THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS UPON US . . .
. . . the Second Time and it Will Cost!
By Doug Krieger
We have entered into a time frame of the most prophetically consequential. As I write this missive the third Blood Moon will have appeared on Passover, Nisan 13/14 and April 3/4 (Friday night and Saturday). Its impact upon Israel--for good or evil--based upon historical accounting in falling upon these, the Lord's Feast Days (Passover/Feast of Tabernacles), remains either a foreboding but ultimately a triumphant indicator upon the people of Israel, ipso facto the world at large. Today, the nations are perplexed, in confusion, as the CITY OF CONFUSION (Isaiah 24:10) awaits the transference of her name to THE CITY OF DESOLATION (Isaiah 24:12) - yes, when that which "is broken down" becomes that which "is left."
As we have repeatedly stated: This for the Church is the battle of the ages--the Impending Judgment on the Earth [the title of Isaiah 24 in the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible] is altogether fitting for we "wrestle not against flesh and blood" but "It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth [who no doubt conspire with these principalities and powers in high places] . . . They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished . . . Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously" (Isaiah 24:21-23).
Separating the Phony from the Real
Indulge me, if you would, in addressing my beloved brethren who aspire to defame the "apple of His eye" by deprecating His choice and intimidating them who would "provoke Israel to jealously" rather than simply provoking them to anger . . .
"The city of the terrifying nations will fear You.
For You have been a strength to the poor,
A strength to the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
You will reduce the noise of aliens,
As heat in a dry place;
As heat in the shadow of a cloud,
The song of the terrible ones will be humbled.
And in this MOUNTAIN the LORD of hosts will make for all people a Feast of choice pieces,
A Feast of wines matured on the sediments.
And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth;
For the LORD has spoken . . .
And it will be said in that day:
"Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the LORD, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation . . .
For on this mountain the hand of the Lord will rest."
While the "heathen rage and imagine a vain thing" (Psalm 2) as they seek to destroy Zion's Mountain by direct assault or debilitating deceit by twisting the pure Word of God to fit either their conspiratorial schematic or diminish Israel's materiality by acclaiming they are not Jews in the first place--just ask Adolf Hitler who is a Jew and you might be shocked. Indeed, may I be so bold in saying that "I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a congregation of Satan" (Rev. 2:9) is said to the commendable suffering Church in Smyrna who are immediately told upon hearing this peculiar statement the following: "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Rev. 2:10). How can these two apparently unaccommodating announcements to these suffering saints find cohesive meaning? They do; and here's how:
There is an obvious counterfeit going on here in Smyrna--"they say they are Jews and are not" --then the testing comes and the genuine believers are manifested! Do you think those Kenyan students who were murdered on their campus; who were given but a split second to deny the Lord Who bought them, had any time to know if they were truly genuine believers in the Savior? They made their decision for eternity! Real Christianity is at a premium these days. But the phony proliferate--they comprise this insidious "congregation of Satan" - the same Devil whose TEN DAYS of testing [winnowing] shall befall us in the Latter Days and is nigh upon us. God bless the Church in Kenya, our modern-day Smyrna. Notwithstanding, bless God, these young people, whose faith was tested to the uttermost, endured to the end of their ten days and shall receive THE CROWN OF LIFE!
Who is the True Israel of God?
