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Nov 9, 2016 The Two Witnesses of the first half of the Tribulation

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There are a lot of critical things to understand in the book of Revelation and one of the necessary one is the Two Witnesses.

In the book The Last Prophecies by Bill Salus he covers this subject very thoroughly and this book review by Pastor Gary Stearman and author Bill Salus cover the subject in a very deep and precise way.

I agree with their interpretation of the timing of their ministry and the identity of both with the observation that one is for sure Elijah and the other which is not as asserted in identity as Elijah can be Moses. I also see the possibility of the Apostle John being the second as described in pastor F.M. Riley’s posts in five doves site.

A very important observation to make about the timing of their coming or the beginning of the Tribulation is that it will occur in the feast of Passover of a future year. The Jews have long placed and extra place for Elijah in their Passover meal ritual which suggests the timing.

Also the prophecy of the seventy weeks of years in Daniel 9 has the prophecy stopped at the 69th week of years by the cutting off of Messiah (Jesus death at 3PM Passover 32 AD), so the start could also be at a Passover in a future year.

So many great observations in this short video, my thanks to Gary Stearman and Bill Salus.

Nando

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Sept 22, 2019 Rapture on Rosh Hashanah 2019 ? Sunday Sept 29, 2019 ?

Leaving the parking lot on church at 7:15 PM today the car in front of mine had the license plate GFD VO6 This plate’s message is G= God, F = first letter of my first name, D and V are the first letters of my compound last name and six the number of days this warning is telling me. Saturday September 28 is my wedding anniversary and the next day is Rosh Hashanah which is the possible Rapture day or the wedding of Christ to His Bride the Church.

Is this all a coincidence? no. About two hours ago I went to the Google search engine for Rosh Hashana 2019 and it was Sunday September 29, the video below was among the choices Google gave me.

Is Jesus giving me a wedding anniversary date the day before His wedding with His Bride the church?

Nando

 

June 9, 2019 ? Pentecost? Shavuot? June 16 ? Pentecost? Shavuot?

The feast known as Pentecost is the end of Spring and beginning of the Summer crop of wheat.

For the Nation of Israel it meant a seasonal celebration without a definitive spiritual connotation as other feasts.

God had a different plan for this feast and on this date 50 days after the Crucifixion of Christ and ten days after His Ascension, He send tongues of fire  with a strong wind to His gathered disciples. These tongues being the Holy Spirit dwindled those present and power was given to them. This marks the beginning of the church.

The meaning also is the end of the church age with the gathering of all the Christian believers with a resurrection first and a Rapture after.

The video linked here gives further explanation in a very detailed and scriptural backed proof.

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The following article further narrows the possible dates for Pentecost

Jean Stepnoski (9 June 2019)
When Pentecost Is Fully Come in 2019: 6-15 to 17



There are many calendar reckonings for Pentecost in 2019: Torah, Hillel, Church (Roman Catholic and Protestant), and Eastern Orthodox. When are all complete in 2019? They are fully come as of 6-15 to 17 on the Eastern Orthodox Calendar. As Israel goes to sunset on 6-17 on the conclusion of the Eastern Orthodox Calendar, all Pentecost Calendar Dates are complete. Everyone will have been given opportunities to participate. Pentecost is fully come.

What about Pentecost the weekend of 6-8 to 10 on the Church Calendar for Roman Catholics and Protestants? At Iowa in the heartland of the U.S.A. most of the candidates for the Democratic Party Nomination will visit. Plenty of photo opportunities. What will the talk be about? Pentecost? Other things. What will be underscored? Iowa support for abortion rights and Iowa gay rights in a Iowa gay rights celebration weekend. All over Iowa will be Pentecost services with Holy Communion. However. It seems that Pentecost in Iowa will be UPSTAGED by discussion about abortion rights and gay rights. What would earlier Democratic Party leaders think of what has happened to the beliefs and values of their beloved party? Would Harry Truman and Shirley Chisholm be amazed?

Will the discussions and events at Iowa this weekend create a 7 day heads up? Pentecost is much about the indwelling of the Spirit of Truth. What are beliefs and values of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete? Unlimited abortion rights and the legalization of “weed” for the good of all? Who could argue THAT? Will there be the upstaging of Pentecost at Iowa in 2019? Will there be 7 days more before Pentecost is “fully come” in 2019? We shall know soon, “Summer is near, even at the gates.”

With Love and Shalom,
Jean

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June 2, 2019 Pentecost and the meaning for Israel and the Christian Church

On June 9, Pentecost, the church celebrates the birthday of the Christian Church when the Holy Spirit came as tongues of fire to the assembled believers after the Ascension of Christ. The excellent enclosed article by Chance covers many of the details that are important for this date and I will cover some additional ones here.

The number 70 plays a very significant part in these additional observations as well as the feast of Pentecost which is tied to this number also.

The law was given to Moses on the day of Pentecost at Mount Sinai. The observance of a Sabbath year (Shemitah) every 7 years was part of the law as well as the observance of a Jubilee year every 50 years.

