Signs and Prophecy
"And now I have told you before it come to pass,
that, when it is come to pass, you might believe."
This is a visualization of biblical cross-references put together by Christoph Römhild and Chris Harrison. The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc - the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.
The Bible was written by 40 authors over the span of 1500 years, on 3 different continents. The Bible covers a complicated history of many civilizations, over huge spans of time, and yet it has one unified message: God is lovingly redeeming all who believe in the one who has come in his name, not to destroy the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them.
In this section:
"Why Is Bible Prophecy Important " 1:02:40
Prophecy is a taboo topic for good reason. According to society, if the prophecy does not come true, you are a liar at worst. At best, you were just a little bit off that time, you'll get the next one right...
Biblically, the punishment for false prophecy is far worse. Either way this is not something to be played with. I am certainly NOT a prophet, however I am aware of many of them from the Bible, and there is no danger in reading and studying the words of the proven prophets of God. There is a danger in how you deal with it, or how you effect, or approach others with it. Read the prophecy and share it, analyze it, ponder it. Don't go draining bank accounts, or shouting at people on the street with a mega phone that the world is going to end. Mankind is consistent at making miscalculations, so no matter how certain you are of your calculations, you are probably not a prophet so don't speak like one. For example, don't say "This will for sure happen when..." because if your interpretation is wrong, you will cause others to fall away from belief, when what you so confidently affirmed doesn't happen. It would be very wise to not even share a day you think could totally be it. Yes it will happen one day, but everyday time it doesn't happen, you and your listeners will lose heart.
By all means study and conjecture when it may be amongst believers who know to be careful with this. Of course be a watchmen, and warn people of the times, but be wise about it, and know it won't be easy. Be a witness, share the gospel from a place of love and concern, and live a life worthy of respect, reliant on no one, and living off the work of your own hands.
Remember yourselves what Jesus tells us to do when these things start happening... Look up, don't get depressed, don't drink your face off, and don't change the way of life we are called to live, so that when it happens you won't get caught unaware of it.
Luke 21: 28 and 34
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be weighed down with carousing, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
There are said to be over 2,500 prophecies having been made in the Bible.
The following links are fantastic websites that have been put together, with huge amounts of effort researching individual prophecies. The first one lists 351 fulfilled old testament prophecies that were found and verified. That site has many other amazing sections to it that are very worth exploring as well .
Expanded stories of 100 prophesies origin and execution.
The next article talks about seven prophecies that must happen before Jesus' return. The question is... Is this before the first return in the clouds, or the final return after the seven years of tribulation? We will get into that as we go.
Prophecies of The Messiah's Arrival
John The Baptist Prepares The Way
(Written ~ 690 B.C.)
Isaiah 40:3 Was fulfilled by the life of John the Baptist. "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Also in (Malachi 3:1) written ~ 408 B.C. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Jews Set Free After 70 Years of Captivity and The Rebuilding of The Temple
Isaiah 44-45 Isaiah prophesied, naming Cyrus multiple times that he would be raised up to begin the process to restore Jerusalem, and set the jews free after 70 years of captivity, more than 100 years before Cyrus was even born, or in power. The 70 years captivity was prophesied by Jeremiah 25:10 & 29:10 and rebuilding of the temple by (Ezra 1:2-4; cf. also 6:2-5). 40 years before it was even destroyed.
The Messiah Comes From The Root of Jesse, King David's Father
(Written ~ 630–540 BC)
2 Samuel 7:12-17 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever. According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David."
Isaiah 11:1 Then a shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.
Jesus is from the Jesse's blood line.
Born in Bethlehem
(Written ~ 710 B.C.)
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
The Messiah Will Die For Our Sins
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
They Will Pierce The Hands and Feet of The Messiah and Cast Lots For His Clothing
(Written ~ 587 B.C.)
Psalm 22:16-18 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
The Day Count to The Messiah's Arrival
(Written ~ 540 B.C.)
Daniel 9:25-26 declared when the count would start, leading up to his death. From the decree to rebuild Jerusalem there will be 69 sevens, or 173,880 day (360 day Jewish year). The Messiah will finish transgressions and make an end of sins.
The Start of The Day Count For Daniel's 69 Sevens
(Written ~ 430 B.C.)
Nehemiah 2:1-8 The decree was officially made and started in the 20th year of Artaxerxes on an unnamed day in the month of Nisan in the 444th year B.C., or March/April Gregorian.
He Will Be Betrayed For 30 Pieces of Silver, and a "Potter" Will Be Paid With That Money.
(Written ~ 518 B.C.)
Zechariah 11:12,13 "And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord."
The Messiah Will Ride Into Town On a Donkey
Zechariah 9:9 said exactly how he would come into town, riding in on the colt of a donkey. "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
If we choose the day March 7th in the month of Nisan 1, 444 B.C. from Nehemiah 2, and 173,880 days from Daniel, lands on the Saturday, just before passover, April 3rd, 33A.D The day when Jesus rode into town on a donkey, and was crucified for the claim to be God.
100 Verses About The Arrival of The Messiah
and The Fulfillment of Them
The Math of Daniel's 69 weeks
Verifying the year of this decree takes a moment to buckle down and check twice, because there are arguments out there about when things were written, and when certain kings were in power. For example, the Nehemiah verse, states the twentieth year of Artaxerxes is when the decree was made. So you need to find out what year he took power as king. A guy name Ptolemy came along and made this "Babylonian Canon of Kings" As far as Artaxerxes goes there is a large year discrepancy between what he says and other findings to support otherwise, he was clearly wrong considering what goes against that. Unfortunately his "Canon" is what most people still regard as fact. Regardless of the fact that he was brought to trial for so many inaccuracies and has been found numerous times to be in error. Just google the falsehoods, or errors Ptolemy and read for yourself how many there are. Here is a link to a great article for that,
In researching this, I first looked up all the decrees and tried to find the most credible sources for the dates. In doing that i found out that Ptolemy was not a credible source., and I found using the Nisan/march date from year 444 was probably the correct one. The Encyclopedia Britannica sets the date at March 4, 444 B.C., and you can go and research why that is. There is a lot of confusion out there as to the years, but after researching what seemed to be the most accurate time of the decree and calendar, LO AND BEHOLD! I was amazed to punch in the number and have it show up the very week of the proposed crucifixion date of April 3rd, 33. I tried the math of each other scenario and none of the others lined up correctly. The possibility that the decree was given in 445 and the crucifixion could be in year 32, or a year shift scenario like it, is still there. Even with all of this considered, this is still an amazing, and wonderful batch of prophecies declaring who Jesus is.
Encyclopedia Britannica link for the year 444
As far as which day this happened on, I find the catholic church is hung up on the day of preparation being a Friday, and their scenario isn't even a full 3 days and nights in the grave, so Biblically, that can't be correct.
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Then to help us narrow it down there is Matthew 27:50-53
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
To cross check the time of His death, we also know that there was a great quake when the sun went black. So we can at least easily check when the great earthquake was using earthquake records. Using this website link you can search a year span and see what you find.
If you type in the region (Middle East) and the country (Israel) select a year range From -20 to 100 You will find
one major earthquake occurred. The only quake that comes up in that massive time frame, was in year 33 and its epicenter was listed as "At the Crucifixion". Go see for yourself and click on the asterisk for all the references and information about it. They're all from year 33.
Other prophecies are much more straight forward. On this one, there are obviously a few layers that need to be sifted through. The calendars are a headache to deal with. Today we use a Gregorian Calendar with a 365.25 day solar year. In the days of Daniel, they used a 360 day, lunar year, and so when he was given his prophesy of 69 sevens, first you must know it needs to be calculated using a 360 day year, not 365.25. So 69 "Weeks" of years comes out 483 years, or 173,880 days. After you know that just add that day count to the month of Nisan in the year 444B.C.
There are four other mentions (not governmental decrees) of Jerusalem being rebuilt, but only one of them was put into action as a decree by Artaxerxes Longimanus. There are also 2 Artaxerxes, but its easy to differentiate the two once you know that, by their last names. If you do the math back from the current believed date of Jesus' death. ...Of the four proposed decrees, the decree from Nehemiah, (the only specific decree date we are given in the Bible) is the only one for which 173,880 days goes back precisely to, and then verified by an earthquake record.
This is a good site on some of the details involved.
