Putting it all together for the 2010-2017 Tribulation Timeline
Putting it all together is what this map is all about. 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jesus told us to “watch” so: does not “watching” mean “rightly discerning the signs of these times?” So we can be those servants in Luke 12:37 “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.”
To begin any study requires God to be an active participant, He does the directing and we can only follow. Many of us have been taught the precepts of man, which must be purged in order to look at Gods word with a clear mind. And even our own precepts can lead us astray. With our many words we attempt to bring truth but only God can rightly bring the light of truth! He has a way of keeping things simple where our minds like to complicate. So…. To put it all together with the help of the Holy Spirit here is what has been wroth from my studies with our Father. In studying the word we must look at it three ways: Literal, Spiritually and then Metaphorically. What it says, how it affects us on the inside and how the stories relate what the customs of that day meant finding the meaning behind the stories.
In Genesis 1:14 we are told that: God put the lights in the firmament to divide the day from the night and let them be for SIGNS, and for seasons and for days and years. In this world I have found that satan is everywhere covering the truth as best as he can: from turning Gods monuments into pagan worship sites or changing their locations; to turning His signs in the sky into something that is worshipped instead of what God intended them to be. Astronomy is not astrology and God did intend for us to watch the skies for His messages to us. The church has been very instrumental in turning many away from studying the SIGNS that God is giving us. To the disbelief of many satan has infiltrated the church as well as our governments! But thank God He is able to bring forth His truth through all the deceit to those who are awake and rightly seeking His truths! The rest of the church sleeps; too busy to stop and see if what they are being taught is what God wants taught blindly trusting when we should be discerning because as Jesus said there would be wolves among us! Time is very short now! The hour of testing is now upon us, only those who are worthy will be able to escape this hour. For many of us who try to bring this truth we are mocked and made fun of but many of the church are unaware how clever satan has been pulling the wool down over their eyes hiding the truth from them. When the shout comes many will be grieved and fall away because they did not show their selves to be “workmen that needs not to be ashamed and not studying rightly dividing the truth.” They have been busy following the precepts of man. Seeking only truths that tickle the ear with prosperity, happiness, and self-improvement for the goals of man and not God’s goals.
(I have a confession that I must make and it is that this narrative was to be that what I had put together of all my studies proudly putting out all I learned but the Holy Spirit kept quietly nudging that I needed to rewrite this narrative but I quietly did not listen until now so you see I clearly have my faults too!! Thank God that He is very patient! Only God can bring that light of truth that brings darkness into light! I can only stand in awe of what He is, was and will be in my life and in the lives of many others!)
The top row of eclipses are solar eclipses: total and annular, totals are black and white and the annular look like rings of fire while the dates show only partial eclipses. Hybrid solar eclipses are a total and annular eclipse at the same time and they declare kingship. I have also added the astronomical signs they appear in to show the simple story you can get by reading what those signs mean. I have added a basic chart of the astrological signs at the end of this document. It has been said that solar eclipses deal with the nations and moon eclipses deal with Israel. The stories in the top 2 rows are amazing when you read what they are saying! If you look for astronomy books look for those, which deal with biblical astronomy.
The eclipses on the second row are lunar eclipses with two types darkened and blood red.
The third row deals with 4 other signs in the sky that are mentioned in the word. There are many others but I could not include them all.
Venus the Morning Star Because Jesus says in Rev 22:16 that He is the bright and morning star I began looking at Venus and how it pertained to the 2010-2017 tribulation period. Venus has a 19 month cycle that makes it both a morning star and a evening star. And it becomes a morning star right at the beginning of tribulation on November 1st. In psalm 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness “from the womb of the morning:” thou hast the dew of thy youth. As many are aware the psalms are matched with our years like psalm 110 to our year 2010 Jesus His self declared the psalms as prophesies in Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. The womb of the morning caught me because Venus “metaphorically” goes into the “womb” of the sun as it transitions from a evening star into a morning star and vise versus. So from Oct 14 to Nov 1, 2010 it is technically in the womb. I think this is a very important time to be watching!
