Pro and Con 165, Updated 8-19-98, AM

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I read the part of your web site concerning Heaven being found and I am not totally sure I believe it.

I have a question about Ezekiel and Job seeing Heaven for you. Do you think that they could have seen Heaven in a vision instead of with the naked eye from earth? If not, please explain why.

Also, the clues on your web site led me to believe that Heaven is the planet Venus. Am I right? Sincerely

My reply

No. Heaven is not Venus.

I don't blame you for not being sure you believe where Heaven is located. I didn't believe it myself when I first thought of it. Every time I would come to certain verses I would think it sounded like where it turned out to be, but I would say to myself, "Nah, that can't be. However, when writing my book explaining The Revelation of Jesus Christ, I came to some of those verses again. I got new insight and it finally came together. Chapter four turned into the book Heaven Found: A Butter and Honey Star. I stopped writing and read all the way through about 15 different versions I have plus several I got from the library . I made notes of any clue as to where Heaven was, what it was like, anything about the Lord's throne, etc. When I was through I knew. I remember the crowning thing that stood the hair up on my arms and made me whisper, "Then it's true."

I grabbed my Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, 1970 ed, and looked up "sapphire." It is "lit., dear to the planet Saturn, fr. Sani Saturn + priya dear."

Ezekiel 1:1 says, "the heavens were opened, and I saw VISIONS of God. The visions in Ezek. 1 and 10 are very symbolic. Ezek. 1:26-28 says, "And above the firmament (expanse of space) that was over their heads (above the four terrestrial planets in their concentric orbits around the sun, which is "a fire infolding itself" with sunlight about it, 1:4) was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a SAPPHIRE STONE; and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man (Christ) above upon it....As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness (i.e., the rings) round about." (Seen from above, a rainbow appears as a full circle above Earth.)

Earth is one of the four lively things that had the appearance of "burning coals of fire" or "lamps," (1:13) in the heavens. Behold "one wheel (orbit) upon the earth" (1:15).

I am falling asleep, so can't go into much more detail now, but Ex. 24:10 ties in: "And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a SAPPHIRE STONE, and as it were ("like" and "as" are symbolic language) the body of heaven (heavenly body) in his clearness."

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I e-mailed you earlier this year for a book I'm writing on the second coming. You were gracious enough to answer my questions, and following May 31st suggested you should have based your calculations on a different calendar.

If you have a moment I wonder if you might bring me up to date? Are you now looking towards another specific date for Christ's second coming? How has your thinking and faith changed over the last three months?

I hope I'm not intruding -- I know you have many more important things to take care of. I hope you and your husband are both well. In the Lord

My reply

I am well. My husband had a heart attack and 5-bypass open heart surgery. I have him home now and am very busy taking care of him. I had prayed that he would be with me until the Rapture, and this must be the only way it was going to happen. I praise the Lord for making all things work together for good for those that love Him.

I am hoping for the Rapture soon, before summer is over, maybe September 20, the Eve of the Feast of Trumpets. If not then, before the Tribulation for sure.

I think we are probably being tested to see who stays awake and who falls asleep. Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to sift him as wheat. We are wheat, and this may be our sifting. If it is, I intend to stay in the sieve.

Whatever, my faith is unshakeable. I am running the race Paul talked about in I Cor. 9:24-27 and Phil. 3:14 to win "the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." I want the incorruptible crown, not to be a "castaway."

I am in this for the long haul if that is what it takes. While the Bridegroom tarries is when we need to get ready, stay strong and watch. It gives us a chance to do what we can to bring others to Christ and to emphasize the importance of being ready to those who have backslidden.

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."

"He is so near, He is at the door" (Mt. 24:33, Berkeley Version).

"Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching" (Lu. 12:37).

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Heb. 10:35-38). In His love

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...Two raptures Rev 4:1 (before the seals) and Rev 7:14 (great multitude coming out of the tribulation, before the plagues). I can understand your viewpoint, ie needed to protect the great multitude who have washed their garments in the blood of Christ.

