We are living in the final days, weeks, months, and years of the age. There is simply no doubt. If you can’t believe with your heart, then at least believe what your own eyes see. Everything has converged to this climactic moment. This article is a review of just some of the key moments that have led us to the precipice on which we now stand.
The Reformation sets in motion the last great surge of missionary activity leading up to the end of the age and the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy that the gospel would first be a witness to all nations before the end comes (Mt. 24:14; Mk. 13:10). In the final quarter of the two millennia since Christ, the gospel has reached every nation on earth and hundreds upon hundreds of millions have come to a saving knowledge of the truth. In fact, Christianity is now more African and Asian than European and American. Also in 1517, the Ottoman Empire takes control of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
The worldwide emancipation of the Jews begins.
The ancient Hebrew language is revived, becoming the first truly dead language to ever be spoken again, and the only remaining language from ancient Canaan.
The First Aliyah (mass migration of Jews) to Israel begins.
The world’s Jewish leadership commits to establishing a homeland in the Middle East and the modern Zionist movement is born.
At the Battle of Jerusalem the Ottoman Empire loses control of Israel, with the Holy Land falling back into the hands of Christendom for the first time since the Crusades. Just weeks before, the Balfour Declaration declares British intention to establish a Jewish homeland. And World War I, the first global war in human history, leads to the disintegration of the last Islamic caliphate.
The British Mandate for Palestine comes into effect on September 29, 1923, allowing the Jews to begin widespread settlement and mass immigration to their ancient homeland. The Fourth Aliyah begins.
At the close of World War II, world leaders establish the first proto-global government in the form of the United Nations.
The United Nations passes Resolution 181, which was an international partition plan requiring the division of the Holy Land between a Jewish state and the “Palestinians.” A civil war broke out the very next day between the Jews and Arabs and the plan was never implemented (i.e. the land was not divided).
Israel unilaterally declares independence on May 14, 1948, and the State of Israel is born (there had not been a nation called Israel since 722 BC); the War of Independence begins.
Israel secures victory in the War of Independence, thus the fledgling country is now firmly rooted having also secured recognition from numerous nations.
The Jews take control of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount for the first time since the Hasmonean Kingdom in 63 BC—some 60 years before Christ. This may have also been the prophetic fulfillment of Psalm 83.
Israel wins a hard-fought victory during the Yom Kippur War, which was the country’s last major war against a coalition of Arab enemies. The tiny nation of Israel emerges as the Middle East’s sole superpower.
The unveiling and dedication of the first cornerstone for the Third Temple. More have subsequently been built.
A genetic test is successfully developed that accurately identifies the Kohanim (descendants of Moses’ brother Aaron).
|Geneticists unveil their discovery|
The Golden Lampstand rebuilt (now on display in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City until it can be moved to the Third Temple). It is covered in 100 pounds of pure gold.
The ancient Sanhedrin is reconstituted.
Ancient Israeli palm seeds from the time of Christ are successfully germinated. The Methuselah Tree continues to grow in Israel and now there are more such palms growing.
Also, the robe, turban, and exquisite garments for the high priest are completed and unveiled.
Production begins on the linen garments of the Aaronic priests. 120 have since been completed—all that are necessary for service in the Third Temple.
The Temple Institute begins crowdfunding to finance the blueprints for the Third Temple. The money is secured and development begins shortly after. The following year, the blueprints are revealed.
The armies of two of the five modern nations involved in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 enter into the biblical boundary of northern Israel (southern Syria)—Russia and Iran; the final blood moons in the 2014–15 Blood Moon Tetrad occur on Passover and Tabernacles.
While technology likely to be used for the Mark of the Beast has long been in development, precursor technology for the Mark finally made it into the mainstream in 2015 as thousands of Swedes received a microchip implant in their hand. The technology has since spread to other countries, including the United States, demonstrating that there is now little societal resistance to something clearly condemned in Scripture (Rev. 13:16–17).
Baruch Kahane is appointed as the first high priest of Israel since Phannias ben Samuel in 70 AD.
|Kahane is seen ascending a wooden replica of the Altar of Burnt Offering|
The Temple Institute begins a registry of Aaronic priests utilizing the 1997 genetic discovery.
A school for Third Temple service opens in Jerusalem.
The once-in-history sign of Revelation 12:1–2 appears on September 23–24, 2017, alongside dozens of other strange occurrences with a message indicating that the removal of the Church is near and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble is at hand (e.g. here, here, here, here, here, and here).
The biblical identity of Israel as a Jewish State with Jerusalem as its capital is restored, along with national recognition of the Sabbath, biblical festivals, and the country’s prophetic purpose to ingather the exiles.
