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THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST

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The Rapture is an event taught by the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-18, and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, pertaining to the flesh and blood not inheriting the Kingdom of God, and we who are alive will not prevent those who are asleep when the trump blows.    

The Apostle John wrote of two of the three parts of the “First Resurrection”, (Rev. 20:5-6) in the book of Revelation using the term, “come up hither”, (Rev. 4:1-2, 11:12).    The third time this phrase is used can be found in Proverbs 25:7, noting there are three parts to the “First Resurrection”.   The passage in Proverbs is a notable proverb with its own application.  The fact the phase “come up thither” is used Three Times is the point.

 The Apostle Matthew records the very first part of the “First Resurrection” in (Matt. 27: 52-53), “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”  When added to Rev. 4:1 and Rev. 11:12 the “First Resurrection” of Rev. 20:5-6 is complete.

There is three parts to the “First Resurrection”;

1. OT Saints, those in Abraham’s Bosom, (Luke 16:21-25, Matt. 27:52-53),

2. The Church, The Bride of Christ, (1 These. 4:11-18),

3. The Tribulation Saints (Rev. 7:12-14), “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.   And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (Rev. 11:12),  “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”    

To summarize these three events the Resurrection of the OT Saints, the Rapture of the Bride of Christ, and the Resurrection of Tribulation Saints, once concluded make the First Resurrection of Rev. 20 complete.  Those involved in these three Resurrections are all Saints. You can see from 1 Cor. 15:20-24 the three events “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;(OT Saints); afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (the rapture of the Church)  Then cometh the end, (The Tribulation Saints), when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,” (Emphasis Mine)

There is a question concerning the OT Saints raised, when Jesus was raised from the dead, The text says they went into the city.   (Matt. 27:52-53). “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”  The question is did these saints “Die Twice” or stick around 40 days when Christ ascended into heaven?  Acts 1:9. “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”

I know the Lord is accustom of doing things according to plans he has laid out and for the student of his word, it is possible to have his plan made known to them (2 Tim. 2:15).  In this case the mystery of the “Rapture of the Church” is knowable!  Perhaps not the day nor the hour, ( Matt . 25:13), but certainly the times and seasons  (1 Thess. 5:1), are.  These two references are speaking of two different times and two different groups of people.  The first one is speaking to Jews in the Tribulation and the other speaking to the Church before the tribulation!

Another way we can be sure of when the “Rapture” takes place is to rely on what God gave Israel to follow every year which, were her “Feast Days”, (Lev. 23).  Christ fulfilled the first four feasts to the day and the hour and will fulfill the last three the same way.  (See the Feasts of Israel, parts 1 & 2 in this blog).   Now these “Feasts Days”, belong to Israel only and not to the Church.   However, like I said earlier, “the Lord is accustom of doing things according to plans”.  In case of the “Rapture” the plan the Lord is following is taken from the Feast Days of “Firstfruits and Pentecost”.   Firstfruits is according to Christ being the firstfruits from the dead, (Passover), and Pentecost, (50 days after Passover), being the birth of the Church, when three thousand souls were saved, and the day when the major part of harvest is done, representing the “Rapture” of the Church.

The Three Parts of the Harvest,  Firstfruits, Harvest, Gleanings.   All of this coincide with the Feasts of Israel (Lev.23).   First-fruits AD 30, Pentecost AD 2020?, and the Feast of Trumpets AD 2022?, The lines in yellow are the years when the rapture is most likely to happen.          By Gavin Finley MD – endtimepilgrim.or

The lines in yellow show the dates when “The Feast of Trumpets” would sound that the Rapture would happen.   While some scholars think the rapture would happen  according to this timing.  We see in the chart the first two dates in yellow are past, leaving the years 2020,  2022, and 2025 left.   However, while these lines in yellow, denote the year.  These dates, May 31, 2020, June 5-6, 2022,  June 8, 2025,  are possible dates  for the Feast of Pentecost and that the Rapture would happen for the Church.   The lines in yellow are the dates in which the feast of trumpets would sound for Israel and the two witnesses of Rev. 11:12.  The two witnesses (Moses and Elijah), were told to “come up hither”, representing the rapture of Tribulation Saints, as does the Apostle John in Rev. 4:1&2, was told to “come up hither” representing the rapture of the Church.  

It was Moses and Elijah who were the two witnesses known by the description said of them in Rev. 11:6. “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”   Others have suggested Enoch was one of the witnesses since he never died.  However, Enoch serves as a type of the christian who does not die, a raptured saint who changed in the twinkle of an eye! 

