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Two Witnesses – Identifying the Second Witness

Two Witnesses
Identifying the Second Witness

Revelation 9:12-11:14 ESV  “The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.  13Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet [2nd Woe], and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before Yahweh,  14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”  15So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind.  16The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand [200,000,000 troops]; I heard their number.  17And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.  18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths.  19For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.  20The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,  21nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries [drug, medication, pharmacy sorceries] or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” “1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.  2He had a little scroll [Book of Daniel] open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land [angel has landed on earth],  3and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.  4And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write [because John understood what they said], but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”  5And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay,  7but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of Yahweh would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.  8Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll [Book of Daniel] that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”  9So I went to the angel [John is on earth during the Tribulation!!] and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”  10And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.  11And I was told, “You must again prophesy [in the 21st Century] about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”” “1Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise [from the dead] and measure the temple of Yahweh [John is alive in Jerusalem during the Tribulation] and the altar and those who worship there,  2but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months [3 ½ years].  3And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days [3 ½ years], clothed in sackcloth.”  4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  5And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.  6They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.  7And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,  8and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city [Jerusalem] that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord [Yahshua] was crucified.  9For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,  10and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.  11But after the three and a half days a breath of life from Yahweh entered them, and they stood up on their feet [Elijah’s first resurrection, John’s second], and great fear fell on those who saw them.  12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud [Elijah’s second ascension, John’s first], and their enemies watched them.  13And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the Divine One of heaven.  14The second woe has passed [6th trumpet]; behold, the third woe [7th trumpet] is soon to come.”

We don’t have to search far to find the identity of the first witness. Elijah will be one of the two witnesses, according to Malachi 4:5-6 ESV  “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of Yahweh comes.  6And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” Malachi does not tell us how long before the Day of Yahweh that Elijah appears, but Revelation 11 above spells it out, exactly 1,260 days before the Day of Yahweh, the Two Witnesses appear on the world scene.

John the Revelator is identified as the second witness in the following Scriptures: Revelation 11, John 21:21-23, Matthew 20:22-23, Luke 9:51-56, Mark 3:13-19, Revelation 10:1-4; 9-10.

Revelation 11:1 ESV  “Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of Yahweh and the altar and those who worship there,” John is commanded to rise from the dead and measure the Tribulation Temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem. This passage puts John on earth, in Jerusalem, during the Tribulation. I believe John is the only prophet who gets to fulfill his own prophecy!

John 21:21-23 ESV  “When Peter saw him, he said to Yahshua “Lord, what about this man?”  22Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”  23So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Yahshua did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”” Master Yahshua hinted to the fact that it may be His will that John be alive on earth during end time events.

Matthew 20:22-23 ESV  “Yahshua answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”  23He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”” Yahshua has given us a very subtle clue here. Yahshua states plainly that John will drink the Master’s cup. What cup? The cup of capital punishment, or martyrdom. First Century John was the only Apostle to die of old age, not martyrdom! John has a date with destiny as the other witness to fulfill this prophecy of Yahshua!

Luke 9:51-56 ESV  “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.  52And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him.  53But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.  54And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”  55But he turned and rebuked them.  56And they went on to another village.” Calling fire down from heaven to consume their enemies is the signature supernatural gift of the two witnesses. John didn’t get to do it in the First Century, but he will in the Twenty First Century! Revelation 11:5 ESV  “And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.”

Mark 3:13-19 ESV  “And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.  14And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach  15and have authority to cast out demons.  16He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);  17James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);  18Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,  19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” Yahshua named John a Son of Thunder. Why? In Revelation 10:3-4 ESV  “and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.  4And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”” John understood what the seven thunders uttered. He was going to write it down in his scroll of Revelation, but the voice from heaven told him not to write. Did Yahshua know something about John and his relationship to thunder, that John did not know back in the days of his calling? Yahshua knew that John would have a special relationship with the voice of thunder!! When John returns as the second witness, do you think he’ll be allowed to tell the message of the seven thunders? I believe he will!! Why else would Yahweh have let him understand what they said? It’s a message for the Great Tribulation time!

