Ola Ilori (26 Feb 2017)

"In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness." [Luke 3:1,2] 

Once we understand that 1 AD marks the beginning of the reign of Tiberius Caesar and not the birth of Christ, the final pieces of the Time line puzzle fit perfectly. In 15 AD John the Baptist began his ministry as the forerunner of the Lord. This was the Year the Lord was baptized by John. Was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. And began His public Ministry. It was also in 15 AD that the Lord went to His home town, Nazareth, to proclaim the fulfillment of Isaiah 61:1, 2. 

"So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor...to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord..." [Luke 4:16-19]

The "acceptable year" the Lord came to proclaim was in 17 AD, which was a Jubilee Year! Notice the Lord didn't complete reading the verse which says "And the day of vengeance of our God." This is because when the Lord came the first time He came to save lives and not destroy them. He said so Himself to the Disciples when the they wanted to call down fire from heaven to destroy those who rejected Him. 

"And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. And they went to another village." [Luke 9:52-56]

This Year, 2017, is also an acceptable year. A Jubilee Year. This Year the "Day of vengeance" part of Isaiah 61:2 is going to be fulfilled. This time the Lord is coming again, not only to save all those of us who love and obey Him, but to destroy all those who refuse to know Him out of hatred, and as a consequence continue to live in disobedience towards Him.

"...it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints..."[2 Thess.1:6-8]

In 17 AD in Month 1 Day 16, on First-fruits, the resurrection of many saints took place. "...the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection..." [Matt.27:52,53] 

Exactly 2,000 Years later in 2017 AD, this Year, in Month 1 Day 16, on First-fruits, I believe the resurrection of millions of saints is going to occur again! This time those of us who are alive are going to receive our glorified bodies and join them, as they ascend up into heaven. This didn't happen back in 17 AD because the Church Age had just begun. Now the Church Age, after 2,000 Years to the Day, is finally coming to an end! Be ready saints! We're finally going home!