Posted by: jesusmessiah | August 6, 2008

Hazon Gabriel (The Gabriel Revelation)

Much talk has been going around about this newly discovers tablet known as Hazon Gabriel in Hebrew, or The Gabriel Revelation in English. I also believe it’s being referred to as the Dead Sea Scroll in stone and also Gabriel’s Vision.

The text is written in ink on stone and dates to about the late first century B.C. and early first century A.D. It consists of 87 lines and is divided into two columns. The text is written in the first person, apparently by someone named Gabriel, and contains many Biblical phrases. It is an apocalyptic text and seems to have been written by a supporter of the Davidic dynasty.

Here now is where things get a little exciting. The text from the stone shows that ancient Jewish groups believed the Messiah would die, be resurrected in three days, and ascent to Heaven. This is noted specifically and conveys a telling apocalyptic vision of the Archangel Gabriel. But one of the most important words in it has not been properly deciphered.

If you examine Line 80, it begins with the phrase Leshloshet yamin (In three days), followed by another word that the editors could not read. Then comes the phrase Ani Gavriel (I Gabriel). Professor Israel Knohl, Ha’aretz believes this “illegible” word is actually legible. It is the word hayeh (live) and that Gabriel the Archangel is giving orders to someone. Leshloshet yamin hayeh (In three days, you shall live). In other words, in three days, you shall return to life. The word haye written here is with an alef. Similar orthography appears in the Dead Sea Scrolls. For example in the Isaiah scroll, where the word yakeh (30:31) is written with an alef after the yod.

This is followed by traces of two more words. The letters are not easy to make out but the first word seems to begin with a gimmel and vav. The next word is not clear either. The lamed is quite legible, and the letter before it seems to be an ayin. Professor Knohl believe the sentence can be reconstructed as follows: Leshloshet yamin hayeh, ani Gavriel, gozer alekha (In three days, live, I, Gabriel command you). To whom is he speaking?

The answer appears in the following line. Line 81: Sar hasarin (Prince of Princes). The sentence reads: Leshloshet yamin hayeh, ani Gavriel, gozer alekha sar hasarin ( In three days, live, I Gabriel command you, prince of princes.) Who is the “prince of princes”? The primary biblical source for the Gabriel Revelation is the narrative in in Book of Daniel 8:15-26, in which the Archangel Gabriel reveals himself to Daniel for the first time. Gabriel describes a “king of fierce contenance.” This king “shall destroy them that are mighty and the people of the saints… he shall also stand up against the prince of princes”

The author of the Gabriel Revelation seems to be interpreting the biblical narrative as follows: An evil king arises and virtually destroys the Jewish people (the “people of the saints”). He even manages to overcome and slay their leader (the “prince of princes”). This is the leader who will be resurrected in three days.

Based on the linguistics and orthography, the Gabriel Revelation has been dated to the end of the 1st Century BC. Now the pivotal thing about this is that if the dating of this is true, which would be close to the time of the birth of Jesus, then there were people who believed that the death of the Messiah was an integral part of the salvation process. It became an article of faith that the slain Messianic leader would be resurrected within three days and rise to Heaven.

So this new discovery confirms that the belief in a slain and resurrected Messiah existed prior to the Messianic activity of Jesus and calls for a complete reassessment of all previous scholarship on the subject of Messianism, Jewish and Christian alike.

Posted by: jesusmessiah | August 5, 2008

The 12 Imam (Al-Mahdi)

I wanted to make a post discussing the messiah that Shi’a Muslims are expecting and how it plays into Christianity.

According to the Islamic belief, an Imam is an anointed leader or ruler. This is especially so among the Shi’a sect of Islam. According to Shi’a beliefs, an Imam is thought (though not required), to be a prayer leader or cleric when the word is capitalized. Sunnis also believe an Imam may be a prophet. Shiites believe not all prophets can be an Imam but an Imam can also be a prophet. An Imam is said to be anointed by Allah and a perfect example of leading mankind in every way. The Shiite interpretation is that only Allah can appoint an Imam and no man has the power to do so.

