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“Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Revelation 6:11 NKJV).

The entire history of this age will soon be written. While many attempt to pacify the fearful, the wise are taking note of God’s signs. Modern pastors reassure their unsettled flocks with the promise Jesus will return “prior to” Antichrist’s appearance. “Peace and safety” are implicit. Their sheep repeat: “Great Tribulation is coming, but thank God I won’t be around to see it!”

Satan has deceived many so-called “Bible-believing” Christians into declaring “any moment Jesus will come and we’ll escape.” Can Christ come on any given day or will he arrive on a set day with accompanying signs in the sky? Does resurrection occur, as they say, while we are taken up in the rapture? And what of all the unfulfilled signs?

There are definite signs for which we need to look. In 2nd Thessalonians, we have lots of signs. Paul reminded his former students what he had taught. As a fellowship they had swallowed the false teaching the Day of the Lord had come and gone. The Apostle was clear: This day cannot come until the apostasy (the falling away or rebellion) occurs (cf. Matthew 24:10) and the man of sin is revealed (2:3). The man of sin or son of perdition will take his seat in the temple of the LORD claiming to be God (2:4) (In Part 1, we discussed this sign’s fulfillment at the 70th week’s midpoint.)

We learn in Revelation 13 that at the 42-month mark, the Antichrist will be revealed by demanding universal worship. Those who resist him will be forced to take the beast’s mark. This sets the stage for our sign of the end.

God’s people will stand firm in their resistance. Those remaining true despite the beast’s power are spoken of in Revelation 12:11“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (NIV).

God’s resisters are a major sign of the end. Saints always oppose the beast, even to the death. For some, their refusal to take the beast’s mark will cost their head (Rev. 20:4). These martyrs are the souls heard under the altar when the 5th seal is opened (Rev. 6:9). Together they appeal for vengeance (i.e. the Day of the Lord’s Judgment). They are comforted with a promise that God will bring the wicked to justice, but only after the full number of their brothers are likewise slain (Rev. 6:10-11).

This will be a sign of Christ’s coming. Once the last martyr sheds his blood, then the beast’s power will be broken. The beast’s last publicly guillotined saint will set off a series of prophesied signs that directly precede Jesus’ coming in the clouds.

In 2015 a live video feed picked up radical black-clothed Muslims beheading faithful Christians. This is a “can’t miss sign”. It presents evidence of how close we are to the end. Those serving Antichrist will make an example of elect martyrs. Those who hold to the testimony of Jesus and obey God’s commands are already being decapitated.

Prepare now. When the full number of the faithful lose their heads, then look to the east. Redemption will be drawing nigh. EJ.

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” Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place” (whoever reads let him understand)….” For then there will be great tribulation, such has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15, 21, NKJV).

A dear friend tuned in to a radio program. On it the pastor taught on the sign before the return of Jesus. After intently listening then comparing Scripture with Scripture, she agreed with his conclusion: The Anti-christ will, indeed, desecrate the rebuilt Jewish temple and then claim to be God. This will initiate the foretold events that usher in Messiah’s return.

What is amazing is that this daughter of Zion knew little about prophecy until earlier this year. She has taken to it like a fish to water. She digs in and does not stop until the Holy Spirit reveals truth.

The signs are a topic that should take precedence over most other studies. The signs are key to knowing when Jesus will rescue His people. The prophet Daniel was shown that at the midpoint (day 1260) of the final 7-year period (“the 70th week of Daniel”), the prince to come (Satan’s spawn) will cause the temple sacrifices to cease. Under the prince’s direction, an abomination will be set up that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27, 11:31). For example, a desecrating sacrifice would be a pig on the altar of God in the most holy place.

The Anti-christ, beast or man of lawlessness will exalt himself over God. He will speak blasphemies against the Lord of Hosts (Daniel 11:36-37, Revelation 13:5). The Apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians this doctrine. The Day of Jesus’ return (and our being gathered to Him via the Rapture) will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of sin, the son of perdition, is revealed. Paul then specifies what comes next: This man sits as God in the Lord’s temple and will claim to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

“Let the reader understand.” The Book of Daniel sheds more light. In Chapter 12 it states Michael, Israel’s great prince, will arise. The Hebrew word for “arise or stand up” is amad (aw-mad’). It also means “to be at a stand still”. This infers that the defender of God’s people will be removed from protecting Israel during the Great Tribulation (2 Thessalonians 2:7). An unparalleled time of trouble will descend upon earth’s saints (Daniel 12:1). This is what Jesus told his disciples to look for as he described a future “great distress” (Matthew 24:21, Luke 21:23).

