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Mark Copfer (29 Nov 2008) “The Most Important Newsletter You Will Ever Read”

Mark Copfer (29 Nov 2008)
The Most Important Newsletter You Will Ever Read


This is the December issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter…

Death Clouds Over a Lost Nation!

“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.”

I John 2:18

“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”

John 5:43

“Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Baalam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Co’-re. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: carried about of winds, trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.”

Jude 11-13

In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will look with great shock and amazement at the United States of America as a nation in the dramatic arena of adverse change! Many and countless changes, some visible and many invisible, are now taking place in our nation since we now have a new President-elect. The entire campaign of Barack Hussein Obama, the junior Senator from Illinois, consisted of one word: change. Now that he is soon to be the President of the United States, we will see the true horrors of change. The simple word change has no guarantee of good contained in the six letters that make up the word. At face value it simply means: give me anything other than what I now have. A study of history will quickly reveal that Adolf Hitler and others of his ilk who were first elected to office and shortly after became dictators were also first elected to office on a campaign of one word and that word was change.

In ancient Israel, God’s people made the same grave error. They demanded change. They entered into the spiritual auditorium of blind change, and it eventually destroyed them and brought them into Babylonian slavery and captivity. In Jeremiah 2:11-13 we read of this as follows: “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”

Satan thrives in the arena of ambiguous change. If Satan can keep people in a constant state of change, they never arrive at anything. Nothing is conclusive, there are no reference points, and eventually all indices of truth are lost. Change, in and of itself, means that nothing is certain!

Our nation of the United States of America is a lost nation. It is a nation that is now overshadowed by the death clouds of uncertainty. It is a nation that will stay lost as it spirals downward rapidly and draws ever closer to hell. The only change that would save our country is if our nation would completely repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, the one true Saviour! This did not happen with the election of Barack Hussein Obama. We do know that individuals can have their lives changed by the Lord Jesus. If you do not know Him as your personal Lord and Saviour, now is the time to come to Him on your knees in serious repentance and with sincerest prayer. He will hear you and change you. You cannot vote for change; you must repent for change. On Judgment Day eternal salvation will be the only thing that has any value at all. You will be there one way or the other!

Profiles of an Antichrist!

On November 5th, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was declared President-elect to become the 44th President of the United States of America in January 2009. The number of electoral votes needed to win the presidential election is 270, and Obama had 338 to McCain’s 145. It had been a strange campaign and election with strange forces at work. Election fraud and corruption were evident everywhere in the United States. A corrupt organization working for and secretly with Obama is known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or A.C.O.R.N. This foul outfit was giving cash and cigarettes to street people and then bringing them to register to vote as Democrats. Some individuals were registered as many as seventy-two times. (2) Obama was also raising vast amounts of money as hundreds of millions of dollars flowed into his coffers. He raised 150 million dollars in one month, which was the month of September 2008. (3) Vast amounts of these funds came from overseas, and they were from sources that refused to reveal their identity.

In the eight presidential elections I personally remember, going back to the time of the late John Kennedy, I have never seen anything like the Obama election. It was as if the world was electing him. Two hundred-forty nations were having wild and frenzied celebrations as the news reached them. In Kenya, the true birthplace of Barack Obama, wild ecstasy was everywhere, and people began slaughtering animals to celebrate. Pastor Washington Obonyo in Kenya said, “Senator Obama is our new President; God has answered our prayers.” Then a jubilant Joseph Otieno said, “Because Obama has won, we will have change in the whole world. And for that I will slaughter a cockrel to celebrate with my family.” (4)

Another thing that must be remembered about our new President-elect is that he made Chicago his home town, and he quickly made his way to the very center of the corrupt Chicago political machine. Many deluded people praised Obama, because during the early days after his nomination he refused taxpayer money for campaign funds. Because of that refusal, the Federal Election Commission cannot conduct an embarrassing audit of his campaign funds. (5) On the other hand, McCain’s campaign coffers will receive a rigorous audit. Obama was able to raise unthinkable amounts of money and remain audit-exempt, so his refusal to accept taxpayer campaign funds was void of honorable intent. It was to cover his criminal activity!

Deceived people seem to have an affinity for deceptive leaders, and eventually they worship them. On November 10th, the International Herald Tribune reported that the name Barack has become a hot new name for babies, and that many parents are giving that name to their newborn sons. During the first week after the election in one hospital alone, twenty-three boys were born, and they were all named Barack. (6) In addition to that, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported on November 9th, 2008, that plans are now underway to add another national holiday to our calendar: The Obama National Holiday! (7) What has this man done to deserve any of this?

On Election Eve as Barack Obama was preparing to celebrate, one of the featured entertainers was the ever-popular Bruce Springsteen, who sometimes refers to himself as the Jersey Devil in reference to his home state of New Jersey. On Halloween night, just a few days before the presidential election, Bruce Springsteen posted a free download of a new song on his website entitled “A Night With the Jersey Devil.” The song was about sixteen witches casting sixteen spells. (8) As a former occultist, this is no joke to me. In witchcraft, a coven usually consists of thirteen witches. When the number grows beyond that to reach sixteen, there is now a power of three beyond thirteen to begin forming a new coven. This is called hiving off, and thus, Springsteen was singing about the expansion of witchcraft in America. We must also note that there will be fifteen cabinet members, plus the Vice President, who will make up the Obama sixteen! Who is this strange new President-elect, who was raised as a Moslem, and upon coming to Chicago, joined a so-called “Christian” church that does not require a Moslem to renounce his faith to be a member? Who is this sixth post-war President to be left-handed, who has read every Harry Potter book? Who is this strange one who was raised on dog meat and snake meat, and who used many drugs as a teenager, including marijuana and cocaine? Why was he given the code name Renegade by the Secret Service? (9) Many answers to these and other questions will come forth soon.

We also know that Inauguration Day is January 20th, 2009. In astrology and witchcraft, that day is a high day, because it is the day when the sun enters the 11th sign of the zodiac, known as Aquarius. The rock group known as the Fifth Dimension had a hit song about the Age of Aquarius, when a new power would come in with a new harmony and understanding, and that it would be a time of “mystic crystal revelations.” We must also remember that the word inaugurate comes from the ancient Roman Empire, where soothsayers were called augurs. The word inaugurate literally means to take omens. It is done while facing the giant 555 foot obelisk, called the Washington Monument. The architectural word obelisk literally means shaft of Baal, which is the erect reproductive organ of Baal, the sun-god. What could be more pagan than all of this?

On the day of his inauguration, Barack Hussein Obama must stand and say the following words: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (10) But what is an oath to such a charlatan traitor, who in a speech clearly stated the following: “The Constitution is a fundamental flaw and blind spot…..”

There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Hussein Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be President of the United States. His birth certificate has obviously been altered as was proven by a team of forensics experts. Even the certificate number in the upper right corner is completely blacked out. When Attorney Philip Berg of Pennsylvania filed a Federal lawsuit challenging Obama’s birth records, he had hopes of getting to the truth of the matter. Shortly before the election, the court threw the case out! (11) This court was presented documentary proof that Barack Obama was born in Mombassa, Kenya, not in Hawaii. Even Obama’s own paternal grandmother admitted this fact in the presence of numerous witnesses. One of the witnesses was Bishop Ron McRae, presiding Elder of the African Presbytery of the Anabaptist Churches, who filed a notarized affidavit with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (12) It was all to no avail. We must also note that Obama’s maternal grandmother, who had also been interviewed, became suddenly very ill and died on November 3rd, the day before the election. (13)

There are some very amazing spiritual aspects to Barack Hussein Obama, and none of them are good. Powerful evidence has now emerged regarding his ancestry. Eight thousand Beduin nomadic people say they have photographic and other documentary proof that Obama has Arab blood from the Beduin tribe and came from these tribes of nomadic Arabs of northern Israel. He is also one-quarter white and one-quarter Kenyan. (14) This Beduin connection would make him a descendant of Abraham through Ishmael and a descendant of Esau through the Idumeans and Edomites. The Herodian Dynasty came from this race, including Herod the baby killer, who ruled at the time when Jesus was born. This would make Barack Hussein Obama a prime candidate for the office of Antichrist! In Hebrew, the word “Barak” without the added letter “C” means lightning. When Revelation, chapter 13, tells us of the antichrist causing fire to come down from heaven, the Greek word used there for fire means lightning. Why did the news media on election night keep saying that America and all the other countries were “electrified by Obama’s rise in the polls?” We also know that Obama’s home state of Illinois has a state lottery with one game called “Pick Three.” The numbers for the evening draw on the day he was elected were 6-6-6! (15) I personally believe that some of the same spirits that were in Adolf Hitler are now in Barack Obama. Why did Obama take his campaign to Berlin, Germany, and stand in the Tiergarten with his right arm stiffened and raised to 45 degrees in a Hitler-like salute? Why did thousands of Germans who gathered there return that salute, which is forbidden by law in Germany? Why did Obama give his one-world speech from a place in Berlin where five streets come together at a place called the Big Star? (16)

Barack Obama has made continual comments alluding to self-divinity. In one speech he said a light from above would shine down upon the voters, and they would experience an epiphany. They would then hear a voice from above saying, “Vote for Barack.” Here let it be noted that the word epiphany means a revelation of the manifestation of a divine being! On October 22nd, 2008, Obama told the people of Virginia, “I feel like we got a righteous wind at our backs here.” (17) In Lake City, Florida, a large sign was placed in the window of the Obama headquarters which read as follows: “To God be the glory, great things he has done.” Under that quote, the sign said, “OBAMA – Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.” (18)

On November 6th, 2008, Obama picked Rahm Emanuel as his White House chief of staff. (19) The name Rahm in the Hebrew language means high and lofty one, and Emanuel means God with us, or God incarnate. Rahm Emanuel is a demonic genius, who cannot finish a sentence without going into excessive profanity. He makes frequent use of the infamous “F” word and frequently raises his middle finger in an obscene gesture. Obviously, this man has no class at all!

On November 10th, 2008, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun warned the people of the United States that President-elect Obama was setting up for a Marxist dictatorship. He gave the following warning: “I fear that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist Dictatorship. It may sound a little crazy or off base, but the thing is, he’s the one who proposed this National Security Force…..” (20) On November 13th, just three days later, Representative Broun backpedaled and apologized. He stated that he “regretted putting it that way.” (21) Have you ever noticed how many times someone in authority found temporary courage and stated the truth, only to cave in later? There is knuckle-busting in high places.

Is all of this really happening? On November 10th, 2008, it was reported that the co-chair of the Obama transition team, Valerie Jarrett, used some very interesting words on the Meet the Press program. She made the following declaration to Tom Brokaw: “Obama will be ready to rule on day one.” She then repeated herself with the following words: “Given the daunting challenges that we face, it is important that President-elect Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to rule day one.” (22) Since when are American politicians kings that rule from office? We also know that Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis made the following statement on election night: “Today’s election was a non-violent revolution, and an unbelievable and unreal transformation of American politics.” He said these words to news anchor Charlie Gibson. (23)

Are we, at this very time, in a metamorphosis and transition into a Marxist-Socialist and even Communistic state? Here let it be noted that on November 7th, 2008, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stated in a news release that the Obama Administration needs to implement a far-reaching perestroika in the United States. The word perestroika is strictly a Russian Communist word that means restructuring! (24) We must remember that Mikhail Gorbachev after leaving office in the Soviet Union was given a new job and title by the global Illuminists. He came to the United States and was given an impressive office at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. He became the head of an organization designed to reshape the United States into an interdependant unit of a one-world government. His organization was called the State of the World Forum. I stood by his office in 1999, and we did verify that he was there, right next to the FEMA complex. We rebuked his office in the name of the Lord Jesus. Within a few days, an earthquake rattled his offices, his wife died, and he went back to Russia. Never underestimate the power of prayer, and always leave it all in the hands of the Almighty.

On November 9th, Obama’s handpicked White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, revealed that Obama is set to push a reform package on the United States. Obama’s new reforms have been referred to as the “big bang.” (25) We must remember that the words “big bang” are used by the evolutionists to explain how the universe came forth with no God as a creator. Obama also stated that he will use executive orders for immediate impact. (26)

Rising of the 666 Money System!

The economy of the United States continues to collapse, and the signs of it are everywhere. Gains in the stock market are quickly lost, and the entire trend is downward. On November 6th, 2008, the Associated Press reported the following headline: “Stocks tumble, lose 10 percent in 2-day rout.” (27) It is always an amazing thing when a trillion dollars are lost in two days! Where did it go? The sad fact is that the wealth is falling into fewer and fewer hands. The Federal Government is also continuing to shut down banks. On November 8th, 2008, two more large banks, the large Houston-based Franklin Bank, and the Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles, were shut down. Countless more are in grave danger of being shut down as well! (28) Why is all of this happening, even after the massive government bailout? The answer is simple. Even though the government told us they were going to buy the bad debts of the banks, they are in fact buying the banks themselves. Large stakes are being purchased in the major banks of the United States. (29) It is all a part of the plot to depart from the Constitution of the United States and force Marxist socialism upon the unsuspecting American people.

On November 10th, 2008, Bloomberg News reported that the Federal Reserve has flatly refused to disclose who received two trillion dollars of taxpayer money. (30) Remember, the bailout was supposed to be only 700 billion dollars, and that was bad enough. Suddenly, trillions of dollars are disappearing to undisclosed recipients. Obviously, the government is intentionally destroying our economy to make way for the new electronic beast money system. We are watching this systematically happen before our very eyes. Anyone with a properly working brain knows that you cannot repair our current system of credits and currencies. The Illuminati-controlled Federal Government has no intentions or expectations in that direction. They are preparing the way for the second beast of Revelation, chapter thirteen, who will cause everyone to receive the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell anything.

