Noah Didn’t Have to Take Swimming Lessons

The Bible tells us that the Day of the Lord will be “as in the days of Noah and Lot.”  What can this description teach us about the upcoming period of God’s wrath and destruction?  The most important take-home point is that God spared Noah from the entirety of His judgment – Noah didn’t even feel a single drop, much less have to tread water.  He was safely sealed in the chambers of the ark, by God Himself.

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We have already examined what “as in the days of Lot” means here – As In the Days of LotNow let’s examine the “days of Noah” more carefully!

The Days of Noah

The “Days of Noah” refers to the destruction of the entire world via a Global Flood.  Let’s examine the entire account, bolding is mine for further discussion:

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.  Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

Genesis chapter 6 introduces us to the “sons of God”, who took human wives and produced children by them.  I understand that the idea of supernatural beings “taking” women is disturbing.  However, I see no indication not to take this literally.  This unholy union produced the Nephilim – the giants and the “mighty men”, likely the fodder for the Roman and Greek “gods”.  These “sons of God” who “did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—  just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:6-7 ESV).  These are kept in judgment until the “great day” – the Day of the Lord.  We will revisit this later.

Note that God states that His Spirit will not abide with men forever, and that his days shall be 120 years.  The interlinear reads “My spirit will contend not with man always yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years”.  The Hebrew word din, for contend, can also mean judge, execute judgment, and strive.  There are several possibilities here:

  • God decided to execute judgment upon the earth 120 years before He carried it out.  This records His decision and how long He would patiently wait until its’ fulfillment, perhaps giving people an opportunity to repent.
  • The human lifespan greatly decreased after the global flood, from 900+ years to around 120 years and finally to stabilizing around 70-80 years.  This statement perhaps relates to our decreased lifespan post-flood.
  • God has allowed 120 “Jubilees” of years for humanity to rule before they shall be judged.  A Jubilee is 50 years; thus, 120 “Jubilees” would refer to 6000 years of human rule before Jesus’ Kingdom Rule.  This is discussed more here: God’s Prophetic Timeline – 7000 Years of Humanity.

It’s plausible that all these possibilities can be correct.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.  So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

The Days of Noah were marked by wickedness and evil thoughts.  The word for wickedness used is raat, which can be defined as adversity; evil; malignant; disagreeable; unpleasant; giving pain, unhappiness, misery; vicious; ethically bad.  And here we see how grieved God is by it.  Human sin causes pain in the heart of God.  Human righteousness finds favor in the eyes of the Lord.  In the days of Noah, as in the days of Lot, there was only ONE man found righteous in all the earth.

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.  And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

While righteousness and blamelessness refers to walking with God, in context it also likely means that Noah’s DNA was uncorrupted.  The word used for blameless here is tamim, which means complete, sound, without defect, unblemished.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Unlike Noah, the rest of the earth was corrupt and filled with violence.  Note that “ALL FLESH”, not just humanity, had corrupted their ways.  This term can apply only to humans as well, but I personally wonder if this includes some of what we consider “dinosaurs”.  The word for corrupted used here is shachath, meaning destroyed, gone to ruin, blemished, polluted, spoiled.  Others have pointed out that the word for violence here is hamas, which simply means violence (but the name is interesting…).

Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.  This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.  Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.

God had Noah prepare his own place, whereas Jesus Himself prepares ours.  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”  (John 14:2-3 ESV)

For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.  But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.  And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female.  Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.  Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.”  Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.  Genesis 6:1-22 ESV

God provides a safe harbor for Noah and his family to take refuge in during the time of judgment.  In the times of Noah, this had to be on earth for the bloodline of the Messiah to be preserved.  Do you understand that God’s global judgment through the flood was done out of mercy and compassion for humanity?  Without it, no flesh would have been untainted and thus Jesus could not have come into the world to save sinners.  For God to provide salvation, He had to bring judgment.

In order to provide salvation for the house of Israel, God will again need to bring judgment.  This is the purpose of the 70th Week of Daniel and the Day of the Lord.  Again, God will seal His people in their chambers before the judgment springs forth.  Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.  For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.”  (Isaiah 26:20-21 ESV)

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.  Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.  For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”  And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.

Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth.  And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood.  Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground,  two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah.  And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.

Who is spared?  Those who are righteous before God.  These are the ones who escape the waters of the flood.  Note how Noah did all that the Lord commanded him – the righteous shall live by faith, which is demonstrated by their actions.  Building an ark would have taken decades of dedicated work, requiring all Noah’s spare time and resources.  True discipleship will cost.  Sometimes a lot!

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.  And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.  On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark,  they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.  And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him.  And the Lord shut him in.  Genesis 7:1-16 ESV

God Himself seals Noah and his family in the ark.  I’m not sure if Noah first started loading the ark seven days before the floodwaters came upon the earth and then was sealed inside the day the flood started, or if he was sealed inside 7 days before the flood began.  If you reread the passages above you will see it can go either way.  The floodwaters come on the 17th day of Iyar, which doesn’t correspond to any of the Biblical feast days (in case you were wondering).  The floodwaters continue as promised and drown every living thing that was on the face of the earth.  The flood was literal, the flood was global.

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.   Genesis 8:1 ESV

God remembers His covenant with Noah.  God is always faithful to remember His covenants!  The ark comes to rest on Ararat in the 7th month (Tishrei) on the 17th day.  This falls in the middle of the feast of Tabernacles, but I don’t see that as significant.  Noah remains sealed in the ark for a number of months yet.

In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.  In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out.  Then God said to Noah,  “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.  Genesis 8:13-16 ESV

The ground is dry on Nisan 1, but still Noah and his family remain sealed in the boat for another 57 days.  God Himself unseals them on Iyar 27 (also not a feast date).  I want you to pay attention to the sealing, and the fact that it is God who does the sealing and the unsealing in the ark.  This sealing theme is an important one and I discuss it more here: Seals, Sealing, and the Ministry of the Holy Spirit.  The only significance I see with the number 57 days is that it was 57 days between Jesus presenting Himself as King of the Jews on Palm Sunday and Pentecost that year.  I don’t see any hidden meaning to this, it’s just an association I found.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,  and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.  I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”  God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”  Genesis 9:8-17 ESV

God establishes his covenant with every living creature on earth, that He will never again destroy the whole world by water.  In our previous discussion of the Days of Lot, we mentioned how satan has taken this beautiful symbol of God’s faithfulness – the rainbow – and turned it into a symbol of corruption and pride.

The next time God destroys the world, it will be by fire.

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,  knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.  They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”  For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.  But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  2 Peter 3:1-7 ESV

The Days of Noah, End Times Style

As we discussed above, the days of Noah were marked by:

  • Angelic creatures crossing appointed boundaries and interacting with humanity in inappropriate ways.
  • The Nephilim – giant, human/angel hybrids
  • corruption of all the earth
  • corruption of all flesh
  • wickedness
  • evil thoughts in the hearts of man
  • warnings of the coming wrath
  • sealing in chambers by God Himself for the righteous as an escape
  • God remembering His covenant with humanity
  • judgment and destruction for the unrighteous
  • God’s mercy and compassion upon humanity even through judgment

Here is where we re-examine that passage in the book of Jude.  These “sons of God” who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—  just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:6-7 ESV).  These are kept in judgment until the “great day” – the Day of the Lord.  Will the tribulation period be marked by a return of the Nephilim?  Will angelic creatures again cross appointed boundaries and interact with humanity?  I personally believe that the veil between the supernatural and natural will be lifted at the time of the rapture and that fallen angels will feature heavily in satan’s great deception.  

And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:6-12 ESV

We also learn of evil thoughts in the hearts of men, wickedness, and corruption throughout the world.  I believe we are seeing this already today.  If your discernment eyes are open, it’s not difficult to spot the enemy’s grubby fingerprints all over everything.  It’s too much to cover in one post, but I have examined the godlessness and corruption in the world in these posts:

We will spend some time talking about God remembering His covenants and sealing the righteous in their chambers, and then the judgment and sudden destruction.

The Righteous Will Be Spared

Remember that “Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. ”  This reminds me of the passage in Luke:

But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.  Luke 21:36 ESV

Also remember that God Himself sealed Noah in his chambers.  We, too, will be sealed in our chambers during the upcoming time of judgment:

Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind youhide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.  For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.”  (Isaiah 26:20-21 ESV)

God will remember His covenant with Noah, and the flood will come by fire not by water.  He will also remember His New Covenant and bring salvation to His people before He pours out His wrath.

Interestingly, Noah knew the flood was coming, perhaps up to 120 years in advance, but he didn’t know the day/hour until 7 days prior.

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10 ESV

At this time I believe He will also re-confirm His Abrahamic Covenant with Israel and bring about the restoration of His chosen people and nation.  More discussion on God’s covenants is here: The Covenant With Israel – Who Confirms It?

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;  if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;  if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked  (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. (2 Peter 2:4-10 ESV)

Peter informs us that God’s banishment to hell of the angels who sinned, and the flooding of the ancient world, were done as an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly.  Peter also refers to the preservation of Noah, “a herald of righteousness”, right before this destruction.   In using this comparison (and the one of Lot), Peter states that the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, while keeping the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.  This sounds exactly what God is going to do:

I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left. (Luke 17:34-35 ESV)

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial [peirasmou] that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:10 ESV).

God will rescue the godly from trials (peirasmou – temptation, testing), while leaving behind the unrighteousness to face judgment.  Just as He promised.

Regular Life Goes On… Until It Suddenly Doesn’t

In the New Testament, we learn from Jesus that the “days of the Son of Man” will also resemble the “days of Noah”.  What this means exactly isn’t defined; however, Jesus emphasizes the surprise element that comes upon those who are judged:

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  Luke 17:26-27 ESV

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Matthew 24:37-39 ESV

We learn that people would be going about normal, everyday activities (eating, drinking, marrying).  Noah entered his chambers (the ark), and then God’s wrath rains down on those not in the ark and sweeps them away.

This comparison emphasizes the sudden nature of the escape route and the subsequent wrath.  Elsewhere the Day of the Lord is described as coming (arriving) like a thief in the night, like a trap, or like birth pains. It is interesting that the Bible describes those left behind as knowing nothing about what would happen until the flood came.  How could they not notice the gigantic ark in the middle of flat land?  How could they miss Noah’s preaching?  The Bible calls Noah a “preacher of righteousness”:

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.  Hebrews 11:7 ESV

Those upon whom God’s judgment falls will be surprised not because they couldn’t have known, but because they refused to listen and have faith in the warnings God issued.  This will play out again in the end times.  God has been issuing forth many warnings that the end is near; is anybody listening?  Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – The Convergence is Now.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:6-12 ESV

 

Wait A Minute… Rapture or Second Coming?

It is sometimes taught that Enoch, who was clearly raptured hundreds of years prior to the flood, represents the church.  Noah is then suggested to represent the nation of Israel – the remnant that God will seal and protect during the tumultuous judgment period commonly called the “tribulation”.   Lot isn’t talked about as much, but he clearly is taken “away from the time and place” of God’s judgment before it can begin.  I believe the fact that Jesus groups the days of Noah and Lot together is telling.  I personally believe that all 3 of these examples point to the rapture of the church, and not to Israel at all.

Jesus referring to the appearing of the “Son of Man” being as in the days of Noah must clearly refer to the rapture.  I believe this, because the rapture springs upon the earth as a surprise.  The second coming does not.  Humanity will be greatly anticipating the coming of Christ – unbelievers preparing for battle against Him, believers desperately hanging on (and counting down) for Him.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.  And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.  For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.  And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.    Revelation 16:12-14,16 ESV

The Son of Man will be revealed at the BEGINNING of the Day of the Lord, like a slain Lamb coming to rescue His people.  The people on earth know nothing about what is going to happen – they will be continuing on with life as normal – until WHAM the Day of the Lord will start when the Son of Man appears at the rapture.

Noah and Lot were pulled out of the path of destruction, and the end to the rest comes on “like a flood” – severe and sudden (Daniel 9:26).  The passages above emphasize the unexpected nature of the beginning of the Day of the Lord.  Elsewhere it is referred to as a “trap” and “birth pains” – both of which have no escape.

This stands in stark contrast to the End of the Day of the Lord when the Son of Man returns appearing as a warrior-King.  At the battle of Armageddon (the END of the Day of the Lord), life will not have been continuing on as usual.  The “flood” will be almost over – well over half the human population will have died by that point.  Everyone will know about what has been happening on the earth.  It won’t be a surprise that Jesus is coming, because people have gathered deliberately in expectation to fight Him.

second coming vs rapture

There are some solid Bible believing Christians who do not see the church nor the rapture mentioned in the gospels.  It is true that no one understood the mystery of the church, much less the rapture, prior to Paul’s proclaiming this teaching plainly.  However, I personally do see teaching of the rapture by Jesus and in the Old Testament.   I don’t wish to make a point of contention about this, I will just present how I came to my conclusions.  I do so in these posts:

Where is Israel?

The body of Christ includes all believers, there is no longer a distinction between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:11-22).  Enoch represents the rapture of the body of Christ.  Unbelieving Israel is not included.

Lot and Noah are the single righteous men that are removed from the path of judgment before it can begin.  All righteous believers will be removed from the path of judgment before it begins in the Day of the Lord.  Again, this is the body of Christ and does not include unbelieving Israel.

