Pro and Con 1857

Posted 4-26-15

THE PILLARS JACHIN AND BOAZ PROBABLY REPRESENT THE TWO RAPTURES

COULD IYAR AND CHESHVAN BE THE MONTHS OF THE TWO RAPTURES?

By Marilyn Agee

"Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD". (1Co_3:16)

And "the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is!" (Job 11:6)


SOLOMON'S TEMPLE WAS BEGUN IN IYAR AND FINISHED IN CHESHVAN

1Ki 6:37,38 says, "In the fourth year (i.e., that could be 3.5 years) was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif (i.e., Iyar, April/May): 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul (i.e., Cheshvan, Oct./Nov.), which is the eighth month, was the house finished".

THE TEMPLE, REPRESENTING HEAVEN, HAD TWO PILLARS/TORCHES, JACHIN AND BOAZ, IN FRONT OF IT

1Ki 7:15-22 says, "For he cast two pillars (ammud, column[s], from amad, to arise, i.e., suggesting the two raptures) of brass (i.e., probably what we call bronze), of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about. 16 And he made two chapiters (kothereth, from kathar, to crown) of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits: 17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter. 18 And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter. 19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits. 20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter. 21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. 22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished."

In I Ti 3:15, the church is called a pillar. It says, "...the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."

The oil lamps on top of the pillars were five cubits tall. The number 5 means grace and God's goodness.

Many pictures of the Temple have a partial porch roof on top of the pillars, but that is wrong. The pillars did not support any part of the Temple. They were 33.5 ft. tall free-standing pillars with lily shaped oil lamps on top. The lighting of both of those oil lamps are still future. What I think they represent, the Mid-Trib Rapture and the Rapture on the Day of the Lord, should take place soon. The end of this age is approaching.

THE TEMPLE HAD TWO DOORS

1Ki 6:32 says, "The two doors also were of olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees."

Mat 24:31-33 says, "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree (i.e., Israel); When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves (i.e., in the Six-Day War of 1967), ye know that summer is nigh (i.e., it was June 5-10, and summer was June 21): 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it (i.e., the Rapture) is near, even at the doors."

Mar 13:24-30 says, "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. 28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 says, "Verily I say unto you, that this generation (48.33 years, Gen. 1:17) shall not pass, till all these things be done."

1967 + 48.33 years = 2015.33.

THE PILLARS JACHIN AND BOAZ, GIANT TORCHES IN FRONT OF THE TEMPLE, MAY REPRESENT THE TWO RAPTURES, APPROXIMATELY 3.5 YEARS APART, AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE SHORTENED GREAT TRIBULATION

1Ti_3:15 calls the church of the living God "the PILLAR and ground of the truth."

Rev 3:12 says, "Him that overcometh will I make a PILLAR in the temple of my God".

It looks like Boaz represents the Mid-Trib Rapture of I Thess 4:16,17, and Jachin represents the Post-Trib Rapture of I Cor 15:51-54.

Boaz means strength and fleetness. Jachin means Yah will establish. Yahweh will establish the two Raptures by his strength and fleetness.

WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

In Mat_5:14, Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world."

The Temple porch represents Earth, so the pillar torches sit on Earth.

WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST

1Co 12:27 says, "Now ye are the body of Christ".

Jesus was crucified on Thursday and resurrected on the 3rd day. It looks like we will be raptured after 3.5 years of the Tribulation (i.e., Mid-Trib).

Rev 12:10-14 says, "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now (i.e., Mid-Trib) is come salvation (soteria, rescue), and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren (i.e., Satan) is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (i.e., Israel) which brought forth the man child (i.e., Jesus). 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place (i.e., Petra), where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (i.e., 3.5 years, the Great Tribulation), from the face of the serpent."

JESUS ASCENDED ON THURSDAY, THE 40TH DAY AFTER HIS RESURRECTION

Act 1:9-11 says, "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men (Moses and Elijah) stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."