And more so, today there is a move afoot among them who decry Israel as not all Israel - yes, "they say" they are not Jews but some other bastardized race who claim they are Jews but are not (e.g., they are really Khazars according to the authentic research of one Tex Marrs who never turned down a conspiracy he didn't love); so, they who claim to be of Israel's stock today must be of the "synagogue of Satan!" Friend, please do not read into the Scriptures that which is not there . . . no, there are those who LAY CLAIM TO BEING THE REAL ISRAEL, the REAL JEWS but they are NOT but they are of the "synagogue of Satan." I do not speak of them who profoundly understand that "he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit" (Rom. 2:29); but I speak of those among us who "say they are Jews [outwardly] but are the synagogue of Satan." Somehow with despite and anger (Dare we suspect their deceitful motives?) they view the present Jewish materiality and persistence either scattered among the Gentiles or in Israel proper with the ultimate twisted mind set to utterly disenfranchise the stock of Israel and "the twelve tribes scattered abroad" (James 1:1) addressed by James to be forever lost (or at least 10 of those tribes)--which they are not! Worse, they lay claim to all their promises as if the good fortune of inclusion into the Commonwealth of Israel (Eph. 2:11-13) is insufficient -- i.e., the New Creation/One New Man is spiritually inadequate (Gal. 6:11-15)? Talk about "trans-humanism" whereby we somehow find this metamorphism transmuting into the genetic makeup of a Jew--BUT ARE NOT, but are of the Synagogue of Satan! Pretty tough words these. Make no mistake, Church, you are A NEW CREATION - He has made of the two (Jew and Gentile) ONE NEW MAN, so making peace (Eph. 2:14-22). Indeed, if one cannot be a Jew, then they make those who are Jews something else? Strange exchanges these!
Thus, to commend the Galatian gentile believers that "as many as walk according to this rule" (What rule? This rule: "God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world...for IN CHRIST JESUS neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, BUT A NEW CREATION" - That's what rule!) . . . "peace and mercy be upon them" . . . and you can stop right then and there. That's what we believers of Gentile background should proclaim: THE CROSS OF CHRIST and being IN CHRIST JESUS - not some "outward performance" that will somehow ingratiate us through external behavior commended by the LAW . . . "do you subject yourselves to regulations--do not touch, do not taste, do not handle . . . according to the commandments and doctrines of men . . . these things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but ARE OF NO VALUE against the indulgence of the flesh" (Col. 2:20-23). So, we have stopped right then and there . . . but Paul goes on from speaking to those gentile Galatian believers since he is the "Apostle to the Gentiles" to his brethren "according to the flesh" (to those circumcised as Jews by birth) by saying this to them in apparently the same breath but, bless God, these clauses are joined by the conjunction AND . . . "AND upon the Israel of God" (Gal. 6:16).
Now, who is THE ISRAEL OF GOD? We know who the New Creation is for the Gentiles . . . but are they [these Gentiles], as well, THE ISRAEL OF GOD or as some would conjecture, the TRUE ISRAEL OF GOD (which phrase does NOT exist in Scripture)? The answer to the Gentiles is obvious: They are of the New Creation and are blessed in benediction with "peace and mercy." But what of the "circumcision" who as believing Jews in Messiah need to know whereof they stand? Yes, they too are members of the ONE NEW MAN but because they are Jews, of the circumcision (outwardly), they can now be sufficed as being members of the New Creation through the Cross of Messiah; therefore, to them, as well, shall "peace and mercy" find bestowment for they, as Jews, have "upon" them the title: THE ISRAEL OF GOD. Do you see it? These Jews are sufficed by the New Creation (where neither circumcision or uncircumcision avails anything)--they are of the ISRAEL OF GOD just as the Apostle Paul was of the Israel of God.
No matter how hard you may try, if you are from a Gentile background--YOU CAN NEVER BE THE ISRAEL OF GOD--NEVER! India is a member of the British Commonwealth--but they are not the British (just ask them)! It's just that simple. Yet, to be THE ISRAEL OF GOD bespeaks of those Jews, who like Paul, are sufficed by the Cross of Christ and the New Creation. Thus, we have entered in to a time where the counterfeit takes many guises to hide their true identity--but the "test" has either come and/or is upon us when the TRUE TESTIMONY OF JESUS must be given . . . and then shall be exposed those who say they are Jews, but are not, but are of the Synagogue of Satan!
The operative question is this: When the ten days of test comes . . . shall we manifest the Crown of Life or the Synagogue of Satan? Tough question, eh?
