People in the US got front row seats in viewing the so called fourth blood moon. People in eastern and central areas of the United States and Canada had some of the best views of the total lunar eclipse on the night of September 27, 2015. While in Jerusalem, it became visible on September 28, 2015 at around 5:47 pm.
The full moon that was seen between Sept. 27-28 (depending on one’s location) was especially special lunar occasion. In addition to being a traditional “harvest moon,” the moon was at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, making it a so-called a “supermoon.” But why did that full moon gained the name harvest moon? According to tradition, the harvest moon is the name that is assigned to the full moon that falls closest to the autumn equinox, which occurred last Sept. 23. Here is what some people think about the significance of the four blood moons.
JERUSALEM, Israel — For the past two years, millions of people worldwide have been fascinated by blood moons from four successive lunar eclipses called a tetrad. Many seen them as a sign God Himself has placed in the heavens.
During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns the color of blood. It’s extremely rare to have four blood moons in a row fall during the biblical feasts commanded by the Lord.
The last of the tetrad was on display Sunday night in many places around the world. It’s the first one visible in Israel, appearing in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning.
And like the previous three eclipses, it falls on the first day of a biblical feast, this time the Feast of Tabernacles.
Many who came to Israel to witness the blood moon believe it’s a sign of harvest.
“But we really sense that the Holy Spirit is coming with a massive harvest, a great awakening, and I believe this red moon is a harvest moon. That’s an indicator of a jubilee of jubilees for the souls of man,” Cindy Jacobs, with Generals of Intercession, told CBN News.
Previous blood moon tetrads — all falling on Jewish feast days — have coincided with major events for Israel and the Jewish people.
In 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain and Columbus discovered America, which would become a safe haven for the Jewish people. In 1948, Israel was reborn as a modern nation. And in 1967, Israel recaptured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.
Bob O’Dell co-authored a book about the blood moons, titled Israel First!. He believes they’re a sign of good things ahead for Israel, but perhaps troubling times for nations that come against her.
“I personally believe that in the years ahead we will begin to look at Israel in a new way, that these blood moons mark a new phase in the life of Israel,” O’Dell told CBN News. “It’s no longer about the Israel that is struggling to survive, but now it is about an Israel that is learning to thrive.”
O’Dell says it will be more than 500 years before four blood moons fall again on the first days of the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.
Did those four blood moons of 2014-2015 really have any prophetic significance? Do we really have to even give it our utmost attention? Can we know what this heavenly signs really means?
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: (Genesis 1:14)
The Almighty God created the heavenly bodies to serve a purpose. He said that those lights in the firmament of the heaven – the sun, the moon and the stars have been created for a purpose which primarily serves as “signs.”
“Signs” in Strong’s Concordance is H226 (oth): a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: mark, miracle, sign, token.
Omen in the dictionary means:
- A phenomenon supposed to portend good or evil; a prophetic sign.
- Prognostication; portent
- anything that is a cause of wonder and amazement
- a portentous sign or event; an omen.
- an act or event so extraordinary or rare as to inspire wonder.
Even the Apostle Peter recognized the significance and importance of the heavenly signs even during the first Pentecost sermon that he gave on June of 31 A.D.
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:16-21)
Now why did the Peter quoted the prophecy of Joel in chapter 2 verses 28-32 while the context of that sermon was the day of Pentecost 31 A.D. as we can read in verse 1?
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)
Here is one probable reason why Peter mentioned the prophecy in Joel during the Day of Pentecost:
But Peter’s use of Joel 3:28-32 in Acts 2:17-21 shows that Passover in 31 A.D. could not have fallen in March. The time order in Joel’s original prophecy (as indicated by the original Hebrew) is 3:30-32, then 3:28-29. The signs in heaven and earth (including a darkening of the sun and a reddening of the moon) must occur first; then, the offer of salvation to those who “call upon the Lord”; then, the outpouring of the Spirit and the gifts that accompany it. Since Peter’s statement in Acts 2:16 (“this is that “) makes the whole of Joel’s prophecy (not just the beginning or ending of it) dual in application, this means that a darkening of the sun and a reddening of the moon must have preceded the events of Pentecost, when the Spirit was poured out on those who “called upon the Lord” (first the apostles, then those they baptized).
We know from the Gospels that a supernatural darkening of the sun accompanied Jesus’ crucifixion and death on Passover afternoon. Though the Gospels do not mention a reddening of the moon, Peter’s use of Joel demands that such a “sign” must have closely followed the darkening of the sun. According to astronomical calculation, a lunar eclipse occurred high over Jerusalem the very night after Passover, the “Night to be Much Observed”: Wednesday, April 25 (Nisan or Abib 15), 31 A.D.
