the-end-of-the-world continued


"Fear at last wrung from Pharaoh a further concession. At the end of the third day of darkness he summoned Moses, and consented to the departure of the people, provided the flocks and herds were permitted to remain. "There shall not an hoof be left behind," replied the resolute Hebrew. "We know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither." The king's anger burst forth beyond control. "Get thee from me," he cried, "take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die."

The answer was, "Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more."

"The man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people." Moses was regarded with awe by the Egyptians. The king dared not harm him, for the people looked upon him as alone possessing power to remove the plagues. They desired that the Israelites might be permitted to leave Egypt. It was the king and the priests that opposed to the last the demands of Moses." http://www.whiteestate.org/books/pp/pp23.html


1 Samuel 20:5: New International Version "So David said, "Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow."

1 Samuel 19:2: "Tomorrow morning," he warned him, "you must find a hiding place out in the fields1 Samuel 19:2 "and warned him, "My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there." 

meaning TO GO INTO THE MOST HOLY PLACE IN the Third Heaven BY FAITH AND STAY THERE: https://youtu.be/nmMVZ0L9FQI

In answer to this question, Mrs. White said that there would come changes that would open doors that were closed and barred, changes in many things that would alter conditions and arouse the minds of the people to understand and appreciate present truth. Political upheavals would come, and changes in the industrial world, and great religious awakenings, that would prepare minds to listen to the third angel’s message. “Yes, there will be changes,” she assured them, “but nothing for you to wait for. Your work is to go forward, presenting the truth in its simplicity, holding up the light of truth before the people.” PM 39.1

Then she told them how the matter had been presented to her in vision. Sometimes the multitudes in our world, to whom is sent the warning message from the word of God that Christ is soon coming, were presented to her as enveloped in mists and clouds and dense darkness, even as described by Isaiah, who wrote, “Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” Isaiah 60:2. PM 39.2

As in the vision she looked upon this scene with intense sorrow, her accompanying angel said, “Look ye,” and as she looked again, there were to be seen little jets of light, like stars shining dimly through the darkness. As she watched them, their light grew brighter, and the number of lights increased, because each light kindled other lights. These lights would sometimes come together as if for the encouragement of one another; and again they would scatter out, each time going farther and lighting more lights. Thus the work went on until the whole world was illuminated with their brightness. PM 39.3

In conclusion, she said: “This is a picture of the work you are to do. ‘Ye are the light of the world.’ Matthew 5:14. Your work is to hold up the light to those around you. Hold it firmly. Hold it a little higher. Light other lights. Do not be discouraged if yours is not a great light. If it is only a penny taper, hold it up. Let it shine. Do your very best, and God will bless your efforts.”—Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, 294, 295. PM 39.4

They had to contend with the bigotry, prejudice, and violence of men who had built upon a false foundation. Through the power of God, the apostles became mighty in pulling down these strongholds of the enemy. Many who wrought as builders of the temple of Christ’s church could be likened to the builders of the wall in Nehemiah’s day: “They which builded on the wall, and they that bore burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other held a weapon.” LP 157.3

One after another of the noble builders fell at his work by the hand of the enemy. Stephen was stoned; James was slain by the sword; Paul was beheaded; Peter was crucified; John was exiled. And yet stone after stone was added to the building, the church increased in the midst of the terrible persecutions that afflicted her, and new workers on the wall took the place of the fallen. LP 157.1

These faithful builders sought diligently to bring precious material to the living foundation. Paul labored to have his own heart and character in harmony with the law of God, and then earnestly sought to bring about the same result with his converts. He exhorted Timothy, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine.” This is the duty of every teacher of Bible truth,—to illustrate in his own life the active Christian virtues, to be pure in heart, given to holy conversation, to be good, and to do good. LP 157.2

God will not accept the most brilliant talent or the most able service, unless it is laid upon the living foundation stone, and connected with it; for this alone gives true value to ability, and LP 157.3


find a hiding place - go out of all 501c3 churches, home churches, out in a raised field = truth/gems filled with many lamps/jets of light/ like the upstairs -(Acts 20:8 "There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting." upstairs room compare to "an open field raised above the earth". Matthew 25:1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.") Satan and his agents the roaring lion is looking to kill the remnant/bride/woman - true believers who believe in the TRUE Jesus and His Father and God - the historical doctrines of the SDA church. 1 Samuel 20:5 "hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow." Hide in Jesus =truth, until the evening of the third day (6000 year starts the 1000 years Saints will live in Heaven) when we shall live in God's sight because of Jesus righteousness covering us by Faith alone....Hosea 6:2

1 Samuel 20:24
So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon feast came, the king sat down to eat.

1 Samuel 20:27
But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?" 

"Hide in a field." FROM ETERNITY PAST, PAGE 476
The third day at evening we will live in His (God's) sight! Hosea 6:2 and 
1 Samuel 20:5 "hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow."

"On his return he was to hide in a field not far from the banqueting hall (Matthew 25:6), for three days absenting himself from the presence of the king." From Eternity Past, p. 475.7

The couple would then be wed...then a honeymoon.
Hidden for a short time there, but returning soon.
Presented then as man and wife, the couple had become...

Wedding consummated means we have the character of Christ - (1900) “Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69).

Honeymoon - hidden - wed during the little time of trouble - honeymoon, hidden for a short time - covered by Christ's Righteousness - 1 year the plagues fall, but returning soon to be presented then as man and wife, bride and groom - the couple had become = one in purpose and plans with God and His Son.

The proclamation, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,” in the summer of 1844, led thousands to expect the immediate advent of the Lord. At the appointed time the Bridegroom came, not to the earth, as the people expected, but to the Ancient of Days in heaven, to the marriage, the reception of His kingdom. “They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” They were not to be present in person at he marriage; for it takes place in heaven,while they are upon the earth. The followers of Christ are to wait for their Lord, when He will return from the wedding. Luke 12 : 36. But they are to understand His work, and to follow Him by faith as He goes in before God. It is in this sense that they are said to go in to the marriage.”–  The Great Controversy., p. 427.

Only the saved will be a part, of this special wedding day...
The Church, betrothed to Jesus Christ, The Truth, The Life, The Way.
For them, the happiness and joy, has only just begun...
''Go Ye out to meet him!! Behold, The Bridegroom Comes!!''

"In mercy to the world, Jesus delays His coming, that sinners may have an opportunity to hear the warning, and find in Him a shelter before the wrath of God shall be poured out.” (The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, pp. 291, 292).

"The free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth." Early Writings, p. 243.1Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 146.2

"the truth as treasure hid in a field." Testimony Treasures Volume 2, p. 309.1

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” PUR May 18, 1911, par. 17

"toilers in a field which calls for self-denying labor;" HM July 1, 1891, par. 5
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Pope Goes Full Doomsday: “For Those Who Celebrate Christmas (2015)… It May Be Their Last”

pope-doomsday

Mac Slavo

Speaking before a crowd Pope Francis has made a frightening prediction. With wars raging the world over this may be our last Christmas.

In their book Petrus Romanus authors Tom Horn and Cris Putnam made two startling predictions. In 2012, while Pope Benedict was still in office, they predicted the occurrence of an event that had not happened for over 600 years – Benedict’s abdication of the Papacy. When Pope Benedict resigned early the following year it came as a total shock to the one billion Catholics worldwide. The two researchers, who jokingly say their inspiration was the Holy Spirit, have remained tight-lipped about how they were able to forecast an almost unprecedented event so accurately.

But as incredible of a prediction as it was, it is nothing compared to the second one Horn and Putnam put forth. The two cite a 600-year old prophecy by Saint Malachy who, through [reportedly] inspiration from God reportedly penned the names of the next 112 Popes in succession. As it turns out, Benedict’s resignation would lead to the eventual election of Pope Francis, the 112th person on the list. Where things get scary is thatthe Prophecy ends with Francis – after him Malachy listed no more successors. The prophecy itself refers to this final pope as “Petrus Romanus,” or Peter the Roman.

According to Malachy’s prophecy the the world is headed into dark times:

“In  extreme persecution the seat of the Holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman…”

“Who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible or fearsome judge will judge his people.

The End.”

Prophecy of the Popes – Attributed to St. Malachy circa  1139 A.D.

Whatever your thoughts on prophecy or prediction, Pope Francis holds incredible influence over the some one billion Catholics worldwide. He is after all, the successor to Peter, the first Pope and direct disciple of Jesus Christ. So when the Pope speaks his words have serious ramifications for the Church. Within the last couple years he has already caused controversy both within the Church and the broader Christian public surrounding his thoughts on climate change, gay rights, and wealth distribution, with many saying that his changes to long-held doctrine could lead to the end of the Catholic Church as we know it today.

But his latest warnings could spell the literal End of Days

In a solemn sermon at the Vatican, Pope Francis has announced that Christmas this year will be a “charade”due to the fact that the globe is currently engaging in World War 3. 

“It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war,” he said grimly.

During Mass at Casa Santa Maria the Pope then made a frightening prediction and one that would fulfill prophecy by suggesting that this year’s Christmas celebrations may be our last:

We are close to Christmas 2015. There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes – all decked out – while the world continues to wage war,” he said earlier in December.

The Pontiff, who turned 79 on Thursday, elaborated on his views this weekend, telling a crowd, “While the world starves, burns, and descends further into chaos, we should realize that this year’s Christmas celebrations for those who choose to celebrate it may be their last”.

Is Pope Francis simply assessing, like many have, the dire situation around the world as it relates to economic and geo-political strife? Or is he aware that he is, in fact, destined to be the Final Pope who oversees not just the destruction of the Church, but the entire planet.

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"Then I saw that Jesus would not leave the Most Holy Place until every case was decided either for salvation or destruction, and that the wrath of God could not come until Jesus had finished his work in the Most Holy Place, laid off his priestly attire and clothed himself with the garments of vengeance. Then Jesus will step out from between the Father and man, and God will keep silence no longer; but pour out his wrath on those who have rejected his truth. I saw that the anger of the nations, the wrath of God, and the time to judge the dead, were separate events, one following the other. I saw that Michael had not stood up, and that the time of trouble, such as never was, had not yet commenced. The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished his work in the Sanctuary, he will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out. I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus’ work was done in the Sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous, and they thought that we had brought them down upon them, and if they could rid the earth of us, then the plagues would be stayed. A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God. Then the 144,000 triumphed. Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God. Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony. On their garments was written in large characters, “Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting.” I asked who this company were. The angel said, “These are they who have once kept the Sabbath and have given it up.” (professed Adventists who worship the trinity and break the Sabbath) I heard them cry with a loud voice, “We have believed in thy coming, and taught it with energy.” And while they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and see the writing, and then they would wail aloud. I saw that they had drunk of the deep waters, and fouled the residue with their feet—trodden the Sabbath under foot, and that is why they were weighed in the balance and found wanting." A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White, p. 19.1

My brethren, the value of the evidences of truth that we have received during the past half century, is above estimate. These evidences are as treasure hidden in a field. Search for them. Study the Bible truths that for fifty years have been calling us out from the world. Present this evidence in clear, plain lines. Those who have been long in the truth and those who have recently received the truth must now dig for the buried heavenly treasure. Let every man work to the point. Study the word of God. Revive the evidences given in the past. “Search the Scriptures,” Christ said; “for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me.”

Those who stand before the people as teachers of truth are to grapple with great themes. They are not to occupy precious time in talking of trivial subjects. Let them study the Word, and preach the Word. Let the Word be in their hands as a sharp, two-edged sword. Let it testify to past truths and show what is to be in the future are to shape our lives and that by us are to be proclaimed to the world. We are to keep abreast of the times, bearing a clear, intelligent testimony, guided by the unction of the Holy Spirit.—Manuscript 31, 1906. pp. 5, 6. (“Be Vigilant,” April 2, 1906.)

Increased Light to Shine on all Grand Truths of Prophecy

Increased light will shine upon all the grand truths of prophecy, and they will be seen in freshness and brilliancy, because the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness will illuminate the whole....

The Lord wants to impart to us increased light. He desires that we shall have distinct revealings of His glory, that ministers and people shall become strong in His strength. When the angel was about to unfold to Daniel the intensely interesting prophecies to be recorded for us who are to witness their fulfillment, the angel said, “Be strong, yea, be strong.” We are to receive the very same glory that was revealed to Daniel, because it is for God’s people in these last days, that they may give the trumpet a certain sound.—Manuscript 18,Manuscript 18, 1888, 13. (“Religious Liberty,” 1888.)


Be not Diverted by Minutiae

We are to proclaim the third angel’s message to a perishing world, and we are not to permit our minds to become diverted by minutiae that practically amount to nothing. If our brethren would consider the important matters pertaining to eternal life and eternal death, many of the smaller matters that they desire so much to adjust, would adjust themselves.

The Lord calls upon His ministering servants to proclaim the message of truth, dwelling upon those things that are of great importance. When Jesus shall lead us by the side of the living waters flowing from God’s throne, He will explain to us many of the mysteries of the Bible that we cannot now comprehend. He is the Great Teacher of His Word, which cannot be fully understood in this life, but which in the future life will be clothed with the brightness of the light of clear understanding. Letter 16, 1903, p. 7. (To Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell, January 1, 1903.)

