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Another Feast of "Unknown Day and Hour"? (Pentecost Study Part 3)



In our study of Pentecost, we are examining if this feast could possibly be fulfilled by the rapture of the church.  In our consideration of other feast days, the Feast of Trumpets has been well associated as the "Feast of Unknown Day/Hour."  My goal in this post is to see if Pentecost might also be a contender for that title!

Previously, we have discussed:


Today let's examine how the date of the feast of Pentecost is determined.


The Counting of the Omer

Pentecost is the last of the Spring feasts.  Another name for Pentecost is the "feast of weeks", which stems from how it is to be calculated—seven weeks after the waving of the omer (firstfruits sheaf of barley offering) on the feast of Firstfruits.


You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. (Leviticus 23:15)


You shall count seven weeks. Begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain. Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you. (Deuteronomy 16:9-10)

Notably, it is in Deuteronomy that we can show there are NOT two back-to-back day counts of 7 weeks as some have hypothesized from Leviticus 23.  It is clear from Deuteronomy that we shall count seven weeks, and this is how: begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain (for the feast of Firstfruits).  Then, celebrate the conclusion of the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). 

How can we verify this?  The answer is found in Acts chapter 1 (bolding mine):

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,  until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.  And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  ... Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away.  And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.  All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.  "When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place." (Acts 1:1-5, 12-14, 2:1)

From scripture we know that:


  • Jesus was crucified on Passover, to fulfil this Feast literally - the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29, 1:36, Revelation 13:8)
  • Jesus was buried and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
  • Jesus' resurrection was literally on the feast of Firstfruits, to fulfil that feast (1 Corinthians 15:23)
  • Jesus ascended into heaven FORTY days after His resurrection (Acts 1:3)
  • During this forty day time period, He ordered the apostles not to depart from Jerusalem.  They were to WAIT for the promised Holy Spirit who would come *NOT MANY DAYS FROM NOW* (Acts 1:5)
  • As commanded, after Jesus' ascension, the apostles returned to Jerusalem to the upper room where they were staying, and gathered.  And waited.  (Acts 1:12-14, 2:1)


Is ten days "not many days"?  What about ten plus another fifty?  Or ten plus another hundred?  My friends, it is plain that the apostles did not have to huddle together in the upper room for 60 or 110 days.  That would be too "many days"!  When the plain reading of scripture makes sense, do not look for any other sense... lest it might be nonsense (David L. Cooper).  Well, his golden rule of interpretation actually goes like this:

“When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at it’s primary, ordinary, usual meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.”

Wise words.




Hebrew4Christians states "The 49 day countdown to the holiday is called the "Sefirat Omer"—Counting of the Omer.  Every day of the countdown a special blessing was recited naming exactly how many more days were left before the climactic 50th day—a Jubilee of days!"  I found that statement interesting in light of all the Jubilee talk going on in the watching community!   I personally believe that the Jubilee will be prophetically fulfilled at the Second Coming, not at the rapture.  However, Pentecost seems to be a recurring type of shadow fulfillment of the Jubilee cycle with its 50 day count.

In my previous summary about Pentecost, I discussed how this feast, like the Feast of Trumpets, is one where we do not know its exact "day or hour" very far in advance.  This is because instead of God placing it on a certain date, it is based on a calculation.  The calculation is based on a few factors... which of course (of course!) vary between the Jewish sects.  Fascinating, huh?


Pentecost Calculation Controversy: The Day and Hour Unknown?

Interestingly, the Sadducees, Pharisees, and Karaites all had different methods of calculating the date on which Pentecost was to fall.  If you have been following the discussions about whether or not the "Barley Was Abib" (or "aviv"), then you have already been introduced to the Karaite version. 

Hebrew4Christians and Nehemiah's Wall both nicely detail the controversy surrounding how the date of Pentecost is to be established.  To help you better understand this controversy, let's walk through finding the date for Pentecost 2020.


When is Pentecost 2020?

First we have to determine the start of the Jewish year: Nisan 1.  In order to determine whether or not this will be a leap year, we need to examine the ripeness (or "abib" or "aviv") of the barley.  I like to use Renewed Moon to check the barley reports:




Fortunately, this year, it seems very clear that no leap month (AdarII) needs to be added to the calendar.  The firstfruits of the barley were aviv (ripe).  If the barley had not been ripe, there can be discrepancies between the calendars used by the different sects.

Once the first day of the year is known, each Jewish sect has developed their own ways of calculating the feast of weeks.  Which sect is most accurate?  Which one does God go by?  We cannot know for sure, so I will calculate them all for you!


Summary: Possible Dates for Pentecost 2020

For those of you who prefer a summary:

Sadduccees: May 31, 2020 (8 Sivan)
The Sadduccees begin the countdown of the Feast of Weeks on the first Sunday after Passover.  This Sunday always falls within the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Pharisees: May 29, 2020 (6 Sivan)
The Pharisees begin the countdown of the Feast of Weeks on the day after Passover.  Since Passover occurs on Nisan 15, a fixed date of Sivan 6 is used for Shavuot (Pentecost).  

Essenes: June 7, 2020 (15 Sivan) 
The Essenes begin the countdown of the Feast of Weeks on the Sunday after the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Thus, it always falls a week after the date calculated by the Sadduccees.

Karaites: May 31, 2020 (8 Sivan) 
The Karaites based their countdown of the Feast of Weeks on the ripeness of the first sheaves of barley.  Once barley ripeness was established, the Firstfruits offering could be made during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, on the day after the weekly Sabbath.  The Feast of Weeks countdown began at this Feast of Firstfruits.  In general, their method coincides with the Sadduccees.

It seems we may not clearly be able to know the Day of Pentecost, unless you can determine which view is correct!  I would suggest that this places Pentecost as a contender in the "feast that no one knows the day/hour" category; what do you think?

I personally believe the Karaites' method is most likely to be the accurate one, as it is the only method that takes into account barley ripeness.  This would seem to be crucial to the calculation, based on God's command in Deuteronomy 16:9-10 to begin the day count from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain.  Logically, the sickle can't be put to the standing grain until it is ripe.

If you'd like to know how I arrived at these dates in particular, keep reading...


New Moon or First Sliver?

For all of you who have been following "high watch dates", you are aware that there are calendar discrepancies.  Not only between the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars, but within the Hebrew calendar itself.  We have discussed the "missing years" in other posts, but for our purpose here—finding Pentecost—we need to look at establishing the correct months so we can start adding in our feasts.

As we learned from the Fall Feasts, the Hebrew calendar is heavily tied into the moon phases. The start of each month is determined by the new moon. It seems there is some uncertainty as to whether the start of the month was determined by the New Moon itself or by the First Sliver of Crescent Moon, and may have differed between Jewish sects. The viewing of the first sliver of crescent seems to be the most heavily referenced and documented. The teaching that the Hebrew months went by full moons instead of new moons seems to stem from Seventh Day Adventist teachings and is incorrect as far as I can determine.




 What I have referenced in this post is the first sighting of crescent sliver as I believe this to be most accurate, but I will place dark new moon dates in brackets in case you are interested. The first sliver was determined by 2 witnesses visually sighting the first sliver of moon after the new moon by the unaided eye. I have estimated this at around 1% illumination, although some sources state it might be closer to 2.5%. Of course there are many factors other than illumination, including moonset and moonrise times, glare, humidity, fog, clouds, dust, etc that can affect first sighting.

