The Order Of Things for Revival and (Unfortunately) Disaster PART I
About 18 months ago, I began crying, and it continued for several weeks. I couldn’t stop. I woke up every morning, burdened and heavy. I would sit in solitude in my Talit, and pray. I knew and understood, why it was happening. It was because the Holy Spirit was grieved and Jesus, Himself, as He was making intercession for us, was crying as well. He was lamenting over the spiritual condition of the nations, and mankind. He was also weeping, because the time was nearing, that He must move from the Seat of Mercy, to Seat of Judgement. The Spirit began to burden His apostles, prophets, intercessors, pastors, and evangelists, to pray incessantly, for repentance. He impressed upon us to pray for the lost, the backslidden, the lukewarm, and the Body of Christ, as a whole, to come to repentance.
It was INTENSE, to say the LEAST.
Normally I don’t celebrate my birthday. I’m not sure if this is an introvert thing or a Virgo thing. It’s probably a bit of both. Each year this day rolls around, I wake up and thank God, for allowing me to see another day, and for keeping me another year. There is no cake, party, or ice cream. I generally tell those around me that they don’t have to get me a gift. My gift is, is the” gift of life.” I don’t request the day off from work, either. My birthday is just a “normal'' day. This is because I really don’t like to be the center of attention. I never have. It’s awkward to me, to have everyone’s focus, on you. That’s why we have extroverts. My mom, and a few others I know, celebrate their birthday all month long. I’ve always just tried to just blend into the background.
Last year, however, was different. The members of our congregation, surprised me! They went all out, with a beautiful cake, balloons, flowers, and gifts! It was supposed to be a surprise, but someone let the cat out of the bag, right in front of me, two weeks beforehand. The others were not happy about that. But, I told them not to worry, and that I would still act surprised. I told them it was perfectly okay, because, between you and me, I really don’t like surprises either. I know what you must be thinking. What does she like? Plenty of stuff. I like lots of things. Just not all that. I don’t like to be caught off guard. I like to know what’s going to happen. I like to…prepare.
So yeah. I had two weeks to think about this whole birthday surprise, beforehand. At first, I was nervous and apprehensive, about the party, because of all the aforementioned reasons. But then, something happened. The Holy Spirit began to remind me, that God appointed the day I was going to be born. He designated the month, the day, and the year. He created me on purpose, for purpose. He created me uniquely. Every one of my character traits, whether people understand them or not, He embedded in my DNA. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and the day that I was born, should have value to me. His Spirit ministered so many other things to me, about myself, as well, but I won’t go into all of them here. At the end of the two weeks, my whole perspective had changed. And, for the first time in 43 years, I had a sense of excitement about my birthday!
When the congregation sang the Happy Birthday song to me, and presented me with all the nice gifts they’d gotten me, I absolutely felt special! I felt loved and truly, “thought-about.” I thank them, so much, for their kindness, and their desire to make my day, memorable. It most certainly was!
That of course, was last year. Today, I turned 44 years old.
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During the last three hours of Jesus' death, on the Cross of Calvary, darkness covered the whole land. This would have been from noon until 3 p.m. The sun was eclipsed, fulfilling Isaiah's prophecy, that He would be crucified between two evenings. This was the custom in killing a sacrificial lamb, at Passover, according to Exodus 12:6
Jesus was our Passover lamb, and He was slain, in accordance to the Law. He was crucified on the 14th day of Nisan which is Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread began, and He was resurrected on the Feast of Firstfruits, fulfilling, all three of these Feasts, Himself.
Matthew 24:45, Luke 23:44-45, and Mark 15:33 all read "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour."
Solar eclipses are signs or harbingers, to the Gentiles. A harbinger, being a thing (or person) that announces or signals the approach of another. It is a forewarning, and a heralding. Lunar eclipses are harbingers to the Jews.
Jesus, said this, in Luke 21 7:25-36 concerning, what would be going on in the world, before He returns, "There will be signs, in the sun, moon and stars. We've certainly seen them. From April 2014 to September 2015, we witnessed, four consecutive blood moons, which all occurred on Feast Days. There were also six full moon, in between, the blood moons.
April 15, 2014 -Passover
October 8, 2014- Feast of Tabernacles
April 4, 2015-Passover
September 28, 2015-Feast of Tabernacles
These preceded, the ushering in, of the Year of Jubilee 5776. It was actually a Double Jubilee, because it was the 70th Jubilee, since the days of Joshua, when he, Caleb, and the children of Israel, entered Canaan.
And now here we are, in the year of 5777- 5 symbolizing His grace, and 777 symbolizing triple completion. Triple fulfillment. Wow!
This is not astrology. This is astronomy. The same watchfulness of the heavens, that led the Magi to Jesus, at His birth. They were the descendants of Seth, the righteous third son of Adam and the guardians of an old prophecy, that a star of unparalleled brightness, would appear and herald the birth of God in human form.
They had a prophecy, a timetable, and a sign to watch for. And when they saw His star in the Heavens they struck out to find Him.
Isn't it funny, that Kings from the East, came asking for Him, and King Herod and his court, along with most of the people, in Bethlehem, couldn't have cared less where He was, and weren't even looking for Him?
Interestingly, enough, there is said to be, an account of this, written by the Magi, themselves. It is purported to have been recently translated, into English, and the manuscript is said to be housed, at the Vatican library. (As are many other ancient texts, that they keep hush-hush about, and under lock and key.) Nevertheless, we have the account ourselves, in the inerrant, infallible, Word of God, and that's more than, sufficient for me.
Not much has changed. Most of us aren't looking for Him, and could care less about His "coming". In fact, they cared more about those solar eclipse glasses, they needed for their eyes, than they do, about their own souls. Yep. I said it. Because, I see it. And you see it, too.
They couldn't see the revelation of a spiritual mystery in it. And there are all kinds of blogs, and magazine articles, that say those of us, who feel the way we do, about it, and are saying what we're saying, have a few screws loose. But, there were those in Jesus' time, that said he did works by the spirit of Beelzebub, too. You know, the prince of demons, the lord of the flies?
Listen. Jesus gave us a step-by-step, synopsis, of what would occur, before His second coming. He told us what to watch for. He gave us prophecies and warnings. He told us to stay dressed and ready with our lamps lit. He also said, if a servant says that, "his master delays his coming, that the master shall come on a day, he does not expect, an in an hour, he is not aware of."
When will He come? I do not know. Jesus does not for certain either. Only the Father knows. However, we do know the times and the season. We know what precedes it, and we know to watch for. Wouldn't you agree? Take a look at some of the spiritual and scientific facts, associated with Solar Eclipse 5777.