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April 8, 2017 Genesis and Revelation bookends of the Bible

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As we prepare to enter Holy week and the coming of Passover and Easter this article by FM Riley takes us back to the beginning in the book of Genesis.

In this week we should meditate in the mysteries that we are going to celebrate and in the greatest gift to mankind the death for the atonement of sins by Jesus Christ our Lord God.

It would be wise to understand that ;the 69th week of years of the prophecy in the 9th  chapter of Daniel ended in Passover with the Messiah cutoff or crucified and that the last week’s countdown could well start now.

Tomorrow FM Riley will probably post the second part in http://www.fivedoves.com

Happy Palm Sunday

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/apr2017/fmriley42.htm

F.M. Riley (2 Apr 2017)
The Days of Genesis 1&2


An Exposition of the
The Days of Genesis 1&2
Literally and Prophetically
Part One
By Pastor F. M. Riley
April 3, 2017
Abib [Nisan] 6, 5777
“Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days, the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed,” Exodus 31:16-17.

“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world,” Acts 15:18.

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me.
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,” Isaiah 46:9-10.

Introduction
The Book of Genesis is one of the two most important books in the entire Bible!  The other most important book is The Book of Revelation. Why are these two books so important?
Because Genesis sets before us the beginning of the creation and the origin of mankind.  In order to believe this record of the origin of the earth, the physical universe, and the origin of mankind upon the earth,  one must believe in the reality of Almighty God.  So right at the beginning of His Word, God set up a “test” for mankind.  Sadly, those who refuse to believe this inspired Word, setting forth the origin of the earth and the physical universe, and of mankind, will likely never come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, Hebrews 11:6.
Then the Book of Revelation sets before us the glorious future of redeemed mankind in “the ages to come” [Ephesians 2:6-7], and also the end of evil and the evil one, which has caused so many problems among mankind throughout the past 6,000 years of human history.
It is needless to say that Satan and his followers hate both of these books with passionate hatred.  These are the two books in God’s inspired Word which have come under the most severe attacks by  atheists and other assorted “God deniers”  throughout human history.
Again, why are these two books in the Bible so hated; yea, despised, by those who deny the existence of God, and the Divine Inspiration of His Word?  Because Genesis pulls the cover off of Satan and exposes him for the wicked being that he is, and Revelation glaringly reveals Satan’s ultimate defeat, condemnation, and well deserved end by the hands of God’s appointed Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ; the precious Savior and Lord of all true believers.
Notice that in our Scripture texts for this study, the inspired passage in Isaiah 46 explicitly states that God declared “the end from the beginning.”  I receive this statement as literal truth.  Therefore, it is my intention in these studies to examine each of the days in the week set forth in Genesis 1 & 2, written now 6,000 years ago, to see what can be learned about the end of this age.  My prayer is that this study will be enlightening and a blessing to every reader……..
ETERNITY PAST……
We begin with eternity past.  The expression in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God,” does not state nor imply the beginning of God.  Almighty God was already in existence before He chose to create.
The question then asked of me numerous times over the 63 years I have been in the Lord’s ministry, is, “Where did God come from?”  My answer is that I haven’t the slightest idea, but I refuse to let the question stop me from believing in and serving the Lord.
The old Patriarch Job asked the same question many centuries ago, in saying, “Canst thou by searching find out God?  canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection,” Job 11:7-8.  Whether some “super smart” men [or women] choose to believe it or not, there are a few things in life that are unknowable, and the origin of God is one of them.  The Lord God Himself, in Deuteronomy 29:29, inspired Moses to write, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”  Therefore, don’t allow this question about the origin of God to interfere with believing on, and loving and serving, the Lord God.  It is explicitly stated in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  Glory to God!  I know this Scripture to be true by my own personal experience of God’s saving grace.  Now let’s move on…..
EXPOSITION OF DAY ONE
Our readers should notice that the Lord God placed only five inspired Scriptures in this first chapter of your Bible describing the first day of creation.  Why just five  Scripures?  Because God is filled with GRACE and love and compassion for mankind, whom He created, Psalm 111:4; John 3:16.  “5” is the number in the Bible which signifies “the grace of God.”
For this study, I am referring to the way these Scriptures read in my Hebrew Bible.
1:1…..”In [the] beginning God created the heaven[s] and the earth.”
In my Hebrew Bible, this statement simply reads, “In beginning God….”  Some translations of the Scriptures render this statement, “In a beginning God….”  Either one of these translations are setting forth the truth of God’s Word in our English Bible.  God existed in eternity past,  before He ever began to create…..
This amounts to the fact that at some point in eternity past, our Eternal God chose to begin the material creation.  Scriptural verification of this truth is set forth in Psalm 41:13, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting [eternity], and to everlasting [eternity].  Amen and Amen.”  This literally means from the state of eternity which existed in the past before God began to create, to the state of eternity which will exist in the future “ages to come,” Ephesians 2:7.”
There is another point about these days of Genesis 1, which any true believer who desires to “rightly divide the Word of Truth” must know and understand.  Each of the days in Genesis 1 typify 1,000 years of human history.  This is not my opinion!  This is clearly stated twice in God’s Word.
“But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,” 2 Peter 3:8.
“For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night,” Psalm 90:4.
In serious study of God’s Word, I learned many years ago, that when a truth is stated twice in the Scriptures, it is established by God, and is therefore unalterable.
So here are two inspired Scriptures which plainly state that the Lord regards each period of 1,000 years of human history as only one day in His Great Week, and each day in His week of creation [Genesis 1] as typifying 1,000 years of human history.   Therefore there is a definite correlation between the days in the week of creation, and the chronology of human history.
Caution…..this does not mean that these days in Genesis 1 – 2 were anything more than 24 hour days, just like days are today.  It simply means that each 24 hour day typified a 1,000 year period in human history.  There is no Scriptural authority for making these days apply to just any period or length of time, other than that which is specifically stated in the inspired Word.  Now let’s proceed with our examination…..
In this very first verse in God’s Word, the Hebrew word translated as “heaven” is in the singular in the KJV, and in most other English translations of the Bible.  However, in the Hebrew text the word is in the plural; that is, “heavens.”  Even the Apostle Paul spoke of a plurality of heavens in 2 Corinthians 12:2.  The word as used in Genesis 1:1 is basically speaking of the entire expanse of space above and beyond the earth.
I also want to emphasize to our readers that the heavens and the earth, as originally created were “beautiful,” and ready for habitation by mankind.  In  Ecclesiastes 3:11, the inspired word clearly states, “He hath made every thing beautiful in His time…..”  Then in Isaiah 45:18, the inspired Word says, “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it;  He hath established it, He created it not in vain,  [tohu…formless; waste; empty; useless; confused; vain], He formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, Page 857, Strong’s No. 8414.  Dear readers, this inspired Scripture just explicity states that when God created the earth, it was not in the condition described in verse 2 of this chapter, but rather was beautiful and ready for habitation by mankind.  Are our readers going to believe what God’s Word says, or what some “theorist” claims?  Well…??
1:2…..And the earth [was] became [verb tense] without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved [brooded] upon the face of the waters.
In this Scripture, the word “was” as supplied by the translators is not correct.  Anyone who seriously studies the Hebrew language [and the Hebrew Bible] should know that there is a verb tense in this Scripture.  A verb tense in language always denotes action.  “Was,” on the other hand, is speaking of a condition or fixed state, but the verb tense in this Scripture clearly indicates that due to some action on the part of someone [?], the earth as originally created came into a state of waste and desolation [tohu wa bohu], just as this Scripture describes it.
Therefore an enemy of God obviously brought the earth into such a state of waste and desolation, as stated in 1:2.  Now who could the enemy be, who would do such a thing to God’s beautiful creation?  The answer is obviously Satan, the same evil being who also deceived Mother Eve, and caused sin and death to come upon mankind, Romans 5:12.
Think about this!  Is it just “coincidence” that Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God, and as such were spiritually pure and sinless.  But just as the original earth was brought into a state of waste, desolation, and darkness, so when Satan deceived Eve, and Adam chose to disobey the Lord, spiritual sin and death came upon mankind, and spiritual darkness filled their souls.  Is this correlation just “coincidence?”  Be careful how you answer, for God is listening, Matthew 12:36-37.
I suggest that our readers look at 1 Corinthians 15:47, which Scripture points out that Adam was typical of the earth.  So what happened to the earth as originally created, was similar to what happened to Adam.  Quite obviously, the correlation is not just “coincidence.”
But notice that this Scripture also states, “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”  The Hebrew word translated as “moved” literally means “brooded,” as a hen broods over her eggs, Matthew 23:37.  In other words, the Lord God was not at all pleased that the earth, as He had originally created it, had been brought into such a state of waste and desolation.  So, just as a hen broods over her eggs to bring forth life, so the Spirit of God brooded over the waters covering the earth, to restore form and life and usefulness to the earth.  Glory to God!  Praise the Lord!  Hallelujah!
1:3…..”And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
