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Behold!  I tell you a mystery.  We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.  For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
- 1 Corinthians 15:51–53


Take the kids to school.  Finish that project at work.  Get the taxes paid.  Finish the bathroom.  Take the dog to the vet.  Check on Grandma at the nursing home.  Have that ticket taken care of.  Pick the car up from the shop.  Swing by the grocery store.  Convince that angry neighbor not to cut down your tree.  Save up for that trip.  Plan for the church picnic.  There's so much to do.

Any adult knows full well that life only gets busier and more hectic as time goes on, but the truth is that it's all a distraction.  Time itself is a mercy that is quickly coming to an end for all of us.  This is especially true of this generation.  All that ultimately matters is whether or not you 1. took hold of God's free offer of pardon while there was still time, 2. shared the good news of that offer with others, and 3. remained faithful under trial.

Many Christians' trials are much more dramatic: the loss of kids or spouses, terminal diseases, persecution, or even martyrdom.  Some Christians are Peters who die upside down, nailed to crosses.  Others are Johns who are pressed to remain faithful during the daily grind of long life.  Both experience an infinitely challenging life and only an infinite God can get us through.  It's best not to compare one to the other.  Sometimes the greatest challenges are internal and often remain unseen by others.  All believers are suffering, their righteous souls being tormented like Lot's (2 Pet. 2:7–8; see also Jn. 16:33).

But in a flash, just a moment, a fleeting second of time, the believer fighting addiction in the United States and the one with broken legs, shoveling gravel in a labor camp in North Korea, will experience the same thing: an end of troubled, mortal life, and the beginning of a life literally hid with Christ in God in heavenly realms on high.  This is our blessed hope.

In obedience to God's breathed-out words, I'm trying hard to keep my mind set on things above, where Christ is (Col. 3:1–3) and where I'm very, very soon headed (Jn. 14:1–6).  Closing in on nine months post-GREAT SIGN, and within just a handful of years before the end of the Fig Tree Generation, now is the time to be most sober, most dedicated, and most watchful, but many are falling back to sleep!  The Great Sign and a whole host of other signs, in conjunction with the ultimate convergence of prophetic events, were given to shake us awake to the reality that the normalcy of life is about to end.  And probably within mere days/weeks/months.  Maybe even this month.  Pray and desperately seek out what God would have you do for the mission while there are still a few fleeting moments of time left.

The antidote to apathy is prayer and worship and I hope that is exactly how I'm found by the LORD when He takes me HOME—in prayer and worship.  In my mind's eye I often see myself, hands raised, eyes closed, worshiping Him in the darkness of this world, only to open my eyes to the sight of radiant, golden light and myriads of angels trying their first attempt at singing with us OUR songs—the songs of the redeemed.  In awestruck wonder and full of inexpressible joy we shout praises to the Lamb upon the Throne.


What will it be like to finally be there?!  When faith becomes sight and doubt fades away like a bad dream.  When the salvation we have longed for for so long has been finally and fully revealed and the assurance of God's eternal and infinite love is right before our eyes.  Let me tell you, the angels will be worshiping the LORD with us, but they won't understand the fullness of our joy—what it means to go from total depravity in the pit of death all the way to the glory of Heaven.  The Bible says they long to look into these things (1 Pet. 1:12).



My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.



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Final Thoughts

Salvation happens in a single moment—spiritually the very second you place your faith in Christ and are baptized by the Holy Spirit, and physically at the last trumpet when our sickly bodies are changed into immortal, glorious bodies of light.  Spiritual salvation is an irrevocable change when God, of His own volition and grace, justifies a person and seals them with the Holy Spirit.  Physical salvation is glorification when we meet the LORD in the air.  The former necessarily leads to the latter and results from repentance from lack of faith in Christ to genuine trust in God's provision in Jesus.  This kind of repentance accompanies repentance from sin, but must not be confused with it.

Repentance from sin is a daily, even minute by minute lifestyle choice and no Christian since Pentecost 33 AD has perfectly repented from all sin.

I've known many Christians who have lived sober from drugs, alcohol, theft, and sexual immorality, but I've never met a Christian who lived sober from sin.  No such Christian exists, which is why we must rely wholly and entirely on the blood of the LORD Jesus Christ.  Salvation must be based on faith alone through Christ alone or else not one Christian would be saved.  But we must also strive to live holy lives, pleasing to the Father.

Our enemy strikes at the world (and believers) with two heads: lawlessness and self-righteousness.  Both are deadly.  If I had to leave you with two take aways from all of my ministry, it would be these: trust in the LORD and learn to discern between the enemy's two heads, so that you won't be bitten by either—and so that you can keep others safe from harm, as well.


I leave you with this:

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
- Psalm 27:14


For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
- Habakkuk 2:3


Dear brothers and sisters, SAINTS, hold on just a little bit longer!  I believe the LORD confirmed to me in a dream in no uncertain terms a message of the nearness of Christ's appearing.  I saw these exact words: "JESUS IS ON THE WAY."  I won't dare say "Thus Saith the LORD," since I'm a wretch and no prophet, but I believe the message was clear.