Turkish forces enter Syria, now bringing three of the five modern countries named in Ezekiel 38, that come against Israel, into the country immediately north (the direction from which the attack is prophesied to occur). These are Russia, Iran, and Turkey. By some interpretations, all that remain are Libya and Sudan.
A possible fulfillment of the sign of Revelation 12:3–4 occurs on October 8, 2018 as the Draconids meteor shower unexpectedly produces shooting stars roughly equivalent to one-third the number of visible stars in the sky, all along the path of the dragon.
The silver half-shekel, which was a required offering to the LORD from every Israelite (Ex. 30:11–16), was reintroduced, featuring President Trump superimposed over Cyrus on the front, and the Third Temple on the back.
The main altar of the Third Temple (Altar of Burnt Offering) is dedicated.
A sign in the sun, moon, and stars occurs (January 1st, 20th, and 22nd, respectively), replaying the birth narrative, and pointing again to the nearness of the rapture.
This may come as a surprise, but Israel has never actually been divided by external forces (the nations/Gentiles). Ancient Israel was divided from within when the Ephraimite Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon’s son Rehoboam in the late 10th century BC. Eventually Assyria took the Northern Kingdom, and the whole of both northern and southern kingdoms fell into the hands of the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Romans, and eventually Islamic and crusader states.
There had not been a united Israel since the middle of the 10th century BC… that is, until 1948. While still not at its fullest, biblical extent, the modern country encompasses territory from both the ancient northern and southern kingdoms. And as for its people, though the word “Jew” is an anglicization of “Judea” and thus “Judah”, the people we call Jews are actually a mixture of all twelve of the ancient tribes of Israel. Are there more ethnic Israelites still to return to the land? Perhaps, but it would be inaccurate to say that only Judahites have returned.
Israel and ethnic Israelites are back in the Promised Land, and as just mentioned, the nations have never themselves divided Israel, though they came close in 1947. This brings the following prophecy from Joel into major focus, because it’s the fulfillment of this prophecy that triggers God’s judgment on all nations (aka the Day of the LORD):
I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land…
We learn several important things about the Tribulation from this passage:
1. First, the immediate context is the onset of the Day of the LORD, which begins contemporaneous with, or shortly after, the removal of the Church from the earth, which is presently restraining the spirit of lawlessness from global domination (2 Thess. 2).
Then, in the latter days, when God finally “restore[s] the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem” (Jl. 3:1), which is in our lifetime, God will initiate the second global judgment. Remember, a century or so after Joel delivered his prophecy Israel was conquered by the Assyrians and then over a century after that, the Jews lost control of Jerusalem. The fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem would not be restored until 1948 and 1967 AD, respectively. This prophecy is pointing to those of us alive now—in the 21st century.
2. This final judgment of the nations will occur in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, which is generally thought to be the Kidron Valley that separates the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. No doubt this is the area where Christ, who returns to the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:2–4; Acts 1:9–12), will tread the winepress of God’s wrath, squashing the gathered armies of the nations into a river of blood at the end of the Great Tribulation.
3. This judgment will occur because the nations have scattered the Jews (something that has been ongoing over the course of the past 2,740+ years) and divided God’s land (something that hasn’t yet happened, but is about to).
Joel has helped us answered the “whens” and “for what reasons,” but why? Why is God going to judge all nations for dividing Israel?
Because God made an everlasting covenant with the patriarch Abraham, endowing him and his descendants through Isaac with the Holy Land. God’s covenants cannot be broken and an everlasting covenant does not pass away. Thus, when the nations themselves divide Israel and Jerusalem, God, who cannot sin or break a promise, must judge the nations to vindicate His Name. This is why so many natural disasters have befallen the nations that have trifled with Israel these past 70 years. They weren’t judgments, they were warnings. When the actual judgment befalls those who sign on to the agreement that divides the land, there will be no mistaking it. Those nations will be destroyed.
This is why students of Bible prophecy are always so focused on the ongoing efforts towards a comprehensive Middle East peace plan. All of the proposed plans involve dividing both Israel and Jerusalem and creating a new nation called “Palestine,” within the land covenanted to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The very nature of the push for a “two-state solution” screams prophecy:
1. It would divide Israel and create “Palestine.” Palestine is not presently a nation and neither has there ever been a country called Palestine, thus Israel is not presently divided (as evidenced by settlements all over Judea and Samaria and Israeli control of the West Bank).
2. It would be an agreement, which in ancient times would be called a covenant. This covenant would involve the “many”—all of the world’s nations, something that has never happened before. This instantly makes a final “peace” agreement the prime candidate for the seven year covenant confirmed by the antichrist in Daniel 9:27.
3. It would violate the everlasting covenant made with Abraham, thus requiring God’s intervention against all the perpetrators, which in this instance would be all the nations of the world (a truly global cataclysm, not just individual judgments against specific nations as in times past like Assyria and Babylon).
