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Birthday Break-away: The Perez Prophecy and the Male-child of Revelation 12:5

Shalom, everyone, during these days of great joy and anticipation! Our expectant Father is waiting, and it won't be long before His son, a male-child, is fully delivered and brought home safe and sound (Rev. 12:5; c.f. Isa. 26:20; John 14:1-3).

Most of us who have been alert and watching have seen the Scriptures open up like never before. Once Yahweh got our attention by looking up, we've been devouring His word only to find more and more confirmation of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and our impending birth—our true collective birthday into glory! Hallelujah!

In a previous study, "The Birth of a Nation," Parts I and II, I traced the fulfillment of Revelation 12:5, the resurrection and rapture of the Church, back to the book of Isaiah and eventually connected the dots to Deuteronomy 32:21. Thus, through an in-depth look at Old Testament prophecy, it was demonstrated that the salvation of the body of Christ occurs first, before Israel's time of trouble. Also, it was shown that the "birth" of the body of Christ serves to trigger the onset of Daniel's 70th week and provoke Israel so that she turns back to God in genuine repentance.

This current study was conceived, in part, thanks to the first-fruits of co-laboring with my fellow brother, Brad, of Revelation 12 Daily. We had collaborated on his "Woman in Labor' in the Bible" post, and under a section entitled Woman in Labor Types and Shadows, Brad wrote:

Unpacking some of these examples would be an article in itself, but I hope that with the background of Scripture above many of the connections will be evident to you.  Jeff plans to expand upon some of these in future posts at Unsealed if there is time.  Needless to say, the breadth of the imagery below is staggering."

So here it is! While there's still time. The breadth of imagery is staggering, indeed, but I will attempt to present a concise study of yet another prophetic disclosure related to Revelation 12. I believe that the prophetic foundation for the "birth" of the Rev. 12:5 male-child is found in the book of Genesis. Fitting, isn't it? Just as we might expect from the first book of the Bible...

First, we'll compare two intentionally intertwined "labor and delivery" accounts from Genesis 25 and 38 (Rebekah and Tamar/Jacob and Perez). Second, we'll narrow the focus and explore Genesis 38: The curious account of Perez and Zerah ("the birthday break-away"). Finally, we'll apply the prophetic root presented in Genesis to its end-time fulfillment (a birth order surprise: Church first, Israel second).

Continuity: Behold, There are Twins in Her Womb!

As a 21st-century Westerner, I find it difficult to fathom the significance of the rights of the firstborn in the ancient Near Eastern culture. It's a weighty subject that also applies to believers in the body of Christ today—those who are co-heirs with Christ, the Firstborn Son of the Father (Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 4:6-7; Col. 1:15-18; Rev. 2:26-27; 12:5; 19:14-15).

Beginning with the patriarchal narratives in Genesis, the battle for the birthright sets the stage for the rest of the story that unfolds throughout the Bible. The firstborn son gets to inherit his father's estate, and while the property is divided among the surviving relatives of the clan, it's the firstborn who receives a double share ("Birthright," in Dictionary of Bible Themes). For examples in Scripture, see Gen. 25:5-6; Deut. 21:15-17; and Num. 27:1-11 (this one is for all my sisters out there!).

Ok, so the law is the law, and the son who is born first gets the gold. Easy enough. But what if there are twins in the womb? More specifically, what is a woman to do when she's got two boys wrestling for supremacy inside her? Yikes! Sounds like trouble. Also sounds like the two birthing accounts of Rebekah and Tamar in Genesis chapters 25 and 38.

Before diving into this study, I had no idea there were only two accounts in the whole Bible about women giving birth to twins. This fact alone was enough to pique my curiosity. Here's a brief quote from Kenneth Mathews on the strong link between these two stories:

The peculiar birth story of the twins Perez and Zerah revived the celebrated struggle the twins Jacob and Esau experienced, which was previewed by a divine oracle that foretold the superiority of the younger child (Gen. 25:23). Although no oracle precedes the birth of Tamar's twins, there is by implication the same assumption, for in all of Scripture only Rebekah and Tamar produce twins" (New American Commentary, pg. 703, emphasis mine).

