Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Megas Thlipsis - The Pending Time Storm and Awaiting Ark

"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3

As I write, it's the 11th day of the 1st month, with merely a double digit numbering of hours remaining until the revealing of the lawless one. The reporting of what Aaron and I believe are the days that will be cut short continues.

21 For then there will be a great “tribulation”, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. ~ Matthew 24:21-22

If it is as we think it is, and we have no legitimate reason to doubt, “those days,” when the Devil has control over time, are nearly upon us. Those referred to as the elect are about to be preserved in a space-time ark of sorts. It's going to be confusing and very complicated, but the Lord has made adequate provision. I know so little about so much, but I am assured that it is enough.

With regard to “those days,” there will come a resurrection event, and it will be for the Bride, a barley harvest. Prior to that there will come a great hoax that will shatter the faith and hope of many, convincing them them that there is no further hope of resurrection because it already passed. Aaron and I have written about the fraud for years, and we think a resurrection won't need to be faked. Lies will be told to misrepresent what is seen, but we think the resurrection will be legitimate. We had accepted the familiar theory about the dead being raised an instant before the living, but if that's true, some of what the Lord has been revealing to us makes no sense. The dead will be raised first because the witness of their rising is important, and some or all of them have roles that must be fulfilled before the living, who are appointed to that same harvest, are changed.

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Even though we read “in the twinkling of an eye,” from 1 Corinthians 15:52, it can not be claimed that the dead will be raised and the living changed in the same moment. Consider The account given in Luke 13.

22 And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers.’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out. 29 And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.” ~ Luke 13:22-30

Those who are not qualified will be shut out, as from an ark of salvation. How will those evildoers then see Abraham and the others but themselves thrown out? Abraham is only dead until he is raised, and when he and those with him are gathered, they will recline at the table in the kingdom of God, which speaks to me of the “last supper” promise Y'shua made about drinking this fruit of the vine in Matthew 26:29, at “the Passover.” He spoke (v. 30) of rank and order in the Kingdom, which is a key subject of 1 Corinthians 15. Will that part of the hoax need a fraudulent resurrection (or attending “chariots”) or just a great cover story?

Consider the balance of Luke 13.

31 Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill You.” 32 And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’ 33 Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! 35 Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” ~ Luke 13:31-35

Herod = Antichrist. (Passing Through the Iron Gate ) As we should well know, “fox” is 666, by Occult letter numerology. Did the Lord not know we'd be speaking English in these last days? “Third day” is resurrection code. (Resurrection on the Third Day) Has the Lord not appointed a time for His brood to be gathered? Is it not Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God his brood, finally gathered under “her” wings “from east and west and from north and south” in resurrection? The house of Israel is left desolate, for those who believe in this age are separated out, becoming part of the church, technically distinct. It will no more be desolate when the saints of this age have entered through the narrow door and it is shut, and then those 144k sons of Israel accept the Shepherd of that Sheepfold as the God of their fathers. (What Will Their Acceptance be but Life from the Dead?) Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai!

Perhaps resurrection will also be faked, with fake heavenly vehicles. “Invasion is imminent.”

Part of the show will probably involve porting live streaming content from the past, sowing confusion with lies about the following account.

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” ~ Matthew 27:50-54

We think there will be a complex leveraging of not only cultural memes but personal memories and fears during this season of megas thlipsis, when time is in flux.

Before I move on to other kinds of models, I'd like to elaborate on a scriptural model I mentioned previously in brief. When Joshua led Israel across the Jordan and took Jericho (The Jericho Scenario), it modeled megas thlipsis. Jordan was the river of time, and Israel crossed through like they had through the Red Sea. Word of that got around and it terrified everyone. Megas thlipsis. There are multiple ark of salvation models here. Even though the river crossing was a Pesah scenario and the taking of Jericho followed after, the six days of circling the city followed by the seven times around on the seventh day was also a Pesah model.

The following, from Passover and the Structure of Joshua 2 - by Peter J. Leithart, follows his observations about parallels and connections linking Joshua and Moses.