On fivedoves.com mathematical evidence shows the rapture door closes Oct 26th See Johns letter at (http://www.fivedoves.com/rapture/2010/rapture_door_about_to_shut.htmland) there are now many prophesies stating the bride is now ready!! 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesying. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Dr. Owuor’s vision let us know that God was showing us that the wedding feast was ready on Nov 1, 2006 and from the psalm 108 that the taking of the beloved could have happened but the bride was not ready! The last minute is now here and many still are not ready but as the days of Noah those who are ready will be saved from the hour of testing and those who are not will go through the hour of trial to bring forth the pearl that was not developing. The wheat must be trodden down whereas the barley does not. The grapes (stubborn stubborn people) will go through the second half of tribulation and be utterly crushed. It is time to wake up and be watching!!! Many are aware that the Christchurch earthquake on Sept 4 was a sign for the church! See Daniel Matsons article on this at http://2010rapture.org/ Another note is on Oct 24 it will be 50 days from the ChristChurch earthquake and 50 is a number significant for the church! All signs point to this fall so at all cost be awake and watching!!
Dec 21, 2012 is a date that many have heard about “The end of the world” is proclaimed but the Mayans themselves say it is the beginning of a new age like the birthing of a woman we must go through a birthing process to get there.
These pictures explain much what 12/21/2012 is all about. The square box is where our world will be dead center in the Milky Way galaxy on 12/21/2012. The closer we get the more major earth stress will increase. The line you see is the intense pull of the dark star, the Milky Ways center. See more about this on youbetube.com Look up Brent Miller New Horizon project.
The sign of Sept 27 The Woman in the sky With my starry night program I have looked at the scripture Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and the only time something is different is on Sept 27, 2014 when Venus is above Virgos head. This scene in heaven only happens once and in some years twice in the fall. 2014 is mid point of the tribulation. From the hybrid eclipse on Nov 13, 2013 proclaiming the coming King, the end of the 2 witnesses ministry, the taking of the 144,000, the abomination of desolation, Israel finally recognizing their Messiah (the 4 blood moon eclipses in Virgo all on Gods appointed times) and the trumpet declaring the earth’s ownership to be now the Lord’s makes the year 2014 very significant! Here is the rest of Rev 12 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. The church being formed in trials 3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. satan comes to front stage through the new world order government 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: along with his fallen angels (aliens) 12 and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. persecuting the saints and wanting to prevent the manchild from birthing 5And she brought forth a man child, the church who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne (with the voice of the archangel 1Thess 4:16, Dan 12:1-3) 6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, Petra? that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 1260 days 7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. The seventh trumpet Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Israel fleeing into the wilderness 17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Those stubborn stubborn people no longer stubborn but of the very elect!!
Isaiah 4:2 Zavijava the star in Virgo is another sign in the sky for the 2010-2017 timeline. On Sept 21, 2017 the sun will be in conjunction with Zavijava which is described in Isaiah 4:2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be “beautiful and glorious,” and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. In your astronomy guide you can look up Zavijava under Virgo. I hope I have shown some basics of the signs that God has given us!
See for more info http://rapturetrumpets2003.tripod.com/signsoftheend/zavijava.html
The Revelation timeline are the events in the order that the book of revelations gives. The purple happen in sequence but the words in black can over lap. You will notice that I put Napoleon as a possible candidate for the white horse rider because of the bow mentioned which is a fabric bow not a bow and arrow (look it up in the concordance) and that he was given a crown the antichrist is called a prince so he has an inherited crown. Napoleon also rode a white horse and he was the first to grant sanctuary to the Jews. Hitler rode a red horse and he defiantly took peace from the earth. I believe the 3rd and 4th riders have also been released. Looking at the news around the world shows there are signs all around that these two riders are here! Christians are being persecuted and are being martyred all over this world today in great numbers. According to the New Foxes Book of Martyrs there have been more Christians martyred in the nineteenth century then there has been in all of history even now we are seeing great persecution rising against Christians even in the USA.
