At one point during Praise and Worship, I could not stand. My legs were shaking and would not support my body. The presence of YHWH caused me to fall to my knees. Just covered my head with my tallit and all I uttered were praises of 'Halle-lu-Yah' and 'Holy is the Lamb'!
It was beautiful and I did not want to stop. Our bodies are indeed frail, and I look forward to the time when He gives us perfect ones. I pray that is soon, for I do not want to stop praising Him.
The first time I read Revelations of the Host In Heaven who praised G-d 24/7 I could not fathom doing that and, in my youth, thought that must be pretty boring. But now I am older and Praising Him and His Marvelous Plan is all I want to do! And what do I know of this plan? Just a drop of His Oceans of wisdom, maybe even only a PART of a drop! Yet even that tiny portion of knowing Him is powerful enough to cause my eyes to weep with joy and my knees to crumple at the outpouring of just a little of His Spirit.
We delve into scriptures day and night for we love our 'betrothed'! He is all we think about, and we want to walk in His Perfect ways. We want to treat our brothers and sisters as He would treat them. For His ways are perfect, holy and good.
Marilyn, there are scoffers who say 'so where is your G-d?' They do not see Him, yet evidence is right before their eyes! And the Helper, the Ruach HaKodesh, is here with PLENTY OF OIL for those who wish to fill their lamps and keep their wicks trimmed. It is funny to know that matter composed of atoms is 99.999% empty space and is what the scoffers call 'real'. Yet the Holy Spirit fills the void of the soul and is continually replenished as we DIG INTO THE WORD, and meditate on it even upon our beds. The Spirit of YHWH is what is truly real, and I pray that the scoffers see, that the scales fall from their eyes.
A report that two stories of Jesus appeared in popular news magazines and both began on page 48 is no coincidence. Yesterday I learned that the number '348' is the sum of the letters for HaMashiach or Messiah in Hebrew.
This prompted me to immediately look up Psalm 34:8. "Oh, taste and see that the L-RD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
Shalom, and Much Agape!
The time of the Pre-Trib Rapture is closing in on us. There is a message I want to post today. I don't think you need it, but there are other believers that do.
All believers should read I John 1:9 and take it to heart. Confessing our sins can make the difference between being a foolish virgin or a wise virgin (Mt. 25:1f).
We must pay attention to the "IF"s (maybe we will and maybe we won't). In I John 1:5-9, the apostle John said to believers, "these things write we (apostles) unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness (i.e., no sin) at all. IF we (believers) say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness (i.e., sin), we lie, and do not the truth: But IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT, as he is in the light (i.e., without sin), we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN. IF we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
In the past, some people that have written me have said that every believer will go in the Pre-Trib Rapture, because "THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN." That is true at the moment we accept Christ. All our "OLD SINS" (II Peter 1:9) are wiped off the slate.
However, after a while, we sin, because we still have an old sin nature. Jesus referred to it as getting our feet dirty. In John 13:8-10, "Peter saith unto him (YAHshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Jesus), Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean".
How do we believers wash our feet? We use I John 1:9, confess our known sins, so the Lord will cleanse us of all unrighteousness (even our unknown sins). All sin should be brought under the blood of Christ.
In Rev. 7:14,15, we find out that the foolish-virgin Tribulation saints "have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God" (after the Pre-Wrath Rapture). The Bride saints have already done this before the Pre-Trib Rapture. They are wise virgins that go with the Bridegroom when he comes before the Tribulation begins.
Mt. 25:10 says, "while they (the foolish Laodicean virgins) went to buy (oil of the Holy Spirit), the bridegroom (Christ) came; and THEY THAT WERE READY (the wise Philadelphian virgins for whom Jesus had no condemnation) WENT IN WITH HIM TO THE MARRIAGE (the Marriage of the Lamb): and the door (to Heaven, Rev. 3:8; 4:1) was shut."
If we confess our sins, instead of quenching the "Spirit of Christ," which is the "Spirit of God" (Rom. 8:9), we are filled with his Spirit, as commanded in Eph. 5:18. It says, "be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess (i.e., don't sin); but BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT."
Carnal Christians (foolish Laodicean virgins) live according to the flesh. Spiritual Christians (wise Philadelphian virgins) live according to the Spirit. Rom. 8:9 says, "ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Believers have the Spirit of Christ, but those wise virgins have more of the Spirit of Christ (i.e., oil of the Holy Spirit) than the foolish virgins have.
II Cor. 5:19, Paul said, "To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us (i.e., the apostles) the word of reconciliation."
John was an apostle, and in I John 1:9, he gave us the formula for believers to get back into fellowship with their righteous God. Confessing our sins breaks down the sin barrier between us and God. We must walk in the light as he is in the light. When we sin, we are out of fellowship with God. When we confess that sin, we are immediately back in fellowship with God.
