The “GATHERING” – The Sheep of Bozrah

The Flight to Bozrah

“I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make a great noise by reason of the multitude of men.    The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it; and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them”  (Micah 2:12-13 KJV).

I began reading in the Old Testament this week in the Book of Micah.  This was after spending several weeks in the New Testament; The Gospel of John.  I often get direction from Holy Spirit while reading God’s Word, towards a direction for my next blog.

After my devotion and prayer times, I will sometimes re-direct myself to the Comparative Study Bible; containing the King James Version, Amplified Bible, New American Standard Bible and the New International Version.  And that is where this investigation started; the ‘Mystery’ and the connections in Micah 2:12-13 and Revelation 12.

“But the woman was supplied with the two wings of a giant eagle, so that she might fly from the presence of the serpent into the desert (wilderness), to the retreat where she is to be kept safe and fed for a time, and times, and half a time (three and one-half years, or 1260 days)”  (Revelation 12:14 AMP).

THE MYSTERY BEGAN WITH A QUESTION:

Why is the City of Bozrah only referenced in the Comparative Study Bible in the King James Version and not the rest?  Where is the City of Bozrah located?

Bozrah is the ancient capital of Edom and the modern village of today is referenced as Buseirah.  It is located in N. Edom.  Bozrah guards both the Kings’ Highway (major N-S route through Transjordan), and a major route W. to the Wadi Ara bah thence Negev and S. Judah.  It is also within striking distance of the Edomite copper mines.  Also, no water source has been found within the site.  The main water supply is a spring at Ain Jenin which is also a modern village.

Why did I present to you the description of a geographical area in the world that is rarely referenced to in the Bible?  Scripture will answer the question during the reading of the blog.

Several Second Coming passages that I will reference in this investigation, God is seen coming from these regions and adds to the mystery.

The “Strong City” has another name in Scripture:

“Who will bring me into the strong city [of Petra]? Who will lead me into Edom?  Have You rejected us, O God? And will You not go forth, O God, with our armies.  O give us help against our adversary, for vain (ineffectual and to no purpose) is the help of salvation of man.  Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries”  (Psalm 60:9-12 AMP).

“Who will bring me [David] into the strong, fortified city [of Petra]?  Who will lead me into Edom?…”  (Psalm 108:10-13 AMP).

Amaziah slew Edom in the Valley of Salt 10,000, and took Sela (Greek Petra [rock]) by war…”  (2 Kings 14:7 AMP).

the strong city”]BOZRAH / PETRA:

In the Book of Daniel, the angel of God gives a revealing account of the ‘mystery’ of end times to Daniel while being captive in Babylon.  In the following passage of Scripture, the angel explains that the Antichrist will enter Israel and other nations:

“He shall enter into the Glorious Land [Palestine] and many shall be overthrown, but these shall be delivered out of his hand:  Edom, Moab, and the main [core] of the people of Ammon” 

(Daniel 11:41 AMP).

Edom, Moab and Ammon are all in Jordan; these areas must escape the Antichrist.  Israel then, can flee to Edom (Bozrah/Petra [the rock]), where she escapes during the last 1/2 of the Tribulation (times = 2 years, time = 1 year and 1/2 time = 1/2 year or total = 3.5 years– Revelation 12:14).

The Gospel of Matthew Gives Us the “kick-off event”:

Matthew is written specifically to the Jews, gives an escape route for the remnant of Israel, which is noted by Jesus, identifying the “kick-off” event of Daniel 9:27 of the last half of the Tribulation period; the Antichrist setting up an idol of himself in the rebuilt Temple of God (Matthew 24:15-16).

During the terrible last half of the Tribulation period, 2/3 of the population of the Nation of Israel falls to the armies of the Antichrist.  The remaining 1/3, the remnant flees this tyranny found in the prophecy of Zechariah (Zechariah 13:8-9).

The “Sheepfold”:

The Hebrew meaning of ‘Bozrah’ is “sheepfold:   “I will bring [Israel] together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in the midst of their pasture” (Micah 2:12).

