A very good article by Douglas Henney ties the Jubilee year and the Asteroid passing close or hitting the earth about two weeks from now. The study of three days of darkness in the Bible is very good, thanks Douglas.
I take in end times and prophecy information from a variety of sources, in addition to my own Bible study and reading. What I try to do is put all the valid insights/pieces into a “whole”. What follows is my own assorted thoughts about the coming months and the next couple of years. Take the following to God before putting any weight on any of it.
I believe the Jubilee, though it is announced in the seventh month on Yom Kippur, does not actually begin until Nisan in the following spring. In Exodus 12:2 God told Moses that the first month for them shall be the month that the Passover falls within. This applies to the Jubilee year as well.
The Jubilee announcement in the fall allows for a formal transition time. Some folks in Israel would need to leave their current servitude type of employment, and set up their home back in their original family’s allotment of land within their tribe’s allotment, for example. This could not be done in a day. It took time. Also, the Yom Kippur announcement of the Jubilee would prevent folks from attempting to do the transition early and thus causing confusion/disruption in the nation. Contractually obligated servitude to “pay back” debt had to have a definite ending time. Thus, formally, folks were allowed to begin the transition after the Day of Atonement. Perhaps the timing of this, being right after that Feast that calls for repentance, set the nation up with a proper/holy frame of mind so as to not disrespect or take advantage of each other during the transition, but to support one another.
The Feast of Tabernacles could then be celebrated with folks actually being back in their allotted portion of their tribe’s land, living in temporary shelters, while anticipating the transition in the coming months and also the fullness of the Jubilee year arriving in the spring – their new beginning.
This transition time would then come to a close in days before the beginning of the month of Nisan. Keep in mind, that no one knew the day or hour ahead of time when the new moon would be sited so as to start the Jubilee year. There would have been great anticipation of when the Jubilee officially and totally arrived. Life would be different from that point on, a fresh start.
So, one possibility I am wondering is if we will go home right when the Jubilee year starts this year. It is just a thought.
What is interesting to me is the these few days just before Nisan started are possibly when the 9th plague in Egypt also took place, the three days of darkness. Compare Exodus 11 with what God tells Moses in Exodus 12 about Nisan and the upcoming Passover.
I observe in the scriptures that a time of three days of some type of darkness has been used multiple times by the LORD so as to confront people with their lives and to force on them a timeout of sorts to reconsider their ways.
One time was this ninth plague. I wonder how many Egyptians after being isolated from one another for three days, reflected on the difference between their gods and the God of the children of Israel, and then later decided to go with Israel during the Exodus. In other words, it was three days to face themselves, to accept the fact that they were truly vulnerable before the Creator God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to repent, and come out of it thinking in terms of making a change in one’s life.
I think of when Saul (later Paul) had been confronted by Jesus on the road to Damascus. He was struck with blindness for three days, also being sat down doing nothing of what he had been doing up to that point, evaluating how his entire understanding of Jesus was totally wrong, seeing how in all of his efforts and self-discipline all he was able to accomplish was to end up living as the true Messiah’s enemy. During the three days he fasted, seeking God. He repented and was given a new start.
I think of Jonah, fleeing the direction from God because he did not want to see an enemy of Israel have an opportunity to come to repentance. A large fish swallowed him for three days. Jonah was closed in. His hope for life was removed. All he could do was face himself. He was forced to look into the mirror. He was humbled before the Great I AM. He repented and was given a second chance.
I think of the disciples who followed Jesus with quite a mixture of motives. When Jesus was in the grave, they had three days of wondering what happened. They were confronted with how their self-centered expectations were not in line with what God was about. They were brought to an end of themselves. When Jesus revealed Himself to them, they were able to experience a new start of knowing Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit.
I wonder/speculate if perhaps God will do something similar in our day, that He will give the nations, or a portion of the nations a large scale time out of darkness lasting for three days.
I think of the timing of the 9th plague of Egypt, being possibly right before the beginning of Nisan, and how this year the anniversary of those same three days would fall on or about March 5th through the 9th, somewhere in there, give or take.
Along with this conjecture, I tie in the following:
Something I am watching is the close fly by of TX68, an asteriod that flew by the earth back in 2013 and will be coming by during the same window of March 5th through the 9th, this year. It is going to be very close. The JPL site that monitors close fly-bys, has a condition code of 8, at this time, on a scale of 0 to 9, with 0 being very certain of the object’s projected fly-by distance and a 9 being extreme uncertainty. It is not really known at this time how close TX68 will fly by. Right now, it could go by underneath our geostationary satellites’ orbits. With a condition code of 8, there is also a possibility it could hit the earth. At this time the JPL site presents a two day window on the fly-by which is quite large. The earth travels on its orbital elliptic quite quickly, hence increasing the possibility of an impact.
TX68’s size is such that if it does hit, it will not be an extinction level event. But it would cause some devastation in the area of impact. If it hit in the ocean, there would be a large tidal wave generated, for example.
What makes TX68 interesting to me is it’s timing and also something I came across prior.
The potential of an asteriod impact causing a time of three days of darkness for a part of the world.
I am thinking in terms of the testimony of a Puerto Rican pastor Elian Rodrigez (sp?). He has posted on YouTube over the years. He has presented just such an event. He expresses that God has revealed this to him years ago when he was a young man. He gives quite a bit of detail, including a resulting period of three days of darkness for those of us in the Unitied States.
When I heard the detail of three days of darkness in his account of what God revealed to him, my ears perked up because of the Biblical patterns of what God does to provide an opportunity of repentance before a time of change.
I have kept the Pastor’s account on the shelf, in the back of my mind, so to speak. I sensed him to be sincere, though I could not know for sure if what he was expressing was valid.
I am wondering if perhaps TX68 might be what he was referring to, so I am watching.
I believe that the Jubilee year starts this coming Nisan. I am aware that the Jewish communities are assuming an Adar 2, or a thirteenth month, and so they think/understand that the new year will begin in April with Passover taking place on/about April 21st, and Firstfruits on that 24th.
Though their understanding of the timing may be correct, I am not convinced of this. It is possible that Nisan begins in March, on or about the 9th, with Passover taking place on or about the 23rd, with Firstfruits (the anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection) on the 27th.
I am wondering if this year we may be going home. I am wondering if we might experience a major event with TX68, that will be a time for us to focus our hearts on Jesus and to get the attention of others in the body of Christ that a time of change within the Jubilee year is soon upon us.
I have been wrong before in my anticipation of endtime events unfolding in a certain way in a given year, and have done this many years. So, I am only a member of the body of Christ, sharing my thoughts with you, asking that you take anything I say to the Lord in prayer. Only He is our true teacher.
With so many nations “on the road to Damascus” with their build up of military forces in that area, I wonder if the Creator may do something similar to what He did to Paul, and during the three days of darkness, or right before then, Jesus may personally reveal himself to many individual muslims and jews in that area of the world. So, if we ever have three days of darkness, yes, it is a time to focus our hearts on only Jesus, but it will also be a time to intercede for those in the world, for the Creator will be very active.
I will be posting a part 2 in the future.