At the time of the Prophet Jeremiah the people of Israel had disobeyed God and ignored the Shemitah years 70 times for a total of 70 x 7 = 490 years. As punishment for this sin the nation of Israel was driven into exile by the Babylonians for 70 years ( https://biblehub.com/niv/jeremiah/25.htm ).

At the end of the 70 years of exile the prophet Daniel was asking God when the end of the exile was as he thought the seventy years were over and the Lord gave him a reply ( https://biblehub.com/niv/daniel/9.htm )  of a prophecy of seventy weeks of years for the complete restoration of Israel that would be the same amount of time (70×7 =490 years) to :

25“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, f the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. g The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolation’s have been decreed. 27He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ h In the middle of the ‘seven’ i he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple j he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. kl.

This prophecy which gives a timeline for the complete restoration of Israel is the most profound and detail prophecy given to the Nation of Israel. The start and the end of the count are specifically given to the day, but it is also one of the most difficult to interpret.

The start was with the order of King Cirus of Medo-Persia issued the order to restore and rebuild Jerusalem exactly (7+62)x7=69×7= 483 years till the Anointed (Jesus) will be put to death at 3PM on Passover 30 AD, thus fulfilling to the second the first 69 weeks of years and leaving one week of years for the future fulfillment.

Forty years after the first part of this prophecy was fulfilled ( 40 years found extensively in the past history of Israel as judgements) and on the year 70 AD a second destruction of Jerusalem and a hundreds of years exile was ordained for this rebellious nation that had crucified their Messiah as the perfect sacrificial lamb on Passover 40 years earlier. This time the sin was exceedingly greater and the punishment suitable to the crime.

The final fulfillment of the prophecy a one week of years of 360 days or 2,520 days could start this feast of Pentecost (June 8-10) as well as the Rapture and Resurrection of the Christian Church.

This is the rationality for this conclusion:

After a long exile that started in 70 AD the Jewish nation was born again on May 14, 1948 (Isaiah 66:8) ( https://biblehub.com/niv/isaiah/66.htm) which fell that year on the feast of Shavuot or Pentecost.

Since that date there will have been exactly 70 Shavuot or Pentecost till next June 9 2019. To commemorate this fact the State of Israel has issued a coin a shekel with the face of King Cirus and President Trump on one side to compare the recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel by the US the equivalent ruler to the Medo-persians of old.

The end part of this prophecy has a very important start that is not the preceding interpretation and it is given as a ruler who will confirm a covenant of seven years (one week of years or the last week of the Daniel prophecy) which at the middle of the time he will break and stop the sacrifices offered at the Temple and defile it with an abomination which causes desolation. This man is what Christians refer as the Beast or the 666 or the Antichrist or the rider of the first white horse of the book of Revelation.

The totality of the church taken away God then reverts back to dealing with Israel as He did in the times before Jesus.

Can this ruler be Trump, can it be Obama, can it be someone else, can this be the time? I leave you with this thought to ponder. Included below is the link to the article by Chase.

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/june2019/chance62.htm

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The following video is from Prophecy Watchers and as it relates and complements the preceding article above I also include it here.

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This excellent study by pastor FM Riley is also relating to the concepts and dates and scriptures in the above article and I am including it here.

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/june2019/fmriley62.htm

Nando

 

April 19, 2019 Pastor JD Faraq great prophecy Update covering Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38-39

In my effort to be close to Jesus today several videos have moved me greatly spiritually and this one did it in spades!!!.

Prior to watching his video I had watch and written about exactly the same subject you will find from JD Faraq a pastor from Hawaii who is a Lebanese born and raised man.

His message got personal and as if Jesus was speaking directly at me when he started to say the depression and desperate state of gloom he found himself in, just as intense as if I was looking at a mirror and expressing my anguish from the constant attacks that the enemy Satan has been throwing my way. Even to the quote of verse that brought him out of the state of mind he was in, Micah 7.7 where the prophet was immersed in a spiritual struggle and the hope that came from the Lord. You see I constantly communicate with Him using the number 77 found in car license plates that cross my path as I drive when I or members of my family are in need of an answer or encouragement or strengthening of faith. His verse Micah 7.7 is such a communication and I hope it serves you the reader as well.

Faraq ads more news details from Sudan and Libya as well as Russia. For those of you not familiar with the Ezekiel 38 prophecy the names used there Gog, Beth Togarmath, Persia Put and Cush correspond to the modern day names mentioned in the videos.. Refer to my previous article for the links to the Bible passages.

May God bless and encourage you with these words and the video.

Nando

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July 1, 2018 A possible Rapture on July 7, this year?

A very interesting and well researched article. It is full of well thought, new and fresh observations of scripture.