We are also now on the verge of a pole shift (6th seal) our world will be shaken very soon. Our magnetic field is weakening, which is causing our mantel to heat up and turn to liquid rock and our crust will shift. There are many sink holes and crust eruptions happening all over now along with major earth quakes. People need to wake up but as Jesus said in Matt 24:37-39 the world is sleeping!
Other Events lists other scriptures of prophesy and their possible time period using scripture. In Rev 7:1-3 1And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. This is a holding back of judgments after the pole shift (the first 3 trumpets are the aftermath of a pole shift) and then from verse 4-17 the 144,000 are sealed and a great multitude are seen in heaven (the first rapture) The facts in Rev 6:9-11 and Rev 7:13-17 gives the understanding that it is martyrs who have been raptured I believe it is all the martyrs before the 6th seal who died in great tribulation and those of the Philadelphia church. Then the seventh seal is a ½ hour of silence. Using 42 months equal to 1 hour then ½ hour would equal 21 months. Is this why the red arrows in the sky signs show two signs for the day of the Lord? The Psalm 83 war has not happened and when it does it will give peace to Israel and enlarge their borders. Then Israel will be unwalled and the temple rebuilt and then 21 months later in 2012 sometimes the Magog war will occur bringing on the trumpet judgments that normally would happen right after a pole shift.
The Great Pyramid timeline deals with the Great Pyramids date of Sept 21, 2017 as the day of the Lord’s return. (The date of the 2017 Feast of Trumpets) Using that date gives the dates of when the sacrifices end and possible treaty confirmed. The two witness’s appearance I believe has to do with the Pentecost rapture of everyone found written in the book of life in 2014 (Dan12:1). I believe they are raptured with the manchild (the church) and 144,000 in the 2nd rapture. So their appearance should be around 12/23/2010.
Notes are the prophetic numbers of years that God has used throughout the word. 120, 100, 70, 50, and 40. It is interesting that all are fulfilled in Israel’s timeline.
The Date line shows the tribulation period. The Lord showed me that this period is liken to the fall feasts with Oct 29, 2008 through Oct 29, 2010 as the two days of the Feast of Trumpets which counts as one day, then the 7 days of awe as the 7 years of tribulation and then Yom Kipper the closing of the books. Oct 29, 2008 began what I believe the period that the rapture could have happened but as prophesies were revealed the bride was not ready. Now she will be whisked away right at the start of tribulation.
The Psalms according to Jesus are prophesies of Him. Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. It has been discovered that each psalm lines up with our years. Meaning psalm 110 events will happen in 2010 and so on. It has been proven to be true. Psalm 108:6 had many believing it was the year of the rapture which it still is until Oct 29, 2010 because it is considered one day. So we will see if it happens before Oct 29, 2010! Many prophetic people gave prophesies that the bride was not ready but now the prophesies are saying that she is finally ready and the Wedding Feast is also ready. So we should be looking up for our redemption draws near!!
The Raptures Over the years we all have heard arguments over pre, mind and post. Because the Lord is always teaching on the harvests I began to look at more than one rapture. There have already been 3 Enoch, Elijah and Jesus and those who rose with Him. (All the old testament saints?) Matt 27 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. These were all the old testament saints. Other scriptures showing more than one rapture are:
Dan 12: 13But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. One definition of lot: a number of units of an article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item.
1st Thess 4: 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For (1) the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, (2) with the voice of the archangel, and (3) with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then 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. The word remain according to the dictionary is: to be left after the removal, loss, destruction, etc., of all else. For the 3 loud blasts they are separate events 1st rapture The Shout, 2nd rapture The Voice of the Archangel and the 3rd rapture The Trumpet of God.
