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Prophecy updates May 5 and May 7 by JD Farag and Gary Stearman May 8, 2013

Pastor JD Farag prophecy update and Mr. Gary Stearman daily update touch on the situation in Syria for the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy and the Rapture. To look up the specific Bible passages go to your Bibles or the link found at the right hand side of the blog linked below

http://mlbible.com/genesis/1-1.htm

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Pentecost 2013 the day of the Rapture?? May 8, 2013

This article was written by Mr, Gary Stearman for the May issue of prophecy in the news magazine. It gives the reasons for a possible Rapture on Pentecost of this year.

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http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/the-pentecost-prophecy/

The Pentecost Prophecy

By on April 30, 2013

Every year about this time, I reconsider studies done in the past, never forgetting the first time I realized the significance of the Jewish festivals. We do not formally observe them as do the Jews, but we certainly note their annual passing, as a parade of God’s master plan for the ages.

This issue of our magazine is entirely devoted to studying the powerful imagery implicit in the biblical festival of Pentecost. This article is one of three studies, each linking Pentecost with the prophetic destiny of the church. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the Bible knows that the church was born on Pentecost. It lies at the center of Israel’s seven feasts, at the pinnacle of the festival cycle. Biblically, culturally and historically, the symbolic power of Pentecost is unrivalled. It is laden with deep meaning and brimming with narratives that speak of God’s love, and His prophetic promises. We believe that there is a natural connection between Pentecost and the rapture of the church.

If you keep up with current news in the world of Christian prophecy studies, you’ve likely heard that the rapture could happen this month … on Pentecost. This year, since its observance happens to arrive on the date of Israel’s 65th birthday, speculation is more fervent than usual. Some have proclaimed that the long-awaited rapture could come during the period that begins on Tuesday evening, May 14th. At that time, they say, the church will be caught up, destabilizing global politics and leading to the tumult of a war in the Middle East. That war, or perhaps the first of a series of battles in that war, will destroy the power of the United States. Or, so goes the theory.

We have long advocated the view that Pentecost is a type of the rapture, not that the rapture must come exactly on any given Pentecost, though this timing is possible, perhaps even likely. We believe that it is of prime importance that we are actively anticipating Christ’s imminent return on any day. In Paul’s epistle to Titus, this position is clearly advocated:

“13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:13,14).

This year, the Jewish festival called Shavuot [Weeks] or Pentecost, falls on Wednesday and Thursday, the 6th and 7th of Sivan, corresponding to the 15th and 16th of May. But since the biblical description of this festival always places it on a Sunday, some would say that the nearest likely date would fall on either the preceding or following Sunday: either May 12th or May 19th. Actually, this uncertainty is quite appropriate, given the fact that Pentecost is called “the festival without a date.” In reality, its appearance, as originally calculated by the new moon, the Passover and a seven-week countdown, is quite flexible.

Pentecost, the harvest festival, falls in the middle of the seven major feasts of the Jewish calendar. They are Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Tabernacles.

The first three come in the spring of the year; the last three arrive in the fall. The opening three festivals are expressions of Christ’s first coming. Passover and Unleavened Bread depict His death and burial. On Firstfruits, He was resurrected from the dead.

The final three festivals foreshadow His Second Coming. Rosh HaShanah illustrates the judgments of the Day of the Lord. Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement foreshadows Christ’s appearance at the end of the Tribulation. Tabernacles depicts the establishment of His Kingdom reign.

Taken together, the festivals form a kind of timeline, beginning with Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection in the spring festivals and ending as delineated in the fall feasts, with His return in judgment and the establishment of Israel in the Kingdom era. At the midpoint of all these activities, Pentecost stands as a beacon, marking the coming of God’s Holy Spirit, and the establishment of the body of Christ, the church. Furthermore, it denotes the great harvest at the end of the age.

Jesus and the Harvest

In Matthew 13:39, Jesus said, “The harvest is the end of the world.” By this, He meant that the events of the end times would culminate in a great harvest of souls.

