Day of the Lord 2023

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We are right at the end of 6000 years since Creation and the fall of man according to the Bible. Just as God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th and one day is as a thousand years according to Scripture, so also at the end of the 6000 years, Christ will return to the earth to rule and reign for 1000 years. 

Mr. Obama was chosen on the 7th day of Tabernacles in 2009 to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and then given the award just a few hours before the start of Kislev 24, the 2 dates mentioned in Haggai 2 regarding the Lord shaking the heavens and the earth and bringing the desired of all nations to Himself. These 2 dates are incredibly significant in this puzzle. I believe this was the start of Daniel’s 70th week (see Daniel 9:27). 

1260 days after Mr. Obama was chosen as the Nobel Peace Prize winner, he went to the Church of the Nativity, which was a temple fortress that had been desecrated by armed forces and considered by many to be the most holy place on the earth, and he stood where he did not belong, and stopped the daily sacrifice and offering from taking place on that day. He rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed beast, just as Christ had done, right on the 10th day of Nisan on the Jewish calendar and then the abomination took place right on the 11th day of Nisan, which was the very date that Christ spoke to His disciples about the abomination event. Daniel tells us that from this date, there will be 1290 days, which ended on the Feast of Trumpets in 2016.

So, after the abomination event on March 22, 2013, we had a 40-day probationary period as was foreshadowed to us in the story of Jonah that ended on the 7th day of Unleavened Bread during the Second Passover. Daniel gives us a 1260 and 1335-day count that both started at this time, at the end of the 40-day probationary period, and these counts ended on the Day of Atonement and on the start of Hanukkah in 2016. At the end of the 40 days, however, we saw how that the Bride of Christ came together for 3 days of fasting and prayer for the Lord to have mercy on America. This was also foreshadowed to us in the story of Jonah and of Queen Esther. Mercy was granted and judgment was delayed. 

If you think this delay just happened and was not shown to us in the Bible, you are very wrong. Because God is all-knowing, He knew ahead of time that this would happen and He hid this delay in His Word. We are shown in Matthew 25 and Revelation 10 that the coming of the Bridegroom will be delayed. The desolation event was delayed and the days of the Great Tribulation were shortened to just 140 days, or a “time, times and half a time” using 40 days as the measurement of “time”.

This means that the judgment was to have started in the Spring of 2016, just after the blood moons and solar eclipses on the Jewish feast days in 2014 and 2015. However, the year 2016 was an election year in America and I believe the Lord delayed His judgment further, in order to give America more time to turn back to Him. The year 2016 was also not a Jubilee Year, so a final 7 years had to be added in order to fulfill the prophecies about the Year of Jubilee. I believe the year 2016 was actually the end of 6000 years from the Creation, but the Book of Jubilees tells us that Adam and Eve were in the garden of Eden for 7 years before the fall took place on the 17th day of the second month, which is the same date mentioned in Genesis for the flood starting. This means that the 6000 years from the fall of man will end on the 17th day of the second month in 2023. When we add the 21-day delay found in Daniel 10 to the 17th day of the second Biblical month (May 8, 2023), we come to Pentecost on May 28, 2023, as the time of the Great Deliverance and firstfruits rapture event. Daniel 10 is connected to the escape of the woman (the Bride of Christ) for a "time, times and half a time" in Revelation 12, wherein we see in both chapters the start of a great war and Michael the archangel coming to fight the evil forces of darkness.

This was all foreshadowed to us in the story of Joseph, with two 7-year periods, one of great abundance and one of famine, as well as the story of Jacob, who after working for 7 years had to then work an additional 7 years in order to marry his true love, Rachel. This was also foreshadowed to us twice in the Old Testament when the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles were celebrated for 14 days rather than for 7 days. These stories were all meant to show us how the Lord was going to turn Daniel’s 70th week into 2 periods of 7 years and not just one. One possible interpretation for Daniel 9:27 is: "And he will strengthen his covenant with many for the FIRST seven." Whenever you have a first, it is always implied that there is a second also.

Daniel’s 70th week is now nearly finished (twice over) and it is time to “finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, make reconciliation for iniquity, bring in everlasting righteousness, seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy” (see Daniel 9:24).