I hope to meet you after the Rapture. You sound like a man after God's own heart. Shalom and much agape
"For in the time of trouble HE SHALL HIDE ME in his pavilion (i.e., in Heaven): IN THE SECRET OF HIS TABERNACLE (i.e., the Holy of Holies represents "the third heaven," Saturn, II Cor. 12:2) SHALL HE HIDE ME; HE SHALL SET ME UP UPON A ROCK" (Heaven, Saturn) (Psa. 27:5).
"He that dwelleth in THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH (Christ, Isa. 44:6) shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Christ, Rev. 1:8)....Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for THE DESTRUCTION THAT WASTETH AT NOONDAY" (Psa. 91:1,5,6).
"Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be HID IN THE DAY OF THE LORD'S ANGER. For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the NOON DAY, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast" (Zeph. 2:3-5).
Saturday, December 11
New Moon (exact at 8:29 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
The Geminid meteor shower may already be getting active by now! It should peak on the night of December 13–14."
Shalom, Marilyn! YHWH is a G-d of order, the word 'shalom' itself from the ancient Hebrew says 'to devour the authority attached to chaos'. It is also a practice to 'get ones house in order' before a shabbat. A new month, or Rosh Chodesh is a special shabbat.
So the planets are ordered right across the sky. Just before (and during) the sighting of the first sliver of the moon that announces the new month. And then, we see the meteor shower.
These events are a comfort to me. YHWH is at work, and His character is imprinted on all things. As we lift our eyes to Heaven, we see the breath of His Works and that leaves US breathless! Which reminds me too, that every breath we take is only by His Will. We are BLESSED! Shalom Aleichem, Psalm 86:8-10
...I don't remember which meteor shower it was, but I saw a bright sparkely white sizzeling one that was about as thick a straight line directly overhead as a pencil held overhead. I thought I heard it sizzle. I had started to go in the house, but it got my attention. It burned its way across 2/3rds of my field of view overhead and then suddenly winked out. It was not like some pictures of fire balls I have seen. Instead of having a bulb on one end and a small trail, this was the same thickness throughout. Everything else I have seen pales in comparison. It must have been very close to Earth. Shalom and agape
I feel for you in Florida. The damage was horrendous. Rebuilding will take years.
> > when do you think it would be?
Let's put our heads together and figure a 40-year generation and a 48-year generation. Both are possible, 40 years in the wilderness while one generation died off, and the 48 years from Mt. 1:17 (2030 years divided by 42 = 48.33). Before Pentecost, 1998, I figured a generation was the shortest--40 years from 1967 to 2007.
God added up 6 blocks of time and put the totals in Scripture.
(400) Acts 7:7, after 400 years of bondage, the Israelites came forth
(430) Ex. 12:41, 430 years from the call of Abraham to the Exodus
(450) Acts 13:20,21, Saul became king after 450 years, then 40 years later David was crowned king, and he is a type of Christ. That seemed to indicate that Christ would become king in 5768 (2007/2008). I took one generation as 40 years in the parable of the fig tree in Mt. 24:32-34, added it to 1967 (the Six-Day War) and got 5768 (2007/2008).
(480) I Kings 6:1, Solomon, son of David, type of Christ, began to raise up the temple. That sounded like the Rapture, for we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
(483) Dan. 9:26, 69 weeks of years
(490) Dan. 9:27, the 70th week of Daniel
Adding these blocks of years to 5278 (1517 AD, when Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany) gave me the series below. It worked out ok up to the Rapture of the Bride, but not afterward.
5278+400 = 5678 (1917/1918) modern Exodus began--OK
5278+430 = 5708 (1947/1948) Israel declared Independence--OK
5278+450 = 5728 (1967/1968) Six-Day War (1967+40=2007)--OK
5278+480 = 5758 (1997/1998) 6000 yrs since Eve cast out, Bride raptured--X
5278+483 = 5761 (2000/2001) beginning of Tribulation--X
5278+490 = 5768 (2007/2008) Tishri 1, God's Wrath, Nisan 1, 2nd Advent--X
Let's keep the numbers that worked out OK, and try something else for the rest.
5278+400 = 5678 (our 1917/1918) modern Exodus began--OK
5278+430 = 5708 (our 1947/1948) Israel declared Independence--OK
5278+450 = 5728 (our 1967/1968) Six-Day War--OK
5278+480 = 5758 (our 1997/1998) 6000th yr since Adam & Eve cast out--OK
Figuring the 7 good and 7 bad years when Joseph was in Egypt:
5758+7 good yrs = 5765 (2004/2005) Saturn in Gemini now till about 7-1-05, Pre-Wrath Rapture?
