September 27, 2015 Shemitah, Blood Moons, Ingathering – Part 4

Shemitah, Blood Moons, Ingathering – Part 4

No human knows when Father God will send Jesus for us (Matthew 24.36).  So, Jesus-followers wait for that ‘twinkling of the eye’ event (Isaiah 25.9, 26.8-9, 35.3-4).  But, Jews and other people who do not follow Jesus should understand that the calling away of Jesus-followers, the so-called Rapture, will begin their Great Tribulation!

A. Overview what we have learned so far (Parts 1-3; refer to these at www.sozoclass.com ):

  1. God’s clock began with equinox: equality; sun at equator; wobbles started from Winter solstice to Summer solstice each year; conceptions of Jesus (Spring Equinox) and John the Baptist (Fall Equinox); blood moon tetrads on equinoxes; Jewish Feasts on equinoxes; His year for Jews began with Fall Equinox in seventh month of the Jewish calendar, although He declared the month the Jews left Egypt as the first month, during the Spring equinox.
  2. Shemitah is both God’s measurement of time and the economy: seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, short Shemitah of 7 years, long Shemitah of 49 years, Jubilee in 50th year; debts were released every seven years and Jewish slaves were to be released; ownership of land was to revert to the original owner every 49 years; purchases of land were to be based upon the values of harvests until the next Jubilee year (larger for longer periods; smaller for shorter).
  3. Blood Moons are God’s signs for Jews and believers of significant events: but what about the last three consecutive tetrads in Jubilee years?; the church age began with the conception of Jesus and light (John 1.1-5) on a Spring equinox; will the church age end around a Fall equinox, symbolic of the rise of man and his darkened imagination?
  4. Only God the Father knows the time of His ‘calling away’ of the Church; Matthew 24.36.
  5. Day of Atonement: Daniel 9.24; end of sin and beginning of everlasting righteousness; September 23, 2015; the Fall equinox.
  6. Ingathering is the next Feast: Sukkoth, Feast of Tabernacles/Booths; worship, presenting fruits from the harvest; September 28, 2015; last Blood Moon of this tetrad; a ‘super-moon’ fully visible in Jerusalem.
  7. Coincidence of ‘the last’ Pope’s blessing of a ‘one-world government’ (Agenda 2030) at the beginning of the 70th United Nations Assembly on September 25, 2015, and of Madonna’s world tour titled ‘Desecration of the Bride; Arrival of Fallen Angels’ in NY about that same time.
  8. Could the Seven Branch Lamp Stand with 22 calyxes and almond flowers be a sign of the Rapture during this Jewish month, 7-22 (= October 6, 2015)?

B. After the Rapture

  1. The Calling Away of the Church (Rapture; Revelation 4.1) will begin the Great Tribulation for Jews and others who do not accept John 3.16 and 14.6.  It will continue until satan and his followers are cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20.10-15).  Note from 2 Thessalonians 2.6-7 that the Holy Spirit of Jesus is restraining the evil of darkness that will invade the Earth after the Rapture of the Church.  See, also, 1 John 5.4-5 and Psalm 127.1.
  2. Then, the period of darkness that began with the Day of the Lord and continued through the 1,000 years of judgment will turn into the light of the New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21.1-22.21, 2 Thessalonians 2.1-4: Day of Christ is the beginning of the New Heaven and New Earth; distinguished from Day of the Lord which is darkness for Israel and the world) (McGee).
  3. ‘The Day of the Lord’ is mentioned five times in the OT book of Joel.  Other prophets refer to Joel and mention it 75 times.  Because Apostles Peter and Paul also mention it in the NT, this day of wrath is considered the plan of God. (ibid)  Specifically, 2 Peter 3.10 and 1 Thessalonians 5.2 speaks of this certainty.
  4. Both of these Scriptures compare the Day of the Lord to a thief coming in the night.  Jesus used this comparison in Matthew 24.43-44 to separate the Rapture (a day of salvation) from the Day of the Lord (a beginning of destruction).  If you knew that a thief (destruction) was coming at a certain time, you would be ready to deny him entrance (by accepting God’s plan of salvation).  Jesus had already said that only God knows the day and time of the Rapture (Matthew 24.36).
  5. Jesus described the wrath of God coming upon those walking in darkness as Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments; Revelation 6.1-16.21.  Notice that Israel must endure the first six seal judgments before the Remnant of 144,000 are chosen (7.5-8; which tribe is missing and why?) including conflict on earth, famine, death even by ‘beasts’, and cosmic disruptions. Then come the trumpet judgments of forests, waters, meteors, dim light, and demons released from the ‘bottomless pit’ (9.1; could the Large Hadron Collider produce the impact to jar open the Pit?). Lastly come the bowl judgments of sores, undrinkable water, sunburn, unbearable pain, drought, and earthquake (16.1-21).  All this begins after the Rapture of the Church!
  6. Despite their unbearable pain, people continue to blaspheme God and refuse to repent; Revelation 16.9, 11.  How much wrath from God should be enough?  This continues for seven years!  God told Zechariah (13.8-9) that only one-third of the Jews will survive!
  7. Then, after Jesus defeats the armies arrayed against Jerusalem (Revelation 19.11-21) and satan is cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20.7-10), the blasphemers living and resurrected from the Pit of Hades will meet their Maker at the Great White Throne Judgment and be cast into the Lake of Fire, too.  McGee stated that Judgment may take the 1,000 years of Christ’s reign on earth.  (1 Corinthians 6.2-3; Revelation 20.1-6)  This ends the Day of the Lord and begins the Day of Christ (chapter 21).  (ibid)

