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Daily Bread

Two yerûshâlayim (Jerusalem) Part 2

Scripture For Today

Isaiah 62:1-2 NASB

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.
2 The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

Revelation 3:12 NASB

12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.

According to Dr. Stephen Jones (God's Kingdom Ministries) writing about the two Jerusalem's, "one cannot understand the fulfillment of prophecy without seeing there are two Jerusalem's:  the old Jerusalem and the New Jerusalem. The distinctions makes it possible to understand the seeming contradiction between biblical statements of blessings and curses upon Jerusalem".

Isaiah understood there would be another Jerusalem to replace the old one, which the above Scripture clearly attest - "You (Jerusalem) will be called by a new name".

The Apostle John also understood this who wrote the Book of Revelation in approximately 96 A.D. almost thirty years after the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. for he referred to it as the "NEW JERUSALEM which comes down out of heaven from my God".

Isaiah 62:4-5 NASB

4 It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married”;
For the Lord delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.

Compare the above text with Revelation 11:8:

8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt where also their Lord was crucified.

In this passage, John calls old Jerusalem, Sodom and Egypt for it will become a city of perversion (there is already a growing contingent of homosexuals in Jerusalem that now have their annual Gay Pride Day Parade) and the apostate Jews will again worship idols (the Antichrist). However, in Isaiah 62:4, the prophet says a future Jerusalem will be called a delight - the Lord will delight in her and be married to her.

Revelation 21:2 NASB

2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

In both the Isaiah 62 and Revelation 21 passages, the New Jerusalem is referred to as the Bride of the Lord, not that the Lord will be spiritually married to a literal city, but it is a spiritual union between the saints that live in the New Jerusalem and the Lord. The Bible never says the Lord will be married to the Old Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:9-10 supports the New Jerusalem as the wife of the Lord:

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

Obviously, the holy city, Jerusalem in Verse 10 in the context is the New Jerusalem, not the old one.

We know from Revelation 21:10-27, the New Jerusalem will be much different than the old city in both physical and spiritual terms (I recommend you read this passage now to understand the dichotomy).

Comparing Revelation 21 with Isaiah 60:18-21 it is clear the New Jerusalem is not the old one restored and made a delight unto the Lord. No, as in the previous article (Part 1) the old Jerusalem will be destroyed and become un-repairable.

Isaiah 60:18-21 NASB

18 “Violence will not be heard again in your land,
Nor devastation or destruction within your borders;
But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.
19 “No longer will you have the sun for light by day,
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light;
But you will have the Lord for an everlasting light,
And your God for your glory.
20 “Your sun will no longer set,
Nor will your moon wane;
For you will have the Lord for an everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning will be over.
21 “Then all your people will be righteous;
They will possess the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
 
Revelation 21:22-27 NASB

22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Isaiah and John both say the same things - there will be no natural light in the New Jerusalem (no need of the sun and the moon for the Lord will be its light). Notice also in Isaiah and Revelation the New Jerusalem has both walls and gates, but more a spiritual connotation than a literal application.

When John says he saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven upon the earth (Revelation 21:10), he was not implying the New Jerusalem will descend upon the newly renovated earth like an outer space planet and overlay the old city. No, the meaning is the origin of the New Jerusalem is divine beginning with the new birth of the Holy Spirit, which all who enter it must possess for no sinners are allowed there. 

Dr. Jones says, "Christians need to learn the New Jerusalem is a spiritual city that will cover the whole earth in the restoration of all things. The purpose of the physical creation was to manifest the glory of God and this purpose will finally be fulfilled in the New Jerusalem". When Adam and Eve sinned, the glory of God was removed from the original creation, but in the last Adam (Christ Jesus) the glory of God will be restored to the earth.

Now what does all this mean in today's traditional religious world?  The Jews do not believe in the New Testament (the higher revelation of holy writ) and dispute the Book of Revelation's account of a New Jerusalem, not the old one they are mislead about its future. That would also include many Evangelical Christians that are all hung-up over a third temple in the old city and a so-called restoration of Zion's monarchy.

There is also a misunderstanding of Zion much like that of old Jerusalem. "The Bible often uses another term, Zion and the daughter of Zion (See Isaiah 62:11). Zion was the place where King David ruled Jerusalem and all Israel, thus is was a symbol of ruler-ship. Since the Bible speaks of both Zion and Jerusalem in the Old Testament prophets, some have assumed the Zion of Bible prophecy is the physical location within the old Jerusalem".  Therefore, what has unfortunately transpired is that Christian Zionists have placed their faith in the old Jerusalem thinking it fulfills the promises of God to Abraham, but we must look at the Book of Hebrews for clarity (Note: I have often stated in articles on this site the two books Christians need to be studying in the end-time is Hebrews and Revelation):

Hebrews 12:22-24 NASB

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels. 23 to the general assembly and Church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.

This verse is pregnant with a ton of revelation and a book could be written upon its precepts that debunk traditional dispensationalism with its corrupted Zionism doctrine that places national Israel as the chosen "only" people and superior to the Church.

Look closely at this verse and understand the Book of Hebrews was written to Jews who had converted to Christianity, but were sliding back into Judaism and a worship of the Torah (Law). Who does the writer tell them they have come to as Christian Jews - to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly or New Jerusalem and notice this - TO THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN WHO ARE ENROLLED IN HEAVEN.  He did not say they had come to a restored Davidic or Israelite monarchy.

"The book of Hebrews teaches us that our hope (both saved Jews and Gentiles) is in our greater high priest, Christ Jesus, who ministers in a greater temple (our hearts) and in a heavenly Jerusalem and its greater Mount Zion.  The New Zion has all the characteristics of the New Jerusalem but it symbolizes the place of where Jesus rules for He is the Son of David".  Only Christ Jesus will rule in the millennial kingdom, not a restored Davidic or Israeli kingdom.

Dr. Jones further points out in his excellent article on the New Jerusalem that "Paul wrote Hebrews (I agree with him that Paul more than likely wrote the Book of Hebrews) sometime close to his death in 64 A.D. to explain why God would allow the old city and its temple to be destroyed".  The Jews living at that time, primarily the Orthodox Jews, were astonished at the devastation they witnessed for they did not believe it was possible (they learned nothing from the Babylonian captivity when the old city and temple were ransacked and greatly damaged). They thought they could worship idols, live in sin and yet run to the temple, offer a slain bullock or lamb, and continue living as apostates and God would overlook it. HE DID NOT!

"Many Christian Evangelicals still do not understand that God has cast out the bondwoman with her son (the Levitical priesthood and Judaism itself)". Therefore, they are confused at what is going on in the Middle East and particularly the State of Israel and the land of Israel.

I will say it again, there is nothing anymore holy about the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem today than any other place on earth. What glory of God today resides on this earth it is in the hearts and spirits of Holy Spirit reborn saints - THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN as Hebrews 12:23 says above.

It was my privilege to visit Israel back in May - June, 1982 and while the historical - biblical sites were fascinating to see, I also observed a lot of sin and disbelief among the people of Israel and I surely did not feel I was in a more holy place than by hometown back in Texas. The Book of Ezekiel clearly reveals when and how the glory of God departed the old city and temple, then to the Mount of Olives and finally to exit even there. It returned in the body and life of Jesus in His First Advent, then went back to heaven at his ascension and today abides in the SAVED - born-again saints of God, but even among them, more flesh than the glory of God is seen.

I will have more to say in Part 3. 