Within the Shiite, (which is predominate in Iran), it is prophesied that there is a coming Imam, the 12th Imam, who is the great spiritual savior. This Imam is named Abu al-Qasim Muhammad or also called Muhammad al Mahdi. He is said to have been born the son of the 11th Imam, Hasan Al-Askari and his wife, the granddaughter of an Emperor. There are conflicting statements of her name being either Fatima or Nargis Khatoon. The 12th Imam is said to be a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, having divine status as did each of this succession of sons. The 12th Imam is also called the Hidden Imam and the Mahdi (guided one).

Most accounts of the story say that al Mahdi went into hiding as a child around the age of 5 years (about the 13th Century) or thrown into a well to escape persecution. It is also said that he has been in hiding in caves ever since but will supernaturally return just before the Day of Judgment.

According to the Hadith (oral traditions relating to the words and deeds of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) there is criteria for his arrival.

  • He will be a descendant of Muhammad and the son of Fatima (Muhammad’s daughter).
  • He will have a broad forehead and pointed nose.
  • He will return just before the end of the world.
  • His appearance will be proceeded by three years of world chaos, tyranny, and oppression.
  • He will escape from Medina to Mecca and thousands will pledge allegiance to him.
  • He will rule over the Arabs and world for seven years.
  • He will make a 7 year peace treaty with a Jew of priestly lineage.
  • He will lead military action against all who oppose him.
  • He will enforce the Shi’ria Law when he returns.
  • He will eradicate all tyranny and oppression bringing harmony and total peace.
  • He will unite the Muslim world and the Jewish world and create a one world government.
  • He will lead a prayer in Mecca which Jesus will be at his side and follow in.

When you study the Word of God, you’ll see that much of this ties in with what is prophecies out of the coming Antichrist. Sometimes I just think to myself, it just seems as though they read the Bible and picked out all of the characteristics intentionally and said that will be their messiah. Now, I also want to state that just because this is what Muslims prophesy will happen does not mean it will at all. But I want to state that it is entirely possible that Satan could use this to mislead many.

Remarkably, the 12th Imam theory plays heavily into the world’s current concerns with Iran. The Shiite Muslim President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, is deeply committed to the Islamic Messiah, al Mahdi. There have been many through the years claiming to be the Hidden Imam but Ahmadinejad believes he is yet to come. He claims that he is to personally prepare the world for the coming Mahdi. In order to save the world, it must be in a state of chaos and subjugation. Ahmadinejad claims he was “directed by Allah to pave the way for the glorious appearance of the Mahdi”. This apocalyptic directive includes some very scary proclamations.

While Christians look for Jesus’ 2nd coming, the Jews await the Messiah and Muslims await the 12th Imam. However, of the three, Allah’s designated Mahdi is the only one who demands a violent path to conquer the world. Mr. Ahmadinejad, and his cabinet, say they have a ‘signed contract’ with al Mahdi in which they pledge themselves to his work. What does this work involve? In light of concerns over Iran’s nuclear capabilities, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly stated Israel should be wiped off the map. He spoke to the United Nations in September ’05. During that speech he claims to have been in an aura of light and felt a change in the atmosphere during which time no one present could blink their eyes. Iran’s PM is also said to have spoken in apocalyptic terms and seems to relish conflict with the West whom he calls the Great Satan. This is while he proclaims he must prepare the world for the coming Mahdi by way of a world totally under Muslim control. He is working hard to bring about the world-wide horrors that must be in place for their al Mahdi to bring peace.

This notion and goal, along with a violent hatred of infidels, America and Israel reminds us of Biblical prophecies of the coming anti-Christ and the pledges of millions to a deceiving False Messiah who will claim to bring peace. Could this 12th Imam Mahdi and his servant Ahmadinejad spark the last days of the coming true Savior?

Posted by: jesusmessiah | August 1, 2008

Kenosis Doctrine

I was listening to the radio about a month ago and was tuned into Ron Vietti and I heard him mention something about the Kenosis Doctrine. I don’t remember what his stance was on the teaching but I thought discussing the topic would make a good post.

