First Sunday of Advent and a personal foretaste of Jesus’ return

Yesterday, Sunday 3rd December, saw the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent 2017. It’s always highly nostalgic to me because of a life-changing dream in 1989 that brought a totally unexpected and radical encounter with Jesus Christ.

FIRST & SECOND ADVENTS

The First Advent was when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 2,000 years ago. The four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, and start the church year.  In traditional churches the scriptural readings for the First Sunday in Advent are usually on the glorious return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign on earth, known as the Second Advent.

My encounter featured two highly personal aspects of my life; thereby validating the experience as real, not imaginary. Amazingly, both validations are directly related to the First and Second Advents and enhanced my interest in End-Times, by which I’d been figuratively grabbed by an Invisible Hand only a few years earlier.

Six years ago this week, soon after launching this blog, I posted details of the encounter – one that gave a personal foretaste of the Second Advent!

One aspect I haven’t previously referred to, however, now needs highlighting in view of current events I must blog about. So it’s important for you, my reader, to appreciate the wider grounds upon which I take my stand AND call fellow disciples of Christ to TAKE A STAND.:

THE VISITATION

The brief account On a Trapdoor into Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue tells the full story.

My background was one of deep involvement in New Age, Gnostic and occultic notions with meditational and mystical practices. Although not a practitioner, I was nevertheless  aware of the principles of witchcraft. Those practices had led to some unusual ‘psychic’ dreams, but none whatsoever were like this one.

This dream’s sudden ‘gearing up’ into the supernatural reality of demonic and angelic activity and the appearance of Jesus Christ above the clouds and His fast descent towards me, startlingly made me conscience-stricken and realise the truth of judgement – in great dread, mine was about to happen NOW!  And because of my sins I was now about to be dropped right into Hell – so in terror I just had to hide from HIM!  (And I did…but!)

Later, I understand that terror had been ‘the fear of God’ brought through Holy Spirit in convicting me of my sinfulness (ie. wrongdoing) and, thus, preparing me to receive God’s grace (ie. undeserved favour).

However, only this weekend have I realised another scriptural relevance of that fear – and that I’D BEEN BLESSED WITH A FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME! 

APOCALYPSE – THE SIXTH SEAL OPENS:

‘The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great and day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev6:15-17)

My reaction to that visitation from Jesus very closely matches the reactions described in Revelation chapter 6 to earth-and-heavens-shaking events that will lead into His return.  It could be said that, in addition to natural fear, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2) will come upon them.

So, I’ll be using that personal aspect as grounds for praying in a particular way for the conviction of sin and sincere repentance of reprobates who serve satan’s schemes.

Hence my taking note at the close of Emma Stark’s video of 24th November on the Lord’s preference for the kind of revival we should pray for.  ‘He said, “But Emma, I’d rather you ask Me for the revival of the holy, reverential fear of God.” And God said, “It is in that, that I can bring the extraordinary miracles.” And the Lord says that he is going to give back to his people right now…a godly capacity to fast; a godly capacity to pray; a godly capacity for greater holiness, because I believe that He’s saying to us,:

“Choose My move that is a holy, reverential, all-based response to Who I am, that will bring the greatest harvest, and the greatest salvation and the greatest miracles for a generation.”

[For an overview, with full background, of my true story click I’m FREE!]

UK Nationwide Prophetic Circuit Messages – #5

ENTERING INTO THE SEASON OF GODLY KNOWLEDGE & REVELATION

‘This is an especially significant Word from the Lord, packed with detail. Praise God,’ writes Leisa:

“The season of Godly knowledge and revelation (‘Chukwuma’) is upon you, My Prophets; and I am remaking the heart of cities,” says the Lord, “and five cities shall be on my list in the north, the south, the east and the west across the UK.  And beloved, I shall make them abodes of My Spirit.  These will be places where strong prophet groups meet and dwell and these places will provide a place of refuge and healing for those who are sorely oppressed by My Adversary. There is a scourge across this land called ‘Cancer’.  A scourge not caused by some unknown enemy, but rather brought upon this land due to disobedience and rebellion.  As uncleanness has been allowed to abound, the enemy walks as a strong man to smite my children through this disease.  Oh My children, when will you realise the high price you are paying for spiritual blindness and your aversion to challenging sin conditions in the name of tolerance.  Premature death shall be the cup drunk by many as Leviathan twists and slithers it’s loathsome body around whole cities and disease and pestilence abounds. My Prophets, such things stink in my nostrils and only a call to righteousness, like my Aaronite preacher John the Baptist boldly proclaimed; and solemn repentance and prayer can stop such things from defiling this land and its people. And so, My Prophets must speak with conviction across this Land, setting their faces like flint, not being moved by the faces or the actions of the unjust.  

“Awaken My People, and understand the season of the ‘Kabat’ (the soldier).  You must rise and identify the enemy’s tactics and My Ways in overcoming My Adversary. For you have accepted that natural tactics can bring victory over supernatural afflictions and this is not the way, this is not the way.  Seek My Face and I will show you how to war with a prophetic eye led of My Spirit,” says the Lord.

“I am bringing reinforcements,” says God, “great treasures in fact, like in Solomon’s time; when the ships of Tarshish brought silver and gold to the Hebrew Kingdom. But these treasures shall be the breakthrough prayers uttered by My intercessors, whom I have awakened around the earth and who have been burdened by My Spirit to pray for the great deliverance of the United Kingdom from the hands of My Adversary. Do not think that I cannot crush My enemy with one blow,” says the Lord, “but I have ordained that this must be a victory won by the cooperation of My Intercessors and Prophets with My Spirit.  For the authority given to My People by the Death and Resurrection of My Beloved Son must be recognised and used with My direction; as the wielding of My sword not only damages the enemy but also defeats him entirely.  Rely upon Me for I know the way of Tarshish, and the trade routes will be established as first the UK is brought to a place of cleansing and revival, and then other lands I have deemed ready for both cleansing and harvest shall see my grace extended to them.  I will scatter My Prophets along these routes like fine jewels; for they shall be the bearers of My Strategies and I will use them for My Glory, as the same anointing which brought my enemy down in the UK causes a great shaking and repentance upon the nations of My choosing, along these trade routes.  Beloved, purity shall manifest amongst a menagerie of people who have never known My ways of righteousness and great rejoicing shall be heard upon the earth, and great rejoicing shall be heard before the seven trumpets sound and bring about the judgments that have been ordained for the hour and time of My choosing. It is time for action, it is time for war, and a time for ‘Chukwuma’ (Godly knowledge and revelation), and know this beloved; that such things will defeat the enemy,” says the Lord.

