Pro and Con 23

Incoming Email

FYI: Came across this im my email today - am passing this along for your Pro and Con list (I would also like to read your response, if you have time). There is always an excitement in trying to understand the ways and the timing of the Lord....

My reply

I got the same email. This writer does not really understand II Thessalonians 2:2,3. He said,

> "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until
> the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed
> to destruction."
>
> The "day" referred to is "the day of the Lord" from verse 2 and,
> according to verse 1, most specifically concerns that part of The Day which
> involves the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him.

He is quoting from the NIV. In other writings of his that he sent me, I found out that he thinks the man of sin is to be revealed before the Rapture takes place and that the Rapture will be Nisan 21 in the second year of the Tribulation. He also said, "I've known for some time that dead people aren't in heaven with the Lord right now...no man is alive in heaven right now except Jesus." I disagree on all counts. The last is at odds with II Cor. 5:8's "absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

The Day of the Lord is the Millennium, and it cannot come until after Elijah comes, and he prophesies during the first 1260 days of the Tribulation. Therefore, the Day of the Lord does not begin at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture.

Malachi 4:5 says, "I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE the great and dreadful day of the LORD."

According to II Thess. 2:2,3, the Day of the Lord cannot come until after two other things take place. First, there must be the DEPARTING (the Rapture), and second, the man of sin (the False Prophet) must be revealed.

The word translated "the rebellion" in the NIV and "a falling away" in the KJV, is "apostasia." It means departing and was so translated in older versions: Tyndale's Version, the Beza translation, the Coverdale Bible and the Great Bible.

I agree with Avi Ben Mordichai in his assessmant of the Greek "apostasia" in II Thess. 2:3. He said, "Because Sha'ul [Paul] was a biblical and talmudic scholar, I believe he understood apostasia to mean a 'violent snatching away.' Compare these root definitions of apostasia from Thayer's Greek lexicon...where of a whole some part is taken...Considering an ancient Hebrew perspective, the separation makes better sense when understood as a snatching away and not a falling away....He is saying the violent 'snatching-away' or separation (what many Bible translators call the rebellion or falling away) is really the resurrection and rapture. Sequentially, Sha'ul says this must happen first, and then the false mashiach will arise and deceive the people." ("Signs in the Heavens," pages 328,9).

The Rapture must take place and the Holy Spirit's restraining force be taken out of the way, before the False Prophet can be revealed. He is revealed at the same time that Elijah appears, as the Tribulation begins. This is the day the Beast and False Prophet confirm the seven-year peace treaty.

At the Pre-Trib Rapture, Christ calls his saints himself, saying to his Bride, "Come up hither" (Rev. 1:10,11; 4:1). At the Pre-Wrath Rapture, he sends his angels (Mark 13:27). This was portrayed when the Lord stayed behind with Abraham when he sent two angels to bring Lot out of Sodom.

The first Rapture is as the days of Noah, the second as the days of Lot. All the people that went into the Ark were married. Even the animals went in two by two. Lot's wife didn't make it out with him....

Incoming Email, Re: AWESOME PROPHECY SITE

YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL WEB SITE, I AM A YOUTH LEADER OF A CHRISTIAN YOUTH CLUB AND KNOWING JUST HOW SOON JESUS IS RETURNING ONLY DRIVES ME HARDER TO SHARE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH TEENAGERS SO MANY TEENAGERS NEED TO KNOW JESUS AS THEIR SAVIOR. KEEP SPREADING THE WORD THAT JESUS IS RETURNING NEXT SPRING IN 1998, THERE ARE SO MANY SIGNS OCCURING NOW WHICH SHOW US THAT JESUS RETURN FOR US IN THE RAPTURE IS SO NEAR- YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE BLIND NOT TO SEE THEM ALL. I AM MAILING YOU A 1998 RAPTURE TRACT A MINISTER IN LAS VEGAS HAS PRINTED ABOUT THE RAPTURE BEING IN 1998. I THINK THAT JESUS IS USING ANYONE HE CAN IN THESE LAST DAYS TO GET HIS MESSAGE OUT THAT HE IS RETURNING VERY SOON!!! TAKE CARE AND KEEP UP THE TERRIFIC WEB SITE!!!