We now Discern only Shadow of Important TruthAll who have misconceived opinions and principles because they have entertained them, hold them fast as too precious to yield in order to obtain the most precious knowledge of the true bearing of the Word of God upon all the movements of their daily life. These will lose much which they might have obtained, and that loss will prevent them from advancing in the light which God has given them opportunities to obtain. They have not mental or spiritual appetite to eat and digest; therefore the second advance steps could not be made in following the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.

The more closely and studiously we search for the truth as for hidden treasure,—for there are bright and important truths of which we now only discern the shadows,—the more surely shall we advance in the light as He is in the light. We shall discern the brightness and value of truth to be as precious jewels. The voice of God is heard, but we may be so far away from Him, that we can only hear the echo. There are words of instruction coming from God day by day, and in an hour that we know not He may give words to His chosen messengers for us which we lose for want of discernment and appreciation. Then we go stumbling along in the uncertainty of night, and know not at what we stumble. There is a brightening glory for us as we advance, but which we shall never see unless we do advance. We may catch a few sparks, but that is all. The brightness of the heavenly glory we do not see. Letter 147, 1897, pp. 6, 7. (To James Edson White, September 12, 1897.)



Adventists today ask, Why don't you come sit with us in church? 

Amos 8:5
saying, "When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat (truth)?"-- skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales,

"The free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth." Early Writings, p. 243.1Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 146.2

In a open field raised above the earth filled with precocious gems of truth. "Their gaze was upward, and the glory of God rested upon them, and they shouted the praises of God. They were united, and seemed to be wrapt in the light of heaven.” {1SG 146.2}

Revelation 12:14 
"The woman (Woman, Pure = True Church Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27) was given the two wings (two wings=old and new testament=the Bible?) of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach."

“Then I heard a voice saying to those who had been pushed and derided, Come out from among
them, and touch not the unclean. A large number broke the cords which bound them, and they obeyed
the voice, and left those who were in darkness, and united with those who had previously
broken the cords, and they joyfully united their voices with them. I heard the voice of earnest,
agonizing prayer from a few who still remained with the companies who were in darkness. The ministers and leading men were passing around in these different companies, fastening the cords stronger; but still I heard this voice of earnest prayer. ("I saw that our message was NOT to the Shepards who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry sheep. In hope, E.G. White." (The Present Truth, March 1, 1850, Vol. 1, #8)Then I saw those who had been praying reach out their hands for
help towards that united company who were free, rejoicing in God. The answer from them, as they earnestly looked to heaven, and pointed upward, was, Come out from among them, and be separate. I saw individuals struggling for freedom, and at last they broke the cords that bound them. They resisted the efforts which were made to fasten the cords tighter, and would not heed the repeated assertions, God is with us, We have the truth with us. Individuals continued to leave the companies who were in darkness, and joined the free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth. Their gaze was upward, and the glory of God rested upon them, and they shouted the praises of God. They were united, and seemed to be wrapt in the light of heaven.”
{1SG 146.2}


I believe starting March 19, 2013 (Rev 13:5 is a double prophecy - the 8th King; Pope Francis, started his reign of 42 months or 3.5 years until Sept 19, 2016): 
given in 1847: "at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully.” Last Day Events, p. 143.1 “The commencement of the time of trouble,” here mentioned, does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out; but to a short period (See Rev 13:5, Rev 12:14 & Daniel 7:25) just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the Sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, the nations will be angry, yet held in check, So as not to prevent the work of the third angel. At that time the “latter rain,” or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out.

Rome “is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men.” Great Controversy, page 581

Revelation 12:13-17 (KJV) "And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness (OUT OF ALL 501c3 CHURCHES), into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." The face of the serpent starts when the time of Jacobs trouble starts...the plagues start to fall - too late then for everyone who has rejected truth/Jesus.

“The trumpet is to give a certain sound.  Clearly and distinctly the warning is to ring out, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen....Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’” Review and Herald, December 9, 1902 (vol 4, p 472).

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

"I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from HER, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues." Revelation 18:4  (AMP)

"HER" "The woman is a symbol of the church (His People who obey & follow Jesus wheresoever He goeth), and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent."  Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

• Woman, Pure = True Church Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
• Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4
• Harlot = Apostate church/religion Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9

Revelation 3:4; "which have not defiled their garments (characters/minds/choices). .... virgins-spiritually (Mt 25:1); in contrast to the apostate Church, Babylon=false doctrines (Re 14:8), spiritually "a harlot" .

Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

"The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith." {COL 406.3} 

The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated every where, and those who had any light in the churcheswho had not heard and rejected the three messages, answered to the call, and LEFT the fallen (modern SDA and ALL OTHER denominational) churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some chose life, and took their stand with those looking for their Lord, and keeping all his commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be CALLED OUT from the RELIGIOUS BODIES. A compelling power moves the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God holds in fear and restraint relatives and friends, and they dare not, neither have they power to, hinder those who feel the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last call is carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them, with humble expressions, pour forth their songs of extravagant joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance,and their masters cannot check them; for a fear and astonishment keep them silent. Mighty miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. God is in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, follows the convictions of his own conscience, and unites with those who are keeping all the commandments of God; and they sound abroad the third message with power. I saw that the third message would close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry." Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 193-196

As rapidly as possible they are to be prepared for labor, that success may crown their efforts. They cooperate with heavenly agencies (angels), for they are willing to spend and be spent in the service of the Master. No one is authorized to hinder these workers.

They are to be bidden Godspeed as they go forth to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 & Mark 16:15-18). No taunting word is to be spoken of them as in the rough places of the earth they sow the gospel Seed (Luke 8:10-11).


Daniel 7:25
He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.

Daniel 12:7
The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, "It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, (Rev 17:12 for 1 hour) all these things will be completed."

And to the woman (pure church) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness (out of ALL 501c3 = nonprofit church denominations):
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Double prophecy/dual prophecy:

Revelation 12:6
The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

Taken care of = refreshed and nourished by truth/Jesus =by perfecting testing messages -if we do not use our leisure time to study the Bible and pray and put into practice the things we learn we will be lost.

Revelation 11:2
But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

Revelation 17:3
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness (out of all 501c3 churches). There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

Exodus 19:4
You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.

Deuteronomy 32:11
like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.

"the free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth. Their gaze was upward, and the glory of God rested upon them, and they shouted the praises of God. They were united, and seemed to be wrapt in the light of heaven.”
{1SG 146.2}


"But when the "refreshing and latter rain" truth=perfecting testing messages by Jesus (nourished for a time) shall come from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power, we shall know what it is to be fed with the heritage of Jacob and ride upon the high places of the earth." 

nourished for a time = refreshing latter rain = perfecting testing messages: "As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attend the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain (perfecting testing messages) which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble." Last Day Events, p. 201.1

("It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out."--8T 20 (1904).)

God's people are nourished for 3.5 years or 42 months by perfecting testing messages: The truth about God and His Son, how we were born to be sons and daughters of God and God sent HIS SON to earth to become a babe to give us a perfect example life as a gift to us to be able to claim HIS VICTORY AS OURS. His life is a prize for us to claim as our very own by faith or by just believing that it is ours. 

Revelation 12:13-17: "where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time": "the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus’ work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues" "Then I saw that Jesus would not leave the Most Holy Place until every case was decided either for salvation or destruction, and that the wrath of God could not come until Jesus had finished his work in the Most Holy Place, laid off his priestly attire and clothed himself with the garments of vengeance. Then Jesus will step out from between the Father and man, and God will keep silence no longer; but pour out his wrath on those who have rejected his truth. I saw that the anger of the nations, the wrath of God, and the time to judge the dead, were separate events, one following the other. I saw that Michael had not stood up, and that the time of trouble, such as never was, had not yet commenced. The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished his work in the Sanctuary, he will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out."

See Revelation 13:5 and Rev 12:14: It is my understanding that there will be martyrs during this 3.5 year period - probably more toward the end of the 42 months or 3.5 years Sept 13, 2016.  (Remember: for the time of trouble must come before the coming of Christ)

The little time of trouble (Rev 13:5) is when the REFRESHING or nourishment (Rev 12:14) for God's people comes as testing perfecting messages to prepare them to stand during Jacobs time of trouble - the plagues falling (for 1 year?)

Little time of trouble (probable March 19, 2013 until Sept 19, 2016) then starts the great Jacobs time of trouble when the plagues start to fall.

When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come. Satan can no more hinder a shower of blessing from descending upon God’s people than he can close the windows of heaven that rain cannot come upon the earth.—Selected Messages 1:124 (1887).

We Should Pray Earnestly for the Descent of the Holy Spirit

We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the Day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today.—Testimonies for the Church 5:158 (1882).

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as in the future, but it is the privilege of the church to have it now. Seek for it, pray for it, believe for it. We must have it, and Heaven is waiting to bestow it.—Evangelism, 701 (1895).

"The measure of the Holy Spirit (presence and power of God the Father sent through Christ=glory=character=thoughts and feelings of God) we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge that shall be given to us."—The Review and Herald, May 5, 1896.


"Most startling messages will be borne by men of God’s appointment, messages of a character to warn the people, to arouse them. And while some will be provoked by the warning and led to resist light and evidencewe are to see from this that we are giving the testing message for this time."  Testimonies for the Church Volume 9, p. 137.1

and will partake largely of His spirit. As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attend the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain (perfecting testing messages) which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory (character of God, peace, joy, love...ect...and health because they are eating/drinking fruits nuts and seeds) of that light which attends the third angel.

I saw that God will in a wonderful manner preserve His people through the time of trouble. As Jesus poured out His soul in agony in the garden, they will earnestly cry and agonize day and night for deliverance. The decree will go forth that they must disregard the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and honor the first day, or lose their lives; but they will not yield, and trample under their feet the Sabbath of the Lord, and honor an institution of papacy. Satan’s host and wicked men will surround them, and exult over them, because there will seem to be no way of escape for them. But in the midst of their revelry and triumph, there is heard peal upon peal of the loudest thunder. The heavens have gathered blackness, and are only illuminated by the blazing light and terrible glory from heaven, as God utters His voice from His holy habitation.*1862, Testimonies for the Church 1:353, 354.

"We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now. We must look our work fairly in the face and advance as fast as possible in aggressive warfare. From the light given me of God I know that the powers of darkness are working with intense energy from beneath, and with stealthy tread Satan is advancing to take those who are now asleep, as a wolf taking his prey. We have warnings now which we may give, a work now which we may do;but soon it will be more difficult than we can imagine. God help us to keep in the channel of light, to work with our eyes fastened on Jesus our Leader, and patiently, perseveringly press on to gain the victory. In our life here, earthly, sin-restricted though it is, the greatest joy and the highest education are in service. And in the future state, untrammeled by the limitations of sinful humanity, it is in service that our greatest joy and our highest education will be found."  Maranatha, p. 29.5

"For two years past, the Lord has shown me in vision, repeatedly, that it is contrary to the Bible to make any provision for our temporal wants in the time of trouble. I saw that if the saints have food laid up by them, or in the fields, in the time of trouble when sword, famine, and pestilence are in the land, it will be taken from them by violent hands and strangers would reap their fields. Then will be the time for us to trust wholly in God, and he will sustain us. I saw that our bread and water would be sure at that time, and we should not lack, or suffer hunger.—The Lord has shown me that some of his children would fear when they see the price of food rising, and they would buy food and lay it by for the time of trouble. Then in a time of need, I saw them go to their food and look at it, and it had bred worms, and was full of living creatures, and not fit for use. About one week since, the Lord showed me in vision, that houses and lands would be of no use in the time of trouble, and in that time they could not be disposed of. I saw it was the will of God that the saints should cut loose from every encumbrance—dispose of their houses and lands before the time of trouble comes, and make a covenant with God by sacrifice. I saw they would sell if they laid their property on the altar and earnestly inquired for duty. Then God will teach them when to dispose of these things. Then they will be free in the time of trouble, and have no clogs to weigh them down.
I saw if they held on to their property, and did not inquire duty of the Lord, he would not make duty known, and they would be permitted to keep their property, and then in the time of trouble their property would come up before them like a mountain to crush them. Then they tried to get rid of it, but could not. I heard them mourn like this,—the cause was languishing—God’s people were suffering for truth, and we made no effort to supply the lack, and now our property is useless. Oh! that we had let it go, and laid up treasure in heaven. I saw a sacrifice did not increase, but decrease, and was consumed. I also saw that God had not required all of his people to dispose of their property at the same time, but in a time of need he would teach them, if they desired to be taught, when to sell and how much to sell. I saw that some had been required to dispose of their property in past time to sustain the advent cause, while he permitted others to keep theirs until a time of need. Then as the cause needs it, their duty is to sell.
Now is the time to lay up treasure in heaven, and to set our hearts in order, ready for the time of trouble. Those only who have clean hands and a pure heart will stand that trying time. Now is the time for the law of God to be in our minds (foreheads), and written in our hearts. The Lord has shown me the danger of letting our minds be filled with worldly thoughts and cares. I saw that some minds were led away from present truth and a love of the holy Bible, by reading other exciting books; and others were filled with perplexity and care for what they shall eat, drink and wear. I saw some, looking too far off for the coming of the Lord. Time has continued on a few years longer than they expected, therefore they think it may continue a few years more, and in this way their minds are being led from present truth, out after the world. In these things I saw great danger; for if the mind is filled with other things, present truth is shut out, and there is no place in our foreheads for the seal of the living God. This seal is the Sabbath. I saw that the time for Jesus to be in the most holy place was nearly finished, and that time can last but a very little longer; and what leisure time we have should be spent in searching the Bible, which is to judge us in the last day." Broadside2 January 31, 1849, par. 2

"seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous, and they thought that we had brought them down upon them, and if they could rid the earth of us, then the plagues would be stayed. A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God [giving the day and hour of Christ's second coming]. Then the 144,000 triumphed. Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God. Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony. On their garments was written in large characters, “Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting.” I asked who this company were. The angel said, “These are they who have once kept the Sabbath and have given it up.” I heard them cry with a loud voice, “We have believed in thy coming, and taught it with energy.” And while they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and see the writing, and then they would wail aloud. I saw that they had drunk of the deep waters, and fouled the residue with their feet—trodden the Sabbath under foot, and that is why they were weighed in the balance and found wanting. Then my attending angel directed me to the City again, where I saw four angels winging their way to the gate of the City, and were just presenting the golden card to the angel at the gate. Then I saw another angel swiftly flying from the direction of the most excellent glory, and crying with a loud voice to the other angels, and waving something up and down in his hand. I asked my attending angel for an explanation of what I saw. He told me that I could see no more then, but he would shortly show me what those things that I then saw meant." A SKETCH OF THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS OF ELLEN G. WHITE, PAGE 20

"Then my eyes were taken from the glory, and I was pointed to the remnant on the earth. The angel said to them, “Will ye shun the seven last plagues? Will ye go to glory and enjoy all that God has prepared for those who love Him and are willing to suffer for His sake? If so, ye must die that ye may live. Get ready, get ready, get ready. Ye must have a greater preparation than ye now have, for the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Sacrifice all to God. Lay all upon His altar—self," EARLY WRITINGS, PAGE 66

"I saw four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and were on their way to accomplish it. Jesus was clothed with priestly garments. He gazed in pity on the remnant, then raised His hands, and with a voice of deep pity cried, “My blood, Father, My blood, My blood, My blood!” Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from God, who sat upon the great white throne, and was shed all about Jesus. Then I saw an angel with a commission from Jesus, swiftly flying to the four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and waving something up and down in his hand, and crying with a loud voice, “Hold! Hold! Hold! Hold! until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.”

I asked my accompanying angel the meaning of what I heard, and what the four angels were about to do. He said to me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that He gave His angels charge over things on the earth; that the four angels had power from God to hold the four winds, and that they were about to let them go; but while their hands were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father and pleaded with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels and bid them hold, until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads." Early Writings, p. 38


"Alas! for that day (1 year?) is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:7.

I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus’ work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgments of God upon them, and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues would then be stayed. A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble.
As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to destroy God’s people in the time of trouble. And as he accused Jacob, he will urge his accusations against the people of God. He numbers the world as his subjects; but the little company who keep the commandments of God are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. He sees that holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that their sins have been pardoned; but he does not know that their cases have been decided in the sanctuary above. He has an accurate knowledge of the sins which he has tempted them to commit, and he presents these before God in the most exaggerated light, representing this people to be just as deserving as himself of exclusion from the favor of God. He declares that the Lord cannot in justice forgive their sins and yet destroy him and his angels. He claims them as his prey and demands that they be given into his hands to destroy.
As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord permits him to try them to the uttermost. Their confidence in God, their faith and firmness, will be severely tested. As they review the past, their hopes sink; for in their whole lives they can see little good. They are fully conscious of their weakness and unworthiness. Satan endeavors to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes so to destroy their faith that they will yield to his temptations and turn from their allegiance to God." http://egwtext.whiteestate.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=Mar&lang=en&collection=2&section=all&pagenumber=272&QUERY=seven+last+plagues&resultId=12


Those traveling in the narrow way are talking of the joy and happiness they will have at the end of the journey. Their countenances are often sad, yet often beam with holy, sacred joy. They do not dress like the company in the broad road, nor talk like them, nor act like them. A Pattern has been given them. A Man of sorrow and acquainted with grief opened that road for them, and traveled that road himself. His followers see his footsteps, and are comforted and cheered. He went through safely, so can they if they follow his footsteps. In the broad road all are occupied with their persons, their dress, and the pleasures in the way. Hilarity and glee they freely indulge in, and think not of their journey’s end, of the certain destruction at the end of the path. Every day they approach nearer their destruction, yet they madly rush on faster and faster. Oh, how dreadfully this looked to me!
I saw many traveling in this broad road who had written upon them, “Dead to the world, The end of all things is at hand, Be ye also ready.” They looked just like all the vain ones around them, except a shade of sadness which I noticed upon their countenances. Their conversation was just like the gay, thoughtless ones around them; but they would occasionally point to the letters on their garments with great satisfaction calling for the others to have the same upon theirs. They were in the broad way, yet they professed to be of that number who were traveling the narrow way. Those around them would say, “There is no distinction between us, We are all alike, We dress, and talk, and act alike.”
Then I was pointed back to the years 1843 and 1844. There was a spirit of consecration then, that there is not now. What has come over the professed, peculiar people of God? I saw the conformity to the world, the unwillingness to suffer for the truth’s sake. I saw a great lack of submission to the will of God. I was pointed back to the children of Israel after they left Egypt. God in mercy called them out from the Egyptians, that they might worship him without hindrance or restraint. He wrought for them in the way by miracles, he proved them, he tried them by bringing them into straight places. After the wonderful dealings of God, and their deliverance so many times, when tried or proved by God, they murmured. Their language was, “Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt.”
I saw that many who profess to believe the truth for these last days, think it strange that the children of Israel murmured as they journeyed, and after the wonderful dealings of God to them, should be so ungrateful, and forget what God had done for them. Said the angel, “Ye have done worse than they.” I saw that God had given his servants the truth so clear, so plain, that it cannot be resisted. Every where they go they have certain victory. The enemies cannot get round the convincing truth. Light has been shed so clear, that the servants of God can stand up any where and let truth, clear and connected, bear away the victory. This great blessing has not been realized and prized. If any trial arises, some begin to look back, and think they have a hard time. Some of the professed servants of God do not know what purifying trials are. They make trials sometimes for themselves, imagine trials, and are so easily discouraged, so easily hurt, self dignity is so quick to feel, that they injure themselves, injure others, and the cause. Satan magnifies and puts things into the mind that, if given way to, will destroy the usefulness and influence of such.
I saw that some had felt tempted to take themselves from the work, to labor with their hands. I saw that if the hand of God should be taken from them, and they left subject to disease and death, then such would know what trouble is. It is a fearful thing to murmur against God. They do not bear in mind that the way they are traveling is a rugged, self-denying, self-crucifying way, and they must not expect every thing to move on as smoothly as though they were traveling in the broad road.
I saw that some of the messengers are so easily discouraged, self is so quickly hurt, they imagine themselves slighted and injured when it is not so. They think their lot hard. Such realize not how they would feel should the sustaining hand of God be withdrawn, and they pass through anguish of soul. Their lot, they then would see, would be ten-fold harder than it was before, while they were employed in the labor of God, suffering trials and privations, yet withal having the approbation of God. Some that are laboring in the cause of God know not when they do have an easy time. They have had so few privations, have hardly known any thing of want or wearing labor, or burden of soul, that when they have an easy time, their lives almost entirely free from anguish of spirit, are favored of God, they know it not, and think their trials great. I saw that unless such have a spirit of self-sacrifice, and are ready to labor cheerfully, not sparing themselves, God will release them. He will not acknowledge them as his self-sacrificing servants; but will raise up those who will labor, not slothfully but in earnest, and will know when they have an easy time. God’s servants must feel the burden of souls, and weep between the porch and the altar, and cry, “Spare thy people, Lord.”


The secret of the L
ORD
 is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant. Psalm 25:14

Remember that one of Jesus' End Times prophecy was that the hearts of the people would have become extremely cold to Him. "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)

 “We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures, that we may trace down the lines of prophecy, and understand the specifications given by the prophets, and by Christ and the apostles; that we may not be ignorant; but be able to see that the day is approaching, so that with increased zeal and effort, we may exhort one another to faithfulness, piety, and holiness.” Review and Herald, July 31, 1888.

Matthew 24Luke 21 and Mark 13 are parallel accounts of what is called the Olivet Prophecy. This crucial prophecy works in combination with the books of Revelation and Daniel, and puts in sequential order events that span the entire period from Christ’s First Coming until His Return 2,000 years later. Jesus explained exactly what would occur—what the serious observer should be looking for—and expect. He presented, in plainclear language, all key events and trends. These parallel Revelation 6 precisely. Matthew 24 provides clues, which explain the symbols we will study in Revelation. You will see Jesus gives a direct answer to a direct question.

“The atmosphere parted and rolled back; then we could look up through the open space in Orion, whence came the voice of God. The Holy City will come down through that open space.” Early Writings, p. 41.

"Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand." (GC 640) 

Recently I was reading The Autobiography of Joseph Bates (which is, by the way, an interesting book, by an Adventist pioneer who was quite a colorful character). In Chapter 12 Bates, an amateur astronomer, writes:

“But the most remarkable of all the cloudy stars, he says, ‘is that in the middle of Orion's sword, where seven stars (three of which are very close together) seem to shine through a cloud. It looks like a gap in the sky, through which one may see as it were a part of a much brighter region. Although most of these spaces are but a few minutes of a degree in breadth, yet since they are among the fixed stars they must be spaces larger than what is occupied by our solar system; and in which there seems to be a perpetual, uninterrupted day among numberless worlds which no human art can ever discover.’” [The italics are Bates’].

The “he” Bates quotes is James Ferguson (1710-1776), a Scottish astronomer, from his book Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles [1].

Bates adds, “This gap or place in the sky is undoubtedly the same that is spoken of in the Scriptures. See John 1:51; Rev. 19:11.”

Matthew 25:13 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Mark 13:32  "Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming." Matthew 24:42 (HCSB) "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:" Matthew 24:20 Luke 21:21 (KJV) "Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto."

Mark 13:14 "But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:"

Matthew 24:15-20 (KJV) "15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:), Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:"

Revelation 12:13-17 (KJV) "13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (Rev 13:5), from the face of the serpent. 15And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

Revelation 12:6 confirms this when it says that the church of Jesus would hide in the wilderness for exactly 1260 days. 42 months, or 3 and a half years equals 1260 days. This means to COME OUT OF ALL 501c3 churches/organizations. With the exception of the Catholic church, many of these churches, individually, had truth at first. The only problem is they stopped reforming and even backslid. 1844 era - the start of the SDA church = started the truth about the Sabbath/3 angels messages. Now they the chosen ones have backslidden and have started worshiping other gods, other than the one and ONLY God and Father of Christ. They have committed spiritual adultery by whoring after the gods of the nations/churches around them (trinity or a flavor of the trinity doctrine 1+1+1=1? Even bad math!) So, the true church triumphant has gone into the wilderness (home groups etc). The 3.5 years or 1260 days started March 19, 2013 at the installment of Pope Francis: See Rev 13:5 and Rev 12:14 for more details. See this page for more info about the 1260 days: http://www.remnantofgod.org/42-1260.htm  The end of the 42 months comes to: 9/13/2016 Tuesday. If the plagues start to fall for less than a week? October 12, 2016 Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement. See below for more on the Day of Atonement...the day Jesus stands up and says IT IS FINISHED? Then plagues start?
9/27/2016 Tuesday = 2 weeks past the end of 42 months (3.5 years)  REMEMBER Jesus TARRIES after standing up and saying IT IS FINISHED in the outer court before taking off His priestly robes and putting on His Royal Robes...and His work will be CUT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, so this could make His coming on the Day of Atonement? Oct 12 2016? There about? JUST studying...God only knows THE "DAY" or "HOUR", which I think is a literal DAY OR HOUR. The Day OR hour we also do not know is the time our probation closes for us individually. This could be the type/anti-type? Literal day or hour of Christ's literal 2nd Advent and day or hour of each persons close of probation. ALSO REMEMBER that the TIME OF TROUBLE MUST OCCUR BEFORE CHRIST COMES...so if the time of trouble HAS NOT occurred, the time/dates mean NOTHING.

Keep these verses in mind: The Bible says that to God a thousand years is like a day (2 Peter 3:8).

I Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” An another witness: Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." Ezekiel 4:6 ...'And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.'

