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From Pastor ----:
I...need to show you where your parable of the fig tree passage in Matthew 24:32 is an Advent passage not a rapture passage.

First of all the book of Matthew is written for the Jewish peoples. The disciples are asking Jesus about the Kingdom of Heaven, a Kingdom that Jesus will reign over after the battle of Armageddon. This will happen during the Millenium. The Jews are wondering when Jesus will set up his kingdom. Maryln, God is still dealing with the Jewish people here. If Christ would have been accepted he would have set up His Kingdom when Stephen preached in the Book of Acts."Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, "Jesus is standing at the right hand of God ready to return. Remember everywhere else we are told Jesus is "sitting " at the right hand of God"

Mr 16:19: So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Col 3:1: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
The Jews however rejected Jesus. This is the third offer of the Kingdom by God.

1. Adam: Fall of Man Gen. 3:6: Ge 3:6: And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
2. Samuel offered God as King: 1Sa 8:7: And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
3. Stephen offers the Kingdom to the Saducees and Jewish peoples Ac 7:51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus is referring to the Kingdom when he is responding to the Disciples' questions. Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. The end is the battle of Armageddon. You base most of your "prophesy" on the passage Mt 24:32: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:

This passage does not refer to Israel. It is just an example. Lu 21:29: And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Here Luke is quoting the same parable. Jesus is simply stating, "Just like you know summer is near when trees shoot forth leaves", Jews will know the last days are her when they see "these signs". What signs? The abomination of desolation spoken of in Daniel. Da 12:11 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (notice that 2,290 days is three and a half years on the Jewish calendar, exactly half of the Tribulation period.

 Mt 24:15: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Jesus is talking about something halfway through the Tribulation. Maryln, the Rapture will occur at least three and a half years earlier.

 Mr 13:14: But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
He is speaking to the Jews who will go into hiding.
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Thank you for writing. It is nice to hear from you. I'll tell you the way it looks to me and you can compare it with Scripture to see if these things are so.

> Mt 24:32: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet
> tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
> This passage does not refer to Israel. It is just an example.

In verse 3, the disciples asked Jesus, "when shall these things be" and what shall be the SIGN of thy coming, and of the end of the world (sunteleia tou aionos, consummation of the age)." The same expression is used in Mt. 28:20: "lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (sunteleia tou aionos, consummation of the age)."
Some people think the Spirit of Christ will leave at the Rapture. He will take us to Heaven and quit restraining the evil one, but he will still inhabit the Christians during the 2300-day shortened Tribulation. We have to remember who he really is, the Almighty himself (Rev. 1:8, Isa. 9:6). With God, all things are possible. His Spirit is omnipresent.

Jesus answered their question about the SIGN OF HIS COMING AND THE END OF THE AGE with the fig tree parable. He sketched Tribulation events exactly to the very last day, the literal end of the age. Verses 29-31 take place when the sixth seal is broken. That is the last day of this age. The seventh seal is on the first day of the millennial Day of the Lord.

Then he said, "Now." Here is where he answered their question with the fig tree parable. It is the ONLY place in the chapter that could be the answer. When he speaks of wars and rumours of wars, he says, "but the end is not yet" (Mt. 24:6). When he says the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, he says, "and then shall the end come" (24:14). In verses 37-51, he talks about the Rapture that is as the days of Noah.

The fig tree is Israel. Joel 1:6,7 says, "a nation is come up upon MY LAND...He hath laid my vine waste, and barked MY FIG TREE." Ezek. 36:8 says, "But ye, O MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, ye shall shoot forth YOUR BRANCHES, and yield YOUR FRUIT to my people of Israel." Jer. 24:5,6 says, "Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah...and I will bring them again to this land." Hos. 9:10 says, "I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the FIG TREE at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame."

Jesus said, "Now learn a parable of the fig tree (Israel); When his branch (klados, scion for grafting, i.e., modern Israel) is yet tender (apalos, young, i.e., no more than 19, as when they came out of Egypt; 1948 + 19 = 1967), and putteth forth leaves (she grew leaves in the Six-Day War of 1967 (Sinai, West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights), ye know that summer is nigh (the war began June 5, summer began June 21): So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things (Israel grafted back into her old rootstock and growing), know that it (the Rapture that is as the days of Noah) is near, even at the doors (there are two Raptures, but he sets the first open door of Heaven before the Philadelphians, Rev. 3:8; the second Rapture is on the last day of this age, Mk. 13:27). Verily I say unto you, This generation (the one that sees Israel grow leaves) shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled (1967 + 40 = 2007)."

