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ARE WE THERE YET – Part 24

September 11, 2013

THE RAPTURE DEBATE CONTINUES…

In Part 23 we shared an article placed on Five Doves concerning the strange concept that the Lord may have actually programmed certain Strong’s numbers with a code concerning the Rapture of the Church, starting with Strong’s #2014 – from which 2015, 2016 and 2017 are derived. But is it possible or are these folks just stretching things to make a fit? Or is this simply another hidden confirmation of the very real possibility of the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week and the removal of the BRIDE OF CHRIST taking place on or close to 4-11-2014, 1260 days before the Revelation 12:1 Virgo sign in in the heavens. As we have pointed out 4-11 appears to be some sort of date the Lord wants us to take note of, to wit:

“April 11, 32 – Passover fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

April 11, 1914 – Passover and the year World War I begins.

April 11, 1933 – Passover and Hitler passes first anti-Semitic laws on that very Passover.

April 11, 1996 – Comet Hyakutake crosses the star Algol.

April 11, 1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp crosses the star Algol.

April 11, 1998 – Passover and Israel’s 50th year and 50th Passover.

However, let us not forget another important day that has come to our attention. Passover in 2017 also lands on April 11th just like it did in 1914 and 1933. Both of these years began with the events that led to both world wars. Is it possible this is also the significance of the year 2017? That it is the starting point? As 1998 was also a Passover on April 11th, and marks Israel’s 50th year since its independence in 1948, so also does 2017 mark Israel’s 50th year since gaining Jerusalem.” – from an article posted at “Signs of the End”.

 

Do these Strong’s numbers as shown below actually portray the YEAR 2014 AS THE BEGINNING OF THE END AND THE SECOND REVELATION OF CHRIST TO THE BRIDE? It is interesting that the Number Seven 2+1+4 = 7 for 2014, means COMPLETENESS, SPIRITUAL PERFECTION. Daniel’s 70th week begins that very process!

First the Five Doves:

Dr. James Strong and colleagues basically clustered Biblical words that are similar (in terms of verb, noun, adjective) in their mammoth task of indexing. And so the Greek words from G2015 to G2017 are essentially derived from the root word G2014.

 

G2014 επιφαινω epiphaino {ep-ee-fah’-ee-no} from 1909 and 5316; TDNT – 9:7,1244; v AV – appear 3, give light1; 4 1) to show to or upon 1a) to bring to light 2) to appear, become visible 2a) of stars 3) to become clearly known, to show one’s self.

G2015 επιφανεια epiphaneia {ep-if-an’-i-ah} from 2016; TDNT – 9:7,1244; n f AV – appearing 5, brightness 1; 6 1) an appearing, appearance Often used of the glorious manifestation of the gods, and esp. of their advent to help; in the NT the advent of Christ, — not only that which has already taken place and by which his presence and power appear in the saving light he has shed upon mankind, but also that illustrious return from heaven to earth to occur in the future.

G2016 επιφανης epiphanes {ep-if-an-ace’} from 2014; TDNT – 9:7,1244; adj AV – notable 1; 1 1) conspicuous, manifest, illustrious.

G2017 επιφαυσκω epiphausko {ep-ee-fows’-ko} a form of 2014; TDNT – 9:310,*; v AV – give light1; 1 1) to shine upon 1a) Christ will pour upon you the divine truth as the sun gives light to men aroused from sleep.

 

The G2017 is interesting because it would also refer to the year 2017 when ANTICHRIST comes to full power to give HIS FALSE AND FAKE LIGHT TO THE WORLD, that is, to SHINE HIS DECEPTION upon the EARTH DWELLERS who fall under the STRONG DELUSION.

