There is so much to cover it was hard to decide where to begin. So I have decided to start with Israel. The reason being
that the rebirth of Israel on May 15, 1948 is the event that has begun the final countdown.
Matthew 24:32-35 --
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:29-33 --
And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
As you see the generation that witnesses the rebirth of Israel will not pass away until all the prophecies are fulfilled.
We are that generation! Some prophecy scholars stop short of making that statement. I won't because it is what I firmly
believe. It is not time to be shy about it or worry about being wrong.
There is much debate about the length of a generation. However, I believe the best guide we have can be found in the Psalms.
Psalm 90:10 --
The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is]
their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
The life span of man seemed to level off to around 70-80 years about 450-500 years after the Exodus (c. 1450 B.C.) and has
generally remained so ever since.
It is also told to us that Jerusalem/Israel will be a "cup of trembling" and "a burdensome stone".
Zechariah 12:2-3 --
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Most of us already know how much Israel is in the news. They are a concern of every nation around them (in the middle east) and most of those would
like to see Israel destroyed. All I can say is, "Boy are they in for a big surprise!" Also, Jerusalem, and the dividing of it, is one of the very core issues
in the on-going "peace process".
We were also told that the day would come when Israel would blossom and sprout and fill the world with fruit.
At the turn of the century the land of Israel was desolate. What wasn't desert was mostly swamps.
Isaiah 27:6 --
He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
Israel is now one of the top food exporting countries in the world.
We also know that the Lord promised He would regather his people from the four corners of the earth into their own land.
Here are some basic numbers for you:
At the turn of the century (20TH) there were only about 40,000 Jews in Palestine. By 1948 (when Israel became an independent nation) there
were about 500,000. Today there is over 5 million and growing. This information and more (about Israel in prophecy) is available under the subject Israel, article: Israel - God's End Time Alarm Clock, from the main menu.
You can also Click Here.
Isaiah 11:11-12 --
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
There is so much more that could be written here about the fulfillment of prophecies concerning Israel alone that I am going to have
to leave the rest to your willingness to read.
Signs Of Nature:
In the study of this subject, we should keep the following scriptures in mind --
Matthew 24:7 --
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mark 13:8 --
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.
Luke 21:11 --
And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Luke 21:25 --
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;
Astronomers have found a massive hole in the northern part of the universe which spans nearly a billion light years. It is mostly devoid of stars, gas and other
normal matter and is also strangely empty of the mysterious "dark matter" that permeates the cosmos. The hole is located near the constellation of Orion.
Jack Van Impe stated in his program that he believes that God's heaven is in a northerly direction from planet earth. He mentioned two verses in relation to the discovery...
Isaiah 14:13 --
For thou (Satan) hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Job 26:7 --
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Jack suggested that the hole may be the entrance to God's heaven. Could heaven's door be opening for Jesus' return and the rapture of the church? Only time will tell.
One should be reminded of that scripture of the last days, which states that the constellations will not give their light. In Hebrew, the word for "constellations" in this verse, "Kesil", can also mean specifically the constellation of Orion. Could this large hole expand and consume the constellation Orion? Hmmm....
Isaiah 13:9-10 --
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
Yellowstone Supervolcano Rumblings --The Yellowstone system (located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming) is active and expected to eventually blow its top. Scientists don't think it will happen any time soon though. Yet significant activity continues beneath the surface and has been increasing lately. In addition the nearby Teton Range of mountains is getting shorter,
while Jackson Hole -- the valley below the Teton is rising up. The following is a quote from one of the articles:
"The textbook model for a normal fault is not what's happening at the Teton fault,"Smith Said. "The mountains are going down relative to the valley going up. That's a total surprise."
This motion, according to researchers. is also expected to produce bigger quakes, confusing the picture of how earthquakes occur in that area.
This article reminds me of the description of things to come -- given in Revelation.
Revelation 16:20 --
And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Could this be the Lord's way of showing us, on a small scale, how easily it can be done; while defying the laws of science - as understood by man? Once again - only time will tell.