~ MARANATHA ~


Further Reading:

THE BLESSED HOPE

WHEN DOES THE RAPTURE HAPPEN?

THE ANTICHRIST, THE RESTRAINER, AND THE REMNANT

THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES

WHO WILL BE RAPTURED?

THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS

GET ON BOARD THE ARK

THE FINAL PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

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  1. Great article. Twinkling (Rhipe)is quicker than a wink or a blink. In Young's concordance twinkling is a SUDDEN motion. In Strong's it is a JERK (of the eye). Twinkling is only used this once in the Bible. Maranatha!!

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    1. In Hebraic thought, evening twilight is understood as a transitional period between day and night. It is currently understood that it is evening twilight as long as two stars of medium magnitude are visible, but it is night upon the appearance of a third star of medium magnitude. IN ANCIENT TIMES, some understood that night begins in a moment in time which is impossible to determine called the TWINKLING OF AN EYE. This is interesting, as Paul prophesied that the righteous would be resurrected in the twinkling of an eye. http://www.torahcalendar.com/SUNSET.asp

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    2. Very interesting. And that twinkling of an eye will likely be relative to where on earth? :)

      Do we all have our Jerusalem clocks synchronized?

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  2. Maranatha dear brother, even thou He slay me, yet I will trust in Him, please pray for us tormented by doubt and confusion...

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    1. Turn your eyes upon Jesus

      O soul, are you weary and troubled?
      No light in the darkness you see?
      There’s light for a look at the Savior,
      And life more abundant and free.
      Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
      Look full in His wonderful face,
      And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
      In the light of His glory and grace.
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      Through death into life everlasting
      He passed, and we follow Him there;
      O’er us sin no more hath dominion
      For more than conqu’rors we are!
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      His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
      Believe Him and all will be well;
      Then go to a world that is dying,
      His perfect salvation to tell!

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  3. What beautiful, inspiring words to wake up to after an especially hard day at work at the job God so richly blessed me with. Think I'm gonna stay home today. There is much to think about. It is almost 9 months since the Great Sign. It really could happen this month.

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    1. How many times people confuse Matthew 24 and what Jesus was talking about with the rapture. Matthew 24 is not here yet for the most part Jesus was referring to his return to Earth.
      Now I can't help but think that he was alluding to the concept of the rapture and calling us home but for the most part he was talking to and referring to the Jews and specifically the time. Immediately after the tribulation where he sets his feet down on this Earth and defeats his enemies in a spectacular end to the tribulation.

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    2. Isaiah, I think it is important what you have said because many are trusting in their works and this passage or parable feeds into this belief. Only God knows who are his. But, many say they believe but they really don't because they are believing in themselves and what they do, their good works, their being a good person. It is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

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  5. We must learn to push aside the urgent to focus on the Important and He alone is Important. Very, very soon we will no longer have to make that conscious choice for the Important will be ever with and before us. This and every day till then we should seek to take every one with us when we leave and it won't be very long now. Important - for Jesus is Important - the world is urgent & we're leaving it behind! Blessings - Sherry

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    1. Amen Sherry - A much needed reminder while I look at my poor attempt to replace the toilet cistern and not get frustrated about not getting it perfect...God is so faithful!

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  6. Gary thank you, this is wonderful and spirit filled. I’m going to read it over until I can finally get through it without sobbing. Maranatha!

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  7. Important to be ready and be about our father's business by reaching as many people for Christ. Three years ago I had a dream of my family being raptured while I pastored in Wyoming. When we moved out to Washington for our next assignment from the Lord, my wife, and two of my three daughters had rapture dreams. My Oldest at the time was 7 and my middle daughter had one three weeks ago. She's never learned nor has an understanding of the rapture. She came to me in the morning and said she had had a wierd dream. I asked her about it and she explained that all of us (my wife, myself, and kids) were taken up immediately into the sky. She said, that before we were taken up she saw two big eyes in the sky and a face. I asked her who it was and she happily said, "Jesus"! By the way, she's 5 years old.

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    1. That's amazing and very encouraging. God is certainly getting His message out (: My 2.5 year old has been asking about Heaven lately. In fact, the day before yesterday he asked Jesus into his heart after reciting the Gospel. I'm amazed that God communicates with adults and toddlers, alike. God is good!!

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  8. Amen!I was blessed to lead my two oldest to the Lord at the age of 5. Both understood despite their age. Has anybody mentioned the trumpet sounds happening worldwide for the last 10 years? I did a series on the book of Revelation while I was pastoring in Wyoming. That's when somebody mentioned to me about the trumpet sounds. I looked it up, and know kidding the next day the Weather Channel did a episode on it in their series strange weather on earth or something like that. I have a theory about the trumpet sound in 1 Thess. 4:15-17. It's possible that the trumpet sound has been blowing for the last ten years to prepare God's people for the rapture. Remember, God has no time...so it's possible that the archangel is blowing his trumpet. Understand, this is just a theory.

