Posted by: cindybythesea | April 11, 2010

Sound the Alarm

   

“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.  Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand — a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, Like dawn spreading across the mountains, a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come.”  Joel 2:1-2

A one hundred year marker

Last night while eating dinner, I was listening to one of my favorite on-line talk radio programs.  If you have never taken the time to listen to Steve Coerper’s Anakypto Forum on Blog Talk Radio, you are missing out.  Last night, Steve had a guest on his program by the name of Craig McClain.  I was not previously familiar with Mr. McClain and missed his introduction as I was still putzing around in the kitchen as the program was starting, so I can’t tell you much about him, except that he is an excellent speaker and what he spoke on was absolutely riveting!  Once I sat down to listen, I was glued to my chair. He had me hanging on every word!  In a nutshell, Mr. McClain believes that just as the first coming of Jesus was predicted to the very day, so, the second coming will be as well. 

Interestingly,  Mr. McClain has put together an algorithm by which he makes his case.  He believes and has a very good defense for the *1914 date of the start of World War I as the marker for the  generation, that Jesus speaks of when he said “this generation shall not pass away until all these things are fulfilled.” – a generation of 100 years.  It can hardly be coincidence, that World War I started on Tisha b’ Av of 1914.   A day which led  just 3 short years later to the Balfour Declaration of 1917 which opened the way for the Jews to return to their homeland in Palestine.  Interestingly, Tisha b’ Av is also the day which commemorates the destruction of the first and second Jewish temple as well as the anniversary of the day the twelve spies returned to Moses with the negative report.  That the 100 year marker would start on this day, I believe, is not only plausible, but, probable, for World War I set the stage for the second World War, the Holocaust and the eventual return of the Jews to the land.  

 By counting backwards from 2017, Mr. McClain gives what he believes to be likely dates for the rapture and for the second return of Jesus.  I could share those dates with you, but, I would much rather that you listen to the program yourself, so that you get all the information in context.  It’s a short 30 minute program, but, packed with information and Mr. McClain does a super job in laying it out in an easy to understand format.  Take a few minutes to listen to it,  I guarantee, you will be blessed!   If you’re skeptical about knowing the exact dates, I suggest keeping an open mind, for our God is very PRECISE.  Also, Mr. McClain has a very interesting and obvious interpretation for the Matthew 24:36 scripture, “of that day and hour no one knows …except my Father in heaven” one which I had never heard or thought of before.  I think he is definitely on to something, but, one way or the other, based on the Jewish feasts, I think we have a pretty good idea of when these days will be anyway. In my opinion, based on what I’ve studied, we’re counting down the days!  Here’s the link to the April 9 program, check it out;  you’ll be blessed!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stevekerp

The road to Armageddon

I came across this news article on the Drudge Report tonight.  Maybe some of you have seen it already.  It’s titled “Gendercide: China’s shameful massacre of unborn girls means there will be 30 million more men than women.” 

    Most of us are aware of the one child policy in China and the favoritism toward male babies as opposed to female babies.  Apparently female babies are looked upon as a liability, as they cost the families in dowries, where male children are looked on favorably as a financial asset because they stay with the family and will by tradition care for their parents in their elder years. 

 Most of us who study Bible Prophecy are well aware of the implications  that this policy will have in the near future regarding the massive army that comes out of the East as mentioned in Revelation 16.  What struck me about this particular article was the admission, that one of the ways for dealing with the problem of male to female ratio as the males reach marrying age, would be war!  In this regard, this article was a real eye opener. It also brought a lot of sorrow to my soul as I can say, I have never spent much time thinking the massive number of abortions in this Asian country, especially among baby girls.  The strong hold the enemy has on this nation and culture is truly frightening.  Female babies are viewed as “spilt water” – in other words,  without worth.  And the male babies who are so treasured at birth, will themselves become expendable as they reach young adult hood when a solution is needed to the overwhelming problems that have been created by this policy.  What a tragedy! 

 The one child policy established in 1979 is systematically paving the way for Armageddon in fulfillment of the Revelation 9 and 16 prophecy.  If you would like to read this very eye opening and infomative report, click here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1265068/China-The-worlds-new-superpower-beginning-century-supremacy-alarming-surplus-males.html

Resurgence of Nazism

I came across these disturbing images from South Africa tonight while reading the news. Thousands of people giving the Nazi salute at the funeral of a white supremacist leader.  Though Hitler may be dead, the venom of his ideology lives on, carrying its dual venom of anti-semitism and racism to the next generation.   From the Drudge Report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1264753/Funeral-Eugene-Terreblanche-takes-place-amid-tight-security.html

Time is short, sound the alarm!  The deeper the darkness, the brighter the light!

 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, they will prosper who love thee!  Psalm 122:6.  Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

Thanks to the eagle eye of fellow blogger and brother Art (Ultra Guy) over at New Wineskins for correcting me on my dates regarding 1914 and 1917.  I had said, World War I started the 9th of Av 1917, when it was actually 1914.  The Balfour declaration was in 1917.  I’m going to paste some information below which I think you will find interesting regarding both of these dates. 

