As far as feelings go, the three of us here have been feeling very agitated, with no insight given about the cause or reason for it.
There is a benefit to watching in this season and coming to a sure knowledge of the times. The apostle Paul had this revelation insight to share, which is specifically appointed for a day not now very far off.
1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4
Those who, in that day, will still have the need to be written to concerning times and the epochs will obviously be ignorant of some essential provision, and this ignorance will be very costly. I want you to think hard about the subtle implication of the example used. Women who are near term in their pregnancy are generally pretty well aware of the impending labor, right? When the calculated due date is near, you could say labor and delivery is imminent. That's the language many folks today use about “the rapture.” Many folks interpret Matthew 24:36 to mean we can't know the day or hour of our Lord's coming, but we can know the season. Let me tell you that a woman with child knows full well the season of labor pains. The revelation given to Paul is a clear declaration that, hey, that's not good enough. I'm betting he's right. Matthew 24 is esoteric, and those who get it know the day and hour will be known by some.
Take a hint from the passage presented above. Until you know confidently by revelation insight that confirms what is being written concerning times and the epochs, you're still in darkness. Get the hook-up. Some of you need it. Is the rapture tomorrow? If you find something like that crossing your mind, you're still in darkness and the light is a long ways off.
Matthew had some very pertinent insight for us.
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. ~ Matthew 24:45-47
The food has been prepared and is being served. The fit food for the time is being served at the proper time. Some of this food service involves the writing about times and epochs. Get it while it's hot, folks.
Call me an arrogant nutter if you like, but I believe that certain key times and seasons of the end have been made known to me, and that this is as the grain of salvation that was stored then distributed by Joseph in Egypt. It is “meat in due season,” as described in Matthew 24. This is the instruction about the day of the Lord that will come just like a thief in the night, as described in 1 Thessalonians 5. Am I the only one serving? I've always tended to think I'm not, but that's the Lord's business. It's of no concern to me one way or the other. The Lord has the matter well in hand and I'm content knowing that.
There is value in knowing when a thing is, and much of that value is in knowing when a thing is not.
For many years I've heard and read many claims of those who assert that we are now in the tribulation, or “the rapture” will be a week from Tuesday. Almost always there's reams of data presented as convincing evidence to support the claims. Family Radio's Harold Camping was a recent and widely publicized example of such, who proclaimed the end was coming in 1994, who subsequently repositioned himself to repeat in 2011. A popular wave had come not long before through the promotion of a book by Edgar C. Whisenant, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988.” That failed prediction was followed by a number of repeats. In 1988, the Lord had not yet approached me with revelation about the chronology of the end times and I was isolated from the community of saints who fed at the trough of Whisenant's reasons, and I was wholly oblivious to all that activity. By 1994, however, I had begun to be educated at the Lord's feet about such matters, and Camping's reasonings appeared to me as completely bogus. There is value in knowing when a thing is not, and so, even though demands were being made on me with regard to a response to Camping's claims, I was able to keep from being distracted by the noise. I didn't know all I know now but I knew enough about when things would be to dismiss what did not align with it.
Many claims have been presented to me over the years from very sincere folks, and with the huge benefit of knowing something about when a thing is, I have quickly dismissed them. I have watched and noted a trend. Claims are getting closer. This observation might be viewed from the perspective of, oh, good, folks are catching on, but that's not what I get from the spirit of God about it. The counterfeits are getting closer with the result that more and more people will be deceived as the key times draw near, even every single person who is not accounted among the very elect. These theories, however close they are to the truth, are a filter mechanism. If you can be deceived, you will be. The Lord has assured it.
Part of the value in finding a thing is in no longer having to look for it. OK. Captain Obvious here, reporting live on location. When you know you found something, the search is over, right? You confidently move on to the next thing. This is a legitimate benefit and is how I've been able to focus so intently on the varied subjects of this blog during these past nearly 3 years.
Give the following passage some consideration from the perspective of the level of confidence that will be had with regard to the sign described.
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
Do you realize this passage is not really a general message for the instruction of a broad range of folks? It's a targeted message for a particular people at a specific time. What is relayed to us about what will deceive is not just some vague similitude but revelation insight into what will be happening in that very day. I've addressed the bad translation in verse 3 at length, and those for whom that passage is specifically intended will understand with no confusion whatsoever. Like I wrote earlier, there is value in knowing when a thing is, and much of that value is in knowing when a thing is not. That's going to be crucial.
It must be known that there is more to times and the epochs than just learning to parrot dates. It's a character issue. It has to do with coming to be trusted by the Lord, brought into His confidence and granted access to the most well protected knowledge about His appointment book. Being privvy to the times means we're privy to the relationship between events and, understanding the dynamic, the bigger plan within which they unfold. Without gaining the necessary level of security access, even though the truth may be right out here in plain sight, folks don't see it. They pass right on by. As it must be. This is not an academic or intellectual challenge. It's a trust challenge.
So, with all that said, let me continue with a little overview, kind of continuing on from what I shared a few posts back, in Oh Oh. September 7? Only Ten Shopping Days Until Christmas!
- A celestial sign was given, as cryptically described in the Bible. This has a precedent at the 1st advent.
- A few key events were revealed with their timing identified by positioning within a single week of years.
- That week was identified relative to the celestial sign by a pattern that declares the span of years between them.
It's pretty simple, but that's how the Lord has given it to me.
The celestial sign marked Yom Teruah in 1991. That marked the transition of Shemittah, accounted from when it was first established on the first day of the accounting of biblical history. The focal week of years did not begin then, but after three full Shemittah pass, 21 years after 1991. This 4th Shemittah is the one, beginning now and ending in 2019. Now that we've arrived, the pre-echoes of the heptadic cycles are useful as shadows that illustrate the form of what casts them. The biblical patterns that illustrate this Shemittah in type are going to unfold beyond what has even already been revealed. We have arrived at quite an awesome time, my friend.
I didn't figure this stuff out because I'm smarter than anybody else. The Lord chooses whom He wills for His own reasons. I'm just smart enough to realize that. Am I deceived about all this, and a deceiver? You call it as you see it. Documentation is provided for most of that on theopenscroll.com, and mostly in the collection of “Beyond the Veil” studies.