While it may be true that there was also a heavenly sign during the Passover of 31 A.D. which prompted Peter to quote Joel’s prophecy. Moreover it was the Day of Pentecost yet the context of his sermon was the Day of the Lord. The BIG QUESTION IS WHY? To have a clear picture let’s begin with what Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote regarding the Feast of Pentecost (emphasis mine in bold):
The New Testament Church of God was founded on a Sunday. It started on the annual Sabbath day called “Pentecost” or “Feast of Firstfruits.” Also called the “Feast of Weeks.” The New Testament Church continued, year after year, to keep this annual Sabbath, Pentecost, as we shall show.
And God gave this festival to His people in order to reveal, and to keep them continually informed, that the present dispensation is only the first, preliminary “harvest of souls.”
As already explained, God’s purpose in giving His Church His annual holy days was to keep His children constantly in true understanding of God’s great plan. To accomplish this, God took the yearly material harvest seasons in ancient Israel as the picture of the spiritual harvest of souls.
In the Holy Land there are two annual harvests. First, is the spring grain harvest. Second, comes the fall harvest. God intended His holy days to picture to His Church repeatedly year by year the fact that only those He Himself calls during this age can become His begotten children now! And we are merely the firstfruits of the great spiritual harvest!
Source: pp. 22-23, Pagan Holidays or God’s Holy Days-Which?
As Mr. Armstrong stated that Pentecost is the first preliminary “harvest of souls” which is called God’s firstfruits, while the other one is the great fall harvest which is pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles. Is it any coincidence that the so-called fourth blood moon from the lunar tetrad of 2014-2015 that coincided with the Feast of Tabernacles did not have any significance? Let’s consider again what one spectator said regarding that fourth blood moon which was very much visible in Jerusalem last September 28, 2015:
“But we really sense that the Holy Spirit is coming with a massive harvest, a great awakening, and I believe this red moon is a harvest moon. That’s an indicator of a jubilee of jubilees for the souls of man,“
That blood moon being a “harvest moon” is no coincidence occurring even during the Feast of Tabernacles which pictures the great fall harvest of man. Pentecost (which mean “to count fifty”) signifies jubilee or deliverance. Again WHY did the Apostle Peter connected the first Pentecost in 31 A.D. with that of Joel’s prophecy?
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. (Joel 2:32)
For better understanding, let’s read that verse in the Amplified Bible Translation:
And it shall come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Will be saved [from the coming judgment] For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the Lord has said, Even among the remnant [of survivors] whom the Lord calls.
Have you noticed that? There will be those who has escaped in Mount Zion (or God’s Church) and in Jerusalem from the coming judgment! Why do they have to escape in God’s Church? And what are they escaping from? They actually escaped from the Ezekiel 4 siege. That is the context of the prophecy of Joel concerning the Day of the Lord being mentioned even early on during that first Pentecost message given by the Apostle Peter!
“The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood BEFORE the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. (Joel 2:31)
Notice that it has to happen BEFORE the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And in another prophecy about the Day of the Lord, those who escaped will have to gather themselves together:
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; (Zephaniah 2:1)
Let’s look at the word “nation” here. In Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon it can mean,
- Usually of non-Hebrew people
While Strong’s Concordance define it as “Gentile”
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O Gentile people not desired;
Going to the next verse:
Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. (Zephaniah 2:2)
Here is what Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote regarding verse 2:
Before , Before , Before , Before
There is still time to turn back to God. “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness,
seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger” (Zephaniah 2:1-3). God makes a great appeal to us in these three verses. The Day of the Lord is coming very quickly, but there is still time to repent. God uses the word “before” four times in these verses to show that now is the time to turn back to Him. For the Laodiceans, there will come a time when
it will be too late! God wants them to repent now—before the decree, before the chaff, before the fierce anger, before the Day of the Lord! Now is the time to get ready, before raging violence explodes on this Earth. The expression “gather yourselves together” is an interesting one. The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary states that it means to gather “a religious assembly.” (Zephaniah’s Day of the Lord page 15)
BEFORE, BEFORE, BEFORE, BEFORE. This decree has got to do with the short work today of the REMEMBRANCERS when Christ through this little undesirable group was able to write and distribute the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE to the PCG ministry BEFORE the FOUR BLOOD MOONS. We were able to deliver the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE even BEFORE the FOUR BLOOD MOONS of 2014-2015.
