Response to an email…

I received an email in response to the American Solar Eclipse 2017 post that I would like to share here because I suspect there are many of us who share these concerns.

The email:

Thank you so much for today’s postings!!  They where all so interesting 
and SPOT ON!

I did wonder why  you left out any mention of the Rev 12 sign on Sept 23 
in your Prophecy report in the last post. Numerous you tube videos and 
studies.

This sign seems to me even More important than the Solar eclipse….. 
even thou this is VERY Significant!!!


My Pastor who touches on  B. Prophecy,    preaches the BIBLE each week   
    and even Believes the Rapture is close???


I have e-mailed and given him MANY  You tube videos, internet postings 
and News Media reports that are all Screaming the fact that

these end times are being fulfilled  NOW!    right  in front of us and 
that we do not have decades, many years, or maybe even many months left, 
at the speed the  fulfillment is

FLOODING Our world today!   I see urgency  in telling that all the Signs 
are screaming!!!  that time IS VERY VERY SHORT!!!!!!

The problem is  that no amount of signs or their convergence seem 
enough  to move Him to agree with my view.  He seems to think that  we 
who are (so busy) watching all the multitude of signs 
……………………  are just date setting/(ANATHEMA to him)    or 
are see ing  signs,   (forcing history) that do not mean anything……. 
(just because we so fervently want the Lord to return!+  So he does not 
want to get to excited about all the signs, I think, for fear the 
congregation will start calling him a DATE SETTER!!   Even pointing out 
the  the SEASON becomes DATE SETTING I guess.

   After all once the rapture takes place their will be NO MORE TIME 
left to warn any one about its CLOSENESS! So I would rather be  
pre-mature a few times than just TOO LATE!!.

Sure would like your comment.

Thanks,

My initial response:


Hello again!

I didn’t mention the Revelation 12 sign because I haven’t researched or studied it in enough depth yet. My plans are to work on that this week so if you have any info you find particularly helpful, feel free to send them to me.

As for your pastor: Just about everyone I know is the same way. My husband, the minister and elders of my own church; they all acknowledge we are in the last days but seem to have no interest in really diving into deep study of it and how current events relate. I don’t understand it, their thinking, but I just do and say what I can as the Lord leads. It is up to every individual to decide what to do with the information available to them. As Ezekiel 33 makes clear, it is the watchman’s job to sound the alarm. If the people don’t heed the warning, it is on their own heads. I don’t mean to sound so nonchalant about it. I pray for those who choose to remain asleep or are too caught up in their daily lives to care.

I hope you visit the blog again, as I said, I have a few things I wish to discuss and would love your input. Maranatha!

After further consideration, I need to expand upon my initial response.

I want to say the reason so many Christians are hesitant to voice a position on current events and how they relate to Bible prophecy is because they are careful not to bring shame to the Gospel and Christianity itself. There have been far too many well-intentioned believers to jump on a band wagon, such as the Revelation 12 event, and passionately warn that THIS is IT….only for the date to come and go without any noticeable fanfare. As a result, the rest of us who give warning and share prophecy look foolish in the eyes of not j,ust the world, but mainline Christianity in general. It becomes a “the boy who cried wolf” scenario. I think many of the people in my own life that seem to “sigh away” the headlines are cautious of just such a thing. They want to carefully guard the Truth. I suspect-though of course I do not know for sure-these same people spend a lot of time praying over the situation and whether to voice or act upon such things. Understand what I mean?

Also, (I realize my font has changed…I have no idea why and I don’t want to waste time trying to fix it) it may also be a sort of calling/function thing. We know all believers are given at least one gift of the Spirit. We are all part of the body of Christ, performing different functions. The knee appreciates and needs the hand, but it is a knee. It isn’t equipped to function as a hand, nor can the hand do what the knee is equipped to do. Those who are called to be a watchman or a prophet will know that is what their function is within the body of Christ. It will be a natural, burning desire. Those whose gift it is to “give generously”, will do so naturally and without thought. Others may have a word of wisdom that seemingly comes out of nowhere. They are all necessary functions of the body and should be allowed to be expressed as the Spirit directs.

