We Might Be Closer Than You Think

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Get ready, because I’m going to be discussing some dates in this article—not as any sort of “thus saith the LORD” or prophetic prediction, but merely as speculation based on some puzzle pieces that are suddenly and seemingly fitting together in some unexpected ways.  So if that easily offends your sensibilities, please see this article and see yourself to the closest available safe space.

No one knows (Mt. 24:36424425:13Mk. 13:3235Acts 1:7)?  Or, you should know (Mt. 16:324:4348–50Mk. 13:37Lk. 12:37395621:34361 Thess. 5:4Heb. 10:25Rev. 1:13:3)?

Rather than trying to argue a side, I say both are true.  God lives in the deep water, my friends, and we can follow Him without trying to place Him in the box we feel comfortable with.

And when it comes down to it, if we take God’s word at face value, the thrust of the message on this topic seems to be that trying to figure out the exact day with certainty is essentially a fruitless effort, however, we should be so acutely aware of the manifold signs that God has abundantly given that when the day does come we won’t be surprised in the least.  It will fit like a glove.  And without knowing an exact date on the calendar, we can still be confident we are in the season at the culmination of a myriad of end time signs.

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The Age of the Earth

Based on the Masoretic Text (MT) of the Old Testament and most pre-Masoretic extra-biblical calculations of the age of the earth, we are now living extremely close to the 6,000th year from creation.  There is an ancient tradition in Judeo-Christianity that teaches that the history of the world will encompass a period of 7,000 years, mimicking the seven days of creation: 6,000 years of labor and sin, followed by 1,000 years of Sabbath, which will be the era of Messiah.  This 1,000 year “Sabbath” seems like a foregone conclusion based on Revelation 20:1–6; and the 6,000 years of labor can be strongly deduced from verses such as Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 (also notice that Psalm 90 is where we get a biblical definition for the length of a generation; Ps. 90:10).

The problem is, while there is very clear biblical evidence that the very generation we are living in is presently within a few years in either direction of the 6,000th year, there is a lot of disagreement about exactly when that will be.  According to the MT, the Flood occurred 1,656 years from creation, but beyond that, we have to rely on various secular sources to connect some of the dots, especially in the period of the Divided Kingdom.  For that reason, there isn’t exact consensus among those who accept the literal truth of Scripture.  Borrowed from Answers in Genesis, below is a chart presenting the calculations of various chronologists for the date of creation based on the LXX (#1–5) and MT (#6–32):

Note that the first five calculations are based on the Greek manuscript tradition (Septuagint/LXX), which has a variant genealogy in Genesis adding roughly 1,200–1,500 years to what the MT contains.  The MT is based on the Hebrew tradition and is what is found in the vast majority of Bibles today.

Also note that E. Greswell (#17) arrived at the same year as James Ussher, who was the most famous Christian chronologist.  The 17th century Ussher calculated creation to 4004 BC based on the best available information at the time, however, there is good evidence that creation may have been a few decades later, sometime in the first half of the 40th century BC, which is where we see the largest grouping of chronologies in any 50-year period.

A few years ago I made separate cases for the Petavius calculation (3983) and Johannes Kepler’s (not in the above list, but was 3977), however, Kepler’s calculation may have been mistranslated into English as 3977 when it was in fact 4977.

In any case, I was looking over this chart yesterday and two calculations that I had previously overlooked suddenly caught my attention—those of Becke and Klassen (3974 and 3975, respectively).  Where had I seen those dates before?

Suddenly it occurred to me that in the months leading up to September 23, 2017, when we were diligently studying to find out if an alignment similar to the Revelation 12 Sign had ever occurred before, I had discovered that the next closest match in all of history was in July of 3974 BC.

I marked the pregnancy as “No”, but only because it included Mars in Virgo’s womb and it wasn’t quite as “perfect” as the 2017 alignment.  In retrospect, maybe that was significant.  Mars has always represented judgment and war.  Could this have been the Fall of Mankind when enmity (war) began between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent?  Furthermore, Saturn (representing satan) formed one of the twelve stars of the crown and was near Regulus (the king star)—perhaps representing satan, via the deception in Eden, gaining dominion over the earth by swindling Adam and Eve.  He tried to set his throne above the stars of God (Isa. 14:12–15Ez. 28:12–19).

In the alignment of 3974 BC there was also a very symmetrically-arranged crown of twelve stars, a 9–10 month retrograde of Jupiter in Virgo’s womb, and the sun and moon in their proper places.

Consider for a moment the possibility that this was in fact a sign given by God at or near the Fall of Mankind when He gave the prophecy of Genesis 3:15–16 foretelling the age-long battle between the Messiah with His people (seed of the woman) and satan and the unbelievers (seed of the serpent).  The imagery of a woman, serpent, and male child would form the very basis for all future prophecy, culminating with the final showdown in Revelation 12.

Given that biblical years always overlap two Gregorian years and the Fall didn’t occur immediately at creation, might Klassen and Becke have both been right?  They came to extremely similar conclusions.  Perhaps creation was in 3975, followed by the 9–10 month retrograde of Jupiter culminating with the Fall, heavenly sign, and Genesis 3 prophecy in 3974 BC.

If that’s the case, then the 6,000th year from creation would be 2026 AD (3,975 + 2,026 = 6,001 years; you then subtract one year since there is no year ‘0’ on the Gregorian calendar).  2019 is seven years before that.

Let’s take a look at the alignment of July 28, 3974 BC.  This will blow your mind.

1. Saturn (satan) attempting to raise his throne above the stars of God (see Isa. 14:12–15; cf. Ez. 28:12–19).

2. A crown of 12 stars.

3. Virgo clothed in the sun.

4. Mars (enmity, war, judgment) befalling mankind.  Consider also God’s judgment on Eve of painful labor!  Mars may have entered Virgo’s womb as the judgment was given (Gen. 3:16)!

5. Jupiter in a similar location to September 23, 2017 following a 9–10 month retrograde within Virgo’s womb.

6. The moon is under Virgo’s feet.

Another Interesting Coincidence: In February 2017 I identified a possible astronomical sign in 2321 BC that may have signified the Great Flood.  You can read about that here under the section on Aquarius.  That date is surprisingly close to when the Flood would have to occur if creation was in 3975 BC.  As a matter of fact, 1,656 years after 3975 BC would be 2319 BC, roughly two years after the sign, just as the Revelation 12 Sign may have been roughly two years before the beginning of the next global cataclysm (2019?).

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Modern Signs

I have to give credit to brother Paul from RevelationChapter12.com for spotting some of the details in this next section.  This will also blow your mind.

Think back to the 2014–15 Blood Moon Tetrad.  It had been observed that a similar pattern of total lunar eclipses on Passover-Tabernacles-Passover-Tabernacles marked both Israel’s reestablishment and the conquest of Jerusalem.  Israel’s rebirth was the ultimate end times sign, possibly marking the starting point of the Fig Tree Generation, which will survive to see all of the end of the age events fulfilled.  A generation is 70–80 years according to Psalm 90:10.  That means all Tribulation events may occur sometime within the 2018–28 range.  We must be awfully close.  Israel turned 70 on May 14, 2018 and will exit its 70th year on either May 10th (Iyar 5 on the Hebrew calendar) or May 14th of this year.  Consider that for a moment.

In 2017 we pointed 70 years back to the U.N. mandate to divide the land, but that was faulty significance.  The U.N. mandate failed to divide the land, and the very next year Israel became a nation, but a Palestinian state has never since come into being, thus the land has not yet been divided.  “Palestine” has only been an idea—a concept in the mind of unbelievers.  They haven’t yet pulled the trigger.

Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, but the very next day a coalition of Arab enemies declared war on the fledgling country.  Would Israel survive?  The war was bloody, lasting nearly a year, and 1 out of 100 Israelis were killed in the fighting.  But with God’s miraculous intervention, the country survived with major fighting ending on March 10, 1949.

The next month, precisely on Passover, the final ceasefire of the war came into effect, signifying Israel’s victory and the fact that Israel was now here to stay.  The fig tree had put forth leaves.  This was April 13, 1949 and it also happened to be the date of the first Blood Moon in the first Blood Moon Tetrad in modern times.  The first heavenly sign following the rebirth of Israel.