(Reference data regarding new moon versus crescent sliver located at bottom of this post).


Chasing Pentecost

My goal this morning is to figure out the possible dates for Pentecost 2020 – what I personally believe is our highest watch day of the year. All dates listed here start at sunset Jerusalem time, which is the night before on the Gregorian calendar.




First, we need to find Nisan 1 and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover).

Nisan 1: Sighting of The New Moon in Jerusalem: 

March 25, 2020 (March 24 calculated 0.2% illumination; March 25 calculated 1.2% illumination) - Source (TimeandDate) 

This result was confirmed visually on March 25, 2020 by Renewed Moon.


Source: http://www.renewedmoon.com/wall-calendar/biblical-month.htm

For these reasons I will base 1 Nisan as beginning the evening of March 25, 2020.  There is no secondary calculation required, as there is agreement by all sects this year that the leap month of AdarII is not needed.  Confirmation was made that Hebcal, Chabad, and AISH confirm Renewed Moon's dates above.

Ok, so we have our head of the year (Rosh Chodesh) established.  Now let's work to determine the dates of Passover and Pentecost!

Unlike the other mo’edim given in the Torah, however, Shavuot has no explicit date but must be inferred from Leviticus 23:11 and 23:15: “And from the day on which you bring the omer offering – the day after the Sabbath – you shall count off seven weeks.” The key phrase is “the day after the Sabbath.” Does this phrase refer to Sunday or perhaps to the Sabbath of Passover? (Source: Hebrew4Christians

First we need to understand that the Jewish sects determine the date of Pentecost differently. So we’re going to calculate all of them here!


Sadducees

The Tzaddukim (Sadducees) believed that the word “Sabbath” was used in its regular sense, as the seventh day of the week, and therefore began the countdown on the first Sunday after Passover (Talmud: Menachot 65). Now since Shavuot occurs 7 weeks later to this day, this implies that it also fell on a Sunday. Moreover, since the day of the week for Passover varies over the year, the date of Shavuot would likewise vary. Source: Hebrew4Christians

[The Sadducees] agreed with the Essenes that Shavuot must be counted from a weekly Sabbath, but disagreed [with the Essenes] as to which one. The Sadducees believed the 50-day count must begin on the weekly Sabbath that falls out during the seven-days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. According to their reckoning, the counting towards Shavuot could begin anywhere from the 15th to the 21st day of the month, depending on what day of the week the Feast of Unleavened Bread began. If Unleavened Bread began on a Sunday, the count would begin on the 15th day of the month. If Unleavened Bread began on a Saturday, the count would begin on the 16th day of the month, and so on. Based on this counting, Shavuot could fall out from the 4th to the 12th of the Third Hebrew Month. Karaite Jews have accepted the Sadducee reckoning as the only one to be consistent with the plain meaning of the biblical text. Source: Nehemiah's Wall

If we use the Sadducees method of calculating Pentecost: 

March 25, 2020 – 1 Nisan [March 24 if New Moon used]

April 8, 2020 – 14 Nisan, Passover

April 12, 2020 – 18 Nisan, Firstfruits (Sunday)

May 31, 2020 – 8 Sivan, Pentecost [unchanged if New Moon used]


Pharisees

The Perushim (Pharisees), on the other hand, believed that “the day after the Shabbat” referred to not the weekly Sabbath but to the first day of Passover (which is a shabbaton or day of work restrictions), and therefore began counting the following day, that is, the day after Passover (which is also the second day of Unleavened Bread). This is supported in Joshua 5:11-12 when Israel first entered the land and ate of its firstfruits. Now since Passover always occurs on Nisan 15, this established a fixed date for Shavuot 49 days later on Sivan 6. Historically, the Pharisee’s position prevailed in the Jewish tradition, and the modern Rabbinical calendar marks Shavuot on the fixed date of Sivan 6 (in May/June), exactly 49 days after the second day of Passover (Nisan 16). This accords with the testimony of first century historians Josephus and Philo, who both state that the “day after the Sabbath” meant the day after the holiday Sabbath.” Source: Hebrew4Christians

Note that Passover is Nisan 14 (not a No Work Day) and Unleavened Bread starts Nisan 15 (a No Work Day), so I disagree with Hebrew4Christians above.  The site Nehemiah's Wall interprets Joshua 5:11 as supporting the Sadducees method of calculating the "morrow of the Passover", as well.  However, the end result is the same in that, for the Pharisees, Pentecost / Shavuot always occurs on Sivan 6.

The Pharisees argued that Shavuot is to be counted from the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which they designated a “Sabbath.” According to the Pharisees, “morrow of the Sabbath” means the “morrow of the 1st day of Unleavened Bread.” The ancient Pharisees and their modern day successor the Orthodox rabbis begin the 50-day count to Shavuot on the second day of Unleavened Bread, which is always the 16th day of the First Hebrew Month. As a result, the Pharisee Shavuot always fell out in ancient times from the 5th to the 7th day of the Third Hebrew Month (Sivan). After the destruction of the Temple, the Pharisees became the predominant surviving faction among the Jewish leadership and their interpretation is followed by most Jews until this very day. In 359 CE, the Pharisee leader Hillel II established a pre-calculated calendar and ever since the Pharisee Shavuot has always been observed on the 6th of Sivan. Source: Nehemiah's Wall

If we use the Pharisees method of calculating Pentecost: 

March 25, 2020 – 1 Nisan

April 9, 2020 – 15 Nisan, Passover

April 10, 2020 – 16 Nisan, Firstfruits

May 29, 2020 – 6 Sivan, Pentecost 

 **Since 359AD, the Pharisees have always observed 6 Sivan as Pentecost regardless of the day of the week it falls on.


Essenes

The Essenes, who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, began the 50-day count to Shavuot on a different Sabbath from the Pharisees. In their reckoning, the Omer offering was to be brought on the morrow of the weekly Sabbath, in modern terms: “Sunday.” The Essenes began their count on the Sunday after the seven-days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As a result, they always began their count on the 26th day of the First Hebrew Month. The Essenes had a 364-day solar calendar, which began every year on a Wednesday and had fixed lengths for each month. Based on the Essene calendar, Shavuot always fell out on the 15th day of the Third Hebrew Month. The Essenes are presumed to have been wiped out when the Romans invaded Judea in 66-74 CE and only their documents survive today. Source: Nehemiah's Wall

If we use the Essenes method of calculating Pentecost: 

March 25, 2020 – 1 Nisan

April 8, 2020 – 14 Nisan, Passover

April 9–15, 2020 – 15-21 Nisan, Unleavened Bread

April 19, 2020 – 25 Nisan, Firstfruits (first Sunday AFTER Unleavened Bread)

June 7, 2020 – 15 Sivan, Pentecost


Karaites

The Karaites rejected both these methods but instead relied upon the sighting of the new moon (Rosh Chodesh) and the appearance of the first sheaves of barley to determine the month of Aviv and the festival of Firstfruits, respectively. After these observations, the wave offering of the firstfruits would then be presented at the temple on the day after the weekly Sabbath, and only then would the 49 day countdown to Shavuot begin. Therefore, since the appearance of the first barley sheaves is not constant, the date of Shavuot could not be foreknown with any certainty. Source: Hebrew4Christians

Karaite Jews have accepted the Sadducee reckoning as the only one to be consistent with the plain meaning of the biblical text. Source: Nehemiah's Wall

The Karaites agreed with the Sadducees that the Sabbath in question for the Feast of Weeks was the weekly Sabbath that fell within the feast of Unleavened Bread.  The Karaites took into account the barley ripeness to determine if it was to be a leap year or not.  This year (2020) it was clear the barley was aviv (ripe) in March and thus it is not a leap year.  This makes our calculation a little easier.

