Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Global SITREP D1-17: The Endgame

19 September 2017: There is no better way to lead off this SITREP than with the video I've embedded above (hat tip: GG5). This video is from February 2016 and appears to be of a two-year old child prophesying Jesus' soon coming. Wow!

Next, as you might expect, the subject of the Revelation 12:1-2 sign has been foremost due to its literal fulfillment in about 45 hours from now. 

"Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth."

Well, that great sign will come into fulfillment at approximately 10:15 AM Saturday morning (from where I stand on this earth), when Jupiter the king planet is "born" from Virgo (the woman), clothed in the sun (at Virgo's left shoulder) with the moon under her feet. Above her head a garland of twelve stars; the nine associated since antiquity with the constellation Leo plus three "wandering stars" we know as Mercury, Mars and Venus. This is verse one.

But what about verse two? What about the woman's crying in labor and pain prior to the birth? This is not difficult to see clearly also. 

Consider: The birthing process has been ongoing for the past ten days. If Revelation 12:1 is directly manifest by heavenly objects we can see with the naked eye verbatim with this verse of Scripture, then what is the observable manifestation that is directly relative to Revelation 12:2? 

Just look back at the events that have occurred in this same birthing period. Multiple hurricanes, roaring and tossing of the seas, major floods on land, major earthquakes in various places have caused tremendous damage; coronal mass ejections from the sun with more due to occur as the current major prominence rotates to face the earth in the next couple of days. 

There are wars, and rumors of war. Today, for the first time in my own memory, as American president stood before the assembled United Nations to say in completely unambiguous terms that an endgame was afoot; that an enemy nation (North Korea) would be totally destroyed by the United States, even if the United States had to act alone in defense against North Korean aggression. 

In Syria, another military endgame is afoot. This is an endgame which in certainty will result in the fulfillment of several 'last days' prophetic wars, and set the stage for the final pre-70th Week military event: Ezekiel 38/39. These are the birth pangs Jesus spoke of in His discourse on the Mount of Olives. No doubt they will increase in the days ahead.

As Jesus said, these things must take place, but the end is not yet; the end from the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38/39 still lies at least seven more years into the future. In all of this we can comfort and care for each other in the knowledge that during this endgame our blessed hope will occur in the twinkling of an eye.

So, this is where we are at the present time. There are other things that could be cited which are concurrent, moreover, in the next few days we could expect even more things to occur, and from September 24th going forward even more will occur.  The sign for Revelation 12:1-2 has been given, I believe, to wake up even the most deeply slumbering among us.

UPDATE 20 September 2017: Up to this point Eschatology Today has deliberately concentrated on Revelation 12:1-2. The reasoning is simple. The sign in these first two in-progress verses are separate from the second, or "another" sign which follows in verse three. They are set apart and distinct signs in both time and place. 

The first sign has been taking shape in the heavens over the past nine months and concludes this Saturday. This sign will not occur again in the future. Scripture tells us, as also already touched upon, that the heavens shall be shaken, heavenly bodies in space, planets and stars, will be moved from their places by the power of God. This appears to occur no later than the middle of the 70th Week. 

Therefore, a near future occurrence of this very unique astronomical alignment in Leo and Virgo would be preempted from ever occurring again in the future. With this shaking and moving of the heavenly bodies the constellations themselves will likely be completely altered. The constellations only exist as seen from the earth in the night sky and nowhere else. It seems obvious that at the time of their shaking and moving they will have completely fulfilled the Lord's anointed purpose as signs. A new heaven will exist in the future. Therefore, first sign of Revelation 12:1-2 is entirely exclusive to the present time, right here, right now.

The second sign, Revelation 12:3, as mentioned briefly in previous posts, is a picture of the Antichrist in the form of his completed earthly kingdom, the fourth beast kingdom consisting of seven heads and ten horns. The second sign of Revelation 12:3 then is clearly a picture of an earthly realm as is made crystal clear by reading in context the entirety of Daniel 7. 

In Daniel 7 we read that the fourth and final beast begins as ten, but is reduced to seven when Antichrist, the eleventh rising little horn among them, subdues three of the kings (horns) among the ten, rips their horns out by the roots to place them upon his own head. Therefore verse three is a literal event which occurs at the start of the 70th Week. Without question the Bride of Christ will have been taken from this earth prior to the occurrence of the sign of Revelation 12:3. As can be seen in Revelation 12:6 this period of time is without any doubt the second half of the 70th Week, the great Tribulation as some refer to it; the Megas Thlipsis as Jesus referred to it in His discourse on the Mount of Olives.