In order to hasten the restoration of the earth to the beauty and usefulness in which God had originally created it, God introduced “light” to dispel the darkness.  This “light” was obviously not the light of the Sun, for the Sun was not brought into this week of creation until the fourth day, 1:14-18.  This “light” which God introduced on the very first day of the creation week is typical of the light of Christ Jesus, whom the Scriptures explicitly state is “the light of the world,” John 1:1-9; 8:12; 9:5.  A true believer can stand in total darkness, and still have “the light of Christ” shining in their heart and soul.  Glory to God!
Across the centuries of human history, men have “discovered” that “light” is very necessary for the maintenace of life upon the earth.  Light is necessary for the purification of the water we drink, of the air we breathe, and for the germination and growth of the plants we eat, and for other vegetation.  Now look at your Bibles, and see that on the second and third days of the creation week, within 24 to 48 hours,  God would deal with the waters covering the earth, and would cause vegetation to grow upon the earth.  There are certain types of vegetation on the earth today, which if deprived of light, will completely die within just a day or two.  Our great and gracious God knew exactly what He was doing when He introduced “light” upon the earth to dispel the darkness, on the very first day of the creation week.  Glory to God!
1:4…..”And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
Folks, “light” is good!  It makes a way for us to see how to get around in a dark place.  And it is powerful!  Even a wee candle, when lighted, will overpower the darkness, making it possible to see to get about and do whatever we need to do in a previously dark room.   Do not our readers enjoy the sunlight on a lovely day, much more than day after dreary day when there is no light of the Sun shining?
There is also a spiritual significance to “light” as opposed to darkness.  Light in the Scriptures is typical of that which is good and righteous, as opposed to that which is bad and evil.
1:5…..”And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.  And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
God Himself labeled these as two distinct periods of time.  The 12 hours of darkness are called “Night.”  The 12 hours of light are called “Day.”  Each period of time has spiritual significance.
In Psalm 30:5, we read, “…..weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  It is obvious that this is speaking of periods of time in human history, when there is great sorrow, only to be followed by rejoicing when the “morning” of the “day of Christ” finally dawns upon mankind.  Glory to God!
The Apostle Paul explicitly stated that we New Covenant believers are living in the “night” time of human history, and are headed towards “the day of God,” Romans 13:11-12.  He used this knowledge to admonish true believers to “awake” out of spiritual sleep, “knowing the time…….for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”  Praise the Lord!  Glory to God!
Then the remainder of 1:5 says,  “And the evening and the morning were the first day.”  In the Hebrew text this statement is literally, “And the evening and the morning became day one.”
Each period of time observed as a “day,” by the early inhabitants of the earth, began at sundown, and proceeded forward 24 hours until sundown the following day.  The modern practice of beginning each new day at midnight, is a practice which was not followed by the early peoples on the earth.
What this tells us is that the first day of the creation week began on what we now call Sunday evening at sundown, and ended 24 hours later on Monday evening at sundown.  It was then Monday evening at sundown when the second day of the creation week began.
THE CORRELATION
Now let’s look at the correlation between this first day of the week, and the first 1,000 years which this first week typifies, 2 Peter 3:8.
This first 1,000 of human history began with the creation of Adam and Eve on the sixth day of the creation week, 1:26-30; 2:7-8.  The Lord God explicitly told Adam not to eat of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” 2:16-17.  The penalty for disobeying the Lord was that Adam would die, 2:17.  But Adam didn’t obey, and brought sin and death upon all of mankind, Romans 5:12.
Notice the exact wording of 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  Some unbelieving critics of the Bible have declared that here is a mistake in God’s Word, for Adam did not die on the day he ate of the forbidden fruit.  Pshaw!  Read 2 Peter 3:8 again, and let the truth stated soak in.  Adam did die in the first 1,000 year day of God’s Great Week.  Adam died when he was 930 years of age, Genesis 5:5.  This was 70 years short of fulfilling the full day of 1,000 years.  Glory to God!  His Word stands correct and inviolate!
Imagine if you can, the entire earth populated by just one family, Adam and Eve and their children.  Now look at the teeming millions of people today all over the earth, all of whom are descendants of that original first family.  How great is our God!
The chronology of mankind from Adam to Noah is set forth in Genesis 5.  The careful Bible student can calculate the years involved from this chronology.  It is obvious that the first “day” in God’s Great Week, the first period of 1,000 years, there were very few people on the whole earth.  There were just a few families multiplying and replenishing the earth, as the Lord had instructed, Genesis 1:28.  It was 1,056 years from the creation of Adam to the birth of Lamech, the father of Noah.
This chronology primarily traces the descendants of Adam who believed in the Lord God and passed the knowledge of God on to their children.  In other words, it basically sets forth the “blood line” of those believers through whom the Lord Jesus Christ would come into the world many centuries later in mankind’s history.
In seriously studying this chronology, it explicitly mentions the first three sons of Adam.
Adam’s firstborn son was Cain, 4:1.  This son of Adam is mentioned 20 times in the Bible, but never in a good sense.  Cain was a type of those who depend on themselves and their own works [the flesh] to justify themselves before God.  I suggest our readers look up the Scripture references to Cain in God’s Word, and carefully study them all.
Adam’s secondborn son was Abel, 4:2.  Abel apparently believed what his father, Adam, told him about God, and sought to love and fear and serve the Lord.  As a result, he was hated by Cain, and became the first martyr for the Lord, brutally murdered by his own brother, 4:8.
Because of Cain’s wicked and unrepentant heart, the Lord God placed a mark and a curse upon him, and Cain became “a fugitive and a vagabond,” 4:11-12.  One might describe him as the first “hippy.”
Since the ground was cursed, and would no longer yield it’s strength to Cain, he then made the choice to become a city dweller, and established the first city on the earth, 4:11-17.  Since that day to the present time, those of mankind who do not want to earn their bread by the sweat of their face [3:17-19], have favored living together with others in cities.  Working at a job in some city, is usually physically easier than laboring on a farm to exact a living from the soil.
Some readers may resent what I have just stated about cities.  But before a reader gets boiling mad at me, perhaps they need to read and explain why all the cities on the earth will be destroyed, with the exception of Jerusalem, during the coming Tribulation period?  And why the Lord God is going to make certain that “the face of the earth” is never filled with cities again, Zephaniah 3:6, Revelation 16:19, Isaiah 14:17, and 14:21?   Well…..??
Then Adam was blessed with yet a third son, whose name was Seth, 5:3.  Seth’s name means “appointed” or “substituted.”  Seth was appointed as the godly seed, in the place of Abel, whom Cain had murdered.
Some of our readers have likely studied about Seth.  According to the traditions of the Israelite people, Seth was a devoted “man of God,” totally sold out to the Lord God.  According to Israelite traditions, Seth was also the man who constructed, or was in charge of constructing, the Great Pyramid in the land of Egypt.  I feel certain that some of our readers have studied about the Great Pyramid in Egypt.  I have neither time nor space to go into detail about it in this study.
I will simply mention that the Great Pyramid is a mathematical and prophetical marvel set in stone.  The design and construction of the Great Pyramid contains information about the earth and the heavens, and even the future of mankind, which was not yet known in the days of Adam and Seth, and which was not even “discovered” until recent times.
The only rational explanation for this, is that Almighty God inspired Seth as he constructed the Great Pyramid, for it can almost be said that the Great Pyramid is “the Bible set in stone.”  Any reader who has never studied the subject, would be blessed by reading some of the many books which have been written about the Great Pyramid.
Therefore Seth was one of the two outstanding “men of God” listed in this chronology in Genesis 5.
The second outstanding “man of God” listed in this chronology in Genesis 5, which deserves the attention of God’s people, is Enoch, 5:18.  Enoch was the son of Jared. and the 7th man in the lineage of descent from Adam, born 622 years after the creation of Adam.  Enoch is the man who wrote The Book of Enoch, which is still in print and available to God’s people to read today.  Every true believer would be blessed by obtaining a copy of this book and reading it for yourself.
Enoch was also the man who lived only 365 years, and walked so close to the Lord, that the Lord “took him,” 5:24.  In other words, Enoch did not die, but rather was “raptured” off the earth into the Lord’s presence in glory.  As such, he stands as Scriptural proof of the reality of the rapture for God’s people.  Glory!  Glory!  Glory!
Since Enoch was born 622 years after the creation of Adam, and “God took him” 365 years later, then his rapture occurred 987 years into the first “day” of God’s Great Week.   Glory to God!
Conclusion
Dear readers, we who are living on the earth today are so close to the coming of Christ “in the air” to rapture His New Covenant saints to glory, that every reader of this study should be living for the Lord every day.  At any minute of any day now, our Lord could come for us.  Are you
a true believer?  Do you have the assurance of forgiven sin and salvation in Christ Jesus?  If not, why not?  The way of salvation is repeatedly set forth in God’s Word, and all the Lord is asking of you is to believe, Acts 16:30-31.
Read Luke 21:36,  John 3:16-18, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:8- 13, and get the salvation of your eternal soul settled with the Lord today.   May God grant you His GRACE is my prayer.
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Permission is granted to any true believer to reproduce this study to share with others, or to quote from it in context as written.
Thank you again, beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, for your prayers for me, and for your gifts for the support of this Bible Study ministry.  Every kindness is so deeply appreciated.  Thank you!
Please address all comments, questions, and correspondence to me at:  Pastor F. M. Riley, 14275 County Road 8120, Rolla, Missouri 65401.  Those who would like to speak with me personally can reach me by calling 573-201-0491.  Just remember that I am as old as the hills, and let the phone ring until I can get to it to answer it.
God bless you all is my prayer…….

