Pro and Con 243

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Note: My heartfelt thanks to those that have helped me out. I want to thank each individually, but this week, I am pressed for time to get everything I should do done. I have a drapery sewing job, swags and cascades, to make by Friday. I don't have enough tape, so it means a trip to the fabric store. A bolt broke on my serger, so I have to go to the hardware store. My daughter just called and the hospital says my mother-in-law will have to go into a different facility to get more care than where she has been living. Ed got Cardiac Rehab yesterday, but they are to notify us if he gets more. My week is full either way that goes. If he doesn't get more Rehab, he still has to walk at the mall five times a week.

Incoming Email

I was reading a book by Daymond R. Duck and he mentioned "ten days of awe" or "ten days of repentance" as a period of time after the Rapture until Christ's second coming. I've been reading about end times for almost 20 years and never heard of this before. I was wondering if you are familiar with this "theory". The time line would be as follows:

Rapture
3 Years pass before the beginning of the Tribulation
7 Years of tribulation
Second Coming

If you are familiar with it, could you pass along any scripture that would apply. Thank you so much for your time.

My reply

There are ten days of awe, or repentance, between the Feast of Trumpets on Tishri 1 and the Day of Atonement on Tishri 10. I don't think they especially have to do with the Pre-Trib Rapture, which I believe will be on Pentecost, or even the Pre-Wrath Rapture, which I believe will be on the Feast of Trumpets.

I think they apply particularly to the Israelites who will live on into the millennial Day of the Lord. They will have missed both Raptures, and then, on the first day of the Millennium, will come to their senses and accept Christ as their Messiah. This is the day when all Israel will be born in a day (Isa. 66:8). After the catastrophe on this Day of God's Wrath, the day the seven trumpet judgments are cast on Earth, they will afflict their souls and be accepted by the Lord on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:27).

> Rapture
> 3 Years pass before the beginning of the Tribulation
> 7 Years of tribulation
> Second Coming

There are also the ten days of Rev. 2:10: "ye shall have tribulation ten days." The word "days" can mean years. The meaning is to be determined by the context. This may apply to the Tribulation saints. If the Pre-Trib Rapture takes place on Pentecost in 1999, the three years of Lu. 13:7 could be 1999, 2000 and 2001 (Jewish 5759, 5760 and 5761), counted by Jewish inclusive reckoning. The other year mentioned in the parable of the barren fig tree could be the first year of the Tribulation, while the peace holds under the rulership of the false prince of peace (Rev. 6:2). War breaks out when the second seal is broken (Rev. 6:3,4).

I think the seven-year Tribulation, Seventieth Week of Daniel, will begin on Pentecost/the Feast of Weeks in 2001. I believe that the Pre-Wrath Rapture for the Tribulation saints will take place as this age ends on Elul 29, 5767, and the Millennium begins on Tishri 1, 5768 (our Sept. 13, 2007). This could be counted as seven years by inclusive reckoning (5761, 5762, 5763, 5764, 5765, 5766, and 5767).

The ten years referred to in Rev. 2:10 could be 5759, 5760, 5761, 5762, 5763, 5764, 5765, 5766, 5767, and 5768. The Second Coming is not until Nisan 1, 5768. After the day of catastrophe, the Jews bury the dead 7 months to cleanse the land for the Lord's return (Ezek. 39:12). Thus the last year must be a Jewish leap year, and 5768 is a leap year.

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THIS MUST SOUND LIKE AN AKWARD INTEREST, BUT I WONDER ABOUT THE DETAILS OF FUTURE SPIRITUAL LIFE. I, FOR QUITE SOME TIME HAVE BELIEVED IN A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. JUST TODAY I ROLLED PAST A FEW WED SITES TEACHING TWO RAPTURES BASED ON THE PARABLE OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH VIRGINS AND IN ONLY MINUTES OF TEACHING AND SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE, I WAS CONVINCED. NOW HOWEVER, I SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE MECHANICS OF HEAVEN. YOU SAY THE 2ND RAPTURE SAINTS ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST BUT NOT THE BRIDE. DOES THIS MEAN THAT THEY WILL NOT REIGN WITH HIM? HOW ARE THE SECOND RAPTURE SAINTS DIFFERENT FROM THE 1ST OTHER THAN WHAT TIME THEY GOT TO HEAVEN? HAVE YOU READ REVELATION 20:4? WHAT SPECIAL PRIVILAGES DO THEY 1ST RAPTURE--BRIDE SAINTS HAVE? WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE TRIBULATION SAINTS. ALSO, BEING LEFT OUT OF IMPORTANCE OFTEN ARE THE 144,000. WHEN DO THEY GET TO HEAVEN? WHAT IS THEIR ROLE IN THE NEW WORLD.? HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER JEWS? ARE THEY THE ONLY JEWS TO BE SAVED? SOME SAY THAT THE 2ND RAPTURE SAINTS WILL NOT REIGN WITH CHRIST; IS THIS TRUE? BASICALLY, WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF EACH SAVED GROUP AND WHEN DO EACH GET TO HEAVEN? THESE ARE QUESTIONS NOT YET ANSWERED TO ME BY SOME. ALSO, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THEY--( CHRIST AND HIS BRIDE ) WILL REIGN FOREVER. OVER WHO AFTER THE TRIBULATION. CAN YOU ANSWER THESE MANY QUESTIONS. PLEASE !!!! THANK YOU.