Unbelieving Israel will go through the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.  They will not be spared.

If Israel isn’t represented by Enoch, Noah, or Lot, who is she represented by?  I believe that Israel is the woman in labor.  She must go through the tribulation and birth pains in order to be delivered.

Now, God does have some special plans in place for the remnant of Israel that comes to faith in Jesus Christ as Messiah after the rapture.

  • The Firstfruits – those of Israel who come to faith shortly after the rapture of the church.  These are the 144,000, who are specifically sealed by God and protected from the effects of Trumpet 5’s judgment.  Whether they are protected from more we are not told.  More on these here: Who are the 144,000?
  • The Main Harvest – those of Israel who come to faith in Jesus Christ in the first half of the “tribulation”, through the preaching of the 144,000 and God’s Two Witnesses.  These will be offered an escape route for the last half of the “tribulation” if they obediently flee to the wilderness at the midpoint – the abomination of desolation.  More on this here: The Woman Flees To A Place Prepared
  • The Gleanings – those of Israel who come to faith in Jesus Christ in the last half of the “tribulation”, despite the intense persecution of the antichrist, will be given one final opportunity to flee before the final wrath is poured out in the 7th bowl judgment.  More on this here: The Mount of Olives – Final Escape Route

The Day of the Lord is about wrath, yes, but it is also about restoration.

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
   and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.

Joel 2:12-13 ESV

Conclusion

In Noah’s day, wickedness and violence prevailed.  In fact, it was so evil that God deemed it necessary to start again.  My own impression as to how evil it had to be, is keyed to the Sons of God reproducing with the Daughters of Men to produce the Nephilim, described in Genesis 6.  In Noah’s day, along with wickedness and violence, sexual sins (a perversion of God’s plan) were prevalent.  God needed to intervene to preserve the bloodline to the Messiah.  God’s focus was on the salvation and redemption of humanity.  I believe this was true in the days of the Flood and I believe it will be true again:

And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.  Matthew 24:22 ESV

Examining the “Days of Noah” reveal the following observations regarding the coming of the Son of Man:

  • The righteous will be rescued before God’s wrath can be poured out
  • All the righteous (those who are “born again”, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) will be rescued.  There is no “partial rapture”.  Even if we don’t believe the wrath is coming, we will be rescued and sealed in our “chambers” during the time of wrath.
  • On the other hand, those who go by the name “Christian”, but whose hearts are firmly rooted in the world, should not expect to be rescued.
  • We can expect to see a rise in sexual immorality, violence, corruption, and wickedness as the coming of the Son of Man draws near.
  • God will issue warnings and signs that the time of His return is near.
  • Life will be “as usual” when the rescue takes place and the wrath begins, catching unbelievers unaware.
  • God’s destruction is going to come via destructive fire (fire and brimstone) this time.
  • God always keeps His promises.

Jesus’ comparison of His appearing “as to the days of Noah” confirms that He will rescue His righteous saints prior to pouring out His wrath.  This is what is commonly taught as the pre-tribulation rapture of the church.  Noah didn’t have to swim for any portion of the flood.

Fascinatingly, three full-scale replicas of Noah’s Ark have opened in the last few years – in the Netherlands (2012), Hong Kong (2012), and USA (2016).Image result for noah ark replica

 


Further Resources:

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

The Rapture of the Church – Our Blessed Hope

Who/What Were the Nephilim?  (Gotquestions)

Noah and the Last Days (FaithLife TV)

As it Was In the Days of Noah (Unsealed)

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – The Convergence is Now

DNA and the Tree of Life

The Technological Tower of Babel

As In the Days of Lot

God’s Mosaic – A Whole Scripture Overview of Things To Come

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture.  I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details, some of which I think might need to be adjusted slightly.  I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!

 

Where is the Dragon? Examining Revelation 12:3-4

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.  His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 

(Revelation 12:3-4 ESV)

The sign of the woman given in Revelation 12:1-2 has been very clearly identified in Stellarium as having occurred on September 23, 2017, the sign in Revelation 12:3-4 of the red dragon has been much more difficult to find. While the Revelation 12:1-2 sign is a “great sign in the sun, moon, and stars”, the Revelation 12:3-4 sign is “another sign” which appears in heaven.  Is “another sign” another of the same KIND of sign as verses 1,2 or is it a different kind of sign?

The Same Kind of Sign

First, let’s examine the possibility that the dragon sign of Revelation 12 is the same kind of sign as the “great sign”.  In Revelation 12:1-2, there appears a “great sign” in heaven.  This sign includes a woman (Israel) and a child (the body of Christ, the church).  This sign can be observed in astronomy software such as Stellarium as occurring September 23, 2017.  Unsealed.org has done a magnificent job detailing this sign.  However, where is the dragon?

In Revelation 12:4, the dragon is literally waiting to devour the child.  If it is the same kind of sign as the Great Sign of the woman, we need to be looking for a physical sign in the universe (second heaven).  This could involve the sun, moon, and/or stars (constellations).  Perhaps it might even include something like a comet or meteor showers.

Since there are dragon constellations (Serpens, Draco, Hydra), do these figure into the September sign?  Some watchmen do think it appears that Serpens may be involved, as it has 7 heads with 7 diadems on it, and 10 horns.  You can see a discussion on this here – the Sign of the Dragon.  I haven’t found much on Draco.  Hydra also may be involved, as it covers 1/3 of the sky (8 hours) and thus “sweeps a third of the stars of the sky” in its nightly passage.

Another suggestion has been made that the Dragon sign might be connected to the Draconid meteor shower in some way.  This meteor shower occurs every fall around October.  For it to be a prophetic sign, it would need to be markedly out of the ordinary in some way.  We will have to just watch the skies and see!  More information on the Draconid meteor showers can be found on earthsky.org.  For the October 7, 2017 shower, see their article: All You Need to Know: Draconids in 2017.

Image credit: EarthSky.Org

You may be able to find more information on these three constellations, the meteor showers, and how they interact with Virgo in your searches.  Scott Clarke continues to examine Stellarium for the possible Dragon sign of Revelation 12:3-4.  His most recent YouTube video here – The REAL Dragon Sign.

A Different Kind of Sign

Next, let examine the possibility that the dragon sign of Revelation 12 is a different kind of sign than the woman sign.  No mention is given of the sun or moon in this sign.  The sign mentions stars being cast down from heaven in connection with the dragon.

From Revelation chapter 13, we clearly are able to identify the seven headed ten horned dragon as the antichrist empowered by satan.  We are told later in Chapter 12 that the dragon is, indeed, satan.

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  Revelation 12:9 ESV

 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.  And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”  Revelation 13:1-2,4 ESV

Could the dragon sign refer to a spiritual battle that takes place in the heavens – the earth’s atmosphere where the powers of darkness currently rule?  If so, does this battle occur around the time of the rapture of the church – when the “child” is about to be delivered?

It’s possible that Revelation 12:3-4, 6:13, and 12:7-9 are all describing the same event.  Revelation 12:7-9 provides the details (detail popout) of what was introduced in 12:3-4.  Consider the verses together:

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.  His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. (Revelation 12:3-4 ESV)

…and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.  (Revelation 6:13 ESV)

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,  but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  (Revelation 12:7-9 ESV)

Note that the “stars of the sky” and satan and his angels are both thrown down to the earth.  Angels are often referred to as stars, and in Rev 12:3-4 it is certain that the 1/3 of stars that the dragon’s tail sweeps are the angels that fall with him.

This battle may even include manifestations of fallen angelic beings, which is supported in scripture in coordination with the “great sign” – Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.  (Luke 21:10-11 ESV).  Are the stars being cast down from heaven part of the terrors Luke mentions at the very beginning of the birth pains?

I have written further on these topics in: The Blood Moon – Seal 6, Revelation 12 – Rapture and Tribulation OverviewThe Coming Deception – “Aliens”?Revelation 12 – A Sign in the Heavens, September 23, 2017

Unsealed has an excellent article on the Dragon of Revelation 12:3-4 which would seem to support this second interpretation.

Summary

I personally believe that the dragon sign of Revelation 12:3-4 will be fulfilled by the war in heaven.  I believe that war gives us the details of what is happening in the sign, and that it occurs either concurrently or immediately after the rapture of the church.  This is further detailed in my Revelation 12 post.

I don’t know enough about stars and star maps and mystery planets to definitively identify what might appear to attempt to “devour” the church as it is harpazo’d (snatched, raptured) up to heaven.   I *do* know that Michael and the holy angels rise to battle satan and his horde at this time, or shortly after, and that the fallen angels are forever booted out of access to heaven (Rev12).

No matter what happens in the star and planetary alignments, the true spiritual battle that it represents will be monumental.


Further Resources:

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

Where is the Dragon – Unsealed

The Dragon and Planet X

The Blood Moon – Seal 6

TheRevelation 12 – Rapture and Tribulation Overview

Coming Deception – “Aliens”?

Revelation 12 – A Sign in the Heavens, September 23, 2017

God’s Mosaic – A Whole Scripture Overview of Things To Come

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – The Convergence is Now

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

 The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  Be a Berean – examine the scriptures for yourself to see if these things are so!

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As in the Days of Lot…

Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—  so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 

Luke 17:28-30 ESV

The Bible tells us that the Son of Man will be revealed when things on earth are “as in the days of Lot”.  What can this description teach us about the upcoming period of God’s wrath and destruction?

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

The “Days of Lot” refers to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.  In Genesis chapter 18, God has come down to speak with Abraham through three “angels”, one of whom appears to be a “Christophany” (Jesus before His incarnation).  In His meeting with Abraham, God reveals that “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,  I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me.  And if not, I will know.” (Genesis 18:20-21 ESV)

Sodom and Gomorrah are mired in sin, and prayers have gone up to God to deal with this situation.  Abraham understands that God is about to destroy these cities and makes a series of pleas before Him that He not destroy the city if even 10 righteous men can be found in it.  God concedes.  Then, God sends his two angels to Abraham’s nephew Lot in the city of Sodom.

Lot welcomes the angels, whom he likely believes are human men, and warns them not to stay in the town square.  At Lot’s insistent urging, they come to his house for the night.  It seems that Lot knows his city well because before they go to bed for the night, every single man (including his sons-in-law?) from Sodom has surrounded Lot’s house.  The men of Sodom demand that Lot release the angels (who they believe are human men) so  that they might “know them”.  This phrase unequivocably means to have intercourse with them.  (Incidentally, the sin of the city of Sodom is where we get the term “Sodomy” from – meaning non-vaginal intercourse).  Lot pleads with them not to act so wickedly, and shockingly even offers his own virgin daughters to them to “do as they please”.  Lucky for his daughters, the men are only interested in homosexual encounters.  The men of the city become so insistent that the angels have to physically pull Lot back into the house and strike the Sodomites with blindness.  At this point, you would think Lot might start to catch on that these are no ordinary humans.

Clearly, there are less than 10 righteous men in the city.  Apparently, there may only be one – Lot.  And given Lot’s deeds before and after this event, it is clear that salvation was by grace, through faith, and not by works in the Old Testament as well!  The angels warn Lot of the imminent destruction of the city, and ask him to gather his relatives to bring them out of the city.  Lot warns his future sons-in-law, but they think he’s joking.

As the morning dawns, the angels urge Lot to get up and take his wife and two daughters out – NOW!  Lot STILL lingers.  The angels are compelled by God’s mercy to seize Lot, his wife, and his two daughters, and literally drag them away and set them outside the city.  The angels admonish – “Escape for your life!  Don’t look back or stop anywhere in the valley.  Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away!”  Lot STILL resists and requests to flee to a nearby city instead.  This too is granted by God, who tells him to “escape there quicky, for I can do nothing till you arrive there” (v22).   Lot arrives at the city of Zoar safely, and:

“then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.  But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.  And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace. So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived.” (v24-29 ESV)

God, in His mercy, spares the one righteous man in Sodom and Gomorrah before raining down his wrath from heaven.

Seized Out of Harm’s Way

I want you to note a few important things from the example of Lot.

First, in saving Lot and his family, God’s angels literally seize, or snatch, them out of harm’s way.  Verse 29 states that God “sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when he overthrew the cities in which Lot had lived”.  Compare this to Revelation 7:14 – “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.”  There is a sense in both situations that the righteous are coming out of (away from) great tribulation (overthrow) as it rains down behind them.  This sounds very similar to an upcoming event of being seized by great force, even against one’s will – the Harpazo (rapture)!

Second, God’s angels rescue Lot and his family despite their resistance.  The example of Lot should confirm that all true believers will be raptured; not just those who are watching.  Whether you believe it or not, you will be taken, as long as you are truly “born again”.

Third, God does not act (cannot act, Genesis 18:22) until the righteous are safely out of harm’s way.  In both cases, the situation is urgent; desperate; imminent.  God will rescue us, not because of our worthiness, but because it is not in His nature to pour out His wrath upon the righteous.  Our worthiness to escape is because of Jesus’ righteousness imputed to us – applied to our account.