Great scholars of the past knew the truth about the day for a year principle, Isaac Newton being one of them:

"Three times and a half, that is, for 1260 solar years, reckoning as time for a calendar year of 360 days, and a day for a solar year." (Sir Isaac Newton, Observations upon the prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St John, part 1, chap. 8, page. 114. London: J.Darby and T.Browne, 1733)


Trying to find how long plagues will last:

Revelation 18:8 "Therefore shall her plagues come in one day (ONE YEAR?), death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."
  • Isaiah 34:8 "For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause." 
  • Isaiah 61:2 "to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,". 
  • Isaiah 63:4 "It was for me the day of vengeance; the year for me to redeem had come." 
  • Revelation 6:17 "For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?". 
  • Jeremiah 30:7 "How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it."
  • Joel 1:15 "Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty."
  • Isaiah 13:6 "Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty."
  • Luke 21:36 "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
  • Revelation 16:14 "They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty."
  • Ezekiel 13:5 You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD. 
  • Isaiah 2:12 The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),
  • Isaiah 13:9 "See, the day of the LORD is coming --a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it."

Linguistic Background

The linguistic background of the year-day principle is found in many OT texts where the word "days" actually stood for "year" or "years." Note, e.g., the formula that recurs ten times in Gen 5: "All the days of x were so many years, and he died." Old Testament poetry also used "days" and "years" in equivalent parallelism, referring to the same period of time. "For all our days pass away under thy wrath, our years come to an end like a sigh. The days of our years are threescore and ten"(Ps 90:9-10). After many such examples, Shea observes that this closely parallel use of "days" and "years" prepared the "ancient Semite, whose mind was steeped in this parallelistic type of thought," to intuitively associate the "days" of chronological prophecies with calendar years, especially in symbolic passages where literal days do not make logical sense (Shea, 67-69).

Biblical Usage of the Year-Day Principle

The earliest biblical text that directly reflects the year-day principle is Lev 25:1-7. Here the command to "keep a Sabbath," previously associated with the seventh day of the literal week, is applied to a seventh year. Verses 3-4 are parallel in structure to the fourth commandment, Ex 20:8-11, except that the word "year(s)" is substituted for the word days(s). The Sabbath here commanded is not the weekly seventh-day Sabbath, but a seventh-year Sabbath (Shea, 69-70).

 

Exod 20:8-10

Lev 25:2-4

v. 8 "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

v. 2 "the land shall keep a Sabbath [year] to the Lord.

v. 9 "Six days you shall labor and do all your work.

v. 3 "Six years you shall sow, . . . prune . . ., and gather . . .;

v. 10 "But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work."

v. 4 "but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land; a Sabbath [year] to the Lord; you shall not sow or prune."



Lev 25:8 further extends the year-day symbolism. "You shall count seven Sabbaths of years, seven years, seven times, and to you the days of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be forty-nine years." Clearly the weekly cycle of sevens of days, has become a symbol for a cycle of sevens of years. The weekly seventh-day Sabbath is the origin of the term here applied to a seventh-year Sabbath, and the term weeks means not weeks ofdays, but weeks of years.

This furnishes a textual background for the prophecy of Dan 9. In Lev 25:8, seven weeks of years, or 7 x 7 years, reaches to one jubilee. In Dan 9:24, seventy weeks of years, (70 x 7 years, or 10 jubilees) reaches to the Messiah, the personification of the jubilee.

Num 14:34 and Ezek 4:6 provide further confirmation that in certain contexts the prophetic message was constructed on the basis of a scale or symbolic correspondence between prophetic days and calendar years.

Year-day Principle Not Limited to Judgment Passages

While the day-year correspondence does often occur in contexts of judgment, it also occurs in non-judgmental contexts. The sabbatical year and jubilee ordinances of Lev 25:1-8 were not focused primarily on judgment in the punitive sense but on rest, deliverance, and restoration.

Conclusion

The year-day principle rests not on two texts only, but on a broad Scriptural foundation. (Shea gives 23 lines of biblical evidence.) The translators of the LXX applied the year-day principle to the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 at least as early as the third century b.c.e. The year-day principle is used not only in "judgment" passages, but in contexts of rest and restoration, such as the sabbatical and jubilee years. Even if the year-day principle were restricted only to judgment passages, the immediate context of Dan 8:14 is two parallel chapters (Daniel 7-8) that both concern overt eschatological judgment. Hence there appears to be no valid reason to exclude the year-day principle from Dan 8:14. http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/end/yearday.htm

Day for a year info: Scripture: Numbers 14:34,Ezekiel 4:4-5, Luke 13:31


  • Review and Herald, April 14, 1893: “The events of the future WILL be discerned by prophecy, and WILL be understood.

    "We can know just where we are in this world’s history." Sermons and Talks Volume Two, p. 48.5

    We need to be informed and discerning like “the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).

    In the first paragraph of RH, April 5, 1892, Mrs. White asks our ministers questions. Then she admonishes them: "Do not allow your minds to be diverted from the all-important theme of the righteousness of Christ by the study of theories." That is good counsel for ministers and everyone else.

Here are the statements about , "a number of days" for the plagues to fall:
 
"And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood. Then Jesus . . . took His place on the cloud which carried Him to the East, where it first appeared to the saints on earth--a small black cloud which was the sign of the Son of man. While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the East, which took a number of days, the synagogue of Satan worshipped at the saints' feet."  {Mar 287.8}
 
And from another place. 
 
"And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood and he laid off his priestly garment and put on his kingly robe, took his place on the cloud which carried him to the east where it first appeared to the saints on earth, a small black cloud, which was the sign of the Son of Man. While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the east which took a number of days, the Synagogue of Satan worshiped at the saints feet." Ellen G. Harmon  {DS, March 14, 1846 par. 2}

https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/interesting-meaning-of-words-in-certain-verses

Then there is this one.
 
 
"Then I saw Jesus lay off His priestly attire and clothe Himself with His most kingly robes. Upon His head were many crowns, a crown within a crown. Surrounded by the angelic host, He left heaven. The plagues were falling upon the inhabitants of the earth."  {EW 281.1}  {1SG 200.1} 
 
The "Close of Probation" is determined by the time of The Day of Atonement in the Hebrew Sanctuary services.  In 1844, Jesus began the Judgment on October 22, which was a Day of Atonement,  and Jesus will declare, "It is finished", on a Day of Atonement in the year that He returns because, "Type must meet its Anti-type at the time pointed out in the symbolic service" of the Sanctuary.  This is proven by the fact that at His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus specifically observed the Spring feasts with exact attention to the day and time the feast was to take place!  See the book, The Great Controversy PP. 399 - 400.
 
It is only five days from the Day of Atonement to the First Day of the Feast of Tabernacles and that is how quickly the plagues will fall in different parts of the world and the end will come!  On the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles we begin our, "seven day journey"  to Heaven and on the "Eighth Day" which is "the last great day of the feast", we will sit down to the Heavenly Banquet" with Christ and all the redeemed, the angels and beings from the un-fallen worlds!  This is what Ellen White, Haskell and other of the "pioneers" believed and taught!

According to events described preceding this statement of "silence in heaven for half an hour", we think this is the time when all the beings of heaven come with Jesus to deliver His Elect!

5776 Jewish Calendar Year (240 Dropped in 135 AD) = 2015 - 2016

 


Thu. 24 March 2016               Purim

Sat. 23 April 2016                  Pesach - Passover Next Day Unleavened Bread 3rd Day First Fruits

Thu.  5 May 2016                    Yom HaSho’ah - Holocaust Remembrance

Thu. 12 May 2016                  Yom HaAtzma’ut - Israel Independence Day

Thu. 26 May 2016                  Lag B’Omer - 33rd day in Counting to Pentecost

Sun. 12 June 2016                 Shavuot - Pentecost

Sun. 14 August 2016             Tisha B’Av - 9th of Av

5777 Jewish Calendar Year (240 Dropped in 135 AD) = 2016 - 2017

 

Mon.  3 October 2016            Rosh HaShanah - Feast of Trumpets

Wed. 12 October 2016          Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

Mon. 17 October 2016           Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles

Mon. 24 October 2016           First Day of Simcha Torah

Tue. 25 October 2016           Simcha Torah - Joy of Torah

Sun. 25 December 2016       Chanukah - Feast of Lights

http://www.moresureword.com/FeastDates.htm  
http://www.7th-day.info/Pages/7000.aspx interesting about Hos 6:2


MUST BE FULFILLED AT THE TIME POINTED 
OUT IN THE SYMBOLIC SERVICE
BY THE PROPHET E.G. WHITE



I could say much regarding the sanctuarythe ark containing the law of God, the cover of the ark, which is the mercy seat, the angels at either end of the arkand other things connected with the heavenly sanctuary and with the great day of atonementI could say much regarding the mysteries of heaven, but my lips are closedI have no inclination to try to describe them.” {2MR 320.2}


Light will come to God's people, and those who have sought to close the door will either repent or be removed out of the way. The time has come when a new impetus must be given to the work. There are terrible scenes before us, and Satan is seeking to keep from our knowledge the very things that God would have us know. God has messengers and messages for his people. If ideas are presented that differ in some points from our former doctrines, we must not condemn them without diligent search of the Bible to see if they are true. We must fast and pray and search the Scriptures as did the noble Bereans, to see if these things are so. We must accept every ray of light that comes to us. Through earnest prayer and diligent study of God's word, dark things will be made plain to the understanding.” ST, May 26, 1890 par. 12 


As the light is diffused, given to others, greater light will come. The reason why the churches sit in darkness and have no light, is that they have not given light, they have not been as a city set upon a hill, that cannot be hid.” RH, February 10, 1891 par. 13


“ Every act of consecration to God brings joy; for as we appreciate the light He has given us, more and greater light will comeML 174.4


Yet every mind through whom the Holy Spirit has worked has presented these themes in a light that is fresh and new. The truths of redemption are capable of constant development and expansionThough old, they are ever newconstantly revealing to the seeker for truth a greater glory and a mightier power
In every age there is a new development of trutha message of God to the people of that generation. The old truths are all essential; new truth is not independent of the old, but an unfolding of it. It is only as the old truths are understood that we can comprehend the newWhen Christ desired to open to His disciples the truth of His resurrection, He began "at Moses and all the prophets" and "expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:27. But it is the light which shines in the fresh unfolding of truth that glorifies the old.He who rejects or neglects the new does not really possess the oldFor him it loses its vital power and becomes but a lifeless form. COL 127-128 


Follow every ray of light that you seeand that which is shadowy will be made clear to your understanding as you walk in the light.ST, January 24, 1895 par. 5


Matt 24:36-39 ‘No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 

I personally don’t think that anyone will know the exact day of Jesus’ return until it takes place. Jesus bore this fact out in several passages, emphasizing the need to be found ready and waiting when the master does return. Now having said all of that, I do believe however that we are called to examine the signs of the times and be able to interpret the season in which we live. The second scripture I wanted to bring out states

 

Matt 16:1-3 ‘The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.


Revelation 11:13, 

"24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand: 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:15-31 KJV)

 

We are called to understand and interpret the signs of the times in which we live. Now the actual signs that associate Jesus return will be left for another study. What I mainly want to examine in this study is whether the Bible gives any indication of the general timing of the return.


The whole point of this study is not to pin-point a date, but to show that there are indicators in the Bible as to the general timing of His coming so that you will be ready and can live with ‘the blessed hope’ – the knowledge that Jesus is coming soon! But only God knows the exact time. You only have to turn on the TV news to see that many of the signs of His coming are being fulfilled before our eyes.


In Revelation 22:20 Jesus said "I am coming soon." And, He meant exactly what He said.
God is not in time. He does not experience time the way we do. The Bible says that to God a thousand years is like a day (2 Peter 3:9). The way God sees time, Jesus died on the cross two days ago.

This is a very fascinating point since the prophet Hosea says that the Lord will ascend to Heaven and stay there until "God's TRUTH & SPIRIT FILLED people" cry out in their affliction (the Tribulation). He will then return to earth "after two days and will raise us up on the third day that we may live before Him" (Hosea 5:15-6:2). In other words, Hosea says the Lord will return after two thousand years, and the Redeemed will be resurrected to live before the Lord for a thousand years (the Millennium).


Hosea's Two Day-Three Day Prophecy
by Truth Ablaze

 

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight

For me personally, I find this passage in Hosea one of the most fascinating prophecies about the rapture and the second coming. We know that everything is in the bible for a reason. I believe that thousands of years ago, the prophet Hosea was giving us an preview of: the suspension of the Old Testament, the church age, then the resurrection. For us to be able to glean something from this passage, we must understand that this is not two literal days.

I'm going to write this article with the premise that you already have a basic knowledge of bible prophecy. If not, then I would suggest looking at http://www.markbeast.com/endworld/summary-2013.htm but I believe that we can learn from examples in the scriptures. The bible often speaks to us through types and shadows.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us

We can learn a great deal by looking at the patterns that take place in the bible. I believe this prophecy in Hosea is no exception.

First, let's look at verse 1:

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up

I believe this speaks of the time when the Old covenant was suspended, and national Israel was cut off for two days.

Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 27:51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent

The veil of the temple being torn from the top to the bottom symbolizes the ushering in of the new covenant or the "church age."

For almost two thousand years now, the Jewish people have been under tremendous persecution. Though God has not cast them off forever and He does have a future for them, the present time has been dreadful for the most part.

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

How prophetic were those words spoken by the angry Jewish crowd on that crucifixion day!

But as I said earlier, we know that God is not finished with Israel. Once the church age is over, He will again be in covenant with His chosen people Israel.

Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:


With this in mind, Hosea's prophecy really comes alive!

Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight

Now we come to the most fascinating part of the article. What is the significance of this phrase "after two days" ? Well, let me lay a little framework, and then we'll get deeper into the "two days". Science and recorded history tells us that man has been on the earth about 6,000 years (give or take a few years). I'm not going to try to tackle the age of the earth issue for several reasons.

(1) It's not relative to the discussion, because we're dealing with "human" history in this article..

(2) I'm not enough of an expert on the subject to discuss it thoroughly!

Perhaps number 2 is the greatest reason, but moving on.............

The bible often gives us many clues and details about the time-keeping mechanisms of God. Now we're all familiar with the phrases "no man knows the day or the hour", or maybe "it's not for you to know the times or the seasons...." and those are very true indeed. So the intent of this article is not to try to set a date for the rapture, but to show patterns in the scripture that serve as signs. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they were unable to discern the signs of the times. But the children of Issachar were commended for their understanding of the times.

I Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment

Jesus said that we couldn't know the day or the hour, but we could know when the time was "near."

Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors

With the use of types and shadows, I believe that is entirely plausible that God has given His people a general framework for the time of human history. Let's first examine the issue of the "two days" of Hosea's prophecy. I stated earlier that I didn't believe this was speaking of two literal days. I can say that with some certainty because that was written thousands of years ago, and yet none of us have been raised up to live in His sight yet.

In the second epistle of Peter, we find a very strange passage of scripture. Now I know that some take an allegorical approach when it comes to scripture, but the placement of it leads me to believe it is more than just figurative speech.

II Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day

This amazing verse is found in a passage speaking on the end times. With the extremely brief second letter of Peter, I find it strange that he would just wax poetic (remember he was a rugged fisherman after all) and give us some figurative language in this crucial passage. What also grabs my attention is that in this short epistle, he says "be not ignorant of this one thing." I believe the apostle Peter was (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of course) giving us a clue about the approximate duration of the church age.

Jesus said that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established", and we do have another witness found in the psalms.

Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Using this "formula" (I'm hesitant to use that word) we can begin to see a sketch of the plan for mankind. As I said earlier, this article is not a basis for doctrine, but for edification and reflection Using the 1000 years= 1 day equation, we can surmise a few things. We know that God made the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th (the number 7 represents completion).

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Interestingly enough, man was created on the sixth day. We see this theme throughout the scriptures that the number 6 usually represents the number of man. Remember the giant who had six fingers and toes? What about the antichrist's number?-it is the number of a man, and his number is none other than 666. Of course, we can get carried away with bible numerics (which is completely different than numerology which is demonic and should be completely avoided), but they (the numbers in scripture) can help to illuminate doctrine.

Following this train of thought, it is completely logical to infer that man has a 6-day covenant on the earth where he (mankind) has dominion. The seventh "day" or 7th thousand year period would be the millinial reign of Christ on the earth (where the kingdoms of the earth become the kingdoms of Christ and God). The first "2 days" (2000 years) represent the time from Adam to the calling of Abram. The second set of "2 days "(next 2000 years or cumulative total of 4 days) goes from the calling of Abram to the time of Christ. (just a side note: It's interesting that in Genesis, the sun or "great light" as it's called was created on the 4th day, just as Christ who is the "Sun of righteousness"-according to Malachi 4 came to the earth on the 4th day or four thousandth year.) The next "2 days" I believe represent the church age, and the final or 7th "day" climaxes with the thousand year reign of Christ on the earth. If you want to get even deeper, we can infer that at the end of the 7th day there will be the 8th day. The number 8 represents new beginnings. Remember that it says about Noah and his family that there were 8 souls saved by water. The 8th day is marked with a new heaven and a new earth!(I warned you-this is pretty deep stuff!)

Now, let's shift the focus back to the verse in Hosea chapter 6 because I realize I've become rather long-winded in this discussion. So to recap:

Hosea 6:2 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight

I believe this 2 day period represents roughly 2000 years for the church age, and the third day beginning with the first resurrection. Interestingly enough, the bible has quite a few references to the "third day", and there are strong references to the rapture/coming of the LORD. Let's look at some of them.

Exodus 19:10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 19:11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

Notice that the LORD tells Moses to "sanctify them today and tomorrow and let them wash their clothes." That accounts for two days or two thousand years that the church is supposed to be living holy and sanctified lives. Jesus is coming after a bride without spot, wrinkle, blemish, or any such thing. (Ephesians 5). They are exhorted to be ready for the third day when the LORD will come down in the sight of the people. This is a type of when Jesus will return again to resurrect His people.

Exodus 19:14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 19:15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. 19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 19:17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19:19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 19:20 And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

The symbolism of the rapture is very evident here. Again, the theme of "two days" of sanctification followed by the "third day" of the LORD'S appearance. Even more interesting is the sound of the trumpet heard at the exact same time. (Compare that with I Cor 15, I Thess 4, and Rev 4 where the trumpet heralds the coming of Christ.) Finally, notice that the LORD called Moses "up", just as we will be "caught up" together in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air.

II Kings 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD

Is it any coincidence that he is healed and called to the house of the LORD on the third day?

Esther 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house

On the third day, the church (who is the espoused bride of Christ) will put on a robe and crown, and go meet the king to celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb!

Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Again, I find this verse amazing! Notice Jesus shows that He will cast out devils and heal (do cures) today and tomorrow (that's 2 days right?) and the "third day" (just like Hosea) He will be perfected. I believe this is a reference to the church (who is the body of Christ) that is casting out devils and doing the work of the LORD with His power during the church age, followed by the resurrection when Christ is "perfected." Now of course, He already is perfect and always was. But I believe this is symbolic of the fact that He (Christ Jesus) is the "head" , and we (the church) are the body. On the third day, the head and the body will be perfectly joined together, and so shall we ever be with the LORD.

John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there

As we looked at earlier, there will be a marriage of the church and the bridegroom (Jesus) on the third day.

We also know that Jesus (who is our example that we are to follow) was Himself raised on the third day. Doesn't it stand to reason that the church would follow His example, and also be raised on the third day to live in His sight? The verses stating that Christ rose on the third day are too numerous to mention here, but take my word for it-He did rise on the third day praise God!

THE TYPOLOGY OF JONAH AND JESUS

Question: "What is the sign of Jonah?"

Answer:
The phrase “sign of Jonah” was used by Jesus as a typo-logical metaphor for His future crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus answered with this expression when asked by the Pharisees for miraculous proof the He was indeed the Messiah. The Pharisees remained unconvinced of Jesus' claims about Himself, despite His having just cured a demon-possessed man who was both blind and mute. Shortly after the Pharisees accused Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Satan, they asked Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here” (Matthew 12:38-41).

The Prayer Of Jonah As He Cried Out To God From Inside The Giant Fish:

Praying Hands -1Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. “For You had cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. “So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ “Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, weeds were wrapped around my head. “I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, but You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. “While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple. “Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness, but I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.” Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land (Jonah 2:1-10).

But Jonah Didn't Die Inside Of  The Big Fish:

Jonah did not need to actually die to fulfill the prophetic sign that would later relate to the Messiah. Remember: this was a sign, a type, a symbol of something greater. He only needed to be in a place of death, figuratively speaking, in which he was miraculously saved. It was the same with Isaac. Abraham did not have to actually kill his son Isaac to fulfill the type and shadow of Messiah's sacrifice. Hebrews 11:19 confirms this


Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/sign-of-Jonah.html#ixzz2sRHlTJzL

The story of Jonah foreshadows the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.

JONAHJESUS
1. His mission was to call the gentile Assyrians of Nineveh to repentance and acknowledgement of Yahweh as the source of their salvation [Jonah 1:1; 3:1-2].1. His mission was to call all of mankind, including the gentile nations, to repentance and into Covenant with Yahweh [Matthew 28:18-20].
2. Jonah was willing to sacrifice his life for the salvation of his shipmates [Jonah 1:12].2. Jesus was willing to sacrifice His life for the salvation of the world [Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; John 1:29; 1 Timothy 2:6].
3. He was entombed in the belly of a great fish [Jonah 2:1].3. After Jesus' death He was placed in a tomb [Matthew 27:60; Mark 6:29; Luke 23:53].
4. On the third day Jonah was "resurrected" from the belly of the fish [Jonah 2:11].4. On the third day Jesus was resurrected from the tomb [Matthew 17:23; 20:19; 28:1-10; Mark 9:31; 10:34; 16:1-7; Luke 9:22; 18:33; 24:7; 24:46].
5. After his "resurrection" from the belly of the fish, Jonah continued his mission to call the gentile Assyrians to repentance and salvation [Jonah 3:1-3].5. After His resurrection from the tomb, Jesus continued His mission to found the universal Church and to commission the Apostles to spread the gospel to every nation on earth ;it is a mission that continues even after His Ascension [Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:12-20; Luke  24:13-53; Acts chapter 1].
6. Jonah preached that Nineveh would be destroyed in 40 days if the people did not repent [Jonah 3:4].6. After His resurrection, Jesus taught the New Covenant Church for 40 days before His Ascension [Acts 1:3].
7. Jonah taught that failure to repent sin brings judgment but salvation is a gift of God [Jonah 1:1; 3:4-5, 9-10]7.  Jesus taught that failure to repent sin brings judgment but salvation is a gift of God [Matthew 5:21-22; John 5:22-29; 8:34-36; Luke 24:47; John 3:17; 5:34; 10:19; Acts 2:21].

But the year 2000 has already come and gone - 4004 to 4006 when Jesus was born...it's very close - within a few years by human calculation. Jesus does EVERYTHING RIGHT ON TIME. 

Masoretic[edit]
After the Masoretic text was published, however, dating creation around 4000 BC became common, and was received with wide support.[72] Proposed calculations of the date of creation using the Masoretic from the 10th century to the 18th century include: Marianus Scotus (4192 BC), Maimonides (4058 BC), Henri Spondanus (4051 BC), Benedict Pereira (4021 BC), Louis Cappel (4005 BC), James Ussher (4004 BC), Augustin Calmet (4002 BC), Isaac Newton (4000 BC), Johannes Kepler (April 27, 3977 BC) [based on his book Mysterium], Petavius (3984 BC), Theodore Bibliander (3980 BC), Christen Sørensen Longomontanus (3966 BC), Melanchthon (3964 BC), Martin Luther (3961 BC), John Lightfoot (3960 BC), Cornelius Cornelii a Lapide (3961 BC) Joseph Justus Scaliger (3949 BC), Christoph Helvig (3947 BC), Gerardus Mercator (3928 BC), Matthieu Brouard (3927 BC), Benito Arias Montano (3849 BC), Andreas Helwig (3836 BC), David Gans (3761 BC), Gershom ben Judah (3754 BC) and Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller (3616 BC).[73]
Among the Masoretic creation estimates or calculations for the date of creation only Archbishop Ussher's specific chronology dating the creation to 4004 BC became the most accepted and popular, mainly because this specific date was attached to the King James Bible.[74]

Well, there's some debate about that, but it's really not tantamount to the discussion anyway. Remember that Hosea's prophecy says "in the third day He will raise us up to live in His sight. We must also realize that we follow a different calendar than what God illustrates in His Word. In the book of Revelation, we see years being calculated in units of 360 days as opposed to the 365 day Roman model that we use. Also, the church age didn't start until the resurrection of Christ (yes, even John the Baptist is an "old testament" saint).

Some final thoughts

Again, this study is not meant to be taken as doctrinal truth, nor am I "adding" to what the Word has said. It does us no good to spend every waking hour trying to set a date for the rapture. My intent in this article is to show you that we are indeed living in that hour when the Son of Man will appear to take His church to His Father's house. There are plenty of other "signs" of the times in the word of God that tell us that we are living in that time. I hope that you find this interesting and encouraging as you study the word of God. We have to be careful because the bible warns us of "private interpretations", but I see nothing wrong with examining the scriptures to find deeper truths.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter

HERE IS ANOTHER TWO DAY OR TWO THOUSAND YEAR EXAMPLE:


The Book of Amos is one part of the Bible that is seldom preached in churches these years. An obvious reason: its message is not what the itching ears of today's churchgoers wants to hear. With the exception of a couple of passages, the whole book warns of the horrible judgments from God that shall surely come and the reasons therefor.

