|The signs are clear, ‘X’ marks the spot|
Last year a Great Sign described in the Bible occurred on 9/23. That same year, an all-time record number of Jews ascended the Temple Mount: 1,293. The Great Sign pictured a woman in labor and a soon-to-be-born child. Israel is the woman. The child is the Body of Christ, the Church. Exactly 300 days after the Great Sign, the world witnessed the biggest prophetic development in a half-century as Israel, the woman, enacted the historic nation-state law on July 19th at right about 3:00 am Israeli time. The media likened the law’s unexpected significance and late night passage to “a thief in the night.” This was 43 weeks, to the day, from the Feast of Trumpets in 2017—an exact number of weeks within the human gestational range.
Two days later was this past Saturday, July 21st, the 9th of Av, the darkest day in Jewish history when both ancient Temples were destroyed and Jews were expelled from various countries in Europe. On this day a new all-time record number of Jews ascended the Temple Mount: 1,440. When the Tribulation begins, 1,440 x 100Israelites will be sealed (Rev. 7:1–8); these 144,000 later appear on top of a mountain (Rev. 14:1). This calls to mind the Gatlinburg Fire at the end of 2016 that coincided with the beginning of the Great Sign as Jupiter entered Virgo’s womb. The fire began on top of a mountain whose height is 1,440 meters (144,000 centimeters). Among the wreckage from the fire was a single page from a burnt Bible showing a passage from Joel that declared that the Day of the LORD is near:
The climactic moment of the Great Sign was on September 23–24, 2017, when the alignment perfectly matched the description given in Revelation 12:1–2, however, the sign itself began forming 9–10 months before then and continued on until Christmas Day, 2017. It was a multi-factor mega sign—the greatest heavenly sign in history—and confirmed by tens of thousands of witnesses who were able to read the Bible and trust what was written. In turn, it was mocked by false accusers and even by supposed watchmen within the Church.
The Great Sign is pointing to the nearness of many major prophetic events: the rapture of the Church of the Firstborn, the commencement of the Day of the LORD, and the completion of The Parable of the Fig Tree. One thing it is definitely not pointing to is the end of the world (despite what cheesy British tabloids might say). Yet, God is still using those tabloids to educate unbelievers about the truth of His word because God can even use a donkey to speak.
Moving back to present events, on Sunday, the day after the 9th of Av, a 220 pound boulder dislodged from the Western Wall of the Temple Mount and almost killed a praying Israeli woman, but she survived the calamity just as the woman, Israel, will survive the Tribulation soon to come. A piece of the wall this size hasn’t fallen in decades, which is suddenly making Jerusalem’s civil engineers and archaeologists nervous about the integrity of the rest of the wall and also the Islamic Dome of the Rock. When things begin shaking on the Temple Mount, you can be sure the construction of the Third Temple won’t be far behind. Speaking of 220 pound boulders, Strong’s Greek 220 is “arooster.” When a rooster crows you awaken from your slumber.
This boulder crashed down just days after an unusual string of earthquakes shook Israel’s north, the same area through which the armies of Gog will march in fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. On the heels of these earthquakes, Israel’s comptroller released a study estimating that the next major earthquake to strike the country will kill 7,000 people. Lo and behold, a divinely-inspired book of prophecy that the nation of Israel rejects, which was written 2,000 years ago, says the same thing:
At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
|79 year old Daniella Goldberg stands next to the boulder that almost crushed her|
Now we are only three days away from the longest eclipse of any kind for over one hundred years (until 2123). The entire nation of Israel and almost all of the Middle East will witness the nearly 2-hour long Blood Moon this Friday. Totality for the “bullseye” Blood Moon will last for 103 minutes in Israel. Strong’s Hebrew 103 is “to gather.” God is about to gather His Church and then He will gather the remainder of Israel. Because of it’s unique significance this century, it is arguably the tail end of the second fulfillment of a prophecy from Joel 2. Totality will end shortly after midnight on Saturday (in Jerusalem).
