Michael,Raymond and I have been having a discussion as to the identity of the 200 million man army that shows up in Rev.9. Raymond believes that they are demons and I believe that they are the resurrected lineage of the "whole house of Jacob" or the "whole house of Israel" which is what Jacob's name was changed to by God. I have researched a lot of the same material that you had in your excellent post yesterday concerning the twelve tribes and their lineage and birthrights but had not focused before on the passage you attached from Micah. After reading the verses you attached from Micah I became very excited because I knew another important piece of the puzzle was staring me in the face. I will show you how Micah's verses fit in as I once again describe the identity of the army of 200 million and from where they came.Ezek.37, God states that He takes the bones from the lineage of "the whole house of Israel" or "the whole house of Jacob" puts sinews, flesh and skin on them and then pauses for some time period before He lets the "four winds" blow life into them that they may live. And at the point when they do come alive they are described by God as being an exceedingly great army. Note God's description, not a large group of regular people but an army. And not a large or great army but an exceedingly great army......like maybe 200 million. I believe God referred to them as an army because they will be used by God to make war on someone.Michael, you discussed the breakdown of "the whole house of Jacob" in your article yesterday. And I agree that there ended up being three different branches from Jacob. To quote and copy you from your text:The BIRTHRIGHT went to Joseph, which in turn was given to his two young sons Ephraim and Manasseh! A birthright conveys MATERIAL WEALTH and NATIONAL Prominence to its heirs. The promise of the SCEPTRE went to Judah or the Jews.
So we have Judah, Ephraim and Manasseh that compose this lineage from Jacob. Take note of this, I'll come back later in this post to show how important this becomes and how it fits into the army of 200 million in Rev.9.Let's continue with the story line in Ezek 37. God has resurrected from the grave, from over the centuries, an exceedingly great army from the whole house of Jacob but has not breathed life into them yet from the "four winds". We next pick the story line up in Rev.7 when we find four angels holding back these same "four winds" from blowing on the earth. Why are these angels preventing the four winds from blowing life back into this exceedingly great army? Because the rapture and the great resurrection of the dead has just happened at the opening of the sixth seal and God has to choose His first fruits from this resurrection which become the 144,000 children of Israel from all the tribes.The 144,000 are chosen and sealed but God still hasn't released the four angels that are holding back the four winds from breathing life back in the whole resurrected house of Jacob. These angels are bound or prevented from releasing these winds until God instructs them to. We find that these bound angels are instructed to release the four winds in Rev. 9:14. These angels had been prepared for the exact hour, day, month and year to release the four winds to blow life into this exceedingly great army of resurrected beings. These beings will perform part of God's wrath and kill a third of mankind in the tribulation period.We see in Rev.9:17 that this exceedingly great army of 200 million are wearing breastplates as did the 12 tribes of Israel when they went to war centuries ago. Each tribe had it's own color designation on their breastplates when they went to war. Now in Rev.9:17 we see that three colors are mentioned, fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow meaning that three tribes were involved. Who does God say is involved in this exceedingly great army? The whole house of Jacob. Who composes the whole house of Jacob? As per my research and Michaels.....Judah, Ephraim and Manasseh. Three branches of the whole house of Jacob, consequently the three colors that represent them.Also note that these resurrected beings are riding horses that have heads like lions. What is the tribe of Judah's emblem?... the lion. The lion of the tribe of Judah is Christ. These horses have more than one tail and are like serpents having heads..plural. I believe 'the more than one head serpent' of the tails represents Ephraim and Manasseh.Now for some additional scripture backup of who this exceedingly great army of 200 million is ......thank you Michael.....lets go to the passage in Micah that Michael referenced yesterday in his article. Here we will find another confirmation as to who this exceedingly great army is that will dispense God's wrath and kill a third of mankind.Micah 5: 7....And the remnant of Jacob (Judah, Manasseh, Ephraim) shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass,(will descend down among mankind) that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
8........And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the gentiles (left behind after the rapture) in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. (God is going to use this remnant of Jacob to kill a third of mankind. Tear them to pieces as a young lion would tear apart or kill flocks of sheep and no one will be able to stop them....."none can deliver")
9........Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. (God's wrath will be dispensed on His enemies and adversaries and on the enemies of His chosen people)
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: (God is going to use this army of 200 million to destroy the military might of his earthly enemies, their cities and their strongholds)
11.....And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
12.....And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13.....Thy graven images also I will cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.(verses 12 and 13, very similar verbiage as to what we find at the end of Rev.9 concerning witchcraft, sorceries and worshipping of idols....woe to the Roman Catholic Church and it's millions of "standing idolic images" and their discarding of His second commandment)
14.....And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
15.....And I will execute vengeanceI hope that I have made my points and case clearer this time as to the identity of the army of 200 million. They are the whole "dry bones" resurrected house of Jacob or using the name God gave him the whole house of Israel who have died over the centuries. It is composed of three branches....Judah, Manasseh and Ephraim. These 200 million will be resurrected at the same time as the great resurrection of the dead in Christ and the alive in Christ which happens at the rapture. But the breath of life from the four winds will be held back from making them alive until the 144,000 have been sealed and until the hour,day, month and year is correct for them to serve God's purpose. When that time is right God will release the four angels that have been preventing the four winds from blowing life into them. They will come alive to be an exceedingly great army of 200 million that will serve God's purpose to dispense His wrath killing a third of mankind during the tribulation period. These will be spirit beings like angels and will not be able to be killed by mankind....."and none can deliver" Micah 5:8Thank you again Michael for your great article and the additional important puzzle piece.John B