These two events, the Rapture of the Church, and the Resurrection of Tribulation Saints, are separated by at least 3.5 years.  As the old saying goes “timing is everything” as in the case of when the rapture happens and Daniel’s 70th week starts. (Dan. 9:27).   “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Before this event happens,“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:”, the Church would have heard the “Last Trump: (1Thess. 4:13-18)).  We are living in those times now when it is possible for a peace agreement can be made with Israel.  Therefore, When Satan, through the Antichrist, makes the covenant with Israel, the temple goes up, Israel begins her sacrifices until the Antichrist puts a stop to them in the midst of that seven year period, 3.5 years.  The two witnesses will be prophesying during this same time, Rev. 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”   Israel’s calendar is based on a 30 day lunar cycle, therefore, divide 1260 days/30 days =  42 months/12 months = 3.5 years.

The starting of The Seven Year Tribulation Period, Daniel’s 70th Week, will commence on the day the Covenant is signed with Israel!     The Rapture of the Church will take place before that day!   The resurrection of Tribulation Saints will happen 3.5 years after that day!

A POSSIBLE SCENARIO

  1. May 31, 2020,  The Rapture of the Church on the Feast of Pentecost
  2. March/April 2021?  The 7 Year Tribulation Starts.  The Covenant is signed
  3. Sept. 24, 2025,  The Feast of Trumpets,  The Tribulation Saints Resurrected 

Working backwards from the Resurrection of the Tribulation Saints 3.5 years, you have the signing of the Covenant with Israel and Antichrist.  Then according to Gavin Finley MD – endtimepilgrim.org the Feast of Pentecost happens on May 31 in the year of 2020, in which, the Rapture of the Church will take place!   This is derived from two assumptions.   1. The Rapture will occur on the Feast of Pentecost, The Celebration of the Harvest, not the Feast of Trumpets as Gavin Finley suggests   2.  The Song of Solomon/Songs 2:8-13

“The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.   My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.   My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.   For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

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Before Daniel’s 70th Week of Prophecy

 This bit of prophecy has been talked about and talked about until you’d  think we’d understand it by now!   But we don’t!   Just to let you know I’m not going to rehash all of it.   I am, however, going to lay out some things that will take you out of sleepiness and wake you up of where and what time we are living in!

Daniel’s 70th Week of Prophecy 

         Daniel 9:24-27.    “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,

to finish the transgression, and

to make an end of sins, and

to make reconciliation for iniquity, and

to bring in everlasting righteousness, and

to seal up the vision and prophecy, and

to anoint the most Holy.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, (49 years) and

threescore and two weeks: (434 years) the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And

after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and

the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and

unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And

he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (7 years) and

in the midst of the week(3.5 years ) he shall cause the sacrifice and

the oblation to cease, and

for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

     I have broken down this passage like this in order to let you see what is in it.  However, we are going to concentrate on the last verse Daniel’s 70th week.  The other verses (24-26) detail the other 483 years that end at the DBR of Christ Jesus

     This whole time of Seventy Weeks has been determined by Bible Scholars to be 490 years.  Therefore, that 70th week is 7 years also know as “The Time Jacob’s Trouble, (Jere. 30).  The 3.5 years is known as “Great Tribulation”. (Rev. 7:14), that is half way through the Tribulation Period.

     The question now is, “What happens before the 70th Week and When does it start?”  Well the gap between the 483 years and Daniel’s last week of 7 years is the “Church Age”.  The “Church Age” is to end with the “Rapture”, See blog on the Rapture of the Church.  I believe the Rapture will happen on the Day of Pentecost, according to the Feasts of Israel and what all they represent, Lev. 23, Acts 2.   

      It is my opinion that the Rapture is closer than most of us think!  All that needs to be accomplished is for Israel to sign a covenant giving them access to build their temple and resume their sacrifices.  Our President has set our embassy in Israel’s capital and talks to make a covenant to make things safe for all.

     Dan. 9:26-27,  “. . . and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, . . .   “

      The Prince here is the Antichrist confirming the covenant with Israel.  When that happens the Church will have already been caught up, perhaps May 31, 2020.  It could be that quick.  I know what you are going to say,  “We don’t know the day or the hour”,  Matt. 25:13. “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”.  Well Friend, you have erred not rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  This passage is not speaking to the Rapture, but to the Second Advent of Christ!

