The Sign of the Coming Messiah

The Sign of the Coming Messiah


Not long ago, God’s one true Church was crushed
by lawlessness. Learn how this happened. Prove how this spiritual catastrophe is a
sign of the coming Messiah-next, on The Key of David, with Gerald Flurry. Greetings, everyone. Can you see a sign of the coming of the Messiah? The prophet, Zechariah, DID talk about a specific
sign that you and I could see of the coming of the Messiah, which is REALLY going to be
the greatest event ever to occur in the entire universe! So it HAS to be critical that you and I understand
this sign, and it’s there for everybody to see if they want to see it, and I don’t know
of anything that could be much more important than that. Now, Zerubbabel and Joshua were the leading
builders of the second temple, and their wisdom in that project were two prophets-Zechariah
and Haggai-and both of those prophets, each one wrote a book for this end time, and they’re
just titled Zechariah, and Haggai. But in those prophetic books they used Zerubbabel
and Joshua as real personalities in this end time about what is going to happen in this
end time in the lead-up to the coming of the Messiah. That’s what it’s all about. The key builder is Zerubbabel, and everything
sort of revolves around him. But in the end time it is somewhat different
than the ancient history, because there are TWO Joshuas-an evil Joshua or unlawful Joshua,
and a lawful Joshua, and you can see that that’s one difference between the ancient
history and the end-time fulfillment of that type. All of that history at that time is a TYPE
of what is going to be fulfilled in this end time, and it’s all leading up to the coming
of the Messiah. Now, you have after the death of, let’s say,
the modern Zerubbabel, and the death of the unlawful Joshua, who absolutely WRECKED the
work of God in the synagogue of God, and then the lawful Joshua came along and was commissioned
to raise up those ruins, to raise up the ruins. So ALL of this is a part of that SIGN, that
sign that is going to show us the time period WHEN the Messiah is going to come. In just a few years’ span, you will see that. So if we look at this sign, we’ll see that
it does unfold, and we need to see it unfolding to really have an impact, at least to allow
it to have an impact on our minds the way it should. So let’s look at the sign of the coming of
the Messiah. You’ll notice that this end-time Zerubbabel
and Joshua was prophesied in Zechariah and Haggai, and here’s a comment from Haggai. You will see that there are five mentions
of Joshua in Haggai, and he was loyal to God in ancient history, but one of them in the
end time was very DISLOYAL to God, and here’s what it says in Haggai 1 and verse 12, “Then
Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with
all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God…” So there’s a remnant, and here you have depicted
a LAWFUL Joshua, and he plays a critical role to correct that real sign of the coming of
the Messiah. Now let me read to you Zechariah 3, verses
1 and 2, “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD,
and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. (2) And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD
rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this
a brand plucked out of the fire?” See, here are people, God’s own people, who
have been plucked out of the fire-those that CAN be-and God didn’t condemn or castigate
Joshua, but He rebuked Satan because Satan had that kind of a hold on God’s own Joshua. He was serving God at one time, and departed
from God and rebelled against God. So who IS this man? Can we prove who he is? We certainly can. We can and we have. You can do that, and you SHOULD do that. Now let’s move on to verse 3, “Now Joshua
was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. (4) And he answered and spake unto those that
stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused
thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. (5) And I said, Let them set a fair mitre
[or turban] upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and
clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.” So here, we see that this Joshua had a government
problem, his turban, a symbol of a government problem. And so if you look at Exodus 29 and verse
6, it says that the central act of that ordination ceremony was the mitre or the turban. So, we have a problem with Joshua, and he
had this pointed out to him and had a chance to repent, but he did not. He did not repent. Notice verses 6 and 7. He failed to follow Zerubabbel’s example,
and so he is corrected here in these verses. And then it goes on to say in Zechariah 3,
verses 6 and 7, “And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,(7) Thus saith
the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then
thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee
places to walk among these that stand by.” So again, he had a wonderful chance to repent. God is very merciful, and He said, IF you
do this and IF you do that. This is to a definite PERSON that was on this
Earth, and he was wrecked by rebelling against God, and really having a close relationship
with Satan, the devil. He wrecked the synagogue of God, the work
of God, IN this end time. Why did he do that, and how did that happen? Well, it says in that verse also, “the Eternal
has chosen Jerusalem!” He lost this vision about Jerusalem. He lost that vision, and Satan conquered him,
and did GREAT damage to the Work of God. Now, where did that happen? Do you know where it happened? Do you know who did it? It IS, after all, end time prophecy, and we
can’t understand end time prophecy if we don’t know who these personalities ARE. We can’t understand it. And you see it all unfolding right here in
these two prophetic books that are for this end time, the time that you and I are living
in right now. That’s how critical this is! It’s a SIGN right here of what happened to
Joshua and his fellows. Notice it mentions his fellows in verse 8,