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March 19, 2017 The freeze of the 20 trillion debth will plunge us into an economic collapse in one or two months

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The link to the video supplied by BG Ellis of five doves clearly explain the intricacies of our economic disaster and the resulting collapse.

Please watch the 10 minute add also as it is very educational. America is in grave danger at this time and the closeness of the return of Christ can be seen from the signs all around us.

Nando

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March 19, 2017 I serve the King and His kingdom is almost here

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A great article explaining the various forms of the Kingdom found in the Bible by pastor FM Riley.

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/march2017/fmriley319-1.htm

F.M. Riley (19 March 2017)
The Parables of the Kingdom…Part One


The Parables of the
Kingdom…Part One
By Pastor F. M. Riley
March 14, 2017
“Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
Matthew 13:52
Introduction
Dear readers, I wrote and sent out this Bible study originally on September 19, 2012, five years ago, under the title of “The Kingdom.”  I am now writing a series of Bible studies on this same subject, and in researching for the series, I felt that this particular study should be sent out again.  The information contained in this study could not be more timely than it is today.  I pray it will be a blessing to every reader.
Defining the Subject
What is “the kingdom?”  When one studies this subject, they should study all of the Scriptures in God’s Word where the word, “kingdom,” is used, including the context in which the word occurs.
As a young minister many years ago, I became so confused by the different dogmatic definitions assigned to “the kingdom,” by different preachers and writers, I determined to set aside all of their theories, and study the subject out in God’s Word for myself.  I then proceeded to look up every single passage in God’s Word where the word, “kingdom,” occurs, and carefully study it in context for myself.  In making that study, all of my confusion vanished, and I was made to praise and thank the Lord for His goodness in enlightening me.
In this study on the subject, there is no way I can refer to every single passage in the Scriptures where the word, “kingdom,” occurs.  However, since I have a notebook listing every Scripture in the Bible where the word is used, I simply eliminated all references to a “kingdom,” except those references which apply to the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Then I separated all of the references into their respective categories, depending on their use in the context in which they occur.   In doing this, I learned that the word, “kingdom,” is used in five different ways in the Word of God…….
[1]  Universal…….Almighty God is the Supreme Ruler over a “universal” kingdom, which has existed from eternity past, which still exists today, and which will never cease to exist.  In His “universal” kingdom, everything in the entire universe is subject to His will, and therefore nothing in the whole creation moves or changes without God’s directive or permissive will.  See 1 Chronicles 29:11, 2 Chronicles 20:6, Psalm 103:19, and Daniel 4:34-35.
[2]   Heavenly…….Almighty God has a “heavenly” kingdom, which is located in the heavens far above the earth, in which everything and every living being in His “heavenly” kingdom is in joyful and willing obedience to Him, and to His will for them.   Remember that the Lord Himself told His disciples to pray in the model prayer, “…Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:10.  See also 2 Timothy 4:18, Hebrews 8:1, and Revelation 3:21.
[3]   Spiritual…….Almighty God has a “spiritual” kingdom, which is composed of only those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior.  To enter this kingdom, one must be “born again,” John 3:3-7; Colossians 1:12-14; Luke 17:21.
[4]   Mystical…….Almighty God has a “mystical” kingdom in existence right now upon the earth during this present dispensation. This means a “mystery” form of His kingdom.  This “mystical” kingdom, is in some respects, the same kingdom the Lord was promised in Daniel 2:44.
However, since the Jewish people repeatedly rejected Christ as their Messiah and Savior, and ultimately crucified Him, His literal kingdom was postponed for another two days, Hosea 5:15; 6:1-2; 2 Peter 3:8.   As the inspired Word says, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not,” John 1:11.   The Jewish people, at the Lord’s first coming, were not in a spiritual attitude of heart to receive Christ as their Messiah and Savior,  so the Lord established His “mystical” kingdom among them [in their midst],  Matthew 18:20; Luke 17:20-21.
This “mystical” form of the kingdom is what is referred to in Matthew 13, and other Scriptures in Matthew, as “the kingdom of heaven” [literally “the kingdom from the heavens”].  This form of the kingdom is presently composed of all the peoples and nations on the earth, both saved and unsaved, but during this present dispensation the wicked have sought to purge it of God and His Word, bringing great suffering upon the nations of the earth, and upon true believers who refuse to bow to their wicked decrees, Psalm 2:1-3; Matthew 11:12.
Therefore the establishment of the literal Millennial Kingdom of the Lord awaits the coming again of the “anointed King,” who will come again with authority from Father God to seize the kingdoms of this world, and  establish His own righteous Kingdom upon the earth.  Carefully study again the Parable of the Pounds set forth in Luke 19:11-27. Notice also Daniel 7:13-14, and Revelation 11:15-18.  Until the Lord comes again, His promised Kingdom will continue to exist in it’s present “mystical” form.  See Matthew 11:11-13, 13:1-52, 21:31-32, Luke 16:16, 17:20-21, and 19:11-27.
[5]   Millennial…….Almighty God has purposed to establish His own Kingdom upon the earth, in the form of the literal Millennial Kingdom of Christ promised to His Son in Daniel 2:44, and in many other prophetic Scriptures.  When the Lord Jesus Christ bodily and visibly returns at the end of the Tribulation period, in glory and triumph, the “kingdoms of this world” will literally become His Kingdom, Revelation 11:15.  The present “mystical” form of the kingdom, will then give way to the actual, literal, Kingdom of our Lord.  From the actual city of Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus will rule and reign over the entire earth for a thousand years.  During that time all humanity will finally experience real righteousness and peace, and will live together in harmony, peace, and prosperity.  See Daniel 2:44, Isaiah 2:1-4, 9:6-7, 11:1-9, Amos 9:11-15, Micah 4:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, and Revelation 20:1-6.
There are many more Scriptures that relate to each of these five categories of God’s Kingdom, but the Scriptures given, if carefully studied and believed, should give any reader  insight into this subject.
Important To Right Division
In these five categories of the kingdom, not even once did I list the Church.  In spite of what some today claim, the Lord’s Church is not the kingdom, has never been the kingdom, and will never be the kingdom.  Some today, who claim that the church is the kingdom, need to do a lot more serious study of God’s Word.  Because the Lord’s Church has been  in the kingdom throughout this present dispensation, these seven parables of the kingdom in some ways parallel the seven church letters in Revelation 2 – 3. Similar, but not the same!  The Apostle Paul even rebuked some in the Corinthian church for believing and teaching that they were already “reigning,” 1 Corinthians 4:1-8.   Pay attention!
But now let’s turn our attention to the present “mystical” form of God’s Kingdom on the earth…….
The Kingdom of Heaven
As previously stated, this expression, “the kingdom of heaven,” literally means, “the kingdom from heaven,” or, “the kingdom bestowed upon mankind from heaven.”  In other words, it refers to the kingdom promised by the Heavenly Father in Daniel 2:44, to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore is also the kingdom promised to Israel and  the redeemed Jewish people.
This exact expression is used 30 times in the New Testament, and occurs only in the Gospel of Matthew.  In every instance, it refers to the kingdom preached to the Jewish people, as being “at hand,” by John the Baptist, and then by Christ Himself, Matthew 3:1-2; 4:17.  See also Luke 16:16.
The most enlightening studies on “the kingdom of heaven,” are found in the Parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 13.  Since these parables were given by the Lord God, in the other three gospels of Mark, Luke, and John, the expression used by them is usually, “the kingdom of God.”  A careful study of these parables in Matthew 13, should leave no doubt in the minds of any true believer, that these parables deal with the “spiritual” aspects of the Kingdom of our Lord during this present dispensation.  These parables make it clear that the “mystical” form of the Kingdom of our Lord is a reality, and is functioning in this present evil world, during this present “Dispensation of Grace” in which God’s people live today.
Now let’s turn our attention to a verse by verse, and sometimes word by word, exposition of these “kingdom of heaven” parables…….
The Parable of the Sower
“And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying,  Behold a sower went forth to sow;
And when He sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear,”  Matthew 13:3-9.
This is the first parable in the series of parables on “The Kingdom of Heaven” given by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 13.
In this parable, Christ Himself is “the sower” of the seed.  This is clearly stated by the Lord in 13:37.
The “seed” being sown is the Word of God, 13:19; 13:23; John 5:24; Romans 10:17.
The four types of ground where the seed was sown in the parable set forth four kinds of hearts within lost unbelievers, 13:19.  This truth has never changed since Christ gave this parable.  Lost men and women, boys and girls, still fall into one of these four categories today.  Significantly, “4” is the Bible number signifying “the flesh; the natural man; humanity; etc.”  It is the natural man, lost in sin through the Adamic sin nature, who needs the Word of God sown in their “heart,” in order to be saved, Romans 10:8-10; 10:17.
Please notice that the Lord Himself  “interpreted” this Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:18-23.  The Lord obviously did not want this parable misunderstood by His people, therefore He explained it to His disciples Himself.  And what is the true meaning of the parable?
