Tng (6 Dec 2010)
"My own RAPTURE fleece"
For the last couple of weeks, a few of you had put out a fleece
asking the LORD for confirmation
of a 2010 rapture. After reading the latest fleece by Fay, I can no longer hold back anymore. I, too, had put out a fleece
the day after my birthday. Two weeks ago on my birthday, I prayed to
God to give me a birthday present. At the end of the day I was very
disappointed -- God gave me something I did not expect. I kept reminding
myself that I should not be too attached to the things of this world
especially given the nearness of His coming. Yet, deep down, I was
unhappy, felt like a failure and thought that I deserved better.
cut the long story short, God gave me this number -- 8.23. I have seen
this number before although I have not worked with it. Immediately I
recalled that it is the licence plate number of a car of someone I know;
at the back of my mind for some inexplicable reason I have always
associated it with the scripture "we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God" from the book of Romans. In my downcast
state the scripture comforted me.
I got home, I looked up
e-Sword and was dumbfounded by what I found -- Rom 8:23 is another
scripture altogether; I have mistaken it for Rom 8:28 -- the
all-things-work-together-for-good scripture. After reading the
scripture on e-Sword, my unhappiness was somewhat
lessened by the clear rapture message contained therein -- "And not
only they, but ourselves also, which have the
firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."
I started thinking, maybe afterall this is truly the 50th birthday present I
was supposed to receive from the LORD -- a rapture clue, perhaps. The
number drew out the numericist in me and my numerate mind started
ticking in search of patterns and clues. I vaguely recalled that the chapter
order of Rom 7 was something I worked with before. A quick check sent a
shiver down my spine as I confirmed that Rom 8 is chapter 2010 of the
22 Epistles of the Bible -- the third cycle of the Bible Wheel!
There are 143 chapters from Rom 1 to Rev 22. If we continue the count
after Rev 22 by looping back to Rom 1, and repeat the counting several
times, we will reach 2010 precisely at Rom 8.]
The next day I
was still pondering over the scripture the LORD gave me while I still
had not completely gotten over my disappointment. Taking the cue from
Charles Holler (see post) who shared his fleece that day,
I decided to put out my own fleece. On the way to work that morning, I told the LORD
to show me the number again so that I know for sure it was sent from
Him. As the day progressed, I had forgotten about the fleece. In
the afternoon I felt hungry and decided to get a bite at a nearby deli, which
is quite unusual for me. While queuing for my egg sandwich and coffee,
I saw the number 8:23 on the microwave oven staring back at me! As I
was trying to figure out the meaning of the display, it turned 8:24. It
was then that I realized the digital clock on the microwave oven was
not showing accurate time as it was around three in the afternoon at the time --
the same time I received 8:23 from God the day before!
confirmation from God that He has sent me the number 8:23 given that
the number came to me around the same time one day
after another in close succession in answering to my two prayers -- one for a birthday
present, and the other for a rapture fleece?
ponder and waver on whether I should share it with the doves as I was
a bit doubtful of the 2010 connection. On the third day, while at work,
I had to attend a meeting scheduled late in the afternoon. I decided to
bite first in case the meeting stretched on (meeting of this nature
takes place once in a year). Since I don't have the habit of
having afternoon tea so this hunger pang is highly unusual.
The whole thing was déjà vu all over again -- the
deli, egg sandwich, coffee and 3 pm. While waiting for my coffee,
I decided to check the digital clock on the microwave oven to see what
time it displayed. Secretly I was hoping to see 8:23 again, but to my
disappointment the clock indicated one minute past two.
did not take long before it hit me that 2:01 is the first three digits
of 2010! Isn't God trying to tell me directly that Rom 8:23 will be
fulfilled in 2010?
May this be the year of our redemption!