My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
All of you can probably recall receiving news of some event in which time stood still. For me, one of those moments was when I allowed myself to consider the September 23, 2017 Revelation 12:1-2 Great Sign alignment. I was lying in bed with my kids, who take forever to fall asleep (I stay with them and read). This particular night, as I was searching for articles on Jewish Fall Feasts 2017, Unsealed came up in my search results. I had briefly been to the website before, but had dismissed the Great Sign as an impossibility. This dark February night, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. With head cocked and one eye squinted shut, I clicked.
After giving a quick perusal to The Revelation 12 Sign Compendium, I went straight to their teaching on The Gospel and the links they had to other salvation websites. I wasn’t even going to consider this if the gospel wasn’t right…
Huh. It withstood vigorous scrutiny. I had a moment of stunned realization, that I have only had two other times in my life (1 – when pierced to the heart with the reality of heaven, and 2 – when God told me in my heart to STOP everything I was doing to try to prove my salvation to myself and REST in what Jesus had already done). I picked my jaw off the floor and went back to the Sign Compendium!
I read late into the night. I could barely sleep. I don’t think I showered, changed my clothes, or even ate until I finished every last article and hyperlink Unsealed had on the Sign. And then I dug into their archives.
Can you recall how you found out about the Revelation 12:1-2 Sign? Where you were? How you felt? What you thought? I’d be interested in hearing your story in the comments!
My grandma was a huge follower of end-times prophecy back in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, and that is where my introduction to Biblical Prophecy study began.
My grandma continued faithfully studying until dementia slowly took over and her memory faded… Despite her memory lapses, she always retained trust in God’s goodness and in the promise of His imminent return. When she passed away, I inherited Clarence Larkin’s Dispensational Truth (in addition to many other prophecy books). And so began my own prophecy studies in earnest. I have never missed her more than during these “high watch windows”!
I threw myself into studying prophecy full time. I had lingering questions that had been hounding me, and I started tackling these head on and writing about it. God placed a huge burden for the lost lambs, prodigals, and those who will be left behind on my heart. There were days when I would just weep.
I pleaded with God – “Here Am I, Send Me!” I worked tirelessly on developing a website that I hoped could be used by the Left Behind. I felt an incredible urgency to pull as many “onto the ark” as possible before it was too late.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:20-23)
In May 2017, my prayer journal entry is stained by tears and reads, “I’m pleading with You to send me! Use me! Take all of me! WHY AREN’T YOU SENDING ME, GOD? The harvest is ripe but the laborers are few. Here am I, Lord, SEND ME!”
I joined the Facebook watching community and, along with the watching community at large, we sounded the cry – “The Bridegroom is Coming!!!” I can distinctly recall the eager anticipation, the restless yearning, the bubbling excitement as the Fall Feasts drew near.
While I was convinced September 23rd would fulfill the Revelation 12:1-2 sign, as it got closer to the day, I wanted the interpretation of the Great Sign as a possible rapture date to be true as well. So badly so, that I allowed my emotions to run unchecked. I never stated that the rapture would happen that fall for sure, but I really (really, REALLY) hoped so!!! I prepared my Left Behind letters and kits. And I watched, and waited, and prayed.
The day arrived.
September 21… “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”
September 22… “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!”
September 23… “Where ARE You, Jesus?!?! You are coming for us, right?”
And I cried. (I told you, I let my emotions run unchecked!)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
With watching, as we see the Day approach, we will sometimes “jump the gun” in our excitement. Did I go overboard? Maybe. My disappointment was palpable. But I would rather be jumping at the window with excitement when Jesus comes than not watching at all.
Look at it retrospectively – if we hadn’t eagerly hoped September 23 was a possible rapture date, would we have boisterously sounded the alarm? We collectively shouted so loudly that it was covered in secular media around the world!!! Yeah, they didn’t get the details right, and they scoffed and mocked – but that fits in with prophecy too (cf 2 Peter 3:3-4). What’s important is that we sounded the cry.
I don’t believe we were wrong. We weren’t wrong to watch, we weren’t wrong to hope, we weren’t wrong about the Revelation 12 Sign. The Great Sign occurred. Do you know how awesome that is????
The Revelation 12 Sign was an “Exit Sign”, confirming that our escape is near (cf Luke 21:28). Remember in the parable of the 10 Virgins (whether or not it applies to the church age – ha), at midnight a cry rings out that the Bridegroom is Coming.
Who sounds the alarm?
Is the Bridegroom here?
No, He is COMING.
That’s why we’re here on these websites, right? We’re the Watchmen! The welcoming committee – for Jesus!!! WE are the ones who have the bubbling up joyful anticipation. WE are the ones scouring the skies for Him to appear. WE are the ones keeping our ears peeled for the hint of a trumpet call. WE will be the ones leaping up at His call – not surprised, but bawling and laughing and shrieking and beside ourselves with great joy.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good; reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (1 Thessalonian 5:16-24)
I hope you can understand how thrilled I am to be joining the Unsealed team, as it has meant so much to me in my own journey. As we are taught, we teach – and so we fulfill the great commission to make disciples. If I can further even one person’s walk with the Lord, my heart will rejoice with utter gladness!
You – the watching community in Christ – are a treasure to me! I can hardly wait to meet all of you in person! Yet we continue to wait on the Lord together down here. We continue to wrestle with feelings of excitement, discouragement, insight, defeat, and above all – hope.
To be honest, doubt lurks on the doorstep of my heart – knocking. It is prowling all around me, banging on my windows, looking for cracks to slip through. I choose to resist it with all my might. I cling to faith. I refuse to let doubt in.
You, too – stand firm in your faith – both in Jesus your Savior, and in Jesus your coming Redeemer! He is coming for us! He WILL COME!!!
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. So we do not lose heart. Though the outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:1,6-10,16-18)
Jesus is not delayed. Nothing, no one, can hold back the will of God! Jesus will come at the appointed time, in the fullness of time. While moments in our lives may seem to stand still, there is coming an even better day – the very best of days! – when time will stand still for eternity! And so we will forever be with the Lord!
We watch and wait together, occupying until He comes! (Click to Source)
xx Stephanie Dawn