As we now turn to the actual chronologies surrounding the TESTIMONY OF JESUS, you are obliged to ask: What does all the above have to do with this Testimony of Jesus? Much in every way--you see, during this Passion Week/Holy Week (now passing as of 5 April, 2015) we are intensely reminded that the Life and Witness of Jesus was in every way a prophetic witness unto death and ultimate resurrection. He rightly knew--for in the fore-counsels of the Godhead it was recorded:
"Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
'Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.'
"Then I said, 'Behold, I have come--
In the volume of the book it is written of Me--To do Your will, O God.'"
Hebrews 10:5-7 & Psalm 40:6-8
The tangibility of the offering up of His Body is the evidence needed to satisfy the righteousness of God for the penalty of and subsequent pardon for our sin--for only a righteous sacrifice could have been accepted as the TRUE-REAL offering for sin [animal sacrifices could only look forward or backward to the ultimate sacrifice of Him Who freely gave His all, His body for the sake of what is now the very Body of Christ!]--divine deliverance is indistinguishable from: "Messiah shall be cut off [lit. "suffer the death penalty"], but not for Himself" (Daniel 9:26a). Listen, the supreme Sacrifice of the Lamb of God is the essence, epitome, of Messianic Deliverance--all other "sacrifices" under the God-ordained Mosaic Law pre-figured that GENUINE - the REAL - and complete sacrifice of Him Who is our Righteousness.
Again, the word TESTIMONY is taken from the Greek word: MARTURIA . . . which on its very pronunciation and appearance connotes MARTYRDOM. Strong's says:
Marturia, as a noun, means 'witness, evidence, testimony' [but more so as Strong's continues] . . . In Rev. 19:10, 'the testimony of Jesus' is objective, the 'testimony' or witness given to Him (cf. Rev. 1:2, 9); as to those who will bear it (see Rev. 12:17). The statement 'the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,' is to be understood in the light, e.g., of the 'testimony' concerning Christ and Israel in the Psalms, which will be used by the godly Jewish remnant in the coming time of 'Jacob's Trouble.' All such 'testimony' centers in and points to Christ" (Strong's #3141).
We should be duly impressed that the very "Testimony of Jesus" according to Strong's is a "witness given to Him" - TESTIMONY HAS AN OBJECT. We have no testimony unless that testimony is first and foremost the very Testimony of Jesus to Whom we bear witness! Strong's carries its profound meaning all the more into the Messianic witness given to the godly remnant among the Jews during Jacob's Trouble--what a quantum revelation is this! Our testimony, brethren, bespeaks this: We are a people who affirm that in whatever trouble we may enter: THERE IS DIVINE DELIVERANCE. We "love not our soul-lives unto physical death" (Rev. 12:11) because we "overcome by the blood of the Lamb" and by the "WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY" which testifies that the blood of the Lamb is altogether sufficient for our divine deliverance--for whether we "live or die we are the Lord's" (Rom. 14:8). Do you see it? So when John declares he is on the Isle of Patmos for "The Word of God, and the Testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 1:2) - he meant just that . . . if it were not for the very Word of God BASED UPON the very life, living and experiential encounter with the sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ . . . there would be no testimony whatsoever. It is not our testimony to which we bear witness but it is the very Testimony of Jesus Christ . . . it is to Him we bear witness.
That is exactly what our beloved 148 bore witness to on Good Friday (as I write this missive on this very day)--their sacrifice is His sacrifice: THE KENYAN BELIEVERS EMBRACED THE CROSS TO BEAR WITNESS TO HIM ALONE! Please take careful note--the murderers did not inquire as to their denominational affiliation--CHRISTIAN--that's all they needed--even so, their martyrdom.
