Pro and Con 1955
THE CHURCH AGE IS BOOKENDED BY PENTECOST
By Marilyn Agee
Enoch was a type of the Rapture on Pentecost. In Legends of the Jews, Lewis Ginzberg said, "Enoch was born on the sixth day of the month of Siwan, and he was taken to heaven in the same month, Siwan, on the same day and in the same hour when he was born" (1:137).
Heb 11:5 says, "By faith Enoch (meaning dedicated) was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
Also, King David was born and died on Sivan 6, and the Torah (Law) was given to Moses on Sivan 6.
"6 Sivan Shavuot: Birthday (907 BCE) & Yahrtzeit (837 BCE) of Dovid Hamelech
(King David) (ca. 907-837 BCE).(Talmud Shabbat 30a, Yerushalmi, Chagiga
"King David passed away on the 6th of Sivan of the year 837 BCE, at age
"6 Sivan 2448 - 1313 B.C.E.:
"The Torah was given to the Jews on Har / Mt. Sinai."
To me, all that is good reason to think that the Body of Christ, dedicated to the Lord and born on Pentecost, will be raptured on Pentecost.
WHEN THE LORD SAID, "I BARE YOU ON EAGLES' WINGS, AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF", IT WAS IN THE MONTH OF SIVAN
Exo 19:1-4 says, "In the third month (i.e., Sivan), when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. 3 And MOSES WENT UP UNTO GOD, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I BARE YOU ON EAGLES' WINGS, AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF."
Exo_24:10 says, "And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of A SAPPHIRE STONE, AND AS IT WERE THE BODY OF HEAVEN in his clearness."
Eze 1:26 says, "And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man (i.e., Jesus, the only God/man) above upon it."
Sapphire is from the Sanskrit Sani (Saturn) and priya (dear). No wonder the September birthstone of Jesus is sapphire, meaning heaven. Saturn is Heaven, the location of the throne of Jesus.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS WERE CARVED ON SAPPHIRE
"According to traditional teachings of Judaism in the Talmud, they (i.e., the stones with the ten commandments on them) were made of blue sapphire stone as a symbolic reminder of the sky, the heavens, and ultimately of God's throne."
"This is taken from the Legends of the Jews, Volume 3 by Louis Ginzberg, page 118 and 119.
"The Jews, beloved, this is what the Jews have historically believed about the Ten Commandment law — that it was written on the very stone taken from God's throne. Look at this:
"Moses departed from the heavens with the two tables on which the Ten
Commandments were engraved and they were made of a sapphire-like stone."
"also from Ginzberg's, the Legends of the Jews, Volume 6 page 49:
"Ancient Jewish scholars state that the sapphire employed for the tables was
taken from the throne of Glory."
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 (i.e., farther out in space than the terrestrial planets) was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a SAPPHIRE stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man (i.e., the only God/man, Jesus) above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber (i.e., Saturn is the amber planet), as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins 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 (i.e., Saturn's rings). 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."
Heb 12:22-24 says, "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant".
The evidence is piling up. On Pentecost at Mt. Sinai, the Lord came down, and Moses went up. At Pentecost in 30 AD, the Lord came down, and the disciples were in the Upper Room.
In "Moses, Part 4," J.R. Church wrote, "...according to the book of Jasher, an ancient Apocryphal book, The Law was given on the sixth day of the third month. That happens to be exactly on the day of Pentecost. How fascinating to contemplate the possibility that Pentecost represented both dispensations, the Dispensation of Law and the Dispensation of Grace." (Prophecy in the News, December 2016)
"In Leviticus 23:9-21, two first fruits festivals are explained. The first was for barley offered at Passover. This barley sheaf was called the 'omer' and began a period of counting for 50 days during which time the barley crop was harvested. This period was known as 'counting the omer' and by the fiftieth day the wheat was ripe. The very first to ripen was harvested, baked into two loaves and offered to the Lord as a wave offering. This is the second first fruits festival mentioned in Leviticus 23 (verses 15-21) and is the feast of Pentecost.