After re-reading the email, I notice there may be a question as to whether or not I think the rapture is close. The rapture is imminent. It can happen at anytime and does not need any precursors. So, yes, I think it is close. If I had my way, I wouldn’t even finish typing this post. Alas, it isn’t up to me. 🙂

Please understand these are just my thoughts. While I pray over what I write, I am capable of being short-sighted or even just plain wrong. When I started this blog, I was gung-ho and naïve and quick to post any and everything I saw that even had a hint of prophetic fulfillment. The more we surrender to the Spirit, slow down and calm down, the more we realize not everything is worth shouting from the rooftops. Perhaps for the reasons I gave above.  I, for one, am thankful for God’s grace in this area. I pray fervently every day not to be deceived and thus deceive others.

Many blessings to you all and Maranatha!

 

On the significance of Monday’s total solar eclipse across USA

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Path of 2017 and 2024 total eclipses; credit NationalEclipse.com (tap for link)

A couple of sources of information on Monday’s total solar eclipse across the USA, of which the second greatly expands upon the first: eg. insights from Hebrew meaning of the ‘heavenly X’ across the States:

Introducing the following article in his latest Eye-View From The White House, William Koenig states it’s “prepared by my assistant Max Obeidin and, to say the least, this is very interesting and fascinating information.”:

The Biblical Significance of the August 21 total solar eclipse – the total solar eclipse in the United States and the numerous biblical parallels to Israel.

> The eclipse will produce a 67-mile-wide path across America; 1967 was the year Israel regained Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. The property lines are often called the pre-67 lines in peace talks.

> The maximum level of eclipse coverage will be over Washington…

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Watching the Son

Borger church of Christ @ Franklin & Juniper

…while they looked stedfastly toward heaven…

On August 21st millions of Americans will be gazing into heaven as North America experiences a Total Solar Eclipse that crosses the U.S. in a way that hasn’t occurred since 1918. Everyone in the contiguous United States will experience at least a partial eclipse, with totality being along a 70 mile wide path from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The window of opportunity to view the eclipse will be about two minutes and 40 seconds, a very narrow window indeed.

Looking directly at the sun, as we’ve all learned, can be extremely harmful to your eyes. You must never look directly into the sun without ISO 12312-2 certified eclipse viewing glasses.

There is a word of warning, without the ISO 12312-2 certified eclipse viewing glasses, you will permanently damage your eyes. Some may say, “I have some really dark sunglasses.” These…

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American Solar Eclipse 2017

It has been a long time since I have given a prophecy report. In acknowledgement of the upcoming solar eclipse, I figure it is time for one. Please note, I make no predictions of any kind. I wish only to present to you the facts, both biblical and secular. Those of you with your finger on the pulse of end times events are likely already aware of what lies ahead in the next month or so. Regardless, may we consider this information prayerfully and seriously. Much of churchianity regards these things with a rolling of the eyes, not realizing that by doing so, they are themselves fulfilling the prophecy that in the last days there will be scoffers. Please also note that I in no way wish to “sensationialize” anything. I have no interest in catchy headlines intended to scare people. However, we all should take a moment (or two) to really ask ourselves: If Jesus does come for His church TODAY, will I join Him in the air or will I be left to face the most terrible time this planet will ever see? Does Jesus know me? Do I belong to Him?  And all God’s people say, Maranatha! Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

 

The following events are scheduled to occur within the next month:

August 21: The first of two Total Solar Eclipses over America. The second will be in 7 years. (Note: the tribulation period lasts 7 years too.) This eclipse will be seen only by the continental USA. No where else in the world can see it.