[1]    The seed which fell by “the way side” typifies the lost person who hears the gospel, but does not understand it, and simply shrugs it off, dismissing it without ever giving any further thought to what they have heard,  or to the way of salvation.
Satan recognizes these shallow minded kinds of people, and sends his demon spirits to snatch the Word right out of their minds and  hearts, causing them to forget about and ignore what they heard.  It is highly unlikely that such people will ever be saved, 13:4; 13:19.
[2]   The seed which fell on “stony places” typifies those whose hearts are so hard, that while they would like to believe the gospel, they never get beyond a “religious profession.”  Folks, a “profession” is not salvation!  Because these people are not truly saved, therefore they never grow in the Lord and have no spiritual “roots” in Christ and His Word.  Compare Ephesians 3:14-19.  When they are later tested by trouble or persecution, they turn completely away from their “religious profession.”  See 13:5-6, 13:20-21, and Hebrews 10:23-27.
[3]   The seed which “fell among thorns” typifies those who hear the gospel and make a “profession” of faith in Christ, yet who are so involved in the things of this present life that they never surrender their whole heart, soul, and life to the Lord and His Word.  Their pursuit of “riches,” or what the unbelieving world calls “success,” and their lusts for the things of this present world, literally “choke” out any real interest in the Word of God and the things of God.  Their obsession with the things of this world, are “thorns” growing in their hearts.  The seed of the Word of God is choked out by these “thorns” already growing there when they made their “profession.”  See 13:7, 13:22, Mark 4:7, 4:18-19, Luke 8:7, 8:14, and Hebrews 6:1-8 and 12:12-17.
[4]   The seed which falls “into good ground” typifies those who hear the gospel and genuinely receive Christ into their heart and life.  Compare Matthew 5:6.  When they hear the gospel, they understand it, because their heart and mind is open to receive the truth of God’s Word. They immediately begin to live for the Lord, and as they live for Him, He blesses their efforts to grow in Him and bring forth fruit, John 15:5.
Each true believer does not bear the same amount of fruit, for the Lord never forgets that each of us are individuals, and deals with us accordingly.  It is Satan who deals with “the herd” and “the mob,” but our Lord graciously deals with us as individuals.  The Lord loves and regards each true believer as His own redeemed child.  This is why He never places more on us, than He knows we are able to bear [1 Corinthians 10:13], for He “knoweth our frame,” Psalm 103:13-14.  What a great and gracious and loving Heavenly Father, and what a precious Savior and Lord, we believers serve.  Hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!  Glory to God!
The “good ground” is then a “heart” that is soft and willing to receive and believe God’s Word, when it is presented to that particular individual.  This fourth example the Lord gave, the seed sown in “good ground,” is the only one of the four examples given, which typifies a genuine “born again” true believer, 13:23.  While “the seed” never changes, yet the effect it has on individual believers does vary.  Some true believers totally devote themselves to the Lord, bringing forth “fruit” unto God [John 15:1-16] “a hundredfold.”  Yet some believers only bring forth “sixtyfold,” and still others only “thirtyfold.”  But regardless of how much “fruit” we bear for the Lord, our Lord still loves all His children who have truly received Him into their “heart,” John 15:9-12; Romans 10:8-10.
The Parable of the Wheat and Tares
“Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field?  from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.  The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn,” Matthew 13:24-30.
Just before ascending back to the Father, the commission to sow the seed of the gospel was placed in the hands of the Lord’s disciples, and they were to sow the seed throughout the Lord’s kingdom.  His kingdom in these parables is the whole world of mankind on the earth, 13:38; 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.  This parable verifies this truth.
At first the disciples were very zealous and “on guard” for the Lord, as recorded in The Book of Acts.  But as time passed, even some of the Lord’s people began to go to “sleep” spiritually, exactly as stated in this parable, and also as stated in the letter to the church at Ephesus, 13:25; Revelation 2:1-7.  A careful study of the Word in Acts and other epistles will reveal that there were at least three “splits” in the ranks of Christianity before the end of the Apostolic period, 1 John 2:18-19.  Satan was sowing his “tares” among the wheat.
When the spiritual ardor of God’s people begin to wane, then the Lord’s churches began to be infiltrated by Satan’s henchmen, posing as “Christians.”  Compare 2 Peter 2:1-22, Jude 3-4, Revelation 2:2-4 and 2:9.  This is still going on right to this present day.
The Lord’s true, dedicated, servants recognized what was happening, just as stated in this parable, and wanted to do something about it.  But the Lord, knowing the “sin nature” of fallen mankind, and the weakness of “the flesh,” knew that if authority to “root up” was placed in the hands of His disciples, they would inevitably make mistakes in judgment, and would “root up” some of God’s own children.   Think about it!
Keep in mind that this is speaking of “the kingdom,” not “the church.”  True believers have a Scriptural right, and even an obligation, to withdraw fellowship from any church member, who is living a sinful life in rebellion and defiance of God’s Word, 1 Corinthians 5:1-12.  We can and should “Purge out therefore the old leaven,” in the churches, 1 Corinthians 5:7.  But we cannot, and should not even attempt to “root up” the “tares” in the kingdom.
Isn’t it true, that from time to time today, we find true believers in all kinds of cults and false religious systems?  Likewise today, don’t we also find “false teachers” and lost unbelievers in the churches and the ranks of Christianity?  The Lord very accurately foresaw the situation that would develop over the 2,000 years of this present dispensation.
So the Lord’s decision was to just let the wheat [true believers] and the tares [lost unbelievers] grow together in the kingdom [this present evil world], until “the time of harvest,” and then the reapers will separate them, 13:39-41. You can count on it!
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
“Another parable put He forth unto them, saying,  The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Which indeed is the least of all seed:  but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof,” Matthew 13:31-32.
This is the third in the “kingdom of heaven” parables.  In this parable the Lord is not the sower, and “the seed” sown is not the Word of God.  Notice the change in the language used in this parable.
In this parable “a man” takes “a grain of mustard seed” and sows it “in his field.”  As the Lord points out, mustard seed is a very tiny seed, comparable to a dot made when one places the point of a pencil down on a piece of paper.  Yet, in this parable, that one tiny seed produces a mustard plant that grows into a monstrosity, becoming “a tree,” rather than the normal size plant usually produced.  It becomes so large that “the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches” of this mustard “tree.”  Several things should be noticed here…….
The mustard plant emits a “pungent” odor.  In other words, IT STINKS, causing irritation to the nose, eyes, and skin.  This is exactly opposite to the Old Testament sacrifices, which caused “a sweet smell” when offered to God by His faithful people.  It is this “stinking” species of plant that the wicked have used to produce mustard gas to kill their enemies in modern warfare.
The expression, “the birds of the air,” refers to Satanic powers; demons and fallen angels.  The word “air” in this Scripture is translated from the Greek word, “ouranos,” which is also translated as “heaven” and “high” numerous times in the New Testament.  See Ephesians 6:12 as an example.  Also compare Matthew 13:4, 13:19, and 13:32.  It is the demons and fallen angels which find a lodging place in the branches of this stinking mustard “tree.”
The “man” to whom Christ was referring was the Roman Emperor, Constantine.  At the beginning of the third century, Constantine supposedly accepted “Christianity” as his own personal “religion.”  He then made it the “state religion” by planting it in  “his field”  [the Roman Empire] in 313 A.D., and forcing it upon the citizens of Rome by his decree.  It was at that time that many of the ancient statues of the old pagan gods of Rome were given “Christian” names, and the people of Rome kept right on worshipping them in the same old pagan way.
What Constantine had really accepted and forced upon the Roman citizens, was the ancient Babylonian religious system of Nimrod and Semaramis, dressed up in “Christian” garments.  Constantine’s wickedness laid the foundation for what would ultimately develop into the so-called “Holy Roman Catholic [universal] Church,” the Papal system; a religious heirarchy.  Through this Roman “whore” religious system, planted by Constantine in “his field,” the “mustard seed” has grown into “a tree;” a religious monstrosity, spreading her branches throughout the whole world.  And sure enough, this false “religious system” is filled with demon activity and every kind of wickedness imaginable; witchcraft, demonism, sorcery, blasphemy, homosexuality, etc.,  Revelation 18:1-5. Carefully study and compare, Ezekiel 31:3-6, Daniel 4:10-12, and Revelation 17:1-2.  Also compare the letter to the church at Pergamos, Revelation 2:12-17.  Again, the Church is not the kingdom, but during this present dispensation, the churches are in the kingdom, so what happens in the kingdom often has an effect upon the  churches.
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Thank you for your prayers and gifts.  God bless you all.
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Pastor F. M. Riley, 14275 County Road 8120, Rolla, Missouri 65401.

 

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March 19, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Jan 29, 2017 this year is a Jubilee year and the possible Rapture and start of Tribulation

After reading this very good article by pastor FM Riley I am posting it here for you readers also. The facts are undeniable and they sure point to this year.