Contributor to article, Dr. Stephen Jones on the New Jerusalem  

 

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Daily Bread

Two yerûshâlayim (Jerusalem) Part 1

Scripture For Today

Isaiah 65:18 NASB

17 For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For Behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people for gladness.

19 19 “I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people;
And there will no longer be heard in her
The voice of weeping and the sound of crying.
20 “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,
Or an old man who does not live out his days;
For the youth will die at the age of one hundred
And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred
Will be thought accursed.

Isaiah 66:10-13 NASB 

10“Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her;
Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
11 That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
12 For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

In each of the mentions of Jerusalem in the above passages, the plural case is used in the Hebrew language, meaning more than one (two). The Jewish Rabbi's admit this use of Jerusalem is puzzling to them. Is there to be another Jerusalem other than the one in the land of Israel? The answer: There has to be, but before I prove that, notice these texts in Isaiah are eschatological (prophetic future) having to do with the millennial reign of Christ upon the earth. We know this because Isaiah 65:17-18 are in the context of a new heaven and a new earth. Actually the Hebrew word for new is chadash, which means to rebuild or replenish, not in the sense of something brand new.

There is nothing evil about planet earth proper or the heavens proper, but the sin upon and within them. Satan's originate sin was in the heavens which corrupted the second and first heavens (God's throne is currently in the third heaven). His causing Adam and Eve to sin was on planet earth, which is part of the first heaven (the earth's atmosphere). Therefore, both the heavens and earth will need a washing or cleansing of the corruption caused by sin.

The question is when does this recreation take place - during the 1000-year reign (millennium) or after the millennium? It is my personal opinion the entire millennial will be a rebuilding program for planet earth because by the time the judgments of the seven-year tribulation and the Day of the Lord are over, the planet will be largely destroyed and the population greatly reduced (see Isaiah 24:3-6; 19-23 and notice the destruction takes place on the posttrib day of the Lord - Verse 23).

Back to the question of why two Jerusalem's; Jeremiah 19 is a metaphor about the destruction of old Jerusalem (The Broken Jar).

Jeremiah 19:10-15 NASB

10 “Then you are break the jar in the sight of the men who accompany you 11 and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place for burial. 12 This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants,” declares the Lord, “so as to make this city like Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be defiled like the place Topheth, because of all the houses on whose rooftops they burned sacrifices to all the heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods.”’”  14 Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord’s house and said to all the people: 15 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to bring on this city and all its towns the entire calamity that I have declared against it, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.’”

Topheth is mentioned only in the Old Testament and its root meaning is a place of burning (The Old Testaments equivalent to the Lake of Fire). It lies near the East Gate of Jerusalem (I have pictures of it that I took when I visited Israel in 1982). The idolatrous Kings of Judah burned their children there as sacrifices to Baal and Molech. On account of this, it became known as the place of slaughter and abominations.  In essence, God told Jeremiah that a day would come in which old Jerusalem will be destroyed and cannot be repaired. That of itself necessitates another Jerusalem and will it be a literal physical city or spiritual? 

Old Jerusalem is under a curse and contrary to what Evangelical Christians want to believe, God is not protecting that place in order to keep it from judgment and destruction. It will be destroyed as well as the land of Israel greatly damaged by an end-time war (See Isaiah 17 the whole chapter). In Revelation 11, God refers to Jerusalem as Sodom and Egypt not terms of endearment. He destroyed Sodom and mightily judged Egypt with many plagues.

In Galatians 4 Paul spoke of two covenants - one as old Jerusalem in slavery because of its people seeking righteousness by the Torah (Law - the meaning of Mount Sinai) while the other Jerusalem is from above and free for all that are in Christ Jesus have been set free from the law of sin and death. There is no righteousness in the Torah for the Law enforces Sin not removes it. Only the blood of Jesus Christ removes the penalty of sin and one day the presence of sin.

Galatians 4:24-26 NASB

24 This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.

Both Isaiah and Revelation speak of a New Jerusalem:

Isaiah 62:1-2 NASB

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, Until her righteousness goes forth like a brightness, And her salvation like a torch that is burning. 2 The nations will see your righteousness, And all the kings your glory; And you will be called by a NEW NAME, which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

Revelation 3:12 NASB

12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the NEW JERUSALEM, which comes down out of heaven from My God and My new name.

Revelation 3:12 is a reference to Isaiah 62:2.

So if old Jerusalem is going to be utterly destroyed where will the Lord's throne be on the earth during his millennial reign?  I have read that some believe it will be in the vicinity of Shiloh where the Ark of the Covenant was in the Tabernacle before Solomon's temple was built.

In Part 2, I will discuss the New Jerusalem in more detail.   

 

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DAILY BREAD

"More Solid Evidence Against The Pretrib Rapture"

Scripture For Today

Acts 3:19-21 KJV

19 Repent therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the time of restitution of all things which God has spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began.

When I was researching and writing my doctoral dissertation in Biblical Studies on the Day of the Lord, I discovered copious Scriptures for that topic which circumvented the pretribulation doctrine. However, recently I received a contact from someone who is also writing a book about the Day of the Lord (posttribulation position) and he pointed out another Scripture that is rock-solid evidence the pretrib rapture is bogus - Acts 3:21. After reading it, I realized he was correct, but I recommended adding Verses 19 and 20 to it as all three are posttribulational.

Since we are most certainly very near the final seven years of this present age, it is extremely important that believers know what the Word says about the timing for the First Resurrection/Rapture and the parousia, the literal return of Yeshua/Jesus back to this earth.

The passage in question will reveal the timing.

Acts 3:19-21 deals with the healing of a lame man probably the next day or two after the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost (50 days from the ascension of Yeshua/Jesus to the Father God's throne in the third-heaven). The lame man was sitting at the gate of Solomon's portico begging for money since that was probably his only means of support. When he saw Peter and John, he asked them for alms (money). Looking upon him, Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I do have I give to you",

IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH - WALK!

Then Peter grabbed him by the hand and raised him up. Immediately he began walking and leaping and praising God. The commotion attracted a large crowd that were amazed at what they saw, meaning they recognized the lame man who sat daily at Solomon's colonnade begging for money.

When Peter beheld their amazement, he quickly addressed the crowd, assuring them he had nothing to do with the lame man's healing, but he was healed by his faith in the name of Jesus (false prophets and false healers should heed this Scripture in Acts as Peter did - taking no credit for the healing power of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God).

This is where the above passage picks up and the subject of today's Daily Bread.

First, Peter told the crowd to repent of their unbelief in Jesus as the Messiah so their sins could be forgiven. Then he mentions three things that strongly discredit a pretrib rapture (for those who may be reading this and don't know anything about tribulation doctrine, pretribulationism teaches at the end of the present Church Age, the living saints on the earth will be caught up to the Lord's presence to join the resurrected saints to be followed by seven years of unprecedented persecution of tribulation saints and horrible judgments on earth). Seldom do pretrib proponents mention the rapture is part of the First Resurrection not the other way around - the First Resurrection is part of the Rapture.

However, Verses 19-21 above destroy that supposition for that is what it is, which I also prove without doubt in my Day of the Lord book.

What did Peter mean by the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord? 