I fact-checked and looked up the word for "twin" in both the Hebrew and Greek lexicons. Sure enough, the only places you will find ta'owm [Heb.] and didyma [Grk.] in reference to human twins being born are Genesis 25:24 and 38:27.

*Side note: The doubting disciple, Thomas, whose name is a form of the Hebrew word for "twin" (ta'owm), is also called "Didymus," in the New Testament passages of Jn. 11:16; 20:24; 21:2. Moral of the story: You may look like Jesus, but you've still got to believe in Him in order to become a member of God's family (Jn. 1:12-13).

So, the "twin" narratives of Rebekah and Tamar are interconnected by the fact that there are only two accounts in all of Scripture that mention a woman giving birth to twins. However, this isn't the only connection linking these two stories together. When we compare Gen. 25:24-26 and Gen. 38:27-30 side-by-side, some striking similarities begin to surface.

See the comparisons below; all Scripture quotations selected from the NASB:

(1) Behold! Twins in Her Womb

Gen. 25:24 – "When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb."

Gen. 38:27 – "It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold, there were twins in her womb."

(2) The "First" Son Identified by the Color Red

Gen. 25:25 – "Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau."

Gen. 38:28 – "Moreover, it took place while she was giving birth, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, "This one came out first."

(3) The Other Brother Born Later

Gen. 25:26 – "Afterward, his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob..."

Gen. 38:30 – "Afterward, his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand; and he was named Zerah."

As you can see from the above comparisons, the synchronicity between these two accounts is beyond happenstance. So, what is the inspired author doing with this arrangement? What is being subtly communicated?

I believe that the continuity between the births of Jacob [Israel] and Perez [son of Judah; the forefather of Jesus] are intentional and emphasize the shared root of all believers (see also Rom. 11:11-24; Gal. 3:6-7, 27-29). Undeniably, the stand-outs in these twin birth narratives are Jacob and Perez. Esau and Zerah are important to the story, but they merely serve as foils to their exceptional brothers.

Big-picture Takeaway #1: There is a biblical precedent for continuity and interrelationship between Israel and the Church in the beginning

Discontinuity: A Separation at Birth, and the Second Son is First

Recall the quote cited above from Mathews concerning the divine oracle in Genesis 25:23. Though not explicitly repeated in chapter 38, the same prophecy applies to Tamar's twins, Perez and Zerah. Here's Yahweh's declaration again with added emphasis:

...Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger" (ESV).

Wow, talk about shattering the expected standard of the day! First: Whatever happened to keeping it all in the family? God says the twins will be two nations divided. Second: What is this about the older serving the younger? That completely flips the script on the birthright laws.

Remember the words of Jesus, "The last will be first..." (Matt. 20:16). And the mystery deepens...

Genesis 38, as many of you may remember, is the chapter that your youth pastor skipped over in order to pick back up with the Joseph narrative. You know what I'm talking about. That bizarre chapter where Judah is tricked into sleeping with his daughter-in-law. That one.

As uncomfortable as Genesis 38 may be for youth night at your local church, it's time to take another serious look at this momentous chapter. You may already know this, but Judah is kind of a big deal. His progeny are the ancestors of the Messiah, the royal line of the eternal King (Gen. 49:10)! And most significant to our current study is the contrast between Perez and Zerah.

The focal point is Genesis 38:27-30. Verse 29 (bolded below) is the outlier and carries huge prophetic implications for the Church, the body of Jesus, son of Perez. Here is the full passage from the colorful New Living Translation, which really brings out the intended shock and surprise if you were retelling this story around a campfire:

When the time came for Tamar to give birth, it was discovered that she was carrying twins. While she was in labor, one of the babies reached out his hand. The midwife grabbed it and tied a scarlet string around the child's wrist announcing, "This one came out first." But then he pulled back his hand, and out came his brother! 'What!' the midwife exclaimed. 'How did you break out first?' So he was named Perez. Then the baby with the scarlet string on his wrist was born, and he was named Zerah."