Meteorite Lands In Peru --In September 2007 a meteorite landed in the province of Chicuito, resulting in a crater 6 meters deep and 30 meters wide. Citizens of Chicuito reported seeing a glowing rock and experiencing dizziness, migraines and vomiting spells after coming in contact with the object. The area where the crater is located
is very dry, yet when the crater was made it filled with water. To me it appears that the Lord is showing everyone, on a smaller scale, what He has told us in Revelation is yet to come -
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
The following are a few more items that stand out, before we move on to the next topic.
Saturn -- One of the most bizzare weather patterns known has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge six-sided feature circling the north pole. Saturn's thick atmosphere, where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate, is perhaps the last place you'd
expect to see such a six-sided figure, yet there it is. It is nearly 15,000 miles wide (nearly 4 earths could fit inside it) and it extends about 60 miles down into the clouds. They have also spotted a freaky human eye-like feature that resembles a hurricane at Saturn's south pole. This "huricane" is
approximately 5,000 miles wide and the winds circling the cloud mass are moving at about 350 miles an hour.
Sun -- An NSO telescope spotted a solar tsunami traveling across the sun at a rate of 700,000 miles per hour.
A sun spot has been observed that is the size of the earth.
On November 4, 2003 a solar flare Occurred that was the largest ever recorded. The biggest previous solar flares on record were X20 on April 2, 2001 and August 16, 1989. This solar flare was a whopping X45. Scientists' calculations show that the flare's x-ray radiation bombarding earth's atmosphere was
equivalent to that of 5,000 suns, though none of it reached the earth's surface, the researchers say.
Moon -- During a total lunar eclipse the color of the moon changes from almost white to a shade of red and is commonly referred to as a blood moon.In the past year there have been - not one but - two blood moons. One to be seen in each hemisphere. Update: Just since my writing of this; there has been a third
The Mark Of The Beast:
Revelation 14:9 --
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Much has been said and many speculations made on this topic. I have included a number of articles about this (on this site) and will simply add my two cents worth here.
The more common opinion now seems to be the implantable bio-chip. I happen to agree that the micro-chip will be part of it. The talk now is that to insure against fraud they will require a chip scan along with either a fingerprint or iris scan.
All I can say is -- Think Location. With the chip in the hand they can scan the chip and your fingerprint simultaneously. The same goes with the forehead. Chip in the forehead and iris scan at the same
time. The actual mark of the beast will not occur though until well after the Antichrist is revealed. Right now they are just paving the way and conditioning people mentally to accept it.
Here are some of the ways they are going to present it:
Medical - Keep track of Altzeimers' patients, easy access to medical history (especially in the elderly), allergy alert in case of unconsiousness and etc.
In children so that if they get lost or kidnapped they can be found before harm comes to them. So a parent can keep track of them at all times and they'll know if they've gone somewhere
they shouldn't; thereby being able to keep them out of trouble (utilizing GPS in chip).
No more lines at the check-out and no more cashiers needed. You simply walk into a scanner and it scans you and your purchases at one time (products will be chipped also). Products are
already being chipped for Wal-mart stores and others. Best Buy is already planning on going to a chipped card to eliminate most check out personnel, this being for the "convenience of our customers".
Chip all criminals to eliminate background checks and to keep constant track of them.
The list goes on and on. Many of these will appear to be good uses of the technology and will no doubt be accepted; but I will say again, that it is purposely being done this way to condition the public into acceptance. How long before they find a use that will appeal to you?
Tribulation, Gog and Magog, The 10 Horns and The Antichrist:
Revelation 13:5 --
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.
Daniel 9:27 --
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.
While you won't find articles showing the fulfillment of prophecies of the tribulation, we can see, through world events, that we are very close to the start of that period in time.
There are certain things that we can know and study about the tribulation though. Those being:
I recommend studying the first three items in the Bible (Revelation 6-16) and on this site under the tribulation category.
As for the two witnesses -- I've seen and read much discussion on this but for this part I will just give my view, then let you read further on this site to decide for yourself.
Let me start by providing the following Verse...
Malachi 4:5 --
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord;
This passage clearly states that one of the two witnesses will be Elijah. There were two people who ascended to heaven and never died.