The Greek word for presence is a strong word, prosopon, stronger than parousia, which is the typical word used for the return of Christ. Prosopon means face-to-face or right in your face. It means the up-close personal appearance of Christ back to this earth. Prosopon indicates the saints are conversing or talking to the Lord.  This personal prosopon appearing of Christ Jesus does not take place until the Day of the Lord which IMMEDIATELY follows the tribulation period (See Matthew 24:29-31). This is the same time as the times of refreshing for the saints when Jesus is back on earth walking and talking among us - the born-again saints of God.  There is no prosopon appearing of Christ Jesus before the tribulation period thus no pretrib rapture. The dead resurrected and living raptured saints do not experience this time of refreshing until the posttribulation appearing of Christ. (Note: I Thessalonians 4:13-17, a passage that pretrib tries to insert a pretrib rapture, there is no prosopon appearing, but the general word for appearing - parousia;  Parousia indicates the fact of the Lord's coming while prosopon means He Has come back and is now on the earth tabernacling with the saints).

2 Thessalonians 1:7 helps out understanding also:

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.

All pretrib theologians agree that the Greek word for revealed - apokalupsis, refers to the literal second coming of Christ back to the earth. So here we see Paul discussing the times of rest and refreshing to mean the prosopon - close and personal encounter with the saints BACK ON THE TERRA FIRMA.  The difference between apokalupsis and prosopon is one of encounter - Apokalupsis Christ is revealed to the inhabitants of the earth, but in prosopon, he is not only revealed, but conversing with the saints. 

Pretrib theologians try to twist the Scripture by saying the parousia is the personal appearing of Christ Jesus in the air to rapture the saints before the tribulation period while prosopon is the personal literal physical presence of Christ at the end of the tribulation, therefore they split the appearing of Christ in two phases. The Acts 3 text above does not split the appearing of Christ into two phases, but is singular in application.

How do we know this for sure (Verse 20) - the very next phrase proves it - He shall send the Lord Jesus, which before was preached unto you. Now there is a law in biblical interpretation that every seminary student learns or should, which is, no one word of Scripture stands alone by itself but must be understood in the larger context. What is the context for the Father God sending the Lord Jesus back to earth - THE PROSOPON- the literal face-to-face walking, talking appearance of Jesus. This is no AIR meeting seven-years prior to the Day of the Lord, but a posttrib event (Note: the living believers will be caught-up and raptured at the beginning of the Day of the Lord, which is the very next event to take place after the tribulation has ended).

Verse 21 nails down what is the meaning of the two verses preceding it.

21 Whom the heaven must receive until the time of restitution of all things which God has spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began.

The Greek word for restitution is apokatastasis and means to reconstitute, that is, to restore to a former condition, and notice two things: This reconstitution involves all things as pertaining to heaven and earth and it won't happen until it is time for Christ to come back to earth to setup His millennial kingdom on the posttrib Day of the Lord. The phrase whom the heaven must receive means that Jesus is not coming back to earth until it is time to rebuild what the tribulation and Day of the Lord destroyed, which also includes the souls of mankind  - overcoming saints shall receive their glorified bodies and the sheep nations shall be allowed in the Messiah Kingdom.

If the heavens must receive (Greek - lambano - to take and get hold of) the Lord Jesus and hold Him there until the time of restitution or reconstruction of planet earth, then there can no pretrib rapture before a seven-year tribulation and a physical coming to earth after the tribulation ends for that would violate this passage, which denies a two-phase second coming. The coming in Acts 3:19-21 is a singular coming not a rapture-rupture two phase coming.

Thanks Barry for bringing this to my attention.


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Daily Bread

No One Can Know the Day Or the Hour...Not Even the Son

Matthew 24:36 KJV

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Matthew 24:36 NASB

36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, NOR THE SON, but the Father alone.

This verse has been the topic of much controversy among prophecy teachers and prophecy adherents as to the original meaning - is it possible for the end-time Church (the true Church not the religious thing disguised as the Church) to know the very time of the Lord's coming and our gathering together to meet Him in the air on the Posttribulation Day of the Lord?

Some believe we can know for two reasons: (1) Jesus said His return would be (just like in the original Greek) the days of Noah. Well, God told Noah the precise day the world-wide flood would commence upon the earth:

Genesis 7:4-13 NKJV

4 For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 5 And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.

7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, 9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark—

The second month during Noah's day was in the Hebrew month of Marcheshvan (our October - November) because the world at that time was operating on the Civil Calendar. The 17th day of the second month would have been in early November when rain descended upon the earth both from the heavens and from the bowels of the earth for 40 days and 40 nights.  Noah and his family knew the precise day they would enter the ark and the start of the great flood (the judgment of God upon wicked humanity).

If we believe what Jesus said about the days of Noah compared to His return, then it may be possible for the overcoming elect (those who have died to the flesh) to know the very day of the Day of the Lord when the resurrection and real rapture occur.

(2) The word knoweth in Matthew 24:36 is in the present tense in the Greek language of the New Testament. Watchman Nee in his commentary on the Book of Matthews says, Furthermore, the word, knoweth in no one knoweth is cast in the present tense, which means that the Lord does not know today. It cannot mean that He will never know.

Additionally, notice in the KJV of Matthew 24:36, the phrase, Nor the Son, is omitted. The Old King James version of the Bible was based on the Textus Receptus manuscript - one of the oldest sources and for many the only reliable one. It is also rather absurd to think the Lord Jesus who is at the right hand of the Father (He said many times that He and the Father were one) would not know the day of His return. The modern translations interpreted the phrase, but the Father alone to mean Jesus didn't know either.  The context implies that neither man or angels know the day, but in contrast to them, the Father knows. The Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same in spiritual nature - they all have the same mind.

The following statement I have made many times and it gives some Christians heart-burn and angst, but ONLY the first-fruit overcoming saints are going to be resurrected and raptured on the Day of the Lord - a posttrib event. The carnal non-overcoming saints are going to be outside the Kingdom in the realm of the outer darkness. In fact, in the tribulation period, God is going to give all believers the opportunity to be overcomers, which means dying to self and overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil.  Those who fail to do so will not take part in the First Resurrection - will not receive their glorified bodies (spiritual flesh), but will have to wait a thousand years to the 8th day (the Day of God) when the Son (Yeshua - Jesus) turns His kingdom over to the Father - that is the time of the Great White Throne Judgment and the start of the Eternal Age - one that never ends.

Therefore, it is possible the overcoming elect of Christ will be given the knowledge of the time they will be called to the presence of the Lord (at the very beginning of the Day of the Lord during the Feast of Trumpets).

One prophecy teacher who believes he has been given ALL the dates having to do with the tribulation period and the Day of the Lord, is of the opinion the Day of the Lord lasts for one-year during which time the overcoming saints will be spiritually wed to Christ, that is, the Bride of Christ will be in full fellowship with the Lord, while on the earth, the angels are carrying out the Bowls of Wrath on Satan's kingdom and those who followed the Antichrist and took his mark.

I have been reading some very interesting commentary on the year 2017 and the United States as the head of the Beast - Mystery Babylon.  The same prophecy teacher who believes he has been given all the dates in conjunction to the events of the tribulation period and the Second Coming, exhorts his readers as well as all Christians to study the Day of the Lord as it is the key to all end-time prophecy. I do not know him and never had any contact with him before I wrote my book, The Day of the Lord, The Key To Understanding End-Time Prophecy, but we no doubt are on the same page about the importance of the DOTL.