Fourth, in both cases the judgement is (will be) by fire:

“the whole land burned out with brimstone and salt, nothing sown and nothing growing, where no plant can sprout, an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and wrath— ” (Deuteronomy 29:23 ESV)

God completely destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah (and also Admah and Zeboiim) in His wrath.  His destruction was through “brimstone and salt”, and nothing was able to grow there afterwards – the destruction was complete.  God’s previous global judgment involved water, this time it will involve fire:

…scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”  For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,  and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.  But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (2 Peter 3:3-7 ESV).

Fifth, sexual immorality is one of the reasons for judgment:

Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.  And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:5-7 ESV)

The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities was sexual in nature – they pursued sexual immorality and unnatural desire.  This is clearly identified to include homosexual interactions.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;  and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  (Romans 1:26-28 ESV)

When a society refuses to acknowledge God, God gives them over to immorality.  While the absolute incidence of homosexuality/bisexuality has remained relatively constant over the last while (~2%), the acceptance of it has markedly grown over the last several decades.  Within the span of one generation, homosexuality has gone from being considered a mental illness to being publicly accepted as a viable “lifestyle option” worldwide in virtually all non-Muslim nations.  While mankind’s perception of homosexuality has changed, God’s certainly has not.  Likewise, sexual activity outside of marriage has gone from being looked down upon, to being extremely common – even in the “church” – within one generation.  Once again, God’s view on this is clear.  Sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman is a sin.

The Righteous Will Be Spared

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;  if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;  if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked  (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);  then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,  and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. (2 Peter 2:4-10 ESV)

Peter informs us that God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was done as an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly.  Peter also refers to the rescue of “righteous Lot” right before this destruction.  He states that Lot was greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of those in his city that he witnessed day after day.  In using this comparison (and the one of Noah), Peter states that the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, while keeping the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.  This sounds exactly what God is going to do as we continue in Luke 17:

I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left. (Luke 17:34-35 ESV)

God will rescue the godly from trials (peirasmou – temptation, testing), while leaving behind the unrighteousness to face judgment.  Just as He promised.

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial [peirasmou] that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:10 ESV).

Regular Life Goes On… Until It Suddenly Doesn’t

Let’s examine the other aspects of the days of Lot that pertain to the coming of the Son of Man:

“Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—  so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back.  Remember Lot’s wife.  Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.”  (Luke 17:28-33 ESV)

Jesus tells us that on the day when the Son of Man is revealed it would be “just as it was in the days of Lot”:

  • people would be going about normal, everyday activities
  • believers will be plucked out
  • God’s wrath will rain down

This emphasizes the sudden nature of the escape route and the subsequent wrath.  Elsewhere the Day of the Lord is described as coming like a thief in the night, like a trap, or like birth pains. 

Remember Lot’s Wife

The “remember Lot’s wife” admonition terrified me for awhile – did this mean that anyone who looks down during the rapture wouldn’t be taken?  Could you “do the rapture wrong”?  At the rapture would I turn back????  I taught my kids – whatever happens, keep looking up!!!!!  But is this fear appropriate?

I prayed about it a lot, and God led me to understand that what this is referring to Jesus also taught in Luke 9:62 (ESV).  “Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Lot’s wife wasn’t looking back for her family, for her kids – they were with her.  She was looking back longingly, because her heart was in Sodom.  Jesus has never encouraged half-hearted devotion, and this is what the reference to Lot’s wife is warning against. 

…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52 ESV)

The rapture will occur too quickly to have the opportunity to look back.   It’s all about the heart – where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Summary

Examining the “Days of Lot” reveal the following observations regarding the coming of the Son of Man:

  • The righteous will be rescued before God’s wrath can be poured out
  • The rescue will be via a “snatching” or “seizing”, emphasizing speed and force
  • All the righteous (those who are “born again”, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) will be rescued.  There is no “partial rapture”.  Even if we don’t believe the wrath is coming, we will be rescued.
  • On the other hand, those who go by the name “Christian”, but whose hearts are firmly rooted in the world, should not expect to be rescued.  Remember Lot’s wife.
  • Life will be “as usual” when the rescue and the wrath take place, catching people unawares.
  • God’s destruction is going to come via destructive fire (fire and brimstone) this time.
  • We can expect to see a rise in sexual immorality and homosexuality as the coming of the Son of Man draws near.
  • God always keeps His promises.

Jesus’ comparison of His appearing “as to the days of Lot” confirms that He will rescue His righteous saints prior to pouring out His wrath.  This is what is commonly taught as the pre-tribulation, or pre-wrath, rapture of the church.  In addition, there is strong suggestion that in the days nearing the time of His coming, there will be an increase in sexual immorality and homosexuality, in particular.  I can think of no clearer way that this is being demonstrated in our society than the adoption of the rainbow – God’s symbol of promise after the Flood – as the symbol of homosexual pride.

As in the days of Noah and Lot, indeed.

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

  The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  Be a Berean – examine the scriptures for yourself to see if these things are so!

X Marks the Spot – Forty Days of Teshuvah and the Eclipse on August 21, 2017

In light of all the signs converging in the Fall of 2017, it would be wise to consider the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 as beginning a period of high alert.  This period would extend until at least September 30, 2017.  It’s possible that this time-frame could include the beginning of wars, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and the like.  I would personally suggest preparing at least a month’s worth of food, water, medication, and first aid supplies.  Consider the possibility of being without electricity, internet, or cell phones.


Eclipses are neat.  They generate a lot of excitement and speculation.   However, I don’t normally put much stock in them prophetically – and here’s why.  Eclipses happen frequently (a total solar eclipse happens somewhere every 18 months), they can only be viewed by small sections of the world, and nowhere are eclipses specifically mentioned in scripture.  Yes, there are several dark sun / blood moon and dark sun / dark moon prophecies.  However, these signs occur together in scripture (usually along with stars falling or stars being darkened as well).  We know from the simple definition of eclipses that a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse can’t occur at the same time.  So the passages that involve a darkened sun and a blood red or darkened moon, with accompanying darkened or falling stars, must refer to a different phenomenon than eclipses (such as global atmospheric ash or smoke).

I have analyzed the blood moon versus dark moon HERE; and the signs in the sun moon and stars of Luke 21 HERE.

I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade here, but as a Biblical literalist, I look to Scripture to verify ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that ANYONE claims is prophetic.  Reading current events into prophetic scripture is dangerous where no CLEAR link is seen.  At best, it generates excitement for nothing, but at worst it leads people away from true Biblical prophecy.

The most recent example of this is the “blood moon tetrad” from 2014-5.  Each lunar eclipse fell on a Hebrew feast day (April 15, 2014 – Passover; October 8, 2014 – Feast of Tabernacles; April 4, 2015 – Passover; September 28, 2015 – Feast of Tabernacles).  Notably, none of these holidays included the Feast of Trumpets, which is the next feast in line to be prophetically fulfilled (nor Pentecost, if that one will be dual fulfilled).

People claimed that significant events had happened in Jewish history in years surrounding previous blood moon tetrads.  When I looked into this, I found that sometimes the event occurred before the eclipse and sometimes after, and sometimes the time gap between the event and the eclipse was up to 1 year long.  This makes it quite a nonspecific sign that is easier to identify in hindsight….in other words, not a very good prophetic sign at all.

I personally feel that God is very clear when He wants to send a sign.  So…. the “blood moon tetrad” of 2014-5 came and went, with no wars or temples or covenants or raptures.  Currently, some people are identifying that these eclipses may have been pointing to the Revelation 12 sign all along, but again, this is coming in hindsight.  I find it interesting, but not compelling.

So with that stern warning in mind, let’s take a look at the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse occurring over the USA.

Nineveh and the Sign of Jonah

I am not aware of any previous solar eclipses being claimed as significant in recent history.  However, it does appear that God has possibly used a solar eclipse at least once to bolster the message of His prophet.  Around the time of the prophet Jonah, there was a solar eclipse over the area which would have included the city of Nineveh.  If you recall, Jonah was sent there (after his initial rebellion and the whole big fish scenario) to warn the king and the city’s inhabitants that if they did not repent within 40 days, that God would destroy Nineveh.  The people repented, and God forgave them.  The city was not destroyed.

There is no proof that the solar eclipse occurred on the day when Jonah went to the city, and some suggest that the eclipse occurred a month before Jonah arrived.  It cannot even been conclusively proven this eclipse occurred the same year that Jonah went to Nineveh.  There is no corroborating scripture to indicate that the eclipse occurred in Jonah’s lifetime at all, although secular data suggests he lived in the corresponding time frame.  The solar eclipse over Nineveh may have been coincident and may have given additional weight to Jonah’s message.  We just don’t know.  If it were important that we knew, God would have told us.

The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse has nothing to do with the “sign of Jonah”.  The sign of Jonah CLEARLY was that just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights, Jesus would spend 3 days and 3 nights in the grave (Matthew 12:38-45).  The Bible does not suggest further meaning beyond this.  Where scripture is silent, it’s usually best to be silent.

I believe that the recent popularity of comparing the August 21, 2017 USA solar eclipse to the days of Jonah is an error.

Repentance = Wrath Withheld

The main issue I have with comparing the Aug 21 2017 eclipse with Jonah, besides the lack of corroborating scriptural evidence, is that in Jonah’s day God had a specific mouthpiece with a specific message.  And the message was that obedience = no wrath.  If this message were being paralleled today, then it would be clearly revealed and repentance would stay God’s wrath.  If you have read the book of Revelation, you know that even if the entire country of America repents, God’s wrath is coming upon the whole world anyways (although individual believers, of course, would be spared).

The other issue I have with claiming the Aug 21 2017 eclipse is a warning sign from God, is that since God’s wrath will be worldwide in scope, the warning should be too.  If the eclipse were over Finland, or Australia, instead of the USA, would people assign the same weight to it?  It’s one thing to interpret it as a sign; it’s another thing entirely to claim a specific message from God attached to it where He has been silent.

Is the August 21, 2017 Eclipse Significant?

So… I don’t believe the August 21, 2017 eclipse is a repeat of the sign of Jonah.  Nor do I believe it is found in scripture.  HOWEVER, this doesn’t mean that it isn’t significant.  The timing of this eclipse, when taken in conjunction with a number of other signs, does seem to possibly contain meaning.  Other converging signs include:

So let’s examine a summary of the eclipse:

  • The total solar eclipse will begin in Oregon and end in South Carolina
  • The eclipse will appear to travel from West to East, or some such thing – see the NASA animation HEREresulting in it looking like a “black sun rising”
  • The path of the eclipse in 2017 appears to follow a fault line called the “1,700 mile Crack Across America”.
  • Interestingly, in ~ 7 years another total solar eclipse will cross the USA, this time in the opposite direction.  However, I will point out that the eclipse on April 8, 2024 does NOT fall on any significant dates (Passover is April 23, 2024, but the significant days that year would be possibly Feast of Trumpets, October 3, 2024 and/or Yom Kippur, October 12, 2024).  It may be apparent to those around that time what it might signify.
  • Between the two eclipses, a giant X is formed over the contiguous United States.
  • The April 2024 eclipse also follows the path of a Fault Line – the “Missouri Gravity Low”.

  • I don’t put much stock in numbers analysis and the specific towns the eclipse covers (as the towns it crosses that no one finds significant are omitted from the list…).  However, if you’re into that kind of thing you can read more about these connections surrounding the  August 21, 2017 Eclipse:  HERE and HERE .
  • And here’s a YouTube clip covering the New Madrid Fault Line connection.

I find the X across America along fault lines very interesting.  I can’t foresee significance to the April  8, 2024 date.   A possible connection might be establishment of the mark of the beast system on this date, but that might be a big stretch.

A Season of Repentance

I do see significance with the August 21, 2024 date as it occurs exactly 40 days from Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).  40 is a frequently used number in the Bible as a time of testing, such as the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Jesus’ 40 days fasting in the desert, and Moses’ 40 days meetings with God on Mount Sinai.

This 40 day season coincides with the Season of Teshuvah, which in Jewish religion is a time of repentance before the Day of Judgment.  (Think of it as a Jewish parallel to the Catholic practice of 40 days of Lent).  As a human tradition, it does not carry the weight of one of the Feasts of God.  However, when we dive into a study of the month of Elul and the Season of Teshuvah, we start to uncover some interesting facts.

The month of Elul precedes the month of Tishrei, wherein we find the Fall Feasts which are next to be fulfilled prophetically (perhaps this Fall!).  From Jewish FAQ, an orthodox Jewish site (bolding mine):

The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance. This mood of repentance builds through the month of Elul to the period of Selichot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur. According to tradition, the month of Elul is the time that Moses spent on Mount Sinai preparing the second set of tablets after the incident of the golden calf (Ex. 32; 34:27-28). He ascended on Rosh Chodesh Elul and descended on the 10th of Tishri, at the end of Yom Kippur, when repentance was complete. Other sources say that Elul is the beginning of a period of 40 days that Moses prayed for G-d to forgive the people after the Golden Calf incident, after which the commandment to prepare the second set of tablets was given.  During the month of Elul, from the second day of Elul to the 28th day, the shofar (a hollowed out ram’s horn) is blown after morning services every weekday. See Rosh Hashanah for more information about the shofar and its characteristic blasts. The shofar is not blown on Shabbat. It is also not blown on the day before Rosh Hashanah to make a clear distinction between the rabbinical rule of blowing the shofar in Elul and the biblical mitzvah to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Four blasts are blown: tekiah, shevarim-teruah, tekiah.  Rambam explained the custom of blowing shofar as a wake-up call to sleepers, designed to rouse us from our complacency. It is a call to repentance. The blast of the shofar is a very piercing sound when done properly.

