And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22 (see also similar in Mark 13:20)And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. Revelation 8:12In the 2004 book "Passion, Power, & Glory - Watching for the return of the Prince of Peace", the author puts forth the proposition that Jesus Christ will return to Jerusalem on September 23, 2015.Revelation of His Glory
2nd Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ to
Return to execute Judgement in Justice
September 23, 2015 (Gregorian)
(Prologue, page v)
The author then counts backward from this 9/23/15 date a total of 1260 days to reach the following conclusion:...April 11, 2012 can be arrived at for the acceptance of the false christ, the antichrist, as the Messiah, based on straight 360-day prophetic years.
(Prologue, page v)
The quandary is we know at some point during these 1260 days we will no longer have straight 360-day prophetic years. We know at some time preceding Christ's 2nd coming that the length of the day will decrease by one third. Which means that while there had been 24 hours in a day, in the future there will be 16. Put another way, in the length of time the earth had been orbiting the sun for 2 days or 48 hours showing on an atomic clock, there now would have elapsed 3 days for the same 48 hours as measured by an atomic clock, (2 x 24 = 48 = 3 x 16). This is 50% more days in the same period of time.
Which means at some point we will no longer have straight 360-days to a prophetic year but will instead have 360 + 180 = 540 days to a prophetic year. We could call these Revelation 8:12 years. The big question is when. Without knowing exactly when the Revelation 8:12 event occurs, we has no way to count backwards into the last 1260 days and know how many years or earth orbits around the sun this represents.
Renee Moses has a website dedicated to an October 7/8, 2012 Rapture of the Bride which presents a very elegant solution to this puzzle.Her solution is that the event occurs 2 years or 720 days into the final 1260 days. There is still 1 1/2 years to go. However, since the day is shortened by 1/3rd, there is only 1 year around the sun left. In this 1 year, the earth will have 50% more days or 540 days. Adding 540 and 720 we arrive at 1260 days total. Subtracting the 3 prophetic years from 9/23/2015 we arrive at 10/8/2012, the end of Tabernacles, 2012.Let's look Revelation and reason together. We have in Revelation:1. 7 churches = 7 golden candlesticks (body), 7 Spirits of God = lamps of fire (spirit), and 7 stars = 7 Angels of the 7 Churches (soul) (Revelation 1:4 - 4:5)2. 24 elders and 4 beasts (Revelation 4:4 - 5:14)3. 7 seals and Lamb with 7 horns and 7 eyes, the 7 eyes = 7 Spirits of God, 4 Angels at 4 corners of earth holding back 4 winds, and 144,000 sealed (Revelation 5:1-8:1)4. 7 trumpets, 4 trumpets and then 3 trumpets = 3 woes (Revelation 8:2-9:21)5. 7 thunders (Revelation 10:1-10:4)6. The dragon with 7 heads, 7 crowns, 10 horns along with the beast and the false prophet (Revelation 12:3-13:18)7. The 7 Angels with the 7 vials containing the 7 last plagues (Revelation 15:1-16:17)For this discussion, let's define a month as around the length of time it takes the moon to go around the earth at 30 straight, not shortened, days, and a year as around the length of time it takes the earth to go around the sun at 360 straight, not shortened, days.This event where earth's orbit speeds up is the fourth of the 7 trumpets. Let's review. If this event occurs at the 2 year / 24 month / 720 day mark into the 1260 days ending on 9/23/2015, then the 1 1/2 years left is reduced by 1/3rd to only 1 year. However this last year will have 50% more days or 540, so will cover the same number of days that would normally take 1 1/2 years. So there are 540 shortened days per prophetic year.We have a total of 720 straight and 540 shortened days which equals 1260 days. Then, back calculating when this event, the fourth of the 7 trumpets would need to sound, we arrive at 9/24/2014. Then back calculating again by 2 360-day years one arrives at 10/8/2012.Now we come to the fifth trumpet and 1st woe.And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. Revelation 9:1We need to have this trumpet sound the same day the fourth trumpet. I see nothing in scripture to say it doesn't. We also know that the fifth trumpet and 1st woe lasts for 5 months which would be equal to 150 straight days, but because this is after the days become shortened, would be 225 shortened days.And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. Revelation 9:5-6An interesting scenario, the first of three, is if we suppose the 150 straight days must occur before the prophetic year which leads up to Jesus Christ returning on 9/23/2015. Well, we probably shouldn't use dates as we don't know how they will count the Gregorian after the day change. We do know that 9/23/2015 is the fall equinox in 2015 so we could have just said that Jesus Christ will return on the Fall Equinox in 2015 and leave it at that.Now after the shortening of