I stand behind my article on the 120-Year End-Time Generation and believe it may have begun in 1897 and ends in 2017 because Jesus said the last generation to which He would return will be like what happened in Noah's day. We know from Genesis 6:3 the last generation before the flood judgment was 120 years (it was not a reference to mankind's life expectancy). Jesus also said in Matthew 24:32 we are to LEARN THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE and to consider its buds (the beginning spouts - new growth as well as the mature leaves). We know from several passages in the Old Testament, the Fig Tree is the nation of Israel. The first budding of the revived secular nation was in 1897 when the Balfour Declaration by Great Britain gave the Jews the legal right to return to the land of Israel after a 2500 year hiatus.

What the Lord actually told the disciples (the forerunners of the Christian Church) was the same unbelieving Jews of their day would reappear in the end-time and last generation before He returned and establish the physical spiritually blind Fig Tree nation of Israel. The Balfour Declaration did not specifically grant the Jews the right to become an independent nation or state, but to return to the land of Israel and live alongside the Palestinian Arabs in peace and safety. I once met a Palestinian Arab who fled the refugee camps imposed upon them by the new state of Israel and he told me before the Jews declared statehood, the Arabs and Jews got along quite well. It was only after the Jews declared statehood and stole and confiscated Arab lands and property that tensions escalated between them.

The Fig Tree (modern Israel) is a major END-TIME SIGN the last generation has arrived on planet earth. There are actually three major signs in Matthew 24 that are SIGNS this generation in which we all live is the END GENERATION - The Fig Tree, the Days of Noah and the Days of Lot. So we have the physical spiritually blind state of Israel in the Middle East, the rise of world-wide violence and militant homosexuality all at the same time.

This month, August 21, 2017 the United States is going to be impacted by a total eclipse of the Sun that will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. About a third of the nation will have some measure of darkness at around 6:30 PM depending on what time zone you live in. Apparently it will cover an area from  Wisconsin and cutting across the nation diagonally toward the Gulf States   - Mississippi to Georgia and northern Florida and up the East Coast to include NY State. It also will be witnessed in South America. 

According to Jacob's End-Time Predictions, "there were tetrad (4) blood-red moons in 2014/2015 occurring on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. A total solar eclipse also occurred on March 20, 2015 that was in the middle of the blood-red moons. There will be 6 total lunar eclipses during the tribulation before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes":

Joel 2:30-31 KJV

30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

Jesus said, IMMEDIATELY AFTER the tribulation of those days (proof the tribulation is a literal earth time) shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven:  (see Matthew 24:29-30).  Christ Jesus placed His coming soon after the seven-year tribulation ends, which leaves no doubt He spoke of His coming in a posttrib time frame not in a pretrib sense.

It is interesting the Jewish Rabbi's believe 2017 is 120 jubilees from creation (every 50th year was a Jubilee year in the Torah- the Law books of the bible - Genesis - Deuteronomy).

There is also an interesting astronomy occurrence on September 22/23, 2017 involving the Christ Angle (has to do with the angle of the Pyramid of Giza at 23.6 degrees, which is the very center of the earth and bisecting the city of Bethlehem where Christ was born. 

[Begin Quote: According to Jacob's End-Time Predictions, September 22/23, 2017 is the Revelation 12 SIGN:

Revelation 12:1-2 NIV

1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

Psalms 104:19

He made the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.

A great and wondrous sign is appearing and is announcing an upcoming event as Revelation 12 predicts. Virgo clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet is a regular yearly occurrence according to the suns elliptical through the mazzaroth of which Job spoke of. The sign of Revelation 12 must be extremely unusual, where it gets unusual is the fact that Mercury (1), Mars (2) and Venus (3) are positioned forming a straight line above Virgo's head with the 9 stars of the constellation Leo the Lion. This is an extremely rare occurrence and with Jupiter being birthed in her womb is truly a great wonder. What is even more amazing is that Jupiter is in retrograde months prior. When this occurs, it makes from our perspective an oval design like an egg and also a crowning effect. Jupiter is forming an oval shape within the belly of Virgo. In reality, a retrograde means the earth is moving past Jupiter. Thus we have 3 stars + the 9 stars of Leo = 12 (Revelation 12 - do you think it a coincidence the 12 stars are prophetic in Revelation chapter 12 - I don't think so?)

Regulus, meaning a king is the king star of Leo located within the king constellation Leo the Lion. What is she birthing  - the manchild which is Jupiter. Jupiter means righteousness, giving of rain and birthing of kings. It is the king wandering star which is called a planet. I challenge anyone (Jacob's end-time predictions) to find this alignment. Regulus means right, to direct with a straight line, resurrection. A straight line is forming with Regulus, Venus, Mars, and Mercury.  

Genesis 49:9-10 NIV

9 You are a lion's cub, Judah; You return from the prey, my son, like a lioness - who dares to rouse her?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

A scepter is a rod or staff. The sign of Revelation 12 is showing a staff in the heavens from Regulus to Saturn.

Was the Holy Spirit showing me something about the year 2017 when I wrote the article on the 120-Year end-time generation on December 28, 2001. Was the Holy Spirit showing Jacob's End-Time Predictions of the significance of the year 2017 having to do with the tribulation period? Perhaps. We shall soon know.

May I say that I am no fan of astrology, but astronomy is of the Word of God for there are many passages where the Constellations are mentioned. The late Dr. J.R. Church, a prophecy scholar, even though a pretrib believer, had an amazing presentation - The Gospel In The Stars in which he would project unto several large screens a simultaneously picturesque how the constellations, stars and planets actually told the gospel story.  The ancient biblical sages were observers of the heavens and knew first-hand this heavenly message. This is how the wise men knew where and when Christ was born - by watching the nightly messages of the celestial bodies. The modern world has obscured this wonderful phenomenon by all the pollution and haze that obstructs the vision of the nightly heavens. If you are fortunate to live in the country where there are no city lights to limit the clear visibility of the night skies, you can still see the stars and constellations as they move across the skies.

Jesus is the Lion of Tribe of Judah, so it is no coincidence what is taking place within the Constellations Leo, Virgo and the aforementioned planets. End Quote]

Is God wanting us to know the end of this age is much closer than we realize. There is no such thing as the end of the world. The world is not going to end. There will be some major adjustments, but planet earth will exist on into eternity. I hate to be a party-pooper, but climate change is not going to destroy the planet. The Seals, Trumpets and Bowl Judgments as bad as they are going to be do not destroy the planet. If the planet was destroyed, then Christ would certainly not be coming back to setup His kingdom. Just need to use common sense.

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Daily Bread

What Is Common Sense?

Scripture For Today

Proverbs 3:21 NASB

21 My son, let them not depart from your sight - sound wisdom and discretion.

Proverbs 8:5, 12 NASB

5 O simple ones, discern prudence, And O fools discern wisdom.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence and I find knowledge and discretion.

The definition of discretion is having discernment based on sound judgment; the ability to make right decisions.  The definition of prudence is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.

Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge in a right, logical, reasonable and responsible manner.

In other proverbs, we are told to get wisdom and understanding:

Proverbs 1:1-3 NKJV

1 To know wisdom and instruction,
2 To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;

Proverbs 3:21 NKJV

21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;

Proverbs 9:10-11  NKJV

10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.

Proverbs 2: 6-7 NKJV

6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

All of these verses have to do with good old fashioned common sense - the words discretion, prudence, wisdom and understanding all describe common sense and they all come from God (Verse 6 above - Wisdom, knowledge and understanding comes from the Lord). The lack of common sense indicates someone that is not rooted and grounded in the Word of God. 

We also know from Romans 2 that God has placed within every human being the function of conscience (one of the faculties of the human spirit), which is the ability to discern right from wrong or the ability to make the right decisions. Therefore, common sense is a function of conscience.  

