Saturday, June 15, 2019

Bethlehem Star--Sign of the Son of Man?

 

This weekend there will be wondrous prophetic conjunctions. Per almanac.com:

CONJUNCTION OF THE FULL MOON AND JUPITER ON JUNE 16

On the night of June 15, Giant Planet will dangle just below the waxing gibbous Moon. 

Then on Sunday, June 16Father’s Day—bright Jupiter and the Moon meet. What a pair.

Look for the Giant Planet floating just above the Full Strawberry Moon. The Moon and Jupiter will shine bright all night long!

(The Moon will look full on June 16 and June 17 in North America; technically, it crests in the very early hours of the 17th.)

Look for the Moon and king planet Jupiter to light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn!

skyandtelescope.com
CONJUNCTION OF MERCURY AND MARS ON JUNE 18

Then, on the next night, turn your attention back to the western evening sky.
Watch for a fabulous conjunction between orange Mercury and Mars on June 18. 
The two will be extremely close together in the evening sky on the 18th. But also they’ll look tight and nice between the 17 and 19.

You won’t confuse them because Mercury is much brighter than Mars.

CONJUNCTION OF THE MOON AND SATURN ON JUNE 18

One more? This conjunction is the only one that requires you to go out at midnight. The date is Tuesday, June 18. Yes, the same night that the fabulous Mars/Mercury conjunction happened earlier, in the fading dusk. This midnight conjunction is between the Moon and Saturn.

Wow. All the bright planets except for Venus, performing conjunctions with the Moon or each other. [Excerpt from almanac.com]

This was first brought to my attention by a Brother in Christ, Jeová, who shared the information on Rev12Daily.blogspot.com and gave its symbolic meaning:


JUPITER, the “King Planet,” will be closer to Earth than at any other time of year during the month of June. . .
In addition to Jupiter being at its closest distance to Earth, it will appear to meet up with the Full Moon on June 16. Using the Starry Night astronomical program with the viewing location set to Jerusalem, one can see the Moon approach and seemingly touch the King Planet in the Constellation Ophiuchus, the “serpent holder,” or “restrainer,” as darkness settles in around 9:00 pm Sunday evening.

While no one knows the day of the Lord’s return, this heavenly sign is a reminder that the Church in its fullness, symbolized by the full moon, will one day meet her King-Bridegroom in the heavens. With the force that restrains the serpent, the Holy Spirit, removed from earth, the human embodiment of evil Scripture calls the “man of sin” will emerge to take his place on the prophetic stage (2 Thess. 2)
. [Excerpt from Rev12Daily.blogspot.com]


The next full Moon will be on Monday morning, June 17, 2019, appearing "opposite" the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 4:31 AM EDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Saturday night through Tuesday morning. solarsystem.nasa.gov

Strawberry Moon

The full moon in June is nicknamed The Strawberry Moon (among other designations).

On June 13 I watched Mark Ekawamai's newest video FINAL HOUR 406 - LAST DAYS DREAMS AND WARNINGS - WATCHMAN SOUNDING THE ALARM wherein he has a clip from Crazy bout Jesus Ya'll YTC where she shares her dream of the Rapture happening during the Strawberry Moon.



Bethlehem Star

Then today I truly believe it was the Holy Spirit that led me to the Youtube Channel of our Sister in Christ Genevieve Brazel. She had posted The Bethlehem Star and the June 17 Connection only minutes ago!

Genevieve does not set a date for the Rapture but shares connections she made with Gigi’s video UNBELIEVABLE (blue heaven YTC) and a picture Genevieve’s daughter drew a while back. In UNBELIEVABLE  Gigi noted, among other things, that June 17 is the anniversary of the first Star of Bethlehem. The drawing Genevieve’s daughter had made pictured her mother above the Bethlehem Star and said it was because the Rapture would occur at its appearing.