The dramatic turn of events in this brief narrative foretells the shocking story of the Gentile-dominant Church taking priority over the nation of Israel. Do you see how Perez fulfills the divine oracle of Gen. 25:23? In the blink of an eye, he literally separates himself from his brother and exemplifies "the younger ruling the older," and "the last becoming the first." In a similar manner, prophetically speaking, the Church seizes the opportunity when Israel "pulls back" in unbelief. During Israel's partial hardening, the body of Christ breaks out to become one with the Son of God, the Firstborn and Ruler over all creation!

The name, Perez, Strong's #6555, has three primary meanings: to make a breach, burst forth, or break out/away. Furthermore, in these last of the last days, the name Peres/Perez has been showing up repeatedly (see Matt's most recent post at Daily Crow, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall," especially chapter 11). It's a name of extreme significance when it comes to the long-awaited Messiah, and the meticulous genealogical records in Scripture demonstrate the prominence of Perez. For example, see the passages below:

(1) Numbers 26:19-20

(2) Ruth 4:18

(3) 1 Chronicles 4:1

(4) Matthew 1:3-6, 16

(5) Luke 3:33

Thus, based on the biblical evidence, we have a direct link from Perez to Christ, and, by implication, we can most assuredly associate Christ [the Head] with His body, the Church (Eph. 1:20-23; 2:11-22; 5:29-32; Col. 1:18; and Rev. 12:5!).

Perez, as his name signifies, made a breach [divide] for himself and came out of the womb first. In the same vein, if you are rightly "dividing the Word" (2 Tim. 2:15), then you'll also see a divergent course for the Church and Israel in future prophecy: Christ/His body is an eager Perez and delivered first. The remnant of Israel during the Tribulation is a reluctant Zerah and delivered last.

Big-picture Takeaway #2: There is a biblical precedent for discontinuity and separation between Israel and the Church in the beginning

Tracing the Thread: The Body of Christ [Church] Born First, and a Reluctant Remnant [Israel] Born Last

In addition to Perez creating a divide and breaking out of the womb first, there is another prophetic link associated with Zerah, which, I believe, represents Israel's unwillingness and stubborn refusal to turn back to Yahweh. This theme of reluctancy and "turning away from the light" echoes throughout the rest of Scripture and exemplifies Israel's attitude toward God in many contexts.

The red thread (translated as either "scarlet" or "crimson") tied around Zerah's hand was originally intended to ensure his supremacy and status as the firstborn. However, there is a sudden plot-twist in Gen. 38:29—Zerah shrinks back and Perez leaps up. A symbol which originally represented headship and supremacy now means something else entirely.

After doing a word study on "scarlet" (used twice for emphasis in Gen. 38:28 and 30), I found some interesting connections elsewhere in Scripture. A survey of the Greek term [kokkinos] throughout the LXX and NT made a few of these connections clearer, and I have condensed them into three main categories:

(1) The Mosaic Law: These covenant passages constitute the majority of where kokkinos is found, especially the books of Exodus and Leviticus (e.g. Ex. 25:4; Lev. 14:6). The author of Hebrews sums up this Old Covenant red-thread association nicely in Heb. 9:19-22 (v. 19 contains one of merely six usages of kokkinos in the NT). I'll include Rahab's scarlet cord under this category too, because her act symbolizes covenant-loyalty and faithfulness to Israel (Josh. 2:17-21).

(2) Wealth, Beauty, and Royalty: There are two usages in Song of Solomon (4:3; 6:7); one in reference to Satan's kingdom (Rev. 17:3); a few about Mystery Babylon (Rev. 17:4; 18:12, 16); and one significant association with the sacrificial death of the King of kings (Matt. 27:28).

(3) Sin, Harlotry, and Rebellion: There is a powerful association with the use of "scarlet" and Israel's idolatry in Jeremiah 4:30-31 (note the "cry of a woman in labor" in v. 31). Lastly, the use of "scarlet" in Isaiah 1:18 captures the sense of Israel's waywardness perfectly:

Come now, let us settle the matter,' says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (NLT).

In summary, the term kokkinos has both positive and negative connotations depending on the surrounding context. Consequently, it appears that the Zerah "red-thread" theme presented in Genesis 38 can be traced right through the Law, Prophets, and all the way to the end of the Tribulation, when Israel finally turns around and heads toward the opening of the womb.