If we use the Karaites method of calculating Pentecost:

March 25, 2020 – 1 Nisan

April 8, 2020 – 14 Nisan, Passover

April 12, 2020 – 18 Nisan, Firstfruits (Sunday)

May 31, 2020 – 8 Sivan, Pentecost




Summary

As I mentioned above, I personally believe the Karaites' method is most likely to be the accurate one, as it is the only method that takes into account barley ripeness.  This would seem to be crucial to the calculation, based on God's command in Deuteronomy 16:9-10:

You shall count seven weeks. Begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain. Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the Lord your God blesses you.

I personally will be "high watching" May 31, 2020 for Pentecost.  Are YOU rapture ready?  If you have doubts, please read Blessed Assurance: A Guide to Rapture Readiness

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References on Moon Phases and Observation


From Chabad (Orthodox Jewish website):

The Jewish calendar is based on lunar cycles. Towards the beginning of the moon’s cycle, it appears as a thin crescent. That is the signal for a new Jewish month. The moon grows until it is full, the middle of the month, and then it begins to wane until it cannot be seen. It remains invisible for approximately two day—and then the thin crescent reappears, and the cycle begins again. “The L‑rd spoke to Moses and to Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, ‘This chodesh shall be to you the head of months.’ ” (Exodus 12:1–2) From the wording of this verse, “shall be to you,” the sages deduced that the responsibility of pinpointing and consecrating the chodesh, the crescent new moon, was entrusted to the leaders of our nation, the Sanhedrin, the rabbinical supreme court of every generation.

Originally, there was no fixed calendar. There was no way to determine in advance the exact day of a coming holiday or bar mitzvah, because there was no way to determine in advance when the month would begin. Each month anew, the Sanhedrin would determine whether the month would be 29 or 30 days long—depending on when the following month’s new moon was first sighted—and would sanctify the new month.

In the 4th century CE, the sage Hillel II foresaw the disbandment of the Sanhedrin, and understood that we would no longer be able to follow a Sanhedrin-based calendar. So Hillel and his rabbinical court established the perpetual calendar which is followed today.

When Hillel established the perpetual calendar, he sanctified every Rosh Chodesh until Moshiach will come and reestablish the Sanhedrin. (Source: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/526874/jewish/The-Jewish-Month.htm)

From other Jewish resources:

“[T]he new moon began when the thin crescent of the new moon was first visible at sunset. (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, vol 1, p. 266)[T]he ancient Jewish calendar depended not on mathematical calculations and arrangements, but was set from month to month according to the physical appearance of the new moon. Witnesses who had seen the first sign of the crescent on the horizon after sunset were expected to report the fact to the authorities, who thereupon published throughout the country the fact that the new month had begun.” (The Pharisees, by Louis Finkelstein, p. 601, Jewish Publication Society, 1938, Philadelphia., based on talmudic literature)

“Until Hillel II instituted a permanent calendar based on calculations (ca. 360), the fixing of the new moon was determined by observation and the evidence of witnesses. During the earlier period, the practice of adding a second day to festivals … was introduced for communities lying at a distance from Palestine, because it was doubtful on precisely which of the two days the new moon occurred.” (Encyclopedia of the Jewish Religion, p. 78; Massada-P.E.C. Press Ltd, 1965., based on talmudic tradition)

“In old Israel the new moon—the day after the crescent was first sighted in the sky—was celebrated by sacrifices and feasting…” (Judaism, by George Foot Moore, professor of the history of religion, Harvard, vol 2, p. 22, based on talmudic literature)

“[T]he ancient Jewish calendar depended not on mathematical calculations and arrangements, but was set from month to month according the physical appearance of the new moon. Witnesses who had seen the first sign of the crescent on the horizon after sunset were expected to report the fact to the authorities, who there upon published throughout the country the fact that a new month had begun. The year consisted of 12 months whose limits were determined by these observations. But, since the lunar year consists of only 354 days, eleven less than the solar year, it was necessary from time to time to “intercalate” a thirteenth month before the Passover, to prevent its being moved back into the winter. This intercalary month was a “second Adar” and was added whenever a consideration of the sun’s position in the heavens, the state of the crops, or the newborn lambs, made it appear necessary.” (The Pharisees, pp. 601–602, by Louis Finkelstein, professor of theology at Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Jewish Publication Society of America, 1938., based on talmudic literature)

“The phases of the moon could easily be recognized by everybody. The new moon indicated the beginning of the month.… Though the ‘new moon’ could be observed by every individual, to prevent any mistake or doubt the duty of fixing the new month was assigned to a rabbinical council in Jerusalem. Their decision was subject to the testimony of two reliable witnesses. As soon as their reports have been received and checked by astronomical calculation, an official message was sent out by chains of fire signals” (The Judaic Heritage, by Rabbi Dr. R. Brasch, pp. 22, 24, based on talmudic literature)

“The sighting of the lunar crescent within one day of New Moon is usually difficult. The crescent at this time is quite thin, has a low surface brightness, and can easily be lost in the twilight. Generally, the lunar crescent will become visible to suitably-located, experienced observers with good sky conditions about one day after New Moon. However, the time that the crescent actually becomes visible varies quite a bit from one month to another. Naked-eye sightings as early as 15.5 hours after New Moon have been reliably reported while observers with telescopes have made reliable reports as early as 12.1 hours after New Moon. Because these observations are exceptional, crescent sightings this early in the lunar month should not be expected as the norm.” (Source: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/crescent.php)

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  1. PENTECOST AND THE RAPTURE!!

    On the day of Pentecost, God, through the mouth of Peter, was addressing specifically the nation of Israel.As a result Scripture states that there were about 3000 souls saved on that day ( Acts 2:41 ). Neverthelessthe nation of Israel was still not saved as a whole on that day.  Therefore the "nationalredemption" of Israel is still yet future, and it will come following the "fullness of theGentiles" which is the completion of the body of Christ and the time of the Resurrection / Rapture of the Church ( Rom. 11:25 - 27 ).

    The apostle Paul states the following:
    ๐Ÿ“–Colossians 1:27...."to whom God willed 
    to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

    So, When the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost to indwell believers, and to commence the "Church / Church age",  then He "returned ", didn't He!   No, not in "bodily form", but in "Spirit."  And He did so in order to "build His Church" whom He purchased at the cross.  And when Christ has completed His Church, and its "fullness" has come,  then He will come "bodily / physically" in the air in order to remove His Church, and take it unto Himself.  And I believe that the very day of Pentecost future is a strong candidate time for the Lord to complete His body and return for His Church,His bride.