This caused Genevieve to wonder whether the Bethlehem Star was the Sign of the Son of man. I have made conjectures as to what could be the Sign of the Son of man as well. Related articles:


My understanding now is that Jesus Christ HIMSELF IS the Sign of the Son of man! It may very well be that He appears as a brilliant supernova in the heavenlies which I believe was shown to me in a Rapture-related dream. Originally, I had thought the Lord had shown me 3 planets in this dream, but I now understand it was 3 super moons. I believe that in my dream I saw Jesus coming for His prize after the third super moon:

. . . I then saw a brilliant white light like a huge star, appear overhead. "It's time! He's here!" I shouted with sheer delight as a feeling of exhilaration filled my being and I jumped into the air in anticipation but was not yet taken up and then the dream ended. 3 Planets Dream and Reality

The last Super Moon was the January 2019 Super Blue Blood Moon (related article: Rapture Before the Blood Moon?).


Full Moon Rapture?


For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey;
he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.” Proverbs 7:19-20 English Standard Version

Genevieve also said the Spirit of Christ revealed to her that the Bride would be raptured during a full moon. This reminded me of a Comment left at my article The Last Heavenly Sign Before the Rapture?:

Mike Young said...

Lyn: Thanks for your wonderful research, vision and timely words from the Lord!

I just wanted to share a parallel vision back in 2008 or 2009 the Lord gave me. I was lying on my bed almost awake and yet not asleep. In the open vision i was standing on the horizon of the earth with Him- Yashua.. The moon was so big and full and you could feel the magnetic pull of the closeness of it to earth and myself. You could see the details of every crater and mountain. But also i could see the stars and galaxy in full technicolor.

I had to keep looking at Yeshua frequently as He held my hand and kept me from passing out from sheer joy amazement and just realizing how amazing yet how real it all seemed. I will not ever forget it. I had been a watchmen then, but a very lukewarm one.

After that vision I realized that Yeshua was telling me that He was coming back sooner than I thought and that when I saw the moon so very close to the earth would be the time when He would return for His Bride...thus the lukewarm watchmen became more of what the Lord has asked me to be. A new an awakening to me since my previous 46 years of being a Christian and a pastor.

Shalom and Maranatha!
See you soon!

Pentecost 2019

To add to the excitement, we are in the harvest season of Israel and within the period referred to in Acts 2:1 as “when the day of Pentecost was fully come.

It is, of course, possible that the Church which was conceived on Pentecost is destined to be Resurrected/Raptured on Pentecost—a pilgrimage festival which many believe is this weekend.

There is a reason for the confusion related to the timing of this Feast:

Think of the impact the Jewish believers must have had as they described the Lord’s resurrection on the Sunday of Passover week at First Fruits and the coming of the Spirit seven Sundays later on Pentecost. The leaders must have been hard pressed to explain away the relevance of the feasts and their fulfillment in the Messiah.

The solution they came up with was to obfuscate the calendar in such a way as to make the connection less clear between the feasts and their fulfillment in Christ and the Holy Spirit. The strategy apparently worked because most Jewish people today see no connection whatever between the Feasts and the Messiah. [Excerpt from levitt.com]

Because of its ambiguous timing, Pentecost (also called Shavuot or Feast of Weeks), falls into the similar category of the Feast of Trumpets as an Unknown Day and Hour.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. - Matthew 24:44 KJV


In Summary—HE IS COMING!

Our Brother Jeová, quoting T. W. Tramm, summarized it beautifully. (From his June 14, 2019, Comment on Rev12Daily.blogspot.com):

Having highlighted this remarkable convergence, we understand that a coming together of prophetic signs and timelines doesn’t necessarily mean the event alluded to, in this case the Rapture, is going to occur at this time. Oftentimes a convergence is simply a convergence, a sign or marker pointing forward.

Besides, Jesus says he is coming at an hour we think not (Matt. 24:44).

Such a rare and profound convergence is, however, intended to get our attention.

Therefore, look up!

The heavens are declaring to everyone who has ears to hear: “The King is on His way!”







