26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is REVEALED."
Dear fellow watchmen,
For the last 7 months I have been waiting to write this email and am so excited to share what I believe could be a revelation from God of when the Rapture of the Church might take place. For the last 7 months, I have believed that the Rapture will very likely take place on January 6 or 7, 2011, on the Day of Epiphany. I would like to make 4 points that show why I have come to this belief. This will be a long letter, but well-worth the read if you believe as I do that we are already 2 years into the final 7 years.
1. If you have read Ron Reese's post from August 1 (http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2010/ronr82.htm) and August 4 (http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2010/ronr84.htm), you see that Joseph REVEALS himself to his brothers at 2 years into the 7-year famine. The word "Epiphany" actually means "REVEALING, manifesting, or appearing". Now, we are already past 2 years into the final 7 years, BUT if we use the mathematical principal of ROUNDING, we would still be at the 2/5 year split. Remember elementary math:
a) Round 2.2 to the nearest whole number. (2)
b) Round 4.8 to the nearest whole number. (5)
Does it really make sense for Joseph to say to his family, "And GOD SENT ME BEFORE YOU to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives BY A GREAT DELIVERANCE...for yet THERE ARE 4.8 YEARS OF FAMINE;”
Wouldn't Joseph probably just round the number to 5? So, I believe that we are still in the time-frame for a possible "Great Deliverance" to take place at the 2/5 year split.
2. Many watchmen over the last 2 years have said that the numbers 1111 and 711 are being shown to them. 1/1/11 is 711 days from when Mr. Obama took his oath as President of the US. Could not God be giving us our 7-day warning, or even just pointing us to this Jan 1st as the week, month, and year that we have all been waiting for? Is not the 1/1/11 significant in itself, with the number 1 being the first number we start counting from? I believe January 1st is a significant date and could possibly be the Rapture, but there is so much more pointing to January 6/7, that I believe it is more likely just a 7-day warning, or a warning that the Rapture will take place within the first week of the year.
3. January 6th is the celebration of Epiphany around the world. It has also been pointed out that this January 6, 2011, will be the FIRST time ever that the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Christmas (Christ's first coming) and Epiphany (His Second Coming) on the same date (Jan 6). Some on Fivedoves have mentioned that they felt the Lord telling them that He would come by or even on Christmas... could this be what He was saying, the Greek Orthodox Christmas date of Jan 6 and not December 25?
Here is some info that I found on the internet about Epiphany:
Epiphany derives its meaning from the Greek word 'epiphaneia' meaning "manifestation or appearing". It is the awesome appearance of Christ Jesus and Yaweh's manifestation of spiritual essence that this Church Festival celebrates. The transcendent moment of wonder when the creator breaks into the 'here and now', that is what The Epiphany Feast strives to uplift to believers.
A definition of an epiphany is "a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something" or "an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event), usually simple and striking." There is a day coming when everyone on the earth will have an epiphany concerning the Lord Jesus Christ and His return. The end times may not happen the way you think. The Bible presents the truth concerning the end times.
Epiphaneia is used in 2 Timothy 4:8 and Titus 2:13 with reference to Christ manifesting Himself to the church at the rapture. The same word is used in 2 Thessalonians 2:8, which refers to the time when Christ destroys Antichrist; the Lord Jesus manifests Himself by His coming, which is an epiphany that destroys Antichrist. Context determines whether the rapture or the second coming is intended.
The word "epiphany" means "to shine upon," "to reveal," or "to appear, manifest." (My note: Just like Ron Reese wrote in his letter about Christ REVEALING Himself to His brethren. I see such a connection between Joseph REVEALING himself and that the word epiphany meaning "REVEALING".)
The Greek word used in these verses is EPIPHANEIA:
1 Timothy 6:14-15
14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing (or revealing, or epiphany) of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
2 Timothy 4:8
8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing (or revealing, or epiphany).
13while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing (or revealing, or epiphany) of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
(My note: Talk about concealing something in the Scriptures! Talk about a "hidden redemptive analogy"! The word epiphaneia refers to Christ's appearing and the celebration of the Day of Epiphany is on January 6 - if this is the day of the Rapture, could God have made it any more clear???).
When is the day of the Epiphany celebrated?
Since ancient times, the day of the Epiphany has been celebrated on January 6.
What does the word "epiphany" mean?
The word "epiphany" comes from two Greek words, the preposition epi and the verb phainen, and can variously mean, "to shine upon," "to reveal," or "to appear, manifest."
4. If you are still reading and have made it to this final point, I must tell you that THIS FOURTH REASON is the MAIN reason I believe the Rapture will very likely occur on January 6/7, 2011. But it will take some explaining. See, I am a missiologist and for many years have studied different cultures and how God hides things within culture that point to Him (for those who have read the book "Peace Child", you know exactly what I am talking about). These hidden parts of the culture that point to Jesus are called "hidden redemptive analogies". Many unreached people groups have had whole villages turn to Christ as a result of a missionary finding the "hidden redemptive analogy" inside the culture that points to Jesus. So, I believe that God could have easily hidden in our Gentile calendar the Day of Epiphany on January 6th, to lead us to that date for the Rapture of the Church. But, there is SO much more that I believe God has hidden that is pointing to that date.