(Source: JewFAQ http://www.jewfaq.org/elul.htm)

At Hebrew4Christians, a Messianic Jewish site, we learn some more interesting information.  According to Jewish historians, Moses actually ascended on Mount Sinai THREE times for forty days and forty nights.  His first ascent was on Shavuot (Pentecost), 50 days after the Exodus (Passover).  This is when Moses received the 10 Commandments and the Torah.  He descended, saw the Israelites worshiping the golden calf, and smashed the tablets.  The next day, he burned the golden calf and made them drink it.  He then re-ascended Mount Sinai the following day and interceded for God’s mercy on Israel for 40 days.  He descended without an answer from God.  God called Moses the following day to ascend Mount Sinai a third time, where the second set of tablets was completed along with the Torah.  Moses then descended on Yom Kippur (Tishrei 10) with God’s assurance of forgiveness.  God’s timing is never arbitrary.

The process of the giving of God’s covenant of the Law both began on Shauvot (type), and was confirmed on Shauvot (Pentecost – fulfillment).  While the Old Testament understanding was the “letter of the Law”, the New Testament understanding is the “spirit of the Law”.  In the Millennial Kingdom (Feast of Tabernacles), Jesus’ rod-of-iron-rule would appear to include both the letter AND the spirit of the Law.

The last 40-day period of Moses on Mount Sinai is what is commemorated as the Forty Days of Teshuvah.  This is a season of repentance and “soul-searching”.  The theme verse is Isaiah 55:6 – Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.   The 40 days includes the entire month of Elul, then culminates in the first 10 Days of Tishrei.  These are the 10 Days of Awe between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, during which one’s eternal fate is believed to be “sealed”.

Conclusion

Due to the August 21, 2017 eclipse’s timing (starting the 40 days of Teshuvah) and its’ proximity to the Great Sign on September 23, 2017, I believe it’s a wise idea to do some serious soul-searching to examine yourself and see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).  Preparations (food, water, medical supplies) to enter “the time of birth pangs” is probably wise as well.  Even if there was only a 1% chance, wouldn’t you want to be prepared?

Further Resources:

The Bible clearly spells out what will happen at the end of the church age… and it’s not going to be nice.  Is there a way of escape? Absolutely.  Those who believe in Jesus, the Messiah of the Old and New Testaments, and trust in Him alone for salvation will not have to suffer the coming time of upheaval on Earth.

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

Is the Writing on the Wall for America? (Unsealed)

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

A Disclaimer:    The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  Be a Berean – examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!

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The Technological Tower of Babel

In the past, God has had to intervene with humanity a number of times.  His judgment is always both perfectly righteous and perfectly just, and is often to protect humanity from themselves.  Thus, God’s judgments are also merciful.

We see this when God prevented Adam and Eve from accessing eternal physical life in their fallen state, by barring access to the Tree of Life.  We see this when God intervened when the human genome had been corrupted through angelic-DNA, through a Global Flood.  In both these instances, humanity would have been rendered unsaveable if allowed to continue in their fallen state.  By Genesis chapter 11, mankind had already reached another rebellious milestone.  Humanity decided they could band together, build a tower into the heavens, and make a name for themselves.  Note the common theme in all three instances – humans were opposing God’s instructions and instead trying to “be as gods” themselves.  This is the core of the sin nature – following human will instead of God’s will.

 Let’s examine the Tower of Babel situation more closely:
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.  And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.  And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”   And the Lord  came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.  And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.  Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9 ESV)
At Babel (Babylon), humans were:
  • Building a city, instead of dispersing over the earth as God had commanded
  • Building a tower with its top “in the heavens”, to “make a name” for themselves

God notes that the people acting together, “globally”, were trying to attain technological advancement in the form of a city and advanced tower/construction.  The purpose was to make a name for THEMSELVES, not to bring glory to God.  It was in direct violation of His command to fill the earth and subdue it.  So, God confused their language and dispersed them Himself.

The language barriers and dispersion have existed between nations ever since.
Until our day.

Language and Communication Barriers

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams recorded for radio in 1978, features a “Babel Fish”:

“The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain, the practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language: the speech you hear decodes the brain wave matrix.”

It is a universal translator that neatly crosses the language divide between any species. The book points out that the Babel fish could not possibly have developed naturally, and therefore it both proves and disproves the existence of God…

Meanwhile the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different cultures and races, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.

(wikipedia)

While obviously meant to be humorous, I find his connection between a universal translator, belief in the non-existence of God, and wars to be interesting in light of what is prophesied to occur in the “latter days”.
The “Babel Fish” is here.
English is taking over as the most commonly spoken language around the globe.  It is the official language of global business.  As translation software and information technology rapidly advances, the Tower of Babel is brought to mind… and not in a good way.  Man seems to be purposefully circumventing the judgment of God in confusing our speech.  Language has ceased to be a barrier to globalization.

Along with overcoming language barriers, worldwide communication is routine, cheap, and easy.  From radio waves and sattelites to cellphones and the internet, sending information and chatting around the globe has become as easy as the click of a button.  In the last 10-20 years there have been incomprehensible advancements in global communication.  When I was a kid (not THAT long ago), our phones were corded, there was no internet, and long distance calls started at around $1 per minute.

Dispersion Barriers

Until the last 120 or so years, human dispersion around the globe was an effective barrier to globalization.  Sure, there has been sea travel for thousands of years, but this is slow and arduous.  In the last 120 years mankind has gone from walking and riding horses to routine motor vehicle, train, and air travel. With these advancements within the last century, it has become easy to ship people and material goods worldwide.
Notably, we have even traveled to the “second heaven” outside our atmosphere – space.  We’ve sent all kinds of sattelites, built with human hands, to reside in the “heavens”.

Globalization

With the breakdown of language, communication, and travel barriers, globalization has become a reality.   Defying God, albeit somewhat naively, humanity has once again banded together in unity against Him.  While true unification is only a notion, it is an active goal of many national governments.  Wikipedia describes the United Nations this way:
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the UN is in Manhattan, New York City, and experiences extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi, and Vienna. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world.
There are only 5 countries in the world that are not currently part of the UN.  There are also smaller bands of nations, such as the European Union, that have formed in the last few decades.  This is viewed by most in a positive light, as the progression of humanism.  Dictionary.com defines Humanism thus:
“an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems”.
(Source: Dictionary.com)
This seems to be exactly what the United Nations mission statement includes.
Whether deliberate or ironic, the United Nations parliament building strongly resembles a certain well-known tower of the past…
Image result for united nations parliament building

Knowledge Will Increase

The prophet Daniel wrote 2500 years ago that the time of the End will be marked by increases in man’s travel ability and intellectual knowledge.
But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.  (Daniel 12:4 ESV)
Only in the last few decades has this been taking place.  Knowledge is expanding at such a great rate that we have called our current age the “information age”.

We Shall Be As Gods

Probing into the structure of DNA and manipulating it is one way we have tried to “become as gods” and overcome God’s judgment of mortality.  We are also trying to control life (reproduction technologies) and death (euthanasia).  I believe this is crossing boundaries that God doesn’t mean for us to cross.  I have devoted a post to it HERE.
Manipulating the weather, through HAARP, is another way humanity is trying to take God’s place.
Probing into the building blocks of matter is another clear boundary I believe humanity has crossed.  And here is where CERN comes in. CERN originated in the late 1940’s and describes itself:
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
Source: https://home.cern/about

CERN is the organization who relentlessly searched for, and in 2012 found what they termed the “God particle”, officially named the Higgs boson.  This particle is what apparently keeps the universe on the brink of instability.  God tells us that it is through Jesus Christ that all things are held together:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-16 ESV)

CERN is correct, though, that the seen is made out of things that are invisible:

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)

The unseen realm is part of a dimension which has deliberately been veiled from our eyes.  However, this dimension is chomping at the bit to reveal itself.  The mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but its’ full revelation is being restrained currently.

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,  in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:6-12 ESV)

 CERN is attempting to open portals, which I believe lead a path straight to the Abyss.  Revelation 12 details Satan and his fallen angel horde being cast down to the earth when salvation comes to believers (likely at the rapture of the Church).  During God’s judgment of Trumpet 5, Satan is given the key to the Abyss to release fallen angels upon the world.  Trumpet 6 also seems to contain demonic entities.  These portals to the Abyss *will* be opened.  Be careful what you ask for, humanity.

Conclusion

Our world has been collectively marching towards a global existence over the last 70 or so years.  We truly are global for the first time since the dawn of humanity.  Would God view this progression of globalism positively?  His words ring in my ears: “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”
Humans are becoming puffed up with pride in their own wisdom, believing they have overcome any need for “God” through science and technology.  They are probing and manipulating the building blocks of both animate (DNA) and inanimate (particles) matter.  This clearly is in the Creator’s realm, and I believe crosses boundaries we are not meant to cross.  Humans are about to plunge headlong into a deception so strong, so convincing, as to render themselves unsaveable.  God, in His righteousness and His mercy, will rise up once again to protect us from ourselves.
And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.  (Matthew 24:22 ESV)

Further Resources:

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

This documentary is worth watching:  Cern and the Halls of HellA secular discussion of dark matter is also revealing: Dark Matter and our Connection to the Universe.

God’s Mosaic – A Whole Scripture Overview of Things To Come

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture.  I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details, some of which I think might need to be adjusted slightly.  I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!

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DNA and the Tree of Life

When God finished His work of creation, “He saw that it was very good”.  We’re not told how long “very good” lasted, but my personal guess is not so long (I’m assuming Eve was perfectly fertile… and we know no babies were conceived in Eden).  Adam and Eve were created with the potential to live forever, through partaking of the Tree of Life.

In order for free will to truly be an option, God also created the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  The tree was not evil, nor was the knowledge; however, for mankind’s protection, this knowledge was off-limits.  Kind of like how matches are not evil, nor is fire; however, for your naive (innocent) toddler’s protection, matches are off-limits.

The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17 ESV)

Once Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God had to separate them from the Tree of Life so that they wouldn’t eternally be stuck in their “lost” state.  Separation from the Tree of Life was now necessary for the protection of their eternal souls.

It was God’s mercy which prompted Him to administer consequences to His children.

He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.  (Genesis 3:24 ESV)

The human heart has never stopped longing for Eden and Eternal Life.  The only true hope for the human heart to fulfill these longings is through Jesus – He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  However, that doesn’t stop humanity from trying to find other “doors”.

Angelic DNA and the bloodlines of the Watchers:

“When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them,  the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.  Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.  The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…  Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.  And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.  And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:1-6, 11-13 ESV)

In the days of Noah, angelic beings tampered with human DNA via mating with human women.  Because it says they “took any wives they chose”, I’m not so sure the women even wanted to participate.  The children that were produced may have had increased life expectancy; we are not told.  What we are told is that their children were “mighty” men of “renown” and that the earth was filled with “wickedness”, “evil”, “violence”, and “corruption” in all flesh.  The bloodline to the Messiah was in jeopardy, and God had to intervene.

It was God’s mercy towards humanity, which prompted Him to intervene via the global flood.

The Nephilim bloodline continued after the flood to some extent (likely through one of Noah’s sons’ wives).  They were the peoples of Rephaim, Emim, Horim, Zuzim (Zamzummim), and Anakim (Genesis 14:5-7).  Answers in Genesis has a descriptive write up of these giant clans.  These peoples became the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites (Exodus 23:23; Deuteronomy 7:1-2; Joshua 3:10).

The Nephilim – as opponents to God – were settled in the Promised Land.  [Of course they were!  God chooses one small patch of land for Himself, so that is exactly where satan and the fallen angels want to occupy.]  Notably, God commanded the Israelites to destroy these Nephilim tribes (Exodus 34:11-13, Exodus 23:32, Deuteronomy 7:2), once their wickedness had fully matured (Genesis 15:16).  The Israelites were not to intermarry with survivors.

While humans are redeemable to God through the blood of Christ, angels are not.

God’s judgment on the Nephilim tribes appears to be because of His great love and mercy, to halt an unsaveable bloodline.  While it is unclear if the Nephilim were individually spiritually redeemable or not, as a whole they were wicked.  An excellent resource if you are interested in further reading on this subject is The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible by Michael S. Heiser.

Unfortunately, the Israelites did not obey God’s command to completely destroy the tribes mentioned above, and they did, in fact, intermarry with them (Judges 2:1-3, 1 Kings 11:2).  And as God predicted, this resulted in Israel being pulled away from the One True God in spiritual adultery as they worshiped the pagan gods.

It is unclear if any of the Nephilim bloodline survived, or to what extent.  Speculation too far into this or into their savability is probably outside the realm of human knowledge.

