Pro and Con 301
What about "that day and hour knoweth no man"?
In the scripture in Mt. 24:36 quoted above, the word "knoweth" is present tense. In that day, no man knew. Jesus did not say we would never know. He also said, "Watch."
If we are not faithful and wise stewards, "The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder (cut him off), and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers" (during the Tribulation). Mt. 24:51 has, "appoint him his portion with the hypocrites (pretenders): there shall be WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH."
Here is some food for thought. See what you think.
In 1967, Israel grew leaves (Gaza Strip, Sinai, West Bank and Golan Heights), fulfilling the fig tree parable of Mt. 24:32-34. (It also ended the times of the Gentiles of Lu. 21:24.) The war began June 5 and summer was "nigh," June 21. We know that "this generation" is 40 years from Mt. 23:36. Those things fell on the Pharisees 40 years later, in 70 AD. The last generation began to be counted from 1967. That was 5728 on the Jewish calendar. The year 5728 + 40 = 5768, the first day of which is the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri 1. I think that as this day begins at 6:00 PM, the Age of the Church ends and the millennial Day of the Lord begins. Tishri 1, 5768 is our Sept. 13, 2007. Also 1967 + 40 = 2007 on our calendar.
II Peter 3:10 says, "the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." It will be the day of thick darkness, the Feast of Trumpets (Joel 2:1-3). I think civilization as we know it will be destroyed. There will be a world-wide earthquake. The noise of two huge asteroid impacts will be heard around the world and every wall will fall (Ezek. 38:20). One will strike the Mediterranean Sea (Zeph. 2:4,5, Ezek. 38:20). The other will destroy Babylon and cause such devastation in Egypt that no one will live there for 40 years (Ezek. 29:11).
That seems to be the most eventful day ever. In Heaven, it is not only Christ's Coronation Day, but the day of the Marriage of the Lamb, the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. On Earth, it is the day of the Pre-Wrath Rapture between the breaking of the sixth and seventh seals, then the outpouring of God's wrath on unbelievers as the seventh seal breaks. The asteroids in Rev. 8:8,10 strike at noon (Zeph. 2:4,5; Job 20:23; Psa. 91:6). All seven trumpet judgments hit Earth that day. Read Rev. 11:15-19. You will see that we get our rewards in Heaven and those unbelievers on Earth get their just rewards for their unbelief at the same time, and that Christ reigns from that time on. He does not return to Earth for seven more Jewish months while Israel buries the dead to cleanse the land for his glorious return (Ezek. 39:12).
To determine when the shortened Tribulation begins, count back, by Jewish inclusive reckoning, from Tishri 1, 5768 (Sept. 13, 2007) the 2300 days of Dan. 8:14. That includes the days the Jews can sacrifice and the days that they cannot because the temple is desecrated. Thus, the Seventieth Week of Daniel would appropriately begin on the Feast of Weeks in our 2001.
There is a gap between the Pre-Trib Rapture and the Tribulation. At the time of the Rapture, the ten kings have received no kingdom as yet (Rev. 17:12). Yet, as the Tribulation starts in Rev. 13:1, all ten kings are crowned.
The parable of the barren fig tree in Lu. 13:6-9 mentions four years before Israel is to be cut down during the Tribulation. Those years seem to be 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001. Thus, I first thought Pentecost, 1998 would be the year of the Rapture. It may turn out to be Pentecost, 2000, instead. Sivan 7 will be Saturday, June 10. I didn't notice it until someone else did, but Christ only speaks in the third year in the parable. At that time, he reveals that he came LOOKING the two previous years. He neither comes nor speaks in the fourth year.
There are seven good years and seven bad years, as when Joseph was in Egypt. The Oslo Accords were signed Sept. 13, 1993 and ratified in Israel 3 days later, on Tishri 1, 5754.
Sept. 13, 1993 plus 7 good years = 2000 + 7 bad years = Sept. 13, 2007.
Tishri 1, 5754 + 7 + 7 = Tishri 1, 5768, which is our Sept. 13, 2007.
That both end on Sept. 13, 2007 is too good to be by accident. It smacks of God's planning.
