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

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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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April 7, 2016 The Temple of Baal coming to New York. Is Elijah about to come also? JD Farag April 3, update

In this video of JD Farag the main theme is the temple of Baal that is coming to NY and also to London and other cities. This is an indication of the degree of occult takeover of a Christian nation that seems powerless to confront such evil as this. Elijah the prophet once confronted hundreds of priests of Baal and Asherah, and after that he had them put to death.

Is Elijah coming at the beginning of the Apocalypse to again confront the priests and followers of Baal just as he did in the Old Testament? Is the seven year tribulation about to start in Passover on April 23/24 ?

Critical times we are living.

Nando

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Feb 24, 2016 Will the resurrection and the Rapture be next Month on Feast of First Fruits Easter?

Douglas Henney has presented us in a six parts series with his thoughts of what is coming in the near future and in the next seven years of Apocalypse.

A very good dissertation of what is to come with some unusual points of view a some Bible based speculation. Very possible scenario although not all can I agree with.

Thank you Mr. Henney for very good thought provoking articles.

Nando

Part 2:

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2016/douglash221-2.htm

Part 3:

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2016/douglash221-3.htm

Part 4:

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2016/douglash221-4.htm

Part 5:

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2016/douglash221-5.htm

Part 6:

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/feb2016/douglash221-6.htm

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Nov 17, 2015 Can we know the day of the start of the seven year Tribulation?

The article posted below is a study of the prophecies of the prophet Haggai and they highly say that we should be looking for the date 24 Kislev for the start of the Apocalypse. This year this date falls on December 5-6.

Let us take a quick review of the things other prophecies say will happen on that date also.

The prophet Daniel in chapter 9 says that the prince that shall come (the Antichrist) will sign a covenant with many for one week of years (7 years) which is the duration of the Apocalypse.

The book of Revelation chapter 11 tells us that God will send two witnesses to the world whose testimony will last 1,260 days from day one. The years of the Apocalypse will last 360 days. There are many possible ways that the earth will revert back to the 360 days a year and a pole shift could be one of them.

In heaven Revelation 5 and 6 are being fulfilled by the Lamb. The object of everyone’s attention is a scroll held in the hand of God that holds the title and destiny of the earth and the lamb takes it and opens the first seal releasing a white horse whose rider is given a bow and a crown and given the command to go out and conquer. This is the Antichrist which will rule for seven years.

On this date or a few days before millions of Christians will be taken out of the world by Jesus Christ in an event that is known as the Rapture of the church and the dead in Christ will be resurrected prior to the church’s going. The bride of Christ will not go into the Apocalypse and will be protected by God in heaven.

Thanks to Armando, Ron and watchman for the link to the article.

With this introduction the article,

Nando

Urgent Warning: The Hebrew Scriptures Give Us The EXACT Day Of The End

By
Israel Ben Barzle
And
Yehoshua Ben Barzle

The information I am about to put forth has never been put into print to my knowledge. It is groundbreaking information pulled from the pages of the Hebrew Prophets that will impact you and your family in the days ahead. My suggestion as you read through the following paragraphs is that you spend some time in very sincere conversation with the Creator of this world.

On a personal note, I am not a date-setter kind of guy. In fact, I usually go out of my way to debunk the date-setters, as I believe when the date that has been set does not come to pass, it harms the name of the G-d of Abraham. However, in a pure biblical sense, it is very difficult to analytically refute what I am about to share. So please understand dear reader—it is with earnest, G-dly fear that I impart, not what could be, but what WILL BE, one of the most important days of our collective lives.

Israel Ben Barzle

 

In recent weeks we have seen a series of critical Hebraic dates and events converge. We have witnessed the end of a Shemitah that did not clear our biblical debt; the final series of Blood Moon Tetrads announcing an upcoming, final war in Israel; the blatant, public rebellion of the Western Powers on Yom Kippur 2015; the all-important commencement of the Seventieth Jubilee cycle; the invasion of the Middle East by Russian forces; the beginnings of a final intifada in the land of Israel. All of these events have come together all at once. And, if you are scripturally sensitive at all, you cannot help but realize that something big is getting ready to happen on the prophetic horizon.