Now, we’ve discussed the division of the land and the everlasting covenant, but there is another covenant that seems to play a role as a catalyst for the Tribulation: the Mosaic covenant. This covenant was established at Mt. Sinai in order to condemn the whole world under sin until the Seed promised to Abraham was revealed (Christ). Now that the promised Seed has come, the whole world, condemned under sin, is faced with a single choice: to accept Christ or reject Him (Jn. 3:18).
The laws of the Mosaic covenant are unforgiving. A single violation makes one guilty of breaking the entirety of the covenant, thus it is a curse and condemns everyone under it, because no one can keep it (except Christ who kept it for us). This Law is holy and righteous and good (Rom. 7:12) and its standard still stands for those under it (Rom. 3:31), but those who accept God’s Messiah—who fulfilled the Law on their behalf—are not under it (Rom. 6:14). The Law has not been abolished, but fulfilled through Jesus Christ, and those who have faith in Him recognize that He has met all of its requirements for them.
Yet we see in the Tribulation that Israel has returned to the Mosaic covenant in its fullness, complete with Temple and daily sacrifices. Just a month and a half ago, the Aaronic priesthood dedicated the main altar for the Third Temple, for crying out loud. By rebuilding the Temple and reinstituting sacrifices, the nation is formally rejecting Christ and placing itself under a curse. And the curse of breaking the covenant is severeTribulation (Lev. 26:14–46). God is opposed to these efforts to bring people under the Law, whether it be in the form of the Hebrew Roots Movement within Christianity (Gal. 2:21; 5:4; Rev. 2:9), or whether it be Israel rebuilding the Temple (Isa. 66:1–6). Both will bring a curse, and judgment.
Thus, the problem that Israel is about to face is twofold: it will have signed on to break the everlasting covenant with Abraham (dividing the land), but will simultaneously curse itself by bringing the whole nation under the Mosaic Law, which is itself a rejection of the second part of God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham: a Seed promised to redeem all of those who trust in the LORD (aka Christ via the gospel).
This twofold rejection of God’s promises precipitates the Day of the LORD, otherwise known as the Tribulation, or the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. These are the labor pains variously described in Scripture (Isa. 66:7–9; Jer. 30:1–7; Mt. 24, 1 Thess. 5:3) and Israel is the woman in labor.
Yet God does something miraculous to save Israel. He causes a nation to be born from her before her labor begins (Isa. 66:7–9). This heavenly nation is removed from the earth before trouble (Isa. 26:19–21; Rev. 3:10; 12:3–5). This nation, foolish in the eyes of Israel, is none other than the Church (Deut. 32:20–22; c.f. Rom. 10:19), which is snatched up to Heaven. When we’re gone, Israel will become jealous, which will ultimately lead them to finally recognize that their Messiah is none other than Yeshua—the One who fulfilled the Law for them. And when they finally have faith in Him, all the spiritual curses are removed and He intercedes to save them from their enemies.
So what’s next?
The rapture, the seven-year covenant, and rebuilding the Temple. As far as I can tell, every piece I’ve been looking for for many years is in place and we’re about to leave. I can no longer see anything on the horizon that might buy the world more time, except that our loving Creator is patient and slow to anger. He knows all of those who are His and there are apparently a few more stragglers who need to board the ark.
We live in an intriguing, exciting, but also unsettling time. It’s like when John ate the scroll and it was sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach. We see the triumph that is so incredibly close for those of us who believe, but we are also being tormented in a world increasingly filled with unspeakable violence and sin. And we cry out for those we love who are far from God, desperately wishing that they could finally see.
There is once again an Israel with Israelites and the greatest heavenly sign for both the Church and the Jews has transpired. We truly live at the crossing of the dispensations, but how expansive is that crossing? It seems that nothing more needs to happen between now and the day we see His face.
When O LORD? We can’t yet see Your face, but have come to the end of the tunnel and see the light’s rays breathing in. Light for us, but greater darkness for those who refuse to believe. (Click to Source)
In Luke 21, the Lord Jesus told His disciples that there would be “great signs” in the heavens (Lk. 21:11) and further stated:
There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.
There are only two signs in the entire Bible called “great signs” (σημεῖα μεγάλα in the Greek) and these are found in Revelation 12:1–2 and Revelation 15:1. The former has been a centerpiece of discussion here since 2012 because the astronomical alignment on September 23–24, 2017 perfectly matched the description given in John’s vision. That’s truly phenomenal. Furthermore, Jesus said there would be signs in the sun, moon, and stars and the vision of an astronomical sign in Revelation 12:1–2 is the only sign in the entire Bible that simultaneously contains all three. That’s also phenomenal. More pastors, teachers, and students of Bible prophecy should be engaged and aware of what’s happening, because it’s happening whether or not it fits within your dogma. It is what it is.
