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Re: Revelations:2000
Your book is fantastic. I have decided to read the first two chapters again. it is all so logical, so logical as to a point that I have started to question whether or not the ministers, reverands, preachers and pastors have knowledge of what you have managed to relay to me.

My younger brother is an ordained minister and my family is very proud of him, I want to ask him about the things you have revealed or whether or not he has ever heard of the views you have presented.

As a child I grew up with a very religious family and I have never heard mentioned of the things that you have pointed out in your book. I have at least several Baptist ministers in my family.

Also as a child a grew up having a certain appreciation for all sciences and pretty much excelled. in contrast to my religious family who care not to listen to anything scientific.during the man's space exploration age in the 60's, I was born in 1963 and I can remember watching the first moon walk. in the 2nd,3rd,4th,5th and 6th elementary grades I possessed a fascination with space, space exploration, the solar system and particularily the planet Saturn. at one point I wanted to be an Astronaut.

But those dreams slowly disappeared years later, however while reading your book I feel so enlightened and somewhat reassured when I checked all of your statements against my King James Version and found that the truth was there all of the time. and makes me think that maybe it was revealed to me years ago. but I let society sway me away from what was the truth.

Now I want to share this book with my brother and don't know how to go about it. please wish me luck and if there is any suggestion that you could make I will appreciate it very much.

As soon as I finish Revelations 2000, I am going to start Heaven Found and End of the Age.

My reply

I appreciate your kind words.

As for ministers knowing that The Revelation of Jesus Christ is written as if the Rapture is at hand, I don't think they are taught that in school. I figured that out with the Lord's help.

In school, ministers are taught that the interpretation of Rev. 1:19 is the key to the whole book, which it is, and then the professors miss the mark ever so slightly in explaining its meaning. Having heard a meaning that is so close to being right, it is understandable that the students do not question it. It sounds so right that I went along with it too, and missed what this verse is really saying for too many years to count. However, the difference is subtle. My own understanding has grown in stages, even since writing Revelations 2000. I learn more as I go along.

Rev. 1:19 says, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter." Quickly, we see in these the past, present and future.

In his book, "Revelation," Dr. M.R. De Haan (MD) said, "You will notice the three divisions here: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. 'The things which thou hast seen,' are chapter 1, the vision of the glorious Christ. 'The things which are,' cover the present age, the age of the Church. John lived during its early days, and we are living at the close of the same age, called here 'the things that are.' This division ends with chapter three with the Laodicean Church, and in chapter 4:1 the third division begins with the Rapture of the Church at the end of this present age, to be followed by the description of the Tribulation..."

In "Lectures on the Revelation," Dr. H.A. Ironside (Litt.D) said, "'The things which thou hast seen' are the things of chapter one--the first division of the Book of the Revelation.
"The things which are' follow in the next two chapters and make the second division. 'The things which are' have to do with the present dispensation. The seven churches give us a picture of the whole professing church's history from the apostolic period to the coming of the Lord Jesus....The church's history ends at the rapture... "'The things which shall be after these things,' chapters 4 to the end, make the third and last division of the book--the things which shall take place after the church's history ends--the great tribulation, the kingdom, and the eternal state."

In the above, "the things which are" are thought to cover this whole age, the whole dispensation, instead of just when the Rapture is "at hand." This is because Jesus looked back in time and described things in past church history so we could understand the group he was addressing. At the same time, it gave us the only outline of church history in the Bible. He accomplishes as much as he can in as few words as he can. He not only gave a glimpse of their past, he stretched it up to the present, when the Rapture is "at hand." He was looking first backward and then forward to describe each group. With Thyatira, he even looked beyond the Rapture when he said, "I will cast her...into great tribulation" (2:22).

In the Scofield Bible, Rev. C.I. Scofield (DD) said, "The three major divisions of Revelation must be clearly held if the interpretation is to be sane and coherent. John was commanded to "write" concerning three classes of 'things' (1.19); I. Things past, 'the things which thou hast seen,' i.e. THE PATMOS VISION, 1.1-20. II. Things present, 'the things which are,' i.e.things then existing--obviously THE CHURCHES... III. Things future,'things which shall be hereafter,' lit. 'after these,' i.e. AFTER THE CHURCH PERIOD ENDS, 4.1-22.21."