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    I believe that Pentecost is a perfect timefor the Church to come to "fullness."  The festival of Pentecost and the work of the Holy Spirit has been operating in the world as God has been adding to His Church dailyever since Acts chapter 2 unfolded.  It makes perfect sense to me that God would bring to and END the Church age on the same day that the Church had its inception and beginning.It would be a "reversal " of Pentecost, in which the Holy Spirit who indwells the body of Christ and His restraining power would be removed.  And so Pentecost is like "Bookends." This festival sits between "Passover season" and the "Fall Festivals." 

    The Church was born on Pentecost, and God spoke specifically and directly to the nation of Israel concerning "Jesus" through the mouth of Peter. Some Jews received Peter's message and believed, and were saved, but the nation as a "whole" was not saved 
    at that time.

    ๐ŸŽฏNow stop and think with me here for 
    a minute!  Is it possible then that God is going toRapture the Church on the day of 
    Pentecost and bring it to "fullness" on 
    the very day in which it began, and therefore address the nation of Israel once againconcerning "Jesus" whom they have 
    rejected and crucified,  just like God did inActs chapter two through the mouth of Peter? Is God going to repeat Himself and 
    speak to the nation of Israel once again on the very day of Pentecost following the Rapture of the Church which perhaps will take place and brought to"fullness" on that 
    very day?
    This festival sits between "Passsover 
    season" and the "Fall Festivals." It therefore is a "parenthetical " feast day where the Church had its beginning, and of which I believe the Church could very well have its conclusion. Therefore the 
    day of Pentecost in the first century has NOT closed yet!

    Below is the link to my pdf on the TOP 20 END TIME SIGNS, please use it as a witnessing tool to wake people up in these very final moments!!..
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Sq83X7nijaQM0HN-WqnWsUEWASw9aSSr

    We are in the final moments!! That trumpet is going to sound any day now!! We are on the cusp on the rapture!!!
    Preach the Gospel!

    God bless
    Bro
    Keegan
    Watchman in the wilderness๐Ÿ™
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      But another interesting thing is that the sun sets at 7:26 in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 8th 2020 according to...https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/israel/tel-aviv...

      Countdown to Pentacost - Day 21 since Resurrection Morning - 29 Day countdown to Pentacost -

      Only God knows the Day of the Rapture - I believe it is soon and very soon !

      Come Lord Jesus - Holy Lamb of God - Come for Your Bride - Maranatha !

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    2. Only God knows for sure the day - Interesting - From Rev 12 Sign to 2nd Passover 2020 =
      Strongs 958 Hebrew = to Divide (BAZA ื‘ָּื–ָื)
      Strongs 958 Greek = Benjamin = Son of the right hand - ฮ’ฮตฮฝฮนฮฑฮผฮฏฮฝ
      www.itwasaplan.com

      Interesting youtube on 2nd Passover Exodus - Step Up

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    3. God bless you from Livermore falls Maine. I share all your stuff

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  2. WOW!!!! I must say it is a great job! Thank you for this teaching! May we all be in the Heavenly Kingdom this May 31! AMEN! MARANATHA !!! Carole

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  3. It`s so ``INTENSE``!!! Can you imagine, for sure 2020 Is the year... I can Imagine my hug from Jesus.I'm so excited !!! :) Bless you all !

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  4. Thanks Stephanie, you obviously put a lot of work into this article but for reasons ive explained in the past I dont see a Pentecost rapture. I hope im wrong because I want to go home as bad as everyone else. See you all on June 1st.

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  5. Thanks Stephanie, great summary! I think it's also worth pointing out how the church calendars fall out seeing as it's the church that gets raptured and not Israel/unbelieving Jews. The church determined at Nicea that Passover would be calculated as the first full moon of Spring where Spring was approximated as March 21, the usual date of the equinox at that time (at the time Jewish communities did not have a consistent methodology of determining Passover since it was before the Hillel II calendar, but usually took into account both the ripening of the grain and the equinox.) From that point they used what you identified as the Sadducee method to identify First Fruits/Resurrection Sunday/Easter (usually called Passover or Pascha in other languages, the English word is unfortunate) and start the 50 day count to Pentecost. While these principles have been used ever since, the approved tables to determine both Easter/Passover and Pentecost were reformed by Pope Gregory when it became clear that the calculations were accumulating errors as the Julian calendar was slipping out of alignment with the seasons. The Western Church made these corrections, but the Eastern Orthodox Churches did not. The Hillel II calendar is also accumulating errors so that Jewish feasts get later and later as the centuries tick by.

    This year Western churches that celebrate Pentecost (sometimes called Whitsunday) also do so on the Sadducee date of May 31. The Eastern Orthodox who still use the Julian tables in spite of their errors will celebrate Pentecost on June 7 which corresponds to the Essene date.

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    1. Hi Bruce, lots to say on this but I will just say that what the rc church has done to mess up God's calendar is in line with the antichrist spirit and his constant attempt to "change laws and seasons and times", Daniel 7:25, 2 Thessalonians 2:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:7 etc.

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    2. Steve, the calculating of Easter and Pentecost has nothing to do with Roman Catholic dogmas that most evangelical Christians object to. The council of Nicea occurred long before most of the objectional doctrines were dogmatized. The council by all accounts was trying to understand the method of determining Passover as it was determined at the time of Jesus since reliance on the Jewish communities of their day in the 4th century was problematic as they were not at that time using a consistent method. The Christian method is more ancient than the Jewish method because Nicea was before Hillel II. The Christian method was reformed by Pope Gregory, but again, it had nothing to do with Roman Catholic dogmas and everything to do with the observations about how the calendar was no longer in alignment with the seasons. If you do research on the Julian calendar you can verify this for yourself. It's a fallacy to assume that anything that has any connection whatsoever to the Roman Catholic Church is wrong. I don't reject the divinity of Christ because Catholics believe it, or Jesus' resurrection. Similarly, I don't see the need to reject their calculation of the Feast of Resurrection and Pentecost.

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    3. Your right people do tend to go after all the Catholic doctrine when in reality some of it if not most is acceptable. If even only to fool people. The believers are in all walks of life and none of the true believer will be totally fooled by anyhing

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  6. An excellent expository Stephanie!

    This past new moon I was treated to quite the scene. As the sun slipped under the horizon for civil sunset, the new moon (sliver) was visible immediately below Venus. Words fail me in describing it but it was a wondrous sight. Venus was especially bright that night and the clean, crisp air really helps stellar viewing.

    It's as though all of creation is SINGING at the coming of the Lord.

    Surely, it is so keep looking UP!

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  8. That was a great article! Pentecost has been a high-watch date for me for awhile now. I was talking the Lord the other night and He put on my heart to consider my behavior since He wants to proudly introduce me to the Father. It has nothing to do with my salvation; He wants us to be ready, shiny, and clean to meet the Father. Hope to see you all next month!

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    1. Amen - I John 3:3 - Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of [a]God! Therefore the world does not know [b]us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

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    2. Chills. That was the first book in the Bible I read when I came to belief at !9 (33 years ago). I read those verses above and distinctly remember how amazing, this Philly pothead Jew who knew nothing about God, was now considered a child of God. It sealed the deal for me. Of all the verses in all the chapters you could have used...Ive got the gooosebumps!

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  9. Thank you for sharing your gift of teaching with the body of Christ, I really appreciate you Stephanie!

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  10. Thanks Stephanie, and as Pastor Rich had mentioned the book - "The Pentacostal Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ" by Langford...I had that book and started reading it...EXPECTNANT COUNTDOWN FROM PASSOVER TO PENTACOST...

