Please Note: Part 4 assumes that the reader has read Part 1,2 & Part 3 of this series of writings regarding the prophetic significance of the date September 13, 2015 and the years 2015 – 2016 which is the year 5775 on the Hebrew calendar. If you have not read Parts 1,2 and 3 regarding my reoccurring dream and these dates, it is recommended that you read Part 1,2 and Part 3 in this series before reading Part 4 to gain a better understanding of the information discussed here in Part 4.
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Part 2 is the Posting “A New Pope and an Old Rabbi”
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Part 3 is the posting, “The King is In the Field”
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Part 1: A Recurring Dream, September 13,2015
Part 2: A New Pope and an Old Rabbi, September 13,2015
Part 3: The King is in the Field, September 13,2015
Now for Part 4 regarding the date of my dream… September 13, 2015
September 13 2015, Part 4, “The Month of the Bride”
In and effort to fully explore all the possibilities regarding the season which is marked by the date from my reoccurring dream we need to also explore another event which occurs and leads up to the date September 13, 2015.
As I briefly stated in Part 3, the "Month of the Bride" is a key piece in understanding the season in which we now live and in particular, late summer and autumn of 2015. For quick review, I stated in Part 3 the following regarding the significance of the month of Elul as follows:
“The name Elul is really an acronym of Hebrew letters from which the reference Month of the Bride comes. The reference comes from Song of Solomon 6:3 which describes a time of intimacy which is initiated by the Bride as opposed to verse 2:6 where the intimacy is initiated by the Groom.
The month of Elul is a time of special closeness between the Divine Groom and His bride Israel, which since Calvary also extends to the Church, called the “Bride of Christ” in the New Testament. This is alluded to by the fact that, in Hebrew, the first letters of the verse "I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me" (ani ledodi v'dodi li) spell the word… Elul!
Obviously something very special happens between Christ and His Bride during this time, and it appears to be a time when the Bride…are you ready for this…comes to Him! Get it? She goes to Him rather than He coming to her, in a Rapture like experience.”
The month of the Bride therefore ends on our date of September 13, 2015, which as we have learned is also Rosh Hashanah or the “Feasts of Trumpets” among other significant occurrences.
Now don’t get me wrong here, as I have said we are not setting any specific dates, just noting the more than coincidental events occurring on or about this date and in the year preceding and in the year to follow. Jesus said that we would not know the day or the hour, but we would discern the times and the seasons. When we consider all the information in parts 1 through 3, just as when the days at the end of summer get cooler and we know fall and winter will soon be here, we definitely can recognize the prophetic season that is coming upon us.
Lets just quickly summarize all that the date and the seasons surrounding the date of September 13, 2015 hold. Here is a list of the things we discussed regarding the date itself:
Using the Hebrew/Jewish Calendar and the corresponding date of the 29th of Elul:
- It is the next Day of Remission or “Shemmitah”, a day to “let fall” in a divine order of 3 where the two previous days of Remission, 7 and 14 years previously were notably the worst days in the history of the stock market.
- The next year of Jubilee 2015 to 2016 begins at sundown on that date and it is the 7th Jubilee year in the number of completion, the number 7, of 7 Days of Remission totaling 49 years and it is the 3rd year of Jubilee in a Divine order of 3 in which the previous two Years of Jubilee had to do with land in Jerusalem reverting back to Israel, its original owner.
From the standpoint of the Gregorian calendar, the date September 13th has been a reoccurring date in the land for peace talks in Israel:
- 9/13/1993, the signing of the Oslo Accord by Yassir Arafat, Yitzak Rabin and Bill Clinton.
- 9/13/2000, the failure of the Oslo Accord resulting in violence on the Temple Mount.
- 9/13/2008, the failure of a peace deal between Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian leader Abbas, when Abbas walked out of the meeting protesting the proposal by Olmert.
We also previously discussed that 9/13/2015 also occurs in the Jewish calendar season known as the High Holy Days. The High Holy Days include the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashannah or “Feast of Trumpets”, and “the Days of Awe” leading to Yom Kippur or the “Day of Atonement”. These two holidays are then followed by Succot or the “Feast of Tabernacles”. It is also the Season when “the King is in the Field” ( see part 3) and also at the end of “the Month of the Bride” which we will discuss further in a moment.
As we have seen throughout history, the LORD has always carried out His plan of redemption of the world with key events occurring on the Jewish holidays. While this generally goes unnoticed by most of the world and is certainly not reported in the media, the regularity in history of God doing such a thing is as I have said, “too coincidental to be coincidental”. The most glaring example is when Jesus, “the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” was crucified on the Jewish Holiday of Passover, a day commemorating the sacrifice of a lamb by Moses and the Jews providing them deliverance out of the servitude of Egypt. Coincidence? No planned by someone who controls all the events of mankind, ordained the Jewish holidays and feasts and uses them to foretell and achieve His final purpose.