A generation is 40 years. Not only were they in the wilderness 40 years while one generation died off, but Jesus told the Pharisees in Mt. 23:36, "All these things shall come upon this generation." They did, in 70 AD, 40 years after he said this in 30 AD.

We know that "it is near" refers to the kingdom of God and the first Rapture. The fig tree parable in Luke 21:29-32 says "the kingdom of God is nigh at hand." In Mt. 24:37, Jesus starts talking about the Rapture that is as the days of Noah.

The fig tree parable in Luke 21:29-32 says, "Behold the fig tree (Israel), and all the trees (other nations); When they now shoot forth (push at each other in the Six-Day War), ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand." Everything fits perfectly.

> Jews will know the last days are her when they see "these signs". What signs?
> The abomination of desolation spoken of in Daniel.

I don't think so. If they are watching as we have been commanded to do, they would know when Israel grew leaves in the Six-Day War. That is before the Rapture. If they could not know until the middle of the Tribulation, there would be no warning before the Rapture (and Noah was warned) and no 40-year generation between Mid-Trib and the consummation of the age. There are less than 3.5 years from Mid-Trib to the consummation because the Great Tribulation is shortened or no flesh would be saved (Mt. 24:22). There are actually 1040 days from Mid-Trib to the consummation of the age. The 2300 days of Dan. 8:14 - 1260 = 1040.

> a thousand two hundred and ninety days. (notice that 2,290 days is three and a
> half years on the Jewish calendar, exactly half of the Tribulation period.

The 1290 day period is not 3.5 years. The 1260-day period is (Dan. 12:7; Rev. 12:6,14). I think the extra 30 days is set aside for mourning the dead after the Judgment of the Nations, which I think is at the end of the full seven-year Tribulation.

Mt. 24:15-26 is Mid-Trib. It is the day Satan is cast out of Heaven and inhabits the False Prophet. He sits in the temple shewing himself that he is God and places an idol there. Behold, "he is in the secret chambers; believe it not" (Mt. 24:26).

Mt. 24:27-31 is the last day of this age, the 2300th day of the shortened Tribulation. I think it is the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri 1, 2007 (1967 + 40 = 2007). It is the first day of the millennial Day of the Lord (5728 + 40 = 5768).

At the breaking of the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-17), the sun and moon are darkened by smoke from the falling stars (asteroids). A binary asteroid (Rev. 8:8,10) seems to have broken apart at the Roche Limit and is already showering Earth with small fig-sized rocks. At this point all men know that the larger pieces are going to impact Earth. It is the terror of terrors. They say "to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come" (i.e., it is about 6:00 PM on the last day of this age).

On the last day of the age, "the heaven departed as a scroll" (Rev. 6:14). This is "the sign of the Son of man in heaven" of Mt. 24:30. Men will look up and see Christ coming. He will not set his feet on Earth for seven months (Ezek. 39:12), but people will see the Sign of the Son of Man on the last day of this age.

At that time, "he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (the last trump of God, the silver assembly trumpets of Nu. 10:2-4, not the trumpet judgments that are sounded by angels), and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" (Mt. 24:31). These are the Old Testament saints and the Church saints, the ones that were part of the Pre-Trib Rapture. At the same time as those in Heaven are gathered, the Tribulation saints are Raptured. Mark 13:27 says, "And then (when the sun and moon are darkened) shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part OF THE EARTH to the uttermost part of heaven."

The darkness starts the last day of this age and gets much worse as the two large asteroid pieces (Rev. 8:8,10) impact Earth at noon (Zeph. 2:4,5) on the first day of the Millennium when the seven trumpet judgments are cast on Earth on the Feast of Trumpets. Christ does not return on a dark day (Zech. 14:5-7). The Jews bury the bodies seven months to cleanse the land for his return (Ezek. 39:12).

The Jewish year 5768 is a leap year with 13 months. Therefore, from Tishri 1 to Nisan 1, 5768 is seven months. Jesus returns on Nisan 1, the beginning of the Jewish Regnal Year (Hos. 6:3; Ezek. 29:17,21).

All the saints, OT, Church and Tribulation saints, are gathered in Heaven for the coronation of Christ on the first day of the Millennium. After he is given "dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him" (Dan. 7:14), is the Marriage of the Lamb. Next on the agenda of the day is the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is when the seven trumpet judgments hit Earth.