We are wheat (Mt. 13:30). We know that Joseph took up 1/5th of the wheat in the seven good years. Therefore, by this alone, the Rapture seems to be either in 1999 or 2000. We are close any way you figure it.
The modern parallels point to 1998 for some reason. Since Noah went into the Ark when 600 years old and I think 1998 is the 6000th year, I assumed it was the Rapture. These are the only blocks of years in the 400's mentioned in the Bible, except for the 434 that is added to 49 to make the 483 years in Dan. 9. Added to the year Martin Luther tacked his theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany gives the following results. The first three events have come true right on schedule, but the Rapture did not take place in 1998, as I thought it would. I think it was the 6000th year since man began to be tested being mortal and knowing both good and evil. What else does the 6000th year mark? Here is the list.
5278 (1517) + 400 (Acts 7:7) = 5678 (1917/1918) the modern Exodus began
5278 (1517) + 430 (Ex. 12:41) = 5708 (1947/1948) Israel declared her Independence
5278 (1517) + 450 (Acts 13:20) = 5728 (1967/1968) Israel grew leaves in Six-Day War
5278 (1517) + 480 (I Ki. 6:1) = 5758 (1997/1998) 6000th year of man's test
5278 (1517) + 483 (Dan. 9:26) = 5761 (2000/2001) Beginning of Tribulation
5278 (1517) + 490 (Dan. 9:24) = 5768 (2007/2008) Day of God's Wrath, Second Advent
Noah went into the Ark in his 600th year. The Rapture is as the days of Noah. This too made the Rapture seem as if it would happen in 1998. However, it didn't.
Maybe when Noah and his family entered into the Ark, it represented the beginning of our engagement to the Lord. When the Lord told Noah to "Go forth," it represented the Rapture, when we hear his voice saying, "Come up hither." Noah and his family went forth on a planet that was different from when they left it. We will go forth on a different planet. After exiting the Ark, Noah saw the rainbow. After our exit from Earth, we will see a rainbow also, Saturn's seven rings of ice crystals sparkling in the sunlight. It has seven rings because God's number is seven. Saturn was appropriately represented by the seventh lamp on the candlestick. According to Josephus, the lamps represented the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. According to 2 Cor. 12:2, Paradise is in the third heaven, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Ezekiel said that it has "brightness round about" (Ezek. 1:27).
Since 1998 commemorated when man's 6000-year test began, it seems that it also began a time of testing to determine who are the wise virgins and who are the foolish ones. The wise will keep themselves pure and will become the Bride of Christ. Just as Noah had to stay in the Ark to escape the Tribulation of his day, the virgins must stay in the Ark (Christ) to escape the Tribulation of our day. No matter how long we are tested, we must stay ready. That means that we should keep all sins confessed. We want to be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Those without enough oil could end up being foolish virgins when the Bridegroom comes upon them unexpectedly.
Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to have him to sift as wheat. We are wheat. This seems to be our time to be sifted. The chaff will blow away, but the wheat is supposed to be harvested on the Feast of Harvest, Pentecost.
Mark 9:1-4 says, "Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here which shall NOT TASTE OF DEATH (sounds like the Rapture), till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. And AFTER SIX DAYS Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them UP INTO AN HIGH MOUNTAIN APART" (i.e., Heaven). This seems to point to the Rapture after the 6000 year. It also may point to the Rapture after Sivan 6, on Sivan 7, when the day of Pentecost has "fully come."
Jesus said, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you ALL THINGS" (Mk. 13:23). He also said, "there is NOTHING hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath" (Mk. 4:22-25).
Are you missing "the grace that should come unto YOU: SEARCHING what...MANNER OF TIME"? I Peter 1:10-12 says, "Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto YOU: SEARCHING what, or WHAT MANNER OF TIME the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but UNTO US they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you." Mark 13:23 says, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you ALL things." Luke 8:17 says, "Nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest: neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad."
"Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house (church) cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch" (Mk. 13:35-37). Notice that here he did not say that you know not the year, month, day of the month, or the the day of the week. It boils down to this: Watchers may only know not the hour. This may be because of the different major time zones on the Earth.