Romans 2:14-16 NKJV

14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,  15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)  16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

The reason the Bible has so much to say about wisdom and understanding is to guard and protect humanity whether believers or non believers from making bad decisions and suffering the consequences. It is especially important for government leaders to have common sense in making decisions affecting the people they serve and the world in general.

Unfortunately, in the United States and the modern world, there seems to be a growing lack of wisdom/common sense among the populace, particularly those on the left and far left. Not a day goes by that some weird proclamation or action by those of the left defies common sense. In all my lifetime, I have never seen so much folly and foolishness on the part of the democratic left. It is mind-boggling to watch the twisted, confused, mixed-up, stupid rhetoric and decisions of the democrats in Congress, justices, media, Hollywood celebrities, academia, the religious left, etc. - one has to wonder what is in their Kool aid.

Whistleblower Magazine produced by WorldNetDaily devoted this months issue to The left's War On Common Sense (I highly recommend all my readers to subscribe to Whistleblower Magazine; it is hard-hitting, conservative, factual and biblically based).

I am going to share several excerpts from the Magazine (based on Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law the articles on my website are offered free of charge to the public and for instructional educational purposes):

The first article (one of ten) is written by David Kupelian, CEO of WBM - "the left's war on common sense" in which he defines CS as sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like, normal native intelligence.

He says....the left is so mesmerized by its utopian ideology and so caught-up in hysterical fervor that it simply believes and acts - and attempts to indoctrinate others - in accord with its distorted version of reality. Reason, common sense, the laws of economies and the lessons of history are inexplicably irrelevant to them.

Perhaps we should pause, take a deep breath here and ask:  What exactly is this thing we call "common sense"? 

Although philosophers and intellectuals since Aristotle have theorized about it, it really is not necessary, or frankly even helpful, to study their hypothesizing on this subject. Because in reality, common sense is simpler than all that. It is quite simply, the internal guidance system God gives man, transcending ideology, education and economic status. It is the mysterious essence of logic, clear-thinking, right acting, and as such is a priceless gift from the Creator. It is the twin brother of conscience, the heartbeat of a competent, successfu life. 

However, it is precisely because common sense represents an inner sense of what is right and sensible - which implies an obedience to a higher good - that is interferes with the designs  of the perpetually angry and dissatisfied left, which aspires to impose an entirely unworkable utopian fantasy-world on the rest of us.


David Kupelian nails down tight the difference between the liberal democratic left and the republican conservative right regarding pure old COMMON SENSE!  The former has very little if any common sense and is clearly seen in about everything they say and do.

Here are a few examples of the left's no Common Sense Agendas:

1. Protecting illegals and criminals in sanctuary cities - does that make neighborhood's more safe. Ask the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, how safe is his sanctuary city - 4,000 people shot and 762 murders in 2016. He is also proud that Chicago has one of the more stringent gun control laws - laws that help criminals not gun owners.

2. Relentless LBGTQ pressure to include the entire sports world and the Olympics, now allows transgenders to compete in women's sports that is biologically unfair as male specimens are stronger than the female counterparts.

3. "The growth of the ubiquitous Marxist thought-control system known as political correctness - a phrase that, all by itself, is nonsensical and demented - represents an all-out attack on common sense in every area of American life, culture, and politics".   

4. Forbidding high school students from praying at graduation events in Jesus name or making reference to any biblical source. This is unconstitutional PERIOD!

5. Forbidding football coaches from praying silently on the field. Is that not a First Amendment violation?

6. You have heard that homosexuals just want equal rights - yeah sure. Transgender Tiffiany Berruti said that if a person isn't attracted to transgender people, he or she is transphobic (another new phobic phraseology). My spell check about blew a fuse on the word - transphobic.

7. Colleges are having a Day of Absence and safe zones in which White students were told not to attend class on the Day of Absence and so-called psychologically damaged students due to the Trump phenomenon need a safe zone. That is the stupid of the stupids!

8. The far left in spite of evidence to the contrary are in denial that Islam has a problem within its ranks by continuing to placate, condone and promote Islam over Christianity as the preferred superior religion - Total non-factual nonsense!

9. School districts promoting insane hysteria of students making any reference to guns.  Elementary students are being suspended for up to one-year for wearing clothing supporting guns, for bringing toy guns to school, for looking at internet websites that have anything to do with guns. In Texas even talking about guns can get you suspended.

I could cite many more ludicrous accounts of left-wing common senseless stupidity.

Another long article by David Kupelian,entitled, Magic Words, reveals the sick demented mentality of the democratic left:

Freedom Is Slavery:

In Orwell's "1984", the outside walls of the Ministry of Truth (HQ for propaganda and revisionist history) are adorned with three "Newspeak" phrases - Slogans of the political party ruling the total surveillance state of Oceania. They are: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Reading this novel, we may be tempted to think, Wow. How could people possibly be so stupid and deluded as to think something as its opposite.

Yet America today is rapidly becoming Oceania, where many key political and cultural concepts actually amount to the opposite of what their labels profess.

Reflect for a few seconds on these 1984 - style slogans and see if they fit today's America: THEFT IS JUSTICE. ENVY IS RIGHTEOUSNESS. FAITH IS IGNORANCE.

Or what about these?  MORALITY IS BIGOTRY. SIN IS LOVE. CHARITY IS ENTITLEMENT.

So what is the point of this article? To prove the United States of America has had a paradigm shift to the left in its ideology, religious, and social agenda. The very pro-America of the 1950's I grew up in is now TABOO!  More so-called enlightenment has pervaded the mindset of modern society! I say it is more retrogression than progression.

READERS DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY THE LEFT AGENDA!  They will be proven before the GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT OF GOD to be opposite the TRUTH!  


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Daily Bread

Instructions For Pretribbers; Pay Attention To The Scriptural Context

Scripture For Today

1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:1-6 KJV

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I Thessalonians 5:1-6 KJV

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

The original manuscripts of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments did not have chapter divisions rather they were linear or a continuous narrative. The chapter and verse divisions were added later (13th and 16th Centuries). However, the Hebrew Bible divisions in contrast to the Greek New Testament had several variants. In studying the Bible in great detail the past 46 years, I have seen how this division of the Bible has contributed to confusion and misunderstanding. One example is the passages above in I Thessalonians 4 and 5.

Now consider that you are living in the First Century A.D. when Paul's letter to the Thessalonians was not divided into chapter and verse. When you came to the end of Chapter 4 the context would continue without a chapter break. The last verse of Chapter 4 says, Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Then the very next thing Paul wrote concerned the prophetic future - times and seasons, specifically in Verse 2 about the Day of the Lord and he told them there was no need to explain the Day of the Lord to them because he had already taught them that. In what context did he teach them about the DOTL?

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 KJV

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that [the day of the Lord] is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

From this passage, it is clear that Paul taught the Thessalonian Church the Day of the Lord was AFTER the great end time apostasy - strong rebellion against biblical truth - in essence rejecting the Bible as the authentic Word of God - that is already happening in the United States and the world over. Secondly, he said the Day of the Lord would not come until the man of sin, the Antichrist was revealed (that is at least a mid-trib event). So two things would have to be in place before the Day of the Lord could commence - the great apostasy and the Antichrist revealed - physically and publicly seen.  This passage alone refutes pretribulationism.

The Old Testament usage of the word DAY of the Lord is Yom meaning "hot". This supports the context that the Day of the Lord will be one of intense fire and heat - see Isaiah 24 the whole chapter where it says the earth shall be burned with fire and few men left or few humans.