In keeping with the harvest theme, the Jews honor Pentecost as the day reserved in heaven for the judgment of the fruit of trees. We are reminded of Christ’s own words: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:20).

On Pentecost, He sent His Holy Spirit, creating the body of Christ – the church – as we know it today. Since that time, its goal has been to witness for Him, “to the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Christ likened evangelism to the planting of seed, which matures until the time of the harvest. His return for His people would be the next event in the Christian prophetic calendar. Significantly, after Firstfruits, the next important date on the festival calendar is Pentecost.

In the era of the Temple, Jews dramatically celebrated the feast of Firstfruits (Hebrew: Omer). On the Sunday following Passover, the high priest stood to offer the Omer, or first gathering of the grain harvest. In Leviticus 23:11, it is called, “the sheaf.” This offering was counted as day one. “Counting the Omer” then continued for fifty days, until Pentecost:

“15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD” (Lev. 23:15-17).

The above-mentioned “fifty days” typify redemption. For Jewish scholars, this period represents the maturing of the relationship between God and Israel. For Christians, it adds the feature of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Christ rose from the dead on Firstfruits (the Omer), and angels promised His return “in like manner.”

As Paul later put it, describing resurrection, “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1Cor. 15:23).

But there are hazards in farming to produce a harvest. Jesus often spoke of this fact:

“37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matt. 13:37-43).

Counting each day from the public exhibit of the Omer is the equivalent of watching crops grow. Anyone who has observed farmers in action knows that their routine is fraught with unpredictability that involves much anxious watching. In addition to tares and weeds there are pests, drought, disease and bad weather, all of which will threaten the final outcome of his crop.

The harvest will be accompanied by the equivalent of threshing. The good grain must ultimately be winnowed and finally ground into fine flour, worthy of baking.

The Wicked World

As given above in Leviticus, the fifty-day count begins with the first sheaf and ends with two loaves, each baked with leavening.

At Pentecost, the harvest of souls in the church age is complete. The two baked loaves held aloft by the priest are bodies representing the redeemed. They are lifted above the earth, suggesting an ascent to heaven. And they are baked with leavening.

But why would they be leavened loaves? We know that throughout Scripture, leavening is a type of evil, wickedness and depravity. At Passover, only unleavened bread was eaten. Jesus also warned his followers: “6 Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matt. 16:6).

Furthermore, He once told His disciples: “33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened” (Matt. 13:33).

Many have commented on His statement, saying that the three measures of meal represent the three groups of people spoken of in Scripture: Jews, Gentiles and the church. All have been tainted by the evil that requires redemption. The woman? She is none other than the figure of Mystery Babylon.

Dispensational Importance of Pentecost

Dispensationally speaking, Pentecost is of great importance. Beginning with Noah and the Flood, it has marked the moment when one dispensation changes to another.

“14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. 15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. 17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth” (Gen. 8:14-17).

The date given above is the 27th of Iyar, about a week before the 6th of Sivan, the day that in a later era, would be designated as Shavuot (Pentecost). Noah, his family and the animals disembarked, then Noah built an altar and worshiped the Lord.

A short time passed. We would suggest about a week. Then the next recorded event in Noah’s life is seen in Genesis, Chapter 9, where the Lord makes His covenant with Noah. This was done at the beginning of the third month, Sivan, on the very date that later became Pentecost. The Noahic Covenant marked the change from the dispensation of Conscience to Human Government.

We find the same time marker at the initiation of the dispensation of Law. Moses brought Israel to Midian:

“19 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai” (Ex. 19:1).

Arriving at the mountain where he would receive the commandments of the Law from the Lord, Moses spoke:

“15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled” (Ex. 19:15,16).

This signal event came about on the 3rd of Sivan, and the days immediately following. Thus, the dispensation of Law began on Shavuot … Pentecost.

Of course, the next change of dispensation came when Law was replaced by the age of Grace, on that most famous Pentecost for Christians:

“1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4).