“And even the young ones shall prophesy in the Spirit of Truth and I shall put My Words  in their mouth.  And I am raising up a School of Prophets for that age group and these young prophets shall bring forth profound things borne of My Spirit; and they shall be followed by My signs, wonders and miracles. And I will replicate this training and mentoring to teach these young ones to Hear My Voice throughout the earth,” says the Lord.

I had a dream and I saw a rogue elephant running through a city whilst the people in the city slept.  And this elephant rampaged the city and pushed through doors as he pleased, and destroyed things everywhere he went.  I asked the Lord what this meant and He said:  “I have allowed the man in leadership over America to cause havoc, for there have been ministries and churches built like great Towers of Babel there as riches and pride have abounded, and a great complacency has come upon that land in spite of My Remnant there who have been faithful.  Know this, My beloved, that America is now reaping the destruction of such folly and as the great cleansing breaks forth across the UK, and then along the routes of Tarshish, I will not forget that place (America) that was once a sanctuary for My People and has brought mercy to the fatherless and the widows.  But I have allowed humiliation to come upon her in order for My Prophets of My Kingdom to seek My Face, not for their own glory but to unite and to bring about My cleansing and repentance across that nation so that My True Ways can be established,” says the Lord.

Leisa Ebere, 12th November 2017

Read the full collection of messages in this blog’s Circuit Prophecies hub.

[In grateful acknowledgment to the creator of the above splendid graphic.]

UK Nationwide Prophetic Circuit Messages – #4

THE  SEVEN  TRUMPETS  CALL

7 Trumpets Call

“Beloved, I am releasing a great firestorm in the heavenlies and have commissioned My Angels to do My bidding and act when My Prophets of this nation walk fully and completely according to My Will. They shall then gather My Strategies and a Council of War will at last be established, to free this nation from My Adversary.

“My fire shall burn off the dross and those things I detest and the UK shall come into the season of the ‘Kabat’ (the soldier), the time for a war in the spirit realm and for the separating of the wheat from the tares as the way is prepared for My great harvest. For a reckoning must come Beloved, for purity and the sweet incense of my Spirit must arise in such a way that my adversary will be brought down. For those who take authority in My Son’s name must walk in repentance and humility. And I, the Lord of Hosts, will not have another try to equal me like the evil one. I am Holy and demand Holiness, if you are to walk in the fire and the power of My Spirit. Put away your petty arguments and jealousies and walk in unity as My Prophets. For there is much work to be done to save this nation, and I have deep things to reveal as My strategies rain down into your hearts and minds. The enemy will try to bring distraction, BUT HEAR MY VOICE. The enemy will try to bring attacks, BUT HEAR MY VOICE. I am assigning five Apostolic Prophets from the four corners of the UK to balance and assimilate the information gathered by My Explorer Prophets. These Apostolic Prophets will come from obscure places and will not be famous or well known, as the world defines, but will be men and women of prayer who seek My Face as My Purposes unfold. And these spearheading men and women will have keen discernment and a special authority given by Me to rebuke the devourer, when the enemy tries to torment and overtake my sheep and to lead the attack against the enemy. These warriors will not be raised up to mollify the people but will speak My Words which will cause loyalty in those that are truly called of Me – and a great falling away of those who are not. Selah!

“Beloved, these things must happen before the time of the Seven Trumpets is fulfilled, Heed My Voice,” says the Lord. “Look yonder in the Spirit Ream and walk towards the Shining future I have ordained. For I am giving into your hands not only the radicalised Muslims but also many within the Jewish Communities across this land who have hardened their hearts and denied My Dear Son’s sacrifice. And I am calling you to uncomfortable places Beloved, to war in the spirit and prophesy and speak about My Purposes and bring these lost sheep into My Kingdom,” says the Lord, “and great reward shall be yours.”

Leisa Ebere, 5th November 2017

Read the full collection of messages in this blog’s Circuit Prophecies hub.

[In grateful acknowledgment to the creator of the above splendid graphic.]

UK Nationwide Prophetic Circuit Messages – #2

THE  COMMISSION  OF  THE  PROPHETIC  RIGHTEOUS  ONES

As I stood in prayer before the Lord: I saw large numbers of witches and warlocks dressed in black and walking in figure eights around the Historical Monuments of London. They were chanting praise to Beelzebub, whilst throwing what looked at first glance, like green confetti; but as soon as the confetti hit the ground it turned into large Python looking serpents, who in turn wrapped themselves around the monuments in the very heart of London.  The Lord then showed me that His People have walked in fear and trembling; as Leviathan has been left literally strangling London and many cities across the UK. This has occurred because of witchcraft and intimidation prayers, and although former Prophets of His, have spoken words to identify what is happening, each time the decrees have been issued to try to battle these principalities, the serpents have escaped underground and returned when His Prophets have been diverted to other things.

Then the Lord spoke to me and said: “My true army has not yet fought the battle with the Principalities of Jezebel and Leviathan in the UK, for My People have not yet been ready for such a task. Beloved, I am the One who rotates the world and decides the events that shall unfold, even though my adversary walks rampant upon the earth.  Remember, I AM the Lord of Hosts and will not allow the enemy to tarnish the earth or its inhabitants longer than the season I have appointed.  Judgement only comes as I allow it and the authority of the righteous ones and their God shall temper and bring down that one that seeks destruction for my creation,” says the Lord.

“In My Word in Revelation 12 I speak about a Woman, My Bride, to whom was given the two wings of a great eagle so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.  But the dragon, Leviathan, is now trying to overtake My Bride by spewing out foul water from His mouth, and I have had enough,” says the Lord.

