References: I Samuel 25:32-43; Mark 16:15; II Kings 2:23-25; Revelation 11:3-5; Revelation 13:4-5; Revelation 13:11;Matthew 25:10; Matthew 24:29-31
I was doing some studying and came across another reference to the end times and the return of the Master Yahushua for his bride. One is the story of David and Abigail; the other is an account of the curse of Elisha. Both stories let us know that the redemption plan is still very much valid, and the coming rescue mission has been planned for thousands of years!
How David Meets Abigail
Abigail recognized that David was anointed and appointed by Yah as king of Israel and honored him early…
“And it shall come to pass, when Yah shall have done to mymaster according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel.” I Samuel 25:30
David which is a type of messiah indicates that Abigail was sent to him by Yah (I Samuel 25:32). Just as those belonging to Yahushua were given to Him by the Father according to John 6:37. Just as Yahushua gave the command to his disciples to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) David also gave command to his servants to go knock on Nabal’s door. Nabal rejected David’s servants, but Abigail ran after David.
Abigail had to humble herself and seek out David diligently to be saved from wrath. In the end, the only one who is reported to have died was the one who rejected the king. This is similar to what is going to happen during the judgement. The ones who have rejected the king have taken the mark of the beast; they have accepted the mind set of rebellion (mark in the forehead) and their actions show allegiance to the beast (mark in the right hand).
Nabal a Type of Anti-Messiah
Nabal was a type of anti-messiah who was rich with this world’s goods right up until the end. According to Daniel, the anti-messiah will come against the Prince of Princes (the real Messiah) and be broken without hand. Nabal also died from unnatural causes but without human hand because the spirit of Yah smote Nabal.
“But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.” I Samuel 25:37
Abigail had to endure living with Nabal until his end! Just as the saints must endure until the end of the world system and the indignation is accomplished. This also indicates that the bride will endure persecution but not the wrath of Yah. Only after Nabal’s death could Abigail marry David.
The Rescue Mission and Marriage
After Nabal died, David sent servants to Abigail to ask her to marry him (I Samuel 25:40). After the tribulation period, the Messiah is going to send his angels (messengers/servants) to gather His elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31
Abigail went after the messengers (another name for angels/malak) to meet the bridegroom for the marriage feast. She made haste just as the catching away will be quick during the end of the age. I believe that the messengers will move very swiftly when the time comes to gather the elect saints!
“And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.” I Samuel 25:42
Interestingly, five damsels went with Abigail at the call of the messengers. This is a reference to the five wise virgins who were also ready to go in to the wedding feast.
“And while they (five foolish virgins) went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they (five wise virgins) that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” Matthew 25:10
The End Time Connection of the Curse of Elisha
The setting was during the time period of Elijah exposing the prophets of baal as frauds and slaying them. Needless to say, some people were really attached to baal worship and had taught their children to practice idolatry (just as they do today!). When Elijah was taken up to heaven in the chariot of fire, a lot of the idolatrous people were happy. They did not realize that Yah will always have a protected remnant available to do His work, and they were certainly not aware that Elisha had a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.
“And he (Elisha) went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.” II Kings 2:23
When the children of the baal worshippers came to harass Elisha, he cursed them. When he cursed them, two she bears attacked them and killed 42 of them. I believe that there was a reason that the scriptures are very explicit about the number of she bears and the number of children killed.
“And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of Yah. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” II Kings 2:24
The two she bears represent the Two Witnesses seen by the Apostle John during the tribulation period. The 42 children killed are linked to the timeframe of the tribulation period (3.5 years) and the exact length of time of 42 months determined for the witnesses to preach. The terminology “killed” does not necessarily mean literal death. The two witnesses will have fire coming out of their mouths to devour their enemies indicating the fire of the Ruach ha Kodesh inspired word of Yah. This word coming out of their mouths exposes and kills the false doctrines of baal worship. The term “children” implies that they are the offspring of the original baal worshippers of old.
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1260days/360year=3.5 years), clothed in sackcloth (symbolizing humility). These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the Eloha of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.” Revelation 11:3-5
Anti-Messiah Operates Fully For 42 Months
The anti-messiah is also allowed to operate fully for 42 months. This is the beast that derives his power from the dragon which is satan. This represents the political beast.
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.” Revelation 13:4-5
The second beast that comes up out of the earth has two horns like a lamb but speaks as a dragon (Revelation 13:11). This one represents the false religious beast which looks like the true church but is not. This beast is the deceptive entity doing false miracles that gives life to the image of the beast. It’s the one that causes everyone (not already marked as Yah’s child) to receive the mark of the beast. This religious beast works with the political one.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand (their actions), or in their foreheads (their mindset).” Revelation 13:16
Deception, deception, deception. This is why Yahushua said that if it were possible even the elect would be deceived. This is why Daniel mentioned that the wicked would continue to do wickedly and would not understand but that the wise would understand!
Aren’t you glad to be sealed by Yah in your forehead? Shalom to the brotherhood of Yahushua!