By 1 Cor 10:31
So, how was YOUR week? In this new world order of having to “submit” to ‘satanic rituals’ of wearing masks? Every time you as much go to the grocery store! I’ll tell you how it changed for me…. first off, I’m going to do my best to not give Wal-Mart one more red cent of my money! Not saying on rare occasion, may buy a jug of milk there, but overall, I quit them!! My DH was exiting WM the other evening & 2 cops were actually called for this one shopper’s BIG CRIME of not wearing a mask!!!! ROLL EYES!!!! Give us a ROYAL BREAK!!! This is (was… as in “used to be”) America, folks!! Yes, even store employees (or outside contractors working FOR the stores) are now that ZEALOUS & super dictators over it!! Someone here recently mentioned the symbolic BLACK shirts the enforcers are wearing! Hmm! Interesting indeed….
2nd of all, since we fortunately live in what I call a semi-open state (each city & community sets their own rules & mandates whether to enforce mask wearing or not…) so at first when WM enforced it, thought I’d move over to Target – Target now enforces it so though ha – I’ll move over to Dollar General (cheaper anyway!)…. But now sighs, “them too”!!! So what to do…. What to do?? Since the crazies are now running the world – it’s enforced even at OUTDOOR farmers’ markets!!!! BIZARRE!!! So mostly I go out of my way to find the small town Mom & Pop stores which, if they want to stay in business, do not enforce all this [beyond] craziness!! Or, I call it out & out stupidity!! And even if I have to pay a dollar more on a product – so be it! If these stores change too & at some point they may be forced to comply (“you too will be assimilated” for you Trekkies!!) …. Then I will simply order online (though I hate giving any enforcing store our hard earned $) yet we’ve got to eat. And can’t grow our own toilet paper! Well, I guess it’s called, “leaves” ~ ha…. Though we have gotten accustomed to the soft cushiony kind ourselves……
So now to the THEME of my post here….. and I hope I can make this make sense as it’s rumbling around in my head! Grab java & hang with me – there’s a lot to cover!
Let’s read Amos 8. This is in the Bible!! 😉 I noticed this years ago when I was posting at Rapture Ready & wrote about it then as well.
Amos 8 from the Amplified Bible, classic edition:
Thus the Lord God showed to me, and behold, a basket of [ripe and therefore soon to perish] summer fruit.
2. And He said, Amos, what do you see? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord to me, The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by and spare them any more.
3. And the songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day, says the Lord God. The dead bodies shall be many; in every place they shall be cast forth in silence.
4. Hear this, O you who would swallow up and trample down the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail and come to an end,
5. Saying, When will the New Moon festival be past that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath that we may offer wheat for sale, making the ephah [measure] small and the shekel [measure] great and falsifying the scales by deceit,
6. That we may buy [into slavery] the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals; yes, and sell the refuse of the wheat [as if it were good grade]?
7. The Lord has sworn by [Himself Who is] the Glory and Pride of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their [rebellious] deeds.
8. Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it? Yes, it shall rise like the river [Nile], all of it, and it shall be tossed about and sink back again to normal level, as does the Nile of Egypt.
9. And in that day, says the Lord God, I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the broad daylight.
10. And I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation, and I will cause sackcloth to be put upon all loins and baldness [for mourning] shall come on every head; and I will make that time as the mourning for an only son, and the end of it as a bitter day.
There are a few more verses in this chapter. Though let’s focus on these. And verse 2 is clear that THE END comes upon Israel towards the END of summer!! V. 5 goes on to mention that this period is also relatively close to the time of Rosh Hashanah & their Sabbath (a Saturday).
It’s now late July & some of us are hanging on ever-so-hoping the Lord comes for us this year!!!!! We’ve moved on past all the spring dates, and have been in summer for a while, we’re now moving ever so closer to Rosh Hashanah, which this year is Sept. 19 & 20. NOTE: it falls on a SAT. which for Jews means their SABBATH!!!!
I also looked up future Rosh Hashanahs & found that between this year & up to year 2027, there are FOUR which actually fall on a Saturday – INCLUDING the one in 2027 itself!!
