“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.”
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will thoughtfully consider the current path of the human race and the many indicators that this world is undergoing a rapid transformation right before our eyes. Throughout the years of his presidency, Barack Obama has often declared that the United States of America is heading in the “right direction.” However, if a person is willing to make an honest assessment of this world’s present condition, it becomes clear that the situation is not improving but rather growing worse.
New resolutions and fresh starts are associated with the beginning of a New Year. Many people gave great thought to physical resolutions for 2013. How many of us took the time to consider making spiritual ones?¬† JRed’s blog, Lookup Fellowship, has both a new look and a new attitude. I love the site’s clean new look. The previous one could be a bit overwhelming at times. But what I like most about the site right now, is the attitude it reflects and the example it sets.
How often do we get so busy with work and home and family and all the “stuff” of life that we neglect our very lifeline? Bloggers, like other writers, tend to be creative and one great thought can inspire many more. It’s easy to get caught up in the creativity of self expression. When this happens, the blog that was once showcased God begins to showcase the blogger.¬† (I’m just generalizing here¬† – no reflection on LUF.)
The blogger (or writer) is the only one who can answer for what appears on the page. Motivations are not always obvious. Nor are allegiances. JRed¬† determined that not only would he continue to showcase God on¬† his blog, he would also remove any content that did not fit his 2013 definition of what LookUp Fellowship should be.
Imagine how much better our walk with Christ could be if we took the time to clean out our spiritual closets, disposing of anything that doesn’t properly reflect the God we know and love and serve, and then made a conscious decision to maintain our focus for the next 365 days.
We are now more than 2 weeks into the New Year. While I did not make any resolutions, I did get my business life cleaned up and organized. It’s high time I spent more time on the spiritual side of my life. I hope that it, like the LUF website, will be clean, fresh and focused when I’m done.
Thank you, JRed, for the reminder and the inspiration.
Tracking Bible Prophecy Headlines – 1/16/2013
January 2013 Newsletter -¬† Last Trumpet Ministries¬†¬†
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Romans 1:26-32
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† II Peter 3:13-18
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”¬†¬† I John 5:19-20
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine recent events which indicate the people of the earth are living in an increasingly desperate and wicked age. As I write this newsletter, another year is drawing to a close, and this has been a year of many amazing events as well as numerous incidents of unspeakable evil, treachery, and heartbreak. The contents of this newsletter will bring us face-to-face with the very harsh realities of this world, and it is my prayer that in doing so, we will all feel strongly compelled to draw nigh unto God and seek Him with a whole heart.
In Romans, chapter 1, we read of many evil characteristics that plague this sinful world. Each of these despicable sins was already common in the days of the Apostle Paul, but as we grow closer to the end of time, this profusion of wickedness has greatly intensified. Sadly, numerous atrocities were committed in the year 2012, including many senseless killings in the United States.
One such horrific incident occurred on July 20, 2012, when a gunman entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and went on a murderous rampage, which claimed the lives of twelve people and wounded fifty-eight more. (1) Less than one month later, on August 5, 2012, a gunman entered a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and then proceeded to murder six people in cold blood while wounding four more. (2)
Four years ago, the end appeared so close – the signs were all around us. It’s easy now to see that those signs were just the first ripples of the birth pangs. When a woman goes into labor for the first time, she has no idea just how much those initial pains are going to intensify. We can now look back and see just how far the pangs have come.
Bro. D¬† has been chronicling some of them. He notes the obvious (to those who’ve been watching) decrease in the time between events even as the intensity gets stronger. Our world is in the throes of labor pains. The earth itself is groaning. Earthquakes, dead animals, strange sounds and UFO sightings have become everyday occurrences. Regions that were once cold are now hot and areas that are usually hot are suddenly cold. Australia is on fire. The world is facing economic issues, famine, and drought. People are losing jobs. Entire nations are going broke.
It is actually being said that the world rulers are gearing up to inform us our planet was seeded by aliens and they’ll soon be returning to rule us. Cloning, trans-humanism and genetic experimentation are now commonplace as people try to replace God.¬† Activities that once were taboo are not only discussed openly now, they’ve been made legal – even in the U.S. military.
America isn’t the only nation on a collision course with destiny. All of the world is about to see what happens when God, the one, true, God, is denied, blasphemed, mocked and otherwise treated with disrespect.
God will not be mocked. Vengeance is his and he will satisfy his wrath. If you’d like to know more about what to expect in coming days and weeks, read the book of Revelation. And the book of Joel. And the books of Isaiah and Nehemiah. Read the Old Testament and see what God did when his own people refused to obey him. Read the New Testament and see how the next age pans out.
Even as the media is filled with news about famine, drought, pandemics and other scary events, those who have accepted Christ as their Savior can take comfort in the fact that God is in control and He alone holds all the power. Now is the time to keep your focus on the Lord and your eyes on the skies. Pray for the lost – time is quickly running out.
by Brother D
The year 2012 has satanic promises draped around it. The Mayans were satanists, they worshiped the devil and his demons. They offered him blood and he gave them his ‘secrets.’ 2012 appears to be a year that ‘they’ have marked with a deadline. ‘They’ want to get something accomplished this year. Question is not what they want or plan to do, the real question is what will the Lord allow them to do.
If you watch the signs around us, it appears the Lord has allowed them to develop their plan to a mature stage. Look at the economics in the world as an example of this. The signs in the heavens are the Lord’s signs. We have seen Revelation 12 play out last fall, we are seeing sings in the sun moon and stars. These signs do not mean anything will happen on the day of the sign, they do mean that something will happen at some point.
Timing is the Lord’s arena. We know that because we are told “no man knows the day or hour” of His return. The Bride does not know when the Bridegroom will call for her.
Satanic prophecies are actually satanic promises. People like the Mayans tell us what their spiritual masters have told them. Throughout history satan and his minions have attempted to setup their ‘world order’ and have failed (hitler, napolean etc). Reason? Restraint, the Restrainer. At what point will the Restrainer be removed? Time will tell. The Lord told us these days will require faith and patience. The wise virgins were prepared to wait. Signs come and go. Years come and go and things go on and we patiently wait and endure through them looking for the arrival of the Bridegroom.
When I hear people say they turned away from the faith because something did not happen on someday I remember the parable of the seed that fell on different kinds of ground. Only the seed that fell in good soil grew and continued to grow. The rest fell by the wayside.
We just had an annular eclipse, and life goes on business as usual, chances are the upcoming transit of venus and pentecost will be the same. They will come and go uneventfully. One of these days however, things will change radically. On one day and with no notice things will change radically. I expect that day to be one of the ‘in between days’ that has no special significance or signs attached to it. A day like today would fit that description perfectly.
The atheist and the ‘other tribbers’ enjoy every sign and signal that goes by without incidence. They think it proves something. What it proves is they will be caught off guard when the Bridegroom calls and they are found with no oil. They are not watching and therefore not ready for the Bridegroom to appear today. Something somewhere at sometime later things are supposed to happen according to them. How unfortunate.
The Lord has me reading through the books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Psalms lately. He has also instructed me repeatedly that patience, time, forbearance and long-suffering are what we should embrace today.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Brother D
Pentecost comes in the early summer (May-June). It‚Äôs the only Levitical Feast Day between the 3 Spring Feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits) and the 3 in the fall (Rosh Hashanna, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles). The Hebrew name for this Day is Shavuot, which means weeks, so in Israel it‚Äôs called the Feast of Weeks.
This is because it‚Äôs supposed to occur 7 weeks after the Feast of First Fruits (Lev. 23:15-16). Deut. 16:9 confirms this. ‚ÄúCount off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.‚ÄĚ The first cutting of the grain harvest took place on the Feast of First Fruits.
Since First Fruits is the first Sunday after Passover, Shavuot should always be on a Sunday, too. But somewhere along the way the Jews began counting from the first day of Unleavened Bread (the day after Passover) so now Shavuot can come any day of the week, depending on what day Unleavened Bread begins. This year (2010) it began at sundown May 18 on our calendar.
Christians call this day by its Greek name, Pentecost, from a Greek word that means ‚Äú50 days‚ÄĚ. There were 50 days from the Sabbath that followed Passover to the Feast of Weeks, and that‚Äôs where the Greek name comes from. But whether you count seven weeks (49 days) from First Fruits to the day the Jews call the Feast of Weeks or count 50 days from the first Sabbath after Passover to the day Christians call Pentecost, you will arrive at the same day and it will be a Sunday.
