Pro and Con 1410

Posted 5-10-08

I agree with Pastor Riley. Be blessed as you read what he didn't expect to ever write.

"So Simple!….."

By Pastor F. M. Riley

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
I Thessalonians 5:4

Introduction

When is the resurrection and rapture of New Testament believers going to occur? This is the question that God's people [true believers] have been asking ever since the Lord ascended back to the Father some 2,000 years ago. But since the 40th year of the modern existence of Israel as a nation [1988], this question has become one of paramount importance to God's people. In these past 20 years this question has been discussed and debated from every conceivable viewpoint.

Folks, the answer to this question, and all other questions dealing with spiritual truth, are to be found only in the inspired Word of God, Amos 3:7. My opinion, idea, or theory, or that of "Bro. Bigshot," or "Dr. Know It All," doesn't amount to the proverbial "hill of beans" when it comes to spiritual truth. Almighty God has spoken to His people through His Word, and that settles the matter. The answer to spiritual questions are found in God's spiritual book; the Divinely Inspired Word of God. Period!

In this study I want to share with God's people a revelation from the Scriptures that the Lord has shown me about the time of His coming, trusting that the Lord will use this study to encourage the hearts and minds of every reader who has "seeing eyes and hearing ears," Matthew 13:16.

The Background

Nearly two years ago the Lord showed me in His Word that His return to resurrect and rapture His New Testament saints to glory would occur in 2008. I have written several Bible studies setting forth the Scriptural reasons why 2008 is the year of the Lord's return to resurrect and rapture New Testament believers to glory, giving book, chapter, and verse, for every point made. These studies are available to any reader who will write and request them.

Folks, I haven't been looking for an actual "day" for the Lord's return for over ten years. I dropped out of that search years ago because of all the conflicting dates that have been set by so many, and all the controversy that has accompanied such searching. Some of the controversy between "brethren" has been shameful, and not at all Christ honoring. I have been perfectly content to know the year the Lord is coming. I haven't felt any need whatsoever to know the "date." Throughout this year I have just been patiently waiting on Him, Hebrews 10:35-37, for I have absolute assurance that the Lord is coming for His people in 2008.

My Visitation

But it is now obvious to me that the Lord had other plans for me. This past Saturday evening, April 26th, I suddenly had a strong compulsion to once again examine the Jewish Holy Days set forth in Leviticus 23. As I read over that chapter again, a simple truth that I had overlooked during all these years of Bible study just jumped off the page at me. I now know that my compulsion came from the Lord and that He wanted me to see this truth, for I certainly wasn't looking for it. Saturday evening, April 26th, the Lord showed me when He is coming this year to resurrect and rapture His New Testament saints to glory.

When the Lord revealed this truth to me, I was shaken and astounded. It is so simple and so plain in God's Word that I wondered how I could have missed it all these years? I literally shook and trembled and cried and praised the Lord! The presence of the Lord was in the room with me so strongly that I trembled at His presence. I knew that I had experienced a "visitation" from the Lord, and that He had given to me a truth that He wanted me to know, and that He had given it to me at the exact time He wanted me to know it.

What an awesome God we serve. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! But along with this revelation came a deep burden also, for I know that the Lord gave me this truth to be shared with His people. I also know that many of those who read this will only mock and ridicule and find fault with it. Folks, I am sick to my stomach of the mockers and scoffers today [Laodiceans] who piously claim to be "Christians," yet who won't even lift a finger to seriously study the prophecies of God's Word. Nevertheless, this truth must be shared with God's people, and put forth as a final warning to the lost.

On a Jewish Festival

I first want to take my readers to Habakkuk 2:2-4. The context of this passage is clearly dealing with the coming of the Lord. Read it for yourself and compare the transliteration of the very same passage in Hebrews 10:35-39, noticing especially verses 37-38.

For the enlightenment and benefit of our readers, a literal word for word rendering of Habakkuk 2:2-3 follows exactly as it is worded in the Hebrew text of the Bible,

2 And answered me Jehovah and said, Write the vision, and engrave it on the tablets, so that he may run who is reading it.
3 For still the vision is for the appointed festival, but it pants to the end, and does not lie. Though it hesitates, wait for it; for surely it will come; it will not tarry.