“I am now aligning Prophets of My Sovereign choosing, to take authority over all these creeping things by identifying and casting down those who offend Me. But I will not commission only one prophet for this task, for a unified company of UK prophets, fully invested in this land, is what is required for this purpose. And so Beloved, I am raising up prophet groups working in unity to address each and every one of these spirits separately. For they are assigned and dispatched,” says the Lord, “by Jezebel and Leviathan and, once their armies are dispelled, they will no longer have any power. My People, heed the Word of My Ezekiel Prophet, and begin the process of purification to take on such a task,” says the Lord.

“The enemy’s spirit beings are now exposed. The witches and warlocks walked in the shape of the number eight, for there are eight spirit beings that they have dispatched over London and the UK, as follows:

  1. The Spirit of Mammon-Greed – causing the premature death of God’s people through processed foods with chemicals and preservatives, prescribed drugs with harmful agents, and engagement in exercise programmes birthed from witchcraft and idolatry (like yoga and martial arts).
  2. Lesions of Leniency – attaching to men and woman of God, causing spiritual blindness and acceptance of sexual sin and even abortion, as the enemy tries to convince those walking in Mercy, that to accept and love the person, we must be tolerant of their sin. These demonic spirits can cause the people showing the mercy to be vulnerable as well (like having an open wound); and cause uncleanness to enter into the Body of Christ, as the perimeters of right and wrong become compromised.
  3. Spirit of Strife and Corruption – causing Works of God to be spoiled through hatred and thievery.  Division and infighting occurs, opening the door for the Precious Anointing of the Holy Spirit to be pushed away, as this demonic stronghold takes control.
  4. Spirit of the Counterfeit – causing self-promotion and impure motives in the Body of Christ; as Prideful people use their gifting as harlots for money and status. 
  5. Spirit of Assignation – raping the land and humiliating the sons and daughters of God with aggression and degradation. These spirits are assigned to ministries with the sole purpose of destroying them.
  6. Spirit of Entrapment of the Mind and Torment – causing a blockage in the minds of the sons and daughters of God; causing them to believe lies and have no ability to hear from God at all.  This spirit causes mental illness and great emotional pain, as it attacks its victims.
  7. Spirit of Terror – causing fear and acts of violence in order to impede the Prayerful Saints of God. Terrorism and violent acts within our cities have polarised many in the Body of Christ and has made them hesitant to confront and battle this spirit for fear they will be overcome.
  8. Spirit of Cybernetics – control, pollute and defile all avenues of communications technology, in separate increments, with the distinct purpose of using these avenues as vehicles of destruction.”

“Be faithful My Prophets and I will Deliver the Nation of Britain into your Hands,” Says the Lord.

Leisa Ebere, 30th October 2017 (approx 2am)

Read the full collection of messages in this blog’s Circuit Prophecies hub.

[In grateful acknowledgment to the unknown creators of the splendid graphics.]

23rd Sept’s Revelation 12 ‘sign’ a breakthrough for many more

After co-hosting the special celebration of Feast of Trumpets at Church of His Presence over last Friday-Saturday, pastor John Kilpatrick shared his ideas on the significance of the ‘radiant woman’ alignment in the heavens. First, however, he told of a bald-eagle having been on their porch and then circling over and following him whilst driving around the property.

Also, his iPad had been lost for 3 days and turned up on the dashboard of his wife’s locked car, even though they and others had looked there! (At Revival Alliance UK 2017 Bill Johnson reported accounts of missing objects turning up mysteriously. The same thing happened to one of Nina’s brooches – she opened the box but it had disappeared; we searched everywhere and when we looked days later it had returned to the box!!!)

“Listen, it could be a sign – I don’t rule out anything that God can do”, says John. “The Bible says He uses foolish things to confound the wise…

“I believe that the Lord’s showing us that things we couldn’t find or things that have been lost, things that have been taken from us, are all of a sudden going to start popping back up

“On Friday I was talking about the next day (Saturday 23rd) when, as the Bible says, a great sign will appear in the heavens. When I said that, here’s the thought that rushed through my mind:

It’s going to be a sign that will open up many other signs – it will be the beginning of many signs

“A great sign (punching his hands) is a sign of a breakthrough that will bring about many other signs. Usually if there’s something big that happens (again punching hands) it punctures through and what’s been clogged up begins to filter through.

“So I’m believing that God is going to restore what the cankerworm and the palmerworm and the locusts have destroyed – I’m believing God to restore!”

“It could be, it could be that we’re about to enter into one of the greatest seasons of restoration that we’ve ever known! Matter of fact – I just proclaim that:

“Lord, we believe that we’re going to go through a season of restoration, restoration of children, restoration of marriages, restoration of health, restoration of revival.

“Lord, we believe for the restoration of mundane things and restoration of important things. We release it out and speak it out in the Name of Jesus! Let it be so in His Name…”

Watch and be blessed by the first five of minutes of the above video for fuller details leading into John’s prophetic insight.

Three days’ prophetic jigsaw pieces: #3 – 23rd Sept and Revelation 12

Since the time of the four blood moons (2015) I’ve made a couple of passing references to the ‘radiant woman’ of Rev 12:1-2 and its manifesting tomorrow, 23rd Septemeber:

‘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 labour and in pain gave birth.’ 

If you haven’t yet heard about this event the above video by Parable of the Vineyard is very helpful, concise presentation of what’s happening. Featuring software showing the positions of planets within the constellations of Leo and Virgo it can easily be paused for closer examination and appreciation of the star charts.

In view of today’s splendid alignment of sun, 11% crescent moon and four planets along Virgo we must understand the astro-dynamics. The stars comprising Virgo are at the opposite side of the sun, which during the last 30 days has seemed to have been going ‘downwards’ through the imaginary figure of this constellation, as though dressing ‘her’. Thus, as our sun arrives at the Autumn/Fall equinox, Virgo has been ‘clothed with the sun’, not with it at her shoulder as some surmise!