Revelation 10:1-2; 9-11 ESV  “Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.  2He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land,” “9So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”  10And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.  11And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.” A couple things are revealed in these verses. We see John on earth in the 21st Century with the angel, digesting and proclaiming the fulfillment of the little Book of Daniel. Not only did John prophecy and write down prophecy in the 1st Century, but he is told that he will get to prophecy again. . .in the 21st Century!!

There may be other hints in the Scriptures that John is the second witness of Revelation 11, but these few passages whet our appetite for the fulfillment of prophecy in the end times. John has to finish his testimony that he started when he walked with Yahshua in Judea in the First Century. He doesn’t have to wait much longer to cross his finish line.

Special thanks to Pastor F.M. Riley and Steve Cioccolanti for their faithful and diligent study of Yahweh’s Word.

Gene Benjamin II
February 22, 2014

Sacred Chronology – Adjusting the Biblical Timeline

Sacred Chronology

Adjusting the Biblical Timeline

As time rolls along, one gains knowledge, finds more research and resources from which to draw more intelligent conclusions. Well, this is true in my study of Sacred Chronology. I’m a relative newbie to the world of biblical chronology as I’ve only been studying the biblical calendar and Sacred Chronology for about nine years now. I’m no scholar or expert, but when you see what appears to be problems in the biblical timeline, you look for solutions or answers to your questions. The case in point is1 Kings 6:1 HRB “And it happened in the four hundred and eightieth year from the going out of the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt, in the fourth year, in the month of Zif, it is the second month, in the reigning of Solomon over Israel he built the house [Temple] for Yahweh.” Any casual reader of the Scriptures can easily calculate up the years from the Exodus to the fourth year of Solomon’s reign, including forty years in the wilderness, Joshua’s remaining rule over Israel, the Elders’ rule, all the Judge years, all the Oppressor years, Eli’s years, Samuel’s years, Saul’s years, David’s years, and at least 3 years for Solomon before the Temple building began, and you come up with over 600 years of history that seems to conflict with the passage in 1 Kings 6:1. How can this be?

The problem is not with the original Hebrew text, for that was inerrant, but it may be a problem again with our poor English translation. The English word “four” found in verse 1, comes from the Hebrew word arba or arba ah, Strong’s # H702. It is translated 266 times as the English word four, BUT it is also translated 21 times as fourteen and 23 times as fourteenth! So, it’s possible the translators should have translated this word arba here as fourteen, so the text would read “fourteen hundred and eightieth year”. That is a significant difference in translation, adding 1,000 years to the biblical timeline.

Dr. Aardsma, over at the website www.biblicalchronologist.org came to this conclusion, but believes a digit was dropped from the number, from 1,480 to 480 years, but I have not been able to find where the ancient Hebrews used Roman numeral digits as we know them today. Hebrews used words for numbers, so to me it appears to be a simple translation error.

By adding the missing 1,000 years back into the ancient biblical timeline, a whole host of Sacred Chronology problems are dealt with. I’m just beginning to explore them. Now, the wilderness, Joshua in Canaan, Elders, Judges, Oppressors, Samson, Eli, Samuel, Saul, David, and first 3 years of Solomon can be lived out in real time without any artificial overlapping of rulerships/kingships by scholars and experts. The Sacred Chronology timeline can now breathe, with fresh Holy Spirit air!! You have no idea how exciting this is, unless you love the Word of Yahweh, and His Sacred Chronology and biblical calendar and timeline. Every person, place, thing and historical event mentioned in the Scriptures actually occurred in Yahweh’s perfect timing. Studying these things builds your faith and confidence in your Creator Yahweh and in His Word. You don’t have to doubt the accuracy of one jot or tittle in Yahweh’s Holy Word, it’s ALL truth and true and accurate history and prophecy. Only believe.