But like the Jews we‚Äôve also changed things although we‚Äôve retained the Sunday part. Christians now start counting on the day we call Easter Sunday, which is officially the first Sunday after the first full moon that follows the Spring Equinox. We include Easter Sunday as day one, so Pentecost is always seven weeks from Easter.
Because of differences between the Western Solar calendar and the Jewish Lunar one, Easter does not always come on the first Sunday after Passover, so we don‚Äôt always celebrate Pentecost on the correct date either. But this year Easter came on April 4, which was the first Sunday after Passover, the Feast of First Fruits. That means May 23, called Pentecost Sunday in 2010, is the correct date for the Feast of Weeks, according to Lev. 23:15-16 and Deut. 16:9. It‚Äôs the 7th Sunday after April 4.
What‚Äôs a Pentecost?
Jews celebrate Pentecost (I‚Äôll just use its Greek name to avoid any more confusion than necessary) as the day Moses received the Law on Mt. Sinai and the nation Israel was born. (Exodus 19-20) Christians celebrate it as the day the Holy Spirit fell on the Disciples in Jerusalem and the Church was born (Acts 2). If you agree with my view that the parables of Matthew 13 describe the church on Earth and that the parable of the yeast predicts there will be sin in the church, you‚Äôll be interested in the fact that unlike all the other Jewish Feasts that call for unleavened bread (no yeast), Pentecost requires bread baked with yeast (Lev. 23:17). In the Bible leaven, or yeast, is a model of sin because it causes the dough to begin spoiling.
The Jewish Pentecost ceremonies reveal a subtle link to the coming church. In synagogues, the Book of Ruth is read on Pentecost. The story of Ruth has been called ‚ÄúThe Romance of Redemption‚ÄĚ. It‚Äôs about Naomi, a Jewish woman from Bethlehem who lost her land and position and was forced into exile in a foreign country (Moab). Shortly thereafter her husband passed away leaving her penniless and alone.
She returns to Bethlehem accompanied by Ruth, a gentile woman who has sworn never to leave her. Ruth was a Moabite who had married one of Naomi‚Äôs sons (who also died) making her Naomi‚Äôs daughter-in-law and a destitute widow as well.
Once back in Bethlehem Naomi‚Äôs close relative, a prominent Jewish man named Boaz falls in love with Ruth and marries her while in the process of redeeming Naomi‚Äôs land. Both these events were accomplished according to the Law. For Naomi it was the law of redemption (Lev 25:25), and for Ruth it was the law of leverite marriage (Deut. 25:5-6).
The modeling here is dramatic, with Naomi in the role of Israel, destitute and alone; Ruth as the Church, the gentile bride; Boaz as the Kinsman Redeemer (Messiah) and the story a prediction of the relationship between them. In the process of redeeming Israel, the Messiah takes a gentile bride. In doing so, He saves both from destitution and redeems Israel‚Äôs land. The identification of the Church with Pentecost began in the prophecies of Ruth. To learn more about these incredible prophecies, and enjoy one of the world‚Äôs classic love stories, read Ruth‚Äôs Story.
By the way, Boaz was the son of Rahab, the harlot from the Book of Joshua (read ‚ÄúThe Gospel in Joshua ‚Ä¶ The Story of Rahab‚ÄĚ ), and 3 generations later his great-grandson David became King of Israel. Rahab and Ruth both show up in the Genealogy of the Lord Jesus (Matt. 1:5), and King Solomon named one of the pillars at the entrance to the Temple after Boaz.
When‚Äôs Your Birthday?
By tradition Enoch, one of the patriarchs from Genesis 5, was born on the day later to be known as Pentecost. Enoch‚Äôs name means ‚Äúteaching‚ÄĚ, a primary function of the Church (Matt. 28:19-20) For this reason many scholars see him as a ‚Äútype‚ÄĚ of the church as well. Genesis 5:21-23 indicates that Enoch was very close to God and was actually taken live (raptured) into Heaven before the Great Flood. Pre-Trib scholars see this event as one of several Old Testament hints that the Church will disappear from Earth before the Great Tribulation.
These same traditions also hold that Enoch was taken on his birthday. So here‚Äôs a model in Genesis 5 of a man identified with the church being born and raptured on the day that would become Pentecost, the day the church was also born. Will the Church be raptured on our birthday too? Personally I don‚Äôt believe the Rapture of the Church will be the prophetic fulfillment of any of Israel‚Äôs Holy Days. But if I‚Äôm wrong and the Rapture does fulfill a Jewish Feast, Pentecost is by far the most obvious candidate.
As you probably know, I believe the reason no one on Earth can accurately predict the day of the Rapture is because it‚Äôs a number specific event, not a date specific one. In Romans 11:25 Paul implied the church has a ‚Äúfull number‚ÄĚ, when its ranks will be considered complete. When that number is reached the Church will ‚Äúcome in‚ÄĚ which means it will arrive at its scheduled destination, like when a ship ‚Äúcomes in.‚ÄĚ
Jesus said the destination of the Church is His Father‚Äôs house (John 14:2). Put it together and I believe it means we‚Äôll be raptured as soon as the pre-determined number of Christians has been born again, no matter what day of the week it is.
Soon And Very Soon
One day soon now, all who are in Christ, having heard and believed the Word of Truth, the Gospel of our salvation (thereby receiving the mark of the promised Holy Spirit) will suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth along with all children and those mentally incapable of making informed choices. In one instant we will have been going about our daily routines on Earth and in the next we‚Äôll be standing in the presence of our Redeemer, our sins forgiven and forgotten, and all our imperfections gone. Among us will be all the faithful dead of the Church Age, reunited with perfected bodies and restored to eternal physical life. Together we will begin the most incredible journey of exploration and realization ever dreamed of.
Neither we, nor the unbelieving world, will have received any advance warning of the timing for this event; it will have come totally by surprise. Maybe it will happen on Pentecost, maybe not. But one thing is certain, when it does happen, none of us will care one whit whether we had predicted it‚Äôs timing accurately. We will only express in unimaginable joy our gratitude for being there. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith ‚Äď and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God ‚Äď not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephe. 2:8-9) As it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him ‚Äď but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:9-10). You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 05-22-10
from RITAN (http://raptureintheairnow.com/rita-main-discussion-forum/ascension-day-a-small-study)
Why did Jesus ascend 10 days before The Church Age began?
Let‚Äôs first look at Ascension Thursday‚Ä¶
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, ‚ÄúMen of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.‚ÄĚ
The word ‚Äúmanner‚ÄĚ is ‚Äútropos‚ÄĚ which means ‚Äúmode, style, character, means, or way.
So He‚Äôs coming back the SAME WAY‚Ä¶ (and a cloud received Him out of their sight).
What does the bible say about how Jesus will return for the Rapture?
1 Thes 4:16-17
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The words ‚ÄúClouds‚ÄĚ in both verses (1 Thes 4:17 & Acts 1:9) is the same Greek word, so it seems that His departure and return WILL be the SAME.
The question is if Jesus returns the same WAY, will He return on the same DAY.
Here are more Bible verses to consider.
1Cor 15:21-23- For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: CHRIST THE FIRSTFRUITS, (First Ascension Day) AFTERWARD THOSE WHO ARE CHRIST‚ÄôS AT HIS COMING. (Second Ascension Day).
Could the order stated in verse 23 be the two Ascension Days as I showed?
Why did Jesus ascend 10 days before the dispensation changed on Pentecost?
The Age of Law started on Pentecost when Moses received the Ten Commandments and the Age of Grace started on Pentecost with the arrival of the Holy Spirit and many believe, as do I, the Age of Law will start again on Pentecost.
What I don‚Äôt believe is that the Rapture will happen on Pentecost. There was a reason that Jesus left on Ascension Thursday 10 days before Pentecost. What happened in these 10 days as the apostles stayed in prayer in the upper room until the Holy Spirit came upon them? What did they do? Well, they picked the new Apostle, Matthias, who would testify of the Resurrection.
It was God who picked this 12th Apostle as we see in Acts 1:24 which says ‚ÄúAnd they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knows the hearts of all men, show whether of these two thou hast chosen‚ÄĚ. Did they need a week to do this? I wouldn‚Äôt think so. So why then did Jesus leave 10 days in advance of Pentecost? I believe it was because 10 days will be needed now, after Jesus ascends a second time on Ascension Thursday this May when He leaves with the Bride. Why will these 10 days be needed? The time will be needed for God to choose and seal the 144,000, who will be used after Pentecost testifying of the Resurrection the same way He chose the 12th Apostle after the first Ascension Day for the same purpose.