But the big question has always been: “so when exactly will the final shoe drop?” When will all these prophecies actually culminate in a tangible, climactic way?

Folks, like most things in the Hebrew Scriptures, the information is there. It is simply a matter of us putting aside all the disinformation we have been taught by the so called experts, and focusing in on the very plain speaking messages the Creator has provided for all of us to see and understand for ourselves—not just from the paid professionals trying to sell books.

Think about it. Why would the Creator of this world give us information regarding super critical issues that could only be understood and disseminated by the overeducated, religious elite? Last I checked, G-d chose common, ordinary people to understand and share His truths. Moses was an adrift Levite baby who became the greatest prophet of all time. Abraham was a lowly sheepherder who became a chosen nation. Joseph was a slave and prisoner who ultimately ascended to Second-In-Command of a world superpower. David was a mere shepherd who became a king, the youngest in his family, and so insignificant he was initially overlooked.

So, as we venture into the subject matter, please keep in mind that G-d most often uses the small, irrelevant, everyday people like you and I to understand His great mysteries. And most often the answers to these mysteries have been there all along, waiting for us to put aside the preconceived ideas, and to be discovered in a humble desire to really, actually know the One who gave us our very existence.

 

Hidden in Plain Sight

When it comes to prophecy, we all want to know “when”. This is especially true as we begin to see factors greater than ourselves coming together in a prophetic, perfect storm. As thinking, breathing creatures that want to keep thinking and breathing, all of us want to know when something big might happen that would potentially impact our lives, and the lives of our loved ones. This becomes especially true when it is on the scale of Creator versus Mankind, something warned about over and over in the prophetic scriptures. So does the Creator give us this level of critical intel in these Scriptures…for real? Does He give us something we really can sink our prophetic teeth into, something so absolute that we can take it to the bank and deposit it under our “ultimate fate” account?

Yes, He quite literally does. And folks, it has been hidden in plain sight all along.

Haggai was a prophet to Judah during the time shortly after Judah had returned to the land of Israel from Babylonian captivity. Haggai was a critical player used by G-d to prophesy during the after-exile Temple restoration process. Haggai, along with Zechariah, and possibly Malachi, also finalized the Hebrew Scriptural Canon—the Old Testament.

Most often overlooked, the Prophet Haggai was given some absolute key Last Day prophecies. These prophecies are connected to five primary issues:

 

The Final Temple

The Redemption of the Twelve Tribes of Israel

The Final Overthrow of the Gentile Kingdoms

A Great Geophysical Shaking of the Planet

The Restoration of the Davidic King-line through a Messiah

 

All five of these issues are “the” primary issues of the Last Days. These five prophetic issues form a baseline of Old Testament prophetic understanding, elements of which are found in every single prophetic book of the Hebrew Scriptures. The prophet Isaiah in chapter 13 regards this time of the great shaking of the heavens and the earth, both on a planetary and geopolitical level, as the “Day of YHWH”. The Prophet Joel in chapter 3 connects this exact time of great geophysical shaking with the liberation of Jerusalem, the destruction of the gentile enemy, the restoration of the children of Israel. The Prophet Habakkuk in chapters 2-3 ties together the restoration of the Tribes, the restoration of the Temple, the overthrow of the gentile kingdoms, a great shaking of the earth, a pole shift, and a loud noise emanating over the whole planet. And the list goes on and on.

But where other prophets unfold various details and nuances of these five critical issues in creative fashion with colorful terms and narratives, Haggai the Prophet gives us a full course meal of meat and potatoes. His words are blunt, provocative, and to the prophetic point.

At the conclusion of the Book of Haggai, he summarizes his prophecies using terms that are uber-clear.

 

Haggai 2:18-22

Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord‘s temple was laid, consider it.

19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.

