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Understanding the language of the Bible is critical. The language of the New Testament is written in the later Greek, and the writers applied the Greek to subjects on which it had never been used by native Greek writers. The things concerning Jewish affairs, their theology, and rituals. I have committed the work of the Greek dictionary found within, to assist in your personal study, and in repelling those who choose to distort the word. Acquaint yourself with the language of the Greek New Testament, you will find it to be of an indispensable importance.

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How close are we to the end? Volume 1-2 can be found in the lower left hand column
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End time prophesy concerning the catching away of the church followed by 7 years of tribulation has always been in Scripture, but, before the 18th century these subjects were  rarely the main topic of discussion in Christian churches. Why; because it wasn’t the time; people did not understand as was the case of Daniel, John and others for many reasons.  

Daniel 12:8, "And I heard, (from the Holy Spirit) but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?" Daniel had heard these prophesies and wrote them, but had no understanding of the things he had written. Why, because the history of the Greeks;, Romans; Christian Church and the return of Israel in 1948 were hundreds of years in the future. Daniel then asks, "Lord what does all this mean?" The Lord replied, "Daniel, close the book, it’s not for you to know."

Again, in Daniel 12:9 we read, "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." But now, today, many theologians think we have reached that “time of the end.”

From 400 A.D. until about the middle 1800’s there was little understanding in Christendom concerning end-time prophecy, and the subject was rarely considered or discussed. Few had an understanding of the connection between Rapture, Tribulation and the Lord’s second coming. And what confused most was; Israel did not exist as a nation, and the Jews had been scattered by God to the four corners of the earth. And because of this, the false teaching of a “spiritual Israel grew. The Catholic church, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses etc. and many others all claimed to be spiritual Israel. But our God threw a monkey wrench into that false teaching when He began to draw the Jews back to the land as He had promised. So, in the past 1400 years were Christian’s expected to understand these Old Testament prophesies, NO, because it wasn’t the time!

Beginning in the middle 1800’s, the term "Rapture" meaning catching away of the church first became popular in the United States through the teachings on premillennialism and dispensationalism by John Nelson Darby, an Irish evangelist. The understanding of the rapture continued to grow largely due to a preacher named William Eugene Blackstone (1841-1935). It was now that men began to fulfill the prophesies concerning the end of the end days.

The United States, Soviet Union, China, Japan etc. only a few hundred years ago, were in their infancy of developing into world powers. World War 1 and 2, the Holocaust (which means burnt offering) were still part of prophesy unfulfilled. The Atom bomb and other weapons of mass destruction were several hundred years ago unknown, as was the Industrial age, the invention of cars, trains, planes, satellites, space travel, Moon landings, Mars missions, the computer, the internet etc.

The League of Nation and the U.N. had to come into existence: Palestine had to be renamed Israel again; Hebrew had to again to be the language of the Jews, as was the Shekel’s return; also the development of Israel’s political system, their agriculture, manufacturing and military. Also, the establishing of Israel’s old enemies, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabi, as well as Hamas, Muslim brotherhood, Isis, etc.  All these and much more had to come to be because each was/is a piece of the end time puzzle. Each event is connected one way or another to the other. Our X President, Obama, his friends and their agenda has played a major part in fulfilling certain aspects of end time prophesy, as when he turned his back on Israel, strengthened Israel’s enemies and turned loose from Guantanamo the enemies of Israel and the church.

1 Thes.5:1-2-3, Paul wrote under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they (the world without Christ) shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”

Verse 1 begins with “but: What Paul was about to reveal was opposite or separated from what he had been speaking of in the previous verses 1 Thes.4:15-16 they concerning the resurrection and rapture of the church. So, for those who are without Christ when he returns the 2ed time at the end of the 7 years of tribulation, “sudden destruction awaits them and they shall not escape.”

I find it interesting that the Lord would compare the set time of his return to the pain and suffering of a woman ready to give birth. At the end of a woman’s full term, 9 months, she will experience much pain. Jeremiah wrote in ver.30:6-7, “Ask you now, and see whether a man does travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail (childbirth) and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”

The devil has opened the lid to every evil known to mankind, and when that lid was lifted, every winged demon found its way into the nations of the world. And like Pandora who closed the lid quickly after opening it, succeeding only in preventing hope from escaping; but, this did not include that blessed Hope that comes from above. Jesus escaped death upon his resurrection as will all who follow after him. Soon, the Lord will catch away His bride from off the face of the earth before that great and dreadful day.  

Zechariah wrote, 13:8, “And it shall come to pass that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts (2 out of every three people) therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire (great tribulation) ---“ Why do I know this is not a reference to the Babylonian captivity, or the destruction of Israel by the Roman armies; or the slaughter of the Jews by Hitler? Because the last part of the verse reads, They (the Jews) shall call on my name, and I will hear them (still future;) I will say, it is my people: and they shall say The LORD is my God” and this has not happened yet! 

