Revelation – Rapture Revealed

A few years ago, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the very moment in the book of Revelation where the Rapture event is revealed, where it takes place in John’s book. This knowledge came to me a couple years before I began Faith and Fasting in 2016.

This was during a season of intense renewal in my life, I had begun daily surrendering myself and asking the Holy Spirit to fill me completely. We purified our home and were learning spiritual warfare and the power of fasting. It was an amazing time of growth in the Lord that continues unfolding His ways and voice in our home.

After a while, I’d forgotten the Rapture revelation, set it on the shelf by the time this blog began. However, night before last, the Lord gave me a dream about the Rapture (which I blogged yesterday), and with it He prompted me to write and proclaim to you what He had previously revealed.

Let’s pray together before we continue:

Lord, we surrender ourselves to You right now. Fill us, Holy Spirit, make us completely Yours. Open the eyes of our minds, hearts and spirits, and show us great and wonderful things from Your word.

Comfort, purify and guide us for the years to come, that we may be found ready, like the bridesmaids with their oil lamps full, instead of like the unprepared who missed the wedding celebration (Matthew 25)!

You ARE the oil, Holy Spirit. We love you! Jesus, we adore You. Father, we’ll be home soon, and we can’t wait! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen.

For years now, there has been controversy about the event called the Rapture. Some say it does not exist. Some say it will happen in the middle of the end time chaos called the tribulation, and some say it could happen at any moment!

I am not sure exactly where I fit into those categories, but I do know there is a Rapture. Hopefully, you will see that my approach is linked to what has already been revealed in God’s word. I’ll leave it up to you to determine with the Lord if this word is from the Holy Spirit.

To begin a Rapture teaching study, we must begin with the two places in Paul’s letters where he refers to the people of God being instantly changed, or transformed. We find the first passage in I Corinthians 15. Let’s read:

I Corinthians 15:51-52

Behold, I show you a mystery (secret, hidden thing): We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed (transformed), In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (an instant), at the last trump (sound a trumpet makes): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

In two parallel passages, Paul writes to the Thessalonians about the same event:

I Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice (tone, noise, sound) of the archangel, and with the trump (trumpet, reverberation) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

To comfort his readers, Paul goes on to say in the next chapter that this end time season will seem sudden to most, but they who are soberly watching and waiting for it will not be shocked:

I Thessalonians 5:2-4

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail (birth pains) upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren (fellow believers), are not in darkness (blindness, obscurity), that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Let’s talk about these passages. The Corinthian passage is a huge key to the moment of “rapture”. What are the clues?

Clue #1: Paul says he is revealing a mystery, which as you see in the parentheses is defined in the Greek Bible dictionary as a secret or hidden thing being unveiled. And Paul reveals the mystery is this: we in Christ will suddenly all, dead or alive, be changed!

Clue #2: Immediately following, in the middle of 1 Corinthians 15:52, he plainly says WHEN it will take place: At the last Heavenly trumpet blast.

So, basically, in this one short passage, he unfolded the mystery of God’s people, dead and alive, being instantaneously changed happens at the last sound of God’s divine trumpets.

Well, all we have to do is find that last trumpet in Scripture. So, when is it?

This brings us to two passages in Revelation, written by John the apostle while he was exiled on the island of Patmos.

In the first, we see the same two clues as Paul did in Corinthians. 1) A hidden mystery about to be revealed, and 2) in the moment of the last trumpet.

Let’s take a look:

Revelation 10:7

But in the days of the voice (tone, sound) of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (trumpet, sound a blast), the mystery (secret, hidden thing) of God should be finished (complete, performed), as he has declared to his servants the prophets.

The clues in this passage of John’s match those of Paul! The mystery revealed, performed by the last divine trumpet blast. And Paul already told us what would happen in that moment: we will be transformed in the blink of an eye.

We have nothing left but to unearth which trumpet is the last! In Revelation, there are seven trumpets which come out of the seventh seal.

There are NO trumpets mentioned again after the seventh trumpet. The seventh trumpet of Revelation is the last.

We find it in Revelation 11:15. Here it is:

Revelation 11:15

And the seventh angel sounded (trumpet, sound a blast); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

Friends, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to this passage which I’d read in years past, but had never really seen before. Filled, and seeing with the eyes of the Spirit, I finally saw: this verse reveals the very moment we join the Lord in Heaven!