20 And again the word of the Lord came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen (gentiles); and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, everyone by the sword of his brother

23 In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

In the prophecy of Haggai we see all five of these primary issues of biblical prophecy. I do not care if you are Jew, Christian, or some derivative, any biblically seasoned person will agree that these five issues are the core of OT prophecy, however someone may slice and dice them together theologically.

But notice something strange. Haggai gives us a specific day: the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month

It gets even more provocative when we look to the ancient Hebrew and view the first sentence of Haggai’s summary in its literal meaning.

 

“Consider now from this day and upward…”

 

This phrase in Hebrew is “suwmev na lebeb-com men hayom hazah vema’alah”. Unfortunately, what we have here in these words in our English Bibles is a rather feeble translation. This phrase incorporates a sturdy “Hebrewism”, the use of phraseology that is commonly recognized by a Hebrew reader to have a very specific meaning when used in a sentence. In addition, the phrase here even adds a special word meaning to implore important attention. In other words, what it is saying here to the reader is: “PLEASE! Take in the importance of what is being said here.”

The phrase “suwmev na lebeb-com” means literally to “please set your heart on this”. The phrase “men hayom hazah vema’alah” means “from the day—of this (day) –and higher”. In essence, what it is stating here in proper Hebrew, in a comprehensible paraphrase is:

 

“Please! Set your heart on this day, and even more so, to the same day later on which will have a ‘higher’ implication.”

 

Dear reader, this is absolutely clear in the Hebrew. This day, the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, had some meaning in Zerubbabel’s time. But, according to the prophecy, it has an even higher ultimate meaning in a prophetic sense, and this is what the Hebrew here is telling us.

In fact, the prophecy of Haggai is doggedly determined that the reader zero in on this specific day. The twenty fourth day of the ninth month is stated no less than four times in the last chapter of the Book of Haggai, and it is precisely outlined by Haggai as “the” day to prophetically watch for.

This is astounding.

And, if we read the entire chapter of Haggai’s prophecy double checking for context, we will see that the Temple of which he is prophesying can only be the Latter Day Temple (vs 7-9), a Temple that will be much greater than the original. He speaks of the “desire of all nations to come”, a direct reference to the coming King Messiah (vs 7). Haggai also clarifies upfront that this is no ordinary earthquake we’re talking about—all the gentile nations will be shaken (vs 7).

Thus, we can see why the Prophet Haggai asks us to set our hearts on this particular day. And if we take the time to break it out, we see that Haggai gives us a time sensitive, very well-defined summary of these five core issues using specific idioms and terms that are very well documented as to their meaning elsewhere in the Scriptures.

 

The Final Temple

“Consider (set your heart on it) now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the Lord‘s temple was laid, consider it (set your heart on it).”

 

The Redemption of the Twelve Tribes of Israel

“Is the seed (all of Abraham’s seed) yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine (House of Israel), and the fig tree (the House of Judah), and the pomegranate (the Davidic King-line), and the olive tree (the final restored Israel), hath not (yet been) brought forth: from this day will I bless you.

 

A Great Geophysical Shaking of the Planet

“And again the word of the Lord came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;”

 

The Final Overthrow of the Gentile Kingdoms

“And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen (gentiles); and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, everyone by the sword of his brother”

 

The Restoration of the Davidic King-line

In that day (the twenty fourth day of the ninth month), saith the Lord of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet (the king’s ring): for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of hosts.”

 

To drive the point home leaving absolutely no doubts, we must ask ourselves: “is Haggai speaking Latter Day prophecy here, or is this just Old Testament history that already came about?

OK…did ANY of these five issues come to pass in Zerubbabel’s time?

They did not. None of these events in Haggai’s prophecy occurred in Zerubbabel’s time. A final Temple, perpetually blessed, was not built. All of Israel, all of Abraham’s seed from all Twelve Tribes, were not restored; nor are they still. The planet did not experience a catastrophic, world-wide shaking in Zerubbabel’s time. All of the gentile kingdoms were not overthrown, and, as of today, are still in control. Since the fall of Jerusalem in Jeremiah’s time a descendant of King David has never held the official title of “King of Israel” with the official royal signet—never. In fact, Zerubbabel was merely made a vassal governor under the authority of a foreign power, never a king of Israel. The prophet Zechariah, Haggai’s contemporary, states in detail that Zerubbabel was not a final prophetic product, but was a foreshadowing figure symbolic of a coming king who would be involved in the final restoration of the Temple.

