Light for the Last Days

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When will this be?

This is the key question. We’ve got two scenarios:

1. the end of the times of the gentiles, and

2. the fulness of the gentiles.

I’ve suggested that these are possibly two different events:

One will be the Rapture of the Church when He will take us out of this world unexpectedly at any time.

The second will be the end of the times of the gentiles, the Coming of Christ to the earth which will be preceded by certain events which have not yet happened.

So, when will it be? Jesus said of that the day and hour no one knows not even the angels of heaven but my father only knows. Therefore, there is a warning against trying to set dates.

And I’m not going to set dates, I’m just going to give you one little bit of an idea which I found of interest. It sort of came to me. But I’m not setting the date of the Second Coming. Please don’t get me wrong.

I’m saying that there are certain things happening which are indicating that we’re moving in that direction. We don’t know the day or the hour but there are indications of when this is going to happen and Jesus said: when you see these things begin to happen look up lift up your heads because your redemption draws near.

Therefore, He expects you as Christians, when you see certain things happening, to draw the conclusion that this is a sign of My soon return.

We are told in one sense not to be dogmatic and fix the date, but we are also told to see the signs and to be ready.

One interesting point which a number of both Jewish and Christians commentators have made is the idea of a 2,000 year Interval. A 2,000 year Interval, from Christian point of view, between the First and the Second Coming of Jesus.

And, as we’ll see in a moment, it does come into Jewish thought as well. From the creationist point of view (as Barbara was saying about Noah and Adam), I am a creationist, I believe that, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth as we read in Genesis. I believe that there are good reasons to understand that from a scientific point of view.

I’m not going to go into that now but that’s just the given. I’m coming from a creationist point of view and from what we call a ‘dispensational point of view’ which means there are certain ages in which God deals with people in different ways.

There are 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, roughly. Roughly 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus and then, they would say there were two thousand years from the First to the Second Coming of Jesus.

Put that together and you’ve got six thousand years.

When Jesus returns, we’re told specifically in Revelation that He’s going to reign on the earth for one thousand years. Six thousand plus (+) one thousand is (=) seven thousand years.

It says in the scriptures that the day of the Lord day with the Lord is as a thousand years.

So, you have a picture thereof a six-day period of ‘work’, followed by one day of ‘rest’, the Sabbath rest of the Messiah reigning.

There’s a very interesting quote in the Talmud. It says:

‘The school of Elijah taught:  The world is to be for six thousand years; two thousand years without Torah; two thousand years with Torah and two thousand years Messianic times.’

Midrash Rabbah Gen.98.3

Based on this, Messiah should have come 2000 years ago.

Midrash Rabbah, that writing is not something which is generally pushed too much in Jewish circles because, if you take it literally, it means that the Messiah should have come two thousand years ago.

There’s a famous Jewish believer called Rachmiel Frydland who was studying in a yeshiva in Warsaw before the Second World War, and he was asking about the dates of the Messiah. He came across that scripture and said that ‘well surely the Messiah must have come’.

messianicassociation.org

They told him not to look into this, ‘don’t even begin to study this subject because if you do you might consider that the Messiah should have come two thousand years ago, but he didn’t therefore you won’t believe in the Messiah coming at all.

What Is a Yeshiva? – Jewish History (chabad.org)

Well, the Messiah did come 2000 years ago in the person of Yeshua the Messiah and, of course, in the yeshiva they don’t teach you that Jesus is the Messiah. But this this passage in the Talmud is there. Two thousand years

You also have an interesting passage in the Book of Hosea. In Hosea chapter 5 there’s a prophecy where the Lord says:

For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue. 15 I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

Hosea 5.14-15

Do you see what that scripture is saying? That God is going to tear Himself away from Israel and Judah, from the land, and that He’s going to then return to ‘My place’. I will return to My place until they acknowledge their offence.

Jesus came to the earth, He died, He rose from the dead. Then, He returned to His place, he ascended to heaven wherefrom He will come again the second time. He’s waiting for Israel to acknowledge their offence, to repent, and to believe in Yeshua Jesus the Messiah.

So, this prophecy speaks about the Lord returning to His place until they, Israel. ‘seek My face’ in a time of Tribulation.

The next verse is in chapter 6 says:

Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. 2 After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.

Hosea 6.1-3

After three days, He will raise us up. Now, someone said that’s a prophecy of the resurrection. Jesus rose on the third day, but he’s speaking about “us“, raising us up, not Himself. And as we’ve said the scripture says a day is as a thousand years with the Lord:

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, 

that with the Lord one day is as a thousand 

years, and a thousand years as one day.

2 Peter 3.8

For a thousand years in Your sight

Are like yesterday when it is past,

And like a watch in the night.

Psalm 90.4

Therefore, after two days, He’s going to revive us, then restore us on the third day which speaks of the last thousand years. So, you have two thousand years and then a revival, something happens which revives them and restores them on the third day. This is interesting.

So, is there a significance in the 2000-year time frame?

I’m not going to insist that it has to be exactly 2,000 years, but there are these indications of some kind of 2,000 year time frame. Let’s go back to the First Coming of Jesus:

Jesus was born not in naught 0AD, He was probably born sometime between 5 to 4AD to 2AD or 1AD

Timeline of Jesus’ life – Christianity

There was a monk called Dionysus Exiguus who worked out the date of Jesus birth in the 6th century. He did pretty well without Google and without search engines, but he was out, slightly out. When Jesus was born, Herod the Great was still alive.