    Here is a quote from page 76 --- "Concerning Lev. 23:15 / Talmudic literature says...'We count the days that pass since the preceeding Festival, just as one who expects his most intimate friend on a certain day counts the days and even the hours..." Sephirah = Period of counting =

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  11. Now on Day 17 / 33 days to go to Pentacost -

    Counting from Resurrection Sunday (what Langford says was the "offering of the wave sheaf" day - as the offering was waved before the Lord -

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  12. AN ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATION

    I started looking ahead to Pentecost and see that's about the time that Jupiter and Saturn will go into retro-grade motion. This is the last time they will backtrack before they return to normal motion and perhaps appear to form a single star on 12/21 this year. (They will not overlap but will be extremely close!) Monday, December 21, 2020 is the Winter Solstice which will occur at 1002 UTC.

    I need to run this on Stellarium to make sure of the date but it's awful close.

    Comet ATLAS, or what's left of it, should be passing through the ecliptic about the same time on its way to the Pleiades.

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  13. I've really enjoyed this teaching. Thank you!

    My EM Bounds devotional this morning was entitled "The Great Day of Pentecost " and I thought I would share it...

    "After Jesus made this promise to His disciples, He ascended to Heaven. Yet the promise given by Him of sending the Holy Spirit was not fulfilled only by His enthronement. The answer is found in the fact that His disciples, along with the women followers, spent several days in that Upper Room, in continued prayer. It was prayer that brought to pass the famous Day of Pentecost. And as it was then, so it can be today."

    That was a good reminder to me. We're not waiting for the Holy Spirit this time, we're waiting for Jesus! But we dont have to just wait, we can all pray too. (Which I'm sure we all are already). Maybe He needs our prayers. Come quickly Jesus!

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  14. Now on Day 18 with 32 Days to go to Pentacost. Countdown to Harvest.

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    1. Um, you realize that the Rapture happening on this Pentecost is speculation, Right? I mean, sure, we can be hopeful (I certainly am), but with the countdown you are doing, it just looks a little like you're putting a little more faith in that particular date than is warranted...

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    2. Yes, Sherrill777, no man knows for sure the day of the rapture. We are hoping for the rapture today. It is just speculation that the rapture may happen on Pentacost. But I am hoping and praying.

      The countdown is the way the Lord set up Pentacost...it is the normal routine for every time period from Passover to Pentacost. Thanks for asking and clarifying. God is good!

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    3. Ah! Gotcha. I was concerned since some people get overly fixated one a date then depressed when we're still here. But it doesn't sound like that's what you were doing.

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  15. I would highly recommend this old episode of Prophecy in News from the 90's with JR Church & Gary Stearman discussing Pentecost and how it relates to marriage...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbV1lAhfng


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    1. A Quick Hitter

      When I think of a Biblical Jewish wedding -- if Pentecost is when the marriage vow is sealed, the marriage will not consummated until after the groom returns for his bride. When does he come? At an unknown date and time but usually late at night to carry his wife away by surprise.

      The concept I illustrate is not the whole picture. The sum of Scripture gives us the picture.

      Back to work for me.

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    2. Ancient Jewish Marriage

      Quoting, My Jewish Learning,

      "Betrothal and the Wedding"

      "Until late in the Middle Ages, marriage consisted of two ceremonies that were marked by celebrations at two separate times, with an interval between. First came the betrothal [erusin]; and later, the wedding [nissuin]. At the betrothal the woman was legally married, although she still remained in her father’s house. She could not belong to another man unless she was divorced from her betrothed. The wedding meant only that the betrothed woman, accompanied by a colorful procession, was brought from her father’s house to the house of her groom, and the legal tie with him was consummated."

      There are many twists and turns in the rituals surrounding marriage -- some of which I will leave to your personal study. After Sinai marriage was a two part event. Part one was betrothal, the purchase of the bride by the father of the groom. Yes, the bride was purchased and promised to the household of the father-in-law. The couple would be considered married in all ways except for that which leads to children.

      The groom would then return to his father's house to prepare a place for his bride. (Their new home). After a period of time the groom would return for the bride for the final part of the wedding ceremony and the taking of her into his father's house. It was at that point that the marriage was fully and finally consummated.

      The article above illustrates marriage well and shows how it changed from ancient times to modern times.

      Key to this concept is that the bride is *purchased* (as in paid for) by the father of the groom. Yes, you can think of this as a transfer of property as in many ways that's exactly what was happening. The father of the bride would traditionally accept a small monetary payment or payment in goods or services. The bride would traditionally be lavished with monetary payment, clothing, jewellery and the like.

      After a period of time passed from their betrothal the groom would return for his bride. This is in contrast to the earliest forms of marriage, a form still recognized as legitimate today in some sects -- physical union between a man and woman equals marriage and includes payment (even a token payment) to be received in the company of witnesses. This type of marriage is shunned as being akin to an act of prostitution.

      That's the basic picture from the perspective of marriage.

      Interesting. Through this you can see the bride of Christ and the whore of Babylon.

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    4. The Son of Man, His clothes divided. Awarded as payment to winner of the lot.

      The precious blood of Christ, priceless and perfect; given for His beloved, His betrothed. The debts of her cancelled. The sins of her nailed to the cross.

      It was finished.

      The marriage contract sealed on deposit of the Holy Spirit that in the Day to come Jesus would return for Her and together return in Glory to the place prepared in the Father's house.

      Forever in glory.

      Amen.

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    5. Ruth & Boaz & why they read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot

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    6. A great artlicle on marraige at Jesus' time. So many parrales..."The fourth step, the marriage feast, would follow and could last for as many as seven days. Many more people would be invited to the feast than were to the marriage ceremony. In the Marriage of the Lamb all four of these steps of the Jewish wedding ceremony are evident"

      https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/related-topics/the-jewish-wedding-analogy.html

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    7. sfg, because Ruth was a Gentile. Thus today the church is mainly Gentile.

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    8. Yes, Ruth was a Gentile. A Gentile Princess, mother of Obed, grandmother of Jesse and great grandmother of the shepherd king, David.

      And the final feast to be fulfilled is what? Tell me it's not the story of a wedding. Yes, a wedding and so much more.

      A facet that reveals light, colour and truth through the gem of priceless value.

      Jesus.

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    9. Thank you Owlhead,

      Here's another piece of the puzzle...


      WHERE DID JOSEPH GO?

      So many of us have asked, "What happened to the earthly father of Jesus? Where's Joseph gone?" Well, bear in mind a couple of facts,

      1. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit
      2. No man can ransom another or give to God the price of his life
      3. Joseph was not the One to make payment to the *father* of the bride
      4. Joseph could not make payment for the bride herself
      5. All glory goes to God the Father in Christ Jesus our Lord

      Psalm 49 stood out to me today in light of the purchase, betrothal and marriage of Christ and His bride the Church,

      7 Truly no man can ransom another,
      or give to God the price of his life,

      8 for the ransom of their life is
      costly and can never suffice,

      9 that he should live on forever
      and never see the pit.

      (Psalm 49:7-9 ESV)


      We loose track of the earthly father of Jesus, Joseph, early on in the Biblical New Testament narrative because he could never fill the necessary role and requirements of the father of the groom. Only the Father of the Groom could fill that role. Joseph's days were written such that his mission was complete before that day came.

