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Saturn occulted by the Moon
This Weekend's Total Lunar Eclipse
by the Editors of Sky & Telescope
March 3rd's event will be the first of three total lunar eclipses to take place within the next 12 months....
Two other total lunar eclipses occur within the next 12 months: the one on August 28, 2007, favors viewers in western North America and Canada; the Moon sets just after it fully enters the umbra for most viewers on the Atlantic Coast. An eclipse on February 20, 2008, should be viewable in the evening for virtually everyone in North America.
THE BIBLE'S SPECIAL CHRIST-CENTERED DAYS
By Marilyn Agee
THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN
THE TWO DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN
(1) Pre-Trib Rapture, first trump of God
(2) Pre-Wrath Rapture, last trump of God
THE DAY OF CHRIST (PROBABLY PENTECOST)
(1) First Rapture, wise virgins caught up
at the first trump of God
(2) First day of the 2300-day Tribulation
THE DAY OF THE LORD (FEAST OF TRUMPETS)
(1) DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS
(2) Last Rapture, last trump of God, foolish virgins and
Tribulation saints caught up to the general assembly in Heaven
(3) Coronation of Christ
(4) Judgment Seat of Christ
(5) Marriage of the Lamb
(6) Marriage Supper of the Lamb
(7) Gog's army attacks Israel
(8) Wrath of Almighty God
(9) The 2300th day of the Tribulation
THE GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY
(1) Second Advent
(2) Battle of Armageddon begins
These two trumps are of God, not of angels, who sound the 7 trumpets of judgment. There are two days of the son of man, not just one. There is no way around it. In Luke 17:22-24, Jesus "said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see ONE OF THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN (the first Rapture), and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you (i.e., in the Tribulation), See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For AS THE LIGHTNING, THAT LIGHTENETH OUT OF THE ONE PART UNDER HEAVEN, SHINETH UNTO THE OTHER PART UNDER HEAVEN; SO SHALL ALSO THE SON OF MAN BE IN HIS DAY." This light applies to the second day of the son of man, the Pre-Wrath Rapture. It is on the Day of the Lord, but before the wrath of God is cast on Earth, before the 7 trumpets are given to the 7 angels. On this day the heavens shall be rolled aside as a scroll (Isa. 34:4; Rev. 6:14), and the SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN will be seen in the heavens. Jesus will be seen sitting on his throne.
Nu. 10:2=4 says, "Make thee TWO TRUMPETS OF SILVER; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest USE THEM FOR THE CALLING OF THE ASSEMBLY, and for the journeying of the camps. And when they shall blow with them (i.e., both), all THE ASSEMBLY (the general assembly of Heb. 12:23) shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And if they blow but with ONE TRUMPET, THEN THE PRINCES, WHICH ARE HEADS OF THE THOUSANDS OF ISRAEL, SHALL GATHER THEMSELVES UNTO THEE." This represents the first Rapture, when the 24 elders (12 patriarchs and 12 apostles) will be caught up to Heaven.
Heb 12:22-25 tells us about the general assembly in Heaven after the last trump sounds. It says, "ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (lit., a festal assembly, it's the Feast of Trumpets) 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, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we ESCAPE, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven".
As we read on in Luke 17, we find that the days of the son of man are as in the days of Noah. Luke 17:26 says, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN." Noah went into the Ark, and the Lord closed the door. The rain came down 40 days and 40 nights and floated the Ark. It rose up. Believers will be raised up, raptured, on both of the days of the son of man.
The first day of the son of man is the Pre-Trib Rapture. The last day of the son of man is the Pre-Wrath Rapture. The Pre-Trib Rapture is as in Noah's day, believers will be raised up and the Lord will shut the door. These believers will be caught up just before the Tribulation begins.
Luke 21:36 says, "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to ESCAPE all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. This group will be the Bride of Christ. They are the Philadelphian Church of Rev. 3. Jesus' message to them is encouraging.