For those of you who have been reading Fivedoves for more than 10 years, you will know that 1998-2005 was a 7-year period that many thought were the final 7 years. At the beginning of those years, on October 23, 1998, the US president (Mr. Clinton) confirmed, or strengthened, a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. At the end of the 7 years, the sun and moon were darkened (solar and lunar eclipse) RIGHT ON the Feast of Trumpets and the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, just like in 2015. 1290 days before the Day of Atonement in 2005, on April 2, 2002, the Church of the Nativity was raided in what seemed to be a fulfillment of the Abomination being SET UP (it was the most HOLY PLACE in the world to many Christians around the world, was built like a FORTRESS, and they DESECRATED the building and stopped the daily mass, or sacrifice, that was taking place). Daniel 11:31: "His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. Daniel 12:11 (NASB) And from the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Matthew 24:15: "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand--..."
So, we have the beginning, middle, and end of the things we are told in Scripture to watch for - at the beginning of the 7 years, there will be a confirming of a covenant, in the middle of the 7 years, the abomination that causes desolation will take place, and at the end, the sun and moon will be darkened on the fall Feast days since that is when Christ will return to the Earth in fulfillment of the fall Feasts.
OK, so obviously 1998-2005 was not the final 7 years since we are still here and Christ did not yet return. So, what were they? Many speculated at the time (and I still believe) that they could be a "shadow" of a future 7-year time-period. Sort of a road map if you like. Could it be that the "10 days" talked about in Revelation 2:10 are describing the 10-year wait (the 70th week of Daniel represents 7 years, each day represents a year, so also 10 days would equal 10 years) from the "shadow" final 7 years to the actual final 7 years? "Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown."
When I presented this idea to Ron Reese, his first question to me was this: "Is there anything within that 7-year period that took place that might indicate when the Rapture is?" And I knew immediately what the answer to his question was: YES!!! I do believe that there is. January 1, 2001, was the first day of the New Millennium on the Gentile calendar. The world celebrated it on January 1, 2000, but the actual first date of the New Millennium was January 1, 2001. We know that the actual New Millennium does not begin until Christ returns to set up His Kingdom. BUT, does not the New Millenium for the Raptured Saints begin when the Rapture takes place??? Would that event not begin a completely New Day/New Millennium for us??? Could God not have hidden this in the Gentile calendar - at 2 years into that "shadow" 7-year period, the start of the New Millennium for the Raptured Christians? So, what I am saying is, that at 2 years into the "shadow" final 7 years, on January 1, 2001, we had the start of the New Millennium on the Gentile calendar that is used throughout the world by almost all people. Could this be yet another "hidden redemptive analogy"?
Now, this could be pointing to January 1, 2011. But I believe it points to January 6/7, 2011, because the confirming of the covenant in 1998 took place on October 23rd and in 2008 it took place on October 29th, so we have to add 6 days to January 1st to get the correct date in 2011 if we are using 1998-2005 as a "roadmap" for the final 7 years.
The reason I believe that this could be a revelation from God is that on January 6, 2001, the Lord spoke to me that I was to wait up for Him that night until He came. I knew very little at that time about end-time prophecy, but I had just learned the week before about the Day of Epiphany and then the Lord told me to wait for Him to come that night. Of course, I thought the Lord was telling me at the time that the Rapture was going to take place that night and He wanted me to stay awake for it. Just after midnight, as I was praying, I asked the Lord how much longer I would have to wait up because I was starting to get tired. He told me to wait just a little longer. At about 10 minutes past midnight (this would be January 7th already), my entire body began to tremble violently for no reason. This had never happened to me before. It just started to shake violently for about a minute and the presence of God was all over me. After the shaking stopped, I asked the Lord why my body had trembled like that. He told me to wait. After about another minute passed, it happened again, exactly as before, only the second time my mouth began to tingle along with my body shaking violently and the presence of God so strongly on me. As my mouth tingled, the Lord said to me that it represented when Isaiah saw the Lord and the coal touched his lips and his sin was atoned for. After the shaking stopped, the Lord told me to study the Feasts and His Word and shortly after that, told me to go to bed. He also told me that I would write something that would help save millions of people from the deception that was going to take place. Is it possible that God was showing me 10 years ahead of time what was going to take place on January 6/7, 2011?
If we are indeed in the final 7 years (2008-2015), my belief is that the Rapture will either take place this January 6/7 or that it will take place on the Feast of Pentecost in 2012. I have studied the Feasts as God told me to that night, and believe Pentecost fits perfectly with a "Firstfruits Rapture". Also, there is a 1335-day count from the Feast of Trumpets 2008 (when the stock market crashed 777 points) to Pentecost 2012. Daniel 12:12: "Blessed is he who waits for and reaches the 1335 days". But something should take place at 2 years into the final 7 years that represents the starting of the New Millenium and also involves a Great Deliverance: "But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance" (Gen 45:7). This sounds like the Rapture to me.
Now, there were 2 shakings that took place on Jan 7, 2001, at just after midnight. It was only at the second shaking that my lips tingled which represented "seeing the Lord" as Isaiah did. It is possible that there will be a great shaking this January and then the Rapture is not until the Spring of 2012, which represents the second shaking. Or, there could be a major shaking take place on Jan 6/7, 2011, followed by the Rapture shortly after, perhaps just a minute later or a few days later.
Thank you for reading. I hope you are encouraged and that you all are having a wonderful Christmas with your families. The world could begin shaking in a whole new way within the next few weeks. May we be found worthy through Him who alone is worthy of all honor, blessing, praise and glory.
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