Rev. 11:15-18 says, "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are (right then) become the kingdoms of our Lord (YHVH), and of his Christ (YHVH of hosts, Isa. 44:6); and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats (thrones), fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and ART TO COME (the Second Advent is seven months in the future); because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry (the northern army was attacking Israel), and thy wrath is come (Ezek. 38:18,19), and the time of the dead, that they should be judged (the Judgment Seat of Christ), 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."

Believers in Heaven get their rewards they have earned for their good works at the same time the unbelievers on Earth get their just rewards for their evil deeds.

The saints that are snatched up in the first Rapture are in Heaven during the seven-year Tribulation. The Tribulation saints are in Heaven seven months before all saints return with Christ on Nisan 1, 5768.

I don't think the fig tree parable is a Second Advent passage, do you?

> Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a
> witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. The end is the battle of Armageddon.

I think the end is the consummation of this age. The battle of Armageddon cannot take place until after Christ returns and takes dominion away from Satan at the Judgment of the Nations. This is at the end of the full seven years. Then Satan will fight. Armageddon is his last-ditch stand.

The northern army attacks Israel on the Day of God's Wrath, the first day of the Millennium, which is the 2300th day of the shortened Tribulation. That battle is not Armageddon. Armageddon is between Christ's army and Satan's army.

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I have been so excited since I read your revised notes, my spirit tells me it is exactly right. We are in the Bethrothal Year. Also every single Spirit filled Christian I know is REALLY going througth testing times this past year. It is so encouraging to know that he is so near and our suffering has a limit to it. He is testing us all as Gold in the fire of trials. I am barely able to contain myself. I have just read Song of Solomon recently and the Holy Spirit really opened it up to me as never before. Your notes really finished the work God was already doing on my heart. Since reading your notes I wonder also if the 2nd Rapture is laid out in Chapter 5: 2-7. Firstly she says she was sleeping and then she delays saying she has to get dressed and washed. When she gets there he is gone. Also it says that the watchmen smote her(an indication that the Laodiceans will be persecuted)?? There is no attack in the first search of Chapter 3 v 3. Which I think is the Bride in the Bethrothal Year. Just a rew thoughts, I may be wrong.
God Bless you for your faithfulness. Look forward to seeing you at the Wedding!! Love

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Thanks for all those nice things you said.

The Song of Solomon is hard to interpret. It is a bit easier after we understand 6:10,13. In the KJV, it says, "Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as AN ARMY with banners...What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of TWO ARMIES." Song 7:1 in the Jerusalem Bible says, "Why are you looking at the girl from Shulam, dancing between two lines of dancers?" Green's Interlinear for Song 6:13 has "What will you see in the Shulamite! As it were the dance of two armies."

The word "mechowlah," translated "company" in the KJV means dance. This is the dance of two armies. This is why the Shulamite has two breasts likened to "twins" (7:3) and also to two "clusters of grapes" (7:7). The Shulamite represents both Raptures. Chapter two ends with words to the Bridegroom, "be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether (separation)."

Since 3:1,4 says, "I sought him, but I found him not....It was but a little that...I found him," it seems to fit this year very well. It also seems to fit the parable of the ten virgins. They "went forth to meet the bridegroom," and "While the bridegroom tarried, , they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Mt. 25:2,5,6).

A lady wrote me and said, "I say unto you Chapter 4 is where the Bride is taken. (Rapture I)." Later, she said, "Please Marilyn, look into that word 'ravished' for me." I looked it up. It is 'labab,' to be enclosed, transport (with love). One thing for sure, this is the Bride, "my spouse" (4:12).

I think, as you do, that 5:2-7 probably refers to the Tribulation saints. Her beloved "knocketh" (5:2). The LXX has, "my kinsman knocks at the door." This knocking ties in the Rev. 3:20's message to the lukewarm Laodiceans, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock."

In 5:1 we find the Bridegroom still talking about "my sister, my spouse" in the first part of the verse. Then, at the end of the verse, he is suddenly talking to "friends." In the very next verse, he "knocketh," and it sounds like the Tribulation saints.