God bless you,

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2017/fmriley129.htm

F.M. Riley (29 Jan 2017)
The Ten Year Cycles of Change


The Ten Year Cycles of Change

By Pastor F. M. Riley
January 22, 2017

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,”  Isaiah 46:9-10.
Introduction
A brother in Christ reminded me that back in 2007, I wrote a Bible study on the meaings of the numbers seven and eight, pointing out in that study that seven is the Bible number signifying “completion or fulfillment,” and eight is the Bible number signifying “change or a new beginning.”  And sure enough in 2007 the American economy nearly collapsed due to the collapse of the housing market, and in 2008 many changes were made in the American economic system to guard against a complete collapse of the banking system and the economy.
The brother’s reminder caused me to begin looking into the changes that have occurred in these “last days,” especially in relation to the nation and people of Israel.  What I discovered was that there has been a cycle of changes every ten years since 1897, always occurring in the 7th and 8th years of every decade.  Amazing! This study is an examination of the changes which have occurred since 1897, and their relation to end-time Bible prophecy.  I leave it up to my readers to decide for themselves the Biblical value of what I am presenting in this study…….
A Home for the “Wandering Jew”
I will begin this study with the year, 1897, because that was the year the history of the Jewish people began to change for the better after nearly 2,000 years of turmoil, strife, persecution, and “wandering” over the face of the whole earth.
In 70 A.D. the armies of the Roman Empire invaded the nation of Judah, and burned Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple.  Thousands of the Jewish people fled from the Holy Land, and were scattered among the nations all over the world.  And for nearly 2,000 years they wandered from nation to nation, never finding a place of rest. Their situation through the centuries only grew worse and worse until finally in…….
1897…….It was in August of 1897 that Theodor Herzl convened the First Jewish Congress in Basle, Switzerland.  He invited prominent Jewish leaders from all over the world to come together for the stated purpose of “seeking out a national homeland for the Jewish people.”  When that First Jewish Congress ended, without any immediate results, Theodor Herzl uttered these prophetic words,  “The nation of Israel may not become a reality in my lifetime, but the ground work has been laid.  Israel will exist again as a nation among the nations of the world within fifty years.”   Theodor Herzel did not claim to be a prophet in any Biblical sense, yet in the month of August, 1947, fifty years to the day, the United Nations voted to end the British Mandate over the holy land, and separate the land, giving half of it to the Jews and half of it to the Arabs to establish their own states.  This action made it possible for Jewish leaders to re-establish the nation of Israel the following year in 1948.  What a change took place that year!  Was all of this just “coincidence,” or was the God of Israel working out His will for His covenanted people?
Ten years after 1897 would be the year of…….
1907…….For many centuries the nation of Japan was a closed nation in regards to the rest of the world, and the Japanese emperors wanted to keep it that way.  Foreigners were not welcome nor wanted in Japan.  But Japan was teeming with hordes of people, and the rest of the world wanted to “do business” with these people.  So…….
In 1907, the American government sent it’s naval vessels, what was then called The Great White Fleet, sailing into the harbor in Tokyo, Japan, to force the opening of the country of Japan to trade with the rest of the world.  The Japanese emperor at that time was faced with complying with America’s request or going to war, and he made the decision to open up the country of Japan to foreign trade.
So in 1908 the first trading vessels arrived in Japan with their merchandise, and the change  in Japan’s policy and economy began.  Japan’s modern history is well known by most of our readers.
1917…….For 400 years the Holy Land had been under the direct control of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.  But during the First World War in 1917 the Ottoman Turks were defeated and driven out of the Holy Land by the advancing Allied forces.  The city of Jerusalem was abandoned by the Turkish army to the extent that the commander of the Allied Forces, General Allenby, entered and took control of Jerusalem without a shot being fired.  Instead of giving their ancient homeland back to the Jewish people at that time, the whole land was placed under the British Mandate by what was then known as The League of Nations.
The next year, 1918, Jewish people. which for 400 years had been barred from even entering their ancient homeland by the Ottoman Turks, were allowed to begin immigrating back to the Holy Land.  Indeed a change had taken place!
1927…….Another ten years later most of the nations of Europe were still struggling to recover from the economic impact of the First World War.  It was during 1927 that the whole world economic system began to show signs of being in trouble.  But the signs were generally ignored, and nothing was done.  Then in 1928, the change came as the economy of nation after nation began to collapse.  The world economy was changing, so much, so fast, that in 1929 the entire world economy collapsed and the Great Depression came upon the whole world.
1937…….The Great Depression lasted throughout the 1930’s, until the beginning of the Second World War.  It was in 1937 that Germany, under the leadership of Adolph Hitler, began making moves against some of the nations around it.  This resulted in a change in 1938 when full scale war broke out in Europe.  It has been said that “wars” are fought for monetary reasons.  Certainly, with the need for mass production of weapons of war, thousands of people were put to work producing those weapons, and the world economy quickly improved.  America entered the war on December 7, 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. and a change certainly occurred, when on December 8, 1941 then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt publically announced that America had declared war on Japan.
1947……We move forward another ten years, and once again an event of world significance occurred.  As already noted, it was in August of 1947 that the United Nations voted to end the British Mandate over the Holy Land and allow two separate states to be established, one for the Jewish people, and the other for the Arabs.  The Jews took advantage of the situation.  The Arabs did not!
The Jewish leaders in the world conferred together and wasted no time in agreeing to establish the nation of Israel, which they did on May 14, 1948.  A change had come in the Holy Land which effects the entire Middle East, and much of the world right to this present day.
The new nation of Israel was immeditely plunged into it’s war of independence.  The Arabs [Muslims], rather than establishing their own nation at that time, were determined to wipe out the nation of Israel before it could be born.  However, they were not successful.  Little Israel defeated the Arabs and won their war of independence.
1957…….Then in 1956 war broke out again in the Middle East over the use of the Suez Canal by Israeli ships.  This war was concluded in 1957, and in 1958 Israel’s ships began using the Suez Canal like the ships of all other nations.  The change had taken place.
1967…….Every reader surely knows what occurred in Israel in 1967.  The Six Day War!  Remember?
What may not have occurred to some readers is that this war happened exactly 70 years after Theodor Herzl convened the First Jewish Congress in 1897 to seek out a homeland for the Jewish people. “70” is the Bible number signifying “the restoration of Israel.”
The Six Day War began when most of the Arab nations around Israel attacked Israel on all fronts simultaneously.  Obviously these Arab nations had conspired together to defeat Israel.  Well, guess who got defeated?  Little David Israel, not really even prepared for such an unexpected attack, went up against the combined forces of the Arab Goliath, and defeated all of them in just six days.  Glory to God!  The negotiations following the cease fire continued right on into the following year, 1968, when there was a change in the border of Israel, and in the attitude of some of those Arab nations.  Since that time, first the nation of Egypt, and years later, the nation of Jordan, actually signed a “peace agreement” with the nation and people of Israel,  Glory to God!
1977…….It was during this year that the nation of Israel received a totally unexpected visitor. In November of 1977 the Presidential plane of Egypt approached the airport at Jerusalem requesting landing permission.  The Israeli authorities were shocked, but granted permission for the plane to land.  President Anwar Sadat of Egypt stepped out of the plane to announce to the shocked Israeli authorities that he had come to “make peace” with the nation of Israel.  Glory to God!
Negotiations began immediately, and went on into and through 1978, both nations making changes on the map of the Sinai Peninsula
between Israel and Egypt.  Finally, on March 26, 1979, Israel and Egypt signed a peace agreement, ending hostilities between the two nations.  Certainly a great change had taken place.
1987…….It is a sad truth that, despite all the missionary efforts of the “Christian” churches throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, most of the unbelieving world had never heard of the rapture, which was taught only by a small minority of fundamental Christian churches who take God’s  Word literally for what it actually says.  But the Lord God was about to do something about that lack of knowledge on the part of the lost world.
In 1987, a former NASA Engineer, Ed Whisenant, who was also a “born again” Christian believer, began to seriously study the prophecies of God’s Word.  As a result, he became convinced that mankind was living in “the last days,” and the vision of Habakkuk was being fulfilled, Habakkuk 2:1-3.  He became convinced that the return of Christ to resurrect and rapture His people to glory would occur at Rosh HaShanah, 1988, primarily because that year was Israel’s 40th year of existence as a modern nation.  He then wrote a small pamphlet entitled, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture will occur in 1988,” and had more than 50,000 copies of it printed up at his own expense.   His little paper pamphlet seemed very insignificant, but for some reason known only to the Lord, that little pamphlet went all over the world in just a matter of weeks.  And everywhere it went it created a sensation among those who read it.  Not only did unbelieving people all over the world become acquainted with what the Bible has to say about the rapture, but thousands of people turned from their unbelief and sin and sought the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior.
Folks, people all over the world who had never previously heard the Biblical truth about the rapture were talking about it in the streets of cities, towns, and villages, all over America, and also in other nations.  That little pamphlet, distributed all over the world in 1988, changed the knowledge of thousands of people about the Bible and our Christian beliefs.
Some people right to this day label Ed Whisenant as a “false teacher” and deceiver.  He was neither!  He was a dedicated Christian man with a genuine burden to see the lost saved before being left behind at the rapture.  And thousands were saved!  It was conservatively estimated that at least 150,000 people around the world came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ during the Rapture 88 Movement in 1987-88.  I was not and am not aware that Satan is in the soul saving business!  It is the Holy Spirit of the Living God who saves souls.  I personally know of over 400 people who received Christ as their Savior during that movement.   It was the greatest spiritual movement of God I have personally ever seen, and I count it an honor to have been a part of it
Most certainly, Ed Whisenant was wrong on the “date” of Christ return, but is being wrong on a “date” the unforgiveable sin?  I hardly think so!  Is there any reader of this study who hasn’t been wrong on one thing or another you once believed about God’s Word?  I suggest all of the unforgiving critics give heed to the words of our Lord in John 8:7, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone….”
1997…….The next decade of change came in 1997-98.  It was during 1997 that Yasir Arafat campaigned for Israel to give up the west bank of the Holy Land in order that the Palestinians could establish a nation of their own.  Under pressure from Bill Clinton, then President of the United States, an agreement was reached between Israel and the PLO, and signed by Netanyahu and Yasir Arafat at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 23, 1998.  So certainly a change occurred in 1998.
But what a waste of time!  To this day the Palestinians have not established a nation of their own.  Why?  Because their own leaders, like Arafat was,  are so proud and filled with their own self importance, and so jealous of one another, that they simply cannot agree on “who” will be the leader of their so-called “nation.”  Stupidity in action!
One other thing before leaving 1998.  Divide this year number by three and here is what you will find.   666 + 666 + 666 = 1998.  Does this mean or indicate something?  You decide!
2007…….Here is the next decade of years ending in 7 and 8.  I wrote out a Bible study, as previously mentioned, in 2007, about the significance of these two numbers, and plainly stated in that study that there would be great changes in 2008.  Was there ever!
In 2007 the entire housing market in America got into deep financial trouble, causing it to collapse in 2008.  The result  was that  hundreds of
foreclosures occurred, many banks went out of business, and many  people all over America lost their homes, creating a recession in America in 2009.   Remember?  It hasn’t been that long ago!  And some people are still hurting from the effects of it even today.
There is no question that the years of 2007-08 were years of great changes in America, even effecting some other nations in the world. But just hang on!  As some are fond of saying, “You haven’t seen anything yet!”
2017…….Wow!  This year has finally arrived, the year all true believers have been waiting for, whether some realize it or not.  I could write an entire Bible study just on this year alone, but I won’t!  Rather, with the Lord’s help, I will point out just a few things that should make our readers realize that this year is God’s appointed year to make the  change from this present Dispensation of Grace to the seven year judgment of the Tribulation period.   Are you ready?
[1]  2017 is exactly 120 years from 1897, when Theodor Herzel convened the First Jewish Congress, which set in motion the ultimate restoration of the Jewish people to a right relationship with their God.  Just as a 120 year warning was given preceding the judgment of the flood in “the days of Noah,” so the Lord God also graciously gave mankind living today a 120 year warning of impending judgment to come.
[2]   2017 is exactly 100 years from 1917 when the Ottoman Turks were driven from the Holy Land.  “100” is the Bible number signifying “calling; choosing; election.”
[3]     2017 is exactly 70 years from 1947 when the United Nations ended the British Mandate over the Holy Land, making it possible for the Jewish people to re-establish their nation the following year.  “70” is the Bible number signifying “the restoration of Israel.”
[4]     2017 is exactly 50 years from 1967 when the Six Day War was fought, restoring the city of Jerusalem and the entire west bank to the nation and people of Israel.  “50” is the Bible number signifying “the Jubilee; freedom; liberty; restoration.”  See Leviticus 25, the entire chapter.
[5]     2017 is the year 5777 on the Jewish calendar.  “777” is the Bible number signifying “the exceeding fullness of the wrath of God.”  Are our readers aware that the father of Noah was 777 years of age?  See Genesis 5:31-32.  Are our readers also aware that America’s new President, Donald Trump, on the day he was inaugurated, his age was 70 years, 7 months, and 7 days?  [777].
The numbers which identify this paticular  year of the century are quite unique.  There have been no year numbers like them since 1917, one hundred years ago.  1 + 7 = 8.  1917 was a year of drastic CHANGE.  Likewise 2017 will be a year of amazing CHANGE.
The numbers this year are 1 and 7, making up the number 17.   The number, “1,” in God’s Word signifies “unity; to unite; to become united or in unity.”  The number, “7,” in God’s Word is the Bible number signifying “to fulfill; to finish; to complete; to bring to completion.”  The two numbers together as a unit make up the number 17. The number, “17,” is the Bible number signifying “Victory; to acheive a victory; to become victorious.”
Therefore, during this particular year, we can expect unity to be accomplished between two parties who have previously been at odds with one another, divided, and out of fellowship.  The second number indicates that this unity will come even as another event is being fulfilled, finished, or completed. Then the number, 17, indicates that some will finally acheive a victory. Now what could possibly be indicated by these particular numbers for this year of 2017?  I’m so glad you asked!
I have previously pointed out that eight is the Bible number signifying “to change; to begin anew; a new start or beginning.”  Ordinarily changes always occur in the eighth year, following the year number ending in seven.  But this year is different in that the year numbers, 1 and 7, add up to 8.  This year, just like the year of 1917, will be an entire year of CHANGE, drastic change, amazing change, and every reader of this study will see and experience these changes for themselves.  Just grab your Bible and hang on.  In view of the inspired prophecies of the Bible, this year is going to be a wild ride…….
Conclusion
2017 is the year that a “remnant” of Israel and the Jewish people will turn back to the Lord God of Israel, and be restored to a right relationship and fellowship with Him.   Even as I write Jewish people are turning to and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, and the Tribulation hasn’t even started yet.  Glory to God!
2017 is the year when this present Dispensation of Grace will end with the return of Christ to resurrect and rapture His Church and all true New Covenant believers to glory, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  The love and  longing for Christ, in the hearts and minds of all true believers, will finally burst into glorious reality as we see and hear the Savior calling for us to “Come up hither,” Revelaton 4:1.  Just as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:49-57, when the rapture occurs, we who are true believers, will finally have “victory” over the flesh, the world, the devil, and death. Glory to God!  Praise the Lord!  Hallelujah!  Thank you Jesus!
2017 is the year when the terrible judgment of the seven year Tribulation will begin.  Many today who “profess” Christ with their mouths, but deny Him in their hearts and lives, will find themselves left behind when the rapture occurs, to face and go through this terrible time of judgment upon a Christ rejecting world.  How terrible to be so close to the kingdom of God, and yet miss it.  I remind our readers that “profession” is not “possession” of salvation and eternal life.  Read 2 Peter 1:10-11 and Romans 10:8-10 and act upon these Scriptures while there is still time to be saved.  Hurry!  The rapture could occur at any time now!
The desire of my heart is that every reader of this study will meet me
in glory when the Trumpet of God sounds, 1 Thessalonians 4:16.  Please don’t disappoint me!
May our precious Lord God add His blessings to this message.
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Nando end