 

At the same time, this appears to be the year that the TRIBULATION SAINTS would most likely be raptured, AS PICTURED IN Revelation 11:12, and the LIGHT OF CHRIST WOULD SHINE UNTO THEM. It should also be pointed out that this ascension is totally different than the taking of the BRIDE because they vanish in the twinkling of an eye, very fast and totally unexpected as we will see. These witnesses who appear to represent all tribulation saints are seen by the whole world, as they are resurrected and stand in the streets of Jerusalem, and then the world watches them ASCEND into heaven. This is a RADICAL difference than the snatching away instantly of the BRIDE OF CHRIST.


G2015 is from G2016 which is from G2014; G2017 is also a form of G2014; thus, all three Greek words are traced back to G2014.

 

Now let’s take a look at the words sudden and destruction, to see if that in any way come back in any way to what we just saw.  The word sudden is found in only three places in the Bible:

Job 22:9-10

9 Thou has sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.

10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

(Notice that the SUDDEN FEAR comes upon WICKED, the evil ones of the Earth, and how the word SNARE is also used).

Prov 3:25-26

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

26 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

(Here again, even in the Old Testament, we find that SUDDEN DESOLATION comes upon the wicked, but that Lord will SAVE THE RIGHTEOUS OUT OF IT. They will not be taken in this SNARE.)

 

1 Thess 5:1-11

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destructioncometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

(And here, ONCE AGAIN, we find that this SUDDEN DESTRUCTION comes upon the WICKED, THE EVIL, THOSE THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH, and that the Lord says THEY WILL NOT ESCAPE, the opposite of the promises made to the BRIDE OF CHRIST.­)

OT:6597 <START HEBREW><oat=P!

pith’owm (pith-ome’); or pith’om (pith-ome’); from OT:6621; instantly:

KJV – straightway, sudden (-ly).

 

OT:6621 <START HEBREW>ut^P#

petha` (peh’-thah); from an unused root meaning to open (the eyes); a wink, i.e. moment [compare OT:6597] (used only [with or without preposition] adverbially, quickly or unexpectedly):

KJV – at an instant, suddenly,  very.

 

Let’s park here for a moment and use our brain cells instead of our cellphones. The root word here means to OPEN THE EYES, also a WINK or we could say in the TWINKLING OF AN EYE as it references the RAPTURE OF THE BRIDE, WHICH IS THE GATHERING TOGETHER OF THE BRIDE TO BE REMOVED FROM EARTH AND TAKEN TO THE FATHER’S HOUSE.

1 Cor 15:51-53

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So it appears that this SUDDEN DESTRUCTION, which is a series events tied to BIRTH PANGS, is tied directly to the rapture of the Bride, for that also is a SUDDEN and totally UNEXPECTED event, which is tied to the PEACE AND SECURITY covenant of antichrist which is then tied directly to 7 years of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments, 21 in all. What is also interesting is the remark to OPEN THE EYES, which could be construed to mean THAT THE UNEXPECTED EVENT OPENS THE EYES TO THOSE LEFT BEHIND.

The jest of this is that this event is:

1.     It comes  unexpectedly, meaning the world at large DID NOT AT ALL EXPECT ANYTHING LIKE THIS EVENT TO HAPPEN. It catches the entire world off guard, they not only did not expect it, they could not believe it would ever could happen.

 

2.     Paul calls this a MYSTERY, and a mystery is a HIDDEN THING, WHICH CONFIRMS that the world flat out did not believe anything like this could happen, BUT IT DID, that is a total and complete surprise EVENT that triggers a whole other series of EARTHLY EVENTS.

 

New testament

NT:160

ai)fni/dio$

aiphnidios (aheef-nid’-ee-os); from a compound of NT:1 (as a negative particle) and NT:5316 [compare NT:1810] (meaning non-apparent); unexpected, i.e. (adverbially) suddenly:

KJV – sudden, unawares.

AND THIS:

e)cai/fnh$

exaiphnes (ex-ah’-eef-nace); from NT:1537 and the base of NT:160; of a sudden (unexpectedly):

KJV – suddenly. Compare NT:1819.