“With this in the background, it is not surprising that the events of Joshua 1-6 closely parallel Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. Since the conquest completes the exodus (cf. Exodus 15:14-18), it is fitting that the entry into the land is larded over with Passover-Exodus allusions. In chapter 3, the Jordan parts and Israel crosses on dry ground; then the Israelite men are circumcised and they celebrate Passover, which is immediately followed by the destruction of the city and the deliverance of Rahab’s house. The exodus followed this pattern: Destruction of Egypt, Passover, Water crossing. Now the entry into the land chiastically reverses the sequence: Water crossing, Passover, Destruction of Jericho. (The two spies who enter a house in a doomed city also reminds us of the two angels visiting Sodom and delivering Lot’s house; Jericho is both Sodom and Egypt, cf. Rev. 11:8. ”

About the thematic structure of 2:15-21, Leithart notes:

“The structure highlights the Passover connections in several ways. It underlines what is evident in the narrative, namely, that the window with the scarlet cord is a way of escape (the cord parallels the rope), like the bloody doorway of Passover. This is reinforced by the parallel of 2:18a and 2:19, where the scarlet cord is linked with blood guilt: If the cord of blood is not displayed, then the blood of Rahab’s family will be shed, with impunity, by Israel; only a display of "blood" will save Rahab from a bloody death. Finally, the center of this section repeats the command of Exodus 12:22. These structural indications should eliminate doubt (commonly expressed by commentators) that Rahab’s deliverance is to be understood as a Passover.”

Passover. The ark of salvation. Sealed with the blood of the lamb. I note that when the walls of Jericho were made to fall flat at the shouting and sounding of trumpets, Rahab's house was in the wall. Those inside her house were supernaturally protected, as well as being spared when Israel went in to destroy every man and woman, ox, sheep and donkey with the edge of the sword.

There are accounts of storms on the sea that speak so loudly to Aaron and I of the time war in the season of megas thlipis and the supernatural protection provided for some. Considering these accounts in context makes them even more compelling.

I wrote long ago about how the Sea of Galilee was a symbol of the time of great tribulation, and that the accounts had coded time references. I also see it this way with the abbreviated version of megas thlipsis, in this Pesah season. Water-as-time. Boat as ark of salvation. Some of the 12 disciples were seasoned fishermen, and they had no doubt, weathered some storms. All were Galileans (Acts 2:7). Here's one account.

22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?” ~ Luke 8:22-25

There's similar accounts in Mark 4:35-41 and Matthew 8:18-27. Don't bother trying to mash these together because they each have their lessons. There are diverse people in different groups and situations represented. There will be megas thlipsis, with prevailing intense stress and anxiety, and a people hemmed in, protected, in arks of salvation. The Body of Christ is asleep, as the first Adam was just prior to having a Bride taken out. Boats will begin to be swamped, as in the water-as-time scenarios, but those appointed for it will be saved. My Savior is Lord of heaven, the spiritual realm (winds), and of time (water).

When you study these accounts, and you probably should, note the context. Here's the segue into the account given above.

19 And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.” 21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” ~ Luke 8:19-21

It's the Lord keeping out those who don't qualify, who don't hear the word of God and do it. Those who qualify go into the ark and the door is shut, even to the Lord's family, even to the body of Christ. Prior to that, the Lord sheds light on the qualification, which is in no small part to us right now, about the last days when the crop comes ready for a great harvest, in a time prophecy of the Keystone pattern.

The lead in to the stormy megas thlipsis in Mark 4 is also about the age that is comes to its end. The birds of the air in the mustard tree is a picture of the demon infested church of Mystery Babylon. The parable of the seed in verses 26-29 is another example of the Keystone Pattern, which I haven't identified as such until this writing.

26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, [1] then the head [2], then the mature grain in the head. [3] 29 But when the crop permits [4], he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” ~ Mark 4:26-29

Friends, does the crop not now permit? Will He not immediately put in the sickle? That remains our hopeful expectation.

Here's the opening of the storm passage from Matthew 8.

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. 19 Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” ~ Matthew 8:18-22

Foxes and birds of the air, this world is their home, and those represented as scribes (religious hypocrites, who will NOT follow him where he goes, into this ark of salvation) slumber as in the night. In contrast, this world is not our home, if ours is with the Son of Man, and this about to manifest. He has nowhere HERE to lay His head. No sleeping, metaphorically, for the alert and sober virginal Bride. So, how can the dead bury the dead or do anything at all, because they are dead? These dead are the sleeping, as drunk in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5. Here's a verse about the denial of entry into the ark.

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. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:3

No ark of salvation for them, whether these virgins have oil for their lamps or not. Those who can follow the Lord into the boat and go across the stormy sea must let the dead bury their own dead, tending still to the burden of this life that must be sacrificed willingly for the robe to be washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. Those who qualify to enter the ark have already taken up the cross at the cost of their lives. They have proven their friendship and received the love of the Truth. 2 Thessalonians 2.

Now, consider what follows the storm in those accounts. When they get to the other side, which is to say, after the Bride Theft, those who were left behind are dealt with. Gnashing of teeth, the demoniac. Those cast out, knocking but rejected.