Jan 15, 2017 They are sending a message to Trump about Israel, how folly!

They seem to ignore the purpose of Trump winning the election orchestrated miraculously against insurmountable odds against him.

When they say peace and safety sudden destruction falls upon them.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/world-diplomats-paris-urge-renewed-mideast-peace-talks-071756985.html

Nando

 

Jan 15, 2017 Today the world aligns itself against Israel as prophesied in the Bible

The nations roar as lions after prey. The Lord of Hosts prepares for battle against them with all the angels of heaven.

How foolish of ignorant men to try to go against the elect of God and the land He gave eternally to them.

Today they will meet in pleasant surroundings in the beautiful city of Paris and their agenda will be against Israel. They are gathering to seal not the fate of Israel but their fate and complete destruction. If they only new the folly of their actions and the total destruction that will fall upon them they would have not done it. But with the lack of knowledge of rejecting the Word of God and God they become “His ” enemies and how dreadful it will be for them.

This year 5777 will end with the 70 years birthday of the nation of Israel and 70 is a period of testing. It is also the possible end of a generation as prophetically stated by Jesus.

http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/24.htm

New International Version

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

1Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’a spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you ahead of time.

26“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29“Immediately after the distress of those days

“ ‘the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’b

30“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earthc will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.d 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33Even so, when you see all these things, you know that ite is near, right at the door. 34Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown

36“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,f but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Thanks to Fay for the excellent article below.

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2017/fay115-2.htm

Fay (15 Jan 2017)
Excellent article from Breaking Israel News


Re the Biblical repercussions of attempting to divide the land of Israel.

Biblical Return of 70 Nations as Countries Gather in Paris to Condemn Israel

Nando

 

Biblical Return of 70 Nations as Countries Gather in Paris to Condemn Israel

“They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Yisrael may be no more in remembrance.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant.” Psalms 83:5-6 (The Israel Bible™)

High ranking officials from 70 nations of the world will gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.

When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.

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Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman (Courtesy)

“Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be used as another opportunity to try to impose a settlement on Israel and avoid direct negotiations between Israel and it’s neighbors,” Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. “What’s interesting is that it isn’t just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means all of the nations,” explained Rabbi Trugman.

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.

“There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them,” said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.

Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9

“We are fundamentally different,” stated Rabbi Apisdorf. “And as a light unto the nations, we are supposed to be separate and different.”

Rabbi Trugman understood a different message in the gathering of the 70 countries.