My own view of the 7 seals, 7 trumpets and 7 plagues is quite different from the norm. View the 6th seal, 6th trumpet and 6th plague as the great trial; and the 7th seal, 7th trumpet and 7th plague as the time of the return of the Christ (and the final decisive battle). I know this is not the common arrangement.

"... the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." I do not know quite how to express my view of this approaching event. I know just about all Christianity envisages a global and very horrific judgment. However, although expressed in a very graphic physical manner I view this as symbolic only. How to say it; although unquestionably expressed in physical terms I view the trial as a religious event. The rise of an Antichrist which, rather than destroying the physical earth, will devastate Christianity (the spiritual earth).

Watch, pray, accounted worthy to escape. Many look to politics and I understand that perspective, but for me I look to improve my understanding of Scripture. Consider it is the only way to avoid being deceived. Thus the reference to the 'key of David' in verse 7.

Have no fear of the future now. Do not focus excessively upon tensions which come and go in the world scene. Less negative about everything. Try harder though to come to understand Scripture.

Since I expect the great tribulation in about 30 years (2,000 from Pentecost) so am not vexed with thoughts or concerns about not being adequately prepared or not being found worthy for some reason.

Guess your views of these matters are quite different. God Bless

My reply

Yes, I think the Lord meant what he said. I take Scripure as literal unless it is obviously symbolic. All prophecies of the past have been fulfilled literally. Why would those of the future not be fulfilled literally?

> the 7th seal, 7th trumpet and 7th plague as the time of the return of the Christ

At the seventh seal, we have the seven trumpet judgments. It is the day of God's Wrath. A "great mountain burning with fire" (Rev. 8:8) will be cast down from the heavens on the Mediterranean Sea. A "great star (aster, star or asteroid) from heaven, burning as it were a lamp" (Rev. 8:10) will destroy Babylon on the Euphrates River. This starts with the "hail and fire" (Rev. 8:7) cast upon the Earth when the first trumpet sounds. The incoming asteroid is symbolized by the round censer filled with fire cast down to the Earth in Rev. 8:5. The rest is literal.

All seven trumpet judgments hit the same day. As the seventh sounds, we read, "The Kingdoms of this world are (present tense) become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders...worshipped God (in Heaven, Rev. 4:4), Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art (on Coronation Day, which is also the day of God's Wrath and the day of thick darkness, Joel 2:1,2), and wast (First Advent), and art to come (the Second Advent is still 7 months future, Ezek. 39:12, during which time the Jews bury the dead to cleanse the land for Christ's GLORIOUS return on a day that is NOT dark, Zech. 14:5-7); because thou hast (earlier on this Coronation Day in Heaven) taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry (attacking Israel), and thy WRATH is come (the asteroid impact stops the attacking army), and the time of the dead, that they should be judged (this is the Judgment Seat of Christ in Heaven), 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" (Rev. 11:15-18).

This is a day like no other ever. In Heaven, it is Coronation Day. After Christ receives his kingdom, there is the Marriage of the Lamb, the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. On Earth, it is the Day of God's Wrath. It is NOT the day of Christ's return to Earth.

> although expressed in a very graphic physical manner I view this as symbolic only.

It is so physical that the globe is turned upside down (Isa. 24:1) and so few men left that a child could write the number (Isa. 10:19).

> Since I expect the great tribulation in about 30 years (2,000 from Pentecost)
> so am not vexed with thoughts or concerns about not
> being adequately prepared or not being found worthy for some reason.

Jesus warned the Laodiceans, "Because thou sayest, I...have need of nothing; and KNOWEST NOT that thou art...blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed" (Rev. 3:17,18).

Since you are not worrying about being prepared or being found worthy, you could come up short if you don't have another 30 years. Better to play it safe either way. Get ready, and stay ready. The last generation was born in 1967. 1967 + 40 = 2007. Think about it.

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FROM CAPS. Marilyn, here is a prophetic word that was given at a bible "campmeeting" in 1990.Everyone has done so much study on the seasons,etc. I thought this might be relevant at this time.

