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

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Major Prophetic Milestones

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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.

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Milestones

 

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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. 24:14Mk. 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.

 

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The worldwide emancipation of the Jews begins.

 

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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.

 

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The First Aliyah (mass migration of Jews) to Israel begins.

 

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The world’s Jewish leadership commits to establishing a homeland in the Middle East and the modern Zionist movement is born.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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At the close of World War II, world leaders establish the first proto-global government in the form of the United Nations.

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

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Israel secures victory in the War of Independence, thus the fledgling country is now firmly rooted having also secured recognition from numerous nations.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The unveiling and dedication of the first cornerstone for the Third Temple.  More have subsequently been built.

 

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A genetic test is successfully developed that accurately identifies the Kohanim (descendants of Moses’ brother Aaron).

Geneticists unveil their discovery

 

-1999-

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.

 

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The ancient Sanhedrin is reconstituted.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

-2014-

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.

 

-2015-

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).

 

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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

 

Jacob’s Sheep—the ancient breed of sheep from Israel—return to their ancient homeland.

The Temple Institute begins a registry of Aaronic priests utilizing the 1997 genetic discovery.

A school for Third Temple service opens in Jerusalem.

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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. hereherehereherehere, and here).

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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.

-2019-

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.

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What’s Next?

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).

Joel 2:28–32 describes events that unfold during the Church Age leading up to the Day of the LORD (c.f. Acts 2:17–21Rom. 10:13; see also this article).

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. 14:2–4Acts 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. 2:215:4Rev. 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. 66:7–9Jer. 30:1–7Mt. 241 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. 26:19–21Rev. 3:1012:3–5).  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)

~ MARANATHA ~
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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).

David M. Friedman

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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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The Ultimate Sign

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There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among the nations, bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the surging of the waves.

In my estimation, the greatest sign in the heavens that the LORD has ever given to the inhabitants of the earth has now completed or is near its conclusion.  Jesus predicted such things would happen before He returned and He wasn’t being facetious.

The Revelation 12 Sign, which undoubtedly occurred on September 23–24 of last year was the culmination of it, but was only one piece in a larger story.

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The walls rose high and you did not see;
The nation was restored and you did not hear;
The people returned and you did not take notice;
The city was repossessed and you did not draw near.

The LORD will appear a second time to deliver recompense to His enemies and to deliver those anxiously waiting for Him.

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A Prelude: The Dragon Roars

For months secular experts had said that this year’s Draconids meteor shower would be a dud, likely producing no more than 15 shooting stars per hour at peak.  Indeed, this particular shower is usually one of the year’s least eventful.  On an average year you might witness 2–5 meteors per hour at zenith.

They were wrong.

Along the East Coast of the United States and Canada, in spots across the Midwest, and across large swaths of Europe—where clouds and city lights did not obscure—thousands observed upwards of 200 shooting stars per hour.  And viewing conditions were exceptional because the shower coincided with a new moon.

It started with radio observers who detected a significant “outburst”—radio echoes from meteoroids pinging through the atmosphere.

Then reports started coming in all over social media from Massachusetts, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Ontario, and many places in Europe: France, Belgium, Poland, and elsewhere.

An astronomer from Belgium named Michel gave the following account:

The activity remained long time stable and modest until suddenly activity started to pick up; a period when about one per minute appeared.  The outburst had materialized well in advance of the predicted observing window.  However it did not remain with just short pulses.  The activity increased further out of nothing, multiple meteors were seen per minute, even two or three at the same instance!  Yes this was going hard: probably getting at a ZHR of about 100, certainly taking into account the low position of the radiant!  Everywhere nice long meteor trails at the sky thanks to the decreasing radiant position.  Not only faint stuff, but sometimes very nice meteors up to -2, even one small fireball!

Another observer from Slovenia saw numerous falling stars even with some cloud cover causing obscurity:

Observed 22:40-00:44 UT under mediocre conditions, LM about 6.5 and variable cloud cover (0-40%).  Peak seemed to be around 23:00-23:20 UT.  Rates were probably greater than 100/h, even with the radiant below 30 degrees.  Will be surprised if peak ZHR is not around several hundred.  Possible secondary peak around 00:00 UT.

Twitter lit up, too, with experts confirming the outburst:

YE Quanzhi@Yeqzids

Looks like the Draconid meteor shower is under outburst right now, with zenith hourly rate reaching ~130, consistent with earlier prediction. Data from Hirofumi Sugimoto’s analysis: http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~hro/Flash/2018/OCT/index.htm 

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The most exciting reports came from many people who didn’t even know what was going on:

mah-res@sister_cath

Serra and I just saw 21 shooting stars in the span of 30 minutes. God’s handiwork is 10/10.