Sheep Gathered in a pasture

The ‘Sheep pen’ or “sheepfold” is put into play as the Antichrist tries to finish off Israel at Bozrah/Petra in Edom (Jordan).  Jesus returns to save them after the Battle of Armageddon takes place in His clothing reflecting the Winepress of God (Isaiah 63:1-6).

‘The Day of the Lord’ also is pictured in the Book of Revelation where Jesus returns to Earth on a white horse; the Winepress of God in Isaiah 63:3.  Again found in Revelation 19:15.

THE FLIGHT TO BOZRAH–The Gathering of the Jude o-Christian People of the Earth:

Picking up the story in Revelation 12 is a critical passage of Scripture in our story.  John, the recipient of the vision sees a woman flying away on the wings of a great eagle; flying off to a place of exile for 1260 days, 3.5 years.  John saw her escaping the face of the dragon, clothed in glory.

The people of the ‘gathering’ will be exiled to a places (or places) to be nurtured in the things of God.  This event, during the Great Tribulation is told to us in Revelation 12:6:

“And the woman [herself] fled into the desert (wilderness), where she has a retreat prepared [for her] by God, in which she is to be fed and kept safe” 

Here we see  “the flock in the midst of their pasture” of Micah 2:12.  The story is retold in Revelation 12:14 just in case you missed it the first time.  The Bozrah story apparently is the climatic end-time gathering; like sheep in the fold.  A gathering of Jude o-Christian people from around the world.  On board airplanes?  Maybe or maybe not but John’s vision was that of a Giant Eagle.

The drama unfolds as Jesus, the Messiah takes a little visit to Bozrah/Petra.  He will have some business to attend to after He breaks out His people out of the ‘sheep pen’.  This is why the Holy Spirit, writing through the prophet Micah, calls Him ‘the breaker’ (Micah 2:13).

The Jewish Return:

“Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east [where you are dispersed] and gather you from the west.  I will say to the north, Give up! and to the south, Keep not back.  Bring my sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth”  (Isaiah 43:5-6 AMP).

Isaiah lived about 2700 years ago.  The succession of empires conquered the land of Israel, forcing many into exile; a worldwide scattering.  During the past century, millions have returned via Planes, Trains and Automobiles (by sea too!). The “GATHERING”!

“And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of ALL the countries to which I have driven them and will bring them again to their folds and pastures; and they will be fruitful and multiply.  And I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them.  And they will fear no more nor be dismayed, neither will any be missing or lost, says the LordBehold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch (Sprout), and He will reign as King and do wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name by which He shall be called: The Lord Our Righteousness”  (Jeremiah 23:3-6 AMP).

The “Math Idea” – What is it?:

In 8 years, the percentage of Jews living in Israel compared to the percentage of Jews living in the world today, we can use the data to make a prediction.  Most Jews would return to Israel by 2012.

Checking the math, “93.5 % of Jews in the world would end up in Israel by 2012” (Research done by George and Raymond Konig of http://www.AboutBibleProhecy.com).

From the east:  Many Jews living in the Middle Eastern countries moved to Israel in the 1900 s.  After Israel reclaimed independence in 1948, more Jews moved to their ancient homeland; forced out of various Arab countries by persecution.

From the west:  In the mid 1900 s, hundreds of thousands of Jews from Europe and the United States moved to Israel to escape persecution of the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.

From the north:  Hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the former Soviet Union moved to Israel in the 1980 s post the Berlin Wall being torn down.

From the south:  During the 1980 s and the 1990 s, Israel struck a deal with the Ethiopian’s government, to allow Jews of Ethiopia to move to IsraelOn the weekend of May 25th, 1991, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel.  Issiah’s prophecy was correct in saying that the north (Russia) and the south (Ethiopia) would allow their Jews to move to Israel.

THE “GATHERING” HAS BEGUN!