On November 15th, 2008, a G-20 summit was held at the White House in Washington, D.C. Twenty world leaders came together to discuss the worldwide financial crisis and to decide what to do about it. The meeting was short and simple. All twenty leaders agreed to cooperate with each other, and then they headed for the banquet table. Then the feasting began with entrees such as Fruitwood smoked Quail, Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb, and Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus. They washed all of this down with Shafer Cabernet Hillside Select 2003 wine at a cost of $500 per bottle. (31) All of that talk about conditions of economic failure and people living in poverty must have made them hungry. Meanwhile, millions of Americans remain jobless, homeless, and in the depth of poverty.

On November 13th, 2008, Mayor Daley of Chicago released a warning for his giant city to prepare for mass layoffs for both the private sector and government workers at city, county, and state levels. (32) Meanwhile, major cities throughout the United States are bankrupt and asking for bailouts. Billions of dollars are being requested by Atlanta, Phoenix, and Philadelphia. (33) The City Council of Detroit has requested 10 billion dollars in bailout money. (34) The state of California has also requested a loan of 7 billion dollars, which you can be sure will never be paid back. (35) We also know that the auto makers are crying for a massive government bailout under which the government would be buying significant portions of the auto industry. (36) Unless God intervenes, we will no doubt see the day when the strong socialistic Federal Government owns the auto companies, airlines, and all private industry. It is beginning to happen now!

Truly, we are seeing things happen that have never happened before. The United States Postal Service recently announced a massive cut of 40,000 jobs. It is their first layoff in history! (37) It is all quite amazing when we realize that our financial collapse and demise, as we now see it happening, could not have happened without computers. It takes computers to manage billions and trillions of dollars. It takes computers to manage debt of all types. Earlier this year, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) died. Before he died, the brilliant professor of computer science pronounced computers as devices of evil and called them anti-human. The professor, Dr. Joseph Weizenbaum, said that computer systems could be compared with National Socialism, Karl Marx, and Stalin. Dr. Weizenbaum also issued the following sobering statement: “How long will it be before what counts as fact is determined by the system, before all other knowledge, all memory, is simply declared illegitimate?” Dr. Weizenbaum also compared the internet to “one of those garbage dumps outside Bombay, India.” Truly, the last days are upon us!

Global Sinning And Great Signs of the End!

Global sinning is constantly increasing, and this will continue until the very day of the return of our Saviour. In II Timothy 3:13 we read as follows: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” We also know that the heavy and continual human rebellion against God, as humans fall into lock-step cooperation with evil spirits, also has a profound effect on the creation of God. The earth, sun, moon, and stars are all reacting to the horrifying extent of global sinning! In Romans 8:22 we read the following: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” I have personally been watching and documenting the dynamic incidents of man’s rebellion and God’s reaction to it for many years.

On election night, November 4th, 2008, Proposition 8 passed in the state of California. The Supreme Court of California, which decided that sodomite couples had a right to marry, had their decision overridden by a narrow margin of voters. The sodomites went berserk with anger and began massive protests. There were already sixteen thousand sodomite couples in California, and many more planning to be married. Six days later, Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger of California made a speech on behalf of the sodomites telling them, “Don’t give up!” The governor also pledged the support of his administration to help overturn Proposition 8 and not only reinstate sodomite marriages, but also “lead the country in that arena.” (38) Then it happened! Just after making his speech promoting the abomination of homosexual marriage, fires began to break out. In Montecito, one hundred multimillion dollar homes were destroyed. (39) Then other fires broke out in the San Fernando Valley. Currently over one thousand homes have been destroyed in the blazing infernos whipped up by high winds. God is so willing to help and forgive if only people would repent; otherwise, there is much more judgment coming!

Another thing that happened on election night is that the state of Massachusetts decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. (40) This has opened a door for many evils and great demonic activity.

In Mexico City, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced that beginning December 1st, 2008, the city intends to provide free Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis to 112,000 men seventy years and older who live in his city. The mayor said the drugs would increase the happiness and quality of life of the elderly men. (41)

In Australia, the White Cockatoo Resort in Mossman is sponsoring a month-long nude “anything goes” party to combat the economic downturn. The local regional Mayor, Val Schier, has no objections to the event, and even though the hedonistic celebration doesn’t begin until March 2009, the reservations are nearly filled. (42)

The earth is literally shaking under the influence of shameful sin. At this present time, we are still averaging nearly three hundred significant earthquakes every month of magnitude four or greater. These quakes continue non-stop according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Less than one month ago, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 hit Chechnya, Russia, and completely destroyed 1,027 buildings. (43) Just before Election Day in America, a magnitude 6.1 quake rattled the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The entire region was shaken! (44) As I look at the earthquake maps, it is becoming obvious that the earth’s crust is literally coming apart at the seams. How much more can it take? All of this was foretold in Matthew, chapter 24; Luke, chapter 21; and Mark, chapter 13!

Astronomers are now shocked as they look into the heavens, because powerful auroras, or glowing masses, are appearing around various planets of our solar system such as have never been seen before. A massive blood-red cloud of glowing gases now covers much of northern Saturn. I have in front of me a picture of the planet taken by NASA’s Cassini space craft; and in my forty-six years of studying astronomy, I have never seen Saturn look like this. Cassini scientist Tom Stallard said, “We’ve never seen an aurora like this elsewhere.” (45) The blood-red mass almost seems alive as it pulsates and glows!

There are also unprecedented changes taking place on our sun. NASA scientists are marveling because the sun is slowly starting to dim, and there were no sunspots at all for two months. That has never happened before. Scientists are saying that the sun is now on a dimmer switch — solar winds have weakened, and the sun is cooler and less dense. (46) It is as if our sun is beginning to die early.

Many odd things continue to happen everywhere. On election night in the utmost east of our country, massive fifteen foot waves began to pound the coast of Maine at low tide. The residents of Boothbay Harbor thought it was the end of the world as three separate rounds of crashing giant waves came from nowhere and began to rip docks apart. The horrified residents were heard to cry out, “Oh my God, is this the end?” Scientists have been unable to explain the unusual event! (47)

In conclusion, I urge everyone to continue to pray the prayers of faith! Your requests are always welcomed here, and they receive individual attention. Never give up. No prayer is wasted! Thanks to all of you who support this prophetic ministry, which is now going into its 28th year of publication. Please remember to send in your renewal notice enclosed with this newsletter to be sure you are on the 2009 mailing list. God bless you exceedingly! Grace and peace be unto you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

David J. Meyer

Acknowledgements
01. Bloomberg News Service, Nov. 5, 2008, by Ken Fireman & Kristen Jensen, New York, NY.
02. New York Post, Oct. 10, 2008, by Jeane MacIntosh, New York, NY.
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04. AFP News Service, Nov. 5, 2008, New York, NY.
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14. London Times, Nov. 13, 2008, London, England, UK.
15. Illinois State Lottery, official printout for November 5th, 2008, Chicago, IL.
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November 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

(NOV 28, 2008) Confirmation of Barak, Antichrist and tribulation


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(NOV 28, 2008) Confirmation of Barak, Antichrist and tribulation

This letter #32 which I posted in my blog (twelvebooks.wordpress.com) and sent to Mr. Tng for posting is very important to me and in order to give the readers who think I am nuts or that this is garbage the opportunity to turn off I am going to presents the facts as clear and brief as I can. After the facts I am going to give a more detailed explanation of what I believe these facts are. If by the end of the facts or before you so feel to turn off please stop reading and do something else, but my duty would have been met as a watchman and witness.

This morning at 7.45 I left with my wife to our doctor’s office for her appointment. At 8.35 AM we left to return home and less that two blocks away I saw a license plate S22 2_ _. When I use _ it means a letter that I did not write down, remember I am driving and cars are moving. We stopped to buy bagels and continued our trip on US1. Close to our home (3MIN. away) there was a red light and we stopped. In this light there were a total of four cars ahead of mine, one had a license plate 222 _ _ _, the other T66 6_ _ and the other 066 ER_.

Now if you are still reading a more detail description and evaluation.

This morning when we left the house the last think I had in my mind was to receive a message form our Lord. The traffic was almost none existing, schools are out and a lot of people took off from work. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and my daughter’s sister in law invited us to eat dinner at their house in Fort Lauderdale. It was a 65 minutes trip at 1.30 PM and I was thinking He was going to use the trip to send me a message through license plates. This form of communication between Jesus and me has been going on in a constant way for more than twenty three (23) years. I was prepared with paper, pen and even a camera to flash at the moving cars, if I could convince my relunctant teenager daughter to do it. Well in the trip going and going we saw eight cars with the 77 on their license plates and two with 777. These last two we did get a photo of them. There were two taxis with the phone 954-777-7777 which are common in Broward County. As usual the Lord told me in no unsertian way that He was thinking of me in the same manner that I was thinking of Him, but of course I have the passive end of the conversation, but He has to make thinks happen for me and my family to see.

Back to this morning, the two plates with the number 222 = Barak was very unespected, I left at the end the post I send Mr. Tng so you can see the importance of this confirmation. The cluster of three license plates in a red light is such a small probabilistic number as to fall in the realm of impossibility. The 666 is the number of the first beast of revelation or the antichrist. The 066 is the 66 in three numbers. The book of revelation is book 66 of the Bible and thru the years with the # of plates I have seen with this # I have always equaled it to the apocalypse.

Now let us talk about the mathematical probabilities of these numbers confirming that Barak is the Beast of Revelation and that we are in the apocalypse or that it is about to start.

To see a three number in a license plate there is a probability of 1 in 1000 since as an example there is only one 777 in numbers 0 to 999.

So what is the probability of the cluster happening,

P = (1÷ 1000) x (1÷ 1000) x (1÷ 1000) x 4 (cars) = (1÷1,000,000,000) x 4 = 1/250,000,000

Now the probability of 222 = Barak is approximate:

(1/1000) x (1/1000) x 65 (cars I saw on the way back + or-) = 65/1,000,000

Dear John and Jovial I do not know enough of the Biblewheel or the interpretations which you both gave to the 234 to know if they are correct or if any or both of you are correct. I am going to relate what happened to me today and you be the judge as to the meaning.  This letter is typed at almost 11 PM, and what I saw happened at 6.30 PM and at 9 + PM tonight, before I read this article a few minutes ago. At 6.30 PM my wife needed some additional chocolate for a dessert she was to make on Thanksgiving and we were leaving to the market to get it.  I live on a dead end street and when driving around to leave there was a van with the license plate 222 V_Q which I thought was strange, there are almost never car leaving our area at the time we leave, and that it was a message from God.  My wife did not think so and we did not discuss it any more.  At 9 PM we started seeing the program the Mentalist and in the program there is a murder on the second floor of a motel, and when the policeman is at the door the number of the room was 222.  I told my wife, daughter and her boyfriend and rewinded the program to see if they saw or noticed the #.  Not till I pointed it out.  I knew it was a message, but did not know what it meant until I read Mr. Jovial post in fivedoves.com which is included below. I do not know the date for the rapture, but this to me is a confirmation of Barak(Blessing) = 222 as being the ACBlessings and hoping Jesus will come soon

Nando

Jovial (25 Nov 2008)
Has the penny dropped and Tan’s $2.34


John mentioned a large number of words that added to 234, and how some of them involved Barak (ברך) as a root.  However, Barak (ברך) does NOT add up to 234.  Let me demonstrate….

BaraQ (ברק) [Lightning] = 302

Barak (ברך) [Blessing] = 222 (I think this form is his actual name)

There are some GRAMMATICALLY ALTERED FORMS for “barak” that can add up to 234, but I can make almost any word that adds up to something a little under 234 morph to 234 with the right grammar.  John mentioned that וברוך adds up to 234, but that does not mean “bless” but “and blessed”. Adding the two VAVs changes the grammar of the word.  I can get it to add up to 228 by adding only ONE VAV (ברוך).  I could get it to add up to 232 by changing it to “my blessing” (ברכי) much like derek (way=דרך), which adds up to 224, turns into 234 when it is dereky (my way= דרכי).  But 234 is not pivotally connected to the Hebrew word for “Bless” (ברך), which adds up to 222 in its root form.  However, the English word for “dollar” (דלר), when spelled with Hebrew characters, DOES add up to 234!  So one would have an easier time making a claim that Tan’s experience was predicting a 134% inflation rate than making a connection to Obama as the False Messiah.  Not that I’m claiming that was the subtle message or anything, just that I am making a point about invoking some sense of logic to connect things together.
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Not almost any word, Joe. Only 34 Biblical words (morphed or otherwise) are thrown up by the Biblewheel search engine. There are only 34 such unique words found in the Bible that add to 234. Given that there are
788,280 words in the Bible, and given the intriguing occurrences of BARAK, this is a significant find.
John

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November 29, 2008 at 4:21 am

Supreme Court Docket #08A407 for Obama Proof of Citizenship, Presented to Justice Thomas

No. 08A407
Title:
Leo C. Donofrio, Applicant
v.
Nina Mitchell Wells, New Jersey Secretary of State
Docketed:
Lower Ct: Supreme Court of New Jersey
Case Nos.: (AM-0153-08T2 at the New Jersey Appellate Division without a docket number)
Date Proceedings  and  Orders
Nov 3 2008 Application (08A407) for stay pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, submitted to Justice Souter.
Nov 6 2008 Application (08A407) denied by Justice Souter.
Nov 14 2008 Application (08A407) refiled and submitted to Justice Thomas.
Nov 19 2008 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 5, 2008.