I’m reminded of the resurgence of Christian scholarship in the 19th century which began to recognize the literal truth of Bible prophecy—dispensationalism was the natural result of a literal interpretation of Scripture. When Jesus came the first time, He fulfilled well over one hundred prophecies literally. Yet, when it comes to events surrounding His return, for which there are a far greater number of prophecies, Christianity has typically applied allegorism to virtually all but the most essential predictions. That’s faulty on its face. There is certainly such a thing as apocalyptic literature and apocalyptic literature certainly contains symbols, but these symbols are often—if not always—defined in the text. When symbols are not used, we are in the wrong for allegorizing what was intended to be a clear, literal message of warning to the world. Have no doubt about it: the remaining prophecies will be fulfilled just as they were written.
When those 19th century scholars began accepting God’s word at face value, they came to the inevitable conclusion that the Church, composed of Jews and Gentiles believing in Jesus in this present age, had not replaced the nation of Israel. There were still numerous promises yet to be fulfilled, which were made to the Israelite nation. Yet that meant that the Jewish people would necessarily return to the Holy Land and the nation would be reconstituted.
When these dispensationalists predicted that the long-lost nation would return, they were mocked and ridiculed for believing in something so apparently absurd. Yet they were right… because they believed God’s word. And here we are nearly two centuries later and Israel is firmly planted in their ancient homeland, Jerusalem is in the hands of the Jews, and even the country’s biblical-legal identity has been restored.
Now another major biblical prophecy has transpired—namely, the “great sign” in the sun, moon, and stars of Revelation 12—and the media and the world have simply laughed it off. And many Christian leaders have trumpeted out tired, old canards to dismiss what so clearly happened just over one year ago. Underlying every dismissal was a plain disregard for the literal truth of what was prophesied to happen and the implication for what’s coming ever-nearer (the harpazó of the Church described in Rev. 12:5).
To the allegorist, this prophecy has nothing to do with the sun, moon, and stars, and everything to do with a look back into the past when Christ was born to Mary and ascended into Heaven. Yet John described a “great sign” in the sky—involving sun, moon, and stars—and John’s visions, recorded years after Jerusalem’s downfall in 70 AD, were prophetic (Rev. 1:1, 19; 4:1; 7:14; 19–22), not unnecessary jaunts through times past.
Christ, Mary, Herod, and the Ascension, definitely formed the template upon which Revelation 12:1–5 is based, but the actual prophecy has nothing to do with any of those.
The woman represents earthly Israel (c.f. Gen. 37:9–10; Hos. 2:19; c.f. Isa. 26:17–21; 66:7–9), as well as Heavenly Zion, the barren woman longing to give birth to her children (Gal. 4:26–31; c.f. Isa. 54).
And the male child represents the Church, which is snatched (harpazó’d) to Heaven to escape the coming dragon (Rev. 12:5). Jesus was never snatched out of harm’s way. He rose again victoriously and ascended (anabainó) with no threat posed against His power whatsoever, but only after His resurrection.
Furthermore, John explicitly connects the male child of Revelation 12 to the male child of Isaiah 66 by using the abnormal grammatical term huion arsen—the exact same term used in Isaiah 66 (LXX) to describe a corporate entity, a nation, born to Israel. This entity is born before Israel goes into labor and Israel’s labor isthe Tribulation (c.f. Isa. 66:7–9; Jer. 30:6–7; Mt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:3).
But the most obvious discrepancy in the narrative, if Jesus is in view, is that satan actually did get Jesus when he possessed Judas (Lk. 22:3) who betrayed Jesus over to the Jewish authorities to be crucified. The male child of Revelation 12 escapes altogether.
I wish other pastors, teachers, and leaders would look up, as Jesus commanded (Lk. 21:28), and see that these things are quickly coming to pass. You have an obligation to tell your flocks. Don’t shrink back!
This now brings us to certain heavenly happenings that have transpired just this month. A few weeks ago I wrote about this past Sunday’s blood moon, which is the last total lunar eclipse until 2021, and its immediate proximity to the Jupiter-Venus conjunction two days ago. I would encourage you to read that here.
Two additional details were just discovered that make these things even more startling, but first, please recall Jesus’ prophecy: “There will be signs [plural] in the sun, moon, and stars…” Revelation 12 was the big one, and the only one explicitly mentioned in Scripture involving all three. The alignment symbolized Heavenly Jerusalem giving birth to the Church before labor pains (the Tribulation) come upon Israel. But verses 1–2 are just the labor process. The baby hasn’t yet been born, which happens sometime later in verse 5.