C. Now, what?

  1. Those who have not accepted Jesus as Savior and their only hope of eternity with God (John 14.6) should turn to Jesus NOW, because they do not know the time of the Rapture of the Church, which will begin the Day of God’s Wrath.  Not a decision to be delayed!
  2. For we who have believed John 14.6, we wait for and hope in hearing ‘Come up here!’ (Revelation 4.1) any moment!  Isaiah 64.4!

Praise God!!!  Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2015.  www.sozoclass.com

McGee, J. Vernon.  2015, September 13.  Sunday Sermon Radio: Darkness and Light: the Day of the       Lord.  Retrieved from www.ttb.org.

September 20, 2015 Shemitah, Blood Moons, and Ingathering – Part 3

Shemitah, Blood Moons, and Ingathering – Part 3

Jeremiah 13.10 reveals the source and remedy of mankind’s historic problem: walking away from God’s protection and led by man’s imagination exposes him/her to satan’s deceptions meant to devolve and destroy man.  Apostle Paul discussed these in 2 Timothy 3.1-7 and wrote the themes for most every televised program today, live or scripted.  To remedy these problems, we must ‘to the rear, march’; i.e., turn back to the Bible.  The difficulty with that is that mankind has become drunken to being our own god, just like the serpent, satan, said to Eve in Genesis 3.1-5.  When God has let this go on long enough, He will tell those true to Him to “come up here”!  (Revelation 4.1)  The cup of His wrath is filling to the point of overflowing!  Consider the following.

A. Boys like to crash things.

  1. I don’t know of any adolescent boys who did not purposely crash two of their cars together. Sometimes they grow up to do this at excessive speeds on racetracks.
  2. Some ‘boys’ have grown up to do this with subatomic particles.  “The 17-mile loop of super-powered electromagnets can accelerate charged particles to significant fractions of the speed of light, causing collisions violent enough to break these particles into fundamental constituents, and deform space around the impact point.” (Templeton; my underline for A.6)
  3. “These energies [in 2012] were so great that some even panicked and said the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] would destroy the world, while others went so far as to describe an observation of the Higgs as a peek into an alternate dimension.” (ibid; my underline for A.6)  The energies released confirmed the calculations of Peter Higgs.
  4. “[T]he Higgs [Boson, or just one part of the Higgs Field, which is similar to the refraction of white light into differing colors and wavelengths] is the particle which gives other particles their mass, making it both centrally important and seemingly magical. We tend to think of mass as an intrinsic property of all things, yet physicists believe that without the Higgs boson, mass fundamentally doesn’t exist.” (ibid)  Thus, it has been called “the God particle”; the beginning.
  5. “[I]t was the last hold-out particle remaining hidden during the quest to check the accuracy of the Standard Model of Physics…[and] validate[d] more than a generation of scientific publication.” (ibid)
  6. Mathematician Stephen Hawking explains “deform space around the impact point” (A.2, above) and “a peek into an alternative dimension” (A.3, above) as follows: “Higgs’ elementary particle underpins existence in our universe might become unstable, warns renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The energy potential of the ‘God particle’ is so vital for the entire universe it could make the cosmos collide, he concludes.” (Hawking)
  7. “’With this new [greater] energy level, the ([2015] collider) will open new horizons for physics and for future discoveries,’ CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said in a statement.  ‘I’m looking forward to seeing what nature has in store for us.’” (Prigg)  Rolf, too much speed can kill you!
  8. And, “[a]ll those [60,000] IVF [In Vitro Fertilization] births [in 2012] offer ‘features’ old-fashioned conception does not. You can screen for genetic abnormalities and diseases as well as to choose the gender of your children.” (Riley)  So, why pray for the unborn child?
  9. BUT, how much knowledge is too much?  God had already described these ‘drunks’ in Daniel 12.4b (ESV): “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase…in the time of the end.”  They worship the creation instead of the Creator!  (Exodus 20.4-6Jeremiah 13.10 leads to 1 John 2.15-17 leads to Romans 6.23!

