In Matthew 24, Jesus delivered to his disciples his basic teaching on the end of the age. It involved wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom, famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in many different places. He warned them that believers would be hated for His name’s sake, betrayed even by family and other so-called Christians. Because iniquity (lawlessness) would abound the love of many shall grow cold. Into this atmosphere the Antichrist will be able to set up his systems of control and abomination. Jesus concluded His answer to their question with – Continue reading
As we prepare to remember Passover, I am reminded that it also contained two other equally important feasts; Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. In fact Passover began a countdown of sorts to the first of God’s supernatural harvests. The Feast of Unleavened Bread began the next day after Passover and the Feast of First Fruits began on the next Sunday, which was usually 3-7 days later depending on the year. First Fruits marked the first of the annual harvests and a sheaf of barley was waved before the LORD in thanksgiving for the coming harvest. Prophetically, Jesus was raised from the dead on this exact feast day and represents the first fruit of the harvest of souls to come. Fifty days later the second of the annual harvest days occurred – Pentecost. This harvest marked the bringing in of the wheat harvest. Prophetically it represents the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, spoken of by the prophet Joel as the ‘former rain’. Continue reading
This year began a Blood Red Moon Tetrarch, which is 4 consecutive blood red moons that occur on Jewish feast days (really the Lord’s feast days). Jewish Rabbis teach that blood-red moons signify trouble for Israel. The Jewish Talmud (book of tradition) records: “When the moon is in eclipse, it is a bad omen for Israel… If its face is as red as blood, it is a sign that the sword is coming to the world…” Since the time of Jesus’ first coming there have been exactly seven back to back occurrences of blood-red moons which occurred on the Jewish feast of Passover first and then on the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). We know from history that each of these occurrences signaled momentous events happening for Israel and the world.