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Scott Hixon@KC8ITN

Just came in from outside. Looking up for about 10 minutes, I seen 15 meteors crossing the skies! #ShootingStars #meteors

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Amazed astronomers have been posting composite time-lapse images.  This is one from Switzerland:

Here is a shorter time-lapse image from Eastern France:

In any given year only the Geminids and Perseids are noteworthy and neither are along the immediate path of the dragon.  The Draconids are usually among the most faint and sparse, with only occasional years of outbursts (e.g. 1933, 1946, 1985, 2011).  But this year was exceptional because God has been telling a story…

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Setting the Stage: The Bethlehem Star Returns

When Christ appeared the first time, magi (“wise men”) from the east followed a star to Jerusalem and ultimately to Bethlehem.  It is now widely thought that this “star” was none other than Jupiter in the years 3–2 BC, which had an unusually close conjunction with Venus.  You can read more about that here.

We’ve seen a similar repeat in the past few years.  It started in 2008 with an observation by Mark Biltz that a series of four Total Lunar Eclipses (Blood Moons) would fall on four consecutive Passovers and Tabernacles over a two-year period (2014–2015).  Like the magi of old, Christians everywhere began searching the skies for more clues.  It was soon discovered that an alignment in 2017 seemed to fit what the Apostle John saw in Revelation 12:1–2.

Then an incredible astronomical event occurred just three months before the final Blood Moon in the tetrad: a close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus occurred in the same constellation (Leo) and on the same day of the year, as the Bethlehem Star of 3 BC.  God was trying to get our attention.

A year later, in August 2016, another close Jupiter-Venus conjunction occurred.  It was the closest conjunction of the two planets in over 350 years.

Finally, another year later, an incredible Total Solar Eclipse passed over the entire length of the contiguous United States.  The shadow of the sun covered Casper, Wyoming (Casper is Chaldean for “wise man”) and passed over seven different towns called Salem—the shortened form of Jerusalem.

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Revelation 12

With the discovery of the upcoming Revelation 12 Sign, ancient Scriptures from the Old and New Testament were brought to light, which described the rapture of the Church and Tribulation in terms of a woman in labor with a corporate male child (e.g. Gen. 3:15–16Isa. 26:17–2166:7–9Jer. 30Mic. 5:3Gal. 4:261 Thess. 5:3–4).  The historical protestant understanding of the male child of Revelation 12 as the Church, which had been hidden for decades, was unearthed, as well (see here).
For those with eyes to see, it was more concretely recognized that the Book of Revelation is filled with literal truth and when John said He saw a sign in the heavens he wasn’t speaking in mere allegory.
We were able to piece together how these themes stretched across the entire length of the Bible and had parallel meanings:

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A Cosmic Conception

A few months after the last 2016 Jupiter-Venus conjunction, a once-in-history comet denoted “Borisov”, appeared to enter the womb of the constellation Virgo after leaving the loins of Leo the Lion.  This coincided with the planet Jupiter entering Virgo’s belly, as well.  It was the perfect depiction of a virginal insemination and after this go-round the comet will never be seen again.
Around the same time, a tragic fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, scorched almost everything in sight—save a page from Joel declaring “the day of the LORD is at hand.”  And in New York, the nations of the world voted to divide Jerusalem after the U.S. backed away from Israel’s defense.  On the other side of the world, record wildfires ravaged Israel.

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The Great Sign: September 23–24, 2017

Fast forward 9–10 months (the length of a human pregnancy) and the Revelation 12 Sign was upon us.  It was 33 days after the Great American Eclipse, which itself might have been the first part of another prophecy preceding the Day of the LORD.  An astronomical alignment of the sun, moon, and stars occurred that perfectly fit the description given in the first two verses of Revelation Chapter 12:

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

 

The sign was widely publicized and scrutinized, but, in the words of Greg over at A Little Strength:

Because that’s just about what the first sign was.  It was thunderingly clear and compelling…there was just no getting around it.  I mean, even the most ambitious efforts to debunk it just bounced off it like Nerf balls off the USS Nimitz.  Every critic who attacked it ended up looking like a misinformed clown—and there were hordes of them, content to keep tossing out the same tired old canards, not one of which held a thimbleful of water.  It was almost comical.  Even some reputable ministers and celebrity authors jumped on the bandwagon and made themselves look like complete fools in the run-up to 9/23/17.

Brother Paul, who many know as “Zeus Mossbender” released an excellent dissection of the ignorance on display as people futilely attempted to debunk God’s sign:

As incredible as it was that an astronomical alignment in our lifetime perfectly matched what the Apostle John recorded in 90 AD, it simply is what it is.  It has already proven its merit.  Now, one can certainly argue that it wasn’t the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1–2, but no one can argue that it doesn’t match the description.  It matched it perfectly and was a once-in-history event.

But to make this startlingly clear picture even clearer, God, in His infinite wisdom, decided to send two hurricanes our way, which would complete the picture of second nativity.  Luke wrote that there would be “signs in the sun, moon, and stars,” and that people would be perplexed by the “roaring and tossing of the sea.”  September 2017 was both, together.  The only sign in the Bible featuring sun, moon, and stars at the same time (Rev. 12:1–2) occurred simultaneously with two hurricanes called Mary and Joseph.