Why did I look up that particular date? For as much as others want to believe & share their thoughts that the Tribulation has been “shortened” to be 3 and a half years (I actually read on one site he thought it’d be shortened to “5 months”……. SAY WHAT??????) THE BIBLE SAYS 7 YEARS!!!! When the AntiChrist is given power to “continue” for 42 months – things have already been rolling along for 42 previous months!! I will not compromise on that. On some things, I will. But where the Bible is dogmatic about something, then I am dogmatic about the same thing.
So just saying (hoping) that the rapture is this year 2020 – so then we count forward to 7 years – thus, the reason I looked up the year 2027.
What’s this got to do with the price of eggs? Again, look at Amos 8.
When the Lord is finished with Israel – it says it’s during the time of THEIR NEW MOON FESTIVAL (Rosh Hashanah, y’all!!) and their SABBATH (a Saturday)…… and many dead bodies everywhere!
So, possibly rapture: BEFORE Rosh Hashanah & then many Israelis “get it” right from the get-go—perhaps a strike on them or something. It IS possible our redemption to go Home could be at R.H. ~ same time Israel is getting smacked. Or our rapture ride Home “may be” before Rosh Hashanah ~ either way! Before or it could be AT Rosh Hashanah…..
~ OR ~
Could it also be possible that this Amos 8 scenario will happen to them AT THE END of the Tribulation? Again, both Rosh Hashanah’s, this year + 7 years from now, just happen to be over SABBATH weekends!
And some of us are familiar with: Jeremiah 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” ß so is this at the BEGINNING of the Tribulation? Or at the END?? Questions! Questions!
I want us to look at something! The Amplified classic version is the only version which mentions in Amos 8 that the bowl of summer fruit as being LATE SUMMER fruit – indicative that summer is ALMOST over when the Rosh Hashanah attack on Israel happens.
NOTE: Rosh Hashanah is Sept 19 & 20 of this year
Monday, Sept 21 = “International Day of PEACE”!!!!! ß- paying attention???!!!
SUMMER ENDS Tues. Sept. 22…. Immediately after Rosh H. wraps up as does the DAY OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE!!
**** Pow! Pow! Pow! ONE RIGHT AFTER ANOHTER!!! ****
Bowl of LATE SUMMER fruit INDEED!!!
Now if you’re still somewhat following me here (I realize I’m not doing a bang up job explaining!)…. Anyway in 2027…. Rosh Hashanah is Oct. 2 & 3. HOWEVER!!! Summer ends EARLIER that year – on Sept. 23, 2027 Again, realizing I’m not explaining this well at all – but I mention these dates not to say the rapture is 7 years away – oh goodness, NOOO!!! Rather, just trying to figure out WHEN the Lord MEANS the END comes upon Israel? Beginning of Trib? Or at the end??
The Bible “commentators” say that Amos 8 “ALREADY happened”…. Hmm!! Well, listen, I’m just your average Jane, not a scholar, not a teacher, just one who loves the Lord & loves to study His prophecy! Hebrew I never knew & Greek I do not speak. But I love to study His Word! The reason I believe Amos 8 is speaking of the upcoming Tribulation on the earth & in particular this is talking about Israel, of course – that it’s GOING to happen (not history as already did) is mainly because of verse 9: 9 And in that day, says the Lord God, I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the broad daylight. ß- THIS is exactly what the Bible, in other places, says will happen (when?) IN…. DURING the Tribulation!!!!!!!
From Joel 2:1-2 Blow the ram’s horn in Zion, sound the alarm on My holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the Day of the Lord is coming; indeed it is near – a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like the dawn overspreading the mountains a great and strong people appears, such as never was of old, nor will ever be in ages to come.
Taking a shot: at my best understanding, because this talks about MANY great & strong people appearing – it would seem that this is when “they” (Israel’s worldwide army of haters) gather at Armageddon for one last “go” at wiping her out!!!!!! And they would, TOO, if it just wasn’t for the Lord Jesus riding in at just THE RIGHT TIME to whip up on them!! Therefore, this particular verse would be talking about the day in a “short sense”, while in other places it’s denoted as being the entire time of Jacob’s Trouble (a.k.a. The Tribulation)
Again this is what happens AT THE 6th SEAL: (some say the seals alone take up the first half of the Tribulation, if indeed this is the case, this DARKNESS will happen long about mid-trib) Revelation 6:12 I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood.