5758+7 bad yrs = 5772 (2011/2012) won't work, not a leap year--X
Great Trib. shortened = 5771 Leap Yr (1010/2011) God's Wrath Tishri 1
2nd Advent 7 mo. later (Eze. 39:12,13) on Nisan 1?
This might work out. Time will tell. Agape
i was thinking this before i read this! So you have said, i belive, that april 9th, he died on the cross! add 2000 years to that and that puts us in April 9th 2032 or 2033! All my readings i have done to me would be more like the date of the coming so 7 years before that would put us in April 9th 2025 or 2026 (i think they only have it within one year ) to be the start of it all!
Now does anything that you have read say anything about these years? I never see anyone saying this year? I would like to know if there is any suport for this time frame?
I doubt that he said it. I think it would have been mentioned in the Bible if it were true. Jesus said, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." All scripture is God breathed.
The only mention of such a thing that I know of is in the following quote:
When will Jesus return? by Joseph Farah
Posted: December 23, 2003, WorldNetDaily.com
"In 1772, Edward Gibbons published "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," in which he cites early documents suggesting the Christian disciples of the first century were taught that Jesus would return after 2,000 years. We'll soon find out if they were right."
Some think the two days in Hosea 6:3 mean 2000 years. I agree with that one. In Hosea 5:15, Jesus said, "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early." In Hosea 6:1-3, Israel is saying, "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After TWO DAYS (i.e., after TWO 1000-YEAR DAYS) will he revive us: in the THIRD DAY (i.e., the 3rd millennium) he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight (this was fulfilled in 1948). Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."
In De. 11:14, the Lord said, "I will give you the rain of your land in HIS DUE SEASON, THE FIRST RAIN AND THE LATTER RAIN." According to this, Jesus came as the former rain on Tishri 1, and He will return as the latter rain on Nisan 1. Those are the dates these rains begin in Israel.
> > you have said, i belive, that april 9th, he died on the cross
I think he died on April 6.
> > does anything that you have read say anything about these years?
Aside from some questions some have asked, no.
> > I never see anyone saying this year?
The Sign of the End of the Age was the Six-Day War in 1967. One generation from that is either 40 years (as the 40 years in the wilderness) or 48 years (Mt. 1:17), (1967 + 40 = 2007) (1967 + 48 = 2015). I think all the end-time events will have taken place by 2015 AD.
The year of the Day of the Lord and the Second Advent must be a Jewish Leap Year, so there are 7 months between the Day of the Lord on Tishri 1 and the Second Advent on the following Nisan 1 (Eze. 39:12,13). The year 5768 and 5771 are Leap Years. The 5771 (our 2010/2011) seems most likely to me. Current events seem right too.
> > I would like to know if there is any suport for this time frame?
Not that I can see. Agape
Now we can go back to answer the popular viewpoints expressed at the commencement of this article. Understand who really is the Israel of God and you must conclude that Jerusalem is still trodden down of the Gentiles as far as God is concerned and will remain so until the Second Coming and the Final Judgment. The fact that those who govern there have taken to themselves the name of "Israel" is of no consequence to God. It takes the full quota of Gentile converts to make up "all Israel" and these are to be gathered by the preaching of the Gospel during the "times of the Gentiles"...
Perhaps here we need to study another portion of Scripture that has been used to support the idea of a restored national Israel. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
Behold the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Jacob... after those days says the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write them on their hearts.... for they shall all know me....and I will remember their sins no more.
This Scripture portion, and another like it (Ezekiel 37:27), are often portrayed as the Old Testament "Magna Carta" for a restored national Israel. What is quoted above is only part of two whole chapters (Jeremiah 31 and 32) which are devoted to this entire theme. The idea of using this chapter in reference to a restored nation is quite disturbed when we read that "Rachel weeping for her children" (Jeremiah 31:15) is cited by Matthew 2:18 as fulfilled when Herod slaughtered the infants of Bethlehem. It is definitely shaken when we find that God has twice interpreted Jeremiah 31:31 for us, first in Hebrews 8:7-13, and again in Hebrews 10:11-22.
In the first passage Paul carefully identifies the entire Jeremiah 31:13-34 message as the better Covenant, established on better principles. This, Paul says, was completely accomplished by Jesus on the Cross and therefore already in force in his day. In the second passage Paul returns to Jeremiah 31 and categorically applies it to "us" - meaning "us" I expect!...
Jesus said the them, "Did you ever read in the Scriptures , 'the stone which the builders rejected, thus became the chief corner stone: this came from the Lord and it is marvelous in our eyes?'" "Wherefore I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation producing the fruit of it. And he who falls on the stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it falls, it will scatter him like dust." Matthew 21:37-44....
Behold your house is left to you desolate! For I say unto you, from now on you shall not see me until you say, "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord"....
These Scriptures, taken together, would clearly indicate that Jewish people can only find fulfilment in the New Covenant relationship with Jesus Christ...