"Now the hour has come. The day of Blessing ,Favor, and Restoration has come. But also, the Day of Crisis has come, the Day of Division has come. For you see, you are living in the Last Days, the end of the Last Days.And the GREAT HARVEST must be Reaped and it shall be Reaped. And conditions will change concerning the nation of Israel, and that nation will fulfill the prophecies spoken concerning it. And the Church WILL BE RAPTURED. Do not be misled by false prophets supposedly speaking even through the gift of prophecy by the spirit of the Lord. But try the spirits and Know, for you shall know the truth and it shall set you free.

And in the world there shall be much tribulation and trouble and problems. But take Heart and be Full of Good Cheer; be Full of Cheer and not of fear. For you're not of the world, though you live here. You are in the Kingdom of God, and much Light has been given and will be given. And the Church, the Body of Christ, will Rise up like a giant and take their place and do their part---and the HARVEST SHALL BE REAPED AND THE HUSBANDMAN WILL COME.The Time of the END--very, very Crucial, Critical years lie ahead of you. THIS DECADE WILL TELL THE STORY." --end of word.

Here we are, now at the end of this DECADE.One thing to consider now are the words of EZEKIEL 12:27,28 "Son of man, behold they of the House of Israel say, the vision that he sees is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus says the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, But the word which I have spoken shall be done, says the Lord God."

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FROM CAPS. Here is some information on the Moon.The New Moon was given to teach on the THINGS TO COME. See Colossians 2;16,17.The Sun is a picture of the Messiah-Jesus. The Moon is a type of the Believer.Because the moon goes through a cycle each month and therefore is "renewed" at the beginning of that cycle, it was said that it was being "born again".During the new moon phase, the moon only reflects the smallest portion of the sun's light. Each day as the moon turns toward the sun, it reflects more and more of the sun.So it is with the believer, as he/she turns more toward the Messiah, he/she shows more of the Messiah in his/her own life.This infor. is from Joseph Good's book on Rosh Hashanah.Because the moon can hardly be seen at the New Moon, it is said to be "hidden."

In Song of Sol. 6:10 the future bride is spoken of as "FAIR AS THE MOON". The Hebrew word for "FAIR" means "BRIGHT". This would seem to imply a FULL MOON. Perhaps the Church wiil be raptured on a Full Moon such as Sunday, Sept. 6th and therefore be "HIDDEN" on the New Moon of The Feast of Trumpets which is Sept.20-21. I nor anybody else knows for sure.

Also here is something interesting about the TURTLEDOVE mentioned in Song of Sol. ch 2. A book on birds mentions the European Turtledove which has a wing pattern as LATTICE-see S. of S. ch 2:9 for the word lattice. This bird is Migratory--not all Doves are.It spends the Summer in Central Europe and Central Asia. In the winter it migrates to North Africa and the Middle East. The Turtledove therefore would "head south" when the colder winds started up north.This would fit a FALL timing for the arrival of this bird in the land of Israel. This bird makes a "cooing" sound.A reference to this same bird can be found in Jer. 8:7.."the TURTLEDOVE..observes the TIME of his COMING; but my people know not the judgement of the Lord."

Notice also that in S.of S. ch. 4:16 that it says "Awake , O NORTH WIND ;and come,O SOUTH WIND". This seems to picture a time in the Fall when the Summer southern winds are blowing at the same time that the Northern winds are also. This would appear to be a Fall timing.

My reply

Thanks for looking up this information. I know firsthand the cooing sound of doves, heard them plenty in Rushiaville, Indiana, and here in Riverside, California, one on the gable ridge overlooking the patio welcomed me. I see and hear them lots.

"FAIR" as the moon is Strong's 3303, beautiful, from 3302, prop. to be bright, by impl. beautiful. Both words are used in Song of Solomon. To us, the Moon is beautiful only where it reflects the sunlight, but the Sun and Moon are the two brightest things in our sky. I'm not sure bright has to be the full moon, but, granted, that is when it is the brightest. However, the sliver is bright in the sky. Sometimes, I can see the Earthshine on the rest of the moon as well as the bright sliver. I think that is a beautiful Moon too.