I encourage you to check this yourself.
This calculator Is used for adding 173,880 days to March 7th, 444B.C.
This is the calculator for converting the Julian day into the Jewish day
This is a website of the 4 proposed times Jerusalem was to be rebuilt, the person who made the website believes Cyrus to be the correct decree, but he admits the math from Daniel doesn't support that.
The following video is a fantastic study put together by Robert breaker and Dr. David wood, explaining how Jewish days start at 6p.m. as well as the order and meaning of the feasts.
These prophesies are incredibly detailed and all came together exactly in time frame of the 173,880 day prophecy, In the study it has just come down to working out the exact day and time of the events, once you learn what the actual facts are.
"True birth date of Jesus (Messiah Yeshua)." 15:39
"Dr. David Wood Proves the Resurrection of Christ" 20:35
I want to address this "Pre, mid, or post Rapture" debate. Personally, I was very open to let the Bible tell me when it was, whenever that may be. When I read the Bible myself, at no point did I ever get anything other than the rapture occurring before the final "Seven". I see, he is speaking about two separate groups of people (Jews and Gentiles) and of two separate events (Rapture and final return). That's how it came across to me...
Then I listened to all sides of the debate, Pre, Mid, and Post. Still open to be persuaded, and it was quickly apparent to me that the mid, or post view was not allowing for all the variables of the equation at the same time. Those views only let single verses work by themselves towards their view point, but not together. Many verses about his return contradict each other unless they are 2 separate events. Anyone who holds a view other than the rapture happening before the final week of years, quite simply is not "Rightly dividing" who Jesus was addressing, or speaking about when he spoke, but there are also many more proofs past that, as you will see shortly.
Only one view can be correct here, and we will all soon find out, but this is not the gospel which saves us, and should not divide us as brothers and sisters in Christ. One day we will all know, and it will no longer matter. Nobody is going to arrive in heaven with a Biblical understanding of 100% and say, "Yep I knew everything all along". In fact, I am quite certain we are all going to have our minds completely blown in many ways about parts of scripture that we never realized, or ever even learned.
However, after researching the rapture in great depth, and a totally open mind as to whatever it was going to be based on literary support, I found there is much more reason to believe the church is caught up before the final week. It may sound strange to say, but there are actually seven "rapture" events in total that occur in the bible as described in this link if you're curious to see that.
The Main Reasons Why I Believe in a Pre Final 7 Rapture
We know 7 years of tribulation is 7 years long, because it’s Jacob’s final “week", which was a week of years, from Daniel 9:20-27, and it's Jacob’s trouble from Jeremiah 30:7 "How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.
One reason we know Jacob is a type of Israel, is because of Genesis 32:27 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
God has made the Bible’s written prophecies tricky by design… Those who have faith will study it, and seek out the answers. Those who already have decided not to believe, won’t bother any further.
The Purpose of Parables
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matthew 13:10-17
We can see this mystery at work, when Jesus came as a man to fulfill what all the prophets had written about with his coming. Logically, we can say, If there was no one to reject Jesus, he would not have been crucified for our sins, and that is what he came to do. It’s not to say these people didn’t have a chance to see who he really was. They did, but their pride and other things blinded them.
When Jesus showed up from the lineage of King David, in Bethlehem, in a manger, performed all the miracles the prophets said he would perform, and arrived on a young donkey just as all the Jewish prophets said he would, and exactly when he would… They still rejected him, even to this day, they refuse to hear it, or look.
Another major reason that the Jews rejected Jesus the first time, is because they did not see the distinction between two separate events in the prophecies. The first time Jesus came, it was with humility, and affliction only. As a result, he was killed for our sins, which the prophets even said would happen. The second time he comes, it’s going to be with a rod of iron, judgment, and to establish the kingdom age. Since that last bit didn’t take place with Jesus’ first coming, the Jews said, “This couldn’t be the Messiah, those things didn’t happen." They even shouted at him to come down from his cross, if he is the Son of God.
Even John the Baptist questioned Jesus, and asked, ”Are you the coming One, or do we look for another?” see Matt 11:v3
Jesus replied by quoting Isaiah (ch29:v18,19 and ch35:v5,6) Saying, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Jesus’ second coming also has a division of separate events. When you apply rightly dividing you will clearly be able to see this division, and that there are two different “visits”. But if you don’t think to ask the "W" questions, it may get past you. Who said it? Who is it being said to? and when is it talking about?
Some of these verses are even logically impossible statements, if they aren’t two separate events.
Paul’s message of imminency is a clear theme for the church. We can also see that the church and Israel are addressed as separate bodies, or groups. The church is not appointed to wrath, nor is the church even mentioned during the tribulation. Just keep those two things in mind and read through the New Testament and it will already begin to jump out at you.
We know the timing of the tribulation extremely well. It’s not going to be very “thief” like, if the rapture is only at the end of the final week. Which, by the way, would need to happen as the seventh trumpet is blown, which consists of 7 bowls, and ends at the battle of Armageddon. I’ll get into that later.
We are given both starting points of the 1st half of the tribulation, and the 2nd half, The Great tribulation, in the form of a specific day count leading up to the abomination, and a day count thereafter the abomination that causes desolation. In it’s entirety this is the “Final week” of “Jacob’s trouble.”
Paul says the restrainer is currently at work in his day. 2 Thessalonians 2:7
“For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”
SO who can be on the Earth restraining him in Paul’s day, but then be taken out of the way 2000 years later? No mortal thing, but perhaps the Holy Spirit who lives in us? So since we know from verses like Colossians 1:27, that He lives in us. For me, this explains Revelation 12:4, 5
"His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne."
Please note: Regarding the placement of this verse, Revelation is not exactly chronological. It goes through the various sections, one section at a time. Some are in concert together, but not exactly the same time like the seals and trumpets, and they are in a particular order, but it's written sectionally, not chronologically. I realize how confusing that sounds but there are some handy charts explaining it in the next section.
Now about Revelation 12:4,5
I have heard other theories about this, but that "Rod of iron" comment pins this to Jesus, who lives in us. The restrainer that is going to be taken out of the way.
Why else is this verse where it is written? Just after the sign that happened on Sept. 23rd, of 2017, in that particular chapter, after the next sign in heaven of the red dragon. (I know everybody says it could happen at any moment, but we all know God knows exactly when it is going to happen. Therefore, scientifically speaking, there must be "time" between now and then.) And we all know there are signs that must take place prior to it. We are told to watch for them. I believe the sign of the woman was the first and the red dragon is second, and then, the child is caught up. The exact same word Rapturo that was used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Does he not live in us, “the mystery of Christ in us”, given at pentecost? Yes he does, who else is getting caught up? There is no way that’s referring to the two witnesses.
Now If you believe in a post-trib rapture, and the "Last trump" from 1 Corinthians 15:52 is the seventh trumpet, then technically people aren’t actually taken at the end, when Christ comes back once and for all. They would be taken at the beginning of the seven bowls when the trumpet is blown. You can’t even say, it's at the end, when the final bowl is poured out, because the bowl still needs to take effect, and it’s a bowl, not a trumpet. So, that doesn’t make any sense either. Obviously his return to Earth is going to be after all the wrath has been poured out.
True believers in Christ, during the Church Age, are represented by the Church of Philadelphia, and are promised to be kept from "the hour of trial". Revelation 3:10,
“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”
That's the WHOLE Earth. You have read what is going to happen in the final week?? There is no way you can be kept from that wrath for seven years, if you are here, you are going to be greatly affected by it no matter where you are. Just look at this virus situation, we have all been effected by just that? There is no way believers are going to be here and protected from the wrath in the final week, you cannot be on the earth, period.
It is clear, Paul’s message is one of hope, and joy, and encouragement. 1 Thessalonians 1:10,
“and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 4-11, But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 FOR GOD DID NOT APPOINT US TO SUFFER WRATH but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Romans 5:9 states,
“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”
Saved again from wrath.
Ephesians 5:6 states,
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
Then there is this statement about how we meet Christ in the clouds, and from that point on we are with him forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:16,17
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 (Latin Rapturo, or greek Harpazo) 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.