To those who do not know what the Kenosis Doctrine is, it’s simply this. The word “kenosis” is comes from the Greek word “kenoo” which means “to empty.” It’s a theory that states that Jesus gave up some of His divine attributes while He was a man here on earth. These attributes were omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. It states that Jesus did this voluntarily so that He could function as a man in order to fulfill the work of redemption. This view was first introduced in the late 1800s by Gottfried Thomasius who was a Lutheran theologian.

This doctrine comes from Philippians 2:5-8, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross,” These verses do not teach that Jesus gave up any of His divine attributes plainly because there is no mention of any of the attributes in the verses. Rather, it is speaking of His humility and that He acted according to the Father’s will by coming to earth in the humble position of being in human nature and leaving His dwelling place in heaven.

The Kenosis theory is a dangerous doctrine because if it were true then it would mean that Jesus was not fully divine. If Jesus was not fully divine, then His atoning work would not be sufficient to atone for the sins of the world.

The correct doctrine about Jesus’ nature is the Hypostatic Union which is the belief that Jesus is both fully God and fully man as mentioned in Colossians 2:9 and did not give up any divine attributes while He was a man on earth.

I hope this brings understanding to some and hopefully a new piece of education for those who have never heard of it before.

Posted by: jesusmessiah | August 1, 2008

Goodbye Ehud Olmert

Well, it is all over the news now. Ehud Olmert will be resigning in September after months of mounting pressure over corruption allegations. Word is that he still wishes to try for a peach deal with the Palestinians and Syrians before his term ends.

I really just wanted to throw this post in because I find it so amazing at how many things are falling in place for something big to happen this fall! The first year of the shivua, Rosh Hashanah, a new leader for Israel, total solar eclipse, peace talks, threats of war between Iran, Israel and the US.

Stay tuned this fall!

Posted by: jesusmessiah | August 1, 2008

Why the Law?

In Galatians 3:10, we are told that “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.'” We also know that there is no one who has kept all the law except for Jesus. God’s Law seems to be a standard that no one can meet. Now, if the Bible tells us that sin is transgression of the law, and that the wages of sin is death, then what good is the law? Why did God give us the law if He knows we can meet His standards?

Let me first begin by telling you a little about the law of the Lord as revealed through His Word. Psalms 19:7 tells us that “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul…” So God’s standards are perfection. He expects us to be perfect. That verse also tells us that the law converts the soul. Keep this in mind.

Romans 3:19-20 says “Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” These passages make the next two points of the law very clear.

First, it stops man from justifying himself. It tells us that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God. Second, it gives the knowledge of sin. It defines it. Paul said in Romans 7:7, “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law…”

So we have discovered that the purpose of the law is:

  1. To stop man from trying to justify himself.
  2. To define sin.

But perhaps the most important thing to understand about the purpose of the law is revealed to us in Galatians 3:24-25, “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” Eureka! That’s it! The main purpose of God’s holy law is to lead us to Christ! What a wonderful thing for our loving God to do. The law cannot cure our sin but it does lead us to Christ. Without the law, we would be arrogant, full of ourselves and unable to justify ourselves before God. Only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ are we justified by His grace. Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith.

So the law is not a bad thing at all, it is a sign of God’s mercy. I believe this will lead to another post sometime soon, but I will end this here.

Posted by: jesusmessiah | July 31, 2008

Total Solar Eclipse This Weekend

This weekend there will be a total solar eclipse. This happens to be on the 1st of Av which I mentioned the significance of the day in the last post about the eclipses in 7 years.

I just wanted to touch on the significance of this eclipse a little more. I have discussed this with Mark Biltz and here is what I have gathered from our discussions.

The Bible tells us to look for signs in the heavens, and this may possibly be one of them. With all the tension going on with Iran, USA, Israel, Syria, etc…, this could hold huge significance.

