In the year 2020 the Lord told me I was to begin having yearly family gatherings to prepare, so I began. This will be the second such gathering.
God has given us many signs of what we should expect and prepare for in the coming year. Let’s begin with the nation of Israel being formed again after 2000 years in 1948. The prophet Isaiah prophesied –
“And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” – Isaiah 11:12
Then, after several wars, which were waged against them, they retook Jerusalem in 1967 but, the world didn’t recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital until an American President, Donald Trump, recognized it as Israel’s Capital In 2017. The nation of Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its rebirth and President Trump proclaimed Jerusalem its eternal Capital and moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. The Sanhedrin Priests in Israel proclaimed him the 2nd Cyrus and minted a coin in his honor. Planning for building the Third Temple began in earnest, though it is not built yet. When it is built, the Antichrist will come. These and other political and religious signs point to the soon return of Jesus.
So what does this mean for us? It means that the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ that Jesus talked about is soon coming to an end.
“And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24
It means that the so-called ‘Church Age’, as we have known it, will be drawing to a close and the ‘One New Man’ Age’ will begin.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,” – Eph. 2:14, 15
It means that the Church will begin to return to it’s Jewish roots. I don’t mean legalistically but, spiritually.
More recently in 2014 and 2015 God continued giving His signs with the Blood Red Moon Tetrad occurring on the Feast Days of Passover and again on Tabernacles. Passover marked the first coming of Jesus and the feast of Tabernacles celebrates His second coming. This rare Biblical Blood Red Moon Tetrad occurring on the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles in the years, 2014 and 2015 is only the eighth one since Jesus was hanging on the Cross 2000 year ago. God is again warning us to prepare for Jesus coming again!
Then in 2017 God again displayed His Word in the heavens as Revelation 12 was displayed for the first time in 7000 years.
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” – Rev. 12:1, 2
The constellation Virgo fulfilled this word as the planet Jupiter, after being in retrograde for 42 weeks minus a day in her womb, came forth on September 23, 2017 to continue it’s 7 year journey to the constellation Taurus where it will meet the planet Mars. Jesus taught that this birth would begin the tribulation period –
“All these are the beginning of sorrows (odin – birth pangs). Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” – Matt. 24:8, 9
The prophet Micah prophesied that this would be the time to complete the regathering of Israel –
“Therefore He shall give them up, Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth; Then the remnant of His brethren Shall return to the children of Israel.” – Micah 5:3
Also in 2017, God displayed another heavenly sign to His second Israel, the United States of America. One author while writing about the Puritans said –
“These Puritans viewed their emigration from England as a virtual re-enactment of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. To them, England was Egypt, the king was Pharaoh, the Atlantic Ocean was the Red Sea, America was the Land of Israel, and the Indians were the ancient Canaanites. They were the new Israelites, entering into a new covenant with God in a new Promised Land.”
But, what was this new sign? It was the Great American Eclipse. on August 21, 2017 God sent what is now known as the Great American Solar Eclipse, it was the first total solar eclipse that was visible in the U.S.A. and nowhere else. It was also the only total eclipse seen only in the USA since it’s founding in 1776. What is even more interesting about this eclipse is that it begins over Salem Oregon and travels through six more Salem’s on it’s trajectory across the United States. They are: Salem, Oregon; Salem, Idaho; Salem, WY; Salem, NE; Salem, MO; Salem, KY; and Salem, SC. Not only are there seven cities named Salem in the path of the Great American Eclipse; but when it begins in Salem, Oregon, the sun sets in Jerusalem at the exact same time.
Do you remember the Biblical story of Abraham paying tithes to Melchizedek, the king of Salem? Salem is short for Jerusalem and Melchizedek is called King of Salem. Does this eclipse indicate that the “King of Jerusalem” is soon to come? While this eclipse traveled from the Northwest to the Southeast, in just 7 years another eclipse will cross the US from Northeast to Southwest which is very unusual. Some have wondered about the crossing point being right over the famous Madrid fault line in the Mississippi Valley. Sort of an x marks the spot. And another like eclipse is coming in 7 years on April8, 2024.
Well, what do these signs mean to us? They mean to prepare for the Lord’s coming. The last prophet in the Old Testament has this warning for us –
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Malachi 4:5, 6
In other words, Fathers teach your children to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Use the word of God and His signs to equip them. And children, listen to them and take their advise. Honor them by obeying their admonition to follow the Lord in all you do. In other words, restore the family as your foundation and don’t let all your attention be on the world or your fleshly desires.
After Jesus gives His teaching on the end times, He followed with 4 stories, or parables, to prepare them.
- He said don’t be like the people of Noah’s and Lot’s day who didn’t heed the warnings and went on living as normal.
- He told them about the unwise servant who didn’t give those he had oversight of ‘food in due season’ but he began drinking and treating those under him badly.
- Then He told them about 10 virgins who were supposed to be waiting for the Bridegroom but, 5 were unprepared and didn’t have oil in their lamps.
- Finally He told them about the servants who had been given talents to use for the Lord but one of them hid the talent and didn’t use it for the Lord.
All these parables have very practical instructions on how to prepare for the Lord’s coming. The fathers among us should not only apply them to themselves but, they should pass them on to their children. Notice that they all speak of preparation for the Lord’s coming and not for building a place for your selves in this world.
In conclusion, I am so blessed and happy to have been given you all as my family. Psalm 127 says –
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” – Ps. 127:3-5
My wife, who has gone home to be with the Lord, and I were blessed with 8 wonderful children and the Lord has multiplied that into over 50 spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I want to say to you all that not one of you was an accident but each of you were designed and sent by God with a divine plan for your life as King David wrote by inspiration –
“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:16
Each of you has come to this earth, at such a time as this, with a plan and a purpose written by God. And the Apostle Paul wrote –
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Eph. 2:10
So, I want to encourage you, whatever situation comes upon you, don’t lose sight of this knowledge – God is for you and He will be with you to help you fulfill your purpose on this earth.
I love you – and so does God!
In memory of Anita Cooley and Israel Cooley who have gone home to be with the Lord but, are much missed every day.