Sundown August 21: Rosh Chodesh Elul, the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul. When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the 10 Commandments, he found the people worshipping the golden calf. Moses broke the stone tablets and went back up on the mountain where he prayed for 40 days and nights for God to forgive the people of their idolatry and unfaithfulness. God did forgive and instructed Moses to ascend the mountain a third time to receive the law on the tablets again, since the first set had been broken. This third time up the mountain is now known as the First day of Elul. It took another 40 days/nights to receive the law tablets. Forty days from 1st Elul is Yom Kippur (more on that later). So, Elul is the month of repentance. It is customary to blow the shofar every day but Sunday during the month of Elul.

What does Elul have to do with us and the eclipse? Stay tuned, ha ha.

August 23: A FEMA exercise, “EARTHEX2017” is scheduled. It will simulate mega earthquakes, EMP attacks and other catastrophies.

September 1: FEMA’s National Preparedness Month. Ban on Americans traveling to North Korea goes into effect. Some fear this may be an indication of an impending war.

Sundown September 20-sundown Sept. 22: Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and the first two days of the month of Tishrei. This can be confusing because Tishrei is actually the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. The upcoming Hebrew year is 5778. Rabbinic Jews teach that the first day of Creation was on this day and this year will mark the earth as being 5778 years old. There is a little controversy or confusion about this, stemming from sometime after Christ, the Jews did some fudging on the math so that it would appear Jesus did not live during a significant period of time. That’s another post altogether.

Sundown September 20-sundown Sept. 22: Feast of Trumpets. The same day as Rosh Hashana. As you may recall, the Lord issued 7 feasts or Holy Days for the Israelites (Leviticus 23). The Feast of Trumpets is a day of Sabbath-rest and a memorial of blowing of trumpets. It is THE ONLY DAY in which they DO NOT KNOW on which day it will be. It depends on when they see the new moon. If the new moon is on September 21, that is the Feast of Trumpets. If it is on the 22, that is the day. Remember, Jewish days begin at Sundown..not at midnight like ours. Note: It is interesting that when referring to His return, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man…” (Matthew 24:36) The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the last three feast days. It is commonly accepted upon eschatologists and theologians that Christ fulfilled the first 4 feast days but the remaining three will be fulfilled with His second coming. Many believe the rapture of the church could happen on this day. Anyway, it is celebrated as a memorial of God’s covenant with His people, the Jews, and the shofar (a ram horn blown as a trumpet) is sounded. The day is observed as preparation and repentance leading to the Day of Atonement.

Sundown September 22 (our Sept.23): Shabbat Shuva. This is the sabbath day that falls between Rosh Hashana/Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Shabbat means Sabbath and Shuva means “return”, or some translators say “repent”. Shuva is a derivative of the word “shuv”. Shuv is an action, not a thought. As this one website says, “It is not possible to experience (God’s) deliverence by thought alone. Unless walking follows talking, there is no change in direction.” (www.skipmoen.com/2013/04/once-more-only/ Thus, I believe it is safe to assume, Shabbat Shuva is a day to fully repent, or return to the Lord.

Sundown September 29: Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement. This is the holiest day of the year for the Jews and includes a 25 hour period of fasting and prayer, emphasizing repentance and atonement. This year, Yom Kippur also occurs on a Sabbath. It is the only day the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies to offer a blood sacrifice for the sins of the people. It is 40 days after the First of Elul, which we mentioned earlier as being the month of repentance and 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets. It is traditionally regarded as the day that Moses returned to the camp with the second set of stone tablets. The word Kippur comes from the root word kafar/kofer which means “redeem” or “ransom”. Another definition is “to atone by offering a substitute”. During the days of the sacrificial system, this day was when the High Priest made a blood sacrifice for the sins of the people, bringing them back into “good standing” with God. As Christians, we know that Jesus (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach), is the ultimate and final substitute for our sins. This feast will find its fulfillment at Christ’s return following the Tribulation ( remember the primary “goal” of the tribulation is to once and for all deal with Israel and bring the Jews to Christ; that is is why it is also called “the time of Jacob’s trouble”).