Jesus warns those who witness this sign to flee to the mountains. He promises these days must be cut short or no flesh would survive. At that time there will be false messiahs and false prophets performing signs and wonders (Matthew 24:22-23, Revelation 13:11-18). The delusion will be so strong that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. This is Scripture’s urgent warning.

The sign believers must prepare for will be “the Abomination that causes Desolation”. It is foolish to suggest–as Pre-tribulation or any-moment rapture teachers do–that the Lord offers his people a sign they won’t be around to see. The beast is himself a sign. He will appear to do his evil work before we witness our Lord and King’s return (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Those, such as my friend, who know these things are the magi for our time. They are mining the gold of Scripture, searching for the signs. They will bless God’s people with their knowledge of the Word.

In the next post, we will explore the last sign, the one appearing before the heavens signal Jesus’ glory. EJ

” Whosover eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:54, KJV).

A couple of months ago, we presented posts that biblically showed that the rapture event was not a resurrection. Scripture shows that those who were alive at the last trump would be changed into glorified bodies. The timing of this glorification was after the current heavens and earth passed away. Revelation 20:11-13 shows us that at the Great White Throne Judgment, those who did not accept Jesus as Savior will be resurrected and judged.

We also learned that believers who are changed in the twinkling of an eye are glorified before death and hades are cast into the Lake of Fire. (Rev. 20:13 and 1Corninthians 15:51-56). One last question remains. When is the timing of the Resurrection of the Righteous? Revelation 20:5 answers that question: “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” The next verse tells us that these individuals are blessed and holy, so we know that this is referring to believers who died and are in heaven.

Now that we know this general resurrection is after the Millennium, is there a specific day we can focus in on? Jesus tells us that He will raise those who believe in Him on the Last Day. Martha (Lazarus’ sister) understood this when she said that her brother would rise again in the resurrection at the Last Day. (John 11:24). John the apostle identifies the Last Day, calling it that great day of the feast. (John 7:37). This was at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Last Great Day (8th day.)

This feast is the conclusion of the High Holy Days of Israel and the last of the major Feast Days for Israel. Eight also represents the number of new beginnings. So this resurrection would be the final transition into eternity. This day would be the 22nd day of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious Calendar.) On the Gregorian Calendar, it occurs at the end of September/beginning of October.

One final clue that helps solve the puzzle is that the 23rd of Tishri is a celebration of the joy of the giving of the Torah. These first five books of the Bible represent the giving of the Law. In eternity, there is no more law. So wouldn’t it make sense that eternity is ushered in right before the customary day that Israel celebrated the giving of the Law? Finally, Moses commanded the children of Israel that at the end of every 7 year cycle (Shemitah), in the solemnity of the year of release, the law would be read each day during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Deuteronomy 31:-13, Nehemiah 8:14-18). So we can conclude this: The Resurrection of the Just will happen on the 22nd of Tishri after the 7 year Shemitah cycle. The Lord has given us these treasures in His Word so that the wise would discover them and share with others. EJ

” In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying: ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto ME and drink. He that believeth on ME, as the scripture hath said. out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37-38, KJV).

Last night at sunset concluded the High Holy Days of the Fall for Israel. Today (Simchat Torah)  is a day of celebration as Israel recognizes the joy of receiving the Torah. (first 5 books of the Old Testament). The Feast of Tabernacles has great future significance as it is a look at the time when Jesus will rule on earth. (The Millennium). It is a time of hope, joy and peace. So, is there even more significance to the Last Great Day?

The Gospel of John showed that Jesus taught in the midst of the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. On the Last Great Day (8th Day), He cried out and offered eternal life for whomever thirsts for eternal life. He promised the Holy Spirit as a seal. (John 7:37-39). This Scripture is a major clue as to the exact day the 2nd outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be; on Shemini Atzeret or the Last Great Day.

From Acts chapter 2, we learned that the 1st outpouring of the Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost. Pentecost is the spring harvest. It was a near fulfillment of what the prophet Joel proclaimed. (Joel 2:28-32). God foretold of 2 outpouring, the former rain and the latter rain, which represents the spring and fall harvests. So, if we know that the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit (about 3000 souls) occurred during Pentecost, we then can say that Tabernacles (Fall Harvest/Feast of Ingathering) is when the 2nd outpouring will happen. Thanks to Jesus teaching in the Temple and promising this gift on the Last Great Day, 22nd of Tishri, we know the exact day this incredible worldwide event will take place.

