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Messiah's Lament


As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness:
I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness. —Psalm 17:15

This morning a dove landed on the railing outside. I heard her voice first and then I saw her, less than ten feet away, finding shelter in the weathered edges of my home.

A year ago, two maybe? The words came with soft urgency and deep love: Winter is past, the holy one said, and I wept in the dark. That spring the doves came and nestled outside my bedroom window with lullabies that went up like prayers—

My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!”—Song of Solomon 2:10-13

Winter. A season of scarcity and want. A season of silence and cold. A season of foraging for food, for warmth, for love.



The prophetic urgency of the past several months has felt unsustainable at times, if I'm honest. (Can I be?) I'm not a good occupier. (Working on this.) I'm whole-heart-in, don't-look-back, face-to-the-sky, come-Lord-Jesus. Behind the intensity, though, is a river of tenderness that keeps the tears flowing: Come, thou long expected. The Spirit and the bride say Come.

There is much work to be done. I celebrate every newly born believer while also aching in that liminal paradox of—Lord, so many remain unsaved! But I can't bear another moment not seeing Your face! How do we ever find peace with this? The same way we always do, and I circle back around to it seventy times seven times a day: trust. 

But I don't want to miss a thing.

Trust anyway.

I didn't feel so peaceful or trusting today, though. I scrubbed my dishpans with more vigor than I needed to, but I held a come to Jesus meeting with myself and my kitchen got real clean. So did my soul. After the polished neatness of September 23rd, with everyone hoping for a nice & predictable Rosh Hashanah rapture, the watchmen community at large feels a bit scrambly. New rapture dates, caveats, theories, timelines, and what my friend Rohit calls “gospel shops” pop up by the hour on YouTube. It's enough to drown in. It's enough to spend the rest of my lifetime in, and I've got to draw a line somewhere. How much energy and precious time can I devote to the newest and latest revelation?

It's easy to catch what the kids call FOMO, even for middle-aged, matronly folks like me.

So I'm cleaning house these days, inside and out. I crave simplicity and the sweetness of longing. A return to what I know so I can trust, anyway, when I don't know. From here I stretch out my arms like tree limbs to the sky, with wholesome curiosity and childlike faith. I'm kneeling in the dirt, smoothing out trampled footprints, and beginning again.

What do I really know?

Less than I knew yesterday, and [disappointingly] this seems to be a pattern.

But right now I want to share 3 simple and irrefutable back-to-basics prophetic truths that you can hold close as you go about your Father's business.


1. We are in the last days.

It is undeniably a season of transition. At least one phase of birth is complete and the remnant is returning (Micah 5:3). The time of the Gentiles is being fulfilled (Rom. 11:25). The age of the dispensation of grace is drawing to a close.

The transition of an age reminds me of that time between day and night, twilight. And of dawn, the soft space between night and morning. We are in the twilight of a generation who has seen the budding of the fig tree spoken of by Jesus (Matt. 24:32-34). We are at the twilight (or dawn) of Jacob's Trouble, or Daniel's 70th week. We who believe are children of the Day. We are not of night nor of darkness, and this Day will not overtake us as a thief. (1 Thess. 5:3-5)

Interestingly, Jupiter, which recently completed a 42-week retrograde in the womb of Virgo, is in transition right now!

Jupiter’s conjunction with the sun—when it is more or less directly behind the sun from Earth—comes on October 26. That event will mark Jupiter’s transition out of the evening sky and into the morning sky.—EarthSky

You are all sons of light, sons of the Day...

Could it be that Jupiter's path into the morning sky, into Day, might help fulfill Rev. 12:5?

“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”

“His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” (Ps. 89:36-37)

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us.” (Luke 1:78)

Dayspring: G395, anatolé—rising of the sun; sunrise.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber... (Ps. 19:4-5)

We may not know exactly when Jesus will descend from heaven with a shout (1 Thess. 4:15-17), but we know these are the last days. (Luke 21:28, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 1 Tim. 4:1-2, Heb. 1:1-2) They are also beautiful days that the Lord hath made, and let us be glad and rejoice in them.

