Pro and Con 88, Uploaded 4-13-98
Incoming Email (Note: I put this ahead of other email so you would get this news right away.)
More "Freak" Snow -- Snowstorm in Moscow, Monday April 13 10:06 AM EDT
Blizzard whites out Moscow
MOSCOW, April 13 (UPI) _ An unexpected two-day blizzard has dumped at least 12 inches of snow on Moscow, bringing the city to a standstill and howls of rage from the mayor's office.
The blizzard, which shows no signs of abating, has closed roads and airports, and forced many Muscovites to walk home from work.
Moscow's Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, clearly in a rage after the national weather center predicted Moscow should expect warm weather and sunshine, says the city will set up its own weather service.
My reply Thanks. It is still snowing at local mountains here in Southern California. Easter Sunday, the paper said, "...rain or snow arriving. Snow level 4,500 feet." Today's paper said, "snow level dropping to 3,500 feet tonight. Several inches of accumulation above 5,000 feet."
Incoming Email Thanks for Emailing me back. Great to hear from you. I read some of you Email you received on your web and I just wanted to encourage you ! I am disappointed that a so called Christian can act with such anger and bitterness over your thoughts on the Rapture of this year. Christians should realize if they read their Bible that God did say The Sealed Book would be opened in the end time, which is obvious that we would learn new things in the end time about future events. I just want to encourage you to keep it up, you have brought me back to God , and made me realize I have some sin in my life that I needed to ask forgiveness for. I have rededicated my life to God because of you and I ask God to Bless you! I know that I will see you on the way up in the Rapture whether it happens this year or at some future date!!! Love in Christ
My reply I sure appreciate what you have said. The Lord bless you and keep you. In His love
Incoming Email Note from Marilyn: Here are some interesting excerpts from a letter from Uri Marcus in Israel:
> Preparations for Pesach
> The period before Pesach is marked by extensive preparations and
> several special ceremonies. The most important of these concerns the
> removal of chametz (leaven), i.e. any food product that contains
> leavened wheat, oat, barley, rye, or spelt products.
> In keeping with the Biblical command in Sh'mot (Exodus) 12:19 and 13:7,
> Jews will, before Pesach, thoroughly clean their homes to remove any
> crumbs, bits of food, etc. that may be chametz. This cleaning
> culminates in a special ceremony, which involves the ritual search for
> chametz in one's home by candlelight, accompanied by a special
> blessing. To prevent the blessing from being pronounced over a vain
> search, pieces of bread -- carefully wrapped in foil or plastic -- are
> first "hidden" around the home. The collected chametz is then burned on
> the morning before Pesach....
> three things about the departure:
> 1. That there was in fact a plundering, "The LORD made the Mitzrim
> favorably disposed towards the people."(Shm'ot 11:2-3).
> 2. That the Lord brought us out of Mitzra'im by night (D'varim 16:1).
> 3. That they set out on the 15th day of the 1st month (BaMidbar
> [Numbers] 33:3).
> To find out when the spoiling took place, all we need to do is fill in
> the missing pieces. If Bnei Israel set out on the 15th at night then we
> know that the slaughtering of the lambs must have taken place on the
> afternoon of the 13th, since they roasted and ate the lambs on the 14th
> at night in accordance with the command, "Take care of the Lambs until
> the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community
> of Israel must slaughter them at twilight...That same night they are to
> eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread
> made without yeast. (Shm'ot 12:6,8).
> Now you may be thinking... "Ok, the 14th starts in the morning, and
> they go through all the day, until the night time and then eat the
> barbecued lamb." Not quite. Don't forget, you have to think like a Jew
> here. The new day begins in the evening. So the problem is, what does
> twilight mean? The Hebrew word is "ben Ha'Arbi'im" which means
> literally, between the two evenings. Therefore, the picture we now have is:
> 1. Between the evenings of the 13th and the 14th of Nisan (3 PM on 13th
> until sundown which was the start of the 14th) the Lambs were
> slaughtered. That night they are eaten.
> 2. In Shm'ot 12:22 Bnei Israel are commanded to remain indoors on the
> 14th through the night since it was the only safe place until daybreak
> the next morning, that was protected by the shed blood of the lamb. So
> during the night of the 14th, there is no departure.
> 3. The whole of the daylight portion of the 14th is when the spoiling
> of the Mitzrim takes place. This timetable allows for about twelve
> hours of daylight to do the job.
