John and Doves,
I owe you
an explanation of why I think 2 Kings 22:20 is so
important to us, as we approach the middle of the 70th
week of Daniel.
nearly 3 years into the 70th week, and we have seen many
good and wonderful, spirit-filled Christians [really,
full-blown disciples of Yeshua] pass on to glory.
about the short-term prophecy concerning the death of
good king Josiah here:
" '...So I have indeed heard
you, says the LORD. So I will not send the
promised disaster until after you have died and been
buried in peace. You will not see the
2 Kings 19-20 NLT [New Living Translation]
that passage to this one in Isaiah:
pass away; the
godly often die before their time, but no one seems to
care or wonder why. No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to
come. For those who follow godly paths will rest
in peace when they die." Isaiah 57:1-2 NLT
Now, let us consider how this all relates to us
who remain until the coming of the LORD for His
Bride. There are five passages to view
First, let's look at the book of Acts:
"As they strained to see him
rising into heaven,
two white-robed men suddenly stood among them.
'Men of Galilee,' they said,
'why are you standing
staring into heaven?
Jesus has been taken from you
someday he will return in the same way you saw him
go!' " Acts 1:10-11 NLT
This is Jesus' Second Coming, when He will
descend to the Mount of Olives, and thereby cause it to
be split by an east-west valley, pointing to the Gate
Beautiful. This is due on 15 Tishrei 5776, which,
if certain calendars are correct, should be on September
23, 2015. Take heart!
Secondly, let's look at 1 Thessalonians
"And now, dear brothers and
sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the
who have died so you will not grieve
like people who have no hope. For since we
believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again,
we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will
bring back with him the believers who have died.
"We tell you this directly
from the Lord: We who are still living when the
Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have
died. For the Lord himself will come down from
heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.
First, the Christians who have died will rise from
their graves. Then, together with them, we who
are still alive and remain on earth will be caught
up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the
air. Then we will be with the Lord
forever. So encourage each other with these
This passage speaks of the rapture of the
saints prior to the midpoint of the 70th week, that is
before the middle of April 2012.
To be sure, many saints have
been martyred recently, but we will not all die:
"What I am saying, dear
brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies
cannot inherit the kingdom of God. These dying
bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.
"But let me reveal to you a
wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we
will be all transformed! It will happen in a
moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet
is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who
have died will be raised to live forever. And we
who are living will also be transformed. For our
dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will
never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed
into immortal bodies."
Last of all, let's look at why we
should take YHWH at His Word, concerning the
promises we have just read.
There are two passages, the fourth and fifth of
what we'll view, that are paramount in believing that
the LORD both intends and is able to keep His Word to
"The LORD's promises are
like silver refined
in a furnace, purified seven times over.
"Therefore, LORD, we know you
will protect the oppressed,
preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut
and evil is praised
throughout the land." Psalm 12:6-8 NLT
The following verses are an anchor for our
"The rain and snow come down
from the heavens
and stay on the ground to
water the earth.
"They cause the grain to
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
"It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always
"It will accomplish all I
want it to.
and it will prosper
everywhere I send it." Isaiah
This is the Word of the LORD. Thanks be
Baruch HaShem Adonai,