So can the year be prediced? While we cannot say, Joel prophesied it happens at the end of the age. Right after God pours out His Spirit, signs and wonders will be shown in the Heavens. By comparing Joel’s description of the Heavenly wonders to  what Jesus said in Matthew 24:29-31 and John in Revelation 6:12-17 it is clear that the outpouring happens before the Rapture and the Day of the Lord. Look for this gift from God right before the final 7 year period or early within Daniel’s 70th week.

This outpouring of the Spirit really does prove that the Holy Spirit is not removed before the end of the age but is poured upon all flesh. in the next post we will see how the General Resurrection also fulfills Shemini Atzeret . EJ

.”  And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle; therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.” (Genesis 33:17 KJV).

Today is the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles and tonight will usher in the final feast of the month of Tishri (7th month of the Hebrew Religious calendar). The Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) is essentially an 8th day of celebration. Jesus’ birth on Tabernacles is a bridge connecting Israel’s history to future events.

The first recorded variation of the word Sukkot (tabernacle, tent, shelter) is in the 33rd chapter of Genesis where Jacob (Israel) left his brother Esau and journeyed to a town. There, he built a cottage and shelters for his cattle. The name of this town in Hebrew, Succoth, is translated “booths.” Booths or temporary shelters were built for Jacob’s livestock. It is providential that Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger for livestock. It would be like God to have Israel’s and the world’s savior born on the feast day (Sukkot) bearing the same name as the city (Succoth) where Israel (Jacob) settled.

“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5 KJV).  

On the 8th day from His birth, our Messiah was circumcised and given the name Jesus (Luke 2:21). Circumcision was the covenant Yahweh made with Abraham (Genesis 17:9-13). The circumstances of Jesus’ birth was in accordance with the Law. Our king was born on the first day of Tabernacles as Emmanuel, God with us. He was circumcised, or set apart for God, on the 8th day (Hebrew Shemini Atzeret, the Last Great Day). Through Moses, the Lord commanded the reading of his Law to the children of Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 31:9-13). Jesus’ birth during this feast further affirmed that it was a time of joy and hope. Jesus or Yeshua (God saves) signified that the newborn Son of God brought glory to the Father’s plan of Salvation.

In our final installment on Sukkot, we will examine the 2nd outpouring of the Holy Spirit and its connection to the Last Great Day. We will also see if this Holy Day is the day of the general resurrection of the saints. As we patiently wait for the Moadim (God’s appointed times), true believers must go into the fields and plant gospel seeds in anticipation of the last great harvest. EJ

” And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen HIS glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NRSV).

As we enter into the first full day of the Feast of Tabernacles, it is important for Christians to reflect on what these days of celebration should mean. Sukkot was ordained by God as a remembrance for His people. He did not want them to forget that His presence dwelt with them for 40 years in the wilderness.

God’s presence has never left the true believer since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19).  The Greek word Naos (Na- hos’) translates “temple or shrine”, “a place for God’s presence to dwell”. So the celebration of Sukkot is a perfect time to make sure that our bodily temples are pure so that we are ONE with the Holy Spirit. The birth of Jesus brought God physically and visibly to earth. Jesus’ coming in human form sets up the next stage in God’s plan of Salvation.

So what does Jesus’ birth have to with Tabernacles? Everything! We have shown on this website a major fundamental TRUTH: GOD uses the Feast Days of Israel to move His plan of salvation forward. Most bible scholars will tell you that Jesus’ birth was either in the spring or fall. So one of the spring or fall feast days would make sense for the birth of the Messiah. We have 2 witnesses from Scripture that reveals another name for Jesus  (Immanuel: Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23) which means: “God is with us.”

When we consider John 1:14 which said” the Word became flesh and lived among us”, the clues start falling into place. Living among us literally means: Pitched his Tent. This is the exact idea Yahweh was revealing when he ordained the Feast of Shelters (Tents) as a continual holy observance. Jesus came to earth in the temporary shelter of human flesh. He was wrapped in bands of cloth and laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 1:7). From Jesus’ name, Emmanuel to the way He was born, to the profession of Jesus’ closest disciple, John, it is clear that out of all the Holy Days of Israel, Tabernacles matches God’s plan to bring His SON to earth to save mankind from sin.