 

So once again we find two key areas: NON-APPARENT, TOTALLY UNEXPECTED, and VERY SUDDEN. This strongly implies a PARANORMAL EVENT, something from another dimension, something that was a mystery and hidden away; a secret thing that suddenly comes upon the human race. It is interesting that the Mayan prophecies said that a “portal” would open up and souls would vanish into it. Is that the rapture of the Bride? The New Age movement already has an explanation set for this “vanishing”. Basically it means “good riddance to bad rubbish”.

NT:5316

fai/nw

phaino (fah’-ee-no); prolongation for the base of NT:5457; to lighten (shine), i.e. show (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative):

KJV – appear, seem, be seen, shine,  think.

 

Did we not see this same thing in Strong’s 2014-2017 series when it is about  the word SUDDEN. Why does it show up here as well? Are we being told something, like GET READY? Now here is something that may apply directly to the rapture of the Bride of Christ and the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. “TO APPEAR, TO BE SEEN, TO SHINE” seem to be very close to other scripture concerning the “appearance of Christ to HIS BRIDE:

Heb 9:28

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

I believe this is a double reference verse, for if one LOOKS, SEEKS, KNOCKS, ASKS, that is, searches out Jesus Christ HE WILL APPEAR TO THEM personally, and then the real BORN AGAIN SOUL will have Christ APPEAR TO THEM THE SECOND TIME at the RAPTURE OF THE BRIDE.

1 Peter 5:1-4

5 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

 

Now let’s take a look at the word DESTRUCTION, for it too will reveal several items of interest to our investigations, and we might find a reference to the fact of a SERIES OF EVENTS and one PRIMARY EVENT that is the beginning of the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION.

 

DESTRUCTION

NT:3639

<START GREEK>o&leqro$

olethros (ol’-eth-ros); from a primary ollumi (to destroy; a prolonged form); ruin, i.e. death, punishment:

KJV – destruction.

 

The implication means DESTRUCTION OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, and we know what that period of time is as well, for it must be Daniel’s 70th week and the 21 judgments. Interesting, don’t you think?

NT:684

a)pw/leia

apoleia (ap-o’-li-a); from a presumed derivative of NT:622; ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal):

KJV – damnable (-nation), destruction, die, perdition,  perish, pernicious ways, waste.

So that is pretty self-explanatory, and applies to the United States of Babylon as well. SUDDEN and UNEXPECTED DESTRUCTION, OUT OF THE BLUE! Interesting to say the least. It is also interesting that Revelation 4:11, referring to a possible 4-11-2014 start of Daniel’s 70th week, says this:

Rev 4:11

11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 

Indeed, Jesus Christ is found WORTHY TO OPEN THE SCROLL BY REMOVING THE SEALS, ONE AT A TIME. The scroll is of course TITLE DEED to Planet Earth, bought by the Blood of the Lamb. Is this all by coincidence? Or is there a DESIGN IN ALL OF THIS? Are we being told the EXACT DAY or is this just a warning of something to come further down the road, like 2015, 2016 or 2017? In any event, it should make Christians wonder about all of this!!

So the question is simple, Jesus Christ is worthy, and the only way we can become WORTHY is to be IN CHRIST IN TRUTHbecause HE ALONE IS WORTHY. This then leads to the question, WHO IS WORTHY AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Matt 10:35-39

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

 

Here we find several hints to the difficulty of searching out Christ. It will in fact turn family members against one another. If one is not willing to allow that to happen, even to the point of hatred, divorce, or severance of relationships, then one will MOST LIKELY NEVER FIND CHRIST. However, there are some couples who both search out and find the Lord, but it appears rare indeed. This is a HARD SAYING, and only a few will accept it and obey the command.