And guess what happens when this 1,000 years is added back into the Sacred Chronology? Now, the archaeological evidence for the conquest of Jericho and Ai fit the biblical timeline perfectly!! By placing the Exodus from Egypt in 2450 BC, instead of in 1447 BC, archaeology and the Bible’s real history come back into perfect harmony! Be sure to get Dr. Aardsma’s books and read his website. It’s all very educational and uplifting of the Word of Yahweh and the real empirical history it speaks about.

I have only just begun to expand my Sacred Chronology spreadsheet from 6,000 lines back into a 7,000 line chronology spreadsheet. It is a lot of work, but a beautiful thing to see. Dr. Aardsma’s theory of a missing millennium is fact instead of fiction and blows away some misconceptions and manmade ideas about the length of Yahweh’s plan for this world and man. So much for believing in 6,000 years as the reign of fallen man over the earth, followed by 1,000 years of the Millennial reign of Yahshua, as the perfect 7,000 year plan of Yahweh. It now looks more like 7,000 years of the reign of fallen man upon the earth followed by the peaceful 1,000 year reign of Messiah Yahshua, for a total of 8,000 years, before Yahweh recreates a new heavens and a new earth. I would love to hear Pastor Tim Warner, of www.answersinrevelation.org debate Dr. Aardsma on biblical chronology. Pastor Tim has discovered a perfectly symmetrical 7,000 year plan in the biblical chronology, Dr. Aardsma’s theory seems to blow that all up. And no one’s discoveries disturb one iota of Yahweh’s Word!!

Also, when adjusting the Sacred Chronology back another 1,000 years, we find two Egyptian Pharaohs that fit the Exodus story perfectly. Pepy II, the Pharaoh that wanted all Hebrew baby boys thrown into the Nile River, was reigning at Moses’ birth and died when Moses was about 79 years old! According to Egyptian history, Pepy II reigned for 94 years! According to this same Egyptian history, Pepy II’s son, Merenre II (also called Antiemdjaf), reigned only about 1 year, as he drowned in the Red Sea with his army after facing off with Yahweh and Moses! The Exodus event ended the Sixth Dynasty of the Egyptian Old Kingdom. Egypt was thrown into absolute chaos after the death of Merenre II. So what? Well, now you can write those two Pharaohs names into your Bible text to gain more accurate realism in the Exodus story. For example, Exodus 1:8 HRB “And a new king [Pepy II] arose over Egypt, who had not known Joseph.” Exodus 1:11 HRB “And they put over them slavemasters in order to afflict them with their burdens. And he built store cities for Pharaoh [Pepy II]: Pithon and Raamses.” Exodus 2:10 HRB “And the child grew, and she brought him to the daughter of Pharaoh [Pepy II]. And he became a son to her, and she called his name Moses, and said, Because I drew him out of the water.” Exodus 2:23 HRB “And it happened after many days that the king [Pepy II] of Egypt died [after reigning for 94 years], and the sons of Israel groaned from the slavery. And they cried, and their cry went up to Yahweh from the slavery.” Exodus 7:7 HRB “And Moses was a son of eighty years, and Aaron was a son of eighty three years when they spoke to Pharaoh [Merenre II].” Psalm 136:15 NKJV “But overthrew Pharaoh [Merenre II] and his army in the Red Sea, For His mercy endures forever;” Moses personally knew Pharaoh Merenre II, because they grew up in the same royal household! Go ahead and mark your Bible all up, it’s OK!

If I ever get my spreadsheet cleaned up to a presentable state, I’ll let you know.