We may as well also now look at Revelation 12:7-17. These verses are a type of recap of the events described in the sum of the previous verses. Give great attention to verse seventeen as it describes the woman from verse one as also having other offspring. At this period of time during the Megas Thlipsis these other offspring of the woman can only be the innumerable Saints of the 70th Week - those who have received Salvation by the Blood of the Lamb through the testimony of the 144,000 Jewish priests who had the seal of the living God placed upon their foreheads in Revelation 7.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Global SITREP C10-17: Back to Syria

IDF Northern Command Exercise "Light of Dagan"

UPDATE 15 September 2017: Some may have taken notice, but some may not, that the warfighting occurring in eastern Syria at this time is defining the border that will exist in the future between Israel and the land Bible prophecy refers to as 'Assyria' ('Ashshuwr). (Isaiah 19:23-25)  That border will be the Euphrates River in Syria. In fact, there is something more that very few Christians in the West are aware of: a great many of the soldiers currently spearheading the CJTF-OIR offensive discussed below in the Khabur River valley and Euphrates River valley are ethnic Assyrians. Ethnic Assyrians are overwhemlingly Christian.

12 September 2017: There are major changes occurring on the Syrian battlefield, from the Golan to the Jordanian border to the Iraq border. Most alarming are reports that Hezbollah forces have taken positions on the Jordanian border along with elements of a Syrian armored division. We do not have to guess that this development, if confirmed, seriously crosses one of Israel's red lines.

Israel has an ongoing all-forces warfighting exercise to simulate a Hezbollah incursion from Lebanon; halting that incursion and then going on offense to eradicate the Iranian proxy once and for all. As for Syria and the threats its Deputy Foreign Minister recently made against Israel, Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded with a blunt statement of his own, saying, "I strongly suggest to our neighbors from the north not to try us or send threats, because we take all threats seriously. And I do not suggest that they test us, and I do not advise them to enter into a confrontation with the State of Israel. Because for them it will end badly, very badly."

To the east, there appears to be some cooperation (deconfliction) between US-backed forces (CJTF-OIR allied Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF) moving southwards along the east bank of the Euphrates River and the Khabur River valley towards the Iraqi border, and Syrian/Hezbollah/Iranian proxies moving in the same direction along the west bank of the Euphrates River. Both forces are squeezing what's left of Islamic State forces in eastern Syria. Some reports hold that there's only 10 miles separating these two forces in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor, Syria.

The map above depicts the military situation in Syria on 5 September 2017. To this map, and based upon recent OSINT, I have illustrated with red arrows the CJTF-OIR offensive and objective moving southeasterly along the east bank of the Euphrates River and south through the Khabur River valley from Syrian Kurdistan (yellow area). These forces will push through the rapidly diminishing Islamic State controlled territory (gray area) towards Deir Ezzor and Al-Mayadin, Syria and ultimately to the final objective corridor from Abu Hamam, and Al-Bukamal to Al Qaim on the Syrian-Iraqi border. 

It is critically important to note that the success of this mission will preempt the Iranian objective of establishing a "land bridge" from Iran to the Mediterranean Coast. This is where a direct military clash between the US-led CJTF-OIR forces and Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah forces is most likely to occur in late September or early October. The final rub will come when CJTF-OIR and SDF forces have defeated Islamic States forces and move to turn over the territory they've cleared to local civilian representative councils (anti-Assad), as has already been done in central Syria. The local populace councils (Sunni Muslim) will then manage security and the governance of the region with CJTF-OIR coalition support.

16 August 2017: Israel has discovered through its EROS-B satellite reconnaissance imagery, operated by the Israeli firm ImageSat, that Iranian construction of a major ballistic missile production and storage facility in a wide valley known as Wadi Jan'em. This massive facility lies five miles west of the coastal town of Baniyas, and is rapidly nearing completion, possibly if not probably before the end of this year. This facility is located well within the Russian air defense umbrella located less than six miles to the northwest at Hmeimim Air Base. PM Netanyahu has stated that Israel will do whatever is necessary in the protection of its national security interest.

The Google Earth image above shows the full scope of the construction area. The major southwest to northeast and northwest to southeast axis of the construction zone measure one mile by two miles, respectively, in length each. They contain at least 20 large buildings along each axis. Some images in the media of this construction only show a small portion of the area in the upper right-hand part of the above image. The above image shows the full scope of the construction zone.

Most western media report this massive facility to be a "Scud" missile factory. However, that identification for this site is quite inaccurate. It would be better to state that this is one very massive and advanced long-range missile production complex that is capable of producing every part of a ballistic missile, from engine and fuel, to the fuselage, to the explosive in the warhead.  As if the Middle East needed yet another potential flash-point for a greater conflict, this one is begging to be struck by Israeli air power sooner rather than later, and not unlike the IAF mission of nearly ten years ago against a nuclear reactor at Al Kibar, and which we remember in vivid detail as 'Operation Orchard' (September 2007). 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Global SITREP D3-17: Who Has Understanding?