If this happened at the end, there would be a mention of the “trumpet call of God”, but there is no mention of any trumpets, at the end of Revelation. Rather, there is a rushing sound of water and people saying certain phrases. Also If the rapture was at the end of the battle of Armageddon, we would have to first go up to the clouds, and then immediately turn right back around with him in glory. Which is very strange, and gives us zero time to absorb what just happened, or what we are meant to do next. Colossians 3:4 states, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” So how can we appear with him if we aren’t already with him, but still on earth?
Again and again, Scripture states the Church is not meant to endure the wrath. The Bible says, that the final week begins, after Jesus is FINISHED with the gentiles, and that it will be a time to provoke jealousy to the Jews.
SO how is that going to happen? As of today, most of them still don’t accept Jesus, and they certainly aren’t jealous of Christians. What could possibly change the the minds of the Jews, and make them envious?
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,”
That begs the question, “So what happens once the full number of the gentiles comes in? “Jacob’s trouble,” that’s what. Once they realize all this, they will definitely be “Envious”, but they will also have the "Two witnesses" who are both Jewish, and so are the 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Judah that will be there to witness and help them figure it all out. Then at the time of the abomination they will all finally understand, and hopefully flea to the mountains.
There will be unsaved people who go into the final seven, but they will refuse the mark of the beast, because now they believe. They will be what the Bible calls “The Tribulation Saints,” whether they’re martyred, or because they made it to the end.
At the end of it all, He will come back again to pull all of the rest out, and we will be with him "In glory", to show up with him as he does that.
Each time I read through the new testament as quickly as I could for congruency, the message is that of hope, imminency, be ready, and love. Everything all through out the New Testament gives the impression that we don’t know when he will return, but to be ready, and stay on your best behavior.
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
We do not know when the rapture is going to happen. However, We know many preceding signs, the history of major events happening on feast days, and various clues in the types of the feasts. We will know when its close, or that “The season is near”, because of all of those.
IF you study them well you will learn so much.
Something else I should mention is that, almost every time a “post tribulation” rapture person approaches me, it’s usually done nastily, unloving, with arrogance, and condescension. It is crazy how often that happens, and honestly a great indicator to me that they’re wrong. To me that is a loud declaration of their biblical comprehension upfront. Clearly after whatever they have read, they not only don't understand the rapture, they don’t even get the more important message of how to conduct themselves as Christians. They often also believe they can loose their salvation, and still believe repentance is required for eternal life, and/or that water baptism is also required for salvation as well. Knowing how to rightly divide the Bible, is also the key to understanding salvation before and after the new covenant. Understanding salvation is clearly far more important, and that is explained in the salvation section.
I also haven’t been under a rock for 30 years. We all know how most people read the bible. I know how I read the bible back when I took it for granted. Usually one chapter at a time, and whatever they say in church. Go download the Bible app, and just hit play. It will read it to you, in whatever language you want, and all you have to do is listen, and drive, or walk, or whatever gets you to pay attention. I can not stress this enough, you’ll be amazed what it will do for you if you listen to John through Jude, in under a week. That only takes about 35 minutes a day, and it can be done much faster if you read it.
Don’t be on the other side of what “The Purpose of the Parables” are written about.
“Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled.”
What I know, is that a 100 people can take the same test, and each of their test results will reflect their study. So just as 2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
11 reasons why Jesus will come back before the Tribulation
It is very worth a read as to the whys and the wheres from the Bible
About the top 7 verses concerning the rapture
If you're Jewish and you want an explanation about this rapture, this video by Hal Lindsey not only explains why the Jews think there will be 2 messiahs, but also explains why there is also going to be a rapture, and why they will miss that.
Hal Lindsey is one of those men who is a Biblical power house, He was a tutor for Chuck Missler, and many other prominent teachers of the Bible. There are few men who have lived, that have gone to lengths to know and understand the Bible as much as Hal Lindsey has. His theology and understanding of the entire Bible, on the deepest levels is very evident, when you listen to the amazing amount of detail he knows about any given passage.
All of these next videos do a great job explaining the view point of why a "pre-final week" rapture makes sense for this "mystery" given to Paul. Robert Breaker's video will even show you all the people, including Paul, who believed in the rapture long before Mr. Darby.
Above all, pray about it, and read and study the Bible for yourself. It seems the number one reason people don't believe in a pre-trib rapture, is because they didn't read, or study it very well.
"7 reasons to trust the Pre-Trib Rapture." 44:56
"Chuck Missler Proves The Pre-tribulation Rapture" 1:43:27
"Ken Johnson: The Rapture in the Dead Sea Scrolls" 28:30
"Why a Pre-Tribulational Rapture?" 1:00:19
"Hal Lindsey - The Rapture" 1:29:38
Gary Stearman: "The Last Trump" 28:30
This is one of most important sermons a person could ever be taught. It's not often discussed in churches, but should be mentioned in almost every sermon ever preached. How to rightly divide the Bible. Again, Robert Breaker has a fantastic video about this crucial bible verse, and key to applying the Word.
"Matthew 24 Explained Rightly Dividing
Proving Pre-tribulation Rapture" 1:13:02
Matthew 24 Is to the Jews, there is nothing about the rapture in it. As it is pointed out in the video, the series of events in Matthew 24, are the same series of events in the tribulation. The sun is not darkened before the rapture, but before his final return.
"Tommy Ice: Refuting the Rapture" 28:30
It has been said,
The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed,
and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.
If you ever buckle down and just read the Bible like a novel and as quickly as you can you will find out how true that statement is. Most people read one chapter at a time at most. They never finish the book in a whole year. Imagine trying to read a novel like "Lord of the Rings" one chapter at a time, over a period of one year. You will definitely lose congruency. If you read it at a fairly constant pace however, you can actually see what is unveiled and all the prophetic links from the old testament, happening in the new testament.
Reading the Bible will raise many questions, resulting in a personal journey of you getting to know God better. One of those questions is this.
"Are we supposed to follow the Old Testament rules still?" It is very important to "Rightly divide" the periods of time by significant events. Like Jesus' death changing water baptism, to being baptized by the Holy Spirit (read Acts). There are things we are definitely still supposed to follow from the Old Testament, and some that we are definitely not. This following link answers that question very well.
Cherry picking the Bible, what still applies?
Israel Declared a Nation,
and the Last Generation
It was May 14th, 1948.
We pay attention to this because of Matthew 24: 32-35
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
A Nation Born In a Day
"Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." Isaiah 66:8
"I AM ISRAEL Clip - Prophecies Being Fulfilled" 4:33
Israel has quite the tumultuous past. During its long history, Jerusalem has been attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice. Then during the holocaust they were systematically searched out and killed with the mass genocide led by the Nazis. What some may not be aware of is that there are many prophesies regarding Israel regathering and reforming and even down to the detail of a nation being born in a day.
In the Book of Ezekiel, primarily in chapter 36, God says he scattered the Jews across many nations as seen in verse 19 "I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them." He also says he will regather them and make the land prosperous again and it will bear fruit, as seen in verses 8-11
8 'But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. 9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: 10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: 11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
There are a lot of amazing pictures showing how barren Israel was before 1948, and what it has become since it became a nation on May 14th, 1948. You can go searching if you're interested in seeing more, but one thing is for certain, it has most certainly put forth its branches, and it is actually ranked as one of the world's top fruit producers fulfilling those verse quite literally.
Going back up to the parable about the fig tree... I have been highlighting that because people who don’t read the Bible very often, won’t pick up on its meaning. The Bible refers to Israel as a “Fig tree" over and over again. This is what that parable was speaking of. Just like it says, it is exactly that, a parable. After all, why would Jesus be talking to the disciples about, the end times of a tree?
There are so many more messages to be gained by reading the Bible as a whole. We miss things like this if you only read bit by bit, and not very frequently. Most would read “fig tree”, and think, fig tree… Not Israel.
Israel as a fig tree
I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
Naturally, people are very curious as to the years in a generation because of those versus we just went over. Jesus said, “That generation will surely not pass away”. That means that along with all the other signs, more specifically the generation that saw Israel become a nation again (when it's twigs get tender and it's leaves come out), will see the “End times”. That’s a big deal! So how long is a generation?! This statement is not only from Jesus himself, but from a book that gets 100% of it's prophesy correct. This has a tendency to get ones attention.
So how many years are in a generation?
There are multiple possible lengths given for the duration of a generation in the bible. That fact, has kept people guessing for a long time. It's also made people give up on it, as they have been fooled by there own calculations, but as I said, it isn't time until it's time. The signs in the stars are now telling the time with the Rev. 12 sign, and the various prophecies coming to pass.