Now, let us examine the impeccable chronological configurations which attest to the supremacy of His Sacrifice for us on this very Good Friday--for it was, however, in "the middle of the week" between Nisan 10 (Palm Sunday) and Nisan 17 (Resurrection Sunday--a period of 8 days but in hours it was 7 days for 12 hours on Palm Sunday and 12 hours on Resurrection Sunday is 24 hours). When we add Monday through Saturday of that Holy Week there are 6 days; therefore 12 hours + 12 hours = 1 day + 6 days = 7 full days on the Hebrew Calendar as well as Gregorian Calendar. What is amazing is this: This very week on the Gregorian Calendar commences on March 29 (Palm Sunday) and has been extended through Resurrection Sunday to be on April 5, 2015 or March 29 (Sunday), March 30 (Monday), March 31 (Tuesday), April 1 (Wednesday), April 2 (Thursday), April 3 (Friday), April 4 (Saturday), and April 5 (Sunday) or Nisan 10 through Nisan 17 on the Hebrew Calendar. What I find most fascinating is that this 2015 AD of our Gregorian Calendar dates precisely mirror that first Holy Week; even so, for our Jewish "partners" we find that Nisan 1 fell on March 20--consequently, Nisan 13/14 (6:00 p.m. on 14 Nisan having begun) would be precisely on April 4/5 (Saturday/Sunday--with the understanding that Saturday on the Hebrew Calendar would have commenced on the Gregorian day of April 3, Friday until midnight when it would move to April 4--the Hebrew Calendar being 6 hours "ahead" of the Gregorian). However, the Holy Week commencing on Palm Sunday, March 29, 33 A.D. and this March 29, 2015 A.D. climaxes on Resurrection Sunday morning on April 5, 2015 as it did on April 5, 33 A.D. (which fell on 17 Nisan...the Feast Day of Firstfruits). Even so . . .
The Blood Moon - Occurs on Passover - Friday Evening - April 4/5 - Impacts on Israel
In case you may have missed it--what could possibly be considered something that may bode ill for Israel on this, the third Blood Moon of the tetrad on this Passover? Could it possibly be the so-called DEAL OF THE CENTURY wrought by our esteemed administration of these United States of America [aka "the historic understanding"] and orchestrated by the six powers (United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China, plus Germany or the 5P+1)? Naturally, all we have is a "framework" wherein they are dancing in the streets of Teheran (and apparently in the American White House) but preparing for the inevitable disaster wrought by such an "accord" is Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is described by an unnamed senior official at America's White House as "desperate and weak" - to wit:
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following response to the proposed framework for a deal with Iran, announced April 2.
I just came from a meeting of the Israeli cabinet. We discussed the proposed framework for a deal with Iran. The cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal. This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the State of Israel. The deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not destroy a single centrifuge in Iran and will not stop R&D on Iran’s advanced centrifuges.
On the contrary. The deal would legitimize Iran’s illegal nuclear program. It would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. A vast nuclear infrastructure remains in place. The deal would lift sanctions almost immediately and this at the very time that Iran is stepping up its aggression and terror in the region and beyond the region. In a few years, the deal would remove the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, enabling Iran to have a massive enrichment capacity that it could use to produce many nuclear bombs within a matter of months.
The deal would greatly bolster Iran’s economy. It would give Iran thereby tremendous means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East.
Such a deal does not block Iran’s path to the bomb. Such a deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb. And it might very well spark a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East and it would greatly increase the risks of terrible war.
Now, some say that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s not true. There is a third alternative – standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran until a good deal is achieved. And finally let me say one more thing. Iran is a regime that openly calls for Israel’s destruction and openly and actively works towards that end.
Just two days ago, in the midst of the negotiations in Lausanne, the commander of the Basij security forces in Iran said this: “The destruction of Israel is non-negotiable." Well, I want to make clear to all. The survival of Israel is non-negotiable. Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period. In addition, Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist. (Speech given by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to "The Deal" and/or "The Framework" leading to the "Ultimate Deal." Source: New York Times, Jodi Radoren, 3 April, 2015: "Netanyahu Says Deal must Include Iran's Recognition of Israel")
There you have it - PM Netanyahu:
"'What was concluded in Geneva last night is not a historic agreement, it's a historic mistake,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters. 'It's not made the world a safer place. Like the agreement with North Korea in 2005, this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place.' (Source: CNN) . . .