Prophecy is being fulfilled as I write this blog.  We are arriving at a threshold of  Isaiah’s words through God’s Spirit:

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house

shall be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains

and shall be exalted above the hills

and all nations shall flow to it” ~ Isaiah 2:2

Re-building of the Temple on Mt. Moriah.

Before the final gathering takes place; The Sheepfold at Bozrah, God’s Holy Temple must be rebuilt before Jesus returns.  Although The Dome of the Rock is currently occupied by the Muslim’s mosque, out of sight and with little publicity, the construction plans are underway.

The Sanhedrin has been reformed again; 500 Levites  being trained in priestly duties to serve in the temple.  Golden utensils are being forged and antiquities returned to Jerusalem daily as the search for the Ark of the Covenant goes on.  With the political climate in the Middle East right now, with Israel being threatened from all sides, God’s Holy Temple, the third temple is underway.

There is still an unanswered question that is a mystery to me.  Why is Bozrah/Petra left out of most modern translations in Micah 2:12 and only found in the King James Version?  I even grabbed The Interlinear Bible-Hebrew, Greek, English and read the same verse.  Again Bozrah appears in Micah 2:12  but is omitted in The Amplified Bible, New American Standard Bible and The New International Version.

Although I was able to investigate the location of city Bozrah/Petra, the mystery of omission is not answered.  Was there a reason why the translators, who claim to be in line with Hebrew and Greek language just leave it out?  Maybe you might have an answer to the question.  There is a COMMENT place at the end of the blog.

I do know this, that over and over again the prophets unveiled the full dimensions of God’s judgement and salvation.  God must punish His rebellious people but will afterward redeem them.  Israel will be held in captivity, yet a remnant will return.  The Messiah, the “One”, “The Breaker” (Amplified Bible) will break through, pass through the pasture gateand go out through it, and their King will pass on before them, the Lord at their head” (Micah 2:13).


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19 thoughts on “The “GATHERING” – The Sheep of Bozrah

  1. Dan 8:17 for at the time of the end shall be the vision
    Dan 12:4, 9 shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end.Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end… the wise will know it is being revealed now
    my question is… Has the Lord destroyed the armies of the world before He goes to Bozrah (I believe He has – the Word asks v1 Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson …v3 from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath – He’s coming from Bozrah already stained with the blood of that nations on Him – anyway Hollywood has never seen a spectacle like this it is going to dwarf the Exodus – Praise God – many thanks for your work in the Gospel – many people shy away from teaching end times and especially Bozrah but I thank God he is unraveling it to nobodies (me) for His glory – WHAT A CAMP MEETING AROUND THE WORD OF GOD AND WHO JESUS IS, this will be for 3 1/2 yrs

  2. Shalom…I am a WORD detective also(it is how I ended up here)..since I was 13 and had to study in European Textbooks and realized history could be vastly different depending on who was recording it…so..where was the plumb-line of HIS- Story(I believe it starts with Moses and and the 5 Books of Torah foundations) … there is just so much to know .I like to hear what others are hearing these days using this marvel of communication.

    • Thank you so much for leaving your comments. Sometimes, I feel like I should include even more to the investigation, but most people don’t want to take the time to read lengthy blogs. So, I thank you again for taking the time to read and to comment,

    • Great! I’ll try to catch up with you thoughts later. And as the Hebrew word for the prophet’s name means “who is like the Lord” may your writing reflect that image. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts.

  3. Hi, thank you for taking the time to write this. I still don’t really understand this part though. When you talk about the great eagle taking people to Bozrah, is this the 144 thousand people that the bible talks about in Rev. Chpt 14? Because it says these elect will all be virgins with God’s name written on their foreheads. That doesn’t give a lot of hope to someone like me who is a father of two, as I am definitely not a virgin. I guess 2nd prize which is to have my head chopped off doesn’t seem all that bad. Maybe I missed something.

    • Thanks for your comments and your questions. I am but a reader and a commentator of the Word. There are many things in Scripture that are figurative and literal. In studying further in your Bible and other available sources, your questions should be answered. Depends on how thoroughly your willing to take it.