Our bodies are also temporary shelters until we enter into the eternal glory of a Resurrected body. Before that happens, this age has to come to an end and a major clue for that to happen is this: There WILL BE a 2nd outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT on all nations. In part 3 we will look at the prophecies of Joel and see how part of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled in the book of Acts at Pentecost. We will also see why the 2nd outpouring has to be during the Feast of Tabernacles. EJ

You shall dwell in booths (Tabernacles) for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths., that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I AM the LORD your GOD.” (Leviticus 23:42-43 NKJV).

This Sunday (September 27th) at sundown, marks the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. This is a 7 day celebration for all of Israel. This festive time is also known as the Feast of Ingathering (Fall Harvest). God ordained this time because it would be an everlasting reminder that God’s presence (in the Ark of the Covenant) dwelt for 40 years in the wilderness with His people. The children of Israel would build temporary shelters made from the branches of palm trees, leafy trees and willows of the brook. (Leviticus 23:40). This was one of the 3 Feast Days (Passover and Pentecost)  that all men of Israel were required to attend in Jerusalem. (Deuteronomy 16:16). The importance of this Holy Day was to remind all generations that God’s presence dwells among His people.

From the time of the Exodus, until the end of the Millennium, we will learn the role that the Feast of Tabernacles has in God’s plan of salvation. King Solomon built the first Temple and during Solomon’s dedication, fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices. The Shekinah Glory filled the Temple. (A near fulfillment to what will happen at the end of the age.) Solomon held a celebration for 7 days and 2nd Chronicles 7:10 tells us that it was on the 23rd day of the 7th month that the children of Israel were sent home. Solomon dedicated the Temple and God graced it with HIS presence during the Feast of Tabernacles. (Days 15-22 of the 7th month of Tishri.)

As long as Israel obeyed the Lord, God’s presence would remain in the temple. Unfortunately, that did not happen and the temple would become desolate in 586 BC as the majority of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) went into exile in Babylon. The Lord would have mercy and sent a remnant back to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. (Fulfilling 2nd Chronicles 36:20-21).  Before the foundation of the 2nd temple was built, the exiles celebrated the Fall Holy Days and the Feast of Tabernacles was observed again. (Ezra 3:4). The importance of Sukkot was felt even during the years between the Old and New Testament. In Part 2 we will see how Sukkot influenced a new Holy Day and show why Tabernacles will be forever linked to the birth of our Savior. EJ

” Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city: to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.” (Daniel 9:24, NRSV).

Tomorrow evening at sunset begins the most solemn day of the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is a Sabbath, where no work is done and the streets of Jerusalem are empty. Even non-religious individuals observe this day. It is so holy that many schools in the United States with a high Jewish population will be closed on Wednesday. Although there is no temple to observe this special day with animal sacrifices, many Jewish men and women have been repenting and asking God for forgiveness since Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets.) God, in his mercy, covers the sins of the Jewish nation for another year.

For a true believer in Jesus, our sins were atoned during the preparation day of Passover. When Jesus was crucified, all sins: past, present and future were paid for. However, because the Jewish nation rejected Jesus as their king, God sent a hardening over part of Israel (Jewish people) until the times of Gentiles are fulfilled. (cf: Romans 11:25 and Luke 21:24). God accounted for this in His master plan of salvation and therefore instituted the Day of Atonement as a holy day for Israel to observe. (Leviticus 16). So, when will Yom Kippur be fulfilled? Daniel 9:24 holds the key.

70 weeks of years ( 70, 7 year periods) were decreed for Daniel, his people (Judah and Israel) and Jerusalem. We know that the sins of Judah  will be put to an end and the iniquity of the Hebrew people will be atoned for. (Ezekiel 36:25-38). The only way atonement can be made is when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Will Israel do this? This is what Zechariah 13:1 tells us: “On that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.”

The prophets are in agreement that there will be a day where the sins of Israel will be atoned for. This fulfillment will happen on Yom Kippur. Then the remnant of the 12 tribes will be gathered to Jesus and He will cleanse them before they enter the Millennium. (Zechariah 8:23). Ezekiel 45:18-25 shows the Feast Days Israel will observe in the Millennium. They are Passover (days of Unleavened Bread), Pentecost (Spring Harvest) and Sukkot (Fall Harvest). Yom Kippur is not necessary anymore after Israel turns to Jesus.