In Matthew 24:15-21, the Lord points the disciples to Hanukkah and tells them that from that time, there will be great tribulation on the earth, but He will shorten the days for the sake of the elect. The final year of Daniel’s 70th week will start during Hanukkah of 2022, but His judgment will be delayed further until Pentecost 2023. Later in the chapter, He tells us that the sign to watch for that will accompany His coming for His Bride is the sun being darkened, moon not giving its light and stars falling from the sky. This sign appears on October 14, 2023, marking the end of the Great Tribulation for the Bride of Christ during the month of Tishrei. October 13th is also the anniversary of the fall of Babylon, which Revelation repeatedly warns us of this: "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great!" This is yet another clue to us of when "Babylon" will fall at the time of the main harvest rapture on October 13, 2023.

Joel 2 and Acts 2 point us to the sign of a solar eclipse and blood moon at the start of the Great Tribulation and Revelation 6 points us to this as well and also the sign of the stars falling from the sky at the opening of the 6th seal. We have a total solar eclipse on April 20, 2023, and a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 5, 2023, in which the moon will turn a reddish color and the final day of the Eta Aquariids meteor shower on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 2023.

The Lord told us that He would shorten the days of the Great Tribulation for the sake of His elect, or His left-behind saints. We repeatedly see in the Scriptures a “time, times and half a time” mentioned in reference to the length of time of the Great Tribulation. The “time” was to have been a prophetic year of 360 days, for a total of 1260 days. However, this “time” has been shortened to 40 days, as we see foreshadowed in the patterns of the Scriptures that a time in the wilderness is 40 days and that the time of purification for the mother of a male child is also 40 days, along with numerous other examples left for us in the Scriptures pointing to the “time” of tribulation being 40 days. 

This leads us to a 140-day count (40 X 3.5) that will start on May 27/28, 2023, and end on October 13/14, 2023. Scriptures also show us that the time of Great Tribulation for the left-behind saints, from the opening of the Abyss at the time of the first woe and first harvest, until the time of the second woe and second harvest, will be 5 months (see Revelation 9). 

The Lord has once again delayed His judgment on the earth during Hanukkah 2022 and will wait for the night to fall 5 months later on May 27/28, 2023. Ezekiel 39 talks about a 7-month time of “cleansing” or purification that will come on the earth and leaves us a clue pointing to the time period when Americans are observing Memorial Day, or the unofficial start of summer. 

Ezekiel 39: 12-13 - For SEVEN MONTHS  Israel will bury them, in order to cleanse the land. All the people of the land will bury them, and it will be a MEMORIAL for them on the DAY I magnify myself, declares the sovereign Lord.

Matthew 24:32 -  "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door

Only 1/3 of the “Day of the Lord” and “night” is without light, according to the 4th trumpet judgment of Revelation 8. This means that the left-behind saints and those who come to faith in Christ during the Great Tribulation will have to endure the first 2/3 of this 210-day period and there will still be “light” on the earth during the first 140 days of the “Day of the Lord”. The second rapture event will take place on October 13/14, 2023. From the time of the second woe, there will be a final 10-week period of judgment on the earth after all of the saints have been removed, known as the “wrath of God”. This will end on December 22, 2023, when Christ returns to the earth with His Bride to rule and reign for 1000 years.

The Israelites were told by the Lord to count off 7 weeks from the Feast of Firstfruits and then to offer another offering of firstfruits to the Lord on Pentecost. This year, the Feast of Firstfruits, or Resurrection Sunday, will be on April 9, 2023, making the Feast of Pentecost May 28, 2023. It was on the 6th day of Sivan (Pentecost) that Enoch was born and ascended into heaven, foreshadowing the birth of the church and firstfruits rapture taking place on Pentecost. It was the day when the Jewish people believe Moses received the 10 Commandments, 3 days after the mountain shook and the Israelites trembled in fear. Hebrews 12 compares this event to our being taken to the heavenly Mt. Zion and escaping the judgment that is to come on the earth. The sixth day of Sivan was also the day when the Holy Spirit came on those in the Upper Room and the Age of Grace began. Peter stood up on this day and proclaimed that Pentecost was the fulfillment of Joel 2, just after the sun is darkened (April 20, 2023) and the moon turns to blood (May 5, 2023). Revelation 14 tells us that firstfruits are offered to the Lord on Mt. Zion and Pentecost is the day when the firstfruits of the wheat harvest are to be presented to the Lord.

