June 21st High Watch Date

June 15, 2018

June 21st consideration…

From the Rev 12 sign in Sept 23 to June 21 is 271 days.
The scientific average of human conception = 271 days. The Hebrew words: birth, nativity, pregnancy, and conception all have a numerical value of 271.

June 21 is the end of Spring and beginning of Summer.

Matt 24:Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh

Christopher Hitchens death (an atheist, who even on the day he died, spoke at a University declaring there is no God) – 6 years 6 months 6 days on June 21!

120 days from Billy Graham’s death.

 

 

 

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The Resurrections

June 14, 2018

After many years of study, I think I can bravely say I have 2 theories concerning the Resurrection.

I believe there are 2 main resurrections. But blessed are those who partake of the First Resurrection!

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.

The 1st Resurrection started with Christ Himself.

1 Cor 15:20 But now Christ has risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruit of those who slept.

The next step or phase of this resurrection is at the rapture.

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1 Thess 4:
16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  

It is my belief that not all who are saved will be resurrected at this time. As I have discussed elsewhere, not all who are saved are part of the kingdom, as I discuss here:

The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation

So if this is indeed true, then Rev 20:6 tells us then those who are in the kingdom are the ones who get resurrected at this time!

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.

And we can paint this picture more clearly with more scripture. The 2nd half of Rev 7 I believe describes those who have been resurrected at the rapture.

Rev 7:9 After these things I looked, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palms in their hands.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell before the throne on their faces and worshiped God,
12 saying, Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, Who are these who are arrayed in white robes, and from where do they come?
14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes, and have whitened them in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His temple. And He sitting on the throne will dwell among them.
16 They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will feed them and will lead them to the fountains of living waters. And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.

This very large group discusses salvation, this shows that these people have participated in saving all 3 aspects of their life: spirit, soul, and body.

Not only did they save their spirits, by believing in Christ, but saved their souls as well, and now their bodies have been saved by the Resurrection! I discuss the difference of the salvation of the soul and spirit here:

The Salvation of the Soul

These also are before the throne and serve God through eternity as opposed to those:

Rev 21: MKJV
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Now after the rapture, during the Tribulation, many will die for Christ who were not prepared for His coming. I discuss this preparation here:

Are You Prepared for the Blessed Hope?

And those who became Christians after the rapture. Many of these will be killed. It is interesting to note how they respond when they arrive in heaven:

Rev 6:9 And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Until when, Master, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given to each one of them. And it was said to them that they should rest yet for a little time, until both their fellow servants and their brothers (those about to be killed as they were ) should have their number made complete.

We read how John saw their souls, as these were not resurrected. I believe that not only do they wish for justice but long for their resurrection, and thus are told to rest.

So it is entirely possible that in heaven at this time, only those who died ready, in Christ, or were alive ready in Christ partake of the resurrection. The rest will be resurrected later.

I also believe that this group who is resurrected will be separated and be given rewards at the Bema Judgment.

Eternal Judgment: of the Believer

But shortly after this, judgment will be made on the rest. This judgment will seem extreme, and may shock many non-catholics, but scripture states:

Mark 9: MKJV
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

1 Cor 3: LITV
15 If the work of anyone shall be consumed, he shall suffer loss; but he will be saved, but so as through fire.

Jesus went to Gethsemane, which was an oil press.  One of the Baptisms we need to follow is the denial of self, the Baptism of Suffering. Jesus said we need to deny our self, and there would be consequences if we do not.

Math 16: NKJV
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Luke 9: MKJV
23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  

The following is not about sin, it is about soulishness, or selfishness. There is no place for this in heaven. The following I believe is the very act of purging the soulishness from those who are saved, and have not denied themselves. The carnal Christians, or even the Earthly ones.

1 Cor 15:47 The first man was out of earth, earthy; the second Man was the Lord from Heaven.
48 Such the earthy man , such also the earthy ones. And such the heavenly Man , such also the heavenly ones.
49 And according as we bore the image of the earthy man , we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man .
50 And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 ś Behold, I speak a mystery to you; we shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed;
52 in a moment, in a glance of an eye, at the last trumpet. For a trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

What happens to Earthy Christians?