If you locate the eclipse in the sky when it happens you will notice a few things. Let’s look at the constellations. First, you’ll notice Virgo is to the left representing Israel. Cancer is the crab which is unclean and represents the nations wanting to attack Israel. Leo the lion represents Messiah protecting Israel. Mars under the feet and speaks of war. Venus which is the bright morning star is at his chest. Mercury is the messenger in the claw of the crab showing a message being delivered to the nations. And the total solar eclipse happens at the head of the crab!

My thinking is this, and let me say this is my pure speculation. I believe there will be some sort of attack either on the day of the eclipse or 9 days later which would be the 9th of Av, which is also a very historic and important day. But only time will tell. I am excited to see what will take place.

Posted by: jesusmessiah | July 31, 2008

Eclipses of 2014-2015

A few years ago I began studying the subject of the sun turning dark and the blood red moons prophesied in the end days. I abandoned the study for a while until I heard Pastor Mark Biltz’s discovery. I transcribed and compiled this from his appearance on Prophecy in the News with J.R. Church and a few other resources. I firmly hold strong to this study and agree with his discovery.

Heavenly Signs
Sabbatical Year 2014-2015
Begins Sept. 25, 2014
Ends Sept 13, 2015

Four Lunar Eclipses:    Tetrads
Passover – April 15, 2014
Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Oct 8, 2014
Passover – April 4, 2015
Tabernacles (Sukkot) – Sept 28, 2015

Total Solar Eclipses
Nisan 1, 2015 – Mar 21
Tishri 1, 2015 – Sept 14, Rosh Hashanah

When four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses, the group is known as a tetrad. The following tetrads occur during this century:

Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2003 –  2004
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2014 –  2015
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2032 –  2033
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2043 –  2044
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2050 –  2051
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2061 –  2062
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2072 –  2073
Tetrad (Four Consecutive Total Eclipses):   2090 –  2091

We have had blood-red moons on the first day of Passover and the first day of Sukkot on back-to-back years seven times since 1 A.D. Three of these occurrences were connected to 1492 (the Spanish Inquisition), 1948 (statehood for Israel and the War of Independence), and 1967 (the Six-Day War) — some of the most significant days in Jewish history.

Three sets of blood-red moons that corresponded to significant events:

The Spanish Inquisition — 1492

* Passover, April 2, 1493
* Sukkoth, Sept. 25, 1493
* Passover, March 22, 1494
* Sukkoth, Sept. 15, 1494

The War of Independence — 1948

* Passover, April 13, 1949
* Sukkoth, Oct. 7, 1949
* Passover, April 2, 1950
* Sukkoth, Sept. 26, 1950

The Six-Day War — 1967

* First Day of Passover, April 24, 1967
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 18, 1967
* First Day of Passover. April 13, 1968
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 6, 1968

What will occur in the 2013–2015 time period?

* First Day of Passover, April 15, 2014
* First Day of Sukkoth, Oct. 8, 2014
* First Day of Passover, April 4, 2015
* First Day of Sukkoth, Sept. 28, 2015

Fall Feasts in 2015

* Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets), Sept. 14
* Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), Sept. 23
* Sukkoth (The Feast of Tabernacles), Sept. 28

The others were in 162/163 A.D., 795/796 A.D., 842/843 A.D. and 860/861 A.D. We don’t have any historical connections for these years at this time, but we do know of significant Jewish persecution during the eighth and ninth centuries.

In all eight examples, the eclipses have fallen or will fall on the first day of Passover and Sukkot.

The eighth occurrence of back-to-back, blood-red moons will be in 2014–2015.

In 2008, there is only one Total Solar Eclipse that will occur. It falls on 29 Tammuz/1 Av 5768 = Friday 1 August 2008.

I believe we should closely watch the peace efforts in Israel in 2008 to see if a peace deal is signed — knowing that 2015 would be seven years later. I am not date-setting, and I certainly won’t speculate, but the lineup of occurrences is very intriguing.

Additionally, 2008, 2009, and 2010 each have one Total Solar Eclipse, and they all happen to fall on the 1st of Av.

