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There are two times in the year that I have always expected Jesus in the Rapture and they were on Pentecost and trumpets. Mr. Wilson has given us an excellent study of the Word to support primarily the Pentecost Rapture.
In addition to the excellent reasons given in the article I reasoned that Jesus in His perfect order will assign a whole number of years for His church harvest, that means if it started in Pentecost it will end in Pentecost.
About March of this year I was talking to my mother who was 92 years old at the time that Jesus was coming at the Rapture in this Pentecost. He did not come for the Rapture on 2015 but He took my mother the day after on May 25. Next Pentecost on May 15, 2016 I can expect a big reunion as the dead in Christ come first and then we who remain follow them in a short span of time. This is my hope and the hope of all anxious watchers in the past and present.
Greg Wilson (27 Sep 2015)
“A SCRIPTURAL CASE FOR A PENTECOST RAPTURE”
23 September 2015
NO TRUMPETS RAPTURE
A SCRIPTURAL CASE FOR A PENTECOST RAPTURE
A majority of Christians today are looking for a Trumpets rapture event. However, there is very little scriptural support for this proposition.
The Feasts of the Lord are Prophetic
The Levitical festivals of the Lord are a prophetic picture of God’s redemptive plan. Paul says as much in Colossians 2:16-17. This truth has been demonstrated in Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits with the crucifixion death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Pentecost was partially fulfilled by the gift of the Holy Spirit. (See Note 1)
Trumpets vs. Pentecost Rapture
Why do I say that Pentecost was partially fulfilled ? A majority of Christians say that Pentecost was fulfilled with the “giving of the Law” at Mt. Sinai and the gift of the Holy Spirit in 32 A.D. They treat Pentecost as completely fulfilled. I simply question the general belief because I cannot find any Scriptural support for the Law being given on Pentecost. We are called to “prove all things”. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
There is nothing in the Old Testament which even remotely connects Pentecost with the giving of the Law at Sinai. Moses did not associate any historical event in Israel’s early history with Pentecost, as he did with Passover and Tabernacles. The name the Pentecost Feast (Shauvot) does not define its essence, as do the other festivals of the Lord. There is a teaching in Jewish tradition which connects Pentecost with the giving of the Law. It may be possible to estimate that the law was given about 53 days after the first Passover in Egypt, but it is not an event that the word of God chooses to emphasize or associate with this Feast.
The Jewish traditions about the memorial day for blowing Trumpets are enticing to associate with the rapture event. Jewish tradition teaches that it will be the final gathering of Israel when the Messiah comes. It is taught as a symbol of the resurrection of the dead. They teach that the book of life will be opened on this day. There are to be 100 trumpet blasts, with the last blast the longest.
The fact that the two principal rapture verses, 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17 refer to the “last trump” and “trumpet of God” are the emphatic points of interest and what connect the majority belief that the rapture is associated with the Festival of Trumpets.
Paul never teaches or associates the rapture with the festival of Trumpets. However, Paul teaches that the rapture of the “Christ’s own” is associated with His resurrection and first fruits. Christ was risen from the dead on the festival of First Fruits during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (1 Corinthians 15:20)
The Three Orders of Resurrection
Paul teaches that there are three orders of the resurrection. God has an ordered redemptive plan. By inference, we are lead to consider that Israel’s three pilgrimage feasts, (1) unleavened bread, (2) Pentecost, and (3) Tabernacles are “shadows” of the resurrection of the dead. (Exodus 23:14)
Christ was raised at First Fruits, during the feast of Unleavened Bread. He is the first order of the resurrection. Then, afterward, they that are Christ’s at His coming. If Christ is coming for His own, we know that this is the promise of John 14:3, 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17. It is the rapture.
Christ’s own is the second order of the resurrection. When is the second order of the resurrection ? On Pentecost, the next feast or on Trumpets ? Trumpets is not a pilgrimage feast.