And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” ~ Matthew 8:29

It will soon be time. Given leave, the demons enter about 2000 swine, who rush down to be drowned in the sea. Time code. The church age. Birds of the air in the mustard tree. Foxes with dens. Whatever is in the Lord's harvest field that is not fit for harvest with the barley. Bad fish. Goats. The wild olive branch is broken off (Romans 11) and yet in the Lord's awesome mercy they may still embrace the way of the cross, but for reduced benefit. The great wheat harvest awaits. Shavuot. We believe the Wheat saints will do as the Bride will have done, as modeled by Peter, who would return and strengthen his brothers after being sifted by Satan.

Some accounts of time-storms on the Sea of Galilee feature walking on water, as moving above and untouched by water, beyond this time-space realm.

45 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. 46 After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray. 47 When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48 Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. 49 But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” 51 Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, 52 for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened. ~ Mark 6:45-52

They were terrified, and in a boat. Megas Thlipsis. Those disciples supposed it was a ghost - phantasma, a phantasm. Really? What's going on here? Prophecy. He intended to pass them by. They weren't in the ark of salvation for Barley, you see. He got in the boat with them, but these disciples had hard hearts. They didn't gain any insight from the incident of the loaves. It was following the feeding of the 5000 that, immediately, Jesus made His disciples get into the boat. Have you gained any insight about the incident of the loaves?

39 And He commanded them all to sit down by groups on the green grass. 40 They sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41 And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food and broke the loaves and He kept giving them to the disciples to set before them; and He divided up the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and they picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces, and also of the fish. 44 There were five thousand men who ate the loaves. ~ Mark 6:39-44

How many baskets full? Where did the fish come from? How many men were fed? Organized how?

Here's another account, from John 6, which also follows the sign of the 5 barley loaves and 2 fish.

15 So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. 16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. 19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. 20 But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. 22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?” ~ John 6:15-25

Not how, but WHEN. “Rabbi, when did You get here?” In a time numbered verse 21, note that “immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” Now how does that happen? Zig Zag. Prior to launching out, the crowd was intending to take Jesus by force to make him king. They couldn't. It speaks to us of another being made king in his stead, one like unto Jesus Barabbas.

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. ~ Malachi 3:1-2

Matthew 14 features another account of Y'shua walking on the water of the stormy Sea of Galilee, but Peter walks on water too, until he begins to sink. He gets wet, touched by water, like, in Luke 8:23, how the boat the disciples were in was getting swamped in the storm.

28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” ~ Matthew 14:28-33

Immediately. And who else will be in the boat-ark? Sons of Israel, 144,000, 12,000 from each of 12 tribes. Romans 11:15!

Here's a time-storm megas thlipsis account from Acts. Again, the “third day” is a resurrection signal. There are many opportunities for dot connecting here.

18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo; 19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned. 21 When they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete and incurred this damage and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on a certain island.” 27 But when the fourteenth night came, as we were being driven about in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors began to surmise that they were approaching some land. 28 They took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and a little farther on they took another sounding and found it to be fifteen fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might run aground somewhere on the rocks, they cast four anchors from the stern and wished for daybreak. 30 But as the sailors were trying to escape from the ship and had let down the ship’s boat into the sea, on the pretense of intending to lay out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Unless these men remain in the ship, you yourselves cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship’s boat and let it fall away. 33 Until the day was about to dawn, Paul was encouraging them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been constantly watching and going without eating, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I encourage you to take some food, for this is for your preservation, for not a hair from the head of any of you will perish.” 35 Having said this, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of all, and he broke it and began to eat. 36 All of them were encouraged and they themselves also took food. 37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons. 38 When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing out the wheat into the sea. 39 When day came, they could not recognize the land; but they did observe a bay with a beach, and they resolved to drive the ship onto it if they could. 40 And casting off the anchors, they left them in the sea while at the same time they were loosening the ropes of the rudders; and hoisting the foresail to the wind, they were heading for the beach. 41 But striking a reef where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern began to be broken up by the force of the waves. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape; 43 but the centurion, wanting to bring Paul safely through, kept them from their intention, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land, 44 and the rest should follow, some on planks, and others on various things from the ship. And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land. ~ Acts 27:18-44

Note, breaking bread signals the giving of insight as the Lord opens the eyes and ears. Note the passing of 14 days.

When they had eaten enough, they began to lighten the ship by throwing out the wheat into the sea. ~ Acts 27:38

The Wheat didn't make it ashore, being cast out into the sea. No other provision was made, no disobedient trickster sailors attempting to save their own lives would have been saved.

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