     As we have seen, the Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost to form the “Body of Christ,” the Church, will, when the Church is complete and caught out, return with the Church to Heaven. This will leave the world without the presence of the Holy Spirit, and as no man can be “Born again” (Joh 3:3, Joh 3:5-7), or call Jesus LORD but by the Holy Ghost (1Co 12:3), the world will be in a bad plight. And as the “SALT” of “Pure Christianity” will have been removed from the earth, the earth’s “Moral Rottenness” will rapidly develop into such a state of “Putrefaction” that only the return of the Lord can stop. But we read that during this period between the “Rapture” and the “Revelation” a “great multitude” shall be saved, out of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues. Rev 7:9-17

6. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE PARENTHETICAL DISPENSATION BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND REVELATION   Dispensational Truth VIII The Dispensational Work of the Holy Spirit by Clarence 
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     Now how is this “great multitude” to be saved if the Holy Spirit is no longer resident on the earth, as in the form of “Born Again believers? They will be saved as the Old Testament Saints were saved, by the Holy Spirit coming to individuals and regenerating them. The work of the Holy Spirit then in the “Parenthetical Dispensation” between the “Rapture” and the “Revelation” will be individualistic only and not in a corporate manner as in the “Body of Christ”.

     Rev. 12:17.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.        Rev. 14:12. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.   During this time of the Tribulation Period salvation is obtained by Works and Faith, see above passages.  This is the way the New Testament is laid out for all to see in three parts, separated with transitional books to move from one section to another, God works in three’s.  

     The Gospels represents OT under the Law.  The Book of Acts moving the Bible Studentfrom the Law into Faith alone.  The Pauline Epistles, Romans through Philemon, represents the Church Age under grace through Faith alone.   Hebrews, transitions the Bible Student from Faith Alone to salvation by keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus.  The Tribulation Period Books are, James through Jude, with Revelation summing up events and bringing in the 2nd Advent of Christ.              A broad stroke overview                                                  Gospel law  /Acts/  Paul, faith  /Hebrews/  Trib. Books works&faith.

      This broad stroke overview has many aspects with in it concerning what one believes about Dispensations.  The greatest work on Dispensations was done by Clarence Larkin, by far.  If you don’t have  a copy you should get one!

     One of the major aspects is the matter of salvation in each of these time periods.  Some would argue Salvation is Grace through Faith throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  It definitely absolutely applies to those born again in the Church Age, Pauline Epistles.  Once saved always saved!   I cannot confirm its the same for all dispensations.   Ezekiel 18 suggests very strongly that a righteous man should he turn from his righteousness will die in his iniquity, a loss of salvation!

     Ezekiel 18: 26-28.   When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

     In the Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Week, anyone taking the Mark of the Beast is doomed!  Rev. 14: 9-11.  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

The End Times, Cont’d

 The End Times are here, not full-blown as of yet, but then again, Christians have had a reprieve from the Lord in the election of Present Donald Trump!  Things get full0blown 3.5 years once the AntiChrist things get started.  

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What I mean by that is, if Trump was not the president. our country was inline to become a third class country, setting the time  for when the Antichrist would step in and create his one world government!  I know that sounds alarmist, but if you are watching the news these days and seeing all the problems this president is having and know anything about the “Globalist Agenda”, You know through the Obama years we were being set up for that very thing!

I bring this up now so you can be aware of how close the catching away of the church is, thats right the Rapture!  The Nation of Israel sees it like this in the their Holy Feast Days, Leviticus 23, especially the fall feasts.   The first fall feast being the Feast of Trumpets!

The Feast of Trumpets was a blowing of trumpets to announce to God’s people of a time of judgement and Christ’s coming, ” (Joel 2:1; see also Zephaniah 1:14,16).  Now while these three feasts all are in the same month of Tishri the timing or fullment of their events may happen in different years.  Daniel’s prophecy in Dan 9, 24-27, noting the time of Jacobs trouble, Jeremiah 30, that there may be years between the three fall Feasts, even though they are celebrated every year at the same time each year.  There are 7 years between Christ’s actual coming and a time of judgement by the anti-christ, Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Jer. 30, Dan 9:24-27. (See blogs on The Feats of the Lord Parts 1 & 2

For the Christian this lines up with, you guessed it, the Rapture, When all are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-54.

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Israel will face judgement from the Lord for the rejection of their Messiah.  The Christian’s judgement is located at the Judgement Seat of Christ, I Cor. 3:11-15. Another topic fo another blog.  

The time leading up to the rapture is the subject at hand along with those events that set it in place.   The question to ask is, “Where is the USA in all this?”  or “What kind of political situation does the USA face for this to happen?”   Obama was getting America in that position with his policies while in office.  You can read the “Globalist Agenda” at www.globalistagenda.org/.  Here a few exerts from there.

Overpopulation

The elite have long viewed a rising population as a threat to their dominance. They realized that eventually a large number of people will inevitably overthrow and remove them from power. They are particularly concerned with the middle class whose intelligence and capacity to organize makes them the biggest threat. Consequently, the elite plan to destroy the middle class and make all the of public equally poor and thus incapable of rebelling. As written on the Georgia Guidestones, they want a global population of just 500 million. This means 6+ billion people must die over the coming century.