Christ’s own have the first fruits of the Spirit. (Romans 8:23) So, Christ’s own are associated with His first fruits resurrection. When he comes for His own, our bodies will be redeemed. (Romans 8:23) Our bodies will be transformed. (Philippians 3:20) The complete redemption of Christ’s own involve two stages. First, the guarantee, the deposit of the Spirit, then second, “at His coming”, the redemption of the body. The Holy Spirit was given as a deposit the moment we believed. It is a guarantee, an earnest deposit of His Spirit in our hearts until He comes for us. For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy. (Romans 11:16) Christ’s own are the lump. The simple inference is that Christ’s own will follow Him as a first fruits type of resurrection. If stage one occurred on Pentecost, as a deposit of guarantee, why should we not expect the Lord to complete His redemptive plan for “His own” on the same feast, the feast of conclusion. Curiously, the rabbinic name for Shauvot (Pentecost) is Hag ha-Azereth, or Azereth, meaning the “Feast of Conclusion”. They also refer to Pentecost as Hag ha-Bikurim, meaning the Feast of First Fruits”.
The Feast of Pentecost is a harvest feast, a pilgrimage feast which follows First Fruits. This is supported by Leviticus 23:10-11; 16-17. So, if Jesus was resurrected on First Fruits, He will come for His own at the Feast of Pentecost. Here is the reasoning. The picture at the Temple at First Fruits is the priests offering God the “Sheaf of Grain”. They waved the sheaf of grain before the Lord. This was a pre-harvest waving of a sample of the harvest. The priests were doing this the morning that Jesus was resurrected. Imagine that ! While they were waiving the grain sheaf up to the Lord, the Lord was being lifted up out of the grave. God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice. He is the first fruits of the resurrection.
Now, 50 days later, the grain crops were mature and were harvested. On Pentecost the priest were charged to make two loaves of bread from the harvested grain. These loaves contained leaven. Then they waived the two loaves in the air as an offering to the Lord.
The “wave sheaf offering” symbolizing Christ’s resurrection as the basis for understanding the “wave loaf offering” at Pentecost. The sample of grain sheaf which is waved before the Lord anticipated the grain harvest 50 days later where the harvested grain would be baked into loaves of bread. The two acts of waving the sheaf and the loaves are necessarily related. The latter is dependent on the former. They are so related that there is a countdown in anticipation of the seed grain being transformed into loaves of bread. Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest. (Matthew 9:38) Trumpets is not a harvest festival.
I believe that the two loaves made with grain represent Christ’s own, not Jew and Gentile because there is neither Jew, nor Greek, for all are one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28). For God made “one new man” in Himself. (Ephesians 2:15)
The two loaves represent (1) the resurrected dead, and (2) the transformed living in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:52) These two loaves are contextually related to the second order of the first fruits resurrection.
In addition to all of this, Paul says that he ministered the Gospel to the Gentiles, that the “offering up of the Gentiles” might be acceptable being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:16) Paul’s offering up description is consistent with the two loaf offering of Pentecost. He speaks the words of a priest making an offering up to the Lord.
The third order of the resurrection is at the end of the Tribulation when the Tribulation and Old Testament saints will be resurrected for the Millennial reign of Christ. (Job 19:25-26; Daniel 12:13). The third order of the resurrection occurs on the Feast of Tabernacles, the third pilgrimage feast. It is the harvest of fruits. It is noteworthy that there is no offering up by the priests. It would appear that only Jesus and His own are lifted to heaven.
Mysteries Associated with Pentecost
Pentecost is also associated with the Mysteries of God, as taught by Paul. For me, this is an additional reason that I favor Pentecost, rather than Trumpets for a future rapture event. Paul does not each any mysteries associated with Trumpets. But of Pentecost, there are many:
- At the fullness of the Gentiles (rapture), the mystery of Israel’s blindness will be removed. Romans 11:25 The number fifty is associated with fullness or completeness. The 50 day countdown speaks to completion of the harvest.