MORE: Amos 5:18 NIV Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.
And btw, this does not mean that we Christians are not to look for, pray for and hasten the Lord’s return FOR us at the rapture!
Soooo…. Dear watchers who are longing for our REAL HOME, to be with Jesus FOREVER, where sin, death, destruction & decay can never touch us! We now must figure out just WHEN the Day of the Lord begins?....
I bet some of you may’ve studied this also. Can’t the DAY OF THE LORD stand for the whole timeline from when God brings about His first judgments (during the era of “peace and safety”) Oh!! And interesting to note right now: everywhere you go, you hear: “your SAFETY is our number one concern” (yah… RIGHT!!.... just add a little talk of PEACE to that – and this is DEFINITELY THEE TIME!!) and possibly the DOTL ß Day of The Lord continues on clear thru’ the Millennium? Not sure, need to study that, but I do tend to go with it lasting the entire SEVEN years of the Tribulation.
We know Paul says in 1 Thess 5:2 For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3.While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction ill come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape….
BROAD SENSE: “Day of the Lord”..? As though this is WHEN it begins?? WHEN DESTRUCTION FALLS ON THEM (them meaning those left here) as Luke 21:36 is just the opposite in that it promises AN ESCAPE but only to those who belong to Jesus, who are abiding in the Vine.
It’s possible destruction falls on them (left behind earth dwellers) at the 1st seal: when AntiChrist talks Israel into signing/confirming THEE peace agreement with him – which for them, will be the covenant with DEATH.
By the time of the 6th seal judgment, the left behind earth residents will KNOW they are IN the Day of the Lord!!
But wait! There’s more! 2 Thess 2:2 says: not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us- whether by prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter – asserting that the day of the Lord had ALREADY come. [emphasis mine]
Well, they weren’t uneducated ninnies back then!! But someone somewhere had started circulating this rumor that they were ALREADY “IN” the Tribulation!! Paul tells them to step back, to catch their breaths, relax & realize that they were NOT in the Tribulation!! Paul continues: 2 Thess 2:3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.
So, by v. 3, that day WILL NOT COME “UNTIL”….. does this mean we will see the AntiChrist REVEALED before we’re called upward? Or does it mean simply that the Day starts WHEN the AC comes forward (seal #1) ß I tend to personally go with this scenario!
But I admit to certainly not having all the answers!
More areas where Paul taught the PRE-TRIB rapture doctrine:
1 Thess 1:10 Berean Literal Bible: and to await His Son from the heavens, whom He raised out from the dead – Jesus, the one delivering us from the coming wrath.
1 Thess 4:16-17 KJV: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 Thess 5:9 NLT For God chose to save us through he Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
(apologies for bouncing around, translation to translation, personally I have no trouble with that as I almost always have www.BibleHub.com before me. Though I know some of you, esp. the KJV “onlyist” crowd/s would condemn this practice.)
1 Cor 15:52 NLT 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.
So anyway, I just wanted to put forth to you some encouragement to hang tough, that we’re so SUPER close to the finish line now… any time, literally any day & moment between now & Rosh Hashanah is looking MIGHTY GOOD!! So do not, do not, DO NOT look back!!!!! Others may be running swiftly on past you in this race. That is okay. You just do the job/s the Lord expects of you, with the gifts, talents & abilities He fashioned just for you. Whatever it is, (gifts listed in Scripture) USE IT!! ***DO NOT BE LAZY!!!*** Only looking up watching for His arrival while doing nothing down here for others. Use your gifts & talents for HIS GLORY!!!!
Scriptures commanding we NOT IGNORE urgent needs of others: Matthew 25:43-45 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ And they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’….
This very Scripture is about the dividing of the goats & the sheep!! WARNING!! There is no place in the Church for the lazy Christian!
Also, it’s up to all of us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!! We already see it laid out here in Scripture what is to come upon Israel – so the very least we can do is pray for them!!
Amen & Maranatha! Hope to see you OH SO SOON!!!! Tick Tock!!!!!!!!