My reply

Thank you very much...

Another researcher has turned up some more Bible Codes. Among them are Sivan 6, Shavot (Pentecost), Rapture, 1998, Escape, Tribulation, Heaven, Resurrection, Enoch, all within Genesis 30-34. It is very interesting. I hope to be able to post more about this soon.

Incoming Email

Just stumbled onto your site and was surprised to see Pentecost 1998! It's also the time that I've been thinking about. I am amillenial - and believe that when Christ comes it is the end of this world. If Israel is the fig tree, and they are celebrating their jubilee next spring, then they are a picture of the spiritual Israel of God celebrating our jubille of heaven!

Do you think the "two years before the earthquake" in Amos could be pointing to the two years before the year 2000, which the world is so focused on right now? Especially since the "two years before the earthquake" is a picture of judgement in Amos.

My reply

I don't know how you can believe the Bible and not believe there is a Millennium. Israel is promised the Earth. The lion shall lie down with the lamb. Israel will become as the Garden of Eden. Christ will be King. People will live and reign "with Christ a thousand years" (Rev. 20:4). Satan will be chained a "thousand years" (Rev. 20:3); "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth" (Rev. 20:7,8).

If Christ comes as "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19:16), what is he King over if there is no Millennium?

Anyway, I think the worldwide earthquake is to hit September 13, 2007 (the Jewish Tishri 1, 5768, the Feast of Trumpets). Amos 8:9,10 says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: And I will turn your feasts into mourning." Two years before that would be in 2005.

Amos 9:11 says, "In that day (the millennial Day of the Lord) will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old." You can tell right here that there is something going on during the Millennium.

I pray for the Lord to increase your understanding as you study His word. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand

Incoming Email

Marilyn, tell me, if these Holy Days were under the old covenant [Jewish traditions], being now the new covenant church, is it fair for me to ask why we still celebrate these days? I will submit that Christ gave its spirit but under the old covenant, please explain

My reply

The Feast days were to show when certain events would take place. They were "moedim," appointment days, rehearsal days. They have already been established by the Lord with the Israelites. Therefore, it is not up to us to establish them. So, we can keep them or not keep them, whatever we want to do.

In the Old Testament, there was "a multitude that kept holyday" (Psa. 42:4). In the New Testament, Paul said, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ" (Col. 2:16,17).

Either way, we should keep in mind what the Feasts stand for, especially here at the end of this age. The spring feasts of Nisan had to do with the First Advent. Pentecost has to do with the Church. The fall feasts of Tishri have to do with the end of this age and the beginning of the Millennium.

Commemorative Feasts will be kept during the Millennium. After the Lord returns "In the first month, in the first day of the month" the sanctuary will be cleansed (Ezek. 45:18). Following that, "In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover."

During the Millennium, all nations will keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Zech 14:16 says, "And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles."

Incoming Email, Re: Your page about the rapture in 1998


Dear sister, I am touched by your sincerity and your hard work, but you are quite mistaken.

You have taken Revelations 3:3 out of context. It is not talking about the rapture but about God "coming upon" the church of Sardis to visit judgment on it individually. And Matthew 24:36 cannot be explained away by claiming that Jesus meant only that nobody knew back then. Jesus's words are not temporary; they are eternal, and they still mean today what they meant back then. Were that not true, modernists would have every right to take just about everything Jesus and the apostles ever taught, and say it only applied to the first century. What you have done with the Word on this point is very dangerous.

Scripture makes it clear that we are to watch-but not for the purpose of predicting the time of His coming. We are to watch only so that, in a state of constant alertness and hope, we may be careful to remain in Him as the time approaches.