* Aug. 1, 2008 (1st of Av)
* July 22, 2009 (1st of Av)
* July 11, 2010 (1st of Av)

NOTE: The first of Av begins at sundown and ends at sundown the following day.

The month of Av, in the Hebrew calendar, is called the “dark time.” This eclipse in 2008 falls on the first day of the “dark time.”

This is when the Jews really get serious about lamenting the destruction of the Temple. They don’t bathe, they don’t shave, they don’t put on fresh clean clothes, they take their shoes off, turn their chairs upside down, sit on the upturned chair. They do not want any comfort for those next 9 days from the 1st to the 9th of Av.

We know that the month of Av — and especially the 9th of Av — has been the most trying period throughout history for the Jewish people.

The reason being is because historically on the 9th of Av, the 10 spies brought back the bad report and didn’t want the land, they despised it. Because of that, that day has been cursed in Jewish history.

When Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Temple it was the 9th of Av.
600 years later, when Rome destroyed the Temple, it was the 9th of Av.
All the Jews were kicked out of England in 1290 on the 9th of Av.
All the Jews were kicked out of Spain in 1492 on the 9th of Av.
World War I started on the 9th of Av.
Hitler’s proclamation to kill the Jews came on the 9th of Av.
And they evacuated the Gaza strip at sundown on the 9th of Av.

The same day they rejected the land 3500 years ago.

Zechariah 8:19 is a very key verse because it mentions these four fast dates and in Jewish writings. Total solar eclipses have been a bad omen for the nations, while blood-red moons have been a bad omen for the Jewish people and Israel. In Zechariah 8:19, in the context of these fast dates God says he’s going to turn these fasting dates to days of great joy, in other words, the nations are going to be judged at that time. And here in the middle during the next 3 years, we see judgment coming upon the nations by having this total solar eclipse right in the midst.

1 Thessalonians 5:1 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

Paul is saying that they already have enough information to start watching, they do not need anymore.

Those words “times” and “seasons” are so significant because the feasts are called “appointed times.” And the Hebrew word for season used in Genesis 1:14 where He created the Sun, the Moon and the stars, they were for seasons, but the same Hebrew word translated for feasts is that, it means “appointed time”. So, in essence he was saying , you know the biblical calendar.

Jesus talks about coming like a thief in the night. As Gentiles we don’t really understand what this is really about.

The next verse is, “because you know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.”

Now what is strange is that the church is proud of the fact that they are blind and don’t know the times and the seasons. We almost brag about no one knowing the time or the hour and we’re to be in darkness. But we are children of the light.

Everyone knows that you must read Bible verses in context. So if you go to your Bibles and you look everywhere the Bible says the Lord comes as a thief in the night, look at who he’s talking to.

In Revelation 3:1-3 he is writing to the church in Sardis. And to the church in Sardis He says, “…you are dead.” So he’s speaking to the “dead church” and he tells them they need to be watchful. Then He goes on to say, “But if you don’t watch, I will come upon you as a thief.” So he’s telling the church he only comes as a thief to the dead church.

Then if you look at Revelation 3:17-18, here He’s speaking to the church of Laodicea, which is the “lukewarm church.” And there at the conclusion of that he says, “I council of you buy from me gold, refined in the fire, so you can become rich.” Then he also says for them to buy white clothes, and the priest were covered in white clothes, that the shame of their nakedness does not appear.

Now most Gentiles don’t really understand the context. If you tie that in with Revelation 16:15, that is another verse where the Lord says, “Behold, I come as a thief,” and then again he says “Blessed is he that watches…” Now watch this, “…and keeps his garments lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” So that’s exactly what he said to the Laodician church, that the shame of their nakedness does not appear.

What people don’t realize is the high priest and the captain of the guard was known as “a thief in the night.” And there were watch posts where the priests had to be watching and one of the things they had to be watching was the fire that fell on the altar because it was a godly fire that fell from heaven and God commanded it should never go out and they have to be watching it. And so if a priest was caught asleep when the captain of the guard came, he would take a torch and light it with fire from the altar that they were supposed to be watching and he would go and set their priestly garments on fire and they’d be running through the Temple ripping off their temple garments and the shame of their nakedness would appear.