Then there's Iran's response - Supreme Leader Kahamenei:
"Even as the P5+1 met in Geneva, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei unleashed another volley last week in Tehran. Khamenei said Israeli officials 'cannot be even called humans' and referred to Netanyahu as 'the rabid dog of the region.'" (Ibid.)
And worse . . . from Teheran's Basij Commander . . .
The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio (March 31, 2015) report Tuesday. (The Times of Israel)
Is this the Treaty of Death and Hell?
Frankly, the universal expectation surrounding this agreement bears an eerie resemblance to the calamitous accord that shall be forced upon "the many" (including and especially Israel--Daniel 9:27; Isaiah 28:15, 18). Such an infamous disclosure shall reveal the identity of the final Antichrist . . . whose cunning, subterfuge and dogmatic will shall affect what can only be entitled: THE TREATY OF DEATH AND HELL! Now, each day for the next three months ['til June 30, 2015] the world shall endure the intrigue and contention swirling about the devil who shall abide the details of this much-vaunted accord . . . NEVER has there ever been an agreement of such magnitude awaiting the nations of the earth. Have you noticed the heightened expectancy given to this "covenant" among nations wherein "peace, peace" is acclaimed and sold to the masses; giving deep assurances that this alone is the "middle road" which distances itself from the hardliners in Israel and Iran and their allies throughout this earthly clod? We have no other alternative--there is no "third way" - sanctions do not work; the world grows weary of ceaseless Jihad and killings - how desperate we have become!
And so, while we languish in ambiguity whilst the "framework" is manipulated in accordance with the dictates of the "man of peace," we can know most assuredly: This can only magnify the entire exercise and its ultimate celebration when reached--it shall be heralded as THE major diplomatic achievement of the world's leadership; but in particular, that of these United States of America . . . Can't you see who is driving this? Sometimes the obvious is the most difficult to fathom; but do we wish to come to terms with the alternative to "peace in our times" [nuclear annihilation]? Then again, "deals" of this substance tend to reminisce of bygone days when a little piece of white paper provided grist to Churchill's denunciation and the choice of war juxtaposed to the mirage of peace with the ultimate result some 66 million souls perished in the falsehood embraced by a similar group of desperate souls.
But amist the confusion [let me be forthrightly direct] and scurrilous contempt for the truth (aka "lies") there is hope and ultimate deliverance both for the masses of the earth and for God's elect . . . but NOT for what the Revelation calls the "earth dwellers" of the latter days . . . for these, with the Beast, are preparing to trample the Holy City underfoot for 42 months (Rev. 11:2). Nevertheless, His times and ours, are racing toward a final conclusion in these matters. Yet, as it was in the "days of Noah and Lot, so shall it also be in the coming of the Son of Man" where we find, on the one hand the earth convulses with the birth pangs of her future Millennium; but on the other hand as judgment is sure to come, we find them "eating and drinking, buying and selling" until the Ark was shut. Such a comme çi, comme ça [come see, come sah) so-so attitude pervades a generation for whom the Son of Man shall come as a thief in the night . . . but come He will, and must, not many days hence.
The Coming of the Son of Man Aligns His First with His Second Coming
As they who aspire to be wise and to shine as the brightness of the firmament in turning many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3) find themselves divinely-driven to search "to and fro throughout the book" to determine the "purposes of God as revealed by His prophets" and in so doing, increasingly acquire the knowledge of His purposes and just how awesome they really are (Daniel 12:4). We do not despair--and neither should you!