Yahweh's red-thread message to Jacob and his Zerah-esque remnant should be familiar to anyone who has read the whole story. It goes something like this:

Despite your unfaithfulness and infidelity, Jacob, I am Your faithful King. I have made an irrevocable promise to You, O' Israel, and I will not go back on My word. Though you play the harlot and go after the wealth and riches of your lovers, I will win you back, cleanse you of your scarlet sins, and clothe you in My righteous white garments. Your children, though reluctant like Zerah, will turn around when they are in distress, and I will deliver them and bring them home to be with Me forever."

And before the remnant of Israel returns and is fully delivered, we now await our breakout moment. Like Perez, the body of Christ is ready to be born. Heads up, brothers and sisters, we're getting close to the due date!

Here are a few familiar passages covered by many who have been digging deeper into the Revelation 12 sign and its implications. With the insight from Genesis 25 and 38, I hope that you will be able to see these Scriptures in a new light.

Hosea 13:12-14:

Ephraim's guilt is preserved; his sin is stored up. Labor pains come on him. He is not a wise son; when the time comes, he will not be born [lit. 'he will not present himself at the opening of the womb for sons']. I will ransom them from the power of Sheol. I will redeem them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes" (HCSB + footnote added).

Cross reference the passage quoted above with Jer. 31:9, 18-20 and Hos. 11:8. Given the Perez/Zerah connection, do you think the apostle Paul had insight as well when he alluded to Hosea 13:14 in 1 Corinthians 15:55?

Isaiah 66:7-8:

Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child [hello, Perez!]. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children [hello, Zerah!]" (NKJV, added commentary mine).

Recall Genesis 25:23: One womb, two nations. Also, for this next verse, remember Genesis 25:26 and 38:30, "Afterward, his brother came out..."

Micah 5:3

Therefore, he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth [hello, Perez!]; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel [hello, Zerah!]" (ESV, added commentary mine).

John 3:7, 20-21

Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again'...For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed [hello, Zerah!]. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God [hello, Perez!]" (NASB, added commentary mine).

Finally, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, now that we see the Day approaching, clear and within reach, don't draw back in unbelief. It's getting uncomfortable in the womb right now, so let's be like Perez and seize the Day!

Yet a little while, and the coming One will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him" (Hebrews 10:37-38, ESV).

 Amen, and amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!!!
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  1. Come Lord Jesus! Great stuff Jeff and very FAITH STRENGTHENING! The Day is approaching.

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  3. This was an AWESOME study! Thank you Jeff!

  4. Speaking of twins, I just saw that up to 90% of the buildings on Barbuda were leveled. Prime Minister says the island is uninhabitable. Antigua and Barbuda is a country of twin islands.

  5. Wow, what an edifying study!!! I'm going to go through all of it again just to absorb it all. Blessings to you!

    1. Adam, hey brother! Thank you. Blessings to you and your family!

  6. This article is simply fantastic!

  7. Well done Jeff!! So well said... and this thread runs DEEP!!! How utterly comforting to see this pattern and realize that those of us who are longing for and eagerly desiring His APPEARING (Titus 2:13, 2 Tim 4:8, Romans 8:19) we will be brought forth first!! While this earthly womb has gotten a little too comfortable for some, these birth pains and contractions should have all of us desiring what is next and so so so so much better(2 Cor 5:1)! Again, great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Brad. I appreciate your encouragement, brother. Glory to our Father. Wow, we are almost there.

  8. What can I say Jeff, very well done sir!

  9. What can I say Jeff, very well done sir!

    1. Zoom...straight over my head! Kudos to professor Jeff. Isn't the color scarlet mentioned in Revelations? Really bad at remembering all the verses passages numbers where is where & who is who. LOL!

  10. Awesome study Jeff. concerning the 'scarlet', there is a great study on psalm 22:6 the 'scarlet worm' (also called the crimson worm) - http://www.discovercreation.org/blog/2011/11/20/the-crimson-or-scarlet-worm/ and http://biblehub.com/hebrew/8438.htm and its alignment with Christs death and resurrection, particularly at the point of 'birth'. While we were cleansed and made 'as white as snow' with the death and resurrection of Christ, at our 'birth', we will be arrayed in new white linen for the wedding feast of the Lamb

    1. Wow, very interesting find about the crimson worm. Thank you for sharing the link.

      This caught my attention as well:

      "After just a few days, when the young worms grow to the point that they are able to take care of themselves, the mother dies. As the mother Crimson worm dies, she oozes a crimson or scarlet red dye which not only stains the wood she is attached to, but also her young children. They are colored scarlet red for the rest of their lives."