He set up the pattern for his return. Maybe we will meet him in the air and ascend with him on Ascension Day, Iyar 25, 5775, Thursday, May 14, 2015, the anniversary of Israel's Independence Day.

Number 25 means repentance, forgiveness of sins. The number 14 means deliverance, salvation. Forty means trial, probation, testing. Maybe the Great Tribulation will start on Omer 40. An omer is 1/10th of an ephah, which represents a church in Zech. 5:10,11.

IT LOOKS LIKE THE RAPTURES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE 3.5 YEAR GREAT TRIBULATION

Deu 4:30,31 says, "When thou art IN TRIBULATION, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them."

THE POMEGRANATE'S MANY SEEDS (200 TO 1400 IN EACH) PROBABLY REPRESENT MANY SAINTS

1Ki 7:20-22 says, "And the chapiters (i.e., bowl shaped oil lamps) upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter. 21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin (i.e., meaning YHVH will establish): and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz (i.e., meaning in his strength and fleetness). 22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished."

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS AT THE TIME OF THE SECRET OF THE STAIRS

According to Song 2:10-16, the time of the first Rapture will be when the rain of the month of Nisan is over and gone and the grapes and lilies are blooming. The First-Trump Rapture in Iyar/May would fit perfectly.

Son 2:10-16 says, "My beloved spake, and said unto me, RISE UP, MY LOVE, MY FAIR ONE, AND COME AWAY. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain (i.e., of Nisan) is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (lit., turtledove) is heard in our land (i.e., they come in April and leave in October); 13 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. 14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, IN THE SECRET places OF THE STAIRS, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely. 15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for OUR VINES HAVE TENDER GRAPES. 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the LILIES."

THE ONLY WAY THE LIVING CAN BE PART OF EITHER RAPTURE IS TO ACCEPT JESUS AS OUR SAVIOUR

Outside of a miracle like Paul experienced in II Cor 12:2-4, the only way living people can get into the third Heaven (represented by the Holy of Holies) is by way of the two Raptures, represented by the two pillars in front of the Temple.

Joh 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Rom 10:9-13 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

PAUL ASCENDED TO THE THIRD HEAVEN, REPRESENTED BY THE THIRD CUBE OF THE TEMPLE

2Co 12:2-4 says, "I knew a man in Christ (i.e., Paul himself, he didn't want to boast) above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven (1. Mars, 2. Jupiter, and 3. Saturn [Eze 1:1,26-28]). 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise (paradeisos, a park, an Eden), and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."

The Porch, with its Altar and Brasen Sea, represented Earth. There were two doors into the Temple, which represented the three heavens Paul was talking about. The first two heavens are represented by the Holy Place made up of two cubes, which each represented a globe that also has equal length, width, and height. The third heaven, i.e., the Holy of Holies, where the throne of Jesus is located, has a rainbow of rings about it.

Eze. 1:28 calls Saturn's ring system "brightness round about." It says, "As the appearance of the BOW that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about."

Rev 4:3 plainly says, "there was a RAINBOW round about the throne".

Rev 4:1-3 says, "I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, COME UP HITHER, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was (lit., became) in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one (i.e., Jesus) sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper (i.e., the last stone in the breastplate, Ex 28:20) and a sardine stone (i.e., the first stone in the breastplate, Jesus is the first and the last): and there was a RAINBOW round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald" (Judah's stone in the breastplate, i.e., Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah).

AT THE TIME OF THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE, THE WISE VIRGINS, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, ARE CAUGHT UP, BUT THE FOOLISH VIRGINS, THE FRIENDS OF THE BRIDEGROOM, ARE LEFT BEHIND

Mat 25:1-12 says, "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom (i.e., Jesus). 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil (i.e., no extra oil of the Holy Spirit) with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out (lit., going out, i.e., sputtering). 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not."

MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN

Mat 22:8-13 says, "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen."

WE MUST BE CALLED, CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL

Rev 17:12-14 says, "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."