But what about a lot of people who say, “Well we can’t know the day or the hour, in fact it says right here in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” And the usual argument is that is is futile to study prophecy because no man can know the day or the hour, only the Father knows so therefore, so why should we even try to watch for signs and seasons?

If you go to Matthew 25 you have the story of the foolish virgins and the wise virgins. Well the foolish say to the wise give us of your oil, and the wise said forget it, go get your own. At the conclusion of the matter, when they come, they come to the Lord, and he says this, Verily I say unto you, I don’t know you. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour when the Son of man comes. So when he says you don’t know the day or the hour, he’s speaking to the foolish virgins not the wise virgins.

Luke 12:37-41 talks about the good servants and the evil servants. Jesus says, ” It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.” And then it says, “But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.”

And then Peter says to Him, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?” And Jesus answered, “Who is the faithful and wise steward, whom the master puts in charge of his whole household.” It’s basically the ones that are watching. Then He says this, “I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.”

Now he’s going to talk to the evil servants. He says, “But and if that servant say in his heart, my master is delaying his coming and he should begin to beat his menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of THAT servant will come on a day when he looks not for him and at an hour which he is not aware.”

So again here we’re seeing him speaking to the foolish virgins; he’s speaking to the evil servants, and he rebuked the Pharisees of his day for not knowing the time of the visitation when He came.

You cannot build a doctrine on one verse you have to look at the context and everything together and how they tie.

Now the one verse where He says, “no one knows the day or the hour.” So now, by eliminating all the other verses as not applying to those that are watching, we come to one verse and that verse has very much to do with the Jewish wedding.

In a Jewish wedding, the father would have to make sure his son had everything prepared and ready. And if anyone would ask the Jewish men when is the wedding, he would say ask my father, only my father knows. That was a traditional response.

Now also, the Feast of Trumpets was known as the feast where no one knew the day or the hour because it was based on the sighting of the new moon. So no one knew when the day or the hour was and it was kept and it still is a 2 day feast because they would light fires on the hills to let the Jews know in Diaspora or in Babylon or where ever, that the new moon has come and it was time for the feast. They would light fires on the hills because Jewish days starts at sunset, at the sighting of the new moon and everyone’s asleep, they’re not going to know until the next day that it was actually the Rosh Hashanah and by then the day’s mostly over and they had to keep it. So they would keep it a 2 day feast and it was known as one long day where no one knew the day or the hour that it was going to begin.

So it’s kind of like if I told you, I’m not going to tell you when I’m coming but gobble, gobble, gobble. Ok, turkey day.

When he says you won’t know the day or the hour, he’s telling you it’s the Feast of Trumpets because that was known as the feast where no one knew the day or the hour that it would begin.

Now 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 are starting to make some sense. Let’s read the next 2 verses. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”

So he’s telling you that the day of the lord is not to overtake you as a thief in the night. It’s only going to overtake the dead church.

This coming September 29, 2008, on Rosh Hashanah begins the next 7 year cycle. It’s called a week or a Shivua in Hebrew, translated in the KJV as week. It is entirely possible that Daniel’s 70th week will begin on Day 1 of Year 1 of a 7 year cycle.

Although it may at first seem complex, this is all very simple how God has placed signs in the heavens on specific Jewish feast days.

Now we were talking about the Lord’s coming as a thief in the night to the unbelieving church. Paul uses the term sudden destruction in 1 Thessalonian 5:3. And in Luke 21:34-35 there is this phrase, “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” That Greek word that’s translated as “unawares” means suddenly and without any warning whatsoever. All of this ties together the most interesting way because we look at the signs and we watch and we wait. But the world right now, is fast asleep.

When we hear the word feast we think of food but the biblical word is “moed” (moe-ade), and it means a “divine appointment.” It’s like God has a day timer, and He’s saying these are the days that I’m going to interect human history, on my day timer, on my calendar. And they were also called convocations in Leviticus 23.