Notice after that seventh and last trumpet blast, the verse says suddenly, “there were great voices in Heaven”. Sort of sounds as if Heaven had just added millions of new voices, doesn’t it?

Guys, that’s the moment. We will be gone, caught up with the Lord and transformed, whether we are dead or still alive at that time.

And we will rejoice, declare together with all voices in Heaven, the kingdoms of this world are now His, because we will come from every kingdom, every tribe and tongue, over whom He shall reign forever!

Last Days Timeline – Final Thoughts

So, you say, if Revelation 11:15 is the moment we are taken up, where is this in the tribulation timeline? What will we go through before we are taken? And what will we escape? Great questions!

If you continue reading Revelation after that verse, you will see we will have been taken up before the end time world leader “beast” who demands everyone take the mark on their hand or forehead. Thank God!

If you think about it, this makes sense. Scripture has warned those who take the mark of the beast will be damned forever. The beast cannot force the people of God to take the mark, because it is impossible for them to be damned. So, of course, God makes sure we are not here for that most evil time.

However, a lot will have happened before the moment of our Rapture in Revelation 11:15. Six of the seven seals will have been opened. Six of the seven trumpets will have sounded, followed by all of the destruction and woes they announce.

At this point, understand Revelation is an ongoing study for me. I will not begin in this post to attempt the whole of it. However, I will comment broadly on its content, and then on one specific thing that is timely and pertinent.

We need to all remember that Revelation is a series of visions given to John. We must treat them as we treat all dreams and visions, as heavily symbolic, not necessarily literal.

Too many scholars have tried to force fit this symbolic book into a series of literal events. I believe it is a mixture of some literal language mixed with a larger amount of symbolism. And in my honest opinion, those not surrendered and filled with the Holy Spirit, and additionally, those not skilled in the interpretation of dreams and visions should not attempt to interpret it.

Now, as to the one specific thing I do want to comment on:

In the sixth trumpet, the next to last, notice that plagues are mentioned. Revelation 9:20 says, “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands…”

Two things. One, most people will not connect the destruction happening around them as a sign from God of the need to repent and change. And two, we will be in the midst of plagues, plural.

Is anyone else thinking what I’m thinking, about COVID-19? It is a plague upon mankind, possibly one of many more to come. Or, could it possibly be the last of many in history?

Either way, we are in the last decades, friends. There has never been a better time to purify our lives before Him, sober our minds and be watchful, to surrender ourselves to His Holy Spirit daily. He will comfort, companion and guide us every day to come.

There has also never been a better time for us to pray for and witness to our unsaved friends and family. Realize, it will become harder for them to hear if the culture continues to deny God and continues choosing self-serving idols over our loving Creator.

But, family, what a Revelation! The day of Christ coming for us is inches away on the human history timeline. What a day of reunion and rejoicing that will be, for those of us who have entrusted our hearts to Him!

Stay in Him, our wonderful Savior. He is our refuge and strength, as He has always been for His people.

I pray you are focused, strengthened and encouraged by this word today. Church, bride of Christ, Israel of God… we are in this together.

Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you, and give you peace (Numbers 6).

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Coming Clean: Dreams and Visions about COVID-19

Friends of Faith and Fasting, I come to you today with regret. I feel I’ve let you down.

You see, over a year ago, I began having dreams and visions that led me to a year-long journey to learn how to properly and biblically interpret them. I grew up mainstream Protestant, so this experience was out of the box for me. I’ve read several books and have improved in interpretation, but am still a novice. So, I’ve only talked about it a couple of times on Faith and Fasting. I haven’t trusted it enough to share.

As early as January 2, I began having dreams I now understand were warnings of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crises we are experiencing now. Yet, I failed to share them, dropping God’s assignment to any with whom He shares prophecy – we are to speak! I will share all of them just below and resolve to not hold back in the future.

Before I get to the dreams, let me say I believe Joel 2 and Acts 2 are coming alive today, that the Holy Spirit is being poured upon the people of God, the body of Christ, that we should EXPECT to hear from Him through dreams, visions, and every other way He speaks to us.