B. Conceived and Died on an Equinox

  1. Yvonne asked, was Jesus born on an equinox?  No, but He was conceived on the Spring equinox. (dcsymbols)  Nissan is the first month of the Jewish calendar; March-April; equinox.  Jesus’ Father gave Him life on the Spring equinox; Proverbs 23.22.
  2. And, He died on a Spring equinox. (ibid)
  3. Jesus’ birth was at the Winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. (ibid)  The symbolism is the Son of God releasing mankind from the prison of darkness, as God stated in Isaiah 42.5-7, as the days become longer until the Summer solstice.
  4. Conversely, since John the Baptist was six months older than Jesus (Luke 1.36), his birth on the Summer solstice (conception at the Fall equinox; Jewish month Elul; August-September) would have symbolized the fall of mankind from the zenith of his ‘light’ into the prison of darkness and would evidence his need for a Savior.
  5. Higgs Boson and designer babies may wear thin God’s patience with man’s imagination!  We may be approaching the deepest darkness in our imaginations.

C. The Lamp stand

  1. “Rosh Hashanah occurs in the seventh month [of the Jewish calendar, Tishri]; Passover occurs in the first month [Nissan]. The beginning of the first month is the new moon nearest the March equinox. Passover was the full moon following the equinox. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox.” (ibid)  I will connect the ‘seventh month’ in C.5.
  2. Exodus 25.31-37 is God’s instruction to Moses to make a golden lamp stand that would placed outside the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle to be the only source of light.
  3. “The lamp-stand’s being the only source of light points directly to Christ as being the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5). Jesus is the “true light that gives light to everyone” (John 1:9) and the only way anyone can come to the Father (John 14:6).” (Got Questions?)
  4. Note in these verses that each of the six branches (three on either side of the main stem) had three calyxes and almond flowers.  Note, too, that the stem had four.
  5. Was this just ornamental, or was God prophesying a date: the 22nd day of the seventh month?  The seventh month on the Jewish calendar is Tishri or September-October, beginning on Rosh Hashanah; this year, September 13th.  The 22nd day of September, 2015, is the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the forgiveness of sins.  Could this tie back to Daniel 9.24 (ESV): “…to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness…”? (Breaker)  Could the Day of Atonement begin everlasting righteousness?

D. Are these signs or coincidence?  Matthew 24.36.  Ready?  Isaiah 45.22!

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Breaker, R.  2015, August, 26.  Retrieved from You Tube: September 23, 2015: What will happen?

Dcsymbols.  Retrieved from www.dcsymbols.com/bible/john_jesus.htm.

Got Questions?  Retrieved from www.gotquestions.org/lampstand-Bible.html.

Hawking, S.  2014, September 14.  RT News: Higgs Boson could spell the end of the universe –     Stephen Hawking.  Retrieved from www.rt.com/news/185876-universe-elimination-higgs        boson/

Prigg, M. & Griffiths, S.  2014, December 12.  The Daily Mail: Better, faster, stronger: Large Hadron     Collider set to restart in March at DOUBLE power to help scientists learn more about the God     Particle.  Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2872035/Better-faster-            stronger-Large-Hadron-Collider-set-restart-March-DOUBLE-power-help-scientists-learn-God-   Particle.html#ixzz3lvz4GNst

Riley, N.  2015, July 5.  New York Post: ‘Designer’ babies are an unregulated reality.  Retrieved from     www.nypost.com/…/designerbabies-are-an-unregulated-reality/

Templeton, G.  2015, June 24.  Extreme Tech: What is the Higgs Boson, and why is it so important?         Retrieved from www.extremetech.com.

September 13, 2015 Shemitah, Blood Moons, and Ingathering – Part 2.

Shemitah, Blood Moons, Ingathering – Part 2

Daniel 9.24-25 tells us that God’s first prophetic clock ran from the time of the exile of rebellious Jews until the death of the Anointed Prince—Jesus.  Time became suspended thereafter until the Fig Tree could be replanted.

