When Jesus appeared the first time we saw Mary and Joseph, a divine conception, virgin birth, signs in the heavens, and wise men. That was a very specific and personal fulfillment of many prophecies, but now in 2017 it looks like we are witnessing the same thing happening again, but this time it is not just a virgin girl from Israel about to go into labor, but all of creation:
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
The Apostle Paul tells us that creation itself is undergoing labor pains until the children of God are revealed. This revealing, the “redemption of our bodies”, is none other than the resurrection and rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 4:16-18, 1 Cor. 15:51-53). The prophet Isaiah confirms that the earth is going to give birth to God’s people and then they will be hidden away in a place of safety (compare to Zeph. 2:1-3, Lk. 21:36, Jn. 14:2-3, Rev. 3:10):
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a dew of light,
and the earth will give birth to the dead.
Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until the fury has passed by.
Isaiah confirms the same message 40 chapters later:
Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Both of these passages are directly connected to the image of a woman (Israel) in labor (Is. 26:17-18, 66:7) and this Saturday we will witness the prophesied Revelation 12 Sign in the heavens, which depicts a woman in labor. It seems this woman was also prophesied in Micah 5:3 and Isaiah 7:14 (see here).
The first nativity involved a single Jewish family, but the second nativity involves the whole earth. Is it then any wonder that everything has lined up this year like a corporate mirror image of what happened 2,000 years ago?
A Divine Conception:
A Virgin (Virgo):
A 9 Month Pregnancy of a King:
A Woman in Labor (The Revelation 12 Sign):
The magi went through Jerusalem before coming to Bethlehem. Likewise, the Great American Eclipse crossed seven towns named Salem. The path of totality went right over Weiser, Idaho, which means “Wise men” in German, and then passed over Casper, Wyoming, which is the Chaldean name for magi.
Mary and Joseph:
Hopefully this one is self-evident to you, but Maria and Jose are the names for Mary and Joseph in a number of Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Old French, etc). Two hurricanes in the Atlantic at the exact same time named Mary and Joseph. Will the scoffers ignore this, too?
Signs in the Heavens:
Hopefully this one is also self-evident to you. Jesus said there would be signs in the heavens leading up to His return. There would be “great signs” (Lk. 21:11) and “signs in the sun, moon, and stars” (Lk. 21:25). Try this on for size: Revelation 12:1-2 is the only sign given in the Bible that is called a “great sign” and that simultaneously involves the sun, moon, and stars. There has also been a Blood Moon Tetrad, the reappearance of the Star of Bethlehem, the Great American Eclipse, an unexpected Blood Moon on Labor Day, and much more. How much more do we really need to see? What signs are Christians looking for if not these?
Religious Leaders Causing Spiritual Blindness (Start @ 17:40):
The mocking/scoffing frenzy, which is currently ongoing shouldn’t surprise anyone. The scoffers twist what you say and put words in your mouth (just as a number of news articles are doing this week). All we’ve ever said is that a prophetic sign of major importance is going to occur this Saturday. To me and others it seems to point to the nearness of the rapture, but none of us have set dates, which makes the incessant “end of the world on 9/23”-talk all the more ridiculous. And when the rapture does happen, the world will definitely not end, but the scoffing inhabitants of the earth will be trapped in a place they don’t want to be – just as in the days of Noah.
As for me, I will be extremely watchful tomorrow through Sunday especially, and then again on 9/30 and through the end of Tabernacles. Mark my words: Jesus is coming soon.
We would love to hear from you in the comments below about any thoughts, prayers, encouragements, or confirmations you have to share as we await the appearance of the King!