You have "an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation READY TO BE REVEALED IN THE LAST TIME" (I Peter 1:4). A "time" can mean a year, as in Rev. 12:6, 14.
I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2. It said to publish and conceal not. I am doing what I think the Lord wants me to do.
We should get ready, stay ready, and keep watching.
Incoming Email I have attached an article printed today in the Washington Post where President Yeltsin is issuing a stern warning to the U.S. and Nato countries concerning the bombing in Yugoslavia.
The entire situation is creating an impression that the "hook" has been set in the jaw of the Russians like Ezekiel 38 says. Apparently, a message came through to our diplomats and high government officials from the Russians that they have or will reprogram the targets for their long range missiles.
Yeltsin Warning Stirs a Temporary Tempest
Russian President Boris Yeltsin on Friday harshly warned NATO against sending ground troops to Yugoslavia.
By David Hoffman and John F. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writers, Sat., Apr. 10, 1999; P. A1
Russian President Boris Yeltsin threatened the West yesterday, saying if Russia is pushed into military action in the Balkans it would lead to war in Europe, "or maybe even a world war." And he suggested Russia might retarget nuclear missiles at NATO members....
My reply Mt. 24: 6 says, "ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." This end refers to the end of the shortened Tribulation, when the UN army (Zech. 14:2) will attack Israel. This is when God's fury will come up in his face on the Day of God's Wrath (Ezek. 38:18,19).
Incoming Email, Re: Gamma-ray burster ...thought you'd be interested in the image of which you refer.
My reply Thanks a bunch. This is a much better picture than the one I had. The article is great. I had not seen it before. You guessed right that I would be interested. I'm very interested....
Here are some interesting excerpts from the article, "Astronomers Baffled by Cosmic Megablast," by David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor, Mar. 26, 1999.
"The most brilliant and powerful cosmic explosion ever detected....first detected by two scientific satellites JANUARY 23....The blast event, called a GAMMA RAY BURSTER, occurred some 9 billion light-years away, which means that its huge energy TOOK 9 BILLION YEARS TO REACH EARTH'S NEIGHBORHOOD....More than 2,000 gamma ray bursters have been reported since the FIRST ONE...IN 1967...But the one detected in January, in the direction of the well-known constellation Bootes, was by far the most powerful burster of all. "...millions of times brighter than a supernova," Filippenko said. "It was a bright beacon near the edge of the universe."..."The burst appeared to be more luminous than the whole rest of the universe...And if the explosion spewed its gamma rays out in all directions, Djorgovski added, "their energy would correspond to 10,000 times the energy emitted by our sun over its entire lifetime so far." It was only LAST MAY that a similar brilliant gamma ray burster was detected by instruments aboard the same two satellites that found the January one, and the May event was considered the most powerful burst ever detected." (emphasis mine)
There are some very interesting things here that jump out at me.
(1) The first gamma ray burster was found in 1967, the year of the Six-Day War. That war was the Sign of the End of the Age. Forty years from 1967 is the end of this age.
(2) The most powerful burst ever seen until this one was last May (possibly May 6, 1998), the month when I think the year of the Bride of Christ's engagement began.
(3) The most powerful gamma ray burster ever was detected Jan. 23, 1999....
These may be signs. They seem to have God's signature. "God is light" (I John 1:5). Not only that, but the dates that the light would reach the Earth had to have been planned about 9 billion years ago. Only God could do any of this. Agape
Incoming Email From Finland:
> Do you know what date Jupiter and Saturn will be in closest conjuction around the time of
> Pentecost? Will they be closer together than Venus and Saturn were on Mar. 23? Venus just
> showed people how to find Saturn in the sky. Jupiter will do the same thing.
I checked it from Jerusalem horizon. Actually I would not talk about conjuntion at all. Saturn is between Jupiter and Mercury, but as Saturn rises only barely before the Sun (which is close to Mercury) it would be difficult to see. I checked Fresno Calif. and to my surprise the timing is fairly similar. All these planets and sun rise in the early morning. But you can spot Saturn by the movement of planets. Saturn rises from about the same spot Jupiter did about one hour earlier, and follow the same direction - as has been the case with all planets at least this year (and beyond).
My reply Thanks so much for checking it for me.
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