Gerry Almond (30 Nov 2014)
"Will His Majesty Come Now?"
November 14, 2014
JESUS IS COMING AGAIN
Central to understanding what follows is the idea that the Feast
of Tabernacles was taken away from Israel because of its national sins
against Jehovah. I believe this is the key to understanding why we
are still here after the Feast of Tabernacles passed in mid
October. It is not a stretch to say that ancient Israel, that is
Israel before the destruction of the temple in 70, sinned so mightily
against God in the rejection of His commandments that God Almighty
cursed t hem with national unbelief which later led to rejection of
their own Messiah (and this denied them the New Testament). Paul
the Apostle said as much in Romans 11. They remain in blindness in
part even to this very hour. But, thank God, it won't last.
Romans 11 also says definitely that it will end . And I think I
know when. It will end for Israel at Armageddon when they will see
Jesus face to face. On His mighty steed, accompanied by the
angels and saints, they will know what they did and they will both
repent and mourn their murder of Jesus.
CORRECTLY PLACING THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
To make the point of when it will occur, I need to give a little basic
information so as to put the Feast of Tabernacles in its proper
place. As you all know, there are seven major sacred feasts in the
Old Testament. These are:
2. Unleavened Bread
3. First Fruits
5. New Year
These were observed Scripturally speaking, until the 400 years break
between the Old and New Testament. During that time, the Maccabean
war was fought which resulted in a God ordained solution. That
solution was the Feast of Hanukkah.
When Jesus came and died for our sins, and then was resurrected in 33 A.
D., He fulfilled the first three of these Feasts. He died on
Passover, lay dead as Unleavened Bread, and arose from the dead as First
Fruits. He then, after appearing to over 500 people, including
the disciples, went back to heaven after 40 days. Ten days later,
He returned in the form of the Holy Spirit and thus fulfilled the
fourth feast, Pentecost.
This being so, we can figure out about what happened. You see, God
built into His program mysteries that could not be known until the
right time. The Church was one such mystery. I think another
of these involves the last Feast, the Feast of Tabernacles. I
recently thought that God took the Feast of Tabernacles away from Israel
AND GAVE IT TO THE CHURCH. I thus expected the rapture to be in
this year's Feast of Tabernacle's time frame in October. You
see, I know that the type and picture of the rapture is in day 7
of the Feast of Tabernacles. BUT, ISRAEL LOST IT BECAUSE OF
UNBELIEF!! The Feast, for them, is a big fat zero both then and it
still is today.
Why so important? Because activities of the seventh of day of the
Feast of Tabernacles formed a perfect picture of the rapture of the Jews
into heaven. They lost it through national rejection, but the
Church gained it through its creation on the day of Pentecost.
THE SEVEN FEASTS TODAY
Today, there are seven Feasts. These are:
****Tabernacles has been lost and probably destroyed as well.
There is no type or even mention of the rapture in the Feast of Hanukkah
like there was in the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Hanukkah
came along about 166 BC in the Maccabean era when the altar had been
desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (a type of antichrist), who
sacrificed an unclean animal, a pig, on it. Judas Maccabeas tore
down the altar and rebuilt it stone for stone along with the temple
itself in Jerusalem. At the dedication, the temple was
miraculously lit up when only 8 cruzes of sanctified oil was found to
light it. The oil kept multiplying miraculously, though, until the
entire huge temple was lit. The Feast of Lights (Hanukkah) was
born and accepted because of the miracle of the oil. Later, just
before His death on the cross, Jesus both recognized and attended this
feast, called in John 10 the Feast of the Dedication (Hanukkah).
Since the birth of the Church of Jesus Christ fulfilled the Feast of
Pentecost, it is reasonable to expect the Church to fulfill the
remaining three Feasts as well. And it has. A “new year”
dawned at the birth of Christianity called the Age of Grace and it
majored on salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of
Jesus Christ at Calvary as the way of redemption. This finished
work fulfilled the Feast of Atonement leaving only the rapture of the
Church left. This rapture event gives to the Church what was lost
to Israel, the 7th day of Tabernacles.
FIRST AND SECOND TABERNACLES
Eventually, the line became so blurred that the Jews did not know the
difference in the two “Tabernacles”. The Jews continued the Feast
of Tabernacles until 166 B. C. as it had always been, although there
seemed to be little meaning to it. But, beginning around 166 BC
and thereafter, most travelers that came to Jerusalem for the Feast of
Tabernacles remained in Jerusalem the sixty days until the Feast of
Hanukkah, rather than make the arduous trip a second time. In
time, the two became as one. As time went on the Feast of
Hanukkah became more popular than the Feast of Tabernacles, and the
reason for two feasts sort of faded. The apparent reason for the
popularity of the latter was its concentration of the lighting of the
Temple (giving the Feast the title “Feast of Lights”). Less
activity meant less energy demanded from the worshipers, as well.
