Thursday, January 28, 2016
¶ The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
¶ Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.
For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
¶ Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
The fig tree is symbolic of Sanhedrin's religious governing. Later, that same day, Jesus mentioned the parable of the fig tree in answering His disciples' questions concerning the end.
Matthew 24: ~ KJV
¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Matthew 24 ~ Amplified Bible
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so you, too, when you see all [f]these things [taking place], know for certain that He is near, right [g]at the door. 34 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [the people living when these signs and events begin] will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
So we have "...the prince" of Daniel 9:26 being the son of perdition, mentioned by Jesus
Daniel 9: ~ KJV
...and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
In other words...
Daniel 9: ~ Amplified Bible
26 ...and the people of the [other] prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he will enter into a binding and irrevocable covenant with the many for one week (seven years), but in the middle of the week he will stop the sacrifice and grain offering [for the remaining three and one-half years]; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until the complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who causes the horror.”
Maximum measure for a generation.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Matthew 24 ~ Amplified Bible
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near;
- 1897 Theodor Herzl published the Jewish State. Many scholars and most Zionist Jews, have pointed to this publication as the conception of modern Israel.
- 1917 Balfour Declaration (link below), followed by General Allenby's defeat of Turkish forces at Jerusalem, is considered to be not only the birth of modern Israel, but is mentioned by Jonathan Cahn as a prophetic Jubilee year.
(please note the fifty year increments)
Fifty years from Theodor Herzl's "Jewish State" to the beginning of Israel's war for Independence in 1947.
And fifty years from the Balfour Declaration and liberation of Jerusalem by Allenby 1917, to Israel's six day war that regained Jerusalem for them in 1967. Jonathan Cahn also considers 1967 to be a prophetic Jubilee year.
A Jubilee year comes every fifty years. The obvious speculation for Cahn (and me) is, will 2017 be the "prophetic" Jubilee year that sees...
Amplified ~ " a binding and irrevocable covenant with the many for one week (seven years), " That will allow for the third and final man made temple to be rebuilt.??
According to Cahn the exact year for the Jubilee year is unknown but he indicates these Jubilee years as "prophetic Jubilee years", which seem to align with what has transpired. With the time limit for a maximum measure of the likely "conception (1897)" then "birth" of what would become modern day Israel in 1917, and... considering what has happened since it's "birth", any person would be hard pressed to find anything that aligns closer to Matthew 24 than the last 120 years.
More to come.
¶ But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
**While it remains absolutely true that "...no man knows the day or the hour that the Lord comes." It also remains just as true that the, "being taken" time frame, is exactly what Jesus was referencing when saying, "no man knows the day or hour".
When it comes to His setting His feet on this planet, that can be timed to exactly to 3 1/2 years from the abomination of desolation (the son of perdition) standing in the Holy place proclaiming himself to be god. (Matthew 24:15 & 2nd Thessalonians 2:3)
Chuck Missler has clearly stated that the great tribulation is strictly the last half of the seven year contract, or, "strong covenant with many for seven years", and I tend to agree. In any case from the moment that the son of perdition establishes himself as the abomination of desolation, it will be EXACTLY three and one half years to the moment when Jesus sets foot on this planet again.
In regard to the rapture we will meet him in the air.at some point either pre, mid, or end of the tribulation. And again referencing Missler, that exactly reflects the description "no man knows the day or hour."
That is exactly the technical nature and aspect of it.
Now, we get into some speculation. Many scholars cite these following scriptures as foundational to 'our' (for I share their speculations), theories.
Revelation 3:10 KJV
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
2 Thessalonians 2 ~ Amplified Bible
6 And you know what restrains him now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way.
Nearly all scholars agree that He who restrains, refers to the Holy Spirit, with a few of them stating that it is only the Holy Spirit in general... and, the majority stating that it refers to the Holy Spirit within His betrothed as well as in general. With a little less emphasis on the, "in general". Thus indicating, there will be some "Holy Spirit Presence" remaining for the EMPOWERMENT, of the martyrs.
Revelation 4 ~ Amplified Bible
4 After this I looked, and behold, [a]a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a [war] trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
1 Corinthians 15:
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
**Most scholars refer to these last verses as being a record of the SAME event, while also mentioning the Rev 3:10 verse... "...I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
Where this tends to get a little cloudy is in the differences of opinion, over the timing of "the day or the hour". Or, the... "Pre trib, Mid trib or end of trib" debate.
I personally like that - whatever year it would happen, that it would happen during the feast of trumpets. Mostly because of Rosh Hashanah... "no man knows the day or hour" when it begins, in every sense of the Torah. But that is only my preference and I still do not know the day or hour of it. And also because, it is the feast of trumpets and the in gathering or harvest.
But when it comes to the physical return: It will be EXACTLY 3 1/2 years, to the minute after the son of perdition standing in the Holy place proclaiming himself to be god. So, in reality a person could set the "Atomic Clock" by it.