Some of the last words of Jesus were, Matt.23:38, “Your house (12 tribes) is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you (the Jews) you shall not see me from this time forward, until you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the LORD” and this also is still unfulfilled.

The weapons of Mass Destruction W.M.D. are the weapons of choice among the nations. Man’s selfish adversity, his vain and reckless arrogance for power, his fallen nature and passion for supremacy, topped off with the masses of crazed Muslim believers who lay at the altar of their god, the broken and bloodied bodies of innocent victims, all in a vain hope for a final solution to the Jewish and Christian problem.

No-one can be dogmatic concerning the Lord's return. But using Bishop Ussher’s chronology given in the Scriptures concerning generations, (see Volume 1) we are brought back in time to 6 P.M. October 22, 4004 B.C. After a woman’s carries her child for 9 months (6000 years) she will go into labor “as travail upon a woman with child.” I do not believe the Lord minces words in Scripture, therefore, I understand the chronologies in scripture to be true. Before his return to judge, He compares the world to a woman (in travail) meaning (ready to give birth, 9 months). The #9 is the largest and last digit before the # 10 which represents “finality” and completeness. This number of finality or judgment is committed unto Jesus as “the Son of man” (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the end and issue of all things as to men, and of the judgment of mankind and all his works.  Let me show you what I mean.

If we take 9 periods of time, and divide it into 6000 years we arrive at the number 666.666.666 years!

We read in Rev.13:16-17-18, “He (the beast) causeth all (who are not raptured) ---- to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save (except) he that had (1) the mark, 666 or (2) the name of the beast, 666 or (3) the number of his name, 666. Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six (666).”

Let’s take 666.666.666 years and multiply it by 6, we arrive at the number 3999.999, this representing years. Keep in mind, six represents a world number; it also represents man’s incompleteness and imperfection: Adam was cast from the garden according to Bishop Ussher chronology at 6 P.M. October 22, 4004 B.C. At this moment in time the countdown began. If we take 3999.999 years from 4004 B.C. we arrive in the year 4 B.C. the year our Lord was born, the 2ed Adam, born and died without spot or blemish, he was/is the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  

When the Christ child was born, I believe God’s countdown stopped for a season. My reasoning is found in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, and good will toward men.” The design for peace and God’s good will was to make known the hidden glories of the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is Matt.1:23, “God with us;” and in the K.J.V. 1 Tim.3:16, “God --- manifest in the flesh.”

The Father would be at peace with men for a season, 30 years. The good will of God toward mankind is glory to God in the highest. At the birth of Jesus, who is called the Prince of peace Isa.9:6, a time of tranquility and Divine favor came over Israel and the Jewish people. Little is known of Jesus from his conception to the time of his baptism by John in the river Jordon and by the Holy Spirit, but we know he had the hand of divine protection over him. His baptism occurred at the age of 30 in the year 26 A.D. So, God’s countdown for mankind stopped for these 30 years. When Jesus was anointed of his Father, he said of his Son, “Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” After his Baptism Jesus took on the office of Israel's High Priest, this after the order of Melchizedek.

Heb.6:20-- 7:1, "Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most-High God." 

The children of Israel were acquainted with the name Jehovah, or El Shaddai etc but not so much with, “The Most High God”. When Abraham who was a Gentile met Melchizedek, there was no nation of Israel nor any Jews; yet Abraham paid tithes to Him, so, Jesus like Melchizedek is the High Priest for all men, Jew and Gentile alike, and we Christian's lay our prayers at His feet. He is the fore runner, our High Priest which speaks of one having entered into the throne-room of the Father in heaven before those of us who shall follow after him.

Soon after Jesus baptism, our Lord was driven into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit “tempted of the devil” but unlike Adam, Jesus prevailed against Satan. “Luke 4:13, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.” The word season in Greek means, an appointed time, a set time, a certain season, as in a fixed and definite time or season.

When the devil left our Lord the clock began to tick away the next three periods of 666.666 years, or 2000 years. Two thousand years from 26 A.D. takes us to the year 2026. At this appointed time a total of 9 periods, 6 periods before Jesus birth, followed by 3 after his baptism in 26 A.D. will have passed. So, 2026 may be the year of our Lord’s return, and if this is correct it will be right after the 7 years of tribulation which would have begun sometime in the year 2019. This is the same year Israel will celebrate the end of their 70th birthday. When Israel became a nation in one day, May 14, 1948, it marked the first day of their 1st birthday. The 1st year ended May 13 1949; and the end of their 70th birthday will end May 13th 2019.

Phil LaSpino


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