Dumbing Down of the Population

A well informed and educated population is the last thing they want as they prepare to bring the people through the greatest period of change in human history. To accomplish this they have systematically reduced the quality of education and have chemically reduced the IQ of the population by adding fluoride to the water and mercury to the vaccines.

What is truly remarkable about this whole thing is that the Bible predicted this several thousand years ago.  Read about the four horse men of Revelation 6, when Christ opens the 7 sealed book.    Rev.  6:7-8, “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”  So a fourth part of the Earth’s population, 7.6 Billion, would be 1.9 Billion people die in that event.

Population Reduction

As stated in the section on beliefs, the elite are obsessed with over population and have written about it for centuries. Consequently, as written on the Georgia Guidestones, they want a global population of just 500 million. This means 6 billion people must die over the coming century starting in 2010. http://www.globalistagenda.org/.

The Globalist Agenda was delayed in the election of Donald Trump and why we have all the trouble with our politicians these days. Presidential candidate and highly successful businessman Donald Trump said it best; we should be concentrating on Americanism, not globalism.”  The “Globalist Agenda”.

The Atlantic Council, a think-tank, wrote a 57-page report, “Envisioning 2030: U.S. Leadership in a Post-Western World,” to help prepare the Obama Administration and its global partners for unprecedented change.”

The report predicts a future of “vast economic and political volatility, environmental catastrophe, and conflicting, inward-looking nationalisms that would be unlike any period that the United States has seen before.”  “President Obama will be setting the tone and direction for U.S. policy in a post-Western world.” (Atlantic Council, Executive Summary, p. 5)

President Obama was very much an agent to bring in the “Globalist Agenda”, as you can see by what he has said,    “Instead of having a set of policies that are equipping people for the globalization of the economy, we have policies that are accelerating the most destructive trends of the global economy.” , “My second piece of advice is to stay global. As the world continues to change and we become more connected to each other, globalization will bring both benefits and disruptions to our lives. But either way, it’s here, and it’s not going away.” Barack Obama”.

The agenda has been set, “This is a succinct presentation of the madness contained in the various plans to transform the planet: Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 and now Vision 2050. This is Technocracy at its peak, and the only opportunity we will have to stop it is before it imposes a complete scientific dictatorship. TN Editor.”

Remember,  we are talking about the “Rapture and the AntiChrist” coming to power.  In doing so, according to Gavin Finley MD – endtimepilgrim.org and his work on,  “METONIC CYCLES AND THE 70TH WEEK OF DANIEL”, gives us various dates when the rapture could happen,

The lines in yellow are the years when the rapture is most likely to happen.     The lines in yellow show the dates when “The Feast of Trumpets” would sound that the Rapture would happen.   While some scholars think the rapture would happen  according to this timing.  We see in the chart the first two dates in yellow are past, leaving the years 2020, 2022, and 2025 left.   However, while these lines in yellow, denote the year.  These dates, May 31, 2020, June 5-6, 2022,  June 8, 2025,  are possible for the Feast of Pentecost that the Rapture would happen.

Our Great Lord and Savior Jesus is a sovereign God and his plans will not be upset by man.  His plan is set and no matter what the “Globalist” may intend to happen it will not happen, but instead use their plan to his benefit on his terms and not before.  That’s why I said we have had a reprieve from the Lord in the election of Present Donald Trump! 

 

THE FEASTS OF THE LORD, PART 2

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Here are the Original Spring Feasts Dates.

Feast of Passover,                   14 Nisan, 3790, or Wednesday, April 5, 30AD,                                  Feast of Unleavened Bread, 15-21 Nisan, 3790, or Thursday, Wednesday, 4-10, 30AD.                  Feast of Firstfruits,                 18 Nisan, 3790, or Sunday, April 7, 30AD,                            Pentecost,                                   8 Sivan, 3790, or Sunday,  May 26, 30 AD

an overview of the Feasts of the Lord, we will be looking at them according to date on the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars, which can be a little confusing at times.

Passover on the Hebrew calendar is always on 14 Nisan no matter what day of the week it falls on in the Gregorian we pagans use today.

Unleavened Bread follows Passover on the calendar, therefore, the dates are 15-21 Nisan, lasting one week.

Firstfruits, according to the Scriptures, it will be on a Sunday, the first day of the week!     Matt. 28:1,  “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher”. 