The various supposed generations are: 40, 50, 70, 100, and 120.
As we see where in the bible these time frames are used by God, 40 and 50 are used for trial periods and celebration of events. 70, 100, and 120 are the ones referred to as generations.
Each number we look at, from the only dates set by Israel are all ending now, but there is a catch with the 70 year generation, and that is the one I believe it to be.
These are the places in the Bible where these generational lengths can be found, starting with 120.
God gave people a 120 year warning to repent before the great flood and Genesis says this:
3And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
(The only Psalm written by Moses)
Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
The 49th year is celebrated and ends with 50. That is the Jubilee year. It is seven, seven year periods.
This is very significant Biblically, as explained in Leviticus.
‘And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. 11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field. 13 ‘In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession. 14 And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not oppress one another. 15 According to the number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years of crops he shall sell to you. 16 According to the multitude of years you shall increase its price, and according to the fewer number of years you shall diminish its price; for he sells to you according to the number of the years of the crops. 17 Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.
"When the jubilee of the sons of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they belong; so their inheritance will be withdrawn from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers."
And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Deuteronomy 9:18 and 25
18Then once again I fell prostrate before the Lord for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the Lord’s sight and so arousing his anger.
25I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nights because the Lord had said he would destroy you.
At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.
So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
1Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.
1 Samuel 17:16
16For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
1 Kings 19:8
8So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
30“After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.
In reference to Matthew 24:32, many believe that that the Psalm of Moses, (Psalm 90:10) Is the most likely definition of a generation, that being 70 - 80 years long. If this is correct then we don't have very long at all! Because "that Generation shall not pass until ALL those things have passed which includes the final 7 years. This begs the question, How long has it been since "Its twigs get tender and its leaves come out?
Dates given are using the Gregorian and Hebrew Civil Calendar,
not factoring a religious Calendar turn of the year.
120 Years End
First Zionist congress held to allow Jews in Palestine under public law.
August 30th, 1897 Aug. 30th 2017
5657Anno Mundi 5777A.M.
100 Years End
Balfour Declaration promises a "National home" for the Jewish.
November 2nd, 1917 Nov. 2nd, 2017
70 Years End
The U.N. Partition to allow for a Jewish State of Israel
November 29th, 1947 Nov. 29th, 2017
Israel was declared a nation.
May 14th, 1948 May. 14th, 2018
50 Years End
After 6 days war, Khartoum Conference finished to re-establish Jerusalem.
September 24th, 1967 Sept. 24th, 2017
40 Years End
Camp David Peace Accords held for peace in the Middle East.
September 17th, 1978 Sept. 17th, 2018
There is a lot of information to take in but it will be explained as we go on, but keep reading as it just keeps getting more and more interesting. If you are curious as to how often God refers to the stars, the link below provides 51 versus relating to the stars.
You can reference nearly all of Israel's timeline as a nation here:
Convert Gregorian Calendar dates into Hebrew Calendar dates easily with this calculator:
As you can see we have a plus, or minus of 1 year either ending, or beginning of that year on Sept. of 2017 Gregorian, or 2018 Jewish civil. If we understand a generation is 70 to 80 years and the main trigger point of that is when Israel became a nation in 1948, and you do indeed trust the words of Jesus, then what he said in Matthew 24: 32-35, may very well be right around the corner.
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
We also know he said it will be in an hour we do not expect, so it may not be Yom Teruah. And, if 70 to 80 years is the time frame for all those things mentioned, then it includes the 7 years of tribulation, because Jesus said that after he just explained events all the way to the end of the great tribulation. That gives us 3 years of time from 2017-18 depending on which calendar.
For explanation and Biblical meaning of these time periods see this link.
This is a complete timeline of Israel's entire history
Paul says this in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For 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. 17After 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.
Jesus himself said he would return, and the Word of God isn't something to write off. For the people who are paying attention to all the signs indicating his return is very soon, he would be speaking to you when he says this in,
1 Thessalonians 5:4
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should overtake you like a thief.”
Do you think this verse was an accident? No way!
If there ever was a time to start looking up,
September 2017 was certainly it.
Ezekiel’s 2520 Years
The Date of Israel’s Return Prophesied
1 “You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem. 2 Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around. 3 Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel.
4 “Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. 5 For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.
7 “Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem; your arm shall be uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it. 8 And surely I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege.
9 “Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. During the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it.
Israel’s history, as recorded in the Bible, is a continuing cycle of blessing and punishments for Israel’s obedience and disobedience to God’s law. Throughout times of victory and defeat, kings and judges, priests and prophets, restoration and exile, the Israelites are blessed when they obey God, and disciplined when they do not.
“It shall come to pass in that day, That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.
Again, written more specifically,
“And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 ‘Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the Lord; ‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation. 13 So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. 14 (For many nations and great kings shall be served by them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands.)’ ”
The key to understanding the consequences of a nations actions, whether by blessings, or by curse, is located in,
18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. 19 I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit. 21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.
Understanding the dates of the sieges of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 4:4-15 Siege of Jerusalem symbolized – Ezekiel lays on his side, 1 day for each year of their sin.
390 days Judgement against Israel – LF side
+40 days Judgement against Judah – RT side
430 years Total judgement against Israel
In 606 BC, Israel (Judah) was taken into captivity by Babylon for exactly 70 years.
430 years Total judgement against Israel
-70 years Judgement fulfilled, Babylonian captivity
360 years Years remaining against Israel
The sevenfold multiplication factor applied from Leviticus 26.
360 years Years remaining against Israel
x 7 The prophetic ‘7X’ factor
2,520 Years remaining against Israel
Days of judgement remaining against the nation of Israel after the Babylonian captivity.
2520 years Years remaining against Israel
x360 days Days / year on the Jewish calendar
Applying the day count to the Calendar
/365.25 days Convert to the Julian calendar
2,483.78 years - of God’s judgement remaining
against the nation of Israel
606 BC Israel taken into Babylonian captivity,
first time (Israel lost their nation)
- 70 years Subtract 70 years of punishment
536 BC End of 1st 70 years of judgement
+2,483 Years remaining of God’s judgement
+1 year There is no “0” BC or AD
1948 AD Israel restored as a sovereign nation
Israel taken into Babylonian captivity – last time
(Jerusalem and Temple destroyed) In the tenth month of the ninth year, of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the month.
586.62 BC - August 14, 586 B.C.
(226th day of the year) = 586.62
516.62 BC End of the First 70 years
(-516.62 in math for BC)
+2,483 Years remaining of God’s judgement
+1 year There is no “0” BC or AD
1967.38 AD Restoration of Jerusalem
The Feasts of Israel
The feasts are indeed a big study, with many layers to each of them, opening up all sorts of insight into the word of God. This video by Robert Breaker, is a great comprehensive explanation into the feasts. Besides trying to understand God's word better, a major driving factor for a gentile to understanding the feasts better is this. Any time God moved in a big way it was on a feast day, and because of that, many expect that pattern will continue, just as it always has. That includes the rapture of the church.
We are taught the message of imminency of the Lord's return in Paul's letters, and we are taught he can indeed return any moment, and even when we do not expect him. That is of course true, it is clearly up to him, and God can do whatever he wants. However, he also gives us prophecy for a reason. He tells us before it happens, so that when it happens we may believe.
When we look back on events we can see, God shows his divinity by doing his most amazing dealings, which land right on feast days. He is showing his awareness of all of time, and that he is outside of time altogether. He is the creator, and this is a great way to show that.
"The Seven Feasts of Israel" 1:08:24
The Watchmen's Watchmen posted his video about this Civil/Religious discrepancy here, in part 2 of his video
A link with more on what happened to the Hebrew Calendar, and why.
We have seen that anytime that Jesus did something of major significance, it was on a major Feast day, (from the 7 feasts described in Leviticus). But because of what we read in 1 Corinthians 15:52 about the "Last Trump" that draws our attention to the feasts that involve trumpets. These are the fall feasts, there are trumpets on the feast of trumpets, there are also trumpets on Yom Kippur when it is a Jubilee year, like 2017 is, as we saw in the "8th Moedim" Video. Then there are also trumpets blown on the last and final fall feast, "The Feast of Tabernacles". Since the spring feasts have all seemingly been fulfilled, and have their meaning, the fall feasts seem to be the more likely.