70 years later is April 13, 2019, seven days before Passover.  Note that Israeli elections are scheduled for April 9th and President Trump and Jared Kushner have said the “Deal of the Century” will not be unveiled until shortly after Israeli elections.

Passover 1949: The fig tree put forth leaves

Side Note: Considering the significance of 9/23/17 being the date of the greatest heavenly sign foretold in the Bible (Rev. 12:1–2), I find it fascinating that the British Mandate for Palestine, finally securing a Jewish homeland, and triggering the Fourth Aliyah, began on September 29, 1923.  Furthermore, Israel’s War of Independence lasted exactly 9 months, 2 days, and 3 weeks.  Clearly God controls history (Acts 17:26).

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The Ultimate Deal

Why was the greatest heavenly sign in 2017?  Perhaps it was a roughly two-year warning, but consider this: the Daniel 9:27 covenant is what triggers the Day of the LORD, because it is a breaking of the everlasting covenant.  God judges all the nations for dividing the covenant land (Joel 3:2; read more about this here under “What’s Next?”).  The Trump-Kushner peace initiative is a very likely candidate for the deal, or at least the basis for a further strengthening by the antichrist once the Church is removed.

The Trump-Kushner peace initiative began on August 20–22, 2017 when Jared Kushner and other U.S. officials traveled to the Middle East to present ideas to key Middle East leaders and solicit feedback.  They left for the Middle East on Sunday, August 20th, and met with Crown Prince Salman on the 22nd (their first meeting).

What’s significant about those dates?  Right in the middle was the Great American Eclipse on August 21st, 33 days before the Revelation 12 Sign.  Perhaps God was marking the occasion: “You know, this little jaunt to the Middle East that no one is paying attention to is ultimately going to lead to the Day of the LORD.”  See my article The Divine Message of the August Eclipse.

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Conclusion

Am I offering you a specific day or hour for the rapture or the signing of a covenant or any other major event?  Absolutely not.  All I’m saying is that the pieces of the puzzle are in place and we are remarkably closer than most in the world (and Church) realize.  The April-May 2019 timeframe is well worth watching.

P.S. A dear sister in Christ named Lisa Leenie passed away on September 28, 2015, the date of the final Blood Moon over Jerusalem in the 2014–15 Blood Moon Tetrad.  I vividly remember discussing the LORD’s return with her back in the old RITAN days (Rapture in the Air Now).  She was gracious, full of the Spirit, and trustworthy.

In September 1988 she had a vivid and powerful dream in which an angel handed her a scroll.  On the scroll was written the numbers 11192.  She was told the numbers were a date.  We don’t know much beyond that, but 11,192 days from September 1988 when she had the dream brings us precisely to the April-May 2019 timeframe.

God is not the author of confusion.  Eventually all of these signs will lead to what we’re longing for. (Click to Source)

Further Reading:

Major Prophetic Milestones

The Ultimate Sign

The Celestial C-Section

The Day of the LORD

The Parable of the Fig Tree

God and His Fig Tree

The “Ultimate Deal” is Ready

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2018: The Year In Review

2018

Greetings,

To the churches of God that are in the United States, Israel, the severed province of Judea and Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth; to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

2018 is past and 2019 lies ahead. In light of the fact that it has been given to us by God to see the next year here on earth and to further testify to the world of the grace we have received, I wanted to write to you all to remind you of what we’ve already seen and I also wanted to write to you straight from the heart on several topics that have burdened me deeply. The days are very, very few.

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2018 in Review

We lived this past year with heightened expectation given all that happened in 2017—especially the literal, astronomical fulfillment of Revelation 12:1–2 on September 23rd—and the fact that Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary in May. In retrospect, many significant prophetic events occurred showing that even more was destined to happen in the lead up to the Church’s departure. Here is a brief rundown from 2018:

January: 

Other countries follow suit to move their embassies to Jerusalem

42 Jews prayed and worshipped openly on the Temple Mount

Turkish forces finally enter Syria (now three of the five modern countries in Ezekiel 38 that come against Israel are in Syria) and this happened on a day of particular prophetic significance

The “Humanity Star” was launched

The Super-Blue-Blood Moon

February: 

Dow crashes 666 points and then three days later U.S. markets suffer their worst single day crash in U.S. history

Israel launches largest airstrikes in Syria since 1982

Billy Graham passes away at the age of 99 (many people have had dreams of the rapture happening not long after his passing)

The Sanhedrin begins minting Third Temple coins, which bear the image of Trump as a modern-day Cyrus

March: 

The Jewish State Bill finally passed a key Knesset committee vote

Aaronic priests carry out a Passover sacrifice at the foot of the Temple Mount

April: 

U.S. launches mass air strikes on Damascus following a chemical attack that left 78 dead

The Israeli flag flies on the Temple Mount for the first time in 50 years, and it was raised by Chinese Christians, signaling that the gospel has now gone around the world

Israel hosts a 70-hour long celebration of its 70th anniversary (on the Hebrew calendar) along a 70-mile long stretch of Israel’s coast, in what was likely the largest celebration in the country’s history

May: 

Iran launches missile attacks against Israel leading to two massive waves of airstrikes in retaliation

The U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s reestablishment as thousands storm the Gaza border

June: 

President Erdogan of Turkey becomes dictator

Anthony Kennedy retires from SCOTUS (the deciding vote on social issues)

July: 

The Jewish State Bill becomes permanent law, signaling the restoration of Israel’s covenanted identity

The world witnesses the longest blood moon of the 21st century

August: 

A plausible explanation for the next piece of the Revelation 12 Sign revealed

September: 

Russia announces move of S-300 batteries to Damascus

October: 

A very literal astronomical fulfillment of Revelation 12:3–4 occurs

Conservative evangelical Bolsonaro wins election in Brazil promising to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem

November: 

Prosperity “prophets” proven wrong as Democrats sweep to power in Congress in historic U.S. midterms

Emmanuel Macron’s 10-nation military alliance in Europe goes online

December: 

The Yellow-Vest Movement explodes in Europe as Macron goes into hiding

Aaronic priests, in conjunction with the Sanhedrin, dedicate the main Third Temple altar and offer the daily oblation upon it (per Exodus 29), but the altar and menorah fires kept mysteriously going out!

Finally, Trump announces a sudden and unexpected removal of all U.S. forces from Syria, leaving Russia, Turkey, and Iran; not only does this leave three of the five bad actors in Ezekiel 38 to their own devices, but can you see any prophetic hint in this news? You know, like a “trump” signaling a sudden and unexpected removal of the good guys from the battlefield, leaving Israel’s enemies free to attack?

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Theoretical Timelines in Light of the Revelation 12 Sign

With 2018 behind us it feels like we’re entering the red zone, a period of roughly 2.5 years within which our Blessed Hope may come if all things are to be fulfilled (including Christ’s second coming) by Israel’s 80th birthday (2028; see Ps. 90:10). That may be far more than speculative conjecture if a solid biblical case can be made that the fig tree, is, in fact, a symbol of national Israel as I argue here. We should also keep in mind that there is scant biblical evidence one way or the other if a gap in time occurs between the rapture and the onset of Daniel’s 70th Week. We should always live with the expectation and understanding that the Tribulation is “Christmas” and the rapture is “Thanksgiving”. Since we’re already seeing so many Christmas decorations pointing to the nearness of the Tribulation, how much closer must we be to Thanksgiving?

There are now only six Tribulation timelines that make any sense to me in light of dispensationalism, the Revelation 12 Sign, the reestablishment of Israel, and all the myriad of signs we’ve seen in the past several years. And since I know God’s word is literal truth, there’s little doubt in my mind that all this longing and expectation and all these God-given signs are proof-positive that we will see Christ with our own eyes very soon. These are the last several years. You will see it. Your children will see it. The apostles and earliest Christians longed to see these days and we are the ones to see it. As we wait these final days, weeks, and months, I’m reminded that Peter, Paul, Priscilla and Aquila, Timothy and Titus, James and John, Lydia, Mary, Martha, and many others have waited a far longer time.

And in terms of prophetic years of 360-days each (a counting of time used in Genesis, Daniel, and Revelation) all of these timelines occur more than 2,000 years after the beginning of the Church Age circa 33 AD.

Here are what I consider to be the final timelines with a few reasons given for each. These are separated into “red zone” and “terminal zone”. We are now in the red zone and I believe the rapture will happen in this zone. That being said, if my understanding of “all these things fulfilled” or the length of a generation is off, then I would fully expect the rapture to occur in the terminal zone and no later.