In THE SHAKING: watch for signs on earth and in the heavens I referred to Revd John Kilpatrick’s exposition upon this subject. First, he teaches about the Lord’s Feasts to enable an understanding of the background and timing of this exceptional event. From 1:57:00 point of the following video link he explains the difference between astrology and astronomy and goes on to talk about the meaning of Jewish year 5777 (now just closed). At 2:07:00 he refers to it being a year some Jews are expecting the Messiah to appear, and that “out of all the years this is the three sevens…it is a year of triple completion and according to many Jews they have always said year 777 will be the year of their messiah”.  If you may have time and inclination to watch tap/click this image and scroll to 2:07:40 to learn about ‘The Radiant Woman’:

Watch Revd John Kilpatrick teach on Rev 12 from 2:07:40 mark

Pastor John follows the dispensational, pre-tribulation school of thought and I’m not entirely convinced that the Rapture will precede a period of the Great Tribulation, but certainly before our extremely patient, long-suffering Father releases His Wrath. Being mainly an American evangelical theological approach some of that school have thought it opens up the possibility of the Rapture happening now!

But its exact timing is not important – the real necessity is to be prepared for the Lord at any and all times.

For those who prefer to read text rather than watch a talk I recommend these articles, especially if you like theological discussion in Nelson’s comments threads:

Nelson concludes his mini-series, “Although astronomical signs of Rev 12, the Woman and Dragon, in the fall of this year are interesting and have caught the public’s attention, it is doubtful they mean anything at this point. However, if biblical prophecies begin to be fulfilled in the next 30 days, all of us should straighten up and take notice.” 

Thus, I informed him about the ‘Peace Day’ and 1Thess5, to which he replied, “That certainly is interesting Richard. I don’t take it as fulfillment yet..” and kindly gave me a couple of references to check as he thinks the Day of the Lord will be towards the end of Daniel’s 70th Week.

In few posts covering the blood moons of 2105 I referred to this celestial event and the two-year lead-in period, about which I’d forgotten and thus wasn’t part of my musings in #1 of this mini-series. If you have time and inclination you may wish to scan-read my:

God’s bookends – a guest post

I’m grateful to Mark Maddock for offering these thoughts as a ‘conversation starter’ (his words) on the current signs of the times: 

GOD’S BOOKENDS

Introduction

God has given us signs in the stars (including planets) at key times in human history (‘…let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.’ Gen.1v14)
Perhaps the most significant of these was the patterns of stars and planets seen by the Wise Men (Magi) in Babylon, ahead of Jesus’ birth. There was then a delay while they travelled to see the prophesied king of the Jews. He was not a new born when they met him but, of course, Jesus came to die. So perhaps the key time period is that from the sign in the stars appearing up to the culmination of the life of the man at the centre of the message. I believe the Father said to me “These signs are bookends…”.

If there is a pattern to be repeated at the end of the age we’re living in then it may give an indication of what lies ahead in the coming years.

A ‘bookend’ is used either end of a collection of books. The collection of ‘books’ in this analogy is all the stories of God’s grace and love moving around the world throughout the church era. This began with Jesus’ death and resurrection, and ends with Jesus’ return to reign and rule on planet earth. Both bookends have clear links with the first and last prophetic fulfilment of the vision of the woman in Revelation 12.

BOOKEND DATES

The first bookend : Jupiter and Regulus in a coronation dance in Leo, near Virgo*
Jesus’ birth sign length: Sept 3BC to June 2 BC (or Oct.?) **
Jesus’ birth after X months: 9 months
Jesus’ death/resurrection (Y years): 30 years later (26-27AD)
(See: The Star of Bethlehem for more details)

The second bookend : Jupiter in Virgo’s womb (Rev.12 fulfilled fully…)
Jesus’ return sign length: Jan to 23rd Sept 2017
X months : 9months
Add Y years (to Jesus’ return?): 30 years (2047)
And, add Daniel’s 70th Week ?: 7 years (2054, the day/hour unknown)
(See missionary evangelist Robert Breaker’s Sept 23, 20177 video for more details)

DANIEL

Where did the Magi get the wisdom to correctly interpret the sign in the stars? Some say that Daniel stayed in Babylon when the Jews returned to Israel in the sixth century B.C. Perhaps he established a school of prophets who passed God’s wisdom about astronomy from generation to generation. These men probably knew of Daniel’s prophetic writings which can be used to predict Jesus’ birth, the rebirth of the nation in 1948, re-capture of Jerusalem in 1967 and whatever events await us in 2018 (probably centred around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem). Perhaps there is an overlap of the 23/9/2017 star sign (Jupiter being ‘born’ from the virgin, Virgo) and the end of Daniel’s chronological predictions in 2018 (see Richard D Thompson’s ‘Almost Midnight’ for an explanation of this chronology).

There was ‘messiah fever’ around the time of Jesus’ birth based on Daniel’s prophecies. The message in the stars was all about Israel’s king arriving. It fits in that, about 2,000 years later, a sign appears again which is all about a king being released from Heaven. If there is a delay of 30 years (or 37 if Daniel’s 70th Week of years is included) then that speaks of God’s grace… delaying judgement for a season.

Many people missed Messiah’s first arrival, life and misinterpreted his death and resurrection. We need God’s wisdom about the correct interpretation of the signs in the stars in our generation.

Mark Maddock

*
1. The first conjunction signified birth by its association to the day with Virgo “birthing” the new moon. Some might argue that the unusual triple conjunction by itself could be taken to indicate a new king.
2. The Planet of King’s coronation of the Star of Kings signified kingship.
3. The triple conjunction began with the Jewish New Year and took place within Leo, showing a connection with the Jewish tribe of Judah (and prophecies of the Jewish Messiah).
4. Jupiter rises in the east.
5. The conjunctions appeared at precise, identifiable times.
6. Herod was unaware of these things; they were astronomical events which had significance only when explained by experts.
7. The events took place over a span of time sufficient for the Magi to see them both from the East and upon their arrival in Jerusalem.
8. Jupiter was ahead of the Magi as they traveled south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.
9. On December 25 of 2 BC as it entered retrograde, Jupiter reached full stop in its travel through the fixed stars. Magi viewing from Jerusalem would have seen it stopped in the sky above the little town of Bethlehem.