Name Address Phone
Attorneys for Petitioner:
Leo C. Donofrio P.O. Box 93
East Brunswick, NJ  08816
Party name: Leo C. Donofrio

View it on supremecourtus.gov

Additional Resource: No. 08A407

Justice Souter denied it, but Justice Clarence Thomas found enough merit in the petition to put No. 08A407 to conference.

On December 5th, just 10 days before the Electoral College actually casts their votes (You didn’t actually think they already had done that did you?), the nine Supreme Court judges will conference together to discuss the petition challenging Barack Obama’s birth certificate and U.S. citizenship.
This is an easy one, right? If he’s got one, then show it. If not, then we should know…right?
Right?

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November 28, 2008 at 6:21 pm

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(NOV 25, 2008) to Tng and Jovial the 222

Dear John and Jovial I do not know enough of the Biblewheel or the interpretations which you both gave to the 234 to know if they are correct or if any or both of you are correct. I am going to relate what happened to me today and you be the judge as to the meaning.  This letter is typed at almost 11 PM, and what I saw happened at 6.30 PM and at 9 + PM tonight, before I read this article a few minutes ago. At 6.30 PM my wife needed some additional chocolate for a dessert she was to make on Thanksgiving and we were leaving to the market to get it.  I live on a dead end street and when driving around to leave there was a van with the license plate 222 V_Q which I thought was strange, there are almost never car leaving our area at the time we leave, and that it was a message from God.  My wife did not think so and we did not discuss it any more.  At 9 PM we started seeing the program the Mentalist and in the program there is a murder on the second floor of a motel, and when the policeman is at the door the number of the room was 222.  I told my wife, daughter and her boyfriend and rewinded the program to see if they saw or noticed the #.  Not till I pointed it out.  I knew it was a message, but did not know what it meant until I read Mr. Jovial post in fivedoves.com which is included below. I do not know the date for the rapture, but this to me is a confirmation of Barak(Blessing) = 222 as being the ACBlessings and hoping Jesus will come soonNando

Jovial (25 Nov 2008)
Has the penny dropped and Tan’s $2.34


John mentioned a large number of words that added to 234, and how some of them involved Barak (ברך) as a root.  However, Barak (ברך) does NOT add up to 234.  Let me demonstrate….
BaraQ (ברק) [Lightning] = 302
Barak (ברך) [Blessing] = 222 (I think this form is his actual name)
There are some GRAMMATICALLY ALTERED FORMS for “barak” that can add up to 234, but I can make almost any word that adds up to something a little under 234 morph to 234 with the right grammar.  John mentioned that וברוך adds up to 234, but that does not mean “bless” but “and blessed”. Adding the two VAVs changes the grammar of the word.  I can get it to add up to 228 by adding only ONE VAV (ברוך).  I could get it to add up to 232 by changing it to “my blessing” (ברכי) much like derek (way=דרך), which adds up to 224, turns into 234 when it is dereky (my way= דרכי).  But 234 is not pivotally connected to the Hebrew word for “Bless” (ברך), which adds up to 222 in its root form.  However, the English word for “dollar” (דלר), when spelled with Hebrew characters, DOES add up to 234!  So one would have an easier time making a claim that Tan’s experience was predicting a 134% inflation rate than making a connection to Obama as the False Messiah.  Not that I’m claiming that was the subtle message or anything, just that I am making a point about invoking some sense of logic to connect things together.
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Not almost any word, Joe. Only 34 Biblical words (morphed or otherwise) are thrown up by the Biblewheel search engine. There are only 34 such unique words found in the Bible that add to 234. Given that there are
788,280 words in the Bible, and given the intriguing occurrences of BARAK, this is a significant find.
John

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November 26, 2008 at 4:13 am

(NOV 24, 2008) Letter to Mr. Tng


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LETTER 30 (NOV 24, 2008) Letter to Mr. Tng

John I have been interacting with this site for just a few months, ever since a friend send me an e-mail with a link to it.

I want to tell you something that you may know, but here it is anyway. You are a conductor of a godly and celestial symphony of thoughts where the Almighty God our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father are using your God given charismas of intellect, scriptural knowledge, mathematics, science, and the use of your time to join His Body in thought and purpose.

It has been a mistery for me why He has decided to communicate thru numbers, math, statistics and the written Word of the Bible His thoughts about the future in the same manner as the parables. The findings of the last days by you and others, the discovery of the Bible Code thru the use of statistical math analysis and the computer, and the rapid dissemination of knowledge thru the computer and the internet.

Our God is communicating with his believers in diverse ways and is very active. This activity in itself is a confirmation of all the discoveries in the resent days in all the Christian sites that are true to the Word.

The Left Behind series of books by Tim LaHaye has a fictional character named Chang Wong who as you is gifted in the computer skills needed to keep an underground internet where all the believers were communicating and keeping one step ahead of the evil forces of the antichrist. Amidst the persecution he managed to avoid detection and serve Jesus till His second coming. See the last book Armageddon for the role of this fictional character.

Well if we are all right in assuming that we are in the tribulation, are we ready for the persecution and when is our liberty to exchange ideas and thoughts come to an end? For my part while I have the liberty to do it I am posting most of your and other important findings in my blog and hoping that people will read it and do the same. The more places with the info the harder it will be to eliminate and the more people that will be saved.

Nando

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November 25, 2008 at 2:52 am

(NOV 24, 2008) THREE CONFIRMATIONS OF THE TRIBULATION


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LETTER 29 (NOV 24, 2008) THREE CONFIRMATIONS OF THE TRIBULATION

Yesterday I went to the supermarket and on the way there, there were two cars one beside the other with license plates that had letters and the # 66. I parked and when I was leaving the car parked beside me had this license L66EL. The last book of the bible is Revelation and it is the book # 66. The letter L or EL can be phonetically the name of God. At the time I saw it, I thought it was Jesus confirming the tribulation. Please see postings I have done before and my blog at

https://twelvebooks.wordpress.com for the story of how I started to communicate with Jesus thru license plates. It is interesting that Mr. Ron Reese today asked from Doves for another three times confirmation the day after I saw it. I had not given it a lot more thought because I thought it was a personal message and not another confirmation for Doves.

Nando

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November 25, 2008 at 2:08 am

(NOV 24, 2008) More #’s for Obama and the Rapture

To try and understand the meaning of the article below you must have a good mathematical and scriptural knoledge. I will put here a link  http://www.fivedoves.com/tng/gospelinstone.htmthat will give you some idea of the calculations below. I am an engineer and have recently been introduced to the concepts of the gematria and the calculations done below.  I still do not follow the reasoning and the veracity of the concepts and conclusions arrived in here, but I will receive it in good faith and as a serious study that requires consideration for it being true and correct.Nando

Bob Ware (24 Nov 2008)
The Jewish Dreidel yields gematrias for JESUS CHRIST, Barack Hussein Obama and pointers to 23 December 2008


John – here is my final draft for posting – Bob.
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Bob, my rapture pick only differs from yours by one day. But if I use the Hebrew day reckoning, they coincide!
John
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The sum of the gematrias for the four Jewish letters on the four sides of the Dreidel is 358. The circumference of a circle with the same are as a square with sides of 358 is 1269. The perimeter of the square (4 x 358) plus the circumference of the circle with the same area (1269) equals the gematria of Genesis 1:1 (2701).

The first three perfect numbers are: 6, 28 and 496. The first two are found in Genesis 1:1. There are a total of 28 Hebrew letters in the 7 Hebrew words of Genesis 1:1. The seventh triangle number is 28. There are only six translatable words in Genesis 1:1 – the first three and the last three. The third triangle number is 6. The sum of the first three perfect numbers (530) plus the gematrias of the four Hebrew letters on the Dreidel is 888. This is the Greek gematria for ‘JESUS’.

The gematria of the last word of Genesis 1:1 is 296. 3 x 296 = 888 (JESUS) and 5 x 296 = 1480 (CHRIST). This 3 to 5 ratio is found in the 30 cubit height by 50 cubit width of Noah’s Ark. Fill these 15 cells (3 x 5 cross sectional grid of Noah’s Ark) with the number 358. 15 x 358 equals 1269 (circumference of the circle above) plus 4101. 23 December 2008 is the 4101st day of the current 19-year Jewish calendar cycle. The 358th day of 2008 is the 23rd of December. It will be 15 years from the day Vincent Tan received the $2.34 (23 December 1993) to 23 December 2008.

The Angel left Vincent Tan $2.34. 234 + 358 equals the gematria of ‘GODHEAD’ (592). The average value of 234 and 358 is 296 – the gematria of ‘earth’ in Genesis 1:1. The 234th day in office for President George Walker Bush was 9/11/2001. 1269 minus 358 equals 911. The United States of America was born as a nation in 1776 (2 x 888). 1776 plus 234 equals: 2010. 2010 plus 358 equals the Greek gematria of ‘JESUS CHRIST’ (2368). The current Jewish year is 5769. 5769 minus 1269 equals 4500. The octal number 4500 equals the decimal number 2368.

The sum of the ASCII codes for UPPERCASE ‘DREIDEL’ is 505, Title Case is 697 and lowercase is 729. 505 plus 697 equals 1202. This is the sum of the gematrias for the first set of three translatable words in Genesis 1:1. It was 1202 days from 9/11/2001 to the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on 12/26/2004. 697 plus 729 equals: 1426 (2 x 713). 713 is the prime number gematria for ‘JESUS CHRIST’ (as derived from its Greek spelling). Thus, the average value of the ASCII codes for ‘Dreidel’ and ‘dreidel’ is 713 (JESUS CHRIST).

358 decimal equals 166 hexadecimal and 546 octal. The sum of the three decimal numbers: 358, 166 and 546 equals: 10 x 107 (the rapture number).

The upper portion of a ‘Dreidel’ is a square (four sides) and it spins in a circle like a top. When the diameter of a circle is 358 then the perimeter of a square within this same circle is 1013. 1013 is the prime number gematria of ‘LORD JESUS CHRIST’. When 1269 is the perimeter of a square then 4 x its diagonal equals 1795. This is the sum of the ASCII codes for ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ (580 + 735 + 480). 480 minutes equals 8 hours. 8 + 8 + 8 equals the number of hours in a day and 888 is the gematria of ‘JESUS’. 1795 plus 358 equals the sum of the ASCII codes for ‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy’ (2153).11/22/2008 was the 45th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. There are 31 days from 11/22/2008 to 12/23/2008. The 31st triangle number is the third perfect number (496).

When 358 is the side of a square then the diagonal is 506. 358 plus 506 equals: 864. This is the gematria for ‘JERUSALEM’ and also ‘SAINTS’. The perimeter of a square with sides of 358 equals: 1013 + 419 (prime number gematria of ‘CHRIST’ repeated). 358 + 419 (CHRIST) equals: 777.

The four Hebrew letters on the sides of the Dreidel and their gematrias:

GIMEL (GIMMEL) = 3

NUN = 50

SHIN = 300

HEY (HEH) = 5

3 + 50 + 300 + 5 = 358

Gimel is the 3rd letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Nun is the 14th, Shin is the 21st and Hey is the 5th. The sum of these four placeholders is 43. Barack Hussein Obama is tentatively the 43rd different President of the United States. George Walker Bush is officially the 43rd President.

The four sides represent the four empires that dominated and exiled the Jews: Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. For more info on “The Secret of the Dreidel” go here: http://ohr.edu/yhiy/article.php/1309

A quote from this site: http://mensnewsdaily.com/2008/11/15/the-new-world-order-the-final-showdown-for-america/ > “On December 23, 1913, after Congress went home for Christmas, private bankers through craft, intrigue and deceit, indeed grasped control of the nation’s currency, and thereby predestined the total collapse of America. Congress was told that the Federal Reserve Act would not be taken up until Congress returned after Christmas. As soon as the opposition left, those few congressmen, privy and complicit with the bankers’ plans, stealthily brought the FRA to the floor (without a quorum) and quickly “passed” it.”

Vincent Tan received the $2.34 on December 23, 1993, 80 years to the day after the Federal Reserve Act. Both are tied together by money.

23 December 2008 will be the 4101st inclusive day of the current Jewish calendar cycle. On that date there will be 2841 inclusive days left in this cycle. 4101 minus 2841 equals 1260 – the number of days in each half of the Tribulation.