Rev. 3:8-11 says, "I know thy works: behold, I HAVE SET BEFORE THEE AN OPEN DOOR (like the door of Noah's Ark), and no man can shut it (the Lord will shut it as he did for Noah): for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 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. BECAUSE THOU HAST KEPT THE WORD OF MY PATIENCE, I ALSO WILL KEEP THEE FROM THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION (peirasmos, a putting to proof, testing) WHICH SHALL COME UPON ALL THE WORLD, TO TRY (peirazo, test) THEM THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
I am being taught what Jesus meant by "hupemone." It means cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy, PATIENCE, PATIENT CONTINUANCE, WAITING. It is from "hupomeno, to stay under (behind), that is, remain; figuratively to undergo, that is, bear (trials), have fortitude, persevere: - abide, endure, (take) patient (-ly), suffer, tarry behind. Mt 25:5 says, "While the bridegroom TARRIED (chronizo, delayed) they all slumbered and slept."
Heb 10:37 says, "FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry" (chronizo, delay). When the planned LITTLE WHILE is over, he will come without delay.
I thought the Rapture would be on Pentecost in 1998. Instead, it now looks like it will be Pentecost, May 29, 2009. We will be rewarded for waiting patiently though. It will be worth the wait. Isa 40:31 says, "they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Gal 6:9 says, "let us not be weary in well doing: for IN DUE SEASON (spring, Song 2:10-14) WE SHALL REAP, IF WE FAINT NOT."
I Thess. 4:13-18 is about the FIRST TRUMP OF GOD, the first Rapture. It says, " But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with THE TRUMP OF GOD: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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 Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
The FIRST TRUMP OF GOD is when the wise virgins of Mt. 25 will be caught up to Heaven. Mt 25:10 says, "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."
I Cor. 15:51,52 is about the SECOND TRUMP OF GOD, the last Rapture, when the foolish virgins are caught up to Heaven, when all the saints actually become immortal. It says, "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
The last day of the son of man is the second Rapture. As in Lot's day, believers will be raised up the same day that fire falls on Earth. Luke 17:26-30 says, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in THE DAYS (plural) OF THE SON OF MAN. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark (symbolizing the Pre-Trib Rapture), and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot (symbolizing the Pre-Wrath Rapture); they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But THE SAME DAY THAT LOT WENT OUT OF SODOM IT RAINED FIRE AND BRIMSTONE FROM HEAVEN, AND DESTROYED THEM ALL. EVEN THUS SHALL IT BE IN THE DAY WHEN THE SON OF MAN IS REVEALED."
Mt 24:23-30 parallels the above and adds more details. It says, "See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. Then (during the Tribulation) if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase (body, i.e., Body of Christ) is (in Heaven), there will the eagles (high flying Tribulation saints) be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 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."
Ex 19:4 shows us what the eagles symbolize. It says, "Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I BARE YOU ON EAGLES' WINGS, AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF." At the Rapture, the Lord will cause us to fly to where he is in Heaven. Isa 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Luke 17:31-37 says, "In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." The Body of Christ that was caught up to Heaven in the first Rapture are at this point already in Heaven. The Tribulation saints will be caught up to Heaven in the Pre-Wrath Rapture.
This is not the time of the Second Advent, which is 7 months later (Eze. 39:12,13). It is the Pre-Wrath Rapture that takes place on the great and terrible Day of the Lord. When the Sign of the Son of Man is seen, they will see him sitting on his throne, because that day will be the first day of his millennial reign.
Rev 6:12-17 says of that Eve of Trumpets, "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; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven (i.e., the atmosphere) departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and HIDE US FROM THE FACE OF HIM THAT SITTETH ON THE THRONE, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH IS COME (i.e., at 6 PM, the Feast of Trumpets begins); and who shall be able to stand?"
Before the wrath of God hits unbelievers left on the Earth, the Pre-Wrath Rapture will take place. We see these in Heaven in Rev. 7. Verses 14-17 say, "THESE ARE THEY WHICH CAME OUT OF GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and HE THAT SITTETH ON THE THRONE shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For THE LAMB WHICH IS IN THE MIDST OF THE THRONE shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
Standing upright will be hard for those on Earth, for the worldwide earthquake will take place on that Feast of Trumpets. Every wall will fall. Eze. 38:18-23 says, "And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that MY FURY shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of MY WRATH have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel (the asteroid of Rev. 8:8 will fall into the Mediterranean Sea); So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence (lit., paniymFACE), and the mountains (asteroids, Rev. 8:8,10) shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground....I will rain upon him (Gog), and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain (or shower, probably a tsunami), and GREAT HAILSTONES, FIRE, AND BRIMSTONE. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the EYES of many nations (they will see the Sign of the Son of Man in the sky), and they shall know that I am the LORD."