      One other place where the "worm" of Ps. 22:6 is found is Isa. 66:24. Check it out, "And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die..."

      The worms of those who rejected the blood of Christ for their atonement do not die!

  11. Jeff, superb teaching here brother!

  12. Great job, Jeff. Fascinating.

    1. Thank you, Greg! Be blessed, my brother.

  13. Wow. Very deep. Incredible insight and revealing. Amazed.... Thank you.. 🙏👍😇

  14. Thank you, Jeff! Wow, food for thought. Once again I am so grateful for everyone who is sharing their research and spurring us on until that Day. Means so much to me.

    1. Thank you, Rebekah! Yes, I too am grateful for all the discoveries and those who share their confirmations with the rest of the body. Stand firm in the faith, sister!

  15. The Lord continues to reveal Himself via His word at an astonishing rate to those hungry enough to find Him and to those expectantly waiting and watching for His very soon snatching away of His Bride. Awesome stuff everyone! Thank you God!

    But as Ephesians and Hebrews reminds us [and even more so now as we see the "Day" approaching], we must be/remain considerate, kind, humble, found without bitterness or anger towards another. Let us forgive all who have wronged us and seek forgiveness from others whom we have wronged. Let God be the judge and let God settle the injustices done to us. No better time than now to let them go and for us to seek forgiveness of others as Jesus has forgiven us...also a great segway into a more important conversation to have with someone (i.e., salvation).

    C in Wash DC

    1. Good word, C. No better time than now!

  16. Jeff,
    This is literally soul food. It is not just a "study". It's deep unto deep. With all my heart, thank you.

    1. Mike, thank you. Soul food definitely sounds better than "a study." Ha. Yes, it does.

      Here's to not living on mere bread alone, but on every word from the mouth of God. Maranatha!

  17. Great study, I am amazed. Just want to share this video that draws a connection between Daniel 12, & Revelation 12.

    1. Thank you. I'll check it out.

    2. That was a really informative video! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, SilentKnight. Great work on your "Emmanuel" piece, btw. The mystery of Christ and His body is profound, indeed. May the Holy Spirit give us greater understanding and insight!

  19. What Will Happen on September 23, 2017?


  20. This is truly in form for all that is being revealed...you break away in this Jeff!!! Can't wait for all to be Unsealed!!!
    Shalom and Maranatha!!!! Dan

  21. I just want to say a continuous "Hallelujah" reading all of this. I'm in total Awe when thinking about the soon meeting with our Lord and Savior. So thankfull that all is covered by Him alone. He paid the price for me, for all of us. Finally we will be brought to the ultimated goal of our Creator, we shall be made perfect like the firstborn, His plan form the beginning will result in an redeemd Adamic race. Without sin, thankyou name above name's for your offer you brought on Golgotha. Amen, Patrick

  22. Very deep digging and really strong meat, praise the LORD for revealing these things to you!! There is surely still room for more on top: The church being born into heaven and Israel onto earth / second-born church in glorified body ruling over the firstborn Israel in natural body with rod of iron in millennium with Christ / thinking about "water break" imagery in 2 Samuel 5:20 + 1 Chronicles 14:11 (and look at the root word for "BaalPERAZIM"!) such as in Job 28:4 + 30:14 / the word " perez" (breach) in 2 Samuel 6:8 + 1 Chronicles 13:11 / did we mention Isaiah 66:9 ; 2 Kings 19:3 or Hosea 13:13 already?