June 16, 2019, Addendum

Because Jeová admittedly obtained much of his information from T. W. Tramm's website theseasonofreturn.com, I thought I would add here links to a couple of the most pertinent articles:

Mid-June Convergence
Full Moon Rapture?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Harvest and The Wedding


Those who have been awakened by the Holy Spirit to know events are converging for the Resurrection/Rapture and are fervently watching have seen great evidence of a possible Pentecost Rapture. At first, speculating on this date did not make sense to me (see The Rapture Mystery for my musings).

The timing of His Appearing could still be on a day that is otherwise uneventful; however, I could not pass by these recent discoveries related to Shavuot (or Pentecost) without sharing them:

The 100 Day Count

The folks at the Rev12Daily blogspot brought my attention to the very real possibility that the fullness of Pentecost is a 100-day count (check out the Comments under Prepping for Pentecost).



Then today I watched THE GOOD NEWS!!! by Brother John at Watchman for that Great Day Youtube Channel. He also brought up the 100-day count saying this is what was referred to in Acts as “when the day of Pentecost was fully come”.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. - Acts 2:1 KJV

This got me digging and I found some very compelling information at worldslastchance.com. Here’s a partial synopsis from their section titled, “Evidence Favoring: 7 Complete Weeks + 50 Days”:

Proof #1—The Fourth Month

A study of John's narration indicates that Yahushua likely said this around the time of the Passover (i.e. the First Month). This means that Yahushua believed that the wheat would not be ready to harvest until about the middle of Summer. No one argued with Him!

In order to maintain that the 9th day of the third lunation is the correct date for observing Pentecost, we must believe that the scene at the well here (John 4) took place in winter. This does not seem reasonable, as the chronology of John's narrative as well as the context of Yahushua's conversation with the woman at the well strongly suggests that a pilgrimage feast was at hand.

It is worth noting Fenton's literal translation of the Greek text. Fenton suggests that Yahushua actually stated plainly that the wheat harvest took place in the "fourth month."

"Do you not say, 'The harvest comes with the fourth month'? See! Look up, I tell you, and survey the fields; for they are already white for harvesting." (John 4:35, Fenton) [Excerpt from worldslastchance.com]

(NOTE: To look this up go to: Digital Fenton Translation.)

Unlike today's method, in early times the grain harvest had to begin before the grain was fully ripe so that it would not fall out of the husk prematurely, for instance, while it was being cut. Even though it was harvested earlier, the grain was sufficiently developed to ripen on its own, but the important element to note is that the husk still held the grain securely until it dried, hardened, and was ready to go through a process known as threshing.

Christ provides a clue as to when it was the best time to cut the grain in John 4:35: . . . His statement gives us information about when the harvest began in those days: The cutting, no doubt, began when the crop was "white." This is the transition color between the green of immature grain and the golden brown of fully ripe grain. At this stage, when the grain is still white, a reaper, using a very sharp sickle, cut down the standing grain. bibletools.org


Proof #2—Moses at Mount Sinai

According to the Scriptures, Moses and the children of Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai on the 50th Day since The Feast of Firstfruits:

In Exodus 19:1, we read: "In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai." From this we learn, that Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai on the 15th day of the Third Month. We can know this because Moses tells us that they arrived on the same day of the month that they had left Egypt, which was the 15th (Num. 33:3). This means that Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai exactly 7 days after the "seventh complete Sabbath," which is always the 8th day of the Third Month. . .

If we continue reading, we see that the Israelites were commanded by Moses to consecrate themselves and wash their clothes for they were to meet with Yahuwah - in 3 days. "For on the third day, Yahuwah will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people" (Ex 19:10-11). By this we can conclude that Yahuwah descended on Mt Sinai in the sight of all the people exactly 10 days after the "seventh complete Sabbath" (8th day of Third Month + 7 days + 3 days). 

