112: Psalms 68:18a

COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 112

The Messiah will rise from the dead and ascend back to heaven.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 68:18a “You have ascended on high

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 24:51 “Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.”

Application:

The Book of Acts tells us precisely, the location where Jesus ascended back to heaven.

Just after the last supper and shortly before Jesus would go to the cross, He stated that after He was crucified, He would be raised to life three days later. Jesus remained on the earth for 40 days after His resurrection and confirmed that He was alive by more than 500 eye witnesses, none of whom ever wrote in contradiction that He had not risen from the dead. Jesus final instructions to His disciples directed them to remain in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father; the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. After showing Himself alive for 40 days, Jesus ascended back to heaven from the Mount of Olives.

Acts 1:9-12 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.

It is interesting that Zechariah describes the return of the Messiah—the earth the second time, to the exact same location of His departure, the Mount of Olives.

Zechariah 14:3-4 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.

Jesus is returning to fight the Battle of Armageddon

When Jesus returns to earth with His church, it will be to fight a great battle, described by the Book of Revelation Chapter 16, as the Battle of Armageddon. This war will take place in a valley, north of Jerusalem called Megiddo. It is the site of many important battles of past history and is referred to by Revelation 19:11-15 as the Winepress. See Prophecy 285 for more information.

In Psalms 2:1-5, David describes a battle between the Lord and the kings of the earth who have assembled together in this valley of Megiddo for the specific purpose of killing Jesus.

Map Battle of Armageddon

Psalms 2:1-5 Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure…

Psalm 2 refers to the term indignation as a reference to the time of Tribulation which will last for seven years. Isaiah also describes the Battle of Armageddon as the indignation of the Lord against all the nations who are gathered to fight the Messiah as He returns to earth. This battle which Isaiah sees in his prophecy, is the topic of Psalms 2:1-5, which will occur during the return of Jesus, at the end of the Tribulation period.

Isaiah 34:1-4 Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world and all things that come forth from it. For: the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, and His fury against all their armies; (at Armageddon) he has utterly destroyed them, he has given them over to the slaughter. Also their slain shall be thrown out; their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

The blood from the slaughter of this battle, will fill the Valley of Megiddo, to the height of a horse’s bridle, or about 5 feet deep. The Valley of Megiddo is approximately 200 miles in length and about 100 miles wide.

Blood to a Horses Bridle

Revelation 14:20 And 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.

Isaiah gives us a graphic description of the wrath of the Lamb, describes as “the indignation,” when the Messiah will destroy all those who have assembled to kill Him—at His return. In Isaiah Chapter 63, the prophet gives us a vivid description of this battle in which the Messiah will tread the winepress of the Valley of Megiddo alone, destroying all the assembled armies. The blood from the carnage is sprinkled upon Jesus’ garments.

Isaiah 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone (the valley of Megiddo), and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes.

John writes in the book of Revelation to clarify that Jesus is the one whom Isaiah was speaking of—with His clothing covered by the blood of those He has slain in the Valley of Megiddo.

Revelation 19:13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

Isaiah 63:4-6 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, (the Day of the Lord) and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.

The prophet Joel describes, in similar fashion, this final battle at Armageddon. Joel refers to this location as the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where king Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, defeated the Gentile coalition of Moab, Ammon, and Edom.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.

Some of the names for the location of this battle:

  1. Valley of Megiddo (2 Chronicles 35:22).
  2. Valley of Jezreel (Joshua 17:16).
  3. Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2).
  4. Valley of Decision (Joel 3:14).

Joel continues, in chapter 3:9-16, by describing the Battle of Armageddon and the coming of Jesus’ kingdom that will last for one thousand years. In these verses, Joel relates the thousand-year reign of Jesus, as beginning from the Valley of Jehoshaphat, where He will judge the nations, also depicted in Matthew 25.

Joel 3:9-16 Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ” Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD. “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow— for their wickedness is great.” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the LORD will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

The judgement of the nations

Matthew 25:31-32 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

The prophet Zechariah describes the Battle of Armageddon:

Zechariah 14:2-3 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.

When Jesus fulfilled this 112th Prophecy from Psalms 68:18, He ascended back to heaven from the Mount of Olives. Since that time, He has been preparing a place for all of those who eagerly wait for His return.

John 14:2-3 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Since the book of Genesis describes the creation of the earth as requiring six days, this causes us to wonder at the beauty of heaven and our new home—which Jesus has been preparing for over 2,000 years.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[1]


NOTES:
[1] Isaiah 64:4

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