These first three feasts speak of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.  Jesus’ death, for the Israelites, as the slain lamb, whose blood was placed on the door post as the angel of death passover the Israelites to spare the first born son of each home, Exodus 12.  The Unleavened Bread was to be eaten with the lamb and bitter herbs.    This bread speaks of the sinlessness of the savior and the casting out of sin from a person’s life.  For we know a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, Gal. 5:9.  The Feast of Firstfruits speak of the Resurrection of Christ from the grave, gaining victory over Death, Hell, and Satan.   

The timing of these events comes into question here, especially with Passover and Firstfruits.  Firstfruits need be on Sunday, as noted above and Jesus was 3 days and nights in the grave, Matt. 12:40,   “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.   This means that this Passover was on a Wednesday not on Friday in a particular year in the life of Christ.  You cannot get 3 full days and nights with a Friday Death, Burial, and resurrection.   The Resurrection when Christ rose from the dead was on the sunset at the end of the weekly Saturday Sabbath, 6:01pm Saturday, the Hebrew first day of the week, Sunday, Matt. 28:1.  

Passover Nisan 14, 3790,   April 3, 30 AD is a Wednesday,  meaning Nisan 15, 30 AD is a High Sabbath Day, and the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread.  Also meaning, within a two week time line there will be four Sabbath Days, two regular and two high sabbath days.  Firstfruits would be 18 Nisan, 3790,  or Sunday,  April 7, 30 AD.

Pentecost was 50 days following the Feast of Firstfruits, 7 Sabbaths and one day.  The resurrection of Christ Jesus was a Sunday, therefore, the Feast of Shavuot, of weeks, of harvest, or Pentecost is a Sunday, (8 Sivan, 3790, May 26, 30 AD), Ex.23:14-17, Lev 23, Duet. 16:16.  The correct annual date for Pentecost is not connected to the date of Easter, and Pentecost did not originate with the beginnings of Christianity.   The Greek word πεντηκοστή in the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament in reference to the Hebrew’s Feast of Shavuot, which is celebrated every year in very late spring.

It should be noted that Jesus fulfilled each of these feasts, not only observing them each year he lived, but actually became them with His Death, Burial, and Resurrection and through the Spirit, Pentecost.  It is also amazing that the Jews missed these events since they were all mentioned in the Old Testament hundreds of years before they happened and these feasts they practiced and rehearsed every year!

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The Feast of Trumpets falls on the first of Tishri, the 7th month of the Hebrew sacred calendar and first on the civic calendar.  Israel, has two calendars because they reflect both the Lunar and solar calendars.  Wikilinks said The Hebrew calendar, “is a lunisolar calendar used today predominantly for Jewish religious observances. It determines the dates for Jewish holidays and the appropriate public reading of Torah portions, yahrzeits (dates to commemorate the death of a relative), and daily Psalm readings, among many ceremonial uses. In Israel, it is used for religious purposes, provides a time frame for agriculture and is an official calendar for civil purposes, although the latter usage has been steadily declining in favor of the Gregorian calendar.”

The Feasts of Trumpets, Leviticus 23:23-25,  is the only feast that is based on the sighting of the new moon while all the others are based on the full moon.  Since it is based on the new moon sighting it is interesting to note that there is no one certain day it can called, because it took two priests to make a physical sighting of when the new moon was and that info had to be passed on to the High Priests.  This Day is also known as one long day.  This Day is also associated the wedding feast of the bridegroom coming for his bride.     It is started with a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, and an holy convocation.  It is also called Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head of the Year,” because it marks the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar.  The Hebrew word תרועה Yom Teruah, has this definition, which means “a shout” or “a blowing.” It appears that the shofar (ram’s horn) was to be blown at this time, as it was on the other new moons (Psalm 81:3). Jewish tradition indicates that both the ram’s horn and the priestly silver horns (hazozerah) were used in the Feast of Trumpets.  The Feast of Trumpets was a blowing of trumpets to announce to God’s people of a time of judgement and Christ’s coming, ” (Joel 2:1; see also Zephaniah 1:14,16).  Now while these three feasts all are in the same month of Tishri the timing or fullment of their events may happen in different years.  Daniel’s prophecy in Dan 9, 24-27, noting the time of Jacobs trouble, Jeremiah 30, that there may be years between the three fall Feasts, even though they celebrated every year at the same time each year.  There are 7 years between Christ’s actual coming and a time of judgement by the anti-christ, Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Jer. 30, Dan 9:24-27.