UPDATE 11 September 2017: This is worth noting, and is of some importance. I noticed yesterday that other folks are asking: what about the second sign, the sign of Revelation 12:3-4? 

If you are looking for this part of the prophecy, as was mentioned earlier this year (in 2 March 2017 update) those verses are played out in the constellation Draco (the Dragon). Draco is located to the North of Leo and Virgo who are on the ecliptic. This morning, between 0500-05:45 I was able to see Venus, Mercury, Mars and Leo rise on the eastern horizon. I spun to my left, now facing due North and there was Draco the Dragon (beneath the Little Dipper and to the left of the Big Dipper) hovering over the Virgin now in the process of labor but just below the eastern horizon. So, the correct answer is, yes, all of the prophetic elements to be seen in the great sign of  Revelation 12:1-2 and the second sign of Revelation 12:3-4 are present in the heavens overhead right now. 

7 September 2017: Previously I thought I'd seen all there was to see when it comes to division among brethren-in-Christ over the interpretation of Scripture. I'm not talking about interpretations of essential doctrinal issues, but non-essential, non-doctrinal interpretive issues. One side have their particular view of prophetic verses and present themselves as set-in-stone dogmatic about their view. Opposition to a given non-crucial interpretive view is fine, but the ridicule, scoffing, condescension or joking about a differing interpretive view devoid of a constructive exchange of views is not something any Christian brethren should take part in. Consideration of Scripture and its interpretation should be dealt with and in all Berean sincerity. Unfortunately and to this point it has been a nothing doing kind of situation when it comes to Revelation 12:1-2. 

Questions are asked and short, terse one word or incomplete, abbreviated sentences are received in response. Still others deliberately instigate or manufacture confrontations between brethren as if they were some type of self-appointed prosecuting grand inquisitor. This is not how discussions between brethren to resolve differences of interpretation on passages of Scripture should ever be conducted. We have the same Holy Spirit guiding our view as they have guiding theirs, no? What makes their understanding so superior and unassailable?

The events of the past week have shown that I could not have been more ill-informed that such division among brethren was possible over this issue. This caused disillusionment of an exceptional kind, and at the end of it all yesterday I locked myself in a closet to have a conversation with the LORD about it. It was a very short conversation.

The direct response He gave me was to read Job 37:14-24 through all of Job 38. And I did so in the 1599 Geneva Bible. Job 37:24 and 38:2 hit like five-pound hammers. They read: "Let men therefore fear Him; He will not regard any that are wise in their own conceit," and "Who is this that darkeneth the counsel by words without knowledge?" And therein lies the title of this SITREP: Who has understanding?" The answer: No One But God! 

So let the naysayers naysay, and let the LORD who has made and keeps for His purposes all things which He has set in motion fulfill His purposes. The times appointed for the salvation of Gentiles is finite; they are by all indications coming to a rapid conclusion. And concurrent with the expiration of these times in this generation Our Lord has literally commanded us to "Look up!" and with that command also prophesied "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth trouble among the nations, with perplexity: the sea and the waters shall roar." 

As has been said here many times before, nothing that is occurring these days on or above the earth is coincidental, especially when as with the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2, all of it is in exact detail and can be seen coming together with the naked eye in the sky overhead! Who possesses such an understanding given of God and the Holy Spirit to deny this? 

Moreover, the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2 is not occurring in a dearth or a vacuum of ongoing prophetic fulfillment; there isn't a prophecy teacher worth his salt who cannot rattle off a dozen or more prophecies in a matter of seconds in an active process of fulfillment at this time. All of these are preparatory for the 70th Week. Many also still use the phrase stage-setting to describe a plethora of current prophetic goings on. Even truth is actively denied these days, and all manner of other things just as II Timothy 3:1-2 has prophesied it to be. The sad thing is, none of us have really seen anything yet with respect to how much worse things will soon become. 

Healthy men are not yet falling over dead of coronary attacks due to fear over what is coming upon the earth. NASA and other space agencies are actively looking for incoming asteroid or meteoric impactors. Why? Could it be because some in government take the parts of Revelation regarding strange occurrences in or from space seriously? I think the answer is very much in the affirmative, even among the secular or scientific elite. 