What happens next in the labor process? The baby flips, moving into the anterior position with its head near the birth canal:
For nearly all of New Year’s Day earlier this month the face of the sun was covered with this unusual arrangement, as captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:
There is something like a womb (the black) and inside is an image uncannily resembling a baby ready to be born, complete with curled legs, an arm bent at the elbow and folded into the chest, a face with eyes, ears, and nose, and even—dare I say—something upon the baby’s head resembling a crown.
Then the baby is born… Birth involves blood and liquid. On January 20th a total eclipse of the moon could be seen by anyone in North and South America, and most of Africa and Europe. Total lunar eclipses turn the moon red. But there’s more! During the very first minute of totality a meteorite struck the moon and the explosion was visible via telescope. This was the first time in history that a meteorite was observed striking the moon during an eclipse. This was reported by numerous media outlets including The New York Times and National Geographic.
This was the seventh and final blood moon in the series of blood moons surrounding the Revelation 12 Sign and there will not be another for two and a half years.
What’s next in this birthing story? The newly born child is snatched up to God’s throne, escaping the dragon’s bite (Rev. 12:5). Jupiter has been below the seven heads of Serpens for quite some time now and two days after the eclipse (on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade!), Venus, representing Christ (Rev. 22:16), conjuncted with Jupiter, which was a beautiful picture of both Christ meeting His Church in the air (1 Thess. 4:16–17), but also the child being snatched out of harm’s way. There was a lot more to this conjunction that you can read about here.
Not only were there possible signs in the sun, moon, and stars this month, but they actually transpired in the order Christ described and in the order of the Revelation 12 narrative.
Is this going overboard? A chasing after the wind? I would argue that God is continually speaking to us through the heavens (Gen. 1:14; Ps. 19), if we would only but listen. All of creation is under His command and all of it—the whole of it—is delivering His intended message. In a universe created and governed by YHWH, nothing is arbitrary. Nothing is coincidence.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Please tell me what is unclear about the God who created the sun, moon, and stars for signs (Gen. 1:14) using them to speak to us day after day and night after night? September 23rd was the climactic sign in the heavens, but it was only a single day. There is a lot more being said and it’s all saying the same thing: Give God the glory, His Son Jesus is the only Way, the Church is going, and judgment is coming. And not only the heavens, but things on earth, as well:
And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’
It feels like we’re standing on the precipice, so buckle up. The burgeoning Yellow Vest Movement in France seems to be morphing into popular resistance. Macron remains AWOL and hasn’t made any appearances in the last few days.
With Germany’s Angela Merkel stepping down, Emmanuel Macron remains the only prominent globalist still standing. Nationalist leaders have risen in North America (Trump), South America (Bolsonaro), Russia, China, India, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and elsewhere.
When creatures are backed into a corner they can suddenly do very dangerous things. Surely the leaders of the U.N./E.U./globalist enterprise feel they are backed into a truly precarious corner in which they will not survive if they don’t come out swinging.
Perhaps with clever subterfuge Macron will gather power in the E.U. countries still driven by diehard continental federalists (maybe that’s what he’s doing as I write this, which might explain his present absence). Merkel and others have been all-to-eager to support Marcon’s 10-nation alliance and his other endeavors. On the other hand, what if he really doesn’t survive this? We could be looking at an even bigger tumult among Europe’s despondent citizens, one that spreads across the whole continent. It will be the perfect storm into which the man of lawlessness will arise. A certain supernatural event will grow that storm into a typhoon.
Intriguingly, Jaco Prinsloo noticed that The Economist’s 2017 edition displayed cards on its cover reminiscent of the 1982 Illuminati Card Game. One of those cards called “The Hermit” shows a massive protest march against globalism and the E.U. The marchers are yellow, perhaps wearing yellow vests. And the specific alignment of stars closely resembles the constellation Leo with a crescent moon at its tail. The stellar alignment conceivably occurred last weekend just as the Yellow Vest Movement was exploding.
In other news:
I’m beginning to think this concept of seven years of plenty followed by seven years of the Tribulation (famine) may hold real water. [Speculating here: the 2014 to 2021 range would be the “plenty” and 2021 to 2028 would be the Trib. The Trib would end precisely in the year of Israel’s 80th anniversary (max length of a generation), which also happens to be the 2,000th anniversary of the beginning of Christ’s earthly ministry, in which He declared the Jubilee. Our Blessed Hope may transpire anytime between now and 2021 and the heavenly signs may have been 3.5 year warnings. There is a whole lot more that could be unpacked on this, but time doesn’t permit me. Stay tuned!] (Click to Source)
Are you following what God is revealing to the churches, or scoffing from the sidelines?