    Could be worth pondering in another wonderful study, Jeff! If not, we will praise Jesus first at His soon return for the bride :) Much love YSIC

    1. Yes, Annabel! Thank you, and great Scripture references.

  23. The rature comes at the end of the tribulation and at the beginning of the Day of the Lord. Revelation teaches 3 time frames based on Day of Trumpet to Day of Atonement. Rev 2:10 has 10 days of tribulation and according to DJ and Nicetiming, that was from 2007-2017. Then we have the one year from Day of Trumpet to Day of Atonement (10-20-2018). The rapture is on the Day of Trumpet either on Sept 20,21 or 23rd. Day of Atonement brings in a global earthquake or many local ones of 6.0-10.0 (axial poleshift; Rev 6:12-17; Rev 8:1-5). This is followed by another solar eclipse during Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot 1, 7 or 8) and then the first trumpet judgment would be on Nov 2 (the day the Flood began; signing of the Balfour Declaration) or on the New Moon of October/November or Full Moon. Jim said that the Trumpet Judgments were the first 5 months and then the Bowl Judgments were the last 7 months so I am sticking to my double barrel guns on this one. Some teach the Bowl Judgments are the wrath of God and others teach both trumpet and bowl judgments are the wrath of God. Some teach the Day of the LOrd is a year (Deut 24:5; Jn 6:39, 40, 44, 54; Isa 34:8; 61:1-2; and 63:4) while others teach the Day of the Lord is the last ten days in 2018 prior to Armageddon on the Day of Atonement. Some teach that the Bowl Judgments are poured out during the last 10 days. There will be a sign in the Sun, Moon, and Stars on the Day of Trumpet in Leo. There was in 2007 and 2017 so there should be one in 2018.
    Christians teach that we still have seven years to go. The Great Tribulation ends in 2020 and the end of sin is 2024. An article today confirms the 2020 year. Its title is: Two Hurricanes, Two Earthquakes, and the Devaluation of the Dollar by 50 percent.
    Heaven Awaits Marianne's page. Hurricane Irma.

  24. Excellent brother! I had chills the entire read...COME Lord Jesus!

  25. The idea of twins is very interesting and provides a link between the apparent discrepancies of Rev. 12:2 and Isaiah 66:7. Two births: Church born before labor pains and Israel after.

  26. Is anyone else just blown away by the interconnectedness of the entire Bible? Unbelievable.

    1. Yes! It is blowing my mind!

    2. Yeah....it's pretty much overwhelming & undeniable how everything is tied together. Woman in labor/birth analogies are all through out....now this, craziness! Well done Jeff!

  27. God bless you, Jeff! You have prepared a feast here....thank you for this incredible work! I am beyond excited....ready to jump out of my skin. Such an honor and blessing to be alive right now! God is so good!

    1. Thank you, Hillary! Exciting time for sure. He is good!

  28. Truly we must be at end times because Daniel 12:4 is being fulfilled. Daniel's scroll is being unsealed and you are certainly one of the people receiving the secrets Jeff! Amazing that the consistency of the story and how things line up in the Bible. I'm sure there is even more. Probably when we get to Heaven there will be many other places where we simply shake our heads and say "never saw that before"!

    Keep up the great work Jeff!


    1. Thank you, Michael. We will most certainly continue to be in awe and wonder when the Lord reveals to us more of the hidden treasures in His word. Blessings, brother.

  29. Thank you so much to all the watchmen. Praying for you and you are so appreciated. I thank God I was shown this by my son and we share will all our family and as many as I can though they are few. ..I especially thank you for the last part of not falling back in unbelief. ..rough night last night..so I read Ephesians..but your words are very encouraging this AM. ..Watching and waiting and praying we are all ready ...HAve a Blessed day!

    1. Amen, glad to hear that you were encouraged by reading this, Yvonne. Peace to you and your family in Christ.

  30. Thank you so much for this post. It really reconciles many questions I have had. Thank God for giving you this knowledge. Maranatha!

    1. Thank you. Your encouragement has really blessed me.

  31. You got all mixed up because you are not looking at Jesus and the truth is in Jesus!
    The hand that came out from the womb is the first coming of Jesus. “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” The birth of Zerah is the second coming of Jesus. Hebrew name Zerah comes from the Hebrew word which means “a rising of light” or “dawn”. Jesus said: “I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” David and Zerah are from Judah. Jesus is the first – the Hand -- and the last -- the Bright and Morning Star. Perez in this story is a type of the Holy Spirit. He broke forth from Heaven (womb) when Jesus (hand) came back there.
    Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider Jesus!!!