Revelation 14
13 And I heard a voice from Heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors, and their works follow them.
(I believe verse 13 eludes to the idea there will be no more carnal christians after this point, thus why judgment can occur)
14 And I looked, and behold, a white cloud. And on the cloud sat one like the Son of man, having a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying in a great voice to Him sitting on the cloud, Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth was dried.
16 And He sitting on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple in Heaven, also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had authority over fire. And he spoke with a great cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the anger of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.

This winepress is the diluted wrath of God, it is not full measure, as seen just a couple verses earlier:

10 he also will drink of the wine of the anger of God, having been mixed undiluted in the cup of His wrath. And he will be tormented by fire and brimstone before the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.

The saved are saved! But they need to be purified from their soulishness. We can read more about this group from the response after this, as seen in the next chapter:

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire. And those who had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are Your ways, O King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You only are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses were made known.

The nations need to fear God, and if they don’t this is the result. And this is indeed the nations, as described as those outside New Jerusalem, as mentioned in verse 4.

Rev 21: MKJV
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

I know this winepress thing is a difficult thing to believe, but it is scriptural.

Lamentations 1:15 The LORD has trampled all my mighty ones in my midst; He has called a gathering against me to crush my young men. The LORD has trod the virgin daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.

Rev 19:15 And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, so that with it He should strike the nations. And He will shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger and of the wrath of Almighty God.

And what happens immediately after the winepress and the song of Moses?

Rev 15:5 And after these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony was opened in Heaven.

The Temple is opened! Thus those who are saved, while they may have to live outside New Jerusalem, may have access to the throne of God.

How can everyone be kings if there are no nations to rule? Remember:

Rev 21: MKJV
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Luke 14: NKJV
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

They are not fit for the land which is the Kingdom, nor are they fit for the dunghill which is Hell or the Lake of Fire, so they are cast out. Out where? Outside New Jerusalem.

Thus I believe this group will not yet be resurrected. Although it is possible, thus I have 2 theories. One theory is those who have not been prepared, will be resurrected after the Millennial Reign.  The other is the 2nd Resurrection is for the wicked. But Rev 20 seems to speak otherwise:

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. The second death has no authority over these, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with Him a thousand years.

And yes, even the wicked who go into the Lake of Fire are resurrected and given new bodies as well!

Daniel 12
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

John 5:28 Do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice,
29 and shall come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have practiced evil to the resurrection of condemnation.

So while it is possible, that at the rapture all who are dead will get their new bodies, it may be only those who died ready. Just as it may be only those who are alive and ready will be raptured. So if there is a partial rapture, why can’t there be a partial Resurrection?

Those not prepared, will be prepared shortly after, but before Jesus returns comes to destroy the anti-christ and his armies.


 

Part 2: The blood

I am now going to discuss the relevance of the blood, and this isn’t about the wonderful work of the Blood of Christ.

Leviticus 17:11

For the soul (or life) of the flesh is in the blood… Jubilee Bible 2000 translation

for the soul of the flesh is in the blood; Darby Bible Translation

When Jesus was in Gethsemane, He sweat tears of blood.

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Jesus blood is precious but it also represent the soul. Jesus NEVER sinned , but He did have a moment of soulishness. He, Himself dealt with this and said three times in Gethsemane:

Matt 26:

38 Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me.
39 And He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will .

42 He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.

44 And He left them and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same word.

So not only do we need a new Body for the new Earth but blood is not allowed in heaven.

1 Cor 15:50 And I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

Thus this is why Jesus will take out the blood of those unprepared, they are full of soulishness which must be emptied because they did not deny themselves.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, for the space of a thousand, six hundred stadia.

I have my doubts this is real physical blood, as blood is part of the body and does not go with us to heaven when we die, but our soulishness does!

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Part 3: Do all partake of the Fire?

This was the million dollar question for me. Will those who have been Born Again taste the fire? I have preached that there are the 30, 60, and 100 fold Christians, as well as those who bring no fruit. Do the 30 & 60 have to go through fire? Let’s reread 1 verse from Rev 7 again:

16 They will not hunger any more, nor thirst any more, nor will the sun light on them, nor any heat.

So, no, not any heat will they suffer. As there is an angel in charge of the fire, who will participate with the judgment on the nations who are not born again.

Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had authority over fire. And he spoke with a great cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.

This angel, will not bring any fire upon the vast multitude listed in Rev 7, but only upon those listed in Rev 14.

Now I still believe that those with 100 fold fruit will gain greater rewards, as these scriptures say:

Matt 25:14 For it is as if a man going abroad called his own servants and gave them his goods.
15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each according to his ability. And he went abroad at once.
16 And going he who had received the five talents traded with them, and made another five talents.
17 And likewise he who had received two, he also gained another two.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the earth and hid his lord’s silver.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and took account with them.
20 And so he who had received five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, Lord, you delivered five talents to me. Behold, I have gained five talents above them.
21 His lord said to him, Well done , good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
22 He also who had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered two talents to me. Behold, I have gained two other talents above them.
23 His lord said to him, Well done , good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
24 And he who had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew that you were a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter.
25 And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the earth. Lo, you have yours.
26 His lord answered and said to him, Evil and slothful servant! You knew that I reaped where I did not sow, and gathered where I did not scatter,
27 then you should have put my money to the exchangers, and coming I would have received my own with interest.
28 Therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will abound. But from him who has not, even that which he has shall be taken away from him.
30 And throw the unprofitable servant into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

As for the Outer Darkness, it is not what most people have been taught, and I discuss this here:

Outer Darkness

Remember:

2 Tim 2: (MKJV)
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor.
21 Therefore if anyone purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel to honor, sanctified and useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

1 Cor 3: MKJV
12 And if anyone builds on this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,
13 each one’s work shall be revealed. For the Day shall declare it , because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try each one’s work as to what kind it is.
14 If anyone’s work which he built remains, he shall receive a reward.
15 If anyone’s work shall be burned up, he shall suffer loss. But he shall be saved, yet so as by fire.
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?


Something to Watch…

May 28, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/07/five-star-movement-govern-italy-corruption-economy-berlusconi

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/01/europe/five-star-movement-italy-intl/index.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/italys-populist-youth/554408/

https://www.thenation.com/article/italys-five-star-movement-may-be-the-heir-to-mussolinis-fascists/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Di_Maio

https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/luigi-di-maio-35866.php

 


Pre-Trib Rapture

May 26, 2018

There are some who have been leaving the pre-trib rapture ranks recently and am sure it is for various reasons, one I am sure is because several dates have gone by without a rapture. But we must not lose hope. I wish to reiterate the main reasons why a pre-trib rapture is Biblical:

Lets start with the reason of hope!

1. Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope, and the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Notice the word “and” these are 2 distinct happenings, the blessed hope and the appearance of Jesus. There is the hope that we will escape, this is a great hope, that we will escape the trials of this world. To be “looking” means that we live each day in continual anticipation and expectancy, with the conviction that Jesus could come at any time. There is no need to look, if there is not a pre-trib rapture. There is no need to watch, because all the events during the Tribulation including His 2nd coming are numbered. It is only a pre-trib rapture that requires watching.

2. OUT OF Rev 3: 10: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 

This verse shows it will happen before the hour of temptation (the tribulation). Then goes on to describe this temptation.

The word “from” in Rev 3:10 (Greek,ek) literally means “out of”.  Here are some other examples of OUT OF in the Bible.

Math 2:
15: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, OUT OF Egypt have I called my son.

Math 7:
5: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote OUT OF thy brother’s eye.

Math 27:
53: And came OUT OF the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Rev 3:
16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee OUT OF my mouth.  

There is no getting around this specific Greek definition and direct text in scripture. We will not go through the tribulation, we will be taken out of the tribulation. We will be taken out to be kept from it.

