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I just read your post (298). Here's a web page with a Hubble Telescope picture of the burst. The date of the post 10 Feb is misleading. The paragraph below the picture explains.

...here is the site: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990210.html

Love and Bursts of HIS Holy Light. Come quickly, Savior!

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FWD: from 5 Doves site:
Thought you might want to take a look at this post.

"Significant Dates"

Its not every year that the Feast of Firstfruits falls on the first day of the week (Sunday), this year it did. This was on the 4th of April (17 Nisan 5759)

"Then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: ON THE MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH the priest shall wave it." (Lev. 23:10,11)

Because Jesus is the Firstfruits, He chose to rise from the dead, in a Jewish year in which the feast of firstfruits would fall "on the morrow after the sabbath"

"And when THE SABBATH WAS PAST, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun...Now when Jesus was RISEN EARLY THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, He appeared first to Mary..." (Mark 16: 1, 2, 9)

In order to calculate the CORRECT DAY OF PENTECOST we need to count the SEVEN SABBATHS following the day of the feast of firstfruits.

"And ye shall count unto you FROM THE MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH, from the DAY that ye brought the SHEAF OF THE WAVE OFFERING; SEVEN SABBATHS SHALL BE COMPLETE." (Lev. 23:15)

THOSE SEVEN SABBATHS, FOR THIS YEAR, ARE THE 10th, 17th AND 24th OF APRIL. AND THE 1st, 8th, 15th AND 22nd OF MAY. THE DAY FOLLOWING THE SEVENTH SABBATH, THE 23rd OF MAY, IS THE CORRECT DAY OF PENTECOST!!

"EVEN UNTO THE MORROW AFTER THE SEVENTH SABBATH SHALL YE NUMBER FIFTY DAYS" (Lev 23:16)

Let me now recap. On the 23rd of January 1950, the Knesset Government restored Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. From the 23rd of January 1950 to the 23rd of January 1999 is 49 years (7 weeks) We have come to understand, from the book of Daniel, that this is the same period of time that would pass in the last days, before the Messiah would be revealed.

"...From the going forth of the commandment to RESTORE...JERUSALEM unto the Messiah the Prince shall be SEVEN WEEKS (49 YEARS)..." (Dan. 9:25)

On the 23rd of January 1999, there was a gamma bust of light from the far reaches of the universe. What could this possibly mean? Could it be that Our Lord is on is way down? For it is written:

"Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, GOD HATH SHINED. OUR GOD SHALL COME, and shall not keep silence: A FIRE SHALL DEVOUR BEFORE HIM...HE SHALL CALL TO THE HEAVENS (SAINTS IN HEAVEN) FROM ABOVE, AND TO THE EARTH (SAINTS ON EARTH), THAT HE MAY JUDGE HIS PEOPLE. GATHER MY SAINTS TOGETHER UNTO ME; THOSE THAT HAVE MADE A COVENANT WITH ME BY SACRIFICE." (Psalm 50: 2-5)

Could the gamma bust of light be a fulfilment of prophecy? Asteroids could even have diverted course and be on there way down to earth! Especially when we consider that there is a 120 - day countdown from January 23rd to May 23rd, which happens to be the day of Pentecost. I still believe that the rapture will occur JUST BEFORE A MAJOR GLOBAL CATASTROPHE!! We mustn't forget that Lot had only about 12 hours to get out of Sodom.

Counting TEN DAYS back from the 23rd of May brings us to the 14th of May. This is the day that celebrates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. It also happens to be the day Israel celebrates there independence. There seems to be more and more evidence to suggest that the Lord is coming for His bride this year.

And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Yours in His service,
Ola. (Ola Ilor)
http://members.aol.com/OLIlori/Jubileerap.html

My reply

I am so happy you sent this to me. I had not kept the date when the Knesset restored Jerusalem as the capital in my head. I wrote it on the back of the 1998 Jewish calendar sheet and forgot to take it into consideration. Out of sight, out of mind. I should have remembered it, so much revolves around Jerusalem, but I didn't.

There are things in this article that seem a bit off the mark, but it is close enough for me to see how things really stack up. It sure looks like we are on the homestretch. Surely correlations like this are not accidental.