Christ’s disciples had stayed up all night, as demanded by Jewish tradition. The day was “fully come” on the next morning at sunrise.

It is our contention that Pentecost, the day of dispensational change, should be carefully noted by believers, although Christians have no need to perform tradition rituals of the Law. Past events suggest future trends, as we await another change of dispensation beginning with the rapture and the Day of the Lord.

The accompanying articles in this issue will detail many other aspects of Pentecost, including the story of Ruth, the Gentile woman who was chosen by the wealthy landowner Boaz on the night of Pentecost. Later, they were united in marriage and she bore him a son, Obed, who was the grandfather of King David.

Also, we’ll spend time on the Pentecost tradition called “decorating the bride.” Jews stay up all night studying Scripture in the hope that they will receive a special blessing. They believe that the heavens will open briefly to the serious supplicant, and that God will favorably answer prayer as His Holy Spirit bursts forth.

The Temple Menorah

As with virtually every other aspect of Pentecost, we see here, a perfect picture of the rapture, when the skies will literally open up for a moment described by Paul in the following way:

“51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51,52).

This is the “brief instant,” which the Jews seek so diligently. The first trumpet, the voice of the Lord, was sounded over Mount Sinai all those years ago. The last trumpet, also the sound of the Lord’s voice, will soon sound again. Logic says that it, too, could come on Pentecost:

“16 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: 17 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” (1 Th. 4;16,17).

This trumpet is neither a ram’s horn, nor a metallic instrument; it is the Lord’s own voice, calling us into the atmospheric heavens, from whence we shall rise to heaven and glory.

A final thought: Of the seven feasts of Israel, Pentecost stands in the middle. It reminds us of that great spiritual symbol of the Temple, the Menorah, which had seven lamps. Three lamps stood on each side of the central Servant Lamp, which typified Jesus. It was elevated above the others, and was used to light the other lamps. Like Pentecost, itself, it brings spiritual illumination to all seven feasts. In a way, it symbolizes the connection between heaven and earth.

Pentecost – what a perfect time for the Lord to take us home, if not this year, then soon!

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Will the Rapture be tomorrow May 9, Ascension day or at Pentecost May 19 of 2013? May 8, 2013

This article below was sent to me by Mr. Ron Reese and it is a written description of the video by Renee Moses that is also included in the article as a link at the end. It looks that the probability of the Rapture May 9-10 tomorrow Ascension day or May 19 Sunday of Pentecost is big. The annular solar eclipses and the Jewish wedding ceremony are very important factors to consider for this year.

Nando

 

IS MAY, 2013, THE TIME OF THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION/RAPTURE?

 

Isaiah 17:1 says, “The burden of Damascus.  Behold Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a burdensome heap.”  The end of this same Chapter appears to be referring to World War 3.  The complete destruction of Damascus has never happened before.  It NOW appears as if it is about to happen!  Many Bible Prophecy scholars believe that when this NUCLEAR destruction of Damascus takes place, that this will be the time of the Rapture.

 

The world is now awaiting Syria’s response to Israel’s brazen devastating attacks on Damascus, Syria.  If they launch chemical weapons on Israel, it is extremely likely that Israel will exercise its “Samson’s option”, which is a nuclear attack on Damascus.  This undoubedtly will ignite World War 3 and the Rapture.  The world now stands at the precipice of this taking place.

 

I do not know exactly how soon the Rapture/Sudden Destruction will take place.  But this much I know.  It is NOW time to make your peace with God.  It is NOW time to examine your personal relationship with Jesus.  It is NOW time to rid yourself of any sin in your life.  It is NOW time to make sure that Jesus is the LORD of your life.

