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Just thinking and studying. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year for the Jews and is a fast day, not a feast day. (Is there not a scripture that says God hated their feast days because they only honored themselves?) Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, The Ceremony of Reconciliation is also referred to as "The Day".

Weekend News Today (Arutz 7 by Andra Brack), August 10, says that the declaration of the month of Elul is imprtant because it is the start of the 40 DAYS of repentance for individual Jews which ends on Yom Kippur, September 20th. During the days of the Temple, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to cover the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the covenant with the blood of the sacrifice for all of Israel's sins for the year.

This year the First of Elul was to be declared from the Temple Mount on Thursday afternoon, August l2th, the day after the solar eclipse. The shofar (trumpet) was to be blown, and special prayers recited, according to customs that continued to be practiced for hundreds of years after the destruction of the Second Temple. Elul starts the days where all Israelites turn to the Almighty to repent of their sins. (To the best of the Editor's knowledge, this the first time the shofar was to be blown to start the 40 DAYS since the first century.)

An interesting note: This year Rosh Hashanah falls on Saturday, September llth, a sabbath day. When it fall on a sabbath, the shofar is not blown, even  though, that trumpet blowing is the centerpiece of the New Year services.

The shofar(trumpet)may not be blown, this year, on the New Year, unless between the feast day and the fast day. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as "The Days of Awe" or "The Ten Days of Repentance", and are also called "The Days of Affliction".

The word jubilee comes from a Hebrew word, meaning "ram's horn", or "trumpet". The Jubilee Year was launched with  a blast from the ram's horn on The Day of Atonement, signifying a call to celebration, liberation, and the beginning of a year for "doing justice" and "loving mercy."

According to tradition,  our fates  for the coming year are sealed, special scripture reading, including the book of Jonah`(In 40 days, Ninevah will be destroyed), and special memorial prayers for the deceased are recited. Upon the conclusion of the fast, the shofar is sounded once to mark the end of Yom Kippur. Fast days which fall on the Sabbath are always postponed until the following Sunday. The sole exception is Yom Kippur. This day is spent in intense prayer and begging forgiveness for our sins.

In J. R. Church's May article on the Feast of Weeks, some very marvelous parallels were offered in the following paragraphs:

On the first day of Elul, Moses went back up the mountain to stay for another 40 days. When he returned on the tenth of Tishri, he presented the second set of tablets to Israel. Those tablets (containing the Ten Commandments) represented a marriage contract (ketubah). Israel had to wait until September.

Each year, from the first day of Elul until the tenth of Tishri, a series of trumpet blowings commemorate the Pentecost trumpet. That heavenly trumpet at the first Pentecost should have marked Israel's happy marriage to Jehovah. For thousands of years now, on every Rosh Hashanah, Israel blows a series of sad and sorrowful notes on their shofar trumpets. Instead of  becoming a spring bride, Israel became a summer bride. (Matthew 24:32...ye know that summer is  nigh...)

In Leviticus l6:29-33, a beautiful picture is painted.

29  And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on  the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own of country, or a stranger  that sojourneth among you: 30  For on that day shall  the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all our sins before the Lord. 31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. 32  And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments. 33 And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and  he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all the people of the congregation.

Leviticus 23:26-32 adds information on the Day of Atonement. Verse 32 says, "It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath."

Numbers 29:7  says, "And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation..."

Also, in the days of Noah, the seventh month, tenth day was the first month, tenth day, which is the day that Joshua crossed over Jordan (Joshua 4:19).

Thank you for considering all these things. Please give us some feed back and information from your years of study and expertise. I've never been so inspired as by studying the return of our Lord Jesus Christ--inspired to stay in the word and witness to as many as possible, while we watch.

My reply

> Is there not a scripture that says God hated their feast days because

> they only honored themselves?

Amos 5:18,21 says, "Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD (the Millennium)! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD (first day of it) is darkness, and not light...I hate, I despise your feast days (it is the Feast of Trumpets), and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Mal. 2:3 says, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one (the Feast of Trumpets, Joel 2:1-3) shall take you away with it."

> The Jubilee Year was launched with  a blast from the ram's horn on The Day of Atonement

It is my understanding that the Jubilee was announced on the Day of Atonement and started the following Nisan 1.

> Yom Kippur is a prophecy of the final judgment upon a fallen human race.
> It is a prophetic view of Armageddon. The emergence of the High Priest from
> the Holy of Holies alludes to the return of Christ in power and great glory.