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2018/douglash71.htm

 

Douglas Henney (1 July 2018)
Things might unfold a week sooner than what I was thinking


On May 27th, I posted a four part email here on Fivedoves in which I expressed the possibility of us going home on, or about, July 14/15.
Recently, I came across some things that have me thinking it may end up happening a week earlier, on July 7/8.
Here are the links to the prior posts to reference since what I am presenting here still includes a lot of my thinking in these prior emails:
A main premise in my prior thinking was that even though the Jewish Sanhedrin currently have a calendar that is not Biblically accurate, that God will still fulfill a significant type/shadow event, namely a correctly counted Pentecost, on that calendar while at the same time fulfill the rapture’s type/shadow event on His Biblically accurate calendar, namely the 18th day of the 3rd month of when God came down at Mount Sinai during a long shofar blast.  Both of these fall on July 14/15 this year.  In other words, God will fulfill both types/shadows at the same time.
I was almost in a bit of a shock when I discovered a few weeks later that there is yet another date that does the very same thing of having a Pentecost and a “18th day of the 3rd month Sinai event” dovetail together.  This happens a week prior, on July 7/8.
I am now thinking that this July 7/8 ends up being a better fitting puzzle piece, and I will try to explain this.
The Sanhedrin’s correctly counted Pentecost (7 weeks plus 50 days) on July 14/15 is a week after the correctly counted Pentecost on the popular Jewish calendar on July 7/8.  The reason for this is how one determines the beginning of a month.
July 7/8 is the 18th day of the 3rd month on the constellation calendar.  This month is commonly referred to as Gemini (shows a union of a couple).  A number of “watching for Jesus” folks have received understanding/revelation from God to pay attention to Gemini.  This Gemini focus is actually referencing the constellation calendar.
For folks not familiar with this calendar, when Jesus died and resurrected, it was when the sun was in “the Lamb of God” constellation, commonly referred to as Aries.  Jesus’ death and resurrection established that constellation month as the first month.
At this time, these constellation months start and end on about the 21st of each of the Gregorian calendar months.
I lean towards the idea that since we, as the body and bride of Christ, have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places per Eph 1:3, that our calendar would also be in the “heavenly places”, or using constellations as months verses referencing the moon. Keep in mind that the constellations (or stars) are part of what God determined as signs, though the evil one has hijacked the original meanings and purpose by fabricating horoscopes (which we are to stay clear from).
We were not given the calendar God gave to the children of Israel.  That one is theirs.  The chosen remnant within Israel-Judah, after the extreme refinement of the coming judgement years, will ultimately inherit God’s earth based kingdom.  The body of Christ, as new creations, will inherit God’s celestial places kingdom once we get new bodies. As the Righteousness of God in our union with Jesus, there is nothing in our core selves/natures that need any refining.  All we are waiting for is new bodies.  These two distinct kingdom realms each have their own unique calendars.
So, the timing of the prior posts is, I think, going to unfold a week earlier than I was thinking.  This also seems to fit better with other pieces coming up, and during the transition of God shifting to dealing with the 144,000 and the chosen remnant within Israel/Judah.
The Sept 23rd/24th Revelation 12 sign does point to a future birth(s).  However, like Pearl Kolibri (sp?) pointed out in one of her Youtube videos, births happen anywhere from 3 weeks prior to the due date, up to 2 weeks after the due date, with only about 4-5% happening on the due date itself.  In other words, the Rev 12 sign pointed to a future window of time wherein the birth will take place.  We are in that window.
So far, no birth happened yet!  Some watchers are already doing counts from June 23rd (9 months after the Rev 12 sign) in light of the purification timeframes described in Leviticus 12.  I think it is a little premature to do this calculation yet, though I believe they are on the right track as I will try to show in what follows.
Leviticus 12 points to periods of time when the birth mother (the focus is not on the baby) cannot come before God in the temple.  40 days if she had a boy.  80 days if she had a girl.
Again, the purification of the mother is the focus of Levitcus 12, not the newly born child.  This is key.  There is confusion in the watching community because folks are not making this distinction.
Now, firstly, a question is, “Who is the mother of the body of Christ, new creations brought into union with the very Godhead?”
Paul teaches in Galatians 4:26 that the Jerusalem above (heavenly places) is free and “she is our mother”.  As new creations, we are born out of a reality that transcends creation.  We are birthed out of or God Himself, yet into His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  God is our “mother”.   In other words, our “mother” who is “above”, does not need the 40 or 80 days of purification.  So, Leviticus 12 does not apply to the body of Christ.  Also, we are the ones about to be birthed out of the earth (so the Rev 12 sign still points to our timing window), yet we are not the mother that Leviticus 12 focuses upon.
However, there is another “mother” and another “baby” also about to be born.  The Chosen Remnant within the modern day children of Israel/Judah are about to give birth to the 144,000.  We are right on the cusp of this.  I am thinking this might happen on July 11-ish, at the midpoint of the rapture-gathering-week, after their three days of darkness similar to what Paul experienced on the road to Damacus.  This timing for the birth of the 144,000, I think, will happen just after we go home, three and a half days after, to be precise.