 

After reading the forwarded post below, you will see why I am now saying that this may be my very last post that I will ever write.  The world is NOW teetering on the brink of nuclear World War 3.  There is much evidence that seems to be strongly pointing to the next few days, and maybe the next few hours.  Let us ALL take heed to the VERY STRONG WARNING FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST, WHO GIVES THE FOLLOWING WARNING TO ALL END-TIME CHRISTIANS, IN LUKE 21:34–36:

 

JESUS SAYS TO US, “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (partying), and drunkenness, AND CARES OF THIS LIFE, and so THAT DAY come upon you unexpectedly.  For as a SNARE (TRAP) shall it come on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  Watch you, therefore, and pray always, THAT YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL these things and to stand before the Son of man (Jesus).” 

 

Our Escape is our Blessed Hope, the Rapture of the Bride of Christ.  A Bride always makes the most diligent effort to prepare for her Wedding Day.  It is NOW time for ALL Christians to prepare for that day.  IT IS NOW UPON US!!!

 

I do not know exactly how much longer we have before the Great Tribulation breaks forth upon this sin-filled world, but May, 2013, is looking extremely ominous, especially the next 8 days.  May 14–15 is not only Israel’s 65th birthday, but it is also the Feast of Pentecost, which has strong Rapture implications.

 

Ascension Day and Jerusalem Day are both on May 9th.  Will this be our Ascension Day?  This is also the last day of 2nd Passover, according to Renee Moses, whose post appears below.  Her evidence for May 9th to be THE DAY is very compelling.  She is completely convinced that the Lord has been sharing a beautiful puzzle with her, piece by piece, which is finally reaching culmination on May 9th (or May 10th, depending on time zone differences).

 

It would be a shame, and possibly disastrous for some of you, not to read and HEED the post below, just because her previous posts did not contain the COMPLETE PUZZLE.  I repeat that her evidence is very compelling, and deserves our strong consideration.  I strongly encourage you to, at the very least, read the part about the the one-year betrothal period for a typical Jewish wedding.  There appears to have been an ENGAGMENT RING TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ONE YEAR AGO ON MAY 20, 2012 (AYAR 28TH).  What many of us, including me, thought would be the time of our Wedding Day, appears to only have been our one-year warning, or our engagment period.  EXACTLY ONE JEWISH YEAR LATER, ON THURSDAY, MAY 9TH, IT APPEARS THE ACTUAL WEDDING RING ECLIPSE TAKES PLACE ON THE VERY SAME JEWISH DAY OF THE YEAR, AYAR 28TH!!!  Jesus said there would be signs in the sun, moon, and stars, of His Return.

 

At the very least, PLEASE do not delete this email until after May 15th, as these next few days are FILLED WITH POTENTIAL.  Someone may need the information in this post, and it may be YOU.  BE READY!!!

 

Maranatha!

 

Ron Reese

 

rgreese49@aol.com

 

 

The post below was not written by me.  It was written by Renee M.  Her website has changed.  It is now:

 

http://jesusiscoming2016.webs.com

 

This is truly an AMAZING website.

 

 

Song of Solomon

 

Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers…
My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone
Flowers appear on the earth;
(My note: April showers bring May flowers)

 

    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”

 

46 years

 

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband…”Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.

 

WE, are HIS TEMPLE, WE are HIS HOLY CITY, the NEW JERUSALEM, HIS BRIDE, the 144,000, the firstfruits redeemed from the earth, the virgins without blemish, blameless and pure, favored by God.

 

We are the Spiritual Body (Temple) of Christ.  Herod’s Temple was 46 years in the building of the natural temple.  John 2:20-21 – The Jews replied, “It has taken 46 years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body.

 

Jerusalem Day, 28 Iyyar 5727 (June 7, 1967) plus 46 Jewish Years = May 8/9, 2013, 28 Iyyar. 

 

Again, WE are the Spiritual Temple/Body. John 2:21 – But he spake of the temple of his body.

 

46 years from when Israel recaptured Jerusalem ends on May 8/9, 2013. Hebrews 12:  But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.