Those being Elijah and Enoch. Since it is stated in the Bible that:
Then it only stands to reason that the second witness would be Enoch.That would fill the need for them "once to die" when the antichrist kills them at the end of the 1260 days of their
witness. After all, what better way to reach the entire world than with one Jew (Elijah) and one Gentile (Enoch)?!
- It is appointed man once to die
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
- These two never did die
II Kings 2:11 --
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Genesis 5:24 --
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
- One is already named
Malachi 4:5 --
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
For the tribulation to begin, it is only required that certain things be brought into alignment. Those would be (but not limited to)
- The rebirth of Israel
- The alignment of nations in the middle east for the Gog and Magog invasion from the north,
- Israel/Jerusalem becoming a "burdensome stone" and a "cup of trembling" to all those around her,
- The stage being set for the appearance of the antichrist and
- Leaders saying peace and safety so that sudden destruction can come upon them.
As far as saying peace and safety - all one has to do is keep up with the news to hear that, North and South Korea just recently signed a tentative peace agreement and there has just been a mid-east peace summit
in Annapolis in November 2007. The PA leader (Abbas) has said he believes that a peace agreement is possible within 6 months after the summit. Since I began writing this, several more have joined the chorus
claiming a peace deal is achievable by the end of 2008. Those are (but not limited to) - the King of Jordan, the PM of Israel, the Foreign Minister of Israel and most recently the High Representative of the
EU, Javier Solana.
As for the sudden destruction - just when they think they are about to achieve that peace, an all out war will break out in the region (my opinion). The trigger will be Iran. Iran and Syria have signed a mutual
defense pact. If one goes to war, the other will be there too. Between those two countries' fire power and that of the U.S. and Israel, there will be large scale destruction. Oh, and Damascus will be
wiped off the map in the process (again - my opinion). The Bible states that it will no longer be a city and will be reduced to rubble.
Isaiah 17:1 --
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
Did you know Syria has already had Government and State Archives removed
from the Damascus area? This was reported by a Qatari newspaper (Al Watan) in June 2007. Could this be in anticipation of Damascus being destroyed?
I don't think I need say too much about Israel/Jerusalem being a "cup of trembling" and a "burdensome stone". They are in the news almost - if not - every day. The list of countries on that
bandwagon is almost endless.
As for the alignment of nations - well, that is pretty much done. One of the last is or will be Turkey and
they recently elected a Muslim president with ties to Islam. Not much else to be said. Since this topic could get lengthy, I will leave it up to you to read the rest. Just look under the subject Gog and Magog on this site.
Now we get to the stage setting for the antichrist. When war breaks out against Israel, that will be the final step for him to come in and confirm a covenant with many for one week (seven years).
Prior to that would be the setting up of 10 leaders (kings without a nation) who will elect or appoint the antichrist as their leader.
Many look to the EU to be this body. However, I think we should look a little deeper - at the WEU which is the security or military arm of the EU. The WEU has 10 full members. There are additional nations in
that body but they are only allowed associate membership and other such status'. Only 10 have full membership. With the newly ratified EU constitution comes the icing on the cake -- The new constitution
requires the appointment of a single president instead of rotating presidents every 6 months as it was before. That president is to be named and appointed in 2009. Putting him in charge of, not
only the EU but also the WEU. Does anyone besides me see a pattern here?
Another item of interest, associated with the EU and WEU, is a man by the name of Javier Solana.
In December 1998 EU heads held a summit and decided to go ahead with plans made in the Amsterdam Treaty to introduce their first Mr. Europe to the world. They decided to fill the new post
of High Representative in the following year. They did this in October 1999 when they appointed the prior head of NATO, Javier Solana.
At this summit the EU heads decided what he was to do (his duties). Among other things, he was to take the EU's foreign policy in the direction of the Mediterranian region. It appears that is what
happened because the European leaders sent NATO forces into the middle east and Israel.
Now consider this verse from Daniel:
Daniel 11:23 --
After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up (up to Jerusalem) and gain power with a small force of people.