In Exodus 20:18-21, we read that the Israelites were terrified at the presence of Yahuwah, so they ask Moses to speak to Yahuwah for them. Moses then ascends the mountain, where he remains for "forty days and forty nights" (Ex. 24:18). After 40 days, Moses descends Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments Law of Yahuwah (Deut. 9:9-12). From this, we can conclude with certainty that Moses descended Mt. Sinai with the Commandments EXACTLY 50 days after the "seventh complete Sabbath" (8th day of Third Month + 7 days + 3 days + 40 days). Amazing!

. . . It is worth noting also that Aaron (the high priest), one day earlier, somehow knew to proclaim a "feast to Yahuwah" on this very day - EXACTLY 50 days after the "seventh complete Sabbath."
"And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, Tomorrow is a feast [Strong's H2282] to Yahuwah." (Ex 32:5)

  • "feast" = Strong's H2282 [khag]; Khag is consistently used throughout Scripture to denote a pilgrimage feast. . .  Note: Yahuwah does not reprimand His high priest [Aaron] for proclaiming a feast on the wrong day; rather Yahuwah cites idolatry as the reason for His anger. (Ex. 32:7-9Deut.9:16, 20)

Moses descended the mountain with the Ten Commandments Law of Yahuwah on the same day that Aaron (the high priest) somehow knew to proclaim a "feast [khag] to Yahuwah." This took place EXACTLY 50 DAYS AFTER THE "SEVENTH COMPLETE SABBATH"! [Excerpt from worldslastchance.com]

Proof #3—The New Wine

Brother John pointed out that the mockers referred to “new wine” when the disciples spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost:

Here is what worldslastchance.com wrote:

Scripture continually associates the wheat harvest with the grape harvest, both taking place in the Summer. The "new wine" spoken of in Acts Chapter 2 would not have been available in the Third Month (Spring).
"And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. . . . [Some] mocking said, ‘These men are full of new wine. [Strong's G1098]’" (Acts 2:3-4, 13)

·         "new wine" = Strong's G1098 = denotes sweet "new wine" (The New Strong's Dictionary of Bible Words)

[This ends my excerpts from worldslastchance.com, but if you are interested they give additional evidence to proclaim that the count to the Feast of Weeks is 7 Sabbaths Complete + 50 days.]

In the account of Ruth and Boaz, we see that the barley harvest overlapped into the beginning of the wheat harvest.

So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law. - Ruth 2:23 KJV

This is true of the fruit harvest as well. The mention of new wine at Pentecost is pointing to early to mid-Summer when the wheat harvest would be concluding and the grape harvest beginning. New wine is only available at the beginning of the grape harvest!

Pentecost and Joel 2 Prophecy

Stephanie Dawn made important observations in her article: Pentecost--The Feast That Ties Everything Together For the Church the first of which was how Pentecost marks a dispensational change:

Note how Pentecost/Shavuot seems to introduce new dispensations – first, the Dispensation of Law (Mosaic covenant), then the Dispensation of Grace (Spirit of the Law).  Will it also introduce the interim dispensation of wrath (the Day of the Lord, commonly called the “Tribulation”, which seems to involve both Law and Grace)?

In Part 3 of her article, Stephanie writes, “Peter affirms that the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost was a partial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy”. How astute of her to notice this!

The end of the Holy Spirit’s sealing ministry in the church will be marked by wonders in the heavens, signs on the earth, blood, fire, vapor of smoke, darkened sun, and a blood red moon.  These events clearly did not occur on the first Pentecost, so why would Peter mention them in his sermon – on Pentecost?  Could it be that he is announcing the future fulfillment of the remainder of Joel’s prophecy on some future Pentecost?


The Wedding of Ruth

The account of Ruth and Boaz is a prophetic picture of the wedding of the mostly-Gentile Church Bride and our Kinsman Redeemer Jesus. In the above video, Brother John shared that Boaz and Ruth were married after the grain harvest was completed!

So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law. - Ruth 2:23 KJV

That means early Summer or (approximately) mid-July!