Nevertheless, it is a message we believers mustn't ignore, especially since the admonition, as we shall see, is directed particularly to the end-time generation that we are. For one thing, the many references therein of Israel's idolatry and hypocritical sac 
rifices help us better recognize and understand the apostasy of today's churches. Moreover, hidden in the very first two verses is an important instruction on the step loyal followers of Christ are to take when one congregation after another has fallen away. Here's how those opening verses read:

The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. And he said, The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

A type of Jesus

The passage starts by declaring that we are about to hear the words of Amos. As the name "Amos" means burden-bearer, the prophet is really a type of our Lord Jesus. He is the One who, according to Isaiah 53:4, "hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows" on the Cross, and who has continued to bear the everyday burdens of our pilgrimage. "Come unto me," He says, "all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).

Moreover, this Amos is among the herdmen of Tekoa. The Hebrew word for herdmen appears in just one other verse in the BibleII Kings 3:4. There, it is translated sheepmaster. A sheepmaster is one who raises and tends sheep, and to us that's what our Lord Jesus is. By His Spirit, our Great Shepherd raised us up when we were dead in trespasses and sins, and He has been caring for us since.

Tekoa. The word "Tekoa" appears in the Bible in six verses. In two of them, it was the name of a person of whom little is revealed in the Scripture. But behind the remaining four verses, there is significant spiritual meaning.

For example, we read in II Chronicles 11 beginning in verse 5: "And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem and built cities for defense in Judah. He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa..." Thus, Tekoa was a fortified city, and again that's what the Lord Jesus is to us. "In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God" (Psalm 62:7).

Next is II Chronicles 20:20: "And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said..." Here, Tekoa is described as a wilderness. Remember the woman in Revelation 12 that represents the church? After she had brought forth a man child that was later caught up unto God, she "fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God" (v. 6). Yes, we who belong to the eternal church of God are sojourning in the wilderness and are being nurtured by our Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Before we look at Jeremiah 6:1, the last verse in which the word Tekoa appears, let us go back first to Amos 1:1.

An upcoming Judgment Day

The verse ends with the phrase "two years before the earthquake". Interestingly, this earthquake is not mentioned in the historical part of the Old Testament. God evidently does not consider the physical event itself important enough to be recorded. But what it stands for spiritually He does, because He speaks of it again in Zechariah 14:5,6:

And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light(Saints will be raised to LIVE in His Sight on the third day (Hosea 6:2)  or the 6000 year mark...so the earth can rest for 1000 years with no sin on it. Saint's will be in Heaven and wicked dead from the brightness of His coming and killing each other.)

We know from I Thessalonians 3:13 that it is on the last day that our Lord shall come with all the saints to judge the world. So, here, God links the earthquake in the days of Uzziah to the last day, which will also be the beginning of eternity for believers. Hence, it shall be light even at evening time. (I believe Christ is going to come back at evening...3:00 to 6:00? time frame?) What timeframe would "evening" be?

A great earthquake is also that which God uses to speak of Judgment Day in Revelation 16:18. When the seventh angel (7th plague) poured out the vial of God's wrath, the verse says: "there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great."

The 7th plague is Christ's 2nd coming!

The Bible repeatedly states that Judgment Day will come as a thief in the night to the unsuspecting world. Not so for us believers, however. Here in Amos 1:1, we are given a warning ahead of time. The term "two years", I believe, ties to Acts 28:30,31 AND THE HOSEA 6:2 prophecy:

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Recorded at the tail end of Acts, the two years that Paul preached in "his own hired house" represents the gentiles (anyone filled w/God's Holy Spirit sent to us through our channel Christ - it is God Himself reconciling us back to Himself through His Son!) the short 2000 year period before Judgment Day

God bless you as you study His word!


We are at the end of that two thousand year period right now! I think between now and the year 2033...probably sooner, like 2015? SPECULATING! NOT DATE SETTING. Remember, Ellen White said the TIME OF TROUBLE MUST COME BEFORE JESUS RETURNS....


1 Corinthians 10:11 (King James Version) 11Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

A significant event for all of God’s people who are watching follows the abomination of desolation being set up. This reference is brought from Mark’s account: “…then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains” (vs. 14).

The appearance of the abomination is the signal for God’s people to flee. This makes understanding the prophecy much more crucial.

Another reference to this fleeing is found in Luke’s account. Notice: “And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the deso­lation thereof is nearThen [what happens next] let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written [by the prophets] may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people [the modern nations of Israel]. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (21:20-24).


We are naturally curious about the future and especially have questions like: “When is the world going to end?” and “Will we know ahead of time the date when the world is going to end?” People of every age, religion and nationality are asking these questions.

Signs that the world is going to end soon

People are looking at the signs that the world is going to end, with anxiety and fear. The signs are all around us.

There is global warming, rising gas and energy prices, shortages of food and water, disasters on land and sea. There are new diseases and economic uncertainty. Terrorist activity is increasing and banks are failing.

But conditions in the world have been getting progressively worse for many years. How do we know when things have gotten so bad that the world is soon going to end?

How can we know when the world is going to end?

What are reliable indicators for the end of the world? Some people rely on tabloids and Mayan calendars. Some people look at disasters in the world or their own feelings to tell them when the world will end.

There is only one way we can be certain about when the world is going to end. There is only one reliable, accurate source to find the answer to “When is the end of the world going to be?”

God is the only one who actually knows the future. And fortunately for us, He gave us a Bible prophecy that leads us to the very year when the world is going to end.

The Beginning of the End

Introduction

Are 6,000 years of sin almost over? Will Jesus come in 2015? The Bible presents enlightening, logical, and compelling answers to these questions. In short, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

Complete: 2008 - The Beginning 

of the End

Did final events start in 2008?

Are 6,000 years of sin almost over?

Will Jesus come in 2015?  "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28 

We cannot know the day nor the hour until God tells us. But Sister White did say that the 

 "But the Lord shewed me that they would all pass by, for the time of trouble must come before the coming of Christ, and that every time that was set, and passed by, would only weaken the faith of God's people." RH July 21, 1851, Art. A, par. 14 and A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White, p. 7.1 

We are naturally curious about the future and especially have questions like: “When will Jesus come the second time?” and “When will the world end?” Does the Bible reveal the answers to these questions? Did God seal up the answers in the Bible and then keep them hidden, only to be revealed at the time of the end? Is 2008 the beginning of the end?

  • Are 6,000 years of sin almost over?
  • Did final events start in 2008?
  • Will Jesus come in 2015? We CAN know that His coming IS SOON.... but we do not know a day or hour until God reveals that to EVERYONE of His servants... The 3 wise men KNEW when Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem, and we can know His coming is soon, but not a DAY NOR HOUR. Anyone that says differently is not teaching the truth.

The Bible presents enlightening, logical, and compelling answers to these questions. 
In short, we do NOT know the day nor the hour, until God tells His servants - even Jesus does not know the day nor the hour, but His Father ONLY. Ellen White said, 

 "But the Lord shewed me that they would all pass by, for the time of trouble must come before the coming of Christ, and that every time that was set, and passed by, would only weaken the faith of God's people." RH July 21, 1851, Art. A, par. 14 and A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White, p. 7.1 

Seven-day Clock

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. About 6,000 years ago on earth’s very first day God created time, starting with the day. He said, “the evening and the morning were the first day”. Genesis 1:5.

For six days God did His work of creating the heavens and the earth. Then God did something completely different. On the seventh day He stopped creating and rested. He blessed and sanctified the seventh day of the week and He called it the Sabbath.

“On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” Genesis 2:2. “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work.” Exodus 20:10.

The rotation of the earth defines the 24-hour day. But the seven-day week is specified by God’s word alone. The movement of the sun, moon, and earth do not define the weekly cycle. It exists in the mind and actions of God and His people. Each week the seventh day is set aside for rest.

Every week follows the pattern of six days for work followed by one day for rest.

Seven-day Clock

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Seven-year Clock

God applied the same pattern to a week of seven years. He told the children of Israel to plant and to harvest their land for six years and then let the land rest the seventh year. He called the seventh year a sabbath. It is also called a sabbatical.

“Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.” Leviticus 25:3,4.

The seven-year clock did not start at creation. The seven-year clock started in 1416 BC when God brought the children of Israel into the land of Canaan. (See: When did the children of Israel enter Canaan?).

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD.’” Leviticus 25:2.

This seven-year pattern has been repeating for over 3,000 years. Six years of working the land are always followed by one year of letting the land rest. After teachers have taught for six years in a row they are sometimes offered a one-year sabbatical for rest.

Seven-year Clock

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Seven-thousand-year Clock

A third time scale for the weekly pattern is 7,000 years. For almost 6,000 years people have been corrupting the earth by their sins. In 2015 the 6,000 years will be completed and people will be removed from the earth. Then the earth will have a sabbath rest for 1,000 years. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

The seven-thousand-year clock started a few years after creation when Adam and Eve first sinned.

Seven-thousand-year Clock

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Seven-sabbaticals Clock -- The Jubilee Cycle

Seven sabbaticals brought God’s people to the Jubilee, which is another one-year sabbath. The Jubilee cycle is a 49-year repeating pattern. It consists of seven sabbatical cycles, followed by a 50th year called the Jubilee. During the Jubilee year the land rests, debts are cancelled, and land is returned to its original owner.

“You shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you.” Leviticus 25:8-11.

Every seventh sabbatical, on the Day of Atonement, the trumpet announced the start of the Jubilee.

The 50th year Jubilee is also the 1st year of the next Jubilee cycle. In the following chart:

  • The first number in each cell is the number of the year in the 7-year sabbatical cycle.
  • The second number in each cell is the number of the year in the 49-year Jubilee cycle.
Jubilee cycle





1 - 1, 50 Jubilee sabbath2 - 23 - 34 - 45 - 56 - 67 sabbath - 7
1 - 82 - 93 - 104 - 115 - 126 - 137 sabbath - 14
1 - 152 - 163 - 174 - 185 - 196 - 207 sabbath - 21
1 - 222 - 233 - 244 - 255 - 266 - 277 sabbath - 28
1 - 292 - 303 - 314 - 325 - 336 - 347 sabbath - 35
1 - 362 - 373 - 384 - 395 - 406 - 417 sabbath - 42
1 - 432 - 443 - 454 - 465 - 476 - 487 sabbath - 49
Jubilee cycle





1 - 1, 50 Jubilee sabbath2 - 23 - 34 - 45 - 56 - 67 sabbath - 7

Notice that every 49-year Jubilee cycle has eight sabbaths in it. The land rests during these eight holy years. They are numbered: 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49.

The Jubilee clock and the sabbatical clock both began when the children of Israel entered Canaan in 1416 BC (See: When did the children of Israel enter Canaan?). The 49-year Jubilee cycles have been repeating without interruption for over 3,000 years. The 70th and last Jubilee will begin in the fall of 2016.   We can know that His coming is SOON, when you see these things, know that your redemption draweth nigh.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."  Luke 21:28

70 Sabbaths without Rest

The Lord gave Ezekiel a prophecy to enact. Ezekiel lay on his right side for 390 days for the 390 years of iniquity of the children of Israel. Then he lay on his left side for 40 days for the 40 years of the iniquity of the people of Judah. The total years of iniquity were 430 years. (390 + 40 = 430).

“Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.” Ezekiel 4:4-6.

For 430 years God’s people refused to keep the sabbaticals and the Jubilees holy to God. The land was kept from its rest during the 70 sabbath years.

The land was not allowed to rest for eight complete Jubilee cycles plus part of a ninth. Remember how each 49-year Jubilee cycle contains eight sabbath years? Here is how the math works:

70 Sabbaths without Rest
Jubilee cyclesYears per cycleTotal yearsSabbath years per cycleTotal sabbath years
8493921,7,14,21,28,35,42,498 x 8 = 64
part38381,7,14,21,28,351 x 6 = 6


Total: 430
Total: 70

Notice that the land was without rest 70 sabbath years during the 430 years of iniquity. Later God allowed the land to rest exactly 70 years while His people were in captivity in Babylon. God’s accounting system is completely accurate.

70 Years of Captivity

The children of Israel were taken captive to Babylon for 70 years. Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel were all prophets of God during the 70 years of captivity. They sent warnings to God’s people.

Even though they were warned repeatedly, the children of Israel did not repent and return to the Lord. They continued to rebel against Him. Finally there was no remedy and God’s wrath was poured out on His people.

Here is the sad story of what happened:

  1. God told the children of Israel that if they did not keep the sabbaticals and Jubilees they would be taken out of their land so the land could enjoy its sabbath rest. 
    Leviticus 26:27-35.
  2. The children of Israel neglected the sabbaticals and Jubilees for 430 years. During this time the land missed 70 sabbath years. Ezekiel 4:1-6. (See chart above: 70 Sabbaths without rest).
  3. The children of Israel were taken into captivity to Babylon for 70 years. 
    Jeremiah 25:8-12.
  4. Jerusalem was burned and ruined, many people were killed, many people were taken captive to Babylon, and God’s beautiful temple was destroyed. Then the land was allowed to lay desolate for 70 years to enjoy her sabbath rest. 2 Chronicles 36:15-21.

Daniel

Daniel is taken to Babylon in 605 BC when he is only a teenager. Throughout his captivity he remains faithful to God. As he realizes the 70 years of captivity is almost over, Daniel turns to God and pours out his heart in contrition and repentance. “We have rebelled against You. We have not obeyed You. All Israel has transgressed Your law. We have not turned from our iniquities to understand Your truth. We have sinned. We have done wickedly.” (Parts of Daniel 9:3-19).