(From: Star of Bethlehem – Westward Leading)
**
Jesus’ birth date
From R Smith’s comment Dec 24, 2012  on The Star of Bethlehem – To Stop A Star :
God’s word does a great job of interpreting itself in many many cases. God ties things together for us to clearly see what He is telling us, and how He works, if we just use proper hermeneutical practices and let His word speak. First, regarding when these “lots” as drawn were to start would go back to Aaron and Moses when the Tabernacle was first built in the wilderness. Due to the Exodus from Egypt, their calendar was to thus begin in Nisan, the month of the Passover. So the descendents of Aaron would start the new year at that time and thus the “lots” would also would also start at that time. The story of Zachariah and Elizabeth immediately brings to mind the story of Abraham and Sarah. They are extremely similar. Zachariah and Elizabeth were well past the age biologically to have a child as were Abraham and Sarah. When Abraham was 99 years old we read in Genesis 17 that God promises him to have an heir through Sarah. Abraham and Sarah doubt God, Sarah even openly laughs. Abraham says, shall a man of 100 become a father? Zachariah in Luke doubts God as well and is struck dumb for his unbelief. In Genesis, after the Sodom and Gomorrah story unfolds in Genesis 19, we get back to Abraham and God saying he would have a child. In Genesis 21 it states that at the age of 100 Abraham and Sarah had a boy and named him Isaac. So obviously Sarah became pregnant very quickly after God told Abraham, at 99 y/o, that she would have a child. This parallel story between the OT and NT clearly leads the reader to the conclusion that Elizabeth would have gotten pregnant just as quickly as Sarah. God was ready in Genesis to pass the promises of Genesis 3:15 from Abraham to Isaac, and with Sarah of an advanced age, God acted quickly once the appointed time came. So also in Luke, God was ready to bring the Messiah into the world, so his fore-runner, John the Baptist had to be born. With John’s parents being also of an advanced age, God again acted quickly. Theses stories are mirror images of one another and for a reason. God is showing that when such appointed times arrive, He acts quickly. In Luke 1:55 when Mary arrives at Elizabeth’s home, Mary even ties together what has happened to her and Elizabeth by comparing it to the promises made to Abraham, thus uniting the OT and NT stories together. This adds more powerful hermeneutical evidence that God is repeating the miracle of Sarah again in Elizabeth. So we have ample Biblical evidence directly pointing us to conclude that God is repeating history. Sarah had her baby within a year, so I have no difficulty seeing God telling us that Elizabeth likewise had her child within a year. In the Companion Bible, an extensive study Bible with lots of notes and research, it calculates the dates for the service of Zachariah as being in June each year, for his one week. The dates I mentioned of June 13-19 was for the year 5 BC in the Companion Bible. But each year it would just move slightly within that period of June. This dating takes into account the weeks when all the Levites would be serving in the Temple, since the lots drawn were for weeks when just one Levite would be serving and performing the priestly duties by himself in the Temple. So I am convinced John was conceived in June 4 BC, Jesus 6 months later in Dec 4 BC. The triple conjunction as explained by Mr Larson in the Star of Bethlehem DVD, I think was announcing the birth of Christ in Sept/Oct 3 BC. Nine months later the brilliant star created by Venus and Jupiter I think was the spectacular sign needed to get the Wise men moving and on their way to Jerusalem, with them arriving sometime between Jesus’ 1st and 2nd birthdays.

Footnotes:
  1. Am editing Mark’s paper whilst listening to Robert Breaker’s video. It’s a tad indistinct as I focus on this, but suddenly clearly hear him mention a ‘two year’ period re Star of Bethlehem: it’s something I’ve been pondering in regard to my draft summary on Rev 12 and other scripture being prepared for publication!
  2. My initial observations: as Jesus has already been incarnate then it’s illogical to assume any time-frame of 30 years yet again for coming to earthly maturity – and then add Daniels’ 70th!  +
  3. He said He will be returning in full glory – and Paul knew we would be like Him (ie ‘heavenly  man’) and accompany Him from heaven post-‘Rapture’. +
  4. A good friend of a fellow team-member at Acorn in her 80’s is assured Jesus will return in her lifetime. Also, Paul Keith Davies walked past me about 10 years ago and, glancing at me without halting, said “Await His return!”
  5. Mark responds:
    I agree His return may well be earlier. I’ve (earlier) mentioned ‘Almost Midnight’ by Richard Thompson.. he gIves a strong biblical chronology case for 2018 being a next key waymarker; possibly then leading to Daniel’s 70th week? Bob Jones and Ian Clayton both refer to life here in the 2050s… so adding an end-time version of Jesus’ earthly life (= the church living as mature sons (as per Clayton) and/or the bride making herself ready) may link with the 2050s references (although Clayton is a non-Rapture guy).
    The ‘bookend’ concept can still apply if the extra 33 years are ignored…

It’s not the End but the Start of an amazing, wonderful New Day!

It’s ‘kinda-coincidental’ that early on Tuesday morning two readers left encouraging comments on February’s post: Dreams and visions of Big Ben at the prophetical midnight hour – and that I saw that day’s headline on the clock’s chimes being silenced for four years and wanted to blog about that (see previous post). And it was opportune to use a graphic of Big Ben from an unknown source used to announce an intercessory gathering in Canterbury under the designation “It Is Time”!

The first of those comments was from Jonathan and followed up his earlier remarks,

‘With these prophecies I think it’s significant (as I e-mailed you at the time Richard) that the big prayer movement thing in South Africa that started early this year has been called “It’s Time”, as that was the message at least one of its organisers said God had given him.’

So I replied to him about that same title being used in a Canterbury meeting. Within half an hour of his commenting Sarah submitted this excellent, revelatory account:

‘I recently felt God saying it was a new day and I saw the sun rising. I was surprised as in Jewish culture a new day starts the evening and then its darkest before the dawn. But here was a new day like our culture is used to with the sun rising. So Malachi 4:2 makes sense to me in this context.

‘A couple or so years ago I had a vision / God video with music (which was playing on the radio), it was an Adele song “When the sky falls we all stand together” and I saw the children of God all hand in hand with Jesus amongst them. They were totally pure and clean, they were blameless. They walked together as the sun rose on a new day and then Jesus spoke to me. He said,

“It isn’t the end, it’s the beginning of an amazing and wonderful new day”.