      Thank you LORD for that puzzle piece.

      Amen.

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  16. Excellent article. I really appreciate all the research Stephanie has done in this, and i really like how she continues to highlight the significance of the feasts as Appointed times. The word is also translated as "rehearsal".
    But i should note that different Jewish sects using different calendars does not warrant this as "No one Knows the Day or hour".

    The same situation is true of Passover, but the day is known within each group.
    Also, the Last trump is not Pentecost. It's at Feast of Trumpets aka Rosh hoshanah. The First trumpet is Pentecost and the Great Trumpet is Day of Atonement- year of Jubilee!

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  17. Has anyone considered Ascension Day as a possibility for the rapture?

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    1. Sure! I think more than one of us here have discussed that possibility. You may have an interesting Bible study looking at that potential,

      "Men of Galilee, why do you
      stand looking into heaven?
      This Jesus, who was taken
      up from you into heaven, will
      come in the same way as you
      saw him go into heaven."

      (Acts 1:11 ESV)

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    2. So, the question could be...

      1. Is this passage a shadow of the harpazo?
      2. Is this passage a shadow of the Second Coming?
      3. Is this passage a shadow of both?
      4. May we be able to identify who said this?

      Just some thoughts.

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    3. Yep, Luke Acts 1:11 Ascension Day is Rapture day preceded by the dead rising on first fruits just like in Matthew. They were the Sheaf of first fruits wave offering promise of the full harvest yet to come. The shadow of things to come Paul was referencing. But, If we don't need the wave offering this time then the 40th day will be May 22 or 28th of Iyyar, 5780 jewish date time.
      Then 10 days later Pentecost the offering of the Messiah again.
      Cause the Church is gone!

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    4. I know some here don't think that the dead rising after His resurrection and going in the city has any significance or the event even happened.
      My question is how did 3000 souls get born into the church on Pentecost when just 40 days earlier they were calling for His blood.
      I counted 17 different language speaking peoples, and how is it that each hear them in our own language to which they were born, speaking of the mighty deeds of God?
      I myself think they had help for 40 day!

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    5. In my opinion, no. This is referring to the 2nd Coming. Ascension is not one of the Appointed Times.

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      Yes, I agree!

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  18. Countdown - Day 20 with 30 Days to go to Pentacost / Harvest Festival

    "Concerning Lev. 23:15 / Talmudic literature says...'We count the days that pass since the preceeding Festival, just as one who expects his most intimate friend on a certain day counts the days and even the hours..." Sephirah = Period of counting =

    The countdown is the way the Lord set up Pentacost...it is the normal routine for every time period from Passover to Pentacost. Only God knows for sure when the Great Day will be.

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  19. Acts 1:11 is referring to the second coming. Jesus doesnot set foot on earth when we are raptured. We meet him in the air. When the angel said like manner he meant it. After the tribulation the Lord will stand again on the Mt. Of Olives which is where he was the day he ascended.

    "And his feet shall stand in that day on the Mt. of Olives..." Zechariah 14:4a kjv.

    He's going to return to the same place he left from with us to engage the enemy at Armageddon.

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    1. The Temple hasn't even been built. Where is the confirmation of the Covenant ? If you are stating that we will soon be 3.5 years into The Tribulation, With all due respect, I will ask you to continue reading your Bible.

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    1. This little horn who comes up and uproots three of the ten horns that grow out of the nondescript beast, as the feet and toes are attached to the iron legs, the horns grow out of the nondescript beast, the iron legs being Rome, the nondescript beast being Rome, and feet being the Moslem Empire, the ten toes and the ten horns being a confederacy of ten out of the Roman portions of the Moslem Empire.

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    1. God revealed to Daniel (as well as others) what the stage of history would look like at that time, and then He sealed it until it's time. That's what makes Daniel's prophecy the key to the end times. When it finally shows up on the stage, then you know positively that it is unsealed, and that our redemption is even at the door.
      But if we don't know what it's supposed to look like, or where we are supposed to look, then we would never know when it's happening. The Hebrews recognized Moses as their deliverer because they were aware of the Prophecy of deliverance in the 4th generation and were watching for it.
      The end time events and players of the prophecy are not going to just pop into existence. They grow out of history, one day at a time, until it finally reaches it's time. Then, what may seem to be like all of a sudden, there it is clearly visible, confirming God's word, and alerting us to heed His command to watch.
      The study of Daniel is important because it's a history lesson; the history of where the focus of God’s prophetic plan is located at the end time, and how it got to be that way.
      As Christians, we have a separate and different conclusion to our covenant, than that of the Jews. And, although Daniels prophecy is written to the Jews, about their covenant's conclusion, we benefit in watching them, because God closes His covenant with the New Creatures in Christ, before He begins the final events designed to convince the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. We were already convinced of that, thus we don't need any more convincing. That's why He wants us to watch! So the conclusion of our covenant won't take us like a thief in the night; we have His word on that!

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  24. Paul writes in 2 thessalonians 2:2,3 that the "day of Christ is at hand" and then says that that day willnot come until there comes a " falling away" first. That word falling is Apostasia in greek. The word means to leave, depart from a previous standing. This falling away clearly has to be referring to the rapture keeping in mind the context. "And THEN that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition".

    This is telling us that the Church, the body of Christ will be removed and then the AC will be revealed. All the speculation as to who this person is is a waste of time.

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    1. Yep! Agreed- complete waste of time.

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    2. Except for those left behind, who will read our interpretations and guesses and perhaps be able to identify the AC precisely... God has allowed us to speculate for a reason, I wouldn't be so quick as to call that a waste of time...

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  25. Hummm Outofthewilderness abandon ship!

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  26. Gregg, I have commented on Matt. 27:52,53 as you know. Im not going there again. In my opinion the rapture is not happening 10 days before Pentecost this year or any year but as ive also said on past speculative rapture dates. I hope im wrong

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    1. Yea, I know it's cool. We have batted that back and forth enough.

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  28. Hello Everyone. Did any of you watch JD Farag's prophecy update today? He is making a case for the Pre-Trib Rapture in 2 Thess. 2:3: Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (NET). The Greek word for "rebellion" is ฮฑฯ€ฮฟฯƒฯ„ฮฑฯƒฮนฮฑ

    Pronunciation: ap-os-tas-ee'-ah
    Definition: 1) a falling away, defection, apostasy feminine of the same as 647; defection from truth (properly, the state) ("apostasy"):-falling away, forsake. see GREEK for 647

    JD cited that the Geneva Bible, written prior to the KJV, translates that word "departure."

    see following with footnotes from genevabible.org:

    3 (*) Let no man deceive you by any means, (3) for that day shall not come, except there come a (♠) departing first, and that (e) the (♦) man of sin be disclosed, even the son of (♣) perdition,

    (*) Ephesians 5:6 .
    (3) The Apostle foretelleth that before the coming of the Lord, there shall be a throne set up clean contrary to Christ's glory, wherein that wicked man shall sit, and transfer all things that appertain to God, to himself; and many shall fall away from God to him.
    (♠) A wonderful departing of the most part from the faith. (e) By speaking of one, he pointed out the body of the tyrannous and persecuting Church.