RED ZONE 

2019–2026

  • The Revelation 12 Sign was a two-year warning (about the length of time of the Bethlehem Star events in 3–2 BC).
  • There is little or no gap between the rapture and the 70th Week.
  • The Trump-Kushner peace plan is intricately connected with the final confirmation of the covenant in Daniel 9:27 (which must be strengthened for seven years after we’re gone).
  • Revelation 12:1–2 in 2017; Revelation 12:3–4 in 2018; Revelation 12:5 in 2019? One year between each?
  • The culmination of the Revelation 12:3–4 Sign in 2018 marked the roughly one-year warning rather than the Sign of the Woman.

2020–2027

  • A very nice and even range on the Gregorian calendar used by virtually all Gentiles.
  • Christ’s return would be in the 80th year of the Mandate on Palestine.

2021–2028

  • A possible seven years of plenty and seven years of famine template with 2014 marking the beginning phase (the first Blood Moon and global reemergence from the Great Recession).
  • The Revelation 12 Sign thus occurs in the middle of the seven years of plenty and the heavenly signs occur roughly 3.5 years before their actual fulfillment.
  • Christ returns in Israel’s 80th year, which might also be exactly 2,000 years from Christ’s declaration of Jubilee at the beginning of His ministry circa 28 AD.
  • 2028 is the last possible year for “all things” to be fulfilled within one biblically-defined generation of the fig tree branch becoming tender (the reemergence of national Israel).

TERMINAL ZONE 

2023–2030 

  • All of the events in Revelation 12 and the labor pains described in the Olivet Discourse would be fulfilled within 80 years of Israel’s reestablishment, but not the second coming.
  • The Tribulation would begin around Israel’s 75th anniversary, an “average” generation between 70 and 80 years, and the age at which Abraham was when he departed from Haran to Canaan.
  • While I don’t personally find the evidence compelling, some have argued that 30 AD was a plausible year for the crucifixion, thus 2030 would be exactly 2,000 solar years later.

2024–2031

  • The second seven years of plenty and seven years of famine template. 2017 and the Revelation 12Sign would have then demarcated the beginning of the seven years of plenty and served as a seven year warning.
  • The Great American Eclipse: Part II, which traverses the entire country again from the opposite angle. The two historic eclipses across the head Gentile nation highlight both the seven years of plenty, but also the subsequent judgment on all nations.
  • Trump/Pence (“Trumpets”) was inaugurated in January 2017, who brings God-given reprieve to the Church and world economy for a time (thus another reason 2017 could have been the beginning of seven years of plenty).
  • 31 AD is seen by some as the date of the crucifixion.

2025/26–2032/33 “The Terminal Timeline” 

  • The last possible range in my view (now only six or seven years away!)
  • 32 and 33 AD were the likeliest years of the crucifixion (33 if you favor a Friday crucifixion or 32 a Wednesday or Thursday). Thus one of those years will likely be the true 2,000 year delineator of the Church Age.
  • It will begin when Israel is 77 or 78 years old (within a biblical generation) and conclude when Israel is 84 or 85.
  • The Revelation 12 Sign may have been a seven-year warning of the rapture if there is a one or two year gap between the rapture and the Tribulation; or perhaps a more general mega-sign that the Day of the LORD is at hand and we’re truly living in the final few years.

 

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Rightly Dividing (Again)

I wanted to do a full follow-up on Stephanie’s excellent article on “Rightly Dividing,” but as the time came to write it I instead felt a different conviction: not just to argue a side, but to discuss the Christian community’s need to exemplify brotherly love and faithful devotion.

Is this topic important? Yes, if the gospel itself is called into question, but No, if all sides can properly define the gospel. For the most part (outside of the Hebrew Roots Movement within the prophecy community) both sides seem to be in agreement:

1. Christ died for our sins.

2. He rose again.

3. If we have genuine faith in Him, even without works, we will be saved.

We need, above all else, to love one another and extend fellowship even when views don’t perfectly align.  If we can’t do that then what good is our faith?  How will the world know who we are?

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

No one is converted by wise words, perfect doctrine, or persuasive speech.  People are moved to faith when they see Christians living lovingly and authentically, testifying openly of their brokenness, and pursuing the lost with humility.

But on the topic at hand, I do want to express a few thoughts and concerns I have with some of those who have sided with Mid- or Post-Acts dispensationalism with militancy against their brothers and sisters in Christ who disagree:

1. Both sides desire to “rightly divide,” which is why labels can do more harm than good. It isn’t that those who disagree with E.W. Bullinger’s unique views on dispensationalism want to muddy the waters and not rightly divide. Rather, we believe he wrongly divided in some particular ways, so we believe “rightly dividing” necessarily leads to traditional or classical dispensationalism. And a key division we make that differs from ultra-dispensationalism is that the Church began on Pentecost, not Mid- or Post-Acts.

2. Works were never the basis for salvation in a previous dispensation nor will they be the basis in the future. This is a major point I want to raise. You can argue both ways until you are blue in the face, but sola fide is a central theme found in Genesis all the way through Revelation. From Abraham whose faith was counted as righteousness, to David who broke the Law and did not pay its due penalty (death)—the multiple death-deserving lawbreaker whom God established an everlasting covenant with!; from righteous Abel who brought an acceptable blood sacrifice, to the High Priest Joshua whom God clothed in His own righteousness in Zechariah 3; and from the prostitute Rahab and the Gentile Namaan to the Prophet Habakkuk whose declaration “the just shall live by his faith” formed the very basis of Paul’s explanation of salvation through faith alone in Romans.

Why was the Law given and why the focus on works in the Old Testament and the gospels? Here is the answer:

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

 

  • The Law only speaks to those under it.  It is holy and good and true, but we are not under it (Rom. 3:316:14).
  • It makes the whole world accountable to God, because its stringent requirements are such that not even one person will be declared righteous by obeying it.
  • The Law makes us conscious of our sin.

To say that works are the basis of salvation in a previous dispensation or in a future dispensation is in effect to state that only Church Age Christians will be saved, because the Bible is repeatedly and emphatically clear that no one has or ever will be justified by works.  All are fallen.  None are good.  No one does right.  No one seeks God.

To say that those in the Old Testament (or those in the Tribulation or in the Millennial Kingdom) will be saved by works is to say that their situation is entirely, completely, unalterably hopeless.  It’s shutting the door of salvation in their face.  No!  Salvation has only ever been on the basis of grace via the atoning sacrifice of God’s Son.  See the gospel in Genesis 3–4 and Isaiah 53 in particular.

The gospel was declared to Adam and Eve beforehand in Genesis 3:15–16.  A blood sacrifice—the first death in creation—provided a sufficient covering for our first parents (Gen. 3:21).  This was the declaration of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world:

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Why does Christ appear as a Lamb-as-if-slain in Revelation?  Because He was the Lamb slain in Genesis.  And in Genesis Adam and Eve lost their access to the Tree of Life, but in Revelation 22 we regain it.  And right in the middle of this Genesis to Revelation story is the incarnate Christ on the cross, who bore all of our sins in His body on the tree (1 Pt. 2:24; there’s a little Peter for you, fyi!).

I’m saved because Christ died and rose again.

You’re saved because Christ died and rose again.

And Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Rahab and Namaan; King Darius and King Nebuchadnezzar; all of these, if any, will be saved only because Christ died and rose again.

Again, why was the Law given?

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

After the Fall in the Garden, no one would seek God.  No one would listen.  Everyone turned to his own way and in the end, our ways can only ever lead to death.  So the Law was given to condemn us.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  It finally made us realize that we are each accountable to God for our thoughts and behaviors and if we approach Him with labor He will accept nothing less than perfection.  It finally made us see that we need Him and this life and what our eyes see are not all there is.  We must turn back, repent (metanoia; which means to change your mindconvert), and place our faith in Him.  And only then can imperfect creatures such as we are become acceptable to a perfect God.

So regarding the Law: believe it, obey it, teach it.  It’s true.  But do not, under any circumstances, look to it as the path to salvation.  That’s not what it is and that’s not why it was given.