Come on, everyone, rejoice! We woke up this morning to the gracious gift of a new day. What will you do with today? Find moments to live in. Reach out with tenderness. Look for the beauty. Bless the body. There is so much around to notice, to give thanks for, to love.



2. Jesus is coming SOON. We have promises in Scripture that point to Jesus and our Blessed Hope.

We can be encouraged by the powerful typologies in Scripture for our soon catching-away and God's mercy for His people. He has not forgotten us, and He WILL come! Consider these examples:

Enoch, a type of Church; Noah, a type of Israel protected through judgment

Enoch pleased God and was taken by Him (Gen. 5:24, Heb. 11:5) before the flood. His great-grandson Noah faithfully obeyed God, built an ark, and was kept safely through the water. (Heb. 11:7) The unrighteous perished.

Lot, a type of the Church; Sodom & Gomorrah, the unrighteous 

The angels could not do anything until Lot was taken out of Sodom & Gomorrah. They literally took them by the hand and led them out of the city when Lot & his family weren’t moving fast enough! (Gen. 19:12-24, 29) God destroyed Sodom & Gomorrah with brimstone and fire. Lot's wife looked behind and became a pillar of salt. (Gen. 19:26, 2 Peter 2:6-9)

The Rapture vs. the 2nd Coming
The Rapture vs. the 2nd Coming. Click to enlarge.

Joseph (a type of Christ), his Hebrew brothers, and his Egyptian wife

Rejected by his brothers (Jews), Joseph rose to power outside of Israel and took a Gentile bride (Gen. 41:45) before the 7-year famine. From then on, his wife was “hidden”—she is not seen or mentioned after this, presumably safe & protected as royalty in the palace. It is the famine that brought Joseph's brothers to him. They did not recognize him at first and when Joseph revealed himself, they were greatly troubled. (See also Zech. 12:10.) He said to them, “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” (Gen. 45) “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.” (Gen. 50:20-21) Joseph kept his Jewish brothers through the famine.

Daniel, a type of Church; Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-Nego a type of Israel; Nebuchadnezzar a type of antichrist. (See Daniel 3)

Daniel, originally a Hebrew captive, became ruler of the whole province of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar made him chief of the governors and set him over all the wise men. However, this highly esteemed ruler was hidden, absent and unmentioned, in the day of Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. (Dan. 2:48-Dan. 3) Shadrach, Meshach & Abed-Nego refused to “take the mark” (so to speak; compare Rev. 13:14-15) by refusing to worship the image. (Dan. 3) Nebuchadnezzar cast them into the fire, which was made seven times hotter than before. They were saved and protected, kept through the fire by the One who is “like the Son of God.”

Flood, famine, and fire

Enoch, Lot, Daniel, and Joseph's bride were kept from disaster, persecution and judgment. Noah's family, Daniel's friends, and Joseph's brothers were all kept through it. We know that in this world we will have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33). We as the body of Christ are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom. 8:31-39), and we are not appointed to wrath (1 Thess. 5:9) but to deliverance (2 Peter 2:9).

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:11)

We who believe and have placed our trust in the Messiah for salvation & righteousness have the assurance of His promise, which begins with loving comfort:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:1-6)

...adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:10-14)


3. Israel is thriving.


In the new and surprising economic world order, Israel could gain a degree of wealth not seen since the days of King Solomon.—Brian Schrauger, Jerusalem Post

The rise and renewal of Israel is astonishing to watch. “Today, approaching its 70th anniversary since the state of Israel was created by a vote of the United Nations in November 1947, Israel has become a strong power in many areas. Its military is rated #8 in the world, its High Tech stands in the top 5 in the world and its water desalinization stands by some accounts #1. Its military is the strongest in the Middle East reinforced by 100 atomic bombs, 700 airplanes and strong intelligence services (Mossad, Shin Bet). The population of Israel has soared from 800,000 in 1948 to 8.4 million today.”—Dr. Jonathan Adelman, Huffington Post

This is the country of which the Lord said through the prophet Jeremiah—

“Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband,
So have you dealt treacherously with Me,
O house of Israel,” says the Lord.
A voice was heard on the desolate heights,
Weeping and supplications of the children of Israel.
For they have perverted their way;
They have forgotten the Lord their God. (Jer. 3:20-21)

And through the prophet Ezekiel,

For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through. Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed. (Eze. 33:28-29)

In his book Innocents Abroad, author Mark Twain described his visit to Israel in 1867, saying that it was “…a desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse… a desolation… we never saw a human being on the whole route… hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” Of Jerusalem he wrote, “A fast walker could go outside the walls of Jerusalem and walk entirely around the city in an hour. I do not know how else to make one understand how small it is.”

