I was in college, in the skyscraper dorms. My room was near the top. Sirens were going off. At first they sounded like tornado sirens. I went around my room, gathering my brown sandals and strapping them on. As the sirens became more clear, I realized they were not tornado sirens. They were air raid sirens. It sounded like no one else in the dormitory was moving. I opened up my closet and pulled my purse off its hook. I needed to get out of there. My purse was actually my daughter’s purse: brown leather cross-body, thin straps and small rectangular bag. I knew that if I came back at all, I would be sifting through rubble to find any other belongings. As I ran out into the hall, the lights had gone out and I had to grope my way in the dark. I bumped into a man who was also leaving. The air raid sirens were very loud by this time. I woke with their wail still in my ears.
I haven’t written recently about the coming days. They have been building like cumulonimbus clouds to the northwest. So many potentially prophetic signs to be watching. So many dates that line up with the book of Daniel and the Hebrew calendar. Oh, God, I choose to trust You. You have purposed us for such a time as this. Let our eyes be fixed on You, Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Let us live in Your Shelter, rest in Your Shadow. You are Most High God, Almighty One.
As we advance toward the culmination of the Shemitah year, there are many who are saying that this next year on the Hebrew calendar is actually a Jubilee year. According to Leviticus 25, liberty is offered to everyone who is in debt, property is returned to the original owner and the people return to their ancestral land during Jubilee. I’ll expand more on this in a bit… I just wanted to put that out there, so you could keep it in the backs of your minds as you read.
But first, let me just list the upcoming Jewish holiday dates, some other interesting events on and around those dates, and then possible prophetic implications. For further study, links are included with each line item.
+Sunday, September 13, 2015 End of Hebrew year 5775 at sundown, beginning of 5776, Rosh Hashana, Feast of Trumpets
+Sunday, September 13, 2015 Beginning of the Ten Days of Awe
+Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement
+Monday, September 28, 2015 First day of the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles)
Now for the curiouser and curiouser events on and around the Jewish High Holy Days:
+Friday, September 11, 2015 The last business day before the end of the Shemitah year and the 14th anniversary of 911.
+Sunday, September 13, 2015 Partial solar eclipse over the South Africa, Antarctica and parts of the Indian Ocean. http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2015-september-13
+Tuesday, September 15, 2015 70th session of the UN General Assembly begins
+Thursday, September 17, 2015 Final day of the 60-day extension for US Congress to make a decision about the Iran Nuclear Deal. http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-lawmakers-sent-iran-deal-starting-60-day-review-period/
+Monday, September 21, 2015 UN International Day of Peace. http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/
+Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Pope Francis arrives in the USA for visits with Obama on the 23rd, Congress on the 24th and the UN General Assembly on the 25th.
+Friday, September 25 – Monday, September 28, 2015 International Celebration of the Year of Light http://www.light2015.org/Home/About/Latest-News/July2015/Join-a-Global-celebration-of-light-during-the-Weekend-of-Light—25-28-September-2015.html
+Monday, September 28, 2015 Blood Moon Super Moon – 4th and final in the 2014-2015 Feast Day tetrad
I know some of you are reading through these and already feeling the dizzy weight of are-we-really-living-in-these-times. And some of you haven’t read through Daniel in the Bible yet. Read it. It’s really good. While you’re at it, read through Job, Ezekiel and Isaiah, too. Oh, and don’t forget Revelation. You’ll be blessed.
So, okay. Let’s go through some of the prophetic implications. Possible prophetic implications.
We’ll start with September 11th. It’s the last business day before the end of the Shemitah year. It’s the pinnacle. The apex. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn has revealed some historically accurate stats about the end of Shemitah years. He’s not saying that anything has to happen, but it is highly recommended to be aware. And wise. Rabbi Cahn has a very recent video linked here that needs to be seen, prayed over. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HbCIPFktGWU
Let’s suppose we follow the pattern of the Shemitah, and something economically terrible drops on or about the 11th. I think we might be experiencing the labor pains of this right now. The Sunday after this, at sundown, Rosh Hashana and the Days of Awe begin. Rosh Hashana is the Feast of Trumpets outlined by The Lord in Leviticus 23. It is the beginning of the new year on the civic calendar. There is a group of Messianic Jews (http://www.torahcalendar.com/) who believe that The Lord will catch us up in the air at The Feast of Trumpets, quite possibly this up-and-coming one. I personally believe we will be caught up with Him at a Trumpets Feast mid-way through the Great Tribulation (https://huntedbymercy.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/rosh-hashana-written-september-21-2015/), and since we have a good idea, but no one can say exactly – not even Jesus – when the Catching Away (Rapture) will happen, for the sake of conversation, let’s assume we will all still be here, going into the Days of Awe.