Side note: I’ve touched on this many times before, but for those who argue that Acts 2 was not the initiation of the Church because of Peter’s call to repentance, I would say that you misunderstand what repentance is.  The biblical word behind “repent” is contextual-based and has nothing to do with turning from sin or stopping sin.  God can repent (as the LXX Old Testament repeatedly shows us!).  Repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin.  To repent is simply to change your mind.  In other words, convert from unbelief to belief.  And when you repent unto Christ your sins are forgiven.  See here.

3. One of the consequences of Bullingerism for some is that it closes their eyes to the fact that the Old Testament is Messianic in nature (i.e. Christ-centric) and even prophetic of Christ’s body, the Church, in places.  It also closes us off from many of the key points Christ made in the gospels and the lessons of grace in the synoptics and John.

Part of the problem is in how some ultra-dispensationalists understand musterion, that is, the mysteries of God.  For Paul declares both the gospel and the rapture to be newly-revealed mysteries, but that does not mean they were absent from God’s word only until Paul wrote his epistles.  To the contrary, a musterion is a secret, mystic, or hidden thing, akin to something from a vision that is fleshed out or fully revealed later—to first century ears, “secret knowledge” that those with special spiritual insight could grasp.  Paul shows that mysteries first described in the Scriptures he used (i.e. the Old Testament) were now fully revealed in Christ.

For instance, you may have heard that because 1 Corinthians 15 reveals the rapture as a mystery, that it must necessarily have never been written about before.  That means no rapture in Isaiah 26 or 66 or Zephaniah 2.  No rapture anywhere in the gospels, etc.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Paul used the word musterion 21 times in his epistles and many of these usages refer to Christ, the gospel, salvation for the Gentiles, etc.  Each of these things were clearly referred to in the Old Testament.  The prophecies were clear.  Yet without the Holy Spirit to illuminate hearts and minds, men and women could never see the forest for the trees.

The Ethiopian eunuch was a perfect example.  He was reading Isaiah 53 for crying out loud, but it was a total mystery to him.  That is until Holy Spirit-indwelt Philip shows up to tell him what just went down in Jerusalem: “The Man you’re reading about there in Isaiah, yeah, well, He just died and rose again not too long ago and I know a bunch of His buddies.  That’s what Isaiah was talking about.”

Yes, Christ and the gospel and the Church and the rapture were all mysteries at the onset of the Church Age, but they were mysteries previously described.  The prophets spoke of them.  But now that Christ has sent the Holy Spirit, these mysteries are fully revealed and we can understand them and more readily see in the Old Testament (and the gospels) where God was speaking about them.

I highly recommend this article on the topic of Jesus’ message of sola fide found in the gospels, especially under the subsection “The Gospel According To Jesus.”

4. Another major issue with Bullingerism is that it inevitably leads to a two-gospel view, in which the gospel to the Jews (“the gospel of the Kingdom”) was a different path to salvation than the gospel of salvation or “the gospel of grace” that we know today.  I could write a whole article on this issue alone, but Stephanie addressed it well.  I simply want to point out that sometimes we attach meaning to a word that isn’t there.  “Gospel,” which comes from the Greek euangélion, is derived from Old English, and a more accurate modern translation would be akin to “good message” or “good news.”  It is a generic term that can apply to many things, so there is no basis to assume that every “gospel” in Scripture is a different path to salvation.  Far be it from God.  Our gracious God never changes.

If I told you I had good news to share with you, would you automatically assume I was about to tell you how to make it to Heaven?  If not, why do many people assume a first century Greek-speaking audience would be any different?  The Bible mentions many “gospels” and only one of those gospels pertains to salvation: thegospel.  The good news of Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection.

It was gospel when Moses delivered a message to the Israelites that God had heard their cry.  It was gospel when King Hezekiah heard that God would deliver Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib.  It was gospel when the sick were told the Son of David was healing their countrymen in Galilee.  And it is gospel that God’s Kingdom is to be imminently established on earth.  Glory to God!  But none of those gospels are the gospel—the good news of eternal salvation for sinners made possible by Christ’s atoning death and resurrection.

The good news of the Kingdom isn’t a different path to salvation.  It’s simply the good news that God’s Kingdom is coming to earth.  But the good news of salvation is that God is saving sinners from their sins through faith in Yeshua.  And this gospel of salvation that Paul preached, though it was prophesied in the Old Testament, was concealed for ages.  Yet though it was concealed, God’s saving power through it applies to every believer in every age.  The good news is for us Gentiles, but also for the Jews.  There is no distinction.

5. Dispensationalism is true in the sense that God has operated in different administrative capacities in different eons and His focuses have changed (from our perspective) from age to age.  It is also true in the sense that the Church—which is composed of Jews and Gentiles (even today), not just Gentiles—has not and will not replace ethnic and national Israel.  But dispensationalism goes too far (and becomes what some call ultra- or hyper-dispensationalism) when it begins to teach that the underlying basis of salvation (Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection) changes with each age or that the Church is an exclusively Gentile entity.  Scripture is properly divided/handled in terms of dispensationalism when we recognize it is a theory that helps us understand God’s seemingly different motives and administrative focuses from one age to the next; but Scripture is wrongly divided when dispensationalism teaches that God Himself changes from one age to the next.  God never changes.  And that’s great news for everyone from Adam on.  Yahweh Himself is salvation!  Trust in Him and you can be saved!

Furthermore, dispensationalism is also true in that it teaches that the Church is a unique entity that will serve a unique eternal purpose.  It will be the first group of those who partake of the first resurrection to experience total redemption.  Jeff has an excellent series on this called Church of the Firstborn (read Part IPart II, and Part III).

6. We all (myself included) need to be weary of intellectual legalism.  For all of my writing on the gospel and opposition to works-righteousness (behavior legalism, if you will), God has humbled me in regard to the gospel.

We all know exactly what the gospel is according to 1 Corinthians 15:

Christ died
For our sins
Was buried
Rose again
Appeared to many

The gospel is the gospel.  It happened.  And it’s the actual means through which God saves (regardless of the dispensation).  But there can be a sense in which, because of the full revelation of the gospel to the Church, we pride ourselves in our knowledge and ability to perfectly recite it.  And then we demand of others the same.  Sometimes we even add demands to it: A formal declaration of allegiance to sola fide, OSAS, TULIP, etc.  Each of those teachings are true (though I might differ slightly with the ‘L’ in TULIP), but to demand of others a perfect belief in everything pertaining to the gospel is to miss the point—the gospel is about what God has already done, not what we need to do.  God has been saving men and women through faith via Christ’s atoning sacrifice and resurrection long before Luther and Calvin and will continue long after their works are forgotten.

Biblical faith is something of substance and conviction.  It’s in the heart as much as the mind.  It isn’t just something recited or memorized, but is rather something deeply believed that changes your outlook and values.  If you have that convicting faith, then even without any works you will be saved.  And there will be some like that (1 Cor. 3Rom. 4:5).  But a convicting faith normatively shows some form of evidence, however paltry or hidden, thus James 2.

Let’s never forget the simplicity of the gospel.  It’s so simple a toddler can understand and believe it (my three year old son does!), yet so profound that it confounds the wisdom of those who are wise in their own eyes.  And this most simple of truths, that God loves us and has saved us, is a saving message to all who truly believe.

And this then is a segway into my final point…

7. While salvation has always been and will always be because of what our Lord Jesus did on the cross, we need to realize that some of the dispensational mechanics do change:

  • The Church is uniquely gifted with the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit via the invisible spiritual baptism we undergo when we believe.
  • This gift was not given before Pentecost in the previous eons and doesn’t appear to be given during the Tribulation.
  • For this reason, Tribulation Saints will only be saved by the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14), but their faith in His blood cannot be maintained by the indwelling Spirit.  Their faith must endure.  This is why two apparent works are added to faith in Revelation for those living through the Tribulation: 1. you must not worship the beast or its image, or 2. take its mark.  Will the mark of the beast be a form of mind control or DNA alteration that prevents faith?  Who knows, but one thing is clear, no one who takes the mark will repent (Rev. 9:2016:911), which is why the principle of sola fide is not broken here.  Those who take the mark or worship the beast will not have faith (and if they think they do it certainly will not be the kind of convictional faith that saves).
  • In previous dispensations when the gospel wasn’t yet fully revealed, God demanded genuine faith in Him, but not a perfect articulation of what the Church now understands.  What saves was still very much what Christ did on the cross, but faith in that cross could not yet be realized.  So circumstances changed (Abraham believed in God’s promise of offspring – Gen. 15:6; Job believed God would send a redeemer for him – Job 19:25–27; Rahab believed in the God of Israel – Josh. 2:8–11; David believed in God’s forgiveness of sins – Ps. 32).  Thus those in the Old Testament with genuine faith were ultimately saved regardless of their trespasses of the Law, but all of those with unbelief were cut off and their sins were counted.