According to historians, Herod the Great died somewhere between 4 to 2BC, so Jesus must have been born somewhere between somewhere before 4BC.

We know that the beginning of Jesus ministry was around 26 to 27AD. Luke tells us:

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

Luke 3.1-2

Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, 

Luke 3.23

A lot of dates there which we can fix from external sources to round about 26 to 27AD. Jesus begins His ministry being about 30 years old. According to this, at this time, He spends three and a half years in ministry, which brings us to the crucifixion somewhere between 29 and 31AD.

There’s a bit of debate about the timing of the crucifixion. This is something I got off the gotquestions.org website. It says:

What time was Jesus crucified? What time did Jesus die on the cross? | GotQuestions.org

Therefore, the crucifixion took place around 30AD, followed by the resurrection, followed by the ascension, followed by the gift of the holy Spirit.

But, which has more significance the birth of Jesus or the death and resurrection of Jesus?

Both of them are significant events, but although the birth of Jesus was a wonderful event, it didn’t change anything in terms of dispensations. Jesus was just a baby, hardly anyone knew about it, so, it was not a event which changed anything as far as how God dealt with people in the human race.

What changed something was, first of all the ministry of Jesus, together with the climax in His death, resurrection, and ascension to Heaven; and then, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the birth of the church. That was a significant event as far as the dispensational change is concerned. An event taking place round about the year 30AD.

If you follow me on the 2,000 years idea, you add 2,000 years to 30AD date and end up with a date of 2030AD.

Now, again, please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying 2030 is the date of the Second Coming but it’s interesting that 2030 is also a date which the globalists and new world order have actually chosen for the establishment of their New World Order, Agenda 30, the Great Reset.

Agenda 2030 – The Human Security Unit

According to some of the stuff I’ve been reading, this is supposed to take place by 2030. They’re going to have it in place by then a ‘new world order’ world government.

It won’t be a good world order. In fact, if it does come to pass, it’ll be the Antichrist government. But I find it fascinating they’ve chosen this date, 2030. Could it be significant?

The Great Reset | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

And if it is significant, then does it have something to do with the Second Coming of Jesus?

Now, again, I’m not telling you that Jesus is coming back in 2030 but we have a convergence of events taking place around us which are pushing us towards the Second Coming of Jesus.

If you do take the pre-Tribulation Rapture view of events and 2030 is actually the date of the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth, and you go back 7 years, you get to 2023AD which is just around the corner.

Now, again, I’m not saying that is the date of the Second Coming but, as you see all these things coming together, we have to recognize that we are living in exciting days and that Jesus is coming.

He says you don’t know the day or the hour and I’m not telling you what is the day or the hour but I’m just saying that there are these indications which are there, in scripture, which point us to the fact that it is coming soon and that we need to be ready for the Coming of the Lord.

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Matthew 24.36

We’re seeing a whole convergence of prophetic events in the world and in the church, and in Israel which are shaping up for the last day’s events and therefore, we need to recognize that these things are happening and we need to be ready for the Second Coming of Jesus.

We need to be ready by repenting of our sins and believing in the Gospel, and looking forward to the Second Coming of Jesus which will be a radical change in what takes place on the earth.

Tony Pearce

Jesus said He’s going to come as a thief in the night unexpectedly so be ready at all times.

Just to sum up, the fulness of the gentiles happens, I believe, at the time of the removal of the predominantly gentile church and God going back to deal with the Jewish people, which ties in with the Rapture event, which itself could happen at any time. The end of the times of the gentiles happens after the ‘time of trouble’ with the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth at which point He sets up His Messianic Kingdom.

Whether you agree with all the details or not, (I’m not totally dogmatic on all at these points but I’m just showing them to you as things we should to be concerned about) the message is that we should be ready because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect Him.

We must make sure that our lives are right with God so that we can be sure that when either we go to be with the Lord in death or meet Him in the air at the Rapture of the church, we are ready to meet Him and we secure a glorious future and a glorious hope in Jesus Christ.

We should also use the time that remains to get the Gospel message out. To the Jew first and also to the Greek, that people may repent and believe the Gospel and have a hope in Jesus the Messiah.

And we should pass on this message. You can pass on this message over the internet but make sure that it gets out so that people are ready for the Coming of Jesus.

So many things are happening! I do this prophecy tape and can’t keep up with all the things which are happening in the world which are pointing us to the Second Coming of Jesus.

Most of the church is blind to it, most of the world is totally blind to it, but if you have your eyes open, then, you can know that we have a future and a hope. As Jesus said:

when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

Luke 21.28

Jesus is coming, amen. Praise the Lord.

Let’s just have a word of prayer before we close. Lord we thank you for the hope we have in Jesus the Messiah. Thank you that you’re coming again in power and glory. Thank you Lord that we have a great hope which the world doesn’t have, and we pray for many people out there: that they may be returned to you in repentance and faith in these last days. We pray particularly for Israel and for the Jewish people at this time: that you open their eyes to Yeshua the Messiah and that you begin that work which will cause them to look upon You they have pierced and mourn for You as for an only son and to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. We pray this in the Name of the Lord Jesus, Yeshua hamashiach, amen.

Tony Pearce