Why? Because we are in the last years, perhaps decades, definitely in the last portion of this phase of human history before Christ returns. We may not always have the guarantee of having the written word of God with us. But He will NOT be stopped speaking to His children!

However, it requires a new education. Learning dream and vision language like prophets Daniel, Joseph, like apostles Paul, John, and more. For me, it has been like going to the movies. He uses actors and symbols to represent real life situations, and it takes some work and prayer to decipher the meaning.

Believe me, I understand the skepticism many of you feel. I fought against this when it began in me, ran from it. But with research, reading and studying Scripture on the topic, while continuing to experience it, I realized it is REAL. And it isn’t going away.

God has spoken to His family through dreams from the beginning. From Genesis to Revelation, He never stopped talking to His own in dreams and visions. Joel 2 and Acts 2 promise in the end times He would be communicating with us through these means. We have to be ready. Now is the time.

A year ago when dreams and visions began flowing more consistently for me, and after praying for trustworthy and biblically-based guidance to learn interpretation, the Lord led me to books by James W. Goll: Dream Language and Seer, and a book by Dr. Mark Virkler and Charity Virkler-Kayembe: Hearing God Through Your Dreams. I discovered so much Biblical truth in these primers. Upon this foundation, the Holy Spirit will take you and teach you His personal dream language for you. I urge every believer to seek these resources out and prepare yourself for the future.

As part of my learning journey, I write down my dreams, and I go back over them at least once a month to continue unwinding truth and observe patterns. I frequently catch things I missed, which brings me to today. I failed to warn you because in addition to being timid about it, I also missed many of the messages at the time they were given to me.

As I’ve been able to put more pieces together in retrospect, I’m now going to share my dreams from the past many weeks that I believe had to do with coronavirus. Bear with me as I’m still new to this journey. God has been giving me prophecies for His people, and I’ve learned in Scripture that a prophet MUST share the word with others. He is perfect in giving the messages, but I’m not perfect yet in understanding them. I’ll do my best, and leave the rest up to Him.

On January 2, 2020, I had a dream I was walking outside and saw formerly wild animals being groomed: a bear having its toenails filed, a lion its teeth brushed. An untrustworthy person hugged me. The whole scene smacked of untrustworthy surroundings. Of beasts being groomed that could attack without warning.

This dream still rocks me and while I didn’t (still don’t) want to connect it to Revelation 13, I have to admit honestly, I was reminded of this verse: REV 13.2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Taken together with the next dream and another subsequent one further down (Feb 10), this verse does closely mirror these dream symbols. Coincidence?

January 19, an ominous dream of a storm approaching quickly on the seashore, so a couple people and I got on jet skis and road the waves near shore to hurry to our destination ahead of the storm. It began to rain while we were still on the water. Ahead of us some distance, I saw a leopard riding a wave headed to shore. It looked at us, but was too far from us to bother us. We passed it after it had disappeared on the shore. After passing a couple shady looking areas, found a safe and clean place to land where other decent looking people were in a glass enclosed waiting area. The storm calmed after.

I believe that dream prophesied the arrival of coronavirus to American shores. But, note, if so, there will be a calming after the storm.

On January 29, I had a short dream in which I saw the ground outside heavily shot up from above, as if there had been a sudden, heavy attack from an unknown source.

Could this have been another perspective on our nation getting attacked by COVID?

On February 7, I dreamed a glimpse of a seemingly dystopian future which also somehow appeared old-fashioned like from the 1940s or 50s in America. Giant machines were forcing vaccinations upon everyone. This may be a prophecy, that after this COVID-19 crisis is over, vaccinations will be mandated, to prevent such a thing from happening again.

February 8, the Lord showed me in a dream that death was coming. And that it would be a big number. I remember a specific message in the dream said, “how many is too many, 240, 250?” At the time, I misinterpreted the symbols in that dream and didn’t fully glean the meaning. Now I believe it was about coronavirus. And the 240-250 numbers may be connected to the projected death toll in America: up to 240,000 people. We will see.

Perhaps we can pray against it! I believe dreams are not just prophecies, but can also be warnings. That if we don’t change or face the warning in spiritual battle, it will happen. But, our prayers can change things! Remember the story of Jonah and Ninevah posted on this blog a while back. Prayer and fasting changed the warning and the destruction did not happen!