Please compare this literal rendering with the wording recorded in the King James Bible. Notice the words "appointed time" in the KJV. These words are translated from the Hebrew word, "mowadah." This Hebrew word literally means "appointed festival." See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, page 457, Strong's No. 4150.

For any reader willing to deal honestly with God's Word, this should settle the question of whether or not the Lord is coming on a Jewish Holy Day. This verse explicitly states that the vision of the Lord's coming is to be fulfilled on "the appointed festival." In view of this explicit statement, we need not expect the Lord to come at any other time than on a Jewish Festival, for the Lord never violates His own Word.

Notice also that this verse explicitly states that the vision "does not lie." In other words, at the time when the vision "speaks" to God's people again, it will be fulfilled by the coming of the Lord without fail on the "appointed festival." The vision will "not lie." Folks, the vision is speaking again. The Lord has now revealed when He is coming for His people, and His coming will occur on the "appointed festival" without fail. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

I want to point out that all of the Jewish Holy Days given to Israel are prophetic. Who says so? The inspired Word of God says so! In Colossians 2:16-17 the Scripture explicitly states, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." This passage in God's Word explicitly states that the holy days of the Jews are prophetic. No true believer then should argue the point. It is settled by the inspired Word of God. Period!

But since this passage in Habakkuk 2:3 explicitly states that the vision will be fulfilled on the "appointed festival," then the question arises, "What Jewish Festival?"

The Three Festivals

Folks, while there were seven Jewish Holy Days given to Israel by the Lord in Leviticus 23, only three of them were "festivals." This is clearly stated in Exodus 23:14-17, 34:23, Deuteronomy 16:16, and 2 Chronicles 8:13, where all three of the festivals are explicitly named. These three mandatory festivals were "the feast of unleavened bread," which began the day following Passover [Exodus 12:1-27; Leviticus 23:5-14…8 days], "the feast of harvest" [or weeks], which is known today as Pentecost [Leviticus 23:15-21…1 day], and "the feast of ingathering," which is also called the Feast of Tabernacles [Leviticus 23:34-43…8 days]. It is then on one of these three mandatory Jewish festivals that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. But which one?

Only Two

As the Lord moved me last Saturday night to restudy Leviticus 23, I suddenly realized that only two of the three mandatory Jewish Festivals foreshadow the resurrection and rapture of God's people. Wow! Amazing! This is so simple I have stumbled right over it for years.

The first Jewish Festival having anything to do with the resurrection and rapture of God's people is "the feast of unleavened bread," during the course of which a "wave offering" of the "firstfruits" of the barley harvest is presented to the Lord. This feast marks the beginning of the barley harvest in the land of Israel.

The only other Jewish Festival having anything to do with the resurrection and rapture of God's people is "the feast of harvest" on which a second "wave offering" was presented to the Lord. Today this Jewish Festival is known as "Pentecost." The Jewish Festival of Pentecost marks the ending of the barley harvest in the land of Israel. Only these two Jewish Festivals foreshadow the resurrection and rapture of God's people. But don't take my word for it. Let's demonstrate this truth from God's Word.

The Festival of Unleavened Bread

The instructions for observing this festival are given in Exodus 12:14-20 and Leviticus 23:6-14, with specific instructions being given in Leviticus 23:9-14 for the "firstfruits" offering. This observance is also mentioned in several other related passages. What I especially want our readers to notice in the course of this festival is the observance of the "firstfruits" offering.

The "firstfruits" offering was a "sheaf" [omer] of barley, the first grain ripe in Israel in the Spring of the year. There was always some of this grain ripe by Passover. This first ripe barley was gathered in from the field, and the grain was beaten out of the husks until there was an "omer" of barley. The "omer" full of the first ripe barley was then brought to the priest officiating in the Tabernacle [later in the Temple].

The Scriptures tell us that "on the morrow after the sabbath" following Passover, the priest would take this "omer" of barley into the Tabernacle, and standing before the veil which separated the holy place from the "holiest of all," would lift up the "omer" of barley towards Heaven as high as he could reach, and would "wave the sheaf" [omer] vigorously back and forth before the veil "to be accepted for you, 23:11. The Lord Himself called it a "wave offering" in Leviticus 23:15. Glory to God!