It's true, the Apostle Isaiah saw a remnant returning:
Now it will come about in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob, who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob to the Mighty God . For though your people O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant will return; a destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord of Hosts will execute in the whole land. (Isaiah 10:20-23)
Please, please, notice that the returning was not to earthly Jerusalem but to the mighty God! (For more on the difference in New Covenant returning read Galatians 4:25-26).
Paul is actually quoting from this same Isaiah chapter 10 when he says :
Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sands of the sea, it is a remnant that will be saved: for the Lord will execute his Word thoroughly and quickly. Romans 9:27-28
Did you miss it? The only hope for Jew and Gentile is now, and can only be, through the Gospel, which is what the New Covenant is all about.
Hebrews 8:13 says:
When He said, "A New Covenant" He made the first obsolete.
Is there any way around it?
Any regathering must be to the New Jerusalem, which, is not just something now future to us, but is, according to Paul, ..the mother of us all! (Galatians 4:26)
None of the apostles who were carrying the Gospel to the daispora (dispersed Jews) throughout the Roman empire gave any support to the idea of a return to or regathering to "national" Israel.
The only return ever spoken about was in the words of Peter:
You were as sheep, going astray, but are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
Zeph. 2:1-5 says, "GATHER YOURSELVES TOGETHER, YEA, GATHER TOGETHER, O NATION NOT DESIRED (Israel); BEFORE THE DECREE BRING FORTH, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD'S ANGER COME UPON YOU. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be HID (or raptured) in the day of the LORD's anger. For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast".
Eze. 38:8 says, "IN THE LATTER YEARS thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is GATHERED OUT OF MANY PEOPLE, AGAINST THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, WHICH HAVE BEEN ALWAYS WASTE: BUT IT IS BROUGHT FORTH OUT OF THE NATIONS".
Zech. 13:8,9 says, "it shall come to pass, that IN ALL THE LAND, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I WILL SAY, IT IS MY PEOPLE: AND THEY SHALL SAY, THE LORD IS MY GOD." Agape.
Shalom, Marilyn! I remember reading about a rock star a while back who announced he was going to be married. A wedding date was suggested, but the ceremony was performed the week before!
Who knew of the wedding? Family. Close friends. Those INTIMATE with the engaged couple.
In the same way, the wise virgins, those intimate in relationship with YHWH, can also know when the wedding will happen. But only by staying 'close' to the Groom. Very close.
How? An 'earthly' enagaged couple are in constant communication. They are rarely maybe even 'out of each other's sight', let alone mind! Perhaps all they think about is each other in rising intensity as the day of matrimony approaches.
So it is now with our First Love, Yeshua. Spritual passions are rising as we also meditate on The Word Made Flesh, our Messiah, our Husband to be, and our King!
Why did the rock star marry a week early? So only those near and dear to the bride and groom would attend. So paparazzi and worldy hoopla would not crowd their way under the Huppah. To keep the enemy at bay. To keep the marraige ceremony HOLY.
Maybe the enemy can quote scripture, but he is far removed from what is deliberately hidden there. he is separated from YHWH and cannot draw near to Him to know His character.
But we can know YHWH! We can meditate on His Word day and night. And the nearer we draw to Him, the more is revealed.
Now this week's parashat is very interesting! It is the story of Joseph and pharoah, the part in which only Joseph can interpret the dream of the seven cows and seven stalks of grain. Pharoah's best advisers cannot do this. Only Joseph, for he alone is near enough to YHWH. And he also gives G-D the credit. For what can man know? Nothing! We can only know what is revealed to us by the Most High.
Something else interesting. The cup bearer remembers Joseph interpreted his dream TWO YEARS ago to the day, repents that he forgot to tell pharoah and Joseph is released from prison to interpret for pharoah and save egypt. (And his brothers and His father Jacob (ISRAEL) too!). Some rabbis have equated this as happening on ROSH HASHANNA (the day of rememberance) and the subsequent atonement could perhaps be equated to Yom Kippur. Joseph is elevated to RULE OVER egypt (second only to pharoah) and given pharoah's DAUGHTER AS HIS BRIDE!
Thought you would find that interesting. My we continue to meditate on His Word day and night! Shabbat Shalom!
The reason for starting with 1998, I think it was the 6000th year since Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Tishri 1, 5771 is Sept. 9, 2010. That might be the Day of the Lord, the Day of God's Wrath. If so, I think the Second Advent would be 7 months later (Eze. 39:12,13), on Nisan 1, 5771 (April 5, 2011). The year 5771 is a Leap Year and Nisan 1 is the beginning of the Regnal and Sacred Year.
Ex. 15:2: "The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation (Yeshuah): he is my God". Agape and Shalom, Marilyn
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