"Pentecost is the Greek name and relates to the 50 days from Passover. Shavuot is the Hebrew name and this literally means 'sevens' or 'weeks' and refers to the seven weeks counted after Passover. In biblical times it was also known as Yom ha Bikkurim, meaning 'Day of the First Fruits' (Numbers 28:6), Hag ha Kazir, meaning 'The Harvest Feast' (Exodus 23:16), and Atzaret, meaning 'The Closing'. This last title refers to its role as the end of the Passover feast."
Heb 12:18-24 says, "For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and
that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant".
The Lord seems to like to do things like this. Jesus was born on the Feast
of Trumpets, and will probably return after the Last-Trump Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets at the end of the Great Tribulation.
Col 2:16,17 says, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."
THE FEAST OF WEEKS IS THE FEAST OF PENTECOST, WHICH IS THE FIRSTFRUITS OF WHEAT HARVEST
We are "a kind of firstfruits".
Jas_1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should
be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
Rom 8:22,23 says, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now.23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."
THE DEPARTURE, THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE, COMES FIRST, THEN THE FALSE PROPHET WILL BE REVEALED
2Th 2:3 (HNV) says, "THE DEPARTURE comes first, and the man of sin is
revealed, the son of destruction".
Seven early Bibles said "DEPARTURE".
(2Th 2:1-4 (GENEVA BIBLE) says, "Nowe we beseech you, brethren, by the comming of our Lord Iesus Christ, and by our assembling vnto him, 2 That ye be not suddenly mooued from your minde, nor troubled neither by spirit, nor by worde, nor by letter, as it were from vs, as though the DAY OF CHRIST (i.e., it should be DAY OF THE LORD) were at hand. 3 Let no man deceiue you by any meanes: for that day shall not come, except there come A DEPARTING FIRST, and that that man of sinne be disclosed, euen the sonne of perdition, 4 Which is an aduersarie, and exalteth him selfe against all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he doeth sit as God in the Temple of God, shewing him selfe that he is God."
WE ARE WHEAT
Luk_22:31 says, "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to have you, that he may sift you as wheat".
Mic_4:12 says, "HE SHALL GATHER THEM AS THE SHEAVES INTO THE FLOOR."
PENTECOST IS "THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THY LABOURS" AND "THE FIRSTFRUITS OF WHEAT HARVEST"
Exo 23:14-17 says, "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. 15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) 16 And the feast of harvest, THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THY LABOURS, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. 17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD."
Exo 34:22-24 says, "And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of THE FIRSTFRUITS OF WHEAT HARVEST, and the feast of ingathering (i.e., Tabernacles) at the year's end. 23 Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel. 24 For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year."
Lev 23:15-17 says, "And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 17 YE SHALL BRING OUT OF YOUR HABITATIONS TWO WAVE LOAVES of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD."
WE ARE "A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS"
Jas_1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
GOD HAS DESCENDED IN "FIRE" ON PENTECOST TWICE, AT MT. SINAI AND WHEN THE CHURCH WAS BORN
Exo 19:18-20 says, "And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 20 And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up."
Mt. Sinai is Jebel Helal, on The Way to Shur, a road parallel to The Way to the Land of the Philistines along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
PENTECOST, 30 AD
Act 2:1-4 says, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
The two loaves waved on Pentecost probably represent the two fulfillments of Pentecost. Like Enoch, the Church may be caught up to heaven on its birthday.
THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE ON THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, THE DAY OF FIRE AND GREAT EARTHQUAKE
2Pe_3:7 says, "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto FIRE against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
Rev 11:12,13 says, "And they (i.e., Moses and Elijah) 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. 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."
Jud_1:23 says, "And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh."
Rev_8:5 says, "And the angel took the censer, and filled it with FIRE of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an EARTHQUAKE."
AT THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE, WHEN THE FIG TREES PUT FORTH LEAVES IN EARLY
JUNE, THERE IS NO EARTHQUAKE
1Th 4:16,17 says, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel (i.e., Michael, who comes Mid-Trib,
Rev 12), and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 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
Tit 2:12,13 says, "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God
and our Saviour Jesus Christ".
