Redefining the Last Act: A Review of The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revealed, by Christine Miller

If most of the events prophesied in the book of Revelation had already taken place, would we live our lives differently?  That is the question at the back of the reader’s mind while processing the wealth of data presented by Christine Miller in her book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revealed.

Another question one might ask is why the world needs yet another book on prophecy.  The answer, like the book, is logical and straightforward:  we need an understanding of how the symbols in Revelation correspond to real events and people in the history of the world since the Apostle John wrote Revelation in the year 96 CE.  In other words, Miller cuts through the hyper-sensationalized end-of-the-world drama to examine what Revelation really means in a way that readers not only can understand, but can use as a starting point for their own study.

Miller’s premise is that Revelation constitutes the history of the world as it unfolds between the first and second comings of Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah).  She bases this premise on the precedent set elsewhere in Scripture, particularly in the book of Daniel, which presents the prophetic history of the world from the end of the Babylonian exile of the Jewish people to the first coming of Messiah.  In a lengthy appendix Miller relates the well-known histories of the wars over the Holy Land between the Seleucid (Greco-Syrian) and Ptolemaic (Greco-Egyptian) kingdoms in the centuries following the death of Alexander the Great.  Those wars produced the Abomination of Desolation, in which the Seleucid king Antiochus IV desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem and banned the Jews from every aspect of worship of YHVH.  As the Jews responded in the War of the Maccabees, YHVH intervened on their behalf to bring the victory memorialized in the festival of Hanukkah.  Yet Miller does not stop there; she continues her analysis of Daniel’s prophecies all the way through the ministry of Yeshua and his apostles, making a convincing argument about how they fulfilled the cryptic statement in Daniel 9:27 –

And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and on the wing of abominations shall be one which makes desolate; and even to that full end, which is determined, is poured out on that which makes desolate.

What Miller does with Daniel in an appendix of her book is a microcosm of what she does with Revelation in the body of the work.  She begins with this explanation:

The view that all the events of Revelation are future to us is a relatively new view in the history of the church.  Traditionally, Revelation was seen as an unfolding prophecy of the things which will take place between the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.  This unfolding historical prophecy is in the same manner as Daniel, which set the precedent.

With that introduction, she takes us on a whirlwind tour of two millennia of Roman history.

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The State of Israel: 69 Years and Counting

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, May 1:

This is the season for significant dates in Israeli history. Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) was April 23-24, Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) is April 30-May 1, and Yom Ha’azmaut (Independence Day) is May 1-2. In the midst of these special days, Remnant Road is honored to welcome a Jewish voice to speak on the modern history of Israel.

Lee Bender writes and speaks passionately in defense of Israel through his website, Facts on Israel. As co-president of the Philadelphia Chapter, Zionist Organization of America, Lee takes an active role in promoting the truth about Israel. He is also one of the authors of Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed – From A to Z, which reveals the relentless efforts of Western media to paint Israel as an aggressor of questionable legitimacy.
What will Lee share with us? There is no end to the possibilities! From Israel the “start-up nation” to religious freedom to the impact of BDS, we anticipate an exciting and informative visit with a man who knows and loves the apple of God’s eye.

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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Picture of the Week 04/25/17

If all the promises God made to the Jewish people now have no meaning, what reason is there to believe any promise God makes?


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Repairing the Breach! Kickstarter campaign!!

Have you been blessed by coming to an understanding of the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith? Do you want to bless others, but don’t quite know how? Here’s one way to do it: help Pete Rambo get his book Repairing the Breach published and promoted by one of the biggest Christian publications organizations on the planet!

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WorldNetDaily’s World Ahead Press would like to republish Repairing the Breach and advertise it through WND’s powerful media voice.  This is an incredible opportunity to introduce the Hebraic roots message to a very large audience with potentially millions hearing the message.  We need your help!!

After prayer and considerable discussion with wise counsel, we are undertaking a Kickstarter campaign. Together, I believe we can have a major impact!

