Saturday October 8th, 2011
Today is Yom Kippur, the day the door into heaven is shut for another year. At least that is what happens according to Jewish tradition. As I write this, sundown in Jerusalem has already occurred and presumably the door in heaven was shut.
I know of no other year like this one. So many signs pointed to the rapture happening this year. But, for now, it looks like we may have to wait a bit longer.
Luke 13: 6-9 implied that the wait of an extra year was in store.
He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”
Though the rapture could well happen any day, it is on the festival days that we most carefully watch. With the 2011 Fall festivals behind us, we will begin to regretfully turn our attention to the festivals in 2012.
If I am right, here's what I see happening next year. I'm not a prophet. These are just what my best guesses.
- As the US presidential election draws closer, there will be increased destabilization politically and economically which will bring about draconian measures resulting in fewer freedoms. It will be ever more ripe for the antichrist to step onto the world stage.
- Look for sky high prices on nearly everything.
- Look for the failure of many more governments and businesses. All man-made institutions will be shaken.
- Look for for another middle-east war. Look for the destruction of Damascus. Look for the war of Gog and Magog. Look for Israel to prevail, but for the people of Israel to enter a negotiated political peace that will allow the building of their temple.
- Look for a new pope later in the year ushering in the fulfillment of St Malachy's prophecy.
- Look for a ramping up in ecological disasters. Mainly weather related and earthquake related phenomena.
- See more people flock to new age religions. This will probably involve many who were nominally Christians and find many who turn their interest to the Mayan calendar, etc.
- There will be many who will give up on the rapture. Sadly, the failure of our expectations in recent years (and especially this year) will turn people off.
- There will be an increase in solar storms and perhaps a Carrington event.
- There could possibly be the death of Ariel Sharon later in the year resulting ultimately in the fulfillment of Rabbi Kaduri's prophecy.
- Fear will be the main driving force for many people.
- There could well be further intrusions by the government into the finances of churches and religious institutions.
- If there is any truth to the conjecture about Nibiru, look for many people to use it to validate their belief in non-Christian cults.
- I suspect the rapture will happen before the US presidential election thus removing any Christian influence on the outcome.
Dates to watch in 2012:
- Passover week. Sundown April 6th and continuing until Friday April 13th.
- Tu B'Av. Thursday August 2nd.
- Rosh Hashanah. Beginning on Sunset Sunday September 16th and lasting two days.
- Yom Kippur. Starting at sunset Tuesday September 25th.
When Jesus gave us the parable of the virgins who waited for the bridegroom, He mentioned that the bridegroom was delayed in Matthew 25:5.
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.
We all saw the wording in Luke 13:6-9 and Matthew 25:5, but we all (myself included) wanted to accept the plausible timelines and signs for 2011. As far as humanly discernible, 2011 looked to be the final year. I suspect that the Holy Spirit will open up the minds of true believers and reveal many other things about the coming year.
Scriptures show that we have to wait one extra year. Waiting is going to be very, very hard. Make no doubt about it. I hope I am wrong about most of my letter today and no doubt I am wrong about some of it.
I do want to be wrong! Please come quickly, Lord Jesus.