THE BODY OF CHRIST, BORN ON PENTECOST SUNDAY IN 30 AD, WILL PROBABLY BE BORN INTO HEAVEN ON A MID-TRIB PENTECOST SUNDAY
Jesus took the OT saints to heaven on Firstfruits. That feast and Pentecost
are connected by the countdown of the Omer, which means sheaf. An omer is a
dry measure, a tenth of an ephah, and every day of the countdown another
sheaf of believers is added to the Church. When the number is complete, the
Church will be caught up to Heaven.
THE RAPTURE WILL BE WHEN "SUMMER IS NEAR"
Mar 13:28,29 says, "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."
Summer is near at Pentecost.
"THE SECRET OF THE STAIRS"
Son 2:10-15 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 (i.e., April showers bring May flowers); the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (lit., turtledove, which comes in April and leaves in October) is heard in our land; 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 (i.e., places is not in the original) 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."
The tender grapes come on in early June. Pentecost, and probably the First-Trump Rapture, will be Sun. June 4, 2017, when summer is near.
Isa 18:3-7 agrees with Song of Solomon 2. It says, "All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign (i.e., the UN flag) on the mountains (i.e., kingdoms); and when he bloweth a trumpet (i.e., blown on feast days), hear ye. 4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. 5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower (i.e., in early June), he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away (sur, depart) and cut down THE BRANCHES. 6 THEY SHALL BE LEFT together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall SUMMER upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall WINTER upon them. 7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion."
THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE WILL PROBABLY BE ON THE POST-TRIB DAY OF THE LORD,
THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, THE TIME OF THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE
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."
Joe 3:14-16 says, "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the
day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon
shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD
also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the
heavens and the earth shall SHAKE: but the LORD will be the hope of his
people, and the strength of the children of Israel."
The Last-Trump Rapture will be on the same day as the Second Advent, on the Feast of Trumpets, the day of the great earthquake.
Rev 11:12,13 says, "And they (i.e., Moses and Elijah) 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. 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."
Rev 6:12,13 says, "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great EARTHQUAKE; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth".
AT THE LAST-TRUMP RAPTURE, PEOPLE COME OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION
Rev 7:9 says, "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man
could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms
in their hands".
Rev 7:14 says, "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Mar 13:24-27 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 (tote, at that time) shall they see the Son of man coming in the
clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then (tote, at that time) shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth (i.e., those caught up in the Last-Trump Rapture) to the uttermost part of heaven" (i.e., those previously caught up in the First-Trump Rapture).
THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB HAS COME, AND "BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH ARE CALLED UNTO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB"
Rev 19:6-9 says, "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and
as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,
Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and
rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and
his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should
be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the
righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they
which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb."
Rev 19:11 says, "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he
that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth
judge and make war."
Mat 24:30,31 says, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in
heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
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
Mar 13:23-27 says, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all
things. 24 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 (i.e., the
Last-Trump Rapture) to the uttermost part of heaven" (i.e., those caught up Mid-Trib).
Rev 19:14-16 says, "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon
white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his
mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he
shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on
his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Rev 19:19-21 says, "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and
their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the
horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the
false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them
that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.
These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse,
which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with
REVELATION IS WRITTEN AS IF THE FIRST-TRUMP RAPTURE WILL TAKE PLACE IN TEN DAYS
Rev 2:10 says, "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
Rev 22:10-12 says, "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the
prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let
him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he
that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him
be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to
give every man according as his work shall be."
JESUS WILL JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD AT THE SECOND ADVENT
2 Tim 4: 1 says, "...the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom".
Col 2:16,17 says, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."
Rev 11:17,18 says, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be
judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the
saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy
those who destroy the earth."
Mat 24:32-34 says, "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Israel put forth leaves in the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967).
Maybe we will be in New Jerusalem on June 5, 2017. Fifty is a Jubilee, when Israelites could return to their possession. Pentecost will be Sun. June 4, 2017.
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