Do you know how to find out what time the crescent moon could be seen for NYD, 5759, Sept. 21, 1998? I could figure it from the first new moon of NYD in 3761 BC, but have no time now to do much besides take care of Ed and post a bit now and then.

(BTW, he is getting stronger every day now, has to go to doctor this week too. In spite of being diabetic, he is healing well.)

> Jer. 8:7.."the TURTLEDOVE..observes the TIME of his COMING; but my people know not > the judgement of the Lord."

The stork, turtledove, crane and swallow are all mentioned in Jer. 8:7. Does your book tell the "time of their coming"? Do they all come at once? I think "the judgment of the LORD" comes at noon on the Feast of Trumpets. Could the "time of their coming" be referring to that general time also? The Rapture of the Tribulation Saints must precede this "judgment," either on the Eve or on the feast day before noon. If the first Rapture is a type of the second one, it could happen on the Eve of Trumpets. It would still be summer and 5758 would still count in the four Jewish years in the parable of the barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9. Elul 29, Sept. 20, is the day of the New Moon, but "fair as the moon" does not have to mean bright as the moon. Fair's immediate meaning is beautiful--reflecting the light of the Saviour.

Strange that the First Quarter Moon is Sunday, Aug. 30, the Full Moon is Sunday, Sept. 6, the Last Quarter is Sunday, Sept. 13, and the New Moon is Sunday, Sept. 20. Four Sundays in a row, then that pattern is broken.
Added 8-19-98, 12:35 AM

Incoming Email

Hope all is well with you and Ed. Farmers Almanac states the new moon will beon Sept. 20 at the 10 hour and 1 minute PDT. Add 10 hours and you have the time in Jersulem. love to you both

My reply

Thanks. We are ok. Ed praised the Lord for making him stronger this morning.

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Just a note to let you know I'm praying for you and Ed. I've checked your site daily since last year when I found it. I can relate in a small way to what you're going through. My wife had intestinal surgery two years ago and spent a week in the hospital. I think it may be just as hard to be the healthy one watching the one you love in pain. All I could do was pray and trust God. Hang in there MJ, it won't be long!

I had a couple thoughts you may or may not find interesting. If the 50th day/50th year pattern is true as suggested by Jack Langford, then technically this entire year would qualify as pentecost. Also, if the Rapture were to happen on Rosh Hashanah this year, then the next ten years until the Lord's return may be seen as a type of parenthetical insertion. It may be like the church age is a parenthetical insertion in God's plan for the Jews. This may be another way to reconcile the one rapture vs. split or partial rapture positions.

Take care and keep watching!

My reply

Thanks for all the prayers. It seems that the worst is over and Ed is getting stronger each day. I'm hanging in there. Don't worry.

Langford figured the 1st year started May 14, 1948 and ended May 13, 1949, so on his chart, he listed the first year as 1949 and said, "Therefore, it should be understood that I will simply note each year by the anniversary date of that year (May 14th of that year)." Therefore, his 50th year ran from May 14, 1997 to May 14, 1998. It did not take into consideration the rest of our 1998.

If we go on past Elul 29, then Song of Solomon 2:11 will not fit, because it will be a time of rain starting the next day, on Tishri 1. It says, "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone." In Israel, there is the former rain that starts on Tishri 1 and the latter rain that starts on Nisan 1. The former rain would rule out the three feasts of Tishri, and the latter rain would rule out the three feasts of Nisan. Of the seven feasts, only of Pentecost could it be said that "the rain is over and gone."

If the Rapture is not on one of the seven feasts, summer fits, but only up to the Eve of the Feast of Trumpets on Tishri 1.
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I pray that Ed and you are doing well. Two or three of us (a lot more) were praying for you, and, per His promise, he answered! Sounds like everything is working out for the best!

For the Pros & Cons reader in #164, Avi Ben Mordichai does a great job of "reconciling" the Abram / Terah dilemma in his cumulative chronology table within his book, Sings in the Heavens. The L-rd Bless.