To me, Jachin and Boaz represent two parts of the Body of Christ, the wise and foolish virgins. The wise-virgin Bride is invited to the Wedding of the Lamb at the First-Trump Rapture. The foolish-virgin Friends of the Bridegroom are invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb at the Last-Trump Rapture.

ONLY OVERCOMERS WILL BE CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURES

1Jn_5:4,5 says, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

Rev_2:7 says, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (i.e., in the third heaven).

Rev_3:21 says, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."

THE THRONE OF JESUS

Eze 1:1 says, "the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God."

Eze 1:26-28 says, "And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone (i.e., sapphire, September's birthstone, means dear to the planet Saturn, from the Sanskrit Sani, Saturn, and priya, dear): and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man (i.e., the only man/God is Jesus) above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber (i.e., Saturn is amber), as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins (i.e., from the equator) even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD."

AT THE FIRST RAPTURE, THE FIRST DOOR OPENS

To the church of Philadelphia, Rev 3:8-13 says, "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (i.e., the temptation to take the Mark of the Beast in the Great Tribulation), which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 12 says, "HIM THAT OVERCOMETH WILL I MAKE A PILLAR IN THE TEMPLE OF MY GOD, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

Rev 3:14-16 says, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

THEY BEGAN TO BUILD THE TEMPLE IN THE SECOND MONTH (ZIF, IYAR, OUR MAY), THE MONTH OF FLOWERS

"Zif...brightness; splendour; i.e., "the flower month," mentioned only in 1 Kings 6:1,37 , as the "second month." It was called Iyar by the later Jews." (http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/zif/)

THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE 7-YEAR BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE AND THE 7-YEAR TRIBULATION

1Ki 6:37,38 says, "In the fourth year (i.e., then it could be 3.5 years) was the foundation of the house of the LORD laid, in the month Zif (i.e., Iyar): 38 And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul (i.e., Cheshvan), which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it."

Dan 9:26,27 says, "...the people (i.e., the Romans) of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood (i.e., a tsunami), and unto the end of the war (probably Armageddon) desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (i.e., 7 years): 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."

MID-TRIB RAPTURE

Dan 12:1-3 says, "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble (i.e., the Great Tribulation), such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time (i.e., MID-TRIB) thy people shall be delivered (malat, escape, leap out, i.e., be raptured), every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise (i.e., the wise virgins) shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

WILL THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE BE IN IYAR AND THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE IN CHESHVAN?

"Iyar is referred to as the month of radiance or budding, "ziv" in Hebrew."...(http://www.aish.com/jl/hol/hm/48971256.html?s=mpw)

Cheshvan is called "The Bitter Month...when darkness reigns". Rachel died in Cheshvan.(http://www.aish.com/jl/hol/hm/The_Bitter_Month.html)

IN REV. 11, "RISE" IS THE FIRST RAPTURE, AND "COME UP HITHER" IS THE SECOND RAPTURE

Rev 11:1,2 says, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, RISE, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months" (i.e., the Great Tribulation).

Rev 11:12,13 says, "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them (i.e., Moses and Elijah), COME UP HITHER. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven."

THE BRIDE OF CHRIST IS CALLED A LILY IN THE SONG OF SOLOMON

Song 2:2,10 says, "As the LILY among thorns, so is MY LOVE among the daughters....My beloved spake, and said unto me, RISE UP, MY LOVE, MY FAIR ONE, AND COME AWAY".

Song 6:2,3 says, "My beloved (i.e., Christ) IS GONE DOWN into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to GATHER LILIES. I am my belovedĀ“s, and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the LILIES."

Song 7:2 says, Thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with LILIES."

Abundant lilies grow wild in the fields of grain. Boaz, a type of Christ, the kinsman redeemer, chose Ruth (meaning friendship, filled, satisfied), type of the Bride of Christ, for his wife during the time of winnowing barley. The marriage followed soon afterward. At the present time, we are like Ruth at the feet of Boaz, remaining faithful and waiting patiently to be chosen. We know that those with Christ at the first Rapture are "called, and chosen, and faithful" (Rev. 17:14).