There are some who believe the "Feast of Tabernacles" is when the rapture will occur. Being dogmatic on a date, is foolish. We don't and cant know enough to ever do that, but wondering and studying and searching is fun, and you can learn a lot chasing a thought. I didn't know anything about Jewish feasts, or harvests before this. So many other parts of the Bible became clear to me after, I had to study the Jewish culture to pursue my curiosity. God has even has a way to get a gentiles like me interested in Jewish customs, and I am very glad he does. Even though after all that study I never came to the conclusion I was after, I don't regret a thing because I learned far more than I ever expected.
"No Man Knoweth The Day Or The Hour" 1:01:24
It's ok to say the rapture will happen. It's even ok to say when you THINK it may happen, but do that with extreme caution. Non believers will hear that, as you saying "That's when it's GOING to happen." Non believers just want to laugh at it, so don't forget that. They don't believe it, they think you are crazy already for not believing Darwin's evolution.
Considering the Calendar calamity, going so far as to say that, I really think it is more likely to happen "This day", than not, even to your innermost circle of people, is arrogant and foolish. Learn from me, I have done that, and I wish I never had. It's a great way to destroy your credit.
Eschatology is a very tricky study as it is. It's mostly encrypted until it happens, but they are hidden, or "sealed away until the time" for a good reason. Then we have Jewish civil, and religious calendars incorporating a 360 day year, following Solar and Lunar cycles compared against a Gregorian Calendar which is a 365.25 day year, and then the leap years, and so on. The time keeping gets very tricky. Even the Book of Enoch says in the latter days we will forget how to keep track of time, and so miss the appointed times the Lord has in-store for us. I suppose it could be possible to track the discrepancies down, but I haven't seen it done without question yet. I have heard that the religious Calendar is off by at least 30 days. At any rate, the odds of correctly nailing the day of the rapture, are very against us.
We will know when it is close, and that will be made even more understood as the day approaches, but as for me, at no point have I ever claimed to be a prophet, and do not know the day or the hour. I have a hard enough time correctly relaying events to people that have already happened, and have been documented for crying out loud!
Do what the Bible says to do. Keep watch, search these things out, and when they start to happen, look up. It is absolutely ok to tell others about what you're doing, but don't look past everything else the Bible says. Be wise. Give babies milk, not meat. Share the Gospel of love first with the "babies" in knowledge.
Let those with ears listen, but withdrawal from those who don't. Try not to be despised by anyone, rather try to live a life of blamelessness and live by example. We are going to be hated just as they hated Christ first, so do what you can to minimize the target on your backs. Continue to work with your hands diligently, so you rely on no-one, also so to gain the respect of your peers. Speak as though you are the mouth piece for Christ. If you don't want to hear Jesus say it, then try your best not to say it either. The Holy Spirit convicts us in the moments of our words and actions, listen to him, and don't quench his spirit in you when that happens.
There are many theories as to which of the festivals of the Biblical Jewish feasts the rapture may occur on. Anytime Jesus has done something of significance, it has been on a feast day. We don't know the day or hour, but there's a good bet it will happen on a feast day.
If you find yourself wanting to count the years from before Christ, across year zero, into into the After death, or common era, you will see how tricky that can be. We now follow the Gregorian Calendar and solar movements. This is of course after the switch from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian that happened in 1582, but took the rest of the world 300 years to follow suit. That switch created a 10 day gap decreed by Pope Gregory XIII, and the longer it took for a country to switch, the larger the gap became. See this link for more about it.
To complicate things in further, the Jews follow a Hebrew Calendar which is totally different, by year and style, using both solar and lunar reference. In addition to that they have a Civil Calendar, and a religious Calendar. On the Civil Calendar they moved the first of the new year to their 7th month, making it land on Yom Teruah. However if you follow the Religious Calendar the dates and feasts would clearly land on different days.
There is a lot to be learned by studying the 7 feasts. More than just finding clues, hunting for the rapture of the church. For many of us gentiles, it is like a wink from Jesus when we realize, that in searching for the rapture, in longing for his appearing, it brings us to require an understanding of the feasts. When we finally buckle down and try to learn the feasts, a huge portion of the Bible is opened up to us. In His wisdom, He knew when some things are made a mystery, it requires us to sift, exam, and study, and that causes some great learning to happen. That is the wink. He knows how to beckon those who love him.
How the calendars line up
There are two major suspects for the rapture of the church, should it land on a feast. One is Shavuot / Pentecost, and the other is Yom Teruah / Feast of Trumpets. There are many great arguments for both. Pentecost's best argument seems to be that whenever God changed dispensations, it happened on Pentecost. For example on Mount Sinai, it was God's trumpet that waxed louder. There are a lot of astonishing similarities between Mount Sinai and Pentecost, they are definitely related to each other, but not necessarily to the rapture. Check out this link to see that remarkable study that is well worth learning.
Some of the other arguments for pentecost are that traditionally, the church was called to the upper room for the feast. The Jewish custom also follows a tradition they call, "Decorating the bride." Pentecost never lands on the same day either, so again the idiom in Matthew that no man knows the day or hour could be a connection to this. This is a great video explaining those details and more.
Pentecost, A Prophetic Picture of the Rapture! 41:28
The Feast of Trumpets,
"God's Calendar: The True Meaning of Rosh HaShana" 8:15
It seems kind of strange that the Jewish new year Rosh Hashanah, is on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri, doesn't it? It lands right on the Feast of trumpets, or Yom Teruah. "Why was it changed?", is an excellent question. Let's peel that back and go to either Numbers 29:1, or Leviticus 23:23-25 which says,
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation.
This article goes over that very strange change, and sheds a bit of light on the history of that conundrum.
One of the most intriguing verses and mysteries of the whole Bible is
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
What did Paul mean when he said at the last trump? Did he mean the final trumpet call of God? or was it the final trump of Yom Teruah?
The Feast Analysis
It would seem that the strongest reason people suspect Yom Teruah, is because it is the next feast in line. Jesus is the Messiah and he fulfilled the first 4 feasts of Israel, but not the last 3 at that time. All of these feasts coincide with the agricultural year, and traditions of the Jewish people. They also perfectly fit the sequence of events we know is going to unfold after the rapture. Not to mention the Revelation twelve sign landed right on the Feast of Trumpets. That is a gigantic indication to us, that we should probably pay attention to the feast of trumpets. More about that sign later. All of the feasts have much to teach us, but in short this is what they are.
(Pesach) Leviticus 23:4,5
Jesus is the passover lamb. He is the lamb without blemish sacrificed for our sins.
"Take out all the old yeast, so that you will be a new batch of dough. You really are bread without yeast—Passover bread. Yes, Christ our Passover Lamb has already been killed." 1 Corinthians 5:7 ERV
(Chag HaMatzot) Leviticus 23:6-8
Represents the 3 days he was in the ground, and his body did not see decay, just as the yeast does not corrupt the unleavened bread. His body is the bread of life that did not see decay, and this is the sign of Jonah.
“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40
(HaBikkurim) Leviticus 23:9-14
is a sample of the full harvest that is to come. They are taken in the spring and offered to God in gratitude for the full harvest that is to come. When Jesus rose from the dead, he also raised many others with him, and he was the first fruits as
1 Corinthians 15:20 says “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
and then also,
“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” Matthew 27 :51-53
(Shavout) Leviticus 23:15-22
Is 7 sabbaths and a day, or 50 days after that. This is a series of grain and lamb offerings to make a pleasing aroma for the Lord, and it is a continuation of the gratitude shown during the first fruits. Jesus fulfilled this at Pentecost when the Holy spirit was given in Acts 2. This is the mystery of Christ living in us as the Apostle Paul states in:
“the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. and on My menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
In no way have the last 3 feasts been fulfilled, but we do know what they are, what the bible says is to be done in the feasts, and that they will be fulfilled in order. The question is, how are they going to be fulfilled? The next feasts up are the fall feasts.