    Notice the footnote calls the departing wonderful. The LSV makes this even more clear:

    3 do not let anyone deceive you in any way, because if the departure may not come first, the man of lawlessness may [not] be revealed—the son of destruction, 4 who is opposing and is raising himself up above all called god or worshiped, so as for him to have sat down in the temple of God, proclaiming that he is God.

    The major translations that I compared in parallel overwhelmingly translate the word rebellion/falling away/apostasy (NASB).

    When I go to biblehub.com, and look up 647, apostasion, the word is likened to a certificate of divorce in the Englishman's Concordance, a sending away, and the only three uses (supposedly) are

    Matthew 5:31 N-ANS
    GRK: ฮดฯŒฯ„ฯ‰ ฮฑแฝฯ„แฟ‡ แผ€ฯ€ฮฟฯƒฯ„ฮฌฯƒฮนฮฟฮฝ
    NAS: LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE';
    KJV: her a writing of divorcement:
    INT: let him give to her a letter of divorce

    Matthew 19:7 N-GNS
    GRK: ฮดฮฟแฟฆฮฝฮฑฮน ฮฒฮนฮฒฮปฮฏฮฟฮฝ แผ€ฯ€ฮฟฯƒฯ„ฮฑฯƒฮฏฮฟฯ… ฮบฮฑแฝถ แผ€ฯ€ฮฟฮปแฟฆฯƒฮฑฮน
    NAS: HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND [her] AWAY?
    KJV: a writing of divorcement, and
    INT: to give a bill of divorce and to divorce

    Mark 10:4 N-GNS
    GRK: ฮœฯ‰ฯ…ฯƒแฟ†ฯ‚ ฮฒฮนฮฒฮปฮฏฮฟฮฝ แผ€ฯ€ฮฟฯƒฯ„ฮฑฯƒฮฏฮฟฯ… ฮณฯฮฌฯˆฮฑฮน ฮบฮฑแฝถ
    NAS: A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND [her] AWAY.
    KJV: a bill of divorcement, and
    INT: Moses a bill of divorce to write and

    Strong's and the NAS Exhaustive Concordance also liken the word to divorce, repudiation, a certificate of divorce.

    OK, so here's my question: could the apostasy referenced in 2 Thess. 2:3 refer not to the true Church falling away, but rather to our divorcement from the world of deception that the AC will rule with his false religion and control of the populace. We depart/are divorced from the world's orthodoxy, believing the truth/not deceived, and are sent away/caught up--to be with the Lord, prior to the AC's disclosure? [sorry for any errors, hard to proofread from the small comment window :-)

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    1. Your question reminds me of a discussion Chuck Missler had on this topic during which he mentioned a Greek scholar, I mean a top linguistic pro, telling him that the apostasy was definitely the departure of the Church.

      This is the same way that I understand "apostasy" to be as opposed to the way I accepted it not just four years ago.

      It is our full, final and physical departure.

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    2. Thank you Pastor Rich, I am inclined to agree--most heartedly. Though I have never heard this interpretation until today, it truly does make more sense. Not only linguistically, but theologically in context. Thanks again. judi

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    3. Pastor Andy Woods, a very thorough Bible scholar in my opinion, also argues that this term is a rapture reference. I listened to his arguments (you can likely find his sermons on YouTube) and found them reasonable. I too now would feel this passage is best translated to mean the Rapture rather than an Apostasy.

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  30. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.

    —Micah 5:4

    Sooo looking forward to our departure soon. Come Lord Jesus. Maranatha...!!!

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  32. WHERE DID JOSEPH GO?

    I'm reposting this from above as a follow-up to the piece written on Jewish marriage.

    In light of the marriage and family life of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth, so many of us have asked, "What happened to the earthly father of Jesus? Where's Joseph gone?" Well, bear in mind a couple of facts,

    1. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit
    2. No man can ransom another or give to God the price of his life
    3. Joseph was not the One to make payment to the *father* of the bride
    4. Joseph could not make payment for the bride herself
    5. All glory goes to God the Father in Christ Jesus our Lord

    Psalm 49 stood out to me today in light of the purchase, betrothal and marriage of Christ and His bride the Church,

    7 Truly no man can ransom another,
    or give to God the price of his life,

    8 for the ransom of their life is
    costly and can never suffice,

    9 that he should live on forever
    and never see the pit.

    (Psalm 49:7-9 ESV)


    We loose track of the earthly father of Jesus, Joseph, early on in the Biblical New Testament narrative because he could never fill the necessary role and requirements of the father of the groom. Only the Father of the Groom could fill that role. Joseph's days were written such that his mission was complete before that day came.

    Only God could pay the price of life for the bride. Only the body and blood of the perfect and spotless Lamb of God could meet the demand. Only Christ Himself could meet the ransom required to eternally secure the life of the bride -- His Church. Us. You and me. For all of those who so ever will give their eternal, "I DO!"

    The perfect sacrifice of Christ on the cross is the payment that sealed the deal assuring our future entry into our new Father's house. The father of the bride (the world) has received its payment; so now we eagerly watch and wait with anticipation the arrival of our beloved to take us up and deliver us Home where we will be His.

    Forever!

    Thank you LORD for that puzzle piece.

    Glory to G-D Almighty in the highest through Jesus Christ our Lord, forever and ever!

    Amen.

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  33. HER WATER BROKE?!!

    Paul Dawson live streamed yesterday that the Dganya Dam has been partially opened possibly symbolizing the breaking of the water of the woman. I have not yet independently found mention of this online through my limited search time but I did find this article from the LAST time the gates were opened on the dam.

    Dam opened to revive Jordan River for first time in 50 years

    This article is dated, "26 May, 2013 15:21" almost SEVEN (7) YEARS TO THE DAY of the modern opening of the dam...an opening however partial that is SEVEN (7) DAYS before the Second Passover (Pesach Sheni).

    That's interesting!

    After a jubilee of years the dam restraining the Kinneret was FULLY opened in 2013 flooding the parched Jordan River Valley only to be closed again for SEVEN YEARS. If reports are true, then the REOPENED Dganya Dam NO LONGER RESTRAINS the waters that burst forth into Israel and to the Dead Sea.

    More digging to do here...

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    1. What's in a name? "ื“ื’ื ื™ื”" (Dganya) or Degania means "cornflower" -- a word that gets its root from "ื“ื’ื " (dagan) meaning "grain", "cereal" or perhaps indicative of that which we make bread from?

      Interesting.

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  34. This is off that subject but I just listened to part of a podcast on "Now the End Begins" and it was scary! I know, I know....we are not to have the spirit of fear....I struggle back and forth with this...lots of prayer. He was saying when the shutdown ends we will all be being tracked and that while we have been shut in they were putting things in place for it. He compared it to the Jews having to wear the stars. He also said there would be no way around the tracking device on our phones because if we don't download it they will shut them off.
    Any opinions here??

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    1. 13 And Moses said to the people,

      "Fear not, stand firm, and see the
      salvation of the LORD, which he will
      work for you today. For the Egyptians
      whom you see today, you shall never
      see again."

      (Exodus 14:13 ESV)


      Remember, what is the meaning of the word salvation? His name is Jesus. Jesus is the salvation of the LORD.

      The Groom is coming soon!

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  35. Thank you Pastor Rich!

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  36. WHERE DID JOSEPH GO?

    Matthew 13:55 there is a reference to the whole family.