This is a time of falling-on-your-face repentance. During the Days of Awe, Jews believe that as they repent for their sins, God decides their fate. Makes a judgment. And then the books are closed, the gavel rapped and judgment spoken on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Let’s take a peek at what else is going on during the Days of Awe:
• UN General Assembly begins. The 70th one.
• Congress decides and announces whether the US will stand with Israel and crack down on Iran and their nukes, or stab Israel in the back and allow Iran to do whatever it wants. One only has to imagine a teeny bit where this will lead.
• There’s the UN International Day of Peace on the 21st. Really? This is “Peace! Peace! But there is no peace” with this day of ‘peace.’ Jeremiah 6:14, 8:11 and Ezekiel 13:10 were written 2500 years ago, but you’d never know it. The parallels are uncanny.
• The Pope arrives on the 22nd, the eve of Yom Kippur.
Can we talk about this without slamming the Catholics and declaring they are not saved? Salvation is a work of our Father God, not the Pope, or the RCC, or the Southern Baptist Convention. It’s all Father God. “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:37-40 ESV)
That being said, there are many expressions of Catholicism that cause Protestants to wonder, just as there are many hypocrisies within Protestants that cause the Catholics to wonder. If I may, for this article, I’d just like to juxtapose the timing of the Pope’s visit here in The States with the fall Feast Days of The Lord.
The Pope comes here on the 22nd to deliver consecutive speeches to our President (on the 23rd, Yom Kippur), our Congress (the 24th), and then the world at the UN General Assembly (the 25th). It is widely speculated that at the UN, he will discuss dividing Israel (“peace”), implementing Gaia Theory (“climate change”) and something that initiates the unification of the world’s main religions (“social inclusion and development”). Now here is something interesting: I read that, if you count St. Peter and another pope who died before he was actually installed, Pope Francis is the 266th pope and is visiting the US on the 266th day of the solar (Gregorian) calendar year. Human gestation period can be between 266-294 days (between 38-42 weeks). It makes one wonder if something will be birthed through this visitation. Though I disagree with the Pope’s solutions to our world issues, let’s pray our president treats Pope Francis with more honor and respect that he treated either Netanyahu or the Dalai Lama.
I’d like to talk a bit about the UN and Yom Kippur. Not only is the Pope meeting with the president – and discussing Israel and the Middle East among other things – on the High Holy Day of Atonement when the books are closed and judgment is spoken, but there will be speeches and agreements made at the UN during the General Assembly. Maybe someone there will make a Daniel 9 ‘covenant with the many’ for a period of seven years. This could happen either during the Ten Days of Awe or on Yom Kippur itself, OR any time during the General Assembly. Is your hair standing up on end yet?
A very strange occurrence is the September 25-28th International Celebration of the Year of Light. Right on the heels of Yom Kippur, coinciding with the Pope’s speech to the UN and ending on the first day of the Feast of Sukkot, this celebration glorifies light technology. Light Technology. I’m fairly certain the directors of this event are not lead by the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that the accuser’s original name, now blotted out, was Lucifer. He used to be a being of light, of substance, of value. But he chose the void. Darkness. Nothingness. Absence of Light, instead of God, who is Uncreated Light (“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:5, 6 ESV). All the accuser can do is try to copy and warp what God does. He cannot create anything. He manipulates and deforms what God designed. So here, in the midst of “peace,” “unity,” “protecting the earth,” and God’s Appointed Feasts from the days of old, we have a highly intellectual, highly scientific weekend of ‘light.’ And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV)
Another curious entity to watch is CERN in Switzerland. I hesitate to even bring up CERN, because there are so many just plain weird things associated with this organization. CERN is the proprietor and developer of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest high-energy particle accelerator, according to wikipedia. It is housed within a 17-mile long tunnel that sits 164-to-almost 600 feet underground. Absolutely brilliant scientists shoot energy particles into this tunnel and accelerate their speed with crazy-strong magnets. Their goal is to crash these particles together. They believe that in the crashing of the particles, a worm hole or portal will open into another dimension. And the scientists want to send something through it. Or see if something will come through the portal to them.