My reply

> DOES THIS MEAN THAT THEY WILL NOT REIGN WITH HIM? HOW ARE THE SECOND
> RAPTURE SAINTS DIFFERENT FROM THE 1ST OTHER THAN WHAT TIME THEY GOT TO
> HEAVEN? HAVE YOU READ REVELATION 20:4?

The Tribulation saints will reign with Christ a thousand years (Rev. 20:4), just as the Church saints will. The difference is that the first group are said to be "kings and priests" (Rev. 5:10). The second group are said to be "priests" (Rev. 20:6). The first group receive crowns (Rev. 3:11). No crowns are mentioned for the second group. The first group seems to be the Bride of Christ. The second group seems to be the remainder of the Body of Christ. As Eve was taken out of the body of the first Adam before this "kosmos," order of things, began to operate, I think the Bride will be taken out of the Body of the Second Adam before a new "kosmos," the Millennium, begins to operate.

> 144,000. WHEN DO THEY GET TO HEAVEN? WHAT IS THEIR ROLE IN THE NEW WORLD.?
> HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER JEWS? ARE THEY THE ONLY JEWS TO BE SAVED?
The 144,000 go to Heaven with the Tribulation saints. Rev. 7:9 says, "of all nations." That includes Israel. They preach during the Tribulation, then are caught up just before the catastrophe at the end of the age. They are Messianic Jews. They believe in Christ as their Messiah. I don't know if there will be other Israelites caught up in the Pre-Wrath Rapture or not, but my guess is that there will be at least the 144,000, and maybe more.

> EACH SAVED GROUP AND WHEN DO EACH GET TO HEAVEN?

I think the Pre-Trib Rapture might be next Pentecost. I expect the Pre-Wrath Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets in 2007.

> (CHRIST AND HIS BRIDE) WILL REIGN FOREVER. OVER WHO AFTER THE TRIBULATION.

He "hast made us unto our God kings and priests: an we shall reign on (over) the earth" (Rev. 5:10). I assume that this refers to the Millennium. Our home is in Heaven, but we will assist in ruling over the Earth. I think Christ will sit in the tabernacle of David, set up the Millennial government, then go back to Heaven. King David is to again sit on his throne on Earth, a prince under Christ, the King of kings. Jer. 30:9 says, "they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." Ezek. 34:24 says, "And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them."

We will return with Christ as his army. Each of us may bump one demon. After the Millennial government is set up, I think we will return with Christ to Heaven. John 14:3 says, "that where I am, there ye may be also." This doesn't mean that we can't travel back and forth when necessary to carry out the Lord's work.

Incoming Email

I came across this site which claims a March 1999 Rapture. Please take a look to see if the dates stated seem valid.
http://members.aol.com/OLIlori/Jubileerap.html

My reply

Not to me. Here are some excerpts:

Re: The Jewish Jubilee Year
> The LAST PROPHETIC WEEK OR LAST 7 YEARS OF THIS AGE will officially begin when the Jubilee year comes to an end. This will be in March 18th 1999.... being raptured.  This is when millions of true Christians are suddenly removed from off the face of the earth and taken up into heaven. This event, I believe will occur sometime between now and the 18th of March 1999.

***From Marilyn: I think the 7-year Tribulation will begin on the Feast of Weeks in 2001. That is 2300 days (Dan. 8:14), counted by Jewish inclusive reckoning, before the Feast of Trumpets in 2007, when the seven trumpet judgments are cast upon Earth (1967 + 40 = 2007). I also expect the Rapture next Pentecost, but would be delighted if he was right about March 18, 1999. Song of Solomon 2:10-14 says that winter is over. That will be Mar. 20. It also says that the rain is over and gone. That takes place in Nisan. To me, Pentecost seems more likely.