I think the Day of God's Wrath is the Feast of Trumpets that begins the Millennium. Then there are seven months before the Second Advent (Ezek. 39:12). I think the Judgment of the Nations takes place after the 2520 days of the entire Tribulation are finished. At that time, dominion is taken from Satan. Armageddon breaks out at that time. It is Satan's last ditch stand.

I think the three "fall" feasts will be fulfilled in 2007. On Sept. 13, on the Feast of Trumpets, God's Wrath will fall on unbelievers left on the Earth. All Israel will be saved in a day (Isa. 66:8) that day. They will afflict their souls and be accepted on the following Day of Atonement. Because the worldwide earthquake on the Day of God's Wrath will cause every wall to fall (Ezek. 38:20), all will be forced to live in booths on that Feast of Tabernacles.

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From: Jackson Smith
***From Marilyn: Thanks. It sure is nice to have all this together. I'll add whatever comes to mind as I read through this. Agape.

SYNOPSIS I. LUCIFER

Ezekiel 28
A. IN THE BEGINNING
-was full of wisdom v12
-was perfect in beauty
-had been in Eden the garden of God v13
-was the anointed cherub that covereth v14
-was upon the holy mountain of God
-had walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
-had been created perfect in his ways v15

***I think the midst of the stones of fire represents Satan's planet Rahab, where the Asteroid Belt is now.

  B. THE FALL OF LUCIFER
-iniquity was found in him Eze. 28:15
-Cast out of God's Mt. for his profane violence v16
-his heart was lifted up because of his beauty v17
-his brightness corrupted his wisdom v18
-he is to be thrown to the ground
-laid before kings

Obadiah 1:1-4
-Lord GOD says concerning Edom
-We have heard a rumour from the LORD
-an ambassador (Jewish) is sent among the heathen
-I have made you small among the heathen: you are greatly despised.
-The pride of your heart has deceived you
-you that dwellest in the clefts of the rock
-whose habitation is high
-that says in his heart, Who will bring me down to the ground?
-Though you exalt yourself as the eagle
-though you set your nest among the stars
-I will bring you down, says the LORD.

***From Marilyn: Edom means red, Satan's color. The Lord speaks indirectly to Satan as the one full of pride that dwells in a rock on high among the stars. When his planet, Rahab, was splintered, it seems that Satan then carved a dwelling place for himself in an asteroid. I believe it is the key of the bottomless pit that was given to Satan (Rev. 9:1,2).

***Isa. 51:9 says, "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD (Christ, Isa. 53:1); awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut (lit., split) Rahab, and wounded the dragon (Satan)?"

Jer 49:16
-that dwells in the clefts of the rock
-that holds the height of the hill
-though you make your nest as high as the eagle
-I will bring you down from there

Rev 12:9
-the great dragon was cast out
-that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan
-which deceives the whole world
-he was cast out into the earth
-and his angels were cast out with him.

***This is Mid-Trib.

Rev 9:1
-And the fifth angel sounded
-and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth
-and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

***This is on the Day of God's Wrath, the first day of the Millennium.

Rev 11:7
-And when they [the two witnesses] shall have finished their testimony
-the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them
-and shall overcome them, and kill them.

***I think Satan will be in the False Prophet at this time.

  C. FATE OF LUCIFER

Hab 2:2-9
-the vision is yet for an appointed time
-but at the end it shall speak, and not lie
-though it tarry, wait for it
-because it will surely come, it will not tarry
-he transgress by wine
-he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home
-who enlarges his desire as hell
-and is as death, and cannot be satisfied
-but gathers unto him all nations
-Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! v6--False Prophet
-and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!--Beast
-Woe to him that sets his nest on high  v9--Lucifer

***Rev. 6:8 ties in. It says, "behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death (the False Prophet) and Hell (Satan) followed with him."

***I think the one that ladeth himself with thick clay is Satan when he inhabits the body of the False Prophet. We were given a hint when Adam's body was said to be made of clay.

Eze 28
-God brings strangers upon him v7
-the terrible of the nations
-they will defile his brightness.
-will die the deaths of the uncircumcised v10
-by the hand of strangers
-fire brings him to ashes in the sight of all. v18
-he will never be any more v19

***Satan is to be cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of the Millennium. That is when he will never be any more.