Please dear readers, in this study I am only presenting those facts about the "wave offering" of the "firstfruits" which are necessary to give our readers an understanding of what the offering foreshadowed. You can study all the details for yourself.

The Fulfillment of Firstfruits

If you are a true Bible believer then you know that just as the Israelites sacrificed a lamb on that first Passover [and each Passover thereafter], so 1,517 years later the Lord Jesus Christ, "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world," John 1:29, was sacrificed on Passover in 30 A.D.

Three days and three nights after Christ was crucified, just as the 17th day of Abib ended and the 18th day began, "on the morrow after the sabbath" following the Passover, the Lord Jesus Christ came forth from the tomb, triumphant over death, hell, and the grave, Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-7; John 20. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Now here is where the events really get interesting. For on that same first day of the week, "the morrow after the sabbath," the Scriptures state, "many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many," Matthew 28:52-53. Folks, these were the "firstfruits" [plural] of the resurrection, which included Christ Himself, 1 Corinthians 15:20, all of which were foreshadowed by the "omer" of barley. Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! But let's put it all together.

According to John 20:1-18, on that glorious "first day of the week" when Christ arose, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, "when it was yet dark," and found the tomb empty. She ran and told Peter and John and they came to the tomb and also found it empty. Peter and John then left the tomb, but Mary remained at the tomb weeping. The Lord then appeared to her, identifying Himself, and saying to her, "Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God." It is then obvious that at that specific time on that resurrection morning, the Lord had not yet ascended to the Father.

However, according to Matthew 28:1-10, just a few hours [or a few minutes…??] later the Lord met "Mary Magdalene and the other Mary" as they were going to tell the other disciples what the angel had told them, "And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him." Folks, in that interval of time the Lord had ascended into Heaven itself [Hebrews 9:24], where He presented His blood to the Father, and also presented to the Father "the firstfruits of them that slept," all of which were received and accepted by the Father, and then the Lord returned to earth to meet the two Mary's. Glory to God!

Folks, it certainly appears that Christ and the "firstfruit" saints were standing before the Father's throne in Heaven that morning at the very same time that the Jewish priest was standing in the Temple waving the "firstfruits" barley offering before a veil that was standing wide open [Mark 15:38], clearly signifying that the way into Heaven itself was now open for all who will believe, Hebrews 10:19-20. Remember that the Scriptures explicitly state that this offering was "to be accepted for you." Folks, it is the blood of our risen Christ that makes the truly repentant believer "accepted" by the Heavenly Father, Ephesians 1:3-7. Glory! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Glory to God! "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord." Psalm 150:6.

Folks, there are two things here I want you to notice. First, it is obvious that the "wave offering" of the "firstfruits" of the "omer" of barley on "the morrow after the sabbath" following Passover clearly foreshadowed the resurrection of Christ and those "firstfruits" saints who came out of their graves after His resurrection. Second, this observance marked the beginning of the barley harvest.

Now let's look at the other Jewish Festival…..

The Festival of Harvest

This Jewish Festival is known today as "Pentecost." It is referred to in the Scriptures as "the feast of harvest," Exodus 23:16, and also as "the feast of weeks," Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10; 16:16; 2 Chronicles 8:13. It is the only other Jewish Festival during the course of the Jewish year where a "wave offering" taken from the barley harvest was presented to the Lord. Didn't we just see that the "wave offering" of the barley foreshadowed the resurrection and rapture of Christ and the "firstfruits" of God's people? Then what do you think the second "wave offering" of barley foreshadows? Well..??

The instructions for the observance of Pentecost are recorded in Leviticus 23:15-21. The word "Pentecost" simply means "fifty." This is because the "wave offering" on Pentecost came fifty days after the "firstfruits" wave offering on "the morrow after the sabbath" following Passover. Both "wave offerings" were regarded as "firstfruits" to the Lord, Leviticus 23:17; 23:20. .

On this "appointed festival" two loaves of barley bread were to be brought "out of your habitations" [homes] to the priest, Leviticus 23:17. The priest would take these two loaves of barley bread into the Tabernacle [or Temple], and standing before the veil would "wave" them before the Lord, just as he had "waved" the "omer" of barley 50 days previously. What does this foreshadow? Let's see…..