 

 

Jerusalem Day

The two weeks celebrated during the Second Passover in 2 Chronicles 30 would also have ended on the 28th day of the month. This is Iyar 28, Jerusalem Day, 46 Jewish years after Israel recaptured Jerusalem. Firstfruits could be offered to the Lord on the 29th, since the 28th would have been a “Sabbath” rest following the rules of Unleavened Bread. This points to May 9/10, 2013, as the start of the 7-day wedding Feast, making May 15/16, 2013, Pentecost on the Jewish calendar, the 7th day of the Wedding Feast when we are presented to the Father as firstfruits. Perhaps the first 6 days of our wedding feast in heaven are with Jesus, our Bridegroom, and the 7th day He presents us to the Father to complete the wedding? This would mean that we are offered as firstfruits to the Lamb (Jesus) on the day after the last day of the Second Passover (this would be the 14th day of the second Passover since they celebrated it for 2 weeks instead of 1; the 14th day should also have been a “Sabbath” rest if they were following the rules and regulations of Unleavened Bread and firstfruits could be offered on the day after a “Sabbath”) and then we are offered to the Father as firstfruits on Pentecost, again another firstfruits festival. 

 

The end of May 9, 2013, starts the first day of the third month, when the Israelites reached the Mountain of God. Hebrews 12 makes very clear reference to this: You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

 

 

First Day of the Third Month

 

The Jewish people reached Mount Sinai on the first day of the third month. It was also on the first day of the third month that the Lord speaks to Moses about bringing them out on EAGLES’ WINGS. Exodus 19: On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” This is a very clear reference to Rev 12 when the woman is given eagles’ wings to take her to a place prepared for her by God for 1260 days.

 

 

Solar Eclipse May 9/10

We also have a total solar eclipse on May 9/10. It will be noon in Australia and New Zealand when this eclipse takes place, where the eclipse can be seen. The Lord said He would darken the sun at noon. This total solar eclipse takes place at 8:23 pm EDT and lasts for about 5 minutes, where the sun is completely covered except for a ring of fire around it. The New Moon is 8:28 EDT, just as this total eclipse is ending.

 

Amos 8:
“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,

 

I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
I will turn your religious festivals into mourning
and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth
and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.

 

This is supposed to be another “wedding ring” eclipse like last June. The only people who will be able to see this eclipse, will be able to see it right around noon their time, at the exact time of the New Moon.

 

 

Ascension Day

As Christians, we celebrated the “firstfruits” on Resurrection Sunday, March 31, 2013. Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days later, so for the Christians, the “Day of Ascension” falls on May 9, 2013.

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/ascension-day

 

                  New Moon

 


Ascension Day falls on a NEW MOON in 2013, on Thursday, May 9. Since we are the symbolic moon, when we are being veiled, God will veil our heavenly counterpart, the MOON. The new moon phase perfectly matches the VEILED OR VANISHING.


The moon is symbolic of the body of Christ (church). The moon represents the reflection of God’s glory. Just as one cannot look directly into the light of the sun, likewise no man can look directly upon God. One can however look directly at the moon which reflects the light of the sun. The Sun gives earth its light by “reflecting” it off the moon to the earth. Likewise, Jesus (the SON) reflects His light to the earth by His church, being salt and LIGHT of the world. The SUN and MOON astronomically represent the SON JESUS and his Bride…working together in spreading the light of the Father into the world.

Psalms 89:37 – “It (THE SUN) shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.”


The Sun signifies Christ. Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament says: “But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of Righteousness rise with healing in his wings.”

Jesus and His church are absolutely symbolic of the SUN and MOON, working together to reflect light to the world. The moon is a symbol of the church. In the Song of Solomon, he describes the Bride of Christ as fair as the moon. The Church is the Bride of Christ.

Song of Solomon 6:10 – “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the MOON?”

The moon has no light of its own. It reflects the light of the Sun. The church can only reflect the light of the Son of God. On NEW MOON DAYS (ROSH CHODESH), the MOON “disappears” in the sky “momentarily,” then reappears in the heavens. The moon (church) will disappear (rapture), then reappear in heaven while being symbolically represented in the heavens.