> Its not every year that the Feast of Firstfruits falls on the first day of the
> week (Sunday), this year it did. This was on the 4th of April (17 Nisan 5759)

I think Josephus, a priest, a Pharisee, knew the correct day, Nisan 16. He said, "on the second day of unleavened bread, which is the sixteenth day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth, for before that day they do not touch them...they offer the first-fruits of their barley (Ant.III.X.5).

> ON THE MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH the priest shall wave it." (Lev. 23:10,11)

This means the day after the holy convocation on the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Josephus said, "The feast of unleavened bread succeeds that of the passover, and falls on the fifteenth" (Ant.III.X.5).

> "And when THE SABBATH WAS PAST, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James,
> Salome, had bought sweet spices

I think Jesus was Crucified on the preparation for the Passover, Thur., Nisan 13. The Passover was Fri., Nisan 14. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was Sat., Nisan 15. The Resurrection was on the day after the Saturday Sabbath, Sun, Nisan 16, the Feast of Firstfruits.

> "And ye shall count unto you FROM THE MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH, from the DAY that ye
> brought the SHEAF OF THE WAVE OFFERING; SEVEN SABBATHS SHALL BE COMPLETE." (Lev. 23:15)
>
> THOSE SEVEN SABBATHS, FOR THIS YEAR, ARE THE 10th, 17th AND 24th OF APRIL. AND THE 1st,
> 8th, 15th AND 22nd OF MAY. THE DAY FOLLOWING THE SEVENTH SABBATH, THE 23rd OF MAY, IS
> THE CORRECT DAY OF PENTECOST!!

Josephus said, "When a week of weeks has passed over AFTER this sacrifice, (which weeks contain forty and nine days,) on the fiftieth day, which is Pentecost..." (Ant.III.X.6).

I think the seven weeks start to be counted from Fri., Nisan 16 (our Apr. 2) and end on Fri., Sivan 6. Thus, the 50th day is Sivan 7, 5759, our Saturday, Sivan 7. Day one of the 50-day countdown would be Nisan 17, our April 3.

If you count the weeks as this writer did, you would start from Fri., Apr. 2. Counting off the seven Fridays, they would be Apr. 9, 16, 23, and 30, May 7, 14, and 21. The 50th day is Saturday, May 22, Sivan 7, 5759.

> On the 23rd of January 1950, the Knesset Government restored Jerusalem as the capital of
> Israel. From the 23rd of January 1950 to the 23rd of January 1999 is 49 years (7 weeks)"
> ...From the going forth of the commandment to RESTORE... JERUSALEM unto the Messiah the
> Prince shall be SEVEN WEEKS (49 YEARS)..." (Dan. 9:25)... On the 23rd of January 1999,
> there was a gamma bust of light from the far reaches of the universe. What could this
> possibly mean? Could it be that Our Lord is on is way down?

This is exciting news. I always wondered why the 49 weeks was separated from the 62 weeks. Now I know. It has a hidden second application in our days. The gamma-ray burst of light does seem to be a sign.

> Especially when we consider that there is a 120 - day countdown from January 23rd to May
> 23rd, which happens to be the day of Pentecost.

Counted by Jewish inclusive reckoning, Jan. 23 + 120 days = May 22, Sivan 7, Pentecost.
To summarize, Jan. 23, 1950, the Knesset restored Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Jan. 23, 1950 + 49 = Jan. 23, 1999, the day the gigantic gamma-ray light burst forth. Counted by inclusive reckoning, that day, Shevat 6/Jan. 23 to Sivan 7/May 22 = 120 days. This is too good to not be the handiwork of God.

The Pre-Trib Rapture is as the days of Noah, the Pre-Wrath as the days of Lot. In Noah's day, the Lord said, "My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years" (Gen. 6:3). Now, we have a extraordinary sign 120 days before Pentecost. I'm excited.

Gen. 1:14 says, "And God said, Let there be LIGHTS in the firmament (expanse of space) of the heaven (lit., heavens) to divide the day from the night; AND LET THEM BE FOR SIGNS, and for seasons, and for days, and years." This great burst of light seems to be a sign of the Lord's soon return.