Six Measures of Barley

Also notice that Boaz accepted Ruth’s request for marriage and gave her six measures of barley:

And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor. Also he said, Bring the vail that [thou hast] upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six [measures] of barley, and laid [it] on her: and she went into the city. - Ruth 3:14-15 KJV

And she said, These six [measures] of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law. - Ruth 3:17 KJV

The Bible specifically gives the number, even though it doesn’t tell the size of the measure. What is it about the number six and what is it about barley rather than wheat that the Bible is trying to tell us? The number six, according to EW Bullinger, “…has to do with man; it is the number of imperfection; the human number; the number of MAN as destitute of God, without God, without Christ.” As he says, “it is certain that man was created on the sixth day, and thus he has the number six impressed upon him. Moreover, six days were appointed to him for his labour; while one day is associated in sovereignty with the Lord God, as His rest.”

Insightful as ever, Bullinger rightly tied the number six in with labors and that at the end of the labors there is the anticipation of “the Lord God, and His rest.” It is exactly what Naomi was seeking for Ruth, and thus implicitly, for herself through Ruth.” One cannot enter rest until the work is done. . .

In an astute observation, Lange gives us these words to consider concerning what this is showing us – “Naomi receives what she may take as an intimation that the time has come, when after long labor she must let Ruth go out free. The day of rest is at hand.”

. . . That explains the number six, but why barley? The reason for specifying barley is because of what barley pictures. First, it is a picture of the resurrection of Christ because barley was what was presented at the Feast of Firstfruits. [Excerpt from a 2014 article by Charlie Garrett  superiorword.org]

As Mr. Garrett pointed out: Bullinger rightly tied the number six in with labors and that at the end of the labors there is the anticipation of “the Lord God, and His rest”.

This, of course, brings to mind how 6 days is 6,000 years that man will toil and have dominion over the earth (2 Peter 3:8). At the completion of the 6,000 years, Jesus has promised to come and whisk the Church Bride away to a place He has prepared for us and to our wondrous wedding!

Naomi assures Ruth that because of all that Boaz said and did Ruth need not fear because it meant he promised to see it to completion!

Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day. - Ruth 3:18 KJV

Matthew Henry in his Commentary writes:

Naomi believes that Ruth has won his heart, and that therefore he will not be easy till he knows whether she be his or no. This she gives as a reason why Ruth should sit still and not perplex herself about it, that Boaz had undertaken it, and he would be sure to manage it well. blb.org

How much more should be our confidence then, Brethren! Our Kinsman Redeemer Jesus Christ has sealed us with His Spirit as a promise of our Redemption and Wedding Day—He will see our marriage to its completion! Our Day of Rest is at hand!




Monday, June 3, 2019

2019 and the Two-Year Warning of The Revelation 12 Sign of the Woman!



This article might be me simply making notes to myself once again, but the Two-Year Warning pointed out recently by two Youtubers has me very excited, so here goes some brief notes. . .

Yesterday I read Gary of Unsealed’s article The Great South American Eclipse wherein he shared:

On July 2nd a total eclipse of the sun will blanket a large swath of South America in darkness.  This will be the first total solar eclipse since the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017, which occurred the very day the U.S. government began its peace plan push in the Middle East—the diplomatic bargain soon to be unveiled, now known as "The Deal of the Century."

Then this morning I caught Barry Scarbrough’s video The Great South American Eclipse and Two Year Rapture Sign. Barry pointed out various two-year warnings contained in Scripture and related them to the two Americas’ eclipses being close to two years apart.

The pièce de résistance was when I was able to watch Jaco Prinsloo’s latest video (The Real End Game and the Final Signs to Watch for as it Approaches) just this afternoon as I was folding a pile of laundry. I hurriedly finished my chore and got on my computer because Jaco’s video was a confirmation to what Barry pointed out!

Jaco shares how the Star of Bethlehem was the heavenly sign of Christ’s First Coming. He then asks a very pertinent question—Why did Herod ask when the Star of Bethlehem first appeared?