> 4. When the 15th begins at sundown, Bnei Israel pack their bags (and
> spoils) and depart Mitzra'im.
> Two dates for Pesach
> Two dates to start the counting of the Omer
> One date for the ressurection (not sunday!)
> You may not have even realized that for centuries the Rabbis and Sages
> have argued over which day Pesach should take place, and when the
> counting of the Omer (a method that allowed one to fulfill the Torah
> command to count off 50 days after Pesach to arrive at Shavu'ot
> [Pentecost]) should begin.
> You may have been able to deduce from the above, that even during the
> days of Yeshua, there wasn't Rabbinic agreement on these issues,
> nevertheless only one opinion ruled the day, and it turned out to be
> that of the Prushim (Pharisees) by popular vote.
> You see, there were differences as to the exact understanding of "ben
> Ha'Arbi'im" and how it related to other problematic passages such as
> those found in D'varim (Deut) 16:1-8, which described the Pesach as if
> it should be combined with the actual Feast of Israel and Holy
> Convocation called Hag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread).
> The Rabbis and Sages just after the time of Ezra reasoned that the
> Pesach, after the original event in Shm'ot, should hence be celebrated
> together with Hag HaMatzot on the evening of the 15th of Nisan, and so
> it remains to this day. There was also disagreement as to when to begin
> counting off the 50 days of the Omer because the Scripture was unclear
> as to when it should begin. Some felt it was to begin after the first
> day of Hag HaMatzot, and others felt it was to begin after the first
> regular weekly Shabbat which fell sometime during the seven day Feast.
> The former school of thought (again the Prushim) won, and to this day,
> it is the method we use for the counting.
> But, why should you care about all this seeming non-sense? You are
> probably saying by now, "Who cares when they spoiled the Mitzrim? So
> what they did it on the 14th? And who cares when they start counting
> the Omer? What is the point?"
> Well, it much more important than you think. You see, the church has a
> problem today in understanding the Jewishness of the Gospel accounts.
> Most people don't even relate to the Gospel as a Jewish story. They
> don't understand the crucial timing of the Pesach, and when Yeshua had
> to die, in order to fulfill the Torah. They don't realize that if he
> gets crucified on the wrong day, in relation to what the Torah
> required, then he cannot be the Mashiach.
> By understanding the answers to the these two questions, we solve some
> timing problems in connection with when Israel was supposed to
> slaughter the Pesach lamb during the 2nd Temple period, and when they
> in fact did perform the Korban (sacrifice of) Pesach. We also discover
> why Israel today celebrates the Pesach ON THE WRONG DAY, and has been
> doing so for almost 2,500 years. Go ahead and check on any Jewish
> Calendar and you will find that Pesach is celebrated on the evening of
> the 15th of Nisan (which turns out to be Friday evening, the 10th of
> April this year), which is in direction contradiction to the Torah
> command found in Shm'ot 12. Yet, by allowing the Rabbis to push the
> calendar ahead 24 hours, G-d made it possible for Yeshua to die on the
> "correct" day, keeping the Torah, while Israel celebrated the Pesach
> the very next day...
> In addition, by allowing for the correct interpretation of the counting
> of the Omer to win the day, by the same Prushim who incorrectly moved
> the Pesach, Yeshua was able to fulfill the Torah picture of HaBikurim
> (First Fruits) in which He became to First of many to rise from the
> dead, exactly one day after the First Day of Hag HaMatzot, which just
> happened to also be a regular weekly Shabbat on the year of the
> resurrection. Perfect timing. Tell it like it is!
> No other explanation has ever been able to provide the key that unlocks
> the mysteries to the events of the last week of Yeshua's life, as
> recorded in the Gospels. It explains how Yeshua could eat a memorial
> seder on a Tuesday evening (13th) with his Talmidim (disciples), die on
> the tree as the LAMB of G-d in exact accordance with the Torah-fixed
> Pesach on a Wednesday afternoon (still the 13th), still allow Israel to
> sit down and partake of their Pesach Seder more than a day later on
> Thursday evening (15th) and further allow Yeshua to fulfill the sign of
> Yona which called for him to be in the grave 3 days and 3 nights,
> rising from the dead on HaBikurim (First Fruits) which was Shabbat
> morning (16th) -- no not sunday! Yeshua had to die before the 14th
> began, according to the Torah.