What then of those judged by deeds in Revelation 21?  This is the whole point.  Don’t be judged by deeds because your ways only lead to death.  If it were even possible, you could only pass that final judgment without faith if you kept all of God’s laws perfectly and perpetually.  Aside from our Lord Jesus Christ, exactly zero people qualify.  The first resurrection is good and the second, bad.  The first is unto life and the second unto death.  The first occurs before the second, obviously, but happens in stages (Christ, then the Church, then Old Testament and Tribulation Saints, and then, presumably Millennial Saints at some point during the Millennial Kingdom; see here).

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Imminence

This topic continues to come up and I’m sure it will until the very end.  Can we know the day of the rapture or is it completely unknowable?  More importantly, is Christ’s appearing truly imminent?

I don’t have much to say on this that hasn’t already been said, but I will say this: I’ve seen extensive, systematic studies on this topic and the truth is that Scripture seems to support both sides.  There is a tension for a reason.  Why?  Perhaps because God, in His foreknowledge, knew that for 1,900+ years of the Church Age, generations of Christians would not live to see the rapture.  Yet the rapture is always imminent in a certain sense to every Christian, because even those who died in the first century were gathered to the LORD immediately—that is, their souls (perhaps in a similar fashion to the souls of the 5th Seal Martyrs who are gathered under the heavenly altar).  Thus the rapture is imminent to all of us.  The distance between us and Christ is only ever as long as our life in these fleshly bodies.  Scripture routinely speaks about the nearness of Christ’s parousia and our being gathered to Him.  We are to eagerly anticipate this quickly approaching, but mysterious day.

But there is another theme in Scripture that is equally present: we are to watch and know the times.  How much can we know?  Well, we can see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:25); we will not be caught by surprise, because it will not be like a thief in the night to us (1 Thess. 5:1–4); and we are advised not to be like the one who does not know the day or hour (Mt. 24:48–51; Rev. 3:3).

Three things are clear: 1. No one has yet been able to pinpoint the dates of the rapture or second coming (as far as I know), 2. Those dates are fast approaching in our generation, even within the next several years, and 3. Those who hold to the doctrine of imminency as if it means Christ will literally come at a completely random/unknown time are mistaken.

Let me explain that third point a bit more.  I do not have a problem with the doctrine of imminency if it is properly reconciled with other Scriptures.  Certainly Christ’s coming is imminent for all Christians in every generation from a human and earthly perspective.  But that’s as far as the doctrine can go in terms of biblical support.

Some proponents take the doctrine further saying Jesus still doesn’t know and that literally nothing else needs to happen between now and the rapture.  Both of those beliefs are plainly false.  Our glorified Savior most certainly knows now and He also knows exactly what events will transpire on earth between now and our being gathered to Him.  Here are two sorts of things that must happen between now and the rapture:

1. Anyone who was predestined to be part of the Body of Christ must come to a saving knowledge of the truth.

2. Any geopolitical, economic, religious, or societal changes necessary to bring about post-rapture conditions on earth as described in biblical prophecy must happen.  In other words, the stage must be set.  And this has been a big focus of Unsealed, to trumpet these things as they happen.  100 years ago, who would have foreseen the Revelation 12 Sign, RFID, the war in Syria, the Jewish State Law, or the dedication of the Third Temple altar?  Yet all of these things were destined to happen before Christ takes us home.

Further reading on this topic: 

The LORD is Punctual

No One Knows the Day or Hour

The Day of the LORD

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Mt. Sinai
This is something that I was already distantly aware of, but a documentary was recently shared with me that seals the deal and I would strongly encourage you to watch it and share it with your friends.  This discovery is to me as exciting as Rick Larson’s Bethlehem Star in 2007 or the Revelation 12 Sign’s discovery in 2008–2011.  Jabal Maqla in Saudi Arabia seems undoubtedly to be the true Mt. Sinai.  After all, Paul himself said it was in Arabia (Gal. 4:25).  You can learn more here or watch the video below:

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Concluding Thoughts

You are all dearly loved and in my thoughts and prayers. Please be in constant prayer with me for the building up of the Church into perfect maturity.  2019 is going to be an even more wild ride—hopefully a ride up to Heaven in a chariot of fire!  We’re only getting closer day by day and God is working His works marvelously. (Click to Source)

 

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Hanukkah Approaches

Thanksgiving is now behind us and the last month of the year is closing in.  There is so much to be thankful for.  This past year many have come to a saving knowledge of the truth.  Many eyes have been opened and stone-hearts softened.  Many who were trusting in themselves are now trusting in Christ, having finally understood the message of the gospel.  We have heard many testimonies, stories of deliverance, and healings from friends of our ministry and members in our community.  God has richly poured out His blessings on all of us.  Most of all—He has not withheld revelation.

My prayer for all of you who are following along is that you realize your incredible place in God’s story here at the very end of the age.  Just as there were magi that followed the star to the King at the opening of the age, so too there are magi at the end of the age who are observing, discerning, and following the signs to the King once again.  But this time, the King is not lying in a creaky manger inside a dank cave, but is clothed in glory, seated at the right-hand of God.  And He knows we’re on His trail.  We’re getting closer by the day.  The numerous signs and once-in-history milestones, including the greatest heavenly sign described in the Bible, which have all occurred in just the past couple of years, were certainly not for nothing.

When exactly do we make our exit, caught up to God as a newly born male child to experience with fresh eyes the reality of Heaven?  No one knows with certainty the day or hour, but we can see the day approaching.  As long as we are eagerly awaiting for Christ’s return, we will not be caught by surprise.

This Sunday begins Hanukkah, the eight-day long celebration that the Bible calls the Feast of Dedication.  It’s the last festival of the year and was originally celebrated as a postponed Feast of Tabernacles since Jews were in hiding during the civil war against Antiochus IV Epiphanes during the regularly scheduled Sukkot.  Once they regained their independence they celebrated Sukkot in Kislev.  Hanukkah has never really been on my radar, but the possible timing of the unveiling of the Trump-Kushner peace plan during this time has peaked my interest.

As a reader recently pointed out, the peace plan’s unveiling has been a very on again/off again situation.  Last week reports were circulated that the plan had been postponed until February, but just this morning U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman denied the postponement (although it still remains unclear when exactly the plan will be released).

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Notice that the Trump-Kushner peace plan includes not only Israel and the Palestinians, but also “other regional and international stakeholders.”

He will strengthen a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’  In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

I have no idea if the plan will be revealed in the next few weeks and I have no idea if the week of Hanukkah could be our exit, but with all that’s happened (and happening) I’m sitting on the edge of my seat.  My eyes are peeled.  I believe a very reasonable case can be made that the rapture will occur within the next 1–3 years based on many indicators including The Parable of the Fig Tree and even the timing of the Jubilee when Christ’s earthly ministry began (circa 28 or 29 AD).

It also seems very plausible that the seven good years followed by seven bad years (Tribulation) pattern-theory that some, like Daily Crow, have suggested may prove true after all.  If you think back to 2014 when the first of four consecutive blood moons occurred, we all marveled that from the beginning of that day to the very end of the Revelation 12 Sign, was 1260 days.  And since the sign of the woman was placed inside a primarily mid-trib chapter in Revelation, it seemed likely that 2017 would be the middle of the Tribulation.

But these signs were pointing forward, not backward, and not to the present.  Like John the Baptist over 2,000 years ago, they were preparing the way, not recalling the past.  In a year that many had thought would be halfway into the Trib, Donald Trump became president and major world economies experienced a surge.  The Church was given respite in many ways, as well.

If this pattern holds, then it may be that the Tribulation occurs at the very end of the possible range of a biblically-defined generation as it pertains to Israel’s reestablishment (73–80 years).  Wouldn’t that be like God to wait until the last moment?  He’s patient that none should perish.  He’s never late, but rarely early.  His timing is perfect.