The Feast of Atonement is kept on 10 Tishri for 5 days, and known as Yom Kippur.  Leviticus 16:1-34 brings out all the rituals involved, in how the priests are to react and how the Children of Israel are to repent before the Lord returns. Jews today still celebrate the annual Day of Atonement, traditionally observing this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. This Feast falls on different days each year in the Gregorian calendar in September-October, like all the rest of the feasts.  The first Yom Kippur was instituted the day after the the Israelites worshipped the golden calf, and Moses told them they had sinned a great sin, Ex 32:30-33 and Ex 34:39-30 When Moses came down claiming God had forgiven them.  

The Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated on 15 Tishri by the Israelites.  On our modern Gregorian calendar, which did NOT exist at the time of Christ Jesus’ birth, He would have been born on Saturday, 30 September, 4BC, according to the Hebcal Converter, and not December 25th, as the Catholics set forth.   The Feast of Tabernacles.  15 Tishri,  3761 (Hebrew year must be in the common era (3761 and above)  on the Hebrew’s calendar,  would be the day Jesus was born and is associated when He comes again 15 Tishri in an up coming year, marks when Jesus will come again to establish His kingdom here on earth as the King of Kings, Rev. 19.  This comes from believing the verse that says Jesus is Emanuel, God With Us, Matthew 1:23, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us”.  He was with us at his birth and will be again at his second coming and that time is celebrated by the Israelites each year on  15 Tishri, the Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths.   

Leviticus 23:39-43,   Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.Sukkot-56a1485c3df78cf772692870

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Artist conception of the time                                  Modern day view

This has been a short overview of the Feasts of the Lord and designed to get you started on a study of of your own.

 

FEASTS OF THE LORD, PART 1, Updated

Psalms 119:8 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

One of those wondrous things to behold are the Feasts of the Lord given to the Nation of Israel in Leviticus 23.  The 7 feasts are Prophetic in nature and lay out the first and second comings of Christ and all that is in between pertaining to Israel and not to the church.  The timing of these 7 feasts are based on the lunar calendar.  Each of the feasts is a reminder of events in the Nation of Israel’s history and layout a prophetic timeline for Jesus, the Messiah.  

God in his creation of our world established our events according to his time table, that is his calendar.  Genesis 1:14.  “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years“.  (Just so you know, “the firmament”,  is called “the expanse” in other versions, is in fact “the universe” and an interesting topic for another blog)   God gave us in his creation all the makings for a calendar, sun, moon, stars, light, darkness, in order to establish signs, seasons, days, and years.   The rotation or orbit of the moon around the earth and the earth orbit around the sun provide for seasons, days, and years.  The reasons we have 24 hour days, 29-30 day months (Hebrew calendar) and 30-31 day months + a leap year (Gregorian calendar). 

Accordingly, the basic Hebrew calendar year is one of twelve lunar months alternating between 29 and 30 days: No. In leap years (such as 5774) an additional month, Adar I (30 days) is added after Shevat, while the regular Adar is referred to as “Adar II.”

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This chart shows the difference between the Hebrew and Gregorian Calendars.  The chart breaks months into seasons by color, also giving the days each month has  according to the Hebrew month, and listing the Jewish holidays in each month.  This will be discussed in further detail later.

The Hebrew calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar, established by Pope Gregory.  The following Google search reveals this information: Gregorian calendar is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582. It was a refinement to the Julian calendar involving an approximately 0.002% correction in the length of the calendar year.  Calendars, are another story for another blog.

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The cover photo gives the names of 7 major feasts, found in Leviticus 23, that are divided into Spring and Fall feasts. The 4 Spring feasts are listed in different months while the 3 Fall feasts are all listed in the 7th month, Tishri, (Hebrew) or September – October, (Gregorian).  

However, Leviticus 23 has 8 feasts listed, the very first one, The Sabbath, (discussed sooner than latter).   The Hebrew definitions, according to Strong’s dictionary, for the words signs, seasons, days, and years are more of those “wondrous things”  God give us to behold.  When we think of the seasons, we would think of our 4 seasons, winter, spring, summer, and fall.  We would, however, be wrong in doing so.

Genesis 1:14.  “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years

Leviticus 23:2, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.”

Leviticus 23:4  “These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.”

These feasts are the Lord’s and were woven into the very fabric of Israel’s history.  The Bible demonstrates their significance by explaining their message and God having the Israelites celebrate them every year.     The words translated Feasts and Seasons in these 3 verses are actually the same Hebrew word “moed”.  This word can also be translated appointed, assembly, time, congregation.   Strong”s Dictionary says, “an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): — appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn(-ity), synogogue, (set) time (appointed).”   Therefore, These feasts are “divine appointments” set up as “dress rehearsals” at the specific dates established on the Hebrew calendar.