None of these prophecies have come to pass. But we are told throughout the Scriptures that these events WILL HAPPEN in the future—and according to Haggai’s words these prophecies will come to conclusion on the twenty fourth day of the ninth month on the Hebrew calendar.

 

The 24th of Kislev

The twenty fourth day of the ninth month is the 24th day of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. It is a fascinating day in history, as it is a day we are given some precise, prophetic shadow pictures leading up to the final Great Event.

In 167 BC a portion of the Jews in Israel revolted against Greek rule in their land. This revolt was led by a family: the Maccabees. They were a family of rural priest-warriors from the tribe of Levi. The Maccabean revolt was eventually successful, and it was in 160 BC that the Jews retook Jerusalem, liberated the Temple, and threw off their foreign conquerors in the land.

The specific day that this occurred—the liberation of the Temple Mount from the pagan Greeks? You guessed it—the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, the 24th of Kislev.

This great day of liberation is memorialized in Jewish historical tradition, and is still celebrated today, although many of us may not know some of the more fascinating circumstances.

When the Jews and the Levitical Priesthood reclaimed the Temple on the 24th day of Kislev in 160 BC, they searched for the proper oil to burn in the Menorah lamps in the Temple. This particular Temple oil had to go through a very specific process in order to be pure enough to be used for G-d’s sacred service in His house, as outlined by the Torah. Finding only one day’s worth of oil, the priests decided to go ahead and burn what they had until proper Temple oil could be produced, a process that took about a week. Miraculously, one day’s worth of Temple oil lasted for eight days. These eight days are incredibly special days in the Jewish tradition. These days are celebrated as the Jewish “Festival of Lights”, known world-wide as “Hanukah”.

Thus, the 24th of Kislev, the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, is the literal origin of Hanukah. It is the day that signifies the release of the Temple from foreign domination.

Flash forward to December 9th, 1917. Prior to this date, Jerusalem had been under Turkish Muslim domination for centuries. It was General Lord Allenby of the British Army who successfully liberated the Holy City from Muslim control. The day the military offensive concluded, and Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were free once more was….

…The twenty fourth day of the ninth month, the 24th of Kislev.

Folks, there is just way too much coincidence going on here; and coincidence is a non-kosher word to a religious Hebrew. There is just no such thing when you are dealing with a G-d who is a master at controlling circumstances in such a clear-cut fashion. On both occasions, G-d liberated the Temple Mount on the 24th of Kislev.

So what we see in these events leading up to the final Great Event are shadow pictures that the Creator has perfectly provided to us to validate and establish the fact that the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, the 24th of Kislev, is “the” day that the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will intervene permanently on the present fate of the Temple Mount and complete the restoration of the Twelve Tribes of Israel to their Temple. According to Him, it is on this day that He will shake the geophysics of the planet like never before in history. It is on this day He will bring about the end of the supremacy of the gentile nations in our world with intention. And it is on this day that He will officially reestablish the destiny of the Davidic King-line.

 

So What Does This Mean?

This is where the rubber meets the road.

There will be spectacular events—mind-blowing prophetic events leading up to this day. Pieces of the End-time puzzle will fall into place systematically, as the course of human history comes to a climax. However, the Creator through His Word points to this particular day as “the” watershed prophetic day that His Divine plan is implemented in full measure.

For His reasons, the Creator has chosen this day, the 24th of Kislev, the twenty fourth day of the ninth month, to be the day that He universally shakes the heavens and earth—and He states this in clear terms. You can biblically count on the fact that on the 24th of Kislev, at some point in the future, there will be a catastrophic, geophysical event, across the entire planet, the likes which we have never seen before. There will most likely be surreal, earth-shaking events leading up to this day as the prophetic birth pangs heighten, but the result of the geophysics of this particular day will be decisive, putting into play the final scenes of the prophetic scenario.

