When it comes time for the forty-two month storm, it would be nice to look back and see that millions, even billions of gallons of rainwater have been harvested in the desert and wilderness areas outside of Jerusalem. Build Her a House: Part One
When the day comes for the forty-two month storm to begin, Satan is going to be in a prime position to begin attacking the Jewish faith, which is a huge component in the identity of Israel. And, he would do away with her entirely if he could.
Fortunately, he cannot. For one thing, the identity of Israel is not wholly made of her spiritual aspect, the Jewish faith. The identity of Israel is also comprised of her national aspect, and that involves her existence as a sovereign nation with borders. So, while the Devil may be able to attack one aspect of her identity, he can hardly touch the other.
Thus, Israel’s security is assured, especially when the world sees her intense efforts to beautify the land as she turns the desert and wilderness areas into places where green things grow.
“I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together:” [Isaiah 41:19].
This is hardly the sort of work that anyone could decry.
A favorite passage of those who would promote the idea of a three and a half year great-tribulation is Revelation 12:14, which reads: “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”
Also, Revelation 12:6, which reads: “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”
I submit that the ‘place prepared of God’ is wherever rainwater has been harvested and stored during the first three and a half years of the new peace, particularly in the desert and wilderness region of Judea. I submit that the 1,260 day feeding is not the feeding of people evacuating civilization (because that evacuation does not happen yet), but is rather a feeding of the land itself, feeding her with beauty and life, turning her wilderness and desert regions into an oasis or a chain of oases.
The Devil will be angry that he cannot prevent Israel’s strong presence and security in her own land, but he cannot prevent it; thus, he will turn his energies elsewhere: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God [Jews], and have the testimony of Jesus Christ [Christians]” [Revelation 12:17].
While Israel is safe as a nation, beautifying her land, planting trees in abundance, the Devil will be waging war—the forty-two month storm—against Jews and Christians worldwide. For those who may have missed the point elsewhere, (About Page), the forty-two month storm cannot be the same as the great-tribulation: for the world will yet be experiencing peace and safety as it watches the storm from a distance, and learns to fear the power and the authority of the force behind that storm.