 

Attempting to Control Birth and Death

We have been trying to control the start of life for a while now:

We are also trying to control the end of life:

  • Switzerland, while not actively administering euthanasia, has been legally providing the means to commit suicide (drugs) since the 1980s.
  • The “active” human euthanasia road is a long and rocky one, but it seems to have started gaining impetus in the 1990’s.  Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who earned the name “Doctor Death”, became an infamous spokesperson for “dying with dignity”.  He was later convicted of murder in 1999.
  • In 1994, Oregon becomes the first US State to permit physician-assisted suicide.  To date, there are now 7 states with laws permitting this.
  • In 2001, the Netherlands legalized human euthanasia.
  • In 2016, Canada legalized human euthanasia.

Abortion, IVF, and euthanasia are one thing, but it’s not DNA manipulation.  What about humans tinkering with the very Code of Life?

DNA Manipulation

Modern medicine is a wonderful gift.  It has enabled us to live much more comfortable lives. In many cases, it has enabled us to live longer lives as well.  The Bible isn’t against medicine, and Luke (from the gospel bearing his name) was a physician.  The apostle Paul encourages Timothy to take wine as a medication for his stomach.   Now, while there may be issues of conscience over such things as blood products, vaccinations, and medications (pharmakeia), I believe DNA manipulation crosses boundaries we are not meant to cross.

Let’s start with genetically modified plants.  From the Institute for Responsible Technology:

What is a GMO?

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.

Source: http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/

Genetic modification is generally done in plants to increase disease or chemical resistance, and is done for economic benefit.  The most common commercialized GM crops include soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets, and corn, and these are used in a variety of products including food.  Commercial sale of products involving these genetically modified crops began in the 1994.

Let’s move on to animals.  Remember Dolly, the first mammal cloned from an adult body cell?  She was born in 1996.  Since then, insertion of foreign genes have been used to create the “GloFish” (2003) and hypoallergenic cats.  Other cats and dogs have been cloned.  Genetic manipulation research continues in the companion animal, wild animal, and farm animal sectors.

The mapping of the human genome, completed and published in April 2003, was a remarkable achievement.  The goal of genetic research and treatment of disease is noble.  However, humanity hasn’t been satisfied with “just looking”.  Researchers have been tinkering with Human DNA:

Human Longevity, Inc. boasts:  “Don’t wait for symptoms to start fighting disease. HLIQ Whole Genome is a physician ordered comprehensive report that compares every letter of your DNA with the world’s largest database of sequenced genomes and phenotypic (physical trait) information. HLIQ Whole Genome provides key insights into your personal health that can help you and your physician turn risks into opportunities to outsmart the diseases that may lie in your future.” (Source: http://www.humanlongevity.com/about/overview/)

I believe that humans crossed into the forbidden territory of the Creator by manipulating DNA.  If there was ever a doubt, splicing DNA (mixing between “kinds”), most definitely crosses a distinct boundary.

Nephilim Part Deux?

It’s unclear if there has been present-day meddling with human DNA by supernatural beings.  “Aliens” are none other than fallen angels (demons).  “Alien encounters” seem to have explicit connections with sexual reproduction.  Reported themes from “abductions” involve egg harvesting, sperm harvesting, fetal incubation, and such.  I feel that this enters the realm of very occult and demonic territory and will not pursue this line of thinking further other than to recommend this video by Chuck Missler:  Return of the Nephilim.

The Mark of the Beast

Perhaps the Mark of the Beast involves human DNA manipulation, which is why it would render those who take the mark to no longer be “saveable”.  Jesus died for humans, and our DNA is what defines our humanity.  This would explain Jesus’ words:

And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.  (Matthew 24:22 ESV)

Those who take the Mark may no longer be “purely human”, and thus could not be saved by the blood of Jesus.  Those who refuse the Mark will be sought by the beast to be destroyed, and those who successfully hide will have no access to the economy.  Thus, those who do not take the Mark would all eventually die.  As in the Days of Noah, without God’s intervention, it appears that no one could be saved.  And just as in the Days of Noah, God’s acts of judgment will be because of His endless love and mercy.

Conclusion

My husband is a scientist, I work in healthcare.  I get it.  Nobody wants to get sick or die. Much human research is trying to avoid human pain, suffering, and death.  We love to feel “in control” of our lives and destinies.  However, God has placed boundaries around life and death for our own protection.  Crossing those boundaries will force God to act, just as He needed to in the past.

There is only one path to Eternal Life for humans, and that is through Jesus Christ.

 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”  (Matthew 7:13-14)


Further Resources:

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

What is the Meaning of the Tree of Life? (gotquestions)

What is Free Will?  (CARM)

The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (The Gospel Coalition)

The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible by Michael S. Heiser.

The Technological Tower of Babel – with CERN

The Mark of the Beast – The Irreversible 666

God’s Mosaic – A Whole Scripture Overview of Things To Come

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture.  I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details, some of which I think might need to be adjusted slightly.  I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!

 

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – The Convergence is Now

We stand at the edge of a precipice.

The feeling is electric – the anticipation of war, economic collapse, natural disasters, global uncertainty.  It is being felt in all religions and in all communities. I am here to tell you that the feelings of humanity are correct.  “The Apocalypse” is almost upon us.

Humanity has almost filled the cup of God’s wrath with its wickedness – how many sins remain until the cup is full?  God is about to act swiftly and decisively.  Life as we know it is going to suddenly and permanently change. Every single human being on the planet will be affected.  It will be a time of chaos, destruction, and confusion.  Fortunately, God has not left us in the dark about what is to come.  While most religions delineate vague notions of an “end times scenario”, the Bible is very detailed and specific about what is going to come upon the earth.

SOON.

It is in God’s character to issue warnings before acting in judgment.  He gives signs heralding His interventions on the earth.

Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.  (Amos 3:7 ESV)

God has only issued global judgment one other time – in the days of Noah.  At that time, He called Noah forth to be a preacher of righteousness.  Noah preached of the upcoming flood while he built the ark over a number of decades.  It does not specify how long the ark took to build, but we can assume a long time frame – up to 120 years (Gen 6:3) – given that it was done by hand and with little help.  The ark bore witness as a warning, accompanied by Noah’s declarations according to the Word of God.

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The Bible tells us that the upcoming judgment of the earth by fire will be “as in the days of Noah”, when the world was judged by water.  This alludes to a few different things, but in this post I will focus on the signs that God gives in order to provide humanity with the opportunity to repent and escape all that will be coming upon the world.

Signs in Israel and the Nations

Let’s look at the signs in Israel and the nations, described by God as heralding his upcoming time of wrath on the whole earth.  For further details on each sign, click on its name:

  1. The Fig Tree sign – Jesus tells His disciples that when they “see the fig tree leaf out”, they would know that the time of His coming was near.  Many prophecy scholars agree that this sign refers to Israel’s rebirth in May 1948.
  2. Israel Reborn – Regardless of whether or not the fig tree refers to Israel, Israel’s rebirth as a nation after 2000 years of not being one is a flashing neon light!  The Kingdom of Heaven is Near!!!
  3. Jerusalem Recaptured – Jerusalem features heavily in end times prophecy.  The 6 day war of 1967 was very significant prophetically!  It’s possible that war fulfilled Psalm 83; alternately, the complete fulfillment of Psalm 83 may be yet future.
  4. Jewish Aliyah – Along with the re-establishment of Israel as a physical/political nation, God’s chosen people are foretold to return to the Promised Land.  This has been slowly but surely occurring over the last 120 years or so, with approximately 45% of the world’s Jewry living in Israel at this time (2016).
  5. The Third Temple – We know from the book of Daniel, the gospels, and Revelation that there will be a functioning Jewish Temple during the “70th Week of Daniel“.  While the Temple has not yet been built, the plans are complete, Levite priests are trained, and Temple equipment/furniture is made.
  6. Apostasy in the Church – It seems that as we approach Christ’s second coming, churches will fall away from preaching sound doctrine. Instead, they will focus on a social gospel that “tickles men’s ears” (tells them what they want to hear to feel good).
  7. Immorality in Society – Society will move further and further away from God and His laws/morals.  We see this most clearly in the last several decades through Abortion (1.5 billion since 1980), Homosexuality (general worldwide acceptance in non-Muslim nations), and Human Euthanasia (legal in some nations, including Canada).
  8. As in the Days of Lot – Society will be marked by violence, homosexuality, and sexual immorality.
  9. As in the Days of Noah – Society will be marked by violence, DNA manipulation, and sexual immorality.
  10. Knowledge Will Increase – In the latter days, people will travel “to and fro” and knowledge will increase.  We are approaching a “technological tower of Babel” situation!
  11. The Gospel Will be Preached to All Nations – While there are still unreached people groups within nations, the gospel has been successfully taken to all nations around the globe.  The gospel will continue to be preached during the coming times of tribulation.
  12. Labor pains – are often used to describe the beginning of the “end times”.

Wars, and Rumors of Wars

There are a number of prophetic wars that will occur during the time of the end.  As the players maneuver into position, we can see that the time is near.

  1. Overview of Coming Prophetic Wars
  2. Nation Rising Against Nation, Kingdom Rising Against Kingdom – WW3
  3. The Destruction of Damascus – Isaiah 17
  4. Arab-Israeli Promised Land War of Psalm 83
  5. The Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38 & 39
  6. Connecting Isaiah 17, Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38&39

Heavenly Announcements

God uses signs in the heavens as announcements:

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years… (Genesis 1:14 ESV)

  1. Star of Bethlehem – God announced the arrival of His Son to the world the first time through a great star sign.  This, of course, was the birth of Jesus.
  2. A Great Sign in the Sun, Moon, and Stars – It appears God may be announcing the imminent rapture of the church and the nearness of His Second Coming through a great sign in the sun, moon, and stars described in Revelation 12:1-2.  This great sign appeared in the sky on September 23, 2017.  Interestingly, satan seems to think September 23 was an important date as well.
  3. A Solar Eclipse and the Season of Repentance – There are many who believe the total solar eclipse over the USA on August 21, 2017 was a final warning to Gentile nations.
  4. Planet X/Nibiru – If there is a mysterious Planet X, God has created it and appointed it for a specific purpose.

Mathematical Verification

God issues mathematical calculations of His arrival:

  • God’s 7000 Year Calendar – While God is outside of time, He has allotted humanity 7000 years of existence.  We are on the brink of 6000 years – the last 1000 years will be Jesus’ Millennial Kingdom!
  • Triumphal Entry – Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem was foretold in the 70 Weeks of Daniel prophecy.  This is why Jesus mourns over Jerusalem when He enters it – they should have known on that very day that He was their Messiah.
  • Ezekiel’s 430 Days of Laying – It appears that the rebirth of Israel, to the very year, was foretold 2500 years ago through the prophet Ezekiel.
  • The Generation sign – Jesus tells His disciples that “this generation will certainly not pass away before all these things are accomplished”.  The phrase “all these things” encompasses the signs He just mentioned, including the fig tree sign, the events during the “tribulation”, and His second coming.  Many prophecy scholars agree that this sign refers to the generation being born during the time of Israel’s rebirth, and that this specific generation will not die before Jesus’ second coming.  The length of a generation is defined in Psalm 90 as 70-80 years.
  • Great Pyramid of Egypt – It appears that certain dates may point to the possible advent of Jesus – both His first and second comings – in the mathematics of the Great Pyramid.   The angles in the corridors of the pyramid point to certain stars/constellations only on specific dates and years.

Who Are the Signs For?

Sometimes there is resistance to looking for signs from God.  As 1 Corinthians 1:22 states, Jews seek after signs, and Gentiles seek after human wisdom.  Opposition to “watching” suggests that “signs” are given to Israel, not gentiles.  This is actually true, for the most part.  The Revelation 12 sign was visible from Jerusalem.  The fig tree sign, Israel’s rebirth, Jewish aliyah, the Third Temple, all have to do with Israel.  The Star of Bethlehem was given to Israel.  But, it was the GENTILE MAGI who paid attention to the star sign.  These wise men traveled far with exceedingly great gifts to give the King announced by the star.  Israel should have been watching Jesus closely from the moment of His birth.  The angels’ announcements, the miraculous conception, the fulfillment of His birth in Bethlehem… all these were obvious signs.  Signs which apparently went largely unnoticed.  While the signs may be meant for Israel, they are not hidden from gentile eyes.

Jesus gives the command repeatedly – WATCH!  This is for all who call on His name, all believers.  We are to be AWAKE and READY at all times.  I say to you again – WATCH!

Conclusion

It is nearly impossible to keep track of all the signs heralding that the Kingdom of God draws near.  Several of the signs are very specific, and many of the signs are more general.  While prophecy scholars disagree on the finer points of how it actually may play out, they do agree that the convergence of signs on our generation is significant.  Across the entire span of humanity – religious and nonreligious alike – there is a hushed sense of imminent change.  Even secular society can’t help itself and unknowingly points to the time of the end.

God is issuing YOU one final offer.  It is no coincidence that you are on this page.  He is offering you this choice because He loves YOU.  He wants you in His family.  But He loves you enough to let you CHOOSE.  He will hold you accountable for your choice.

The one true God personally loves YOU more than you could ever imagine!

God is Calling YOU 

 


Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

Recommended Prophecy Watching Sites:

  1. Unsealed
  2. Revelation 12 Daily
  3. Watch For The Day – especially recommended if you like numbers/patterns

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture.  I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details, some of which I think might need to be adjusted slightly.  I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!

 

Is Planet X (Nibiru, Planet 7X) the Dragon of Revelation 12?

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.  His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. 