For example, look at Revelation 6:12-14. Jesus opens the 6th Seal. This opening follows previously opened seals which have ravaged the planet through global war and its attendant consequences, and without warning a truly cosmic cataclysm occurs. Moving on to Revelation 8, this chapter begins with Jesus' opening of the 7th Seal which brings upon the earth and mankind the first three trumpet judgments. These three judgments all are in regard to different space-borne objects falling to earth with even more catastrophic global consequences. The fourth trumpet also causes havoc on the earth because of what happens to one-third of the sun, one-third of the moon and one-third of all stars in the heavens. Stop right there! 

Read Revelation 8:12 again.  

How can the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2 occur in the chapter/verse sequence presented if the catastrophe in the cosmos of Revelation 8:12 occurs prior to it? The obvious conclusion should be that Revelation 12:1-2 is a parenthetical flash backwards in time during the prophetic sequence John on Patmos was being shown by our Lord. Revelation 12:1-2 would have to be the appearing of a great sign in the heavens which took place previously and in conjunction with other last days events. Like on 23 September 2017. 

Who has understanding? God does, and that is why when He was on the earth He told us the future in advance and completed His prophetic discourse with a command to do something and when we should do it. 

"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28 NKJV)(Emphasis added)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Part II: Naysayers Regarding Revelation 12:1-2 and the Fact of the Matter

The Sign of Revelation 12:1-2 that will occur on 23 September

2 September 2017: As promised, this post is a short-term work-in-progress rebuttal to the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2 naysayers arguments, as well as a follow-on to the first part found HERE. This presentation is done in accordance with I Corinthians 16:14 and II Corinthians 10:5

This post is short-term due to the fact that the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2 is in progress. The sun, moon and the planets in the coming astronomical alignment God Himself has prophesied to occur are moving according to the His plan and with His hand. As stated before, on 9 September, the king planet Jupiter, representative of Christ (and quite possibly the bride of Christ), exits from the "womb" of Virgo and begins a two-week transit down the "birth canal" for the sign concluding event on 23 September.

The focus has been on Revelation 12's first and second verses, and during this series of posts on Revelation 12, little has been said about the subsequent verses because I believe they are fulfilled prior to the 70th Week (as possibly in the verse 5 Harpazo), and obviously, thereafter and clearly during the 70th Week. The whole of Revelation 12 is therefore a prophecy, as are many others (Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49, etc.) at this time, in an active process of fulfillment. 

A brother who goes by the name Brad is the site administrator of the Revelation 12 Daily blog website.  If there is some aspect you want to dig into deeper with respect to Revelation 12, there's a high likelihood you'll probably find it here. You'll also find a Who's Who of Revelation 12 debunking personalities and/or ministries and responses to them. The debate is lively, but in no way should it be allowed to degenerate into a schism between brothers and sisters in Christ.

I believe Revelation 12:1-2 is literal, in the heavens above and still a couple of weeks into the future. The naysayers are playing defense, trying to protect without fully understanding the points we are making; without fully exploring what it is we are saying, and, unfortunately in some cases, without reading what we have written on this subject in full. What are they defending against? I know this first-hand via an Email I received that they are defending against what they see as date-setting, and date setting is the biggest eschatological no-no there is. The problem here is that WE have not set this date, God has! He controls all of the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, the stars and the wandering stars, or planets which is this case are Jupiter, Mercury Mars and Venus. They are in precise alignments and precise locations which make the Revelation 12:1-2 sign occurring on 23 September possible. And not just possible, but a fact just 21 days from today. Note again, nothing in Revelation 12:1-2 says word one about the Harpazo of the bride of Christ, but that is what most of the naysayers are defending against. They're lumping those who are making such claims in with those of us who are not making such claims.

There are a great many thousands of words that have come off our keyboards and I suspect that less than a third of them have actually been read by our naysaying brethren. Again, they don't want to read what "date-setters" have to say, it's all bunkum, so they think; not worthy of their time to look at objectively. In sum, what the naysayers are doing is a form of peer review in which these peers of ours are not doing due diligence in their reviews.

However, that all said, and I cannot stress this enough, over and over again what we are ALL saying with specificity is that Revelation 12:1-2 will come to fulfillment on 23 September, not the entire prophecy. And the Harpazo will occur when God directs by His will that it is to happen, and He will send His Son for us. Remember, a sign is an indication, a warning of things to come. And the Revelation 12:1-2 sign is extremely significant at this point of the history of mankind on this earth. I pray that many come to Christ as a direct result of our teaching about it!

Some of you will recall what I've written about The Magoi and the Birth of Jesus Christ. I put this post to the front page of Eschatology Today every Christmas since I composed it seven years ago. The key element of it was the asking of a question: How did the Parthian (Persian) Magoi know what the specific sign would be and when it would occur. The Jews had departed from the Babylonian-Persian captivity hundreds of years earlier (also according to a specific date prophecy) to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple. 