Here, the "things which are" are said to be "things then existing," meaning when John wrote all this down c.96AD.

In my book, Revelation 2000, I said, "He then tells John, 'Write the things which thou hast seen (the state of the churches), and the things which are (at the Rapture), and the things which shall be hereafter (Tribulation, Second Coming, etc., 'things which must shortly come to pass')."

That was in the ballpark, but still not reduced to the lowest common denominator.

Now, I see that it really boils down to this: The "things which thou hast seen" are the things before the Rapture, "the things which are" are at the time of the Rapture, and "the things which shall be hereafter" are after the Rapture. It is that simple.

Jesus Christ is revealed to us, the Bride of Christ, at the Rapture. Therefore the book of The Revelation is Rapture oriented. It is written "to shew unto HIS SERVANTS things which must SHORTLY come to pass" (1:1; 22:6). Think. What shortly follows the Rapture? the Tribulation. That fits our days, not 96 AD. The Tribulation did not shortly come to pass at the time this was written.

Shortly is "en (before) tachos" (a brief space of time). In our days, the Rapture will take place first, then after a brief space of time, the Tribulation will begin.

The Rapture is "at hand" in the first chapter (1:3) and in the last chapter (22:10). Jesus signs off with "Surely I come quickly" (22:20). He comes quickly at the Rapture (2:5). Rev. 22:6,7 says, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must SHORTLY be done. Behold, I come quickly." Thus, the things which must SHORTLY BE DONE in both the first and last chapter are the things when the Rapture is "at hand" (1:3; 22:10). This fits our days. The whole story told in Revelation is bookended by statements that fit the Rapture. In between, we find out what happens "hereafter" (4:1), but the story comes back to the Rapture at the end of the book. The blessing to those that "KEEP those things which are written" in 1:3 is repeated in the last chapter. Rev. 22:7 says, "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that KEEPETH the saying of the prophecy of this book." We are the ones who have the "blessed hope" and will "KEEP" the Rapture. Jesus said of John, "If I will that he tarry till I COME, what is that to thee?" (John 21:21). This coming Jesus was talking about is the Rapture. John was caused to act it out in The Revelation.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is like a dramatic production, a play. Jesus is the playwright, the author of the script. He decided on the time that it takes place. If he made a program to give an audience, it might read something like this:

Title: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ"
Author, Producer, and Director: Jesus Christ
Scenes: Earth and Heaven
Time: When the Rapture is at hand
Main actors: Jesus and John
Supporting cast: Angels
Narrator: John
Method of transmitting the script: A vision sent and signified by His angel to John

The setting: the time of the Rapture, was made by Christ. It is as if he stood on the pinnacle of the Rapture and looked both backward in time and forward in time to describe events. Understanding this helps us get more out of the prophecies than we would otherwise. We look at them from our viewpoint today, when the Rapture is "at hand." We do not wonder if they could have happened in 70 AD, or at any time along the way. We cut right to today and look at each description with fresh eyes, something the Laodiceans need to do. That's why the Lord told them to "anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (3:18).

I Cor. 10:11 shows that Scripture is written mainly for us today because we live when the prophecies of the end time are going to take place. It says, "Now all these things happened unto them (Israel) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world (ages) are come."

The first chapter is a Preview of the Rapture. Our movie directors show a short clip of things to come right at the beginning of a movie, then go back to the beginning and show the events as they unfold. Jesus did much the same thing. In the Preview, John became in the Spirit and was caught up to Heaven. There, he saw Jesus in a way he has never yet been seen on Earth. Around him were the seven churches. In his hand were the seven star performers of the churches. He had just snatched them up.

In Jesus' messages to the seven church groups, he is presented as he looked in the Preview of the Rapture. For instance, to Ephesus, he is "he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks."

In the first message, he is talking to young churches, as in the days of the apostolic church, but there are living people among those addressed. They are not all dead and gone. Some are alive today. They can repent and become overcomers.

Jesus looked at past church history from the vantage point of the Rapture. These seven messages draw on the past, but are particularly written to describe the state of the church today, when the Rapture is "at hand." That is why he said to Ephesus, "or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." He comes quickly at the Rapture.