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. - Matthew 2:7 KJV

Herod knew it was the sign of Jesus’ birth; so, to be sure the Christ child would be destroyed, he then ordered all two-year olds and under to be slain:

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. - Matthew 2:16 KJV

Then Jaco asks an even more pertinent and thrilling question:

If the Star of Bethlehem was the sign given of Christ’s First Coming, is the September 23, 2017, Revelation 12 Sign of the Woman the Two-Year Warning before His Second Coming?

Yes! Yes! YES! My hopeful heart cries out!

If this is the case, just as Jesus was born sometime within the two-year period of the appearing of the Star of Bethlehem, the birth of the Man Child (Revelation 12:5) a.k.a. the Resurrection/Rapture of the Overcoming Church, must happen no later than two years from the 2017 appearing of the Revelation 12 Sign of the Woman. This draws a line in the sand (as Brother Jaco so aptly put it) for September 2019!!!

YIPPEEEEE!!!



Friday, May 31, 2019

The Rapture Mystery


The Mystery of the Church

To be honest, I was struggling the other day trying to understand what it meant that those in Christ were a firstfruits offering and why we were still here! I asked the Lord for revelation and for Him to encourage me. Worshipful song went forth from my mouth to rid myself of the spirit of heaviness, and as I did so I felt He was leading me to study the word “mystery” in the Scriptures. What I saw did encourage me. Then later as I turned on Youtube, a Tim Henderson video popped up on my feed and one of the last things he said was, “We are a MYSTERY!”

Growing up in this Age of Grace we forget the amazing mystery that is the Ecclesia of Christ or True Church (see aggressivechristianity.net’s article The Correct Meaning of "Church" and "Ecclesia" if you are unsure who the True Church is.)

Before Christ’s death, the Church Age of Grace was unknown. Why? Because God wanted it to be a secret: 

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. - 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 KJV

Amos 3:7 tells us that God does nothing without revealing His plan to His prophets, BUT HERE IS AN EXCEPTION! For had the mystery of Jew and Gentile becoming one in Christ been revealed (Ephesians 3:6), the Adversary would have known God’s entire plan of redemption for man and would not have killed our precious Jesus.

Each individual who makes Jesus their Lord receives Christ in them! Now the Devil has a bunch of Jesus-types running around on the earth messing with his plans:

[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: - Colossians 1:26-27 KJV

The reason the Spirit of Christ within us is ‘the hope of glory’ is because it is the earnest or guarantee that He will be coming back to redeem us:

In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. - Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV

The Mystery of the Rapture

A mystery is inclusionary. It is used many times in Scripture and it means that its understanding is available to anyone who takes the time to discover it. Whereby, a secret is exclusionary. It is one that is well-kept and remains hidden. God can know it but we cannot. 4windsusa.com

God revealed the mystery of the Rapture to Paul; however, I believe He did not give away the actual date for good reason. Here are two pictures of why the Rapture’s timing may remain a secret until it happens:

º  In a Hebrew wedding only the father knows the hour he will send his son to catch away his bride. I believe this may be the case with the Catching Away of the Bride of Christ as well.

º  In childbirth, which is another analogy of the Rapture of the Man Child (Revelation 12:5), no one knows the exact hour of the birth of a child delivered naturally.

We are not in the dark so when that day comes it will not totally surprise us (1 Thessalonians 5:4). HOWEVER, just as Father God strategically kept the Church a secret from Satan before Christ died, I think God wants the exact time of the Rapture to be a strategic secret.

God’s End Time Strategy

As most of you know, we are in a great spiritual war and strategy is key. In fact, part of the definition of ‘strategic’ is “relating to the gaining of overall or long-term military advantage”.

As I studied, I learned that the Resurrection/Rapture of the Church is a military action by God.



“But every man in his own order”

The word “order” is translated from the Greek word tagma meaning “that which has been arranged in order, a division, rank” and signifies a military division. There are two tagma or “ranks” of the resurrection host; the Captain and the rest of the army now sleeping, to rise at His trumpet’s sound (1 Corinthians 15:521 Thessalonians 4:16).