Hurricane Maria (Spanish for “Mary”) formed on September 16th and struck the Caribbean islands, becoming the third-costliest tropical cyclone in the entire world.  Ever.  Nearly $100 billion in damages.  Over 3,000 killed.  Puerto Rico is still recovering.

Hurricane José (Spanish for “Joseph”) formed on September 5th and dissipated two days after the Revelation 12 Sign, so both Hurricane Maria and José were simultaneously tearing through the Atlantic during the The Great Sign and the world was quite literally perplexed, frightened, and overwhelmed by the roaring and tossing of the sea.

 

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The Birth and Rapture Depicted
On October 13, 2017—Shemini Atzeret—which is the very last festival on the biblical calendar, Jupiter appeared to leave Virgo’s belly.  It was 42 weeks to the day from the United Nations’ vote to divide Israel on December 23, 2016—the length of a perfect pregnancy.
Then one month later, on November 13th, the planet Jesus Himself identifies with (Venus; see Rev. 22:162:28), came into close conjunction with Jupiter just outside of Virgo.  It was the perfect depiction of the LORD meeting His Church in the air:
Now many of us, myself included, had been so excited to see the LORD it was difficult to patiently watch the whole story play out, but in retrospect, so much more was revealed.  The story continued.
When the rapture really happens, what happens after we meet the LORD in the air?  We are presented before God’s Throne and undergo the Bema Seat Judgment.
On Christmas Day 2017, Jupiter entered Libra:
Some depictions of Libra resemble a throne, but it most often represents either the scales of justice (judgment) or an altar.  According to Revelation 8:3 the heavenly altar is immediately in front of God’s Throne.  No astronomical picture could more perfectly show the Church in Heaven while simultaneously undergoing the Bema Seat Judgment.
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A Building Crescendo

Over the course of the next year the world witnessed many more significant events all pointing to the nearness of Christ’s appearing:

1. The world again voting to divide Israel.

2. Turkey invading Syria (one of the several nations specifically involved in Ezekiel 38).

3. A once-in-150-year “Super-Blue-Blood Moon”.

4. The passing of Billy Graham at 99, as well as Chuck Missler.

5. The 70th anniversary of Israel, embassies opening in Jerusalem, and Third Temple coins minted.

6. The first Passover sacrifice near the Temple Mount since 68 AD.

7. Massive Israeli air raids in Syria following an Iranian attack.

8. The Israeli flag flying on the Temple Mount for the first time in 50 years (a Jubilee).

9. Talk of a 10-nation military confederation in Europe (perhaps a type or shadow of the 10 horns to come).

11. The end of the Iran deal.

12. President Erdogan of Turkey finally gaining dictatorial power.

13. The passage of the Jewish Nation-State Bill—an event of prophetic significance on par with 1948 and 1967.

14. The longest Blood Moon of the century, visible over Israel, which, when coupled with the Great American Eclipse a year earlier, may have formed the second fulfillment of a prophecy from Joel.

15. A game-changing deployment of S-300 air and missile defense interceptors to Syria in just the past week.

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Enter the Dragon

In Revelation 12, two separate astronomical signs are depicted.  The first, as we now know, was fulfilled last September.  The second, called “another sign” by John, may have just occurred, complete with a “great” red dragon ready to strike the male child and a tail sweeping down one-third of the stars in the sky.  I explain this in much more detail here, but in summary, the dragon has always been up in the sky waiting to devour the child (composed of Hydra, Lynx, Draco, the serpents in Hercules and Ophiuchus, the heads of Serpens, and the crowns of Corona Borealis).

But this arrangement was not sufficient in itself to fulfill the second sign of Revelation 12 until now.  For one, the first two verses of Revelation 12 were not fulfilled until last year, and chronologically-speaking, the dragon sign occurs afterwards.  Second, after the rapture of the Church we shall never again be separated from Christ.  Venus is (as of right now) right back where it was last year when it conjuncted with Jupiter.  Jupiter itself is about to leave Libra, which for all intents and purposes ends all of the astronomical depictions in Revelation 12.

With the depiction of the Church’s rapture, judgment, and glorification complete, the dragon and his angels are cast down to the earth.  That sign may have been exactly what the world witnessed last night as hundreds of “stars” appeared to fall from Heaven to the earth from Draco (remember that Serpens constitutes the seven heads, thus Draco is part of the body or tail of the dragon).  Small showers from the Aurigids, Orionids, and Sextantids were happening simultaneously along the dragon’s tail.

A Japanese astronomer measured last night’s large (and rare) Draconids outburst and found the peak rate of shooting stars to hit about 175 per hour.  Between the 195 and 196 markers below represents a 24-hour period.  The sharp rise in red between the two represents the main outburst that people all over the East Coast and Europe witnessed yesterday evening.  “ZHR” on the left is a measure of the number of meteoroids detected by radio per hour.  What you see below is roughly 1,000 total meteors—”stars” falling to earth—over the course of the past day.