> Counting TEN DAYS back from the 23rd of May brings us to the 14th of May. This
> is the day that celebrates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. It also happens
> to be the day Israel celebrates there independence

The 40th day of the 50-day countdown from Nisan 16 falls on May 12.

> There seems to be more and more evidence to suggest that the Lord is coming for > His bride this year.

YES! Maranatha.

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thanks for making the trumpet judgments and bowls/vials clearer to me.

Where is the scripture for "Our flesh will become as firm as a child's?"

Babies and Children Taken At The Rapture - I have to dsagree with you on this one. You said if they were all taken, "it would rock this planet's people to the core." Then you say you don't think the Rapture will be that noticeable to people. To back this up you quote Isa. 57:1-3, "The righteous perisheth (abad, to wander off, used of a sheep wandering off), and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are TAKEN AWAY, none considering that the righteous is TAKEN AWAY from the evil TO COME."

I believe that the point being made is no man left on earth will know that they left to escape the evil to come, not that no man would know they left. In other words, no man left understands in his heart the reason for the departure.

There is no way for people to disappear and it not be known around the world. Various reasons for the disappearance will be many; who knows what the "official" reson will be.

Babies, children being Raptured even if parents are non-believers - you think they will not be Raptured. I do, based on Jesus' very clear and definite assurance of the protected state of children in Matt. 18:3-6, and 18:10,14, ending in, "so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish." That is as powerful as it gets, straight from the mouth of Jesus.

Now let's take a look at the level of confidence we can have in the following scripture you quote as compared to Jesus' proclamation.

Paul is sending a lettter to the church at Corinth, answering questions that church sent him. He was in Ephesus at the time. Let me pause here to say that I have walked the streets of Old Corinth, the very streets Paul walked. It gave me a sense of awe to be where Biblical events happened.

One of the questions sent to Paul was about marriage. He says in 7:1, "It is good for a man not to touch a woman." In 7:7, "yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am, (celibate)," and 7:8, "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain as I (celibate.)"

If all the world accepted Paul's teaching about this (it is good to remain celibate), there would be no people in the world. We would not be discussing this because the world would be void of humans.

I believe Paul did the best he could. He made this statement in 7:12, "But to the rest, I say, not the Lord,...." Paul says he is giving HIS opinion, not a revelation from God. Followig this, in 7:14, he gives his opinion about believing and non-believing husbands and wives and one comment about children.

If we compare Paul's "opinions" to the long discourse of Christ about children (7 of these verses have the word "child" or "children" in them), we must accept the word from God, rather than Paul's opinion. This verse is so definitive as to the depth of the protection of children, 7:10, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven." The ending verse, as I have stated, nails it: "So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish."

You can believe Paul, but my money is on Christ/God. Prepare yourself for all those children that will be in heaven. Much Love

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> Where is the scripture for "Our flesh will become as firm as a child's?"

Job 33:25 says, "His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth."

> Isa. 57:1-3, "The righteous perisheth (abad, to wander off, used of a sheep wandering
> off), and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are TAKEN AWAY, none considering
> that the righteous is TAKEN AWAY from the evil TO COME."
> I believe that the point being made is no man left on earth will know that they left to
> escape the evil to come, not that no man would know they left. In other words, no man
> left understands in his heart the reason for the departure.

I think you are right about that. Psa. 40:1-3 shows that the Rapture will be seen. It says, "I WAITED patiently for the LORD; and he inclined (bent down) unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit (out of the Earth), out of the miry clay (our bodies of clay), and set my feet upon a rock (the heavenly planet), and established my goings. And he hath put a new song (sung after the Rapture in Revelation 5:9) in my mouth, even praise unto our God: MANY SHALL SEE IT, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."

As for the children, I am not sure they will all go, but I would not rule it out.

This made me remember my dream of Ed's grandma cooking in a kitchen in Heaven with children all around her. That seemed very natural for her.

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Please give your understanding of where II Thes. 2:3 fits into end-time events concerning the man of sin (son of perdition). Is he to be revealed before the Rapture?

