Gene Benjamin II
THE SECOND TIME – OCT. 29, 2010
THE SECOND TIME
Back on June 26, 2010 CE, Yahweh directed us to Isaiah 13. Now, four months later, He has brought us back to Isaiah 13 the second time. Folks, that is unusual, but it smacks us hard in the spirit that Yahweh wants to emphasize something to us. We have been calling for the nations of the world to repent and turn to Yahweh and His salvation, Yeshua HaMashiach. Today, Yahweh states that the people are not repenting. What does that mean for us? John 4:35, “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” Yeshua is interested in the harvest of souls and has been harvesting souls for His kingdom for almost two thousand years now. But He is indicating to us now in the Spirit, that since people are no longer repenting, it is time for the final harvest. Revelation 14:14-20, “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Yahweh. 20And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.” This passage takes us back to an older teaching of the three classes of people in the Kingdom of Yahweh. The first is the barley company, the firstfruits children who are quick to repent and lay down their lives for Yeshua. The barley church only has to be tossed into the wind of the Spirit for the chaff to be blown away from the kernel. The second is the church at large, the carnal believers, the wheat company that grows up with the tares so that you cannot tell a wheat believer from a tare unbeliever. To reap wheat, you must beat it on the threshing floor to get rid of the chaff. The wheat church is more stubborn and slow to repent without a two by four smacking them up along side the head. The third group is the grape company. This is the part of the church that refuses to repent, their hearts have grown hard and cold. They must be crushed in the winepress of Yahweh’s wrath before they become of any use to the Master Vinedresser’s hand. This seems to be where we are today.
Now read Isaiah 13 again. What did Paul say in 1 Corinthians 15:46, “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.” Isaiah 13 prophesies the destruction of ancient physical Babylon, which took place in three phases. The first phase occurred without a battle in the year 574 BCE, when Darius the Mede, Astyages, was handed the throne of Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar’s wife, sister of Astyages, after Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar was slain, during Nebuchadnezzar’s seven years of insanity. See Daniel 5:30-31, “That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. 31And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.” The second phase occurred in 540 BCE, when Cyrus II, the Great, conquered the city of Babylon, but only destroyed the outer walls of the city, leaving the inner city untouched. Please notice that the phase one and two events are separated by 34 years and are two distinctly different events! Many scholars have been confused over this point for many years. Phase three in the destruction of Babylon came in the year 520 BCE when Darius I, Hystaspes, finally destroyed Bablyon completely and killed its last king, after a one year and seven month battle from 521-520 BCE. 520 BCE was Darius I’s 2nd year in office, Ezra 4:24, “Thus the work of the house of Yahweh which is at Jerusalem ceased, and it was discontinued until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.” Darius I’s decree ended the 70-year captivity of the Jews. No wonder Daniel was confused back in 574 BCE when Darius the Mede received the throne of Babylon, it seemed too soon per Jeremiah’s prophecy!! Daniel 9:1-2, “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus (574 BCE), of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—2in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of Yahweh through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” 574 BCE seemed to Daniel to be about 54 years too soon, since the captivity of Judah (siege of Jerusalem) had only begun in 590 BCE!! Ok, so the physical empire of Babylon was finally destroyed, according to the word of Yahweh.
So what about the destruction of Mystery Babylon, the final destruction of spiritual Babylon? Well, that’s what is going to take place during the Day of Yahweh, Judgment Day. False religion arose out of ancient Babylon. Judgment Day will see the final destruction of false religion, mystery Babylon. The world has rejected Yahweh and His word and is rushing headlong back into pagan spiritualism. The Tower of Babylon will fall a second time, finally, completely. Isaiah 13, “The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
Notice Isaiah saw the destruction of Babylon long before Babylon even rose to world domination.
2 “Lift up a banner on the high mountain,
Raise your voice to them;
Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded My sanctified ones;
I have also called My mighty ones for My anger—
Those who rejoice in My exaltation.”
Yahweh’s sanctified ones are His set apart holy people, His mighty ones are His set apart holy angels. Notice we’re called for His anger!
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together!
Yahweh of hosts musters
The army for battle.
5 They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven—
Yahweh and His weapons of indignation,
To destroy the whole land.
Yahweh’s army consists of the host of heaven and His spiritual army on earth. He will use both divisions in His final war to destroy mystery Babylon.
6 Wail, for the day of Yahweh is at hand!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
The Day of Yahweh has come. We are in the seventh millennium. We are out of time. This is the end of the time of the end. I am getting that gut feeling deep in my spirit that we have entered the final seven years of human life as we know it, beginning with the market crash on Feast of Trumpets in 2008 CE. Did you know that seven years from the autumn of 2008 is 2015, when there are many eclipses scheduled to appear on the Feasts of Yahweh? You may want to ask Pastor Mark Biltz about the eclipses. Yahweh knows the end from the beginning.
7 Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man’s heart will melt,
8 And they will be afraid.
Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them;
They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth;
They will be amazed at one another;
Their faces will be like flames.
Folks, that is a direct reference to Revelation 12.
9 Behold, the day of Yahweh comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy its sinners from it.
10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
That’s a direct reference to the sixth seal in Revelation 6. Solar and Lunar eclipses can bring about these effects.
11 “I will punish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will halt the arrogance of the proud,
And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold,
A man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Revelation speaks of the death of billions of people. Yeshua said few would be saved. That could be both physical and spiritual.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens,
And the earth will move out of her place,
In the wrath of Yahweh of hosts
And in the day of His fierce anger.
Make no mistake, Yahweh and Yeshua are angry. The people of this planet have rejected and offended Yahweh for 6,000 years. Yahweh and Yeshua take rejection personally. His longsuffering has suffered long enough. So, Mister Assyrian, you are not the only one who is angry. Get ready to face the Most Angry One.
14 It shall be as the hunted gazelle,
And as a sheep that no man takes up;
Every man will turn to his own people,
And everyone will flee to his own land.
15 Everyone who is found will be thrust through,
And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
17 “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18 Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when Yahweh overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to generation;
Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there,
Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert will lie there,
And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches will dwell there,
And wild goats will caper there.
22 The hyenas will howl in their citadels,
And jackals in their pleasant palaces.
Her time is near to come,
And her days will not be prolonged.””
Mystery Babylon, your time is coming. You have an appointment with the Creator of the universe. He has it marked on His calendar: Judgment Day. Don’t be late. People, there may be a few moments of time left to repent, to turn from wickedness unto the living Mighty One, but what does the Scripture of truth say? Revelation 9:20-21, “But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21And they did not repent of their murders or their (drug) sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” Revelation 16:8-21, “Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of Yahweh who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. 10Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11They blasphemed the Mighty One of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. 12Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of Yahweh Almighty. 15“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” 16And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. 17Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before Yahweh, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed Yahweh because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.”
Don’t believe for a moment that the church is exempt. Revelation 2:21, “And I gave her (the church) time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.” The second time is a good time, for Yahweh’s remnant, Isaiah 11:11, “It shall come to pass in that day that Yahweh shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left,” It may not have happened yet, but as far as Yahweh is concerned, it’s history. Beloved, repent, so the second time will be a good time for you and yours. He will not delay much longer. Revelation 10:5-7, “The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven 6and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be (TIME) delay no longer, 7but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of Yahweh would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.” To hell with mystery Babylon, give me the mystery of Yahweh any second time. It’s only days away. Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of Yahweh.”
Gene Benjamin II
October 29, 2010 CE