Scriptures for the 1st Rapture: The Shout
1. Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
2. Matt 24: 36-44 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
3. Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands
Scriptures for the 2nd Rapture: The Voice of the Archangel
1. Rev 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
2. Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
3. Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Scriptures for the 3rd Rapture: The Trumpet of God
1. Matt 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
2. Matt 24:21-23 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
Ty S. Lamb’s book which I highly recommend “The Three Raptures” puts the Smyrna church at the first rapture but I believe that the Smyrna church means all martyrs those before tribulation, those from the first half of tribulation and then those for the last 3.5 years of tribulation thus they go in all three raptures because of the ten years in Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
In Conclusion we are looking at the beginning of tribulation in just days. Are you worthy to escape all these things is the question we all must answer and do some serious soul searching. Many evils will be let loose and men’s hearts will fail them for the things they see. Give your life to Jesus and do not lose heart! Jesus Loves all of us greatly!
Books to read and videos:
Helena Lehman The Language of God in the Universe, Humanity, History, Prophesy www.pillar-of-enoch.com
Daniel W. Matson Signs of the End http://2010rapture.org/
Ty S. Lamb Three Raptures: Exploring the possibilities
Tom Horn Apollyon rising; 2012 http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com
Patrick Heron The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse http://www.nephilimapocalypse.com/default.asp
Bill Salus Isralestine http://isralestine-blog.blogspot.com/
Joseph A. Seiss The Gospel in the Stars
E.W. Bullinger The witness of the Stars
Joseph B. Lumpkin The Book of Jubilees, The Lost book of Enoch and The Book of Jasher
Brett Miller http://www.thehorizonproject.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUtPRyXgO0A
Door to rapture message for the bride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzXjDqlZZBk
Mayans on pole shift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVW-qF2yd9s&feature=related
www.fivedoves.com scroll to letters
For studying the Jewish Feasts http://www.betemunah.org/
An excellent paper on the great pyramid http://www.thegreatdesign.com/index.htm
I also recommend all of Chuck Missler’s studies http://www.khouse.org/ See all his videos on youtube.com
Mark Blitz is who found the tetrad patterns watch his videos on youtube.com also here is one from his church http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=4a140509475a168fb0aa&
Free download for numerically correct New Testament www.unleavenedbreadministries.org
Free download for Britain and US in prophesy http://www.thetrumpet.com/index.php?page=book&b=44 This is a very good book explaining where the USA is in prophesy
My comment to everyone is if you are able to go online copy all the material ASAP because the internet will soon be taken down and a new system that will be totally controlled will be put up. Buy up on these books also ASAP Knowledge is priceless and satan does want you seeking it.
Gods Appointed Times: Dates of the feasts for the 2010-2017 timeline
The Harvests: How barley, wheat and grapes are harvested
Jewish Wedding customs
The Astrological Signs
Gods Appointed Times
Thu Sept 9 2010 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Sat Sept 18 2010 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Thu Sept 23 2010 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Thu Dec 2 2010 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Sun Mar 20 2011 Purim
Tue Apr 19 2011 Passover
Wed Apr 20 2011 Feast of Unleavened Bread 7 days
Thu April 21 2011 Feast of First Fruits
Wed June 8 2011 Pentecost/Shavuot
Thu Sept 25 2014 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Sat Oct 4 2014 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Thu Oct 9 2014 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Wed Dec 17 2014 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Thu Mar 5 2015 Purim
Sat Apr 4 2015 Passover
Sun Apr 5 2015 Feast of Unleavened Bread
Mon Apr 6 2015 Feast of First Fruits
Sun. May 24 2015 Pentecost/Shavuot
Thu Sept 29 2011 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Sat Oct 8 2011 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Thu Oct 13 2011 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Wed Dec 21 2011 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Thu Mar 8 2012 Purim
Sat Apr 7 2012 Passover
Sun Apr 8 2012 Feast of Unleavened Bread 7 days
Mon Apr 9 2012 Feast of First Fruits
Sun May 27 2012 Pentecost/Shavuot
Mon Sept 14 2015 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Wed Sept 23 2015 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Mon Sept 28 2015 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Mon Dec 7 2015 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Thu Mar 24 2016 Purim