‘I haven’t been the only one to say they get the general impression that they are walking into heaven on earth. I think we are as the Kingdom of God is expanding and now is the time that God is making all things new. I used to be scared of end times, but after that vision I wasn’t the same at all because God gave me hope through it. That there wasn’t anything to worry about, and that although I felt at the time like I was still a sinner, the reality was that I was blameless because of what Jesus did on the cross and there was hope in the new day we were all walking into, totally innocent children of God…’

To me (Richard) this is particularly pertinent because I’ve been musing about the distinct and stark contrast between the futures of the righteous and the unrighteous, between believers in Jesus and those who won’t. Scripture foretells worldwide judgments upon unregenerates but that those in Christ will safely escape Father’s wrath. Yet, in rapidly approaching that time, how does that difference manifest?  For a while I’ve wondered if the divergent, opposing theological views may somehow be reconciled…and then a ray of revelation dawned…

In considering how prophecies made by Jesus and Paul apply to the apostasy of the recent Synod I blogged about the Day of the Lord and repeat for ease of reference:

‘…it’s important not to overlook the fact that in quoting Isaiah 61 as His ‘mission statement’, Jesus opened that scroll in the synagogue and quoted the first verse only, and then stopped short (Luke 4:16-21). The Spirit of the Lord God was upon and anointed Him to preach the Good News, to heal the broken-hearted and bring release for those bound as though imprisoned. That was the purpose of His First Advent, but the subsequent verses allude to the anointing also continuing in His Second Advent, namely:

“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…”

In other words, Jesus’ mission was to proclaim the ‘Year of God’s Favour’ across Judea and Galilee and even into Samaria. It was implicit that the ‘Day of God’s Vengeance’ would follow in due course, and the subsequent revelation Jesus was given into that momentous future event was recorded by John in ‘The Apocalypse’. BUT the reference to that dread ‘Day of the Lord’ in the whole of Isaiah 61 is miniscule – it’s only one tiny clause in a long very positive, uplifting sentence!  AND the chapter’s remaining nine verses continue in the very same vein! (Check it yourself in NIV-UK.)

Therefore, whilst they may be severe shaking and demonic darkness the light, love and favour not only continues but also increases enormously for all those who are in Christ!

So thank and praise the Lord for confirming this in what You shared with Sarah…

THE SHAKING: watch for signs on earth and in the heavens

Although I don’t agree 100% with John Kilpatrick’s reasons for a pre-Tribulation ‘rapture’ of believers in Jesus Christ, some significant serendipity alerted me to pay very close attention to his latest message entitled Your Redemption Is Drawing Near. I’m amazed to discover upon transcribing some of its video that a particular time-stamp reinforces a personal ‘bridge over the Pond’!

WORDS OF WARNING TO THE WORLD

After bemoaning the dearth of good, regular teaching upon End-times throughout Western churches and the increasing ungodliness across American society and churches, John brings a profound, prophetic warning. His tone becomes increasingly sombre as he speaks more carefully and pausing often (see video link):

(at 2:10:50 mark) “I really believe that 2017 is pivotal; not just because of The Radiant Woman of Revelation 12 [RB: in which he refers to its astronomical manifestation in September]…and not just because it’s possible that this is a Jubilee year, nobody really knows, but there are indications...

(2:11:45) “One thing I can tell you is this: the Lord spoke to me a few weeks ago, two mornings in a row and He said, “The earth is marked for change”.

(2:12:00) “I heard it when I was coming out of sleep (pausing to wipe his brow) and the next morning when I was coming out of sleep I heard the very same voice and very same words: “The earth is marked for change”

“It so shook me I called a meeting that night, took my staff out to eat…and I told them at the end of the meal what I just told you – it doesn’t sound serious when I say it, but that’s because you didn’t hear the voice I heard! But whenever the Lord or Holy Spirit tells you that,  I wasn’t able to convey it like that. So you can’t tell what I felt – but I know the earth is marked for change.

“And that is not just the earth but is also the heavens – and the Holy Spirit has said to me there’s going to be such things begin to happen…it’s going to be so shaking to people before we get out of here, before the Lord comes to get us, there’s going to be so many things that’s going to shake people that, if you’re not forewarned, it’s going to shake you!

“You will remember my voice, you will hear my voice ring in your head a hundred times when things start happening and you’ll say, “He told us!”. I hope it brings you some comfort that I told you ahead of time… but you hear me; when things start happening there will be no more headlines of Russian collusion…no more talk of tampering with the election, all that won’t even be in the papers at all…I want to say one more thing.:

“I never really put two and two together ’til Friday as I was preparing my message – but because Donald Trump is president and not afraid of anyone he’s saying things most presidents would hold…and we need a president now who says what we need to hear, even if it’s insulting. So when he came out and said about ‘fake news’…yes, I began to realise I’ve been hearing a lot of fake news…There’s no collusion, there’s nothing to it, it’s all just hype..

“So now listen, listen, if the news media is reporting fake news and hype…and they’re holding back reporting things they need to report, and reporting things they don’t need to report; it all of a sudden dawned on me and the Holy Spirit said, 

“They will do the same things about the signs of My Coming – they will NOT report things that need to be reported that will shake the nations about the soon coming of Christ. They’ll hold it and talk about a bunch of nonsense”.

“And He said,

“My people will have to search it out and have to go to places of truth to get the truth because they won’t be able to hear it on the news any more!”

“You might not agree with that, but I’m ‘Donald Trump the Second’ up here today – I’m telling you things that you need to hear. I’m not afraid to tell you things you need to hear. I’ve got nothing to prove, I’m only trying to tell you things that will help you get to heaven…

“Don’t take for granted what I’m telling you about the heavens. I’m more concerned about that than I am other things because in 2009 the Lord gave me the prophetic acrostic R.E.S.U.R.R.E.C.T.I.O.N. – you remember? The one that stood out in my mind more than any other was the ‘S’ for ‘Signs’, and the Lord said there’s going to be signs in the heavens. And the Lord said to tell the people to warn them, because He said when the signs start happening it’s going to bring great fear on the earth!”