So the sign the Magoi waited on for more than a half-millennium was passed down from generation to generation, ultimately to a specific generation which would make a great caravan to trek over 1000-plus miles round trip through horrific desert - because they saw an astronomical sign? A star? No, not a star, rather His star. The Magoi waited for and finally saw His star, and they followed it. Even the pagan Herod inquired with great precision of the Magoi in his presence about what time they saw the king star appear. The Gospels tell us this is a fact; it happened. The Magoi informed Herod this was all based upon information given them by a prophet? What prophet? The prophet who was foremost in the transition of Jewish captivity from Babylonian to Medo-Persian sovereignty -- the prophet Daniel.

And our naysaying brethren won't follow that same star, and the sun, moon and several other stars plus a trio of wandering stars in the prophesied precise alignment foretold by God Himself to Jesus who gave it to John on Patmos - because we are date-setters? They won't inquire with the same kind of great precision those of us who study this in detail on what we have learned?

There's another key item from the post Daniel's 70th Week and the Harpazo that has been an ongoing part of many posts to this blog since July 2011, and that is the timing of the Harpazo, the Harpazo of Enoch, the Flood of Noah and the template of Noah and his family being kept from the wrath of God in that Flood. I refer to this type of thing as "Past as Prologue for the Future." Then, strangely enough, on 23 September 2013 - which I now see is four years prior to the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2 - that ongoing study led directly to Genesis 7:4. That is the point where we see God directly warning Noah (after probably 80 years of constructing the Ark with his three sons) that in exactly seven more days the flood would come. And there was a specificity in that the date (God consistently gives us dates in this format: Year, Month, Day), that it was Noah's 600th year, 2nd month and 17th day. Wow! Why the specifics here? 

Noah's ark is very much seen as a template for the Harpazo of the bride of Christ; how we will be taken to places prepared for us by Christ, just as Noah and sons prepared the Ark. So, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me at that time that the Jewish wedding tradition was also a directly related template. This led to Matthew 25 and the parable Jesus told about the ten wise and foolish virgins. I realized then that this parable is directly related to the Harpazo of the virgin bride of Christ. Those ten virgins were then warned of the approach  of their Groom and his entourage at midnight, when it was dark. The virgins would see the lights of the entourage as it approached. 

Messianic Rabbi Daniel Thomson in 2016 did an excellent presentation on video about this. It was on GodTube and YouTube, but it has since become unavailable. (?) This video was the lead item in January 2016's Global SITREP A2-16: The Groom is Coming for His Bride. The video will be recovered if that is possible, but the text of this post and all related comments serve as a summary of what Rabbi Thomson spoke about. 

So, we've been diligently watching over the past couple of years for some kind of foretelling of the coming of our Groom, as Noah was foretold; some kind of torch-lit procession in the night sky heralding His approach for His bride. Lo and behold, is the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2 the very  forewarning and great sign of His approach we have sought after? I say, Yes, it is.

One more thing, I had been busy collecting and collating a whole slew of the arguments the naysayers have put forward for some time now. I was even deep into a point-for-point of dissection and rebuttal Dr. Danny Faulkner's naysaying which I largely glossed over in part one of this post. Then I found this page at Revelation 12 Daily: Debunking the Debunkers. Now this is a true compendium for Revelation 12 naysayers being naysaid to very great effect. Far better than what I would have been able to put together in the available time this holiday weekend. Seriously, you name it - it's here; Debunking the Debunkers has it all.

I was especially fond of how my take on the nine naked-eye visible stars of the constellation Leo matched what is stated in this section; our views on this are essentially identical. I'm going to add a clickable graphic from the constellation guide dot com website as a visual aide. Please do click on the image below.

I previously mentioned how with modern technology billions (the googolplexian number) of stellar objects can be seen within the spatial grid occupied by Leo. But that again is not the point. In the above graphic there are nine stars connected like dots with the heavy green lines. Since early Mesopotamian times (that is pre-Babylonian times) this is how Leo has been seen; it is absolutely they way that the apostle John would have seen it as he gazed up into a clear night sky on the Island of Patmos. That's the point. NINE stars plus THREE planets lined up like ducks in a row along the ecliptic to the left of the bright star Regulus on 23 September are the crown of TWELVE stars upon the Virgin's head. 

Is this or is this not a type of procession on the ecliptic plane of the solar system in plain sight of every living soul of planet earth? I say, Yes, it is! How much more front and center could a Divinely foretold sign be than on the ecliptic of the solar system? Is, say, such a sign could NOT be more front and center and therefore attention grabbing than it will be.