You and I exist in a time when Israel is no longer desolate. 

In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine added Jerusalem to its list of 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017. Yes, this Jerusalem...

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Matt. 23:37-39

I call this Messiah's lament. It is gut-wrenching and revealing. In it we feel the raw and weary agony of one who loves and longs to be received by His own. 

We also have a prophetic timestamp. You will not see me until you say, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Oh, let Israel now say! Around forty years after Jesus spoke these words—40 is the number for trial and testing—Jerusalem & the temple were destroyed and the Jews scattered, captured, and killed. Until 1948, the Jewish people did not consistently dwell in Israel which became known for a long time as “no-man's land.”

Desolation.

One day, like Joseph's brothers, the eyes of Jerusalem will be opened and they will be troubled when they realize truth. In the book of Zechariah we read:

And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zech. 12:10)



“...Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

The Messiah quoted Psalm 118 when he offered these words. There is an interesting theory that Psalm 118 could apply to the year 2018, which happens to be the 70th anniversary of the year Israel became a state.

Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
[...] The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. (Excerpts from Ps. 118)

This generation

Scripture tells us that a generation is between 70 and 80 years. (Psalm 90:10) The state of Israel was established in 1948, but a Gentile assembly voted for statehood on November 29, 1947. Doing the math, this makes 2017 a 70th anniversary.

Psalm 117 holds an interesting message for the Gentiles. All of two verses, it reads—

Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (Ps. 117)

So this is where I return to the arena of trust. Do I know for sure that these Psalms hold prophetic meaning for 2017/18? I do not. Do I know for sure that all of the seemingly infinite reasons why 2017 is a great year for the harpazo are more than just impressive facts? Well, I do not believe in coincidence. Do I know what event comes next upon the global and eschatological stage? I suspect so, but I can't say for sure.

But I do know to watch, to be faithful, to keep on loving and tending that which is given to me, to be humble as I ask the questions, observe current events, and pray without ceasing.


In the meantime, God's figs will keep on ripening. 

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matt. 24:32-34)

“The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!”—Song of Solomon 2:13 

When the leaves of the fig tree are tender, summer is near.

When the fig tree puts forth her green figs, the Beloved calls to His love (Song of Solomon 2:10-13) and the stars of heaven fall to earth (Rev. 6:13).

What happens when figs are fully ripe?

“Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.” Amos 8:1-2

An interesting fact about Amos. Before he was a prophet, he was a keeper of figs. 

“Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.” (Amos 7:14-15)

“Amos was a poet as well. Probably, because of the fig’s summer picking season, another name for figs found in the Bible is “summer fruit” or kaytz. This Hebrew word, kaytz, also means “summer” and shares the same root and sounds very similar to the Hebrew word for “the end” (ketz). Like all the biblical prophets, Amos often utilized poetry and alliteration for his prophetic delivery.”—Gary Alley, Jerusalem Cornerstone Foundation

Sycomore figs


{Says the Beloved...}
You who dwell in the gardens,
the companions listen for your voice—
Let me hear it!

{Says the Loved...}
Make haste, my beloved,
And be like a gazelle
Or a young stag
On the mountains of spices.
—Song of Solomon 8:13-14



Make haste, my beloved.

Here is an encouraging message from a sweet sister in Christ who picked up on some interesting comments about Jupiter being caught up, and brought the EarthSky article to my attention: Rapture Soon?

As we offer a collective cry to the One we long for, how are you choosing to dwell in your life? How are you balancing the watching, the working, and the waiting?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matt. 25:40)

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Rev. 22:20)


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    1. Thank you for reading, Charlie! God bless you!