A VERY PERSONAL LEAD-IN

We watched that live-streamed service from Church of His Presence in the afternoon.  A few hours earlier at the morning service in Liphook, one of our ministers had encouraged us to come forward for a blessing for opening up,  or developing, our personal journey and calling in Jesus.

After a number of recent indications on how He’s been steering me since a young boy, I gained an insight into my mother’s preference for using my middle name – John. Homing into that, I recalled Apostle John was favoured by leaning upon Jesus’ chest, and subsequently by a visitation from which he recorded ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’. So I briefly recalled His visitation to me one night in September 1989, as recounted in On a Trapdoor to Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue.

Therefore, I was doubly intrigued a few hours later to hear pastor John start to teach upon the Book of Revelation and use that same description of John’s privileged place. Furthermore, the title of his talk is that of a scripture directly related to my encounter’s similarity to the Second Coming of the Lord. That verse appears in my late mother’s Missal for readings for The First Sunday in Advent, viz: ‘Lift up your heads because your redemption is at hand‘ (Luke 12:28) – see final part and illustration of Triple Validation…

Puzzle in Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

YET it wasn’t until today that I discovered a THIRD connection in pastor John’s talk! It’s directly relevant to a personally relevant number referred to in those two earlier posts: 212 – the number of the house I lived in when a boy. AND those preceding links reveal earlier instances of such ‘serendipity’; that is, God-incidents!

In listening to the recording of pastor I’m ‘God-smacked’ by the indisputable fact that only when the recording has been playing for 2 hours 12 minutes does he start telling how he got warned upon awaking from sleep!!

Hmm, so we have something significant to contemplate and wait upon with the Lord -and those personal markers are telling me to pay attention because they validate His word to pastor Kilpatrick.  How about you, my reader, what do you think?

What is the “Gospel of the Kingdom”?

Since posting a couple of items on orthodox Judaism’s reconciliation with Christianity (here and here) – as well as on Time – I revisited Romans 9-11 (which continues in 12:1 ‘Therefore…’ ) to prepare a follow-up. So this weekend I was mulling over the disciples’ prayer, “Our Father…Your Kingdom, let it come” and their wanting Jesus to tell them when that would happen (Acts 1:6). This morning ‘God-incidence’ arranged an email about Nelson Walters’ incisive new post on these matters (note interesting discussion thread too):

Credit: The Gospel In The End Times

Credit: The Gospel In The End Times

‘During Jesus’s earthly ministry we are told he came preaching the “gospel of the Kingdom.” How is this Gospel of the Kingdom different from what we all have come to know as the “Gospel?”

One of our regular readers asked me to comment on this topic, and I think….Continue reading > What is the “Gospel of the Kingdom?”

Dr Maurice Sklar vision: “Tell them all, the Day of The Lord is upon you now!”

As well as receiving a prophetic word re. Israel (on war, times of the Gentiles) during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles,  28 Sept – 4 Oct), Dr Maurice Sklar reported another personal experience on Facebook. Similar to the vision in chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation, it is re-posted below:

“THE DAY OF THE LORD IS HERE!”

Dr M Sklar

Dr M Sklar

Nearly every day since I have arrived in Jerusalem this year, I have received something from God. Yesterday, as I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom, Connie Wilson, who was in her kitchen preparing a brunch, and who is flowing so strong in the prophetic, began to quote the old praise and worship song from Joel:” Blow the Trumpet in ZION, ZION…for the day of the LORD is….and she paused for a second…it’s HERE!”.

As soon as she spoke the word…HERE…I was caught up in a prophetic experience / vision which lasted several hours. Though I could still function in “the natural” somewhat, I was overwhelmed in my spirit. This is what I experienced:

First, I saw I was in what looked like a Cathedral, and a courtroom at the same time. There were two rows of twelve angels. One to the left and one to the right in parallel columns facing each other. They had long golden trumpets in their right hands. They simultaneously put them to their mouths and blew a long blast. It grew louder and louder until the building itself began to shake and I could not bear the sound and fell on my face. Then, after I was helped up to my feet again by my angel, I saw a majestic throne. I could see the Outline of our Heavenly Father, but I could not see his face. It was just blinding light that I could not look at for very long. Under him stood Michael the Archangel. He was a giant warrior, clothed in glorious armor and stood like a statue almost, with his arms folded. A great sword was in a sheath at his right hip. He had a bronze-like color to his face, and a grim, but noble and exalted expression. He was standing right under God’s throne and in the middle between the two columns of angels who blew the trumpets. Then, I was allowed to look around, and I saw other thrones that were grouped in a semi-circle around and above them. They had black robes on, and looked like they were judges. I knew that this must be like the Supreme Court of Heaven. As my eyes seemed to adjust to the brightness, then I could recognize some of those who were Judges in this great meeting. They were some from the Bible, and others who were from both Jewish and Christian history that were Overcomers. They were seated with crowns on their heads of stunning glory and majesty. It was clear that this meeting was extremely important and there was a great awesome holiness in the giant room. The Angels that blasted their trumpets seemed to exit to the sides of the room. Michael stood like a statue in the same place. Then, Gabriel stepped forward next to him and cried out, “THE DAY OF THE LORD IS HERE!!” Then, in absolute unison, every one on their thrones dropped to their knees and began to worship. Then, an Angel that I could not recognize, came forward with a scroll in his hand. It had an old-fashioned type of wax-like seals on it that held it closed. There were seven big wax-like seals on it that were bright red. He gave it to the Ancient of Days who took it. Then the LORD spoke, “WHO IS WORTHY TO OPEN THIS? WHO IS FOUND WORTHY TO BREAK THE SEAL?” Then, every one began to weep. Suddenly, I started weeping as well. None of those great men and women were worthy. We all could see where we had sinned and failed in our lives. None were worthy. Then, the Lord Yeshua our Messiah just appeared in front of the throne, but facing us. He was looking at each of us as if we were the only ones in the room. Then, I saw he changed! He became a Lamb…then He became the biggest and most noble Lion that I had ever seen. And every few moments, He would transform from a Man, to a Lamb, and then to a Lion, and then back to a Man. When He was in the form of His body as a Man, I could see the holes in His hands. Then, he turned around and took the scroll from the Father. There was total silence. Then, a huge shout came! It seemed that all of heaven was watching and joined in! A ROAR of PRAISE erupted. Now all the Judges were on their feet. They said in unison, “WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN TO TAKE THE SCROLL AND LOOSE THE SEALS THEREOF!!” This proclamation, though I heard it in English, was shouted by all of heaven in every language at the same time. Yeshua then sat down on His throne next to the Father. He took the scroll, and it seemed like I zoomed in and could see it clearly. He broke the first seal, and said, as He was looking into me with His glorious eyes of fire and love, “TELL THEM ALL, THE DAY OF THE LORD IS UPON YOU NOW!”. Then the experience ended.