The Chosen Remnant of Israel/Judah is the “mother” about to give birth to the 144,000.  I believe that the Revelation 12 sign points to this mother (Although it could also be alluding to the timing of when the earth “births” the dead in Christ out of her at our homegoing.  If this is valid, I anticipate “the water breaking” just before we go home which might be a tsunami generated from the slumping off of land into the ocean off Hawaii’s main island).
Now, the question is, “Is the group of 144,000 considered male or female?”, thinking in terms of Levitcus 12 and how long they will experienceba purification before, in some way, being brought before God.
If male, then the 40 days from July 11 ends August 19th.  However, August 19 is one week early of Israel’s true Bibiblically accurate Pentecost per the “full moon starts the month” calendar (as I referenced in my prior posts).  In my original posts to Fivedoves, I was anticipating everything starting (including the rapture) on July 15, and not on July 8 like I am considering now.  In that prior scenario, the midweek point for the “birthing” of these 144,000 was July 18.  In that scenario, the adding of 40 days would have fallen on the true Pentecost.  It seemed to fit so well.  Yet, if events unfold starting a week earlier (on July 7/8) than what I originally anticipated, the 40 day purification count for the mother doesn’t fit.
This is when I noticed that Leviticus 12 focuses only on the mother. I had been lumping the mother and baby together. The Leviticus 12 purification timeframes do not apply to the 144,000.  They are the “baby”.  The 144,000 will still be sealed on the true Pentecost of August 26th.  Yet, what about their “mother”, and how does Leviticus 12 relate to this Chosen Remnant of Israel/Judah?
I had always assumed the 144,000 are considered a “male” child.  It was a premise I had to reconsider.
What if God sees them as a “female” child, even though the scriptures attach the idea of maleness to the group?  If this ends up being the case, then the remnant’s purification timeframe is 80 days after the birthing on July 11th.
I realized this is not a stretch as I consider maleness as compared to femaleness.  Think in terms that, in the natural realm (this does not apply to the members of the body of Christ wherein there is neither male nor female), the man is the head of the woman.  The description of the 144,000 in Revelation 14, after they raptured at the midpoint of the judgement years, is that they followed the lamb wherever He went (responding to Jesus’ headship) and that they are virgins, and that they are blameless.  This, to me, sounds female.
The group of 144,000 relate to Jesus as their Head, their source.  This is just like what the Bride of Christ does, even though we are made up of males and females.
I am beginning to understand that any chosen people or group of God, when they live before God in righteousness and holiness, do so only as they look to God as their Source, or Head.  In other words, these groups relate to God as “female”.
So, thinking in terms of the 144,000 being a female baby, then their “mother”, the chosen remnant of Israel/Judah, cannot “appear” before God for a total of 80 days.
I added 80 days to July 11th and it lands me smack dab in the middle of the Feast of Tanernacles on the popular Jewish calendar.
(As an aside, I believe God will continue to use their faulty calendar, while also using His true calendar, at least until the witnesses show up to set them straight.)
Now recall from Deut. 9:9, 9:18 and 10:10, that Moses went up and down three times at Mount Sinai for 40 days each time.  Which time did Moses come down “glowing”. It was after the third time!  Why didn’t he come down “glowing” the other two times?  I believe it is because God is showing us when Moses will come back down to Israel in the near future, when he will be arriving in a glowing, glorified body.  So, when might this happen?
On prior years, when I calculated when Moses would have come down that third time “glowing”,  I discovered that he would have arrived in the very middle of the Feast of Tabernacles, the same time Jesus, who was present yet in secret, started to teach Israel openly.  I anticipate that Moses will arrive to the Chosen Remnant in the middle of this coming Feast of Tabernacles.
So, after the 144,000’s “mother” has undergone her 80 days of purification this summer, this timeframe will end at the very same timing of when Moses will return back down to Israel in a glorified body, with a second set of tablets in his hands.  After her 80 days of purification, “the mother who just had a female baby” will be truly ready to hear from God.  Moses will be, to the Chosen Remnant of Israel/Judah, a representative of God Himself.  This is on/about September 27/28.
All that I have presented here in this new post is consistent with the idea that the constellation calendar is for the body of Christ, which has the 18th day of the 3rd month on July 7/8, the very same day Pentecost should have been calculated on the popular jewish calendar by adding 50 days to the end of a count of 7 weeks after the Passover’s Feast of Firstfruits.
This means I have July 7/8 as a very high watch date for when we go home, a week earlier than my last set of posts.
Now, I am thinking that Moses, once he comes back down, will be on earth all the way to Jesus’ second coming.  (I am thinking that per Zechariah 1:18-21 that there are a total of four witness : Moses, John, Elijah, and Enoch, two of which will be killed and resurrected/raptured middle of the judgement years).
Moses, due to disobedience, had his original mission of leading Israel into the promised land cut off.  Basicallly, God is going to let Moses finish his assignment during the coming judgement years.  This will include a bit of a rerun for Moses.