Son 6:3-8 says, "I am my beloved's (i.e., Christ's), and my beloved is mine: he feedeth among the lilies. 4 Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. 5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. 6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them. 7 As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples within thy locks. 8 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number."

Son 6:13 says, "What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies" (i.e., those participating in the two Raptures).

Son 2:16,17 says, "My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. 17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether" (i.e., meaning separation).

Rth 1:22 says that Ruth (i.e., meaning companion, friend, vision of beauty) and Naomi "came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest." After the barley was winnowed, Ruth, the Gentile, and Boaz, the great grandfather of king David, were married. According to the Song of Solomon 2:10-15, the SECRET OF THE STAIRS will probably be in May, because April showers bring May flowers. Also, the rain of Nisan is over and gone. Ascension Day is Iyar 25, 5775, May 14, 2015, the anniversary of Israel's Independence Day.

THE PILLAR JACHIN REPRESENTS THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE, WHEN BOTH THE FOOLISH-VIRGIN AND GREAT-TRIBULATION SAINTS BECOME IMMORTAL AT THE END OF THE SHORTENED GREAT TRIBULATION

1Co 15:51-54 says, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 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."

In Isa 48:16-18, the Redeemer, the preexisting Son of God, said to Israel, "Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me. 17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. 18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea".

JESUS IS THE DOOR, AND THE PILLARS PROBABLY REPRESENT THE TWO RAPTURES

Joh_10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep."

Joh_10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

INCOMING EMAIL

"Praying With Power

"4-16-15, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Have you ever watched a runner near the end of a race? Every muscle strains with the athlete's desire to finish first. The moment is full of intensity and determination. This is the same kind of fervent desire God wants to see in the believer's prayer life. "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much" (James 5:16).

"Believers at times use certain key phrases--"In Jesus' name" or "if it is Your will"--as if such expressions were enchanted. People convince themselves that if a particular phrase is used, God will surely be pleased and answer he petition. But strength is not found in the words we say, because the Lord cannot be forced to do anything outside His will. The power of prayer is in God's reaction. He responds to petitions of the righteous by releasing His supernatural power toward the object of their concern. "A prayerless person is a powerless person. A fervent petitioner, believing his Lord will intercede, is determined to pray through every barrier that Satan erects. He stops only when God answers or if the Father makes clear that the request is outside His will. "Wise believers devote time and energy to pray. Trough our relationship with Christ, we have been made righteous and have a privilege to communicate with the Lord through prayer."

MY THOUGHTS

I never learned to pray that way. I simply pray like I think, and it works.

I have faith. I know the Holy Spirit dwells within me and knows my every thought, so I don't always pray out loud. It seems silly to me for people to think they can't pray on the Temple Mount. No one can keep anyone from praying in their mind.

I believe Luk 17:6. It says, "And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you."

When my husband was still alive when our son David was near death with a ruptured appendix and pneumonia, and because he was in so much pain, Dave said, "Why don't the Lord just take me?" I said, "That is not allowed" and merely walked around the bed, took hold of his hand, closed my eyes and said, "Lord, please make David well, in Jesus' name, Amen." David recovered in spite of having to be iced down twice, once with 108 degree and once with 110 degree fever.

Thank you Lord, you knew Ed was going to die when 87, and that I would need David with me now that I am 86.

Recently, when my eyes suddenly wouldn't track together when I looked at Ed's picture on the dresser when I had been watching TV, it scared me, and I thought, "Please Lord, make my eyes track together. In Jesus' name, Amen." I didn't say a word out loud, and I got more than I asked for.

Instantly, my eyes tracked together and my vision cleared. I have the best vision with these computer glasses on that I have had in more years than I can remember. My vision in the house with the computer glasses I had on when I prayed is excellent. Another pair of glasses I have won't work.

With my computer glasses on, I have the good vision I need to work on the computer and watch TV. These letters I am typing are not blurred in the least. I see better than I did after I had my cataracts removed.

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