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    1. That has been my theory as well for the last 10 years. I actually sat on my front porch early one Sunday morning enjoying the sunrise, my coffee and prayer. I heard the sound and immediately thought of God's trumpets. I have held to the same theory as you ever since.

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    2. I've had a similar thought, as well. Amazing with all the distractions, media, and noise of life, the world is largely aloof to clear trumpet sounds in the sky.

      Some of the recordings and videos are fake, but many are real. I may be taking it too far, but I've wondered if it were possible to identify which ones were original and start to count how many have been blown. The rapture occurs at the *last* trumpet blast.

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    3. Dear brethren please don't overlook the very PHYSICAL reasons behind the "celestial" trumpet sounds. Don't forget about the intrusion of the 'red dragon system' of Revelation 12:3-4 into our solar system over the past years:

      https://www.sott.net/article/240863-Strange-Sounds-in-Sky-Explained-by-Scientists

      Blessings to you! :)

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    4. I don't know if this fits for what you describe as trumpet sounds, but a couple of years ago I heard just that while saying good night to a Bible study partner. It sounded like a shofar. A little digging revealed an organisation that supports sounding the shofar in your local community. A quick online search can yield a few hits on the topic.

      I have to admit that hearing it got my attention real fast! Co-workers had heard the same thing in the surrounding area and it covered a couple of nights.

      PR

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  9. Wonderfully encouraging post, Gary, thank you for redirecting our eyes back onto the prize, amen. We need this SO much, right NOW. "Closing in on nine months post-GREAT SIGN, and within just a handful of years before the end of the Fig Tree Generation, now is the time to be most sober, most dedicated, and most watchful, but many are falling back to sleep!" ...ain't it da truth, brother, ain't it da truth!

    "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming?" (2 Pet 3:3-4a, KJV). This Scripture, in my spirit, has always had a special 'ring' in my ear and I have always felt the Lord whispering to me that the statement, "Where is the promise of his coming?" will be spoken, by scoffers, AFTER MANY SIGNS COME AND GO. I have always felt a special 'sting' in those words which we all understand upon waking up HERE on 9/24/17, no? or any other morning after the many, many given and legitiamte signs flipping by these days like pages whipping by in a book blown by the wind, sigh.

    Of course, as in any race, the absolutely hardest part is the final lap or 1/4 mile. As we all are 'hitting the wall' athletically, spiritually speaking, reminders such as this are essential when even simply surrendering to our Trust in Him is almost too much and feels like giving up the argument over His Imminence and His Truths. May our reliance upon logic, patterns, shadows, types, insights and everything else arising from the blueprints given to us FADE INTO NOTHING and be replaced by His Face, smiling and Welcoming Us Home, amen, Maranatha!

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    1. Very well said, Jimboni. I've been thinking about Matthew 24:48-51 lately. It's in the same passage in which Jesus says "no man knows the day or hour". Interestingly, it's the wicked who is caught off guard by the day and hour:

      "But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

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  10. Once again... needed encouragement. Thank you.

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    1. Good to see you back here, Dave! Blessings to you.

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  11. Thank you for the very much-needed encouragement!!!

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing your heart! I will be coming back to this lovely encouragement (with my box of tissues!) often until we are all together. So comforting to know a lot of us are feeling the same. ABBA bless you and keep you.

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  13. It is so very hard to wait, but we know that Jesus will come at the exact right moment.

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  14. It is so very hard to wait, but we know that Jesus will come at the exact right moment.

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  15. I think we all feel the same, others go on without wanting the gospel or a warning. The daily grind, grinds us up and spits us out. Then we look to Christ where we find our rest and peace. I with all of you look forward to seeing our Lord.

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  16. Thank you Gary, for everything you send me and others, I will also forward it again. what a view and so close, I am so happy and hope for the early meeting with HEM, Maranatha from Carla, the Netherlands

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  17. Thank you. I needed this post this morning.

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  18. Gary, so encouraging brother, thank you!! Maranatha!

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  19. In Hebraic thought, evening twilight is understood as a transitional period between day and night. It is currently understood that it is evening twilight as long as two stars of medium magnitude are visible, but it is night upon the appearance of a THIRD STAR of medium magnitude. IN ANCIENT TIMES, some understood that night begins in a moment in time which is impossible to determine called the TWINKLING OF AN EYE. This is interesting, as Paul prophesied that the righteous would be resurrected in the twinkling of an eye. http://www.torahcalendar.com/SUNSET.asp

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    1. I've heard that, too. Maybe the trumpet will sound during the "twinkling of an eye" in local Israeli time...

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  20. Great article Gary. Very much needed.

    I wonder, did anyone here watch the Tony’s this last weekend? I tuned in since I enjoy musical theatre, but I was taken by surprise by two events that took place during the production.

    The first was when the hosts announced that those receiving an award needed to keep their speeches brief, and that this year the show had something special planned to remind them when their time was up. After stating this, we see a person dressed in a dark angelic costume rise and travel from down stage right to down stage left. You can see this for yourself by following the link below and starting the video at 1:40.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-QUxSPAQf0

    The hosts simply use this moment to promote the show, “Angels in America.”