1 Corinthians Chapter 15’s ‘last trump’ has a dual meaning.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. - 1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV

It became a tradition for the shofar to be sounded 100 times during The Feast of Trumpets:

A distinguishing feature of the celebration is the last, climactic blast, the Teki'at Shofar. This is not the usual series of short bursts, signalling alarm or bad news. Rather, it is a long blast, signalling victory or good news. It is this last blast that is referred to as the last trump. khouse.org

This is how the idiom "The Last Trump" became associated with Rosh Hashanah. It is a man-made idiom that is NOT based on Scripture. . .  

HOWEVER, "the last trump" also can refer to a military signal:

For one thing, it’s interesting that Paul refers to the last trump in1 Corinthians 15 and in the immediately preceding chapter,1 Corinthians 14, he refers to the blowing of a trumpet and there he’s referring to a military trumpet. In light of that, it would appear that he has military trumpets in mind when he’s writing 1 Corinthians 15. So it could very well be that when he refers to the last trump which will be blown at the Rapture, he has a military trumpet in mind. What’s the significance of that?

When you study the Roman army and some of the Greek armies and even the Jewish army back in Bible times, when they went into war, they had a “last trump” that would be blown that would tell the fighting men, “Your time of fighting is over. It is time for you to go home and rest.” A “last trump” ended their time in the warfare.

By analogy, the Scriptures teach that Christians today are involved in a spiritual war while they live out their lives in this present age in this present world. When the Rapture takes place and the trumpet is blown at that time, that will be a signal to them that their part in the warfare is over; their fighting in this present age is done in this spiritual war. It is time for them to go home to be with the Lord and rest together with Him in Heaven. jashow.org

 Does the Rapture Fulfill a Feast?

Because we have passed the 71st Anniversary of Israel’s replanting and entered the time of its inspection, I too have been looking at all the connections the Feast of Pentecost has with the Rapture; but have you noticed that EVERY feast that requires assembling before the Lord has prophetic foreshadowing of the Rapture connected with it?

There are three times that God required His people to assemble before Him:

Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, [which is] in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. - Exodus 23:14-16 KJV

Each of these three feasts also coincides with a harvest season that requires a firstfruits offering.

If I am understanding it correctly, the Expositor's Greek Testament explains that Christ’s resurrection was only the first of a two-part process; therefore, He was the first of the firstfruits of the BARLEY HARVEST and those who are “in Christ” are the second part.

Firstfruits of Barley or Wheat Harvest?

As I mentioned above, Christ was the first of the firstfruits of the BARLEY HARVEST and those who are “in Christ” are the second part. If the Rapture of the Church is to fulfill a feast, it seems it would be to complete the barley harvest which gives us a picture of the Rapture because in order to separate the grain from the chaff, the soft barley is winnowed, or tossed into the air.

Contrast that to the wheat crop which is trampled upon with a tribulum to separate the hard wheat grain from its chaff (tribulum = tribulation). 


tribulum was a Roman tool used for threshing wheat and was probably pulled by oxen. It resembles a sled with the bottom studded with teeth of stone or iron. They are still in use in some remote rural areas of the world today.

Are we prophetically the second part of the Barley Firstfruits or are we the firstfruits of the final Pentecost Wheat Harvest?

The Rapture - A Mystery Revealed Through Paul PDF by crbible.com gives an excellent overview of Matthew 24 especially explaining verses 37-41 and how the Church cannot be the wheat that is gathered.

Five Doves was another source that summarized the firstfruits:

. . . There are firstfruits from each harvest; one firstfruits from the Church Age and one firstfruits from after the Church Age. (or after the Rapture)
The Barley firstfruits  is the bride-church.  The Wheat Firstfruits are 144,000 Jewish Male Virgins from the tribes, the remain after the Church is caught up. Both bride of Christ and 144,000 are firstfruits, but firstfruits from different harvests! Many Christians think they are part of the 144,000, but they cannot be, because they are a CHRISTIAN, they are part of the first of all firstfruits, they are part of the Barley Harvest! Jesus the head- the church the body!