May 14, 1948, marks the establishment or rebirth of the Nation of Israel, planting the Fig Tree on the territory set aside for Israel by the Balfour Declaration when the Ottoman Empire fell in 1917!  This rebirth was the new, tender branches that appeared on the old Fig Tree, that Jesus cursed in the spring of the year of His death and resurrection (Mark 11.12-14, 20-21).  In agriculture, the old branches might retain their leaves through the winter months, and even some fruit, as Jesus hoped.  This particular one had not.  Mark reminds us that the new, tender branches would not produce leaves until June and fruit in August and beyond.  So, was June 7, 1967, the first fruit, when the Holy Places were retaken from the Arabs in Jerusalem?  Some scholars believe so.  Thus, God’s clock began counting the Seventieth Week, on that particular day!  The ‘Week’ ends on September 23, 2015!  This is the beginning of Jubilee!

God always fulfills His words of prophecy!  The information above can be readily seen in His words in Ezekiel 37.20-28, 36.23.  God will exalt His name among the nations through Israel!

A. The Parable of the Fig Tree

  1. Matthew 24.32-35 tells of these events.  These verses answer the disciples’ second question in verse 3: “And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”
  2. God the unseen Holy Spirit rules during this time.  Since Jesus’ Resurrection, Jesus-followers have been instructed to learn to walk with the Holy Spirit, to hear His voice, and to obey His commands.  We have been encouraged to look to Him for answers to the questions of daily life (John 14.26) and about understanding God (Jeremiah 9.24).  Living by faith should be the end result.  We were meant to live by faith in Jesus – Father, Son, Holy Spirit!  Romans 1.16-17 records Paul’s emphatic declaration of this in AD 55!  Hebrews 11.6 was, he thought in AD 60, his final reminder of the importance of faith.
  3. Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn stated on September 3, 2015, that 1917-18 was a Jubilee year and that seventy years elapsed to the next Jubilee in 1966-67.  War was a common event of both. (Cahn)  September 23, 2015, begins another Jubilee celebration.  Will this one lead to Armageddon in 2018, 3.5 years after the signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran this month? Already, Russia is sending troops to help Syria’s president Al-Assad. (Stewart)  Consider Obadiah 1.15.  Is this the beginning of the events of Ezekiel 38-39?
  4. Since welcoming Israel, the Fig Tree, to the UN in 1948 started God’s prophetic clock, is Jesus “at the door” (Matthew 24.33)?  He might knock before, on, or after September 23rd!  Ready?

B. Pope Francis and (not ‘The’) Madonna.

  1. Is it coincidence that Pope Francis will be at the White House on September 23, 2015, Yom Kipper/Day of Atonement in Israel?  Will President Obama confess our national sins of aborting 57 million babies, SCOTUS desecrating Biblical marriage, hijacking God’s covenant rainbow as a flag of homosexuality He condemns, and lighting the White House in LBGT colors?  No, he will be there to witness the pending shaking and collapse of America because of these sins.  No one built a wall of righteousness around the land; Ezekiel 22.30!
  2. Interestingly, Pope Francis declared an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year for the Church, calling it a ‘Holy Year of Mercy’” to begin on December 8, 2015. (West)  The Rapture would be mercy, indeed!
  3. Perhaps it is, also, coincidence that Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Catholic church and that he will be visiting President Obama on the 266th day of 2015.  Is it coincidence that it also takes about 266 days from ovulation to complete the full term for birthing a human baby?  Could Christians be coming to “full term”?
  4. Further, Francis is the 112th pope named prophetically by Archbishop Malachy of Ireland in AD 1139 in a vision.  There was no 113th!  Could he be the last pope because the Christian church will be Raptured?  (Walsh)
  5. His relation to “Material Girl” Madonna?  He seems to be following her tour to Madison Square Garden (her 9-16/him 9-25) and Philadelphia (her 9-24/him 9-28) this month.  Her tour opening song is “Desecration of the Bride Arrival of Fallen Angels” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXdT0X1H30).  The church is the ‘bride’ of Christ (Ephesians 5.22-27).  Could the angels be the fallen angels in Revelation 12.7-9?
  6. Before his Mass in MSG, Pope Francis will speak to the United Nations to kick off the UN Conference whose agenda is described as follows.  “The new UN agenda does not just address the environment – it also addresses issues such as poverty, agriculture, education and gender equality.  It is essentially a blueprint for governing the entire planet, and that sounds very much like what Pope Francis also wants” (Durden)  Will he endorse a one-world religion, too?
  7. Interestingly, the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly begins on September 15, 2015.  The Palestinian flag will be raised there for the first time, and a Palestinian State might be voted on this year (BBC).  BUT, God had already given the land to Israel (Genesis 12.1-7; Joshua 21.43)!  FYI: the Vatican formally recognized the Palestinian State on June 26, 2015 (www.nytimes.com).