Under no circumstances whatsoever will Christ return on Pentecost Sunday, 1998, or on any other day that year. In fact, He will not return for at least another 40 years.

If what I say does not come true, then I am a false prophet, and you may feel free to call me such to my face or to anyone who reads your page.... You are welcome to contact me at any time, and make any response you feel necessary.

I want to reiterate that I do not say any of this to denigrate you. You are a sincere Christian who has studied hard to understand some important truths. But we all make mistakes, and you have gone off the path. But God loves you, and I pray that He will continue to bless you.

My reply

I appreciate your opinion, but I honestly do not see how you can think things can go on another 40 years. Israel grew leaves in the Six-Day War of 1967 (Gaza, West Bank, Golan Heights, Sinai). This started the countdown of the last generation. In 1967, Israel was 19 years old. This was the maximum time that she could still be considered young ("apalos," translated "tender" [KJV] in the Fig Tree Parable of Mt 24:32-34).

The 19-year limit was set when they came out of Egypt and started their 40-year wilderness wandering. All those males 20 and up were counted, and all of those except Joshua and Caleb died in the desert on the way. The 19-year-olds went with Joshua (Jesus in Greek) into the promised land after the 40 years.

"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world (ages) are come" (I Cor. 10:11).

When they came out of Egypt, Israel was born as a nation. She was reborn as a nation in 1948. (1948 + 19 = 1967 + 40 = 2007)

Please tell me how you figure another 40 years can go by. Do you have blinders on? We now have about one earthquake a day. Even a MARC is now on the scene. Two banks in Canada are introducing it. You can put money in, but you cannot get money out, only credit.

> You have taken Revelations 3:3 out of context. It is not talking about
> the rapture but about God "coming upon" the church of Sardis to visit
> judgment on it individually.

Rev. 3:3,6 says, "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....He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (plural)."

> Jesus's words are not temporary; they are eternal, and they still mean today
> what they meant back then.

Absolutely! and he said "knoweth." That is present tense. He did not say we would never know.

> We are to watch only so that, in a state of constant alertness and hope, we may be
> careful to remain in Him as the time approaches.

More than this, we should be in Him and be filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. The Laodiceans are in Him, but not filled with oil. They will be spewed out of his mouth for chastisement during the Tribulation.

This is not to say that they will be lost. At the end of the Shortened Tribulation, all that call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, either to live on into the Millennium or to be taken to Heaven in the second Rapture.

However, only those that go to Heaven in the first Rapture are the Bride of Christ. It is as the days of Noah. All people on the Ark were married. Even the animals went in two by two. BTW, the Jewish year 5758 (our 1998) is an acronym for "the season of Noah." The last two letters spell Noah. The second Rapture is as the days of Lot. His wife failed to make it.

God loves all believers and will keep them all in the palm of his hand. He paid the price to buy them from the slave market of sin. All that remains is for him to choose who is part of the Bride of Christ and who is the rest of the Body of Christ. We live in a time of testing. Forty means testing and probation. Thus, when we see him in the preview of the Rapture, he has a "sharp twoedged sword" coming out of his mouth (Rev. 1:16).

"But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder (cut him off), and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers" (Luke 12:45,46).

This portion with the unbelievers is the Tribulation. The "sharp twoedged sword" cuts off the Laodiceans for chastisement along with the unbelievers. However, they will be caught up just before the wrath of God is poured out on unbelievers. That day is the first day of the millennial Day of the Lord. I think it will be on Tishri 1, 5768, our September 13, 2007. Thus "ye shall have tribulation ten days" of Rev. 2:10 would refer to the ten-year period from 5758 to 5768. The word translated days can mean years.

> If what I say does not come true, then I am a false prophet

I do not count you a false prophet. You did not say, "Thus saith the Lord." These are your own opinions, as mine are my own opinions. They can be right or wrong. If God says something, it is going to come true 100%. If we say something, it may come true or it may not.