Thus, by the time of Jesus, when He stood in the temple on the Feast of
the Dedication it is safe to say the people didn't know the difference
between first and second Tabernacles anymore and they sort of became one
long event. These two, first and second Tabernacles came in
October-December each year. Messiah was supposed to be born,
according to tradition on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles,
making it the most joyous of all the Feasts. But Jesus was born on
the first day of the Feast of Hanukkah, not Tabernacles. I think
the Christmas carol that says “Late in time, behold Him come, offspring
of the virgin's womb” is more prophetic than the hymn writer knew.
GOD TOOK AWAY TABERNACLES FROM ISRAEL AND GAVE THEM IN ITS PLACE,
HANUKKAH. Messiah, who should have been born on the first day of
Tabernacles, was instead born on the first day of Hanukkah, second
Tabernacles!! That is why His birth was in December and not in
THE BIRTH OF JESUS THE SAVIOR
“You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save (Savior) His people from their sins” Matt 1:21.
The mathematical proof of His December 25 birth is:
888 (Jesus) x 14 (Savior) = 12,432 days or 34 years and 14 days.
There were 280 days from His conception to His birth and 12,152 days
from His birth to His death on the cross. In the sum of
12,152 earthly days is 33.27 years of physical life.
Back dating from His known date of death, which was April 3/4, Passover
in the year 33 (this checks with the lunar calendar) we arrive at
December 25/26, 00. Conception (the Holy Annunciation) occurred on
the Spring solstice, March 21/22, 00. This also lays to rest
whether there was a zero year between BC and AD. There was.
HOW DOES THE THREE PART SIGN OF NOAH FIT
Jesus said that the sign of Noah would be our sign. This is found
in Matthew 24:30ff. A look at Genesis 6-8 tells us that the
numerical value in the sign of Noah consisted of three counts.
1. 120 years of 360 days each
(pre-flood, perfect earth days). 120 x 360 = 43,200 days.
2. 7 days call into the ark = 7 days
3. 1 solar year in the ark = 365.24219 days
When applied to the nation Israel as to its re-gathering in the last
days, it runs from the first Zionist Congress in 1,827 years, which
occurred August 29, 1897 through and including September 23, 2015, the
Jewish Feast of Atonement. (This is the last Feast of 2015
inasmuch as the Feast of Tabernacles is no more), Theodor Herzl,
the Israeli statesman of that time pledged support to the British Empire
in exchange for allowing Jews to settle in Palestine. It took
some time, but by 1948, Israel was back in its land. I believe
that this time frame has as its very end the final 7 years of the 70
weeks of years prophesied by Daniel, the prophet. That final 7
years consists of 1,260 days plus 1,260 days, plus 30 days plus 45 days
added in Daniel 12. Total time 2,595 days. The final 75 days
does the following, I believe:
1. 30 days mourning by the Jews
nationally upon the appearance of Messiah when they realize that they
murdered their own Messiah.
2. 45 days during which Daniel 9:24
will be fulfilled to the
This consists of:
1. Finish the transgression
2. Make an end of sins
3. Make reconciliation for iniquity
4. Bring in everlasting righteousness
5. Seal up the vision
6. Seal up the prophecy
7. Anoint the Most Holy (One)
THE RAPTURE OF HIS CHURCH
The Church is His Body and He is coming to take it home to be with
Him. The Church is also called His Bride and several other loving
names. I Thessalonians 4:13-18 graphically speak of this event and
it is right now in the offing. It is an undateable event.
It will not be early but neither will it be late. God is always on
time. We are challenged to watch and be ready “for in an hour as
ye think not, the Son of man cometh”. But of that day and hour, ye
cannot know, but He did not further restrict our knowing. I
believe that it is near, even at the door. That is why I have
written this piece. The sign of Noah will fulfill itself on
September 23, 2015, extended only by the 75 days of Daniel 12, to
December 7/8, 2015. Given that the second and third sign of Noah
given in Genesis 7 and 8 are 7 days call into the ark and 365 days in
the ark itself until the new world, I think we can place the end marker
as NO LATER THAN December 7, 2015.
If the end point is no later then December 7/8, 2015, then 365 days
earlier is December 7/8, 2014. The call into the ark would
necessarily be 7 days earlier on November 30/December 1, 2014 in that
case. That is what I am looking at. It happens that Hanukkah
this year is December 17, while next year, 2015 it will be December
7. Also, the tetrad of eclipses ends September 28, 2015 which
would have been the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. To me,
it all fits like a hand in a glove.
Our life giving star is not too friendly right now. It is
downright hostile with sunspots ranging in size to 9 earths across and
could, if God says to, release energy enough to fry every transformer on
the planet. That could be the means by which the wars of
Revelation are fought on foot and on horse back. It could signal
our departure as well.
Jesus told His Jewish brethren to “pray that our flight not be in winter
nor on the sabbath day”. Looks like it could be both. We
are in an arctic vortex in the U. S. right now plunging temperatures
down to winter levels. As I write this, it is cold here in
southern Illinois and the ten day prediction is for it to stay
cold. Winter has come while fall is still evident. November
30 and December 7 are both on Sunday this year. That does not give
much comfort for the left behind ones does it?
I, personally, am looking at every day now and started 21 days before
December 8, 2014 (the delay time in Daniel 10) and especially November
30/December 1. Will you watch with me?