My reply

Thanks. Ed is doing well. The Lord answered our prayers in the past and is answering them now, strengthening Ed more and more each day.

In "Signs in the Heavens," p. 211, Avi agrees with me that Terah was born in 1878 AH. We differ on Terah's age when Abram was born.

Here is what Avi said, "This date has caused extensive problems for theologians and chronologists alike. The problem is trying to understand the passages found in Bereshith (Genesis) 11:26, 11:32, 12:4 and Acts 7:4 in a typical Jewish way. As a result it appears that Abram's father Terah was 130 years old at Avram's birth when in reality he was only 70. It is important to interpret the above Scripture passages as factual statements with no direct chronological links to each other. Also it is important to realize Acts 7:4 is a reference to Terah's spiritual death at 145 and not his physical death at 205. Avraham's birth when his father is 70 rather than 130 is further understood in the book of Yasher. In Yasher it is told that Avraham spent 39 years learning from Noach and his son Shem and that Noach died in Avraham's 58th year."

We must take the clear words of Scripture's chronological statements as pure truth. We can't use the other chronological statements and then suddenly not use those concerning Terah and Abram. The Bible is consistent and agrees with itself. What the book of Jasher says is irrelevant. It is interesting reading, but cannot be used to interpret Scripture.

Terah was born in 1878 AH. Gen. 11:32 says, "the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran." Thus Terah died in 2083 AH (1878 + 205 = 2083 AH).

Gen. 12:4 says, "Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran." Thus Abram was 75 years old when Terah died. Subtract 75 years from 2083 and you find that Abram was born in 2008 AH, when Terah was 130 years old. (2083 - 75 = 2008 AH).

Since Terah was born in 1878 AH, and Abram was born in 2008 AH, Terah was 130 years old when Abram was born. (2008 - 1878 = 130).

Gen. 25:7 says, "And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years." Abram/Abraham died when he was 175. Therefore, Abraham died in 2183 AH. (2008 + 175 = 2183 AH).

Noah was born in 1056 AH, 600 years before the Flood in 1656 AH. Both Avi and I have the birth of Noah in 1056 AH and the Flood in 1656 AH, dates agreed on by all major chronologers.

Gen. 9:29 says, "And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died." Noah died in 2006 AH (1056 AH + 950 = 2006 AH). Since Noah died in 2006 AH, and Abraham was born in 2008 AH, Abraham was born two years after Noah died, not "in Avraham's 58th year," as Avi said.

So, at this point in his chronology, Avi made a mistake of 60 years. He said that Terah was 70 when he was actually 130 when Abraham was born (130 - 70 = 60). He said that Abraham was 58 when Noah died, when Noah died two years before Abraham was born (58 + 2 = 60). Avi rids himself of these 60 years by saying, "Also it is important to realize Acts 7:4 is a reference to Terah's spiritual death at 145 and not his physical death at 205." (205 - 145 = 60). Acts 7:4 says, Then came he (Abraham) out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell (Israel). It says, "dead," not spiritually dead.

Do you agree with me that the age of Terah was 130 when Abram was born? The scriptures seem clear to me.

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Hello and God bless fellow believer

I wanted to say that I enjoyed your site, but encourage you to focus more on what someone that has been left behind can do/expect. When we are gone (and I pray I am strong enough to be a wise virgin) people will use every means possible to find out what really happened. Your site may be one they come across even as I did. The sentences you write need to be more simplistic. The first thing I was taught as a minister is to teach at an 8th grade level and below.

One other point I would to make is that predicting dates is not a good idea. Besides we are told that no man (or woman) would know the time of Christ's coming. I think if we were lucky enough to guess it that God would change it just to keep His word true!

May God bless you for your zeal to serve Him.

My reply

I have a chronological list of important end-time events at:

> The first thing I was taught as a minister is to teach at an 8th grade level and below.

No wonder so many ministers teach on an 8th grade level and below. It is hard to find a minister who teaches the deep things of the Word. Many go over the basics over and over again as if all their hearers were babes in Christ or hard of understanding. I have to write the way I think.