The most amazing part is this. The number of the summit decision to fill the post of High Representative and send him in the direction of the middle east was - 666. His position as high
representative is highlighted by the fact that this new office and its relationship with the WEU 10-nation military alliance is connected with the WEU's Assembly Recommendation # 666.
While I am not trying to name this or any other man as the antichrist, there is certainly enough surrounding this individual to merit watching. It could also be another individual, yet to arrive on
the scene, who will fill these positions. Only time will tell.
There is also an increasing number of false Christs appearing; such as:
- The murdering Messiah in New Guinea. To view article Click Here.
- One called Maitreya - who they claim appears "out of the blue" in a form that inspires recognition. To view article Click Here.
- Last there is one, more recently, in Florida who is orginally from Puerta Rico. He began as a minister in 1986, claimed to be the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul in 1998, then a couple of
years ago declared himself Christ. At the beginning of 2007 he called himself the antichrist and revealed a tattoo of 666 on his forearm. Some of his followers have also gone and had the 666 tattooed on their skin. His religious
organization allegedly leads some 300 congregations in over 30 countries around the world. To view one of the articles on this one Click Here.
All this simply shows how open the world has become to receiving and accepting the real antichrist when he does appear on the world scene.
There are three topics to watch here.
- One World Religion -
12)And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13)And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14)And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15)And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The Vatican and the WCC (World Council of Churches) have initiated a study to determine a Christian Code of Conduct on religious conversion. This study began in 2006 and is projected to
conclude by 2009. The following is an excerpt from one article on this site:
With Evangelical and Pentecostal representatives joining in at an Aug 8-12 consultation in Toulouse (France), the joint Vatican-WCC study process on religious conversion gets one step closer to it's goal of a common
code of conduct in seeking converts to Christianity.
Kicked off in May of last year at a meeting that affirmed freedom of religion as a "non-negotiable" human right valid for everyone everywhere and at the same time stressed that the "obsession of converting others"
needed to be cured, the three year joint study process moves now into its second phase.
There has been a call made for a "United Nations" of religion. Rabbi Yonah Mitzger has even met with the Dalai Lama to "help set up a religious U.N. in Jerusalem".
- Apostasy - (abandonment of religious faith)
1 Timothy 4:1-2...
1)Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2)Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
2 Timothy 4:3-4...
3)For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4)And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
29)For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30)Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
2 Thessalonians 2:3...
Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Here are just some highlights -
A Catholic Bishop in the Netherlands has urged Christians to call God 'Allah' to ease tensions between Muslims and Christians. He said on a Dutch TV program he believes "God doesn't mind what He is called."
The Lutheran church considers joining the ranks of other denominations taking sides against Israel. The Lutheran church stated they were against complete divestment from Israel but would consider boycotting
Israeli goods produced in territories captured during the 6 day war.
- Persecution -
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Mark 13:9 & 13...
9)But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
13)And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
There is much to be said about this. The persecution of Christians is world wide. From the attacks on house churches in China to the attacks on the Christians in this country for their stand against
homosexuality. There is even a move in Congress to make speaking out against homosexuality a hate crime.
There is so much more that can be said about the spiritual signs of the times that I will have to move on and leave you to read the rest for yourself. (See also: #3 under Signs of Society below)
Signs Of Society:
2 Timothy 3:1-7...
1)This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2)For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3)Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4)Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5)Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6)For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7)Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
It isn't hard for anyone to see the condition of our society world wide. That said, I will just mention a couple of items that are not common knowledge.
- A secular humanist organization, which has been granted special status with the United Nations, is considering a proposal which may criminalize the religious upbringing of children by their parents. To wit:
The Centre of Inquiry, which has been granted a consultative status as a Non-Governmental Organization, has proposed the United Nations debate the pros and cons of the religious education of children by their
parents. The chairman for the organization's India chapter, Innaiah Narisetti, believes that this religious instruction at an early age is tantamount to child abuse, and that
the UN should take a firm stand on the issue. Narisetti is seeking for the rights of parents to provide this religious instuction to their children to be annulled, and for
state governments to take responsibility for educating children in religious instruction.