- April 15, 2014 (Passover)
- October 8, 2014 (Feast of Tabernacles)
- April 4, 2015 (Passover)
- September 28, 2015 (Feast of Tabernacles)
The REMEMBRANCERS sent a soft copy of the book initially on September 5, 2013 (the PCG’s scheduled Feast of Trumpets) via email to all the ministers of the Philadelphia Church of God with a shocking news that happened exactly on that same day:
PUBLISHED: 19:06 GMT, 5 September 2013 | UPDATED: 22:19 GMT, 5 September 2013
It’s cricket mating season in Oklahoma and unusually massive swarms of the frisky bugs are terrorizing the state’s residents. Not only does the field cricket have a noxious odor and shrieking chirp, it has a tendency toward cannibalism so killing them only makes things worse. Residents say the insects tend to congregate and feed on carcasses of their dead brethren, but they’re covering every street, sidewalk, and building so there’s no way to avoid the occasional crunch…
This prophecy of gathering together has come to pass when the REMEMBRANCERS was able to establish a foundation and NOT another CHURCH. Christ coming in the flesh was able to establish that foundation which He named after His signet: HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG REMEMBRANCERS AND KEEPERS OF GOD FOUNDATION. Although it is a “foundation” yet this is a “religious assembly.”
Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:2)
Let’s go back to Joel 2:32 to know who are those people that are going to be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger:
“And it shall come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Will be saved [from the coming judgment] For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the Lord has said, Even among the remnant [of survivors] whom the Lord calls. (Amplified Bible Translation)
Also in the context of the heavenly signs in Joel’s prophecy we read a prophecy in verse 23 of Joel chapter 2:
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately (a teacher of righteousness), and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23)
Notice the phrase, “children of Zion” which we know refers to God’s Church and again the context here is the Day of the Lord. Remember the message given by the Apostle Peter? He actually prophesied of those who escaped the Ezekiel 4 siege in God’s Church and from the coming judgment during the Day of the Lord. He was prophesying about Christ’s Bride who has not been tainted by the paganism in the PCG today! Peter gave the whole vision from its beginning in 31 A.D. up until our time today when the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night for those are in deep spiritual sleep.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)
The REMEMBRANCERS are the children of the Father of lights so they have been given by God the honor and His solemn binding promise of protection. Although they may be an insignificant group – a Gentile people not desired, yet they have been commissioned to warn God’s Church.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
“(T)hose that suck the breast” – these are the spiritual sucklings in God’s Church who cannot think for themselves. They cannot discern between what is good and what is evil as the Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 5:14. The Philadelphia Church of God ministry will have to sanctify a fast even during this Feast of Tabernacles. They will have to accept the fact that a Gentile work is being done right now in the context of the Day of the Lord, yet they can’t accept the fact that the Gentiles is ruling over God’s work today.
Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? (Joel 2:15-17)
Because of their pride and vanity, the PCG ministers and members don’t want this Gentile work to rule over them although they can see clearly that God is with us because of the abundance of revelations that is being given to this people not desired of Zephaniah. They would rather listen to the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 to lead them. The ministers and members in the PCG are so naive with their thoughts, “we have God’s prophet in our midst, we have God’s government to do whatsoever we want to do with it. Anyway we are doing God’s work in this LAST ERA.” So they ask to this effect: “Where is their God?” This is the same line of thinking as we can read in Malachi’s prophecy of those who has a Laodicean mindset
Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment? (Malachi 2:17)
The Philadelphia Church of God became in-charge of the Laodicean era (Song of Songs 1:6). Is it important to belong to a church? Every member of God’s Church will have to know where God is and you should follow Him. You have to make a decision. Do not let ANY MAN decide that for you. Let Mr. Gerald Flurry explain that
You can’t escape making this major decision. This is what walking by faith is all about. All Philadelphians must follow the group Christ is leading—not just “stay in the Church .” Just “staying in the Church” could be a grave mistake, leading to …eternal death!
“Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?” (Malachi 3:7). God is calling upon them to repent. The Laodiceans don’t see a need to “return.” They question God. But there is a group that does “return” to what “Elijah” taught. The prophecy says we either return to what “Elijah” taught or we are destined to go into Gehenna fire (Malachi 4:1-6). (p. 136, Malachi’s Message 2008 edition)
Going back to Joel chapter 2 and here is how Barnes Commentary describes verse 17 (emphasis mine in bold):
Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar – The porch in this, Solomon‘s temple, was in fact a tower, in front of the holy of holies, of the same breadth with the temple, namely, 20 cubits, and its depth half its breadth, namely, 10 cubits 1 Kings 6:3, and its height 120 cubits, the whole “overlaid within with pure gold” 2 Chronicles 3:4. The brass altar for burnt-offerings stood in front of it 2 Chronicles 8:12. The altar was of brass, twenty cubits square; and so, equal in breadth to the temple itself, and ten cubits high 2 Chronicles 4:1. The space then between the porch and the altar was enclosed on those two sides 2 Chronicles 7:7; it became an inner part of the court of the priests. Through it the priests or the high priest passed, whenever they went to sprinkle the blood, typifying the atonement, before the veil of the tabernacle, or for any other office of the tabernacle. It seems to have been a place of prayer for the priests. It is spoken of as an aggravation of the sins of those 25 idolatrous priests, that here, where they ought to worship God, they turned their backs toward the Temple of the Lord, to worship the sun Ezekiel 8:16.
Source: Barnes Commentary
It has become evident from Barnes Commentary that verse 17 is talking about the 25 men of Ezekiel 8 who turned their backs on God. Those 25 ministers have led everyone in God’s Church to leave the Jerusalem work and to choose the Edstone work. Now, here is what Mr. Gerald Flurry wrote regarding the prophecy of Joel about Christ’s own Bride in this last end:
This book is about the Day of the Lord, a day of terrifying darkness. But most people don’t know that the strongest warning in the book of Joel is for Christ’s own bride! The danger facing Christ’s bride is emphasized even more than the destruction of the whole world!
The number-one tragedy in this book of tragedies is the trouble in God’s own Church… There is a serious problem with God’s bride mentioned in the book of Joel. God tells her to lament in sackcloth— a symbol of repentance. She is lamenting over the Husband of her youth. The bride has turned away from the Husband of her youth…
God condemns the ministers, or priests, most of all. They are commanded to mourn and repent. The ministers are the main cause of this spiritual disaster! This is the only way all of God’s people can get together! The rebellious ministers and people must put on their repentance sackcloth. (The Prophet Joel: Christ’s Bride and the Day of the Lord, pp. 2, 4-6)
As Mr. Flurry wrote that “the strongest warning in the book of Joel is for Christ’s own bride!” And the main cause of the spiritual disaster is His own ministers! The last end Joshua has led Christ’s Bride to turn her back on her bridegroom!
Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people. (v. 18)
THE DAY OF THE LORD IS ALL ABOUT GOD CHOOSING JERUSALEM AND HIS OWN BRIDE TURNED HER BACK ON IT! He is very jealous for Jerusalem and He pities His own people because they will have to suffer His great wrath because of what they have done. Consider this Key of David episode where Mr. Gerald Flurry said:
“THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GOD HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM. Now, why would God choose Jerusalem? And surely if God chooses a city, Himself, you’d think that would be, well, pretty impressive news in this world. BUT NOT MANY PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO THAT, and yet we are to become perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48), SO IF HE CHOOSES JERUSALEM, THEN THAT STRONGLY TELLS US WE SHOULD CHOOSE IT, AS WELL.” (Why You Must Watch Jerusalem, Feb.11, 2015)
Foe emphasis, THE DAY OF THE LORD IS ALL ABOUT GOD CHOOSING JERUSALEM! The last end Joshua and his fellows have chosen Edstone over Jerusalem. Look at what God will bring about during the first day of the Feast 2015 in Ireland:
September 24, 2015
Afraid of insects? If so, better stay indoors until the weekend is over, as a massive army of so-called “daddy long legs” is due to sweep Ireland and our neighbours in the UK over the next few days.
In total, around 175 billion specimens will roam free, swarming fields and cities alike. That’s about 3,000 bugs per every man, woman, and child both here and the UK.
The reason for this unusually huge insectoid army is the favorable weather conditions for their species, which has given rise to perfect spawning conditions. And late September is usually their time to shine.
What does the Philadelphia Church of God ministry think about those plague in the UK and in Ireland? Will they just brush it off again as usual? How about their thoughts on those heavenly signs of 2014-2015?
By Dennis Leap from the July 2014 Trumpet Print Edition »
Jesus Christ discussed the sixth seal, or the heavenly signs, in Matthew 24:29. This is the same event the Prophet Joel spoke about in his prophecy (Joel 2:31).
For all those willing to listen, here is the Bible answer to the question: Is this current tetrad the heavenly signs discussed in Joel 2:31? Jesus Christ tells you, No!