But there’s something else that makes this historic Blood Moon even more significant: it’s occurring on Tu B’Av and will appear in close proximity with and directly over an unusually bright Mars—temporarily brighter than the King Planet Jupiter. In all ancient cultures Mars represented war. Daily Crow made an astute observation:
Fiery Mars will add to the spectacle as it appears directly below the blood moon at close to its maximum brightness. 5 reasons why this week’s lunar eclipse is going to be a rare celestial delight. Aside from being the longest eclipse of the century, totality will focus on the Middle East. The Mars (War) factor shines light on the geographic location that happens to be embroiled in the greatest conflict. What is equally as interesting is how so few countries (seen below in white) don’t witness any of it. More specifically, the only countries that are not “touched” by either the partial or total eclipse are The United States, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba and Greenland.
Remember the 1,440 Jews who ascended the Temple Mount this past weekend? A series of Jupiter-Venus conjunctions that many have called the reappearance of the Star of Bethlehem began on August 18, 2014. Exactly 1,440 days later is this Friday’s historic Blood Moon over Israel (source).
Following the 9th of Av, historic wildfires have ravaged Greece, the ancient cradle of Christianity. The Bible often likens the coming Day of the LORD to a raging inferno or consuming fire. So far at least 74 people have been tragically killed by the fire in what the Greek government is calling “a biblical disaster.” People who were near the inferno, but survived, escaped by running into the sea just as the ancient Israelites escaped the Egyptian army:
Likewise, the Bible likens the Day of the LORD to a furnace and in recent days heat records have been broken in many different countries and across the United States. As a matter of fact, the highest temperature ever recorded in Africa was just measured in Algeria.
With the Nation-State Law now in force, it seems God will return His focus to Israel in fulfillment of Acts 15and Romans 11. But make note that the previous dispensational change wasn’t immediate. Daniel’s prophesied 69th week ended at Jesus’ Triumphal Entry. After that, Messiah was “cut off.” Then there was a sort of intermediate state for 50 days until the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost and the Church was conceived in Israel’s womb—Jerusalem.
I would argue that we might be living in just such an intermediate state since we are now living in the aftermath of the Great Sign and the restoration of Israel’s biblical identity via the Nation-State Law. Just think about that for a moment. Just like the disciples, who, after the resurrection, were patiently waiting for Christ to fulfill His promise to send the Holy Spirit, so we have seen God’s great, final sign to the Church, and are now patiently waiting for the fulfillment of His promise to change us, glorify us, and take us to His Throne. We can now say the rapture is imminent in a way that no other generation of Christians could say. We don’t know the day or hour, but we’re living in the season, and each of the major signs last year lines up perfectly with major biblical festivals this year.
This ancient prophecy tells us that a period of 69 weeks of years would begin when a decree is given to “restore and rebuild Jerusalem.” The period would end with the arrival of the Messiah (Jesus Christ). It is already well understood that Daniel’s prophecy pinpointed the exact day of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Jesus’ first arrival) in either 32 or 33 AD (with the decree being given by Artaxerxes in 445 or 444 BC for Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls).
Consider the fact that the Bible predicts two arrivals by Jesus and Daniel’s prophecy does not specify who gives the decree initiating the 69 weeks of years. For that reason, it is at least plausible to entertain the possibility that this prophecy could be pointing to both of Messiah’s arrivals.
So here’s the kicker: There was a second decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in 1535 AD when Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottoman Empire, ordered that the walls of Jerusalem be rebuilt. His walls still stand today—the Old City’s current walls were built because of this command. 69 weeks of years is a period of 483 years (69 x 7). 1535 AD + 483 years = 2018.
There’s more. For some unknown reason, the Angel Gabriel expressed this period of 69 weeks of years as two parts: “62 weeks” and “7 weeks.” 7 weeks of years is 49 years. If this division was at least partially given to explain the Messiah’s second arrival (or appearance) there is an interesting fit: during the Six-Day War in June 1967 the Old City had sustained significant damage, so in 1969 a third decree was given to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Not much is known about this decree aside from what can be found in a few newspaper clippings, but 1969 + 49 = 2018.