- The second order of the resurrection which includes the rapture is a mystery. 1 Corinthians 15:51 It is related to Christ’s first fruits resurrection and completes the two stage redemption of spirit and body.
- Christ and the Church is a mystery. Ephesians 5:32 Christ’s own were indwelt by His Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
- Christ indwelling the believers, the hope of glory is a mystery. Colossians 1:27
All of these mysteries have an intimate relationship with the Lord and His Own. I believe it is reasonable to associate the Feast of Pentecost with these mysteries.
I believe that it is prudent to teach all aspects of reasoned seasons for the rapture of the true Church, Christ’s own. While I believe Trumpets is interesting, I am compelled to view that Pentecost is a more reasonable feast to associate with a possible rapture event.
I believe that our Lord wants us to know the season of His return. We are children of light, not darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5) He does not want us to be sleeping, but watchful. (1 Thessalonians 5:6). He has made His planned order known. (1 Thessalonians 1:1) (Amos 3:7) (Proverbs 25:2)
Chapter 15 of First Corinthians is about the resurrection of the dead and the rapture. There is no hint of teaching that the Festival of Trumpets is associated with the rapture.
I believe that bible teachers should include the possibility of a Pentecost rapture when they teach about the possibility of a Trumpets rapture.
Note 1: The Age of the Law commenced on Passover in Egypt and ended with the crucifixion of our Lord on Passover A.D. 32. The Age of Grace (Indwelling) began on Pentecost A.D. 32 and will end on Pentecost A.D. 20xx with the rapture, the second order of the resurrection. This is a pattern. While I think that associating the giving of the Law at Sinai is reasonable, it is not emphasized purposefully by God. In fact, Pentecost would appear to have no application to the Jew, except the remnant Jewish believers in this Age. (blindness in part Romans 11:25) The sting of death is sin and its strength is the law. (1 Cor. 15:56). No man is justified by the law. The works of the law are under a curse. (Galatians 3:10) The law is not of faith. (Galatians 3:12) If the law were given on Pentecost, it would seem to be a contradiction to the Spirit of Pentecost which is faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:28) It is for this reason that I believe that the Lord God did not emphasize the giving of the law at Pentecost. Pentecost is about faith and life…in Christ, the Spirit of Prophecy, the author and finisher of our faith.
Sincerely, In Christ, Greg
In today;s update Gary Stearman answers the questions of many viewers about the seals having been opened and that we are already in the Tribulation. He is emphatic about affirming that we are not and I agree with him 100%.
One thing must come first and that is the Rapture of the church. If the church is here then the Tribulation has not started.
After the Rapture those who are in the earth will have a valid reason to ask the question as they are going to go into it if they are alive.
At this point two things will have to happen that will tell the world that the Tribulation has started.
The first is the appearance of the two witnesses of Rev 11 that make their entrance at the same instant that the seal is opened and the second is the signing of a 7 year covenant by the Antichrist (Obama) with many.
Are we close to this point in time? yes! are we there yet no!
Sept 26, 2015 Tomorrow evening is the last eclipse of the blood moon tetrad. Is it the last warning before the start of the Apocalypse?
We are at the end of the month of September, a month that started the Jubilee year on Yom Kippur and ended the Shemitah year on 9/13. Tomorrow on the feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles that start at dusk can it portent the start of the Apocalypse by the signing of the seven year covenant described by the prophet Daniel 9: 27 as the UN discusses the Palestinian state and the division of Jerusalem? Is the chapter and verse of the prophet Daniel a prophetic clue 9/27 as to the month and day this covenant will be signed? Will the blood moon eclipse that will happen also on this day also point to the covenant that will start the Apocalypse?
Is that the reason the Pope has been on the constant screen shown on our television screens since his meeting with Obama?
Is the Antichrist Barack Hussein Obama meeting his supporting cast during the Apocalypse, the Pope in the role of the False Prophet?