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  3. Thank you for such a beautifully written post! I always feel encouraged when I read and research on your blog. Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you for reading, Nicole, and I'm so glad that you find encouragement here! God is so good!

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  4. once again you have read my hearts cry and put it beautifully into intelligent words,you are greatly gifted and much loved, thanks

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    1. I'm so glad to know this ministered to your dear heart. Your words touched me deeply. God bless you!

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  5. Man oh man, we are very blessed to have Hillary here.

    Great article Sister!

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    1. It's a blessing to be here, Gary...thank you so much!

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  6. Your discussion of figs brought to mind Jeremiah 24, where Jeremiah sees a vision of a basket of good figs and a basket of bad figs. The good figs represent those taken to Babylon in captivity where they will be protected and thrive; the bad figs represent those left behind in Jerusalem who will be destroyed. I wonder if this is a shadow of the tribulation and the protection of the faithful.

    Also, Jeremiah 8:20 seems to go along with the fig analogy, given that figs are a summer fruit. To me it sounds like the anxiously waiting church: "The harvest is finished, and summer is gone," the people cry, "yet we are not saved!"

    I got a lot of encourage from this article. Thanks Hillary!

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    1. Cristina, I am SO GLAD you mentioned Jer. 24...what a powerful chapter and it really opens up this discussion even more! I read it after you commented and was especially struck by verses 8-10 as a description of Jacob's Trouble. I agree...it must absolutely be a shadow of the tribulation and protection of the faithful. Which then also reminds me of Rev. 12:6 and Rev. 12:14! I may need to add this to a new study! Thank you so much for adding your thoughts!

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    2. My thoughts exactly on the Revelation 12:6, 14 references! Glad my thoughts were helpful and not totally out of left field. :)

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  7. Oh, Hillary, this was a balm for my soul this morning. So beautifully written, as always, it literally sings to my aching heart. Come, Lord Jesus, Come. The longing of my heart this morning, above all days prior is to hear, "Rise up, My Love, My Fair One and Come Away."

    Blessings - Sherry

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    1. My heart joins yours in this longing prayer! Thank you for reading & for being such an encouragement and Spirit-filled blessing to all of us.

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  8. As bracing, pure, and lovely as mountain air. Thank you, Hillary!

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    1. I'm so glad to know this blessed you. <3

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  9. Thank you, I too have been having the same feelings, how do I continue in this world, while waiting, so beautiful, reallly spoke to me! I'm so ready, but I will not submit, and go to sleep, I will keep watching, waiting, and working for Him that has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light! Come quickly Adon, Yashua!

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    1. Be encouraged....it is soon, so soon, and I truly believe it is sooner than we can even imagine! Blessings!

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  10. From ENDTIME DREAM & VISION Re: US Nationwide PowerGrid Shutdown and Vayera on 11/3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1PpOOzPQeU

    The First half of the message is a warning regarding a planned Nationwide PowerGrid Outage on 11/3-11/4 to simulate an EMP or CME event.

    The Second half of the message is the same video Gary linked Re: Vayera on 11/3

    Vayera = And He Appeared (948am EST on 11/2)
    Vayera = 40 Days from the Great Sign of Rev 12:1-2
    Vayera = 100 Years from the Balfour Declaration

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    1. Charlie TY for mentioning that power outage drill. I noticed that too. Coincidentially, the Leftist movement plans possible civil unrest (war?) from 11/4 on: refusefacism.org Hmmmm... And then, some 'strange comet' being observed plunging into the sun? (Comet 96p or A2017 U1) Oh well. Could be right there. MARANATHA!

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    2. Thank you, Charlie! Keep looking up...He is coming so soon!! Maranatha!

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  11. Hillary, thank you for stepping up a few thousand feet and looking around for us and reminding us of the bigger perspective; your spirit us a wonderful window to gaze at all this through and we are blessed by His Spirit shining through yours.

    I am reminded of a preaching by the beloved E.V. Hill where he shared his prayer closet anguish at the loss of his lifelong wife. E.V. tells us that our Lord simply asked E.V., "Will you TRUST me, even with this?" Faith is such an Ivory Tower exercise until it gets personal. Trust is the fruit of personal faith meeting personal crisis and we are all facing that meeting now. Trust Him, Maranatha! (Num 23:19)

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    1. "Even with this." What a tender and powerful invitation in the midst of anguish. Thank you for sharing this with me, and for your truly lifegiving words. God bless you!