Isaiah 9.14-15
-LORD cuts off head and tail in one day.
-The ancient and honourable, he is the head
-the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

***I think the ancient and honourable 6th head of the great red dragon is the first Beast of Rev. 13, and the prophet that teaches lies is both the 7th head and the the tail of the dragon, because he is Satan possessed.

Zechariah 5:1-4
-And he said unto me, What seest thou?
-I see a flying roll; twenty cubits by ten cubits
-This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth
-every one that swears will be cut off as on that side according to it
-I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts
-it will enter into the house of the thief
-and into the house of him that swears falsely by my name
-it will remain in the midst of his house
-it will consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof

***I think the curse is the asteroid that orbits over the face of the whole earth, the thief is the False Prophet that steals the church, and the one that swears falsely by the Lord's name is the Beast, the Tribulation Pope.

Isa 14
-Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming v9
-Thy pomp is brought down to the grave v11
-How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer v12
-how art thou cut down to the ground
-you said you would be like the most High. v14
-Yet you will be brought down to hell v15
-you are cast out of your grave v19
-he will not be joined with them (v21) in burial v20
-Prepare slaughter for his children v21
-Lord cuts off from Babylon the name, and remnant v22

SYNOPSIS II: THE BEAST

  1. THE IMAGE OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S DREAM, Dan 2:31-35

A. The four world empires to come
-The king saw a great image
-the form thereof was terrible.
-head was of fine gold [1. Babylon]
-breast and arms of silver [2. Media-Persia]
-belly and thighs of brass [3. Greece]
-legs of iron [4. Rome]
-feet part of iron and part of clay.

***From Marilyn: We are living in the time of the feet, part the strength of Rome and part the clay soil of other nations. The membrane that binds them all together is the United Nations. When the 10 kings appear, that will be the time of the 10 toes of the image. The binding agent then will be the final form of the World Government. It will be first headed up by the Beast, and second by the False Prophet. Both these men will also head up the harlot World Church.

B. Destruction of the empires
-King saw a stone was cut out without hands
-which smote the image upon his feet
-that were of iron and clay
-and brake them to pieces.
-and the wind carried them away
-no place was found for them
-and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain
-and filled the whole earth.

***the stone that smote the image is the asteroid that destroys civilization as we know it. Then the scene that will come into view is Christ's kingdom. It is the great mountain. Christ is crowned King of kings and Lord of lords and given dominion on the first day of the Millennium. That is the same day the asteroid falls.

2. DETAILS OF THE FOURTH EMPIRE­ROME, Dan 2:40-45

A. General
-the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron v40
-will breaketh in pieces
-and subdueth all things
-it will break in pieces and bruise.

B. The Ten Toes
-whereas thou sawest the feet and toes v41
-part of potters' clay, and part of iron
-the kingdom shall be divided
-but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron
-forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
-And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay,
-so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

C. The Mixture of Iron and Clay
-And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay v43
-they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men:
-but they shall not cleave one to another
-even as iron is not mixed with clay.

D. Time of the Kingdom of the Ten Toes
-And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom v44
-which shall never be destroyed
-it shall stand for ever.
-the dream is certain
-the interpretation thereof sure.

  3. THE FOURTH BEAST [EMPIRE] OF DANIEL¹S DREAM, Dan 7

A. The First Three Beasts
-Daniel had a dream v1
-the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
-four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
-The first was like a lion
-a second, like to a bear
-the third like a leopard

***These animals stand for Babylon, Media-Persia, and Greece.

B. Fourth Beast Same as Fourth Empire of the Image
-After this I saw visions v7
-a fourth beast
-dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly
-it had great iron teeth
-it devoured and brake in pieces
-and stamped the residue with the feet of it
-and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it
-and it had ten horns

***This is Rome, when the 6th head of the great red dragon rules, and has 10 subsidiary kings ruling under him.

C. Ten Horns same as Ten Toes of the Image
-I considered the horns v8
-and there came up among them another little horn
-before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots
-in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man
-and a mouth speaking great things.
-I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake
-I beheld even till the beast was slain
-his body destroyed
-and given to the burning flame.

***I think the Beast and the ten kings come to power at the beginning of the Tribulation. Then Mid-Trib, the False Prophet comes to power and subdues (Green has 'he shall humble") three of the ten kings. They probably oppose his taking control of the World Church and World Government. Subdue in Strong's is 8214: shephal, abase, humble, put down, subdue.