I have prepared several charts which shall be included in the next Kindle Edition of SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS and ON THE EARTH...Man's Days Are Numbered (and later, perhaps, Lord willing in the printed text). These charts explain the nearness of His Coming--yes, we may be off here a little, there a little--but think not that Noah did not know the timing of the flood; he did. Yes, all of seven days (Genesis 7:4--and the blatant fact that he was told to build an ark for coming judgment over a 100-year time frame)--but that was sufficient. I will go into some brief explanations under each of these charts:
I remain more than ever convinced that the 490s (which initially appear with import in Genesis 15:16--"the fourth generation"), Messiah's age at 33 and the "8s" throughout the chronologies play a huge roll at the close of the age. My calculations are somewhat baffling to me as to their precise nature wherein man's days by both Rabbinic and Early Church Fathers were to be 6,000 years configured on the basis of 360-day prophetic years up through Hezekiah's time at which point the Solar Year was extended by some 5.2524 days but whose Julian/Gregorian calendric accounting does not dissuade otherwise in these extensions (which total nigh some 39 such 360-day years added thereto). I've discovered some incredible mathematical extrapolations, that, if true, nail down the 2025 AD date of His possible appearing in this manner:
If Adam were created in 3975 B.C. and, as most chronologists concur, Shem was born some 1558 years after Adam's creation; meaning that there are some 3 sets of 490s adding up to 1470 years enclosed within these 1558 years; leaving a remainder of "88" - then from Shem's birth to the "cutting off of Messiah" (if He were to have died and rose again in 33 A.D./Passover as many astute researchers such as Tommy Ice and Roy Huebner have concluded) would give us an additional 2450 years or another 5 sets of 490 (i.e., from Shem's birth to Messiah the Prince--precisely)---the chronologies in the Bible validate this.
I have totally clarified these copious chronologies and compared them with numerous expositors and find them exceedingly impressive and affirm them mathematically sound - therefore, allow me to be a bit ostentatious: There are precisely "8" sets of 490-year segments from Adam to Messiah the Prince who ministered to us from Tishrei 10 (The Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur) and having thus commenced in 29 A.D. with 3 months of that year left in His ministry, and then the years 30, 31, 32 (A.D.) for an additional 3 years and then the first 3 months of 33 A.D. unto Passover wherein he was "cut off" (January, February, March of 33 A.D.) for a total of 3 1/2 years of "ministry." John's gospel mandates that Jesus' ministry was, most certainly more than three years in that His appearance at Jewish Festival Days and/or on occasion at the commencement of His ministry confirms as much. We can readily calculate His initial entry into ministry "about 30 years of age"--meaning he was 29 (Luke 3:23)--this would be on the very Day of Atonement, for John the Baptist pronounced upon Him: "The Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29) (Ref. John 1:29; 2:13; 5:1; 6:4; John 7:2; John 10:22; and John 11:55).
Jesus was Born on Passover and Died on Passover--Ministered for 3.5 years 'til 33rd Birthday
Jesus' birth being on Passover 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. and thus, was 9 months old at the end of 1 A.D. (July 1 through December 31). If we take the years 2 A.D. through to the end of 32 A.D., Jesus would have been 32 years and 9 months of age and then with the 3 months into 33 A.D. (January, February, March) unto Passover would have made Him precisely 33 or, put another way: JESUS DIED ON HIS BIRTHDAY! (Note: The fundamental work wrought by John Pratt - an astrophysicist - wherein he determines the Moon's eclipse seen in Israel during Herod's reign and mentioned by Josephus (Herod, who killed the babes) to have been in late December (Dec. 29) of 1 B.C.--prior to 1 A.D. (he having perished of worms around 1 March [in early 1 A.D.] a little over 2 months from that Moon's eclipse). Therefore, according to Pratt's incredible calculations, Jesus would have been born and subsequently fled (Joseph, Mary and Jesus) into the wilderness to Egypt prior thereto for He was born it appears on 6 April 1 B.C./1 A.D. on the "B.C. side" of that one year. Synchronizing the Gregorian/Julian dates with the Hebrew Festival Calendar is mandatory--otherwise, we simply cannot configure "His timings."