    The second moment was a commercial break near the end of the show which featured a movie trailer that has been out for a little while. The scene opens with a stormy day in London, where we see a kite that’s been placed in the trash blow out from its container. As the kite travels through this gloomy city, several phrases appear on the screen: In a place we hold dear. Where wonder once lived. But soon from above. A new story begins. The climax of the trailer shows a man and child who’ve managed to take hold of the string tied to the kite as it travels higher into this dark sky. Finally, the clouds begin to open and light shines through them revealing a descending Marry Poppins as she returns to the world.

    Here’s a link to the trailer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scXKf3jftac

    Maybe it’s just me, but I certainly found these two things very interesting.

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  21. "I've known many Christians who have lived sober from drugs, alcohol, theft, and sexual immorality, but I've never met a Christian who lived sober from sin. No such Christian exists, which is why we must rely wholly and entirely on the blood of the LORD Jesus Christ. Salvation must be based on faith alone through Christ alone or else not one Christian would be saved. But we must also strive to live holy lives, pleasing to the Father." Such a nice summation of a very important Biblical truth! (Also thanks for pointing out the problem of self-righteousness, it is not addressed many times I think.) Thank you Gary for sharing your thoughts and your dream! *Jesus is on His way* so encouraging!!!

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  22. To anyone who is interested to dig into what might physically happen at the transformation of our bodies please note the following article from Abarim Publications on "Light and Sound / Electromagnetism and Gravity":

    http://www.abarim-publications.com/DictionaryG/ph/ph-a-om.html#.WyAkVi-bE0P

    Blessings to all, MARANATHA!

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  23. Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring article. I know it is hard for everyone in these last days. Each day seems like another endless period of going through the motions of life. Your article hit the spot regarding how we are all feeling. It gave me great encouragement to continue to remain vigilant until that glorious day when the Lord comes to take us with him forever. Again, thank you for this article Gary, it has helped me considerably.

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  24. Exactly what I needed to hear today. Just a little bit longer...hold on. So ready to be out of this wicked place and away from the sin in this flesh that I struggle with. God bless you Gary.

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  25. I was reading Romans tonight and think this passage fits nicely with Gary's writing: Romans 8:23–25
    23 Not only so but we ourselves who have the first fruits of the Spirit groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that can be seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

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  26. Gary,

    Thank you (again) for sharing from your heart!

    I thought I would share a couple of my favourite worship songs. These are a live performance recordings by Vertical Church Band, "All The Earth", "Psalm 96" and "Open Up The Heavens (feat. Meredith Andrews)" Meredith was with child at the time and delivered an awesome performance which got good airplay on radio.

    "Show us Your glory LORD!"

    "http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/Vertical Church Band - All The Earth (LIVE).mp4"

    "http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/Vertical Church Band- Psalm 96 (LIVE).mp4"

    "http://www.firstflightmedia.com/Rich/Vertical Church Band (feat Meredith Andrews) - Open Up The Heavens.mp4"

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  27. Wow, so beautifully expresses the heart of God's children. The article and the comments made me very emotional and put me right into worship. I long for the day. Thank you all.

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  28. Beautiful words Gary really touched my soul amen

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  29. It's closer than most dare think.
    https://endtimesdarknessdescending.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/the-imminent-return-of-christ-defending-the-doctrine-of-the-pre-tribulation-rapture/

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  30. I'd like to point out the following video lecture "The Physicist and the Philosopher 4 June 2018" to ponder what is being said SPIRITUALLY i.e. if they talk about stars please translate 'angels' into it, if they talk about dead stellar cores sucking energy from other objects please translate it as 'fallen ones' etc and of course the "destroyer" as Satan himself and the bigger 7 stellar cores as the 'heads' of Revelation 12:3-4. This video gives a real great insight into the forces behind astrophysics such as e.g. gravity and its 'upwards vortex' effects being considered as the force that will most probably pull us from earths surface at the moment of the rapture (and TPTB they discuss having not yet developed any means or device to escape this force from earth, very interesting!).
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    https://youtu.be/Yx6UupJaUkc

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    Surely not everything is a 1:1 translation here as R Wayne Steiger is NOT a true Christian and some interpretations fail (like e.g. the universe being 'chaotic' in general whereas we know this is not the case with God). But still, the Q&A type of interview he does with Dr Claudia Albers is really brilliant to follow and most enlightening.

    Highly recommended, please take your time to listen to this! MARANATHA

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  31. Amen -thanks for the encouragement Gary.

    Ephesians 6:19 'and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel'.

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    1. Now THAT'S the prayer to be praying right about now.

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  32. God bless you Gary for this post. God wanted you to remind and boost us once again for his appearing. Most were discouraged including me, as the trials of life has a way of tossing you aside. But God is Faithfull and I strongly believe he is on his way especially that sings have slowed down and every one is declaring peace and security, things are abit quiet so people think that now we are safe but then something major is about to happen. I'm so excited to finally meet the KING of Kings and look him in his eyes and THANK him for dying for us and coming for us and to be with him for ever. And also to meet all the saints in the clouds. We serve a mighty God. I pray that God continue to bless you and your family and strengthen you to continue his work. We are Finally going home. PRAISE THE LORD.
    Maranatha!