 

Notice also that ONE MUST TAKE UP THEIR OWN CROSS.Notice Jesus is not speaking here of HIS CROSS, but of YOUR OWN CROSS. The cross is an instrument of DEATH, and there are a number of other verses to prove that is exactly what Christ meant – that we are to die a most mysterious DEATH as we travel upon the NARROW WAY down to the LOWEST ROOM, the PIT OF DEATH, where we are to sit and wait for Jesus Christ to come to us, and say “friend, come up higher”. Here is what Job said, and Jesus confirmed it:

 

Job 28:20-23

20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living,and kept close from the fowls of the air.

22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

23 God understandeth the way thereof,and he knoweth the place thereof.

 

So if true wisdom and true understanding are not found anywhere in the land of the living, which means all the collective wisdom of the world is for naught in the eyes of the Lord, then that means all of the “religions” the “isms”, the ideologies, the philosophies are worthless when it comes to what really counts, WHICH IS THE ETERNAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING FROM THE LORD, who will tell you the real secret and real truth behind the entire Universe.

 

But there is something else here as well – THE LOWEST ROOM, THE PIT OF DEATH. It is only in the PIT OF DEATH, a most mysterious place, that the Narrow Way takes you to while you are still alive as you search out Christ with all of your heart, mind and strength. He brings you down to death to show you who you really are, and why you have been condemned to eternal ruin. The Human race is DEAD TO GOD, LOST, CONDEMNED because of the knowledge of good and evil. But one cannot really understand or experience this truth unless you do as Christ commanded, and when you do, you will EXPERIENCE THIS DEATH OF THE CROSS, and you will descend to the PIT OF DEATH. It is unpleasant, but totally necessary to be BORN AGAIN IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST.

I wish now to present A COMMENT that we received from Erin, IN OUR BLOG NUMBER 22, who recently became another member of the BRIDE OF CHRIST by undergoing AUTHENTIC REBIRTH:

“Hello, I would like to say something on this, in regards to the pit, the narrow way, etc. Sorry this is a little long.

First, it is an open invitation to everyone on the planet. Jesus wants us to come, all of us, and this is why God’s patience is so long with us. Jesus came for sinners, the soul-sick, the worst, the dirty. It is a divine grace that God/Jesus/Spirit set this up for us, because this is the method of judgement used on a Christian, to go through here, instead of then, on that day. (Because he will not have you be in double jeopardy) However when we do take those steps, there is a process to be undergone. And, it is the faith and hope that we are given to carry us through to the end. Some people, may take a short time. Others like me, a long time. The objective? To find the truth, and to find why you need a savior. It is a painful, hurtful process. It actually kills you (inside). The narrow way is a stripping process. It strips away what you think you know, what you think is good, who you think you are. It shows you how black we are on the inside. It shows how we are law-breakers, and it also shows how it is our nature.

This is one of the things that hit me the biggest, to realize that sin was in my very blood, that I couldn’t stop it, that it was my very nature, and I was hostile to God. This will show us we should be judged, by law, to hell. I take this to be the pit, the lowest room. But then, Jesus steps in, and we find him on a mercy seat. And he wipes it all away, and shows you his love, and how much he loves you, then you understand what it is to need Jesus to save you, what it means that he redeems you- and you are brand new because then you KNOW it, because you have SEEN it.And when you see it, (and everyone’s experience is different) it’s not with your eyes, or ears out loud, in my case, but it is something spoken to you, something you see deeper then we naturally can. It’s hard to explain but it goes through your very soul and body. It is not an alter-call experience, like churches do. It’s you and him- and he is on the mercy seat, and you are at his feet.

This is all found in the Bible. Prov 25:14- “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him, and he will show them his covenant.” (If you have a strongs concordance, look up secret, show, covenant)

John 10: 27- My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me

This is just a couple, but this process of redemption is found everywhere, both old and new testament. There are several scriptures where it tells us to wait. It doesn’t mean to just wait for his second coming, but to wait for him to come to you. And- when we by faith wait, because we know that he does what he promises, and he cannot lie, then at the appointed time, he WILL come, and you will know it, and it will set you free. Remember the story of Joseph in Genesis? He revealed himself to his brothers. Jesus reveals himself to us.