Finally, I have a strong impression or burden that between 9 and 23 September something else will happen to bring all of our gazes skyward, naysayers and proponent of the great sign alike.

Look Up! Marana'tha!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Part I: Naysayers Regarding Revelation 12:1-2 and the Fact of the Matter

Updated 31 August 2017: This must be stated in the clearest, most unambiguous manner possible. It is the view of Eschatology Today that the great sign (megas sēmeion) of Revelation 12:1-2 will be fulfilled exactly as it is written on 23 September 2017.

For all of the nine years that Eschatology Today has existed, it has existed for one, over-riding, primary reason. This reason is stated clearly within the prophetic artwork on the mainpage depicting New Jerusalem descending to the earth:
"Current world events seen through the clarifying lens of the LORD's inerrant prophetic word. The Lord's Word proclaims a series of 'latter days' events leading to the second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom upon the earth in this generation."

The LORD's inerrant prophetic word. That's also pretty unambiguous, don't you think? One of the 'latter days' events is the great sign of Revelation 12:1-2. It is as specific as specific can possibly be. Literally. And it will occur, as of the date of this posting, exactly 23 days from now. But you won't have to wait that long to see it in progress with your own eyes. And you won't need a program like Stellarium to do so either. 

Let's keep this simple. Click on the above image. Save it. Study it. Look it over real good. Then, on a clear night in the next few days go out, and as our Lord has directed, look up, and see the prophetic great sign with your own eyes. It declares that our redemption draws nigh! Also pretty unambiguous, no? 

Allow me to say it another way. How close would you say the Harpazo is if we are literally gazing at the night sky overhead and all of the elements of the sign of Revelation 12:1-2 are present in exact detail? Only the sun is missing from the night sky, yet during daylight on the morning of 23 September the sun will be sitting on Virgo's left shoulder as this prophecy comes to its fulfillment. That's a fact. And if you happen to be in Israel on this date, oh what a sight you would have to behold!

So, when you go out to look up at the sky you will see in the constellation Virgo, right above the very bright star Spica, the planet Jupiter (the king planet). For the past 39 weeks Jupiter has been "wandering" in the trapezoid-like rectangle which is anchored on the bottom by Spica. This trapezoid rectangle is the "womb" of Virgo. At the end of the 40th week, on 9 September to be precise, Jupiter will commence moving down the "birth canal" in a two-week long period of labor, emerging on the birth date of 23 September, and thus completing the normal 42-week long term of a human female's pregnancy, from conception to live birth. Coincidence? Not possible because the precision of these movements and the time involved is so exact, so precise that only God is capable of making it happen.  Yes, Almighty God controls the movement of the Sun, the moon, the googolplexian of stars, and the planets (known in ancient times as wandering stars) with precision and omnipotent power. This is no coincidence, and it's only half of the prophecy.

The other half concerns the nine stars of the constellation Leo (the Lion of Judah). These nine stars are visible to the naked eye, which is why throughout history the overwhelming majority of graphic renderings of Leo have nine stars. To these nine there are added three other wandering stars which line up on the ecliptic to the left of Leo's bright star, Regulus. These wandering stars are, left to right, the planets Mercury, Mars and Venus. Together these twelve lights in the sky are the crown of twelve stars upon Virgo's head. Word for word, what we can see with out own eyes in the heaven above is exactly what the God-breathed prophecy declares in the plain text of Revelation 12:1-2. It cannot be denied!

And this is why I am aghast at seeing and hearing of so many of our born-again, Spirit-indwelt brethren acting as if they were participants in the act seen below with respect to the prophecy of Revelation 12:1-2.

I am reminded of something I stated on this blog not to long ago (see The Harpazo) about the laqach (harpazo) of Elijah. The 50 sons of prophets of Bethel met Elijah and Elisha on their way to Elijah's harpazo across the Jordan River. Those 50 sons of prophets knew in advance that Elijah would be caught up by the Lord; they told Elisha the Elijah would be taken that very day. And afterward, having seen the harpazo occur with their own eyes from a distance at Jericho, they did not believe what they had seen, and went to look for Elijah. 

This is very much what I fret will occur with some of our brethren, they will see this exactingly precise fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2 with their own eyes, or they have already made up their minds and will ignore it, and nevertheless will still say it was much ado about nothing. And when they say it, they could not be more incorrect, just like the 50 sons of prophets from Bethel were incorrect.

28 August 2017: It's been brought to Eschatology Today's attention that the Answers in Genesis dot Org website re-featured an article by Dr. Danny Faulkner on 25 August 2017 which was originally published back on 1 May 2017. The title of the article, "What Will Happen on 23 September 2017." The intent of the article is clearly to dismiss the prophecy of Revelation 12:1-2 as much ado about nothing. 