Jesus Himself taught the Day of the Lord was posttrib - see Matthew 24:29-31.

The comfort Paul was giving the Thessalonian Christians was not due to a pretrib rapture, but to inform them the Day of the Lord and the wrath of God was not occurring in their day. They had not missed the First resurrection and rapture.

As I explain in my book, The Day of the Lord, The Key To Understanding End-Time Prophecy, there is no Scriptural evidence I Thessalonians 4 was teaching a pretrib rapture. You would have to isogete the text to make that happen - add to it.

When the chapter divisions are removed from I and 2 Thessalonians it it clear Paul was teaching a posttrib return of Christ as well as a posttrib First Resurrection and Rapture.

The Pretrib theologians are so hung- up on their traditional dispensational doctrine they fail to pay attention to the biblical text. 

 

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Addendum To Daily Bread Article on the Book of Revelation

One thing I forgot to mention is the reason traditional dispensationalists (pretrib) teach the Book of Revelation is written in chronological order is to protect their doctrine of the Pretrib Rapture, for if Revelation is not written in chronological order, but rather provides snapshots of the major events taking place within the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls, then their theory fails the test of Sola Scriptura - a phrase I use in my Day of the Lord book in which I refute every tenet of Pretribulationism as bogus and misleading.

If anyone cares to read the history of how the pretrib doctrine was introduced to the Christian Church in the 18th Century, it is not difficult to see how Satan has used it to deceive the saints so they will not be prepared for what is coming upon the world and the end-time Church.  Seventeen centuries of Church history knew nothing about a pretrib rapture - a careful reading of the Church fathers proves they did not believe in it and did not teach it.

The Apostles Paul, Peter, John, James and the gospel writers - Matthew, Mark and Luke did not write about a pretrib rapture even though the Pretrib theologians "force it" into their writings. The Book of Revelation does not teach a pretrib rapture such as Revelation 4:1 and 3:10. If you want to read a meaty rebuttal of pretribulationism, then you should read my book, The Day of the Lord, The Key To Understanding End-Time Prophecy - A Critical Examination of Pretribulationism.

Unfortunately, my publisher, Tate Publishing, went out of business in April 2017 so the book is out of print. However, I have about 30 or 40 copies leftover from book signing events.  If you would like a copy, make a $20.00 donation to the BWV using the donation button on this website and I will mail you a copy and pay the shipping costs. The book will be mailed the day the donation is made.

It is not an easy read such as a novel, but requires serious and thoughtful study with your Bible in hand.  However, there is a lot of meat in it and if you take the time to read the whole book from cover to cover without skipping around and reading favorite chapters, you will not be deceived by all the end-time prophecy teachings, particularly the internet which has an abundance of date-setters and extra-biblical prophecy buffs.

One such prediction expert has everything figured out down to the very day and almost hour for the signs of the coming tribulation (September 22/23, 2017) and the beginning (first day) of the seven-year tribulation - October 5, 2017. He also says he knows the exact day of the mid-point and the committing of the abomination of desolation, the very day of the ending of the tribulation and the very day of the beginning and ending of the posttrib Day of Lord, which he believes last a full solar year - 365 days. Last, he has figured out the very day the Lord Jesus sets his feet back on planet earth to establish His Kingdom. The reason I did not give his dates for these events is that if he is wrong about the beginning of the tribulation on October 5, 2017 then all of his other predictions will be bogus as well.

My personal opinion is that he will join many other false prophets that set precise dates against the clear words of Jesus that no one can know the EXACT time of His return. However, when the tribulation actually begins then we will know for sure when the mid-point abomination of desolation will occur as well as the time the tribulation ends. Jesus told us in Matthew 24:29 the posttrib Day of the Lord would begin IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION. The real rapture of the saints occurs at the very beginning of the DOTL - right before the Bowls of Wrath begin to be poured out upon the unbelievers and Satan's kingdom. Date setters would do well to wait until the tribulation begins to make predictions of things to come within that period.  

 

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Daily Bread

Book of Revelation; Confused Theologians 

Revelation 1:19 NASB

19 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.

Perhaps no other book in all the Bible is more feared, least understood and misused by the theologians. We are warned in Chapter 22:18-19 not to mishandle the prophecy of the book, but unfortunately some do not heed that warning and write and teach it based on their opinions rather than from careful exegesis. 

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. (NIV). 

This warning is not to be taken lightly because it involves being eternally damned to the Lake of Fire - the meaning of taking away that person's share in the Tree of Life and the Holy City, which is the New Jerusalem - the home of the saints throughout eternity. 

Isaiah says this about how important the Word of God is (All of it):

Isaiah 66:2b  NIV

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
 and who tremble at my word.

How many Christian's including the devout Spirit-filled ones, actually have so much respect for the Word of God that they tremble at it for fear of misusing or mishandling it.  The Hebrew meaning of tremble means to buckle at the knees. 

One of the principal reasons the Book of Revelation is difficult to understand apart from the symbolism (it is written in code language and Holy Spirit revelation is mandatory to understanding it) is that many have been taught by the theologians (primarily the traditional dispensationalists [pretribers] it is written in chronological order, that is, the first part of the book (chapters 1-3) deal with the Churches or the Church Age to be followed immediately in Chapter 4 by the rapture of the Church to heaven and the ensuing activity around the throne (chapters 4-5); then also immediately follows in chapters 6-18 the three judgments of the Great Tribulation - the Seals, the Trumpets, and the Bowls each one following the other in succession, meaning all 7 Seals must be completed before the 7 Trumpets begin and then they must be completed before the 7 Bowls can commence.  The last section, Chapters 19-22 deals with the coming of the Lord at Armageddon; the rewarding of the overcoming saints; the judgment upon the Beast, False Prophet and Satan and all who take the Mark of the Beast; the judgment of the Harlot and Mystery Babylon; the Great White Throne Judgment and last the eternal state - the New Jerusalem coming down upon the new earth. According to the dispensationalists, the final chapters, 19-22 also are in chronological order and immediately follow the events of chapter 18.

They base this on the alleged outline in Revelation 1:19 above. However that Scripture though truly an outline does not imply or teach a chronological order of Revelation which is easily proved. What John was saying is that he saw what was going on with the Churches throughout the expanse of Christendom and especially the end-time. Then he saw a time of great tribulation lasting 3 1/2 years (the judgments of Revelation only deal with last half of the tribulation period, not the entire 7 years - we know this from the terminology - a time, times and half a time, 42 months and 1260 days). See Revelation 1
1:2-3; 12:6,14;  13:5.

There is a phrase in the book of Revelation that few pay attention to and it is - "after these things" which is seen in chapters 4:1; 7:1, 7:9; 9:12; 15:5; 18:1; 19:1 and 20:3. John's reality was the first Century A.D. and the world at that time. However, he was transported in the Spirit to see things in the distance future - things he did not understand, but wrote them down in First Century terminology.  When he used the phrase - After these things, he was telling us what he was seeing and writing down was more snapshots of the end-time rather than a chronological account.  In essence, he said, I saw these things, then afterward I saw other things. If this is kept in mind as one reads and studies the Book of Revelation, the book would make a lot more sense.