C. It’s about time!

  1. James Ussher (1581-1656), Archbishop of Ireland in the Seventeenth Century after the Birth of Christ, projected October 23, 4004 BC, as the day God created the Earth (Pierce).
  2. This day was the Fall equinox, which he deduced as the Biblical beginning, “because the Jews and many other ancient peoples started their year in the autumn….” (ibid)
  3. The 2015 Fall Equinox is September 24, 2015!  About 6,000 years have elapsed.  After Jesus-followers are Raptured, there will be seven years of trouble for the Jews before Armageddon.  Then, the Thousand-Year Reign of Jesus begins and ends with satan and his followers being cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20.4-6, 7-10, 11-15).
  4. “Come up here!”  (Revelation 4.1)  This is the hope of faith that began with Abraham!
  5. Ready?

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BBC.  2015, September 10.  BBC News: Vote allows Palestinian flag to be raised at UN.  Retrieved      from www.bbc.com.

Cahn, J.  2015, September 3.  Sid Roth TV: It’s supernatural!  Retrieved from www.sidroth.org.

Durden, T.  2015, June 18.  Zero Hedge: Pope Francis calls for a new global political authority to save   humanity.  Retrieved from www.zerohedge.com/…/pope-francis….

Pierce, L.  2006, April 28.  The World: Born in 4004BC?  Retrieved from       https://answersingenesis.org/…/ussher….

Stewart, W.  2015, September 8.  Daily Mail online: EXCLUSIVE: first picture ‘proof’ that Russia has   troops on the ground all over Syria….  Retrieved from www.dailymail.co.uk.

Walsh, J.  2015, September 3.  IrishCentral: Irish St. Mdalachy predicted Pope Francis will be last         pope.  Retrieved from www.irishcentral.com/…/st-malachy-predicted….

West, E.  2015, March 3.  Catholic Herald: Pope Francis announces extraordinary jubilee year.              Retrieved from www.catholicherald.co.uk/…/pope-announces-extrao….

September 6, 2015 Shemitah, Blood Moons, and Ingathering – Part 1.

Shemitah, Blood Moons, and Ingathering – Part 1

Revelation 4.1 is the end of the church age that began with the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2.1-4.  The church continues to suffer from the maladies described in Jesus’ letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor, in Revelation 2-3.  Finally, God will say, “Enough!”  “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this” (Revelation 4.1).  Apostle Paul wrote that we should “encourage one another with these words”, “…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with [believers just resurrected from the dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15.51-52 and 1Thessalonians 4.15-18).

So, what does this have to do with Shemitah, the Blood Moons, and the Feast of Ingathering?  Perhaps, nothing; perhaps everything!  Let me make clear that only God knows when He will call believers to “Come up here”.  Jesus stated that even He does not know that day or hour, in Mark 13.32-37 and Matthew 24.36-44.  Consider, from the following, the possibility that the day may come soon.  My point: be ready; Matthew 24.44!