(Revelation 12:3-4 ESV)

 

Planet X

Is it possible that the Dragon sign of Revelation 12:3-4 is something called “Planet X”?  Or does this mysterious planet feature in subsequent Revelation prophecies and judgments?  There are images circulating on the internet that suggest Google is hiding this planet. Could this be possible?

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First I want to address the NASA IRAS images, like these:

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You can view these for yourself by going to the following address:
and using the following setting to view it:  Coordinates or Source: 13 49 1.0, -8 30 17.9;
SkyView Surveys: IR: IRAS (Choose relevant options);  Common Options: J2000;  Projection: Gnomonic (Tan);  Image size (pixels): 500; Image size (degrees) 10;
If you want color – you can go to other options and choose Red Temperature.
Whether this set of images is planet X or not, they all come from 1983.  (Images with more recent dates are simply User Submitted images based off the original 1983 data).
Whether NASA specifically launched the Infrared Astronomical Sattelite (IRAS) to go take pictures of this anomaly, or whether the mission was more benign, is unknown.  Some people state that the location where the above images are from is where the planet Saturn was in the sky in 1983 (link HERE).  Personally, I’m not sure why NASA would have stated that they didn’t know what it was back in 1983 if it was Saturn, because Saturn’s location should have been well understood.

News Articles About Planet X

Here is the original news article about this mysterious planet, from 1983:

Possibly as Large as Jupiter;
Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered

By Thomas O’Toole
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 30, 1983 ; Page A1

A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite.

So mysterious is the object that astronomers do not know if it is a planet, a giant comet, a nearby “protostar” that never got hot enough to become a star, a distant galaxy so young that it is still in the process of forming its first stars or a galaxy so shrouded in dust that none of the light cast by its stars ever gets through.

“All I can tell you is that we don’t know what it is,” Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, IRAS chief scientist for California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and director of the Palomar Observatory for the California Institute of Technology, said in an interview.

The most fascinating explanation of this mystery body, which is so cold it casts no light and has never been seen by optical telescopes on Earth or in space, is that it is a giant gaseous planet as large as Jupiter and as close to Earth as 50 trillion miles. While that may seem like a great distance in earthbound terms, it is a stone’s throw in cosmological terms, so close in fact that it would be the nearest heavenly body to Earth beyond the outermost planet Pluto.

“If it is really that close, it would be a part of our solar system,” said Dr. James Houck of Cornell University’s Center for Radio Physics and Space Research and a member of the IRAS science team. “If it is that close, I don’t know how the world’s planetary scientists would even begin to classify it.”

The mystery body was seen twice by the infrared satellite as it scanned the northern sky from last January to November, when the satellite ran out of the supercold helium that allowed its telescope to see the coldest bodies in the heavens. The second observation took place six months after the first and suggested the mystery body had not moved from its spot in the sky near the western edge of the constellation Orion in that time.

“This suggests it’s not a comet because a comet would not be as large as the one we’ve observed and a comet would probably have moved,” Houck said. “A planet may have moved if it were as close as 50 trillion miles but it could still be a more distant planet and not have moved in six months time.”

Whatever it is, Houck said, the mystery body is so cold its temperature is no more than 40 degrees above “absolute” zero, which is 456 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. The telescope aboard IRAS is cooled so low and is so sensitive it can “see” objects in the heavens that are only 20 degrees above absolute zero.

When IRAS scientists first saw the mystery body and calculated that it could be as close as 50 trillion miles, there was some speculation that it might be moving toward Earth.

SOURCE: http://www.activistpost.com/2011/07/washington-post-1983-planet-x-elenin.html

Destination Yisra’el (Jewish website) also covers this planet:

In the early 1980’sarticles attesting to the new a new “heavenly body” appeared in major newspapers, including both the New York Times and the Washington Post.  The Washington Post published the following article on December 31, 1983 with the following title, “Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered and gave to us the following facts:

The Washington Post – “A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite. So mysterious is the object that astronomers do not know if it is a planet, a giant cometa nearby “protostar” that never got hot enough to become a star, a distant galaxy so young that it is still in the process of forming its first stars or a galaxy so shrouded in dust that none of the light cast by its stars ever gets through. “All I can tell you is that we don’t know what it is,” Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, IRAS chief scientist for California’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and director of the Palomar Observatory for the California Institute of Technology said in an interview.

Dr. Gerry Neugebauer – “The most fascinating explanation of this mystery body, which is so cold it casts no light and has never been seen by optical telescopes on Earth or in space,is that it is a giant gaseous planet, as large as Jupiter and as close to Earth as 50 billion miles. While that may seem like a great distance in earthbound terms, it is a stone’s throw in cosmological terms, so close in fact that it would be the nearest heavenly body to Earth beyond the outermost planet Pluto. “If it is really that close, it would be a part of our solar system,” said Dr. James Houck of Cornell University’s Centerfor Radio Physics and Space Research and a member of the IRAS science team. “If it is that close, I don’t know how the world’s planetary scientists would even begin to classify it.”

The mystery body was seen twice by the infrared satellite as it scanned the northern sky from last January to November, when the satellite ran out of the supercold helium that allowed its telescopeto see the coldest bodies in the heavens. The second observation took place six months after the first and suggested the mystery body had not moved from its spot in the sky near the western edge of the constellation Orion in that time. “This suggests it’s not a comet because a comet would not be as large as the one we’ve observed and a comet would probably have moved,” Houck said. “A planet may have moved if it were as close as 50 billion miles but it could still be a more distant planet and not have moved in six months time.

Whatever it is, Houck said, the mystery body is so cold its temperature is no more than 40 degrees above “absolute” zero, which is 459 degrees Fahrenheit below zeroThe telescope aboard IRAS is cooled so low and is so sensitive it can “see” objects in the heavens that are only 20 degrees above absolute zero. When IRAS scientists first saw the mystery body and calculated that it could be as close as 50 billion miles, there was some speculation that it might be moving toward Earth. “It’s not incoming mail,” Cal Tech’s Neugebauer said. “I want to douse that idea with as much cold water as I can.”

With the existence of a potential solar body heading towards earthmade NASA and the astronomical scientists in 1983 so uncomfortablethat they quickly had to denounce that it had any potential of heading to Planet Earth. The news about this incoming companion star suddenly went dead. 

Now 28 years later, one would think the world has suddenly turned apocalyptic when they suddenly made a second announcement that“Our Sun may have a companion. A companion to our Sun cannot be interpreted to be another planet in our solar system. It can only be interpreted to be a “companion sun” with its own planets in which its massive geo-magnetic force field will attract to encircle it and become apart of its own solar system.

When it becomes imperative that the global powers cannot hide the evidence that global earth changes and mega-catastrophes are soon to arrive upon our earth, then they suddenly become defensive. But why?  The first would be that maybe all the cosmic changes in our global weather are because of the effects of a stellar magnetic force field and not human derived “global warming”.  Also, they would have to admit that “incoming mail” by a “companion sun” with its own solar system and planets means sudden catastrophes that may threaten to annihilate our own Planet Earth.  

NASA finally made the first nudge on December 1, 2010, and the transparency of the agency increased just a bit, when Space.com made this announcement, “Giant Stealth Planet may Explain Rain of Comets from Solar System’s Edge”; 

Space.com – “Our Sun may have a companion that disturbs comets from the edge of the solar system — a giant planet with up to four times the mass of Jupiter, researchers suggest. A NASA space telescope launched last year may soon detect such a stealth companion to our sunif it actually exists, in the distant icy realmof the comet-birthing Oort cloud, which surrounds our solar system with billions of icy objects.”

Did we hear this right, that our Sun with our Solar System may also havea “companion star” and its own solar system?  That is exactly what they said, yet, they also quietly put in a disinformation clause that this“companion star” would be so far away that its affect upon Planet Earthwas not worth debating.

Space.com – “The potential jumbo Jupiter would likely be a world so frigid it is difficult to spot, researchers said. It could be foundup to 30,000 astronomical units from the sun. One AU is the distance between the Earth and the sun, about 93 million miles (150 million km).”

After making this revelation, NASA threw doubt, and began to destroy the evidence. They first threw doubt on even the star’s existence. In thesame breath, they threw out lot of theories, carefully debunking few of them, making confusing innuendos on others, and hopefully silencing the entire debate; was Planet X, Nibiru truly real or evenpotentially a Twin Red (slightly luminous) or Brown (cold, dark, non-luminous) star.  Why should they care? Would it not be an exciting new discovery?

NASA and the Astronomical professionals live on “scientific speculation” in their theoretical journey into the starry worlds beyond. The premise on each new discovery in outer space is based upon scientific facts, upon which they premise new scientific realities; that isassuming their data is correct. This is the way how scientific evidence creates new realities.  Is this is called “evidence based” science? Does it give us the evidence or only the evidence upon which they might want us to know about?  We have to admit, upon these scientific premises NASA has learned an immense amount about our universe, assuming their premises and assumptions are correct.  Are they willing to give the G-d of the Universes credit for their creation?     

Today, NASA is governed by an atheistic mental paradigm that we live in an evolutionary uniformitarian world that takes millions or billions of years to create. They even state that it will take eons to even upturn life and existence on Planet Earth and to start new life or existence over again. To destroy these paradigms of international scientific inquiry may also destroy the allegiance of the world governments; NASA’s primary funders.  If that were to happen, then a large part of thescientific community’s quest for world domination into the natural and astronomical sciences will go into upheaval as their own existence will bethreatened.  

For the world to be destroyed by a “star and its solar system” also destroys the meaning of their“god of Science”.   It is important that we look closely at the reason this article is so important, for doing so, we seek to understand the paradigm of NASA and modern science’s understanding of universal science. 

  • NASA proposed that this “hidden star” which they call “Nemesis” has already been explored at length by the“conspiracy theorists” who by definition are always wrong and that this solar body was a red dwarf or brown dwarf star.  NASA then first proposed that this star “regularly enters theOort Cloud” yet does not give any empirical evidence,  Also, they never concede whether this giant solar body might just go through the Oort Cloud in route back to rendesvoux with our Sun’s solar system, including Planet Earth. 
  • This theory of “Nemesis” in the Oort Cloud makes it the causal factor for “spitting out” comets and asteroids, yet, they then confess that it does not explain the geological questions or even match the dating of mass extinctions on Earth occurring millions of years ago in geological time. To them, then, this Planet X does not exist because “Nemesis’…orbit could not be nearly as stable as claimed therefore, debunking the Planet X/Nebiru Sumerian cosmos theory as the Planet X/Nibiru Noachian Flood model or the Planet X/Nibiru Exodus Flood model.
  • Rather than a “star” as a Jupiter-monster sized up 4 times Stellar body, two astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire at the University at New Orleans at Lafayette suggested rather that a smaller version, they dubbed “Tyche”, or the good sister of the goddess Nemesis in Greek mythology could be a better causal link, while;  
  • The larger 4 x Jupiter-size “Nemesis Red Dwarf Star” coming back for a by-pass around our solar system would, to them be a “surprise”.
  • Yet, they did have to admit that most solar systems like our “Sun” — so-called class G stars — possess companions” or “twin stars” yet also like our Sun, “only one-third are single-star systems like (they suspect) our solar system.”
  • Unfortunately, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope threw glitch and ran out of frozen hydrogen that kept its infrared detectors as cold as designed.  WISE, now working with only two of the four infrared detectors, was almost abandoned by NASA as they sought to finish “Mapping the Entire Sky” that WISE was attempting to accomplish.  Now WISE is now spending theremainder of its few month lifespan, using the two remaining infrared detectors looking for in-coming asteroids. 
  • They suggest that this planet may truly not exist, or that the“dark cold star” may not ever be seen, until it is too late for humans to protect themselves from its catastrophic effect. They still confess that there may be apocalyptic “signs at thetime of the end” with increases in earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, and tsunamis around the world? 

Why do the astronomical scientists take such care to hide the evidence of their work, especially when they are funded by American tax dollars?  Is it because they might be required to acknowledge the existence of G-d, and that there was a Creation by Divine Intent?  Are they afraid to acknowledge that the G-d of the Universes can bring His own judgments upon Earth, upturn our planet’s entire existence, and in thecase of the prophetic reality of the Hebrew prophets, that the“Judgments of G-d will come from the heavens, with planets, comets, asteroids or even a “Twin Star” as His emissary of divine justice.

SOURCE: Destination Yisra’el – http://destination-yisrael.biblesearchers.com/destination-yisrael/2011/01/nasa-confesses-to-the-existence-of-a-giant-stealth-planet.html

What NASA Says

NASA states that Saturn was imaged twice during its 10-month IRAS mission in 1983, forming the blurry dragon-like image above.  Thus, it was blocked out (it seems quite sloppily) on purpose, to avoid distracting from the other more distant objects.  This explanation is given on the Skyview NASA blog HERE.
Whether the 1983 images are of Saturn or something more mysterious, NASA has recently added Planet X on its’ main website.  I find this a very interesting addition: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/planetx
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Jewish Mysticism Predicts Planet X System

Interesting Jewish (non-Biblical) prophecies support the arrival of a planetary system that sounds suspiciously like Planet X:

Ovadia emphasized the similarity between NASA’s recent discovery and the description in the ancient Jewish sources. 2,000 years ago, the Zohar, the foundational work of Jewish mysticism, predicted the appearance of a star with seven ‘stars’ orbiting it.