Does this all sound just way too good to be true? I mean, is G-d being this forthright with us as to give us a precise time as to when the End is to finally come about?

Yes, I know, we are all used to hearing from the experts that we just cannot figure this whole thing out without buying their latest book.

But the Creator Himself puts these money-driven charlatans in their place. It states in the Hebrew Scriptures that G-d does nothing of any prophetic magnitude without personally providing a prophet to tell us exactly what is about to occur.

 

Amos 3:6-8

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

 

Haggai is that Prophet, and he has given us a straight forward, concrete point of timing to work with. And, by the way, notice Haggai does not ask for any financial compensation.

This leads us to the prophetic nitty-gritty. Understanding that we are in the final season of biblical prophecy, as we have entered the Seventieth Jubilee cycle, here are the upcoming dates of the 24th of Kislev, the twenty fourth day of the ninth month on the Hebrew calendar:

 

The 24th of Kislev in 2015 is December 6th. This is just a few short weeks away.

The 24th of Kislev in 2016 is December 24th, on Christmas Eve.

The 24th of Kislev in 2017 is December 12th.

 

In conclusion, please hear me. This idea of a specific day is not coming from some fringe lunatic writer telling you to sell your home and gather on a remote hillside somewhere to await a rapture. The details we have included in this article are coming straight from the ancient prophets themselves. The conclusion that the 24th of Kislev is the Creator-given day that five core prophetic issues of the Old Testament are decisively concluded comes from the data, from the analysis of what the Hebrew language states in the prophecies of Haggai in crystal clear Hebraic terms.

So you decide….

Please take this information and make a hard evaluation of where events are right now, and where they are most likely going. It is getting late in the game. Many prophetic factors are converging, and things look to accelerate in the weeks ahead. We have brought the 24th of Kislev to our readers’ attention because we believe it is time to come to grips with where we are at in the prophetic timeline. Reality is bearing down on us. We are in the final cycle.

And the Creator is giving us real answers.

Please feel free to reproduce, publish, and post this article in any appropriate website, publication, or venue. We give full permission as long as authors are cited and none of the contents of the article are changed or modified—Israel Barzle

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Sept 29, 2015 The Revelation Seals have not been opened yet! By Gary Stearmant!

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!

Nando

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July 14, 2015 Will the Apocalypse start on September 2015 in Yom Kippur?

This article will link to an Israel news site that has an article titled Vatican Claims Jerusalem.

The month of September seems to be turning into a high expectancy month for the Rapture and the the start of the Apocalypse.

On September 13 (Elul 29)(and partial solar eclipse) the Shemitah year 2014-2915 ends, and my opinion is that it will end the church age on the next day Rosh Hashanah with the Rapture of the church of Jesus Christ.

This event will convulse the world and a few days latter on the 23 a seven year covenant will be signed by the Antichrist (which I believe to be Barrack Hussein Obama). His false prophet companion will arrive in the USA to meet Obama and go to the UN. Acting at the end of this period will be the last blood moon of the Tetrad, a super moon on top of that, on the 28. Well the call to the church with these words is to spread the word to as many people as possible and to live lives of holiness and dedication to the Lord.

Nando

http://hebrewnationonline.com/blog/vatican-claims-jerusalem/

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June 30, 2015 The danger of mocking God

God has always been the ruler and King of the Nations of the world but in His wisdom He has aloud Satan to rule under His authority the Kingdoms of this world ever since the fall of men. This rule of Satan is not absolute as the Holy Spirit opposes evil and acts through the church to do its work.

As the time of the end to Satan’s rule (6,000 years since Adam) comes to its close we see the hand of God easing its grip and permitting evil to gain the upper hand until the mystery of lawlessness or iniquity is destroyed forever.