The Feast of Trumpets:
(Yom Teruah) Leviticus 23:23-25
"Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’ ”
The Jews traditionally blow the shofar 100 times, and the last blast is a long one, called the last trump. This annual feast lands in September for us gentiles following a Gregorian Calendar. If the verse “No one knows the day or hour” is a nod, or a hint pointing towards a jewish tradition like many suspect it very well could be. Then the Feast of trumpets, which is known as the feast which “no one knows the day or the hour” is probably the one it’s referring to. The day or the hour is never known, because it starts at the first sighting of the crescent moon, after the new moon. Not even pentecost is this “unknown”. Many students of prophecy have thought, if the rapture falls on a feast day, as all major performances of the Lord have, they suspected Pentecost for various reasons also listed on the prophecy page. This includes some of my favorite bible teachers. However, as we get closer to the time, more pieces of the puzzle are being put into place, making the image more clear.
Personally, I tend to suspect the next feasts in line that are unfulfilled, are going to be next. Especially considering Jesus already fulfilled the first feasts with the first visit. The dual fulfillments occurred until they were sealed by the main events which ended them. Why would Jesus repeat any of the spring feasts, when the main events already occurred?
For me, it only makes sense that he will then fulfill the fall feasts at his second visit, and at the end of the timeline, where they naturally exist in the agricultural year, at the end. Not to mention the details of these feasts. We know what is coming, and the way that it lines up with the 6 days of creation, the 7th day of rest, and even the 7 letters to the seven churches.
2 Peter 3:8 says”
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing: that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The 6 days of creation and the seventh day are a prophetic image of our time. We will be here for 6000 millennia and during the 7th millennium we will rest for 1000 years, just as Revelation says. It’s important to mention we are right on top of the region of 6000 years. 6025 is the rough number according to the amazing bible timeline, there are things were aren’t clear on, that might change various events by a year or two, here and there. We can’t be exactly certain on it, but nevertheless, that is another way we know we are running out of time.
The Seven Thousand Year Plan Foretold In The Creation Week
If you are still doubtful that the Genesis 6 days of creation are prophetic, just consider, It’s not like God said, whoa whoa whoa... i can make land and sea in a day, but not the animals too, that’s just asking too much. I’m pretty good, but i’m not that good.” I don’t think so... This is another hidden prophetic gem, and again there is even more to it than just that, and there are many more like it all throughout the bible.
As seen in many of the videos on the creation page, there is a lot of science and study trying to figure out a way to measure the decay rates of various natural features, and believe it or not, they actually point to our world and universe being younger than 10,000 years, but evolutionists continue to call any data like that, anomalous. The problem here is that their “anomalous pile” is uncomfortably much larger than the old earth pile, which they know, but definitely don’t admit. They also know the old earth pile is already fudged with hidden assumptions, to get those old earth numbers.
That may seem like an extraordinary claim, but wait until you see the methods used for the data. A good portion of which, the evolutionists have found for themselves, and quickly put aside, or they became a creationist and talk about it, which happens a lot. Go see the creation page, most of those videos are made by doctors and teachers who were once evolutionists. The only difference is that they didn’t care what people thought, and they were honest with their data, even if it meant they got banished, and they always do get banished.
Then there is the prophetic significance of the entire church history from its birth at Pentecost, all the way up to right now, foretold in the 7 seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation two and three. The description of each church lines up perfectly with period of time as they behaved from one era to the next arriving at the last church of this current era, the Laodicean church.
The Feast of Atonement.
(Yom Kippur) Leviticus 23:26-32
"And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
The Feast of Tabernacles.
(Sukkot) Leviticus 23:33-44
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
‘These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day— besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord.
‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days; on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest, and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’ ”
So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord.
Now we know these last feasts will be fulfilled by Christ, just as the first 4 were, and we can study them and see how they may apply to what is coming, as foretold by the bible. We know the age age will end with the final week of years, found in Daniel’s 70 weeks.
We know the time frame of each half of that week down to the day. There are some inherent gaps however. One before it starts, and one just after it ends, but with consideration to the enormity of the preceding events for each, and also that the terminal generation is only so long, I personally don’t believe those gaps of time are as long as some do, though it is irrelevant for believers raptured, time will tell for those present during those events. As seen in the Ezekiel prophecy we know we are the last generation. We know what feast is up next. We also know about some particular verses like,
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I have heard the most well studied men of prophecy, argue that God is not waiting for a Jewish man somewhere to blow a trumpet so that he can fulfill his feasts. When I hear something like that i am a bit shocked as to how quickly they have forgotten why these feasts are there in the first place. They were given by God to man, because they mirror what God is going to do. That’s exactly why they’re prophetic.
Let’s conjecture how these fall feasts might fit the events to come. The next feast up is the feast of trumpets... It has a last trump, and it’s even known by the Jews as the feast that no man knows the day or the hour, because they need to spot the new moon by eye first, and things like clouds can stop that. If they don’t see it the first day, the they start it on the next day, whether they see it or not. Interesting, and duly noted. What do the trumpets represent anyway? Leviticus 23 doesn’t say much about it. In fact it is the only feast with little to no explanation. Very mysterious, but let’s keep going.
Then comes atonement. That is what the final week is all about. We call it the tribulation because the world and the Jewish nation is being put through trials and atonement for the rejection of The Messiah. It is the time of Jacob's trouble, the Jewish nation, and it is to wake up the world to the reality of our existence, so that any that will, might believe, but most will not. In 2000 years society has been steeped in deception, selfish desires, and distractions. Many have said to me, I will believe it when I see it. I certainly hope that they do, because we know a strong delusion is coming as well.
Then there is Tabernacles, or booths, which is a Feast spent by jews who construct little tents or structures to live in as a time to represent them living with God. Now it is just as important to ask what other ways can these feasts fit, what is to come? As far as I see it, this seems to be the best way they fit.
Maybe the Trumpets announce Christ is here for his bride, the church? Maybe it’s the trumpets of Revelation, but that doesn’t seem to make sense because that would boot where atonement fits out of its place. It makes sense that the Feast of Trumpets announces his return, “The Atonement” is the fulfilled by The Tribulation, and Tabernacles is the fulfilled by the millennial reign which we spend resting with Christ. The rapture is very very quick, and the tribulation is seven years long. Feast of trumpets is a short feast, and the Feast of Atonement is a much longer feast, plus the atonement isn’t for us believers, it’s for the Jewish nation and those who’s didn’t believe.
It is for all these reasons that I don’t see the feast of trumpets fulfilled by the trumpets of revelation, and then atonement after the tribulation, because for that, there are two more reasons why that doesn’t make sense. One is that our sin was already atoned for by Christ at the cross. Then the separation of the sheep and goats isn’t about atonement either. Which takes us to the second reason. The great white thrown judgement is about judgement, not atonement for those who didn’t believe, and it isn’t until after the millennial reign. Which would put atonement after Tabernacles and we know these feasts will happen in order. All these things considered, the way I see it is that;
Trumpets is the Rapture.
Atonement is the Tribulation.
Tabernacles is the Millennial reign.
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.
On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Luke 21:25
This graphic of Tetrads or "blood moons" put together by Steve fletcher, shows how often they happen, and what occurred during each one. As you can see the current Tetrad also has two solar eclipses in it. It's a bit like a royal flush of signs isn't it. Every time these tetrads happen Something majorly significant happens with Jerusalem. Another coincidence?
Below is a chart of the Tetrad, and what occurred for Israel.
The History of Each Tetrad and What Occurred.
"The Prophetic Significance of the Four Blood Moons" 11:57
The link below is an article about the details behind the significance of this sign, and how it all ties together with end times.
What do these signs mean?!
Jerusalem was returned and recognized as its Capital. That was the significance of it this time. It is there to get our attention, to show us the connection between Israel and the creator of the universe, to wake us up to the reality that the events in the book of Revelation are just as real as the great flood and Noah's Ark, and that, it IS in fact, "at the doors."
Mark 13 :28-29
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So you in like manner, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that it is near, even at the doors.
But people have been saying "The End" is near for years!
Plenty of us were tired of hearing wolf being cried, and plenty of people have tried to force match events of current times to prophecies, but it isn't time until it's time, and unlike before, now we have been given a sign in the celestial clock.