 

Given that under absolutely perfect conditions (no clouds, city lights, or obstructions on the horizon) an observer on the earth can never see more that 4,548 stars from any given vantage point, the total number of falling “stars”, when factoring in the entire Draconid period (October 6–10) and the simultaneous Aurigids, Orionids, and Sextantids, may very well be approximately one-third that number.  Thus, we see an actual depiction of one-third of the stars of Heaven falling to earth.

This is where it gets interesting.  The outburst was large and unusual, but several years over the past century have exceeded it (1933, 1946, 1985, and 2011, being examples).  Does that make this year’s outburst less significant?  To the contrary.  Scripture is precise and perfect.  Some of those other years’ showers, for example, likely had a ZHR exceeding 1,000.  That means that over the course of those outbursts, more shooting stars appeared to fall to earth than there are visible stars in the sky.  That would not fit with the prophecy given in Revelation 12.  The meteor shower this year seems to have been just significant enough to match the prophecy.

Most observers though will only ever see one or two thousand stars at a time, because viewing conditions are rarely ever perfect.  For many who witnessed the stars falling last night, they could very well have been seeing the fulfillment of Revelation 12:3–4 without realizing.

But God has apparently desired to further confirm this story.  Revelation 12:7–9 tells us that the Archangel Michael, at the helm of God’s angelic army, is the one who casts satan and his hordes out of Heaven.

Daniel 12:1 says:

At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.  There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then…

Is it then any wonder that yesterday, the very day of the Draconid meteor storm, Hurricane Michael formed as it churned through the Gulf of Mexico towards the United States?  Meteorologists expect it to hit the southeast United States as a Category 4.  This hurricane “stood up” on the very day that one-third of the stars appeared to fall.

 

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What Happens Now?

As I mentioned above, Jupiter will leave Libra in the next day or two and the picture will be complete.  Venus then appears to reverse course, undergoing retrograde motion, and returns to Virgo (Israel).  This fits perfectly with the prophecies that show that Christ doesn’t return His focus to Israel until after God has taken a people to Himself out of the Gentiles (Acts 15:14–18Rom. 11Mic. 5:3).

The picture is almost complete.

The heavenly signs preceding the Day of the LORD have reached or are nearing their very end.  What follows is the actual fulfillment of what these signs represent: the rapture of the Church into Heaven (Rev. 12:51 Thess. 4:16–18Isa. 26:19–21), the casting out of satan and his angels (Rev. 12:7–9), and the onset of the Day of the LORD.

Will there be a gap between the end of these signs and the actual prophetic fulfillments of what they represent?  No one knows the day or hour, but I pray that we will all in unison obey the words of Our LORD Jesus Christ:

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

If you are not right with the LORD, get right with Him now.  That includes all of you who would be justified by the Law because you have fallen from grace.  You have been given plenty of time to turn back and all of creation is groaning in labor pains for the children of God to be revealed.  The LORD loves you and wants you to be His, but He will not force your conversion.  His plan marches forward and time is all but up.

All of us have made a terrible mess of our lives and God has offered to clean up the mess, but the lawless and legalists, alike, either don’t recognize their need for cleaning or have too much pride to come to the LORD to be cleaned.

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~ MARANATHA ~
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DAMASCUS COUNTDOWN: Major Escalation In Syria

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It started with the downing of a Russian Il-20 spy plane on the eve of Yom Kippur.  15 Russian military personnel were killed.  Israeli warplanes, as they were performing raids along the Syrian coast, were targeted by the Syrian government’s air defenses, but instead of shooting down Israeli jets, they inadvertently downed the large Russian spy plane.

Long story short, Israel denies responsibility, but the Russian military believes—or wants the world to believe—that the Israeli warplanes were using the Il-20 as cover, which confused Syrian radar and surface-to-air missiles.  Using the downing as a pretext, the Russian government has finally ordered the deadly S-300VM air and missile defense system to Syria.  The move is a fundamental game-changer and immediately backs Israel into a corner from which its military leaders may feel they have no other option but direct military confrontation with Russia.

For decades Israel has been able to launch air raids in Syria with relative ease.  The antiquated Syrian air defenses have been entirely incapable of defending against Israeli jets.  And in the last few years as Iran and Hezbollah have gained a large foothold in the country just north of Israel, the Israeli government has felt seriously threatened—Iran, is, after all, Israel’s supreme geopolitical archenemy and is openly calling for the complete annihilation of the Jewish State.

The decades-long situation has just changed and this picture shows you exactly why:

Russia’s international state media outlet (RT) is reporting the missiles will be delivered to Damascus proper, meaning that they will be given into the hands of the Syrian government, outside of the immediate control of the Russians.  The Syrians have long sought this missile system and now they will be getting their wish.  All of Northern Israel will be in range, and possibly all of Jerusalem depending upon the specific variant of S-300 missile.

If you see in that map what I see, then the city of Damascus itself is now Israel’s top threat in its immediate vicinity and is threatening about one-third of Israeli airspace, as well as blocking future Israeli air raids against Iran and Iranian proxies north.

But there’s more.  Russia is also sending sophisticated radar and satellite and radar jamming systems that will significantly cripple and thwart Israeli and western air forces over Syria.