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    1. You're most welcome, and THANK YOU for the encouragement. Maranatha!!!

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    2. Yes, Becs ... and, we will see how much He loves us!

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  33. Gary, Thank you for this very encouraging article as it has brought peace to my soul. In this very evil world full of snares and traps that the enemy beats Christians down with, knowing it will ALL be over soon and we will be home with Jesus brings ultimate comfort to the soul. Thanks brother for the reminder and your encouragement as we need to give each other in these last seconds left.

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  34. I have found trumpet blowing videos going back to 2008. The Last Trump must not be too far away. And don't forget the last name of our President whose name just happens to appear in two of the most crucial Scriptures on the Rapture. No coincidence, I think.

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    1. Trump-Pence. Say it 3 times fast and see what it sounds like. ;-)

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  35. Great message....timely indeed. Thanks!

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  36. Gary, I have a speculative question. I watch to much YouTube, but in Robert Breakers recent video "times and Seasons" where he ask can we know the time? I asked myself what was the Rev 12 sign pointing to. Look at what constilation the sun going to be in next starting June 21. Cancer, I looked at the Jewish meaning of cancer and it popped up place of holding or place of rest. Interesting timing to me. You seem to understand the mazzaroth way better than me so I ask you, what are your thoughts.

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    1. It does seem to mean "holding" or "binding." It has the Beehive Cluster, which may symbolize the sheepfold. I've thought before that the Sun best represents the Holy Spirit. During the Rev 12 Sign last September, the Sun rested on Virgo's shoulder just as the Holy Spirit, like a dove, rested on Christ's shoulder at His baptism and like the tongues of fire descended upon the gathered disciples on Pentecost.

      When you tie this with 2 Thessalonians 2 and the "restrainer" being removed (the Holy Spirit-indwelt Church) you may be on to something. The Holy Spirit takes the sheep to the sheepfold. The Restrainer is removed and we are held be God save in Heaven.

      It's also interesting that in terms of celestial geography / the celestial sphere, Cancer is the constellation directly *above* the Rev 12 Sign of Virgo and Leo. The Holy Spirit takes the Church to the heavenly realms *above* while the woman, Israel, remains below.

      Just some food for thought. Someone also pointed out that Jupiter is right in the middle of Libra this September, which may symbolize the Throne of God.

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    2. *The Restrainer is removed and we are held by God safe in Heaven.

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    3. That being said... I'm looking at Stellarium and it looks like the Sun will be in Gemini next weekend. That being said, Venus (Christ, the Bright Morning Star) will be in conjunction with the Beehive in Cancer. Interesting. Christ meeting the sheep in the air?

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    4. The Beehive is also known as the "multitude" and the "manger". If the Church is about to be born that is a good place for the Bright Morning Star to meet the newly born Church!

      http://heavensspeak.blogspot.com/2010/01/cancer-crab.html

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    5. ...or could we say that the Christ is laying in the manger or the Shepherd standing among the "multitude" of His flock? Better yet, the Groom coming for His bride! So many facets, so many meanings. It's like looking at light shining through a diamond or other colourful gem stone.

      So glorious and beautiful is our King!

      PR

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    6. Brent, did you already watch the SIGNS FROM HEAVEN video entitled " One third of the stars falling to earth in 2018!" ?

      https://youtu.be/11eB3AtlTW8

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    7. No, Annabel but I will now. Thanks

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    8. Thank you for the link Annabel! That was a though provoking presentation and well documented. Blessings

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  37. Here's something else interesting: emeralds are green crystals. The first thing the raptured Church (symbolized by John and the 24 elders) sees in Heaven is God on His Throne surrounded by a rainbow like an emerald.

    Kilauea is currently raining down green crystals: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a21527670/kilauea-hawaii-volcano-crystals-olivine-green/

    [image width="320" height="266" src="https://www.sciencealert.com/images/2018-06/processed/olivine_gems_1024.jpg"/]

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    1. This would seem to fit beautifully with the diamonds found in Israel (breakingisraelnews). Hard pressed--through the fire--hidden--revealed. 77 mentioned in the article (re the diamonds.) And another important number I can't recall right now. Manyfish will have a ball with this one.

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    2. "They made important discoveries while drilling and taking soil samples, including a kimberlite, the source of diamonds, 77 diamonds of various sizes, as well as hundreds of thousands of mineral indicators that accompany diamonds and gems such as sapphires and rubies. A 3.5 mm moissanite, the largest example of this precious and rare stone found anywhere to date, was also discovered in the Zevulun region. The company recently upgraded the factory in Akko to handle more volume."

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  38. In Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal:
    A sea of crystal clear spotless church! :)

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  39. Thank you Gary, your insight is so helpful. May the Lord come soon. Blessings.

