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4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of Yehuveh shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yehuveh, and to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of Yehuveh from Jerusalem.
3 And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of Yehuveh of hosts hath spoken it.
Commentary on 4:1-2 [9 May 2006]: “In the last days,” is a comparative expression. Last days of what? Many of us have been taught to expect Jesus to come back to this planet--that the world will end, that the righteous will be taken from this planet and that it will be left in utter destruction for a thousand years while Yehuveh’s children are enjoying rest in heaven. But this point of view has no support in Torah.
The expressions “in the last days” and “in the latter days,” always from the same two Hebrew words, is used 14 times in the Old Testament. “Latter” or “last” indicates the end or last of something, but never with any indication that the world will end. [Genesis 49:1; Numbers 24:14; Deuteronomy 4:30; 31:29; Isaiah 2:2; Jeremiah 23:20; 30:24; 48:47; 49:39; Ezekiel 38:16; Daniel 2:28; 10:14; Hosea 3:5; Micah 4:1.] Such a connotation has been added by Christian writers long after the prophets wrote their words. Yehuveh presents a span of time turned over to other powers [Daniel 7:25], but when this time is passed the world, rather than ending, comes again under His power and “it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of Yehuveh’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.” “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Yehuveh their Elohim, and David their king; and shall fear Yehuveh and His goodness in the latter days.” “And Yehuveh shall be king over all the earth.” Isaiah 2:2; Hosea 3:5; Zechariah 14:9.
The “last days” mark the end of an age, such as the end of a mega-jubilee cycle [Daniel 9:24, ten seven-week jubilee cycles of 50 years each, five hundred years, Levitius 25] or the end of a specified number of mega-jubilees [120 cycles, Genesis 6:3, in Hebrew,“an hundred and twenty revolutions of time”], but never the end of the world. When this transition time came, things changed dramatically, but the world did not end. This reality is well illustrated by the jubilee cycle, when a set of seven weeks of years had passed, “a jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you,” a year of release and restoration. All freedoms and properties were restored, the slate was erased and life started over fresh for everyone. In the same manner, at the end of the age things change dramataically, and in preparation for this change, the last few years before the age ends are highly significant. These “last days” or “latter days” are preparation for this restitution or reinstatement. For us, the end is announced on the Day of Atonement, 27 September 2012, in full harmony with the expectations of the famed Mayan calendar. See Section 5: Yehuveh’s Time-keeping System on time. Leviticus 25:11.
Originally Written: 9 May 2006
Latest Update: 19 September 2007
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