Take the time to carefully study verse 29 with Revelation 6:12-17. The heavenly signs—where the sun grows dark and the moon becomes as blood—do not take place until after the Great Tribulation.
How can Dennis Leap be so sure about his claim on the lunar tetrad that he even drag the name of Jesus Christ in it? Is he an apostle just like Peter or a prophet like Joel? How can the Philadelphia Church of God ministry allow Dennis Leap to issue such a prophetic authoritative statement claiming that Jesus Christ agrees with his line if thinking?! He is not even in the ministry anymore. So to those who are reading this article from the Philadelphia Church of God ministers or members alike, we are issuing a challenge that you disprove what we have written here.
The PCG ministry has become spiritually blind concerning the Great Tribulation so they would naturally say that the blood moon does not fulfill the prophecy in Joel chapter 2. If you want to understand more about this subject, click here and here. Now let’s briefly consider the prophecy written in Matthew chapter 24 regarding such heavenly signs.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (Matthew 24:29)
“After” is G3326 in the Greek “meta”
- A primary preposition properly denoting accompaniment; “amid”
- PRIMARY means, “first or highest in rank or importance; One that is first in time, order, or sequence.”
So the first thing that we have to consider concerning its definition (i.e., the original meaning of the word “after”) is that, it actually denotes ACCOMPANIMENT, AMID. Let us define these words:
Accompaniment – “an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another”; Amid means, “in the middle of, among, during”
Paraphrasing verse 29 and substituting the word “after” with we can have a different meaning:
Immediately accompanying the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Immediately amid, in the middle of, among or during the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Apparently, whether the Philadelphia Church of God ministers will accept this or not, we are now in the very midst of the SIXTH SEAL! Let’s go back to Joel 2:23
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” (Joel 2:23)
From the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE:
In The Prophet Joel booklet, Mr. Flurry expounded this verse regarding “the former rain” and “the latter rain”. He also explained that the phrase, “the former rain moderately” should be correctly read as “a teacher of righteousness.”
And we know that “the former rain” is referring to God’s Spirit which flowed through the “end-time Elijah” (Mr. Herbert Armstrong) with all the revelations that God gave to him and poured out during the Philadelphia era, while “the latter rain” refers to God’s Spirit which flowed through “a teacher of righteousness” (Mr. Gerald Flurry) with all the revelations which God showered to His people during the Laodicean era.
But look very carefully at Joel 2:23: “(A)nd he (God) will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” Notice that there are THREE (3) RAINS mentioned here, namely:
- THE RAIN
- THE FORMER RAIN
- THE LATTER RAIN
If “the former rain” refers to God’s revelations through Mr. Armstrong, and “the latter rain” refers to God’s revelations through Mr. Flurry, then there has to be “the rain” or another set of revelations from God as specifically written in Joel 2:23.
God will cause to come down for you those three rains! God calls each of those 3 rains “a teacher of righteousness” in the respective times when He pours them in to His people. But in actual fact, that “teacher of righteousness” is actually Christ coming in the flesh through those 3 rains in progressive time sequence!
And Christ coming in the flesh through this “teacher of righteousness” will finish God’s work in this last end:
For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. (Romans 9:28)
From where can we find this teacher of righteousness in the context of the Day of the Lord?
As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. (Romans 9:25-26)
This is the same as what is prophesied in Zephaniah 2:1 of “people not desired”
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. (Romans 11:7-8)
God has blinded the Philadelphia Church of God and they are currently in deep spiritual sleep
And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: (Romans 11:9)
Here’s what Gill Commentary wrote regarding verse 9:
let their table be made a snare, and a trap and a stumblingblock. By their “table” may be meant, the altar; see Malachi 1:7;
This is the same prophecy in Hosea chapter 5 concerning the altar or the ministry who became A SNARE and A TRAP. To better understand, read the article “The Hosea 5 Prophecy – Hear This, O Philadelphia Church of God Ministers!“
Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. (Romans 11:10-11)
The sole purpose of our work is to provoke the Philadelphia Church of God to jealousy – that is THE PLAIN TRUTH! We have been commissioned to do a very SHORT WORK.
For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. (Romans 9:28)
Time is running fast. The Day of the Lord hastes greatly. You in the Philadelphia Church of God will have to repent and turn back to our Almighty God – He has chosen Jerusalem and NOT Edstone! We challenge you members of the PCG to go and ask Mr. Gerald Flurry about this work. NO MAN can refute what we have been declaring here because it is actually Christ coming in the flesh who is doing this SHORT WORK!