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November 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

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(NOV 24, 2008) Another confimation of the 2.34 post from yesterday TRIBULATION OBAMA

Ron Reese (24 Nov 2008)
(1)  At 2:34 (Vincent Tan’s $2.34) my electricity went off


Hi John and Doves, I was reading and responding to emails about end-times prophecy on Sunday, Nov. 23, when, all of a sudden, my computer shut down, the lights went off, and the digital clocks started flashing. It lasted one or two seconds, and then everything started up again.  This happens at our house 3 or 4 times a year, but the other times that I could remember, it was either windy or stormy or both.  This time it was sunny and very calm.  I do not know what caused the electricity to shut off for a couple of seconds, but I do know what time it was, because I looked at my watch.
It was 2:34 on Sunday afternoon. Before the Lord gave me the revelation, and 3 supernatural confirmations within 24 hours, that Obama was the antichrist, that Daniel 9:27 had been fulfilled, and the Final 7 Years began on Oct. 29, 2008, my normal Sunday afternoons would consist of watching sports on TV, reading the Sunday paper, and napping.  But not anymore.
The Lord called me to be a WATCHMAN many years ago.  For too many years I have on the shelf, but the Lord, by His divine providence, has seen fit to bring me back to the forefront of Bible prophecy.  I am doing my best to be put in a position to be used, as our gracious Lord sees fit.  I expected the Lord to use me today, because I have sensed the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit.  But I certainly did not expect another supernatural encounter.
I went to my next email.  It was from Doug Corley.  The main focus of the email was about John Tng’s post on Five Doves, entitled,  “Has the Penny Finally Dropped?”  This post was all about the $2.34 that Vincent Tan had received as a result of his angelic encounter with Gabriel and about how John had finally solved the riddle of the $2.34.  Immediately, I knew because the time my electricity had mysteriously shut off was at 2:34 and because the very next email that I read was about John Tng’s post the day before, concerning the riddle of the $2.34, that the Lord wanted me to read John’s letter on Five Doves.
It was the same post that I had left off with the day before, having every intention of reading it the next time I was on the computer.  I did get back on the computer on Sat. night but did not remember to go back to read it.  Now it was Sunday afternoon.  I had been on the computer reading and sending emails for ninety minutes, when, all of a sudden, for no apparent reason, my electricity went out at EXACTLY 2:34!
What an awesome God we have!  There was no doubt in my mind that the Lord wanted me to read John Tng’s post on Vincent Tan’s angelic encounter with the $2.34, and the Lord revealing to John the answer to the great riddle of $2.34.  I have been dealing with supernatural encounters now for about a month.  God was making it very clear to me that he was speaking to me again.  Other than my 3 supernatural encounters in 1976, all within 24 hours, when the Lord was confirming to me that he wanted me to be a minister, I can recall almost no supernatural encounters.  What was God trying to tell me this time?  The answer is in my next post (2).
Ron Reese
rgreese49@aol.com
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Wow! What a supernatural confirmation, Ron!
John

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November 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm

(NOV 23,2008) OBAMA IN PROPHECY FOR 2008

The article below is very ineresting in that it ties the election of obama in 2008 to scripture and the aparition of an angel to Mr. Tan.  You have to read the links given in the article about the aparition of the angel to make sence of the prophecy.  Mr. Tng has done an excellent work in discovering the prophetic  message given by the angel.

Bible reveals Barack Obama and 2008!
Jim Bramlett
Nov 23, 2008

Dear friends:

Astonishing biblical clues have been found associating Barack Obama and 2008!!!

Let me introduce the subject.

The real name of John Tng of Singapore is Tng Che Chin. He is a computer expert, a mathematical genius (in my opinion), and a serious Bible student, if not a scholar. He would deny the scholar label, but he has more biblical insights than most scholars I have read. He also owns and maintains the Five Doves Web site and blog at http://www.fivedoves.com.

John and I have been friends for close to 15 years when we first began exchanging understandings and insights on Bible prophecy.

Since about 1994, John and others have been trying to solve a mystery, or riddle, left us by an angel who appeared to another Singaporean, this one now living in Tennessee, Vincent Tan (Tan Ban Soon). Vincent and I also became friends. Vincent was saved after finding a coupon for a free Bible course left in a book in a Singapore library where he was doing physics research. He later came to the U.S. where he works as a chemist, and is very active in his church.

In 1993, Vincent had three encounters with angels appearing as humans, as in the Bible, which I discovered, researched, and confirmed. See my documentation at http://www.choicesforliving.com/spirit/part3/angels.htm. In each encounter, the angel’s message was that “the Lord is coming very, very soon.”

In encounter # 3, the angel left Vincent some money to fill up his car with gasoline. The money was hidden out of view on his car seat. Later, while filling up his tank, Vincent could only get $2.34 worth of gas in the tank. It would not take a penny more. Vincent discovered that the money left on the car seat was two one-dollar bills, a quarter, a nickel, and four pennies – exactly $2.34!

That had to be based on supernatural knowledge of the angel.

What does it mean?

We know that angels only do what God tells them to do and that God is never arbitrary. Therefore, the exact amount of $2.34 was not arbitrary. Many of us have believed that it contained a clue to end-time events, especially in view of the context in which the message was given. But until now, no one has known the answer.

It now appears that John Tng has solved the puzzle of the $2.34, and it is amazingly associated with Barack Obama and the year 2008! This is incredible!

You can read about this on John’s post at http://www.fivedoves.com/rapture/2008/rapture2008_234.html

Jim

John Tng (22 Nov 2008)
Has the Penny Finally Dropped?


Dear Doves,

I believe I have solved the riddle of the angel money that Vincent Tan received — two one-dollar bills, a quarter, a nickel, and four pennies — exactly $2.34. (See Encounter #3 at link) For several years I had been trying to crack the mystery surrounding this number 234 to no avail. The breakthrough came when Obama was elected the President of the United States. Everything just seemed to click after that.

The angel appears to tell us three things: Obama, the rapture, and the year 2008. The solution to the riddle seems to suggest that Obama is the antichrist and that the rapture will take place in 2008!

How is it possible that the number 234 is able to foretell the future and point to our soon departure? One thing is clear. The angel knew about Obama winning the US Presidential race this year. If we can establish this prophecy with confidence, we can extend our confidence to a 2008 rapture projection.

I want to state from the outset that the method that I use in solving the riddle is Biblical. Let scoffers continue to scoff, but let the saints discern whether the angel was sent by God and gave us an endtime clue.

The man that caused the penny to drop

Given the number 234, what is a reasonable approach to unravel the mystery? The angel uttered a prayer to God, read six New Testament verses to Vincent and left him an intriguing amount of money. The exact amount of $2.34 is clearly a major clue. No human could possibly have predicted the exact amount of money that was required to fill Vincent’s car fuel tank one day after his angel encounter when he visited the gas station. Only a supernatural being with foreknowledge is able to do that.

You know how many times I have tried to work with this number over the years. Some methods I employed are probably dubious and out in the left field. But in this article, I will stick very closely to the Bible and let the Book speak for itself. The main method that I will use is the Biblical science of Gematria. I am not precluding other methods as providing corroborative evidences, but the main weight of evidence rests on Gematria and Scripture.

After the US election, I decided to look up every word in the Bible that has a gematria value of 234. Using the excellent search tool provided by the Biblewheel site (arguably the best on the Web), I found 32 Hebrew words and 2 Greek words (table below) with gematria value 234.

Text Strong’s First Occurrence
ואברכה
וברוך
דרכי
ויריבו
בכורו
פקדים
ויחרדו
לדר
ואזכר
ורכבו
וכרוב
נפקד
יריחו
לצידנים
מצדנים
וייחר
וברכו
רוחך
וחדריו
מסעדין
ומצלחין
חפצנו
כרוח
ידרך
כצדקך
לצדיק
יגירהו
רכובו
ברכבי
לרד
כאזור
יפקדם
αγριον
γενομεναι
Record Count: 34 = 32 [Hb] + 2 [Gr]

Did you notice Barack Obama listed TWICE right at the top of the above listing? Get this right: the Hebrew word for bless, barak, is the first word in the Bible that has a gematria value of 234! It stands out in bas-relief as its prominence is doubly brought out by the Law of First Mention (first word in the list) and the Law of Double Witness (first two words in the list). It is also the first word in the first two scriptures! (See Gen 12:3 & Gen 14:20) As if this is not enough, it is the only word in the list that occurs THREE TIMES! The reason for the multiple (first) occurrences of the same word with the same gematria value is because sometimes a word is composed of a slight variation of letters in different scriptures.

What an intriguing word with its TRIPLE emphasis! Surely the angel knew something about Obama 15 years ago when he barely graduated two years from Harvard at a young age of 32. I understand the name Barack in Hebrew means ‘lightning’, not ‘bless’. However, the association of Barack with Barak is not contrived; in fact, it is almost beyond dispute. WikiAnswers has an entry on the origin of the name Barack which basically equates Barack with Barak :

Barack Obama’s first name is the anglicized version of Baraka, which means ‘blessing‘ in Kiswahili (aka Swahili), a language spoken by Senator Obama’s Kenyan father.

The word “Barack” is shared among several languages. First, it is a word in the (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_languages) Semitic family of languages. As such it has a root in Hebrew (but written baruch), a version in Aramaic (berek), a version in Arabic (baraka). (See Strong’s Hebrew Bible Dictionary, entries 1288-1294.)

Finding the name Barack three times in the collection of Biblical words with gematria value 234 is in no way a major confirmation of Obama winning the US 2008 election. Ah …… , but finding the year 2008 together with the name Barack is something else! Even more spectacularly, the year 2008 is tied to Obama THREE TIMES in the list! Can you say WOW!?

Obama-2008 Evidence #1

The word ‘Barak’ for bless (value 234) first appears in this famous scripture, “And I will bless [234] them that bless [292] thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed [284].” (Gen 12:3) What is remarkable is that the same word ‘Barak’ appears a total of THREE TIMES in this scripture alone even though only one occurrence has the gematria value of 234! The very first word in this scripture is ‘Barak‘ and it is the one occurrence with value 234!

Hebrew Value
ואברכה Barak 234
מברכיך Barak 292
ומקללך 226
אאר 202
ונברכו Barak 284
בך 22
כל 50
משפחת 828
האדמה

Let us go over the discovery once more to let its gravity sink in. There are 34 biblical words that have a value of 234. The FIRST TWO words on this list is the SAME WORD, ‘Barak’, with different spellings. The FIRST WORD on this list is also the FIRST WORD in the scripture (Gen 12:3) where it is found. In this scripture, the FIRST WORD appears THREE TIMES (although only once with value 234). The word, ‘Barak’, is THE ONLY WORD that appears THREE TIMES in the list, i.e. the only word that adds up to a gematria value of 234 with THREE DIFFERENT spellings!

Where is the 2008 connection? ABRAHAM! In Scripture, Genesis chapter 12 is the first record of the exploits of Abraham, the father of our faith; verse three is the most quoted Old Testament scripture in our day concerning Israel and Jerusalem. It appears the angel knows his Bible well.

According to scholars, Abraham was born 2008 years after Adam! (See link1link2 & link3) The antichrist (Barack) appears on the world scene in 2008 promising to bring peace to the Middle East. He will eventually succeed to broker a false peace for the first half of the 70th week. He comes as Messiah to the Jews, a blessing (‘barak’) to the Jews and the world!

The Lord Jesus confirms the link between Barack’s name and the false blessing that comes with it. Concerning the antichrist, Jesus said in John 5:43, “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” (see link) SEVEN DAYS BEFORE His resurrection on Palm Sunday, Jesus presented Himself as King of the Jews, riding on a donkey, humbly entering into the city of Jerusalem. The jubilant shouts of the people give the BARAK secret away for they “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (John 12:13) Despite the initial euphoria, how quickly the people rejected their Messiah and did not receive Him when Jesus was nailed to the cross. The Lord rose on Resurrection Sunday SEVEN DAYS LATER.

SEVEN DAYS BEFORE his election victory, Obama presented himself in his much-talked-about infomercial to America and the world, ending his 30-minute advertisement with these closing words, “And together, we will change this country and change the world!” The infomercial was aired nationwide in America (and the world) on Oct 29, 2008 — the day Barack (‘blessed’) came in his own name. America and the world received him SEVEN DAYS LATER!

The angel knew about Obama’s election victory way back in 1993. He even knew about the DATE (Oct 29, 2008) on which Obama would present himself to a worldwide audience promising to bring change to the world! Incredible? Impossible? With God all things are possible. In His omniscience, He foretold history before it came to pass. The scripture that contains THREE occurrences of the Hebrew word, ‘barak‘ (bless) — the promise given to Abraham — Genesis 12:3, is verse 302 in the Bible (see link). A Jewish day begins 6pm sundown the day before. According to the Hebrew calendar, the day that the Obamamercial was aired actually began 6pm one day before, i.e. Oct 28, 2008. Guess what? This is day 302 in 2008!

With pinpoint accuracy, the angel pointed to THE MAN, THE YEAR & THE DATE!

If you still think this is pure coincidence, consider this INDISPUTABLE FACT: the Hebrew word for BARACK (Strong’s H1300), which means lightning, has a gematria value of 302! HELLO? Is anyone paying attention to what the angel is pointing to? The angel led us to BARAK (meaning bless; gematria value 234) and the year 2008 (birth of Abraham) in Genesis 12:3, the 302nd verse of the Bible. With astonishing double confirmation, the verse number 302 points to Oct 29, 2008 — the day Obama revealed himself; plus, it is also the gematria value of BARACK! So, what started out as a tentative lead, BARAK, solidified into the genuine article, BARACK!

What an appropriate name for the son of Lucifer, the LIGHT bearer! Indeed, in the Bible, the word BARACK has been used to describe the LIGHTNING appearance of the cherubim in Eze 1:13 and we know Satan was ‘the anointed cherub‘ (Eze 28:14) who fell. Little wonder his right-hand henchman bears his name!

Obama-2008 Evidence #2

For this evidence, we look to the third spelling of BARAK (bless) that adds to a gematria value of 234, as found in 2 Sam 21:3. This is another intriguing scripture! We will establish its link to 2008 right away. Is it design or chance that 2 Sam 21  occupies PRECISELY a chapter position which is the sum of 2008 and its Hebrew equivalent 5768?

If you have followed my previous article on Psalm 108 (see link), this is reminiscent of the startling discovery of Psalm 108 being the 7776th chapter (7776=2008+5768) of the Bible counting in reverse. In the case of 2 Samuel 21, we also count in reverse albeit a bit differently.

Ps 108     = 1189 x SIX TIMES + 642 chapters (counting from end of NT)
2 Sam 21 = 1189 x SIX TIMES + 642 chapters (counting from end of OT)

There are 1189 chapters in the Bible. To count to chapter 7776, we need to count pass the Bible six times. The remaining 642 chapter are counted in reverse from the end of the Old Testament, Malachi chapter 4, which brings us to PRECISELY 2 Sam 21!