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  12. Where's the Love reaction here on this site? :D

    Awesome Hillary!

    Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! <3

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    1. You are so kind....thank you! And I'm echoing those words with all my heart: blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

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  13. Masterpiece! How well you have your fingers on the Pulse of Faith! A fitting Blessing on this day, my Birthday.
    God Bless you and thy house.

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    1. Uncle Jimmy! Happy Birthday! What a time for a birthday :) Thank you for reading & for your kind words. To God be the glory!

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  14. Thank you for this article ... it is great encouragement for us to keep watching for Jesus' appearing!

    The fig tree is used as the symbol for Israel in the Scripture. When Jesus cursed the fig tree, He was pointing out the fact that He found no fruit of faith in Him as their Messiah by the Jewish leadership at the time of His first appearing (Matthew 21:19). However, one day, at the close of the seven year Tribulation period, the fig tree will produce the good fruit of faith when Israel sees Jesus whom they pierced and they recognized Him as their Messiah (John 19:7, Zechariah 12:10, Revelation 1:7). But at the present time Israel is back in the land and the tender branches and buds of the fig tree are coming out (Matthew 24:32-24). This is the sign of Christ's return!

    I recently noticed that there is a reference to "unripe" figs that are cast to the ground at the opening of the Sixth Seal, the mid-way mark of the Tribulation when the Antichrist commits the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple (Revelation 6:12-13). This is the time that Satan and his fallen Angels are cast down from Heaven and pursue the woman, Israel, but She is miraculously protected by God in the wilderness for the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:13-17).

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    1. Roger, did you see the reference I shared in the section "In the meantime, God's figs will keep on ripening."? :)

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    2. Yes, I was expounding on when Israel will be ripe with faith and recognize their Messiah at the close of the Tribulation. They will probably begin to wake up at the mid-way point. Have you ever heard any commentary about the "unripe" figs that fall in Revelation 6:13? I was thinking this was in reference to the Jews who flee into the wilderness for the last 3 1/2 years (or maybe these are the Jews who are not able to flee). Blessings +8^)

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  15. Hillary, your post here is such a blessing! Thank you. And maranatha!!!

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    1. That means a lot to me, Dave! Thanks for reading. God bless you!

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  16. Gary excellent call adding Hillary. She has painted our hearts. Exceptional. Beautiful.

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    1. Greg, I'm so touched and humbled by your words here. Thank you.

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  17. Very encouraging! Thank you, Hillary.

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  18. Wow! What an amazing article. I needed that in a big way. Your writing are always a blessing.

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    1. I'm glad to know it touched you! Thank you for reading. May God continue to bring encouragement to you as we see that Day approaching!

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  19. What a beautifully written and grace-filled article! Was so blessed and encouraged by your amazing gift to put in words what so many are feeling right now. Thank you Hilary!

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    1. You are very gracious and kind. Thank you for reading & sharing this with me!

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  20. I totally agree with the previous "unknown" comment. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...in the blessed hope of His return. Thank you, Hillary for that beautiful encouragement.

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    1. I love that verse & it takes on such a new meaning when read in light of our blessed hope. Thank you, Kathleen.

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  21. I believe the first tree in the Bible is the tree of Life And the second is the fig tree. The last tree in the Bible is tree of Life and the second to the last is the fig tree

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    1. Interesting! By second, do you mean the one Adam & Eve ate from, or something else?

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    2. The second mention of a tree is the fig leaves that Adam and Eve used to cover themselves

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  22. Thank you, sweet sister. The Lord bless you richly!

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    1. Thank you, and same to you! Maranatha!

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  23. Thank you, Hillary. I needed that so badly. Im also encouraged to see from the comments of others in how I've been feeling since Sept 23rd. Depressed. Paralyzed. Discouraged. In limbo. Praying for a renewal of strength.