We could think of Rev. 2 and 3 as Jesus' State of the Church message. It is directly aimed at the church of today, just before the Rapture. We had better read it and take heed before it is too late. He warns all seven, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (2:7,11,17,19; 3:6,13,22).

My prayers go with you.

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FWD: G-d's Appointed Seasons -- Yom HaKippurim
by Uri Marcus, Jerusalem (Nehemiah Trustees Covenant Fund)

DOING THE JEWISH THING

This concept has always been present and accessible, and is even PRAYED from our own Jewish Sidurim (Prayer Books), during the High Holiday liturgies. For those who have access to Hebrew/English prayer books, you may wish to note these instances and share them sometime with a Jewish person.

In the Yom Kippur Sidur used by all Orthodox Jews in every synagogue the world over, one can turn to the "Musaf Prayers" section (which in our version is on pg. 330) and find a striking rabbinic admission to the real meaning of Isaiah 53. In this section, you will find almost every element of the Gospel account in synthesized form. What is even more remarkable is that in side-by-side English/Hebrew versions of the Prayer Book, this ONE Prayer is NOT translated into English, but stands alone in Hebrew. Therefore, I have taken the liberty to translate it here:

"So since before the beginning, a habitation and Inon (Messiah) was established. A heavenly fortress (Talpiot -- The 3rd Heaven) was from the first, prepared before any nation or tongue. His dwelling "Atz" (Tree) is there to make authorization; to guide those in error into straight paths; the wicked with the witnesses [against them] were washed and were preceded with a credit. Anger with passion contained in His threats, still the Holy One doesn't arouse His fury: Our oppression being carried out upon us until now, our troubles upon us, are not overcoming. We have turned from Mashiach our Righteousness, we are shaken and there is no one to justify us: for our iniquities and crimes there is a burden and He was profaned for our crimes: He bears our sins on His shoulders, finds pardon for our iniquities; there is a healing for us in His fellowship (or in His stripes); an eternal new creation has a time for its creation: A hand is elevated, from Se'ir (the land of Esav) He is pulled out: a hearing for us from Mt. Lebanon, occures a second time by the hand of Inon (Mashiach).
"Inon," by the way, is one of the many Names given to the Mashaich in the Tenach, but the common denominators are that His name is eternal. For something to be eternal, not only does it have to be there at the beginning of time, but it has to be there at the end of time as well, for He shall reign over all the earth, from one location on the earth, namely Yerushalayim.

"His Name has endured forever from before the sun. His name is Yinon, and all are blessed through Him. All the nations acknowledge Him. (Mizmor [Psalm] 72:17)

The same thing occures in the Rosh HaShana Sidur, which was used last week. In our version, on page 168, just after the first round of Shofarim are sounded, we read the following text:

"May it be Your will and the good pleasure before You, that the blasting of the T'kiah, Sh'farim & Teru'ot (various Shofar sounds) that we sound-out, will be embroidered upon the Veil by means of the commander (Tarti-El -- of angels) in accordance with the Name that you have received by way of Eliyahu (the Prophet), may his name and memory be blessed, AND YESHUA, THE MINISTER BEFORE THE FACE OF G-D, AND MINISTER BEFORE THE THRONE, and may you cause a filling up in compassions to come upon us. Blessed are You, Master of compassions."
Note the word "Yeshua" above. This is exactly how the word is spelled in the text, which is identical to the name of Yeshua, in the Hebrew NT. Usually the word for salvation in Hebrew only appears in its female form in the Tenach and in Prayer Books, but stikingly, here it appears in its Male form.

WHAT IS IN A NAME?

...Now in order to demonstrate the link between "The Name" and the Redemption, the Salvation, the People and the Land, we can start from a text in Bereshit (Genesis):

"She (Leah) conceived again, and bore a son and declared, 'This time let me gratefully praise HaShem,' and therefore she called his name Yehuda [Judah]." (Bereshit [Genesis] 29:35)

In this text, we have the first appearance of the word "Yehuda," or "Judah" in English....