I pray that the Lord will help you understand the scriptures correctly.

His reply

...I see I did not make myself clear, and you have tried to be courteous and give me the benefit of the doubt. Yes, it is true, I didn't say "Thus saith the Lord," but that is what I meant, and that is what I should have said.

So let me be clear, and stipulate the same condition. I say what I say, about the Lord not returning for 40 years, because that is what the Lord said to me. It does not put me in the position of contradicting Matthew 24:36 nor of trying to say when He will come; it only states a limit within which He will not return.

Thus, what I said next is also true. If what I say does not come to pass, I am a false prophet. And although I don't feel particularly led at this time to publish these views on a web page, I would be willing to state them publicly, and if the Lord tells me to do so, I will.

> My third book, Revelations 2000, will be published by Avon Books
> January 1. Books should be in the bookstores mid December. >>

I am very sorry to hear it, believe me. You will be abashed when the things in your books do not come to pass, and why should you suffer such a thing?

My reply

You have made your position clearer, but it scares me for your sake. Are any prophets supposed to come before Elijah and Moses? It seems to me that you are putting yourself in a dangerous situation unnecessarily. How did the Lord say this to you? Please explain.

Numbers 12:6 says, "And he (the LORD) said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream."

I am not a prophet. Are you?

I have to take my chances because I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2. It said to publish and conceal not. That was some time after He woke me and said, "Be still and know that I am God." ...

His reply

Marilyn, thank you again for your thoughtful comments. My reply will be brief, and I almost regret that because it may seem terse or discourteous. I do not wish to seem so, but I will say what I feel the Lord wants me to say.

Here is the crux of your letter, as I see it:

> << Numbers 12:6 says, "And he (the LORD) said, Hear now my
> words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself
> known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream."
>
> I am not a prophet. Are you? >>

Yes. I am.

Moses and Elijah occupy a unique position. But there are other prophets, and I am one. And yes, the Lord communicates with me in visions and dreams.

I might or might not be inclined to say more, but the Lord forbids it.

Thank you again for being so thoughtful as to keep explaining your views, and may the Lord richly bless you.

My reply

Can you tell me how you figure that Christ will not return within the next 40 years?

His reply, RE: Your page about the rapture in 1998

Marilyn, again, your question gets right to the heart of the matter, and I appreciate that:

The best answer is that I don't figure. That is, I did not come up with this through the study of prophecy or types, although both are certainly worthwhile areas of study. In fact, someone else I know, though her formal education was limited by circumstances, is a great deal more well read in that sort of thing, especially as it relates to Hebrew festivals, than I am.

Again, I assert this position, that the Lord will not return for 40 years, because that is what He told me. Obviously, there is no way I can prove that He told me this. But as we are both aware, Scripture prescribes waiting to see if what a prophet says comes true, as one test of his legitimacy.

I will try to share a couple of things, if the Lord does not check me. Again, in themselves, they prove nothing. If the Lord has anything to say to you through me, then He will have to impress them on you. It would be futile for me to try to "prove" anything to you....

Incoming Email

I have read some of your material at your web page, and want to thank you for all the hard work you put into it to make it available for the public to read.

I recently read Lyn Mize's book, "The Open Door", in which he sets forth a very good case for a firstfruits rapture. Perhaps you have heard of his work. He also believes it will be on May 31, 1998, and appears to have arrived at that date totally independently of your work. In any case, it was very interesting to come across your material, after having read Lyn's book.

I was sharing the concept of the firstfruits rapture with a friend while we were on the way to the Promise Keepers "Stand in the Gap" sacred assembly in Washington DC last weekend. He had never heard of this teaching before, but he did raise one interesting objection to the use of Revelation 3:10 as an indication of a pre-trib rapture. He pointed out that the Greek is more correctly translated "keep you through" rather than "keep you from" the hour of trial. In his view, in strictly translating the Greek, the verse more correctly promises that we as believers will be kept safe through the tribulation, rather than removed from it.