**  Tisha b’ AV

 1. Ten of the 12 spies returned with a bad report on the 9th of Av. (c. 1435 BCE).
2. Solomon’s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians on the 9th of Av (c. 587 BCE).
3. The second temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE on the 9th of Av.
4. In 71 CE the Roman army plowed the city of Jerusalem with salt on the 9th of Av.
5. Bar Kochba was killed and his army destroyed on the 9th of Av, in the year 135 CE.
6. In 1290 CE, England expelled all Jews from the country on the 9th of Av.
7. In 1492, Spain expelled all Jews from their country on the 9th of Av.
8. In 1914, on the 9th of Av., World War I was declared. In Eastern Russia, the Russian government began a campaign of severe persecution against the Jews at that time.

*** Balfour Declaration of 1917 

“His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”[1]

 

 

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Responses

  1. Well, I for one look forward to May 24th, either way. Because either it will give people some more caution before giving an audience to date setters (false prophets if their claim doesn’t come true), or we’ll be in Heaven. Those are win-win options, imho. 😉

  2. Hi Jay, Thanks for writing. I wouldn’t call those who are looking at possible dates as “false prophets” for isn’t that what watching is all about? Watching to me, is not the same thing as saying, “thus saith the Lord.” I don’t categorize any of the watchman I know as being that dogmatic. Grace and blessings! Cindy

  3. Thanks Cindy for a great and balanced blog. Today though I must respond regarding your “rise of Nazi-ism in South Africa. Please note that the deluded far right faction displaying these Nazi-like symbols are a small number of radical whites in a country where they feel threatened (rightfully so- thousands of white farmers have been brutally murdered here) but as far as they are anti-semitic, simply not so! White South Africans count under Israel’s last true supporters as we are Bible believing Christians. So this tiny minority simply chose the wrong symbolism, perhaps trying to appear like a force/powerful movement which they simply are not. As everywhere else in the world, intelligence plays a part! The majority of us are on our knees praying to God to protect and guide us.

    • Hi White South African, Thanks for taking the time to weigh in! I really appreciate hearing from someone who has more than a birds eye view of the situation, although I will say that even a small minority who display Nazism is in my opinion alarming – and of course – anywhere Nazism exists, anti-Semitism is sure to follow. Thanks for letting us know that this is not the case with the majority of South Africans. May God bless you richly! Cindy

  4. Cindy – good point, it’s not technically prophecy to look at possible dates. It would only be when someone states it as a matter of fact that they are predicting a future event that they can be held accountable and will lose face when it doesn’t come to pass. He seems to be doing more than merely “looking at possible dates” though. He states with certainty his date for the rapture, but moments later says “oh but this is just my opinion” to try to leave an out for his credibility in case it doesn’t happen. That’s what I’d consider borderline prophecy (more specifically, someone who we should not listen to in the future if their emphatic prediction is proven false), especially since he is insistent that his date is based on “God’s algorithm” and God wants us to know it and he’s using the Bible to calculate it, etc.

  5. In studying the Old Testament I had found it interesting that the date setters were sitting on the wall with their palm branches awaiting their King and Messiah arriving on a donkey. If they could have set the dates based on bible prophecies back then, then I would assume the same to be true during these “last days” especially when Yahshua continues to tell us to watch for his signs. McClain is the first person who has made the most sense in using his algorithm method AND the differences in the calendars. I have reviewed many date setters findings but must admit that McClains sounds to be the most reasonable. We know that we are in the last days and I definately want to be the bride ready for her groom then someone who states that we can just never know when he will arrive. We have warnings on a daily basis — who is listening and who is ready! My dress is pressed as I anxiously await.

  6. Connie – I love the concept of what you’re saying, because I’d like it to be the case, but the text doesn’t say that any of the audience for the Triumphal Entry were date setters. 🙂 We do see them proclaiming Him in Messianic ways, but it doesn’t say any of them knew about that specific day in advance, let alone had prepared for it, or had calculated it from Daniel’s writings the way we know can be done today. It was more likely spontaneous welcoming and done by the crowd around Him that had followed with Him (most of them simply because He provided them food to eat and they liked seeing miracles done more so than out of true belief that He was the Messiah), but at least they did welcome Him with Messianic proclamations so that the prophesies would be fulfilled (whether they actually knew it at the time or not, though certainly some were sincere). God is sovereign and what He ordains will come to pass, but that doesn’t mean the instruments He used to do it were aware of it in advance and had the same sort of knowledge those of us today looking back on it can come to. They don’t even have to be believers to be used of God for His prophetic purposes (c.f. Caiaphas in the NT, or Baalam in the OT.)

    I do agree McClain’s statements seem well thought out and I, like you, would love for him to be right. But regardless of when the date of the Rapture occurs, we are called to be ready and vigilant. We don’t need to know the time of the Master’s return in order to be prepared and ready for Him to do so.