Well I believe the answer to all of the above questions is a resounding yes. The article by Mr. Paul Grevas a devout Christian and retired statistician brings the above points as well and I also agree with him. The web site presents magnificent charts that explain the tetrad of BBM (Biblical Blood Moons) and their prophetic significance in God’s plan and the restoration of Israel as the nation where He will establish the throne for His Kingdom rule at the end of seven years from tomorrow on the Sukkot of 2022 at His return to earth. Is the Chapter 22 of the book of Revelation also point to the year of His return?
Rev 22:3 states: 3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. The city referred here is Jerusalem!
Thanks to Mr. Mark Biltz who discovered the significance of the tetrads and Mr. Paul Grevas who has done and excellent job of doing charts and articles about them.
The subject of the article below covers many theological points like salvation, the mystery of iniquity the fall and rebellion of Satan, the coming Antichrist and the reason for sin, evil, decease and death in the world.
It all can be surmised as the epic battle between God and the rebellious Satan.
And the World Will Be as One
By Alice Johnson Childs
“And in the latter time of their kingdom when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his powers shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the Holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many…” (Daniel 8:23-25a).
In 1971 when I was 17 (and yes, I realize I am dating myself here), John Lennon released his song, Imagine. It became the biggest hit of his solo career. The melody was lyrical, poignant, and hauntingly beautiful. It touched something deep inside the listener when it was played. It still remains one of the most recognized and most often played compositions of modern music.
However, as lovely as the music was, it was the lyrics of the song that resonated with an entire generation of youth. It still does so today. The song speaks longingly of a time when there will be “a brotherhood of man.” Of a time “when the world will be as one.” The plaintive cry of the author/poet is this: “I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”
No one can listen to the song without actually feeling the longing and pathos of the author who penned it. It is wistful, beautiful, heartfelt. BUT…
There is just one problem with this song, and it’s a big one. At the heart of this achingly beautiful melody lies a deadly deception. For you see, the philosophy and worldview set forth in it is humanistic and atheistic to the core.
This “brotherhood of man” John Lennon so longed for was not the brotherhood that we believers in Christ enjoy. No, the brotherhood Lennon hoped for and longed to be a part of was a brotherhood of man without the Creator God being a part of it, as evidenced in the very first line of his lyrics:
“Imagine there’s no heaven.
It’s easy if you try.
No hell below us.
Above us only sky…” (John Lennon – Apple Records 1971)
John Lennon was a brilliant musician. He was also vehemently anti-God. Although for a time he and the other members of the mega-famous rock group, The Beatles, became enamored with the Eastern mystical cults of Transcendental Meditation and Hinduism. But at the core of his being Lennon was a humanist and an atheist. Yet even he, as evidenced by the longing expressed in these lyrics, yearned for a world filled with genuine peace, love and the brotherhood of all mankind. His problem was, he wanted it without the Prince of Peace.
This longing for an end to violence, strife and bloodshed is even more desirous today as we watch our world hurtle toward destruction at warp speed. Yet the same heart flaw that was in John Lennon is the same bitter vetch that resides within the hearts of all mankind. The fatal flaw at the center of Man’s heart is sin.
Sin is the black root that lies embedded within the very core of all humanity. It is the poisoned taproot from which all of our problems grow. It grows and flowers and produces the bitter and deadly fruit of rebellion and pride.
Sin is the very reason that apart from God’s grace and redemption, mankind can never hope to have lasting peace. It is the sinful heart of Man that John Lennon – and all those who long for peace but who reject Jesus Christ, who is the only source of peace – refuse to acknowledge.
Sinful Man is so arrogant and prideful in his heart that he cannot see the truth. And this truth is what man, in his utter rebelliousness and pride, does not want to face or deal with.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Man is sinful. Man is a fallen creature. And at the very core of his being, man is a rebel.
“For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This rebellion began in the heart of God’s most beautiful and powerful angel—Lucifer.