In chapter 2:10 the Bride is called "my love, my fair one. The wedding is in 3:11. The Amplified has, "King Solomon (son of David, type of the Son of David) wearing the crown with which his mother...crowned him on the day of his wedding." Chapter 4 starts out calling the Bride, "my love" too. Then in verse 8, she is "my spouse." It seems revealing too that the word "spouse" only appears in 4:8,9,10,11,12 and 5:1. In 5:2, she is "my sister." The verses that mention "my sister, my spouse" may represent Messianic Jews and Gentile Christians. My sister may represent a large part of believing Jews during the Tribulation, as in the 144,000 of Rev. 7.

Just sitting here with my KJV open to Song of Solomon. The passage that sounds like the Rapture will be on Pentecost (2:10) starts in the first column, and 5:1, the last time "my spouse" appears, is in the last column. The passage in 3:11 about the wedding is near the middle of the whole section. Maybe the division between the two groups to be raptured is seen in 5:1. The verse starts out with "I AM come." It also says, "I HAVE drunk my wine." Jesus told the apostles, "I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come" (Lu. 22:18). That fits the Pre-Trib Rapture.

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...I also know that you are interested in learning new things, and so I would humbly suggest that you may profit from reading a bit about our Christian theology which has been preserved and proclaimed by the Holy Orthodox Church--such books as "The Orthodox Church" by Bishop Kalistos Ware are widely available in libraries. I suggest this because the Holy Orthodox Church has been largely held captive behind the Iron Curtain of Communism and the Moslem yoke for so long that many do not know anything about the beauty and depth of the Faith which has been preserved and tested under persecution and death by many holy men and women down through the years. Holy Orthodoxy is dramatically different from Roman Catholicism, and shares much more in common with the Evangelical theology of the post-Reformation western Church than many might imagine. There are over six million Orthodox Christians in the United States, and many more millions across all continents of the world. Also, because I think that to more fully understand what Holy Scripture means and implies for us, one must look at it not only from an 19th and 20th century Evangelical perspective, but also from the perspective of our Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Faith. After all, we were first called "Christians" at Antioch--and the Church of Christ which was begun by St. Paul at Antioch, and cultivated by the presence of St. Peter at Antioch, has been maintained over these many long years by faithful Christians even to this very day. The Holy Orthodox Church contains many true, living "saints" who may not necessarily seem to the average Evangelical to be properly "Born Again," but whom I would suggest are holy, devout, and pious. I hope that you might broaden your information-base so that your propositions don't seem so exclusive (that is, Born-Again-Evangelicals: IN; all others: OUT).

I have a question about your chronology as notated in your last P&C. You say that "Orthodox Pentecost" is May 23, 1999. Do you mean "Orthodox Jewish" ? I don't think you mean "Orthodox Christian."  Please clarify this.

 Also you say that April 6, 2008 is the anniversary of the Crucifixion "on our calendar." I am not sure where you get that date. According to my sources, Easter Sunday in the year 2008 is March 23 (this is the date of Easter in the Western Church--the Orthodox Christian date is over a month later, April 27). You may check out the dates by contacting the web-site: This site allows a person to enter any year in question, and then the appropriate dates for Church-related feasts are given.

On the other hand, Easter in the year 2007 is April 8th. This is a significant date in my way of looking at things because it is the same for both western Christians and for Orthodox Christians. Why is this important? Even though the Church was divided by fallen human pride in the year 1054, and since then developed in very different ways, I think that on those dates which the commemoration of the Crucifixion coincide (and thereby the other Feasts which follow and are dated from the date of Easter--or, "Pascha" as we say in the Holy Orthodox Church--also coincide) are crucial moments for the WHOLE Church of Christ. I think that God will bring a stern judgment on our schism of His Body, but I also think that the dates which are kept are important. I think that He would act for the whole Church on a date which is the same for the WHOLE Church. Therefore, when the dates of Easter/Pascha and of the Ascension, and of Pentecost coincide, the whole Church is in the position to be thinking and praying in the same manner. In this way, none are taken unawares because of the "babble" of dates caused by the Great Schism, and later by the Reformation in the west and of the New Calendar/Old Calendar controversy in the Orthodox Church.

In my way of thinking, the date of Easter/Pascha in the year 2001 is likewise important. April 15, 2001 is the date of Easter/Pascha for both Western and Orthodox Christians (and thereby, the dates of the Ascension and Pentecost coincide). In my mind, this date may be more crucial for the determination of the End-time events than the date of Pentecost 1999. (Although I would rather hear His voice calling in 1999, than to wait another year.)