  4. Loved this article. I had been called to go to Petra, Jordan. Since leaving, I pray for the people and even made friends. However, I did not understand why. i get it now

  5. The term “fly’s to a place prepared for her” lets you know its another exodus that is happening at that time and where…we will know the end from the beginning. Example: Exodus 19:4 “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare(bore) you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” That was in the form of a exodus, where they literally walked out, guided by 2 Prophets and protected by Him. Now read Rev 12:14 again. Same thing. Now go read Jeremiah 16:14-15 or Isaiah 11:11-16. Or even Jeremiah 23:7-8. None of that has happened yet, we still speak about the first exodus. The second GREATER is right after the regathering of ALL of the tribes of Israel and Judah scattered throughout the world. Here is one of my studies, hope you find it useful.

    Ps. The wings of a eagle is a literal place on a map. Google a over head picture of Jordan(Edom, moab, and Ammon) that is the eagle head and wings built into the land. Dead sea is head, wings are the land spreading over that area. I have a picture you can look at that I made, if you want, at my Herbal Prepper page on FB. https://www.facebook.com/HerbalPreppercourtneybrad/photos/pb.654965574588221.-2207520000.1446682583./894015657349877/?type=3&theater

    Im going to list the first and then the second exodus verses that compare showing you how He will do the same thing again. Bc remember, He doesnt change. You will know the END by the Beginning.

    Pillar of cloud by day, fire at night.
    1-exodus 13:21
    2-Isaiah 4:5

    Wings of a eagle
    1-Exodus 19:4
    2-Rev 12:14

    Mixed multitude(pagans and hebrews)
    1-Exodus 12:38
    2- Ezekiel 20:37-38

    Red Sea parts
    1-Exodus 14:21-22
    2-Isaiah 11:15, Isa 43:2, and verse 16.

    Messiah is the Banner
    1-Exodus 17:15
    2-Isaiah 11:10-12, Isa 5:26

    Rebels purged AFTER He brings them to wilderness
    1-Joshua 5:6
    2- Ezekiel 20:37-38

    He provides water and food
    1-Deut 8:16
    2-Isaiah 35:8-10

    Gathered to one central location, left AFTER Passover
    1-Exodus 12 (egypt)
    2-Deut 16:16 (pilgrimage Festival in Israel)

    Guided out by two prophets
    1-Exodus 12:31
    2-Malachi 4:5, Rev 11

    Singing Song of Moses after army dies in Red Sea
    1-Exodus 15:1
    2-Revelation 15:2

    Please, review all these verses. Read the first(1) knowing it is the first exodus…Those with the number(2) wrote beside it are the Second Greater Exodus for the near future. Arent you ready? I cant wait!

  6. Hi, excellent post. One question (maybe a correction), I’d like your biblical perspective on this.

    You say 1/3 will be in Bozrah because 2/3 will be killed as per Zech 13:8-9.
    I disagree, I think the number will be smaller.

    The 1/3 that survive will be made up of 2 groups of people
    1) those Jews who come to Christ through the evangelistic ministry of the 144,000 in first half of tribulation
    2) those Jews who do not take the mark of the beast, and are still inhabitants of Jerusalem in Zech 12:10, who mourn when they finally get the revelation of Jesus as Messiah, and receive their salvation.

    Interesting also how some think we will be there amongst the sheepfold during this 42 month period. If we believe in Christ now, we will be watching all this unfold from heaven. The sheepfold is ONLY for Jews who come to Christ during tribulation (tribulation saints).

    God bless, Andrew

    • Well said, Andrew , and thank you for your indepth comments. The numbers you mentioned are somewhat skewed. The “sheepfold” is ONLY for the Jews. It is true, however I believe scripture points also to the unbelieving Christians who were “left behind”, as well as the JEWS for God wants give all the opportunity to accept His Son, Christ Jesus.

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