Now with all that we discussed in Parts 1 through 3 found on the previous blog pages as a backdrop, let us discuss an astounding event that occurs on the last day of the “Month of the Bride” which puts an exclamation mark on that month in 2015. As we discussed in Part 3, the high holiday of Rosh Hashanah or “Feast of Trumpets” or the Jewish New Year occurs on the last day of “the Month of the Bride (Elul). In Part 3, I noted the following about this rare, notable occurrence:
“September 13th 2015 is Rosh Hashanah, the “head of the year” or more commonly known as the Jewish New Year. It is the date of the Jewish festival known as the “Feast of Trumpets”. Rosh Hashanah is a 2-day celebration of the New Year that in 2015 begins at sunset on September 13th. The falling of Rosh Hashanah on this specific date is incredible when one considers that throughout the years, Rosh Hashanah has fallen on 30 different dates on the common (Gregorian) calendar, ranging from September 5th to October 5th! The probability of Rosh Hashanah falling on September 13th is estimated to likely happen once in every 76 to 100 years based on the New Moon calculations that determine it. However, the probability of it landing on that date, and that date also being the Day of Remission (Shemittah) and the beginning of the Year of Jubilee as well which occurs once in every 7 and 50 years respectively is astronomical. Hmmm.
Rosh Hashanah in Jewish tradition is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam, and is marked by the sounds of trumpet blasts on the Shofar (hollowed out ram’s horn) and the eating of special foods often dipped in honey as a hope for a sweet new year. Unlike the reveling of January 1st on the common calendar, Rosh Hashanah has deep spiritual significance and instead of partying like God is not watching, it is considered a day of judgment and a time to be sure one is right with their creator Almighty God. It is a time of introspection preparation and… judgment!”
Now again I caution you that I am not setting a date here but there are some things we must consider as we investigate these rare occurrences in the light of the fact that God historically has done significant things at significant times. In fact, many theologians have long agreed and surmised that the next event on the prophetic calendar, the “Calling away” or the “Rapture of the Church” as it is known will occur on the “Feast of Trumpets”, Rosh Hashanah!
Now I know there are differing views about the timing of the Rapture relative to the time of Tribulation spoken of in Revelation. I addressed this confusion previously in my book Secrets of a Supernatural World (See http://amzn.to/1afHIfw ) and also on this blog in a very popular post where I talk about much of the confusion partly resulting from how we view events in time, in comparison to how a timeless God views events occurring in time. (See http://bit.ly/HtvpWd ) While in my lifetime I waivered between the views, my current view of the Rapture is as a result of the revelations of my near death experience and the Scriptures as well as Jewish traditions highlighted in those Revelations. Since my experience, I do not debate, for to me, there is no debate!
Do I think the Rapture will occur on September 13, 2015? Not necessarily, although it could, I think this will be a warning of impending judgment and a wake up call the Church to begin to fulfill its full purpose in these times. The warning and wake up call could spawn a final great revival and a move of the Spirit, led by the Church, while evil is held at bay by the hand of God. Perhaps it will occur at the end of the year of Jubilee, a year later on Rosh Hashanah, perhaps not, but I do believe based on how God has fulfilled other Messianic prophesies, it will occur on Rosh Hashanah!
Regardless of the exact time, we must consider some important facts in the light of Scripture, Jewish tradition and the God ordained holidays. Lets consider them here.
The term “Rapture” is not found in Scripture itself but originated from the Latin word used to translate the original Greek word for “catching away” found in I Thessalonians 4 verse 17. The term as it is used in the original Greek literally means to “yank out of harm’s way by force”, as someone might do to pull you out of the way of a speeding car. It is interesting to read other Scriptures using this Greek word in the light of the event spoken of in this passage. (See Acts 8:39; 2 Corinthians 12: 2,4; Revelation 12:5; and Matthew 11:12) When you “catch” a ball, you remove it from its flight or trajectory, stopping it, placing it in a controlled environment in the safety of your hands before it crashes to the ground bouncing until it finally comes to rest having lost its power. Those raptured will be “caught” mid flight and moved “away” to a place of safety as these verses imply.
When does that occur? I believe it will occur on Rosh Hashanah when God’s final purpose for the Church is fulfilled, then He will “yank us out of harm’s way” to pour out the wrath of judgment on all those who chose not to follow Christ and therefore to remain unforgiven.