3. God has also promised us that the church is not appointed to the wrath of God, or the Tribulation:

1 Thess 1:
10: And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

The context of this passage is the rapture, for christians are not waiting for the glorious appearing. Paul tells them in 2 Thess 2:1-12 that the glorious appearing will not occur until the anti-christ is revealed.  – Tim LaHaye: Revelation Unveiled; Are We Living in the End Times

1 Thess 5:
9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  

This passage follows the strongest passage on the rapture, and must be considered in light of its context… Paul takes the reader to “times and …seasons” of the “Day of the Lord”. This scripture makes it clear that God did not “appoint us to wrath” (the Tribulation) but to “obtain salvation” or deliverance from it, since so many saints will be martyred during the Tribulation. This promise cannot mean, then, that He will deliver believers DURING or THROUGH the time of the wrath.  – Tim LaHaye: Revelation Unveiled; Are We Living in the End Times

Do we know that the tribulation is the Wrath?

Rev 6:
16: And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? 

God is faithful to His promises. How could He mean He will deliver believers through the tribulation when we read this:

Rev 6:
9: And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  

and

Rev 13:
4: … Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them… 

The anti-christ is given authority to overcome the saints. There is no promise or hope to go through. Thus you lose the blessed hope!

Isaiah 26:20  Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 

Some say that the Seventh Trumpet blown in Rev 11:15-18 is the same last trump Paul spoke of in 1 Cor 15:52. However, they fail to take into account the fact that John wrote Revelation 40 years after Paul wrote his first epistle to the Corinthians. How could Paul refer to something that was not yet revealed?


Date Setting vs. Watching

May 5, 2018

watch

Some may not recognize the difference between Date Setting and Watching, but there is a difference and it is important.

There are a few who Date Set. They will “prophesy” that Jesus will return or rapture the church on a certain day, making it a “Thus saith the Lord”. I believe this goes against the scripture and even against the “spirit” of this scripture:

Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels of Heaven, but only My Father.

I will not restate my more full teaching of that scripture here, you can read it here instead:

No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour?

Date Setting is directly connected to prophecy and thus false prophecy. Now I am not one who goes around and points fingers at people at being false prophets when they get a prophecy wrong, because I do believe that the gifts need to be learned and practiced. But I do maintain caution and order concerning prophecy. And I have at least twice pointed out false prophets.

1 John 4
1 ¶ Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Jer 23:16 So says Jehovah of hosts, Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you vain; they speak a vision from their own heart, not out of the mouth of the LORD.

I do believe in prophecy and prophets, they are available today!

Eph 4:8 …When He ascended up on high, He… gave gifts to men…
11 And truly He gave some to be apostles, and some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,
13 And this until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Do we have the unity of the faith? No, therefore we still have prophets.

But the rapture is a mystery, and is hidden. It is described as an unknown and unpredictable thing:

1 Thess 5:
2 For you yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

We cannot predict with certainty the exact day. But we can Watch! And we can know the season!

Matt 24:42 Therefore watch; for you do not know what hour your Lord comes.
43 But know this, that if the steward of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be dug through.
44 Therefore you also be ready, for in that hour you think not, the Son of man comes.

Jesus tells us to watch and even gave us signs and seasons to watch.

The biggest one that many believe narrows the season is the parable of the fig tree:

Luke 21:29 And He spoke a parable to them: Behold the fig-tree and all the trees.
30 Now when they sprout leaves, seeing it you will know that summer is now near.
31 So also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass away until all these things are fulfilled.

The generation that sees the fig tree put out it’s leaves will see the end of days, as described in the rest of the chapter. What is the fig tree?

Hos 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers as the first-fruit in the fig tree at her first time…

Israel is that fig tree. And Israel was taken over and lost it’s nationality nearly 2 thousand years ago, but became a nation in 1947-48.

On May 14th of this year, less than 2 weeks away, they are celebrating their 70th Birthday, and in fact President Trump has rushed the embassy move to Jerusalem to May to celebrate this event.

Israel’s reemergence is foretold in scripture more directly:

Hosea 3:4-5 “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.”

In more than one place it says when this occurs, it will be in the last days (read the end of verse 5 in Hos 3 or even Ezek 28:8).

So the generation that sees Israel become a nation will not pass away before the end of days. Psalms 90 even points to a generation being 70 years! In 1947 Israel was given authority to be a nation, but did so in May of 48. Ps 90 does give 80 years for those who have strength.

King David was born and died on Pentecost, which also is in May. He also lived to be 70! I have already given reasons why this May could be the time of the rapture and won’t regive all those reasons, but the point here is in watching, we look for signs.