> When The Lord came to earth the first time He revealed Himself as The Messiah in a Jubilee year.  Luke records:  "...to preach THE ACCEPTABLE (JUBILEE) YEAR OF THE LORD."

***The word translated "acceptable" is "ratson," good pleasure. How he gets Jubilee out of it, I don't know.

> What people fail to understand is that the planet is a living entity.

***Do you believe that? I don't.

> This is why He will thoroughly burn out every defiling thing with the fire of God's wrath before He returns to reign with His saints in October 2005.

I think the catastrophe will be Sept. 13, 2007 (Tishri 1, 5768) and that His return is on Nisan 1, 5768, the beginning of the Jewish Regnal and Sacred Year. More details later.

> I believe we are created as human spirits by The Lord BEFORE we are born physically into the world.  Also, that we were grouped into families and lived in houses in heaven just like we do on earth.

***I don't believe it. Job 31:15 says, "Did not he that made me in the womb make him: and did not one fashion us in the womb?"

> The smallest family unit in the City of God will be a man and his wife.  One of the mysteries of marriage which The Lord has deliberately hidden is that for the believer, HIS wife has been created or extracted from him BEFORE HE IS BORN.

***I don't believe this, either.

> THE ANTICHRIST AND THE VATICAN

The antichrist will be a young handsome man, full of charisma.

***Isa. 9:15 says, "The ANCIENT and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail."

> what does it mean to acknowledge Jesus as Lord?  It means to believe from the heart that Jesus is God Almighty, The creator of the Heavens and the Earth.  Millions, even billions of people in the world today cannot understand how Jesus could have walked on earth as a Man and at the same time be The Creator of the Universe.  What people fail to understand is that because Jesus is God, He is OMNIPRESENT.  He has the ability to be in more than one place AT THE SAME TIME.  Believing in the Deity of Christ really is a matter of life and death.  This was why Jesus said to the Pharisees  "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye BELIEVE NOT THAT I AM HE, YE SHALL DIE IN YOUR SINS." (John 8:24)..."Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not KNOWN ME, Philip? HE THAT HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER; and how sayest thou then, Shew us The Father?  Believest thou not that I am in The Father, AND THE FATHER IN ME?  the Words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:  BUT THE FATHER THAT DWELLETH IN ME, HE DOETH THE WORKS." (John14:8,9,10)

***This I can agree with.

> "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty two months." (Rev.13:5)  This will be from June 2002 to October 2005.

***I think the 42 months will start on the Feast of Weeks, May 28, 2001.

> These last-day breed of special believers will be empowered by The Holy Ghost. They will proclaim boldly the gospel of the soon coming kingdom of Jesus Christ to be established on earth in 2005.

***I think the Millennium will start Tishri 1, 5768 (our Sept. 13, 2007). 5765 (2005) is a Jewish leap year, but it does not have in front of it the necessary 2300-day period (Dan. 8:14) from the Feast of Weeks to the Feast of Trumpets 6 years later. I think this 2300-day period is the shortened Tribulation.

> In October 2005 the antichrist will gather the military forces of the whole world against Jerusalem.

***I think it will be on Sept. 13, 2007, The Feast of Trumpets.

> Their deliverance will occur during the feast of tabernacles in October 18th-24th in 2005.  "Then shall The Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle.  AND HIS FEET SHALL STAND IN THAT DAY UPON THE MOUNT OF OLIVE

***I expect the Second Advent on Nisan 1, 5768 (our Apr. 6, 2008) (Ezek. 29:17,21; Hos. 6:3). Working backward, we have the seven months of Ezek. 39:12. They end on Tishri 1, 5768. Counting back from that the 2300 days, by inclusive reckoning, we find the 2300 days of Dan. 8:14 beginning the Seventieth Week of Daniel on the Feast of Weeks. Very appropriate.

Incoming Email

PS: Another Rapture theory. This time April 3rd 1999!!
I'll let you decide, I'm getting confused! :-)
http://callisto.worldonline.nl/~hjhoekst/index.html

My reply

> Saturday 03 April 1999, 17 Nisan 5759, Rapture.

***From Marilyn: I think Pentecost is more likely for the Rapture. One reason is that the rain of Nisan is over and gone. (Other reasons, such as green figs and grapes in blossom, are found in Song of Sol. 2:10-14.)

Incoming Email

Your Pro & Con section keeps me very encouraged. But, I'm a little disheartened about something else. While I am trying my best to remain worthy in God's eyes to be a part of the Bride of Christ, my girlfriend is quite backslidden and lukewarm.