Daniel is deeply concerned because God’s people are permeated with sin. He begs God to heal His people from their leprosy of sin. While Daniel is still praying Gabriel arrives from the courts of heaven to answer Daniel’s prayer. Gabriel says:

“As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision:

“Seventy 'sevens' are decreed For your people and your holy city 
To finish transgression, 
To put an end to sin, 
To atone for wickedness, 
To bring in everlasting righteousness, 
To seal up vision and prophecy 
And to anoint the most holy.” Daniel 9:23,24 (NIV).

In a simple, compact, elegant prophecy Gabriel answers Daniel’s prayer. God does have a plan to deliver His people from sin and transgression. God does have a plan to bring everlasting righteousness into their lives.

One Prophecy, Two Fulfillments

The prophecy in Daniel 9:24 has two distinct and essential fulfillments. Remember, Daniel is praying about the lethal problem of sin in his own people. Gabriel brings him a dual answer that provides a complete solution:

1. Seventy "sevens" - 70 sabbatical cycles – 70 x 7 = 490 years 
Seventy "sevens" are decreed for your people to atone for wickedness. Jesus was the atonement and sacrifice for our wickedness. He lived a perfect life on earth and then died for our sins making it possible for us to be delivered from sin and to receive eternal life. The first fulfillment pointed to the coming of the Messiah. The 70 sabbaticals predicted Christ’s firstcoming.

The fulfillment of the 70 sabbaticals began in 457 BC and ended 490 years later in 34 AD. Jesus died in 31 AD in the middle of the 70th sabbatical cycle. The first coming of Christ occurred at the exact time predicted in the prophecy of Daniel 9:24.

2. Seventy "sevens" - 70 Jubilee cycles – 70 x 7 x 7 = 3,430 years 
Seventy "sevens" are decreed for your people to put an end to sin and to bring in everlasting righteousness. The second fulfillment points to the time when God’s people will no longer transgress His law. They will have everlasting righteousness brought into their lives and they will never sin again. The 70 Jubilees predict Christ’s second coming.

The fulfillment of the 70 Jubilees began in 1416 BC when the children of Israel entered Canaan. It will end 3,430 years later in 2015 AD when God’s children will enter heavenly Canaan. (this is based on this study - it could be off a few years) God’s people will be totally and permanently delivered from sin and Jesus will come the second time. The second coming of Christ will occur at the exact time predicted in the prophecy of Daniel 9:24. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

In these two steps God eliminates the sin problem for his people. They will be forever freed from sin.

Dual Fulfillment Prophecy 
The prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 has two fulfillments. In a dual prophecy not all of the verses will apply to both fulfillments. For example, Matthew 24 is a dual prophecy. Matthew 24 predicted the destruction of Jerusalem and it also predicts events leading up to the second coming of Jesus. Some of the verses in Matthew 24 apply to the destruction of Jerusalem, some apply to the second coming of Jesus, and some apply to both.

In the same way, Daniel 9:24 and 27 apply to both fulfillments. Verses 25 and 26 give specific details about the beginning of the 70 sabbatical cycles and when Jesus would be baptized and crucified.

Verses 24 and 27 surround verses 25 and 26, and apply to both fulfillments. Verses 24 and 27 reach their complete fulfillment in every specification only at the end of the 70 Jubilee cycles. This much longer time period began when God’s people entered the land of Canaan, and will end in 2015. (this study could be off a few years?) At the end of these 70 Jubilees, there will be a complete end of sin for God’s people. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

Ending Captivity - 70 Years, 70 Sabbaticals, 70 Jubilees

God’s people were in captivity for 70 years because they disobeyed God by not allowing their land to rest for 70 sabbath years. Near the end of the 70 years of captivity Daniel was given a dual prophecy showing how God's people would be delivered from the captivity of sin during 70 sabbaticals and 70 Jubilees.

Cycles of 70Unit of TimeTotal YearsWhat happens at the End?
70 x 1 year70 years70 yearsCaptivity ends from literal Babylon
70 x 7 years70 sabbaticals490 yearsChrist's first coming 
Provision made to end spiritual captivity
70 x 49 years70 Jubilees3,430 yearsChrist's second coming 
Captivity ends from spiritual Babylon

70 Sabbaticals

The 70 sabbatical cycles are 490 years. (70 x 7 = 490) In 457 BC Artaxerxes gave the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Ezra 6:14, 7:1-28. After 7 sabbatical cycles and 62 sabbatical cycles Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One came. ((7+62) x7=483) The 483 years ended in 27AD when the Holy Spirit anointed Jesus at His baptism.

“Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble.” Daniel 9:25 (NIV).

The 70th sabbatical cycle ran from the fall of 27 AD to the fall of 34 AD.

70 sabbaticals diagram

The first coming of Christ occurred at the exact time predicted in Daniel’s prophecy.

70 Jubilees

The 70 Jubilee cycles of 3,430 years (70 x 49 = 3,430) began in 1416 BC when the children of Israel entered Canaan. (See: When did the children of Israel enter Canaan?). The 3,430 years will end in 2015 AD, (this is a study showing how close we are to the end of time - this is not date setting - but to realize how close we are to the end of time - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28)  just before the second coming of Jesus.70 Jubilees diagramThe second coming of Jesus will occur at the exact time predicted in Daniel’s prophecy.

People are given until the end of seventy times seven sabbatical cycles (70 x 7 x 7 = 3,430 years) to receive forgiveness from God. His forgiveness and His righteousness will be offered until the end of the seventy "sevens" (70 Jubilees) in 2015. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’” Matthew 18:21,22.

By the end of the 70 Jubilee cycles God will make everlasting righteousness permanent in the lives of His people. The promises in Daniel 9:24 will be completely fulfilled. Within days after the 70th Jubilee Jesus will come the second time to take His people to heaven.

The Middle of the "Seven"

In the middle of the "seven" Jesus was crucified. He died at Passover time in 31 AD. He was the Passover Lamb to whom the sanctuary system and all its sacrifices pointed.

“And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. 
Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mark 15:37,38.

When Jesus died the veil in the temple was torn in two. This symbolized that the Jewish system of sacrifices and offerings had come to an end. Jesus offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins. The animal sacrifices pointed to Him and when He died there was no more need for animal sacrifices.

“In the middle of the ‘seven’ He will put an end to sacrifice and offering.” Daniel 9:27 (NIV).

Jesus died in the middle of the "seven" sabbatical cycle that ran from 27 AD – 34 AD.

7 years diagram

Jesus also died in the middle of the "seven" Jubilee cycle that ran from 6 AD – 55 AD. 
49 years diagramSince Jesus died in 31 AD in the middle of the "seven" sabbatical cycle and "seven" Jubilee cycle, we can calculate exactly when each sabbatical cycle and each Jubilee cycle started and ended.

Jesus in the Middle

It is no surprise that Jesus died in the middle of the "seven".

When Jesus was crucified “two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.” Matthew 27:38. Jesus was in the middle.

Jesus reconciled Jew and Gentile in Himself. He also reconciled God and man in Himself. He is the one new man. Ephesians 2:11-18. Jesus is in the middle.

People are baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 28:19. Jesus is in the middle.

Seven Clocks from God

God specially created seven clocks. The foundation for these clocks is the number seven. None of the seven clocks is based on the rotation of the earth, or the sun or the moon. Each clock is based on God’s word alone. Notice the progression of time in the seven clocks. The next two charts use the following formula: Unit of Time x Pattern = Total.



Unit of TimePatternTotalWhat is the significance?Repeat
1Day7x17 daysRest on 7th day - SabbathContinuous
2Day7x749 daysPentecost 50th dayYearly
3Year7x17 yearsRest on 7th year - sabbathContinuous
4Year7x749 yearsJubilee 50th yearContinuous
570 Years7x1490 yearsChrist's first comingOnce
670 Years7x73,430 yearsChrist's second comingOnce
71,000 Years7x17,000 yearsRest on 7th 1,000 years 
End of 7th - New earth created 
End of sin in the universe
Once

This chart of seven clocks started at the creation of our world. It includes seven progressively larger clocks that God designed, and it ends with the re-creation of our world.

The seventh clock of 1,000 years has particular significance. The seventh period of 1,000 years is for rest. At the end of 7,000 years God will create a new heaven and a new earth. Sin will be totally and permanently eradicated from the entire universe.

This next chart shows the rest on sabbath and the significant events at the end:


Unit of TimePatternTotalWhat is the significance?Repeat
1Day7x17 daysRest on 7th - SabbathContinuous
3Year7x17 yearsRest on 7th - sabbathContinuous
570 years7x1490 yearsChrist's first coming 
once
2Day7x749 daysPentecost 50th dayYearly
4Year7x749 yearsJubilee 50th yearContinuous
670 years7x73,430 yearsChrist's second comingonce
71,000 Years7x17,000 yearsRest on 7th 1,000 years 
End of 7th - New earth created 
End of sin in the universe
Once

Please note that Pentecost is called Feast of Weeks in the Old Testament.


Questions and Answers

When did the children of Israel enter Canaan?

The sabbatical clock and the Jubilee clock started when the children of Israel entered Canaan.

“And the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 2 ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: “When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the LORD. 3 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; 4 but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.’ 8 “And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound.” Leviticus 25:1-4,8,9.

Several facts will enable us to determine the date God’s people entered Canaan:

  1. God’s people entered Canaan 49 years before the first Jubilee. Leviticus 25:1-9.
  2. The Exodus was 40 years before God’s people entered Canaan. Numbers 32:13.
  3. Jesus died in 31 AD in the middle of the 49-year Jubilee cycle that ran from 6 AD – 55 AD. (See: The Middle of the "seven").
  4. Jubilee dates before Christ can be calculated starting in 6AD and repeatedly subtracting 49 years.

Here are the only possible dates for the first Jubilee, for entering Canaan and for the Exodus in this timeframe:

Possible dates
The Exodus

40 years before CanaanEntering Canaan
89 years before the Jubilee49 years before the JubileeThe first Jubilee
1505 BC1465 BC1416 BC
1465 BC1416 BC1367 BC
1407 BC1367 BC1318 BC

James Ussher and Edwin R. Thiele are the two most widely accepted conservative biblical chronologists. Ussher placed the Exodus in 1491 BC. Thiele placed the Exodus in 1446 BC. Neither of these proposed dates is correct because neither date is on the above list of possible dates for the Exodus. But 1491 BC and 1446 BC are very helpful because they are the earliest and the latest dates for the Exodus proposed by conservative scholars. So these two dates are very useful in providing a range of dates for when the Exodus could have occurred. So when was the Exodus?

The only possible date for the Exodus that lies between 1491 BC and 1446 BC is 1456 BC. Because of the writings of Ussher and Thiele and points 1-4 above we can conclude that the Exodus occurred in 1456 BC. We can also calculate that the children of Israel entered Canaan in 1416 BC, and the first Jubilee occurred in 1367 BC.

Exact dates
The ExodusEntering CanaanThe first Jubilee
1456 BC1416 BC1367 BC

What are the dates of the 70 Jubilees?

The Jubilees clock began ticking in 1416 BC when the children of Israel entered Canaan. The first Jubilee was 49 years later in 1367 BC. Every 49 years another Jubilee has occurred.

Dates of the 70 Jubilees

Year - BC
Year - BC
Year - AD
Year - AD
Year - AD
113671568129643692571378
2131816632305544741581427
31269175833110445790591476
41220185343215346839601525
51171194853320247888611574
61122204363425148937621623
71073213873530049986631672
810242233836349501035641721
99752328937398511084651770
109262424038447521133661819
118772519139496531182671868
128282614240545541231681917
13779279341594551280691966
14730284442643561329702015

The Final Jubilee Starts in 2015 ("And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28)

The final Jubilee will begin on the Day of Atonement in 2015. There will have been 40 complete Jubilee cycles following Christ’s death. Isn’t that interesting? There are so many 40’s in the Bible and 40 is a significant number to God. The 40 Jubilees after Christ’s death bring us to the end of probationary time. After 2015 (or when probation closes) there will be no more opportunities for people to repent and receive eternal life. ("And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28)

Jesus is King for 40 ½ Jubilees

Jesus died in 31 AD in the middle of the 30th Jubilee cycle. There were 40 ½ Jubilee cycles yet to occur to complete the total of 70.

When Jesus was resurrected He was taken to heaven to reign as king with God on His throne. Jesus ascended to heaven in 31AD and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2.

When Jesus comes the second time to get His people He will have reigned in heaven as king for 40 ½ Jubilee cycles. He will have reigned from 31 AD – 55 AD (1/2 Jubilee cycle) and from 55AD – 2015 AD (40 Jubilee cycles) for a total of 40 ½ Jubilee cycles. This is not a date setting - but rather a study to show it could be very soon - sooner than we think. ("And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28)

David reigned over the children of Israel as their king. Notice how long David reigned as king:

“And they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.” 2 Samuel 5:3-5.