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. (Romans 9:29)
This “righteousness which is of faith” is comparable to Noah as we can read in Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
The word “ark” in Thayer’s Lexicon it reads: “in the New Testament the ark of the covenant, in the temple at Jerusalem.” This ark is the same vision we can see in the context of the work of the TWO WITNESSES (Revelation 11:3):
And the seventh angel sounded; 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 for ever and ever… And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple THE ARK OF HIS COVENANT: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11:15, 19)
And this spiritual ark of the covenant is the mystery that ought to be finished:
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, THE MYSTERY OF GOD should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets…(Revelation 10:7)
The Apostle Peter who gave the first Pentecost message in 31 A.D. reinforces the thought concerning that MYSTERY OF GOD. Let us read from “The Epistle of Peter: A Living Hope” (emphasis mine in bold):
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (verse 5). PETER IS VERY CHURCH-ORIENTED, BUT PETER NEVER USES THE WORD CHURCH. Why? We can use the word church so often, and without thinking, that it loses its true meaning. I believe Peter used words that would have greater impact on people who were struggling spiritually or who were falling away. He was doing all he could to stir them. He called them “lively stones” or followers of the Rock, Jesus Christ – not a church.
We are living stones who are becoming like the Rock.
We have to be “built” into a spiritual house – again he didn’t use the word church. He wanted them to vividly see that we must be building with the Holy Spirit. (pp. 14-15, 2011 edition)
God inspired Peter not to use the word church as he was also inspired to speak about Joel’s prophecy concerning those who escape in God’s Church from His judgment encapsulated in the Day of the Lord. And if you will look closely at the whole chapter of Isaiah 66, it is actually this same prophecy which Stephen and the Apostle Peter have in their minds, because this is what God has been planning all along – how God shall build His spiritual temple. It started with Christ and it will end with the LIVELY STONES for God’s spiritual house!
“Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2)
God will look to those men who are poor and of a contrite spirit and trembles at His word. That is what will make up God’s spiritual house. The prophecy in Isaiah 66 is about to come to pass!
Zion Gives Birth
God’s Church is experiencing severe birth pangs. “A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompense to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” (Isaiah 66:6‑8).
Zion is God’s Church. The literal translation at the end of verse 8 is, “For Zion has both travailed and brought forth.”
There is a very happy ending! This nation to be born at once is going to be comprised of Israelites and Gentiles…
Surely Isaiah 66 is the GREATEST “BORN AGAIN” CHAPTER IN THE BIBLE! NEXT TO CHRIST’S COMING, IT WILL BE THE GREATEST EVENT EVER TO OCCUR IN THE UNIVERSE!
The Zion of God is about to give birth. Now we are experiencing birth pangs. But hang on, the most SPECTACULAR BIRTH EVER SEEN BY MAN – OR – GOD IS ABOUT TO OCCUR!
“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God” (Isaiah 66:9). Sometimes we get worn down and depressed. It can even look hopeless. But keep your mind on God. If we do our part, God will make our birth certain.
NOTHING CAN STOP IT! (Mr. Gerald Flurry, Isaiah’s End-Time Vision, p. 19-21)
As Mr. Flurry said that, “NEXT TO CHRIST’S COMING, IT WILL BE THE GREATEST EVENT EVER TO OCCUR IN THE UNIVERSE!” And Christ is yet to CONFIRM THE NEW COVENANT WITH HIS WIFE. That’s the ARK OF THE COVENANT, the final consummation of Christ’s MARRIAGE to His wife at His return. (Revelation 11:11-19)
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:22-32)
That great mystery about Christ and the church is being made plain through His TWO WITNESSES. They are also doing a work comparable to what Noah did. Noah became heir of the righteousness which is by faith when he built the ark in the context of God’s judgment to the world. For us REMEMBRANCERS, God has given us the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE in the context of God’s judgment to His sinning Church all around the world. We then became heir just like Noah to the righteousness which is by faith. The BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE is the tangible evidence that God has already given His wife the FINE LINEN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – Christ’s wife is making herself ready with this short work that God will cut short in righteousness. (Romans 9:28) God has already established the A.R.K. of God Foundation through His REMEMBRANCERS as a preparation for the fulfillment of the vision in Revelation 11:19
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (Revelation 19:7-8)
To our brethren in the Philadelphia Church of God repent toward God and choose Jerusalem, let’s FINISH God’s spiritual Temple for the Day of the Lord hastens greatly.