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    1. Yes, and it is interesting that the Pharisees would know Joseph so well. There are many reasons to believe Joseph was well known in and around Jerusalem most likely as a skilled artisan and tradesman.

      Even so, recall that John was given to care for Mary at the foot of the cross. Such a thing would be needless had Joseph been alive. Jesus could no longer care for his mother in this life so he gave John to do it in Jesus' place.

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    2. Joseph must have passed early on in His Ministry or even before.

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    3. It certainly looks that way and such a large family left behind too. I would estimate Mary was in her mid to late 40's by the day of the cross.

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  37. AND AS IF THE NEWS WASN'T ALREADY INTERESTING ENOUGH

    'Murder hornets' land in the US for the first time

    Quoting, BBC,

    "The 2-inch long Asian giant hornets have landed in the US for the first time, spotted on the west coast.

    Multiple stings are deadly to humans and in their 'slaughter phase' the hornets destroy honeybees, whose bodies they feed to their young.

    Scientists are now on a hunt for the hornets, hoping to eradicate the species before they wipe out US bees."

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  38. Thats how I understand it also in regard to Joseph. Sometime between his (Jesus) twelve birthday and his ministry Joseph died. Jesus looked after his Mom. When he said to the disciple who loved him (John) while on the cross "Behold your Mother"and to her "behold your Son" he was asking him to take care of her. That passage confused me for many years.

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    1. Yes, and remember the wedding He was and His disciples were invited.
      His Mother said to the attendants "What ever He says to you, do it!"
      20 or 30 gals each x 6. Thats alot of wine!

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  39. Footage shows a mouse gets massacred by a giant Asian “murder hornet,” amid news the massive deadly wasp has made it to the US.

    In the terrifying video, a mouse attempts to flee from the angry hornet, as it repeatedly stings and bites him.

    After the battle, the mouse is left paralyzed and struggling to breathe.

    The footage, which appears to be from 2018, has re-emerged as reports over the weekend claimed Asian giant hornets which have been known to kill people have been found in Washington state.

    https://www.infowars.com/terrifying-video-epic-struggle-between-mouse-and-asian-murder-hornet/

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  40. I would like to give encouragement to Nan because I have had anxious and scary thoughts about ID2020 and the vaccine that the government will mandate soon also. Yesterday, I watched so many prophecy updates. The first one was Amir Tsarfati's called "A Prophet like Moses." This is an awesome teaching comparing Moses and Jesus. Anyway, when I think of Moses, I see him in the Ten Commandments with his outstretched arms looking over the Red Sea saying, "The Lord will do Battle for us, Behold His Mighty Hand!" We know God parted the waters that day and saved His people from the Egyptian army. Think of how scared the Hebrews would have been seeing the Egyptian army coming after them with their chariots! I think of the scripture that Pastor Rich has quoted, "Fear not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord....." Then I think to myself if God could save the Hebrews from all that and part a huge sea for them surely God will protect me, family and all of us from the globalist and their NWO. Then to even help me more, I watched J.D.Farag's Prophecy update yesterday afternoon and he addressed the coming forced vaccination and Mark of the Beast. He said because of the sure word of prophecy, he (we) will not be here to worry about what we were going to do when they came for us to take the Mark, he continued, we won't be here, we will be gone in the Rapture of the Church! Amen and amen, Come Lord Jesus for we are ready!!!!

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  41. To add to Rhonda's note .... I have also has people ask about the ID2020, the WO2020060606 patent, etc. One thing to note.. If they come around with those things and say "you must get this to be allowed to be back to normal" then that is fine. If they say "you must get this mark which says that you denounce your faith in Jesus" then I will bend over and say "go ahead, cut off my head".

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    1. We must be careful there too... I doubt the enemy will be that bold... It will likely be far more subtle...

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  42. The comment by Rhonda reminds me of a video I watched just a few days ago. Its about a trip from Cairo, Egypt documented on tape to the actual location where God parted the red sea.

    The location is marked by a 16' pillar of red granite on the Egypt side. On the Saudi Arabia side its been cut down but the stump is still there.

    Whats really cool is that a large area before the sea is melted where God put the pillar of fire. And also divers found remains of chariot wheels that had collected coral. The crossing at the location is 13 miles wide. What an awesome God we have!

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    1. Indeed! I've seen this too and share it with those who are interested. There is so much to dig up and dig on out there. Sadly, the Saudis restrict access to the mountain of God having fenced it off.

      Yes! What an awesome God He is!!

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    2. The glory of kedar (Saudi Arabia) will be taken away in 1 year.

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  43. Remember we are the resistance, even if you have to resist to death.
    In the world you shall have tribulation.
    All the promises of God are yes in Christ, so stand firm and resist!

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  44. ? Duh. Gregg, how does what you said possibly relate to what I just wrote?

    Resisting to death? This is not the tribulation. Moving on.

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  45. Was not directed toward you!

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  47. Nice work, Stephanie! Personally, I agree that the Karaites are the most likely to be spot on in this regard. I love those guys...they were legendary for strictly rejecting the Pharisaical garbage that the religious leadership of Israel had allowed to supplant the clear, literal words of Scripture, and they ultimately got stuffed for it.

    I've leaned toward the Raptecost camp for a number of years...Raptashana just never quite added up in my opinion. If the Rapture is going to fall on a feast date, Pentecost is the only scripturally logical choice in my humble estimation. (<<...IF!!...>>)

    P.S. Above deletion due to typos. =:)

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  48. Rapture of the Church, when does God have it scheduled, and what are it’s signs?
    Did God leave a sign?
    I know that many will hold that, “you can’t know the day or the hour”.  But, that is not the question. The question is, did God leave a sign of the Rapture, and if so, what is it?  What does Scripture say is the TRUTH about the sign of the Rapture?
    In order to investigate the scriptural truth of the sign of the rapture, we must first understand what method God used to demonstrate it.
    In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he was making a point about the understanding he had brought them concerning the Church and began by commending them for their steadfastness to their faith in Christ.
    He warned them about the traditions of men and the rudiments of the world not being after the ways of Christ.
    Then he admonishes them to let no man judge them as to what they eat or drink, or that they don’t keep the Sabbath, or the Feasts of the Jews, because those things were Shadows of things to come, but the substance is of Christ!
    Paul is making the Church understand, that the feasts of the Jews are shadows of future events for the church and the substance casting those shadows will be Jesus, the Christ!
    And you can bet your everlasting life, that as with all the significant events in God’s plan, He left us a Warning sign for the Rapture of the Church.
    The substance and shadow of the resurrection on Firstfruits reveals that to be so.
    Firstfruits, the promise of the full harvest yet to come, is the day Christ rose.  Casting a shadow of a set time for resurrections into the future, setting the stage for the return of Jesus, the Christ in the future.  But, Matthew, in his gospel wrote, at chapter 27, verses 52 and 53, that on that day of resurrection, after Jesus rose, the graves were opened and, my bible says, “and many bodies of saints that slept arose, and, came out of the graves after the resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many”. What this is saying, is that these risen saints are the shadow cast of the promise of the full harvest of the saints yet to come.
    That’s what Paul means when he tells the Thessalonians, in chapter 4 at verse 16 & 17,  that the dead in Christ rise first, then we which are alive and remain are caught up together with them in the twinkling of an eye, to be with the Lord forever.

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