The first feast mentioned in Leviticus 23 is the “Sabbath Feast”, but not recognized by bible scholars, as part of the 7 feasts, Leviticus 23:3  “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.”  However, the Sabbath is often part of the 7 feasts because it happens every Friday night at 6:00 PM to Saturday night at 6:00 PM,   I said, “sooner than latter.”

keeping-the-sabbath-holy-banner       The Sabbath is a special event to be  happening as noted above and is discussed beginning in Genesis 2: 2-3, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”  However the word “sabbath”  is translated 108 times and is first used in Exodus 16:23 and not here.   Questions;  When was the Sabbath set up to be followed or kept Genesis 2 or Exodus 20?  Who first kept the sabbath, Adam and Eve or Nation of Israel?  Well before getting into a plethora of questions.   Let us try to understand what the Bible says about the sabbath!    

What does the Bible say about Keeping the Sabbath?

Keeping the Sabbath is a covenant arrangement with the nation of Israel given in the 10 Commandments, Exodus 20:8-11,   “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”   While, the word “sabbath” was not used, but the description and definition is used in Genesis 2: 1-3.   Adam and Eve may have very well know of God’s sabbath day rest.   Genesis 2: 1-3,  “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made”.    

It may be  inconsistent to think that God would sanctify the seventh day without Adam and Eve not being aware of it and God not instructing Adam and Eve how to observe  the day and why.   It may be  inconsistent to think that way, however, it can argued that from Adam to Moses that no one kept the sabbath day rest observance.  The silence of scripture is somewhat deafening in Genesis in how none of the patriarchs are told about the sabbath or how to observe the day.  However, the fact remains that the patriarchs were told some things about their relationship with the great Almighty.  Cain and Abel’s acts of worship,  God’s conversations with Noah, Abraham, and/or Lot, we are not privy to all of their conversations.   Therefore, we have no idea what they were told about observing the sabbath.

The deafening silence of scripture isn’t so deafening when considering the verbiage of Genesis 2: 2-3, Exodus 16:23-29, and Exodus 20:11.   In Genesis 2:2 the declaration of the sabbath, without use of the word, “sabbath”, could be seen as an evidence that Adam knew of the practice.

In Exodus 16:23-29, the word sabbath is used 4 times in these 7 verses.   In these verses the nation of Israel is instructed, on the to do’s and don’t dos, because of what the greatness of the day.  The nation of Israel knew full well what the sabbath was all about, the feeding of the nation with manna since he pulled them from the  bondage in Egypt.

In Exodus 20:11, This the formal giving of the Law of Moses.  The key point here is the word “remember”, the very first word used in the giving of this commandment. Why would God be telling his people to remember something for them to do if they had no prior knowledge of it?  This question gives way to the fact that the nation knew of the keeping of sabbath.  Their need to to take the reminder serious could come from their 400 years making brick and their God bringing them out of bondage!

In the case of Noah, God observed his sabbath in his dealings with Noah and the flood   You can tell he did by the number of times he uses the term “seven days” in Genesis 7 and 8.   In those chapters God would cause an event and wait seven days or say “after seven days” cause an event.  Genesis 7:4. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.  The old saying is true, “timing is everything.”

Personally, I think when it comes to the sabbath, it is much like a covenant that God declares at different times, like he did with Adam, announcing him King of the Kingdom of Heaven, Genesis 1:26-31.   The observance of the sabbath would have been passed down from Adam to his sons in the same fashion they knew to bring offerings at times of worship as in the story of Cain and Abel. 

However, the question arises as mentioned earlier, why is it not mentioned much before the giving of the Law of Moses?  Since the scripture is quite silent on the particulars on the lives of the patriarchs, we too should remain quite.

 

 

APOSTLES WHO ARE NOT OF THE ORIGINAL 12

In the first blog about “The Apostles OF THE LORD” I listed all that were sited with apostles and got to thinking about it.  Then came to mind was 2 Timothy 2:15 and rightly dividing the Word.   Since only a few people not of the 12 were called apostles, Paul, Barnabas, Apollos, and James, the Lord’s brother were called “apostles”.  The others were not actually called apostles.  The Greek word “apostolos” is translated apostle and also messenger.  Others were given a description of an apostle but not actually called an apostle.   There are 6 men named apostles and 2 called messengers,  The following names below are the 8 people that fit the description of an apostle.

Paul,  Roman 1:1 and the 12 other books he wrote,  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Barnabas,  Acts 14:14, Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

Apollos,   Corinthians 4:6, 9, And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.   9, For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

James, the Lord’s brother, Gal. 1:19,  But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.

