Phil Rogers posted a link last week on the Five Doves directing anyone interested to look at his article on the 70th Week, the Rapture, and the Feast of Tabernacles found in John's Gospel. Many of you did read his article and chart.
However, many that did read Phil’s article have misunderstood the typology found in John chapter 7 regarding the Feast of Tabernacles. Many posted that they were expecting the Rapture to occur in the "midst" of this Feast of Tabernacles, which has just passed by without the Rapture occurring.
Phil never intimated in his article that the Rapture would be occurring this Feast of Tabernacles. He was very clear that the Rapture will occur in the 4th day/year or the "midst" of the 70th Week of Daniel based upon the typology found in the Feast of Tabernacles in John's Gospel.
When you look at the "timeline of the 70th Week of Daniel" in the Gospel of John, you see that Christ shows up "as it were in secret" on the 4th day or the "midst of the feast".
Why does He show up then?
Why on the 4th day or in the “midst”? Why not before the feast begins?
Don’t just accept that He does show up on the 4th day in the “midst”; there MUST be a reason WHY He shows up when He does!
Again, why doesn't the account in John 7 show Him going to the feast the "day before the week begins"? Which is what we would expect in regard to what we were all taught concerning the pre-Trib Rapture before a seven year Tribulation Period.
The answer should be apparent if this is any prophetic type concerning the 70th Week and leading to the millennial Kingdom!
The prophetic "type" found in John 7 indicates that Christ comes for the resurrection/rapture in the "midst" or in the 4th year (the 4th year being that whole year from Rosh 2010 to Rosh 2011) of Daniel’s 70th Week (which we believe occurs from Rosh 2007 to Rosh 2014), NOT before the 70th Week begins.
What is the reason why Christ does not come until the 4th year/day/midst of the 70th Week?
Because He is acting as our “advocate” (First John 2:1-2) against the accusations of Satan and He must remain there as long as Satan is present! Christ cannot come for the resurrection/rapture until Satan is no longer accusing the brethren.
When does that happen? In the "midst" of the 70th Week!
Scripture emphatically states that Satan is before the throne of God "day and night" accusing the brethren of sin (Revelation 12:10).
It is clear to most that "day and night" means CONTINUOUSLY, just as "day and night" also means "continuously" in the following passage....
Revelation 20:10-"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever".
Do you believe that unsaved sinners will experience everlasting torment (“day and night”) in the lake of fire?
Satan is not cast out of heaven as the accuser until the “midst” of the 70th Week (see Revelation chapter 12) and that is WHY Christ cannot come until the 4th day/year or “midst” of the 70th Week to “rapture” the believers!
Many do not believe that the 70th Week could possibly have already begun (and the “church” still be here), for they were taught that nothing happens prophetically until the Rapture occurs.
The Lord did say "While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Matthew 25:5-6).
In my opinion, there has been no other doctrine more soporific ("sleep inducing") than the unscriptural doctrine of "imminence" which has pervaded the "church" in these last days. It is because of that doctrine that "they all slumbered and slept" right up to when the cry is made for the resurrection/rapture.
Most of you are familiar with what I, Phil Rogers, and Sherry Vance have been teaching and here is a laundry list of what we teach which can be found at www.godstimeline.net.....
1- was Israel born in a day?
2- were there 19 full and complete years of growth coming to...
3- the 6 day war and the unification of Jerusalem beginning their 20th year?
4- from that time would there be that 40 year generation to bring them to the 70th Week of Daniel (as we already knew to be happening since 2006)?
5-that the Lord's Day began with the completion of 6000 years of mans dominion?
6- that this time came to its full in the year 2000 on Rosh Hashanah (both by the understanding of the Jews and the Gentiles)?
7- that that same Jewish year of 5760 was reported as being the "year of the Mikva" for the world baptismal cleansing?
8- That it was reported (to the Jews understanding) that the year 5761 would be a Sabbath year?
9- That PRIOR to 1993, Arafat (in Brazil) told the public that the PLO would NEVER give peace to Israel?
10- that in 1993,Yitzak Rabin went to Arafat seeking a peace agreement (NO length of treaty given)?
11- That AT Rosh Hashanah of 1993 the Oslo Peace accord was signed?