On Ascension Thursday, Jesus, who is the Jew‚Äôs Messiah, will take the Bride with Him and will leave the Jews behind. Ten days later, however, they will realize, by the appearance of the two witnesses and the sealed 144,000 that God has not left them and will be there for them during the 70th week.
Has anyone ever noticed that Romans 11:11 has never been fulfilled?
I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Has our salvation ever ONCE provoked the Jews to jealousy? NO, Never! When we are RAPTURED, leaving with their Messiah, especially on His original Ascension Day, will they be jealous?‚Ä¶I think so..! Or if our disappearance is explained as alien abductions, when the 2 witnesses and the 144,000 preach of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, His Resurrection, and the Rapture, I‚Äôm sure that if jealousy wasn‚Äôt evident at our Rapture, it will be then. God‚Äôs word does not come back void and Gentile salvation MUST provoke the Jews to jealousy.
Let‚Äôs take a look at May 17th, Ascension Thursday.
The 17th, fits the 5, 6, 7 Jesus, of Charity. (15, 16, 17)
It fits a Gentile Holiday and not a Jewish one, which fits a word someone posted a year or two ago.
It‚Äôs a sliver moon like many people have seen in their rapture dreams and a few days later it‚Äôs the new moon.
Ascension Day is near the end of the barley harvest (Omer count) as the wheat harvest begins on Pentecost. Many people believe the Church is the barley which unlike wheat, which has to be crushed (tribulation) to separate it, it is just waved in the air on the days following first fruits.
It‚Äôs also in the spring.
How does this affect overall dates?
Yes, I do believe that the 70th week has not yet begun and that the full 7 years are left for the 70th week. I also believe that the 70th week will end on Rosh Hashanah ‚Äď Sept 21, 2017 (the jubilee year) which is 50yrs after 1967 when Jerusalem was re-united with Israel and 100 yrs after 1917 when Israel left Ottoman rule. (Google – Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel‚Äôs prophecy)
How can this happen?….The shortening of the days by 1/3rd of course (Rev 8:12 & Mark 13:20). If the beginning of the 70th week is May 27th 2012 and it ends on Sept 21, 2017, it will only be 1943 days which means on July 25, 2014 a catastrophic event will happen (meteor strike, etc.) that will shorten our days to 18 hours and cause 2520 days to fit into 1943 days. Simply done by an excel program.
Well that‚Äôs the end of my study‚Ä¶..and of course, I‚Äôm not picking a date, just showing a possibility‚Ä¶!
Any way you look at it, He coming very, very soon!
Behold, I tell you a mystery!
“But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed!”
1 Corinthians 15:51
Just over the horizon there is a mysterious event approaching that has spoken by our Lord and his prophets. The world will be complete astonished by this mysterious event! Jesus said, “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. (Matt 24:40-41) That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” (Luke 17:34-35)
This mysterious incident in ancient times has repeatedly been revealed in Holy Scripture. Prior to the Flood of Noah Enoch a righteous man before the Lord was the first to experience this enigma It is written that Enoch is ‚Äúthe seventh from Adam.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúEnoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints‚ÄĚ (Jude 14). Enoch is also seventh in the sequence of names in the epistle of Jude. The number 7 means ‚Äúcompletion.‚ÄĚ Revelation 2 and 3 contain seven letters to the churches, which portray the Church Age. According to 2 Corinthians 10:11, the Church is the ‚Äúend,‚ÄĚ the ‚Äúcompletion‚ÄĚ of the world ages. And blindness has come upon Israel until the ‚Äúfull number‚ÄĚ of the Gentiles has been reached Romans 11:25.
Enoch was born on the day of Pentecost sixth day of the month of Sivan, the ninth month of the civil year; the third month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar (in May and June). He was 65 when Methuselah was born and he did not die but was taken up into heaven in 987 at the age of 365 years. The epistle of Jude is the last letter before the Revelation, and it mentions Enoch as being a kind of completion. Could this completion be understood as a picture of the mysterious imminent removal of the Church and the following day of reckoning? The Church will be removed from this earth when it is complete and then the Lord will turn to Israel once again (Romans 11:25-26.) Perhaps this is why Michael the archangel, who fights in particular for the children of Israel (Daniel 12:1 and Revelation 12:7), is mentioned in Jude 9.
Enoch was the first man to be removed (harpazo) because he walked with God (Genesis 5:24) and this took place before the Flood. This word Harpazo in the Old Testament Septuagint, (Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures 300-200 BC) the actual Greek word literally can translate, “shall be seized.” ‚ÄúEnoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.‚ÄĚ (Genesis 5:24) The name Enoch means ‚Äúteaching‚ÄĚ which is a primary function of the Church (Matt. 28:19-20) This Greek word “harpazo” is used seven times in the New Testament. (Matt. 13:19, John 10:12, Acts 8:39, II Cor. 12:2,4, I Thess. 4:17, and Rev. 12:5) In each case it means something was quickly grabbed, snared or seized. Beyond question this is a picture of the true Church, which follows the Lord and will be raptured (Harpazo). Noah, on the other hand, is a type of Israel, who is saved through the ‚Äúflood‚ÄĚ of the Great Tribulation.
Although we do not know the day or hour of Jesus‚Äô return, we can clearly see the last chapter in human history before the Rapture has begun. ‚ÄúGod, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by [His] Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds‚ÄĚ (Hebrews 1:1-2) It might come to a shock to many that we have been living in the last days for over two thousand years.
Only those who are ‚Äúin Christ‚ÄĚ (the Ark) will be kept. ‚ÄúJude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied‚ÄĚ (Jude 1- 2) There is no other place where you can be preserved from the future judgment of God than in Jesus Christ alone.
Another Old Testament symbolic type which points toward a removal (Harpazo) of God‚Äôs people prior to judgment is Lot and his family. They were delivered out of Sodom and Gomorrah before those cities were destroyed. The Apostle Peter alludes to both of these examples in his second epistle. He states that if God spared Noah and Lot, then He surely “knows how to rescue the godly from trial and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the Day of Judgment” (2 Peter 4-9).
In Noah‚Äôs time, the sins of the people brought the judgment of the Flood upon them, but Enoch was saved beforehand. In the same way, the situation of the end-times is demanding God‚Äôs judgment. The Church of Jesus Christ will be preserved from God‚Äôs judgment through the Harpazo (Rapture). Of the time of Noah, Jesus said, ‚ÄúBut as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be‚ÄĚ (Matthew 24:37- 39).
Hollywood depicts quite vividly the depravity of our sin. In the early 1900‚Äôs we had a few monsters in the silver screen, from Frankenstein, Wolf man, Dracula, and a few misshapen creatures, But today‚Äôs lust of horror and gore films has gone beyond our imagination.
The people of Noah‚Äôs generation did not see the signs of the times; they did not listen to God speak through Noah, ‚Äúby which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water‚ÄĚ (1 Peter 3:19-20).
There was no sign of impending judgment when Noah was building the ark. People lived as nothing was going to happen then suddenly the soaking rain came upon the people unexpectedly. This is how it is today‚Ä¶ People live each day mocking those who warn them of God‚Äôs impending judgment, then suddenly the God will remove (Harpazo) his bride from impending danger, the Rapture will take place and the time of Jacob‚Äôs (Israel) trouble will commence. ‚ÄúAlas! That day is so great there is none like it; it is a time of distress for Jacob; yet he shall be saved out of it.‚ÄĚ (Jer 30:7) The only time period that fits this description is the period of the Tribulation. This time is unparalleled in history.
The Bible tells us of others who have been taken up into heaven in very much the same way that we will be at the time of the rapture. Elijah was taken up into heaven like a whirlwind. II Kings 2:11-12 “As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel! And Elisha saw him no more.”
The book of Daniel brings a further typology that reveals the mystery of the rapture. Remember the story of Nebuchadnezzar‚Äôs golden image that landed his three friends in the fiery furnace for refusing to worship it? Where was Daniel in this story? He is mysteriously absent, and there is no way he knelt to that image. He was probably out of town on business. He therefore becomes a type of the church while his buddies become a type of Israel, being protected even while in the midst of a fiery furnace.