While the world’s attention was drawn away to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly and the back-and-forth between Brett Kavanaugh and his politically-motivated accuser, the Middle East just stepped into its own Cuban Missile Crisis—one that will very likely lead to Isaiah 17, and, ultimately, Ezekiel 38–39.  Those long-prophesied Tribulation events are like Christmas and the rapture is like Thanksgiving.

When you see the Christmas decorations going up, you know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

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On a different subject, we are trying to get the gospel into as many hands as possible.  For that reason, we’re offering our book 500 Years for free on Kindle for a limited time.  This will only be for a few days, so don’t miss the opportunity.  Download it here and please consider sharing with your friends and family or leaving a positive review.  That would really bless us.  Every dime of profit from book sales is going straight into ministry. (Click to Source)

~ MARANATA ~
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A Prophetic Review

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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.

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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”)

GOD AND HIS FIG TREE

UNDERSTANDING THE OLIVET DISCOURSE

NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR

WHAT’S THE HUBBUB ALL ABOUT?


Revelation 2–3 and The Church Age:


THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES

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?

THE RED DRAGON: THE REVELATION 12 SIGN (PART II)


Rapture:

WILL THERE BE A RAPTURE?

WHEN DOES THE RAPTURE HAPPEN?

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


Revelation 4–5:

WHO ARE THE 24 ELDERS?


Revelation 6–19:

THE DAY OF THE LORD

AN OVERVIEW OF THINGS TO COME


Distinguishing between the resurrections:

THE FIRST AND SECOND RESURRECTIONS


Revelation 20:

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HELL?



Revelation 21–22 and Heaven:


WHAT IS HEAVEN?

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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).

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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 4:16–18

I 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 ~

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National Solar Observatory Cover-Up: What We Know So Far

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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:

  • Last Thursday, September 6th, the National Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico, was evacuated and closed, with the only reason given being “security concerns.”
  • The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) claims to have ordered the evacuation.
  • The local sheriff’s office in Otero County (in which Sunspot is located) is claiming that the FBI was involved in the sudden closure.  Sheriff Benny House was quoted in the local news saying “the FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on.”
  • The observatory entrance is currently marked off with crime scene tape and Sheriff House has further said, “There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers, but nobody would tell us anything.”
  • Multiple reports suggest the local post office was also evacuated.
  • There are rumors that other solar observatories and/or webcams have been shutdown, including:
    • – AXIS 232D Network Dome Camera located in Sydney Australia
    • – Webcams located at SOAR Observatory – The Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope located in Chile
    • – BRT Tenerife Telescope Webcam located in Spain
    • – Webcam located at Mauna Kea observatory at the University of Hawaii
    • – Hilo Webcam from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope observatory in Hawaii
    • – Webcam at JAT Observatory in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

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?

If you have any further information, please share below or email us at tips@unsealed.org. (Click to Source)

~ MARANATHA ~
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Everywhere A Sign

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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 weeksto 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.

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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.

Furthermore, don’t forget about the possible dual fulfillment of Daniel 9:25 I wrote about in May:

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.

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If you are not ready for what’s about to go down I would implore you to be ready.  Being ready isn’t work, it’s a choice.  Choose you this day whom you will serve and get on board the ark.

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BREAKING: Jewish Nation-State Bill Becomes Law, Biggest Prophetic Development In 50 Years

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An ancient mosaic depicting the 12 tribes of Israel

The final draft of the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law was approved Wednesday by an 8 to 7 committee vote after government officials and Knesset members wrangled over key details in the text.  The bill then went to a final vote very early Thursday morning (Israeli time) and passed it’s second and third readings in the full Knesset with a vote of 62 to 55.  The third reading is final and because of this successful vote, the bill now becomes law.  As an Israeli Basic Law, it has constitutional weight and supersedes regular statutory legislation.  Even more, this is Israel’s twelfth Basic Law, so the nation of 12 tribes and 12 apostles is now governed by 12 major laws (source)*.

In my estimation, July 19, 2018 will go down in history as one of the most significant dates in Israel’s prophetic history—right up there with May 14, 1948 and June 7, 1967.  1948 was the restoration of the nation-state itself, 1967 the restoration of the nation’s capital, and 2018 the restoration of the nation’s biblical identity.

The Knesset’s final vote on the Nation-State Basic Law very early on July 19, 2018
Arab MKs tore copies of the new Basic Law in protest after the conclusion of the vote and there has been a firestorm of negative media targeting Israel because of the bill.  Western and Arab media alike are falsely accusing Israel of becoming a “fascist” apartheid state.  No doubt Israel’s enemies will see the bill’s passage as an excuse for further attacks.