The Waving of the Loaves

These two barley loaves had been baked "with leaven," Leviticus 23:17. This is the only place in all of God's Word where the Jewish people were explicitly told to use "leaven." In God's Word "leaven" is a type of sin. It never typifies anything but sin in God's Word, Matthew 13:33; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. Because leaven typifies sin, the Jews were explicitly forbidden from using "leaven" in all of their offerings to the Lord, except this one. Why this exception?

This exception was made because, just as the "omer" of barley typified the Lord and the "firstfruit" saints, these loaves also typify God's people. In what way? Folks, true believers are now saints who were once sinners. The only people the Lord saves are sinners. The Lord doesn't save so-called "good people" [Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23]. He only saves men and women, boys and girls, who realize and confess that they are "dead in trespasses and sins," Ephesians 2:1; 2:8-9. Then, having believed His Word and repented, the Holy Spirit comes into the repentant believer's body and takes up His abode, John 14:16-17. And, just as the fire in the Jewish ovens baked the leaven out of those loaves of barley bread, so the fire of God's Holy Spirit [which was given on Pentecost] bakes the SIN out of the life of the truly repentant believer. Glory! Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

These two loaves of barley bread then served two purposes.

First, they signified the end of the barley harvest which had been harvested over the past 50 days. Note this well!

Second, just as the "waving" of the "omer" of barley clearly foreshadowed the resurrection and rapture of the Lord Jesus Christ and the saints who came out of their graves after His resurrection, so the "waving" of these two barley loaves foreshadows the resurrection and rapture of God's people [true believers] saved during this present Dispensation of Grace. Folks, the barley harvest is a type of the Dispensation of Grace. Just as the two barley loaves "waved before the Lord" at Pentecost signified the end of the barley harvest, so they also foreshadowed the end of "the fullness of the Gentiles" [Romans 11:25], and therefore the resurrection and rapture of "the dead in Christ" and "the living in Christ." There are your two loaves! See John 11:25-26 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Now let's examine some additional proof in God's Word of what I am presenting, 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

Ruth…..The Gentile Bride

Any serious Bible student knows that Ruth is a type of the Gentile bride of Christ, and that Boaz is a type of Christ. The entire Book of Ruth is filled with Scriptures teaching these truths. Study it for yourself.

When Ruth [the Gentile] returned to the land of Israel with Naomi [the Jewess] "….. they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of the barley harvest," Ruth 1:22. This gives us the time period involved in this account. The real story of Ruth began on or near Passover and the observance of "firstfruits."

How and when does the story set forth in the Book of Ruth end? It ends with Ruth's espousal [and subsequent marriage] to Boaz "in the threshing floor" of Boaz, where Boaz "winnoweth barley," Ruth 3:2. Folks, that is exactly what the Lord is doing today. He is separating the barley from the chaff [true believers from mere "religionists"] in preparation for the marriage. Glory to God! Hallelujah!

After the espousal had been made on or near the end of the barley harvest [Pentecost], Boaz placed "six measures of barley" on the shoulders of Ruth, and "she went into the city." Could the six measures of barley be a type of the saved during the 6000 years of human history? 2 Peter 3:8. Could her going "into the city" foreshadow our entering into the New Jerusalem? Folks, Ruth is a type of the Gentile bride of Christ; the Lord's church, Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 11:2. Christ is coming after His bride just as He promised [John 14:1-3], and "they that are Christ's" shall be "caught up…..to meet the Lord in the air," 1 Corinthians 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. When? On Pentecost!

The Samaritan Woman

In John 4 the Lord met the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob [the well of living water]. The Samaritan woman was looked down upon by the Jews, for they considered her to be a "goyim;" a Gentile dog. The Lord revealed Himself to this Gentile woman as the promised Messiah of Israel and the great "I AM." [Check the actual way John 4:26 is worded in the Greek text].