I believe God begins count of the Hebrew calendar starting from Nisan (April). Hence, we are still in the Hebrew year 5768 right up to the end of Dec 2008. The number 7776 (2008+5768) confirms that the angel was pointing to Obama in 2008.

The scripture 2 Sam 21:3 confirms the Obama connection: “Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless (‘Barak‘) the inheritance of the LORD?” The origin of Obama is shrouded in controversy. I have neither desire to enter into nor add to it. I just want to point out that “the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites;” (2 Sam 21:2) The Amorite (Gen 10:15,16) is the fourth son of Canaan, who is Ham’s son (Gen 9:18)! It is CRYSTAL CLEAR that Obama is the descendent of Ham, the progenitor of Africans! Will he, as President of US, “bless (‘Barak‘) the inheritance of the LORD” (2 Sam 21:3), or, will he choose to curse Israel (Gen 12:3)? Time will tell.

So there you have it. Obama (Gibeonites) and the year 2008 (7776=2008+5768) come together in this one scripture (2 Sam 21:3) thanks to the angel number 234, the gematria of BARAK which means bless. The angel is right on once again!

Obama-2008 Evidence #3

The Strong’s number for the word ‘Barak’ is H1288. This too is biblical evidence although some might dispute the validity of Strong’s numbering system. How do we link Obama (‘Barak’) to the year 2008 using the Strong’s number 1288? Is there a direct relationship between these two numbers that points to an Obama-2008 connection? I believe there is.

The unnamed angel Vincent encountered is most likely Gabriel, the archangel who stands in the presence of God! On Dec 23, 1993, the unnamed angel appeared as an old man to Vincent, stranded by the road side due to a vehicle breakdown. Earlier in the same year, March 26, an angel appeared as a young man to Vincent and identified himself as Gabriel (see Encounter #2 at link). [Note: These two dates are part of the solution to the riddle.]

Vincent is privileged to have experienced three angel encounters so far in his life (Read Encounters #2, #3, #4 in Jim Bramlett’s report. Notice the number 234!). The first two encounters took place in the same year (1993), about nine months apart. The first angel appeared as a young man and identified himself as Gabriel. The second angel is unnamed and appeared as an old man. Both angels announced the soon coming of the Lord, but only the second angel left Vincent some numeric clues: the number 234 and six New Testament scriptures.

It stands to reason that both angels are one and the same angel — Gabriel, whose job description in Scripture is that of a messenger, heralding the coming of Christ. According to Scripture, Gabriel visisted Earth only two times. Each time he announced the coming of Jesus. In the book of Daniel, he left us a masterful prophetic riddle that has teased untold number of serious Bible students for more than two thousand years. In the Gospel of Luke, he announced matter-of-factly the coming of baby Jesus. In both visitations, Gabriel was chiefly concerned with TIME, specifically, the TIME of Jesus’ coming. It comes as no surprise that the number clue that he left for Vincent contains his TIME signature!

Read $2.34 as TIME of day, i.e. 2:34 hrs; the total number of minutes, 154, is the Greek gematria of GABRIEL!

Gabriel gave a number (234) that is also the gematria value of his name when converted into minutes of day. If Gabriel is hidden in the time 154 minutes, one wonders what does the time 2008 minutes conceal? Convert 2008 minutes as time of day, we end up on day two 9:28 AM; but this time shares the SAME hour & minute with 1288 minutes, which is day one 9:28 PM. Thus, on a 12-hour clock face, both 1288 and 2008 minutes are represented by the hour hand at 9 and minute hand at 28.

Given the first two SOLID BIBLICAL EVIDENCES for the Obama-2008 connection, it is not a stretch to take the Strong’s number for BARAK (Obama), H1288, as pointing to 1288 minutes of a day, which shares the SAME TIME (9:28) with 2008 minutes! Hence, incredibly, Obama in 2008 is concealed yet again in the Hebrew word for bless, BARAK, whose Strong’s number is H1288.

In Evidence #1 for the Obama-2008 connection, we saw how BARAK led us to BARACK, Obama’s first name. The same phenomenon is repeated here in Evidence #3 using Strong’s number! The clock time 20:08 hrs is 1208 minutes. The word represented by Strong’s number H1208 is batsowr, which means vintage. This word is a hapax legomenon — a word which occurs only once in the Bible (Zec 11:2). Its gematria value is 302, PRECISELY the same as that of BARACK!

The table below summarizes the DOUBLE confirmation linking BARACK with year 2008 using Strong’s numbers.

=======> MAN
(Obama)
YEAR
(2008)
MAN / DATE
(Barack / Day 302=Oct 29)
Strong’s Word Time Gematria
H1288 BARAK
(bless)
2008 min
(same time as
1288 min)
234
(First occurrence in
verse 302 of Bible)
H1208 BATSOWR
(vintage)
20:08 hrs
(1208 min)
302
(gematria of H1208)

The staggering revelation of the above table pointing to the MAN, the YEAR, and the DATE, is impossible without the KEY ANGEL NUMBER 234!

Has the Penny Finally Dropped?

Taken together, the three evidences above provide startling proofs that the angel knew long before Obama were to win the US Presidential election in 2008. Why would this information be concealed in the Bible in such intriguing fashion? The weight of evidence supported by the Biblical science of Gematria is compelling. Starting from the gematria value of 234, the unravelling of the mystery took us from BARAK (gematria value 234) to BARACK (gematria value 302), with multiple confirmations on the MAN, the YEAR, and the DATE.

So what? The scoffers scoff even though the link is all too obvious for those who watch. Gabriel came to Earth to announce the coming of Jesus after a lapse of about 2000 years since his last visit with Mary. Just as he imparted some prophetic time clues to Daniel even a few hundred years before he visited Mary, in his latest visit as recent as 15 years ago he gave Vincent an endtime riddle in the context of Jesus’ coming again, for Gabriel prayed: “Oh most holy and powerful God in heaven, we know you are coming very, very soon. Help us now in your own time and way. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Surely the solution to the riddle pointing to Obama winning the US Presidential election speaks volumes about the ‘very-very-soon-coming‘ of Jesus. Is it not reasonable to infer that at the time that Obama comes onto the scene, our departure is very near in sight, with Jesus about to part the clouds and come get us?

I am sure the response from the doves is a resounding yes. However, in this article I have not provided any direct evidence for the rapture in 2008. This I shall do in my next article proving that Gabriel also points in that direction as well with his number 234.

John

Written by twelvebooks

November 23, 2008 at 4:00 am

F.M. Riley (21 Nov 2008) “The Future Ministry of God’s Two Witnesses”

F.M. Riley (21 Nov 2008)
The Future Ministry of God’s Two Witnesses


The Future Ministry of God’s Two Witnesses

By Pastor F. M. Riley

3 And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

11 And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Revelation 11:3-12

INTRODUCTION

On May 14, 1948 Israel became a nation again nearly 1,900 years after the Jews had been driven from their homeland and scattered among the nations of the world. Students of Bible prophecy recognized that Israel’s national restoration marked “the beginning of the end” in God’s great plan of the ages. Glory! Since the national restoration of Israel volumes have been written about the various end-time prophecies, particularly as to how they relate to Israel.

In this study it is my desire to share prophetic truth which is familiar to our readers, yet which is seldom studied in depth; the ministry and identity of God’s “two witnesses.” The right understanding of the role of these “two witnesses” in end-time events will clarify other portions of God’s prophetic Word. Let us begin…..

THE FIRST WITNESS

In Malachi 4:5-6 the Lord told the Jews,

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

This portion of Scripture sets forth three important facts:

1. It is clearly stated WHO God will send back to Israel…..”Elijah the prophet.”

2. It is clearly stated WHEN God will send Elijah…..”before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

3. It is clearly stated WHY God will send Elijah…..”he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Now let’s carefully examine these three statements.

WHO?

The Scripture plainly states that it will be “Elijah the prophet” that God will send to Israel. It is significant that many religious Jews accept Malachi’s prophecy as literal truth. They actually look for, long for, and believe that Elijah will appear on the world scene before the Messiah arrives. They are expecting the very same Elijah who opposed Ahab and Jezebel, and who was caught up into the heavens in a chariot of fire. Elijah’s literal return is what the Scripture predicts, and there is plenty of Scriptural evidence to believe Malachi’s prophecy will be literally fulfilled.

Some today attempt to deny the literal fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy by claiming that John the Baptist was the fulfillment of the prophecy. They teach that Elijah has already come in the person of John. Let’s just see if the Word of God actually supports such a view.

Facts About John the Baptist

First, let’s notice the birth of John the Baptist. In Luke 1:13-17 we find an angel predicting the birth of John. In verse 17 the angel says,

“And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Notice that it is “in the spirit and power of Elias” [Elijah] that John the Baptist was to go forth. This Scripture no where states that John would be Elijah, or that he would fulfill Malachi’s prophecy. It was only the same “spirit and power” that rested upon Elijah that was to rest upon John. That was the Spirit and power of the Lord. Elijah exercised God’s power during his ministry, 2 kings 2:9. The same power of God was to rest upon John the Baptist during his ministry. To use this Scripture to teach that John was Elijah, and thus fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy, is to teach error. As proof of this statement let’s hear from John himself…..

John 1:19-24 contains the record of the priests and Levites coming to John and specifically asking him, “Who art thou?” “Art thou Elias [Elijah]?” John replied to their question by emphatically stating, “I am not.” Isn’t it strange that some today insist that John was Elijah, in spite of John’s emphatic declaration that he was not Elijah? One would think that a person would surely know who he is. What this suggests is that John was either mentally unbalanced and really didn’t realize that he was actually Elijah, or…..some Bible teachers are spiritually unbalanced due to their lack of serious Bible study. I leave it to our readers to decide whether to believe the inspired Word or the uninspired claims of fallible men.

Second, notice the teaching of Christ Himself concerning John’s ministry in relation to Elijah. In Matthew 11:7-19 the Lord stated, “And if ye will receive it [him], this is Elijah which was for to come.” Did Israel receive John, or his teaching? Not according to the Lord! The Lord Himself clearly stated, “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.” Does this sound like Israel received John?

In Matthew 17:12 the Lord said, “…..Elias [Elijah] is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.” In this passage the Lord clearly stated that John was rejected of Israel, and that He Himself would suffer “of them” like John had suffered. Who put Christ to death? Was it not the unbelieving Jews? And who ultimately put John to death? Was it not a ruler of the Jews? The Lord said that John was Elijah “if” he should be received. John was not received, but rather was rejected and put to death. Therefore John did not fulfill the prophecy of Malachi regarding the coming of Elijah.

Third, let’s let the leaders of Israel themselves testify. In Matthew 21:23-27 the chief priests and elders came to Christ, demanding to know the source of His authority. Christ answered them by asking, “The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men?” The Scriptures tell us that they reasoned with themselves, “….saying, if we shall say, From heaven; He will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?” Here is an open admission by the wicked leaders of Israel themselves that they did not receive John the Baptist; neither his message nor the Messiah whom he preached. It is then Scripturally impossible for John the Baptist to have fulfilled Malachi 4:5-6. John the Baptist filled the role of Elijah only for those who received him.

But let our readers keep in mind that Christ did say that Elijah would come. In Matthew 17:11 the Lord said, “…..Elias [Elijah] truly shall first come, and restore all things.” This is recorded a second time in Mark 9:12, “…..Elias [Elijah] verily cometh first, and restoreth all things.” Since John the Baptist was not received, then he did not fulfill Malachi’s prophecy, nor this prediction of Christ. The religious Jews are then correct in still expecting the coming of Elijah. We can then conclude that Elijah himself is yet to return to Israel, exactly as prophesied in Malachi.

WHEN?

In Malachi 4:5 the Lord said,

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:…”

While the term, “the day of the Lord,” always refers to the future seven year Tribulation [and beyond], certain expressions occur in the Scriptures that make it clear that the Tribulation itself is divided into two periods of time.

The Two Hours

For instance, the first half of the Tribulation is referred to as “the hour of temptation,” Revelation 3:10, but the last half of the Tribulation is referred to as “the hour of His judgment,” Revelation 14:7. In other words, the first three and a half years are a time when all of humanity will be tested [peirasmos] to see if they will turn to the Lord in the midst of great catastrophes and plagues that are being poured out upon the earth. The answer to that question is found in Revelation 9:20-21. Because most of humanity will refuse to repent during the first half of the Tribulation, the Lord will then proceed to judge humanity during the last half of the Tribulation, Isaiah 26:21. It is the last half of the Tribulation which would then indeed be “the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”

The Time of Trouble

This truth is again made evident in Daniel 12:1. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:…..” By carefully studying the context in which this passage occurs, and by comparing this passage with Revelation 12:7-17, it is evident that this event occurs near or at the middle of the Tribulation. Therefore the “time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation…” will begin at the middle of the Tribulation and extend through the last half of the Trib. And why shouldn’t there be terrible trouble during the last half? Old Satan, the Devil himself, will be literally cast down and limited to the surface of the earth during the last half of the Trib. God have mercy upon those who are still living upon the earth during that terrible time of trouble. See Revelation 12:12 and be warned.

The Abomination of Desolation

Then the Lord Himself clearly stated in Matthew 24:21, in the context of events which follow the setting up of “the abomination of desolation” [verse 15], “For then shall be great tribulation [trouble], such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” The Lord here was speaking about the last half of the Tribulation, for it is at the middle of the Trib that “the image of the beast” is erected in the courtyard of the Jewish Temple, Revelation 13:14-15. This “image of the beast” is “the abomination that maketh desolate,” Daniel 11:31. Compare Mark 13:14-19. When that “abomination” is set up in the courtyard of the Jewish Temple, the Jews will have to flee for their lives, and the whole land of Israel will become “desolate” during the last half of the Tribulation. This is clear enough if folks would just quit “theorizing” and take God’s Word at face value for what it actually and literally says and teaches.