Silvanus andTimothy, I Thessalonians 1:1 and 2:6,     Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  2:6, Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

Epaphroditus,  Philippians 2:25,   Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants

Titus  2 Corinthians 2:25  Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

Andronicus and Junia–Romans 16:7, “Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.”   They were given a great salute by Paul and said to be known of the apostles.  However, they were not given the title of apostle.  Other Brothers not named but also faithful are called messengers, according to Acts 28:23, “Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ”.

Therefore, the first 6 men listed are indeed apostles, while the others are not apostles, should there be be a difference between the two words!  According to 2 Timothy 2:15 the other men that may fit the description of apostle but not actually called apostles may not be!   Henceforth, Epaphroditus, Titus, and the other unnamed brothers, may not be apostles even though the word messenger is from the same Greek word “apostolos” is used.    While, apostleship is an office, messenger is not according to Ephesians 4:11   “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”

The authors of the KJV decided to translate the Greek word “apostolos” as “messenger”,  in these cases.   Possible reasons is either to reveal a distinguishing difference in apostle and messenger, or to give an explanation/definition of the word apostle.   The word “messenger” has two Greek words for this word, “messenger” and “apostle”.   Strong’s,  1 “apostolos” as from 649; a delegate; specially, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ (“apostle”) (with miraculous powers):–apostle, messenger, he that is sent.   And,  2 “ἄγγελος”, from aggello (probably derived from 71; compare 34) (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an “angel”; by implication, a pastor:–angel, messenger.

We  understand there are the original 12 and Christ as apostles.  There is another 6 men called apostles and then others who are called messengers, most likely another 6 bringing the total to 24 plus Christ, who is an apostle, Hebrew 3:1!  Now, having said all that, this brings up an interesting thought.  Suppose, all those who were called messengers were actually apostles.  This would make the total of apostles to be 24, who are men and not angels.  This would be important if you would consider Revelation 4:4  “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold”.  

These 24 Elders, clothed in white, wearing crowns, are not angels,  but saints of the church.  Strong’s defines these “Elders” as comparative of presbus (elderly); older; as noun, a senior; specially, an Israelite Sanhedrist (also figuratively, member of the celestial council) or Christian “presbyter”:– elder(-est), old, Greek word,  “πρεσβύτερος”, “presbuteros”.   For further details on this see “Who are the twenty-four (24) elders in Revelation?”,  https://www.gotquestions.org/24-elders.html.  Now it is true the Bible provides no verse as to who these 24 Elders are, so says people at Got Questions.  This theory, these 24 elders are the apostles of the church, is a presumption, but it would interesting if further research were possible to make this link work! 

 

 

 

END TIME EVENTS

How Close Are WE?  

70th Week

I heard President Trump deliver a speech declaring that Jerusalem was the capital of the Nation of Israel.  Also on Fox News that peace talks would start soon, while other foreign leaders were condemning President Trump for this action.  I think the band is warming up for Daniel’s 70 week to begin!

Daniel’s 70 week , (Dan. 9:24-27) known for it’s teaching on the “Abomination of Desolation” Matt. 24:15  “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”.  Mark 13:14.  “But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains”:  Both of these passages of Scripture are textually speaking of the events before when Christ will be returning as king.  Daniel 9:24-27 is speaking of this same time that the apostle John writes of in Revelation 13, when speaking of the Anti-Christ.  

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The Anti-Christ is going to establish a one world government.  He will set this new world order according to the the chart at the right.  All four of these items are ready to be put in place.  When this new leader shows up he will allow Israel to worship in a newly built Temple for 3.5 years and then break his agreement and demand that he is to be worshipped.  Assigning a mark for his worshippers to wear and those who do not worship him are reserved as the sacrifice, having their heads cut off (Rev. 20: 4)

The Scripture for tracing this teaching is Daniel 7:8-11, 19-26, 9:24-27, 11:36-45, Revelation 13:1-8. 17:1-13, 20:4.   These verses show how the Anti-Christ will rule over a ten nation confederacy that will represent a revived Roman empire.  Once the treaty is signed between the Anti-Christ and Israel, allowing Israel toworship  God The Father.  They will begin to do this in a newly built temple for three and a half years, when the Anti-Christ will put an end to this and demand that all worship him.

John Walvoord summed an article he wrote about the Anti-Christ and the scripture relating topic with this statement.  “The appropriateness of this prophecy to our present day is another indication that the church may be ending its earthly course and that end-time prophecy is about to be fulfilled”.     This article was taken from the Theological Journal Library CD and posted with permission of Galaxie Software.

I agree with Mr Walvoord when he says “end-time prophecy is about to be fulfilled”. Therefore, what we are seeing in the news these days, referencing the recognizing of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the activity with North Korea, and news on the GOP and the Democrats, are in fact evidence that end time prophecy is about to be fulfilled.