  32. It's amazing how God continues to reveal more and more to us, layer by layer. He loves to keep us in a state of continual awe, and that we are! Praise to You, our Most Amazing Father! Thank you for sharing these wonders, Jeff!

    1. Thank you, Melanie. I'm on the edge of my seat. There always seems to be another layer added every day now.

  33. After reading your article, my mind kept marveling at "the last will be first and the first will be last." Two twin births in the bible with unbelievable similarities. Just wow! Thank you for your work!!

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    1. Steven! Hello, brother. Good to see you on here :)

  35. Excellent Jeff!

    You touched on Jesus' teaching to Nicodemus that "unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" from (John 3:3 NKJV)


    I can see this in a different light from the perspective of the twins Jacob and Esau. Esau (literally meaning, "man of the field" or "man of the world" even perhaps understood as "worldly man") was first born and is an analog to us, the "natural man" or "worldly man". Scripture teaches the name Esau as being a play on words meaning, "hair" or "hairy". A quick study of the ancient mechanical Hebraic roots of his name potentially render it as, "eyes opened to knowledge, taken, cut from the harvest". The mechanical translation is very telling! None the least is the inclusion of the concept of, "food", "cut from", "nourish" and "harvest". Who is it that worked the earth and made his offering from the soil of the earth? (Hint: He was the first born of Adam!)

    I will leave you to unpack that one in your own quiet time with the LORD if you will...

    Keep in mind that Hebrew as a language weighs function over form. This interpretation of the name of Esau ("עשז") may then suggest a refelction of our fallen state. (Genesis 3:7 NKJV) The eyes of man being opened and our separation from God.

    We all know the second birth which Nicodemus failed to understand was a spiritual birth. Jesus teaches this as being "born again". (John 3:3 NKJV) So a second child is to be born! We have a twin as it were.

    Certain brothers and sisters will disagree with my belief that ALL are called to repentance and have a share in being among the elect. In context to the Day of the LORD Peter gives us that G-D is, "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV)

    Direct your attention back to the birth of Jacob,

    "Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau's heel; so his name was called Jacob." (Genesis 25:26 NKJV)

    Did you catch it? This verse is a trigger for us to grab hold of. (Pun intended) Esau's brother, Jacob, the brother Grace through whom the Nation of Israel shall rise and the spiritual nation of Israel being the Body of Christ, reaches out and holds fast to his brother. Jacob is made to hold fast to his brother through the pain and struggle of being born. It is a relationship and a picture of abiding love that I hope you recognize as the longing and long suffering for us held by Christ!

    Scripture gives us that Jacob ("יעקב") gets his name from how he was born. His name being a play on words meaning "heel". A closer look at the mechanical Hebraic meaning of his name reveals this, "An outstretched hand holding fast, knowledge, the infinite expanse of time, a family of the same house".

    Notable of the characters in Jacob's name is the letter "ק" which is a parent root that refers to the circular, cycllic (revolutions) nature of time. The final letter in his name "ב" is a common Hebrew prefix meaning "in" or "with".


    Esau was born the man child in the image of Adam the first man. Jacob though born in the image of Adam the first man, is also a child of Grace being in the linage of Jesus the second Adam. In simplest terms, Esau, the man of the world; Jacob, the man of God.

    What does G-D do to get our attention? How does He place His hand on our lives? Do we see how the Holy Spirit held fast to us? How He not only touched us, but touches others in hope of getting their attention? How long does He suffer in pursuit of us? How long do (or did) we wander in the wilderness as lost souls (meaning before our being saved) and at what lengths has G-D gone to secure our rescue? (I pray you know the answer to that last question!)

    The birth of Esau and Jacob is a picture of G-D's longing for a relationship with us. It is a foretelling of the coming Christ whom would suffer the greatest unimaginable extremes to hold fast to us. Just as Jacob held fast (true to his name), Jesus held fast, and holds fast, for us even to death on a cross.