The phrase, “the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” then specifically refers to the last three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation. It will be a time of trouble for the whole world, such as was previously unknown in all of human history, a time in which Almighty God will judge all the unrepentant, incorrigible wicked of the earth. It will be the time when God’s “fury shall come up” in His face, Ezekiel 38:18; Nahum 1:6; Revelation 11:14-19. During that last half of the Tribulation the Lord will pour out great and terrible judgments upon this earth unlike anything ever previously seen or known by mankind. Now keep in mind that Elijah is to be sent back to Israel before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord…” Therefore it is obvious that Elijah [and the second witness] will be sent back to minister to Israel [and the world] during the first half of the Tribulation.

A Supernatural Ministry

In Revelation 11:1-14 it is recorded that God’s “two witnesses” will minister in the city of Jerusalem. This portion of Scripture sets forth some unusual facts about these “two witnesses” and their ministry. Let’s notice them…..

First, the “two witnesses” are specifically called “two prophets,” 11:10. During the Tribulation these “two prophets” will bear witness of Christ. They will definitely prophesy [preach] about the very soon coming Kingdom of the Lord, 11:3; 11:6. Such a prospect looming on the horizon will certainly be a “torment” to the wicked world planners, 11:10. The “two prophets” will faithfully give testimony for the Lord, 11:7. If these “two witnesses” are to be identified, then we must look among those of the past who were true “prophets” of God.

Second, the “two witnesses” receive and exercise supernatural, miraculous powers from God during their ministry.

1. They are given miraculous, supernatural powers of protection. Those who attempt to hinder or harm the “two witnesses” will be killed by fire issuing right out of the mouths of the “two witnesses.” Doesn’t God say that His Word is “as a fire”? Read Jeremiah 20:9 and 23:29. Doesn’t God’s Word “burn” in the hearts of people when it is faithfully proclaimed? Read Luke 24:32. Yes, I am aware that these are symbolic terms, but what is to stop Almighty God from transforming the spiritual fire of His Word into literal fire, when such is needed to protect His servants? Well…?

2. The “two witnesses” are given miraculous, supernatural powers to shut up the heavens during their ministry, 11:6. Not a drop of rain will fall upon the earth during their ministry. Talk about a drouth! Humanity has never seen anything like the world-wide drouth that is coming during the first half of the Tribulation. Compare Joel 1:8-20 and be warned.

3. The “two witnesses” will be given miraculous, supernatural powers to turn the waters of the earth into blood, and to smite the earth with various plagues, at anytime they feel that such is needed, 11:6. Wicked men right through the centuries [and even today] have loved to shed blood, especially the blood of God’s people [Habakkuk 1:14-17]. During the Trib the Lord will give them blood to drink, Revelation 8:7-11; 16:4-7.

4. The “two witnesses,” while preaching only in the city of Jerusalem, will be given supernatural power to communicate their message to all the “people and kindreds and tongues and nations” upon the whole earth, 11:9-10. Today millions of wicked people don’t want to hear the message of God, but in that day it will not be stopped. All will hear it! There is no question that the preaching of the “two witnesses” will involve the miraculous, supernatural “gift” of “tongues,” a gift that is often corrupted, misused, and misunderstood today. Everyone on earth in that day, in their own language and dialect, will hear and understand what is being preached by the “two witnesses.” Those who have “hearing ears” [13:9] will repent and be saved, but those wicked souls who don’t want to hear will only be “tormented” [11:10] by the Word. Praise the Lord!

Third, 11:3 tells us that the “two witnesses” will be unusual in their appearance. They will be dressed in “sackcloth.” Such clothing has been discarded by the whole human race today. No one in any nation dresses in “sackcloth” today. But the “two witnesses” will! Sackcloth is a rough material woven from camel’s hair. The Bible gives us numerous instances of it being worn by people as a sign of mourning and repentance, especially by God’s Old Testament prophets as they sought God’s mercy and proclaimed God’s message, calling ancient Israel to repentance before God. What a contrast their clothing will be to the modern clothing of the western nations, which has been adopted by most of the people of the earth today.

Now notice how the past ministry of Elijah perfectly correlates with the future ministry of the “two witnesses.”

The “two witnesses” are to be two prophets who have previously lived and ministered in the past. It is a fact that Elijah was probably the greatest prophet that the Lord ever called to minister to Israel during the Old Testament dispensation, and Malachi 4:5-6 plainly predicts that he is to be sent back to Israel.

The “two witnesses” are miraculously protected by fire during their ministry. Elijah was protected in a similar manner during his ministry, 2 Kings 1:1-18.

The “two witnesses” have power to stop and withhold the rain during their ministry. Elijah also had such power during his ministry, 1 Kings 17:1; James 5:17-18.

The “two witnesses” will turn the waters of the earth into blood, and smite the earth with plagues. Elijah also had such miracle working powers during his ministry. See 1 Kings 17:8-16; 17:17-24, and 18:17-41.

The ministry of the “two witnesses” will be an international ministry. The Lord Himself pointed out that in ancient times Elijah ministered to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews, Luke 4:23-28.

The ministry of the “two witnesses” will be a “torment” to the wicked of the earth, just as the ministry of Elijah was a “torment” to wicked old Ahab and Jezebel, and to their followers, 1 Kings 18:17-18; 18:40; 21:20-24.

Finally, the clothing worn by the “two witnesses” will be sackcloth. That was the same type of clothing worn by Elijah during his ministry, 2 Kings 1:3-8.

The ministry of the “two witnesses” and the ministry of Elijah coincides in every point. There is then sufficient Scriptural evidence to conclude that Elijah himself will be one of the “two witnesses” that the Lord will send back to minister to Israel [and the world] during the first half of the Tribulation.

WHY?

WHO will God send to Israel? Elijah the prophet. WHEN will God send Elijah back to Israel? During the first half of the coming seven year Tribulation. Now let’s notice WHY God will send him back.

Malachi 4:6 says,

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Isn’t it amazing that some 2,600 years ago Malachi revealed that there would be a “generation gap” in the end of this age? See Micah 7:5-6, Matthew 10:21 and Mark 13:12. And isn’t it amazing that such a generation gap is in existence today?

In order to understand this particular statement of Malachi, and the role that Elijah will play in fulfilling this prophecy, other factors that relate to our study need to be carefully examined. So I call our reader’s attention to…..

Tribal Identity

When the Lord brought the Israelites into their “promised land” some 3,500 years ago, He had Joshua divide the land among the respective tribes. According to God’s Law the land they were given was to remain the possession of the particular tribe [and family] to whom it was given from generation to generation.

However He did not give the tribe of Levi a portion of land as their inheritance, for doing service for the Lord Himself was to be the inheritance of the Levites. Then from the tribe of Levi the Lord chose Aaron and his descendants to serve as priests. Aaron was chosen as the first “High Priest.” His sons were the first “priests.” According to God’s Law, from that time forward no tribe but the Levites could minister in the Tabernacle [and later in the Temple], and no Levite could serve as a priest or a High Priest, except the descendants of Aaron.

Because of the Law of Inheritance the tribal identity of the Israelites became very important to them. Their genealogical records were carefully recorded and preserved. According to Jewish history, these genealogical records were not only preserved by the respective Jewish families, but copies of them were laid up in the Tabernacle [and later in the Temple]. The importance of such records is emphasized in God’s Word in Ezra 2:59-63, Nehemiah 7:5-65, and several other places in God’s Word.

In the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. the genealogical records that were preserved there were destroyed, and the Jews were driven from their land. With the Jew no longer in his land and the Temple no longer in existence, the genealogical records were of little value to the average Jew. As the centuries passed many Jews assimilated into the Gentile nations into which they had been driven, adopting the languages, customs, politics, names, and sometimes even the religions of those nations. Gradually tribal identity was lost by most of the Jews. Because of this, the average Jew today has little idea and no real proof of their tribal identity.

Such a situation presents a real problem for the religious Jews who want to rebuild the Jewish Temple and restore the ancient worship of the Jewish people. For many years there has been an ever increasing desire among a remnant of religious Jews to rebuild the Temple. Rabbis in Israel have actually trained young men to offer the sacrifices required by God in His Law. These young men have been carefully selected from families with such names as Cohen, Levi, Gershon, etc., hoping that their names indicate that they are Levites. If so, this would qualify them to serve and minister in a rebuilt Temple. But there is no actual proof that these men are Levites.

Because there are no genealogical records, and therefore no actual proof that such men are Levites, not all religious Jews are willing to accept these men as Levites. The Hasidic [Ultra-Orthodox] Jews have made it clear that they will accept nothing less than absolute proof of tribal identity. They insist that God would never accept their Temple as His “house” unless only Levites served in it, and only a descendant of Aaron serve as the High Priest. So this is a major problem for the Jews that must be solved before they can actually rebuild the Temple and again offer sacrifices to Jehovah, the God of Israel, as they did in the ancient past. Now how is this problem to be solved…?

The Antichrist Factor

In Daniel 9:26-27 and 11:21-23 we are told about a deceitful king [the Antichrist] who will rise to power in the last days, and “confirm the covenant with many…” This covenant is referred to six times in Daniel 11:22-32. We do not know every detail agreed upon in this “covenant,” but the Scriptures give us enough information to conclude that this “covenant” will be some sort of “peace” agreement, which apparently will bring “peace” to the Middle East, specifically guaranteeing “peace” to Israel for a period of seven years. That is exactly what the Jews in Israel have desired ever since they became a nation in 1948. The tragedy is that unbelieving Israel really doesn’t understand what problems this forbidden “covenant” [Exodus 34:12; Deuteronomy 7:2] is going to bring upon them. See 1 Thessalonians 5:3. When this “covenant” goes into effect, the Jews will then [and only then] be in a position to rebuild their Temple.

The Scriptures clearly teach that a Temple will be in existence during the Tribulation, Revelation 11:1-2 and 2 Thessalonians 2:4. They also teach that animal sacrifices will once more be offered upon the Temple altar. See Daniel 8:11-14, 9:27, and 11:31.

Therefore we can conclude that the problem of tribal identity will be resolved, and the Levitical priesthood will again function in the Temple. In spite of the objections of some today, God will accept the rebuilt Temple as His “house.” This statement is clearly proven by Revelation 11:1, “…Rise, and measure the temple of God…” Keep in mind that this Scripture, like all Scripture, is inspired of God. This Tribulation Temple will be “the temple of God” whether some folks like it or not. The question then arises, how is all this is to be brought about? How…?

To Restore All Things

It obviously will not be brought about by the Antichrist. The Scriptures imply that the Antichrist will allow the Jews to rebuild their Temple, and perhaps he will even assist them in rebuilding it. But the motive of the Antichrist in allowing the Jews to rebuild the Temple is entirely different than God’s motive in inspiring a remnant of the Jews to rebuild it. The Antichrist intends to use the rebuilt Temple to exalt himself as the object of worship for the Jews and the whole world. But that is not God’s motive! The Antichrist will ultimately be permitted to invade the Temple and sit down upon the mercy seat [throne], boasting that he is God, 2 Thessalonians 2:4. Yet Almighty God is going to upset all the plans of the Antichrist.

In Matthew 17:11 the Lord specifically stated, “Elias [Elijah] truly shall first come, and restore all things.” A similar statement occurs in Mark 9:12. This emphatic statement of the Lord makes it obvious that the major reason Elijah will be sent back to Israel will be to solve the problem of tribal identity, thus making it possible for the Temple to be rebuilt and the ancient worship of the Jews to be restored. The “two witnesses” will divide the Jewish remnant into their respective tribes [Revelation 7:1-8], and will supervise the rebuilding of the Temple.

The fact that a remnant of the Jews will be divided into their respective tribes again right after the beginning of the Tribulation is beyond dispute. Revelation 7:1-8 records the salvation and sealing of 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes listed. Some today would have us believe that the Lord miraculously seals the 144,000 without their ever experiencing His saving grace. Not so! God has only one way of salvation, John 14:6. There is no sealing until there is first a receiving of Christ as Savior. See Ephesians 1:12-14. The fact that the 144,000 are the “first fruits” [the first people saved during the Tribulation] is clearly stated in Revelation 14:4. This verse also tells us how they were saved; by believing on “the Lamb.” Isn’t that how every lost person gets saved? You know it is!

Folks, Elijah was the greatest prophet that God ever sent to Israel during the dispensation of Law, other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It was Elijah who called Israel to repentance when they had gone a whoring after the false gods of Ahab and Jezebel, 1 Kings 18. It was Elijah who “repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down,” and prayed that God would “turn their hearts back again,” 1 Kings 18:30-37. After Elijah had concluded his simple, humble prayer, “the fire of the Lord fell and consumed” his sacrifice, 1 Kings 18:38. The Lord had accepted his offering on behalf of Israel. Glory!

Who then is better qualified than “Elijah the prophet” to once again call Israel to repentance before God, and “restore all things” pertaining to the ancient worship of the Lord God of Israel? Who is better qualified to supervise and direct the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple than Elijah [and the second “witness”]? And when the Tribulation Temple is rebuilt, who is better qualified to pray the dedicatory prayer than Elijah? And “the fire of the Lord” will once again fall to consume the sacrifice and light the fires of the altar burning before the Temple. Glory! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

Folks, this is why “Elijah the prophet” will be sent back to Israel again as one of God’s “two witnesses.” Now let’s see if we can identify…..