Just like his first time (but this next time will be at mid-judgement) Moses will lead the chosen remnant out of a latter days “Egypt” (Rev 11:8 refers to Jerusalem with this term), likely also on the 15th day of the 1st month like Moses did in Exodus 12, and into the wilderness (to Petra for 40 months?)  This remnant will receive their daily bread of manna like Jesus instructed them in the “Lord’s prayer” in order to survive until their promised land is established at Jesus’ second coming.  Moses will finally lead the remnant “into” their promised land, fulfilling his original destiny.
Moses had Joshua with him the first time around.  I think John will fill this role the second time.  Recall what Jesus told Peter about John.  “If I want him to remain til I come . . ,”  Jesus did not mean that John would live for a couple thousand years but that John would not be killed during the judgement years but be present on earth (remain) and be present at Jesus’ second coming.  This means he shows up before Jesus’ second coming.
(As an aside, John’s epistles, in part, are directed to the remnant who will survive the judgement years.  Peter’s epistles are directed, in part, to those who will be be killed for Jesus (like he was) during the judgement years.  Also, Jesus’ teachings, like the sermon on the mount, before His death and resurrection took place, were also directed, in part, to this chosen remnant in the wilderness during the judgement years, who will, at that time, not yet “be saved in one day” until their crucified and resurrected Messiah is revealed at His second coming.
I speculate that Elijah and Enoch will show up in Israel before Moses and John  I am thinking these two will be involved in teaching the 144,000 this summer, and then sealing them, as described in Revelation, and this likely taking place this August 26-ish, or Pentecost on God’s accurate calendar for Israel.  This true Pentecost might be when Enoch returns, for this is the same timing of when he was raptured per Jewish tradition.
Again, I am thinking the Body of Christ was not given the calendar that God gave the children of Israel in the scriptures.  Israel was.  Paul tells us to let no man judge us in terms of feasts, new moons and sabbaths because the substance of those types/shadows is Jesus, in Whom we are made complete.  Our inheritance is not of the earth but is of celestial places.  At the war of Michael against the evil one mentioned in Revelation, where Satan is cast to earth out of celestial dimensions (I am thinking at mid-judgement years), one reason expressed for the “casting down” is that there is “no more room” for Satan and his minions.  Why?  I am thinking that a portion of the body of Christ are going to finally take up our positions in that realm.  This is not to say we will not in some ways be actively involved in doing things on earth during the 1000 year “day of rest”.
However, Paul also explains that the feasts, new moons, sabbaths, and ultimately Israel’s calendar tied to these, are a “shadow of things to come”.  This is the basis for this presentation of my current thinking and anticipations.
Out of all of the above, what do I personally anticipate in the coming days?
As expressed in my prior posts, I am thinking judgement will start on the “end of the church age Babylon” the night of July 4, the end of our 70th “anniversary year” since Israel became a nation.  I think that Jesus gave the nations, and this Babylon in particular, an extra 50 days of grace by referencing our “anniversary years” instead of starting Babylon’s last 70 years right when Israel became a nation.  There are 50 days between May 14, 1948 and July 4, 1948.
July 4/5 the moon is also in the constellation Aquarius and its associated constellations Pegasus and Cygnus.  Per 2 Timothy 4:6-8, Paul gave clues that pointed to this constellation group as he also knew his departure was nigh, or right on the cusp.  Being “poured out as a drink offering” points to Aquarius as the picture of a man pouring out a vessel’s contents onto the ground.  Pegasus, a winged horse, points to a depature like Elijah experienced.  Cygnus has stars whose meanings include “judge”, “he who returns”, and “bringing of rewards”.  All of these are alluded to by Paul in 2 Timothy 4:6-8.  So, from this, I have speculated that whenever we go home in some future month, that the moon would have just been in Aquarius.  July 4th/5th, when the moon is in Aquarius, is just prior to the high watch day of July 7/8 that I am considering for when we might go home.
The night of July 4th might also be the 15th day of the 3rd month in Israel, yet still being on the constellation calendar.  Recall that it was on the 15th day of the 3rd month in Exodus 19 that Israel was gathered at the foot of Sinai, also echoing what the Swedish boy saw in his dream.  I am now wondering if on the night of July 4, if judgement does start on Babylon, if some of us at that very time will have it miraculously revealed to us that we have three days to let others in the body know that they are to get ready before Jesus comes on Sunday.  This would be consistent with what God did with Moses in Exodus 19.
I, for one, really feel like I need to know from God, in no uncertain terms, when Jesus is truly coming before I can give other folks the heads-up.  Even though I believe I am now seeing how a number of pieces are fitting together, I am still not 100% certain.  Being incorrect so many times prior has a way of making a person a bit gun-shy of proclaiming anything.  Perhaps, in God’s plan, and because He is Love and Grace to us, He may just give us a truly miraculous heads-up, just like He did through Moses for Israel, essentially telling us to get ready for Jesus is coming down on the third day during a loud trumpet blast.  This is actually the very thing the Swedish boy saw in his dream.
Sincerely,
Douglas Henney