Here is the biggest reason I believe that the church leaves before literally “all hell breaks lose”. On Calvary, Jesus who “knew no sin” was “made sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21) so that we would be made righteous! Then the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus in His horrible beatings and crucifixion and most of all God’s rejection! He had no personal sin and He took our sin on Himself for us because of our obedience in the acceptance of His judgment in our place. This then makes us righteous as this verse says. Colossians 3:6 says that the wrath of God comes upon the ”children of disobedience”, not the obedient! Why would God pour out His wrath on Jesus for our sake, and then turn around and do it to us too? Yes, some believers are persecuted and even killed for the cause of Christ, and I am sure for them, it is the Tribulation, but it is not the Great Tribulation that comes upon all mankind! Jesus said we “will have tribulations and persecutions” but the Scriptures clearly teach that the “wrath of God” is not intended for the obedient who receive and follow the LORD Jesus Christ!
I always make sure that what I understand lines up with Scripture. I used to believe differently in regards to the Rapture and I have extensively studied the different viewpoints and looked at the evidence. I concluded that those views neither line up completely with Scripture nor with my personal near-death encounter. I say therefore to those who may hold a different view and are reading this, to hang in there and read on. I used to hold your views and then I had to admit later that I was not seeing things clearly. I admit that a near death experience helps you to do that easier, for as I have said since then, “when one encounters the Glory of the LORD, something inside them dies!”
There are a number of biblical clues that the rapture is: 1) in the not to distant future, 2) occurs on Rosh Hashanah or the “Feast of Trumpets” and 3) occurs at the beginning of the Tribulation if not before. Let us look at these individually.
1.The Rapture of the Church is the next event on the prophetic calendar as one looks at the prophetic Word and compares that to the events of this world and especially in the Middle East. A prophetically educated observer must conclude that it is imminent relative to historical time. When you also consider the things that we have discussed in Parts 1 through 3 of this series, one must conclude that we are on the cusp of the prophetic, messianic fulfillment of the Feasts of Trumpets. Let me again state for clarity; “Do I think that the Rapture will occur on or about the date of my dream, September 13,2015?” It could very well but I do not discern that it will. I believe the events leading up to and occurring at that time will be a warning to the people of the earth regarding impending judgment, a call to repentance as well as a wakeup call to the Body of Christ to begin to take the full authority given them and to move in the Spirit in the last great harvest of souls for the coming Kingdom. The hand of God will stay the evil forces while the Holy Spirit goes throughout the world to harvest the final souls. At that point He will “catch away” or “yank out of harms way” those who have qualified themselves to be of the Kingdom before allowing wrath to be poured out on those who did not choose to follow Christ, perhaps on the following Rosh Hashanah at the end of the year of Jubilee, perhaps not…”no man knows the day or the hour”.
2. Theologians for many years have believed that major prophetic events of the end times would occur on the Jewish Feast Holidays. They believe this because historically they have done so and eachhas a symbolic significance that corresponds with God’s redemptive plan for the world through Jesus Christ. There is also evidence in Scripture and in the Jewish customs and even more specifically, the Jewish Wedding! Remember that Rosh Hashanah in 2015 occurs on the last day of the Month of the Bride! With that in mind let us consider for a moment the Jewish Wedding.
In Isaiah 26:20 – 21, we read a verse referencing the future Rapture or “catching away” of the people of God:
“Come my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut the doors about thee; hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (KJV)
The casual reader of these verses reading without an understanding of the Jewish Wedding may not see the significance here in the terminology especially in the light of the original Hebrew language. There is so much here to pull out, that this discussion would become extensive so I will just hit on the highlights. Remember that symbolically, the Bride represents the church and the Bridegroom represents Jesus Christ.
The Bride in the Jewish wedding never “knows the day or the hour” that the Bridegroom would come for her (Jesus said, “No man knoweth the day or the hour” in regards to His coming). When in the Jewish wedding, the groom came for the bride he would come secretly (the calling away or rapture of the church will create a mystery and a surprise disappearance to the world). She would be “lifted up” (as in caught up) and carried by 4 men in a seat on poles (symbolizing the 4 corners of the world, north, east, south and west) and followed by 10 virgins carrying lamps of oil and accompanied by singers and dancers (in Scripture, lamps symbolize the spirit of man and the oil the Holy Spirit which come together in obedience at the moment of salvation. Jesus referred to this in the Parable of 10 virgins indicating that some will be prepared and some will not when the Bridegroom comes. The singers represent a jubilant time of rejoicing praise). The Bride and the groom then enter a bridal chamber or “hoopa” where they remain for 7 days and are concealed or hidden together. (This represents the hiding or concealment of the Bride of Christ or the Church for a period of 7 years known as the tribulation period). Here we now have a better understanding of the phrase from Isaiah 26:20; ““Come my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut the doors about thee; hide thyself as it were for a little moment…” There is further confirmation that Rosh Hashanah plays a role here because of the other name for that Jewish holiday, “Yom Hachish” or to be translated, “Day of Hiding”! The door is very significant here as we consider the “Rapture” verse found in Revelation 4:1. The apostle John in his vision said; “I looked, and, behold a door was opened in heaven; and the first voice which I heard as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither…”. I have highlighted the key words here to call your attention to a chamber door that is opened upon the sound of a trumpet with the command to come!