Somewhere deep inside the heart of God’s crowning angelic creation, Lucifer, whose title in the Bible is called “son of the morning” – deep within the heart of this exquisitely created angel, the deadly seed of “the mystery of iniquity” began to germinate.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations” (Isaiah 14:12).
Lucifer had been created in splendid perfection. He was called by God, “the anointed cherub that covereth.” In fact most biblical scholars believe that Lucifer was in some way, the angel that was associated with music in heaven, particularly music related to the purpose of worship of the Most High God.
“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth: and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the Holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
Yet, at some point, deep within the heart of this most magnificent of creatures, sin was birthed. And as a result of Lucifer’s pride and rebellion, sin—was loosed upon all of creation.
“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:16).
At some point in time (we are not given to know precisely when), but apparently sometime after the creative work of God was wrought, and after the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7) in jubilation at God’s handiwork (angels were often referred to as stars and as “sons of God” in the Old Testament), somewhere after God had created and pronounced that ALL He had made “was very good” – somewhere within the heart of Lucifer, a worm of pride and jealousy began to grow.
It grew and grew until he was consumed by pride and envy to the point to where he actually plotted to overthrow his Creator and to become “like the Most High.” Thus, pride led to a rebellion in heaven, whereby Lucifer – now renamed Satan by God, led one-third of the angelic host in rebellion against their Creator ( Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:4).
Satan then planned to corrupt and destroy God’s most precious creation—Man, whom God created “in His image.” Satan (the Deceiver) succeeded in tempting and deceiving Eve with the promise that if she but listened to him, she and Adam would “be as gods” (Genesis 3:4-5).
And Adam, fully aware of what he was doing, willfully followed suit in rebellion, thereby forfeiting everything that God had given him. So with the fall of Man accomplished, Satan usurped the rulership of all of the worldly kingdoms, and became the “god” (ruler) of this world system.
Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been the ultimate power behind the rulers of this planet. Ever since Eden there has been a cosmic war that has been raging between the Lord of Hosts and the “prince of the power of the air.” At stake are the immortal souls of God’s most beloved creation—Man.
What John Lennon and all of lost mankind refuse to acknowledge is that God had already given Man that longed for “peaceable kingdom.” But Adam sinned and through that sin forfeited his authority on earth, and far worse, severed his intimate relationship with his Creator – thus tainting all of his descendants with the curse of sin that now separates all of fallen Man from a holy God.
Until Man’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden, there had been already perfect peace and harmony between the Great Creator and His most precious creation, and between Man and all created beings. But sin, in the form of pride and rebellion ruined God’s perfect world, and henceforth, the story has been—as Milton wrote—Paradise Lost, and of God’s plan for the redemption of mankind and the restoration of Paradise.
None of this took God by surprise, however. He knew before He created anything that Satan would rebel and that Man would also fall. The Bible tells us that He had already made provision for our redemption. Even before creation, Jesus had already offered Himself to be the “Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
In order to redeem His fallen creation, God already knew that He would have to send His Son to earth. His Son, who would literally be God wrapped in human flesh—the Lord Jesus Christ. It was He who came as our “Kinsman Redeemer” who was both fully God and fully man and the only One able to pay the debt that sinful Man had incurred.
Christ Jesus lived the perfect sinless life that we, in our sinful state, could never live. He died, was buried, and rose again to utterly crush Satan’s plan for the ultimate ruin of mankind. Jesus, the Son of God Himself, came as our Savior!
It may seem as if Satan, the enemy of our souls, is winning the war. From a human perspective it certainly looks like he is. But Satan—that old Deceiver of Mankind—the wrecker of Paradise, is on a leash. He can only go as far as the Lord allows him to go, and he is about to reach the end of his tether. The Prince of Peace is coming soon to judge sin and rebellion once and for all and to set this world to rights.
Man longs for peace. The hidden cry within every human heart, whether saved or lost, is peace. Even among the most bloodthirsty murderers, there are those whose souls cry out for peace and release. And although there are many whose consciences are “seared” who revel in wickedness, there are also many others who long for peace from the dark, howling, chasm of misery and emptiness that is consuming their souls – that emptiness within that yearns for genuine peace to fill it. The hope of this peace is what draws even the most vile of humanity to the Light of the world.