days, will there be around 45 days in each month or will they keep atomic time and allot 2 straight days for every 3 shortened days the earth rotates? The Hebrew, which is lunar, could change to shortened day which means Yom Kippur in 2015, the 10th straight day of the seventh moon or month, could also be considered the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in 2015, the 15th shortened observed day.But back to this first scenario of explaining the 5 months / moons or 150 straight days. Going backwards on the current Gregorian calendar from 9/24/2014, 150 days we arrive at 4/27/2014, YOM HASHOAH, Nisan 27. This holiday was initiated in 1950 to commemorate the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. That would also push forward by half of 150 days which is 75 days, the start of the 1260 day tribulation from 10/8/2012 to 12/22/2012. Okay, will the satan worshiping mayans steal the credit in the eyes of mankind if this 12/22/2012 date turns out to be the true day of the Rapture and 10/8/2012 turns out to only be the key that unlocks the secret to the shortening of days? Let's not look at crossing this bridge unless the Lord tarries for His Bride past 10/8/2012. At that time we can ponder if these same 75 days past 10/8/2012 as determined by the 5 months or 150 days is where we get the 1290 and 1335 day prophecy. For the record, 1290 days would then be on 11/7/2012. Naw, that day couldn't have any significance, it's just the day after election day in the US.But considering how excited I am over the prophetic significance of 10/8/2012 and all the signs pointing to this date, let's get back to Revelation.One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. Revelation 9:12Now comes the time for the sixth trumpet, the 2nd woe.Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. Revelation 9:6Remember, during the fifth trumpet, people were not able to physically die. Now, with the sixth trumpet, one third of man will die. Some people may at first glance want to add together the hour, the day, the month, and the year. However, it makes more sense that the four angels were loosed at the same time and each had the job of slaying 1/12th of mankind. The first angel will slay 1/12th of mankind in an hour, the second in one day, the third over a month, and the fourth over a year. This reminds me of the exponential decay of how atomic bombs kill. Many are killed in the initial blast while other die later from radiation poisoning.So the effects of the sixth trumpet lasts for a year. We are not told in Revelation at any time after the sixth trumpet when the seventh trumpet is sounded. This leads me to believe the sixth and seventh are sounded simultaneously. The description of the seventh appears to start at Revelation 9:17 and appears to describe a 200 million man army with non-nuclear weapons of guns and tanks and possibly poison gas and flame throwers. Although brimstone is another name for sulfur, one of the three ingredients in gunpowder.And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. Revelation 9:17-19From this description we learn that another one third of man dies. That makes a total of two thirds of mankind killed by the sixth and seventh trumpet, the second and third woe. Only one third of mankind remains. What a waste.So, we are left with the 5 straight months and the one straight year for a total of 17 months. Since during the 5 straight months man cannot die while during the next 12 months two thirds of man will die, it is hard to see how these two periods could overlap. There are a couple of scenarios that I know of that can explain these 17 months and fit in with us earnestly expect the Bride Theft on 10/8/2012.The second of the three scenarios is that the dying from possibly radiation poisoning continues its exponential decay 5 months into the period after Jesus Christ returns to earth. Others, such as Gerry Almond have discussed how half of this period or 75 days after 9/23/2015 fits the fulfillment of other prophecies and analogies. Why not continue through for another half? And besides, this description of an hour, a day, a month, and a year, may have more to describe the properties of exponential decay to us than a block of time. That is, a day being 24 times an hour, a month being 30 times a day, and a year being 12 times a month. It was not meant for us to say all the dying had to cease at the end of a full year before we had the return of Jesus Christ.Now the last of the three scenarios I can think of is that the Bride Theft occurs on 10/8/2012 followed by 75 days leading up to possibly another Rapture at the start of the last 1260 days before Jesus Christ returns. Or maybe not a Rapture but still the start of the last 1260 days. This would be the time of the hiding away of the woman from the serpent for 3 1/2 times.And 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. Revelation 12:14Regardless of which of these three scenarios, or maybe none of them, we don't have much longer to watch to find out!Looking Up!Shalom!God Bless!