The Psalms of King David alludes to the Rapture. ‚ÄúOh, how great [is] Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, [Which] You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues.‚ÄĚ (Psalm 31:19-20)
The Prophet Isaiah speaks of God‚Äôs hiding His people until his judgment has past. ‚ÄúCome, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.‚ÄĚ (Isa 26:20-21)
In the New Testament there is an interesting teleportation episode with Philip and the eunuch. ‚ÄúWhen they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took [Harpazo] Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.‚ÄĚ (Acts 8:39-40) Azotus is a coastal city about 19 miles north of Gaza which Philip was transported via The Holy Spirit’s Highway.
The rapture of the church is likened in the Bible to the calling of a virgin bride (the true church) to join the Bridegroom, Jesus. The false church is, on the other hand, like “the great harlot” depicted in Revelation 17. The imagery is one of consummated love between Jesus and His church. The church will then be safe from the terrible time of world wide judgments, lasting seven years. This promise is give to the Church by Jesus, ‚ÄúBecause thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.‚ÄĚ ( Rev 3:10) These “end-time” judgments will commence immediately down here on earth after the Holy Spirits work through the Body of Christ (the Church) is removed. ‚ÄúFor the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way.‚ÄĚ (2 Thess. 2:7).
The rapture is all about being united with the God we have professed to love. Most of us by now are aware of the widespread hypocrisy in the church these days, the reality that Christ’s Bride-to-be has often gone whoring after other gods. This means that preparing ourselves for the rapture deserves our immediate attention if we are followers of the Lord Jesus, or if we have been delaying our decision to align ourselves with God’s people. Getting ready for the Rapture is all about repentance in fact. Our nation is falling apart around us and much the blame can is due to the failure of the church to be the holy people we are called to be.
The language of heaven is about going “home.” Our transformation will be immediatewhen Christ calls us (A twink is a reflected particle of light seen in the eye and thusly travels at the speed of light 983,571,056 feet per second) “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)
Nowhere are believers told to watch for the appearance of the Antichrist. On the contrary, we are told to watch for Jesus Christ. In Titus 2:13 Paul says we are to live “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Likewise, Peter urges us to “fix our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13). John completes the apostolic chorus by similarly urging us to “fix our hope on Him at His appearing‚ÄĚ (1 John 3:2-3).
‚ÄúAs Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.‚ÄĚ (Matt 24:3) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.‚ÄĚ (Matt 24:37-42)
‚ÄúSuch things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.‚ÄĚ (Romans 15:4)
Isaiah 29:6 the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.
These large quakes are almost daily now. What does that mean? The Lord Almighty will come with THUNDER AND EARTHQUAKE. When? I don’t know. The signs around us indicate to me that although we do not know when the Lord is coming, He wants our attention right now..
I need to begin clarifying in these posts that when I say the Lord is coming I do not mean the second coming to rule and reign on earth, I am talking about the arrival of the Bridegroom which is at an unknown time. We know exactly when the second coming will be, we can count it down to the day thanks to the day counts the Lord has given us. There is an unknown day however that we do not know. Read the parable of the virgins in Matt 25, the virgins did not know when the Bridegroom would arrive so the wise virgins took oil with their lamps in preparation to wait.
There are many foolish virgins in the world today who have an unlimited bad full of excuses for why they are not watching for the Lord’s return today. Almost all of their excuses revolve around “He can’t come back today because of x,y or z…”
The Lord is preparing a group of people who are watching and ready today. These people have no excuses, they were told to watch and they are watching. They were told to be ready and they are ready. What will people say when the Lord asks them to account for why they were not watching and ready today? Will excuses and reasonings be enough to overcome willful disobedience? When the Lord tells us to do something He does not want to hear excuses, He wants us to do it, period. He is a military commander. He is the General of all Generals, the King of Kings, and Kings don’t like disobedience.
So they tell us Jesus cannot come back today or anytime soon, and He will certainly come back on a day like today or sometime soon, in any case before they expect Him and what will they do to answer for themselves?
These earthquakes are the center of my focus as a result of the Spirit of the Lord. Watch these earthquakes and other earth changes, they signal my approach. That is what this writer hears the Lord saying today. Weird weather, quakes and shakes and noises and hail and tornadoes and dead animals by the millions are everywhere but because man is so ‘wise’ today and ‘knows everything’ it can all be explained away in some form or fashion to tickle mens ears and put them back to sleep.
Watch and witness everything that happens will have an excuse or reason to wave it away. STOP CONFRONTING US WITH THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL they say….tell us pleasing things
Isaiah 119 These are rebellious people, deceitful children,
children unwilling to listen to the Lord‚Äôs instruction.
10 They say to the seers,
‚ÄúSee no more visions!‚ÄĚ
and to the prophets,
‚ÄúGive us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things,
11Leave this way,
get off this path,
and stop confronting us
with the Holy One of Israel!‚ÄĚ
The Lord has never given this brother (me) a title so I remain brother D the nobody, but this nobody does hear ‚ÄúGive us no more visions of what is right! and Leave this way,get off this path,and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!‚ÄĚ
The Lord has set my face like flint to watch these particular signs of His coming. Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hail, etc. The Lord judges the earth with the earth. As in the days of Noah and Lot so it shall be again. A flood destroyed the earth in the days of Noah, fire in the days of Lot. How easy to explain away such things today. “It was HAARP” or “it was global warming!” or “it is global crustal displacement” or it is any of an infinite list of other things other than the judgment and wrath of God on a disobedient world.
Laugh if you want to. Scorn and mock and ridicule if you want to. The signs are there for all of us to see. As for this brother, he has no strength left to mock or scoff. His heart and spirit are weighed down with grief. I pray for myself and my family and for all of you that we may be counted worthy to escape all of whats about to happen (Luke 21.36). If there were no escape from all we would not have been told to pray for it. Those who tell us there is no escape from all accuse the Lord of writing non-sense to us. What does the Spirit tell your spirit? That is all you need to know.
I do not know times and dates, however I am watching with special care over this season of 80 days. What will happen? I do not know, but I do know that since this watch has started 27 days ago we have had two mega earthquakes and a bunch of other large ones. Let us be watching with special care over the balance of this month and next month and the beginning of June. That is where this 80 day watch takes us. I have no idea what will happen if anything. I do know that so far I have asked for a special sign and it was given, a mega-quake just like what hit Japan (9 versus an 8.9) with zero deaths whereas the Japan quake killed tens of thousands and is continuing to kill thousands through this very day through radiation.
The mega-quake with no deaths is a sign of coming wrath and current mercy. The Lord’s hand is outstretched in mercy and forgiveness today. Let us embrace Him today in repentance and humility. He is our shelter, our rock, our fortress and hiding place from the storm to come.
These are the things this brother hears the Lord saying today. grace and peace
Posted by Brother D
A ‚ÄúPOSSIBLE‚ÄĚ SCENARIO…???
by Pastor F.M. Riley, 4/2/12
As I write, expectation of the coming of the Lord to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant Church and people to glory is at a ‚Äúfever high‚ÄĚ among many Bible believers, unlike anything I have ever previously seen. Although many previous ‚Äúdates‚ÄĚ predicted in the past caused excitement among the followers of the ‚Äúdate setters,‚ÄĚ yet I have never previously seen such a sense of expectation among so many true believers as I am seeing today. Is there a sound Scriptural reason for such expectancy? Maybe! And maybe not! But at least it is worth noticing and discussing.
Over the past two years believers who seriously study the prophetic Word have seen various ‚Äúsigns‚ÄĚ which are explicitly predicted in the prophetic Word coming to pass. I am speaking of ‚Äúsigns‚ÄĚ clearly prophesied to precede the ‚Äúday of the Lord‚ÄĚ [Tribulation]. Significantly, these predicted ‚Äúsigns‚ÄĚ have increased in frequency over these past two years, occurring more and more frequently.
It is or should be obvious to any true believer that the terrible Tribulation period is right now glaringly imminent. Therefore, the coming of our Lord to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant believers to glory BEFORE the judgments of the Tribulation begin is also glaringly imminent. How imminent? Just read on…
The Jewish Passover
The Scriptures repeatedly and explicitly state that ‚Äúthe Passover‚ÄĚ occurs on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Abib [Nisan], the first month of the Jewish year on the calendar which the Lord God Himself gave to Israel in Exodus 12. This year that date will fall on Friday, April 6th on our Gentile calendar. Go to your calendar and take a look for yourself.
From reports I am receiving from sources in Israel which I consider to be highly reliable, the Jewish Rabbis have been fervently proclaiming this message to the Jewish people since the beginning of this present year.