Likewise, there are 4 more sets of 490-year segments included between 33 A.D. up through the first three months of 2025 A.D. or some 1960 years (4 x 490 = 1960 years). However, between 33 A.D. and 2025 A.D. there are some 1992 years; leaving a "remainder" of some 32 years (perfect - meaning a full 32 years abutting the 33rd year but not inclusive thereof). Therefore, when these 32 years are added to the original remainder of 88 years ("left over" from the first 3 sets of 490s) we have some 120 years [remainder years] in that "man's days shall be 120 years (Genesis 6:3) + 5880 years or 12 sets of 490 years (12 x 490 years = 5880 years + 120 years = 6,000 years). Finally, these 32 final "remainder years" have a precise reflection on the very life of Christ upon this Earth from 1 B.C./Passover unto 33 A.D. Passover wherein He was a FULL 32 years of age and had reached "33" on that Nisan 13-14 Passover--wherein He was 32 unto 33 years of age at His crucifixion; again, Messiah was "cut off" on Passover, His birthday! [Note: The allusion to the 120 years from Gen. 6:3 is likewise realized by the Jubilee Long Count of 49 +1 = 50 years in that there are 120 [sets] x 50 years = 6,000 years.The Seventy Week prophecy with its 7 x 70 = 490 years (i.e., "seventy sevens") and the many chronological expressions of these 490-year segments in the Bible leads to a firm belief that they bear great significance within the context of man's 6,000-year allocation with the remainders of 88 and 32 bearing witness to the Savior, as well and that "man's days are numbered" and shall be 120 years in that 88 + 32 is equal to 120 years or 12 sets of 490 years = 5880 years + 120 years = 6000 years. Somehow I find Jesus' remarks on forgiveness--i.e., to forgive "seventy times seven" far more than hyperbolic language to stress a point of the "New Order" He was establishing.
If one can prove "anything" by numbers, I'd like to meet that person--I taught mathematics for nigh 20 years and celebrated many of my students having won a number of Mathlete contests . . . trust me, number/number sets/numbers cannot, as an absolute science, cannot be utilized to prove "anything!" The Bible's precise chronological equations are a challenge, to be sure, but many a fine researcher has gone before us until now (e.g., Bishop James Ussher and even I would consider the late J. R. Church surely to be one, as I, somewhat of an amateur--both of us! :)
Messiah Embraces the Church Age 32/33 at His First Coming and 32/33 at His Second Coming
THEREFORE - the "32/33" found in His first coming and the "32/33" discovered in His Second Coming (1960 years or 4 sets of 490 unto 1992 A.D. or 32/33 A.D. + 1960 years (4 sets of 490 years) = 1992 A.D. + 32/33 additional years (second set of remainders) = 2025 A.D. and the possible coming of the Glorified Son of Man) are most substantial. THEREFORE, again: the Messiah EMBRACES like bookends the entire "era of the Church" from 33 A.D., if you would, unto 2025 A.D. (1992 years). This means that the first 4008 years of human history from Adam's Creation unto the "Cutting Off of Messiah" gives us 4008 years or 8 + 4 = 12 (i.e., 4008 = 4 + 8 = 12) and the 1992 years between 33 A.D. and 2025 A.D. until we arrive at 6,000 years total (4008 years + 1992 years = 6,000 years). This then provides us a number set which broken down by digits (1992) is equal to the divine dimension of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit: 1 + 9 + 9 + 2 = 21 (or 2.1 feet derived by dividing 25.20 Inches by 12 inches = 2.1 Ft.). Both the 12 (4008 or 4 + 8 = 12) + the 21 (1992 or 1+9+9+2 = 21) = 33 (Messiah's Earthly Age or 12 + 21 = 33). When we manipulate these two sums as factors we find that 12 x 21 produces a product equal to 252 which gives us once again the Divine Measurement of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit of 25.20 inches or "252." What I find quite dynamic about the two sets of "33" is this:
"8" is the Number of New Beginnings
When added together they can express either the 66 books of the Canon of Sacred Text (33 + 33 = 66) which were written for man (whose number is 6). It is for these "8" that He saved the 8 in Noah's Ark (2 Peter 2:5) and doubled the digit to "88" so that we could see the New Beginning after the Deluge and prior to the Second Coming of Messiah ("as in the days of Noah, so shall it also be in the days of the Coming of the Son of Man").