The first thing I want to mention and this is where the church really needs to get a hold of this. It says, “These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.” He doesn’t say these are the Jewish feasts, He doesn’t say these are Israel’s feasts, He says these are the feasts of the Lord. If you belong to the Lord, these feasts belong to you. and they were called convocations, in Hebrew the word is “miqra”, and it means “an assembly” but it implies a dress rehearsal. Just like you goto a dress rehearsal for a wedding, you’re rehearsing what is going to happen.

So throughout history, the feasts were the divinely appointed days that they would do the dress rehearsals of what would prophetically happen in the future.

So that is why they would sacrifice the lamb everyday on Passover, because He was going to die on Passover. And what’s amazing is they would bind the Passover lamb to the horns of the altar at the time of the morning sacrifice, which is 9 in the morning. So if you’ll notice in the Gospels it says that the Lord was bound to the cross at the third hour of the day. That’s the time of the morning sacrifice. So the very moment the high priest is binding the Passover lamb to the horns of the altar, they’re binding Jesus the Lamb to the cross. They also sing what is called the “hallel” which is Psalms 113-118 on the feast days. And they sing them at the time of the morning and evening sacrifice. So Psalms 118, what song are they singing? What are the words of Psalms 118? “Bind the sacrifice with cords even to the horns of the altar.”

This is what they’re singing while they’re binding the Passover lamb to the altar and they’re binding Jesus to the cross, and then at the ninth hour, or three in the afternoon, that’s the time of the evening sacrifice, and it was at that very moment the high priest would slay their last Passover lamb and say it is finished. And here you have Messiah saying “It is finished,” at the ninth hour, or three in the afternoon. So it’s not only the very day, it’s the very hour.

Even Pentecost, if you remember, Peter said “These people aren’t drunk, it’s the third hour of the day.” That’s nine in the morning, time for the morning sacrifice. And so it was on the feast of Pentecost at the time of the morning sacrifice because the Jews have been keeping Pentecost for 1500 years. They were required to. In Deuteronomy 16:16, three times they had to appear before the Lord, it was Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. And the reason why was because they were dress rehearsals for His first coming. Passover, the Lord wanted everyone to see His Son die, Pentecost the Spirit poured out, Tabernacles for His return. And so that is why they are dress rehearsals.

Now all these signs this year and in 2014 and 2015, it’s almost as if someone is trying to get our attention. And if you don’t know the signals to watch, if no one told you, “1 if by land, 2 if by sea,” if you saw these lights flashing, they’re not going to mean anything to you. That’s why the church has to get on the biblical calendar because that’s the calendar God’s using.

Let’s conclude with one more thought. Let’s look at 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8, “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.”

And that’s the message, we have to be watching. And if the Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever, if He fulfilled the spring feast to the day of His first coming, He will fulfill the fall feast to the day of His second coming. The church doesn’t understand Revelation until they understand the fall feasts and what events will happen on those days.

In Revelation 19 we have Jesus coming back in power and great glory. The book of Revelation is layed out like the fall festivals. The Gospel of John, the spring festivals of Passover. In the fall festivals, when we come to chapter 19, we are in Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.

Now Moses came down from the mountain on that day as well. Within Jewish history, Moses came down, they had sinned with the golden calf, he had to go up and make atonement. He comes down on the day of atonement, and when he came down his face, they said was glorious and it just shone. Everyone was afraid of his presence. Well, he’s a type of Messiah and on Yom Kippur, Messiah will come down and his face will be glorious and people will be terrified of His presence.

At the end of the tribulation period it looks like the Lord will return on Yom Kippur. In fact in Ezekiel 40, we have this story of Ezekiel coming in the spirit to the Temple Mount, to watch the return of the Lord which he describes in power and great glory and his voice the sound of many waters, his feet touch down on the Mount of Olives and he discusses what he has seen with the wall and the two sanctuaries, the profain place and all of this. Verse one says it occurs on the 10th day of the beginning of the year, that’s Yom Kippur. So Ezekiel has the Lord showing up on Yom Kippur.