After forty days, when the pillar rises from earth to heaven in the eyes of the whole world and the Messiah has appeared, a star will rise up on the east, blazing in all colors, and seven other stars will surround that star. And they will wage war on it.

“Jewish sources say that this astrological phenomenon is a necessary part of the geula (redemption),” Ovadia said. He explained that if the star does not appear, then any claim that the Messiah has arrived will be rejected by Judaism.

“This is not a foreign idea that was incorporated into Judaism,” Ovadia, an observant Jew, told Breaking Israel News. He noted that the Bible contains a prophecy of a star signalling the arrival of the Jewish Messiah.

I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; there shall step forth a star out of Yakov, and a scepter shall rise out of Yisrael, and shall smite through the corners of Moab, and break down all the sons of Seth. Numbers 24:17

Ovadia lectures on the subject and has been following it closely for many years. He believes that data is being suppressed.

The appearance of this pre-Messianic star is predicted to be catastrophic, accompanied by extreme natural disasters. The Vilna Gaon, an 18th century Jewish scholar, stated that the power of this star system could destroy the world. Ovadia explained that this may not be caused by the star colliding with the Earth but rather by God exerting his influence on global weather events via the star.

“We are already seeing its influence. In the last ten years we have seen a sharp rise in the number and intensity of natural catastrophes,” Ovadia told Breaking Israel News. “Authorities admit that the number of meteors striking the earth has gone up enormously in recent times.”

The NASA discovery seems to confirm his claims, but for Ovadia, the conclusion is more important.

“The fact that the star exists is incontrovertible,” Ovadia states emphatically. “It exists. But we knew this all along. It is part of our tradition. The rabbis who wrote about it tell us that Jews have a major part to play. Our actions, our relationship with God, can influence the outcome.”

SOURCE: NASA Discover of 7-Planet System that Matches Nibiru – https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/84337/nasa-discovery-7-planet-system-conforms-exactly-zohars-description-pre-messiah-nibiru/#5PMQXxXQqSkuoUs5.97

The Zohar references that after 40 days, this pillar and star will arrive.  40 days after what?  It doesn’t say.  However, is there possible connection to the 40 days of Teshuvah that this year began with a Solar Eclipse crossing over America?  The 40 day period of repentance ends on Yom Kippur, 7 days after the Sign of Revelation 12 appears in the sky.

I will emphatically state that Jewish mysticism is rooted in satanic lies (much like the Islamic el Mahdi prophecies).  However, paying attention to Jewish traditional beliefs can help us understand why the time of Jacob’s Trouble will play out like it will.  Their interpretation of the arrival of this star/planet system, would indicate that it would prepare them to accept a messiah.  The Bible clearly predicts that this “messiah” they embrace will be the “antichrist” (John 5:43).  Thus, it appears that many of the Jews will commit the ultimate act of spiritual harlotry against God.

A “Natural” Cause for Supernatural Judgments?

Could a close encounter with the rogue Planet X be used to explain away the events of Seal 6 and Trumpets 1-4?  Satan is lining up a deception of some kind, but we know he has no control over the sun, moon, stars, or planets.  If Nibiru is a true planet, then God created it and governs its’ path.  Perhaps this is how He sends His deluding influence (2 Thessalonians 2)?

  • Seal 6 – Global earthquakes, possible volcanic activity, possible tsunamis
  • Trumpet 1 – Hail and fire mingled with blood, 1/3 of trees burned, all green grass burned
  • Trumpet 2 – Great Mountain burning with fire cast into sea, 1/3 sea becomes blood
  • Trumpet 3 – Great star falls from heaven, 1/3 of fresh water made bitter
  • Trumpet 4 – 1/3 of light from the sun, moon, and stars is dimmed

It’s entirely possible we will have an answer to this puzzle in a few months’ time.

Summary

I don’t know enough about stars and star maps and mystery planets to definitively identify what might appear to attempt to “devour” the church as it is harpazo’d (snatched, raptured) up to heaven.   I *do* know that Michael and the holy angels rise to battle satan and his horde at this time, or shortly after, and that the fallen angels are forever booted out of access to heaven (Rev12).

No matter what happens in the star and planetary alignments, the true spiritual battle that it represents will be monumental.

 


Further Resources:

I will leave you with these documentaries, which suggest that “Nibiru” could possibly be the cause that God uses to bring all the “natural” catastrophes that are about to come upon the earth.

I want to insert here that I DO NOT believe that the Sumerian Tablets or Zecharia Sitchin are correct.  I believe Sitchin was a false prophet, and that the Sumerian Tablets reflect a satanic deception meant to throw confusion into God’s truth.  Truth comes from God and is found in His Word ALONE.  The Sumerian tablets were part of the pre-flood fallen angelic deception (Nephilim).  For more on that, I recommend Dr. Michael Heiser’s book Unseen Realm.  Heiser has an entire website dedicated to this as well, although I don’t agree with everything he teaches (end times prophecy in particular).


Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

Where is the Dragon?  Examining Revelation 12:3-4

God’s Mosaic – A Whole Scripture Overview of Things To Come

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – The Convergence is Now

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

 The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  Be a Berean – examine the scriptures for yourself to see if these things are so!

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The Terminal Generation

34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Matthew 24 Luke 21 / Mark 13 ESV

Israel is expecting her Messiah to inaugurate a Kingdom rule when He comes.  It is recorded that Jesus’ disciples ask Him a few times when He’s going to do just that.  One recorded instance is known as the “Olivet Discourse”, which includes Jesus’ prophecy of the complete destruction of the Temple.  The disciples are blown away by the thought that the Temple will be destroyed, as it is the center of Jewish worship, culture, and tradition.  Its’ destruction is incompatible with the Messianic Rule they are anticipating.  Confused, they ask Him a series of questions – trying to figure out when and how the Kingdom of Heaven will be established on earth.

Jesus’ answer to the apostles’ questioning is brilliant.  It is enigmatic enough to provide hope for Christians in every generation from the apostles until present, but specific enough that when the signs are seen it will be clear that the time has come.  I believe that Jesus gives His disciples instruction on this matter without disclosing the mystery of the church age.   While He foreknows that Israel for the most part will reject Him, His offer of reconciliation to Israel is genuine.  If Israel had accepted Jesus as Messiah, technically it seems that there would have been no gap in Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy.  The Kingdom Rule could have theoretically begun 7 years from Palm Sunday.

Part of Jesus’ instruction on the Mount of Olives includes referring to a specific generation of people who will not pass away before “all these things are fulfilled”.   Jesus lists a specific collection of signs which would point to:

  • the gathering of the saints to be with Jesus
  • the end of the age
  • Jesus’ return and initiation of the Millennial Kingdom

For a complete discussion on the Mount of Olives teaching and the signs Jesus mentioned, please see The End of the Age According to Jesus.

Who Is “This Generation That Will Not Pass Away”?

There are three possible views of who “this generation” is.  The first, is the generation alive when Jesus spoke.  As mentioned above, they could have been that generation, had Israel accepted Jesus as Messiah.  While it is certainly probable they believed and hoped it would be them, we know that it was not.  The apostles were a part of the generation that would reject Him (Luke 17:25).  The collection of signs He mentioned were thus not fulfilled in their lifetimes, so this view cannot fit with a literal reading of scripture at all.

Both Jesus’ first and second comings would involve a specific generation that would see signs.

The second possible generation, is that “this generation” refers to the Jewish race.  I looked up all the instances of the word “generation” in the New Testament, and many times, indeed, it appears that “race” could be substituted.  This would provide assurance to the scattered Israelites throughout their long, dark dispersion that they would not be completely annihilated.  While this is a possible interpretation, I have since read a book called The End Times Are Here Now by Charles Halff who is a Jewish believer in Jesus. He had this insightful comment regarding “this generation”. While the Greek word genea can refer to a family, race, or people – i.e. the preservation of Jews as a distinct people – Jesus seems to imply that “this generation” will pass away. It will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled.  Thus, it must refer to an actual generation, and not the Jewish race (God’s covenant with them is ETERNAL, so as a race they will NEVER pass away – Rev 21:12).  A literal generation is reinforced by Jesus stating that His words will not pass away, even past the destruction of this present world and creation of the next.

The third interpretation, is that “this generation” is the one that sees all the signs (the collection of signs mentioned by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse) being fulfilled.  I agree, because of the little word “until”.  There will be a generation of Jews that will witness the fig tree come alive and put forth its leaves.  This specific generation will be a transitional generation (much like the generation that saw Jesus born, His ministry, His death and resurrection, and the Second Temple destroyed; encompassing approximately 71-73 years).  They will live to see all the signs Jesus mentioned in the Olivet Discourse, from the budding of Israel in spring 1948, through the Day of the Lord and 70th week of Daniel signs, to Jesus’ Second Coming, all the way to the fruition of the Messianic Kingdom.

How Long is a Generation?

The next question, is how long is a generation?  We need to look at how long the average lifetime of one generation of people is.  In Psalm 90, we are told “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.”  (ESV) Isaiah 23:15 describes the life of a king as 70 years – “In that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, like the days of one king.”  (ESV) Looking at length of life statistics for Jews since 1948, the average lifespan was around 69 for males and 71 for females in 1948 and is currently around 79 for men and 82 for women (2017) (Source: Wikipedia).  Lifespan in other countries and nationalities varies.  However, the length of a generation, from birth until passing away, is approximately between 70-80 years – just as it states in the Psalms.

It is possible that the lifespan of a generation can last as long as the longest-lived individual in that generation.  While this varies somewhat, 120 years would be a good approximation (as of June 2017, the oldest human is a Jewish male who is 120 years old).  120 years would coincide with “as in the days of Noah’ – And the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with mankind forever, because they are corrupt. Their days will be 120 years.” (Genesis 6:3 ESV)  However, scripture doesn’t specifically mention a lifespan as being 120 years (as it does with a 70-80 years).

I tend to favor the 70-80 year window.  In support of this 70-80 year range is that at Jesus’ first coming, the generation that saw all those signs (from His birth, His ministry, His death and Resurrection, to the destruction of the Temple) was between 70-80 years.

When Does the Final Generation Start?

A final question is when does “this generation” start?  The fig tree sign discussed elsewhere provides the answer.  By far the most obvious end times sign that has been fulfilled thus far is Israel becoming a nation in 1948 (predicted in the book of Ezekiel, and required for end times prophecies to proceed).  Interestingly, we are on the brink of entering the endpoint of this 70-80 year window (69-79 year window using 360-day-prophetic-years in our calculations).

Summary

Jesus mentioned a specific collection of signs that would indicate His return was near and that the end of this age of humanity was imminent.  He also told his disciples that “this generation would not pass away until all these things are fulfilled”.  The first sign would be the leaves on the fig tree coming out; this is understood as Israel becoming a nation in 1948.  The next collection of signs include what will occur throughout the Day of the Lord and the 70th week of Daniel, both of which culminate with the Second Coming of Christ.  Thus, there will be a specific generation that sees both the establishment of Israel as a nation and the Second Coming of Christ.

The average lifespan of a generation is roughly 70-80 years (stated in Psalm 90 and confirmed to be true by population statistics).  While we cannot be 100% sure on this, it appears that the Second Coming of Christ will likely occur in or before 2028 (1948+80).  The rapture of the church would need to be at least 7 years prior to this, likely placing it in 2021 or earlier.

The Terminal Generation – Generation “Z”

Interestingly, the current generation being born has been aptly named “Generation Z”, which sounds pretty terminal to me.   “Generation Z” – Even wikipedia calls it an “apocalyptic-sounding group”.  Interesting that one of this generation’s taglines is that it is Global.

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Further Reading:

Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.

Jack Kelley’s article The Terminal Generation.

What Did Jesus Mean When He Said, “This Generation Will Not Pass”? (Gotquestions)

Main Menu – God’s Mosaic Prophecy Model

A Disclaimer:    The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  Be a Berean – examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!

Prophecies Fulfilled At Jesus’ First Coming

It is critical to know that Jesus literally fulfilled Biblical Prophecy when He came the first time, because He’s most certainly going to literally fulfill Biblical Prophecy when He comes the second time.  The book of Matthew was written by a Jew for Jews – to explain exactly why Jesus was the Messiah they were waiting for.  The Bible gives not two or three, but FOUR witnesses to the life and account of Jesus during His earthly ministry through the other gospels of Mark, Luke, and John.

Jesus’ First Coming – The Day and the Hour

One of the most important prophecies to understand about Jesus’ first coming is that its timing was recorded in the Bible.  In Luke 19:42, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem right before His triumphal entry on Palm Sunday.  The Jews should have known on THIS DAY that Jesus was the Messiah.  How were they to know the day and the hour to expect Him?  A study of Daniel chapter 9 yields the results (interestingly, it was likely through Daniel’s legacy that the Magi knew how to look for the star alignment surrounding Jesus’ birth as well).  Jack Kelley summarizes it this way:

In Daniel 9:26 we find the most specific prophecy of all. It was written just as the Babylonian captivity was ending, about 530 BC. In it The Angel Gabriel explained to Daniel that the Messiah would come to Israel and be executed in a narrow window of time between the 483rd year after permission to rebuild Jerusalem was granted and the subsequent destruction of the city and Temple. From history we know that this time frame was 38 years in duration.