“There is no doubt this is a fulfillment of the prophecies that in the end of days, all the nations will come out against Israel,” noted the rabbi. He quoted the commentary of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, an 11th century French commentator known by the acronym ‘Rashi’, on the first verse in the book of Genesis.

“1,000 years ago, Rashi said that in the future, the nations of the world will come and say we stole the Land of Israel. This is precisely what we are seeing now,” Rabbi Trugman said. “The majority of the nations say we have no claim to Israel, and the rest say we only have a claim to a small section of Israel.”

“Rashi told us how to answer this claim,” said Rabbi Trugman. “We need to remind them that the same God who created the heaven and earth gave it to them, and then he took it from them and gave it to us.”

The concept of 70 nations has its source in the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible.

These three were the sons of Noach, and of these was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19

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Jacob’s Ladder (Publisher of Bible Card/Wikimedia Commons)

According to Bereshit Rabbah, a collection of homiletical teachings compiled around 400 CE, each nation is appointed an angel, except for Israel, which is protected by God Himself. According to Midrash Tanchuma, homiletical teachings believed to have been compiled around 500 CE, Jacob’s vision was of these national angels ascending and descending a ladder, determining the fortune of their nations.

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:12

Jacob’s vision is interpreted as a message that the nation of Israel was no longer part of this natural process. Though other nations will rise and fall, eventually disappearing into the sands of time, Israel will never disappear.

The concept of 70 nations also appears in reference to the 70 oxen offered in the Temple throughout Sukkot (the feast of the tabernacles) which the Talmud (Sukkah 55b) teaches are for the merit of the 70 nations.

In the wake of the recent United Nations Security Council resolution 2334 declaring Jewish housing in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem to be illegal, the outcome of the Paris conference seems certain. A two-state solution would call for Israel to relinquish territories conquered in the 1967 Six-Day War, and subsequently create a Palestinian State. This would include establishing a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, thereby removing the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Temple Mount from Jewish control. It is unclear whether the 800,000 Jews living over the 1949 Armistice Lines, comprising approximately 13 percent of Israel’s Jewish population, will be required to relocate, as they were when the Israeli government dismantled the communities of Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Even if the 70 nations at the conference decide in favor of the two-state solution it is unclear how this plan will be practically implemented. On January 20, five days after the conference is set to take place, Donald Trump will take the seat in Oval Office, and he has already made his opinion clear that, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he believes the only solution to be face-to-face negotiations without pre-conditions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/81577/return-70-nations-paris-condemn-israel/#E8OMhpuQBCcpYGxJ.99

Dec 11, 2016 Castro’s death and Jonathan Cahn’s proclamation of the Jubilee in Cuba

I was in Cuba at the time that Fidel started his revolution and for my family and friends it was the beginning of a long exile that is still going on.

For the people of Cuba and the world the cancer of Fidel’s communist ideology has and is festering and multiplying throughout the whole world where it is still ingrained and destroying nations and people, as in Venezuela.

Thanks to Denis Hart for such a good article.

The Lord Jesus will reign in the whole world soon.

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/dec2016/denish1211-1.htm

 

Denis Hart (11 Dec 2016)
Will the Son of Man find FIDEL (FAITH) on the Earth?


Will the Son of Man find FIDEL (FAITH) on the Earth?

Luke 18:8  (Amplified)  I tell you that He will defend and avenge them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] FAITH on the Earth?

The passing of Fidel Castro may be far more important as a prophetic signal than we realise!!  During the week I came across a truly remarkable article by Jonathan Cahn on  Cuba on the World Net Daily website (www.wnd.com).  The article is titled The Day Jonathan Cahn Gave a Prophetic Sign to Fidel Castro – the direct link to the article is below:

http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/the-day-jonathan-cahn-gave-a-prophetic-sign-to-fidel-castro/?cat_orig=faith

This article is primarily about a one month opportunity for evangelism in Cuba in 1999, that has had to be hidden until now.  For those Doves who have not seen the article, I strongly recommend reading the full article.  It includes the shofar, the Magi, Jubilee timings for Fidel Castro and a meeting in the presidential palace between Johnathan Cahn and Fidel!  The ashes of Fidel Castro have been laid to rest in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, with a lone memorial a grey/white boulder and a black plaque engraved simply with FIDEL!    

The name FIDEL has the meaning of FAITH (derived from FAITHFUL).  What an amazing example of God’s sovereignty over nations that He causes just one word (FAITH!!) to be written on the grave of one who ruled as a dictator for so long over Cuba.  And the poignant question in Luke 18:8 – will He find Faith on the Earth!! 

FIDEL or Faith – one word on the grave of a dictator.

Maranatha!!  Denis

http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/the-day-jonathan-cahn-gave-a-prophetic-sign-to-fidel-castro/?cat_orig=faith

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As the ashes of Fidel Castro are now laid to rest in Santiago, Cuba, I am at liberty to tell the story that’s waited years to be told.

In 1999, for the first time since he took power in 1959, Fidel Castro agreed to open up the island of Cuba for the Gospel, under much control and surveillance, and for only one month. By this he would show the world that there was ‘freedom’ in Cuba – an evangelical celebration that would span the island from the east, where Castro’s revolution began, to Revolutionary Square, Havana, where he began his rule.

Fidel Castro speaking in Revolutionary Square, 1959, after the revolution

Fidel Castro speaking in Revolutionary Square, 1959, after the revolution

Word was sent to me to open the celebration with the sounding of the shofar. I agreed.

THE MAGI PROPHECY

One week before leaving, a man from Cuba came to us. He was a pastor who had been imprisoned on the island for his faith. He gave us a strange word. He said we would walk the island of Cuba as the magi, bearing gifts, and we would enter the king’s palace.

We were told we would go to Cuba as the magi, bearing gifts, and enter the palace of the king

We were told we would go to Cuba as the magi, bearing gifts, and enter the palace of the king

I prayed as to what word I should bring to the people of Cuba. What came to me was the message of Jubilee. The Jubilee concerns those who have lost their land, their family’s possession, their freedom. That was Cuba. So I came to Cuba proclaiming the God’s Jubilee, His power to set free those in bondage and to bring restoration.

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But I came also with something for Fidel Castro. I purposed that if God would open the door, I would give Castro a Bible, a letter, and a shofar, the Trumpet of Jubilee, the vessel used in biblical times to proclaim freedom throughout the land.

When we landed in Cuba we had to pass through an inspection with Cuban police going over everything in our luggage. The one thing that held us up was the Jubilee shofar. They didn’t know what it was and approached it as if it was a dangerous weapon. I decided to take the shofar, and show them how it worked. I sounded it. They looked stunned, but then let us go.

In the following weeks, I spoke in churches and gatherings throughout the island to give hope and encouragement to the believers of Cuba. In place after place, Cubans came up to me and those with me to tell us that they saw visions of us coming specifically as the magi.

It was then that I realized the full significance of the word given to us before we left. As the magi had come to an unlikely place to witness the newborn life of God, so had we now come to Cuba to witness God’s newborn presence there, a revival was about to break forth. Our gift to the believers of Cuba was to strengthen and encouragement them in the Lord.

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At the same time, as in the account of the magi, there was opposition to that new life. There was a throne and an aging king on that throne who was fearful that the presence of Jesus in his land would be a threat to his regime. To the people of God, the magi’s visitation was a sign of hope and blessing. But to the king it was a sign of alarm, something to be closely watched, and ultimately a portent of the end of his reign.

THE JUBILEE

The month long celebration of the Gospel opened up at the island’s eastern end as I sounded the shofar in the first public evangelical gathering in the public squares of Cuba since the revolution. The communist officials watching all around me inquired why I was blowing the “Jewish horn.” Someone else was watching – Fidel Castro.

The Evangelical Celebration of Cuba – 1999

The Evangelical Celebration of Cuba – 1999

The events were being televised throughout the island. The word soon came back to us that Castro wanted to know “Who is this man with the beard causing such a ruckus? And “What is this Jewish man doing in the churches?”

It turned out we were retracing the footsteps of Castro’s revolution – but with a very different message and of a very different revolution. I was proclaiming the Gospel and the power of God for Jubilee, for freedom and restoration.

Jonathan Cahn opening up the first public evangelical celebration in Cuba

Jonathan Cahn opening up the first public evangelical celebration in Cuba

As I spoke of these things, my translator, a man named Felix, would hesitate at times to repeat them, knowing that in virtually every place, there were secret police and informers planted in the gathering, ready to report any word considered suspicious. And just as potentially dangerous, all over the island, on church buildings, houses, walls, and taxi cabs there were now posters plastered proclaiming the words ‘El Jubileo Vienne!” “the Jubilee is Coming” or “Freedom and Release is Coming,’ above a photograph of me sounding the shofar.

THE BOY NAMED ‘FAITH’

Fidel Castro as a boy

Fidel Castro as a boy

On the way to Havana, I picked up a book about Fidel Castro and religion. Most people don’t’ realize that his name, ‘Fidel,’ means ‘faith.’ But as a young boy, Fidel had begun to lose faith. He told the story of how each year, at Christmas time, he would write a letter – to the magi. And every year he would get a cardboard trumpet. When he realized the magi didn’t exist, he began to lose his faith. So it all started with a boy named ‘Faith,’ who first began to lose his faith over the magi. From this would ultimately come atheism, a revolution, prison camps, firing squads, and years of suffering for an entire nation – even the banning of the celebration of Christmas. And now here we were, coming to Havana, as magi and I happened to be led to bring Fidel Castro the gift of a trumpet – of Jubilee.