A. Shemitah

  1. “The word Shemitah is most often translated as ‘the release’ or ‘the remission.’ The English word remission is defined as ‘the cancellation or reduction of a debt or penalty.’  The Shemitah of ancient Israel first not only meant the releasing of the land but also the nullification of debt and credit ordained by God and performed on a massive nationwide scale.” (1)
  2. Note the word “release” in Deuteronomy 15.1-2; it is used four times.  This was God’s emphatic pronouncement through Moses to His people; release of people, obligations, and property is the right thing to do for a fellow Hebrew.
  3. “Shemitah became the name of the last day of the seventh year, whereas Elul 29, became known as the Day of Remission…That last day of Elul 29 is the year’s crescendo, it’s peak and combination-the Remission of the Year for Remission…In a sense, everything about the Shemitah year builds up to that final day, when everything is released, remitted and wiped away in one day—or, more specifically, to the eve of that day, to the final sunset.” (1)  Sunset is the beginning of the Jewish day.
  4. Further, “This Shemitah year is the 7th of 7 Shemitah years, making it the 49th Shemitah, which leads to the 50th year, which becomes a Year of Jubilee starting on the evening of Sept 22nd [2015].” (2)  God pronounced this through Moses in Leviticus 25.8-13.
  5. Notice that the Year of Jubilee begins with a trumpet blast on the tenth day after Shemitah. September 13th is the end of the Shemitah year.  (Leviticus 25.9)  This tenth day will be the September 23rd.  Thus, Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish new year will be celebrated on the evening of September 13th and the Day of Atonement/Yom Kipper on September 23rd.  Remember that Jesus told Paul about the trumpet sounding His return, in 1 Corinthians 15.51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4.15-18.
  6. Daniel 9.24 speaks of forgiveness after 70 periods of time.  “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.”
  7. It is said that Jubilee 2015/16 will be the seventieth period of fifty years, or 3,500 years.  What happened about that long ago?   “We are able to precisely pinpoint the Exodus of 1446 with the 18th year of Pharaoh Thutmoses III. Just as all old Testament Bible events can be dated in relation to the reign of Solomon, so too all the pharaoh’s of Egypt can be dated in relation to the 18th year of Thutmoses III. Both are anchors in historical dating.”  (3)
  8. Could September 23, 2015, be the final celebration of Atonement for sin, as Daniel 9.24 discusses?  Could this be our exodus from sin into ‘everlasting righteousness’?
  9. Could this ending of iniquity be what Jesus meant in answering Peter about how often he should forgive someone who insults him?  Read Mathew 18.22.  Was Jesus aligning with seventy Jubilees; seventy periods of Jubilee?  Forgive during the period of sin.
  10. Consider, also, Jesus’ prophesy in Matthew 24.32-35 about the Fig Tree. This is the symbol of Israel, like the eagle is for the United States, the lion for England, the bear for Russia, and the dragon for China.  Goodwin believes that the Fig Tree was planted on May 14, 1948, and ‘budded’ on June 7, 1967, with the retaking of the Holy Places of Jerusalem from the Arabs.  A Shemitah began on June 7, 1967.  The seventh Shemitah since will end on September 13, 2015, using God’s lunar calendar of 360 days.  Jubilee begins ten days later, on September 23, 2015!

B. Ingathering

  1. The Feast of Tabernacles or Booths or Ingathering will be observed on September 28, 2015.
  2. It was decreed by God through Moses in Exodus 23.16 and Deuteronomy 16.13, 16 as a time for bringing tithes from the last harvest to the Temple.  It was a time of worship of God.
  3. Could this be the time for gathering Jesus-followers?  Matthew 24.31!  “Come up here….” (Revelation 4.1)  John is so enraptured that he only realizes others there in Revelation 7.9!

C. Blood Moons

  1. In Matthew 24.29, Jesus spoke about signs in the Heavens: “…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light….”
  2. There will be a solar eclipse on September 13, 2015: the sun darkened.
  3. The fourth (April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015) of the ‘blood moons’ will appear on September 28th which is the Feast of Tabernacles.  It will be a ‘super moon’ because of its perigee; that is, its closest point to earth during its orbit.  It will be the only one of the four that will be fully visible to the people in Jerusalem.  This lunar eclipse will appear red because of the refraction of sunlight as the earth fully blocks the sun’s light on the moon, like the redness of the sunrise and sunset when light passes through atmosphere thick with humidity.
  4. God has said He would ‘signal’ mankind from the heavens; Genesis 1.14; Jeremiah 10.2; Ezekiel 32.7-8; Joel 2.10, 30-31, 3.15; Matthew 24.29; Luke 21.25.
  5. The last three tetrads have signaled significant events for Israel:
  1. September 14, 1493: Jews banished from Spain for not becoming Catholic.
  2. May 14, 1948: Israel born, Fig Tree planted, attacked by Arabs, miraculous victories.
  3. June 7, 1967: Arabs, again, attack on all sides; repelled miraculously; Holy Places retaken.
  1.  But, none of these Tetrads have occurred in a Shemitah year.  This last blood moon of the current tetrad will mark the beginning of Jubilee.  (4,5)
  2. Jesus said in Luke 21.28 that we should look up to the sky for His appearance when these things happen!  Our “redemption is drawing near.”

D. Conclusion: Are you ready to be Raptured?  John 3.16, 14.6!

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  1. Goodwin, Dan.  Interviewed by Dr. Kevin Clarkson.  Retrieved from www.prophecyinthenews.com.
  2. Retrieved from www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-exodus-date-1440bc.htm
  3. Movie: Four Blood Moons.  Retrieved from Netflix.com.
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