Prophecy: Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.

Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. (Daniel 9:24-26)

Fulfillment: When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:37-42)

It was the first Palm Sunday, the only day in His entire ministry when the Lord allowed the people to call Him Israel’s King. It was the 10th of Nisan, 483 years to the day after Persian King Artaxerxes Longimonus signed a decree authorizing Nehemiah to go and begin rebuilding Jerusalem – in 445 BC (Remember that Biblical prophecy years are 360 days, so to calculate the date we have to multiply 483 x 360 and divide by our 365.25.  And remember there’s no year “0”). (Nehemiah 2:1-6) It was the day ordained in history for the Messiah to arrive in Jerusalem. When they missed it, He prophesied the destruction of the city.

The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you. (Luke 19:43-44)

38 years later the Romans destroyed the city and tore the Temple apart stone by stone until not one was left standing on another. Another case of predictive prophecy fulfilled.

Source: https://gracethrufaith.com/topical-studies/the-bibles-authority/the-true-identity-of-jesus-of-nazareth/

A more complete explanation is described well on Enduring Word:

The Seventy Weeks of Daniel as Understood by Sir Robert Anderson in The Coming Prince

Daniel 9:24-25 says that from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of the Messiah there will be 483 years.

7 + 62 “weeks” = 69 groups of seven years. 7 x 69 = 483 years

Anderson understood a prophetic year as 360 days. This is based both on ancient history and on Revelation 11:2, 13:5, 11:3, and 12:6 which indicate that 42 months – 3 ½ years – are equal to 1,260 days.

Therefore, 483 years x 360 days = 173,880 days

Artaxerxes started his reign in 465 b.c. The decree to rebuild Jerusalem was given on the first day of Nisan, in the 20th year of Artaxerxes. In our calendar system (the Julian calendar) that date is March 14, 445 b.c. (Nehemiah 2:1)

Jesus started His ministry in the 15th year of Tiberius (see Luke 3:1). Tiberius started his reign in a.d. 14, so Jesus’ ministry started in a.d. 29. Anderson believed that Jesus celebrated four Passovers during His ministry, one each in a.d. 29, 30, 31. and His final Passover in a.d. 32. With the help of lunar charts, we can calculate the exact date of ancient Passovers, so it is possible to calculate the exact day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as April 6, a.d. 32.

From 445 b.c. to a.d. 32. there are 476 years on the Julian calendar
(not 477 years, because there is no year zero).

476 years x 365 days = 173,740 days.

Adjusting for the difference between March 14 and April 6 adds 24 days.

Adjusting for leap years over a period of 476 years adds 116 days.

The total number of days from March 14, 445 b.c. to April 6, a.d. 32.

173,740 + 24 + 116 = 173,880 days.

According to his calendar, Daniel told us there would be 173,880 days between the decree and the arrival of Messiah the Prince.

(Source: https://enduringword.com/bible–commentary/daniel-9/)

Will we know the Day and the Hour of Jesus’ second coming?  I have examined that in these posts:

Prophecies Fulfilled – Jesus’ First Coming

Besides His arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus fulfilled a multitude of other prophecies – over 300!  Did you know around 30% of the Bible is prophetic?  I can’t possibly do better research on this than has already been done by others, so I will include some excerpts here.  A great summary is written at CARM called Prophecy, the Bible, and Jesus.  They have developed this scripture table:

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus:

Born of the Seed of the Woman
Gen. 3:15, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

 

Matt. 1:20, “But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, Son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.'”
Born of a Virgin
Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Matt. 1:18, 25, “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary . . . was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit . . . But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”
Son of God
Psalm 2:7, “I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, ‘You are my Son, today I have become your Father.'” Matt. 3:15, “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'”
Seed of Abraham
Gen. 22:18, “and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Matt. 1:1,“record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Son of Isaac
Gen. 21:12, “But God said to him, ‘Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.'” Luke 3:23-34,“Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli . . . the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor.”
House of David
Jer. 23:5, “The days are coming, declares the LORD, ‘when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.'” Luke 3:23-31, “Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli . . . the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David.”
Born at Bethlehem
Micah 5:2“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Matt. 2:1, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.”
He shall be a Prophet
Deut. 18:18, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.” Matt. 21:11,“The crowds answered, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.'”
He shall be a Priest
Psalm 110:4, “The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'” Heb. 3:1,“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.”

Heb. 5:5-6,“So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’ And he says in another place, ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'”

He shall be a King
Psalm 2:6,“I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” Matt. 27:37, “Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
He shall judge
Isaiah 33:22,“For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.” John 5:30, “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.”
He would be preceded by a Messenger
Isaiah 40:3,“A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.'” Matt. 3:1-2,“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.'”
Rejected by His own people
Isaiah 53:3, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.

Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”

John 7:5,“For even his own brothers did not believe in him.”

John 7:48,“Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him?”

His side pierced
Zech. 12:10,“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child,and grieve bitterly for him as one mourns for an only son.” John 19:34, “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”
Crucifixion
Psalm 22:1, Psalm 22:11-18,“For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? . . . Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” Luke 23:33, “When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left.”

John 19:33, “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”

John 19:23-24, “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. ‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’ This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, ‘They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.’ So this is what the soldiers did.”

 

The following probabilities are taken from Peter Stoner in Science Speaks (Moody Press, 1963) to show that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability. Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in reference to eight prophecies, “we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017.” That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.  In order to help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that “we take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They will cover all of the state two feet deep.

“Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man.”

Stoner considers 48 prophecies and says, “we find the chance that any one man fulfilled all 48 prophecies to be 1 in 10157, or 1 in

100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000,000,000,000, 000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

The estimated number of electrons in the universe is around 1079. It should be quite evident that Jesus did not fulfill the prophecies by accident.”

Source: https://carm.org/prophecy-bible-and-jesus

I have compiled a collection of prophecies about Jesus and their fulfillment below from a few sources:

Prophecies Concerning Jesus’ Birth:

  1. He was born of the Seed of Woman as foretold in Genesis 3:15.  Fulfillment Galatians 4:4.
  2. He was born of a virgin as foretold in Isaiah 7:14.  Fulfillment Matthew 1:18, 1:24-25.
  3. He was the Son of God as foretold in Psalm 2:7.  Fulfillment Matthew 3:17.
  4. He was of the Seed of Abraham as foretold in Genesis 22:18.  Fulfillment Matthew 1:1.
  5. He was of the Seed of Isaac as foretold in Genesis 21:12.  Fulfillment Luke 3:23, 3:34.
  6. He came from the tribe of Judah as foretold in Genesis 49:10.  Fulfillment Luke 3:23, 3:32.
  7. He was from the Family Line of Jesse as foretold in Isaiah 11:1.  Fulfillment Luke 3:23, 3:33.
  8. He was the son of David as foretold in 2 Samuel 7:14-16, Jeremiah 23:5.  Fulfilled Luke 3:23, 3:31.
  9. He was born in Bethlehem as foretold in Micah 5:2.  Fulfillment Matthew 2:1.
  10. He was Presented with Gifts as foretold in Psalm 72:10.  Fulfillment Matthew 2:1, 2:11.
  11. Herod Killed Children, Trying to Kill Him as foretold in Jeremiah 31:15.  Fulfilled Matthew 2:16.

Prophecies Concerning Jesus’ Nature:

  1. Jesus had Pre-Existence as foretold in Micah 5:2.  Fulfilled Colossians 1:17, John 17:5.
  2. He Would Be Called Lord as foretold in Psalm 110:1.  Fulfilled Matthew 22:43-45.
  3. He Shall be Immanuel as foretold in Isaiah 7:14.  Fulfilled Matthew 1:23.
  4. He Shall be a Prophet as foretold in Deuteronomy 18:18.  Fulfilled Matthew 21:11
  5. He Shall be a Priest as foretold in Psalm 110:4.  Fulfilled Hebrews 3:1
  6. He Shall be a Judge as foretold in Isaiah 33:22.  Fulfilled John 5:30
  7. He Shall be a King as foretold in Psalm 2:6. Fulfilled Matthew 27:37
  8. He had a special anointing of the Holy Spirit as foretold in Isaiah 11:2.
  9. He had a Zeal for God as foretold in Psalm 69:9.  Fulfilled John 2:15-16.

Prophecies Concerning Jesus’ Ministry:

  1. He will be Preceded by a Messenger as foretold in Isaiah 40:3. Fulfilled Matthew 3:1-2
  2. His Ministry Will Begin in Galilee as foretold in Isaiah 9:1.  Fulfilled Matthew 4:12-13, 17.
  3. He will do Miracles as foretold in Isaiah 35:5-6.  Fulfilled Matthew 9:35.
  4. He will Teach in Parables as foretold in Psalm 78:2.  Fulfilled Matthew 13:34.
  5. He will Enter the Temple as foretold in Malachi 3:1.  Fulfilled Matthew 21:12.
  6. He will Enter Jerusalem on a Donkey as foretold in Zechariah 9:9.  Fulfilled Luke 19:35-37.
  7. He would be a Stumbling Stone to the Jews as foretold in Psalm 118:22.  Fulfilled 1 Peter 2:7.
  8. He will be a Light to the Gentiles as foretold in Isaiah 60:3. Fulfilled Acts 13:47-48

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus on the Day of Crucifixion:

  1. He would be Betrayed by a Friend as foretold in Psalm 41:9.  Fulfilled Matthew 10:4.
  2. He would be Betrayed for 30 Pieces of Silver as foretold in Zechariah 11:12.  Fulfilled Matthew 26:15.
  3. His Betrayal Money would be Thrown Into God’s House as foretold in Zechariah 11:13.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:5.
  4. His Betrayal Money would be given for a Potter’s Field as foretold in Zechariah 11:13.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:7.
  5. He would be Forsaken by His Disciples as foretold in Zechariah 13:7.  Fulfilled Mark 14:50.
  6. He would be Accused by False Witnesses as foretold in Psalm 35:11.  Fulfilled Matthew 26:59-60.
  7. He would be Silent Before His Accusers as foretold by Isaiah 53:7.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:12.
  8. He would be Wounded and Bruised as foretold by Isaiah 53:5.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:26.
  9. He would be Spit Upon as foretold in Isaiah 50:6.  Fulfilled Matthew 26:67.
  10. He would be Mocked as foretold in Psalm 22:7-8.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:29.
  11. He would Fall Under the Cross as foretold in Psalm 109:24-25.  Fulfilled John 19:17.
  12. His Hands and Feet would be Pierced as foretold in Psalm 22:16.  Fulfilled Luke 23:33.
  13. He would be Crucified with Thieves as foretold in Isaiah 53:12. Fulfilled Matthew 27:38.
  14. He would make Intercession for His Persecutors as foretold in Isaiah 53:12.  Fulfilled Luke 23:34.
  15. He would be Rejected by His own Countrymen as foretold in Isaiah 53:3.  Fulfilled John 7:5, John 7:48.
  16. He would be Hated Without a Cause as foretold in Psalm 69:4.  Fulfilled John 15:25.
  17. His Friends would Stand Far Off as foretold in Psalm 38:11.  Fulfilled Luke 23:49.
  18. People would Shake their Heads at Him foretold in Psalm 109:25 and fulfilled Matthew 27:39.
  19. He would be Stared Upon as foretold in Psalm 22:17.  Fulfilled Luke 23:35.
  20. His Garments would be Parted and Lots Cast foretold in Psalm 22:18.  Fulfilled John 19:23-24.
  21. He would Suffer Thirst foretold in Psalm 69:21.  Fulfilled John 19:28.
  22. He would be Offered Gall and Vinegar foretold in Psalm 69:21.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:34.
  23. He would give a Forsaken Cry foretold in Psalm 22:1.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:46.
  24. He would Commit His Spirit to God foretold in Psalm 31:5.  Fulfilled Luke 23:46.
  25. His Bones would Not be Broken foretold in Psalm 34:20.  Fulfilled John 19:33.
  26. He would be Heartbroken foretold in Psalm 22:14.  Fulfilled John 19:34
  27. His side would be Pierced foretold in Zechariah 12:10 and fulfilled in John 19:34.
  28. There would be darkness over the land foretold in Amos 8:9.  Fulfilled Matthew 27:45.
  29. He would be Buried in a Rich Man’s Tomb foretold in Isaiah 53:9 and fulfilled Matthew 27:57-60

Prophecies Surrounding Jesus’ Burial and Resurrection:

  1. He will be Resurrected from the Dead as foretold in Psalm 16:10.  Fulfilled Acts 2:31.
  2. He will Ascend into Heaven as foretold in Psalm 68:18.  Fulfilled Acts 1:9.
  3. He will Sit at the Right Hand of God as foretold in Psalm 110:1.  Fulfilled Hebrews 1:3.

Chart from ChristSaves Ministries:  Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled CHART – pdf

Source: http://www.christsavesministries.org/prophecy/chart/


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The Bible is infallible.  I am not.  I am merely challenging traditional models and testing them against Scripture.  I believe that traditional pretribulation teachings provide a solid backbone upon which to lay the musculature of details, some of which I think might need to be adjusted slightly.  I encourage you to consider my thoughts as you also examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!