September 30: The end of the day is the deadline for Congress to pass a budget. If they do not, there will be another government shutdown in the US.

Sundown October 4-sundown October 11: Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles. Finally we have the Feast of Tabernacles, the last of the Lord’s feasts as outlined in Leviticus 23. It marked the end of the agricultural year. Many Jewish families build a “sukkah”, which is a small hut in which they eat their meals during the days of the feast. This is to commemorate the huts in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years wandering the wilderness. No normal work is to be performed during the first and last days of Sukkot. This is a time of celebration and many also contribute to charity during this time. It represents a time of renewed fellowship with the Lord. Some speculate that IF Jesus was conceived during Hannukah (December) and born during Sukkot (though others speculate He was born during the Feast of Trumpets), then it gives a new meaning to John 1:14 which says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt (tabernacled) among us”.

So. There is a brief outline of important events in the days ahead. What does it all have to do with us, specifically the U.S.A? I mean, why have I included Jewish holidays? First let me say, the above are not just Jewish Holidays. They are the Feasts of the Lord. Anyone within a covenant relationship with God should, at the VERY LEAST, be mindful of them. Also, these last three feasts are yet to be fulfilled by Christ. Could this be the year that starts fulfilling them? We shall see.

I asked before what does Elul (which begins August 21) have to do with us in America. The answer seems obvious. We live in a nation with Christian roots, founded upon biblical principles. As of late, however, we appear to be anything but a God-honoring nation. BUT, BUT….there are still millions of Christians in America! You may exclaim. Really? There may be millions of people who claim to be Christians in America but how can we truly say we are a Christian nation? The death of millions of babies beg to differ. The fact that we allowed ONE WOMAN to have prayer removed from our schools begs to differ. The fact we applaud the homosexual/transgender lifestyle to the point of even allowing the abominations to hold leadership within our churches begs to differ. The fact that many mainline churches teach a watered down Gospel begs to differ. The fact many mainline churches teach that Allah and Yahweh are the same person, that Islam and Christianity and Judaism worship the same God, begs to differ!! The fact that even Christian women show their claws at the mere mention of the instruction to submit begs to differ. The fact that adultery and fornication is as prevalent among church goers as nonbelievers, begs to differ. None of these facts honor the One True God, of the Bible. If America has millions of Christians, how is it these things are not only allowed, but celebrated? That is because American churchianity is just that. It is an entirely different organization from what Jesus established. Our churches are full of apathetic, lazy, religious gossips. Obviously that isn’t to say that there are NO true Christians among us. There are. However, somewhere down the line we grew silent out of fear. We are afraid of offending anyone. By doing so, we are tolerating our families, friends and neighbors into hell. Furthermore, we have forgotten God’s command to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16) and to live a life worthy or our calling (Ephesians 4). Whether it be what we watch on t.v., the jokes we laugh at, the movies we watch or the company we keep, are we living holy lives? It is true that we still struggle with the flesh and we are not yet perfected, but we should desire to be! We can control much more than we give ourselves credit, especially if we have the Holy Spirit within us. I dare say many, if not most, of us have not given much heed to Romans 12. We do not offer ourselves as a living sacrifice. We continue to conform to the patterns of this world instead of being transformed through the renewing of our minds. Serving the Lord is reserved for church and maybe home, but not for the “real world”. We can’t go against the status quo. We can’t submit to the Lord’s authority in every aspect of our lives, including our jobs and education. That would be too irresponsible. (The last few lines are called sarcasm)

The eclipse may come and go without any noticeable consequence or fanfare, but I submit to you that we who are called by the name of Jesus should spend the next few weeks in repentance. We need to repent of our wicked ways, and yes even our sins of omission, and return to the Lord. May we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. The fact this eclipse can be seen only in America is because God is giving us a warning. Yeshua Ha-Mashiach is about to return for His bride. America is facing judgment! We who are called by His name need to be on our knees and faces in prayer of repentance and resolving to take every thought and action captive to the obedience to Christ and for God to show mercy to our nation!