The problem comes when Man rejects the only source of genuine peace. In our rebellious heart, the worm of pride still lives. Even though God Himself in Jesus Christ offered Himself up as a sacrifice for sin so that “whosoever will” could come to Him and have his debt of sin pardoned. Even so, there are still millions who of their own free will choose to reject this “so great a salvation” and who, like John Lennon, seek “peace” within themselves or within nature (created things) or within false gods who are nothing more than Satan and his rebel angels in disguise.
This war of kingdoms is about to reach its climax. Satan is putting the finishing touches on the plans he has to wrest the rulership of creation from Almighty God once and for all. The stage is set for his final assault against his hated enemy, the Most High God. The Ancient of Days is allowing him this one final campaign before HE returns to put an end to the millennia of carnage this usurper has wrought upon His creation.
Satan’s tactics have never changed. He has always used lies and deception to get what he wants, and what he wants most is the worship and adulation that belongs only to Almighty God. And he will continue to lie, deceive, and utterly destroy this world and everyone in it to get it.
It is all coming together. Right now Satan is using the lure of peace – a world free from war and strife (even though it is he who is behind all of the world’s misery). He is using the very idea of a “brotherhood of man” to draw in those who so want peace, but who want it on their terms and not God’s.
Right now that deceiving angel is grooming and placing into position a man who will be his “man of the hour” – a man who will quickly rise to power at the right time. At his appointed time, Satan’s man (who is none other than the prophesied Antichrist) will glide onto the stage of the world, bringing with him the promise of peace, love, unity, and the brotherhood of man – but all without God.
Even now, his minions, both human and demonic, are putting the finishing touches on the last parts of Satan’s global plan. The people of the earth who have rejected the true Prince of Peace have been primed to accept the false one. The war weary, hedonistic, world is ripe for deception. All is ready.
Satan’s man (the Antichrist), is already positioned and is waiting in the wings. The stage is set and the lights are dimming. The instant God’s true Church is removed, the curtain on the final act of The Conflict of the Ages will rise.
The plot of the last Act is to overthrow the kingdom of heaven, and to facilitate the eternal destruction of men’s souls. The implementation of the conflict will be through deceit and the promise (that is a lie) will be “peace.”
The orchestra is warming up. The opening strains of music can be heard, and the theme song being played is: Imagine…
The video brings the Sunday celebration at Jonathan Cahn’s church.
The message is about the Shemitah and the feast of trumpets. At the end Jonathan Cahn blows to distinct and different shofars.
Jesus is in control and He is coming for His church is his main message to his congregation. A very inspiring exhortation for the church.
In the article below Paul Grevas has detailed the partial solar eclipse of today and the tetrad of blood moons. His web pages contained excellent charts that show the tetrad and the preceding and following lunar and solar eclipses.
Sept 12, 2015 Will the Dow Jones market drop 7,777 points on Monday-Tuesday Sept 14-15 the days of Rosh Hashanah ?
Ever since the discovery of the effects of the Shemitah years effect on the USA economy in 2001 and 2008 the question asked is what will happen in Elul 29 (September 13, 2015)? Well it falls on a Sunday and the stock market is closed on Sunday so will the effect be felt on Monday or Tuesday as the nature of Rosh Hashanah is a two day festival?
The following video is a recent show of Sid Roth where he interviews Rabbi Jonathan Cahn recently.
It is important to notice the part where he states that the tribulation will start after a Shemitah year and will last the full seven years of a Shemitah 7 year period. It will fulfill the last week of years for the restoration of Israel of Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks of years. This prophecy of Daniel is directly the opposite to the 70 years of exile in Babylon as a punishment for Israel not keeping 70 Shemitahs (490 years). So the Shemitah period is very, very important!
Well Monday or Tuesday are important watch dates.