> Uri Marcus, The Nehemiah Trustees Covenant Fund, P.O. Box 64, Ma'aleh Adumim, 98100 Israel
My remarks I think Nisan 13 was Thursday and the Resurrection on Sunday, but the other information is good.
Incoming Email Why do you look for the fulfillment in the feast of the first coming, the Spirit came at Pentecost, the harvest of oil. There is something about the wheat harvest that catches my ear, something about the scapegoat and the separation of the tares.. maybe something about being the First Fruit (Jesus) that was raised on that was raised on the Feast of First Fruits.. Oh, by the way Revelation is not chronological, but neither is the Book of Daniel.. no, I don't have the answer but spend some real time with Rev. 20 especially verses 4 and 5 before you fix the time of rapture, by the way there is only one bride recall the parable of the virgins.. Well, enough please do not get angry, that is the spirit of the devil, look at some of these things, glean what you can and forget the idle chatter of a fool. Pray for Lord to open both of our eyes to further revelation of His coming, may the Lord be glorified in seeking His truth.. I read your material to see revealed truth.
My reply The 3 spring feasts belonged to the First Advent. The 3 fall feasts belong to the Millennium. Pentecost belongs to the Church. The Spirit of Christ came on Pentecost and the Church was born on Earth. I believe he will come again on Pentecost and the Bride of Christ will be born into a new world, Heaven.
Pentecost is the wheat harvest. We are a kind of firstfruits. The Bride is the "FIRST of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God" (Ex. 23:19). Ruth is a type of the Bride of Christ. Boaz chose her on Pentecost. He is the kinsman redeemer, a type of Christ.
There is only one Bride of Christ. I believe she is taken up in the Pre-Trib Rapture. The remainder are the rest of the Body of Christ. They are taken up in the Pre-Wrath Rapture. In Rev. 20, they are already in Heaven. They were taken up between (Rev. 7:14) the breaking of the sixth (Rev. 6:12) and seventh seals (Rev. 8).
Revelation is largely chronological, but there are parenthetical portions between the sixth and seventh seals, the sixth and seventh trumpets, and the sixth and seventh vials.
His reply Thanks for the information, especial about the betrothal of Boaz at Pentecost a lovely scene of our Kinsmen redeemer and His commitment to marraige. I just love the Word of God.
Incoming Email Good Day!
I was given a Christian flyer on the street the other day. I took it home to read and share with my wife. I found something interesting and I wanted to share it with you.
Arguably the most important act in the New Testament is Jesus being raised from the dead. Without this, our faith would crumble. When this information first came out, who did he trust this information to? Women.
I do not know why He didn't choose to reveal this information to His disciples directly. I do know that it seems to be happening again, it appears to me that again Jesus has trusted women to send very important information to the church.
Thank you for all your hard work. God bless you and see you soon!
Incoming Email Do you have plans for 31 may 98? Like I was thinking of making sure our family is all together on that date and at that time. Have you made any plans for then?
My reply No plans so far. It could be May 30 here in California. Strange things happen. My daughter's birthday is May 29. Her son's is May 30. My brother's is May 31. Ed's cousin's (raised with him as a brother) was June 1. How's that for getting my attention?
Incoming Email As each day goes by, every thought, action or deed seem to be centered around May 31st. [my birthday]. My husband and I have all your books and we find them very profound. Our Pastor, as well as many members of our church, find your teachings absolutely inspired and lend of the Lord. Though, our concentration is not solely focused on "the date", it has helped many of us to wake up and see the imminent return of our Lord. I do have a question though. In your book Revelations 2000, you pointed out that the Old Testament saints, ie. Abraham, Moses, Noah, etc. are not part of the Bride but friends with God. Can you explain this to me and give me the scriptures to back up your position. It is hard to conceive that such great men of God would not have this place of honor and reward. It it important for me to understand if I am going to explain this to someone else. Any while I'm at it, let me take the time to thank you for your of teaching such discerning truths. We are so grateful for the depth of your ministry. You have helped us and many, many, slumbering Christians to wake up and utilize every moment we have available to bring this message to the church and unbelievers. Thank you in advance for your response. God richly bless you!!
