September 15, 2017 and September 2013
The modern return of Israel has followed timelines from the Babylonian Captivity. In the book, Israel: The Handwriting on the World, that was shown as 2,520 years to the first Jewish settlement in 1878, 2,520 years to the Zionist Congress in 1897, 2,520 years to Israeli Statehood in 1948, and 2,520 years to winning Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in 1967. 2,520 is the value of the handwriting on the wall in Babylon that occurred the night before it was conquered.
These events of last century were then found to link in amazing ways to what is about to unfold. As history led to 2017, so would the Blood Moons and the conjunctions of the planets, especially Jupiter and Venus much like before the birth of Christ. It was all in chorus and with the discovery of the Great Sign of Revelation 12, that forms next week, the handwriting is now here.
Therefore, the handwriting is on the wall and this time it is on the world through the nation of Israel. This has all been prophesied and has happened before our very eyes. The way in which this has occurred should have caused the believers of the Bible to look further. Some have. This work has attempted to go further by following that handwriting. The result has been finding multiple witnesses pointing to the possible significance of the years 2017 to 2024.
However, the problem is that this goes against the tradition of the Church and the desires of the world. Of course, the fallen world is not looking for Jesus, but the followers of Christ have been largely led into confusion as well. This echoes the concern of Jesus when he addressed the Church of Sardis that if they did not watch, then they would not know the day or hour that he would return. As Paul said, only those in darkness will have the Day of the Lord come upon them like a thief. To those in the light, the times and seasons have been made clear. The rehearsal days of prophecy were revealed in the Feasts of the Lord. As such, the Last Trump of the Rapture can only occur on one day of the year. The events and time have been appointed.
As the generation that has witnessed the signs Jesus spoke of in the Gospels, time is indeed drawing to a close. Whether or not one believes in the various cases brought forward here, it should be apparent that the world as we know it is coming to the precipice. It is actually quite amazing that the world has not yet erupted into another world war. The point though is that there is not much time left and what we do with that remaining time is very important.
As believers in Christ and followers of the Word of God, we should be watching and doing the Lord’s business. Even the writer of Hebrews admonishes us to not forsake meeting together in the assembly of believers, especially when we see the Day of the Lord approaching. As the time for this age draws to a close, it is imperative to ensure that our light shines brightly into the dark world. When the Lord comes and takes us home, all that will remain from us for the world in darkness is the memory of our testimony. If believers are ignorant of the season they are in, then their witness is most likely diminished. For those that do understand our place in time and the nearness of the hour, our witness to the world should be urgent and clear.
As we have seen, the time to decide is now. As the Day of Judgment approaches it is imperative that a person makes sure he or she is saved. There is only one test. Have you believed in the gift of salvation Jesus the Messiah provided for you through his death on the cross? Have you accepted that gift and trust that his work was sufficient? Unfortunately, many think they must add to this and perform some work or deed to become saved or even maintain their salvation. That is religion, which is fallen people attempting to please God by their own works. The truth is, God did all of the work through Christ and we only have to trust in His plan to save us. Anything else falls short.
The benefit to believing in Christ before the Day of the Lord is that all of the saved will avoid that period of judgment. While countless people will be saved during that time, following the Bible at that time will become illegal and the majority will suffer martyrdom for it. Of course, that will have its reward and is far better than following the government of the Antichrist and ending up in the place prepared for Satan and his fallen angels, which is the lake of fire. The Day of the Lord will be a time like no other and will determine the destiny of each person.
To make it clear again, the saved before the Day of the Lord will be taken to heaven before it starts. Those remaining will have their last opportunity to believe in Christ or follow the Antichrist. When Christ returns at the end of the seven years, the unsaved will be removed from the earth and the remaining saved who are alive will enter the 1,000 year kingdom of the Christ, which is known as the Millennium. Those of us who were taken or raptured will rule with Christ along with the martyrs of the Day of the Lord.
Therefore, it is time to believe in what Jesus did two thousand years ago on the cross. It is time to learn what he taught, live it, and teach that truth to others. It is time to have compassion and love for those who haven’t decided for eternal life. Our battle is not against people, but against the fallen angels, who want to take more people with them into the future lake of fire. It is time to consider what little time is left and take the time to do the work Christ commanded us to do until the end of the age—to go and tell the peoples of the world what God has done and what He will do for us.
However, it is not the time to do anything stupid or foolish. Mature Christians will not engage in risky or self-serving behavior to diminish the testimony of their life. Rather, Christians will hope to do what is necessary and right in order that they will have some reward waiting for them in heaven. The fact that time is short should cause one to set proper priorities in life. It is time to use the gifts God has given to us, to help people who are looking for answers. It is time to study the Creator’s manual given to his Creation, to know and do His will for our life.
The Day of the Lord is truly upon us. It is time to decide whom we will serve. It is time to have faith. It is time to have love. It is time to have hope. It is time to rejoice in our coming deliverance. However, it is time to be concerned for those unknowingly entering into a time never before experienced on earth. Now is the time to follow the Lord.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”