What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'Mark 13:37
The thirteenth day of the first month begins when the sun sets Wednesday April 4, 2012. Of all the days of the year, this is the one I've learned to watch as I look for the sign. In the many years since I began to watch, knowing what to look for and when, the times and seasons and the Lord's purposes in them have become more and more plain to me. Although this watch continues to be an annual activity, the pattern I observed in scripture that has been seen in my watching tells me the sign I look for will not be seen this year, or the next, or the next. Some explanation is called for here, because, for some of you, this is going to matter plenty.
In my blogging and writing it's often necessary to repeat things I've written before, but for the sake of efficiency I make liberal use of links to reference the relevant material. Those of you who follow through at the Lord's direction get what He has for you there. I'm going to be presenting something of a summary overview of the calendar of watching that you'll glean from the Beyond the Veil and the commentary about times and seasons on this blog.
The Lord's schedule of events is well protected as a matter of high value. He's got unbreakable encryption on it, the most perfect of seals. He will open it to the trustworthy on a need to know basis. Period. There's no hacking the code. No intellectual crowbar is big enough to force His treasure chest open. He opens it to you, or it's closed to you, no matter who or what you are. When these things are opened it's not attended by a lot of fanfare. The Lord's own still small voice, the one that becomes familiar as obedience is learned in genuine love and trust is thereby gained; that voice is what we listen for as we watch attentively for what things it is His pleasure to reveal.
The most simple explanation for watching on the thirteenth day of the first month is that there is one essential sign to be given to us and it's appointed for that day on the annual cycle.
1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
If we dismiss the theological smokescreen continually blown over the passage as cover we see the apostasia not as some separate element but descriptive of that very revealing of the man of lawlessness. (The Sign for the Bride) It's described by Paul as antecedent to or followed by a harvest event, “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him.” The harvest involves saints, to whom this is written, and the implication is that many will be deceived beforehand, convinced the day of the Lord will have already come. Although there are some who insist it already came nearly two thousand years ago, we haven't yet come to the time for which this sign is appointed, and with this awareness it must be acknowledged that many more are about to become convinced of a harvest before it actually comes. This prophetic word Paul delivered comes to us now as a dire warning and as the proclamation of a sign that will guard a small but attentive collection of saints against an incredibly well conceived and executed deception, and assure the success of His brilliant plan! This is the sign of the thirteenth day of the first month.
The appointed sign is of such a nature that even its absence affords those who watch for it the level of confidence necessary to refute the assertion of whatever spirit and letters from the highest church authority will present, “to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” Either Paul was engaging in hyperbole or this really is a big deal. A sign where not only what is going to happen but when it will happen is one that can offer such confidence - in even the absence of seeing it. I've explained the biblical patterning behind this in Beyond the Veil.
A work is appointed that will absolutely deceive the world and even the church, a very impressive counterfeit harvest that will precede the genuine. If we really take the passage from 2 Thessalonians 2 seriously, as we must, "spirit" will testify alongside the church authorities and shake the composure of some. Whatever the nature of this lying spirit, it will manifest in some way that is becoming culturally familiar and relevant. Some Bible teachers are promoting what they call "the great deception" or "the coming great deception," a ploy involving UFO/alien activity. I believe there is truth in this, yet there is more that will be brought to light through insight into the sign to the church which the Lord has opened and is opening well in advance to expose that activity and purposes.
None of those I hear warning of a coming great deception appear to understand the sign or yet even much of the context that necessitates it. Given what I have come to understand about the importance of knowing the times and seasons, and that it won't be given to the oikodespotes of our time, the reasonable conclusion is that what is popularly being brought forth even by such respected ministers as Russ Dizdar, Tom Horn, Joseph Herrin, L. A. Marzulli, Steve Quayle will not, of itself, be enough. The time factor is an essential. What is coming is beyond the Vatican's alien disclosure and noise surrounding the fulfillment of St. Malachy's prophetic sequence concluding in the final papal identity of Petrus Romanus.
As I come to perceive the machinations of the agents of deception, I see more and more clearly how it's not enough to come up to a level approaching the truth in defense against being deceived. Unless and until we come up fully to the truth, we are deceived. I'm impressed upon that there are agents of deception marauding and masquerading among us who know the enemy's plan well, embedded within every level of the government, media, entertainment culture and the church, Monarch slaves and otherwise, who work to co-opt those they can roll up into their scheme or at the least, diffuse the impact of their efforts. There will be a very small number indeed who will not be taken in by the work, which is appointed to filter out those who don't truly know and love the sovereign God. Don't be "that guy," my friend!
The sign of the thirteenth day of the first month will come in the context of a preemptive operation targeting the interaction of the Bride and 144k sons of Israel, perhaps THE crux move of the Lord's plan. Another dynamic in play is that the Enemy will counter the Bride, beyond even the effort to destroy her and the memory of her, by making her seem irrelevant in her activity, marginalized, negated, null and void. The Bride Theft will be a sign to the church left behind, and, in this regard, a fake harvest will come involving a mixed collection of people, some of whom will be identified as Christians. Given the testimony of 1 Thessalonians 4, this must include both an apparent raising of the dead and a change of the living. That's how the long rumored cloning effort factors in, to simulate the raising of the dead and perhaps even the changing of the living. When the world is convinced of the legitimacy of the resurrection of the dead, attested to by the "spirit" and the authority of the Vatican False Prophet, the success of the preemptive mission translates into souls being kept from receiving the sign of the Bride's resurrection as the genuine it will be. Perhaps THE proverbial ace hidden up the sovereign God's sleeve is the advance knowledge of the timing of how this will play out, at what time the lawless one is revealed, being baptized by the Pope. There it is, hidden in plain sight.
Our assurance of not falling prey to the deception depends upon the understanding of, watching for and recognizing the sign. This will not and indeed cannot be promoted by the recognized authorities in the church. It's a big deal.