Thousands have gathered in Tel Aviv to protest the legislation:

I’ve been following the progression of this law through the Knesset since March, recognizing that if it were to pass this year it would undoubtedly make 2018 as prophetically significant as 1948 and 1967.  Well, it passed.  It happened.  And it happened 70 years since the nation was established—the length of a biblical generation according to Psalm 90:10.  Israel’s biblical and Jewish identity has now been restored, along with its prophetic purpose to in-gather the exiles and possess the Holy Land.  Even more amazing, it was exactly one year ago this week that Israel temporarily regained control of the Temple Mount and Jewish prayers were first offered openly on the ancient Temple platform.  Counting inclusively, it has also been exactly 43 weeks, to the day, since the Feast of Trumpets in 2017 and exactly 300 days since the Revelation 12 Sign.  In other words, in an exact number of weeks and days within a human gestational period since the Great Sign last year, a major prophetic event pertaining to Israel has occurred.

The new Jewish Nation-State Basic Law makes official that:
  • The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people only (as God’s covenant to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stipulates); from 1948 to 2018 it was the land of both Jews and Arabs
  • The Israelites’ ancient language, Hebrew, is now the official language of the land
  • The biblical calendar is now the official calendar of Israel
  • Keeping the biblical Sabbath is now a nationwide requirement
  • The biblical festivals and holidays are now officially recognized by the state and must be kept nationwide
  • The Israeli government must work to complete ingathering the exiles—a prophetic term pertaining to the end of the age when the dispersed Israelites would return to the land; furthermore, the law makes official Israel’s connection to the Diaspora
  • Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel
  • Jewish settlement of the Holy Land is now a “national value” and will be officially encouraged by the government—further bringing Israel back on track for God’s prophetic program of the Israelites possessing the land
  • The state shall act in official capacity to preserve the Jewish religion around the world
  • The Star of David is the official flag, the Second Temple’s Menorah is the official state symbol, and Hatikvah, a poem which formalizes the Israelites’ prophetic desire to return to Zion, is the official national anthem
  • Interestingly, it seems that the bill changes the official name of Israel from the “State of Israel” to just “Israel”
1948: THE NATION OF ISRAEL REBORN* →

1967: JERUSALEM RETAKEN →
 
2018: THE LAND’S BIBLICAL IDENTITY RESTORED

A major dispensational change is now imminent when God will return His focus to the restoration of Israel:

When they finished, James spoke up. ‘Brothers,’ he said, ‘listen to me.  Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles.  The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:

‘After this I will return
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,
that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things—
things known from long ago.’

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The final text of the new law is as follows:

Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People

1 — Basic principles 

A. The land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established.

B. The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination.

C. The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.

2 — The symbols of the state 

A. The name of the state is “Israel.”

B. The state flag is white with two blue stripes near the edges and a blue Star of David in the center.

C. The state emblem is a seven-branched menorah with olive leaves on both sides and the word “Israel” beneath it.

D. The state anthem is “Hatikvah.”

E. Details regarding state symbols will be determined by the law.

3 — The capital of the state 

Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.

4 — Language 

A. The state’s language is Hebrew.

B. The Arabic language has a special status in the state; Regulating the use of Arabic in state institutions or by them will be set in law.

C. This clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.

5 — Ingathering of the exiles 

The state will be open for Jewish immigration and the ingathering of exiles.

6 — Connection to the Jewish people 

A. The state will strive to ensure the safety of the members of the Jewish people in trouble or in captivity due to the fact of their Jewishness or their citizenship.

B. The state shall act within the Diaspora to strengthen the affinity between the state and members of the Jewish people.

C. The state shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora.

7 — Jewish settlement 

A. The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.

8 — Official calendar 

The Hebrew calendar is the official calendar of the state and alongside it the Gregorian calendar will be used as an official calendar. Use of the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar will be determined by law.

9 — Independence Day and memorial days 

A. Independence Day is the official national holiday of the state.

B. Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars and Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day are official memorial days of the State.

10 — Days of rest and sabbath 

The Sabbath and the festivals of Israel are the established days of rest in the state; Non-Jews have a right to maintain days of rest on their Sabbaths and festivals; Details of this issue will be determined by law.

11 — Immutability 

This Basic Law shall not be amended, unless by another Basic Law passed by a majority of Knesset members.

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Further Reading:

Learn The Parable Of The Fig Tree

God And His Fig Tree

The Day Of The LORD

The Three Final Gatherings (Part I)

The Three Final Gatherings (Part II)

Passing The Torch

Get On Board The Ark

The Final Prayer Of The Church

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*Note on Israel’s Basic LawsThe Knesset had previously established 14 Basic Laws, but three of the 14 were later repealed by subsequent Basic Laws, thus the Jewish Nation-State Law is now the twelfth.

*Note on Israel’s rebirth: The nation-state was “reborn” or “reestablished” in 1948, but the people themselves will not be reborn until they place their faith in their Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ.  Sadly, prophecy tells us that this will not happen until well into the Tribulation. (Click to Source)

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Do Key Events Preceding The Day Of The LORD Complete In 2018?

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And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.