I also have to publish and conceal not, for I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2. It says, "Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces."

Destruction will come on literal Babylon when the "great star (aster, star, asteroid, or meteorite) from heaven, burning as it were a lamp" (Rev. 8:10) impacts Earth.

People left behind should read the Bible and my three books, "The End of the Age," "Heaven Found: A Butter and Honey Star," and "Revelations 2000." They are published by Avon Books, a secular publisher, so will be available after the Rapture.

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I just copied the following article from today's Jerusalem Post. In the third para. from the bottom, it tells of seven special sabbaths starting after Tisha B'av.

By my counting, the seventh is Sept 20. The last day possible for a 1998 Rapture (unless the "tarry" starts that day).

Do you know anything about these seven sabbaths? If you do, please post.

Also, I find the "Ten day of Repentence" very coincidental. After the seventh sabbath, then ten days to Yom Kippur. Could these ten days be the ten days of Revelation 2:10 AND the "tarry". It might be possible if the Arabs attack AGAIN on Yom Kippur.

A prayer to Ed and you.
Wednesday, August 19, 1998, 27 Av 5758

SHABBAT SHALOM: Repentence and the End of Exile, By RABBI SHLOMO RISKIN, (August 13)... How illustrative of all this is the Hebrew calendar! Following Tisha B'Av, the memorial of the destruction of the Temple, come seven Sabbaths in which we read prophetic portions of consolation. This is followed by the Torah reading of Nitzavim, which we have just cited (Deut. 30), the portion which calls us to repentance (teshuva), and which falls on the Sabbath preceding Rosh Hashanna, the first of the Ten Days of Repentance culminating in Yom Kippur.

Hence we are being primed to move from the destruction of the three sabbaths preceding Tisha B'Av - which feature a prophetic recording of the loss of our Temples - on to consolation. However, the ultimate consolation will only come if we repent of the sin which caused this exile, and thus become worthy of redemption!

May we learn to take our Bible - and our calendar - very seriously. Shabbat Shalom

My reply

The three Sabbaths before Av 9 (Tisha be-Av) are called The Dark Time. This period is a time of mourning for both temples. It begins and ends with fast days, and is marked by customs of grief.

I don't know anything more about the next seven sabbaths, except the days they fall on, Av 16 (Aug. 8), Av 23 (Aug. 15), Av 30 (Aug. 22), Elul 7 (Aug. 29), 14 Elul (Sept. 5), 21 Elul (Sept. 12), and 28 Elul (Sept. 19). The next day is the Eve of Trumpets.

> (Deut. 30), the portion which calls us to repentance (teshuva), and which falls on > the Sabbath preceding Rosh Hashanna

The whole month of Elul is a time of repentance. Since 28 Elul is mentioned above as a special time of calling to repentance by reading De. 30, I opened my Bible to De. 30. In the final warning section starting in verse 11, verses 15, 19 and 20 stand out: "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil...I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest LOVE the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey HIS VOICE, AND THAT THOU MAYEST CLEAVE UNTO HIM..."

A man is to leave his father and mother and cleave unto his wife. His voice is to be heard at the Rapture of the Bride of Christ. If the Rapture is the next day, on the Eve of Trumpets, a call to repent on the preceding Sabbath would be very appropriate.

There are seven messages to the churches in Revelation. The church of Ephesus is told to "REPENT, and do the first works; or else I will COME UNTO THEE QUICKLY, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou REPENT" (Rev. 2:5). The church of Sardis is told, "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and HOLD FAST, AND REPENT. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me IN WHITE: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in WHITE RAIMENT; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels" (Rev. 3:3-5). The Laodiceans are told, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous there, and REPENT" (Rev. 3:19).

Is the seventh Sabbath after Tisha be-Av (Sept. 19) the final call to repentance before the Rapture of the Bride on the next day, the Eve of Trumpets (Sept. 20)? I think Eve was taken out of Adam's side on the Eve of Tishri 1, which is the Eve of Trumpets.

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