THE DAY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
1 Cor 1:4-8 says, "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in THE DAY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
1 Cor 5:5 says, "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in THE DAY OF THE LORD JESUS."
The day of our Lord Jesus Christ, or the day of Christ, is the day of the first Rapture. I think that will be on Pentecost.
THE DAY OF THE LORD
The Day of the Lord is on the Feast of Trumpets. Joel 1:15;2:1-3 says, "Alas for the day! for THE DAY OF THE LORD is at hand, and AS A DESTRUCTION FROM THE ALMIGHTY SHALL IT COME....BLOW YE THE TRUMPET IN ZION, AND SOUND AN ALARM in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand (i.e., it is the Eve of Trumpets); A day of darkness and of gloominess (6th seal), a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; THERE HATH NOT BEEN EVER THE LIKE (i.e., then Gog's army does not attack Israel at the beginning of the Tribulation, it attacks at the end), neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them."
Isa 13:6,9 says, "Howl ye; for THE DAY OF THE LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty....Behold, THE DAY OF THE LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it."
Eze 30:3 says, "For the day is near, even the DAY OF THE LORD is near, A CLOUDY DAY (6th seal); it shall be the time of the heathen." Joel 2:31 says, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come."
Act 2:20 says, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come".
Amos 5:18 says, "Woe unto you that desire the DAY OF THE LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light."
Joel 3:14 says, "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the DAY OF THE LORD is near in the valley of decision."
Obadiah 1:15 says, "THE DAY OF THE LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head."
Mal 4:5 says, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD".
Zep 2:1-5 says, "Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 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 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". The asteroid of Rev. 8:8 will hit the Mediterranean Sea. Rev. 8:8,9 says, "And the second angel sounded, and as it were A GREAT MOUNTAIN BURNING WITH FIRE WAS CAST INTO THE SEA: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed."
Isa 34:8 says, "For it is the DAY OF THE LORD'S VENGEANCE, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion." Jer 46:10 says, "For this is the DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates" (i.e., at Babylon, Iraq).
Of the Eve of Trumpets, Rev 6:12-17 says, "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; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne (i.e., it's the Sign of the Son of Man), and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great DAY OF HIS WRATH is come (i.e., it is 6 PM); and who shall be able to stand?"
It is now the Feast of Trumpets, the beginning of the Millenial reign of Christ, the day of the second Rapture (Rev. 7:9,14) and the Day of God's Wrath (Rev. 8). In Heaven, it is the day of the Coronation of Christ, the Marriage of the Lamb and the Judgment Seat of Christ. Rev 19:6-8 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. 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. 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."
THE SEVENTH TRUMPET JUDGMENT
Rev 11:1519 says, "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty (Jesus Christ, Rev. 1:8; 21:22), which art (on the Day of the Lord), and wast (at the First Advent), and art to come (at the Second Advent 7 months future, Eze. 39:12,13); because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and THY WRATH IS COME, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged (i.e., at the Judgment Seat of Christ), and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." The two stone tablets in the Ark represent the two asteroids of Rev. 8:8-11 that will be dumped on the unbelievers left on Earth.
Zep 1:18 says, "Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land."
2 Peter 3:10 says, "But 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."
I think the Day of God's Wrath is 7 months before the Second Advent. Eze. 39:11-13 says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. And SEVEN MONTHS shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may CLEANSE THE LAND. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown THE DAY THAT I SHALL BE GLORIFIED, saith the Lord GOD." The day the Lord will be glorified is the day of the Second Advent, when Jesus returns in glory as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
THE GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY
The year of the Second Advent has to be a Jewish Leap Year for there to be 7 months between the Day of the Lord (the Day of God's Wrath, the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri 1) and the Second Advent on Nisan 1, the first day of the Regnal Year.
Rev 16:14-16 says, "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that GREAT DAY OF GOD ALMIGHTY. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue ARMAGEDDON."
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