Gerry Almond (15 Sep 2010)
"IDEAS AND THOUGHTS OF THE RAPTURE."
A FEW IDEAS ABOUT THE RAPTURE AND OTHER THINGS.
asked the Lord why not 9/10, when the witnesses verified Rosh
HaShana? These ideas came to mind and therefore, these are my
thoughts, and mine alone, about the time we are in. So, take this
article that way and for whatever value this is for your own
edification. I, like you, love the Lord, and long for His return
My understanding is that the sacred feasts of Israel number 3 major events and consist of 7 feasts. The three events are:
Further, these three contain a total of seven separate feasts:
2. Unleavened Bread.
3. First Fruits
all know that Jesus Christ fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread, and
First Fruits when He was crucified, died, was buried, and rose again in
that order. We also know that the great feast of Pentecost was
fulfilled when the Holy Spirit came in tongues of fire on the heads of
the disciples in the upper room and the mighty Age of Grace was
given. Obviously the next of the feasts to be fulfilled is
Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles.
Notice that the Feast of
Trumpets ushers in the Jewish new year annually. It occurs in our
September. The last three feasts, like the first three are a sort
of three in one combination and thus, Trumpets (New Year called by Jews
Rosh HaShana) could extend to the last day of the Feast of
Tabernacles. The entire day count of the last three feasts is 21
days plus an eighth day added to Tabernacles for a total of 22.
The 22nd days would be called “new beginnings”.
includes the unusual information contained in chapter 10. In that
chapter, Daniel was already convinced that the Babylonian captivity was
OVER because he had been studying the prophecy of Jeremiah in which the
captivity was determined to be 70 years long. Daniel was taken
captive into Babylon on his 17th birthday and knew the captivity would
end on his 87th birthday, a period of 70 years. It was
time. But instead of wringing his hands when the time came and
his people were still yet in captivity, he gathered friends together
and they prayed and fasted. For 21 FULL days they did this and
finally the events recorded in Daniel chapter 10 occurred at the end of
the 21st day and therefore IN THE 22ND DAY.
One of my ideas is
expressed as follows. There seems TO ME to be a principle in the Bible,
namely this. When persons are involved, delays seem to be counted
in terms of days. When institutions are involved, the count seems
to be in years. Thus, Daniel’s 21 days delay were actual days,
but the Church’s delay would be in years. Note that when
Nebachudnezzar, King of Babylon, was warned to repent or face judgment,
he was given 1 year to do so. When he didn’t he was driven out
into tribulation where he spent seven years out of his mind acting like
an animal. This is a picture of the tribulation period now.
Note the one year grace given to the old reprobate King. This is
the same time frame found in the Bible Code that gave us 9/21/2009 as
the rapture event date, but was DELAYED WITHIN THE CODE ITSELF.
The question immediately became FOR ME IS FOR HOW LONG? I think
the delay was for one Jewish year until 9/10/2010 as the actual day of
New Year turned out to be by the sighting of the crescent of the new
moon.. If the analogy holds true, perhaps the rapture will be on
the 22nd day after, but including 9/10/2010. That date would be
September 30/October 1, 2010.
Back in 1988, Edgar
Whisenant, in his book “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will be in 1988”
listed as a notable finding that the sacred feasts occur exactly on the
major developmental points of the gestation to birth of a human
child. Thus, by observing the sacred feasts, Israel is always a
“woman” and her major points are likewise on the lunar cycles.
Just so, all women’s menstrual cycles are likewise controlled by the
lunar cycle. In every way, then, Israel is a woman, AS IS ALSO
Using the 280 day gestation period and converting it
to an institution such as the Church or a Nation, the gestation time
would be 280 years.
Take the U. S. experience for
example. Columbus opened the new world in 1492. He did not
set foot on soil of what is now the United States, but rather the West
Indies. It appears that 280 YEARS later the first Continental
Congress convened in 1774. In that year in the colonies, one had
to choose either to favor the British or freedom. Many
believe this Congress, 280 years after Columbus, was the beginning of
the United States of America. In 1494, explorers were setting
foot on what later would be the United States soil in what would become
to be known as Florida, and 280 YEARS later, on July 4, 1776, the
Declaration of Independence was signed and national birth was declared.
are seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3. Each may represent a
period of 280 years, from one to the other, in successive march.