In verse 4 it is mentioned that "he sitteth in the temple of God,shewing himself that he is God". Isn't that at the end of the first 3 1/2 years (mid-trib)?

Thank you for your help! God Bless You

My reply

No. I don't think the man of sin is to be revealed before the Rapture.

In II Thess. 2:2, the KJV has "day of Christ." It should be Day of the Lord. The New Scofield Bible note says, "Virtually every ancient ms. reads the Lord."

The Day of the Lord is the Millennium. It "shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasia, departure, as in a divorce, apostacion) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition." The Rapture is the departure. The man of sin is not to be revealed until after we are gone.

In Rev. 17:12, the ten kings "have received no kingdom as yet." This is right after the Pre-Trib Rapture takes place, but before the Tribulation begins. The harlot church is still headquartered in the city of seven hills. She has not yet moved to Babylon. Verse 14 says that Christ is "Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." The Rapture is past. We are in Heaven with Christ. I think the king who "is" at the time of the Rapture will be the Pope. The "other is not yet come" (Rev. 17:10). He is the False Prophet.

Then in Rev. 13, the Tribulation begins and the ten kings are crowned. In verse 6, the Beast "opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven." The Rapture is past. We are in Heaven.

I believe that the Beast and False Prophet will confirm the seven-year peace treaty as the Tribulation begins on the Feast of Weeks in 2001. This will reveal who the False Prophet really is. However, he will not pull off his coup and take leadership of the world government and world church away from the Pope until the middle of the Tribulation. At this time, Satan will be cast out of Heaven and will inhabit the False Prophet. He will lose no time in heading for the temple "shewing himself that he is God." (II Thess. 2:4).

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I read your site and you got me really scared. I used to be pretty Holy. About a year ago I used to go to Church and read my Bible and everything. But then I started going more and more away from God. I couldn't help it, I was just being a stupid teenager with nothing more to care about than having fun, even though I knew better. I've always had a feeling we were near the end. And I've known about the rapture. But, when I read your site I started crying and apologized to God and everything because I just feel so terrible and I'm so scared now that I'm not worthy to be raptured because I'm too late or something, at least that's the impression I got from your web site. What do you think of all this? Please write me back on your opinion about this. Do you think there's still room for me? Thanks a lot, 17 years old

My reply

There is room for you. The good shepherd would leave the 99 to go look for the one sheep that wandered away. It sounds like you are ready and will be caught up in the Rapture. You did what Jesus said to do, repent. If the Holy Spirit brings other sins to mind, be sure to confess them. If any other sins creep in, confess them immediately so as to jump right back into fellowship with our Holy God.

When we first accept Christ as our own personal Saviour, we are "purged from (our) OLD sins" (II Pet. 1:9). All known sins after that should be confessed to bring them under the blood of Christ. I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins (i.e., known ones), he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, AND to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness (unknown sins)."

At that point, we are as pure virgins with plenty of oil of the Holy Spirit to be caught up with the Bride of Christ.

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Thanks for your last response (dialog with David Hill). I do hope you are right for this May 21/22. Heard your interview with Ira Glass and it was good to put a "voice" to the name. I wish it would have been more than eight minutes. You sound good on air - very real. Looking forward to seeing you in person - soon. God Bless

My reply

Thanks. This is the first I knew they used eight minutes of our roughly 45-minute conversation. I have no idea what part they used. I have no audio capabilities on my old Mac. Their programs won't be heard out here until May.

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Charles D Landis wrote:
I use "Computronic Bible Codes" software and have uncovered some very interesting codes. Please let me know what you think!

Listed below are some codes and the Bible references for them:
"Bride"---Genesis 22:16,17,19,20,21; Genesis 29:2,3
"rise"---Genesis 29:1,2,3,5
"take"---Genesis 22:14,16,17,19, Genesis 29:4,6,8,10,12,13
"church"---Genesis 22:2,3,4,6
"May"---Genesis 29:14,16,19
It is amazing that these codes overlap each other within just a few Bible verses.