Even the atheists are worried. Dr. Stephen Hawking, among others, is warning that this is not a good idea. http://www.livescience.com/47737-stephen-hawking-higgs-boson-universe-doomsday.html. My concerns about CERN are more spiritually based. Not only does their logo remind me of 666, but CERN is located in the exact location of an ancient temple to Apollyon. The ancient pagan worshipers believed that they, with their worship and sacrifice to their god, could open up some sort of underworld doorway to let him out. Let’s look at some Scripture about Apollyon:
“And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth.” (Revelation 9:1-3 ESV)
“(these demonic locusts) have as king over them – the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11 ESV)
When I look up the meaning of these names, I get “The Destroyer” in both languages. I am stunned by folks who still see this as being open-minded, but a large statue of the hindu god Shiva is actually stationed, mid-dance, at the front door of CERN. (http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/29122/3/cernpeo9_7-04) Shiva, in the hindu religion, is The Destroyer. Same demon god as Apollyon/Abaddon. Creeped out yet?
Here’s where it gets really interesting: there are many reports that speculate that CERN will fire up the Large Hadron Collider soon, with the goal of whizzing their little particles around at a high enough speed by – you guessed it – the end of September – to actually get some particle-crashing in. Maybe they’ll open up that shaft and get the show they are looking for during the celebration of false light. Oh Father. Mercy.
But God. To wrap up, the 28th begins the Lord’s Feast of Sukkot, or, Tabernacles, where the Jewish people have celebrated YHWH, The Real LIGHT, tabernacling with His People for millenia. As the celebration of false light is at fever pitch, at its apex, Father comes in with The Light of The World. Jesus. Sukkot, this year, is accompanied by another sign: the final Blood Moon, or lunar eclipse in the Feast-Day tetrad. This blood moon will also be what is known as a supermoon. A super-sign to the People of Covenant. Come, my people. Come out of her! Come out of Babylon! I am coming soon.
Back to Jubliee, and especially the part about the people coming back home, the land returning to the original owners… over the past few years, the number of Jewish people returning to Israel has been nothing short of miraculous. I think it’s safe to assume that during this Jubilee, we will see many more coming out of Babylon, and coming home to Israel.
I do not know what this will look like, what forces will be working to press, squeeze, push, deliver God’s People back home, but we can look historically and see that many difficult things happen in the nations as His People are being called out. Egypt and the plagues. The Ottoman Empire and The Balfour Declaration. Europe and WWII. The Oslo Accords. The UN and the Palestinians. The plans of the nations. God laughs. He scoffs (Psalm 2). His Word is forever. He is The Rock of my salvation.
I leave you to ponder quite a bit. But I also wanted to leave you with hope. As you draw closer to Father, He shows Himself as Protector, Deliverer, Fortress, Refuge. My God in Whom I Trust (Psalm 91). Last year, a miracle happened to me that I keep thinking about. I think it was God’s promise to me, personally, about the days at hand. I’ll share it with you:
From the journal, dated April 2014:
I had several empty jars and cans for the recycle bin in the garage. Barefoot, and in my robe, I balanced them in my hands and took them outside. As I raised the lid of the recycle bin, I could feel one of the jars slipping. My feet instinctively went up on tip- toe just before the sound of glass shattering hit me. I opened my eyes to survey the damage, and to see if there was a path I could shimmy through. Nothing. No glass. Anywhere.
That’s weird. I looked under the car. No glass. I looked in front of and around the recycle bin. No glass. I looked behind the recycle bin. The bin is wedged between the wall of the garage and the brick stairs. Not a whole lot of space between the bin, the wall and stairs. Especially with the lid open, the mouth of the bin facing the wild blue yonder.
What the photo does not reveal is the amount of glass behind and underneath the white metal folding chair and the wooden folding chair. You can see the glass pieces in the canyon between the stairs and the bin… And this all happened with the lid up. As in, I was holding the lid upright.
As soon as I saw this, God revealed a knowing. This is a picture of what it means to be saved from the wrath. God’s goodness, His justice, will not tolerate evil. And we will feel the slippage in the atmosphere, hear it breaking, experience His cleansing intolerance all around us. But we will be unscathed. We will be protected. We will minister to those who are shattered. We will carry the healing Balm of Gilead, wear the shoes of peace. God will sweep away the dust and put back into order what was once broken and chaotic. It will be written and recorded in His Book of Remembrance.
Humbled. Crown abandoned at the foot of the Lion-Lamb. Angels were thanked. Jesus’ Name became more powerful in my heart. Today, I’ve experienced His Protection, His Shield around me. Barefoot, He unveiled the Shoes of Peace. Let me walk in them all the days that have been appointed for me.