Thus Ephesus would be 280 years long and then Smyrna would be 280
years, etc. Seven of these would be 1, 960 years from Pentecost
32 or 33. Thus 1,992 or 1993 years after Christ, the seven
churches would have done the mission. What mission? The
Church, up until 1992 or so was the PRIMARY means of evangelization of
the world. This seems to be about right to me, as mass MEDIA evangelism
took over from what had been exclusively the Church’s domain.
another of my ideas, I point you to the Rev. Billy Graham crusade of
San Juan, Puerto Rico, as possible proof of this. In April 1994,
one year after the Church age count, President Richard Nixon
died. At his state funeral, against all protocol, Rev Billy
Graham delivered as the funeral message a simple salvation message to
the ambassadors gathered there from all over the world. If the
family or government had known what Graham was going to say, they would
not have allowed it. Nixon reportedly said so to Graham when he
was saved about three months earlier. In April, 1995, the Billy Crusade
sent the gospel to ½ of the world via Telstar satellite and then in
April 1996, using the same technology, along with great cooperation of
the world’s churches and their missionaries, the gospel went to the
other half. Graham stated in his magazine his belief that he had
fulfilled Matthew 24:14 which said “and this gospel of the kingdom will
be preached to the whole world for a witness, and then shall the end
come”. Then it came to mind the story in Luke 14:16ff of the
great supper prepared by a certain man. He bade many to
come as “those bidden”saying “Come, for all things are now
ready”.. They, in turn made excuse saying “I have bought a piece
of ground and must go see it” and “I have bought five yoke of oxen and
go to prove them” and another said “I have married a wife, and
therefore I cannot come”. etc. The master of the house was angry
and bade his servants to go out into the streets and the lanes and
bring here the poor and maimed and the halt and the blind. When this
task was completed, the man was still not satisfied because there was
still room and said to his servants: “Go out into the highways and the
hedges and compel them to come in”,. This was so the house may be
full. Do you see what I see? Nixon died, the bidden ones,
the ambassadors rejected the offer to come in and bring their nations
with them. Refusing, then the message went out by satellite to
the half of the world. Then finally the message went out to the
other half. No wonder Graham felt that he had fulfilled Mt. 24:14.
I feel that the United States today is like the rich man who had
granaries bursting with grain and he lamented as to what to do with the
excess grain coming in. He said to himself, I know what I will
do, I’ll tear these down and build bigger and bigger granaries. (I have
been awestruck at the building of homes and businesses on such a grand
scale in America up until the housing bubble burst). But God
said, “Thou fool, this night is thy soul required of thee”. Could
any story more parellel the United States today? This is, of
course, another of my ideas.
Today, mass communication is the
PRIMARY key to worldwide evangelism, not the churches as used to be the
case. You be the judge on this observation, but to me it smacks
true. And what of today’s churches? They seem to be largely
apostate, lukewarm at best, and largely ineffective except to provide
funds to missionaries. There are some good ones, of course, but I
speak of the majority, of all stripes, Catholic or Protestant..
back to the subject. As I said earlier, the textbook gestation
period of a human child is 280 DAYS. That is about 9
months. It is true with all normal births, more or less.
The count of days from Nisan 1 to the end of Tabernacles each year is
280 days as well.
Thus it may be established that years apply to institutions and nations, and days to human birth and the sacred feasts.
this, why not consider that Daniel 10 is a perfect picture of the
rapture of the Church, including the resurrection of those asleep in
Christ. When one reads this chapter, one finds that Daniel was
struck “dead” inasmuch as “no breath remained in him”, except that he
could still hear. Any health professional who knows medicine will
tell you that hearing is the last sense to leave the dying
person. Daniel was dead. He was revived only by the command
of the heavenly messenger, who came to him AFTER 21 FULL days of
delay. He was then set upon his hands and knees and then allowed
to stand up before the Messenger.. (Some think this was an angel,
but I believe it was the Lord pre-incarnate..just look at His
description). He was told that from the first day of prayer, his
plea was heard, but the arrival of Michael and Himself had been DELAYED
due to the fierceness of the battle that was waged by the “prince of
Persia (Iran)” Michael had come in order to help Him in this
battle and now, THEY were here for Daniel’s words (prayer).
Daniel’s experience was in a vision, not actual, but real neverless.
a picture this may be of the rapture when the dead (Daniel was dead)
will rise and the living (Daniel was resurrected and then he was
transformed and made strong) will be transformed just like Daniel,
whose experience represented both of these.
Now, after 21
YEARS delay from the message of Edgar Whisenant in 1988 came the Bible
encoded rapture date of September 21, 2009 (See
www.rapture5770-5775.com). Then was encoded a further DELAY of
seemingly one Jewish year to Tishrei 1, 5771. Think about this.
What if the rapture event was ordered for that day in accordance with
the code, and Jesus and Michael are on their way as you read
this? When they get here, the rapture event will occur. If
this is not the case, then why not? If the time is not now, then
If this is so, then isn’t it reasonable to fast and pray
for 21 days while the Lord and the Archangel fight through the war in
heaven by those seeking to stop the rapture event? Isn’t Persia
(Iran) prominent in the news these days? After all, this event
will verify the certain doom of Satan, and his henchman, the
antichrist. It is just a matter of time, and not much at that.
HaShana occurred this year on September 10. 21 FULL days later,
if the count is inclusive is September 30 and October 1, 2010 is the
Loved ones, the Lord is more anxious than we
to come and get us. And you know ow anxious you are. Here, with
you all I am hoping for the Blessed Hope, the glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior Jesus Christ now. I have watched for 57
years now and I am ready.