But it is exceedingly important for me to point out that though the Tribulation may run from 2021 to 2028, the Church is hidden away before that period.  We don’t know exactly how long before.  From all of my research, I see a gap between the rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation.  Several major prophetic events occur within that gap.  We don’t know how big that gap is.  Months?  Years?  Either way, that’s why I still see strong evidence that this present biblical year (Spring 2018 through Spring 2019) is a time of major high watch.  Until April 5, 2019 we’re still within the biblical year that witnessed the restoration of Israel’s Jewish identity and also Part II of the Revelation 12 Sign.

Moving on to some other topics now, I want to briefly address a few issues that I believe the Holy Spirit has laid on my heart:

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Emmanuel Macron


2 Thessalonians 2 very clearly tells us that the man of lawlessness will not be revealed until after the restrainer (the Holy Spirit-indwelt Church) is removed.  There is simply no getting around that.  Until that time we can [carefully] speculate, but it remains speculation.

That being said, Macron fits disturbingly well.  Perhaps he is just a type or foreshadow of the real one to come, but either way, it behooves me to tell you that this person who “desires to govern like Jupiter” has carefully positioned himself as the world’s chief globalist and the political savior of Europe.  Earlier this year he called for a European army and a European military confederation outside of the preexisting structures of the E.U.  His new confederation called the European Intervention Initiative (E.I.I.) just came online.  And it has 10 members.  Exactly.

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.  They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.

Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron: 36 (6 x 6 characters) in his name.  He was elected with 66.06% of the vote in France.  His name is even a prophetic and messianic inversion:

Emmanuel – “God with us”

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Jean – “John”

The author of the Book of Revelation in which the antichrist is revealed. The same author who coined the term “antichrist”.

Michel – “Michael”

The angelic prince of Israel who casts satan out of Heaven.

Frederic – “Peaceful ruler”

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

Macron – “Mark”

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Now here is something chillingly unique about Emmanuel Macron: Revelation 13 tells us “the mark… is the name of the beast.”  To buy or sell everyone must have either the name of the beast or the number of that name.  Coincidence or incredible play on words?

Again, we won’t know for sure while on earth, and, at the moment, Macron is embroiled in a political fight for survival all of a sudden as hundreds of thousands of French have taken to the streets in protest against him.  That being said, he has major globalist world leaders like Angela Merkel practically begging him to take her country’s power.  France on its own isn’t much of anything militarily, but France + Germany + the U.K. + Brussels + various other European states would be a nuclear and military power on par with the United States and Russia.

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Rightly Dividing

This idea of “rightly dividing” Scripture is being discussed a lot right now by many dear brothers and sisters in Christ.  The basic premise comes from 2 Timothy 2:15:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Many modern translations mistranslate the word ὀρθοτομοῦντα as “handling”, but the word is derived from temnō (“to cut”).  There is little doubt that Paul was communicating to Timothy his intention that he handle God’s word correctly, but the emphasis here is on properly dividing the Bible.  Older translations (KJV, YLT) and some more literal translations get this right, while the NIV, ESV, and others are more assumptive in the translation.

Either way, the basic idea is completely sound.  Many, many Christians read the Bible as if all of it applies to them (as of first instance).  They interpret Scripture as a sort of hodge-podge word stew and in so doing come away with some very twisted teachings that are in fact leading millions astray (e.g. the Hebrew Roots movement, works salvation, NAR, second baptism, partial-rapture, etc).  But God’s word is not a soupy, homogeneous mixture.  It is an ornate, diverse, discernible collection of truth.

When we say “rightly dividing”, we’re not saying ignore, cut away, or destroy.  To the contrary, we are saying read the Bible literally.  Take it at face value.  Interpret it as it interprets itself.  Stop putting yourself at the center of the story.  The story is about Christ, from beginning to end.  He has dealt with billions of people in many different ways over the course of these past 6,000 years.  And in each eon/age (which we call dispensations), His dealings are different, although He remains perfect, sinless, and completely faithful.

You can’t say you believe in the gospel, yet also say “but you better be living a holy life if you want to be saved.”  That’s hypocrisy.  That’s double-minded.  You either believe in the gospel or you don’t.  You either believe you are saved (at least in this age) by God’s grace through the propitiatory sacrifice of Christ or you believe you are saved by your own “righteousness”.  You can’t have it both ways.  Should you live a holy life?  Absolutely.  But if you are living that holy life to be saved then you’re clearly not saved because you don’t understand the gospel.  True holy living comes from gratitude for unmerited kindness received, not from obligatory work demanded.  And that is one example where we must rightly divide, because while there are 100+ Scriptures that indicate salvation is through faith/belief, there are about two dozen that indicate works are involved.  You can’t ignore those works verses.  There is a contradiction and that’s what is so important to understand.  Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians plainly contradict James 2.  You can’t solve the contradiction by simply mixing it all together or simply trying to compromise (a little words and a little faith).

You solve it by rightly dividing.

Who was James’ letter written to?  Hint, hint: Jas. 1:1.

Who were Paul’s letters written to?  Hint, hint: Rom. 1:7Gal. 1:2Eph. 1:1.

Were Paul and James of the same mind about faith and works?  NO.  At least not initially (see Acts 15 and Gal. 2:11–21).

Did they eventually agree?  YES.  See Acts 15 where Paul and Barnabas confront Peter and James over this very issue.

Which side won the debate?  Paul and Barnabas (the sola fide camp).  Peter agreed and repented of his works righteousness.

There are many other such issues that can be resolved by rightly dividing and accepting the plain words (prima facie) of Scripture.

All that said, I do want to raise one concern with some who are promoting the Scriptural idea of rightly dividing.  Some are coupling this truth with KJV-onlyism and I have very serious qualms with that.  The Bible was not written in 17th century England.  It was written in the Mediterranean region in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek over a span of about 1,600 years.  Those original writings are what were God-breathed.  The original writings were infallible and inerrant, but translations are not.

The King James Bible is a very good translation, no doubt, and better than many, but it still has issues.  For one, it is not a literal translation.  In just the first two chapters of Genesis I could show you numerous differences with the original Hebrew.  But again, it’s a good translation.  Substantially better than the NIV and several others, I just ask that you recognize God’s word is bigger than the English language and far predates it.  Be a God’s word-only Christian, not a KJV-only (or Cepher-only or Hebrew-only) Christian.

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A Partial Rapture?

 

Lastly, I want to again address the partial-rapture theory.  I won’t hold back on this: it’s bunk, bogus, and in some instances heretical.  It actually stifles holiness because the belief forces many to go back to the Law thus causing some to fall from grace.  The incredibly tragic irony is that if you believe your salvation and rapture are dependent on your performance/works/perfection/fill in the blank then it is likely you have never come to a saving knowledge of the truth and will find yourself outside of the Ark when the floods come.

Don’t be deluded about how good you think you are.  You’re not.  Only God is good.  Jesus is the only One who ever did (or can) fulfill the whole Law and He did it for you.  Believe the good news, receive the Holy Spirit, and be saved.

All believers are going in the rapture because it is the actual salvation event for the corporate Church.  If you truly believe the gospel and trust in Christ then you have been invisibly baptized in the Holy Spirit and will be going in the rapture.  the Body of Christ will not be divided.

However, not all Christians are going in the rapture.  2.4 billion people on earth use that label.  How many of those actually understand that Christ died for their sins and there isn’t anything they can do to save themselves accept believe in the One God has sent (Jn. 3:14–186:28–29)?  If you call yourself a Christian yet don’t understand or believe in the gospel, Paul would tell you that, for you, it’s as if Christ died in vain (Gal. 2:21).  And when Christ comes to receive His own (those sealed for the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit) you will find yourself on the outside, pounding on the door, “Lord, let me in!”  He never knew you.

God’s grace is incredible, free, and complete.  It’s for you.  Believe the good news!

The truth of God is revealed in Jesus Christ.  The truth that Jesus revealed is that He is the propitiation for our sins.  He is the door.  He is the Way.  Because He died for our sins and rose again we can enter Heaven sin and guilt-free through Him.

The legalists and lawless reject the gospel at the same point: the atonement.