February 10, another dream showed me professionals in an underground lab environment had a large man-sized ‘dragon’ in what they thought was a contained cage. When I saw the beast in the dream, I knew it was not going to be contained long, that it would kill as it grew and got loose.

I now believe this was another warning about coronavirus, that perhaps our medical leaders thought we could contain it, but it had other ideas and was growing more powerful every day.

Soberingly, I had now dreamed all four of the symbolic animals in the Revelation 13:2 verse quoted in the first dream above from January 2. Leopard, bear, lion, and dragon. I cannot begin to draw final conclusions on this, it seems too big and I don’t want to get it wrong and mislead the people of God.

I want to let you know that there are biblical scholars who believe prophecy in scripture can have multiple fulfillments, and I agree with them. If so, a passage can apply to more than one time period in history. Consider in prayer, and remember, we do not live in a spirit of fear, but out of love, power and of a sound mind. Greater is He in us than he who is in the world.

March 6, while awake in the middle of the night, a strange smell hit me, like something rank on fire. My husband could not smell it, but it persisted for me. After finally going to sleep, when I awoke hours later, I instantly smelled an aroma like sweet perfume that quickly dissolved once I was fully awake.

That day I would discover the new song, Refiner with Steffany Gretzinger on youtube! It is about the Refiner’s fire, the Lord putting His people through a spiritual cleansing, in order to make us pure and holy before Him. Our purity is a sweet smell like perfume to Him! I believe He has brought us to a period of refining, but the end result will be something lovely to Him, a more pure bride for His perfect Bridegroom.

March 8, in a dream I saw a giant tornado come upon us. The past year, I had dreamed many times a storm was on the horizon, or coming closer.

On March 12, a dream took me inside a large home, where outside one window to my left I saw a helicopter being tested, flying away from the building. But then, out of nowhere, on the opposite side of the house, a helicopter pilot lost control and accidentally flew directly into the building, crashing through a window and wall. The people inside, including me, ran for their lives.

However, in the next dream scene, I was looking out the same window where the helicopter had crashed into the house, and only some cracking on the outer pane remained. The interior pane was solid, and the house had been put back together.

I believe that dream was a flash of three scenes connected to COVID. That it really was an accident that crashed into us, and that there is hope it will pass. That when this is all over, we will have scars, but our ‘house’ will have been restored. Praise God, say yes and Amen to this!

On March 19, I had an odd dream about being in a setting like a state fair. I was inside one exhibit with many others watching a giant hog, a sow, on stage. She was so big, she nearly filled the stage. While we watched, she gave birth to 11 baby piglets. I found it very odd that when they came out, they already had white tags or collars around their necks, as if they’d been identified before even being born. After the birth, the sow transformed into a normal sized woman named Rebel, only slightly large, but cleaned up, modern looking and attractive.

It took my husband to interpret this last dream. When I told it to him, he said, did you know several viral diseases in China went through the hog population before coming to humans? So, in interpretation of this dream, I believe the giant sow was China, a bit of a rebel on the world stage. I didn’t understand the number 11 piglets until I did research and learned, in world history China has been the starting point of many epidemics of varying proportions starting all the way back to the centuries before Christ. Wait for it…

Coronavirus, COVID-19, is number 11.

Regarding the end of the dream, perhaps China will modernize, work to improve their health policies so a crisis of this nature does not repeat. Understand, we love the Chinese people, but wish their government would relax on political/social controls and pertaining to competitive economic aggression on the world stage.

Any nation that big and influential has an opportunity to influence the world for good or evil. Pray for the nation of China, that they become an instrument of God’s grace, instead of a weapon of selfishness or worse. We should pray that for every nation, including our own. At the same time, we must also be realistic about Biblical prophecy and the parts that will be played by the nations of the world.

My friends, I have felt so embarrassed and regretful that I didn’t know originally what these dreams were referring to, so I did not warn or share with anyone. I apologize! I will make a better effort from now on to share what comes to me in dreams or visions. I will be faithful to proclaim His voice and perhaps together we will grow in understanding.

We need to seriously be in prayer and fasting. This virus is an attack on humanity, not just on America, but on the world. It is a wicked one, a destructive, viral beast.