and I’ll read this to you. Verse 8 reads this way, “Hear now, O Joshua
the high priest, thou, and thy fellows [or your pastors, it could read] that sit before
thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.” Now, notice that. He’s going to bring forth the Branch, capital
B. That’s the Messiah! In all of this prophecy being fulfilled, it’s
going to culminate in the return of the Messiah, or the coming of the Messiah. It’s going to lead up to the coming of the
Messiah! So let me just pick up this, where it says
they’re going to bring forth the Branch, and his fellows and all that, and it says they
are “men wondered at,” but that really reads in the Hebrew, “men of sign.” Or it could be, “men of a WONDROUS sign,”
a WONDROUS sign! The coming of the Messiah! These men and their rebellion against God
and His Work and His Church are the SIGN that the Messiah is going to come very shortly,
and you can just step-by-step-by-step follow events, and it’s leading right into the coming
of the Messiah. That’s amazing prophecy, just unbelievable
unless you really trust God. But that Branch IS the Messiah, and here’s
the SIGN, and a group of people. Well, who ARE those fellows of Joshua? It says “Joshua and HIS fellows,” not God’s
fellows or God’s pastors. They were looking to Joshua, and Joshua led
them in the way of the devil. He’s very much alive. Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 will certainly make
that clear to anybody. But here this is all happening just BEFORE
the coming of the Messiah. And verse 9 says, “For behold the stone [that’s
a type of the Messiah] that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes:
behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove
the iniquity of that land in one day.” What a wonderful event! He’s just going to WIPE OUT the iniquity of
this whole world in a DAY! What power! What a wonderful blessing this is! It’s just hard to fathom what this means in
depth. And yet, we CAN understand and must really
get this vision in our minds, or we’re going to rebel like the unlawful Joshua. Zechariah 4 and verse 2 talks about the “candlestick
of gold,” and the “seven lamps” and all of that, where in other words, these are LAMPS. God gives us a LAMP that we can SEE, we understand
what happens if we go to God and let Him show us what’s going on in this world. What does it all mean? It means to make a field shine, to make the
world SHINE in a powerful way, even though it’s a small flock, a little remnant. But what a powerful message and what power
of God they have to deliver that message! In that ancient temple, that lamp burned continually,
and we have promises that it’s going to be burning continually in this end time. Many prophecies tell you that. It talks about the two olives trees, which
represents God. And then we go on down a little further and
there’s a Zerubbabel inset. Now, you need to understand what that is because
it, too, is a part of this sign. Here’s how they should correct this evil that
they’re committing and get back to God, and it shows how they are off-track. Let me just read you a little bit about the
inset. This is from one of my own booklets, “Zerubbabel
is not an active part of the story flow. The story flow would be much better if you
skipped the inset, which includes verses 6 through 9 and two-thirds of verse 10 of Zechariah
4. An inset is an insertion that is added later
by editors after the original story was written. The Critical International Commentary and
a few others even put this inset in another section of Zechariah.” See again, they shouldn’t do that. The men who CANONIZED the Bible and were commissioned
by God to do so, were the ones that had the authority to put it where it ought to be. But men today think they can have their own
solution, and they just confuse people about God’s Word. Now, the Anchor Bible Commentary says that,
“The Zerubbabel inset is not extraneous to understanding the whole.” In other words, you need that inset to understand
the whole picture here! What did Joshua and his fellows rebel against? They rebelled against the man who was the
Zerubbabel type in this end time. They rebelled against him, and of course,
after he died, that’s when it all happened, and they turned away from what he taught. This insert is also called “a glaring interruption.” It is a GLARING interruption! It tells you what’s WRONG with these men turning
away from God! They’re not following Zerubbabel’s example! That righteous Zerubbabel who’s talked about
in Zechariah and Haggai, and actually many other books in the Bible. So here is this great attack by Satan the
devil, and that happened just a few years ago. And here we have Zerubbabel’s plummet, who
measured precisely with that plummet, a measuring device. But if you turn to Haggai 2 and verse 23,
I’ll read this to you, here’s the counterpart of the inset of Zechariah 4. There’s something in Haggai that ADDS to the
meaning. It says, “In that day,…” In that day always means this end time we’re
living in right now. It ALWAYS means that! “saith the LORD of hosts,
will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and
will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.” See, God said He would make this man a SIGNET. Well, the dictionary defines that as something
like an actual signature or a seal that carries authority if the person is not there, which
Zerubbabel is not, but there is a SIGNET that God uses, and He’s going to hold us accountable
for FOLLOWING what Zerubbabel taught, that end-time Zerubbabel taught. That’s where the evil Joshua made his big,
big mistake. The Work today revolves around that end-time
Zerubbabel. But this inset is really CRITICAL and the
SIGNET with the inset shows you what to do to correct the problem. God wants to teach us how to make all of this
turn out the way it should. So the signet really shows exactly, well,
where the lawful people of God are, and the UNLAWFUL people are. The lawful people FOLLOW the example and the