Lastly, I want to briefly cover three small points pertaining to the partial-rapture theory:

1. The Parable of the Ten Virgins.  There is a growing consensus that this passage specifically pertains to Jews within Daniel’s 70th Week.  Scholars like Jack Kelley are masterful defenders of this interpretation and I won’t argue with them.  That said, even if there is some applicability to the Church in this passage it is not supporting a partial-rapture.  There are several key symbols of the Holy Spirit in Scripture.  Two of those are anointing oil and fire.  In the Old Testament, there are examples where oil was poured on someone and the Holy Spirit came upon them.  In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon the Church as fire (see Acts 2).

In this parable, the wise virgins who make it in have 1. Jars for oil, 2. Oil, and 3. Lamps burning (fire).  The foolish virgins have 1. No jars, 2. No oil, and obviously 3. No fire.  The wise were saved the foolish were note.  And interestingly, parts of this parable are uncannily similar to Matthew 7 in which those left outside offer their works as the reason Christ should let them in.

The long and short of it is this: If you believe the gospel and trust in Christ then you have the Holy Spirit.  If you have the Holy Spirit then you make it in.  So get the Holy Spirit!  He is a free gift (Acts 8:9–25)!

2. The harvest cycle.  Some have argued that since the resurrections at the end of the age mimic the harvest cycle then many believers must be left behind or else there couldn’t be gleanings.  Not only is this unnecessary, but it actually misinterprets the harvest cycle.

The harvest begins with barley.  This is the first fruits harvest.  Christ is the first fruits of the dead.  We are one with Him.  We are his body.  And guess how barley is often harvested?

By throwing it into the air.

The wheat harvest comes later.  Harvests are violently threshed with the tribulum.  Likewise, unbelievers who come to believe during Daniel’s 70th Week will be threshed in the midst of the Tribulation.  They will be killed for their faith, but their souls will be gathered in Heaven and at the end of the Tribulation they will be resurrected into new bodies.  Now the interesting thing about gleanings is that the Old Testament prophets indicate some natural-bodied Gentiles will survive the Tribulation to populate the earth.  These constitute the sheep that survive The Sheep and Goats Judgment.  They are “leftovers” so to speak.  They will pledge their allegiance to Christ, but their resurrection isn’t mentioned (we can assume they will be given immortal bodies at their death sometime during the Millennial Kingdom or at the Millennium’s end).

The final harvest is the grapes.  Grapes are smashed into a mess of red juice.  All of those who remain unbelievers and take the mark during the Trib are the grapes.  Don’t be a grape.

3. Blotting names out of the Book of Life.  There is only a single verse in the Bible about names being “blotted” out of the Book of Life and strangely, some are taking this positive promise to the overcomingbeliever and turning it into a negative.  Here’s the verse:

The one who is victorious [overcomes] will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

Now the author of Revelation himself defines overcoming as having faith in Christnot works!  That’s what it means to overcome.  And in this verse Christ makes an irrevocable promise to the overcomer that their name will never be removed from the Book of Life.

Do you see the problem?

Some are taking a beautiful promise of once-saved-always-saved to the Christian with genuine faith and turning it into a hideous and twisted negative:

If you don’t do enough, perform enough, act good enough, then God’s going to cut you off.

Far be it from the LORD of all the earth, the God of justice, to cut off His own children!  May it never be!  His children are the safest and most secure creatures in the entire universe.  He will not lose even one (Jn. 6:3910:2818:9Rom. 8:31–39)! (Click to Source)

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We Wait. We anticipate.

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I had to pull a comment from the last post and give it some exposure as it is SO ENCOURAGING. While watching for The Lords return surely takes patient endurance (Rev 3:10Col 1:11-12) which is made clear by scripture… endurance and patience is much easier to sustain when done in a group of like minded believers. Perhaps that’s why the writer of Hebrews encourages us to continue to meet together (Heb 10:25). It is by meeting together, or more appropriately, commenting together, the Holy Spirit has a chance to multiple His blessing exponentially to people all across the earth. Thank you guys for being so faithful in contriubuting and reading the comments on this site… we are a family and it as because of you and HIM! With that said, here is the comment from Just Learning… read and be encouraged!


We wait. We anticipate. And then we wait some more. Most of the time, I’m on the edge of my seat. All past ‘high watch’ dates have come and gone…and I don’t mean they don’t have significant meanings, even if we don’t realize it at the time…but it’s never ‘The Event’ we long to see. At least so far! So, we put our noses back into the scriptures, sharing our thoughts, discoveries and dreams with each other. Then we wait more. Over and over. Sometimes growing tired. Very tired and weary.

But, Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” That is a great promise, isn’t it? Just the words “for in due season” is enough to help me take a deep breath and relax between contractions. We all know that we are in that “due season”.

My point is this: Once we are “caught up”, everything will be different…much different! Our weariness will vanish and we’ll have all the strength we can imagine. It will be via His strength. The body will be gloriously reconnected to the head. It is still a cloudy thought for me to even think of. It’s like looking through a glass , darkly. I seem to do that a lot, but it’s getting a little clearer every day!

Once we are with Him, will we then still be anticipating the next event? (I know that ‘event’ is not a good descriptive word, but I can’t think of another.) The Marriage Supper of the Lamb? What an event that will be!! (I sometimes joke about just being able to help set up some of the millions of folding tables and chairs for that great feast, and still having the energy to clean up afterwards. Ha!) How about anticipating the 2nd Coming? Have you picked out a name for your horse, yet? Are you looking forward to riding? (or rather flying?). Then, the Millennial Reign will really be something to experience! I know it is sure to happen, but right now, it still seems like a dream.

When in His presence after the Rapture, I think we will know what’s next… and will be anticipating it. But, will we experience the same highs and lows, anxiousness, weariness, etc. that we sometimes feel currently? Of course not! We will be thrilled (another inadequate choice of words), but not at all anxious. We’ll be able to enjoy every moment! Surely it won’t feel like it’s taking forever, as I sometimes think while ‘waiting’ for Him to come and get us. (Actually, ‘forever’ will be reality for us!) Neither will it feel like time is flying by too quickly. It will be perfect! Right now, looking back at my life, I’d describe it as the “days felt long, but the years certainly felt too short.” They flew by. That description is about to change!

The emotional ups and downs; the anxiety and disappointments; the shouting with joy and then the tears that sometimes follow; the wondering if we are right are wrong; our attempt to correctly balance our time and thoughts between anticipation of His return vs. ‘occupying’; ….these will ALL DISAPPEAR in the TWINKLING OF AN EYE.

I am ready for that. And you?  (Click to Source)

 
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Days, Damascus, & The Dow

Another day, another historic loss in the U.S. stock market (second largest in history after Monday’s all-time record).  The stock market ended down 1,033 points today (and 666 points last Friday) not because an Illuminati cabal planned it that way, but because the King of Kings/Lord of Lords controls every atom, every speck of dust, and every moment in time (e.g. Deut. 32:8Job 12:23Ps. 74:17Acts 17:26Col. 1:17).

We are now just three months and one week out from the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and three months and two weeks out from the first Pentecost after this anniversary of all anniversaries—the first Feast of Weeks since the Revelation 12 Sign.  May 14th is not only Israel’s 70th anniversary, but it is also the day Christ ascended to Heaven if He was crucified in 33 AD.

And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.

Israel will actually be celebrating its 70th anniversary on May 17th and 18th and Pentecost comes just several days later (either May 20th on the Jewish calendar, or May 21–22 on the observed, biblical calendar).  Either way, May, and all of 2018 for that matter, is going to be the highest watch we’ve ever seen.

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.

 

The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Numerous, mind-boggling day counts and patterns point to this time like never before.  There is a great study on this over at WatchForTheDay that I would highly recommend you read and consider since we are now entering a time when complacency in the post-Revelation 12 Sign era is growing and many are settling back into a “life as usual” mindset.  It’s the perfect set up for the rapture and Day of the LORD:

For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

And

While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Consider the past several astronomical signs in the heavens.  The media routinely mocked them all and dismissed them as purely coincidental and natural phenomena.  Yet they missed the fact that significant world events did coincide with these signs.

2014–2015 Blood Moon Tetrad: The invasion of Crimea and Ukraine, rise of the Islamic State’s caliphate, unprecedented diplomatic assault on Israel and the U.S. begins to turn against the Jewish State, and ultimately—immediately after the Super Blood Moon on Tabernacles, which appeared over Jerusalem—Russia invaded Syria and to this day remains in the biblical boundaries of northern Israel (see Ezek. 39:1–2).