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  40. I realize now that this community of believers are pre-Trib but I for one do not agree. So what will happen if June comes and goes (which I suspect it will) Will you be disappointed? And don't jump down my throat as so many are inclined to do because I don't agree with your views. I have seen a pattern of prediction dates or "high watch dates" and they come and go and everyone is unphased by it. I truly believe we are not called to date set or spread fear disguised as sharing the gospel. We cannot scare or force someone to accept Jesus because of ideas, thoughts, or your own interpretation of the gospel to fit your agenda or ministry. We need to just be the salt of the Earth and love everyone no matter what. We need to meet people where they are at and love them through it. I feel we have a few more years to go (at most) and believe the saints will endure the tribulation. I say this in love because at the end of the day we are all part of the body and we are brothers and sisters in Christ who serve one father. May God bless you all

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    1. Blessings to you. You have many very valid points and you're right that we are predominantly pre-trib here (though not everyone and all are welcome). That said, we don't set rapture dates. We do believe it will happen SOON, though, but we don't known when. If we tie a sign to a date (like 9/23) that doesn't mean the rapture has to happen then, only that a sign happens then. Hope that makes sense.

      In Christ,
      Gary

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    2. Hi,
      Not really because you still say a specific date. I remember when everyone was all onboard for the 9/23 date and I did read many on this site believing that was thee day. That's where I feel your reply is contradictory how can you say soon when soon can be next month, next week, years etc? I know we are called to be watchful but why with certainty must we believe it'll happen soon. NK is opening up and there's plenty of people there waiting to hear the gospel. While things here on Earth aren't the greatest there is still work to be done. Again my views do not reflect that of pre-trib as I lay close to mid & post but that's me.

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    3. But again, we don't say a specific date for the rapture and never have. That's the point. There's nothing inherently wrong with setting dates if what you're stating is accurate (e.g. an astronomical alignment that seems to fit Rev. 12:1-2 *did* occur on 9/23). But about "soon" I just have to defer to Scripture:

      "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as **some** understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." - 2 Peter 3:9

      "The end of all things is **near**. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray." - 1 Peter 4:7

      "And do this, understanding the occasion. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed." - Romans 13:11

      "For, 'In just a very while little, He who is coming will come and will not delay.' " - Hebrews 10:37

      "You too, be patient and strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near." - James 5:8

      "Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour." - 1 John 2:18

      "Behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of prophecy in this book." - Revelation 22:7

      "He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." - Revelation 22:20

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    4. Yazlynn b,

      Come visit on my blog; I think you might be more edified there:

      https://rapturejunkies.blogspot.com/?view=snapshot

      - Gerry

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  41. I feel God will somehow let a revival into North Korea. The Christians are going through tribulation unheard of. Trump is leading the best chance ever to eventually help those demonic oppressed people. We have years yet to allow this to happen.

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  42. A PIN-POINT: (REVELATION 18:4)

    4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
    "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins,
    lest you share in her plagues; (Revelation 18:4 ESV)


    ...another rendering this from Greek-English Interlinear New Testament,

    4 AND I HEARD ANOTHER VOICE OUT OF HEAVEN SAYING,
    COME OUT [3]MY PEOPLE [1]OF [2]HER, THAT YOU MAY NOT
    PARTICIPATE IN THE SINS OF HER, AND [3]OF [4]THE
    [5]PLAGUES [6]OF HER [1]THAT [2]YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE.


    ...the same passage but transposed for a western flow,

    4 AND I HEARD ANOTHER VOICE OUT OF HEAVEN SAYING,
    COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE, THAT YOU MAY NOT
    PARTICIPATE IN THE SINS OF HER, AND THAT YOU
    MAY NOT RECEIVE OF THE PLAUGUES OF HER.


    Thus is the commanding voice that calls His people out from the nations.

    Have we witnessed the world as given in (Revelation 18:1-3)?

    The voice from heaven then calls His people out of the world in advance of "her plagues"...meaning the church is not purposed to endure paying "her back as she herself has paid back others". (Revelation 18:6 ESV)

    It is only one point in scripture but an important one and one of many I am studying on the deeper question of timing of the rapture.


    ON NORTH KOREA

    Personal experience with missionaries working on the ground in NK suggest to me that revival is/will happen there and it will come (appropriately) from underground; much like the church in China. With the state of the borders between the PRC and DPRK and the strength of the church in China make me think that the Holy Spirit is already well at work in the hearts and minds of many (chosen) North Koreans.

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  43. Gary/Richard/Stan: Can anyone here help me out a bit, please? I hear others say that the Rapture can't happen soon because there are still people (NK and others) that haven't yet been reached with the Gospel. Or, the 3rd Temple needs to be built. Or, the 10-Nation union isn't completed yet. Or, whatever. But isn't it possible for all those things to be accomplished during the 1st 3.5 years of the Tribulation?