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    1. I'm so glad this was refreshing to your spirit. You might also take comfort in 2 Cor. 4:16-18, which is a passage that has greatly encouraged me.

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  24. AFter making the post above, then thinking on "they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength", I was reminded of an old hymn that I used to sing in church with my mother (I stood on a pew with my arm around her when we were singing).

    What a prayer!

    Teach me Lord to wait down on my knees
    Till in Your own good time You answer my pleas
    Teach me not to rely on what others do
    But to wait in prayer for an answer from You

    Teach me Lord to wait while hearts are aflame
    Let me humble my pride and call on Your name
    Keep my faith renewed, my eyes on Thee
    Let me be on this earth what you want me to be

    There's a time and a season for all things
    You promised in Your word to answer my pleas
    I'm crying to You, Lord to grant sweet relief
    Oh, Lord remove all my unbelief

    They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength
    They shall mount up with wings as eagles
    They shall run and not be weary
    They shall walk and not faint
    Teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait



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    1. Deekabee, that is so powerful and lovely and so on the money right now. Thank you.

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    2. Deekabee, I have never heard that hymn but wow....it sure is perfect and touching. I have to say I'm also so moved by how you described singing it, standing on a pew with your arm around your mother. What a tender and sweet memory.

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  25. You have a gift Hillary!
    Thank you. You’re a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stuffy world. Your rewards are truly piling up. It is a gift to have the opportunity to live and work another day for the Lord. I don’t want to be ashamed when I’m presented before Yeshua if He asks “What have you done for me?” I don’t want to look back and think “If only I had done this or that, or I was too fearful to share the gospel with others. Paul was proud of his testimony 2 Timothy 4:7 We should be proud of our testimony too. There is no TESTimony without a test!
    You mentioned 40 is the number for trial and testing. I wonder how many people’s testimony will be challenged within these 40 days following September 23rd. We need to finish this race strong. Build God’s Kingdom and our rewards 1 Corinthians 3:8 In these final days the oil and water are separating even more and it’s articles like this that encourage me to push on and fight the good fight. So bless you Hillary.
    We are 100% in the last days and God ALWAYS finishes what he starts. Just because we can’t see the finish line it doesn’t mean it’s far away. It’s just a bend in the road so don’t slow down!
    Love you guys! See you at the wedding.
    Marcus from Down Under.

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    1. God bless you, Marcus! Thank you for your encouraging words. You are right on with all of us needing to finish this race strong. Loved what you said: "Just because we can't see the finish line doesn't mean it's far away. It's just a bend in the road so don't slow down!" Yes!! Hold fast!

      I'm glad this article encouraged you!

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  26. Thank you so much sister..iam blessed by this article

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    1. Thank you for reading, and God bless you! Maranatha!

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  27. Thanks Hillary for the beautiful illustration of typology of church and israel in the bible.. I am thinking the same analogy exist in the new testament from the mouth of our Lord Jesus.
    In the parable of the prodigal son, when the old brother (the unbelieving Jews) came back from the field and heard music and dancing, he asked the servant what is it all about. How can one heard dancing from afar, could it be hearing about the heavenly dance of Rev12? And the servant answered him and said because your younger brother (one saved by grace) came home and the Father received him safe and sound (from the great tribulation?), He hosted a party (wedding feast?) for the younger brother (the raptured church?).
    And the older brother was angry.. For God so loved Israel that He can only provoked them to jealousy and anger through the tribulation to make them turn to their messiah.

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    1. Excellent, Kim! Jesus said "the last shall be first..." and that really fits the idea of the younger son. And this really does sound like a wedding feast...I've never thought of this in any way other than the traditional "prodigal son" explanation, so I'm glad to hear your expounding on this passage. I'm reading it again and it's all jumping out..."bring out the best robe..." (clothed with righteousness of Christ) and more. I really appreciate you adding your thoughts!

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    2. Yes! Yes! Wow, isn't it awesome as, one by one, the scales fall from our eyes and the nearness of the day clarifies these insights (Dan 12:4) into foundational Scriptures we've know otherwise for MILLENIA. Maranatha!