Our readers may or may not then be aware that the Orthodox Jewish Rabbis in Israel and other parts of the world have for the past several months (or longer) been telling the Jewish people who attend the synagogue services that this year, 2012, is the year that will begin ‚Äúthe redemption of Israel.‚ÄĚ
A ‚ÄúPOSSIBLE‚ÄĚ SCENARIO…???
Therefore the expectation of the coming of the promised Messiah is running high among the religious Jews in Israel and also in other parts of the world. Glory! Glory to God! Praise the Lord!
I want to remind our readers that the explicit statement of God‚Äôs Word reads, ‚ÄúFor I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in,‚ÄĚ Romans 11:25.
This Scripture does not say that Israel was totally blinded! Only that they were blinded ‚Äúin part.‚ÄĚ In fact, Israel has had some prominent Rabbis during the past 2,000 years who have recognized that Yeshua (Jesus) was indeed the promised Messiah of Israel, but for whatever their reasons they kept quiet about it, only revealing their knowledge of it on their deathbed or in letters they left behind.
I feel certain that the Lord God was ‚Äúsuperintending‚ÄĚ their knowledge of Him, as it was not the ‚Äúappointed time‚ÄĚ for the Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed to Israel nationally, Acts 17:26.
But this is by no means all that the Jewish Rabbis are teaching the Jewish people about this year. For several months now (or longer), just four days from now! The Rabbis are basing their teaching on their faith in the literal truth of Malachi 4:5-6, ‚ÄúBehold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.‚ÄĚ The Orthodox Jews believe that the Word of God is to be taken as literal truth! Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
I can only wish more people in the ranks of Christianity today also had this much faith in the literal truth and accuracy of God‚Äôs Word. If so, there might not be so many churches and ‚Äúprofessing Christians‚ÄĚ in a state of apostasy today. Read Revelation 3:19.
The Jewish Holy Day of ‚Äúfirst fruits‚ÄĚ
Don‚Äôt fail to notice that this passage in Malachi explicitly states that ‚ÄúElijah the prophet‚ÄĚ is to be sent back to Israel BEFORE the ‚Äúday of the Lord‚ÄĚ [the Tribulation]. This is important! If the Orthodox Rabbis are correct, and Elijah appears in the city of Jerusalem on Passover this year, then it would make good Scriptural and logical sense that the Lord Jesus Christ would come to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant church and people to glory TWO DAYS LATER on the Jewish Holy Day of ‚Äúfirst fruits.‚ÄĚ
These Rabbis have been boldly declaring that ‚ÄúElijah the prophet‚ÄĚ will appear in the city of Jerusalem on Passover this year.
Again I emphasize for our readers that the ‚Äúdate‚ÄĚ of Passover this year is April 6th
Praise the Lord! Glory to God! Hallelujah!
The Jewish Holy Day of ‚Äúfirst fruits‚ÄĚ this year falls on Sunday, April 8th on our Gentile calendar. Significantly, this year April 8th is Easter, the day the ‚Äúreligious world‚ÄĚ has set
aside to observe the resurrection of Christ. It is also the exact day that the Lord Jesus Christ arose from the grave on ‚Äúfirst fruits‚ÄĚ some 2,000 years ago. But this isn‚Äôt all!
At some point over the centuries the Jewish Rabbis arbitrarily decided to set the observance of ‚Äúfirst fruits‚ÄĚ on Abib [Nisan] 16 every year regardless of what day of the week it fell on, totally ignoring what their own Scriptures said about observing this day in Leviticus 23:9-14. Well guess what? This year Abib 16 falls on ‚Äúthe morrow after the Sabbath‚ÄĚ following Passover, exactly according to the instructions given in Leviticus 23. Glory!
So what we actually have coming to pass this year is that ‚Äúfirst fruits‚ÄĚ is  falling on the very day the Jewish Rabbis arbitrarily set for it,  the very day that Christ arose from the grave some 2,000 years ago,  the very day that Leviticus 23 says that it is to be observed,  and on Easter, the very day the lost ‚Äúreligious world‚ÄĚ has set aside for the observance of the Lord‚Äôs resurrection. Is all of this just ‚Äúcoincidence,‚ÄĚ or is it possible that the Lord God of Heaven arranged things to bring it all together on this particular day?
Any reader who thinks all of this just ‚Äúcame together‚ÄĚ by ‚Äúcoincidence‚ÄĚ needs to contact me at once. I still haven‚Äôt found a buyer for that seacoast property in Kansas, and I‚Äôll make someone a great deal on it. Sic!
The Transition in Revelation
I am well aware that just the suggestion that ‚ÄúElijah the prophet,‚ÄĚ one of God‚Äôs ‚Äútwo witnesses‚ÄĚ [Revelation 11:3] during the Tribulation, might show up in Jerusalem two days before the resurrection and rapture occurs, will likely cause some ‚Äúprophecy teachers‚ÄĚ to go into ‚Äúconniption fits.‚ÄĚ But the difference in those that do and me, is that after 58 years of seriously studying Bible prophecy I am still learning.
I am not the least bit ashamed to admit that I don‚Äôt know it all yet! Some of these ‚Äúprophecy teachers‚ÄĚ today appear to think they already know all there is to know about Bible prophecy, therefore they can no longer learn anything! Such an attitude on the part of any believer is sad!
Now turn to Revelation 3:22 and carefully read this passage. Does this Scripture conclude the Lord‚Äôs ‚Äúletters to the seven churches‚ÄĚ or does it not? No, I‚Äôm not asking a silly question! I really want and expect an honest answer, or I wouldn‚Äôt have bothered to ask. Does this Scripture conclude the Lord‚Äôs letters to the churches, or doesn‚Äôt it? Of course it does! Then it should also be obvious that it also concludes the final Laodicean ‚Äúchurch age‚ÄĚ bringing to an end this present ‚Äúdispensation of grace.‚ÄĚ Hello!
Absolute proof of this truth is contained in the very next Scripture that John was inspired to write. Listen as John explicitly says,
‚ÄúAfter these things I saw, and behold, a door having been opened in heaven: and the voice which I heard at the first as it were of a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up hither, and I will show to thee what things must take place after these things,‚ÄĚ Revelation 4:1. This is a literal word for word rendering of the Greek as set forth in the Textus Receptus Greek Text. See Hendrickson‚Äôs Hebrew Greek English Interlinear Bible, or Dr. Berry‚Äôs Interlinear Greek ‚Äď English New Testament.
It was immediately ‚Äúafter‚ÄĚ John saw the dispensation of grace come to an end in Revelation 3:22 that he was shown the door standing open in Heaven and heard the Lord God commanding him to ‚ÄúCome up hither.‚ÄĚ The Lord Jesus Christ had already told His church in His letter to Philadelphia, ‚ÄúI have set before thee [in your future] an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name,‚ÄĚ 3:8. What John was seeing in 4:1 is the exact fulfillment of this promise of the Lord to His churches and people in the Philadelphian church letter. Glory!
By comparing these two Scriptures it should be obvious to our readers that there was a brief transition period between the end of this present dispensation, and John‚Äôs ‚Äúcatching up‚ÄĚ into Heaven. Since the ‚Äúcatching up‚ÄĚ of John clearly typifies the future rapture [harpazo] of the Lord‚Äôs New Covenant believers, then this indicates the distinct ‚Äúpossibility‚ÄĚ of there being a brief transition period between the end of this present dispensation and New Covenant believers being ‚Äúcaught up‚ÄĚ [harpazo...raptured] to glory. Now isn‚Äôt this interesting?
This is especially interesting in view of the fact that the Orthodox Jewish Rabbis are expecting ‚ÄúElijah the prophet‚ÄĚ to show up in Jerusalem on Passover this year.
In His Likeness
The inspired Word explicitly states in Romans 6:4-5, ‚ÄúTherefore we [New Covenant believers] are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.‚ÄĚ
The Greek word translated as ‚Äúlikeness‚ÄĚ in this Scripture is the word, ‚Äúhomoioma.‚ÄĚ The word literally means, ‚Äúthat which has been made after the likeness of something; a figure; image; likeness; representation; resemblance.‚ÄĚ This Greek word is used in this sense in several passages in the New Testament. However, Thayer‚Äôs Lexicon also says that in Romans 6:5 this word ‚Äúamounts well-nigh to equality or identity.‚ÄĚ In other words, in the exact likeness! See Thayer‚Äôs Greek Lexicon, page 445, Strong‚Äôs No. 3667. Hello!
Is this definition absolutely accurate? I do not know! I trust the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit implicitly [John 16:12-15], but I do not always trust what men have to say about the Scriptures, not even the best of men. Like it or not, even true believers all still presently have a ‚Äúsin nature‚ÄĚ [Romans 7:18; 7:22-25] which sometimes causes us to err in discernment.