    In fact, I think that’s the very point of the passages that exhort such diligence and watchfulness: We don’t know the time of his return for us, but we must be prepared.
    Matthew 24:42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”
    Matthew 24:44 “”For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”
    Matt 25:13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”
    Like 12:40 “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”

    But hey it sure would be nice to meet the Lord this year. 🙂

  7. Mr McClain sure sounds sure of himself, I hope he is right, but he makes a thing out of “the people choosing Saul for their king” and then says that God was angry with them for picking a man from the wrong tribe, and he, to me, made it sound part of his calculations….Well, GOD picked king Saul, God does not make mistakes, it was king Saul who left God, and got a swelled head….So, if he made a mistake there, and as I said it seemed to be part of his calculations, then he could have made a mistake elsewhere too!
    I don’t mind though, if he is correct…God Bless.

  8. Cindy: Thanks for attaching McLain’s interview. It made my heart sing, because back in January I was led to the same conclusion, but from an entirely different approach. The phrase “and come away” became firmly planted in my mind while running errands. When I got home I found it in Song of Solomon 2:10-13.

    “My beloved spoke and said to me “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

    For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

    The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

    The Fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!”

    These are the only two places in the entire Bible that this phrase, “and come away” appears.

    I immediately took this as a Rapture verse and applied rain is over and gone to April Showers; the flowers appear on the earth to May Flowers; and the time of singing has come to the Rapture.

    I counted 50 days from Easter and came to Pentecost, May 23. I noted this phrase started in 2:10. Could that be a hint at 2010?? I don’t know, but it was an interesting and exciting thought.

    Now, three months later, McLain’s interview comes to me … a confirmation? I don’t know; but certainly interesting. For sure we are getting very close. I just wanted to share what He has shown me. I agree with you, Cindy, that we are now counting days. Thank you for sharing your insights.

    • Thank you Barbara for writing. I too, think we are very close. I love the way you phrased it – “it makes my heart sing.” It makes my heart sing too! Grace and blessings, sister! Cindy

  9. Here’s a couple other interesting date-related things:
    Abram is calculated as being born in 1947/1948AM (anno mundi = year of the world) based on the genealogical chronologies in the OT.
    Israel was reborn in 1947/1948AD (anno domini = year of our Lord)
    Abraham was 75 years old when he was called by God. (2023/2024AM).
    And the variance between those 360 day years and our 365 day years amounts to 375 days, or more than one year shorter using 365 day years. So 1948AD + slightly less than 74 years = late in 2021 (when using 2023) for perhaps the 2nd coming for when Jesus returns and calls the Jews to repentance when they see Him. Then 2021 – 7 years = late in 2014 for start of 70th week.

    Another thought:
    70AD – 2nd Temple destroyed
    1947/48 Israel reborn out of troubled time
    1947/48 + 70 = 2017-2018 for Jesus to return and cleanse the temple of the AC/set up His kingdom
    -7 years = 2010-2011 for start of 70th week.

    Neither of these have any Biblical backing for being legit (and neither does Jesus having to return on Pentecost), but hey it’s fun to play with numbers and see what-all we can find that seems to tie in with this decade. And maybe some of these numbers will be useful to someone else working on calculations. 🙂

  10. I haven’t listened to that interview yet, but I’ve been persuaded that 2010 is very likely to be the year of the rapture. Just makes sense to me if the 120 years in Genesis 6 are jubilee years then 120 x 50 = 6,000. 1917 was the 118th jubilee year. 1967 was the 119th jubilee year. 2017 is the 120th jubilee year – the year Messiah comes to rule on earth. See everyone in the clouds! :o)

    • Interesting, Paul! 6,000 years also brings to mind the creation days ratio to thousands of years on earth:

      The concept of 6,000 years for man on earth and 6 days of creation, and 1,000 years of “rest” when Messiah reigns as King on earth (the Millennium of Revelation chapter 20) and 1 day of rest by YHWH completing creation.
      7 days, 7,000 years. A very nice alignment. The big question has always been how to line that up with the belief that it started around 4,004BC. With 2,010 years so far AD, that’s over 6,000 years. But we truly don’t know exactly when it began, so in reality, any time now could be a true 6,000 years. Only God knows exactly. I like how you noted the Jubilee years, and tied that in with McClain’s thinking about 1917 and 1967. Very interesting indeed!

  11. […] began ticking with the outbreak of WWI in 1914. Sister Cindy picked up the meme Sunday in her post “Sound the Alarm”. I recommend […]

  12. I think the fact that approximately 6,000 years have expired in human history according to Bible chronology at the very time that the prophecy in Daniel 12:4 is being fulfilled is one of the major proofs of the inspiration of the Bible, as I point out in my website.

    The exact number of years since Adam may be impossible to determine because fractions of years in the records of the ages of men when they had sons is rounded off.

  13. […] 27 days and counting?…wow 22 April, 2010 tags: Rapture by treburn Well, the title was to get your attention, more than being ‘factual’, but there is an interesting case that Cindybythesea (on blogroll) presented Apr 11 here…. […]

  14. The 6000 years will end year 2028.
    http://bki.net/6000/6000aar.html

    The jubileecycle is important to understand.

    http://www.marieslibrary.com/PDF_Articles/SabJub.pdf


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