In short, Yehuda means "praise." It can also mean "thanksgiving," for the word "thanks" in Hebrew is derived from same root. The very same word can also denote "confession of the name of the Lord, or of sin." But most fascinating is the fact that Yehuda may well be one of the only Hebrew words in existence which contains the very name of the Holy One of Israel, blessed be He, the unpronounceable tetragramaton.

Yehuda is comprised of five Hebrew letters which are:

Yud-Heh-Vav-Dalet-Heh.

If we remove the Dalet (or open the door -- "door in Hebrew is "Delet"), then that which remains is the name of G-d, as revealed to Moshe Rabbenu (Moses our teacher) at Har (Mount) Sinai. Continuing along these lines, we discover then, that not only did Leah's fourth son bear the name "Yehuda," but that this man's progeny later became the greatest tribe representing the nation of Israel, and in fact became the focus of the biblical narrative of redemption through which all mankind would eventually be blessed.

To Wander No Longer

Many people are aware that from the word "Yehuda" we get the word "Yehudi" or "Jew." It is therefore no coincidence that the Land of Yehuda (Judah) later became synonymous with the Land of Israel. So we see that the name Yehuda bears a direct connection both to the Jewish People and to our Land, which G-d deeded to His People. Back in the same Genesis text, the link in the promise of the Land is suggested in 28:15: "...and I will bring you back to this Land."

Now, let us take this one step further. We have G-d's name written in the name Yehuda. We have Yehuda connected to a People and to a Land. The next amazing connection is that Yehuda forms the path to Mashiach! The number four in Scripture is always the number of Messiah. Yehuda was the fourth son of Leah. Our sages understood Malachi 4:2 as revealing that Mashiach would appear during the fourth day of Jewish history (the Jewish years 3001 to 4000). Yeshua was in fact born in the year 4000 (about 3 BCE.). Further in Bereshit 49:10, we are reminded that "The scepter will not depart from Yehuda, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his."

With the greatest of clarity, our LORD wove together all these themes -- the Name of G-d, a People, a Land, and a Redemption -- when He announced to Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon), before the split of his nation, the encouraging decree that "if MY PEOPLE, who are called by MY NAME, will humble themselves and pray and seek MY FACE and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will FORGIVE THEIR SIN and will HEAL THEIR LAND." (2 Chronicles 7:14 )...

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I just wanna say to You that you are right in believing in the end of times... But there are two possiblities:

1- wait, and then die, and then come before your god or in whatever U believe
2- prepare, prepare to survive a global dissaster, like I do.

I'm preparing since 1997. Ther is a lot of work but I believe that I will arrive.

* (okay, sorry that I make a lot of faults when I write in english...
...so what I want to say is that U have perhaps the posibility to do something to survive.

I know ( I think I know !!) when the END happend and I know some places on the earth were it is possible to survive...

...I don't know why I write this do U, perhaps because I only have a few persons with I can speak about that. The knowing about the End comes not from me but from a friend who had a prophecy and who is also preparing the END (since 15 years !!!!). That person has moved from one country to my country only because he think it is better to survive. He had lost everything for that.

So, I hope that U cando something with the above written, otherwise, simply forget it and delete it.

...and dont't think I'm crazy, accept my opinion, if I wrong I will certenly learn something about that.

All that was a great great changing for my, all my dreams were lost, but on the other side I knowed that it will be like this...crazy.

Ok, I wish U all the best. ciao

My reply

Thanks for writing. Hard times are coming. When Joseph was in Egypt, there were seven good years and then seven bad years. They were an example for us today. We are now living in the seven good years before the seven bad years called the Tribulation. If we are having problems now, they are nothing compared to what is coming.

First, there is a problem with the way computers are programed. The programers put the last two digits for the date instead of all four digits to save memory. It was a huge mistake. When the year 2000 rolls around, the computers won't know the difference between 1900 and 2000. There are far more lines of code to be fixed than can be done in time. It is uncertain what all will fail. From the most at-risk mainline computers used by governments to computer chips in Pacemakers, all are at risk. Banks are at risk. Utilities are at risk. If utilities fail, and that is very likely, it will be hard to fix computers without power. It will be a disaster for the world economy. We call it the Y2K bug, for the (Y)ear (2)(K) thousand.