The Samaritan woman then went into the city and proclaimed, "Come, see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" Folks, this is exactly what the Lord's church has been doing the past 2,000 years; inviting the lost world to come to Christ. Some readers may object to using this adulterous woman as a type of the Lord's church. I suggest that before you become too "self-righteous and holy" you ought to read Paul's inspired statement to the church in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. When a repentant sinner is "justified," they become as spiritually pure as if they had never known sin. Sure this woman had previously had five husbands and was living in open sin with a man right then, but has it ever occurred to some of you that Ruth wasn't a "virgin" either. She also had been previously married. Yet she is a wonderful type of the pure, virtuous Gentile bride of Christ. So is the Samaritan woman. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

Now notice that the Lord's disciples came on the scene and urged the Lord to eat. The Lord's reply in John 4:34-36 is so enlightening.

"…..My meat [food] is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both He that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."

Folks, Christ Himself is the "sower" who began sowing the seed at the beginning of the harvest season. He said so Himself in Matthew 13:37. He is also the "reaper" who brings the harvest to an end. That is exactly what He is stating in John 4:34. He is the One who will "finish the work" that He began. Praise the Lord!

But when is the work to be finished? Folks, it is exactly four months between the Festival of Pentecost and the Festival of Tabernacles. Count it for yourself. So it is obvious that the Lord met the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well on the day of Pentecost. Folks, the Festival of Tabernacles is the celebration of all the completed harvests [barley…wheat…grape] at the end of the year. But there, on the day of Pentecost, the Lord explicitly told His disciples, "DO NOT SAY…..There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest…." The Lord told His disciples the harvest was ready right then and was being reaped that day. What day? The day of Pentecost!

Folks, the Lord is coming to resurrect and rapture His New Testament saints to glory at the end of the barley harvest on the day of Pentecost. Glory! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Other Scriptural Proof

I would also suggest that our readers carefully study the feeding of the five thousand as recorded in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-13. This event typifies the entire Dispensation of Grace and the regathering of the 12 tribes of Israel. The Scriptures are quite explicit that the feeding of the 5,000 was accomplished with "five barley loaves, and two small fishes." Glory!

Our readers might want to just take your concordance and look up the word "barley" everywhere it occurs in God's Word, and study the context where it is used. Such a study is very enlightening.

But what about…..

Rosh Ha-Shanah…?? "That is the day the trumpets are blown, and the rapture is clearly associated with the blowing of a trumpet, so it must be the day the rapture will occur. Right?"

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! If God's people would seriously get into God's Word, they would find that the trumpets were blown on every Jewish holy day. Read it for yourself. The inspired instructions for making and using the trumpets are given in Numbers 10:1-10. Verse 10 explicitly states, "Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God."

Folks, the trumpets were blown on every day of significance to the Jewish people throughout their whole year. If all you have to connect Rosh Ha-Shanah with the resurrection and rapture of God's people is the blowing of trumpets, then you have nothing.

Further, Rosh Ha-Shanah is not one of the three Jewish Festivals. Habakkuk 2:3 explicitly states "For still the vision [of the Lord's coming for His people] is for the appointed festival…" Folks, the Lord is not going to violate His own Word. The resurrection and rapture of God's people is going to occur on one of the three Jewish Festival during the course of Israel's year. Rosh Ha-Shanah is not a festival!

Again, Rosh Ha-Shanah comes in the end of the year just 15 days before the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles. Tabernacles comes four months after Pentecost. The Lord explicitly told His disciples, "DO NOT SAY, there are yet four months…" until the harvest. Are you one of the Lord's disciples? Are you listening to Him?

The Rosh Ha-Shanah theory just doesn't stand up to the testing of God's Word. I might add that it makes no difference who is teaching the theory. That won't alter the truth of God's Word one iota. Almighty God is not a respecter of persons.

The Significance

Folks, the Day of Pentecost this year falls June 8th, however it actually begins at sundown on June 7th in Israel. What are the significance of these dates?

On June 7, 1967 the Holy Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem were returned to their rightful owners during the Six Day War. That is the "date" when the tender branch of the fig tree put forth leaves, Matthew 24:32. The Lord Himself said, "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors," Matthew 24:33. June 7, 1967 is the "date" when the forty year "generation" began, Matthew 24:34. Therefore on June 7, 2007 the fortieth year arrived. However, Israel is still in the 40th year until June 7, 2008. The 41st year will begin on June 8, 2008. What day is that? It is the Day of Pentecost. Is all of this just coincidence? Or is Almighty God trying to tell His people WHEN He is coming?