2 Peter 3:3-10 says,
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
It is a lot easier for scoffers to scoff at people when wolf has been cried for 100 years, or more. Even the prophet Jeremiah got tired of the sound of his own prophecies after 40 years of beating that drum. Then it happened as God said it would.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Jesus was 100% correct, as usual, when he said we don't know the day, or the hour. Telling people we have pinned that tail on this donkey, only causes harm. We will know when it is close, and that is how we should keep it in our minds for many reasons.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of noise out there myself, and I wanted to be very sure I wasn't getting this wrong, but something that bothered me, is that of all the signs that had happened, or were clearly falling into place, there was one I never got, and that troubled me a lot. So the very night I prayed in my head, "Lord, you said your old men will dream dreams in the last days,(Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17) and I never had a dream that I knew was from the Lord, so I will stop pushing on this, because I don't want to cause the same amount of harm, as everyone else before me has." That very night I got an amazing response, in a dream that only God could have given me, and I thank him often for it. This is my video testimony of that dream.
Revelation 12: 1-2
The Revelation 12 Sign In 3 Minutes!!
And there appeared a great sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
The video just below is a quick 3 minute video that will show you the planetary movements with a "stellarium". No this is not a prophesy, this is math being used to project stellar movements, which have a more constant movement than any type of clock does. We can't make a clock that accurate and that goes for Stellariums as well, there will be differences between Stellariums as you go far into the past or future they do become more inaccurate. The arrangement that is going to occur seems to fit the great sign described in Revelation 12 perfectly, Whether it is or isn't is yet to be seen. Considering it is the only woman figure in the Mazzaroth (or Zodiac), it really narrows down the likelihood of this being that very sign. It happens above our heads, with the sun, the moon, and the stars. This video is done by youtube channel, "Parable of the Vineyard" is the best one I have seen yet. It is short and info packed.
I wondered if there was anyway anyone could easily try and confirm that Jupiter actually does represent Chris, because there isn't anything about it in the Bible.
We do know it is the biggest planet, and it does protect us from most of the objects entering our solar system, just because of its shear mass. That’s one way i see the imagery conveyed by the creator, but there is a bigger way that even a child can see.
Look at this picture of Jupiter and contemplate the inexplicable red spot on its side. Ponder it’s stripes unlike any other planet we know. This planet creates more wonder and awe because of its size, it’s beauty, and those distinct stripes, red spot that have somehow remained for so long.
Isaiah 53:5 says,
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Jesus was pierced in his side, and his stripes was a reference to when he was whipped or flogged.
Now when I look at Jupiter I always think of Isaiah 53:5. This a pretty darn amazing coincidence if you ask me... but then you know what the Jews say, "Coincidence is not a kosher word."
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
For evidence of the infrequency of this sign in the past and into the future, go to this link to see the data, or go to the stellarium yourself. The only other date I found that comes close, but just isn't it is
August 4th, 3914 B.C. (which would actually be 3915 on account of the Stellarium "zero" year) Another Youtube preacher Robert Breaker mentions the significance of that in one of his videos I post in the last section.
"September 23 2017 - Part 1: The Revelation 12 Sign unlocked - Daniel's Sealed Prophecies" 24:58
After watching those videos you can see that this is something that commands our attention. This sign is not common place as some might say. At no other point does this happen in this way. The video claims it happened on, August 5th 3915B.C. However, when I looked I found it happened on August 4th 3914 B.C. according to stellarium, but he is correct in the actual year but off by one day. At any rate, it was nearly 6000 years ago. The videos made by "God's Roadmap to the End" have a lot of great information. As I find with most videos, I don't always agree with everything, but that is no reason to get dogmatic, or close your ears to all of it. All people are imperfect, and we could listen to nobody if we required a perfect message every time. This is where discernment and a strong constitution from what you have read from the Bible comes in. Remember be nice to each other, and iron sharpens iron, thats all we can try to do as imperfect people. I have friends who are certain that there is a Flat earth. I don't agree with that at all, And honestly think it only makes the gap between evolutionist and creationist bigger. Unless you are trying to put a satellite into orbit, it really makes absolutely no difference, does it? Believe it if you want to, it doesn't change the message. That message being, Jesus died for our sins, and that all fall short of salvation without him. Why waste time on the Earth's shape when you are more than likely only going confirm to seekers that you can't think correctly anyway. They think, "Well, that is an easy one, and if you cant get that right, why should I trust anything else you say?" Whether it's flat or not, you can't deny from experience that is probably the effect you'll have on them.
1 Timothy 1:3-7
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.
Revelation 12: 3-6
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Not quite as understood as verse 1 and 2 seem to be at this point. As it may seem, this is another sign as it says, but then the sign turns into an intense event by blocking out the Moon, the Sun, the Stars and casting 1/3 of the stars to earth. This may be a parallelism considering the book of Enoch, the book of Jasher, and the Bible all say that when Satan fell he took one third of the angels with him, but could also a rough idea of either fallen angels or about how many objects are going to pelt the surface of Earth. This one hasn't exactly been cracked wide open like verse 1 and 2 have.
This is also a sign in heaven, but here, there are also parallels and allegories. These are parallels, or "types" that foreshadow what is to come, like when King Herod killed one third of the children, all of the new born male babies, two years old and under, in Bethlehem, as an attempt to devour the male child as soon as he was born. I have heard some interesting theories about how that number may have been around 144,000 male jewish babies who were killed at that time. They figured that out with population statistics, and the numbers of the census taken by Caesar Augustus which Joseph and Mary were going to be present for. You may already know why that is so interesting, but that is another topic.
The part I want to focus on here is that these signs are followed by what I believe to be Christ living in us, as stated by being caught up. Which is the same Harpazo in Greek, or Rapturo in Latin, being used in 1st Thessalonians 4: 16-18
As we know from Psalm 2:9 Jesus is the Child who will rule with a rod of iron, and we also know from Colossians 1:26,27 that Christ lives in us
“the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
This last sign of the large red dragon may happen just before the rapture of the church, or it may happen in concert with it. One thing is for sure, you would be a lot better off calling on the name of Jesus, before you see the final sign. These next sections continue with most of the other remaining signs we are given to watch for.
Earthquakes, Famine, Strange Weather
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of birth pains.
When Jesus spoke these things, he was talking to his Jewish disciples about the very end, during the final week, not necessarily only prior to the rapture. Yet, the fact that we can see an increase in all of these things already, and the various stages are being set for those verses to come to fruition, indicates how truly close we are.
There are some who claim that the gap of time between the rapture, and the signing of the peace deal may be substantial. However, it can't be too long if Psalm ninety is the generational time frame. Jesus said that generation will see all the things happen, including the seven years of tribulation.
In addition to that, we can plot graphs showing the increase of these signs. Over the past one-hundred and even fifty years, we can see weather, earthquakes, political tensions, and perilous times have certainly been increasing fast! If you step back, and take a look at the extreme pace of change, adding a mass disappearance certainly is not going to improve the situation. The fuse has been lit, and the rapture will most definitely set it off.
Animated map: all earthquakes of the past 15 years 3:42
As you can see by the video, and the chart from the Smithsonian Institute Global Volcanism Program, earthquakes are definitely increasing. There are plenty of theories as to why, but the important thing to note here isn't the why. We should be taking note that the Bible said this was going to happen, and it is happening, whatever the cause may be. This is one of the signs we were told to keep watch for. These are some more verses that speak of the Earthquakes.
Mark 13 : 8
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Ironic it says "birth pains"... Seen that before have we?
Luke 21: 25- 28
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
There you have it, these are only some of the versus, but clearly the Earth is in for some serious shaking! That isn't including the first four seals of revelation, yet to be opened.
The first 4 Trumpets of Revelation
First Trumpet: Vegetation Struck
Revelation 8 : 7
The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck
Revelation 8 : 8-9
Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck
Revelation 8 : 10-11
Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck
Revelation 8 :12-13
Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night. And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”
It seems as though there has been a pretty steady amount of intermittent famine for centuries.
Though there is famine in many places, famine and pestilence have not been declared a Worldwide epidemic, they may never claim that. However, It is there and it is getting worse. The precursor to famine, is low supplies and spread of disease. Damage to land, crops, and infrastructure would be a factor. There have been some major animal die off’s lately. This lack of food would very likely lead into famine very shortly, since our food supply is the food chain itself. The numbers of entire food chain links, that which depend on other links, are being decimated. Our population to food supply is reaching critical mass, and if the support system we rely on fails at any leg, it will be catastrophic.
Here is a shocking list of animal die offs, that is kept current.
In Hosea 4: It says this
Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. There is only cursing, a lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.
Many think this is only pertaining to those specific times. We forget that the lessons in the Bible are put there, not just for that day but for the application of every generation thereafter, to read, learn, and profit in knowledge from them. This is the entire point of the Bible.