My reply Today is April 6, anniversary of the Crucifixion and date of the Second Coming on our calendar. Our son, David, was born on April 6. Strange things happen. My daughter's birthday is May 29. Her son's is May 30. My brother's is May 31. My husband Ed's cousin's (raised with him as a brother) was June 1. How's that for getting my attention? Now you tell me your birthday is May 31 too. Is someone trying to tell us something? Millennial peace starts on May 31 also, the anniversary of the Rapture on our calendar.
> My husband and I have all your books and we find them very profound. Our
> Pastor, as well as many members of our church, find your teachings
> absolutely inspired and lend of the Lord.
Thanks. I am pleased that another Pastor has eyes to see and ears to hear. Some are
like the Pharisees. They know it all and take away the key of knowledge.
> In your book Revelations 2000, you pointed out that the Old Testament saints,
> ie. Abraham, Moses, Noah, etc. are not part of the Bride but friends with God.
> Can you explain this to me and give me the scriptures to back up your position.
> It is hard to conceive that such great men of God would not have this place
> of honor and reward.
The greatest of prophets was John the Baptist, and he said he was a friend of the Bridegroom.
In Mt. 11:11, Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."
In John 3:29, John the Baptist said, "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled."
Abraham was promised an area on Earth. He and some others later chose Heaven, but could have returned to Earth if they so desired. Heb. 11:15 says, And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly."
The promises given Israel are different from those given the Church. Yet, at Sinai, Israel had a chance to be the wife of the Lord. She blew it and was divorced, as Vashti was in the book of Esther. As king Ahasuerus (lion king) then took the virgin Esther for his wife, Christ is now to take the wise virgins as his Bride.
Thanks so much for all your kind statements.
Incoming Email My name is ---- and I am responding from South Africa.
I am busy reading an extract taken from the Internet of your article "Why I expect the Rapture on Pentecost, 1998"
For the first time in my life it is as if a cloud of darkness has been taken away before my eyes. For the first time I can see the picture and understands it.
Glory be Thy Name. If you are right, we have 2 months left on this earth. Thank God for that !
I know time is running out for us, but is it possible to get hold of another extract via the Internet of your article "My Testimony and Picture". Is that perhaps possible?
Will you please pray for me? I really need God to show me all my sins even those ones that I may have forgotten. The last two years have been a hell for me. A year ago my husband divorsed me for another woman and I've got the most beautiful little girl (9-years) that can't cope with the whole situation. Neither can I!
This is why I am saying, if you are right, thank God, I really want to go home now, just to sit at His feet, to feel His presence, His peace... I am so tired.
I am looking forward from hearing from you.
(Note: I sent this plus my testimony and picture. It was returned twice. All I can do is hope she sees this here.)
> Will you please pray for me?
> I really need God to show me all my sins even those ones that I may have forgotten.
Only ask God to forgive you the ones you can remember. If there are others you should confess, the Holy Spirit will bring them to mind. If you confess the known sins, the Lord will cleanse you of ALL unrighteousness.
Let go of all bitterness. It does not hurt the one who hurt you. It can destroy you. Forgive (and forget as much as you are able). Make your life now count for the Lord. The past is over and done with. Christians should live for the future.
I am tired too. I get way too little sleep trying to keep up with everything I should do. Eighteen emails just arrived. I got 17 and when I answered one quickly, another came in. I want to upload 3 Pro and Cons tonight. It takes every minute I can spare to keep my head above water. Won't we be glad to rest in Heaven.
Psa. 149:5 says, "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds." That sounds like I can rest to make up for all the sleep I have missed ever since I started studying the Bible intensively.
Incoming Email Thank you for your response...however I am confused.
I have been studying the Bible for years now and have never heard of the second rapture What is this?
And yes I and I am watching for the emminent return on Jesus Christ. I believe that it is very foolish to be putting a date on GOD! The creator of the universe. And if he is coming, why are you not getting on radio and TV and Cable and the internet and telling everyone that they need to repent and turn from their sin before it is too late.
Matt 24: 36 says: "No one know about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but on the Father." How is it then that God has not shared this information with Jesus Christ or the angels, but he has shared it with you. I think you are making a very foolish mistake trying to guess God calendar.
As far as your comment, better to be wrong then not caught watching...you are then teaching younger brothers and sisters that it is more important to guess and meditate on Christs return, than to put energy into why we were left here in the first place. I have seen many weaker brothers/sisters turned away for the cause of Christ because someone told them that Christ would return on such and such a date, and then it didn't happen. But playing this guessing game you are doing more damage to the Church then you are good.