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  28. Quick ? Got you all- I have read somewhere that some believe peace for Israel has to happen before the rapture. Obviously all these time frames are w/out that. Can anyone share if why this is not for sure. I think I’ve seen in the article a reference to Dan 9:27?

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    1. Didn’t type got actually typed for you all

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  29. Smash it! Love it, keep the inspiration rolling! God Bless!

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    1. Thank you so much, Matthew! Maranatha! :)

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  30. Thank you Hillary! We are standing..."Awake" and Watch together.
    Come!

    This scripture in Micah blessed me.
    Straight from the Hebrew interlinear.

    ָMicah

    7:19
    He-shall-return He-shall-have-compassion-on·us He-shall-subdue depravities-of·us
    and·You-shall-fling in·shadowy-depths-of sea all-of sins-of·them

    7:20
    You-shall-give truth to Jacob kindness to·Abraham which You-swore to·fathers-of·us
    Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old from·days-of aforetime

    Shalom

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    1. Daniel, thank you so much for sharing those jewels of Scripture with me. Oh, for that Day! And it's so rich & poetic to read the Hebrew interlinear.

      Thank you for reading & being watchful and awake with us all!

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  31. Hillary,

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

    I wish there was enough time in the day to read all of the posts and articles. As much as I try, it equals weary eyes the next day as it keeps me late with my work.

    Quoting you,

    "Could it be that Jupiter's path into the morning sky, into Day, might help fulfill Rev. 12:5?"

    My Answer:

    "Yes!"

    Jupiter will begin its daylight journey with a conjunction so close with Venus that it may appear to be almost swallowed-up by the bright morning star. The Lord is the TRUE Bright and Morning Star, but Satan has been called this as well in scripture as discussed in one of my earlier posts in another thread.

    Here is a series of screen shots from Sky Guide demonstrating the view to come. (I invite a comparative analysis by others here!) JUPITER is located at the left foot of Virgo and not labelled in all of the shots.

    1. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1664.jpg <-- Approach
    2. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1665.jpg <-- Conjunction (Day 1)
    3. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1666.jpg <-- Closest conjunction (Day 2)
    4. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1667.jpg <-- Conjunction (Day 3)
    5. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1668.jpg
    6. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1669.jpg
    7. http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/IMG_1670.jpg <-- Note moon in conjunction


    NOTE: All observations are from the TEMPLE MOUNT in JERUSALEM. The time is EASTERN time US due to either a limitation of the software or my own unfamiliarity with it. Either way, you will have to offset the seven-hours between Eastern US time and local Jerusalem time.

    This was just a quick snap-shot and not meant to be anything more than that. I have to get another laptop together to do more observations, LORD willing, in preparation for live observations of the event as it happens.

    I JUST NOTICED!!!

    I got this phone earlier this year and have been busy taking pictures. They are labelled here as they were on my phone in sequence. I had not noticed until now that the event which (I believe) well represents the dragon attempting to devour the newborn son is rendered in file, "IMG_1666.jpg".

    "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth;
    on that day the Lord shall be one,
    and his name one." (Zechariah 14:9 TNK)

    Glory to G-D in the highest!

    Grace and peace to you,


    Pastor Rich

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    2. Hi Richard!

      You wrote, "I wish there was enough time in the day to read all of the posts and articles." Oh, how I understand this! I feel the same with articles and comments & conversations, and am grateful for your patience with a reply. :)

      I do know that it takes time and energy not only to read, but to respond, and I really appreciate that you've taken the time to share your encouragement and resources with me. Those images were really helpful!

      You may be interested in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyfNnH9pE0M

      God bless you & Maranatha!

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  32. Incredible. I am speechless. God Bless you Hillary. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Michael. God bless you also. Our redemption is near!

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  33. Hillary! What a blessing you are precious sister!! Thank u so much for being an open vessel the Lord is TOTALLY using!! This is Bible Prophecy Girl. Thank u so so much for mentioning my vid. I think the Lord is just collectively using us to scream to the world to Wake Up... specifically the Church! He's coming!! Ill be watching till He comes!! :)

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    1. Sweet woman, I am delighted that you've said hello! You are a blessing and I loved your video. The Lord is using you and I'm watching with you, sister! God bless you!

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