Sat Apr 23 2016 Passover
Sun Apr 24 2016 Feast of Unleavened Bread
Mon Apr 25 2016 Feast of First Fruits
Sun Jun 12 2016 Pentecost/Shavuot
Mon Sept 17 2012 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Wed Sept 26 2012 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Mon Oct 1 2012 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Sun Dec 9 2012 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Sun Feb 24 2013 Purim Fast of Ester
Tue Mar 26 2013 Passover
Wed Mar 27 2013 Feast of Unleavened Bread 7 days
Thu Mar 28 2013 Feast of First Fruits
Wed May 15 2013 Pentecost/Shavuot
Mon Sept 14 2015 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Wed Sept 23 2015 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Mon Sept 28 2015 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Mon Dec 7 2015 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Thu Mar 24 2016 Purim
Sat Apr 23 2016 Passover
Sun Apr 24 2016 Feast of Unleavened Bread
Mon Apr 25 2016 Feast of First Fruits
Sun Jun 12 2016 Pentecost/Shavuot
Thu Sept 5 2013 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Sat Sept 14 2013 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Thu Sept 19 2013 Feast of Tabernacles 8days
Thu Nov 28 2013 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Sun Mar 16 2014 Purim
Tue Apr 15 2014 Passover
Wed Apr 16 2014 Feast of Unleavened Bread
Thu Apr 17 2015 Feast of First Fruits
Wed Jun 4 2014 Pentecost/Shavuot
Thu Sept 21 2017 New Year Feast of Trumpets
Sat Sept 30 2017 Yom Kippur* Day of Atonement
Thu Oct 5 2017 Feast of Tabernacles 8 Days
Wed Dec 13 2017 Hanukah Oil burned for 8 days
Also all Sabbaths and new moons
Since the feasts were given by God Himself these are important dates to watch as well as watching the sky for signs on these days. But use astronomy not astrology satan has taken the mazzoroth and turned it into the zodiac. The planets and stars are for signs not to guide your personal life God has that role if you belong to Him.
1. The way barley is harvested is by rubbing the grain lightly and then letting the wind blow away the chaff.
2. Wheat is harvested after being trodden down to break the hard shell then it is winnowed by the wind blowing away the chaff
3. Grapes are crushed completely until all the juice is out.
4. These are the harvests of the Lord. Which one are you?
Jewish Wedding from Koinonia House Full article at http://www.khouse.org/articles/2003/449/
The first step, the Ketubah, or Betrothal, was the establishment of the marriage covenant, usually when the prospective bridegroom took the initiative and negotiated the price (mohair) he must pay to purchase her. Once the bridegroom paid the purchase price, the marriage covenant was established, and the young man and woman were regarded as husband and wife. From that moment on, the bride was declared to be consecrated or sanctified - set apart - exclusively for her bridegroom. As a symbol of the covenant relationship that had been established, the groom and bride drank from a cup of wine over which the betrothal had been pronounced.
After the marriage covenant was established, the groom left his bride at her home and returned to his father's house, where he remained separated from his bride for approximately 12 months. This afforded the bride time to gather her trousseau and prepare for married life.
During this period of separation, the groom prepared a dwelling place in his father's house to which he would later bring his bride. At the end of the period of separation, the bridegroom came - usually at night - to take his bride to live with him. The groom, the best man, and other male escorts left the father's house and conducted a torch-light procession to the home of the bride. Although the bride was expecting her groom to come for her, she did not know the time of his coming. As a result, the groom's arrival was preceded by a shout, which announced her imminent departure to be gathered with him.
After the groom received his bride, together with her female attendants, the enlarged wedding party returned from the bride's home to the groom's father's house, where the wedding guests had assembled. Shortly after their arrival, the bride and groom were escorted by the other members of the wedding party to the bridal chamber (huppah). Prior to entering the chamber, the bride remained veiled so that no one could see her face. While the groomsmen and bridesmaids waited outside, the bride and groom entered the bridal chamber alone. There, in the privacy of that place, they entered into physical union for the first time, thereby consummating the marriage that had been covenanted approximately one year earlier.
After the marriage was consummated, the groom came out of the bridal chamber and announced the consummation of the marriage to the members of the wedding party waiting outside. Then, as the groom went back to his bride in the chamber, the members of the wedding party returned to the wedding guests and announced the consummation of the marriage. Upon receiving the good news, the wedding guests remained in the groom's father's house for the next seven days, celebrating with a great wedding feast.
