Hello, John and Doves,
Some people put on their thinking caps, but I put on my smarty pants--one leg at a time.
So let's go through this s-l-o-w-l-y.
God is in Control, no doubt. And as head of Control, Word has gone out, in spite of the Cone of Silence:
"[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter." Prov 25:2
Oh, btw, the Cone of Silence is a bit like having a basket over your head. Everybody sees or hears a real Christian from miles away. [Matthew 5:14] That is why it is so important to ask, "WWJD?"
"And he said unto them, 'Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:
" 'That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them.' " Mark 4:11-12
Don't any of you be dismayed that others see clearly what has totally escaped you. Understanding of the Word of God does not come through diligent study alone.
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14
Nor is anyone ever saved because he has had an epiphany arising out of his own efforts.
It is written,
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Did you get that? You need the Filling of the Holy Spirit to discern the meaning of scripture in real time, as you read. If you do not avail yourself of the Holy Spirit-filled life, then your interpretation of difficult passages can and will range from the preposterous to the sublimely ridiculous. For example, you may reach a conclusion like...
"We are the ones we have been waiting for...." Barack Hussein Obama to a crowd in Chicago on Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008 http://obamaspeeches.com/E02-Barack-Obama-Super-Tuesday-Chicago-IL-February-5-2008.htm
Did you miss that? It is the royal "We," meaning, "I am the One we all have been waiting for." Typical New Age thinking...
Not only that, but "We are the ones" translates to "Ye shall be gods…." [Genesis 3:5] Thus, BHO clearly identifies himself with ol' Slewfoot.
It so happened that three years later, February 5, 2011, was [Rosh Chodesh 2] Day 1 of Adar 1. [5771 was a leap year.] That day was also "Teruma," on which Shabbat is read the entire 66th chapter of Isaiah. Now Isaiah 66 maps onto Revelation. This is a clear sign that Obama figures heavily in the events of Revelation, because the events of 2008 are tied to 2011. We know the mapping is true, because Isaiah 66:22 talks about the new heavens and the new earth. Furthermore, Isaiah 66:11 is a remez for Song of Songs 2:17, which in turn maps onto both Joel 3:2 and Zechariah 14:4. Amigos y amigas, we are in the book of Revelation, past chapter 6, verse 2.
Now, back to our
commercial, uh program, I mean.
Having laid the foundation that we are definitely in the sticky mire of the 70th week of Daniel, we now consider the question posed as the subject line of this post.
When is the Rapture, Agent Smart, and how long is the Tribulation period?
Like any smart person let's start right in the middle of this mess we're in.
"He shall speak [pompous] words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then [the saints] shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time." Daniel 7:25
I think that 99.999 percent of Doves would agree that the verse starts counting from the exact middle of Daniel's 70th week.
Would you believe….?
Would you believe that this verse also counts backwards to the beginning of Daniel's seventieth week to give us the timing of the Rapture--namely April 11, 2012? This is why HaShem, the Author of the Book, insisted that Daniel write, "saints" [Aramaic: qaddiysh--holy, separate], so that the meaning can be taken to be "Church," leading up to the midpoint of Daniel's 70th week, and "Eretz Israel," leading from the midpoint of Daniel's 70th week to the Return of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. [Acts 1:11]
For it was written by Moshe, under the watchful eye of HaShem,
"Be ye holy, for I AM holy." Leviticus 11:44-45The fact that Peter repeats this verse proves the fungibility of the Church and Eretz Israel vis-à-vis Daniel 7:25.[Please see 1 Peter 1:13-16.]
God is a master of condensation of truth. After all, parchment was hard to come by in those days. That's why HaShem made do with just 22 letters in the Hebrew Aleph-Beth. Thus, the first "saints" in Daniel 7:25 refers to the Bride.The second "saints" in Daniel 7:25 refers to Eretz Israel (which includes the 144,000 Super Billy Grahams), the only saints left after the Bride is raptured.
So then, the Rapture must occur on April 11, 2012, the exact midpoint of Daniel's seventieth week. And Yeshua Ha Mashiach must set foot on the Mount of Olives on 10 Tishrei 5776--September 23, 2015. He will then create the twin Hills of Bether, as well as the Valley of Jehoshaphat between them. Then will Isaiah 66:11 have come to pass.
The date of all major events in scripture are already in the Bible Codes. They are just awaiting Our Glorious King on some glorious morning to uncover them.
Some Glorious Morning, sorrows will cease… http://hymnal.calvarybaptistsv.org/120.htmlBaruch HaShem Yeshua Ha Mashiach,