A man I respect greatly, Jonathan Cahn, warned the people of God in recent years that a ‘shaking’ was coming for the family of God. I believe that time is now. Hold on, it will end, but we will not be unchanged by it.

As Pastor/Rabbi Cahn has taught, know that the safest place to be is in Christ, in Yeshua! Draw near to Him, take the time to cleanse your life of any impurity, anything that hinders the presence and power of God in your home. Surrender daily to Him, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you every day. Remember Paul taught us to “be being filled…” in other words, constantly nurture your personal temple and keep the Holy Spirit filling you.

Pursue daily worship with music. His presence dwells, blooms where your soil is lovingly and carefully tended. He is good, but He desires holiness (purity and truth) in us.

Finally, I want to comfort all of you reading this who feel anxious and afraid. Isaiah 11 also contains most of the symbols from my dreams, and gives us a beautiful picture of the beasts of the earth dwelling together in peace. The nations of the earth CAN become better neighbors to each other, and perhaps there will be many more years of reprieve before the final end time chaos strikes the earth.

ISA 11.6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. ISA 11.7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. ISA 11.8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. ISA 11.9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

With the Lord, anything is possible! This may also be a glimpse of His millennial reign, but I believe we may still have years ahead of cooperation between nations. Pray for it!

Stay a hopeful people, our God is an awesome God. He is a delivering God!

Let’s pray together:

Father in Heaven, praise Your holy name! You are good no matter what is happening around us. Thank you for giving us Your Son, Yourself in flesh, because You love us and desire fellowship with us! Thank you for dying for us, Jesus, and we celebrate Your unparalleled power in rising again, forever conquering death and hell! Hallelujah!

Lord, we need you today. You knew this time was coming for us, and we wish to lean fully into You during this crisis. We WANT it to change us, for the good, sobering and drawing us wholly into Your presence and will. We know it will not be the only challenge, there will be more in the future. Make us ready, purer and stronger to face whatever comes.

Lord, if this attack can be curbed or stopped by our prayers and fasting, please STOP it! Please bring Your people to full focus and devotion to You, and prevent this disaster from wreaking anymore havoc on our shores.

God, teach us Your ways! Draw those who need to know Jesus and fully convince them of Your existence, love, and Your plan for their lives. Bring them to love You, to accept Jesus is the only, perfect way to the Father who loves us so completely.

Lord, as You promised in Joel and Acts, pour Yourself out now upon everyone reading this, give them dreams and visions from You. Teach them how to interpret the symbols, that they may be encouraged, comforted, refined, and guided by Your trustworthy voice in this world of confusion and so much false teaching.

Ground them in Your Word! May they soak in it, absorb it, remember it, and love every word of it.

We trust You not to forget the hurting, the suffering, whether because of loss or sickness. Reach them with comfort and help. Use us, Your people, to outpour the love of Christ into this hurting world, to buffer the sorrow and pain of this crisis everywhere we live.

As You always do, change what Satan meant for evil into something good for Your people!

God, please guide the medical professionals and national leaders to most effectively mitigate this crisis.

God I ask specifically, that You would guide our nation and her leaders NOT to turn this crisis into an opportunity for tyranny. When it is over, I ask You guide them to return to the principles that have made this country great above all others: FREEDOM.

Thank you for President Trump, VP Pence, the task force and every Governor and official working far and wide to bring hope and healing to Your people and land. Protect them, Father, keep them and their families safe and give them Your wisdom to speed recovery to our people and beyond.

Thank You for showing us the goodness of so many, through the cooperation in public and private sectors working together to meet needs and bring comfort. Thank you that when people choose to do good, instead of being forced to do it, their character grows and leads by example to others. Principles our founding fathers understood that have kept us strong to this day.

Oh, Lord, thank you for the vision of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and so many who knew You and who poured Your wisdom into this nation. Don’t allow us to let them down in the future. Keep us Your nation!

When this is over, Jesus, restore financially what the locusts have eaten to our nation and her people! Make us better, stronger, and purer before You. You are our EVERYTHING. Keep us faithful to glorify Your holy name, Your power and love for Your family and all people. In Your name, Amen.