Quote: "The time has come to debate the participation of children in religious institutions," continues Narisetti "While some might see it as a matter better left to parents, the negative influence of
religion and it's subsequent contribution to child abuse from religious beliefs and practices requires us to ask whether organized religion is an institution that needs limits set on how early it should have access
You may say that won't happen in the US; but to that I have to say - yes it can. Allow me to explain:
If this proposal were to be formalized in the form of a treaty and signed by UN members (including the US), then a unified senate and president could ratify that treaty, thereby making it enforceable (under the law) in the U.S.
Also, note that this would not require a vote by the US citizens.
Germany has banned home school for children, citing treaties such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as the foundation for the ban.
- A bill introduced into the state assembly of California this past year threatened the authority of parents to discipline their children.
Quote: "According to the bill, a parent who spanks their child would be placed on probation for four years, would be forced to attend a 'nonviolent parental
education class' and the child would receive a criminal court protective order 'protecting the victim from further acts of violence,'" said Karen England, executive director of Capitol Resource Institute.
- Moving on there was a congressional plan (this year) to add special protections for homosexuals to federal law, turning "thoughts, feelings, and beliefs" into criminal offenses and Christians are in the bull's-eye,
according to opponents.
Basically - enhancing punishment of bias crimes would provide for extra punishment based on an offender's politically incorrect opinions or viewpoints. We must realize that this bill would or could end up causing
pastors, lay leaders, and even those sitting in the pews to be jailed for their biblical views. Imagine going to jail for preaching or speaking the Word of God and what it teaches right here in the USA. We
have been warned in scripture that this day would come (see Spiritual Signs above for scriptures).
Signs Of Technology And Accelerator Signs:
Everyone knows how far we have come in these areas - especially within the last 20-30 years. Allow me to just share a few items here.
- We are currently seeing a virtual explosion of available knowledge. With the advent of the internet, it is estimated that our cumulative knowledge is doubling every 5 years.
- Airplanes that can break the sound barrier.
- A company in California is hoping to have a personal sized flying saucer ready for sale in 2008.(Aricle and pics are on this site)
- One scientist claims to create artifiicial life.
- A robot that is controlled by human thought.
- A material has been made that "heals itself".
- Not until the current age would it have been possible for the whole world to "see" the two witnesses lying dead in the street. Now it's possible through satellite communications.
- Last, just think about how much faster everything (including our daily routines) is from when you were a child. I know when I think about it I find the difference absolutely huge!
The Last Generation:
I left this one for last because it is one that a lot of people (in my opinion) avoid or are in denial about. In my layman's opinion - We Are That Generation!
In an attempt to avoid any misunderstanding, with regards to date setting, I feel I need to add a disclaimer here before I continue.
I want anyone reading this to know that I do not believe in date setting in regard to the Lord's return. We are told that we are not going to know the day or the hour of His return.
Mark 13:32...But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
As most would say - the Bible tells us that his coming will be as a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:2...For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
However, if you continue down through verse 5, then you will get a more complete context of the message. I firmly believe that we, as Christians, will know the season of His return. I say this for 2 reasons -
- We are told in scripture that it will not catch the true believer this way because we are of the light and not of the darkness.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-5...2)For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3)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.
4)But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5)Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
- We are further told we should therefore watch and be ready, and that when we see these things come to pass that we should begin looking up because our "redemption draweth nigh".
Mark 13:32-33...32)But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33)Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Luke 21:28...And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
All that being said, let's continue.
The following is an explanation of the counting of years in the 6,000 year timeline; accompanied by a chart (of my design) to help make the explanation as clear as possible.
The Current Jewish Year Is: 5768
The traditional Jewish calendar implies that we are in the 5768th year since the creation of Adam.
Yet they may be really closer to the year 6000. Some scholars have suggested that two principal errors
appear to have occurred from the Hebrew sages of the past.
1) From a misunderstanding of Daniel 9, their erroneous assumption that there were 490 years between the
destruction of the First and Second Temples, rather than 656, introduced a 166-year error.