‘AND EVERY MAN SHALL RETURN’

The last stop before Havana was the province of Camiguey. It was my translator’s last night of ministry. He had to return to America the next day. I had no idea when I first asked him to join me that he had been born in Cuba, and that his family lost everything in the revolution, their possessions and their ancestral land. They fled to America where he grew up. There he came to the Lord. His dream and prayer was that one day he would return to Cuba and to his family’s land and his lost inheritance, and there build a church in which he would preach the Gospel. It was ironic that as I was preaching the Jubilee to Cuba, the restoration of every man to his ancestral land, the one translating that message had himself lost his ancestral land in the Cuban revolution.

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That night, they took us to the place they had chosen for us to minister in, a farm in the middle of nowhere, so much in the middle of nowhere that they had to transport the people to us by cattle car. Before ministering, I looked for my translator. He was wandering around the farm in a daze. I asked him what had happened. He had just discovered that the land to which we had been brought to minister – was his ancestral land. It was his family’s farm, the inheritance he had lost in the revolution, the place he had for years prayed he would one day return to.

So here on his last night, God had brought him home. It was what I had been preaching all along throughout the land, and what he had been all along translating – the Jubilee, the restoration – “And every man shall return to his property.” And so his journey ended with the fulfillment of that Scripture, and that prayer. And as for the church he had dreamed of building there, it had already been built, and was waiting for him to enter it. That night he preached inside the church of his ancestral land. He didn’t realize it until that moment but he had been a sign to Cuba, all along, with every footstep, of restoration.

THE CASTLE AND THE STAR

We arrived in the capital city of Havana. Every day there, I would gaze out my hotel room to see a centuries-old Spanish castle by the sea.

The Castle by the Sea, El Morro, Havana, Cuba

The Castle by the Sea, El Morro, Havana, Cuba

I was strongly led that we had to go to the castle and see what was inside. So we did. We walked through its ancient chambers. As we turned a corner, we suddenly beheld a massive painting that stunned us. The painting depicted the magi. It turned out that the castle we were in was one of the central national symbols of Cuba. And it was called “The Castle of the Three Kings.” And in the painting, standing next to the magi was a boy holding in his hand an object that looked like a shofar – the very thing I was now bringing to Havana.

The magi followed a star. That was the one thing missing from our journey. We joked, wondering if we would somehow see a star in Havana. We decided to go to Revolutionary Square, to pray on the site on which the evangelical gathering would take place the following day. We entered the Jose Marti Memorial, the towering monument that marks the square. The government official inside began to reveal that the tower had been built so that from the sky it would form a star.

Jonathan Cahn sounding the Jubilee shofar in front of the star monument of Revolutionary Square, the day before the gathering

Jonathan Cahn sounding the Jubilee shofar in front of the star monument of Revolutionary Square, the day before the gathering

The tower was built as a star – and as the star of the magi, it would mark the final destination of our journey – actually the final two destinations: the square in which God’s people would gather together the following day, and the Presidential Palace from which Fidel Castro ruled the island. And as in the nativity account, the star would be linked to the presence of Jesus on one hand – and an aging king and a dying kingdom on the other. And it was then that we realized that we had been gazing at the star every night as we looked out the window of our hotel room in Havana, ablaze with light in the darkness, marking our final destination.

The following day we stood in the midst of the multitudes gathered for the first evangelical celebration in Revolutionary Square. Fidel Castro also stood there witnessing the gathering that filled the plaza that had once been filled with Cubans welcoming his revolution to Havana. Now it was filled for a different purpose. It was there that arrangements began that would open the doors for the fulfillment of our mission.

THE PROPHETIC SIGN AND COUNTDOWN

I received an invitation to enter the Presidential Palace. I walked past the guards and was greeted by one of Castro’s assistants, who informed me that the “Comandante” was very much aware of me and was watching my journey through Cuba. I was brought inside and presented the gifts, the Bible, a note with a message I had written him, and the shofar, the Trumpet of Jubilee. Castro would later send word thanking me for the gifts. He also wanted to know how I could be Jewish and believe in Jesus. The Central Communist Committee also sent word inquiring into the shofar.

Giving the Trumpet of Jubilee to Fidel Castro was a biblical reminder of the power of God for freedom, and a prophetic sign that His power was greater than the bondages of man. The Cuban revolution had caused millions of Cubans to lose their land, their homes, their ancestral possessions, their inheritances, and their freedom – the very thing the Jubilee touches and undoes. It had all begun as the Batista government collapsed and Castro and his guerillas swept into the city of Havana at opening of 1959.

But the Jubilee Trumpet was linked to a mathematical formula to the ending of bondage The Jubilee contains a very specific countdown: “You shall count off seven sevens of years – seven times seven years – so that the seven sevens of years amounts to a period of forty nine years. Then you shall sound the trumpet….” (Leviticus 25)

What happens if one takes the biblical countdown of Jubilee and applies it to Castro’s reign, starting with the year 1959, the moment Cuba lost its freedom? Count “seven sevens of years, seven times seven years – so that the seven sevens of years amounts to a period of forty nine years.” And to what does that bring us? It brings us to the year 2008. Did anything significant happen in 2008? 2008 was the year that ended the rule of Fidel Castro. His entire reign, from 1959 to 2008, comprised the seven sevens of years, the 49 years of the countdown, ordained by God of the Jubilee – to the release of bondage.

castro-resigns

Funeral for Fidel Castro, Revolutionary Square, Ruler of Cuba 1959-2008

Funeral for Fidel Castro, Revolutionary Square, Ruler of Cuba 1959-2008

What if one gets even more specific – to days and dates? What if we begin the countdown from the specific day Castro came to power and count a Jubilee of years and a Jubilee of days, seven sevens of years and of days. Castro’s reign began specifically on New Year’s Day, January 1, 1959 in the wake of Batista’s fleeing the island. If one starts the countdown from that day, January 1, 1959, and counts a Jubilee of years and a Jubilee of days, seven times seven years and seven times seven days, the countdown culminates on February 19, 2008. Was there anything significant about that day? After nearly a half century, the rule of Fidel Castro came to its end on February 19, 2008, the exact day. On the day of release, Castro was released from power, and Cuba was released from his reign.

The poster that appeared throughout Cuba: Jonathan Cahn sounding the Jubilee Trumpet and the prophetic words "The Jubilee is Coming"

The poster that appeared throughout Cuba: Jonathan Cahn sounding the Jubilee Trumpet and the prophetic words “The Jubilee is Coming”

When I asked the Lord for what word I was to give to Cuba, when I proclaimed the Jubilee throughout the communist nation, when I gave to Castro the Trumpet of Jubilee, and when the posters were plastered throughout the island proclaiming “El Jubileo Viene!” “The Jubilee is Coming!” behind it all was a mystery and a precise prophetic countdown to the end. The Jubilee was indeed coming, and it would come for Castro’s rule at its biblically appointed time. His reign would be timed to the end of the 49th year and to the 49th day, and not a day longer – the mathematics of the release from bondage ordained three thousand years earlier. That day would bring the most enduring iron grip of power held by any man over any nation in modern history to a definitive end.

THE OTHER KING

I have sometimes wondered since then, when Fidel Castro looked at the Jubilee Trumpet I gave him, did he ever realized its significance. I pray that before he left this life he turned back to the One from the boy named “Faith” once turned away, and found forgiveness for his sins.

In the Biblical account, the aging king Herod dies, but the new born life of Bethlehem, the life of Messiah, goes on – to overcome kingdoms and change the world.

Cubans lining up to enter the Jose Marti, 'star' monument, Revolutionary Square

Cubans lining up to enter the Jose Marti, ‘star’ monument, Revolutionary Square

As I watched the thousands of Cubans paying their last respects to their aged leader, as they lined up to enter the Jose Marti Memorial, I wondered if they realized that they were heading to a star. Fidel Castro’s funeral took place at that same star monument which marked the destination of our journey and which, as the star of Bethlehem had marked for the magi, had marked for us both the ending of a dying kingdom, and the birth of God’s presence, the light of hope, a light shining in the darkness.

Castro has passed away, as did King Herod, and as do all the kings and rulers of this world, and as do all those who, as Castro once did, tried to stamp out the Gospel. But the revival that began under Castro’s rule has not been stamped out. For kings and kingdoms, rulers and tyrants, all pass away, but the name of Messiah remains.

Cuban believers worshiping their king – Jesus

Cuban believers worshiping their king – Jesus

Castro has died – but Jesus lives. And as the dictator’s ashes were laid to rest in the city of Santiago, the presence of Jesus was and is as alive throughout the island as much as it ever was. It is even at this moment transforming the lives of Cubans in a way that Castro’s revolution, with all its guns and powers of state, never could. The Jubilee that began on our visit to the island has not stopped, but continues.

The King lives … and the Revolution goes on.

– Jonathan Cahn

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