During the seven days of the wedding feast, the bride and groom remained hidden in the bridal chamber (Genesis 29:21-23, 27-28) for the seven days of the huppah. Afterwards, the groom came out of hiding, bringing his bride with him, but with her veil removed so that everyone could see her.
The Ultimate Bride
The New Testament portrays the Church as the Bride of Christ in Ephesians 5:22-33 (Paul even quotes Genesis 2:24 as the union at the Parousia of the Bridegroom in v.31!) Romans 7:4; 2 Corinthians 11:2; James 4:4. In the opening verses of John 14, the marriage covenant is confirmed. Paul continually reminds us of the purchase price and the covenant by which we, the Bride, are set apart, or sanctified.
Ecclesiology vs. Eschatology
It is this distinctive nature of the Church that is often overlooked by students of prophecy. One of the challenges in fully appreciating Paul's epistles is the need to understand the staggering and distinctive advantages afforded the Church, in contrast to those of the Old Testament saints. And it is this role as the Bride of the Bridegroom that is emphasized in the parables and in the Book of Revelation. It is John the Baptist that closes the Old Testament, not Malachi. A profound distinction appears to be drawn between the saints of the Old Testament and those of the New.
The Departure of the Bridegroom
The Bridegroom has departed, and His return to gather His Bride is imminent. He has gone to prepare a place for you and me. (He has been at it for 2,000 years! It must be a spectacular abode!)
Virgo, the Virgin The promised seed of the woman (A woman bearing a branch in her right hand and an ear of corn in her left hand. Isaiah 7:14
1. Coma the desired of the nations the desired son (woman with a child in her hand)
2. Centaurus despised sin offering (Centaurs have two natures and were despised so also is Christ who was both God and man who was despised and rejected of men)
3. Bootes the coming one (A man walking rapidly with a sickle in left hand and a shepherds staff in His right)
1. Zerah – The seed John 12:24
2. Tsemech or Spica – The branch Jer 23:5-6 Zech 3:8 & 6:12
3. Zavijaveh– Gloriously beautiful Isa 4:2
4. Al Murredin– Who shall come down or have dominion Isa 7:14
The Promised Seed of the woman, the desired of all nations, a two-natured being, who will come to harvest.
Libra, the Scales The redeemer's atoning work 1 Cor. 6:20
1. Crux the southern cross (visible in Jerusalem at the time of Christ’s first coming)
2. Lupus the victim slain
3. Corona the royal crown
1. Zuben Al Genubi -The price which is deficient Romans 3:10, 23
2. Zuben Al Shemali The price which covers 1Cor 15:3-4
3. Zuben Al Akrab The redemption price of the conflict 1 Pet 2:24
The unredeemed redeemed by the cross by the victim slain, who receives the Crown.
Scorpio, the Scorpion The redeemer's conflict
1. Serpens the serpent (A serpent reaching for the corona the crown)
2. Ophiucus the serpent bearer (Holding the serpent back from taking the crown)
3. Hercules the mighty one (Down on one knee with foot on the head of the dragon with a club in the other hand)
1. Antares - The wounding Genesis 3:15
2. Lesath, Lesha - The perverse Isaiah14:13
The scorpion seeking to wound, but itself trodden under foot. The serpent and the man struggling. The mighty man kneeling on one knee, humbled in the conflict, but holding aloft the tokens of victory, with his foot on the head of the dragon.
Sagittarius, the Archer The redeemer's triumph Rev. 6:2
1. Lyra the harp (praise prepared for the conqueror)
2. Ara the burning altar (consuming fire for His enemies)
3. Draco the dragon (the old serpent cast down from heaven)
1. Naim-the gracious one
The two-natured Conqueror going forth; Praise prepared for the Conqueror and the consuming fire prepared for His enemy the old serpent--the Devil.