May the Lord bless everyone joining us in prayer today. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture! He is such a good Shepherd. Stay in prayer. Fast as able. The blessing and favor of the Father be upon you, deliver you and give you peace! (Numbers 6:24-26)

[For those needing recommendations for dynamic and powerfully encouraging worship songs today, check out The Blessing with Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes on youtube. I also love Yeshua by Jesus Image with Meredith Mauldin on youtube. Be blessed!]

Will Elijah Come Again? No, Elijah has already come.

This is written to counter a recent article circulating the net claiming the people of God should expect Elijah to come back to earth before the Return of Christ. It is not the first time I have heard this teaching, and it is false! Realize, it is important to challenge such teaching, for if we are not grounded in truth, we make ourselves vulnerable to deception in the end times.

Here is the background. At the beginning of Matthew 17, Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John. They witnessed Him transform into His true, glorious form, where Scripture tells us ‘His face shone like the sun and His clothing became white as light’.

Appearing alongside Jesus were the spirits of Moses and Elijah. Peter in his enthusiasm offered to make booths for each of them, momentarily failing to realize Who should have been his only priority. God’s voice came from heaven in response, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

So often, just like Peter, we slide off point in attempting to interpret the will of God and His Word. The focal point, the bullseye if you will, is always Messiah. Any movement, however slight, off center of Him misses the mark.

You see, Moses and Elijah appeared along with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration to make a point. The most revered prophets of Judaism were with Jesus! Then God made sure everyone present understood which of them was solely Lord and Master: His Son!

The circulating article I mentioned at the start, conjectured that when Elijah returns in the end times, he will likely ‘restore’ traditions of Judaism before the return of Christ. Oops, he missed the mark and the priority, that being Christ, not Judaism!

Now, I love teaching that helps us understand our Hebraic roots and connects Old and New Testaments. It helps us put all the pieces of the Scriptural puzzle together, and when it is done right, it points us to our Savior again and again. This is already happening through great scholars today like Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, for one.

But, any teaching that the people of God must return to traditions or especially laws of Judaism is strictly false and misleading. The New Testament declared the law obsolete. Paul explained it once served as a ‘nanny’ to the ancient people of God, and was retired at the cross. We now have our Bridegroom and His Spirit to guide us. To crawl back to the nanny is absurd and offensive to Him!

Back to Elijah. Should we expect him to come again, to restore Judaism and usher in the end times before Christ returns? No. Jesus, in Matthew 17, makes it very plain that Elijah already came a second time, and His mission was none other than to point the way to Christ.

Listen in to His conversation with the disciples:

MATTHEW 17:10-13

His disciples asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say Elijah must come first?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Elijah certainly comes first, and restores all things. But I say to you, Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, and have done to him what they wished. Likewise also the Son of man shall suffer at their hands.’ Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist.

Friends, I do not pretend to fully understand how John the Baptist was Elijah. Was he a literal reincarnation of the ancient prophet? Or, did he possess a symbolic spirit of Elijah, bring back the same message as Elijah? I cannot say, and have heard it taught different ways.

But, the core message is clear. Jesus informed us no matter how you look at it, Elijah’s message did echo on earth a second time through John the Baptist before the ministry of Christ began.

This leaves us with a solid conclusion: Elijah is not coming yet another time. For, the focal point in time for which the prophet Elijah and John the Baptist were prepping us was Jesus’ ministry/death/resurrection, not His end-time return.

The time of the cross was the most important moment in human history! Within that pivotal event lies the identity of our Savior, that He gave everything for us, and that He became the only way through Whom we can be restored to the Father.

Once more, hear the words of God the Father, and then listen to those of His Son, as He instructed!

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him! (God, the Father; Matt 17:5)

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (Jesus; John 14:6)

Before closing, let’s reflect once more on the message of John the Baptist, for it is most certainly needed today!

MATTHEW 3:1-3

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him’.”

John did what was prophesied and prepared the way for Jesus to be received by His people. And Jesus brought the kingdom of heaven to earth, as John declared.

Will you recognize the focal point of the entire Bible, and of history: Jesus our Redeemer and Messiah, and know and trust Him today?

