The Prophecy Watchers have been on heightened alert for the last 20 years but history did not start when we came to conscientiousness!
In 1998, I had a conversation with my then 78-year-old grandmother about the pending global catastrophe of Y2K. We were at my father’s (a fellow Watcher) kitchen table and we were going over our preparations. My grandmother was a spirit-filled, godly woman, but she had about her the pragmatism and practicality that had carried her through near-starvation during the Great Depression and the long years of waiting for her husband to return home from World War II. As my dad and I enthused over all the biblical signs and prophecies, we laid out the case for her about why we believed the turn of the millennium was going to kick off the long-awaited chain of events that were going to see us going home soon. She listened graciously. She then said in an off hand manner, “During and after World War II, when Israel became a nation we were certain the Rapture was imminent. Just be cautious.”
I remember being initially irritated with her. I was excited! I wanted to GO!
For generations, we have read the Scriptures, we have watched the heavens, we have deduced the times. We have correctly identified thousands of significant prophetic events, compelling numerical distances between dates, extrapolated Hebraic meanings from those numeric dates, and concluded that we are indeed living in the last days, but it is worth noting that at least a dozen times in the last 2000 years the Church has had compelling reasons to believe THEY were also in the last days. Doug Woodward does an amazing job of outlining the 1666 Rapture Frenzy. These were not Middle Age superstitious imbeciles, Isaac Newton wrote about the subject.
With the publication of The Harbinger, the discovery of the blood moons and their historical significance, and the availability of free Stellarium software the Watcher community has been on heightened alert since 2008. As the book of Daniel has been opened, our understanding of the Scriptures of the End Times has multiplied at a breakneck speed, the Holy Spirit has poured out the anointing on His Servants far and wide.
An example of this is the knowledge of the fulfilled Spring Feasts at the first coming of the Lord Jesus. Those of us who have been at it for awhile take that revelation for granted these days but I have to stress that a mere seven years ago even the most ardent and learned of Watchers was unaware of this amazing fact. I was blown away in 2013 by the Rosh Hashanah Rapture Theory. (Click to Site)