Matthew 24
3 … Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?
4  And Jesus answered and said to them…
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars…
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places.
33 So you, likewise, when you see all these things, shall know that it is near, at the doors.

But there are scriptures that tell us more directly we can be ready and not be taken by surprise as most will:

1 Thess 5:
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety! Then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail upon a woman with child. And they shall not escape.
4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that the Day should overtake you like a thief.
5 You are all the sons of light and the sons of the day. We are not of the night, or of darkness.

Heb 10:
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

If you are a son of light and are watching, you can see the day coming. And if you are wise and give your life to Christ, you can be ready.

There are certain High Watch Days, which are more probable to the Rapture, and we may look up more intently on those days, but we know the season, and we should be ready at any time in that season!


The Feast Of Pentecost And The Rapture Of The Church

May 2, 2018


Pentecost Rapture?

April 29, 2018

There is a strong following of the idea the rapture will be on the Feast of Trumpets, due to the Rapture having a Trumpet, some also believe this is eluded to when Jesus said:

Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels of Heaven, but only My Father.

The Feast of Trumpets is marked by the Jews when they see the new moon, so the seeing of the moon is an imprecise method, thus the feast can be considered one the “day and hour no one knows”.

But this is not the only possibility!

Moshe Kohn in the Jerusalem Post states:

It is strange that of all the festivals the Torah ordains, Shavuot [Weeks, Pentecost] alone the anniversary of the event that marks the birth of the Jewish people is given no specific date. The Torah only tells us that at a vaguely specified time during Pessah, from the day after the shabbat … there shall be seven full weeks. Till the day after the seventh shabbat you shall count 50 days (Leviticus 23:15–16).

There is even more mystery to the vagueness and uncertainty of this feast you can find here:

https://www.levitt.com/essays/pentecost

King David was born and died on Pentecost. He also lived to be 70 and that is how old the nation of Israel will be on this Pentecost! According to rabbinic tradition, Enoch was born and was raptured on Pentecost. The Church was born on Pentecost. The Noahic Covenant was given on Pentecost. Ruth, a gentile bride, was chosen by Boaz on Pentecost.

Another reason some favor the Feast of Trumpets is the need for Jesus to fulfill this feast as Jesus has fulfilled others.

Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God.
“behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” — John 1:29.

Jesus is the Unleavened Bread of Life.
“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh.” — John 6:51

Jesus is the First Fruits.
“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” — 1 Corinthians 15:20.

But the Bible tells us when the Feast of Tabernacles will be fulfilled by Jesus:

Zech 14:16 ¶ And it shall be, everyone who is left of all the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

This will occur when Jesus rules for 1000 years after the Tribulation.
As for a Pentecost Trumpet?

God gave the law on Pentecost. And the Trumpet of God came from the mountain on Pentecost. When have there been any other trumpet calls by God?

http://lastdayswatchman.org/mount-sinai-pentecost/

It was during the third month of the Israelites leaving Egypt that they came to Sinai.

Israel left Egypt on the 15th day of the first month [Exodus 12]. The fifteenth day of the second month would be 30 days after leaving Egypt. From the 15th of the second month to the end of the month would be another 15 days making a total of 45 days. The first day of the third month would be the 46th day. 

On the 47th day after leaving Egypt, Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God.  [Exodus 19:1-11].

Moses went back down the mountain and told the people what God had said and they said, “All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.” Moses went back up the mountain and told God that the people agreed with God’s purpose on the 48th day since leaving Egypt.

God told Moses to tell the people to consecrate themselves today and tomorrow because He would come down on the mountain on the third day. (Exodus 19:10-11)

So, our timeline is complete: today = 48th day; tomorrow = 49th day; and the third day = the 50th day. God would come down on Mount Sinai on the 50th day since the children of Israel left Egypt.

On the 50th day, God came down on the mountain in fire and smoke and Mount Sinai became like a furnace of fire. The whole mountain began to shake violently in an earthquake. The voice of the trumpet sounded louder and louder.

I am not saying the rapture will occur on Pentecost. But there is good reason to believe it possible!
Pentecost rapture