The verse in Isaiah 26 continues; … until the indignation be overpast. For behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
The word “indignation” is translated from a Hebrew word which literally means “to froth at the mouth” and refers to extreme anger fury or wrath coming from the LORD Himself who comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth but notice here that He does so only after he hides or conceals His bride, bringing her into the chamber and shutting the door for 7 years. This verse also applies as we now consider the 3rd type of biblical clue.
3. The Bride as we have seen is hidden away in the Bridal Chamber while God pours out His wrath on the disobedient. The Bridegroom had previously sacrificed His life by allowing Himself to be crucified and to “be made sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21) as we had discussed above. God then turned His back on Jesus, “forsaking Him” (Jesus said, “my God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?”) and allowed His entire wrath to be poured out on His son who had no sin of His own. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:6 and Colossians 3:6 that the wrath of God will be poured out upon the “children of disobedience” as in contrast to those who became obedient in following Christ and accepting His sacrifice as atonement for their sins. Why would God deliver us from wrath through Jesus only to turn around and pour it out upon us too? This wrath of God is poured out on those who were not hidden away in the chamber when the obedient ones were “yanked out of harms way” and caught up to the marital chamber when a door opened in heaven and a voice like a trumpet said “Come up here”!
Zephaniah 2: 1-3 even sheds more light on this subject and is easily understood in the light of our previous discussion and is a call to repentance so that they will be hid when the day of the LORD’s anger comes.
There are other biblical clues as well and what are commonly referred to as pre-types which is an Old Testament event that foreshadows a future prophetic event but we will not take time to explore them all here, I think the point has been made.
In conclusion to this 4 part series, I would like to go back to 2007, when I first began having the reoccurring dreams in which the date September 13, 2015 kept occurring and to the first discovery I made when I began to search out what it was the LORD wanted me to discover about that date.
The first thing if you recall which I mentioned in Part 1 was that I discovered that an eclipse of the sun was to take place on that date. That discovery was soon paled by the discoveries I made regarding that date’s relation to the Hebrew date of the 29th of Elul and the Day of Remission, the stock markets, the Years of Jubilee and so on as we have discussed in this series.
However, I want you to recognize that it by itself seems insignificant, but when we put it in the perspective as a piece of a greater puzzle, we see that the darkened sun in a total eclipse is part of a greater sign. You see, the Apostle Peter in Acts 2:20 echoed the words of the prophet Joel in Joel 2:31 when he said that before that “notable day of the LORD” would come there would be signs in the heavens and in the earth…signs that would have to be unusual, different from the common place ones such as an eclipse I would think, wouldn’t you?
You see, Joel and Peter both said that the sun should be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before that great day of the LORD. So what, we have had total eclipses and red or “blood” moons before haven’t we? Yes we have but not in a way which we are going to see them over the next two years! Yes, we are going to have 2 eclipses (which symbolize judgment on the nations) and 4 blood moons as we enter the season leading up to September 13, 2015. Not only are we having these signs in the heavens but they all have been orchestrated by God to fall on…yep you guessed it…Jewish holidays! Here is when they will happen and the corresponding holiday on which the blood moons will be seen:
Blood Moon: Passover 4/15/2014
Blood Moon: Sukkot (Tabernacles) 10/08/2014
Eclipse: Adar 29 Nissan 1 beginning of Religious New Year, 3/20/2015
Blood Moon: Passover 4/04/2015
*Notice a blood moon two years in a row on Passover…Amazing!
Eclipse: Rosh Hashanah Feast of Trumpets, 9/13/2015 !!!
Blood Moon: Sukkot (Tabernacles): 9/28/2015
Hmmm, notice where the date of my dreams fit in? Coincidence? No… too coincidental to be coincidental don’t you think? There are two eclipses and 4 blood moons, 2 of them on successive years on Passover, and all of them occurring on holidays on the Jewish calendar. These appear to me to be fingerprints of a loving God, warning, desiring everyone to come to Him, sending a warning of impending judgment as well as a wake up call to His people to be about HIS business and bring in a final harvest of souls.
Let me end with the words of the Apostle Peter in Acts 2; “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before that great and notable day of the LORD comes…And…
It shall come to pass that whosovever (that includes you) shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (that means hidden, concealed, yanked out of harms way, raptured, taken in the chamber and the door shut, and kept from the wrath to come!)”
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