In Matthew 12: 39 Jesus said, “…. An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas”. He goes on to tell us in verse 40 that this sign represents Jonah being in the belly of the fish for 3 days, as He will be in the earth (dead) for 3 days. Could it also mean something else? Regardless if this “something else” is what Jesus was also referring to, it is worthy of our consideration. I am referring to Ninevah.

We all know the story of Jonah. He was instructed by God to go to Ninevah and warn of God’s judgment. He didn’t want to, so he fled by boat, trying to escape God. A storm ensued and to shorten the story a bit, Jonah ended up in the belly of the great fish. Once he repented, God had the fish vomit Jonah out and repeated His instruction to go to Ninevah. Jonah did, warning the Ninevites “yet 40 days and Ninevah shall be overthrown”. Much to Jonah’s surprise, and dismay, the entire city repented and God withheld His judgment.

So here is the part we should consider: In the 19th century, cuneiform tablets were discovered dating back to the time of Jonah. These tablets described Ninevah. Around 765 B.C. a plague struck Ninevah, followed by a civil war and then another plague. In 763 B.C. (two years later) a total solar eclipse occured directly over Ninevah. This is known as the Bur-Sagale eclipse and has been confirmed by NASA. Two months later, Jonah shows up issuing God’s warning and the Ninevites repent. While Ninevah was notoriously wicked (and may I note the city was judged and destroyed later, in 612 B.C. apparently having returned to its wicked ways. This is documented in the book of Nahum), could it have been more wicked than our America…based on the facts listed above? Those to whom Jesus spoke in Matthew 12 would have known the story of Jonah and, since it was famous, would have known about the solar eclipse of that time as well. Could this American eclipse be a warning from God to repent? Don’t you think it is best to assume so?

Not convinced? Well let’s consider one more thing. Here is the map showing the path of totality of tomorrow’s eclipse and the one due in 2024.

eclipse

Hebrew letters have both sounds and meanings associated with them. Every letter has at least one meaning. The Hebrew letter “tav” makes the “tuh” sound but means “mark”, “sign” or “signal”. Over time, the symbols for the letters have changed a bit. From Left to Right is the Ancient Hebrew symbol for the letter “tav” and the Middle Hebrew symbol for it. Both of these existed during O.T. times.

heb-anc-lg-tavheb-middle-lg-tav

So, the language that could be argued as being THE Divine Language, shows up with the letter “tav” directly over the U.S. and that letter has the meanings of “mark” and “sign”. It would appear the U.S. has been marked with a bullseye. As I said before, the eclipse may come and go with no obvious fanfare, but it is most likely given as a warning.

Forty days from August 21 is the Day of Atonement. May all God’s people take heed to the warning of Jonah, and the eclipse, and repent, returning to God. In Aramaic (the vernacular of Jesus’ time), Elul means “search”. Let us spend the month of Elul searching our own hearts and lives, repenting and surrending all to the Lord, for the rapture of His church is imminent and we want to be counted worthy to escape the things to come (Luke 21:36)!

Maranatha!

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Genesis 1

Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Ezekiel 33: 9

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Matthew 24

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Luke 21

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2

 

 

Sources:

The Holy Bible (Duh)

www.doubleportioninheritance.blogspot.com/2011/09/messiahs-forty-days-of-fasting-leading_4090.html?m=1

www.hebrew4christians.com

www.economiccollapseblog.com “12 Critical Events…”

www.hebcal.com/holidays

www.wnd.com “Solar Eclipse Across U.S. Called ‘A Sign From God'”

www.promisestoisrael.org “Rosh Hashanah-The Feast of Trumpets”

www.ancient-hebrew.org

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