    Our middle son was a twin. Sadly, we lost that twin early on during the pregnancy. To their destination I am secure in the knowledge that they are in the presence of the LORD our G-D to whom we ourselves hope to return shortly. But terrible is the knowledge of the fate of those who do not experience their second birth. For in one light, their fate is that of a failed pregnancy, what we call a spontaneous abortion, a spiritual miscarriage unto death. If only we could all humble ourselves and repent before the LORD. If only we could all share the same heart that knows the shape of the thing that fills the void we feel inside is truth and His shape is Christ!

    Take away #1: Love the LORD G-D with everything that you are and share that Love with everyone who has a heart to listen. Treat everyone the way you hope to be treated by them praying that G-D reveals Himself as you go.

    Take-away #2: Pray without ceasing for those still in the world. Pray for the encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    How Wonderful is our heritage in Christ that we have been born again! The first born, our Esau, has died in baptism. The second born, our Jacob, has risen in Christ!

    Glory and power and dominion to His Holy Name forever and ever!

    Grace and peace to you,

    Pastor Rich

    1. Thank you, Rich. How wonderful, indeed. So grateful for the second birth in Christ.

  37. Take-away #3: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."



  38. Awesome and thank you brother Jeff and Gary for your wonderful effort in bringing all these to us. God bless you guys and your team immensely. God bless unsealed.Org

    Pls I want you guys to pray for. I'm dealing with sexual immorality and maturation and it's weighing me down and I feel like detached from God whenever I involve myself in it.pls pray for me, I can't afford to miss the rapture. God bless you all.

  39. Abuchi,

    Thank you for your encouraging words. We will certainly pray for you. Based on your statement, "...I can't afford to miss the rapture," please see one of Gary's posts entitled "Who Will Be Raptured?"

    Here is the link: http://www.unsealed.org/2017/03/who-will-be-raptured.html

    No matter how far you feel you are from the Lord, please know that if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the One who died for your sins and rose from the dead, then you are a member of His body regardless of your current struggles. Every single member of Christ's body is going in the Rapture, whether they are backsliding or not.

    But by all means, now is the time to be done with willful sin and rebellion and take hold of the freedom that Christ paid for by His own blood. He died to set you free. Now be free! (Gal. 5:1).

  40. Wonderful! Still picking my jaw up.

  41. Amen, Julia (Ps. 119:18)!

  42. I was reading Isaiah 66 where it talks about the woman giving birth before her pain comes and gives birth in one day and I had a thought. I thought what exactly is the purpose in the moon being at the feet of the woman in the Great Sign of Revelation 12. I was looking at stellarium and from a midwest US time and in the first minutes of September 21st the moon moves into the womb of Virgo. Precisely one day later just after 12 am on September 22nd the moon is birthed from Virgo and continues on to the feet of Virgo to complete the Great Sign of Revelation 12. At the end of the day on September 23rd the moon moves into the constellation Libra (scales or balance.) Now the reason for the moon being at the feet of Virgo begins to make more sense. It's no coincidence that the great sign of revelation 12 occurs right after Rosh Hashannah. I checked previous and future Rosh Hashanah dates and the moon only moves all the way through the womb of Virgo in one single day on this Rosh Hashannah. There are two births, the first before the labor pains being the moon which is the rapture of the church and the second Jupiter with labor pains which occurs at the Revelation 12 sign.

    Isaiah 66: 7-9 7“Before she was in labor, she gave birth; Before her pain came, She delivered a male child. 8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children. 9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.

  43. Noel,

    I too was watching Leo, Virgo and the planetary alignments and caught the moon in Virgo. Here is a screen shot from my phone using Sky Guide,



  44. The most important figure in Revelation 12 is that "Man Child" born under the reign of the "Red Dragon” (Revelation 12:5) who would grow up and come out later as the "Rider on the White Horse" in Revelation 19:11-16 for the "Second Coming". Now, that prophecy is fulfilled. That "Man Child" prophesied in the Book of Revelation 12:5 has already come to reveal the true meaning of this Great Sign on September 23 and decode the 2,000-year mystery of the Book of Revelation.

    Please take a look at the website, www.RevelationFulfilled.com, and the blog on the true meaning of this Great Sign of Revelation 12 on September 23, 2017:
    The time for the "Second Coming" has come and the final battle to lock up Satan for a thousand years has begun. Please follow the Twitter @SonofManChrist for the timely update.



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