The one-year anniversary of the Revelation 12 Sign will occur in just three short days and a plausible explanation for the Sign of the Dragon may be happening in just a few weeks. Excitement is building for the first day of Tabernacles, Shemini Atzeret, and a possibly delayed Feast of Trumpets to occur in October. I’ve been reminiscing lately about all the incredible revelation God has given to the Church over the course of these past few years, largely because of these heavenly signs. Indeed, based on the way I divide Luke’s account of the Olivet Discourse in Luke 21, the first major sign(s) indicating that the Day of the LORD is at hand are “signs in the sun, moon, and stars” (Lk. 21:25). Only one sign in the entire Bible explicitly includes both sun, moon, and stars, and that is the sign recorded in the first two verses of Revelation 12.– – –In light of all that God has graciously revealed to us over these past few years, I wanted to once again provide a chronological recap of key articles that will provide our newer readers with a solid overview of properly divided biblical prophecy:
Prophecy Principles and Rules for Interpretation:
WHY THE CHURCH IS DIVIDED (Under the section “When to Unite”)
THE CALLED OUT ONES
Signs of the Nearness of the Rapture and Second Coming:
10 REASONS JESUS WILL COME BACK IN OUR LIFETIME
TOP 20 SIGNS OF THE RAPTURE AND SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE
AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
KEY EVENTS PRECEDING THE DAY OF THE LORD
Revelation 12 Sign (Sign of the Woman in Labor):
THE REVELATION 12 SIGN COMPENDIUM
WHY THE REVELATION 12 SIGN CAN’T BE DEBUNKED
THE CELESTIAL C-SECTION
ESCAPE TO A PLACE PREPARED
WHO IS THE MALE CHILD OF REVELATION 12?
CONSERVATIVE SCHOLARS AGREE
Sign of the Dragon:
WHERE IS THE DRAGON?
WHY THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE IS SOLID BIBLICAL TRUTH
WHO WILL BE RAPTURED?
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS
THE BLESSED HOPE
THE ANTICHRIST, THE RESTRAINER, AND THE REMNANT
CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN (PART I)
CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN (PART II)
CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN (PART III)
THE THREE FINAL GATHERINGS (PART I)
THE THREE FINAL GATHERINGS (PART II)
THE ROOT, SHOOT, AND FRUIT OF JESSE (PART I)
THE ROOT, SHOOT, AND FRUIT OF JESSE (PART II)
PASSING THE TORCH
A PROMISING PRE-TRIB PROPHECY HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
THE FINAL PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
WHO ARE THE 24 ELDERS?
THE DAY OF THE LORD
AN OVERVIEW OF THINGS TO COME
Distinguishing between the resurrections:
THE FIRST AND SECOND RESURRECTIONS
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HELL?
Revelation 21–22 and Heaven:
WHAT IS HEAVEN?– – –I’ve also been overwhelmed with joy because of the incredible brotherhood that has developed in the Body because of these things. It feels as if we’re 21st century magi joined together for one, unifying purpose: to find the One born King of the Jews—but this time not a baby in a manger—instead, a glorious King in the clouds. I want to take a minute and thank each of you for all that you’ve shown me and done for me. I’ve lost some family and friends because of all this, but have truly received one hundredfold just as Christ said would happen in Mark 10:29–30. When I stop to think about it, I often feel even closer to many of you than I do to some of my own flesh and blood, because brothers and sisters in Christ are of an entirely greater and more permanent family.
To our readers who so faithfully journey with us and encourage us when we’ve been down, discouraged, or under attack. God has used your love, new insights, and gracious comments to keep us going and to write with new inspiration. There’s so many of you that have blessed us, I couldn’t name every one, but thank you, thank you, thank you. You’re the reason Unsealed exists, so I can’t help but mention you first.
To those of you who have graciously supported the mission financially, thank you! I can give you statistics for just some of what God has done with what you have given (hint, hint: hundreds of thousands of people around the world have heard the Gospel!), but I don’t think any of us will understand the full weight of what God has done through you until we soon see Heaven.
My dad (whom you all know as “Greg”). You’re a constant friend and encouragement. I’ve been blessed to be discipled under you. Two things you’ve taught me: 1. Trust Christ and God’s Word above all else, and 2. Don’t get stuck in traditions; follow Scripture wherever it leads.
Jeff, our friendship started because of the Revelation 12 Sign. We were watching the sky together and God used that to develop a close friendship that will continue into the age to come. Your friendship and wisdom are a priceless blessing.
Bryan, you also have become a close friend, fellow coffee (and sushi) connoisseur, and personal Barnabas. You have encouraged each one of us with your godly wisdom and motivation to press on.
Brad, if only you lived down south! You have been a great friend and fellow watchman. Many encouraging phone calls and teamwork over the past two years. We have the same mission and will not stop until we accomplish it (by God’s grace).
Hillary, you have become a pivotal part of our team and a great source of grace and focus for all of us. Your message is a constant reminder of God’s grace and the importance of never wavering on what really counts: the Gospel. Of late you seem to have more motivation than all of us combined.