I was wondering if you had any comments or thoughts on the point he raised. It was somewhat disturbing to me, because I am leaning toward believing the teaching on the firstfruits rapture, but I also want that belief to be on solid Biblical ground.

My reply

I am glad you like my Web site.

As for Lyn Mize's book, "The Open Door," in which he sets forth a very good case for a firstfruits rapture on May 31, 1998, I have not read it. How does he figure the time?

You said that your friend pointed out that the Greek is more correctly translated "keep you through" rather than "keep you from" the hour of trial in Rev. 3:10. I don't think so.

The word used is "ek." It is translated "out of" in Green's Interlinear. He said, "I also will keep you OUT OF the hour of trial which is about to come on the whole world to try those who live on the earth." Why would the Philadelphians have the open door set before them if they were in fact facing the closed door like the Laodiceans?

"Ek" denotes origin, the point whence motion or action proceeds, from, out of, from among, out from among, exit or emission out of, as separation from, from out of, out from, forth from, from the midst of a group of many, of any kind of separation or dissolution of connection with a thing or person, to keep one at a distance from. See Strong's Concordance and Thayer's Lexicon.

Exodus 12:27 describes the Passover in Egypt: "when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses." The Hebrew word translated "delivered" is "natzal," to snatch away, rapture. House reminds us of Heb. 3:6, "whose house are we." Therefore, when Ex. 12:22 says, "take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood...and strike the lintel (top of the doorway) and the TWO sideposts," it is a picture of the Body of Christ. The top represents Christ the head of the Body of Christ. He has already gone up to Heaven. I think that striking one sidepost represents the Pre-Trib Rapture of the Bride of Christ. Striking the other sidepost represents the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the rest of the Body of Christ.

The first Rapture is as the days of Noah. All the people on the Ark were married. Even the animals went in two by two. They went in and then had to wait seven days before the rain fell that destroyed the unbelievers. This seven days represents the seven-year Tribulation. Judgment falls at the end.

Luke 17:26f talks about the days of Noah and mentions that "they married wives, they were given in marriage." There is no fire and brimstone mentioned.

The second Rapture is as the days of Lot. His wife didn't make it. No marriage is mentioned in Luke 17:29, "But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all."

The top of the door was touched with blood first. Then one touch on the door post came before the other. I expect the first touch next Pentecost and the second the first day of the millennial Day of the Lord.

The feasts truly are rehearsals. The spring feasts in Nisan represented the First Advent. Pentecost belongs to the Church. The fall feasts in Tishri have to do with the end of this age and the beginning of the Millennium.

We are the "FIRST of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God" on Pentecost (Ex. 23:16,19).

Christ ascended 40 days after the Resurrection. The Bride of Christ will, I believe, ascend on Pentecost, the 50th day after the anniversary of the Resurrection. The rest of the Body of Christ will ascend on the Feast of Trumpets that begins the Millennium.

His reply

Thank you for your detailed answer to my question. Of course, your answer makes a lot of sense. My first problem was, I took my friend's Greek scholarship for granted, instead of being skeptical on his major premise.

To answer your question about how Lyn Mize arrived at the May 31, 1998 date, I should clarify and say that the book itself only lays out the case for the firstfruits rapture, without settling on that date. However, he has been looking for the firstfruits rapture each Pentecost since 1994, and when it didn't occur this past Pentecost, he is now looking at May 31, 1998. He feels that it must be on Pentecost to fulfill the type of the firstfruits. There is no detailed time calculation, such as you have presented.

The book, however, does a masterful job of presenting the firstfruits rapture, aside from the actual date. He contrasts the Philadelphia church with the other churches, similar to you, and he titles the book "The Open Door" based upon that open door for the Philadelphia church in Revelation. He also uses Luke 21:36 , where Jesus tells us to "watch and pray, that you might be counted worthy to escape all these things, and to stand before the Son of Man."