[2020 Update: I believe it may be meaningful to say a similar message to Elijah and John the Baptist may be echoing on earth again right now, as it certainly has many points along the way in history, as needed.
The very Pastor and Rabbi I mentioned within the article above, Jonathan Cahn, is what I would call a prophet to America. His teaching centers on repentance for America, and a call for believers to return to Jesus with our whole heart.
I urge every believer reading this to check out Pastor Cahn’s messages on youtube, especially The Harbinger, The Paradigm, and more. Very, very timely subjects for America today, and you will love his enthusiastic, loving spirit.
I want to be clear, however, that in no way do we believe Jonathan Cahn is a reincarnation of Elijah. He is simply another uniquely anointed prophet with a clear and strong message of repentance in an increasingly evil world. And how many times has the message of repentance been needed in the last two plus millenia? Many!
In truth, we should all seek to bring that message, like Elijah and John the Baptist, back to life in our communities. Our world needs it like never before, because we’ve never been a more populated world! And, Jesus IS coming soon! We see the evidence of God’s timeclock being at a very late hour.
Please know we are lifting up our nation and the world in this difficult season of COVID-19! May every reader feel the comforting presence and love of Christ today!]

Revelation 12 Study

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[Readers, this post is very informal, and may not be final. It is my personal notes from studies I did on September 23, October 5, and October 21, on Revelation 12.]

9/23/2017

September 23, 2017, was a day the constellations demonstrated the Revelation 12 passage:

REV 12.1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: REV 12.2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

On September 23, I saved a screenshot (above) from my cell phone app, StarTrackerLite, which shows in real time the positions and movement of the stars and planets. The constellations show Virgo (i.e., the ‘woman’) with the sun at her neck, the moon at her feet, etc, just as Rev. 12 described.

Studying that photo, I noticed two things.

  1. The position of Jupiter does make her look pregnant, or as if she is giving birth! Jupiter is the ‘King’ planet, so Virgo is pregnant with the King! That makes the identity of Virgo, Mary, and in greater, symbolic terms, ancient Israel! She was the one who brought Christ forth into the world. However, she is also the one who KNOWS He is the King. Therefore, through the birth, the woman transforms to become Israel of God, the family of God, now followers of Messiah.
  2. Note the position of constellation Virgo – under the constellation Leo. Virgo is literally ‘following’ Leo in her trajectory. Again, the symbolism of Virgo as Israel of God, following Leo, the Lion. The Bible tells us Christ is the Lion of Judah! The constellations, in sync with Scripture, identity Virgo as those following Christ.

The significance of the above in relation to Rev. 12, I believe, is that ultimately, the woman who will be under attack by the ‘dragon’ is going to be Israel of God, in modern times the body of Christ, His church.

10/5/2017

Studying Rev 12:6, trying to make sense of the ‘wilderness’ to which the ‘woman’ flees for protection from the dragon for ‘1260 days’.

Researching definitions of ‘wilderness’ in Greek, in Strong’s Bible dictionary. All shown below.* Note, most interesting is the comparative word in Strongs, #5561. See below in blue.

Oddly, upon studying these word meanings, a song started ‘playing’ in my head: ‘This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York islands… from the Redwood forest to the gulf stream waters… this land was made for you and me.’ 

Hmmm. I haven’t thought of that song in perhaps years. A message from the Spirit? He often speaks to me by putting songs in my mind.

America certainly did fit the descriptions (from Strong’s for ‘wilderness’, see below) at the time the colonists came… She was ‘an expansive land, largely unpopulated (at the time), between two limits…’ (either way you look at it we are still between two limits: 2 oceans on east/west coasts… 2 neighbors on north/south coasts).

America happens to contain the densest population of the followers of Messiah… so far, still a land of religious freedom. If America is potentially the land made to protect the ‘woman’, then what does the ‘1260 days’ really mean?

And when is that time ‘up’?

10/21/2017

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast forth to the earth, he pursued the woman who did bring forth the male, rev.12.14 and there were given to the woman two wings of the great eagle, that she may fly to the wilderness*, to her place, where she is nourished a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent; rev.12.15 and the serpent did cast forth after the woman, out of his mouth, water as a river, that he may cause her to be carried away by the river, rev.12.16 and the land did help the woman, and the land did open its mouth and did swallow up the river, that the dragon did cast forth out of his mouth; rev.12.17 and the dragon was angry against the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commands of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ. (YLT)

Revelation 12:13-17 again mentions the wilderness, a land which protects the ‘woman who brought forth the male’ for a period of time. Having established I believe the woman to represent both Mary and Israel of God… or, all who follow Christ, then it may be logical to presume the land which houses the largest numbers of His followers might, in fact, be just that land.