Stephanie, though we haven’t met yet, your ministry on Facebook has been so important to the mission that we’re all a part of. You are graciously leading and rightly dividing the Word for thousands upon thousands to see.
Mike, I want to send a special thanks to you, brother. On your own initiative you have become a real leader on our growing online community (nearing 600 people!). There is so much going on across our ministries that it’s become kind of overwhelming. Knowing that we have a humble, godly leader who rightly divides the Word and knows the Gospel, leading our community, is a huge blessing.
Our other forum leaders: @Natalie, @KJS, @Yardstick, and @Barbiosheepgirl. When we were first trying to build out the leadership, we went through many names. You rose to the top for the right reasons. Godly, faithful, humble, and wise. Thank you.
Dan, I think I can honestly say we are all thankful for your unbelievable diligence and friendship. How in the world do you get all of that research done?! It’s a blessing to all of us and helps keep us going.
Jim, you were a light on the forum and are now a real encourager on our Watchmen on the Wall group. You remind us to take these things very seriously, as well as to remind us that spiritual warfare is all too real.
Greg L., you know I’ve tried to convince you to come to Unsealed, but have been unable! Irregardless, many of us have found great wisdom and inspiration from your articles, so it seems God has placed you right where He wants you. You have the best exegesis on the 24 elders, the Millennial Temple, and the nature of signs that I’ve ever read. Keep going, brother, our “exit” is not far ahead.
Barry, I’ve also tried to convince you to meet up with us the next time you’re in town, and though we haven’t talked, I can’t help but think of you as a friend. You’re a very personal encouragement to all of us and your stalwart defense of the Gospel has opened thousands of eyes as you expose the lawlessness of the law-keepers.
There are many others I want to write a whole thank you to, but time is not yet permitting. Just a few of you: Adam, Scottie, Matt M., Paul D., Matt P. (Daily Crow!!!), Jaco, Darren, Paul S. (Zeus!!!), and on and on. Each of you is greatly appreciated. We are all on the same team and have the same goal, “pressing on toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14).– – –We all have a mission to do and there is precious little time left to do it (months, weeks, days?). Let’s keep going! Encourage, exhort, and (lovingly) admonish one another. Share what God is showing you. Don’t put your light under a bushel. Put it out for all to see. Your faith and hope and the wisdom of God will soon be proven true.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.– 1 Thessalonians 4:16–18I am 362 months old this month. Strong’s 362 is “I await (one whose coming is expected)”. The word is used only one time in Scripture:
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.~ MARANATHA ~
Several people have been emailing and messaging me about the apparent closure of the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to address the situation. These sorts of stories come out from time to time and I usually steer clear because they turn out to be unsubstantiated rumors.
This one is not. However, although it is really happening, we would do well not to jump to any conclusions without knowing more. The public is in the dark.
Here is what we know:
I haven’t yet been able to substantiate the rumor that those other observatories and webcams were closed, but all of the other points above have been confirmed by numerous media reports.
Some of the less conspiratorial explanations include the possibility that Chinese or Russian hackers were using the observatory’s antennae to spy on nearby White Sands Missile Range or that government officials wanted to prevent photography of top secret aircraft or missile testing.
But, again, the public is still in the dark. At this point it’s all just speculation.
We know that there have been an unusually large number of near-earth objects in the past 2–3 weeks and the Revelation 12 “Sign of the Dragon” may be occurring in about three weeks. Could this be related?
There is also speculation that the sun may have launched an unusually powerful solar flare towards the earth, and there is, for whatever reason, some attempt to cover it up. There was in fact news stories a few days ago about a large coronal hole facing the earth and a G2 geomagnetic storm occurred on September 11th, just a few short days ago.
From the prophetic side of things, many of us have wondered what might bring the Church into immediate danger precipitating our miraculous deliverance to Heaven (Rev. 12:5). Might there be a threat to the earth?
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|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.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly requested a direct, face-to-face meeting with President Trump to talk about complete denuclearization. In a shocking announcement, the President has agreed to a meeting “by May”—presumably to occur shortly before Israel’s 70th anniversary on May 14th.
In the meantime, North Korea has agreed to suspend all missile and nuclear tests while conceding that U.S.-South Korean military exercises will continue. The sudden, concessionary tone from Kim Jong-un has startled geopolitical analysts, showing that Reagan-esque “peace through strength” is the only effective method of international diplomacy, but time will tell. One thing is for sure—the last 30 years of Democrat and Neocon policies have done absolutely nothing to dissuade the North Korean leadership. All the while hundreds of thousands—including untold numbers of Christians—continue to languish in labor camps.
