Hello, John and Doves,
“ ‘Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes,
will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself
and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.
And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch,
and find them so, blessed are those servants.’ ” Luke 12:37-38.
For your consideration:
Here are some definitions to mull over.
First watch: On or before Rosh Hashanah, 5772—September 29-30, 2011.
Second watch: After the first watch, and on or before Hanukkah, 5772
[Kislev 25 to Tevet 2]—which lasts from twilight December 20, 2011
to twilight, December 28, 2011.
Third watch: On or after Hanukkah, 5772—
on or after twilight, December 28, 2011.
Each watch was four hours long, except that the first and third watches could be longer or shorter, depending on twilight and dawn times during the year. One question you may ask is, “Why does the first watch seem inordinately long?” The answer is that there is one magical verse that is applied no less than seven times throughout history, including the far future, each in a different setting.
“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up.”
First, Hosea 6:2 applies to Israel, back in the day. Counting from Abraham, circa 2091 B.C., when he entered Canaan, we see that Jesus came in the fullness of time (also according to Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy and many other scriptures). Israel was offered forgiveness and eternal life--and many thousands accepted that offer as an indication of the third fulfillment.
The second time Hosea 6:2 was applied, the verse referred to Jesus Himself. He died before sunset on Good Friday, April 3, 33 A.D., and He rose from the dead when the third day was already about 12 hours old, in Jewish reckoning—on Resurrection Sunday, April 5, 33 A.D. [For an excellent discussion of the dates of Jesus’ life, see http://www.bethlehemstar.net/.]
Since it is Middle Eastern custom [and therefore culturally reasonable] to consider a whole day, or a portion thereof, as equal representatives of a particular day of the week, we have an interesting situation. “After two days” is sufficiently fulfilled by the fact that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened on the Third Day. The fact that some part of the third day had transpired before the resurrection took place is sufficient for two different phrases to apply. “After three days” is here equivalent to “on the third day,” for the fourth day had not yet come.
The third fulfillment of Hosea 6:2 has really been ongoing for the past century, at least. The spiritual resurrection of many of those who comprise Eretz Israel has already begun—witness the many Messianic Jewish synagogues flourishing in the power of the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit—literally, Spirit, the Holy]. This is a guarantee, local in time to our generation, of the truly imminent Rapture of the followers of Jesus Christ.
[The Rapture of believing Jews and Gentiles as one Body of Christ [Ephesians 5:30] will be the fifth fulfillment.]
“I am the Good Shepherd, I know my own sheep [Eretz (true) Israel], and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.” John 10:14-16
Now, how does Hosea 6:2 relate to anything else? The fourth application has already happened, in that Daniel’s 70th week has now begun, in the third millennium since Jesus Christ’s First Coming—as the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world [Revelation 13:8]. The date was October 29, 2008. Please see Kevin Heckle’s excellent article, Amazing Astronomical Discovery, part II http://www.fivedoves.com/ac/kevinh1214.htm on the home page of Five Doves forum http://www.fivedoves.com/.
As presented previously, the Rapture is the fifth fulfillment of Hosea 6:2.
The Rapture of the Church Age saints must occur between the fifth and sixth seal judgments, because the mission of the Two Witnesses starts just after the sealing of the 144, 000 super Jewish evangelists (probably male and female—just to satisfy Rick by throwing confusion to the enemy). We Church Age believers have the authority to move mountains, but the time is not ripe for the Great Tribulation until after we are taken out of the way. In other words, since the Rapture is in fact imminent as I write this, we must be close to or past the fifth seal, the seal of the Martyrs asking, “How long?”
“How long?” is a question that can also be applied to Israel looking forward to the full millennial assignation of all the land appointed by God as being Eretz Israel, Beulah land. Indeed, it will be that on September 23, 2015, we expect that Messiah Jesus will announce the Jubilee year of 5776. Tabernacles, 5776 will be the start of the next Jubilee year. This will be the sixth fulfillment of Hosea 6:2.
After the Millennium, the Great White Throne Judgment will occur, and then there will be a new heavens and a new Earth, less than 3000 years after Jesus Christ was presented as the Lamb of God on the Sunday of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, March 29, 33 A.D., in strict fulfillment of Exodus 12:3. Three prophetic days after Christ Jesus died, was buried, and then triumphantly rose from the dead as the earnest of our expectations [Romans 8:19], He is going to renew the heavens and the earth. Hallelujah! This will be the seventh and final fulfillment of Hosea 6:2.
You may also ask, “Why Hanukkah as a delimiter for the end of the second watch?”
It is because this year, 2011, Hanukkah falls on the 21st of December, the winter solstice.
Is God going to use the ancient New Year or the present western Gentile New Year?
“No one knows the day nor the hour, no not the angels in heaven, but my Father only.” Matthew 24:36
Baruch HaShem YHWH Elohim Elyon [Blessed be the Name of the LORD God Most High],