly discipline and judgment in the tribulation for the leavened, black mustard tree church, was implied by Jesus when he said, "people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last," Luke 13:29-30. But what does this mysterious phrase represent?

In Mat 20:1-16, The laborers in the vineyard that were hired first who worked the full day and expected to be paid more than those who were hired last, became envious and grumbled at the master's generosity who paid each man a denarius (that represents their redemption, Ex 30:11-15), when the last hired workers were paid first, and the first were paid last.

The parable of the vineyard laborers is revealing there will be a specific order for when the saints are raptured. Those who are prideful and think they are greater than other saints will be last to enter the feast of Abraham. While the saints who are humble as last of all and servant of all will be first to be raptured, Luke 17:7-10.

Jesus explains this hidden spiritual meaning for "the last who will be first and the first who will be last" in the following scriptures.
  • Mark 9:33-35 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" (34) But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. (35) And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
  • Mat 23:11-12 The greatest among you shall be your servant. (12) Whoever exalts himself (as greatest) will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself (as last of all and servant of all) will be exalted.
  • Luke 13:29-30 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. (30) And behold, some are last (as a humble servant of all) who will be first (to be raptured), and some are first (who think they are greatest) that will be last (to enter heavens banquet)."
  • Luke 14:7-11 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, (8) "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor (as greatest), lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, (9) and he who invited you both will come and say to you, 'Give your place to this person,' and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. (10) But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place (as last of all and servant of all), so that when your host comes he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. (11) For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
  • Zep 2:3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility (as last of all and servant of all); perhaps you may be hidden (and raptured first) on the day of the anger of the LORD.
Those who seek righteousness and humility that will be hidden on the day of the Lord's anger in Zephaniah 2:3, are also represented by the faithful church of Philadelphia which means brotherly love, who will be protected from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world when they are the first to be raptured before the tribulation begins, in Rev 3:7-10.
  • Rev 3:10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
While the spiritually blind, naked, lukewarm Laodicean saints who say I am rich (I am greatest), I have prospered, and I have need of nothing, will be spit out of the Lord's mouth into the tribulation to be disciplined, and will be last to enter the banquet in heaven, Rev 3:3, 14-20. 7:13-17, Luke 12:35-40.

Luke 13:29-30 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south,
and recline at table in the kingdom of God.
(30) And behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last."
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Jesus comes like a thief for his lukewarm saints who were left behind in the tribulation
Revelation 16:13-15 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. (14) For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. (15) ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! (for my tribulation saints) Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!")​
The third example for a 2,000 year gospel age
The third example for the 2,000 year gospel age that will be followed by the third millennium when Jesus will reach his goal, is revealed by the Lord casting out demons and performing cures for 2 days, followed by the third day when one third of Israel will call upon the name of the Lord by faith and be saved at the end of the tribulation, that's mentioned in Luke 13:32-35 and Zechariah 13:8-9.
  • Luke 13:32-35 And he (Jesus) said to them, "Go and tell that fox (Herod), 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow (for 2,000 years), and on the third day (in the third millennium) I will reach my goal. (33) Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.' (34) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (35) Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"
  • Zechariah 13:8-9 In the whole land, declares the LORD, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive (in the tribulation). (9) And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"
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As I previously said, the woman who was bent over for 18 years and was set free from Satan on the 7th day Sabbath when she was made straight and called “a daughter of Abraham” by Jesus (in Luke 13:16), is symbolic for the unrighteous bent over remnant of Israel who will be forgiven of their sins and raised up in righteousness in the 7th year of the tribulation, when they will become the “promised born-again sons and daughters of Abraham” by faith in Christ, just as “Abraham and Sarah's promised son Isaac” was born by their faith in God, Rom 4:13, 19-22, Heb 11:11.
  • Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive (Isaac), even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
  • Romans 4:18-24 In hope he (Abraham) believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations (through Isaac), as he had been told (by God), "So shall your offspring be." (19) He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. (20) No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he (Abraham) grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, (21) fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (22) That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." (23) But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, (24) but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,
  • Galatians 3:6-7 just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"? (7) Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
  • Galatians 4:28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are (Abraham's) children of promise (born-again by faith in God).
  • Galatians 3:29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
Its important to recognize that Luke 13:16 is the only scripture where the “daughter of Abraham” is mentioned, which is significant for those who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying in this end-time prophetic verse.

