HI FELLOW WATCHMAN,
I AM JUST RETURNING FROM A VACATION AT MY DAUGHTER'S FAMILY'S PLACE OUT-OF-STATE. MY LAST POST SHOWED US THAT JOSEPH HIMSELF HAD TO WAIT TWO FULL YEARS FOR HIS GREAT DELIVERANCE. BEFORE THAT POST, I ALSO HAVE SENT YOU FOUR OTHER POSTS, ALL OF WHICH POINTED TO THE GREAT DELIVERANCE OF JOSEPH'S (JESUS') BRETHREN, 2 YEARS INTO THE 7-YEAR FAMINE WEEK (FINAL 7 YEARS), AND WITH FIVE YEARS STILL REMAINING IN THE 7-YEAR FAMINE WEEK.
AMAZINGLY, WE NOW DISCOVER THAT ANOTHER GREAT AND MIGHTY DELIVERANCE TOOK PLACE, THIS TIME IN THE LIFE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST. THE GREAT DELIVERANCE OF JESUS HIMSELF ALSO TOOK PLACE AFTER TWO YEARS.
Let's read about it in Matthew 2: 13--16, "Behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt...Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, FROM TWO YEARS OLD and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men."
Do you think all of these TWO-YEAR TIME FRAMES FOR A GREAT DELIVERANCE (THE RAPTURE), are just coincidence? If you do, then I challenge you to become much of a student of the Word of God. This is how typology works, folks. What we sometimes see as insignificant details, are not that at all. It is typology at work. The consistency of the 2-year time frame for a Great Deliverance is very significant, and definitely put there for a reason.
Herod, a type of the Antichrist, had a plan to kill Jesus, because he was afraid that one day Jesus was going to take over his throne. The father of Jesus, Joseph, and the messenger angel of the Lord, saved the life of Jesus through a GREAT AND MIGHTY DELIVERANCE AFTER TWO YEARS, in the life of Jesus. So, the pattern, the typology, continues, even into the life of Jesus. Jesus was delivered after two years during His 1st Coming, and now, at the time of Jesus' 2nd Coming, as the Biblical evidence is mounting, we have every reason to expect that Jesus is going to give his bride A GREAT AND MIGHTY DELIVERANCE AFTER TWO YEARS OF THE FINAL 7 YEARS!!!
If Herod, is indeed a type of the Antichrist, or the Beast, in the Book of Revelation, let's see if the typology goes a little bit further. In Rev. 13: 6--7, we read, "And he (the Beast), opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them."
Herod was furious that Jesus, his potential enemy, had escaped his grasp, and could not be found. He was so angry that he had all the male children, two years and younger slaughtered. But AFTER TWO YEARS JESUS WAS GIVEN HIS GREAT DELIVERANCE from Herod, a type of the Antichrist. The passage we just read from Revelation shows us that the Antichrist is going to open his mouth and blaspheme those that dwell in Heaven.
Why would he do that? I suggest to you that the Antichrist takes his wrath out on those who dwell in Heaven, because the Bride of Christ, has escaped to Heaven in the Rapture, out of the grasp of the Antichrist. Herod was furious because of the Great Deliverance and Escape of Jesus. The Antichrist will be furious because of the Great Deliverance and Escape in the Rapture by the Bride of Christ. Herod took out his wrath by killing thousands of innocent young male children. The Antichrist will take out his wrath by making war against all of the rest of the saints who were not found worthy when the Rapture, the Escape, took place.
The Lord is so faithful, as He just showed me this last type about Herod and the Antichrist, as I sat down to type this post. Thank you, Lord, for your amazing Word, so full of prophetic truth, so full of typology, so deep and profound, yet so simple and easy to understand. Easy to understand only because of the power of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, who illuminates your Word to our hearts, who reveals ALL truth to us, if we take the time to study and meditate upon your precious Word.
What a wonderful and glorious God You are. Because these are the very last days, you have chosen to pour out your Holy Spirit upon all flesh. Visions, dreams, miracles, healings, and powerful revelations are now becoming an everyday experience within the true body of Christ. Thank you, Jesus, for making yourself so very, very real to so many of us.
Thank you, Lord, for lifting so many of us out of the miry clay, and putting our feet on the Rock to stay. Thank you, Jesus, for filling our hearts to overflowing, for filling our minds with understanding. Any glory or praise that might come our way because of what your Holy Spirit is accomplishing, let all praise, honor, and glory be deflected to you, O Lord. We just seek to be holy, yielded, and obedient vessels through which you can work.
Help more of my fellow watchmen, to seek you with all their heart and to seek to be yielded, holy, and obedient, so that your Holy Spirit can do a work inside of them, and then be able to work through them. Help all of us, O Lord to be open to the progressive revelation that is now taking place, just like you prophesied in the Book of Daniel. Daniel tells us that at the time of the end, in which we are now living, the books and secrets of your precious Word would be OPENED.
Things may not be happening exactly like so many of us had thought they would. "Lord, I pray that all of us would allow You to fullfill the prophecies in your Word the way that you have intended to right along. It is a humbling experience to admit that maybe we have been wrong in our interpretations and expectations. Give each one of us, honest, open hearts, that are teachable (not rigid). We know that every word is true that is in your written Word. It is our understanding, and interpretation, that can sometimes cause us to see things differently than what your Word really intends to teach us. Forgive all of us for being sometimes guilty of that. Illuminate our hearts and minds to receive truth from You, O Lord.
Whatever the enemy would try to do to keep us from receiving truth, and from making us holy, yielded, and obedient vessels, through which our Lord can work, we come against Him, in the mighty and powerful name of Jesus. You have told us in your Word that whomever draws close to You, that You will draw close to them. We have that promise in your Word. Only if we are unholy, or unyielded to your Holy Spirit, or disobedient, will you not draw close to us. Teach all of us to allow Your Holy Spirit, to examine us thoroughly to see if there is any hindrance to receiving from You. Thank you, Jesus, for what you are accomplishing in us, and through us, and what You are about to accomplish in us, and through us. In the matchless, holy name of Jesus, we pray, Amen."
Thank you, Jesus, for making typology come alive in your Word, and in our spirits. Thank you , Jesus, for showing us yet another Great Deliverance taking place after two years. Many of us are now expecting this typology to continue in the Final 7 Years in which we now find ourselves. We are expecting our Great Deliverance, the Rapture of the Bride, to take place after two years into the Famine Week, or the Final 7 Years. You have confirmed to us in so many ways that the Final 7 Years began on Oct. 29, 2008. Therefore, we believe that you are showing to us that we have every reason to expect this typology to continue with the Rapture of the Bride in the Fall of 2010.
Prepare all of our hearts for Your Soon Return. We believe that our faith is about to become sight. We believe this sin-filled world is on the verge of Sudden Destruction, and just like in the days of Lot, You will not allow that to happen without removing the righteous people out of harm's way. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.