It is my fervent belief that we are witnessing the final fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy and it may in fact be complete this year or in just the next couple of years.  But before I dive into the details, I want to first explain that I believe Joel’s words will be fulfilled twice and this dual fulfillment are the bookends of the Church Age.  The first fulfillment occurred around the time of the LORD’s crucifixion and resurrection and then culminated on Pentecost.  The Apostle Peter makes clear reference to this fulfillment in Acts 2 as I explain in my recent article Stranger Things:

Peter was citing the prophecy as if it was just fulfilled [Acts 2:16–21] and I personally agree with him. How so? The Holy Spirit had just been poured out for the first time on the disciples (literally moments before Peter’s sermon), the Spirit had descended on them as tongues of fire. The blood of Christ had been poured out a little over 50 days prior, the sun had been turned to darkness for three hours, and, if the crucifixion occurred in 33 AD, the moon looked like blood from Jerusalem on the evening after His crucifixion. Lastly, Peter was now proclaiming to the people the Gospel message of how, because of Christ’s death and resurrection, everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD will be saved. All the pieces were there.

While this prophecy had been fulfilled once before, signalling the start of the dispensational “pause” called the Church Age or Age of Grace, there are certain details in the broader context of Joel 2–3 that can only apply to the time at the end of the age when God’s wrath is poured out upon the earth.  The first fulfillment of the prophecy signaled the spiritual salvation of the Gentiles through faith (justification), but the final fulfillment signals their physical salvation and rapture to Heaven (glorification).

Let’s break down this dually-fulfilled prophecy piece by piece, so you can see with your own eyes that we are within just a handful of years/months/weeks of the end of this dispensation:

Holy Spirit poured out…

1. May 24, 33 AD: The Holy Spirit is poured out on the disciples on Pentecost.

2. April 9, 1906 AD: Roughly halfway between the First Zionist Congress and the Balfour Declaration, while some Jews are already regathering to Israel, the Pentecostal movement begins during the Azusa Street Revival—a final end times work of God that ultimately succeeds in bringing the evangelical message to the far reaches of the planet and hundreds of millions more.

Dreams and visions…

1. ~3 BC–95 AD: The Holy Spirit gives dreams and visions to numerous people, opening their hearts to the Gospel (e.g. Mt. 1:202:12–13192227:19Lk. 1:22Acts 9:10–1210:3–11:516:6–10; Book of Revelation).

2. ~2000 AD to present: The Holy Spirit gives dreams and visions about Jesus Christ to thousands of Muslims who would otherwise not hear or understand the Gospel.  Simultaneously, Christians around the world begin experiencing an increasing number of rapture and end-time related dreams indicating the nearness of Christ’s appearing.

Wonders in the heavens and on the earth…

1. 3–2 BC: The Star of Bethlehem sign, a multitude of angels in the sky appearing to shepherds, etc.  Later, in 29–33 AD, wonders on the earth like the miracles Jesus was performing, the Transfiguration, the earthquake at His resurrection, and the Temple veil being torn in two.  There were also wonders in heaven including the darkened sun and blood moon.

2. September 23–24, 2017 AD: A once-in-historyGreat Sign in the heavens that perfectly fit the description in Revelation 12:1–2.  Other heavenly signs in the last few years included the 2014–15 Blood Moon Tetrad, Great American Eclipse, Super-Blue-Blood Moon on January 31, 2018, September 2017 solar flare (largest in 20 years), reappearance of the Star of Bethlehem, etc.  There were also numerous “wonders” on the earth (see herehere, and here) and the single greatest wonder on earth that we are all witnessing is that The Parable of the Fig Tree is being fulfilled in our lifetime.

And other heavenly signs are about to happen this month.  Mars will appear nearly twice as bright as the King Planet Jupiter (for the first time in 15 years).  Furthermore, the eight planets in our solar system will form an exceptionally rare alignment on one side of the Sun on July 19th.

Fire and pillars of smoke…

1. 33 AD: The Holy Spirit descends on the disciples as tongues of fire.

2. 2017–18 AD: In September of last year, record wildfires (fire and pillars of smoke) in the Pacific Northwest and Europe caused unexpected “blood moons” to appear across a large swath of the Northern Hemisphere.  Then in October the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide began increasing from a daily average of about 10–20 to 35 (see here).  At present there are 37.  This includes the symbol-filled eruption of Kilauea, which continues unabated and the deadly eruption of Mount Fuego (“Fire”) that killed hundreds and completely destroyed the town of St. Miguel just weeks ago.

Sun turned to darkness…

1. April 3, 33 AD: The sun was darkened for the final three hours of Jesus’ life while He hung on the Cross (Mt. 27:45Mk. 15:33Lk. 23:44–45).  Besides the biblical record, there are also secular historical records indicating that an unnaturally long solar eclipse caused darkness in the middle of the day all across the Mediterranean region.  The unprecedented crucifixion darkness was known in Roman historical archives.

2. August 21, 2017 AD: Now there is only one thing known to mankind that can make the disc of the Sun itself look dark and that is a solar eclipse.  We can then assume that Joel’s prophecy would be fulfilled by just such an occurrence.  That being said, solar eclipses are fairly common, occurring about once every 18 months.  For that reason I would expect that for something to fulfill Joel’s prophecy it would need to be extraordinary like the three hours of darkness during the crucifixion.  The Great American Eclipse last August fits the bill.  The eclipse was the most watched in history, encompassed the entire width of the world’s most powerful and prosperous Gentile nation, occurred during the formation of the Revelation 12 Sign, and was filled with an overwhelming amount of symbolism (see here and here).

