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:

    1.    Passover
    2.    Unleavened Bread
    3.    First Fruits
    4.    Pentecost
    5.    New Year
    6.    Atonement
    7.    Tabernacles

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:

Passover
Unleavened Bread
First Fruits
Pentecost
New Year
Atonement
Hanukkah****

****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 October.  

                                                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.  These were:

    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 letter.          

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.

                                                                        THE SUN

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.  

                                                                    THE JEWS

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?

                                                                     GERRY

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?

Maranatha

Gerry Almond