THE SECOND WITNESS

The Scriptures clearly reveal that “Elijah the prophet” will be one of the “two witnesses.” But can the second “witness” be identified? Let’s see…..

Various Theories

Many today have come up with various theories [guesses] as to the identity of the second “witness.” By examining these theories, the truth will be much easier to recognize. How much brighter a precious jewel appears when displayed upon a dark background. Even so, the light of God’s truth radiates brilliantly when contrasted with the vain theories of men. Now let’s examine some of these theories…..

The “We Can’t Know” Theory…..I have had folks quote Deuteronomy 29:29 to me, and tell me that since God didn’t reveal the names of the “two witnesses” in Revelation 11 it just isn’t meant for us to know who they are. I choose to disagree! I feel such a statement is only a poor excuse to justify a lack of serious Bible study. In the previous chapter the Scriptures clearly identify “Elijah the prophet” as one of the “two witnesses.” Since God’s inspired Word named one of the “witnesses” somewhere other than in Revelation 11, then God’s people have every right to expect the other “witness” to be identified by name elsewhere in the Scriptures.

I would remind our readers that Proverbs 25:2 say, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” Compare Revelation 1:5-6 and 5:8-10. Are you or aren’t you? Well…?

Again in Amos 3:7 we are told, “Surely the Lord will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Maybe some folks ought to devote a little more time to studying the writings of “the prophets.” Eh…?

In 2 Peter 1:19 we read, “We have also a more sure [dependable; certain] Word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”

Folks, Deuteronomy 29:29 was written to the Jews. Read the context yourself. During this present dispensation, the Jews have been judicially blinded, Romans 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:13-15. But true believers have no excuse for their ignorance of God’s Word. If true believers fail to find answers to their questions, it is because they do not “search the Scriptures” as God’s people have been commanded to do, Proverbs 2:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 1:19. The Lord Jesus Himself promised His people that the Holy Spirit would guide us into “all truth,” John 16:13. If we really believe God’s Word, that settles the matter. We can know the truth about those things that the Lord has placed in His Word.

The “Spirit-Word” Theory…..There are a few folks who teach that God’s “two witnesses” are the Holy Spirit and the Bible. They claim that the Holy Spirit and the Bible will be “killed” [symbolically] at the beginning of the Tribulation. According to them, the Holy Spirit will be “killed” because He will be rejected by the wicked and will no longer restrain them from their wicked desires. The advocates of this theory quote 2 Thessalonians 2:7 as “proof” of their theory. Sic! They also claim that the Bible will be completely rejected as truth by the wicked during the Tribulation , so therefore the Bible is “killed.” Then after three and a half years [Revelation 11:9-11] the Holy Spirit and the Bible are supposedly “resurrected,” Psalm 85:11. The Holy Spirit and the Bible will then ascend up into Heaven as visible “witnesses” to the wicked that God’s Holy Spirit is the true Spirit and that the Bible is truly God’s Word.

This theory is one of the silliest, most illogical, Scripturally unsound, theories that otherwise supposedly intelligent men have ever invented. There is not a single verse of Scripture anywhere in God’s Word that even suggests that the Holy Spirit will ever be “killed,” symbolically or otherwise. There isn’t even the slightest suggestion that it is even possible for the Holy Spirit to “die.” Rather, the Scriptures teach exactly the opposite.

In 1 John 4:4 we read, “…..greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Who is it that is in the believer? The Lord Jesus told the disciples in John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

If the Holy Spirit that indwells the believer is “greater” than the spirit of Satan or the Antichrist, how is He [the Holy Spirit] to then be “killed” by them? How is the Holy Spirit to dwell and live “for ever” within true believers if He is laying dead in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half years, as the proponents of this theory claim? How are the wicked of the earth to “see” the dead body of the Holy Spirit and “rejoice” over Him, when the Lord Himself said that the world “seeth Him not”? Such is the absurdity of this silly theory.

Similar truths can be pointed out where God’s Word is concerned. In Psalm 119:89 the Psalmist wrote, “For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” What is “the beast” then going to do in order to “kill” the Holy Bible? Is he going to invade Heaven, defeat all the angels of God, drag the Bible out of it’s “for ever” settled place, take it to the streets of Jerusalem, and “kill” it? If this sounds like the ravings of some ignorant cultist, don’t blame me. I don’t teach this silly theory, and those who do [or ever have] should hang their heads in shame. What wicked mishandling of God’s Word! God’s people are told to “rightly divide the Word of Truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15. This whole stupid theory is a classic example of “wrongly” dividing God’s Word. Shame! Shame!

The “Second Death” Theory…..There are those who insist that the “two witnesses” absolutely have to be Enoch and Elijah, because they are the only two men who have never experienced death. The proponents of this theory insist that everyone must die once [Hebrews 9:27], but only the eternally lost can ever die twice. Since the “two witnesses” are to be put to death when their ministry is completed, then it is argued that the “two witnesses” have to be men who have never died [Enoch and Elijah]. It is further alleged that if they were men who had previously died, then in being put to death again they would experience “the second death.”

Folks, this theory sounds quite plausible to those who have not carefully studied the theory, but it simply does not stand up when tested by God’s Word.

Hebrews 9:27 does not say or teach that everyone must die. All the verse actually says is that an appointment with death has been made. The truth is that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself was our substitute who kept that appointment with death for every true believer. God’s people [those truly saved] have been released from that appointment by the sacrifice of Christ. If any reader doubts this, then read the plain statements of God’s Word in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 and Hebrews 2:9. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself died our “death,” thereby releasing us from that appointment.

This truth is verified by the Lord Himself in John 11:25-26 where we read,

“…..I am the resurrection [for dead believers], and the life [for living believers]: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead [physically dead], yet shall he live [be resurrected]: And whosoever liveth [is physically alive], and believeth in Me shall never die…..”

In this passage the Lord Himself divided believers into two groups in reference to the time of the resurrection/rapture; those who have died in the faith and those in the faith who will still be alive when the Lord comes. Christ plainly states that those believers who are alive at that time will never experience death; they will never die. Glory!

See also 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. It was the Lord God Himself who appointed man to die [Genesis 2:16-17], and, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord God Himself kept that appointment for all who believe. Christ died in our place on Calvary’s cruel cross. He died our death. Glory! Since the appointment has already been kept for the believer, those believers who are still physically alive at the time of the rapture will never die. They will be “translated” just like Enoch and Elijah were translated, and so will escape death. Glory!

This truth doesn’t mean that any believer so translated will be one of God’s “two witnesses.” Neither does it mean that Enoch and Elijah are God’s “two witnesses” simply because they escaped death.

Those who advocate this theory ignore the fact that at least eight people mentioned in the Bible did die twice. The son of the widow of Zarephath [1 Kings 17:17-24], the Shunamites son [2 Kings 4:18-37], the man buried in Elisha’s tomb [2 Kings 13:20-21], Jonah [Jonah 2:5-6], the son of the widow of Nain [Luke 7:11-16], the daughter of Jairus [Mark 5:22-43], Lazarus [John 11:1-45], and Dorcas [Acts 9:36-42]. All of these people died and were restored to physical life. It is obvious that with the passing of time they all died again. This means they died twice. But what real Bible student would be ignorant enough to claim that their second time to die is “the second death”? God’s Word specifically states that “the second death” is being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, Revelation 20:14-15. It is mishandling God’s Word to give it any other meaning. Some folks need to study more and “opine” less. God have mercy!

Further, Premillennialists are almost unanimously agreed that Enoch is a type of the believer who will the translated [raptured] before the Tribulation, just as Enoch was translated before the flood. God’s people should be consistent in what they believe. If Enoch is indeed a type of the believer raptured before the Trib, then it is impossible for him to be one of the “two witnesses.” If we are consistent when studying Bible types, then making Enoch one of the “witnesses” would mean that the raptured saints would return to earth during the Tribulation, witness for the Lord, be killed, and then raptured again. Does this sound ridiculous? It is! The “theory” that Enoch will be the second “witness” just because he never died is completely ridiculous and illogical because it violates Bible types and Scriptural examples, and is utterly without any Scriptural justification. Period!

The “Transfiguration” Theory…..The advocates of this theory point out that Moses and Elijah appeared with the Lord at the transfiguration, therefore they have to be the “two witnesses.” Balderdash! Such a theory is nothing but an assumption based on a lack of careful Bible study. This theory is probably the most popular of all the theories put forth, but popularity of a theory does not make it Bible truth.

Those expousing this theory have not carefully studied the transfiguration context. I know this to be true because the Lord Jesus Himself, in Matthew 16:28, clearly stated,

“Verily I say unto you, There are some standing here, who shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.”

Christ Himself said that the transfiguration was a “vision” of the “kingdom,” Matthew 16:28; 17:9. It was not a vision of the rapture, nor of the Tribulation. It was a vision of the kingdom. The Lord said so! Most certainly Moses and Elijah will be in the kingdom. So will all the rest of God’s redeemed people. Hallelujah! The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ at the transfiguration, which was a vision of the kingdom, is no proof at all that they will be the “two witnesses” of Revelation 11. Such an assumption is based on ignoring the plain statement of the Lord Himself in Matthew 16:28.

The fact that the transfiguration was a vision of the kingdom is further confirmed by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:16, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” Could this be made any plainer?

The transfiguration theory also ignores the role of Moses in God’s Word. Deuteronomy 18:15-19 and Acts 3:22-23 plainly confirm Moses as being a type of Christ. Moses only died once, and then disappeared from among mankind. This is because he was a type of Christ. Christ only died once for all, and then ascended back into Heaven, disappearing from among mankind. See Romans 6:10, Hebrews 7:27, 9:12, 9:26, 10:10, and 1 Peter 3:18. In Revelation 11:7 we are told that the “two witnesses” will be killed when their ministry is completed. Moses has already died once, just as Christ died once. To make Moses one of the “two witnesses” totally violates his role as a type of Christ. If we are to be consistent with Bible types, then having Moses die a second time [as one of the “two witnesses] is tantamount to having Christ return and die a second time. Such a thing cannot be. It would totally violate the integrity of Christ and the Scriptures. This is plain enough for any real Bible believer to understand. It is Scripturally impossible for Moses to be the second “witness.” Period!

The four theories we have examined are the most popular theories held by those seeking to identify the “two witnesses.” But popularity doesn’t make them truth. Not a one of these four theories stands up under the testing of God’s Word. Every true believer should discard these theories, and get back into careful study of God’s Word. It is the Word which identifies the second “witness.” So let’s see what the Word has to say…..

The Identity of the Second Witness

The Word identifies the first “witness” as “Elijah the prophet.” And it is the Word that also identifies the second “witness.” The Word plainly and repeatedly points out that John the Revelator [John the beloved; the Apostle John] will be the second “witness.”

I am aware that some readers may not want to believe this claim, but let’s just examine it in the light of God’s Word. If the claim is true, then God’s Word will vindicate the claim. If God’s Word does not vindicate the claim, then I ask no reader to receive it as truth. Folks, true believers should always obey the Word, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

Now I want to examine Scriptures which have been largely ignored or explained away by those seeking the identity of the second “witness.” A close examination of these passages will clearly identify John the Revelator as being the second “witness.”

Power Over Fire

In Luke 9:51-56 it is recorded that Christ passed through Samaria. He sent His disciples ahead of Him into a Samaritan village to “make ready for Him.” The Samaritans in that village refused to receive Christ. Their response produced violent indignation in James and John. They asked the Lord, “Lord, wilt Thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias [Elijah] did?” Such is exactly what is indicated in Revelation 11:5, “…..fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies…..”

It might be argued by some that John did not actually have the power to call fire down from heaven. But it is obvious that John, if the Lord so willed, certainly thought he had such power. The Word of God certainly teaches that the “two witnesses” will have such power, and will exercise it upon their enemies during the Tribulation.

Sons of Thunder

In Mark 3:13-19 the Lord selected twelve apostles. Verse 17 places James and John in the list of the apostles, along with the statement that the Lord Himself “surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder.”

In Revelation 10:1-4 we are told about a “Mighty Angel” that roars “as a lion roareth.” When the “Mighty Angel” roars “seven thunders uttered their voices.” These “seven thunders” communicate a Divine message. We know this to be true because John started to write down what the “seven thunders” had said. It is obvious that John understood what the thunders had said. He had been named by the Lord Himself as a “son of thunder.” The only time “thunder” is mentioned in the New Testament, other than here in Revelation 10, occurs in Mark 3:17, John 12:29, and other passages in Revelation [Tribulation]. It is obvious that John has a peculiar relation to “thunder” in the Scriptures. Notice that this passage in Revelation 10 is directly connected to Revelation 11 which tells us about the ministry of God’s “two witnesses.” There is no break or pause between the two chapters. This certainly suggests that John will be the second “witness” who will literally fulfill what the “Mighty Angel” tells him he “must” do “again” in Revelation 10:11.

If…..He Tarry

In John 21:20-24 the Apostle Peter looks at one of the Lord’s disciples and says, “Lord, and what shall this man do?” The man Peter was referring to was the one “whom Jesus loved,” the one who “also leaned on His breast at supper,” and the one who said, “Lord, which is he that betrayeth Thee?” This emphasis in God’s Word clearly identifies the disciple as being John himself. Compare John 13:23-25, 19:26-27, 20:2, and 21:24. In answering Peter’s question the Lord said, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?” The Scriptures record that Peter and the other disciples were astonished at the Lord’s answer. They understood it to mean that John would not die. However, the Lord did not say that John would not die, but that if the Lord should so will, John would tarry until the Lord returned. To really understand this statement we need to examine it carefully.