This link explains it very well.
In short, what was happening to them at the time, was yet another parallelism. Besides, God is indeed a just God as he says, why would he treat anyone differently for the same crime?
Luke 21: 25- 28
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
All the information is out there, once you are aware of it, all you have to do is go look. This website is a fantastic source for this topic.
There are all sorts of theories about why earthquakes and weather are getting strange, from "global warming", to "global cooling", from Nibiru, to government conspiracies like H.A.A.R.P, or whatever. Our planet's weather is getting more chaotic. Whether the causes are natural, or unnatural, this was prophecied by Jesus to happen in the last days, and it too is happening.
We know the planet's magnetic field is decreasing by about five percent every 100 years, this is one of the great indicators we aren't as old as evolutionists think, as seen in the creation section. In addition to that, the northern geomagnetic pole has also been wandering. Scientist believe this may indicate it that the north and south poles may be about to flip. If that happens, it will cause an enormous amount of problems. Evolutionists would have you believe that it will regain strength if this happens, but unless it is going to be charged up by some ulterior power source, last time I checked everything tends to disorder. I don't anticipate the field will spontaneously recharge itself with no added energy.
See the “Grace twin Satellites” link to see more about the magnetic field.
The Destruction of Damascus
The Destruction of the city of Damascus has been foretold in the book of Isaiah 17:1 - 6, which reads.
The burden concerning Damascus.
Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, says the LORD of hosts. And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall fade, and the fatness of his flesh shall grow lean. And it shall be as when the reaper gathers the grain, and reaps the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathers ears in the valley of Rephaim. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in its outmost fruitful branches, says the LORD God of Israel.
Then there is Jeremiah 49:23-27
“Concerning Damascus. ‘Hamath andArpad are put to shame, for they have heard bad news; they are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed. Damascus has become helpless; she has turned away to flee, and panic has gripped her; distress and pangs have taken hold of her like a woman in childbirth. How the city of praise has not been deserted, the town of My joy! Therefore, her young men will fall in her streets, and all the men of war will be silenced in that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘I will set fire to the wall of Damascus, and it will devour the fortified towers of Ben-hadad.'”
Considering the ongoing conflict in Syria, as well as the hiding of around 2000 tons of Chemical weapons from the UN were located in the suburbs of Damascus in 2013, and now they have done another Chemical attack April 4th, 2017, amongst many other things, it is safe to say this town has a big target on it. The fulfillment of the prophesy is very likely to happen any day with their lack of control or regard for anything but themselves. The words of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah, is like all Biblical prophesy, it is strange and packed with information. Prophecy tends to require a good amount of it's own study. Below are some great websites concerning the fall of Damascus, and a break down of what we can derive from the Bible.
Gog and Magog
"The Ezekiel 38 War and the Battle of Armageddon" 28:30
Israel is going to be surrounded by nations and attacked, primarily by what is thought to be Russia (Magog).
You may have heard about the 70 nations gathering against Israel to divid it on January, 15th of 2017.
It would seem that this is the "beginning of sorrows", and that unfolding. The nations are tired of the unrest in Israel, the war it causes, and they are envious of their oil, and control of it at the port in Jerusalem . They are going to attack it according to the bible.
A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’
Here are two websites that explain the entire scenario in detail:
Ezekiel 38:1-3 Fulfilled Nov 22, 2017!
Building The 3rd Temple
Untold archaeology of the temple mount — rare footage 19:49
This is the view inside the temple mount. Muslims believe this rough rock surface, is where the Prophet Muhammad stepped off Earth and onto a steed, then ascended to heaven. For a long time and still many today out of tradition think this is where the old temple stood.
As far as what the Muslims believe, well they are so far in another direction, that it would take another website to address it. With what the Jews believe we can examine why this can't be the location of the old temple.
This is a topic that often came up in my household when talking about eschatology. How there was a blasted Muslim temple right in the way of where the new temple was to be rebuilt, as seen in this picture. Historically the location of the temple is a hot topic, albeit the location really isn't relevant spiritually considering that the third temple doesn't have God in it anyway. He not only doesn't condone it, he condemns it for rejecting the blood of Jesus, which is the new covenant to cover all sins since he came into the world. Any further sacrifices is an insult and rejection to his one and only son's crucifixion. What is important is that it will be built somewhere, and in the middle of the "Week" that is where the antichrist will be revealed to even the Jews, as he claims to be God.
If you are unsure as to where all this comes from, this link references 34 places in the Bible that tell us there will be another temple in the last days. For example, The abomination of desolation and the seizing of sacrifices occurs at the temple, which of course has not been built yet.
As stated earlier the temple mount location is a hot topic. There are a lot of people out there with various opinions on the matter, i have watched a lot fo videos with explanation to these opinions, but they do seem to focus primarily on the argument rather than evidence.
In contrast to that, the video below is by far the most substantially backed by evidence, and has logical arguments rooted in the evidence to suggest that its location was indeed at the dome of the rock. It has had a long history and lots of large modifications, but that was the correct area.
I was already convinced otherwise by the multitude of material to suggest it wasn't the correct location. However, because I try not to let bias close my ears, and I am generally willing to listen. i am still able to learn. This is such an important value to keep in mind, so you don't stop learning.
"Randall Price: Is the Temple Mount the Hoax of the Millennium" 1:09:23
"Prophecy Fulfilled: City of David 'Shakes Off the Dust'" 5:18
The Dead Sea Prophecy
"Dead Sea (Ezekiel) Prophecy Fulfilled ! Israel News! Fish Swimming Along the Dead Sea's Shores" 9:35
"Freshwater In Dead Sea Creates Life" 2:47
As you see from the video, in prophecies by Zechariah and Ezekiel, the dead sea which has such a high salt content that nothing can live in it will some how become fresh enough for fish to live in it. This one is particularly awesome to me as it would be even more impossible to fake or predict, and it involves a feature of Earth itself that of which is just so super unlikely to support life. Yet God through two separate prophets of different times, Zechariah and Ezekiel says, You see that very dead salty sea over there, in the last days I will make it fresh and people will fish from it. Do you have any idea how long the dead sea has been so dead for? This... Is Amazing!
Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. 11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
The Red To Dead Project
And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
The Red to Dead Sea project would certainly make these prophecies come true a lot faster than spring water. It is my opinion that this "Red to Dead" project is probably what will mark these prophecies as fulfilled.
The Red Heifer
What boggles my mind about this one, is that the Jewish people do not accept the new testament, (or new covenant as I like to call it). The covenant, or promise that that Jesus' blood is the last and final blood sacrifice to cover all sins thereafter, for those who call on him, and believe in who He is. They still think they need animal blood to atone for their sins. That makes me wonder two things, How have they been atoning for their sins over the past 2000 years? Are they killing lambs and pigeons when they get home? (See Leviticus 5) I doubt it, I sure hope not anyway. The second, is how can they possibly deny Jesus, and use blood that is definitely of less value than the blood of Jesus?
Either way, as they see it they will need a Red Heifer to sacrifice in accordance to the temple laws as described in,
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke. Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence.
This is obviously important as they can not resume temple sacrifices as we know they are about to do once it is built. Without the red heifer they cant use the temple. However, after 3 1/2 years they will soon realize their fault in the middle of the tribulation when the antichrist, claims himself to be God in the temple which never had God in it, the antichrist will put an end to the sacrifices that had no meaning anyway. That's when it is going to get terrible.
That, is when the "Great" tribulation begins.
"Breaking News: RED HEIFER IS BORN IN ISRAEL! PROPHECY UPDATE: Third Temple" 16:19
How to get ETERNAL LIFE
according to the Bible
Believe in your heart Jesus is The Lord, and that God raised him from the dead.
Declare it with your mouth, and you will be saved.
If you believe Jesus is your savior, be thankful! We're going home to place where 1 Corinthians 2:9 happens!
If you aren't quite sure Jesus is your savior, put your heart out on a limb. Nobody even needs to know you said it, God knows. It doesn't cost you anything, it is very easy, the reward is eternal life, just take a moment to believe,
Jesus is who he said he is.
Even if nothing happened, you are still in the same place you were before. The risk vs. reward here is an easy decision.
John 3: 12-21
If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.
Acts 11: 16-18
Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
What is the will of The Father?
“And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”