Monday, September 17, 2018
A cool rapture verse in the OT you wouldn't suspect AND Rapture next month???
I'm reading through Isaiah 40 the other day. Mind you, I've read Isaiah dozens, maybe even hundreds of times. I've always loved Isaiah. It's so rich in prophecy and hope. (And yes, judgement too) Anyway, I'm reading chapter 40 and I'm noticing it's all about Jesus... how He came the first time and how He's coming again to save Israel, to gather His sheep, how powerful and awesome God is! Take the time to read through it... you'll be blessed. Then I came to the last verse, which is a familiar one to most Christians
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Here it is in the Amplified
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired
How many sermons have I heard on this verse where the pastor talks about our lives here on earth... that if we wait for the Lord to help us, we will grow stronger in Him. All true!
Yet, as I read it this time, something pressed on me to look up the Hebrew meaning of some of the words.
In particular the words "Renew" their strength or power. It is the Hebrew word, חָלַף Chalaph, Strongs Concordance 2498 and it means
To change, to pass through, pass on, sprout anew
And the Word "mount up" Strongs 5927 ,Hebrew word alah, עָלָה
It means to ascend, rise, go up, go from a low place to a high place, go to a sacred place
And finally the word "wait for", Strongs 6960, Hebrew word quavah, קָוָה
It means to gather together, look, patiently, tarry, wait for, on, upon
If we put this together, the verse reads as
But those who look patiently and wait upon the Lord will be changed and become new as they ascend up to God like eagles. There. they will run and not become weary and walk and not grow tired. (Because we'll have our glorified bodies!)
Pretty awesome, eh?
Let me add something else that may encourage you to know how close we are to going home. I am reading through a Chronological Bible. This particular one is for a year-long reading so it's separated by readings for each day. I don't go by the day. LOL.I just started reading the New Testament over again a few months ago. Anyway, last week I started reading the passages for that day, and here's what I saw.
You can see by my marks that the passage really struck me. It's what I've been trying to shout from the rooftops these past few years. I even wrote a book about it, When Angels Cry! And that message is: Jesus is only coming back for a bride who is READY for him. A bride who has sewn together her wedding gown, whose lamp is filled with oil and is burning bright.
The wedding gown is symbolic of obedience by doing the righteous acts God asked you to do.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Rev 19:7-8
The oil in the lamp is being filled with the Holy Spirit and not hiding your faith from others.
Notice that only those who are ready will be rewarded. And those who aren't, whom the Lord finds living lives of sin and disobedience and even lukewarmness, those will be "cut in pieces and banished with the unfaithful". Sorry, but that's what it says!! Where are the unfaithful banished to? Hell.
Another thing that really struck me was the date: October 17. Why? Because I listen to a pastor who says our Gregorian calendar is off from the true Jewish calendar by 30 days. If that's true, then the Feast of Trumpets would be around October 9-10 and then Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement would be around October 17th. Just something to consider. Another compelling reason to believe the true Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) is in October has to do with the sighting of the new moon after the Autumn Equinox. Which is how the Jewish people from ancient times have done it. If I haven't lost you yet, I encourage you to watch this 22 minute video from Scottie Clarke, the man who studied the stars and discovered the Sept 23rd sign of last year.
When is the real Feast of Trumpets in 2018?
If that doesn't convince you, there are additional signs in the sky that I find particularly interesting. I trust this guy from Unsealed and he has an article I will link below where he reports that there is going to be a sign in the sky that may depict the Red Dragon of Revelation 12 being cast down. This will occur on October 7-8. It's a long article but very interesting.
The Red Dragon in the Sky
Am I saying the rapture is next month? No. Just putting the information out there for you to see. I would be remiss if I didn't. But most importantly, I encourage you to be ready for whenever our Lord comes to get us!