teachings of Zerubbabel, who was the builder, and God says he finished the Work! He finished it, His Work! And then they came along and wrecked it, and
then the Joshua work has to raise up those ruins, and do the Work again. Now, that’s all there in these booklets that
we have on Haggai and Zechariah. But notice, here is something really critical
that you need to understand. Zechariah 4, verses 12 through 14. What does THIS mean? This has EVERYTHING to do with correcting
the problem and that SIGN that shows the Messiah is about to come, that we’re in a short timeframe
here, and the Messiah is going to come to this Earth! And God keeps EMPHASIZING that throughout
Zechariah chapters 3 and 4. Notice verse 12, “And I answered again, and
said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the
golden oil out of themselves? (13) And he answered me and said, Knowest
thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. (14) Then said he, These are the two anointed
ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” I mean this is not HIDDEN from people. These two anointed ones stand before the entire
world with God. The message goes all over the world with Zerubbabel
and this end time Joshua. It’s talking about those two men, the lawful
Joshua along with Zerubbabel. Now, two anointed ones, these two olive branches. They are two MEN, two men in this end time
that play a critical role, and you need to know who they are. After all, if we don’t know whose these personalities
are, how can we ever understand the prophecy? We can’t. This gets very specific, as I said. Zechariah and Haggai REALLY get precise and
focused, like maybe most people have never realized you can do, especially in the Bible. But this, of course, is new revelation that
God has to give to His people. A MAN can’t figure this out. This is not about two men; it’s about what
God is doing! Just before the Messiah comes! It’s about the coming of the Messiah! The greatest event EVER in the universe! Is that important? And these men, Joshua and his fellows, they
are the ministers that led the people astray, most of God’s own people in this end time. How much do you know and do I know about our
own Bibles? We must know, or we don’t know God and we
don’t know His prophecy, and we don’t know what’s happening on this Earth! We must know! Or we’re going to be deceived, like everybody
else. That is mentioned throughout your Bible. These two anointed ones are, again, the end-time
Zerubbabel and the end-time Joshua that was lawful. But notice, you need to realize what God says
here, that they stand with God before the entire WORLD! This is a WORLDWIDE message, even though it’s
a small group of people, it’s a little remnant, it is a POWERFUL message that has gone out
to this world through a Zerubbabel for well over fifty years, and then we have picked
up the baton and carried on that Work. But we had to raise up the ruins, as Amos
9 and verses 10 and 11 tell us. Raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen! Yeah, and it fell, why? Because of Joshua and his fellows, that rebellious
Joshua who knew the truth of God, and then turned away from it. Now, that is not something that pleases God
at all. And of course, He has to condemn that. But here we have golden oil that’s being poured
out into the minds of these men, revelation God gives them, and so they can understand
the Bible. You can’t understand the Hebrew Bible at all,
in this case the Hebrew Bible, unless God reveals it to you. It’s all a matter of who REVEALS this. There has to be a lot of revelation on this
Earth, but where is it? New revelation from God! Where is it? The prophets spoke to the people with real
power, and they had messages from God. Well, the same is true in the end time. We have God’s message! We have to have that! We must be delivering God’s message or, well,
something’s not right if we’re claiming to be representatives of God. So there’s only two men that have been given
that golden oil on this planet in the end time, and that goes back about well over seventy
years. The end time, and two men would be given the
revelation from God to deliver to this world. The revelation coming directly from God. But see, Joshua and his fellows, they DESPISED
the day of small beginnings, it should read, in Zechariah 4 and verse 10, and they SCORNED
all that. They SCORNED it! They didn’t thank God and really give themselves
to God’s Work. See, these unlawful men fought against God,
Himself, and they are a SIGN, a SIGN of the Messiah coming just as these events unfold,
and you can see it before your eyes. Anybody can see it! It’s out there! God says you have to see this sign to realize
you’re about to enter into the coming of the Messiah. Until next week, this is Gerald Flurry, goodbye,
friends. The biblical book of Zechariah describes two
end-time churches of God. One is doing God’s Work; the other has been
derailed by one evil man. Request Gerald Flurry’s free booklet Zechariah-The
Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return to understand how one tiny group stayed loyal through an
avalanche of spiritual destruction. In these final days before the return of Jesus
Christ, this loyal remnant has raised the spiritual ruins and built for God continuously. God’s saints have erected a majestic physical
house for Him, a symbol of fulfilled prophecy proving that God’s master plan always prevails. As the entire world drowns in sin and suffering,
God’s people submit to His government and deliver a message of endless hope. You can know where God is working today. Study Zechariah-The Sign of Christ’s Imminent
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He has started shaking the nations. He won’t stop until every person on Earth
knows the true God. Hard times are coming, but there is a way
of escape. While rebellious mankind suffers, God’s very
elect are going to have an inspiring, joyful experience beyond imagination-concluded by
the greatest event ever to occur in the universe, the return of Jesus Christ! Only then will all nations, races, classes,
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