May God have mercy on us all! Amen and AMEN.

Dr. Maurice H. Sklar
October 1, 2015, 4:35pm
Jerusalem, Israel

RB NOTES:
  1. To comment on his Facebook account please click on the above title. I get and am humbled by the same ‘WOW!’ as had upon opening my Bible and ‘hearing’, “This is ALL about to be fulfilled!”(as in email The Endgame is now in play Feb 2009).
  2. Also see NB: Today’s Most Popular Post on timing of increased views of this above post in connection with relevant ‘God-incidental’ material.

Why this September is special – 2: Pope, POTUS & Messiah

Part 1 covered the first of at least three reasons why this month is highly significant:

  1. international events of eschatological relevance. (Brief intro here about this.)
  2. the current Shemitah Year 5775 closes on Elul 29, Sunday 13th September.
  3. last of the current Blood Moon Tetrad occurs on Monday 28th September or Tishri 15, first day of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles.

Please note I’m not a ‘doom and gloom’ merchant and not being alarmist in presenting  the first item’s ‘September Schedule’.  A couple of those events need a closer look to enable us to better understand what’s going on.

Neville_Johnson-311x350We’re living in exceptionally exciting times as Biblical prophecies move towards fulfilment. In August, Neville Johnson followed-up last year’s ‘Urgent words about a ‘cut-off time’ in God’s timeline’, . In his later session he taught in-depth upon the necessity of our being heavenly minded. Thus, we’d see ‘The BIGGER Picture’ God has for His children and for the new earth, now and in the near future – the Age to Come!

POPE and P.O.T.U.S.

In Part 1, the 23rd Sept entry quoted John Kilpatrick’s observation on Pope Francis’ official meeting with President Of The United States, Barack Obama: “He’s the 226th Pope visiting the president on the 226th day of the Gregorian calendar. Many wonder if something’s being birthed because that’s the gestation period of the human – it’s 226 days!”

In this connection, at the recent Lancaster Prophetic Conference’s first session, Neville taught about the false prophet and the false church (Revelation 13). He spoke about a very powerful encounter he had with the Lord a year ago:

“He said to me, “I want you to watch for something”. He said, “When the present pope will address the United Nations and Congress it will be the beginning of the rise of the false church”…(Neville then quoted Rev 13:11-14)

“This year, during the last phase of the Blood Moon, the pope, this present pope, will be addressing the United Nations  (the day after) he will be addressing your Congress…that’s right after Yom Kippur – and just before Tabernacles.

“That speech will mark the first time ever a Roman Catholic pope has addressed Congress.

“This is a historic visit in a historic year when the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary.” (From 1:48:35 mark)

Neville went on to refer to many leaders thinking that unifying religions is the answer for bringing the nations peace, but

“The world church will include all of the world’s religions, except Judaism – and Christianity…This meeting will be the catalyst of that beginning.

“Our greatest problem isn’t going to be the Antichrist but the false church because legislation will be introduced that will forbid activities except for those who are of the false church…plus higher taxes to wipe out churches…

“The false church will have great political power and clout. It will strongly advocate the mark of the beast – that’s what scripture says!…

“This won’t affect the true church because it will arise in greater power, greater glory and strength to the dismay of the false church as millions of people come into the kingdom of God!”

Note: 1) 20th-26 Sept – the World Council of Churches is sponsoring the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel: 2) 21st Sept – UN’s annual International Day of Peace: Bill Koenig asks, could this be the day the UN Security Council resolution establishing a Palestinian state is actually adopted?

JEWS LOOKING FOR MESSIAH

Kaduri readingTo my mind the most remarkable promise of this month is that Jewish rabbis are expecting Messiah. Those who took the link to an earlier post will have read the secret Rabbu Yitzak Kaduri kept about having met Yeshua and that the timing of PM Ariel Sharon’s death (11 January 2014) meant it would not be long before Ha’ Mashiach would come to Israel.

Thus, in seeing beyond Breaking Israel News’ report we could  reasonably expect thousands more orthodox Jews will to be given dreams and visions of the Messiah and to learn his true identity. Is this not prophesied in Zecharia 12 and that it will happen when the status of Jerusalem is constantly under international threat?

 10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn…

For example, in July David Hathaway reported in Jesus Is Coming! (emphases mine):

“Jesus will come when the Jews call upon His Name! In June 2013 what the taxi driver said on the way back to the airport was an amazing revelation. He knew who we were, and was a religious Jew wearing a kippah, yet from the moment we got in the car he began the conversation so animatedly that he kept taking the wrong road! He kept saying, ‘Why did we kill Yeshua? He was a good man, He did nothing wrong, He killed no one but healed all who came. Was He Messiah, if so why did we not recognise Him, were we blind? We thought many people in our history were Messiah, but they are not alive today. I search the Scriptures for Him; can you show me where to find Him? All our nation is looking for Messiah at this moment, no one else can save us, can you show me the way?’

“This is why it is so important that we preach the Gospel – suddenly Israel is opening. God, through the Holy Spirit, is opening their hearts and minds to search for Him. The Bible is so clear, Jesus said, ‘If you seek Me you will find Me’.”

In the next part we further consider the Shemitah Year and how the Blood Moon Tetrad may connect with Prophetic Prayer Points for 2015-2020 brought by Charles Shamp.

UPDATES: for more on this topic read Update 1 – Judaism and Update 2 – Islam