12- That in exactly 7 years ON ROSH HASHANAH of 2000 Arafat broke the accords and called for the 2nd Intifada?
13- That this would occur in conjunction with points 5, 6, and 7 above?
14- That Arafat (being a distant relative of Jacob/Israel) would be the head of the family of Ishmael (in being like Hagar the EGYPTIAN)? Arafat was an Egyptian!
15- that IF the 6000 years of man came to its conclusion with the dawning of the new Millennium (the 7th day/last day/the Day of the Lord/the Lord's Day) that the prophecy of Joel 2 in this aspect would be seen (signs in the heavens... Comet Shoemaker Levi slamming into Jupiter in 21 fragments, and in the year 2000 the (2 times) "heavenly Menorahs” aligned themselves).
16- The prophecy of Joel 2 that in the earth, blood, fire and pillars of smoke would be seen before the “day of the Lord” (the 7th or “last day” patterned/shown by the Creation account) arrived (four separate volcanoes erupting in 24 hours at the time of Easter in 2000)!
17- the prophecy (Joel 2) of the Sun being darkened (7 total eclipses in the ten years prior to 2000)
18- the prophecy of the moon turning to blood (2 blood moons in 1996 on Jewish feast days- and one in 2000)
19- and these 4 aspects of this prophecy (Joel 2) happening just as scripture states BEFORE the great and terrible Day of the Lord came on Rosh 2000!
20- and as scripture states concerning these last days, that men will heap upon themselves treasures against the last days. And this will be seen as a time of GREAT PLENTY as the type concerning Joseph shows. Wouldn't these "last days" begin with "THE LAST DAY"? Look at the years of world prosperity in the explosion of the “dotcom” computer industry! It began in 1993 and crashed 7 years later in 2000!
21- that crashing of world economic computer related businesses also had the warning of its crashing in 1993 in the form of Y2K! For the year 2000!
22- that same year of the crash of internet business growth saw the Lord's Day, the Last day begin the Famine week. BUT the Lord said that He will send a famine upon the land, not of bread and water, but of hearing the Word of the Lord! It was at Rosh Hashanah of 2000 that many believed the Lord to return for His church(the Rapture) to begin that 7th day and the 70th week of Daniel. When that didn't happen, exactly what the Lord said He would do happened. There was a great famine that occurred to His people and therefore others who did NOT WANT TO HEAR (the prophetic) THE WORD OF THE LORD!
23- Then from 2006, I (we) understood by the scriptures the significant relevance to the Advocacy of Christ as our High Priest from the accuser (Satan)! And that the 70th Week of Daniel was to begin at Rosh Hashanah of 2007-08!
24- in 2006, I (we) knew of Obama to be shortly regarded as the upcoming antichrist!
25- Then in 2008 (at Rosh Hashanah) to begin the last 6 years till Christ's (based upon what has already been fulfilled to date) establishment of His Kingdom, came the crash of the world's economy in the sign of the NYSE drop of 777.68! Exactly showing the three 7's of Jacob's Trouble. I (we) have been teaching this since early 2001! And this right after the Sabbatical Year (Rosh 2000-2001) was completed. And to bring to fulfillment and fulfilling of the world's economy to be in complete change and instability since the Sabbatical Year of 2007-2008!
26- Shortly before this we saw that "Obama" was being hailed as "the One" and “the Messiah" and the fulfilling of the perception of this false worship and religion that will come to its full shortly.
27- Then shortly after (as Obama took the Presidency) we saw that he indeed OBTAINED the Kingdom by flatteries (being called “the One”- “the Messiah”).
28- And we DID see him enter into the kingdom (America-Mystery Babylon) peaceably!
29- And as the "vile one" in Daniel chapter 11, he took the kingdom of his predecessor who lost his kingdom neither by war nor anger (Bush was simply termed out of office)!
Now then, did these things happen?
Most of us here on the Doves believe that Obama is the one who will become the antichrist, yet we (myself included) were taught that there is a "pre-Trib" Rapture before the "seven year Tribulation”. We were also taught that the antichrist would come from the European Union or the revived Roman Empire.
So much of what we were taught in the past is now questionable in light of recent history.
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