Likewise, the first set of 8/490s (from Adam to Messiah's Resurrection or 3 + 5 = 8 x 490 years = 4008 years) gave us a New Beginning as He is the firstborn of many brethren and He is the fulfillment of the Feast of Firstfruits for He arose at the Feast of Firstfruits (17 Nisan--the very day of the year Noah's Ark landed on the mountains of Ararat--Genesis 8:4; the "seventh month" of Nisan having been at Passover's institution converted to the First Month of the Hebrew Festival Calendar but was in Noah's day the seventh month).
Now the date of 17 Nisan is also considered the 8th Day for Nisan 10 through Nisan 17 (inclusive) give us Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday morn. or 8 days; consequently: 8 X 66 (His embrace of His Church) is equal to 528 which displays the dominance of the divine calculation as seen in the Imperial Mile of 5,280 feet. Why is the measurement of the British Imperial Mile (as it is known by us) so significant? Its preservation under the administration of Queen Elizabeth I is no small secret (get the book on SIGNS) because integrated into the King James Version of the Bible are these peculiar measurements taken from antiquity and virtually "smuggled" into the text. The New Jerusalem, in that she is 12,000 furlongs (length, breadth and height--Revelation 21:16) and 12,000 furlongs x 660 ft. (one furlong) is equal to 7,920,000 linear feet divided by the Imperial Mile of 5,280 ft. is equal to 1,500 miles x 12 edges of her cube = 18,000 linear miles - therefore, without the MILE of 5,280 feet we could not ascertain these astonishing discoveries!
The Testimony of Jesus Lived out through His People at the Close of the Age
The EMBRACE of the "33" on either side of the First and Second Comings of the Messiah have utterly convinced me that the chronologies of His Timing are impeccable and that His love for His One Body is presented in "times and seasons" for us to discern and to rejoice greatly over--HOW HE LOVES HIS BRIDE! That there are 1992 years between 33 A.D. and 2025 A.D. and that in 1992 A.D. the "Messianic Countdown" to the actual and final 3.5 years of His life shall be lived out upon this Earth once again is simply breathtaking! I leave you with one additional chart from whence we may precisely calculate the birth of Jesus and His involvement in at least six Passovers from His birth, at the age of 12 years and the four mentioned in John's gospel--1 + 1 + 4 = 6. "Messiah was cut off but not for Himself" - BUT FOR US AND OUR SALVATION! Man's number being 6 and He having historical engagement in at least these six-mentioned Passovers in the Gospels.
I hope that this brief study of the Testimony of Jesus lived out through His One Body upon this Earth shall be an immense encouragement to God's people--especially to those who are willing to lay down their lives for the Savior. I believe (no "could it be" here) that the final 3.5 years of His First Coming will in fulness be lived out during the final 42 months during the reign of the Beast ["for he was given authority to make war for forty-two months" (Rev. 13:5) and that what we today see in these ardent overcomers in the faith once delivered will be the Church's ultimate triumph through the Cross of His Divine Deliverance--as Messiah gave Himself to us at His First Coming He will once again give of Himself as the object of our supreme affection . . . HE alone is our Testimony and that Testimony is the Spirit of Prophecy . . . we will not, we must not, we cannot keep silent: "I will give authority to My Two Witnesses and they shall prophesy for 1,260 days" (Rev. 11:3) . . . then the Beast from the Abyss will "make war against them, overcome them and kill them" (Rev. 11:7) . . . but the blood of the martyrs of Jesus shall cry out from beneath the Altar of Incense and we shall overcome by His blood and by the Word of Our Testimony . . . for His Testimony has become our very own!
God bless and pray for the saints who suffer throughout the world and especially now in the Middle East and Africa.