May 6, 2018 The Holy Spirit by F.M. Riley, a study of the Third Person in the Trinity

In the year of 1977 I was visited in the apartment where I was living by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the form of a white dove who landed on the mat inside my opened front door a few feet away from where I was sitting in a sofa reading the Bible and praying. This event transformed me deeply and launched me in a path of Bible study and a very unusual form of communication with God that persist to the present time.

Yes the Holy Spirit is active in the world today in the guidance of believers in the knowledge of the Word and the desires of Jesus for the enhancement and growth of true believers.

It is through His ministry that we come to know God and live a live that is pleasant to Jesus.

Thanks pastor Riley for your study into this all important subject.

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/may2018/fmriley56-4.htm

 

F.M. Riley (6 May 2018)
The Holy Spirit


The Ministry and Outpouring of
The Holy Spirit
By Pastor F. M. Riley
May 2, 2018
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.”                         Joel 2:28-29
Introduction
In my last study, The Month of May, 2018, I mentioned this text Scripture in Joel 2, and also the similar passage in Acts 2.  After sending out that study, the Lord laid on my heart to write in more detail about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in fulfilling both of these Scripture passages.
The subject of the Holy Spirit is a massive study in God’s Word.  To deal with the subject in every detail, would require the writing of a book.  I have no inclination to write a book on the subject. Therefore this brief study is written only to emphasize a truth about these passages in Joel 2 and Acts 2, which has been overlooked or ignored by even most of God’s people.  My prayer is that this study will be both enlightening, and a blessing, to our readers.
The Reality of the Holy Spirit
The first mention of the Holy Spirit in God’s Word is found in Genesis 1:2, where we read, “…..And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
I have actually had some “Christian” preachers tell me, that the Holy Spirit did not come into the world until the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2, and that this Scripture in Genesis 1:2 does not say, “Holy Spirit,” but only “the spirit of God.”  Ignorance gone to seed!   Then, was this “Spirit of God” in Genesis 1:2, an “unholy” spirit?   Well…??  2 Timothy 2:15 is still in the Bible, and some “professing Christians” need to start paying attention to it!
The Hebrew word translated as “moved” in 1:2, literally means, “brooded.” This is similar to the Lord’s statement found in Matthew 23:37, where the Lord spoke of a hen gathering her chicks under her wings.  A hen gathers her chicks in order to protect them,  preserve them, and bring forth new life.  Likewise the Holy Spirit “brooded” over the waters in Genesis 1:2.  At that time the waters were covering the waste and desolation [tohu waw bohu] into which the original earth had been brought.  This waste and ruin on the earth was caused by the rebellion of the “anointed cherub,” the one we know today as Satan, Ezekiel 28:11-19.
The earth as originally created was not created in the state or condition described in Genesis 1:2.  We know this to be so, because the inspired Word clearly says so.  Read it for yourself in Isaiah 45:18.  When the Lord God created the earth, He created it a beautiful place,  ready to be inhabited by mankind whom He was going to create to dwell in it, Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 45:18.  But the “anointed cherub” hated God, and destroyed the original earth, leaving it as described in Genesis 1:2.
The “Holy Spirit” of God was not the least bit happy with earth’s ruined condition, and is seen in Genesis 1:2 “brooding” over the ruined earth, in order to restore it to an orderly condition and bring forth new life.  Praise the Lord for the reality and ministry of  God’s Holy Spirit.
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
There are dozens of Scriptures thoughout the Old Testament which speak of “the Spirit of God.”  Now unless some reader wants to believe these Scriptures are referring to an “unholy” spirit, then obviously they are referring to the Holy Spirit of God.
When we turn to the New Testament we find that both John and Jesus were filled with the “Holy Spirit” from their mother’s womb.  This would have been impossible unless the Holy Spirit was already in the world.
Further, the first public sermon of the Lord Jesus recorded in God’s Word, is found in John 3, several years before the events recorded in Acts 2.  In His first public sermon, the Lord told Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God,” John 3:5.  Read the remainder of the chapter.  Now if the Holy Spirit didn’t come into the world,  until He was poured out upon the Lord’s church in Acts 2, as some today claim,  just how could anyone be “born of the Spirit” before He came into the world?  Well…??
The So-called Coming Great Revival…??
Yet some today are teaching that the Lord Jesus will not return to resurrect and rapture His people to glory, until there is another great revival in the Lord’s churches.  This claim is generally based upon the prophecy of the Holy Spirit being poured out as recorded in Joel 2:28-29, which I used as a text for this study.
Folks, this claim of another great revival coming before the Lord’s return, is a false claim and false teaching.  Those making such a claim today are “wrongly dividing” the Word of God, and just setting forth  another way of saying, “My Lord delayeth His coming,” Matthew 24:48-51; Luke 12:45-46.