The scriptures in Romans 9:6-8, Galatians 4:28, Genesis 17:5-7 and Zechariah 13:8-9, reveal the true “sons and daughters of Abraham” from the nation of Israel are a remnant of the descendants of Abraham, that have also been born-again and forgiven of their sins by faith in Jesus through an everlasting covenant with God
  • Romans 9:6-8 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel (by birth) belong to Israel (born-again through faith), (7) and not all are children of Abraham because they are his (physical) offspring, but "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." (8) This means that it is not the children of the flesh (like Ishmael) who are the children of God, but the children of the promise (born by faith in God like Isaac) are counted as offspring.
  • Genesis 17:3-8 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, (4) "Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of (Gentile) nations. (5) No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of (redeemed Gentile) nations. (6) I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. (7) And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. (8) And I will give to you and to your offspring after you (who are born-again by faith like Isaac) the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God."
A partial hardening has come upon Israel,
until the fullness of the Gentiles has come into the Kingdom of God
Romans 11:24-27 For if you (Gentiles) were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree (Israel by faith in Jesus), how much more will these, the natural branches (who are the descendants of Abraham), be grafted back into their own olive tree (by faith in their suffering Messiah). (25) Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (to God's Kingdom). (26) And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob"; (27) "and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins."​

In the following articles I examine the scriptures that appear to be pointing to the years of 2031 to 2038 for the tribulation.
Part 1, Are the years of the tribulation hidden in scripture?
Part 2, 2 days, 7th hour, 38
Part 3, 2-38
Part 4, Gen 14:14, 17:17, Ex 7:7, John 5:5
Part 5, Psalms 83 & 90
Part 6, Isaac's birth from Sarah at 90
Part 7, Isaac's birth from Sarah at 90

The Ominous Sign of Four Blood Moons in 2032 and 2033
Four Blood Moons in 2032 and 2033 Part 2, 85 Priests are put to death

Israel's Second Passover will be fulfilled in the last year of the Tribulation
Is the woman bent over by a disabling spirit an end-time prophecy for Israel?

Is Jonah's warning for Nineveh prophetic for today's wicked generation?
Is Jonah's warning for Nineveh prophetic for today's wicked generation? Part 2

Will brutal Taskmasters oppress mankind before the Tribulation begins?
A 7 year end-time harvest of saints will precede God's wrath

Joseph in prison "two whole years" is prophetic for a 2,000 year gospel age
21 possible examples for a 2,000 year gospel age

Rachel after 7 years of barrenness gave birth to Joseph when Jacob was 90
The 12 sons of Jacob, symbolic for Old and New Covenant Israel

4 Prophetic stories reveal a 2,000 year gospel age followed by the tribulation
The Tabernacle reveals the age of the Law, the age of Grace and the Millennium

Why did God want to kill Moses when he lodged on his way to set Israel free from slavery to Pharaoh?
Why did the blind man see men like trees walking when Jesus touched him?

Why was Jacob called Israel when he struggled with God?
When will unrighteous Jacob be called Israel?

Why is the Feast of Trumpets in the 7th month 1st day to the 10th day?
What does the disciples catch of 153 fish represent?

Netflix cartoon encourages people to get the Smart Mark

In these articles I discuss the mystery of the soon coming rapture of the saints.
Do the scriptures reveal there are two different raptures for the saints?

Will you be raptured in the first watch of the night?
Who are the sons of the kingdom cast into outer darkness?
Why will the first be last, and the last first?
Why are many called to the wedding banquet but few are chosen?


Will you be raptured to the feast of Abraham or left behind in Sodom?
Is the year of the rapture hidden in the story of Enoch?
Is the year of the rapture hidden in the story of Enoch? Part 2
 
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