    Matthew 24:14 says "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." If the "end" means the 2nd Coming, then couldn't this prophecy be fulfilled during the Tribulation (using the 144,000 evangelists) after the Rapture? I'm not sure what, if anything, needs to take place before the Rapture. All the signs that we are now seeing actually tell us that the Tribulation is soon, right? Not the Rapture. However, I do believe the Rapture is likely to be the event that causes economies (and thus societies) to collapse making way for the AC. Isn't the Rapture an event that could happen anytime and is not constricted by fulfillment of prophecy?

    While I'm thinking of it, even if the Rapture happened tomorrow couldn't there be more than 3.5 years before the AoD? The Rapture doesn't actually start the Trib. There could be an indefinite period of time before a treaty is confirmed. Probably enough time to reach all nations even before the Trib....just thinking! Thanks!

    Am I anywhere close to being on track?

    Just Learning

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  44. @Just Learning,

    Quoting, "Isn't the Rapture an event that could happen anytime and is not constricted by fulfillment of prophecy?"

    To us? Yes. In reality? No. G-D has already set the time and day of our blessed hope. That is a fact that shall not be moved save by the hand of G-d.

    "Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues..." (Revelation 18:4 ESV)

    "For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her." (Revelation 18:8 ESV)

    "Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, 'So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more..." (Revelation 18:21 ESV)

    Here are the core verses of my current independent study. I am taking into account the greater picture, the players and beginning and end points. Each piece of the puzzle offers details that either stand apart from other pieces or blend from one piece to another.

    Although I believe that all the nations have heard the gospel, G-d is still in the business of reaching us one heart at a time. I believe He will be engaged in that theatre of operation until the very, very end.


    For the benefit of any and all visitors here...

    My interest is in sharing the love of Christ while we are still here. Pointing people to Him and the open door of the Ark. I believe that the LORD has not destined us (the Church that is the body of Christ of this dispensation) to endure the final destruction of the great city Babylon.

    Being blessed to be a part of His story today means that I must put the time I am given to good use and keep about the work of my Father until His coming or until He calls me home.

    Thus I pray that the work of my hands is pleasing to G-d and that it brings glory to His name. I pray that the work of my hands encourages the saints to the benefit of the lost.

    Will the church grow in the wake of the rapture? Yes. I believe we are told it will. Is the mysterious body of Christ one? Yes, but it has many parts. Will G-D restore all things to new? Yes.

    Dig deep into the puzzle that is scripture. Pray and dedicate consistent time in study with the LORD on the things which are on your heart. It may well be that He has purpose in this for you and that He has a duty for you to fulfil?

    Pray about these things and continue in fellowship with the saints by the Holy Spirit.

    PR

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    1. @ Richard - I understand and agree completely. As I've said before, no one can "set the date" because only God can do that. I could say something like "I'm going to set the date for the next presidential election." But, that's not in my control no matter how hard I work at "setting that date". It's just not my call. That date has already been 'set' by others.

      What I was referring to are people who say the Rapture can't happen until after ... whatever! I don't know of any "whatevers" that we must first see. Do you?

      Thanks, Brother!

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    2. @Just Learning, The main *whatever* I can point to leading up to the Rapture would be the great sign and the sign of the great red dragon - both in the heavens. (Revelation 12:1-5) I wholly believe we have seen the great sign and have yet to see the sign of the great red dragon. (Another topic)


      A PICTURE OF TIMES TO COME

      First the saints were purchased by the blood of the Lamb. Then all of creation is to be redeemed and restored,

      "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10)

      This occurs immediately prior to the opening of the seven seals of the scroll where the restrainer is removed, the AC is called forth with a shout of command, "Come!" and the redemption of all of creation from the bondage corruption as a result of the fall is set into motion. See (Revelation 6:1-2, Romans 8:19-23 ESV)

      We are given a picture of heaven in Revelation 5 where we find,

      5b "and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God," 6a "and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal." (Revelation 4:5b-6a ESV)

      The seven torches or spirits of G-d are placed in very close proximity to the sea of glass which well mirrors the golden lampstands (churches) of (Revelation 2:1 ESV). If the sea of glass is the resurrected and raptured Church, then I believe we have a picture of the first parts of the body of Christ that is to be taken before the Millennial reign. This is further supported in (Revelation 15:1-2 ESV) where we see a similar scene where the "sea of glass" is mingled with fire, "and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands." (Revelation 15:2 ESV)

      We know this to be a picture of those taken, resurrected and raptured, at the first with those martyred during the tribulation that are to rise at the second coming of Christ. They help set the stage for the last seven plagues of G-d's wrath to be poured out.

      We have another pin-point for timing of the resurrection/rapture here as G-d has promised to spare them (us) from His wrath saying,

      "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues". (Revelation 18:4 ESV)


      Not to over simplify but trying to keep to some core facts. Others will see a different picture. YMMV. I pray my response is clearly communicated. It is difficult to adequately address such a monumental topic in such a space and in short order. (I would rather have spent a lot more time on an answer but would be happy to discuss it further if you wish!)