Blessings in Yahshua,

Gene Benjamin II

March 22, 2014 AD

 

John’s Two Deaths and Two Resurrections

                     John’s Two Deaths and Two Resurrections
                       The Second Witness Identifies Himself

Revelation 9:12-11:14 ESV  “The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.  13Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet [2nd Woe], and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before Yahweh,  14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”  15So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind.  16The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand [200,000,000 troops]; I heard their number.  17And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.  18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths.  19For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.  20The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk,  21nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries [drug, medication, pharmacy sorceries] or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” “1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.  2He had a little scroll [Book of Daniel] open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land [angel has landed on earth],  3and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.  4And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write [because John understood what they said], but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”  5And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay,  7but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of Yahweh would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.  8Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll [Book of Daniel] that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”  9So I went to the angel [John is on earth during the Tribulation!!] and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”  10And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.  11And I was told, “You must again prophesy [in the 21st Century] about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”” “1Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise [from the dead] and measure the temple of Yahweh [John is alive in Jerusalem during the Tribulation] and the altar and those who worship there,  2but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months [3 ½ years].  3And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days [3 ½ years], clothed in sackcloth.”  4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  5And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed.  6They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.  7And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,  8and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city [Jerusalem] that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord [Yahshua] was crucified.  9For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,  10and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.  11But after the three and a half days a breath of life from Yahweh entered them, and they stood up on their feet [Elijah’s first resurrection, John’s second], and great fear fell on those who saw them.  12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud [Elijah’s second ascension, John’s first], and their enemies watched them.  13And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the Divine One of heaven.  14The second woe has passed [6th trumpet]; behold, the third woe [7th trumpet] is soon to come.”

As you have just read above, the timeframe context of the ministry of the future two witnesses is during the 6th Trumpet, or 2nd Woe. Some believe that the ministry of the two witnesses occurs during the first 3 ½ years of Daniel’s 70th week, or Tribulation, but I beg to differ. Look at Revelation 11:1, John is resurrected from the dead [John’s first resurrection at the same moment as Elijah’s first return to earth] to measure the Temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem that is already built, and in full operation, because people are actively worshiping there!! Revelation 11:1 ESV  “Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of Yahweh and the altar and those who worship there,” Most Bible students understand that the next Temple will be built just before or during the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. Therefore, the ministry of the Two Witnesses must occur during the second 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation!! The 6th Trumpet must blow around the beginning of the second half of the Tribulation. How do we know this? Because it is illogical and impossible for the 6th Trumpet to blow BEFORE the Tribulation begins (i.e. around the time of a heretical pre-tribulation rapture)! This is the same logic we use to understand that Paul’s LAST Trumpet of the rapture and resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:52 CANNOT blow BEFORE the Tribulation begins!! Again, there is no such thing as a pre-tribulation rapture/resurrection of the saints to glory. It’s just a silly fairy tale for scripturally ignorant foolish Christian adults.

John first died back in the 1st Century, or at the beginning of the 2nd Century A.D. John’s second death occurs in the 21st Century in Revelation 11:7. John’s first resurrection occurs in Revelation 11:1 in the 21st Century. The word rise there is to awaken or arise from death. John’s second resurrection occurs in the 21st Century in Revelation 11:11, at the same time of Elijah’s first resurrection, 3 ½ days after being murdered by the Antichrist. After the Antichrist murders Yahweh’s two witnesses, he’ll run over to the Temple and sit in the Holy of Holies and declare himself to be god. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 ESV  “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,  4who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of Yahweh, proclaiming himself to be Yahweh.” It is this act by the Antichrist that rapidly brings on Yahshua’s Advent 2.0!!

Remember, the two witnesses minister during the 6th trumpet, which is the 2nd Woe, or second 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation. The seventh trumpet announces the beginning of the Millennial Reign of Yahshua on earth! The 7th trumpet announces the end of Yahweh’s plan, Revelation 10:7 ESV  “but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of Yahweh would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.” Revelation 11:15-19 ESV  “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah and he shall reign forever and ever.”  16And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before Yahweh fell on their faces and worshiped Yahweh 17saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord Yahweh Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.  18The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”  19Then Yahweh’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” The 7th trumpet announces the fulfillment of the little scroll, Daniel 7:13ff. The Kingdom inherited by Messiah in Revelation 11:15 is the same kingdom inherited by the saints in Daniel 7:13ff!!