2) A copyist error in the Septua-gint text of the genealogies of Genesis 5 appears to have introduced
another 73 years.
These errors would imply a total discrepancy of 239 years.
The problem seems to lie in the assumption that the 6000 years begins at creation. This assumption does not
account for the special period after creation when Adam and Eve were in the garden obeying God. The 6000 year
clock of man's self-rulership could not possibly include that period under God's government, but would have to
have started only after Adam was kicked out of the garden of eden to be on his own for rebelling against God's
rulership in disobediently eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Only then did he
begin building his own independant life that the six work days 6000 years picture.
Unfortunately, the Bible does not tell us how long that time period lasted. It could have been several years.
The Book of Jubilees in fact pegs it at seven years, however that book is not considered scripture and may not
be reliable. If it is correct though the calculation of years would be as follows:
Also remember that when counting years, the current year is inclusive. Meaning that the 6000 years of man's self-reign would be finished at the end of the current Jewish year. Again though,
the exact length of time Adam and Eve spent in the Garden of Eden cannot be confirmed.
In conjunction with the 6,000 year timeline, one should also remember what I stated earlier - the Bible tells us that
the generation that sees the rebirth of Israel will not pass away until all these prophecies have been fulfilled.
29)And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30)When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31)So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of
God is nigh at hand.
32)Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33)Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
As for the length of a generation, there are varying opinions on that. Mine is quite simple - I believe we are given the answer in Psalm -
Psalm 90:10...The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be]
fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Since the rebirth of Israel ocurred on May 15, 1948 it is reasonable to believe that everything will be fulfilled by 2018. I arrive at that by adding, 70 years to 1948.
That being said, we must keep in mind that the 7 year tribulation period is included. So if you subtract the 7 years from 2018 you arrive at the year 2011. This is why I
believe that we could very well see the rapture of the church and the start of the tribulation between now and 2011. Again though "if by reason of strength" a generation
could be 80 years (a difference of an additional 10 years).
The bottom line is not to set an exact date but to help others see that we are living on borrowed time even now. Only time will tell exactly when. We, as Christians,
should have a sense of urgency towards reaching others as never before!
One final thought - Our Lord is One of both perfect and exact timing. With that in mind we should note that there are 7 Jewish feasts; which together tell the story of
the main covenant events between God and His elect people as they occur in time on Earth. These events began in Old Testament times and continue through the events John
wrote about in Revelation. Much of the following is from another article. I must point out that the author believes in a post-tribulation rapture whereas I believe in a
pre-tribulation rapture. I just wanted to make that clear because one reference is made (below) that indicates a post- trib rapture and I want all to know where I stand on this
The Seven Feasts are:
- Feast Of Unleavened Bread
- Feast of First Fruits
- Feast of Pentecost
- The Feast of Trumpets
- Day of Atonement
- The Feast of Tabernacles
The following is an exerpt from another article.
The first four have already been fulfilled. Here is the situation so far:
Fulfilled! (By Jesus/Yeshua at His crucifixion
on Nisan 14 in the
spring of 32 A.D.)
of Unleavened Bread Fulfilled!
(By Jesus/Yeshua at His burial in the tomb
on Nisan 15 in the spring of 32
of Firstfruits Fulfilled!
(By Jesus/Yeshua at His Resurrection
on Nisan 17 in the spring of 32 A.D.)
4. Feast of
(By the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost
on Sivan 7 in the summer of 32
A gap of 2000 years or so has allowed the times of the Gentiles to be fulfilled.
- - - - - - - - - - - - WE ARE HERE
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
Now here come the Fall Feasts.
They are probably just up ahead.
5. The Feast of
....(as of yet).
Tishrei 1 in a future Jewish New Year.
6. The Day of Atonement Unfulfilled
....(as of yet).
Tishrei 10 seven years beyond that epic future Feast of
This will be the final Day of Reckoning, for that year, for the
Jubilee, and for the age.
The Jewish nation and "all Israel" will be
saved! - Zech.12:8-13:1, Rom. 11
And then comes the Day of the Lord. It is Doomsday for the wicked.
