Michael Colunga (26 April 2011)
"40 days of warning and 10 days of tribulation."

 
Hello, John and Doves,
 
Now that the Feast of Firstfruits has passed (coincidentally Easter, this year), I am thinking about the count-up to Shavuot.
It is interesting to note that 40 days of warning plus 10 days of shared tribulation add up to 50.
 
Another interesting thing is that Moses records that,
    "And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt."  Exodus 12:41
 
Perhaps this is a clue to our imminent departure [Heb:  exodus; Gr:  apostasia].
 
The Church was created on Sivan 6.  Regardless of anybody's interpretation of when the Feast of Unleavened Bread is supposed to be celebrated this particular year [2011/5771], it seems possible that our departure/exodus/apostasia could be on the "selfsame day."  [No man knows the day nor the hour, and He comes at an hour that we think not--Matthew 24:36, 24:44]
On more thing:  on the subject of the Antichrist being revealed, there needs to be a new [καινός--kainos:  fresh, renewed] discussion on the word, "apostasia."  There can be no doubt as to its biblical use; it means a departure from a standard or norm.  Here's a clue:  "When did we, as Five Doves find a renewal of interest in the End Times?  Did it not predate Oct 29, 2008?  As such, think of this scripture in a new light:
    "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
    "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."  Romans 12:1-2
 
Could it not be said that we have already, in large part, departed from the ways of the world?  If so, then, we receive this promise as surety of it happening to Israel proper:
    "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel."  Exodus 19:6
 
Lest anyone think that God has abandoned Israel in favor of us, in whom this scripture will imminently be fully fulfilled (for our little part in it),
God says,
    "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God....
    "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young....
    "Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?"
                                                                                                                Isaiah 40:1, 40:11, and 40:21
Who are a part of God's flock?  The flock of our LORD Jesus is such that,
    "Where 3699 there is 1762 neither 3756 Greek 1672 nor 2532 Jew 2453, circumcision 4061 nor 2532 uncircumcision 203, Barbarian 915, Scythian 4658, bond 1401 [nor] free 1658: but 235 Christ 5547 [is] all 3956, and 2532 in 1722 all 3956."  Colossians 3:11
 
It seems pretty clear to me, from the above scriptures, that the Cross of Christ was, is, and will be efficacious for the salvation of everyone of all ages and
dispensations.  As such, we are one big, happy flock!
    "And 2532 he saith 3004 unto me 3427, Write 1125, Blessed 3107 [are] they which are called 2564 unto 1519 the marriage 1062 supper 1173 of the Lamb 721. And 2532 he saith 3004 unto me 3427, These 3778 are 1526 the true 228 sayings 3056 of God 2316."  Revelation 19:9
 
In HaShem [The Name],
Mike C.