Eschatology Today, as everyone should be well aware by now, has two posts on this imminent celestial event posted HERE and HERE. However, regarding the AnswersinGenesis.org article by Dr. Faulkner, I wrote the following to a reader who inquired as to my thoughts on the article, straight up and to the point.

"This AnswersinGenesis.com article by Dr. Danny Faulkner couldn't be more erroneous and, therefore, off the mark. He misses the blatantly obvious about the prophecy. 

Is there anything within the God-breathed prophecy of Revelation 12:1-2 which promises something to happen, some manifestation of the two prophetic verses which follow?

"Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth."

No, there is no promise of any manifestation; it is a prophecy about the appearance of a sign in heaven.  

Secondly, The prophecy specifies: "...a woman clothed with the sun..."  

How is it that the learned Dr. Faulkner, an accomplished astronomer, does not recognize the obvious that anything "clothed by the sun" would be hidden from the view of human beings on the earth?  Was this obvious fact not abundantly clear during the recent total solar eclipse? When our moon covered the sun's disc the stars beyond which had been hidden from our gaze suddenly became visible everywhere along the path of totality; even the planet Jupiter was seen at this time!  

So, how did Dr. Faulkner dismiss this fact?  He erroneously stated, "So we have here a woman (Virgo) in the sky (heaven), along with the sun, and the moon at her feet." 

No sir, Dr. Faulkner, on the contrary, we have here a woman (Virgo) in the sky (heaven), CLOTHED WITH THE SUN, and the moon at her feet. To be clear, the passage of Revelation 12:1-2 does not say that mankind will see this sign, it says, "And there appeared (optanomai) in heaven a great wonder (sēmeion)..." The Greek word optanomai is a rather unique form of the verb to be used in the same sentence with the neutral noun sēmeion. Together they carry the meaning of "to look at, or behold (!) something that is distinguished from other things of its type; an unusual occurrence transcending the common course of nature." These words appear to promise something extraordinary; something to behold.

Since this sign has not yet occurred as it is written we'll obviously have to wait for another 26 days. Premature dismissal and naysaying (such as "probably nothing unusual") is not how one should interpret God-breathed prophecy, especially when found in The Revelation of Jesus Christ. The text itself declares it will be exactly as described above, something to behold that is beyond and transcends the common course of nature as we understand it.

To get the very prominent and elementary facts about the Revelation 12:1-2 sign wrong illustrates the foregone conclusion Dr. Faulkner has drawn. It also illustrates that Dr. Faulkner is first and foremost an astronomer, and those of us looking at Revelation 12:1-2 are keenly interested in it due to its God-breathed prophetic importance and abundant eschatological value. The remainder of Dr. Faulkner's dismissive "examination" is also found wanting. Again, he's an astronomer, not a student of eschatology. Simply put, this article is a naysayers attempt to misguide his brethren about the reality of this sign at this most important time.

I have (also) searched the AnswersinGenesis.org website for anything concerning the prophecy about our Harpazo. I found absolutely nothing. How about anything using a different word like Rapture? Again, nothing, except for articles dismissing those who falsely date-set the event. This is no surprise because AnswersinGenesis.com holds no position on the occurrence of the bride of Christ being taken (rescued) from this earth prior to the wrath of the 70th Week."  

Since there is no expectation of an imminent Harpazo of the bride of Christ at AnswersinGenesis.org, then it stands to reason that a prophetic sign the Lord chose to include in Revelation 12 (see verse 5 and the word "harpazō") would be something they wouldn't have much interest in. As Dr. Faulkner's article attests, he would rather dismiss the sign, and therefore the literal Word of God, rather than stand back, wait and behold it.  

Friday, August 25, 2017

Global SITREP D2-17: One Word - One Prophecy

The Holy Bible
25 August 2017: The the past week a lot of prompting by the Holy Spirit has led to a kind of reassessment on how the ongoing pre-70th Week prophetic fulfillment may actually, or is actually going to come to pass. For example, it has been strongly impressed upon yours truly that there is no need to dissect the prophetic verses of 49th chapter of Jeremiah as has been done for quite some time now.  

Given the real-world events in Syria, and the ever present rumors of a wider war involving Iran, why should the dissection Jeremiah 49's prophetic passages occur at all? That is, why assign verses 23 through 27 (subtitled as "Judgment on Damascus" in the NKJV) as separate and distinct  from verses 34 through 39 (Judgment on Elam)? 