The “conception” of the male child/Jupiter in November/December 2016: The world voted to divide Israel and the U.S. abstained from voting on historic Resolution 2334, which allowed it to pass.  Historic wildfires tore through central and northern Israel.

The Revelation 12 Sign: There were simply too many major prophetic events that coincided with THE sign for me to even list here.  You’ll have to read them for yourself: herehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here.  Oh, how quickly we forget that the prophetic tachometer is still revving up at breakneck speed.

Just consider the most recent sign in the heavens, which was the Super-Blue-Blood Moon on January 31st.  It could be seen in totality by up to two-thirds of the earth’s population.  Most media outlets were expectedly dismissive of its significance.  Take Inverse Science for example:

Sorry for the inconvenience: the apocalypse won’t be caused by an asteroid next month and the Super Blue Blood Moon won’t be the harbinger of humanity’s annihilation either.

On Wednesday, people around the world will look up at the night sky and see a big ol’ crimson moon. While certain spiritual scripture might mention the blood moon as a signal of the end of days, we here at Inverse promise that this upcoming lunar occurrence will just be really cool and not deadly at all.

 

Well, just two days after the historic eclipse the DJIA crashed 666 points.  Three days after that, the DJIA crashed 1,175 points—the largest single-day loss in terms of both points and market value in U.S. history.  You can take that to the bank.  Or perhaps I should say, out of the bank.  Then yesterday, the Israeli Minister of Agriculture publicly called for the Third Temple to be built and Israel again blew a hole through Damascus, or what’s left of the city, anyway:

Read Isaiah 17:1 to learn why this matters and why it pinpoints our current location in the timeline of biblical prophecy.  You can see how destruction is quickly approaching central Damascus as the United Nation’s most recent damage assessment in the area directly adjacent shows:

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Today, 6 days after the DJIA crashed 666 points, President Trump delivered a stirring speech at the 66thannual National Prayer Breakfast.  Remember that The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the U.S. government ran a $666 billion deficit in 2017.  You can’t make this stuff up.

One way or another, the secular world is soon going to learn that God is still in control.

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The Antichrist Star Rises

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It’s just a three-foot wide geodesic sphere made of carbon fiber and reflective materials—more or less a stunt, but what Peter Beck’s “Humanity Star” symbolizes is so much more.  This artificial star ascended into the heavens aboard an Electron rocket launched from New Zealand on January 21st and is now circling the earth once every 93 minutes.  The Humanity Star apparently serves no other purpose than as a testimony to the “greatness” of mankind and its unwavering drive to reach Heaven without God and to defy His loving boundaries.

Of course there is nothing inherently wrong with rockets or satellites, but what this particular project shows is that mankind, just as in the days of the Tower of Babel, is seeking to reach Heaven in a sinful, godless state.  Mankind’s new focus is unity and technological “progress” regardless of the moral and spiritual consequences and it will take nothing less than seven years of judgement for the world to finally return to its senses—and to return to the God who made it.

In the meantime, we can catch a glimpse of a spiritual struggle playing out behind the scenes because these things are a testimony to God’s absolute sovereignty.  These are symbols of the truth that “as in Heaven, so on earth.”

How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart,
   ‘I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
   above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

Those who see you stare at you,
they ponder your fate:
‘Is this the man who shook the earth
and made kingdoms tremble,
the man who made the world a wilderness,
who overthrew its cities
and would not let his captives go home?’

Since the beginning of Creation the wayward cherub Lucifer (aka Satan) has sought to supplant God’s rightful rule on earth and in the heavens through the use of willing human intermediaries, and to a certain extent he has been successful.  He swindled Adam and Eve out of their inherent right to rule as sons and daughters of God and quickly brought humanity under his dominion.  Since then he has dominated the kingdoms of the world (Matt. 4:8–9Jn. 14:30).

Yet at the Cross his dominion suffered a mortal wound and his de facto rule came crumbling down because all of those “born of God” (Christians / Believers) were freed from his clutches (1 Jn. 5:18) and he was cast out (Jn. 12:31).

Yet his being “cast out” is an “already but not yet” kind of thing.  He still has access to Heaven and is still trying to accuse and bring the world back under his control, but his hold on those who now trust in Christ has been entirely destroyed and soon and very soon he will be literally cast out of the heavenlies once and for all:

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

‘Now have come the salvation and the power
   and the kingdom of our God,
   and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
   who accuses them before our God day and night,
   has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him
   by the blood of the Lamb
   and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.’

The actual casting out of satan from Heaven is something yet future as described in Revelation 12, but it is a foregone conclusion because of the Cross.  Christ’s death on the Cross and subsequent resurrection became an irrevocable down payment on the future resurrection, transformation, and rapture of all believers.  And when we go up, satan comes down.  He knows this very well.

On September 23rd and 24th last year, an astronomical alignment appeared in the sky that perfectly/flawlessly/unmistakably matched the description given in Revelation 12:1–2a.  That passage of Scripture points directly to the nearness of the rapture, because the context is the future birth and rapture of the Church to Heaven (see herehere, and here).  While the alignment is now a fact of history, all speculation as to the timing of the rapture is just that—speculation.  That being said, we can’t lose sight of the fact the Church’s exit sign has now appeared, which means the rest of Revelation 12 is coming down the pike and fast.

If the Revelation 12 Sign served one purpose above all else, it was to tell us to look up and get ready because we’ll be leaving soon according to God’s irrevocable promises (Jn. 14:2–31 Thess. 4:16–18Rev. 3:10Zeph. 2:1–3Isa. 26:19–21).

Remember that the Revelation 12 Sign occurred some 9–10 months after Jupiter, representing the male child, entered Virgo’s womb.  It was the perfect picture of pregnancy.  Other signs occurred around the same time that mirrored Christ’s first advent (see here), which made the picture that much more perfect.

The Humanity Star is a reminder to me that satan is always one step behind God.  The sign God made has already been seen and now, several months later, a fake star—the Antichrist Star—rises into the heavens in preparation for satan’s short-lived world resurgence through his puppet, a world ruler who will soon appear called the antichrist (1 Jn. 2:182 Thess. 2:3).  The Humanity Star will orbit the earth for the length of a human pregnancy, de-orbiting and crashing back to earth some nine months later in September or October of this year.

The devil knows his time is short and he knows, better than perhaps most, that the Revelation 12 Sign in September was a big indicator that the clock is quickly counting down.  He’ll have one more go at world domination after the Church leaves, but his rule will be brought to a violent end.

You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings.
By your many sins and dishonest trade
you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of all who were watching.
All the nations who knew you
are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more.

Soon and very soon we will go to Jesus and the world will turn to satan.  He’ll have his dominion back, but only for a few short years.  When that time is up, we’ll return with the LORD to execute justice on the usurper:

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.  ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

And after that, he’ll be locked away to face an absolutely certain judgment: (Click to Source)

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.  He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

Massive Earthquake Strikes Iraq As Star Of Bethlehem Rises Over Israel

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A massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake has just struck Halabjah, Iraq, just miles from the Iraqi/Iranian border as the long-expected Jupiter-Venus conjunction is rising over Israel and the Middle East.  Details are coming out slowly, but at this time we can report that at least 400 have been killed and over 6,500 injured in the devastating earthquake.  It was the most powerful earthquake in the entire Middle East in five years, and the most powerful earthquake in Iraq in recorded history.

This is happening while a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus is rising over the Middle East early Monday morning.  The conjunction follows a number of amazing astronomical occurrences that led up to what many have come to call the Revelation 12 Sign.  This conjunction on Monday is reminiscent of a similar conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in 2 BC that many scholars contend was the single best candidate for the Star of Bethlehem at the birth of Christ.

Perhaps even bigger news is afoot in Israel as news is breaking that a soon-to-be-revealed Middle East peace plan designed by the Trump Administration has won the backing of Saudi Arabia and the Saudis are demanding that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas either agree to the peace plan once revealed or resign.  The Palestinians are sending signals that they may be caving to Saudi demands.

UPDATE: 4 hours and 5 minutes after the earthquake in Iraq, a large 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, which was followed 4 hours and 4 minutes later by an even larger 6.5 magnitude quake in Jaco, Costa Rica (source).   (Click to Source)

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