Also, look at these!!
"Christ"---Song of Songs 5:7,8
"take"---Song of Songs 1:2,4,5,7 and 3:1,2
"church"---Song of Songs 5:16  and 6:1,2,3,4,5
"May"---Song of Songs 1:6,7,8 and 3:1,2,4 and 4:6,8,10 > and 7:3,4
"twotwo"---Song of Songs 3:1,2,3,4,5,6 and 4:9,10 and 5:3,4,5,6,7,8,11,13,15 and 6:1,4 and 7:6,7,8,9,14 and 8:1-12
Note: I used "twotwo" for the number "22".

All of the above Bible codes overlap within just a few verses. It looks like "Christ will take the church on May 22nd". What do you think? May I hear from you soon?
Charles D Landis

My reply

Great! Hope that is the time.

Strange. My Bible just happened to be open in front of me. My eyes were drawn to Lu. 12:2. It says, "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known."

On the opposing page, verses 42 and 43 say, "And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

Verses 45 and 46 say, "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 (lit., cut him off), and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers" (i.e., in the Tribulation).

We sure want to be faithful and wise stewards. Thanks for passing your information along so all can see it. Agape

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I just discovered your web page and I have been reading for the last two days. I read everything I can on bible prophesy but your articles are the most complete that I have read. God has so gifted you to write, so that the christian community can have the opportunity to benefit from all of your research and study. It seems you have been hidden from our grasp. God expresses in His word that He does not want us to be ignorant-- so He positions just the right ones of His Saints in the arena of prophetic understanding,to guide those who are so hungry for Him and His word. Thank you for being obedient to our Lord's leading.

May God bless all that you put your hands to today, and may He continue to unveil His truths for your discovery and understanding.

My reply

I appreciate all your kind comments. I don't know how hidden I have been. I have three books out there published in mass-market paperback by Avon Books. My Web site has had nearly 280,000 hits. Agape

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If there is a First Fruits Rapture and some of the "virgins" will be left, those left behind will be desolate. Many of us, look to your website for encouragement as well as knowledge and hope. Since you will be in Heaven with our Lord, those left will not only be shocked and dismayed, they will be left without their "cyber gathering place." I wonder if there isn't a place that could be predetermined (such as a chat room, news group or bulletin board) where your readers could meet for encouragement and to help sustain each other?

I seem to be rambling, but does this make sense? I'm trying very hard to forgive everyone and to keep short accounts with the Lord. But honestly, I haven't really lived for Christ and I don't think I'm worthy to go in the first Rapture. So, for purely selfish reasons, I would hate to lose touch of this website, you really do uphold me. If you are in Heaven, and there are others left behind, perhaps we could help sustain and lift one another up.

If you can find the time, I would appreciate your input on this. With deep admiration and agape.

My reply

In Mt. 20:1-16, Jesus told a parable about the labourers in the vineyard. Those that went out early in the morning were hired for a penny a day (i.e., one day's fair wage). Those that came and "were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I WILL GIVE UNTO THIS LAST, EVEN AS UNTO THEE. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last (the church?) shall be first, and the first (Israel?) last: for many be called, but few chosen."

Rev. 17:14 says, "he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are WITH HIM are CALLED, AND CHOSEN, AND FAITHFUL." This is at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture for the ten kings have "received no kingdom as yet" (v. 12). As the Tribulation begins, the ten kings are crowned (Rev. 13:1), and the Beast will open "his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN" (Rev. 13:6). I wonder how the ones that think there is no Pre-Trib Rapture get around those scriptures. Here we are with Him dwelling in Heaven before the ten kings are elected and it is emphasized at the beginning of the Tribulation by the Beast blaspheming those that dwell in Heaven.

If anyone left behind is interested in keeping my Web site up after I am gone, they can pay Kiwi Internet Services, 3410 La Sierra Ave., Ste F-170, Riverside, CA 92503-5205, $24,75 each month, on the 15th. They also could "View" the "Source" documents, copy them, and set up a mirror site. They could put a notice on my site that it has been set up at another URL by emailing webmaster@kiwi.net. Right now Christopher Taylor, ctaylor@kiwi.net, is Senior Network Engineer. He is, at present, the webmaster. I don't know how to set up a chat room. My computer knowledge is limited. I learn just what I have to know at any given time to do what I need to do.

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