However, if this statement about Romans 6:5 is indeed true, then we New Covenant believers will be resurrected and raptured in exact ‚Äúlikeness‚ÄĚ to the resurrection of Christ. This would mean that the resurrection and rapture of God‚Äôs people [true believers] will take place on the Jewish Holy Day of ‚Äúfirst fruits,‚ÄĚ which this year falls on Sunday, April 8th.
It might also mean that since the Lord Jesus Christ came forth from the grave exactly as the Jewish weekly Sabbath Day was ending and Sunday, ‚Äúthe first day of the week,‚ÄĚ was beginning [Matthew 28:1-6], the resurrection and rapture of New Covenant believers might occur at the exact same time [Jewish time] the Lord Himself was raised some 2,000 years ago. Will this happen in this exact manner? I do not know! But connect the dots for yourself.
If ‚ÄúElijah the prophet‚ÄĚ does indeed show up in the city of Jerusalem this coming Friday, April 6th, on the Jewish Holy Day of Passover, as these Jewish Rabbis are right now proclaiming to the Jewish people, then I can‚Äôt think of any good reason why the rest of the scenario should not fall right into place. There should then be no question about being in the transition period. Whether this will actually occur or not remains to be seen, but we don‚Äôt have but a few days for this scenario to be proven or disproven. Think about it!
If ‚ÄúElijah the propet‚ÄĚ shows up in Jerusalem on Friday of this week, his appearance will be a ‚Äúsign‚ÄĚ to every New Covenant believer that the end of this dispensation has arrived. This will then clearly indicate to us who are New Covenant believers that we are in a transition period, and have only a few hours to wind up our affairs in this world before the resurrection and rapture occurs on Sunday, April 8th. Glory to God! Hallelujah!
The Jewish Holy Day of Pentecost
I am aware that some of God‚Äôs people are strongly convinced that the Lord will come to resurrect and rapture His New Covenant people to glory on the Jewish Holy Day of Pentecost. They believe this primarily because, as some say, ‚ÄúPentecost was when the church was born!‚ÄĚ Pardon me for choosing to disagree! I don‚Äôt believe for a minute that the Lord‚Äôs church was born on Pentecost.
What I see in the Gospels is that during the three years of the Lord‚Äôs personal ministry, He carefully chose and prepared those whom He would have to serve as the nucleus [foundation] upon which He would build His church. Read Ephesians 2:20-22, 4:11- 13, and 1 Corinthians 12:27-28. When He had finally completed the structural foundation for His church [the chosen three, the twelve apostles; the seventy; the one hundred twenty], the Lord then ‚Äúlegally‚ÄĚ transferred the ‚Äúpower‚ÄĚ [authority] to represent Him on the earth from Old Covenant Israel to His New Covenant Church. Notice Luke 24:45-49. This transfer of ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ took place on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. Carefully study this truth out for yourself!
Since it is obvious that the Lord‚Äôs New Covenant Church is going to be removed from this earth at the time of the resurrection and rapture, then who is going to represent the Lord on the earth following the church‚Äôs removal? Any true believer who seriously studies the Scriptures should be able to answer this question. Keep in mind that the Lord repeatedly states and teaches in His inspired Word that He will not leave Himself without a ‚Äúwitness‚ÄĚ in the earth. So who is to be His ‚Äúwitness‚ÄĚ after His church is removed?
When the Lord removes His New Covenant Church and people from the earth by the resurrection and rapture, the inspired prophecies clearly point out that the ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ to represent the Lord God on the earth will be transferred back to Israel. But when will this ‚Äúlegal transaction‚ÄĚ occur?
When did it occur the first time? It occurred the first time on the Day of Pentecost when God placed His Law in the hands of Israel at Mt. Sinai. Read it for yourself in The Book of Exodus.
Then when was the second time this ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ was transferred? It was transferred from Old Covenant Israel to the Lord‚Äôs New Covenant Church on the Day of Pentecost as plainly recorded in Acts 2. The evidence of this transferal of ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ was the pouring out of the power of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Since this transfer of ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ to the Lord‚Äôs church was made on the Day of Pentecost some 2,000 years ago, then what would be the logical time for this authority to be transferred back to Israel following the removal of the Lord‚Äôs church from the earth? Well…??
I think the answer should be glaringly obvious to any reader with spiritual discernment. The ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ will be transferred for the third time, when on the Day of
Pentecost this year, the Lord God will once again pour out the power of His Holy Spirit on the nation and people of Israel. That date on our Gentile calendar is Sunday, May 27th.
The Prophecy of Joel
Is there any Scriptural proof that this will occur? I‚Äôm so glad you asked! Turn and read Joel 2:28-32 for yourself. Notice that in this prophecy the Lord is explicitly talking to Israel and the Jewish people. The time clearly stated in the prophecy is ‚Äúafterward,‚ÄĚ that is, AFTER the Gentiles have had dominion over Israel and the Jewish people during this present dispensation as clearly prophesied in Joel 2:17.
[Joel 2:18-27 is what is commonly referred to as a ‚Äúparenthetical passage.‚ÄĚ The passage refers to the future blessing of Israel and the Jewish people AFTER they have been ‚Äúredeemed‚ÄĚ]. In other words, Joel 2:28 takes up the end-time prophecy concerning Israel and the Jewish people exactly where Joel 2:17 left off. This isn‚Äôt hard for any serious Bible student to see and understand.
I know this truth will come as a shock to many in the ranks of Christianity today who are so ‚Äúgung ho‚ÄĚ to apply Joel‚Äôs prophecy to a great end-time revival, which according to them, is to occur before this present dispensation ends and the resurrection and rapture occurs.
I don‚Äôt mean to be offensive to my brothers and sisters in Christ, but 2 Timothy 2:15 is still in the Bible and some ‚Äúprofessing Christians‚ÄĚ today really need to learn how to ‚Äúrightly divide the Word of truth.‚ÄĚ I can assure every reader that there will be a great end-time revival, but such is not going to occur in this present dispensation. Read Revelation 3:14-22. Do our readers see any great end-time revival occurring in that church letter? Well…??
Now turn and read Revelation 7:1-17 [a Tribulation passage]. Is there a great end- time revival occurring in this chapter? You better believe there is! During the first half of the Tribulation, under the ministry of the 144,000 saved and sealed Jews, millions of people will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Compare Matthew 24:14 and stop trying to steal this prophecy from the 144,000 Jews to whom it rightfully belongs.
It will then be on the Day of Pentecost this year (2012) that the power of the Holy Spirit will again be poured out upon the 144,000 saved and sealed Jews, transferring to them again the ‚Äúlegal authority‚ÄĚ to represent the Messiah of Israel and the Lord God of Heaven upon the earth during the Tribulation period. Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord Jesus! Thank you Heavenly Father! The glorious truth of Your Word will triumph!
Dear readers, the whole end-time scenario is swiftly falling right into place. Are you truly saved from sin and ready to meet the Lord? Think about it! A week from now I may not even be around to ask this question. The coming of the Lord to resurrect and rapture HIS OWN to glory is right at the door.
Won‚Äôt every unsaved reader take heed NOW and seek the Lord while the opportunity to do so is still available? I‚Äôd like to meet every reader in glory when our Lord comes. Please don‚Äôt disappoint me! ‚ÄúSirs, what must I do to be saved?… Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house,‚ÄĚ Acts 17:31.
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Last Trumpet Newsletter April 2012
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will thoughtfully consider the widespread corrupt fruit now plaguing this world. In Luke, chapter 6, Jesus likens men unto trees, some of whom bring forth good fruit while others bring forth evil fruit. Likewise, in Matthew 7:17-20, we read, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” We live in an era wherein many people claim to be righteous; however, their actions indicate a spiritually corrupt state. This corruption often extends to men and women who are highly revered: such as politicians, heads of state, and scientists who are supposed to be working for the good of mankind.
Barack Obama’s Corrupt Fruit!
Barack Obama has gone on record claiming to be a Christian, yet he seldom discusses his beliefs in public. On the rare occasions when he does speak of his so-called faith, it becomes quite clear that his views do not line up with the Bible. In 2004 when Obama was running for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, he granted an in-depth interview regarding his religious beliefs to columnist Cathleen Falsani.
When asked what he believes, Obama stated, “I am a Christian. So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith. On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences. I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and ten. My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim. And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.”