 


In the ancient Jewish tradition, the bridegroom would go out and receive his bride and take her to the father’s house. In tradition, the BRIDE would wear a “veil” over her face to hide the identity of the bride from the public.

We read from Genesis 24:65 when Rebecca (a type of the Bride) sees Isaac (a type of Christ) and takes a veil and covers herself. “For she had said to the servant, who is this man walking in the field to meet us the servant said, it is my master. So she took a VEIL and covered herself.”

A veil covering the bride at the time the bride meets the bridegroom is Biblical, and lines up exactly with ancient Jewish wedding traditions. The veiled moon is to be symbolic of the hidden bride, the rapture of the bride, when she suddenly disappears.

When Rebecca (a symbol of the bride of Christ) met Isaac (a symbol of Christ), she was veiled (hidden), JUST LIKE THE moon will be on the day of the rapture…hidden (veiled) from the people of earth. So, when the church is VEILED in heaven, God will be declaring his glory in his firmament by VIELING the moon in the sky from the people of the earth to see.

The Jews even call the NEW MOON the VEILED MOON, because it is completely invisible during the new moon phase.

 

 

One-Year Engagement

 

Last year, on May 20, 2012, there was a solar eclipse that also made a wedding ring and ring of fire. This was JERUSALEM DAY on the Jewish calendar, Iyar 28!!!! It was ONE YEAR AGO!!!!

A JEWISH ENGAGEMENT LASTED ONE YEAR!!!! THAT WAS OUR ENGAGEMENT RING, THIS YEAR’S ECLIPSE IS OUR WEDDING RING!!!! 

 

The Nissuin – Marriage Itself: The culminating step in the Process of the Jewish Wedding

 

The final step in the wedding proces is called – Nissuin – the word commons from the Hebrew verb – hsn ( nasa) – which means , “to carry.” This is a graphic description – as the bride would be waiting for her groom to come – to carry her off to her new home. The period of the betrothal – was a time of great anticipation – as the bride waited for the arrival of her betrothed. One of the unique features of the Biblical Jewish wedding was the time of the groom’s arrival – it was to be a surprise:

 

  • The bride took the betrothal seriously – expecting the arrival of the bridegroom at the end of the year long period of the betrothal.
  • She knew the approximate timing – but the exact hour or day was uncertain.
  • It was the father of the groom who would give the final approval for the marriage to begin.

 

The coming of the Bridegroom and the Wedding Begins

 

Since the time of his arrival was a surprise – the bride and her bridal party were always to be ready – this is the background of Yeshua’s parable (Mat. 25:1-13). It was customary for one of the grooms party to go ahead of the bridegroom, leading the way to the bride’s house – and shout – “Behold, the bridegroom comes.” This would be followed by the sounding of the shofar. At the sounding of the shofar the entire wedding processional would go through the streets of the city to the bride’s house. The groomsmen would again set up the huppah:

 

  • Again the couple would say a blessing over the cup of wine.
  • The ceremony finalized the promises and vows.

The pinnacle of this joyful celebration was the marriage supper:

  • It was much more than just a sit down dinner for all the guests.
  • It included seven full days of food, music, dance and celebration – (Jn. 14:10-12).
  • After the festivities the husband was free to bring his bride to their new home to live together as husband and wife in the full covenant of marriage.