Elijah is identified as the first witness in Malachi 4:5-6 ESV  “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of Yahweh comes.  6And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

John is identified as the second witness in the following Scriptures: Revelation 11, John 21:21-23, Matthew 20:22-23, Luke 9:51-56, Mark 3:13-19, Revelation 10:1-4; 9-10.

I propose to you that John’s second resurrection, Elijah’s first resurrection, and the Rapture and Resurrection of the saints all occur at the same time at the END of the Great Tribulation, at the END of the 7 years known as Daniel’s 70th week. This is what the Scriptures teach, if you are able to believe it. Forget the pre-tribulation rapture heresy and prepare yourself for an exciting 7-year Tribulation soon to explode on an unsuspecting world, with Yahshua’s Advent 2.0 at the end!!

Gene Benjamin II
February 21, 2014 AD

p.s. For a good teaching on the identity of the two witnesses, contact Pastor F.M. Riley at  mailto:  fmr7sngn at centurylink dot net and ask him for his teaching titled: The Future Ministry of God’s Two Witnesses. Pastor Riley first wrote his study 30 years ago. He is a pre-trib rapturist, but don’t let that influence your appreciation of the two witnesses.

A recent confirming witness by Steve Cioccolanti can be found at: http://www.rapturewatch.net/apps/videos/videos/show/18440651-message-to-all-jewish-people-is-elijah-coming-back-who-are-the-2-end-time-witnesses-

1260 DAYS REVISITED

1260 DAYS REVISITED

Anyone who reads or studies Bible prophecy has heard of the 1,260, 1,290, and 1,335 days mentioned in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. Well, I recently received a Bible study from Pastor F.M. Riley titled The Open Door . . . Is About to Close. Here’s a quote of one paragraph to whet your appetite, “But let’s narrow this down even further. From the day of “firstfruits,” April 20, 2014 to “Yom Kippur, the Great Day of Atonement,” September 30, 2017is exactly 1,260 days, the exact number of days in the first half of the Tribulation period. This day of atonement on the Jewish calendar will be the weekly Sabbath Day, Tishri 10, 5778 or September 30, 2017. Coincidence? Sure, when donkeys start flying, strumming banjos and braying Yankee Doodle Dandy! Count the days for yourself! Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

So, who can resist counting those days for ourselves? Today we have great websites to help us do so. Follow these links to verify Pastor Riley’s statement: http://www.timeanddate.com/date/durationresult.html?m1=4&d1=20&y1=2014&m2=9&d2=30&y2=2017&ti=on

and  http://www.abdicate.net/cal.aspx

1,260 days are a perfect prophetic 3 ½ year period of 42, 30-day months. 42 X 30 = 1,260 days. So, will Day of First Fruits, Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, kick off the Tribulation years? Let’s see if we can answer that question in this post.

One point that is exciting about starting the count up to mid-tribulation from the Day of First Fruits, is that it is the day Yahweh told Israel to begin the count of 7 Sabbaths to the Feast of Shavuot, or Pentecost! So, this day is important for beginning the Omer count; could it also be significant to begin a prophetic count this year of 2014? It’s possible. Yahweh could be giving us a hint and some help in knowing when to begin the count of the Tribulation years! Some prophecy teachers believe the numbered days don’t begin until mid-tribulation, but Pastor Riley makes a good argument for counting up to the mid-tribulation.

Unfortunately, Pastor Riley is a pre-tribulation rapture theory proponent, which viewpoint taints his otherwise excellent Bible studies. I’m not yet Scripturally convinced of a pre-tribulation Rapture/Resurrection. If someone can show me Scripture on how you can have the LAST Trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:52, the rapture/resurrection scenario, occur BEFORE the FIRST Trumpet of Revelation 8:6-7, the beginning of the 7th seal, then I might be convinced of a pre-tribulation rapture/resurrection. Until then, I’ll stick with the rapture later in the tribulation years.