There will not be another great revival, among the churches and in the ranks of Christianity, before our Lord comes.  The Lord is coming to rescue His Bride and people out of “this present evil world, Galations 1:4.   The claim that such a revival has to occur before the Lord can come again, is absolutely false teaching.  The Christian movement today is in a state of apostasy, with only a “remnant” of true believers  still faithfully  loving and serving the Lord. I cannot help but believe that it is this “remnant” of true believers who will make up the Bride of Christ at the rapture.  Now do our readers want to be a part of this faithful, loving,  “remnant,” or are you content to just attend some church and hope that you will make it  to Heaven?
Now let’s turn our attention to the inspired prophecy of…….
Joel 2:28-29
What about this prophecy?  If it does not apply to some great revival before the Lord can return, then where and when does it apply, in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy?  Let’s see…..
Any reader who will seriously study the context in which this passage occurs, and even the statement made in this passage, should  easily see that the Lord God was speaking to and about the Holy Spirit being poured out again upon the nation and people of Israel.  Even a casual reading of the second chapter of Joel will reveal that the statements in the chapter are primarily speaking to and about the nation and people of Israel.  The very first verse in the chapter speaks about sounding a trumpet in “Zion,” which is God’s “holy mountain,” in the land of Israel.  The entire chapter gives both warnings and blessings which will come upon Israel and the Jewish people during “the day of the Lord” [the Tribulation period].   This is the context in which the prophecy in Joel 2:28-29 occurs.
God’s Witness Upon the Earth
Then what this passage in Joel 2:28-29 is prophesying, is that there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the nation and people of Israel.  This will happen at the time the authority to be God’s “witness” among mankind on the earth is transferred back from the Lord’s church to the nation of Israel and the Israelite people.  And when will that be?
Ever since the Lord God made His covenant with Moses and the children of Israel on the Day of Pentecost at Mount Sinai, as recorded in Exodus 20, the Lord God has never been without a “witness” in the earth.  In fact, Acts 14:17 makes it clear that the Lord will not leave Himself without a “witness” in the earth.
In Acts 2:1-3 the Lord God, on the Day of Pentecost  transferred the authority to be His “witness” on the earth among mankind, from apostate Israel to His espoused bride [Church].
The Timing of the Outpouring
Just as soon as this present Dispensation of Grace ends, with the resurrection and rapture of the Lord’s Church, and all true New Covenant believers, then the Lord God will transfer the authority to serve as His representitive to mankind on this earth back to the nation and people of Israel.  And yes!  There is Scriptural proof in God’s Word for my making this statement.
Examining the Statements
But what happened on that Day of Pentecost so long ago was really only  a partial fulfillment of the prophecy given in Joel 2.  Those readers who carefully study Peter’s message on that day, should notice that Peter. in explaining to that vast gathering of the Jewish people, explicitly stated,
“For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your dauthers shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit: and they shall prophesy,” Acts 2:17.
Isn’t it obvious to our readers that Peter could have said that the outpouring was similar to, or somewhat like, the prophecy in Joel.  But Peter did not say that!  What Peter explicitly said, was, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;” and then Peter transliterated the prophecy recorded in Joel 2:28-29.  So it should be evident to those readers who take the Bible at face value for what it actually and literally says, that the prophecy in Joel 2:28-29 began to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  But the complete fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy has not  yet occurred!
I used the word, “transliterated,” because Peter did not quote Joel’s prophecy word for word, as it was given.  What Peter said was, “And it shall come to pass in the last days…..”  But what Joel actually said was, “And it shall come to pass afterward.   Now be honest!  Isn’t that exactly what is writteen in the inspired Word?
These two different wordings do not say the same thing, or mean the same thing.  In fact the two different wordings are emphasizing two different dispensations of time for the complete fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy.
So many believers today have totally missed or overlooked this truth.  The prophecy of Joel 2:28-29 was given to Israel, and began to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 with the salvation of 3,000 souls.  But what is still awaiting, when the rest of Joel’s prophecy is fulfilled?   Wow!
Defining the Two Different Terms
The two different terms used in God’s Word in reference to Joel’s prophecy, are “afterward” in Joel 2:28, and “the last days” in Acts 2:17.
In Joel 2:28, the prophet Joel was inspired of God to say, “And it shall come to pass afterward…..”  After what, or after when?  The obvious answer is after the Dispensation of Grace has been concluded by the resurrection and rapture of the Lord’s church and all true New Covenant believers.  Proof?  Gladly!
Just look at Peter’s statement in Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days…..”  Dear readers, we believers are living in “the last days” right now!  Just look up the expression in the New Testament, and it places the Lord’s church and people in “the last days” over and over again.  For example see 2 Timothy 3:1-7, Hebrews 1:1-2, James 5:1-8, and 2 Peter 3:3-4, A careful study of this expression will reveal that “the last days” could be used as  a  synonym for the Dispensation of Grace.
