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The Book of Revelation addresses the 144,000. They are 12,000 of each of the twelve tribes of Jacob or Israel.  Who are these people and what is their significance in prophecy?

For a Sign and a Witness

This is the time to witness the “Great Celestial Alignment” on display in the morning skies. Five planets will be visible, while six will be present, throughout the entire second half of June 2022. The best morning to look up is three days after the summer solstice, which occurred on Tuesday, June 21. The crescent moon falls in line perfectly with the planets before daybreak on Friday, June 24, glowing directly between Mars and Venus. This is also the position of the earth from the sun.

There are at least two ancient structures on earth that are perfectly aligned to the sun at the times of the solstices and equinoxes, The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and Stonehenge in Great Britain. These both stand as silent witnesses in stone. This article is going to primarily address the Pyramid.

The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

No Peace for Jerusalem

The very name Jerusalem means “Foundation of Peace” or “Teacher of Peace“. But the only time the city of Jerusalem has ever known peace was during the reign of King Solomon (970-930 BC) whose name also means “peaceful” or “peaceable.” He succeeded his father, David, on the throne over the whole House of Israel. He built the Temple of Solomon on Zion, the City of David (2 Samuel 5:7), during his reign. Since his time, there has been no peace in the land called Jerusalem! The Temple was destroyed, rebuilt and destroyed again. Jesus taught there for about three years during the Roman Occupation. He was killed by Roman soldiers at the behest of the high priests.

The earthly city of Jerusalem is once again under fire. The ongoing unrest between Judah and Palestine has been since the times of our fathers, the Patriarchs. An eternal enmity exists between them. (“Hamas fires rockets into Israel“) The city of Jerusalem, previous to the time of David and Solomon, was a royal city of the Canaanites. It was a merchant city with temples dedicated to Jupiter and Venus. It has been fought over for millennia.

A Momentous Occasion – 400-Year Anniversary

It is indeed a momentous occasion for America. Four hundred years ago, on November 11, 1620, the Pilgrims came ashore on land. That is now in Provincetown on Cape Cod. The Pilgrims’ story is a central theme in the history and culture of the United States of America. The Pilgrim Fathers were that band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

A pilgrim is defined a person who journeys a long distance to some sacred place as an act of devotion. They were escaping religious persecution and going to the Promised Land.

The Pilgrims Landing

“PROVINCETOWN – The year 1620 is etched in the annals of world history. It is the year a group of English settlers known as the Pilgrims seeking religious freedom boarded their ship, Mayflower. They braved a hazardous trip across the Atlantic Ocean to establish a new home.”

Plymouth Rock etched with the year 1620
Plymouth Rock – 1620

Seeing this date etched in Plymouth Rock is like seeing the writing on the Wall. “Mene, mene, teckel, upharsin” in the time of Daniel spelled the end for the Babylonian king and the end of the Babylonian captivity. It marks an especially important date for the people of God.

The Harvest is at the End…

The Feast of Harvest, the ingathering of the Firstfruits into the House of God has begun at sunset which is at 6:49 PM, October 2, 2020. The full moon in harvest time is so called the Harvest Moon because it rises as the sun sets and gives light to the reapers all night long. Then as the moon goes down, the sun begins to rise.

The Full Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon

Now hear the Word of the LORD! At the time of the Harvest, the Light of the Moon will be as the Light of the Sun…

“Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in THE DAY that the LORD binds up the breach of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.”

Isaiah 30:26

Jesus told a parable of the harvest of the ‘Wheat and the Tares’. When he had finished and everyone went home, his disciples came and asked him to explain it to them. Here’s what he said:

“The harvest is the end of the world…”

Jesus, The Gospel of Matthew 13:24-30, 34-43

Q&A: “The Valley of Dry Bones”

Question: What is the meaning of “The Valley of Dry Bones”?

The Valley of Dry Bones is a reference to Ezekiel chapter 37 where we find him being carried away and set down in a valley filled with bones. They are a disconnected, dried up body whose bones are scattered, without life. Their hope is gone.

These ‘bones’ are the Body of Christ.

Time to Choose: You Cannot Serve Two Masters

One thing is certain: As it is impossible for a man to mount two horses, so no man can serve/please two masters, you cannot serve God and the pursuit of wealth. You must choose between one or the other. For if you serve the pursuit of mammon, it will be your master. It will govern every decision you make. It will consume you with all that you have. You will never have enough. On the other hand, if God is master/focus, there won’t be enough room to contain the abundance poured out. It is The Valley of Decision, and a choice to be made. In this so-called ‘time of uncertainty’, it’s time for discernment to make certain. Jesus said to pay attention always so ‘that Day’ doesn’t come upon you in unawareness. That Day? What Day? The Day of the Lord! Just like when Moses required the people to make a choice between God’s servant and a rebellious servant. Making the wrong choice was a bad decision.

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon/pursuit of wealth.

The priests also, who were covetous (that is: fond of money, avaricious or greedy for riches), heard all these things: and they derided/sneered at him. Jesus said to them, ‘You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’”

Jesus – Gospel of Luke 16:13-15

The Love of Money

“…But they that are rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts/desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some covet after, they have erred from the faith/truth and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith/truth, love, patience, meekness.”

Apostle Paul – 1 Timothy 6:9-11

The Pentecost and the Promise of God

This is a day celebrated by both the ‘Jews’ and the ‘Christians’ only in different ways. This being one of the feasts ordained by God for the children of Israel to observe throughout their generations. It marks the fiftieth day (7 weeks plus one day) after the Passover or Exodus of Israel out of Egypt. It is in commemoration of the day Moses received the Tablets of the Law. This was to establish the Covenant between God and Israel. The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot and to bring in the firstfruits of the harvest.

By some, May 31, 2020 will be celebrated as the Pentecost (the Greek word for fifty). Is it just a day to go to church and pay your tithe or is there something else there hidden from view? What is the significance?

Others, from the evenings of May 28 to May 30 will be celebrating the “Feast of Weeks.” It also commemorates the Feast of the Firstfruits when the firstfruits of the wheat harvest were to be brought before God in thanksgiving. Is it just a harvest or tithe of wheat? Is it a time to eat cheese? Or is there something hidden from view? What is the significance?

Moses with the Tablets of the Law, the Ten Commandments, the Covenant between God and Israel

The Firstfruits

God told Moses to speak to the children of Israel concerning His feasts:

In the fourteenth day of the first month at evening is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. … When you are come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest.”

Leviticus 23:5-10
parable of wheat
“…but gather the wheat into my barn…” Parable of the Wheat and the Tares” Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Does God require that you bring the first stalks of wheat that come out of your garden?  What if you can’t grow wheat?  Does that make you unacceptable? This seems silly.  There must be more to this than what’s on the surface.  Let’s take a look at other places in God’s word to see if we can gain a better understanding of what’s being said here…

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