We're only 16, so she will never by my bride, unless Rapture 1999 fails and is not till 2000. I want her to be part of Christ's Bride, though. Please pray that she will be found worthy.

My reply

You and I are agreeing as we pray for her to be found worthy. Your life will speak to her in a way that words cannot. However, you may get the chance to talk to her too. If it will help, the Lord will cause the subject to come up. Pray silently for the Lord to help as you begin. The words will come easy and not be strained. Let the Lord lead the conversation. He knows what she needs to hear better than you do. What comes into your mind, say that. Agape

Incoming Email

Hello Marilyn and Ed, Thank you for your perseverance and dedication. Very happy Ed's fall was not too painful. I will keep you both in prayer for the next two weeks as I will be attempting to upgrade my computer. I wrote to ask as per recent P/C and your books re: list of world governments, no mention of Egypt. Is that because it was not part of  Daniel's vision?

Also in regards to some one mentioning Jimmy Swaggert as being a two rapture promoter,  I believe he read and used Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, as have many well known preachers. Dake is a monumental work completed in 1963 before computers, and still makes for very interesting comparison reading.

You have gone beyond all others in your books and have excited many into watching for the Lord's soon return. Thank you for continuing your website. Your answers are always refreshing and edifying. So happy to see some who have kept you in their prayers while writing and posting at other sites, e.g. 5 Doves.

Most Christian authors say that if the Bible mentions something more than once it must be important, and doubly so if Jesus said it more than once. Makes one wonder if He commands us to "watch" 10 times, might be something of tremendous value to do. Again, thanks to you, many sleepy Christians are now awake and watching. Your endtimes friend, hole-in-the-sky

My reply

Hope you don't hit any brick walls upgrading your computer. They had sent me the wrong SIMMs when I tried to increase the memory in this one. I didn't have a chance. It played wild piano music and kept a black face. After they sent the right ones, I was back in business. It wasn't anything wrong that I did that caused the problem, but how did I know? They were supposed to know more about it than me. Whew! Now, I am leaving well-enough alone as long as I can keep operating the way I am.

I am pleased that you and others remember to pray for us. Ed's mother, Millie Sparkes, is in the hospital in Placentia, CA, and not doing well. They are getting the best of the pneumonia, but I don't know what they will do about the bleeding from the slow-growing tumor in her intestines. There is so much to consider, her chronic Leukemia, her congestive heart failure, her age, her STUBBORN resistance to eating real food (just about tries to live on Ensure with a couple of See's Butterscotch Squares each night). She mentioned that she might be getting a blood transfusion when we saw her Saturday. Since she has made it this far, I would love for her to be able to experience the Rapture. That will be the capstone event of a lifetime for all of us. It can't be very far away.

I didn't know that Dake's Annotated Reference Bible had anything about two Raptures. As many versions as I have read, it is strange, but I have not read that one.

> re: list of world governments, no mention of Egypt. Is that because it
> was not part of Daniel's vision?

I assume you mean the empires of Rev. 17:9,10. So many list Egypt in order to make up the list. I did too until I found out that Revelation was written as if the Rapture was at hand, and that the king that "is" will be in power at the time of the Rapture rather than in 96 AD. Daniel's visions had to be considered, but Rev. 17 includes the Tower of Babel and Daniel does not. Verse 5's caps, "MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH' was a big clue, expecially "MOTHER," i.e., the beginning.

After you read Hislop's Two Babylons, you can easily see the structure of the three Babylons, Nimrod's, Nebuchadnezzar's, and the Satan-indwelt False Prophet's, that really have the key roles in the development of Satan's counterfeit religion. He set it up with Nimrod (the Pontifex Maximus), Semiramis (mother) and Tammuz (child). That is when the maddona and child became such a central part of this counterfeit masterminded by Satan. Semiramis said that Tammuz was killed by a wild boar and came back to life. He was worshipped as the sun god, a parody of Christ, the Son of God.

The verse I saw a rectangle of light on, Jer. 50:2, 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." The beginning and ending of this counterfeit religion is at Babylon, literal Babylon on the Euphrates River.

They started to build a central world government at Babel. God intervened. They will finish building a central world government at Babel/Babylon. God will intervene. They will not try it a third time. "And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all" (Rev. 18:21). This world is to be ruled from Jerusalem. God decided.

"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 (Christ, Isa. 44:6), and to keep the feast of tabernacles" (Zech. 14:16).

I wonder if "Jezebel" of Rev. 2:20 refers to the apparitions called "The Mother of God." This is such blasphemy. God has no mother. Mary was the mother of Jesus' human body. She gave him his human nature. His deity was "given." It did not come from Mary.