If I may use a crude illustration to explain John's dilemma, an example from WWII may help our understanding. There were many fronts to WWII including the European and Pacific campaigns and within those major fronts many more sub-fronts. Historians and photographers were writing and taking pictures of the war that gave us an overall picture of the conflict however piece-meal. They were actually giving us snapshots of the war based upon their locale. Some were writing and photographing the war with the Japanese in the Pacific realm while others were recording the war in Europe against Hitler and the Nazi's. They were all true accounts, but not necessarily a chronological account of the great conflict. Nevertheless, their accounts taken in total provided an accurate account of what took place.  The Book of Revelation is the much like that. John saw many things, but not in a chronological order and he wrote them down for our benefit. 

Earlier I said I can prove Revelation is not written in chronological order. For example the 6th Seal is the time of the posttrib Day of the Lord, so if the book is a chronological sequence, then nothing should follow after the 6th Seal (6:12-17) and Chapter 7 is post great tribulation for the martyrs have come out of the great tribulation and are before the throne of God in heaven.

When the 7th Seal is opened, the 7 Trumpets began to sound, which are events of the Great Tribulation, yet the 6th Seal indicates the Trumpets have already occurred and the Day of the Lord has arrived evidenced by cosmic darkness - things I cover in great detail in my DOTL book (See also Matthew 24:29-31 where Jesus' return is accompanied by the same cosmic darkness).  When the 7th Trumpet sounds, the Mystery plan of God is finished, yet there are 7 more judgments to commence upon the earth - the Bowls of wrath in which the full wrath of God is poured out upon mankind.

Then in Chapters 11-15 (the interlude chapters) meaning they do not advance the narrative, but give added details of things taking place within the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls. In Chapter 16, the narrative picks up again and the seven angels pour out the Bowls of wrath upon Satan's kingdom and throne as well as those who took the Mark of the Beast  and worshiped the Beast - the devil and the Antichrist.  The Bowls have to do with the posttrib Day of the Lord for that is the time of the great wrath of God to which believers are not appointed. See I Thessalonians 5:9.

Finally Chapters 17 and 18 give the revelation of Mystery Babylon and its destruction in one day and one hour. During this time is when the ten-horned New World Order destroys the Harlot religion and give their power to the devil and the Antichrist who have claimed Deity of the earth and the heavens. This is the abomination that makes desolate for it is a total usurpation of the throne of God, which He is not going to allow. Jesus roars out of heaven with great power and glory; the devil is captured and put in chains in the bottomless pit for 1000 years; the Antichrist and False Prophet are cast ALIVE into the Lake of Fire along with all who took the Mark of the Beast. Soon thereafter, Jesus returns physically with the posttrib resurrected/raptured saints to the earth to set up His glorious kingdom and thousand-year reign.

This is a summary of the Book of Revelation and if you will keep this in mind (that it is not written in chronological order) when reading and studying it, you will not be confused about the narrative of the text and its several side streets or interruptions.

May the Holy Spirit give you insight into this marvelous book which I have read and studied for 46 years and each time I do I tremble! 

Allen 
 

 

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Daily Bread


"Babylonian Confusion Time"

Scriptures For Today


Genesis 11:1-9 NKJV

11 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, (modern day Iraq and Iran) and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Leviticus 18:22-24 KJV


22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

I Corinthians 14:32 NKJV

32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

The primary reason the Lord had me go online with this website was to show the distinction between the secular world order and the biblical worldview.  That dichotomy is increasingly broadening. The nation states are operating on Babylonian Confusion Time whose author is the devil and Satan - the Serpent of old. It is his objective to twist the Scriptures particularly those that pertain to godly morality and the natural order of the human race - in the beginning God created mankind - male and female and told them to reproduce over the face of the whole earth(Genesis 1-2).

Genesis 11:1-9 is God's verdict upon a New World Order and the attempt to form a one-world government. Babylonian Confusion Time began at the Tower of Babel during the days of Nimrod, but has been suppressed until the present generation. BCT involves a Satanic transformation of the human race whereby there is wide-spread gender confusion - a male who has all the biological parts of a man believes he is really a woman so he begins to dress and act like  a woman. A woman who has all the biological parts of a female believes she is a man so she begins to dress and act like a man. Two men can now legally marry as well as two women because of a ruling by the wicked United States Supreme Court. Same-sex activity and same-sex marriage is an abomination in God's sight as Leviticus 18 above says and notice God calls it confusion meaning it is not natural! 

(1) However, now there is an added confusion to add to the mix - no gender or neural gender.  Washington, D.C. became the first city to issue neutral-gender drivers licenses: Instead of the usual male or female designation on the DL, there will be an X - no gender. 

Can you imagine the difficulty this will pose for the police. For example, a police officer stops someone for a traffic violation and notices the person's drivers license says NO GENDER. The police officer looks at the person in the drivers seat and he is clearly a man or male. How does the police officer address the person and what if this X-gender person decides to fight the ticket and appears in court? He is standing there before the judge and his attorney says, my client does not prefer to be called either a male or female so the judge asks, what do you prefer to be called and he says, I am X person.  Then the attorney does something bizarre and tells the judge since his client is neither male or female and not a real person, he cannot be ticketed as a non-person!  Sounds crazy, but don't be surprised if that happens.

Now suppose a man who is also an X person robs a convenience store and there are witnesses to the robbery.  The police later catch him and he is arraigned and brought before a judge.  The judge asks how he pleads and he says, Not Guilty. The prosecuting attorney has a witness that saw the robbery and identifies the suspect as a John Doe man. However, his attorney says his client is neither male or female but an X person.  Since he is an X person and not really a man, then he cannot be charged with the robbery.  What is the judge to do since John Doe man is legally an X person?  This is utter CONFUSION! 


(2) "A Canadian mother named Kori Doty who sports a mustache and a beard as well as identifies as a non-binary transgender person does not want her baby who is a biological female to be identified as either male or female, but to have an X on her birth certificate "an unknown gender". This comes on the heals of Washington, D.C. and Oregon issuing gender neutral drivers licenses". 

Kori Doty says to make her daughter to be identified as a female is a human rights violation, which is nuts, but just more Satanic Confusion. I find that most interesting that she can claim a "human rights" violation when she does not want her daughter to identified as a human being. The last time I checked the human race world over is composed of male and female persons.  If she and her daughter are transgenders by choice and claim no gender, then there is no human rights violation - not sure what you would legally call it.


(3) "The United States Revised Army training manual now says heterosexual females will have to accept transgender persons showering with them. So Private Joe Jones, an obvious biological male decides he is a female so according to the Army training manual, he must be allowed to shower with the female soldiers with his male body parts. I guarantee you this ridiculous policy will be abused as some devious males posing as transgenders just to be allowed to shower with naked females will result in rape and molestation of female soldiers. Again this is CONFUSION! 

Transgenderism will not strengthen our military but weaken it.

All of these examples are evidence that a growing segment of society has morphed into a mentally sick and utterly confused human race. Ironically, straight people that support this perversion are as confused as the transgenders and the X nobody "aliens." 

God told the Israelites they were not to defile themselves with the sin of homosexuality for it is an abomination and that because of such unnatural behavior He had cast those nations out.

Let me be very clear - HOMOSEXUALITY is not now and never has been an acceptable lifestyle in the eyes of God. In fact it is still an ABOMINATION deserving of severe penalty and judgment upon nations that condone it - AMERICA IS AS GUILTY as Sodom and Gomorrah and unless there is national repentance and turning back to God, JUDGMENT AWAITS! 

I wrote back in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Texas Sodomy law that it fulfilled Luke 17:28-29 (the days of Lot) because the Greek rendering of the word "planted" means to instill a doctrine in the earth, which SCOTUS did in 2003.