Study it for yourselves, my friends: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 HRB “Behold, I speak a mystery to you: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed. 52In a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet; for a trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. 53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, then will take place the Word that has been written, “Death was swallowed up in victory.” (Isa. 25:8) 55“O death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” (Hos. 13:14) 56Now the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law; 57but thanks be to Yahweh who gives us the victory through our Master Yahshua Messiah!”

That word “LAST” in verse 52 is the Greek word eschatos, Strong’s # G2078, which means farthest or final. This tells us that Paul is specifically talking about something that happens in the end times, or last days, at the END of the final days of mankind. Not much else, except Yahshua’s return to earth, can happen AFTER this event in verse 52. Here’s Thayer’s Lexicon definitions: 1) extreme

1a) last in time or in place

1b) last in a series of places

1c) last in a temporal succession

2) the last

2a) last, referring to time

If Paul’s trumpet in 1 Corinthians 15:52 is the “LAST” trumpet, which it is, then there is no more time left for the first six trumpets found in Revelation. That is why I believe Paul’s trumpet is part of the 7th trumpet of Revelation. You can’t have the LAST trumpet sounding BEFORE the first six!! The last trumpet of the end times CANNOT sound the beginning of the end times; “it’s illogical, captain”, as Mr. Spock would say.

The real question on our minds is: will we be raptured/resurrected on or before the Day of First Fruits, 2014? Now, I’m going to quote Pastor Riley’s study in its entirety for your consideration and study. Will he answer this question for us?

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The Open Door

Is about to Close…..

By Pastor F. M. Riley

April 4, 2014

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee [out in front of you; in your future] an open door [a door having been opened], and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not defiled My name,” Revelation 3:8. KJV & Greek text

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened [having been opened] in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [the voice which I heard at the first…Revelation 1:10-16] was as it were a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter [after these things of the church age], Revelation 4:1. KJV & Greek text

Introduction

The Lord Jesus Christ has much to say about the “door” in His inspired Word. Finally, these many references to the “door” in the prophetic Scriptureshave all come together in a harmonious sequence. And that sequence is the subject matter of this study. Join us for an enlightening study…..

Christ and the Open Doors

That these “doors” have to do with the fulfillment of end-time prophecy in relation to the nation and people of Israel, and the coming of Christ is made clear by the statement of the Lord Himself in The Parable of The Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35. In 24:33 the Lord explicitly stated, “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Notice that in this passage the Lord explicitly said “doors” [plural]. He did not say “door” [singular]. This is because there are two phases to the return of Christ, whether some want to believe it or not. In returning back to mankind, Christ will first come “in the air” for His New Covenant Gentile church bride and people, then seven years later He will come back to the earth visibly and bodily with all of His redeemed “saints” to destroy His enemies and establish His Millennial Kingdom upon the earth, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:5; 1 Thessalonians 3:13. This means that the “doors” of Heaven are going to be opened twice, once at the time of the resurrection and rapture, and then again seven years later when Christ bodily and visibly returns at the end of the Tribulation, Revelation 19:11-21. This is not hard to see or understand if those who “profess” to be Christians would just receive God’s Word at face value for what it actually and literally says, rather than refusing to believe it and attempting to explain it away or outright deny it.

When was the Door Opened…..?

In the letter to the church at Philadelphia, the Lord explicitly told His church that He would set out in front of them [Greek text] “a door, having been opened,” Revelation 3:8. It is not just “coincidence” that the letter to the church at Philadelphia correlates with that period of time in this present church age from approximately 1750 to 1948. This was the greatest period of evangelism, missionary activity, and teaching the Word of God to mankind which had occurred in church history since the Apostolic period.

It was no “coincidence” that during this time of intense Bible study and teaching of the Word, the teaching of the Pre-tribulation rapture of God’s people came to the forefront again among the churches and the ranks of Christianity. Those today who claim that it was “invented” during this period of time obviously don’t know much about Christian history, for the Pre-tribulation rapture was not only taught by Paul and John, but such early “church fathers” as Hippolytus were teaching it in the 4th century of Christianity. There has never been a time in Christian history when there were not at least a few believers teaching the Pre-tribulation rapture. Hello!