Please pray, share this campaign on Facebook and your other social media accounts, and strongly consider helping.  Blessings!!

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Picture of the Week 04/21/17

We assume that the older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son was the one with the birthright, but what if the father had given it to the younger brother? If that’s the case, then redemption takes on a whole new level of meaning.


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When Ordinary People Serve an Extraordinary God

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, April 24:

Have you ever heard the saying, “God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called”? Have you heard it so many times that you stopped thinking about what it means? Maybe you should take a selah moment and think again.
Kisha Gallagher has been taking those selah moments for many years. She is one among the multitudes of ordinary folks who have responded to YHVH’s call to a deeper, more meaningful, and more powerful walk in His Kingdom ways! From her Hebrew Roots blog, Grace in Torah , to her book, The Biblical New Moon: A Beginner’s Guide for Celebrating, and now to Renewed, the show she co-hosts on Hebrew Nation Radio, Kisha probes the fullness of life with our God and His Messiah.
Join us as we talk with Kisha about the things she has learned along the way – the deeper truths hidden in the Scriptures which we learn by doing what our God has said. We will also ask about her recent trip to Israel as she traveled the length and breadth of the Land!

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.


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The Dilemma of the Ger, Part 3: Dealing with the Kinslaying

This is the third part of a dialogue with Dr. Rivkah Adler of Breaking Israel News on the question of whether the biblical concept of ger, or foreigner, could be considered as a possible status for Torah-keeping non-Jews.  It began with Rivkah’s article, “Are We Witnessing the Restoration of an Ancient Biblical Status for Non-Jews?”, followed by my commentary, “The Dilemma of the Ger, and her observations in “A Jewish Response to the Dilemma of the Ger.

Dealing with the Kinslaying

Albert J. McCarn
April 16,2017

The Kinslaying at Alqualondë, by Ted Nasmith. Used by permission.

A motif running through J.R.R. Tolkien’s fiction works is the exile of the Elves from Valinor, the Blessed Realm of the Valar, the gods of Tolkien’s world.  Those who read The Lord of the Rings first encounter the exiles as the High Elves who aid Frodo and his companions in their flight from the Shire.  Readers who venture into The Silmarillion learn that the High Elves are the Noldor, one of three Elven clans who answered the Valar’s invitation to leave Middle Earth and live in Valinor.  The Vanyar and Teleri – the other two clans – remained in Valinor, but the Noldor rebelled against the Valar and returned to Middle Earth to fight against Morgoth, Tolkien’s equivalent of Satan.

The Noldor had justification for their actions.  Morgoth had stolen the Silmarils, the matchless jewels fashioned by Fëanor, greatest of the Elven craftsmen, and had killed Finwë, Fëanor’s father and king of the Noldor.  Nevertheless, their rebellion under Fëanor’s leadership incurred a sentence of exile and separation from any help the Valar could offer.  Over the next several centuries the Noldor and their allies among the Elves and Men of Middle Earth proved unable to defeat Morgoth, and they suffered a long defeat.  At the end of their strength, the humbled remnant repented and begged help from the Valar.  When help came, Morgoth was defeated and the Valar granted clemency for the Noldor to return to the Blessed Realm, bringing with them the remaining Elves of Middle Earth who had never seen Valinor.

This is the unseen backdrop for the Elves appearing in Tolkien’s later and more popular works.  Those who pick up the story with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings meet wise Elrond, stern yet kindly Thranduil, and gentle Galadriel, but they have no understanding of their history.  Galadriel, for example, was Fëanor’s niece, and along with his sons and her brothers led the Noldor in rebellion.  Upon passing the test of refusing the Ring of Power when Frodo offers it to her, she proves that she, the only surviving rebel leader, is indeed ready to return home as a humble penitent.