For that matter, why dissect Jeremiah 49's verses 1 through 6 (Judgment on Ammon) and verses 7 through 22 (Judgment on Edom) and verses 28 through 33 (Judgment on Kedar and Hazor) from the two more well known prophecies concerning Syria and Iran in this same prophetic chapter? Long story short, it shouldn't be done, so I'll certainly not do it any longer. It is one literal Word of prophecy, always has been, and that's how it will come to pass - as it is written.

More importantly, there is very real and definitive linkage here between these pre-70th Week prophecies and several others, such as Psalm 83 as a prime example, which should never be dissected or treated a separate from one another. They are all parts of the bigger prophetic picture; the whole flood of prophetic events leading up to the 70th Week.

In the past much attention has been given to the fact that neither Syria or Iran are present in Psalm 83; that the fate of Damascus and Syria (Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 23-27) must occur prior to Psalm 83. Or that Iran is not mentioned in Psalm 83, but its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah is strongly implied as a participant in Psalm 83. The bigger picture is that all of these prophecies are concurrent in fulfillment, in a sequence for sure, yet concurrent in a way that dissecting them from one another is an incorrect way in which to interpret them as a whole.

In sum, we can no longer dissect these prophecies from one another any more than Psalm 83 can be dissected from Ezekiel 28:24-26 and Isaiah 11:12-14. They are all parts of the same prophecy.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Global SITREP D1:17: The Late, Great American Eclipse

NASA Artist Rendering of the 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
Updated 20 August 2017: As was noted in Global SITREP C8:17 four weeks ago today, "there is not one whit nor one iota one iota of coincidence" in the fact that this total solar eclipse is happening at this specific time. But you know what, there's some more to this than just the obvious, and for that the hat tip goes this time to "JR" who this morning sent me a link to a blog site, the "Countdown Report," that had several interesting tidbits regarding Monday's eclipse that I'd not considered or heard any mention of previously. Use the link to see the entire blog item, but here a few the items which I thought were most interesting.

  • Most total eclipses falls over water or unpopulated areas of the planet, so an eclipse that is visible is rare in itself. The August 21 eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse whose path of totality stays completely in the United States since 1776 according the Space.com Total Solar Eclipse 2017 guide. What else happened in 1776? Oh, so a total solar eclipse that affects only the United States, a gentile nation, since the founding of it? Note taken.
  • The sun will "set" at the commencement of this total solar eclipse at Salem, Oregon (named after Jerusalem circa 1850) at 10:17 AM, or the same time as the sun will have set in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 hours to the east. (my edit of the info)
  • The eclipse path is exactly 70 miles wide. 70 has a sacred meaning in the Bible that has two perfect numbers, 7 that represents perfection and 10 that represents completeness and God’s law. 70 also symbolizes perfect spiritual order and a period of judgment. 70 is also specially connected with Jerusalem with so many references it would take a book to write.
  • When Jesus died, there was an eclipse? and a earthquake. “It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon” – Luke 23:44-45 / “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” – Matthew 27:54.
  • This map of the path of the the eclipse over major lower 48 earthquake zones pretty much speaks for itself:

At this point I would invite the reader to visit the linked blog for a look-see at the embedded videos which are also interesting tidbits. I wouldn't and advise all not read too much into any of this, but it will be interesting again to see what actually occurs during the day tomorrow. 

The Biblical Truth of the Matter

That aside, the Christian perspective must be absolutely focused upon the Word of God. At no time can we entertain any astrological significance to this event. The Bible forbids such, as can be seen in Deuteronomy 18:9-11. This lesson was reinforced, among many other God-breathed passages, in Daniel 1 and Daniel 2. God directly enabled the prophet Daniel to make a mockery of the astrologers in Nebuchadnezzar's court; they were utterly powerless to answer this king's interpretive directives. But Daniel, through the word of God provided him, nailed it. With precision and accuracy that stands to this very day millennia later, Daniel, empowered by God, proved divination of the stars to be bankrupt, worthless and a charade. Anyone who doubts this see James 1:5.

So, here the the points God has made, and which are relative for all of us in this and other events in the stars:

  • Genesis 1:14-16
  • Psalm 8:3 When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have established...
  • Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the expanse makes known His work. 
  • Job 9:6-8, Job 26:13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
  • Job 38:32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
  • Amos 5:8a He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning and makes the day dark as night...
The above establish that God created, established in their specific places, banded the Mazzaroth (literally: Constellations) together for His specific and perfect purposes everything we see above, day or night.

And in these last days He's told us many times over that the power He wields holding all of His Creation together shall be shaken in Isaiah 13:9-10; Joel 3:15 and Matthew 24:29. God alone has the power to move planets from their orbits, or cause the stars to fall out of their places where they have been since He created and put them there!

Enjoy the total solar eclipse knowing that it is only God who makes it possible.