Capricorn, the Goat The goat of atonement slain for the redeemed Romans 3:25
1. Sagitta the arrow of God sent forth
2. Aquila the eagle The smitten one falling
3. Delphinus the dolphin the dead one rising again
1. Al Gedi- the kid
2. Deneb Al Gedi- the sacrifice cometh
3. Dabih- the sacrifice slain
4. Ma’asad- the slaying
5. Sa’ad al Naschira- the record of the cutting off
The goat of atonement for the redeemed slain by the arrow of God. The smitten one falling, and rising again.
Aquarius, the Waterman their blessings ensured the pourer of water John 7:38
1. Piscus Australis the Southern Fish- the blessings bestowed
2. Pegasus the winged horse- the blessings quickly coming
3. Cygnus the swan-The blesser surely returning
1. Sa’ad al Melik- the record of the pouring out
2. Saad al Sund- the pourer out
3. Scheat- who goes and returns
4. Meon- an urn
The living waters poured forth for the redeemed to drink of the blessing. Bringing news of the quickly returning Redeemer.
Pisces, the Fishes The fishes of him that comes Mark 1:17
1. The band- The redeemed bound but binding their enemy
2. Andromeda- The chained woman The redeemed in their bondage and affliction
3. Cephus- The crowned king Their redeemer coming to rule
The redeemed bound by a band to their enemy in bondage waiting for their redeemer to come free them and rule over them.
Aries, the Ram The blessings of the redeemed consummated and enjoyed Rev. 5:6
1. Cassiopeia- the enthroned woman (The captive delivered and preparing for her husband, the Redeemer)
2. Cetus- the sea monster (The great enemy bound)
3. Perseus- the breaker (The breaker delivering the redeemed)
1. El Nath- wounded, slain
2. Al Sheratan- the bruised, the wounded
The Lamb that was slain. The captive to be delivered and prepared for her for her Husband, who is bound to Cetus, the sea monster, who will be Broken by the Deliverer.
Taurus, the Bull Messiah the coming judge of all the earth John 5:22
1. Orion- the glorious one (Light breaking forth in the redeemer)
2. Eridanus- the river of the Judge (the river of wrath breaking forth for His enemies)
3. Auriga- the Shepherd (Safety for the redeemed in the day of wrath)
1. Al Debaran- leader or governor
2. El Nath- wounded or slain
3. Pleiades-the congregation of the judge or ruler booths
Messiah coming to rule in the person of the redeemer. whose Wrath is breaking forth on His enemies, while He shepherd's his Redeemed in safety.
Gemini, the Twins Messiah’s reign as Prince of peace The place of Him who comes Romans 1:3
1. Lepus the hare (The enemy trodden under foot)
2. Canis Major Sirius the Prince
3. Canis Minor The second dog (The exalted Redeemer)
1. Apollo-ruler or judge
2. Hercules-who comes to labor, or suffer
3. Waset- set His face like flint
4. Mebsuta-treading under feet
The twofold nature of the King who treads His enemy under foot. The coming glorious Prince of Princes, the exalted Redeemer.
Cancer, the Crab Messiah’s redeemed possessions held fast (The cattle folds) Isaiah 4:5-6
1. Ursa Minor- the little bear the lesser sheepfold
2. Ursa Major- the great bear the fold and the flock
3. Argo- the ship the pilgrims safe at home
1. Praesepe- multitude, offspring
2. Acubene- the sheltering or hiding-place
3. Ma’alaph- assembled thousands
The possessions held fast in the lesser and greater sheepfolds. The redeemed pilgrims safely journeying home.
Leo, the Lion The consummated triumph Rev. 5:5
1. Hydra- the serpent destroyed
2. Crate-r the cup of divine wrath poured out upon him
3. Corvus-the bird of prey devouring him
1. Regulus - The treading under foot Rom.16:20
2. Denebola - The Lord who comes Rev 22:12 ; 20
3. Sarcam- the joining
4. Al Dafera- the enemy put down
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah aroused for the rending of the Enemy, the old Serpent. the cup of Divine wrath poured out, while birds of prey devour him.