In Galadriel’s story we see the stunning panorama flowing through the body of Tolkien’s works.  Yet there is one missing detail:  he never tells us what happens when the exiles return.  It is a significant omission.  We can imagine the scenes of reconciliation as the Noldor made amends with the eternal Valar, but we do not know what happens when they encountered the brethren they had wronged.  At the beginning of their flight from Valinor, the Noldor demanded of their kin, the Teleri, use of their ships.  The Teleri refused, resulting in a terrible battle known thereafter as the Kinslaying.  As Tolkien describes it, “Thus at last the Teleri were overcome, and a great part of their mariners that dwelt in Alqualondë were wickedly slain.”  If that were not enough, when they arrived on the shores of Middle Earth, Fëanor gave orders to burn the wondrous Telerian ships, craft of great beauty the like of which could never be made again.

What happens when the prodigal Noldor return home is a tale we do not know.  We hope they are reconciled with their brethren, but achieving reconciliation requires conscious effort to overcome the debt of blood between them.  Until that debt is paid or forgiven, the bliss of the Blessed Realm remains unbearably diminished.

Tolkien’s epic thus becomes a parable for us, the returning exiles of the House of Yosef (Joseph).  Like the Noldor, we are guilty not only of rebellion against our God and the king He had anointed, but also of an endless Kinslaying of our brethren of Judah.

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Where YHVH Placed His Name

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, April 17:

We are just weeks away from the 50th anniversary of Israel regaining control of the Temple Mount. In recent years, preparations for rebuilding the Temple and reestablishing the Aaronic priesthood have progressed significantly, even to the point of having trained priests conduct reenactments of the Passover sacrifice, and blessing worshippers at the Western Wall.

It just so happens that one of the foremost authorities on the Temple is not Israeli; he’s a Texan! Joseph Good of Hatikvah Ministries and Jerusalem Temple Study is no stranger to Hebrew Nation Radio. He shares his decades of learning each Sunday on Measure the Pattern. We are honored to have Joe join us on the Remnant Road.

Are you curious about the actual location of the Temple? Do you wonder how the new generation of priests know what to do? Have you thought about whether non-Jews might have access to the Third Temple, or why this might be important? Listen as we ask Joe these and many other questions!

The Remnant Road, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.

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So we’ve learned about Torah. Now what?

Here’s what is coming up on The Remnant Road on Hebrew Nation Radio for Monday, April 10:

The Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement exists because people are realizing that their relationship with Yeshua (Jesus) grows deeper when they begin to learn and apply Torah (the (Law, Teaching, and Commandments of YHVH). This is a paradigm shift from the traditional Christian understanding many Hebraic people have practiced for much of their lives. Sadly, what usually happens is that the paradigm shift makes it difficult to remain in a traditional Christian setting, which means Torah followers leave the church – and the fellowship, community, and other good things the church has to offer. The result is a growing number of isolated disciples of Yeshua who are increasing in their biblical knowledge, but missing out on the greater experience of the Body that our Messiah and His Father intended from the beginning.

What is the remedy? Chaim Goldman has a suggestion. For 20 years Chaim has been laboring to restore the divisions in the Body of Messiah through his work at Repairing the Breach Restoration Ministry. Now he is launching a new ministry: Hebraic Home Fellowships, a Kingdom-minded organization with a mission, “to help the Messianic/Hebrew Roots movement grow globally in number, maturity, and impact, as a support network that encourages community through the creation, promotion, health, and proper stewardship of independent home fellowships.”
Does that sound like something that fills a gap in today’s Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement? Yes, it does! Join us as we ask Chaim about his experience in this movement, and how the vision for Hebraic Home Fellowships came into focus.

The Remnant Road
, with co-hosts Al McCarn and Daniel Holdings, is the Monday edition of the Hebrew Nation Morning Show.  You can listen live at 11:00–1:00 EST, 8:00-10:00 PST
at http://hebrewnationonline.com/, and on podcast at any time.

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Picture of the Week 04/04/17

The best kind of humor is that which does not require a value judgment.


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