My reply Re: Second Rapture. I have a file about this on my Web page:
http://www.kiwi.net/~mjagee/2rapt.html. I also have something about it on my Home page: http://www.kiwi.net/~mjagee.
> why are you not getting on radio and TV and Cable and the internet and telling
> everyone that they need to repent and turn from their sin before it is too late
I have written three books that are distributed around the world, have been on radio twice, TV eleven times, and have a Web page on the Internet. I am trying to wake people up so they will get ready. What are you doing?
Jesus Christ was both man and God. As man, he did not know the day or hour, only the year. As God, he knew. He had planned it before the world was.
> I think you are making a very foolish mistake trying to guess God calendar.
I think you should search the Scriptures and see if these things are so.
> playing this guessing game you are doing more damage to the Church then you are good.
So you say. The Lord put a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2 where it says to publish and conceal not. I have to stick my neck out there where you can try to chop it off. However, you will see whether I am doing damage to the Church of not next Pentecost. One of these days, someone is going to be right you know. It is going to happen. This year is a very favorable year. It is the 6000th year since man began to be tried as mortal and knowing both good and evil. It is Israel's Jubilee Year, when debts are to be forgiven and the land returned to its owner. It is within the 30th year since the temple area was regained by Israel.
I hope you are not one of those who do not have ears to hear or eyes to see. In Mark 13:23, Jesus says, "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you ALL things."
Incoming Email ...in the book, Celebrate! The Complete Jewish Holidays Handbook written by Lesli Koppelman Ross on page 121, Following the holiday meal, many people proceed to synagogue for Ma'ariv, followed by an all-night (or into-the-night--many only last until 12 a.m.) Torah study session based on the kabbalists' practice. We remain awake to show that, unlike the situation of our heavy-lidded ancestors at Sinai, there is no need to bring us to our senses; we are ready to receive Torah. The tikkun (which refers both to the study session and to the text used for it) was the only observance developed specifically for Shavuot. (Although tikkunim were later introduced for Pesakh and Hoshanah Rabbah, this is the one most widely observed.)
IN ADDITION TO WANTING TO COMPENSATE FOR THE ISRAELITES, THE MYSTICS HAD THE IDEA THAT AT MIDNIGHT, THE HEAVENS OPEN AND FAVORABLY RECEIVE THE THOUGHTS, STUDY, AND PRAYERS OF THOSE WHO REMAIN AWAKE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVELATION. (SOME PROMOTED THE LEGEND THAT, AS ON HOSHANAH RABBAH, WISHES ARE FULFILLED AT THAT MOMENT. THE MOROCCAN JEWS BELIEVED STAYING UP ALL NIGHT GUARANTEED YOU LIFE FOR THE NEXT YEAR.) IT WAS LIKENED TO THE HOURS OF PREPARATION PRIOR TO A WEDDING. THE CHAPTER HEADINGS IN THE ANTHOLOGY USED FOR STUDY WERE SAID TO REPRESENT THE JEWELS USED TO ADORN A BRIDE PRIOR TO HER MARRIAGE, AND THE TIKKUN PROCESS WAS THE BEDECKEN CEREMONY (WHEN THE GROOM VERIFIES THE IDENTITY OF HIS BRIDE AND PLACES THE VEIL OVER HER FACE), WHICH PRECEDES THE WEDDING.
1. The key to understanding: WATCH. 23 times we are told to watch. What is the only feast they watch all night and what do they watch for? Pentecost and the heavens to open up.
2. Feasts are shadows of things to come, (Col 2:16-17, I Cor 10:11). What happened on Pentecost? 1 law was given; 2 Jews were married to God. What happened on Pentecost? 1 Holy Spirit given; 2 perhaps the marriage of Christ to the Church.
3. God's plan for the ages (Eph 3:1-9) Jews and Gentiles become fellowheirs. Jews and Gentiles became one as a result of Pentecost. The only reason the Jews accepted Cornelius and the Gentiles was the gift of tongues. The Holy Spirit given on Pentecost was an earnest or partial payment until we are complete in Christ, what better day than Pentecost?
To disagree with someone is not a dishonor, not to listen is. I thank you for your many hours of study in the word. I thank you for listening to me. God continue to bless you
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