Stewart wrote a most helpful book about the narrow way (Darklight). I know it gets annoying when people tell you “go read such and such book” instead of the actual Bible, but something I would recommend to anyone interested is John Bunyan’s “The Law and Grace Unfolded”. (John Bunyan was the author of Pilgrims Progress, from the 1600′s). In the grace section, he explains what happens to a soul when they are drawn into the second covenant, of grace. Those going through, or have went through, can identify with the process. But Jesus wants us to come to Him. So if anyone sees this and doubts or fears, look for the truth, and he will show you. Then you have your foundation of the truth and love rightly laid.

This is what this ministry of Stewart’s is all about. It’s about telling people to read, investigate, look, search, seek, pray, for themselves- and then the Lord will carry you through.He doesn’t want anyone to “follow” him for his own self, although I do know he is a true preacher of the Lord, but he presents the truth of salvation for what it is. It’s not meant to try to make anyone feel like they have to be an elite status or anything- me of all people, does not fit that kind of criteria, but it is just to tell everyone “this is what the Bible says, this is what’s NOT being spoken about at church, here’s some directions in the Bible you might want to look at”- and when we obey what the Bible says, in searching and seeking, then he will show us. We can’t, by nature, obey the law, but we have to search the matter out. But the fact of the matter is, there are 2 groups of people, and every person will be in one group or the other. So he is warning us, and we are lucky to have it.


Thank you for your time of reading.

Said SO MUCH better than anything I could say. Thank you Erin, for your testimony. It has given much hope to many who are either on the narrow way on in the pit. Jesus WILL COME. He promised He would, and He will. Many may think they are running out of time in view of the possibility of the approaching Daniel’s 70th week. I just cannot fathom that the LOVE OF CHRIST and HIS MERCY will or would leave anyone behind who was obedient to His commands to search for Him, which they obviously have done. I firmly believe HE WILL COMPLETE THEIR SEARCH with a “sudden revelation” if you will, and they also will be taken with the BRIDE, as the door is now rapidly closing.

However, to those who have mocked the STRAIT GATE and mocked the NARROW WAY, and who have MOCKED and REVILED the actual and true REVELATION OF CHRIST to the believer are in for a total and complete shock, for they will find out the HARD WAY that the STRAIT GATE, THE NARROW WAY and the PIT OF DEATH were all real and totally necessary for TRUE SALVATION.

If not Jesus Christ lied to us, because this is what HE SAID:

Luke 14:26-35

26 If any man cometh unto me, and hateth not his own father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

27 Whosoever doth not bear his own cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have (wherewith) to complete it?

29 Lest haply, when he hath laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all that behold begin to mock him,

30 saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31 Or what king, as he goeth to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and asketh conditions of peace.

33 So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

 

34 Salt therefore is good: but if even the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: (men) cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

So there you have it in the very Words of Christ. Hard Sayings – who can abide by them? But then again, who else can we turn to?

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3 Comments
  1. September 13, 2013 2:49 pm

    Thank you for posting Erin’s comment/testimony. And thank you Stewart, for encouraging those of us still on the way.

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    September 12, 2013 10:30 am

    Everything… Right on the money! As for the Sudden Destruction, or shall we say prolonged destruction, sounds like the story of my soul. A prolonged destruction! Praise Jesus! I never opened my bible to read in 4 years! And I probably never will again. Praise Jesus Christ for his mercy and grace that has been given to me and others in this death. The Love of Christ to allow us by grace to sit in the lowest room of death and destruction waiting for him that bade us to come and hear his voice saying FRIEND! COME UP HIGHER out of the pit, out of your destruction, out of your ruin, out of your heavy burden, out of your weakness and sorrow and into my strength, into my rest, into my JOY! Into my peace.

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  3. September 11, 2013 10:31 pm

    Reblogged this on A Mom Looking Up.

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