      I pray that this response offers some triggers for your personal study in the light of scripture and by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

      PR

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    3. One more footnote,

      Sea of glass - The sea is often an allusion to peoples. Glass is made of what? Sand. If one takes a sea of sand (silica) and puts it through intense fire and heat what do you get? Glass. Wikipedia has an interesting description of this,

      "Fused quartz or fused silica is glass consisting of silica in amorphous (non-crystalline) form. It differs from traditional glasses in containing no other ingredients, which are typically added to glass to lower the melt temperature."

      Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fused_quartz

      Interesting we have the potential for a picture of purity, uniformity, holiness. "It differs from traditional glasses in containing no other ingredients, which are typically added to glass to lower the melt temperature." NO LEAVEN! Complete purity!!

      I have deliberately left holes in my response and hope that the reader will follow the scriptural trail and be met by the Holy Spirit along the way.

      A pin-point I didn't include is this from Paul's second letter to the church at Thessalonica translated from the GREEK,

      2.2 FOR NOT QUICKLY TO BE SHAKEN YOU FROM THE (YOUR) MIND NOR TO BE ALARMED, NEITHER BY A SPIRIT NOR BY A WORD NOR BY A LETTER AS [IF] BY US, AS [IF] THAT HAS COME THE DAY OF THE LORD. 2.3 [LET] NOT ANYONE DECEIVE YOU BY (IN) ANY WAY; BECAUSE UNLESS COMES THE APOSTASY FIRST AND BE REVEALED THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS, THE SON OF DESTRUCTION, 2.4 THE ONE SETTING HIMSELF AGAINST AND EXALTING HIMSELF ABOVE ALL BEING CALLED GOD OR AN OBJECT OF VENERATION, SO AS [FOR] HIM IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD TO SIT, PRESENTING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD.


      ...and YES, I consider that "THE APOSTASY" *may* be the Rapture.

      Paul gives us a warning and timing of our Blessed Hope. (Yet another topic)

      PR

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    4. Check my comment above regarding sea of glass. :)

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    5. @Elizabeth, I had not seen that! Confirmation perhaps of the Spirit moving and teaching. (I believe so!) May our knowledge be increased!

      Thanks!

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    6. ONE MORE PIN-POINT to the above...

      "'Do you not fear me?' says the LORD. 'Will you not tremble at my presence? I, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea by an everlasting barrier, that it cannot pass it; and though its waves toss themselves, yet they can not pass over it.'" (Jeremiah 5:22 TNK)

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    7. Richard, I'm trying to recall where I learned this, I'll post it when I do.
      Where there is a sea and it's not named, it then refers to a group of people.
      Before the throne was a sea of glass like crystal. Could this be the Church, a mass of people without a flaw. The sea of glass is also mentioned in Rev. 15:2 :)

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    8. Charles Capps, https://youtu.be/mi3le1kq9ZM (time 21:50)on the video He deserves the credit. I listen to him all the time.

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    9. Thanks for sharing that Elizabeth! I watched it with great interest and am encouraged that my independent study from Revelation and 2 Thessalonians echo his message. I still have a lot of digging to do and bought a new pack of post-it notes to help organise data points.

      Blessings,

      PR

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    10. Richard, Praise Jesus! I look forward to hearing more. Post-it notes are helpful! :) Blessing to you too!

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  45. A PIN-POINT:

    The Asteroid VESTA is coming into view tonight over North America. Sky Guide indicates that it will peak tonight at 0142 (Eastern) Monday and set at 0644 (Eastern) Tuesday. VESTA is the 4th asteroid to be discovered.

    A search on the origin of the name VESTA yields this find,

    Quoting Wikipedia, "Vesta (Latin pronunciation: [ˈwɛsta]) is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family in Roman religion. She was rarely depicted in human form, and was often represented by the fire of her temple in the Forum Romanum. Entry to her temple was permitted only to her priestesses, the Vestals, who tended the sacred fire at the hearth in her temple. As she was considered a guardian of the Roman people, her festival, the Vestalia (7–15 June), was regarded as one of the most important Roman holidays."

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesta_(mythology)


    This is especially interesting as VENUS is entering the BEEHIVE CLUSTER in CANCER.

    Keep looking up for those signs and wonders in the skies!

    PR

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  46. Blessings Gary. Thank you for this great article. "Just a little bit longer." These are some great words to live by. That our prayers are constantly to be awake in the Spirit and that we do not fall asleep. I pray awaken HIS people and we are alert at all times as the Word says.

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  47. For a few years my dad has metastatic cancer, it's a miracle he still lives,
    but now it' worse ,it's possible to live one ore two month.
    For me my father it's a sign , that he will live until the harpazo day,or near...
    he was and is a good preacher,a good husband,a good father,a good grandfather,so kind,so sweet,i never see a person like him, never angry,he help everyone..
    He look so much like Jesus in everything.
    Me and me child had many dreams about harpazo.In one dream was a great earthquake , after this we said a prayer, after we were caught up in the sky.
    Just with my father I spoke about the sign from sept 2017,about the end times,just him understand that we lives in the end times. The rest are blind, and say about us that we are crazy.
    I know the Lord is near, and very soon He will take us home,

    Maranatha !!!















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