David reigned in Hebron 7 ½ years and in Jerusalem 33 years for a total of 40 ½ years. David was a type of Jesus and David’s throne was given to Jesus after His resurrection.

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33.

David reigned as king on earth for 40 ½ years. 
Jesus will reign as king in heaven for 40 ½ Jubilees.

From Canaan to Canaan

The 70 Jubilees clock began when the children of Israel entered Canaan, the land God had promised them. The 70 Jubilees clock will end when God’s people enter heavenly Canaan, the land God has promised them. From earthly Canaan to heavenly Canaan is 70 Jubilees.

Will we have had 6,000 years of sin by 2015?

In the year 2015 it will have been 6,038 years since God created Adam and Eve. If they lived in the Garden of Eden for 38 years before they sinned then there will have been exactly 6,000 years of sin on earth by 2015. (assuming we have our dates right! "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28)

Biblical Chronology
Beginning EventYearEnding EventYearTotal years70 Jubilees
Creation4024 BCFlood2368 BC1,656
Flood2368Covenant1886482
Covenant1886Exodus1456430
Exodus1456Enter Canaan141640
Enter Canaan1416Solomon977439439
Solomon977Captivity605 BC372372
Captivity6052nd Coming2015 AD2,6192,619




6,0383,430

Creation to the floodGenesis 5:3,6,9,12,15,18,21,25,28,29; 7:6,11
Flood to Covenant to "Seed"Genesis 11:10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,32; 12:1-4; 21:5
Covenant to ExodusExodus 12:40,41; Galatians 3:16-18; Genesis 22:1,2,10-18
Exodus to CanaanExodus 7:7; Deuteronomy 34:7; Numbers 32:13
Canaan to 4th year Solomon1 Kings 6:1 (480 – 40 Exodus – 1 year of = 439)
Solmon to 70-year captivity2 Samuel, 1+2 Kings, 1+2 Chronicles, Ussher, Thiele
70-year captivity to 2015605 BC + 2015 AD = 2619 (no zero year)

The Biblical chronology, including the 70 Jubilee cycles, fits wonderfully and accurately within the timeframe of 6,000 years of sin.

What will/MAY happen at the final Jubilee in 2015?

The final Jubilee will begin on the Day of Atonement in the year 2015. Here are some of the many things that will/MAY happen ("And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28:)

  • The prophecy in Daniel 9:24 will meet its final and complete fulfillment.
  • Everlasting righteousness will be brought in for God's people
  • Sin will be brought to an end for God's people.
  • Transgression will be finished for God's people.
  • Vision and prophecy will be sealed up.
  • The earth will be returned to God - its rightful owner.

God will have permanently taken care of the disease of sin for His people. Daniel’s prayer will have received a complete answer. Within days, Jesus will come to earth the second time to take His people back to heaven with Him and the earth will begin its 1,000 years of rest.

What do I need to do right now, in 2012?

God has been patient and merciful to the human race for almost 6,000 years since we first sinned. Yet we continue to become more sinful and more rebellious. We are very near the time when the wrath of God will be poured out on all of us who refuse to repent and worship Him.

God has given each of us the power of choice and a period of time on earth as probation. This probationary period is an opportunity to repent and to have faith in Christ. My probation and your probation will/MAY end sometime between now and the end of 2015 and it may well be sooner rather than later. The most important thing we can do right now is to give ourselves completely to God in humility and repentance and by faith to receive Jesus as our personal Savior.

Now is the time to seek God, while He may be found. Now is the time to repent. Today is the day for salvation.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, 
Call upon Him while He is near. 
Let the wicked forsake his way, 
And the unrighteous man his thoughts; 
Let him return to the LORD, 
And He will have mercy on him; 
And to our God, 
For He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6,7.

“Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7.

I invite you to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, right now. Ask Him to forgive your sins and thank Him for dying for you. Ask Jesus to teach you more of the truth from the Bible.

If you currently keep the seventh-day Sabbath as a holy rest day, I invite you to ask God for a humble, teachable, repentant spirit. God is urgently calling you to repentance and wholehearted service for Him. Probationary time will end first for those who already “have the truth”, for those who are of the “house of God”.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17.

Dear reader, God loves you very much. He wants to live with you forever. I appeal to you to carefully consider your priorities and to choose today whom you will serve.

Now is the important time for each of us. We cannot wait until the fall of 2015 ---or put it off one second. NOW is the time to get ready for Jesus to come. During the next few years Jesus Christ will judge every person on earth. For some of us, our probation will end today, for others it will be a few years. But everyone will make his final choice before the second coming of Jesus.

“The angel is to place a mark upon the forehead of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel will follow, to slay utterly both old and young.” 5T: 505. 

Choose now to serve the Lord with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength.

What will happen between now and 2015?

There are many prophetic events that will take place in the next six years. During this time the gospel will be clearly presented to every living person on earth. Each person will decide either to worship and serve God or to worship and serve Satan. Jesus will judge each person on earth. Those who choose Jesus will be completely delivered from the power of sin.

Many of us are used to living halfway to God. We profess to worship Him but we only do it half-heartedly. Our affections are partly with the world and partly with God. The time is upon us when we must make a whole-hearted decision one way or the other. Our affections can no longer be divided. God desires our whole heart.

The great tribulation will soon take place. People will be forced to decide whether or not they will worship God by resting on the Sabbath day that God blessed, the seventh day of each week.

Will we know in advance the year of Jesus' Second Coming?

Yes, we should. The prophecies in Daniel 9 first of all pointed to the first coming of Christ. The people who lived 2,000 years ago were supposed to know the time the Messiah would come. Unfortunately, most of the Jewish leaders did not know or understand the prophecies. But many of the common people were in expectation because they had knowledge of when the Messiah would come.

“Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not.” Luke 3:15.

But more importantly for us, the prophecies in Daniel 9 point to the second coming of Christ. Those of us who are alive now are supposed to know when Jesus will come again. As the apostle Paul says, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4.

What about not knowing the day or the hour?

This is a traditional phrase that many people know. It comes from Matthew 24:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:36-39.

There are several points to notice:

1. The people in Noah’s day knew that they had 120 years to enter the ark. They knew when the 120 years was drawing to an end. But they did not know the hour or the day that the door to the ark would be closed. They did not know when their last opportunity would come to enter the ark. Some of the people may have thought that if it started to rain then they would go into the ark. But by the time the rain started it was too late. The door to the ark had already been shut and no one else could go in.

In the same way, we will not know ahead of time when the last possible moment is for us to accept salvation and enter into Jesus, our ark of salvation. It will be by the fall of 2015, but it could be as soon as today. This is why it is so important to choose today to repent toward God and to believe in Jesus Christ. The important time for us is not 2015, but now.

“Testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 20:21.

2. Daniel 9:24 does not predict the day or the hour when the Son of man will come. It only predicts the year and the season.

Did the sabbaticals and the Jubilees end at the cross?

No, because Jesus died in the middle of the "seven". He died in the middle of a sabbatical cycle and He died in the middle of a Jubilee cycle. He could not die in the middle of something that ended when He died.

The specific things that ended when Jesus died on the cross were the offerings and the animal sacrifices. But the sabbatical clock and the Jubilee clock did not stop at the cross.

Is the Jubilee cycle 49 years or 50 years?

The Jubilee cycle is 49 years. Here are some of the reasons why:

1. The seventh-day Sabbath occurs on the seventh day of every week. It is not possible for some weeks to be eight days long. There are no weeks that have extra days added to them. Each week is exactly seven days long.

The seventh year sabbath occurs every seventh year. It is not possible for some sabbatical cycles to be eight years long. There are no sabbatical cycles that have extra years added to them. Each sabbatical cycle is exactly seven years long. So the 50th year Jubilee comes after the 7th year of a sabbatical cycle and is the 1st year of the next seven-year sabbatical cycle.

2. “Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people”. Daniel 9:24. Each of the 70 seven-year periods of time was exactly seven years long. If Jubilee cycles were 50 years long, then every seventh sabbatical cycle would be eight years long instead of seven.

If Jubilee cycles were 50 years long Daniel 9:24 would have said: “Sixty ‘sevens’ and ten ‘eights’ are decreed for your people.” This prophecy would have been 500 years long instead of 490 years long. The Messiah would have come 10 years later.

3. If the Jubilee cycles were 50 years long then there would only have been 68 sabbath years during the 430 years of rebellion by God’s people. They would only have been sent into captivity for 68 years instead of 70 years.

Summary

“Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people” is a dual prophecy. Daniel 9:24. It has two fulfillments.

First, the 70 "sevens" are 70 sabbatical cycles. They are 490 years, pointing to the first coming of Jesus as our Savior from sin.

Second, the 70 "sevens" are 70 Jubilee cycles. They are 3,430 years, pointing to the secondcoming of Jesus when His people will be permanently freed from sin.

In the fall of 2015 the 6,000 years of sin on earth will come to an end. Jesus will come to take His people to heaven and the 1,000 years of rest for the earth will begin.

Between 2008 and 2015 the great tribulation will occur and many other Bible prophecies will be fulfilled.

Today is the day to choose to receive Christ fully and to abide in Him forever.

Unless indicated otherwise Scriptures have been quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible.


It is a very nice thing to deal with minds. It will require careful study to know how to deal with the tender, impressible minds of children. Too great severity makes them hard and coarse and unfeeling, while a neglect of discipline is like leaving a field untilled; it is speedily covered with weeds, thistles, and briars. The impressible expanding minds of children are thirsting for knowledge.

Parents should make it a point to keep their own minds informed that they may impart knowledge to their children, thus providing their minds with proper food, leaving no place for hunger after debasing pleasure and indulgences. Good, sound instruction is the only preventative of evil communication which corrupt good manners.

You may choose, if you will, whether your children’s minds will be occupied with pure, elevated thoughts or with vicious sentiments. You cannot keep these active minds unoccupied, neither can you keep them away from evil. Only the inculcation of right principles in correct knowledge, will exclude the elements of evil. But remember the Lord gives to the earth not only clouds and rain, but the beautiful smiling sunshine which causes the seeds sown to spring up, the green foliage and buds and flowers to appear. Just so, dear parents, should be your work in your family and in the vineyard of the Lord. You need to give not only restrictions and reproofs and correction, but encouragement, the pleasant sunshine of kind words—cheerful, joyful, happy words—in your homes and in the church. You need to keep your souls in patience, waiting, hoping and praying. You will reap if you faint not. You will not always see immediate results, but keep working in faith, quietly waiting for the salvation of God. You should be full of Bible truth, Bible stories and interesting parables, your own heart softened and subdued with its pure morals and fascinating incidents, and as you teach your children, they will catch the inspiration you feel. Like the body, the mind derives its health and strength from the food which it receives. The mind becomes pure, and broad, and elevated when the thoughts and conversation are of that character. Yet it is too often debased, darkened, and soured with fretfulness, censure, and dwelling upon the things of the world instead of being elevated and attracted by heavenly subjects.

Our children may be made noble, elevated, pure and refined if they have the proper Bible instruction. We want more sunshiny parents and more sunshiny Christians. Oh, what a revelation will be made in the great day of accounts when the judgment shall sit and the books be opened! We are too much shut up to ourselves. The kindly, encouraging word is withheld. The smile which costs us nothing is not given to the children, to the destitute, the oppressed and discouraged. There are some members in the families who need more discipline, kindly training, and patient labor than others. Their stamp of character was given them as their legacy, and they need pity, sympathy and love from those who have transmitted to them their hereditary tendencies. By patient, persevering, labor given in kindly sympathy and love, those wayward ones or apparently perverse ones or dull ones may be fitted to do a good work for the Master. Such ones may possess undeveloped power which will be aroused after a time and they may fill a place far in advance of those from whom you expected very much. It is bad business to let a discouraging blight rest upon the lives of these peculiarly tempered children because they are so.

The same principle should be carried out not only in the family but in the church. The great day will reveal that those who have been earnest and persevering in helping these unpromising cases, so generally neglected and shunned, have as the result many stars in their crown of rejoicing. These very ones who seemed so defective had qualities that needed to be developed by patient love and untiring effort. Such persons have often made the most successful laborers in missionary fields. They know how to help the very ones who like themselves needed help. Was the effort lost upon these apparently one-sided characters? Oh, no, when the right cord was touched, the response came. What a work for the laborer! What a reward will be his! ...

Christians are the light of the world. They should let their light shine in their own homes, and “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

We want our taper to illuminate our own home, brightening the path which our children shall travel, and then it will extend its rays beyond our dwellings to be a bright and shining light to the world.—Letter 16, 1879, pp. 2-6. (To Brother J. G. Matteson, February 21, 1879.)


Not one of us can live to please and gratify self and yet have the approval of our Redeemer, who lived not to please Himself but to do others good. Our daily record is going up to heaven. What that record shall be our own course will determine. There are but few real missionaries for God in our world, but few who will work the works of Christ, but few who will love their neighbor as themselves, but few who will serve God with their undivided affection, and but few who will win the eternal weight of glory.
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