Further on in the interview, Obama stated, “I’m a big believer in tolerance. I think that religion at its best comes with a big dose of doubt. I’m suspicious of too much certainty, in the pursuit of understanding just because I think people are limited in their understanding.”
Regarding whether or not heaven exists, Obama had this to say, “What I believe is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”
When asked how he regards Jesus Christ, Obama declared, “Jesus is a historical figure for me, and he’s a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means for all of us reaching something higher. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.” (1) Nowhere in his answer does Obama acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. This stands in stark contrast to Peter’s short yet precise answer when Jesus asked him, “Whom say ye that I am?” Peter correctly responded, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
In the interview, Obama also expressed doubt regarding the existence of hell, claiming that such beliefs just aren’t part of his “religious makeup.” When he was asked to define sin, he told Ms. Falsani that sin is “being out of alignment with my values.” (2) Obama seems eager to embrace many different religions, and despite claiming to have a “deep faith,” he rejects a number of the most important core teachings of the Bible.
Sadly, many Americans agree with his point of view. According to Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Obama has a lot in common with typical mainline Protestants of the 21st century. (3) “He would be quite at home at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Perkins School of Theology, Yale Divinity School, [and] Union Theological Seminary,” Land said. (4)
Yes, Obama claims to be a Christian. Yet, he often manifests a great hostility toward the Christian people. One example occurred in 2008 when he made the arrogant claim that Christians are “bitter” people who “cling to guns or religion” as a coping mechanism to deal with their frustrations. (5) After a careful examination of Obama’s beliefs and actions, it becomes quite clear that the spiritual fruit he is bringing forth is profane.
Will Climate Change Be Used To Enslave The People?
In a startling article recently published by The Atlantic entitled “How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change,” drastic new measures are being proposed to save the environment. S. Matthew Liao, a professor of philosophy and bioethics at New York University, has suggested that a pill or a patch be developed that would trigger nausea and stomach irritations in humans if they should try to consume meat products. The goal behind such “medication” is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by livestock farming. (6)
Mr. Liao has also proposed the idea that humans should be genetically engineered to be smaller since smaller people have a less damaging ecological footprint. “One of the things that we noticed is that human ecological footprints are partly correlated with size. Each kilogram of body mass requires a certain amount of food and nutrients and so, other things being equal, the larger the person is the more food and energy they are going to soak up over the course of a lifetime,” Liao stated.
Further on in the interview, Mr. Liao elaborates on why he thinks human engineering would be a good thing. “It’s been suggested that, given the seriousness of climate change, we ought to adopt something like China’s one child policy. There was a group of doctors in Britain who recently advocated a two-child maximum. But at the end of the day those are crude prescriptions — what we really care about is some kind of fixed allocation of greenhouse gas emissions per family. If that’s the case, given certain fixed allocations of greenhouse gas emissions, human engineering could give families the choice between two medium sized children or three small sized children.” (7)
As if the aforementioned proposals were not bizarre enough, Mr. Liao and his associates have also considered the possibility of genetically engineering human eyes to be more “catlike.” “We looked into cat eyes, the technique of giving humans cat eyes or of making their eyes more catlike. The reason is, cat eyes see nearly as well as human eyes during the day, but much better at night. We figured that if everyone had cat eyes, you wouldn’t need so much lighting, and so you could reduce global energy usage considerably,” Liao explained. (8)
It has become evident that many people within academia and the scientific community have been given over to a strange spirit of insanity. I believe Satan has inspired men and women to use the threat of climate change and global warming as a means to control and enslave the people. Thankfully, we understand according to the Bible that this planet cannot be saved, and it will someday meet its disastrous end. However, the children of God will be given a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Shocking Justification Of Murder!
A recent paper, published by the Journal of Medical Ethics, has called for the killing of unwanted newborn babies. The abstract of this heinous paper makes the following statement, “Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.” (9)
Further on in the paper, the authors elaborate their viewpoint. “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life.’ We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her.
This means that many non-human animals and mentally retarded human individuals are persons, but that all the individuals who are not in the condition of attributing any value to their own existence are not persons. Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life.” (10) The article was written by two men with ties to Oxford University, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. The editor of the journal which published the paper is Professor Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Professor Savulescu has accused people who have expressed outrage over the paper of being “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society.” (11)
We live in a very strange period of time wherein men who are called “ethicists” argue in favor of murdering innocent babies. The Bible makes it very clear that babies are not merely “potential persons” but real people lovingly created by God himself in the womb. In Psalm 139:13-14 we read, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” To say that a fetus or a newborn is not a real person is an affront to God and His creative power.
Another indicator of the sad state of human affairs is the growing practice of euthanasia. In 2002 the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia and to allow patients to request that the procedure be performed by their doctors. Now, a new service, known as “Life End,” has been established in the Netherlands through which patients wishing to end their lives will be able to have doctors and nurses dispatched to their homes to carry out the procedure.
Walburg de Jong, a spokesman for the Dutch Association for a Voluntary End to Life, stated the following, “The Life End clinic will have mobile teams where people who believe they are eligible for euthanasia can register. If they do comply, the teams will be able to carry out euthanasia at patients’ homes should their regular doctors be unable or refuse to help them.” De Jong further went on to describe the procedure saying, “They will first give the patient an injection, which will put them into a deep sleep, then a second injection follows, which will stop their breathing and heart beat.” (12)
The Global Food Supply At Risk!
In this technologically advanced era that we live in, food is no longer simply grown or raised on farms, but it is often developed in labs. In the May 2011 issue of the Last Trumpet, I reported that a company known as Senomyx has been using the cells of aborted babies to carry out research in flavor development for such companies as PepsiCo and Kraft. Since that time thousands of people have expressed their dismay to PepsiCo and urged them to discontinue such inhumane practices.
In October 2011, PepsiCo stockholders filed a petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, seeking to require the company to “adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.” The petition was rejected by the SEC who found that PepsiCo’s research partnership with Senomyx fell within the normal parameters of day-to-day operations. (13) PepsiCo has defended the research saying, “Our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers.” (14)
Globalization has created another safety issue with our food supply, and the instances of disease brought on by imported food seem to be on the rise. “As our food supply becomes more global, people are eating foods from all over the world, potentially exposing them to germs from all corners of the world too,” said epidemiologist Hannah Gould of the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC. Thirty-nine outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were caused by imported food from 2005 through 2010. These diseases are most commonly found in fish and spices, according to the CDC. (15)
Meanwhile, honeybees around the world have continued to die off by the millions, and experts are worried that they may become extinct if the trend is not reversed. Over three million colonies of honeybees have died in the United States since 2006. (16) A new study by Italian researchers at the University of Padova indicates that a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, may be responsible for the massive die-offs of honey bees. (17) Although these pesticides have already been banned in some European countries, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has stated they will continue to allow them to be used in the United States. (18) Honeybees play an important role in the pollination of crops and are therefore a crucial component to the world’s food supply.
The Threat Of A Megadrought!
There is nothing more essential to human life in the physical sense than water. A man could amass vast fortunes of gold, silver, and other riches, but it would all be for naught if he had no water to drink. Scientists are now sounding the alarm that the United States could be facing a very long and persistent drought in the near future. In fact, according to Jeannine-Marie St. Jacques, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, the Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s may pale in comparison to what is coming.
“What we’re seeing in the climate records is these megadroughts, and they don’t last a decade — they last 20 years, 30 years, maybe 60 years, and they’ll be semi-continental in expanse. So it’s like what we saw in the Dirty Thirties, but imagine the Dirty Thirties going on for 30 years. That’s what scares those of us who are in the community studying this data pool,” Ms. St. Jacques stated. (19)
Much of the available freshwater in the United States is now being depleted at a rapid pace. A primary example is the underground Ogallala Aquifer, which spans 174,000 miles in the United States and provides water to portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. (20) The aquifer is often being drained at a rate of 800 gallons per minute, and it is estimated that some regions will run out of usable water by the year 2030. (21)
Unfortunately, water scarcity in the United States is a larger problem than many people realize. Thirty-six states are expected to suffer from water shortages by the year 2013. It is estimated that the state of California has only a twenty-year supply of freshwater left, while New Mexico has only a ten-year supply remaining. (22)
As Christians, we understand from the Bible that drought is often used by God to elicit the attention of the people. In I Kings 8:35-36 we read, “When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.” God can certainly provide for the needs of His people even in times of famine or drought. However, fewer people are willing to pray in this day and age, thinking instead that scientists or the government will save them.
The Whole Creation Groaneth!
