Friday, April 06, 2012

The 2012 Watch Day Report

This year, the thirteenth day of the first month passed without a hint of the sign, as expected. We watched for the riping of the barley. We watched for the sighting of the new moon. We counted off the days. We watched according to the pattern revealed and did not see the lawless one revealed on the day appointed.

The day is an annual watch day, so I watch every year, but this fits a larger pattern that has been established, one that serves as a very welcome validation, and really, a necessary one as confidence in this revelation must grow until the day the sign arrives.

Picture of the Pope, baptizing, from 2008
I occasionally scanned the news and did not see reports of the Pope publicly doing the False Prophet's requisite imitation of John the Baptizer. He was in the news rebuking priests but that's far removed from a biblical modeling of the pattern for which we watch. Plus, there was certainly no attendant supernatural phenomena involved. There was no pattern match on Bill Clinton's activity either, who has been the man found to be modeling in the past two Shemittah. No one else with appropriate background came into the limelight either. Again, this wasn't a surprise. There was no lead up to it, as I have been led to expect. The Pope has not even undergone a season of preparation in advance of this, modeled on John the Baptist's anointed ministering that led up to the baptism of the true Mashiach on Yom Kippur in 29 AD.

The presentation of Jesus Barabbas, the betrayal by Judas, the receiving of the sop by Judas and Haman's receiving of the authority of the throne; these events establish the template of the sign that will come. There's a reason why these share common elements and happened on anniversaries of the same day. See Beyond the Veil and, most particularly, the 3 parts of The Sign for the Bride for details.

Anyone who is guessing about times and seasons has no confidence. The cryptic passage of Matthew 24 makes it clear that at the coming of the Son of Man there will be those who know the time just as Noah knew in his day. (Will No One Know the Day?) As the time for the flood drew near Noah had a general gauge of how near he was. He built the ark, so how hard was it to monitor the progress of the construction work? No pitch yet? Not gonna rain. No pens for the animals? Not gonna rain. No food storage? Not gonna rain. As the work reached the final stages, Noah had to know it was close. At the right moment, Noah was even instructed that the rain would begin seven days hence, and so it did!

For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.
It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth.
Genesis 7:4, 10

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. The declaration of that pattern was set like a priceless gem stone in the finest setting, within the more and more tightly defined context of knowing the time of the Lord's coming, even for His saints. Some will know when the Lord comes. Noah knew. Will you?

What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!'
Mark 13:37

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