What does that mean for us? Well, if we know that the Day of Atonement ends the 70th week, then we can know that the  final 7 year period will end in late September or early October. (That is when Yom Kippur is observed). We can count back 2520 days to determine that the beginning of the 70th week will commence sometime during the end of October. God has given us clues in His Word so that his magi can figure out future events. Will you be prepared? EJ

” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Luke 13:34 NRSV)

Weeks ago my heart was grieved by a letter from someone who claimed to be my best friend. His message was harsh. In no uncertain tone, my friend said: “Stop talking about prophecy because it ‘bums’ me out.” Then the attack became personal when he involved my family. (“I hope you do not tell your children these things.”) This letter was an eye-opener since this man claims to love the Lord, yet has a disdain for prophets and prophecy.

His attitude toward God’s special messengers is nothing new. Prophets in Bible times faced similar challenges. Those with darkened hearts reject God’s warnings. Those open to the light will receive it. Many want to know the truth about the last days. Believers desiring accurate teaching await the Lord’s return yet they expect future trials.

Jeremiah confronted a “hater” of prophecy and prophets in Hananiah. Earlier Judah had gone into a partial captivity in Babylon. Hananiah foolishly spoke for God promising Judah’s exiles would return in two years (Jer. 28:3).

Wisely, the Lord’s servant stood up to this charlatan. Jeremiah said that past prophets foretold times of war, famine and pestilence against countries and kingdoms. They never spoke of peace without first warning of destruction.

Hananiah was exposed. Jeremiah said this pretender would be dead within the year. In Jeremiah 28:17, God’s word was fulfilled. Hananiah died in the 7th month (Tishri, the month of God’s judgment).

As we approach the end of this age, God is raising up prophets. How will we recognize them? They will remain true to God’s word by speaking of a coming day of disaster. “The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10b).”

We must be wise to follow the prophets of God as well as their prophecy. If we do not, we will be vulnerable to false prophets. Awake, oh sleeper, so the Day does not sneak up on you! EJ

” But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” (Revelation 20:5 NKJV)

In the last post we differentiated between the rapture (a physical and forceful catching away of the saints) and the resurrection (the dead in Christ transformed with a glorified body). Those who are alive at the last trump will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. We also learned this transformation occurs prior to death’s ultimate defeat.

Matthew 5:18 states that Heaven and Earth disappear before the smallest part of the law goes away.  The picture then becomes clearer: after our Heaven and Earth are gone, Death and Hades are sent to the Lake of Fire.

Revelation 20:4-6 answers the question: “When does the resurrection occur?” John sees thrones and people seated on them with authority to judge. These are the souls that had been beheaded for Christ (cf: Rev. 6:9-11). They refused to worship the beast or his image, neither had they taken his mark. It is repeated so we don’t miss it: This is the first resurrection!

It cannot be denied, the Bible says the martyred souls come back to life at the start of the Millennium; the general resurrection occurs after the thousand years is passed.

By comparing Scripture with Scripture, it becomes evident the Rapture is not described in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. How can so many Bible prophecy experts get it wrong? “Taken or seized in an upward direction” is not ushered into glory in a new body. Are they so married to their doctrine of any moment rapture that they deny the obvious?

When are “alive” saints changed? Revelation 20:11 informs us. Believers are glorified when the last age, the Millennium, is no more. John sees a Great White Throne and on it The Judge. Heaven and Earth flee from His face. The Greek word is pheugo (fyoo’-go) and it means “to run away, vanish, escape, flee away” (pg. 75 of “The Greek Dictionary from Strong’s Concordance” a.k.a. Strongs).

The definition that fits the above context is “to vanish”. The present heavens and earth are preserved by fire for the Day of Judgment (2nd Peter 3:7). The heavens disappear with a great noise and the elements will melt with a fervent heat (2nd Peter 3:10). To survive, those alive must be changed. How could anyone live through an inferno?

Finally, the Heavenly Jerusalem will descend on a new earth (Rev. 21:1-2). Eternity begins. As believers, this is our glorious hope. To grasp this, God’s Spirit must be our teacher. Our part is studying, comparing and examining the Word of God within its proper context. We are certain readers will arrive at the same conclusion we have: Rapture is not Resurrection.

EJ

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