In Romans 8:22, the Apostle Paul wrote, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” In an interesting new development, strange noises and shakings have been recorded around the world in recent days and have left many people baffled in regard to what is causing them. Geoscientist David Deming from the University of Oklahoma refers to the phenomenon as “The Hum,” which is explained as “a mysterious and untraceable sound that is heard in certain locations around the world by two to ten percent of the population.” (23)
The strange noises have been especially prominent in Beaufort, Ireland, and have prevented many of the locals from sleeping at night. “The first time we heard it was in April 2011 and it has been there twenty-four/seven since then. We are nearly gone out of our minds because we can’t get a decent night of sleep and it’s there all day, every day,” said one resident. (24)
Another incident occurred on March 15, 2012, in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. A series of unexplained tremors were felt followed by a large boom, which then toppled an entire barn. According to seismologists in Canada, there was no earthquake in that area during that time, and consequently, the event has remained a mystery. (25) Similar shaking and booms were recorded along the coastline of North Carolina in March 2012. As in the other instances occurring around the world, scientists are baffled and unable to explain what is happening. (26)
Even my father’s hometown of Clintonville, Wisconsin, has been experiencing mysterious booms occurring throughout the overnight hours. City officials have done extensive checking to see what may be causing these strange noises. “We spent the day reviewing our water system again, rechecking gas levels, checking our landfill, dams, local industries, and geologists,” said City Administrator Lisa Kuss. (27) According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there has been no seismic activity in the area. Similar incidents have also occurred in the states of Idaho and Tennessee as well as in the countries of Belgium, Italy, and Japan according to a CNN report. (28)
In March 2012, a bevy of volcanic activity was reported at multiple sites around the world. Emissions occurred at the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat (29), the Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador (30), the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano in Colombia (31), the Cleveland Volcano in Alaska (32), and the Sakurajima Volcano in Japan, which saw its most violent eruption since 2009. (33) Other volcanoes, such as the Lamongan Volcano in Indonesia (34), Mount Iliamna in Alaska (35), and the Santorini Volcano in Greece have awakened and are now being watched closely due to an increase in seismic activity. (36)
Additionally, the government in Britain has listed volcanic eruptions as “one of the highest priority risks” now being faced in their 2012 edition of the National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies. The British government is especially concerned that a volcano could release noxious gases causing crop failures, famine, and widespread death. (37)
As usual, earthquakes continue to occur frequently all over the world, or as the Bible says, “In divers places.” Hundreds of quakes are reported each and every month, and as of this writing, over 440 of them have exceeded a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter Scale thus far in 2012. (38) Recent events include a 6.8-magnitude quake in Japan on March 14, 2012 (39), a 7.4-magnitude quake on March 20, 2012, in Mexico City (40), and a 6.7-magnitude quake on March 22, 2012, in Papua New Guinea. (41)
Sadly, the nation of Japan has been continually shaking since the massive and devastating earthquake struck in March of 2011. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reported that over 9000 tremors have occurred in this region over the last year. Ten of those rumblings have exceeded a magnitude of 7.0 with more than 100 of them topping magnitude 6. (42)
There is now growing concern that a major earthquake could strike the Tokyo area within the next four years, insomuch that Japanese government officials have considered establishing a back-up capital city in Osaka. “We must prepare for the earthquake that will happen,” declared Asahiko Taira, executive director of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. (43)
With mysterious noises and rumblings occurring all over the world, volcanoes awakening from slumber, and earthquakes shaking our planet on a daily basis, it truly seems as though the very creation itself is groaning and crying out in travail as we draw closer to our Saviour’s return.
An Ominous Executive Order!
On March 16, 2012, Barack Obama signed an executive order facilitating the seizure of national resources by the government. The order, which is entitled “National Defense Preparedness,” states the following, “The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency.
The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States.” (44) The order then designates specific agency heads to determine the priorities and allocations of specific resources. The Secretary of Agriculture is designated to oversee “food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;”
the Secretary of Energy is designated to oversee “all forms of energy;” the Secretary of Transportation is designated to oversee “all forms of civil transportation;” the Secretary of Defense is designated to oversee all “water resources;” and the Secretary of Commerce is designated to oversee “all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.” (45)
Obama’s executive order is notably similar to executive order 12919, which was signed by former president Bill Clinton in 1994. (46) Considering the timing of Obama’s order, I cannot help but wonder if he is quietly preparing the United States for a war with Iran. Only God knows for certain, but it is of the utmost importance that we continue to watch and pray in these tumultuous times.
In closing, I urge each and every one of you to earnestly seek the Lord while he may be found. None of us know how much time we have left, but the signs abound everywhere that the coming of our Saviour draweth nigh. If you have not yet fully given your heart to God, I encourage you to do so now. If you have any prayer requests, please feel free to send them our way. We always give each request individual attention. God is faithful and He hears every prayer. Thank you to all who generously support this ministry. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Samuel David Meyer
01. Sojourners, February 21, 2012, By Cathleen Falsani, http://sojo.net.
03. Baptist Press, March 2, 2012, By Michael Foust, http://bpnews.net.
05. Christianity Today, April 13, 2008, By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, http://christianitytoday.com.
06. The Atlantic, March 12, 2012, By Ross Anderson, http://theatlantic.com.
09. Journal of Medical Ethics, March 2, 2012, By Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, http://jme.bmj.com.
11. The Telegraph, February 29, 2012, By Stephen Adams, http://telegraph.co.uk.
12. The Guardian, March 1, 2012, By Kate Connolly, Berlin, Germany.
13. The New American, March 8, 2012, By David Bohon, http://thenewamerican.com.
14. Life News, May 25, 2011, By Steven Ertelt, http://lifenews.com.
15. Reuters News Service, March 14, 2012, By Ian Simpson, Washington, D.C.
16. News Pakistan, March 12, 2012, By Fouad Ashraf, http://newspakistan.pk.
17. MSNBC, March 17, 2012, By msnbc.com staff, http://msnbc.com.
19. Vancouver Sun, February 24, 2012, By Emma Graney, http://vancouversun.com.
20. Wikipedia, “Ogallala Aquifer,” http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_Aquifer.
21. NewWest.Net, April 28, 2010, By Courtney White, http://newwest.net.
22. Food & Watch Watch, http://foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/.
23. The Daily Mail, March 5, 2012, By Ted Thornhill, http://dailymail.co.uk.
24. Irish Examiner, March 1, 2012, By John O’Mahony, http://irishexaminer.com.
25. Sooke News Mirror, March 20, 2012, By Sharron Ho, http://sookenewsmirror.com.
26. WWAY News, February 28, 2012, By Katie Harden, Southport, North Carolina.
27. Green Bay Press Gazette, March 20, 2012, By Nick Penzenstadler, Clintonville, Wisconsin.
28. CNN, March 19, 2012, By CNN, http://cnn.com.
29. Volcano Discovery, March 14, 2012, By Volcano Discovery, http://volcanodiscovery.com.
30. Volcano Discovery, March 20, 2012, By Volcano Discovery, http://volcanodiscovery.com.
31. Today’s THV News, March 13, 2012, By Lindsey Tugman, http://todaysthv.com.
32. KSKA News, March 14, 2012, By Stephanie Joyce, http://alaskapublic.org.
33. WFMY News, March 13, 2012, By CBS News, http://digtriad.com.
34. Volcano Discovery, March 15, 2012, By Volcano Discovery, http://volcanodiscovery.com.
35. KTVA News, March 19, 2012, By Heather Hintze, http://ktva.com.
36. Newswise, March 13, 2012, By Georgia Institute of Technology, http://newswise.com.
37. CTV, March 18, 2012, By Jon Gustafsson, London, UK.
38. Wikipedia, “Earthquakes in 2012″, http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquakes_in_2012.
39. The Herald Sun, March 14, 2012, By Shingo Ito, Tokyo, Japan.
40. Reuters News Service, March 20, 2012, By Cyntia Barrera and Dave Graham, Mexico City, Mexico.
41. BNO News, March 21, 2012, By BNO News, Goroka, Papua New Guinea.
42. Australian Broadcasting Corporation News, March 9, 2012, By Mark Willacy, http://abc.net.au.
43. AFP, March 4, 2012, By Karyn Poupee, http://news.yahoo.com.
44. Executive Order: National Defense Resources Preparedness, March 16, 2012, By Barack Obama, http://whitehouse.gov.
46. Huffington Post, March 19, 2012, By Edwin Black, http://huffingtonpost.com.
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