Satan will be allowed to take full control of all the kingdoms of the world during the seven years of the soon here Apocalypse. His delusion of winning this epic millennial battle will be reinforced as he sees the fruit of this long effort appear to bear fruit. Christians are killed in masses in the middle east and persecuted elsewhere. It is ironic that some denominations and amilenialist belief that the church will conquer evil and be the instrument that brings the kingdom promised by God, thus taking the glory that belongs to Jesus Christ only. It is He Jesus who is given the scroll of the seven seals and is He alone who controls the destiny of the Universe and its ruler-ship.

From day one of the Tribulation we see the two witnesses giving the rebellious world a testimony of the truth of salvation and the evil of the Antichrist. Soon after God seals 144,000 descendants of Israel to be His priests and proclaim the message of the coming Kingdom of God. In His mercy the world is not left without a testimony of the true ruler of the Universe.

Sin is prevalent in all of us and when people of God sin and they repent the blood of Jesus blots away the sin as if it never existed. Believers who abide in sin suffer chastisement and correction to correct their behavior. When non believers dwell in sin they exhibit judgment and punishment. When nations go against the word of God such nations exhibit judgment or destruction.

An article by Dan Payne in Rapture Ready illustrates these points further and more precisely.

Nando

http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/payne49.html

Thou Bald Head

By Dan Payne

“Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, ‘Go up, you bald head! Go up, you bald head!’ So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths” (2 Kings 2:23-24).

When I was younger I used to think that those youths suffered a very harsh punishment just for the crime of mocking an old man. Well as you already know, they suffered very swift and severe consequences for publicly blaspheming God Almighty as represented by His prophet Elisha.

In the verses just prior to the verses quoted above, Elisha made the emphatic statement: “Thus says the Lord,” after he brought healing to the water source of the city of Jericho.

Everyone in ancient Israel knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that the beloved prophet Elisha represented God’s presence on earth at that time. Even the elders and kings would tremble when one of God’s prophets came to visit them:

“And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming” (1 Samuel 16:4a).

The sons of the prophets had just bowed down before Elisha before he cast salt into the waters of Jericho:

“Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, ‘The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.’ And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him” (2 Kings 2:15).

When those youths mocked Elisha they were mocking God Almighty in full view of the public. They committed full public blasphemy against the God of Israel.

Well just fast-forward to today and we all know full well who represents the presence of the God of the Bible on this earth in human form: The members of the true Church who maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ within whom His Holy Spirit dwells.

The world knows full well that all who maintain the testimony of Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Savior are worshiping the true God. If you want to know how you can prove this concept, just look at how many times those who claim to represent the God of the Bible also say that Jesus Christ in the only way to salvation.

Many may quote Bible verses and mention the Name of Jesus here and there but if they don’t unashamedly and proudly declare that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), then they are false teachers, preachers, and politicians.

They condemn themselves as false because they claim to represent the God of the Bible while at the same time they deny Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the only way to salvation.

That means that the voices of those who stand alone against the vile immorality of this country while maintaining their testimony of Jesus represent the voice of God Almighty Himself. The atheists, the gays, and all the liberals know that we who stand alone on the Word of God represent the real Creator God. The White House and the Supreme Court know it, too.

When they openly and publicly condemn and mock the true Church, they are in full knowledge that they are publicly mocking God to His face.

The farther mankind moves away from respect of the morality of the Word of God, the closer they move toward fitting the description of Romans chapter 1.

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:26-28).

And they are also moving closer toward the judgment that is also described in Romans Chapter 1:8 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

Just like Elisha, we who are few in number but yet speak out for the truth of God and the Bible against infanticide, against sodomy, and in full support of the nation of Israel say a collective: “Thus says the Lord.”

In light of the “decisions” of the week of June 26th, 2015, and in light of God’s track record of not letting those who openly blaspheme His Word go unpunished, I’m convinced that an exceedingly great shaking is about to tremble not only across America, but also across the entire planet.

I pray that the Father has compassion and mercy on those of us left who still maintain our testimony of His beloved Son Jesus Christ as our Savior. May we humbly let our lights shine before men until we are taken home.

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