Moon to blood…

1. April 3, 33 AD: There was a blood moon visible in Jerusalem on the evening of Christ’s crucifixion.

2. July 27, 2018 AD: Like solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are also quite common.  There have been several in just the last couple of years, so I would think we should be looking for something extraordinary—something even more significant than the blood moons in 2014–15 or the January 31st eclipse this year.  This month’s lunar eclipse is just such an occurrence.  It’s the longest lunar eclipse this entire century (2001–2100), is visible in totality over all of Jerusalem, Israel, and the Middle East, and is a rare central lunar eclipse (there hasn’t been one in seven years, since 2011).

BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful Day of the LORD…

Both bookends of the Church Age occur beforethe Tribulation and subsequent Millennial Kingdom.

And everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD will be saved…

1. May 24, 33 AD: Peter declared the Gospel message to those gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost and proclaimed to them that their sins could be blotted out through faith in Christ’s atoning work.  The message of justification by faith and reconciliation with God was proclaimed and over the last 2,000 years the Church has carried this message to the far corners of the earth.  Through faith in Christ we have all experienced spiritualsalvation.

2. 2018 AD?: At the sound of the last trump, all of those who call on the Name of the LORD will be transfigured and raptured into Heaven, experiencing the final and physical step in the process of redemption called glorification.  Salvation is a threefold process beginning with justification, continuing with sanctification, and completing with glorification.  Like a baby that is conceived in his mother’s womb yet not manifest to the world is justification and that is how the Church began on Pentecost in 32 or 33 AD.  Then the baby grows and matures, which is what the Church has been doing for the last 2,000 years (sanctification).  Finally, the baby enters a new world [to him] fully formed, which is glorification (a.k.a. the rapture).

For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance…

1. May 24, 33 AD: This spiritual deliverance began on Pentecost in Jerusalem just as foretold.

2. 2018 AD?: It’s interesting that in the Hebrew of Joel 2 there is a poetic double reference (both Jerusalem andMount Zion).  In Scripture Zion can refer to the earthly city of Jerusalem, but it often refers instead to the heavenly Jerusalem or city of God “up there” where Jerusalem down on earth is just a shadow of the greater heavenly realm or reality.  Look at what the author of Hebrews says about Mount Zion:

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.

From a new covenant perspective, Mount Zion is God’s heavenly city where the Church of the Firstborn will be taken at the rapture (see Jeff’s excellent article on the subject).  We who have faith in the Son of God will be delivered to Mount Zion, finally fulfilling the prophecy in Joel 2.

Is a possible timeline emerging?

In the aftermath of the Revelation 12 Sign I did a more in-depth research into the biblical festivals and their association to trumpets than I had done before.  We know from Scripture that there is an unequivocal association of the rapture with “the last trumpet” and it’s perhaps the most important clue as to the timing of the rapture event.  From my study I believe that Shemini Atzeret, Feast of Trumpets, and Pentecost are the most likely holidays to fulfill the resurrection and rapture of the Church (you can read my Shemini Atzeret logic here and a study of the trumpets here).

Some interesting (and speculative) dates coming up include September 11th (Yom Teruah) and October 1st (Shemini Atzeret).  Both of these dates happen to be about nine months from the completion of the Revelation 12 Sign on Christmas Day 2017, but Shemini Atzeret on October 1st is 40 weeks or 280 days, exactly, from the sign’s completion, which is the exact average gestation of a human child.  Then, exactly 2,550 days (inclusive) from October 1, 2018 is September 23, 2025, the Feast of Trumpets—the exact festival to end the Tribulation if Christ fulfills the three final festivals in subsequent order at His return just as He fulfilled the first three festivals in order during His first appearing.  Where have we seen September 23rd before?  It’s exactly eight years to the day from the Revelation 12 Sign and eight is the number of resurrection and new beginnings.  The Tribulation is a period of 2,550 days (1,260 + 1,290), with an additional 45 days tacked on at the end (perhaps for The Sheep and Goats Judgment; see Dan. 12:11–12).

September 11th is also quite interesting since it is Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets).  It happens to be the likely anniversary of Christ’s conception or birth and like in the harbinger warning of September 11, 2001, 17 years before, it also occurs on a Tuesday.  And with at least 5,000 commercial aircraft in the sky over the United States at any given time, no doubt many will be unpiloted as the rapture occurs, causing catastrophic crashes—an eerie similarity to 2001.

The significance of these upcoming dates is speculation, not prediction, but watching for Christ’s appearing and sounding the alarm is more than just a theoretical platitude.  We don’t know for sure the day or hour, but based on His Word, His Spirit, and the signs He gives, we can wager a very good and informed guess.  He is right at the door, brothers and sisters.  (Click to Source)

~ MARANATHA ~
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