So the “afterward” in Joel 2:28-29 literally means that the entire nation and people of Israel will experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit after this present dispensation is over.  This means after the resurrection and rapture of all New Testament believers has occurred.  And why shouldn’t that be the proper time in God’s Great Plan of the Ages?  And yes!  This clearly allows for a Pre-tribulation Rapture.  Glory!
A Witness to Israel
Israel as a nation and people, throughout this entire dispensation has rejected the New Testament as being a part of the inspired Word of God, and the Lord Jesus Christ as being their long awaited Messiah, King, and Savior.
But when the resurrection and rapture occurs, some believers will be be raptured right before the eyes [Matthew 24:40-42; Luke 17:34-36] of some of the Jewish people, and the rapture will be one of the greatest “witnesses” ever seen by and given to the nation and people of Israel.
And when the rapture occurs, God’s “two witnesses” [Revelation 11:3-6] will show up in the streets of Jerusalem, preaching the Lord Jesus Christ as God’s “way” of salvation, and the Messiah and Savior of Israel, and calling upon Israel to repent of their unbelief.  You talk about a “witness” to a people!  Wow!  And glory to God!
And shortly after the rapture has occurred the power and presence of the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon the nation and people of Israel, to complete the outpouring which began on the Day of Pentecost 2,000 years ago on the Lord’s church in Acts 2.   Glory to God!  Praise the Lord!
The Amazing Results…..
It must have been a great day of rejoicing for all the true believers   when the Holy Spirit was poured out, and then Peter preached his great sermon on the Day of Pentecost and 3,000 souls were saved as recorded in Acts 2.  I would love to have been there!
But now just think about it!  When the Holy Spirit is finally poured out upon the nation and people of Israel as recorded in Joel 2,  shortly after [afterward] the rapture has occurred, and God’s “two witnesses” [Revelation 11:3] preach the Lord Jesus Christ to the Jewish people gathered there in Jerusalem, 144,000 Israelites will be gloriously saved out of all twelve tribes of Israel, Revelation 7:1-8.   Glory hallelujah!
If any reader cannot get excited over this fulfillment of the prophetic Word, then perhaps they need to read 2 Peter 1:10-11 again, and act upon it.  But this is still not the end of the story…….
Those 144,000 saved and sealed Jews will then go forth into all the world preaching “the gospel of the Kingdom” to every person left behind on the earth after the rapture, Matthew 24:14.  The result of their preaching was seen by John in Revelation 7:9-17.
I am sure some preachers will balk at this truth, claiming that their ministry has already reached into the whole world by means of radio or television.  Is that so?  There are a few things wrong with such a claim in the light of Matthew 24:14…..
[1]   We who preach God’s Word today do not preach “the gospel of the Kingdom.”  We should be encouraging true believers by reminding them that the Kingdom of Christ is coming, but in order to reach lost souls for Christ,  we today preach, or should be preaching, “the gospel of the grace of God in Christ Jesus,” Acts 20:20-21.
[2]   A careful study of Matthew 24:14 in the Greek text, makes it clear that the “gospel of the Kingdom” will be preached in every place in “the habitable earth,” where there is even one soul to hear it.  Now this totally exposes the claim of  these preachers who boast that their ministry has “gone all over the world” by means of radio and TV.  Thousands of people today in various parts of the world, in spite of radio and television, have never even heard of the Lord Jesus Christ and have no idea who He is.  But every single person left behind on the earth when the rapture occurs is going to hear about Him, for the 144,000 will see to it.
Yes indeed!  There is a great soul saving revival coming on the earth.  But it will be after the resurrection and rapture, after this present Dispensation of Grace is over, and we true believers living today will  already be with our Lord in Heaven.   Glory to God!
The Signs of the Times
The Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew 16:1-3, sternly rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees for not being able to “discern the signs of the times.”  Are the leaders of New Testament Christianity doing any better  today?
The Lord Jesus, in the Gospels, and then throughout the New Testament, gave to His people “signs” to watch for, which would indicate that the time of His return was drawing near, Mark 13:33-37.  If the readers have been obedient in “watching,” we have seen one “sign” after another fulfilled since the end of the Second World War, and “signs” are still appearing today.
Because of these “signs,” there is no question in my mind that 2018 will be the year of our Lord’s return.  Also…..
The observant reader will notice that throughout this study I underlined The Day of Pentecost.  Now as I write, we are in the month of May, and the Day of Pentecost is just a few days away.  If any reader has not received my study entitled The Month of May, 2018, just write or drop me an email, and I will send it to you.
I do not dogmatically claim that the Lord Jesus is going to return on Pentecost.  I am well aware of what is stated in Matthew 24:36.  The Lord may come on some other day, but the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit tells me that He is coming SOON.  If the Lord does come on Pentecost, or even before, will He find you saved and ready, or will you be one of those left behind at the rapture?
Dear readers, YOU HAVE MY MESSAGE.  Now what you do with it is between you and the Lord.
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