The Y2K problem will probably be the thing that will cause the nations to set up an even stronger world government than we have now. Wicked leaders will try to control everyone's life. No one will even be allowed to buy or sell unless they take the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18, in the Bible). Those who take the Mark are in big trouble. The wrath of our holy God will fall on unbelievers near the end of the seven-year Tribulation. Rev. 14:9-11 warns, "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."

The "king of terrors" (Job 18:14,15) will strike Earth on the Day of God's Wrath. Two pieces of an asteroid will impact Earth and wipe out civilization as we know it. One piece is "a great mountain burning with fire" (Rev. 8:8) that will be cast into the Mediterranean Sea (Zeph. 2:4,5). The other piece is "a great star (aster) from heaven, burning as it were a lamp" (Rev. 8:10). It will obliterate Babylon on the Euphrates (Rev. 18:21) and hurt Egypt so badly that no one will live there for the next 40 years (Ezek. 29:11,12). There will be a worldwide earthquake and every wall will fall (Ezek. 38:18-22). In that day, men will say "to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne (Jesus Christ), and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Rev. 6:16,17).

The chances of you being able to stand in that day are slim. However, the Lord Jesus Christ has given us a way out of all of this. It is called the Rapture. But, before I tell you more about how he can save us from the Tribulation, I'd better tell you how he can save us from Hell. He can be our Saviour in more ways than one.

Without Jesus, we are on a slick slide into Hell anyway. We are all sinners, and the soul that sinneth shall die (Ezek. 18:4). Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment due us for our sins. If we believe in him, our sins are forgiven and we are saved from Hell.

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Rom. 10:9,10,13 says "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation....For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

If you have not done so before, why not pray and tell Jesus you accept him as your own personal Saviour?

On top of Salvation, for believers, Jesus offers "the blessed hope" (Titus 2:13), the Rapture. After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, he said, "In my Father's house (Heaven) are many mansions (dwelling places): if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 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" (Jn. 14:2,3). The Rapture is when he comes in the air to catch us up and take us to Heaven.

"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" (I Thess. 4:16-18).

In Rev. 3:10, Jesus tells the church (believers) that he will keep us from the trial that will come upon the whole world, the Tribulation. It says, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee FROM the hour of temptation (pierasmos, trial), which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."

Instead of digging in for the worst, we have our blessed hope of being taken to Heaven before we have to die and before we have to go through the trial that is coming during the seven bad years, the Tribulation, and probably the Y2K problem as well. That is an offer we should not turn down.

When we first believe in Christ, all our old sins are wiped off the books. We are given a fresh start. When we sin afterward, we must confess that sin to God. When we do, he is "faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9). By keeping ourselves pure this way, we are as wise virgins waiting for the Bridegroom (Christ) to come take us up to his Father's house.

> But there are two possiblities:
> 1- wait, and then die, and then come before your god or in whatever U believe
> 2- prepare, prepare to survive a global dissaster, like I do.

I do not want to be here to even try to survive this global disaster. Why not accept Christ as your Saviour and be caught up to Heaven before the disaster hits?

> ...I don't know why I write this do U

The Lord knows. He wants you to know that there is a way out besides your preparations for surviving the coming global disaster. Soon after the disaster, Christ will return to Earth and separate the people into those called "sheep" and those called "goats" (Mt. 25:22). The sheep will live on into the Millennium. To the goats, he will say, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt. 25:41). Even if you survive the disaster, if you do not accept Christ, you will end up losing everything, even your own soul.

If you do accept Christ, you will rule with him in his kingdom. We are to be kings and priests (Rev. 1:6; 5:10). Please write and tell me you truly believe in Christ.

> all my dreams were lost

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Accept Christ and dream of the wonderful eternal life you can have in Heaven, a far better place.

The Oslo peace accords were signed on Sept. 13, 1993. The seven good years probably run from Sept. 13, 1993 to Sept. 13, 2000. The seven bad years probably run from Sept. 13, 2000 to Sept. 13, 2007. I think that last date is the day of catastrophe.

I also think that the Rapture may take place next May 23, on the Feast of Pentecost. Be ready just in case.

May God pour out his blessings on you.

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