 

The second step of the ancient Jewish wedding is called Erusin/engagement. Even though the young kids were arranged for a future marriage through Shiddukhin, there came a point in time where they would have to publicly affirm that it is agreeable to them. In biblical times, this was usually portrayed in a public wedding ceremony to make a statement of their consent. In the parasha it is the potential bride, Rivkah/Rebekah, who gives her consent as she is asked, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go” (B’reisheet 24:58). Over time, this Erusin statement developed into the first part of the Jewish public ceremony. The young couple (sometimes young teenagers!) would come under the chuppah, sign a ketubah/wedding contract and share the first cup of wine representing the Erusin/engagement commitment. Unlike our modern understanding of “engagement”, the Jewish Erusin in ancient times was considered a binding covenant stating that the couple was actually married. So binding was it that if the engagement were broken up, a religious divorce (Hebrew get) would be required. Yet the young couple was not to live together quite yet or have sexual relations. Instead, they entered a one-year time of preparation: the bride preparing her dowry and garments while the groom worked on the future housing for the couple. In biblical times this usually meant adding a room (or tent) to the father’s existing home, as the entire family often lived under one roof. After the one-year engagement, the third step of the ancient Jewish wedding arrives, called Nisuin/marriage.

 


In Biblical times, there was typically a one year interval between the engagement ceremony and the wedding. During this time the bride returned to her father’s house, and the groom learned a trade, so that he could financially support a household upon marriage. At this point, the Torah tells us, the man has the status of erus, one who is betrothed. His bride-to-be becomes, thereby, “forbidden to the rest of the world.” However the engaged couple is not yet permitted to engage in conjugal relations or to cohabit. This can only occur once the wedding ceremony, the second part of the marriage rite, takes place. Once that ceremony is complete, the man attains the status of baal, husband, and the couple begins their life in a shared household.

 

 

More Signs Pointing to Ring of Fire Eclipse

 

On April 29, 2013, the VIRGIN SpaceShip 2 made its first powered flight into space. Notice the word VIRGIN at the bottom of the SpaceShip and the image of a solar eclipse right under it.

 

 

American Idol contestant, Kree Harrison, sang “See You Again” on May 1, 2013, with a ring of fire eclipse behind her the whole song. Here are the lyrics to the song:

 

“See You Again”

Said goodbye, turned around
And you were gone, gone, gone

Faded into the setting sun,
Slipped away

But I won’t cry
Cause I know I’ll never be lonely
For you are the stars to me,
You are the light I follow

[Chorus:]
I’ll See you again, oh
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, oh
Till I see you again

I can hear those echoes in the wind at night
Calling me back in time
Back to you
In a place far away
Where the water meets the sky
The thought of it makes me smile
You are my tomorrow

Sometimes I feel my heart is breaking
But I stay strong and I hold on cause I know
I’ll see you again, oh
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, yeah yeah

I’ll See you again, oh
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, oh
Till I see you again
Till I see you again,
Till I see you again,
Said goodbye turned around
And you were gone, gone, gone. 

 

 

Rainbow Day

 

Luke 23: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then

 

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’

 

For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?

 

Genesis 8 and 9: By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives….And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.

 

So, by the 27th day of the second month, the earth is completely dry. If we go by the New Moon sighting, that would be May 8, 2013. The 28th day is when the walls of Jericho fall and the people ascend, May 9, 2013…

 

Rainbow Day, יום ברית הקשת       

 

Remember the Rainbow Covenant on Shabbat Noach, Shabbat Behar and Rainbow Day!        

 

Celebrate Rainbow Day and the Rainbow Covenant with all life!

 

You can find Torah, prayers and liturgies, midrashim about rainbows, lesson plans about seed-saving, learning from Hoshea and Ezekiel, Kabbalah and midrash, and project ideas—39 in all—that you can use to celebrate the Rainbow covenant on Shabbat Behar (May 3-4 in 2013), on Rainbow Day (May 7-8 in 2013), and on Shabbat Noach (Oct 4-5 in 2013),  and every week. The Rainbow Covenant with all life is the first covenant of the Torah. In 2013, Rainbow Day, when the covenant was made, comes the week after Shabbat Behar-Behukotai.

 

 

For more Scriptural evidence pointing to May 9/10, 2013, as a likely time for the firstfruits Rapture of the Bride of Christ to occur, please visit this website and watch these videos:

 

http://jesusiscoming2016.webs.com/whenistherapture.htm

 

Nando end