In other news, rumor is continuing to boil that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may retire this summer, which would be a vacancy that could fundamentally transform SCOTUS from socially liberal to socially conservative (Kennedy was the deciding vote on gay marriage and numerous other issues). For the nation’s sake I pray he does. I also pray that he stands up for religious liberty in the upcoming, monumentally important case involving a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. If he sides with the court’s four liberals, Christian liberty will be stifled like never before.
Please pray with me.
I also want to bring attention to another rapidly developing story that is being largely ignored—the situation for the minority white population in South Africa has suddenly deteriorated and some reports are suggesting they may be in imminent danger. Please, please pray for this situation immediately. We have readers in South Africa. They and their families need your prayers.
Last week the Parliament of South Africa voted to allow the bureaucratic seizure of land owned by white farmers without compensation. To further inflame tensions, the leader of the racist EFF party has called for violence against whites in the country, setting off alarm bells about a Rwanda-repeat.
I want to hear from our South African friends if you have any news about this.
Lastly, speculation is building about the significance of March 20th, the presumed start of the next biblical year. I would be remiss not to mention this. There is an incredible plethora of numbers, patterns, and day counts pointing to this day, and it’s a day that signals not only the end of the year in which the Revelation 12Sign occurred, but also the beginning of the year in which Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary. That is significant in and of itself.
That being said, I think we can make a mistake by suggesting numbers, patterns, and day counts can only find their significance in the rapture. To the contrary, every day is significant and controlled by God, and some days more significant than others, but sometimes it takes time to realize what that significance is. For example, the Super Blood Moon in September 2015 didn’t signal the rapture, but the entrance of large numbers of Russian and Iranian troops into the biblical boundaries of Northern Israel. Likewise, the blood moon in April 2014 did not pinpoint the rapture, but marked a significant number of geopolitical developments and armed conflicts, including the rise of the Islamic State’s caliphate and the civil war in Ukraine.
While I believe the rapture is imminent (probably this year), I’m not sure exactly how this will all play out. (Click to Source)
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There are an overwhelming number of things going on in the world and I feel pressed to share what’s on my radar. As for my absence this past week, I’m currently inundated with some personal projects, but I’m still very much watching and excited about what the next couple of months will bring. Next month is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the nation of Israel on the same day as Christ’s ascension in 33 AD (if indeed Christ was crucified in 33 and not 32 AD).
I’m checking the news daily for any updates regarding the status of the Jewish Nation-State Bill that was finally approved in committee (a major milestone). It is currently headed for the first of three votes in the full Knesset and if passed will restore Israel’s biblical identity as the land of the Jews. It will also establish Hebrew as the official language, include biblical language about ingathering the remaining exiles, and enforce the Sabbath and biblical festivals nationwide. There is no doubt in my mind that the passage of this bill into Israeli Basic Law will make 2018 as prophetically significant as 1948 and 1967. 1948 – the nation (Israel). 1967 – the city (Jerusalem). 2018 – the people (Jewish).
If any of you are uncovering anything, please do share!
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There is breaking news out of Jerusalem that descendants of Moses’ brother Aaron, called Kohanim, have just conducted a Passover sacrifice at the foot of the Temple Mount, just yards from where the Jewish Temple once stood. The sacrifice is a groundbreaking moment in modern Israeli history and likely the first time since 68 AD that a Passover sacrifice was conducted in such close proximity to the Temple Mount.
Religious Jews have been increasingly eager to build the Third Temple and restart sacrifices, but have been prevented from performing sacrifices in the area in years past by Israeli police and Palestinians. In 2015 a sacrifice was conducted in West Jerusalem, then in 2016 an even closer sacrifice was carried out on the Mount of Olives. Last year a sacrifice was conducted closer still, just 400 meters from the Temple Mount, but today’s Passover slaughter of a lamb was just one step short of actually occurring where the Temple itself once stood.
Major Israeli religious leaders were in attendance, including MK Yehuda Glick who has tirelessly worked to promote the building of the Third Temple. Of nearly equal historical significance is the fact that Israeli police did nothing to prevent the ritual. Jews are closer than ever to repossessing the Temple grounds.
At the same time, Palestinians are planning a mass march on Israel in the lead up to Israel’s 70th anniversary and the U.S. embassy handover from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Some 100,000 Gazans will attempt to storm the Israeli border.
Of even more significance, the Knesset is closing in on the first of three votes to pass the Jewish State bill, which if passed will no doubt make 2018 as prophetically significant as 1948 and 1967. We all need to watch this very, very closely because the next six to eight weeks may be the most important period of time many of us have witnessed in our lifetimes.
Across the border, in Syria, Russian generals continue to warn that a major U.S. fleet buildup in the Western Mediterranean is a prelude to a massive attack on Assad’s government in Damascus.
The age of the Gentiles is coming to an end and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble is close at hand when God will finally bring Israel to repentance and national recognition that Yeshua is LORD. (Click to Source)