If you go to Zechariah 14:16, key text. He would then begin his millennial reign 5 days later on the Feast of Tabernacles dwelling among men. All the nations will come and keep that feast. If we wanted him to keep in back then, we’re going to keep in the millennial reign.

If these eclipses in 2015 are what the Lord was referring to, then 2015 would look like a possible year for His feet to land on the Mt of Olives. And, IF this is true then the tribulation could, not would, start this fall at the Feast of Trumpets, (which technically is 2 days long:  KJV Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only).  In light of all the prophetic events going on I would say it is likely but I’m not saying definitely. As far as the rapture, if you’re pretrib then 2008 could be interesting, if you’re midtrib, 2012 could be interesting, if you’re prewrath then 2014 might be interesting, if you’re a posttribber then 2015 might be interesting and if you’re amillennial just sit back and watch the show!

Luke 21:24-28 “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Regarding knowing “the day or the hour” scenario. I do not set dates and will not set dates.  Closely looking at a span of roughly 530 days is not date setting. First I would like to ask, what do you think this verse refers to in the many events that will unfold during the tribulation? Does it refer to the day the tribulation begins, or when the anti- christ is revealed or when Messiah’s feet land on the Mt of Olives, or the rapture and on and on?  Does this verse require us to put blinders on?  I do know that the biblical holidays are the exact days when certain events have happened (the Passover lamb, Messiah is the First Fruits, Shavuot or Feast of Weeks is Pentecost) and will happen; but through every year’s cycle of feasts, we don’t know if it is a rehearsal or if it will be the real thing.

Why would he give us this forewarning that “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the
moon, and in the stars” if we are not supposed to study it and know?  If we don’t
know the biblical calendar then we will remain clueless as to what God is doing.

Posted by: jesusmessiah | July 31, 2008

What is the “Fear of the Lord”?

People so often misunderstand what it means to fear the Lord. Upon closer examination of the Scriptures, you’ll find that there are two different words used for fear in the Hebrew language.

The first word in it’s original Hebrew is “pachad”. This is the word used when describing an unrepentant sinner. It describes absolute terror. Isaiah 2:10, 19 and 21 are the first examples of this type of fear. The Revised English Version even translates those passages as “dread of the Lord”. Revelation 6:15-17 holds a parallel in which evildoers try to hide in terror from the Lord and his justice.

This is not the fear we as Christians are to be with. We who are in Christ are not appointed to wrath. We have been redeemed, justified and sanctified by His mercy on the Cross. Scriptures tell us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ and that we can have confidence on the day of judgment.

So then to discover what the fear of the Lord is for Christians, we should begin by taking a look at Psalm 33:8. ” Let all the earth fear the Lord, and let all the inhabitants of the world be in awe of him.” The word used here is “yirah”, which denotes reverence rather than terror. Our God is an awesome God and His attributes certainly inspire awe and reverence. Our fear of the Lord acknowledges that God is deserving of respect and recognition from us.

Proverbs 8:13 says that, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” Again Proverbs 3:7 tells us to turn away from evil. The book of Job even says that Job feared God and turned from evil.

And finally what I believe to offer a good explanation is Deuteronomy 17:19, “That he may learn to fear the Lord his God by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes.” Now we are no longer under the law but under grace, but that is another discussion in itself. Abraham proved that he feared God by obeying his command to sacrifice his son. Moses told the children of Israel to “Fear the Lord…to walk in all His ways and love Him.” Isaiah 50:10 makes another clear association between the fear of God with obedience and trust in Him, as do Psalm 86:11; 112:1; 128:1 and Ecclesiastes 12:13.

So what we are discovering is that the fear of the Lord which is leading to wisdom…really is revering and respecting God for who He is. It means to trust in Him and what he commands. To act in obedience towards Him. And we learn to do this by reading the Word of God and obeying what God says.

Posted by: jesusmessiah | July 27, 2008


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