28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed ALL OF THEM.

The U.S. Supreme Court advanced Babylonian Confusion time by legalizing same-sex relationships thereby instilling a doctrine in the earth - homosexuality. Then on June 28, 2015 they carried BCT a step further by legalizing same-sex marriage. What the U.S. Supreme Court did had a wicked negative impact on the world as other nations followed the U.S. lead in condoning perversion and CONFUSION. 

The biblical worldview is that WE ARE NOW IN THE DAYS OF NOAH AND LOT which will end in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, but only after a terrible time of tribulation comes upon the earth:

Luke 17:30  NASB

30 It will be JUST THE SAME on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Matthew 24:29-31 NASB

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

This passage is one of the primary Scriptures the Holy Spirit used to show me the Day of the Lord was posttribulational as well as the real rapture.

Babylonian Confusion Time is part of the working of Satan that is holding back the Day of the Lord for it has been allotted to Satan 42 months  - 3 1/2 years to do his final end-time attempt to gain control of planet earth. One way he is doing that is bringing CONFUSION upon the human race in regard to gender identity.

Revelation 12:12 NKJV

12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (42 months).

Revelation 13:4-5 NKJV

4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.  

2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 KJV

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

If you have a KJV Bible lying around, fetch it and look up this passage in 2 Thessalonians 2.  I have shared this many times, but look at verse 8 where it is talking about the Lord's return, then notice in Verse 9 the words, even him, are italicized, which means they were added to the text and not part of the original manuscript. Remove the italicized words and you will clearly see the text is in reference to the Lord's return AFTER the working of Satan.  The passages in Revelation 12 and 13 support this. 

Satan used some scribe to confuse the Greek language in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9 to make it appear it was about his revelation and the Antichrist.  The revelation of Satan is revealed in Verse 9, but in conjunction with the Day of the Lord and His return on that day. The revelation of Antichrist is seen on Verses 3-6.

All of this gender confusion that is taking place in our nation is part of Mystery Babylon mentioned in Revelation 17 and 18. It is Satan's attempt to destroy the traditional family and the Judeo-Christian heritage in America and eventually the world at large. What better way to control the human race than have them not sure what they are or no identity at all. 

I will have more to say about Babylonian Confusion Time in other articles.  

 

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Daily Bread 

America Which Do You Choose - The Blessing Or The Curse? 

Scripture For Today

Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15 NASB

1 “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you  obey the Lord your God: (Read the blessings Verses 3-14).

15 “But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: (Read the curses Verses 16-68).

In the gospel accounts, Jesus referenced the Book of Deuteronomy (one of the five books of the law) more than any other Old Testament book.  It is the only one He uses against the devil in the temptation. Some say Deuteronomy is similar to the gospels in that both the grace and law of God are seen.

In Chapter 28 God through Moses is giving the rebellious stiff-necked Israelites a choice to either obey the commandments of God and reap abundant blessings or disobey the commandments and reap manifold curses.  Notice that while the blessings cover 12 verses, the curses span 53 verses.

In Chapter 30 Verses 15 and 19 Moses tells the Hebrews to choose life or deaththe blessings or the cursebut to choose life that both they and their children may live:

Deuteronomy 30:15,19 KJV

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and deathblessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Unfortunately, in spite of God's abundant blessings upon the nation of Israel, they repeatedly rebelled against the Lord God until the Lord's anger was roused up against them resulting in the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem twice, first by Babylon and second by Rome. In addition, as promised in Deuteronomy 28:48, God placed ancient Israel in the Iron Yoke (Note: The Iron Yoke differs from the Wooden Yoke in that the former meant expulsion from the land and scattering among the nations while Wooden Yoke allowed Israel to remain in the land while in captivity). 

Today Israel is still in the Iron Yoke even though they defied the law of God and established a nation in 1948 calling it Israel. The only way they could get out of the Iron Yoke was to repent and accept Yeshua Jesus as Messiah and God. In addition, only the tribes of Jacob-Joseph (10 lost tribes) could have the name of Israel because the birthright was transferred to Joseph - Ephraim (his son). The current nation of Israel is both spiritually and physically in rebellion to the Law of God and will eventually submit to and worship the Antichrist, that is, 2/3 will whom God refers to as rebels and will destroy them. A remnant (1/3) will believe in and accept Jesus as the Messiah, which He is. 

The United States is much like Israel of old in that we have been abundantly blessed more than any nation on the earth in the modern era, yet we have in these last days turned our back on the Lord and are treating His blessings as a trivial thing. Civility and love for one another and submission to human authority, which God has established has been replaced with anger, hate, violence, murder and mental sickness.  Law and order is no longer respected by those on the left and trumped-up (no pun intended) lies and fake news rule among the liberal media.  The office of president is less respected by the democratic left than at anytime in the history of our nation. To say you respect the office of president but not President Trump is nonsense for they are one and the same. There is no "real" office of President until a president is sitting in the Oval office and administering the duties of that office. That would be like saying I respect our military, but I despise those who wear the uniforms and fight our wars.  I think that was the attitude of many during the Vietnam era.

If America does not soon fall on its face before the Lord God and repent of our national and personal sins, then all the blessings bestowed upon us by the Lord can quickly turn to curses of diverse situations.  Actually, I think we are already experiencing the curses of Deuteronomy 28 we just don't know it. We are turning against each other - left against right, non-Christians against Christians, liberals against conservatives, democrats against republicans and it is leading straight to anarchy and the fall of this nation. 

Jesus Christ warned that a nation divided against itself CANNOT STAND! 

So what are we going to do, choose life and blessings or the curse and death - the ONUS is on us and time is running out!   

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Coming Digital Money And The Mark Of The Beast


"In 1913 when the Federal Reserve was created secretly by key NWO leaders, the U.S. Dollar was worth $1.00. By 1923 it had dropped to $.50. Then in 1933 it went back up to approximately $.80 in value. After that date it began to fall sharply and by 1993 the dollar was worth a measly 10 cents. In 2013 it fell further to $.05 and today the "fiat" dollar is practically worthless.  The reason it has any value at all is because the Central Banks prop it up.

Some of you may remember I predicted world currency would eventually be digital money - no paper money as well as plastic credit cards will be replaced by sub-dermal implants precisely as Revelation 13:16-18 says. 

I was listening to the Rick Roberts talk show yesterday and he had a leading economist on his program that un-apologetically said "world currency will be digital and soon". 

Once the end-time beast system trashes paper and plastic money and implements the digital dollar via a number embedded in a body chip,  Christians will be faced with a never-before seen or known decision whether to be chipped.  Why do I say that?  Because it means selling your body and soul to the Beast (the Antichrist) in order to buy or sell anything. That is the Mark of the Beast. 

Revelation 13:1 NASB

1 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; ...

Revelation 13:17 NASB

17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Revelation 14:9-11 NASB

9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.

Revelation 16:2 NASB

2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

Revelation 19:2 NASB

2 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

Revelation 20:4 NASB

4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

The above are the only places in the Bible where the term "Mark of the Beast" is used. 

John Daniel (pen name not his real name) the author of Scarlet and the Beast (exhaustive research on Freemasonry and the Illuminati) lists a 10-step plan the global elite are following to destroy Christianity in America (pretty much done in Europe what little is left is weak). He shows how the first 8 steps are completed with 9 in process and 10 to follow depending on how step 9 is successful. I will share this global plan in future articles.