D. Interpretation of Dream
-So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things v16
-These great beasts, which are four
-are four kings which shall arise out of the earth.
-But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom
-and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

E. Truth of the Fourth Beast

-Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast v19
-which was diverse from all the others
-exceeding dreadful
-which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
-And I would know the truth of the ten horns that were in his head
-and of the other which came up
-and before whom three fell
-even that horn that had eyes
-and a mouth that spake very great things
-whose look was more stout than his fellows.
-and the same horn made war with the saints and prevailed against them;
-Until the Ancient of days came
-and judgment was given to the saints of the most High
-and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.

***I believe the "OTHER" is the Satan-possessed False Prophet. He wars against the saints until Christ sits at the Judgment of the Nations after the full end of the second 1260 days of the Tribulation (Rev. 12:17).

-The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth v23
-which shall be diverse from all kingdoms
-and shall devour the whole earth
-and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

-And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise v24
-and another shall rise after them
-and he shall be diverse from the first
-and he shall subdue three kings.
-And he shall speak great words against the most High
-and shall wear out the saints of the most High
-and think to change times and laws
-and they shall be given into his hand
-until a time and times and the dividing of time.[3 1/2 years]
-But the judgment shall sit
-and they shall take away his dominion
-to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
-And the kingdom shall be given to the people of the saints
-whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
-Hitherto is the end of the matter

***Here "ANOTHER" comes up after the Beast and his 10 susidiary kings. He is different from the first Beast. Satan gives the Beast his throne and power, but Satan inhabits the False Prophet.

10 horns-ten kings-10 toes­all the same­7.24

4. THE BEAST THAT RISES FROM THE SEA, Revelation 13

First Beast, Rev. 13. 1-10
Same as Image of Daniel 2 and Dream of Daniel 7

-I saw a beast rise up out of the sea
-having seven heads and ten horns
-and upon his horns ten crowns
-and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
-the beast was like unto a leopard
-his feet were as the feet of a bear
-and his mouth as the mouth of a lion
-and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
-I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death
-and his deadly wound was healed
-and all the world wondered after the beast.
-And they worshipped the dragon
-which gave power unto the beast
-and they worshipped the beast
-saying, Who is like unto the beast?
-who is able to make war with him?
-there was given him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies
-and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
-And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God
-to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
-And it was given unto him to make war with the saints
-to overcome them
-and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
-And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him
-whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb

***When the 10 kings are crowned, the Tribulation has begun. The head that is as it were wounded to death is the 5th head of the great red dragon, Rome (Babel, Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome). The Beast is the 6th head of the great red dragon. The Roman Empire came to an end, but the power of Rome was transferred to the Popes. Rome then was healed and became an Ecclesiastical Empire. The Beast will rule the World Church and the World Government the first 1260 days of the Tribulation.

5. FATE OF THE BEAST

Revelation 19.17-21
-I saw an angel saying to all the fowls that fly
-Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
-That ye may eat the flesh of kings
-and the flesh of captains
-and the flesh of mighty men
-and the flesh of horses
-and of them that sit on them
-and the flesh of all men
-both free and bond
-both small and great.
-And I saw the beast
-and the kings of the earth
-and their armies
-gathered together to make war
-against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
-And the beast was taken
-and with him the false prophet
-that wrought miracles before him
-with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast
-and them that worshipped his image
-These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
-And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse
-which sword proceeded out of his mouth
-and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
-And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them
-and judgment was given unto them
-and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus
-and for the word of God
-and which had not worshipped the beast
-neither his image
-neither had received his mark upon their foreheads
-or in their hands
-and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 16:13
-unclean spirits like frogs come out of the beast

***Rev. 16:13 says, "I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils..."

Rev 19:20
-the beast is cast alive into a lake of fire

  6. RESULTS OF THE MARK OF THE BEAST

Rev 14:9
-the third angel says
-If any man worship the beast and his image
-and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
-The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God
-which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation

Rev 15:1
-And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire
-and them that had gotten the victory over the beast
-the first poured out his vial upon the earth
-and there fell a noisome and grievous sore
-upon the men which had the mark of the beast
-and upon them which worshipped his image.

7. THE BEAST AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION

Rev 6:1
-And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals
-and behold a white horse:
-and he that sat on him had a bow
-and a crown was given unto him
-and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

***I hope you know how much I appreciate your spending the time to put all this together. It is a great help in putting pieces into the end-time puzzle. God Bless.

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