I am also told that Pentecost marks the 33rd counting of the "omer." Thirty-three is the Bible number for "promise." Is this just another coincidence? Some 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus Christ promised His disciples, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also," John 14:3. Folks, the Lord always keeps His Word, and on this coming Pentecost, June 7th - 8th, you will see that for yourself. Glory! Praise the Lord!

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief," 1 Thessalonians 5:4. Do you believe this Scripture? Do you really believe this Scripture? If you do, then you better get with God's program. Our Lord is coming!

Conclusion

Folks, this truth is so simple that I now realize that the Lord has tried to show me this truth previously, and I was so dense I stumbled right over it.

The "feast of firstfruits" marked the beginning of the barley harvest, and foreshadowed the resurrection and rapture of "Christ [and] the firstfruits…," 1 Corinthians 15:23.

The "feast of harvest" [Pentecost] marked the end of the barley harvest, and foreshadows the resurrection and rapture of all New Testament believers. Glory!

Isn't that simple? Such a simple truth that God's people have been stumbling right over it for centuries.

When I calmed down after the Lord showed me this truth, I went to my calendar and began counting the days until Pentecost. From April 26th, the night the Lord revealed this truth to me, until Pentecost was 42 days. Folks, when I saw this I shouted and cried some more. "Forty-two" is the Bible number for "The Coming of Christ." Coincidence? You can't convince me that it was.

Folks, on the date I am sending this study to Five Doves [May 8th], there are only 29 days left to Pentecost. I really tried to get this study ready to post much sooner, but I have had all kinds of interruptions. I really think Satan would like to keep God's people in the dark right to the very end. But today it is ready! Guess what? "Twenty-nine" is the Bible number that means, "To depart; to leave; to go out." Just another coincidence?

I know that after all the Scriptural proof I have presented in this study some of you readers still won't believe it. Well, that is okay, because your unbelief is Scriptural. The entire Book of Habakkuk is "the vision" that the Lord gave to Habakkuk. In Habakkuk 1:5 the Lord said, "Behold ye [Jews] among the heathen [Gentiles], and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you." So dear reader, if you are one of the Lord's disciples who do not believe what has been presented, don't feel too badly. You have a Scriptural right to be a "doubting Thomas" if that is what you want. After all, "doubting Thomas" didn't believe until he saw the prints of the nails in the hands of the Lord Jesus [John 20:24-29], and most of the Messianic Jews today do not even believe there is going to be a rapture. But it is going to happen in spite of all the unbelief, and then you will believe.

Dear readers, you have only 29 days left from the time I am concluding this study, until the coming of our Lord to rapture His people to glory. You can use this time to do those final things you think you need to do. Or, you can use this time to study, pray, fast, witness, set your spiritual house in order, and seek to draw closer to the Lord than you have ever been. The choice is yours! May God give you the grace to make the right choice. And may God have mercy on us all during the next 29 days.
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ss NOTICE: Please do feel free to reproduce this study in any way you can, and share it with everyone you can, in any way you can, as quickly as you can. This will be your final opportunity to sound a warning, and win lost souls to Christ. May God bless your efforts is my prayer. Pastor F. M. Riley fmrglbd5@yahoo.com

"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him," Psalm 126:6.

My comments

I think Pentecost is our time to watch. Jer 5:24 says, “Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former (Tishri 1) and the latter (Nisan 1), in his (i.e., Jesus') season (i.e., 1st coming, Tishri 1; 2nd coming Nisan 1): HE RESERVETH UNTO US THE APPOINTED WEEKS OF THE HARVEST.” We do seem to be the barley harvest. It is harvested during the 50-day counting of the omer. That ends on Pentecost. This time agrees with Song of Solomon 2:10-14 and Isa. 18:3-7, a message to the whole world. The Hebrew Calendar has Sivan 6 and 7 marked for Pentecost. The way I count the 50 days, it comes out on Sivan 7. This year, these two dates fall on June 9 and 10. Those that think it has to be on Sunday would probably list it on Sunday, June 15. Be ready, whenever it is on the calendar.

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