The word translated as “tarry” in this verse is the Greek word, “meno.” This Greek word occurs 118 times in the New Testament. It is translated variously as “abide; be; be present; continue; dwell; endure; remain; stand; tarry; tarry for.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 399, Strong’s No. 3306. By examining the various Scripture passages where the word is used, it becomes obvious that the word literally means “to remain behind.”

The word “come” in this passage is translated from the Greek word, “erchomai.” This word occurs 641 times in the New Testament. It is translated 609 times as “come.” This is the basic meaning of the word; “to come.”

What the Lord then actually told Peter, is that if it was His will John would “remain behind” until the Lord had come. This is a startling statement. What are we to make of it? Does it mean that John is still living somewhere on earth today? No, I don’t think so! Could it mean that John never died, and will not die, until the Lord returns? In view of Christian history which speaks of John’s death, that doesn’t seem plausible either. And how does this statement relate to the identity of the “two witnesses”? Just keep this statement in mind as we continue to study.

John’s Unique Position

John is unique among the prophets of the Bible. He is the only prophet that is to have a personal role in fulfilling the prophecies which God gave to and through him.

In Revelation 1:9-20 John is seen on the island of Patmos. The time is 96 A.D. In verse 10 John tells us, I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day….” Significantly, this exact same expression occurs a second time in Revelation 4:2, “And immediately I was in the spirit….” In this latter passage the meaning is obvious. John became “in the spirit” and was transported forward in time as he received the visions recorded in chapters 4 – 22. Since the two expressions are exactly the same, why do so-called “scholars” give a different meaning to the passage in Revelation 1:10 than they do the passage in 4:2? Well…?

The truth is, both passages mean exactly the same thing. When the Lord spoke to John on the island of Patmos, John literally “became in the spirit.” In his “spirit” John was then transported forward in time into “the day of the Lord.” This enabled him to behold the entire church age, which he recorded in Revelation 2 – 3. Then following the church age John “became in the spirit” again as he was transported forward in time into “the day of the Lord” [the Tribulation; Daniel’s 70th Week].

Yes, I am quite well aware that tradition has labeled “the Lord’s day” in Revelation 1:10 as being “Sunday.” But tradition and truth are often in conflict. This passage has nothing whatsoever to do with “Sunday” being the Lord’s day. John actually “became in the spirit” and was transported forward into the future “day of the Lord” [the Tribulation] where he became an eye witness and an active participant in the unfolding events that lead up to the return of our Lord. In this manner John 21:22-23 was fulfilled [past tense] with John “in the spirit,” and it will yet be fulfilled [future tense] with John “in the flesh.” John recorded the events of Revelation for us as an eye witness “in the spirit,” but he will yet have an active part in fulfilling those same events during the Tribulation as a “witness” in the flesh.

If our readers find this truth hard to grasp, then let me demonstrate it another way…..

On the Earth

In Revelation 10:1 the beloved John wrote, “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven.” The exact [inspired] wording of this verse clearly implies that John is on the earth watching this angel come down from heaven to the earth. Verse 8 confirms this point, “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” This passage tells us that the angel is standing upon the surface of the earth, partly on the land and partly on the sea. John was then instructed to take the “little book” out of the angel’s hand. In order for John to take the book out of the angel’s hand, he also had to be on the earth. Some would explain this by claiming that John never literally left the earth; that he was [bodily] on the island of Patmos all the time. This is true, however it does not alter the circumstances described in the context of the Revelation vision. Right here in Revelation 10, John is described as being on the earth during the Tribulation. Glory! What follows will demonstrate this truth…..

In His Flesh

In Revelation 10:9-10 John obediently takes the “little book.” The angel then says to John, “Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”

The prophet Ezekiel had an almost identical experience according to Ezekiel 2:7-10 and 3:1-4. So did the prophet Jeremiah according to Jeremiah 15:16-18. In both cases, after eating the Word these two prophets, in their flesh, preached the Word to others. It was not just a case of them receiving from the Lord their individual books of prophecy, but rather a case of actually preaching the Word in their fleshly bodies. Since this was the case with these two prophets, what makes us think it will be any different with John? It won’t! Notice the next thing John is told…..

Thou Must Prophesy Again

In Revelation 10:11 the angel emphatically tells John, “Thou must prophesy [preach] again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”

This is an emphatic statement! It is similar to the command given to Ezekiel. Ezekiel was to preach God’s Word. Ezekiel, in obedience to the Lord, then went forth and preached in his fleshly body. Why expect it to be any different with John?

Another Vain Theory

At this point, in order to present and confirm the truth, I am forced to deal with and expose another “popular” theory. Some teachers of prophecy tell God’s people that the command given to John in verse 11 only means that John was to write the remainder of the Book of Revelation. Oh, is that so? Let’s see if God’s Word supports such a theory…..

The Lord Himself, in Revelation 1:19, divided John’s whole vision [The Book of Revelation] into three divisions, “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.”

The first division is contained in Revelation 1; “the things which thou hast seen.”

The second division is contained in Revelation 2 – 3; “the things which are.” At the time John received these revelations from God, the dispensation of Law was past and God’s people [including John] were living in the dispensation of Grace [the church age]. We are still living in it today. The events of this present dispensation comprise “the things which are.”

The third and final division is contained in Revelation 4 – 22; “the things which shall be hereafter.” In the Greek text this is literally “the things which shall be after these [present] things.”

These are the three divisions that the Lord Himself gave. Who are these so-called “scholars,” these “great” men of God, who are so wise and knowledgeable that they can tell the Lord that He made a mistake?

The truth is that the third division was not even to begin to be concluded until the sounding of “the seventh angel,” Revelation 10:7. John knew the visions given were not yet completed. The “seventh angel” does not even begin to sound until after the account of the “two witnesses” is given, Revelation 11:15. Those who teach this theory either make John out to be a simpleton, or they imply that the Book of Revelation was completed in chapter 10 and then the Lord decided to add “a fourth division” to the book. The very idea of adding a fourth division totally violates the divisions that the Lord Himself set in place in 1:19. The whole fallacy of this silly theory can be seen with just a little careful Bible study. Instead of trying to explain away the plain statement made in 10:11, wouldn’t it be easier to just take the Lord at His Word and believe what He said? He said that John “…..must prophesy [preach] again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” The Lord said it and that settles it, whether some choose to believe it or not. Period!

But now let’s nail down this truth…..

Rise and Measure

Immediately after telling John that he “must prophesy again,” John was given “a reed like unto a rod” and the very same angel then told him,

“Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth,” Revelation 11:1-3.

The context in chapters 10 – 11 are one unbroken context through 11:14. These two portions of God’s Word were meant to be studied together. Keep in mind that the scene that begins in chapter 10 continues right on into chapter 11. We previously noted that John was on the island of Patmos when he received the Revelation. But the Jewish Temple was not located on the island of Patmos. Hello! Are we awake yet?

The truth is, there was no Jewish Temple in existence when John received the Revelation in 96 A.D. The Temple had been destroyed 26 years previously in 70 A.D. Since there was no Temple in existence, it is obvious that John was instructed to “Rise, and measure….” the future Tribulation Temple that will again be located in the city of Jerusalem. This places John in Jerusalem during the coming Tribulation, and directly connects him to the Jewish Temple. But how literally are we to take this? Let’s see…..

John is told to “Rise, and measure…” The word translated as “rise” comes from the Greek word, “egeiro.” This Greek word occurs 140 times in the New Testament. It literally means “to awaken; to raise; to lift up; to be raised or lifted up.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 165, Strong’s No. 1453. Out of the 140 times the word occurs in the New Testament, it is used directly or indirectly 90 times in reference to rising from the dead. Glory! Folks, what John was being told in Revelation 11:1 was to wake up from the dead and “measure” [lay out the architectural design] of the Temple. Glory! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Get a concordance or a Greek Lexicon and check these things out for yourself. John was not dead when he received the vision of the Revelation on the island of Patmos. But here in Revelation 11:1 he is told to rise from the dead.

This makes it obvious that John would die, and did die, at some point after he received the Revelation in 96 A.D. But his future resurrection and restoration to life was prophesied in Revelation 11 even as he was receiving the Revelation vision. Amazing! What a Mighty God we serve!

The Scenario

The passages we have studied clearly reveal that John will be the second “witness.” Although all the intimate details cannot yet be known, the general scenario regarding John [and Elijah] is as follows:

At the time of the resurrection/rapture John will be raised from the dead right along with all those who have “died in Christ” during this present dispensation. But John will not be caught up [raptured] to meet the Lord in the air along with the other children of God, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Rather, John will “tarry” [remain behind] to fill his role as the second “witness.” He will continue to “tarry” until the Lord [the Mighty Angel] claims the earth as His possession at the middle of the Tribulation, Revelation 10:1-7. This will literally fulfill the statement made by the Lord in John 21:22. Restored to physical life in his flesh and blood body, John will minister as the second “witness” during the first half of the Tribulation.

Elijah and John, God’s “two witnesses,” will direct and supervise the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, Matthew 17:11; Revelation 11:1-2. In the latter passage John is given “a reed like unto a rod” and told to “measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”

The Greek word translated as “reed” is the word “kalamos.” This Greek word occurs 12 times in the New Testament. The word literally means “a reed such as grows along the river’s bank,” but the word is often used symbolically to signify “a ruler’s emblem or rod of authority.” Remember that the Roman soldiers placed such a “reed” into the hands of Jesus as they mocked Him preceding His crucifixion, Matthew 27:29-30; Mark 15:19.

The Greek word translated as “rod” is the word “rhabdos.” This word also occurs only 12 times in the New Testament. It is twice translated as “sceptre,” six times as “rod,” and four times as “staff.” The word also literally means “a rod or sceptre of authority.”

The Greek word translated as “measure” is the word “metreo.” This word occurs only 10 times in the New Testament. It is translated by the words “measure” and “mete.” It literally means “to measure or mete out; particularly in laying down God’s standards and principles of righteous judgment.” Whoa! Does that tell you anything?

When we consider the meaning of these three words that were used by the “Mighty Angel” as He instructed John, it is obvious that John will be given a “rod” [a sceptre of God’s authority] for the purpose of restoring the ancient Temple worship of the Jews, and calling the Jewish remnant to repentance before God. Thus we see that John’s ministry coincides perfectly with the ministry of Elijah.

The ancient Temple worship of Israel was governed by the Law that God gave Moses to give to Israel. The stated purpose of the Law, as given in the New Testament, was to make lost people aware of their sinful condition, and of their own personal need of the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. See Romans 7:7-13, Galatians 3:19, and 3:24. The Jews nationally rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and were temporarily set aside, allowing God’s grace to be preached to the Gentiles. However, the purpose of the Law has never changed. The Law is filled with types and shadows, all of which point to Christ as the fulfillment of the Law, 1 Corinthians 10:1-11; Colossians 2:16-17.

God is then going to send “Elijah the prophet,” the greatest prophet of the Law dispensation, and John the Revelator, the greatest prophet of the Grace dispensation, back to the Jewish people. These “two witnesses” will work together, directing and supervising the rebuilding of the Temple, and restoring the ancient Temple worship of the Jews. When the sacrifices and offerings begin to be offered again on the Temple altar, Elijah and John will be there to point out and expound upon the spiritual pictures of the Lord Jesus Christ in those sacrifices and offerings…..and no religious [or secular] bigot, neither Jew or Gentile will be able to stop them. The Lord Jesus Christ, the rejected and crucified “Messiah of Israel” will be proclaimed to all humanity. Glory!

What a ministry they will have! The power of the God of Israel will rest upon them, indwell them, guide them, and protect them, Revelation 11:5. They will once again do “signs and wonders” to demonstrate that their authority comes from the very throne of Almighty God, Hebrews 2:3-4; Revelation 11:6. Under their powerful preaching 144,000 Jews will believe their message and receive Christ right at the beginning of the Tribulation, Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5. Millions of Gentiles will then also be saved under their ministry and the ministry of the 144,000, Revelation 7:9-14. And at the conclusion of their ministry, even in death they will glorify Almighty God, Revelation 11:7-12.

A Final Word

Dear readers, the return of Christ to resurrect and rapture His people [those truly saved] to glory is “the blessed hope” of the believer, Titus 2:13. So many world events of prophetic significance are taking place today, it should be obvious that our Lord’s return is right at hand. The Lord Jesus Christ, our beloved Savior, is coming very soon to rescue and rapture His Bride and her entourage to glory. Are you ready? Really ready?

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.

“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping.

And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch,” Mark 13:35-37.

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ADDENDUM

December 5, 2006

The above study was written in 1970. Thirty-six years later, this study is more timely than it has ever been. I have just completed editing the study, due to having received many requests for it recently from people all over the world. I want to assure our readers that my editing was limited to punctuation and grammer. No point made in the original study nor any doctrinal truth has been changed. In these past thirty-six years I have had no reason to change anything that was in the original study. I stood by these truths when I originally wrote them thirty-six years ago, and I still stand by them today.

The only thing that has changed is the times in which we live. Dear readers, time is running out! The coming of our Lord is at the door. I am no longer talking about years, or even months. I am speaking of weeks, and perhaps even days, until God’s people [those truly saved] meet our wonderful Lord and Savior face to face. Are we ready for that meeting? Really ready?

I personally expect Elijah and John to show up in the streets of Jerusalem within weeks of this writing, preaching Jesus to the Jewish people again. Praise the Lord! But I won’t be here to see them. I’ll be in glory with my wonderful Savior. And my earnest prayer and heart’s desire for every reader is that through the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ you will be in glory with me. Listen again to these wonderful words of hope for all true believers.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them which are asleep.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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