In these last centuries, the primary land protecting Christians has been America. Is it a coincidence Rev. 12 mentions the eagle helping the woman get to the wilderness land that protects her, and America’s national symbol is the American Bald Eagle?

Indeed, if you consider the words above from Revelation 12, America fits the description. She was an expansive, largely uninhabited land at the time of her founding, she has taken in the largest number of Christian refugees, prevented persecution of Christians within her borders and provided a safe and prosperous place for them to live and thrive. Certainly, there are other countries that also continue to protect Christians, but none more pronounced than the U.S. in the last nearly two and a half centuries.

As to the very specific, albeit cryptic, reference to ‘a time, and times, and half a time’, during which the land is able to protect the woman, we need to consider the meaning. There are many who have taught in solidarity this is a reference to the 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. But, could it also (or instead) be referring to the few hundred years one nation has offered refuge and protection to the people of God in the last centuries?

IF the land is America, if we agree she has protected the largest number of Christ-followers as indicated in Revelation 12… we can look at the dates the first Christians fled to her in search of religious freedom and see if the years since then might come anywhere close to fitting into the ‘time, times and half a time’ pattern.

First, there was a lost Colony that first arrived around 1585 (Approx. 432 years from present.) The enduring Colonies were established beginning 1607, with Jamestown, a business venture. (Approx. 410 years from present.)

Puritans arrived Plymouth in 1620, desiring to start a new, pure church, fleeing the corrupt church of England. (Approx. 397 years from present.)

Based on the numbers above, 450 years fits the pattern of a ‘time, times, and half a time’. With that in mind, the above 3 scenarios would yield 18 years, 40 years, or 53 years remaining, respectively.

This is just something to think about, by no means a conclusive study. It is merely one possibility to ponder. I’ve learned over the years, prophetic passages can apply to multiple events or time periods, so one meaning does not necessarily cancel out another.

Research, from Strong’s Bible dictionaries:

*Wilderness: (g2048) ερημος, — er’-ay-mos; of uncertain affinity; lonesome, i.e. (by implication) waste (usually as a noun, (5561)* (χωρα) being implied): — desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness.

Transliterated: eremos;  Pronounced: er’-ay-mos of uncertain affinity; TDNT 2:657; adjective Trans & freq in the AV- wilderness 32 times, desert 13 times, desolate 4 times, solitary 1 time; 50 occurrences of Greek word in AV

1. solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited a. used of places 1. a desert, wilderness 2. deserted places, lonely regions 3. an uncultivated region fit for pasturage b. used of persons [Also, ominously:] 1. deserted by others 2. deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred 3. bereft a. of a flock deserted by the shepherd b. of a woman neglected by her husband, from whom the husband withholds himself.

*(5561) χωρα, — kho’-rah; feminine of a derivative of the base of (5490) (χασμα) through the idea of empty expanse; room, i.e. a space of territory (more or less extensive; often including its inhabitant): — coast, county, fields, ground, land, region.

Transliterated: chora;  Pronounced: kho’-rah from a derivative of the base of 5490 through the idea of empty expanse; n f Trans. & freq. in the AV- country 15 times, region 5 times, land 3 times, field 2 times, ground 1 time, coast 1 time; 27 occurrences of Greek word in AV,

1. the space lying between two places or limits. [Blogger’s note: could that be between 2 major oceans, OR with 2 border neighbors?? Does any other country in the world fit this description?]

2. a region or country i.e. a tract of land a. the (rural) region surrounding a city or village, the country b. the region with towns and villages which surround a metropolis 3. land which is ploughed or cultivated, ground.

All quoted verses and research from:

God; Strong, James. A Complete Bible Reference Study Library (4 in 1): [Illustrated]: KJV Bible with Strongs markup, Strongs Concordance & Dictionaries, Lexicon Definitions, and Bible word index (Kindle Locations 122365-285296). Bestbooks. Kindle Edition.