Revelation 14: Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.  And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.

Firstfruits Rapture - May 27/28, 2023

Main Harvest Rapture - October 13/14, 2023

Second Coming of Christ to the earth - December 22, 2023

When the delays have finished, it is time for the 7th angel to sound his trumpet and for the mystery of God (the firstfruits rapture of the Church) to be accomplished.

Revelation 10:5-7 -  Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

1 Corinthians 15:51-53 -  Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep; but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

The mystery of God is the rapture of the church. The angel in Revelation 10 tells us that there will be no more delay – this means there was a delay, just as we are also told in Matthew 25 that the Bridegroom was delayed and the virgins fell asleep.

Habakkuk 2:3 - For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it testifies about the end and will not lie. Though it delays, wait for it, since it will certainly come and not be late.

God has always had an appointed time for the rapture. He is not changing the time or moving it back. The delays are simply part of His amazing puzzle to show us His incredible love, mercy and long-suffering as we see how that time and time again, He could have brought His judgment but He delayed and is shortening the days to as little as Scripturally possible for the sake of the elect. This puzzle is all about His mercy, His grace and His incredible love for His children, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to come to eternal life through His Son.

I’m sure most of you have been taught that no one could ever know when Jesus would come because of this verse:

Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32 - But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

However, in Revelation 3 we read a verse that seems to say almost the exact opposite of this:

Revelation 3:3 - "Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you."

So here Jesus tells us that if we do not wake up, then we will not know what time He will come. The word used in Matthew 24:36 for KNOW is a different word than is used in Revelation 3.

The Greek language often has more distinction between words than English. For example, in our English language we just use the word "love". But the Greek language has 4 words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē, each meaning something slightly different. The same is true for the word "know" - there are several different words in Greek and they don't all mean exactly the same thing.

In Matthew 24, the word for "know" is eido and the best definition of this word is "to perceive something". In Revelation 3, the word is ginosko and the best definition is "to come to know or to get knowledge of". I believe that what Jesus was saying in Matthew 24:36 was no person is born with the knowledge, or knows intuitively, or perceives about this day or hour (which may not even be referring to the timing, but simply what takes place on the Day of the Lord). Even Jesus Himself does not know. Even the angels do not know. However, this does not say that no one will ever know or could never know. Revelation 3 seems to be clear (and is definitely dealing with the timing) that if you are awake, you can know (come to know or get knowledge of) when Jesus will come. He only comes like a thief to those who are sleeping (spiritually). If we continue reading in Matthew 24, Jesus says, "“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." This is the same word for “know” used in verse 26. Jesus is warning us to watch because we do not know intuitively what day He is coming.

Watch what? Watch the signs, study the prophecies, so that this day does not come upon you like a thief in the night and your house ends up being broken into. Jesus gives us this illustration - that if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have watched so he could catch him in the act. Jesus wants us to study the prophecies and the signs and the numbers left to us in Scripture so that we can know when He's coming. He does not want to catch us off-guard and we end up being left behind.

If we continue reading in Matthew 24, Jesus says, "But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of."

It is to the unfaithful servant that Jesus comes at a time he is not aware of. To the faithful servant, this does not have to be the case. Why would the Bible so clearly give us events to watch for and numbers to count with, if we are never supposed to understand the timing of events of the last days? It is my desire to leave something for those who are left behind to know for certain that what took place was prophesied to happen exactly when it happened, so that they will not fall for the great deception that is coming as a cover-up for the rapture. Satan has had a lot of time to plan how to try to deceive people. He does not want them to believe that the rapture took place or that the prophecies are being fulfilled. Jesus warned about a great deception that would happen to deceive even the elect, if it is possible. My desire is to make sure that this deception is exposed and to prove from the Bible that this event was prophesied to take place exactly when it did so that they will know for certain that what happened was in fact the rapture event and that Jesus is in control and His Word is true.

May the Lord bless each one of you and open your eyes to see wonderful things in His Word. May you come to see the days that we live in and how close we are to the setting up of God’s Kingdom on the earth in December 2023. Use this material to reach the lost and show God’s people where we are at on God’s timetable.