Finally, just a brief response to your cogitations about the planet Saturn. I think that the reality of God's plan may be much stranger (and more wonderful) than our imaginations can fathom now. Theologically speaking, the tradition of the Holy Orthodox Faith teaches that when Adam chose to follow after his own desire rather than seeking to do the Will of God, his Fall affected not only himself, and life on Earth, but caused the Fall of the entire Creation. There is nothing that we can now see (whether by the Hubble Telescope or through a scanning electro-microscope) which is not suffering from the effects of this corruption. The scientific theory of Entrophy is a feeble, materialistic attempt to describe this Mystical Reality. To posit that our Home is located somewhere in this fallen, temporal realm leaves me with a feeling that there is something missing from the formulation. In the Incarnation, God has begun the renewal of this material universe; and when He says, "Behold, I make all things new," there is a more profound and sacred and mystical process at work than simply giving us the planet Saturn on which to roam about. I can see that He would use the planets, etc., as signs and types (and, indeed, God states in the creation account in Gen.1:14 that this is one of the reasons for which they were created) so that we may be able to share, as far as we are able, in the knowledge of His pre-eternal Plan for the renewal of the Fallen Cosmos. But I think that everything we now see and comprehend is merely a shadow, a dark reflection, of the dynamic and unutterably profound Reality of God's Eternity. This is just a cursory attempt to say that all of these ideas about the "location" of Heaven may well be left to the day we all congregate there. Wherever it is, it does not really matter--as long as we are with Him. Peace and Agape.

My reply

I'll have to get to the library and see what I can come up with. I have, and have read every word in, the Lamsa Bible, which is "from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts - Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated from the Peshitta, The Authorized Bible of the Church of the East."

> I hope that you might broaden your information-base so that your propositions don't
> seem so exclusive (that is, Born-Again-Evangelicals: IN; all others: OUT).

All we have to worry about to be saved is Romans 10:9: "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."

I checked out your URL on Pentecost dates. Here is what I found:
Orthodox, New Calendarists, Sunday, May 30, 1999
Orthodox, Old Calendarists, Sunday, May 30, 1999
Western, Sunday, May 23, 1999

There is also the Jewish Talmudic Pentecost on Sivan 6, Friday, May 21, 1999. Guess we should just get ready and stay ready, whenever it is.

I lean toward the Biblical way of figuring it, always on Sunday. The count in Lev. 23:15,16 starts and ends on Sunday. It says, And ye shall count unto you from the morrow (Sunday) after the Sabbath (Saturday), from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave-offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days." I can't see why the counting of the Omer would not start on Sunday, Nisan 18 (Apr. 4) in 1999, can you? The Bible says that Nisan 14 is Passover, Nisan 15 the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This leaves Sunday, Nisan 18 for the Feast of Firstfruits, which is the first day of the 50-days to Pentecost.

>  Also you say that April 6, 2008 is the anniversary of the Crucifixion
> "on our calendar." I am not sure where you get that date.
I wrote a book that explains it: "Exit: 2007: The Secret of Secrets Revealed." I think Jesus was crucified on Thursday, April 6, 30 AD (Nisan 13 on the Jewish calendar).

> To posit that our Home is located somewhere in this fallen, temporal realm leaves
> me with a feeling that there is something missing from the formulation

I didn't plan on finding out where Heaven is located. It just happened. You don't have to know where it is to get there, but if you ever get a hankering to see what the scriptures indicate, I have written a book on it called "Heaven Found: A Butter and Honey Star."

If you can make a judgment call without seeing the reasons, go ahead. For me, I have to examine everything to see. When I got the feeling again and again that the "rainbow round about the throne" in Rev. 4:3 and the "brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain" in Ezek. 1:27,28 pointed to Saturn and its ring system. I stopped writing my book explaining Revelation and read every word in every version of the Bible I could get my hands on. I have around 15 and got others from the library. I made notes of every verse that had any bearing on Heaven.

When I got through, I knew where Heaven was located. The place of the Lord's throne is "as the appearance of a sapphire stone" (Ezek. 1:26). Sapphire means "dear to the planet Saturn, from the Sanskrit "sanipriya, from "Sani" Saturn and "priya" dear. I found this on page 763 of Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary.

Mt. Sinai represented Heaven. It may be derived from "Sani." At Sinai, "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 the body of heaven (heavenly body) in his clearness" (Ex. 24:10).

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