The sign of the Son of Man will be seen in the heavens.
He will deliver His people at Jerusalem by His action at
Armageddon. (Joel 2:28-32)
And He will deliver His people in exile in
the magnificent Bozrah Deliverance.
He will glorify all His Elect at the
Resurrection-Rapture . (1Thes.4:15-17)
They will be drawn
out from Israel, from the Church, and from the gentile nations.
7. The Feast of Tabernacles Unfulfilled
....(as of yet).
Tishrei 15 will come five days after that final epic Day
This will mark the coming of Messiah to tabernacle with His
Thus begins the long awaited 1000 year Millennium of
All these above are the Seven Jewish Feasts. As we can see, the next three
events on God's agenda will bring in the fulfilment of each of the three Fall Feasts of
As we have seen, the first three of the feasts, the spring feasts, have
already had their New Covenant fulfilment. They were fulfilled by Jesus
Himself in his death, burial, and resurection. Jesus fulfilled them right on
the set calendar dates of the feasts. He entered Jerusalem 2,000 years ago
right on the day
appointed in His first coming as Messiah. He came as the Suffering Servant,
riding on a donkey. Four days later, just as the Passover Lambs were being
killed He gave His life blood for us on the cross of Calvary. He was
the promised Sacrifice Lamb. So He was crucified on Passover. He
was buried that night and laid in the tomb just in time for the Feast of Unleavened
Bread. On the third day he rose from the grave. On the Feast of Firstfruits
He was resurrected as the firstfruits from the dead.
50 days later the Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 in the upper room. This
happened right on the Feast of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit outpouring seen that
day was unprecedented and glorious. The revival of Israel spread into the city
of Jerusalem and thence to Judea, Samaria, and eventually to the utmost parts
of the earth. Thus was fulfilled the summer Feast of
Pentecost. This epic event happened right on the very day of the Hebrew
calendar that saw Moses bring the Law down from Mount Sinai to the children of
Israel . The Feast of Pentecost was Israel's birthday. Israel's birthday is
also turned out to be the birthday of the Church! Is God trying to tell us
something here? - Gal.3:29, Rom.11, Eph.2:12-13, 1Pet.2:9
The next two feasts that are due to come up for fulfilment are the Feast of
Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, (Day of Reckoning, or Judgement Day). And
here we note something very interesting. The Feast of Trumpets and the Day of
Atonement will almost certainly mark out the beginning day
(Feast of Trumpets) and the ending day(Day of Atonement) of the final seven
years (Tribulation) of this age.
We are told that the tribulation will be divided into two 1260 day (3 1/2 year)
time periods for a total of 2520 days or 7 years. However, Daniel 12:11 shows an
extension of the second half of this period by 30 days for a total of 2550 days. That
number (Dan 12:11, 1290 days) seemed to contradict the the time periods given earlier
in Daniel. Needless to say that bothered me; because the Bible does not lie or contradict itself.
I looked numerous places on-line trying to find an answer for the difference, to no avail --
until I began studying and learning more about the Jewish calendar. That was when I
found the answer I had been looking for (quite by accident).
A seven year timespan beginning and ending
on the months of Tishrei (Sep-Oct) can span 86 moons or 87 moons. When it is 86 moons
then something extraordinary is noted. The number of days spanning these two
feasts, that is, Trumpets on Tishrei 1 and Atonement on Tishrei 10 seven years
later is a timespan of exactly 2550 days.
The first half of the Tribulation period will be marked by the presence of the two
witnesses for 1260 days (Rev. 11:3). Also, the mid point (of the 7 year tribulation) will be marked by the "abomination
which makes desolate" occurring in the rebuilt temple. From this event until the end of
the Tribulation will be 1,290 days (Dan. 12:11). Add these two time periods together and, again, we
come up with 2550 days. Do we see a pattern here?
So, it would appear that, the rapture of the church will occur in the fall of a year that begins
a new 7 year cycle of 86 moons or 2550 days. The following is a chart that shows which years in the
near past and future begin such 7 year cycles. The years (below) which have a checkmark to the right
are the years that begin the 7 year cycles that qualify.