He also makes a good point, about the apostle Paul striving to attain a "better" resurrection. Why would he do that? It is easily understood when we remember that while salvation is by grace, our rewards are according to our works.

He also covers the Olivet discourse, and the parable of the ten virgins, and also the yearly feast calendar in a very challenging and compelling way. The type of the firstfruits is a very strong part of his presentation for the firstfruits rapture.

Incoming Email, Re: Firstfruits Rapture

I REALLY ENJOY YOUR STUDIES AND WRITINGS. PLEASE COMMENT ON THE PROS AND CONS OF A ROSH HASHANA 1998 COMING OF JESUS.

My reply

I am glad to hear that you really enjoy my writing.

The feasts were/are rehearsals of things to come. The spring feasts, in the Jewish month of Nisan, had to do with Christ's first advent. Pentecost has to do with the Church. The fall feasts, in Tishri, have to do with the beginning of the Millennium.

Rosh HaShanah is the Feast of Trumpets. I believe that Tishri 1, 5768 (our September 13, 2007), is the first day of the Millennium. That is when this feast will be fulfilled. It will be a day like NO OTHER--ever. Christ will receive his golden crown, the Marriage of the Lamb and the Judgment Seat of Christ will take place, and the Tribulation saints will be caught up to Heaven. All this takes place in Heaven. On Earth, the united nations army attacks Israel, and the Lord's fury comes up in his face (Ezek. 38:18). His wrath is poured out on unbelievers when Israel blows the alarm on the trumpets.

Revelation 11:17-18 says of this one day, "We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come (the Second Advent is still seven months in the future):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, 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."

A mountain-sized piece of what seems to be a binary asteroid hits in the Mediterranean Sea. Rev. 8:8 says that "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."

Ezek. 38:19f says, "Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 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 (sight), and the mountains (plural) shall be thrown down...I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands...an overflowing rain (shower, i.e., 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 (the Sign of the Son of Man is seen), and they shall know that I am the LORD."

This mountain will hit at noon, "For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast" (Zeph. 2:4,5).

The other "aster" (Rev. 8:10) will also hit at noon. It will rain upon the False Prophet while he is eating (Job 20:23) and wipe out Babylon.

All this takes place on the Feast of Trumpets. Joel 2:1-2 says, "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; A day of darkness...of thick darkness...a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more."

My point is this. If the Feast of Trumpets has this kind of fulfillment, even the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Tribulation Saints, I doubt very much that it would have had a previous fulfillment at the Pre-Trib Rapture of the Bride of Christ.

We are called "wheat" (Mt. 18:24,25), and Pentecost is the wheat harvest. The Feast of Trumpets is the vintage, the grape harvest.

We are the "FIRST of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God." We will be brought into the Lord's house on Pentecost (Ex. 23:16,19). Remember that the offering on Pentecost was two loaves, suggesting a double fulfillment. Leviticus 23:17 says, "Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave-loaves...they are the firstfruits unto the LORD."

The Holy Spirit descended on the Church on Pentecost in 30 A.D. Thus the Church was born in this world as a type of the Church being born into a new world when the Bride of Christ is complete.

Israel was betrothed to God at Sinai on Pentecost (Jer. 2:2). Mount Sinai represented Heaven.

I knew that Mount Sinai represented Heaven, but I learned more about this from Avi Ben Mordechai. On page 276 in his "Signs in the Heavens," he has this rich nugget: "Exodus 19:17: Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. [Literally in Hebrew: Tachtit--underneath the mountain as in the mountain being in the air and floating above the people]." I love this picture.

At the fulfillment of Pentecost, the Laodiceans will be left behind (Rev. 3:16). This fits Pentecost. Lev. 23:22 says, "And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field."

My heartfelt thanks to all who like my Web Site. God's wonderful blessings on you all. May we meet at the assembly in Heaven right after the Rapture.

In Christ,
Marilyn
(Mrs.) Marilyn J. Agee


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