Isa. 9:6,7 says, For unto us a child is born (inheriting his human nature from his mother), unto us a son is GIVEN (inheriting his deity from his Father): and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts (Christ, Isa. 44:6) will perform this."

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself" (II Cor. 5:19).

When The Beast comes to his greatest power at the beginning of the Tribulation, we see "upon his heads the name of blasphemy" (Rev. 13:1). The title Pontifex Maximus began at the Tower of Babel. It will end at the final Tower of Babel. The word "name" is actually plural. There are other names of blasphemy associated with this man.

By the time of the end, God's Word says, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities....she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day...and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her" (Rev. 18:4-8).

In the message to Thyatira, "These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass (symbol of judgment); I know thy works, and charity (agape love), and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the LAST to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things againt thee, because thou sufferest that woman JEZEBEL, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed (she is the harlot of Rev. 17), and them that commit adultery (join) with her into GREAT TRIBULATION, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins (minds) and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come (at the Pre-Trib Rapture). And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star (Heaven). He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Rev. 2:18-29).

> if He commands us to "watch" 10 times, might be something of tremendous value to do

I sure think so.

Thanks for all your kindness. I got carried away with this and forgot to even eat breakfast. It is 11:50. Woops! Agape

Incoming Email

I noticed in several pro and cons that you quoted scripture that implores us to be vigilant for a first, second and third watch prior to the pre-tribulation rapture. We obviously had one watch last May, but it is unclear to me whether this May (1999) will be a "second" watch, which would then likely require a "third" and final watch, probably for May 2000. Given the need for a break between the rapture and the start of the tribulation (and accounting for the four years of the fig tree parable), do you think the rapture could potentially occur in the year 2000, approximately one year prior to the start of the 7-year peace treaty? This one verse keeps me thinking about keeping a further vigil for our blessed hope, unless we can account for a watch that may have already occurred. I know many readers looked at Yom Kippur, 4th of Av, even Hanukkah, but can any of those dates really qualify as one of the watches? I would appreciate your thoughts on this. I hope you will reassure me that May 19 or May 23, 1999, are the best possible dates, based on scripture. Perhaps the third watch is for the pre-wrath rapture? I hope we don't have to wait another year (for a third watch), as ethics and morality continues sinking to intolerable levels. I appreciate your analysis of my small need for reassurance about this May. Best Regards

My reply

I know there was some discussion about the watches. One calling himself MR CAPS wrote in about it. I took it into consideration, in case it could apply. I don't like to leave a stone unturned in my search for truth. I don't approach things with a closed mind. I try to see through the other person's eyes and have a good look at what they are saying, trying hard to understand what they mean. Then I look at the scriptures again that apply before making up my mind on it.
However, I am not convinced that the watches apply other than that Christ could come at any time during the night or morning. We can go by what Mark 13:35-37 says: "Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

The obvious is that it is talking about the night or morning. If it has any other meaning, I have not been able to dig it out. I keep in the back of my mind that there are four times mentioned here. I know that there are four years mentioned in the parable of the barren fig tree. However, I see no clear-cut connection.

In Lu. 13:6-9, Jesus "spake also this parable: A certain man (Christ) had a fig tree (Israel) planted in his vineyard; and he came (probably the Rapture) and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down."

Up until last Pentecost, I thought this indicated that there would be four Jewish years (5758, 5759, 5760, and 5761, our 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001) between the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation (Pentecost to Pentecost/Feast of Weeks). From Rev. 17, when the 10 kings are not in power, and Rev. 13, when they are crowned as the Tribulation begins, I can see that there is some sort of a gap between the Rapture and beginning of the Tribulation. Now, we know that it does not include 5758.

I had to take another look at it. The three years are together. The fourth is separate. Just maybe there are three years between the Rapture and the Tribulation, and the fourth is the first year of the Tribulation. The seals could be broken one a year for the first part of the Tribulation. War comes under the second seal. This would make the gap between the Rapture and Tribulation 5759, 5760, and 5761, Pentecost to Pentecost/Feast of Weeks.

That seems most likely to me. We will know soon. I think we may have had to wait a year to prove that we are wise virgins. Queen Esther was purified 12 months before being taken to the king (Esth. 2:12). An engagement period was about 12 months to prove the bride was a virgin. That seems reasonable that it could also apply to the ten virgins. This year could very well be a time of selecting the Bride of Christ, a time of Satan being allowed to sift us as wheat, etc.

There are some verses that apply to watching and waiting, but I am out of time....Agape

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