. . . Again, there are 2 firstfruits, the bride is the barley firstfruits, the 144,000 are the wheat, and they will come on the scene at Pentecost!

There is so much teaching on this it is too lengthy to go into today, best to just view video series. . .

Lora Jeffries Shipley
www.loafofbarley.com 

What About Feast of Trumpets?

What is interesting to add to the mix is that there is NO FIRSTFRUITS offering associated with ROSH HA SHANAH/FEAST OF TRUMPETS!

My understanding leans toward The Feast of Trumpets being fulfilled in Israel where all previous festivals were completed and that it might be the day that the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords comes with His Great Army to the earth (Revelation 19:11; Zechariah 14:4).

Does this mean we will have to wait until the Spring Passover Season of 2020 before we are Raptured? Mmmmm….I don’t think so. Read on.


Indications We ARE Close

No matter which firstfruits offering the Church belongs to, no matter whether the Rapture does or does not fulfill any Feast of the Lord, there is much indicating we are so very close to the Catching Away of the Bride of Christ!

Ty Green has been following “The Ultimate Deal” Peace Plan posting two videos yesterday related to it. In the first 10 minutes of his Think They're Not Going to Divide Jerusalem, Think Again video, he presents Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s predicament of having to face another election.

On the same day Ty posted a 2-1/2 minute video that says it all: Not Going To Stop Us—sharing the recent meeting of Jared Kushner with Netanyahu. The following excerpt explains:

In a move that stunned Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government by a Wednesday night deadline, and instead of giving a rival the chance to do so, his party advanced a bill to dissolve the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. The move means Israel will hold new elections on Sept. 17, less than six months after its April 9 vote. 
Netanyahu addressed the political turmoil as he met with Kushner in Jerusalem. 

“And, you know, we had a little event last night,” the prime minister said. “That’s not going to stop us. We are going to continue working together.”

The White House is running short of time to release its plan for how to solve the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians before the 2020 U.S. election campaign kicks into full swing. Analysts say Netanyahu is unlikely to want to address thorny political issues or the prospect of any concessions with the Palestinians during an Israeli campaign.

. . . “I think the Trump peace plan is on ice indefinitely now,” said Dan Shapiro, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel under the Barack Obama administration. “They already understood that they couldn’t roll out a peace plan during an Israeli election or government formation, so now the same logic is going to apply. Anything in the plan that has the slightest hint of a concession or a hard ask to Israel will be political dynamite during a campaign.” 

That could push back the release of the political component of the plan until at least November, Shapiro said, when the makeup of the Israeli government should become clear. But Trump will then be deep into his own reelection effort. 

The White House is beginning the rollout of the plan by holding an economic workshop in Bahrain in late June, with the political component expected to follow.

“We are not anticipating any changes,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said of the economic summit. “We anticipate it’s still going on.” The Washington Post

Here are a couple of speculative scenarios. . . Maybe God will allow pride to rise up and President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu will push this Peace Plan through this year despite elections coming up.

OR

Perhaps the Ezekiel 38 war will commence before either the Israeli or United States elections are held leaving the Peace Plan unsigned and becoming the Daniel 9:27 covenant the Antichrist confirms:

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. - Daniel 9:27 KJV

In my opinion either scenario would equal RAPTURE TIME for the Overcoming Church!


More Heavenly Signs--Jupiter

Our Brother in Christ Paul Dawson (REVELATIONCHAPTER12dotCOM) pointed out that the planet Jupiter has been of special interest of late due to its disappearing Great Red Spot (GSR). As I thought on how Jupiter represents Christ with its many stripes and gaping ‘wound’ (now apparently ‘healing’), it came into my spirit that Jesus took that wound for His Bride. Just as the first Adam had his side opened for God to create Eve (Adam’s bride), Jesus’ side was also opened for His Bride. But any day now, He will be receiving His Bride. She will join Him and complete Him; therefore, the wound (and the door of the Ark) is closing!