When was the “door” Christ spoke of in the Philadelphian church letter actually and literally opened? To find the answer to this question we need to remember what the Lord said about His coming [parousia] in the end time being exactly like it was “in the days of Noah,” Luke 17:26-27. So what happened in the days of Noah?

In Genesis 6:1-2 is recorded the sin of “the sons of God” [wicked angels] in cohabiting with women and producing a race of beings [nephilim] who were not true humans. If any reader desires more insight into this, I will be glad to send my Bible study entitled There were Giants in the Earth upon receiving your request. It was this specific act which appears to have moved the Lord God to establish a limit to the “days” of mankind upon the earth in the very next Scripture, “And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years,” Genesis 6:3. So at the exact time that the fallen angels began interfering with the DNA of the human race, the Lord God gave what is commonly referred to as the 120 year warning which preceded the flood in “the days of Noah.”

At that point, or shortly thereafter, during this 120 year period the Lord God spoke to Noah, warning him, “I will destroyman whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” Genesis 6:7-8.

Upon receiving that warning of coming destruction, Noah began to preach the Lord’s warning to mankind, and to “prepare an ark to the saving of his house,” condemning the wickedness of the world, and becoming “heir of the righteousness which is by faith,”Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 2:5. I would emphasize that the ark which Noah prepared had only one “door,” Genesis 6:16.

Keep in mind that all that mankind had to do to was believe Noah’s message, repent, and receive the Lord God whom Noah preached in order to escape the impending destruction. But they refused to believe what Noah was preaching! Nevertheless right on schedule, exactly in the 120th year, just as the Lord had said, the flood came, Noah and his family went into the ark, “and the Lord shut him in,” Genesis 7:16. In other words, the Lord God shut “the door.”

Again, I remind our readers that the Lord God explicitly stated, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man,” Luke 17:20-21.

Now let’s move forward in human history to the exact time in human history when the Lord God began the process of regathering the scattered Jewish people out from among the nations of the world, and stirring their hearts to have a land and home of their own again. That exact year was 1897.

It was in 1897 that Theodor Herzl convened the First Jewish Congress which met in Basel, Switzerland for the express purpose of searching out a national homeland for the Jewish people. The Jewish people had been scattered into all the nations of the world since 70 A.D., and yet had managed to survive as a people throughout those 1,827 years. But they had never forgotten that they were once a great people with a great nation and a great king (David). After all of those years, individually and as a people, they were longing to “go home.” At that First Jewish Congress the Zionist Movement was born, with the stated purpose of finding a national homeland for the Jewish people and re-establishing their nation among the nations of the world. 1897 was a most important year, for I am personally convinced that it marked the “beginning of the end” of this present dispensation and age, and therefore the time when “the door” was opened.

Right here I would like to inject a historical fact that many of God’s people are not even aware occurred. Precisely in 1897 was the first sighting of a UFO in modern history. This occurred in Aurora, Texas in April of 1897 when a space ship of some kind crashed into a windmill during a windstorm. This was six years before the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Yet there it was, seen by many eye witnesses at the time, flying through the sky over Aurora, Texas and reported on in the newspapers of that time. It is my conviction that at the same time the Lord God made a move to resurrect and restore the nation and people of Israel, the fallen angels began their end-time work of attempting to infect the DNA of humanity again. Yes, I do believe that these UFO’s we hear about, for the most part, that have been showing up in the skies particularly since Israel became a nation again are demonic craft piloted by fallen angels, demons, and nephilim.

Remember that 1947 was the year that the U.N. voted to partition the holy land into two separate states, one for the Jews and the other for the Arabs. This vote in August of 1947 [exactly 50 years to the day after the First Jewish Congress in August of 1897] directly led to the re-establishment of Israel as a nation the following year in May of 1948. Again, just “coincidence?” Are our readers aware that there is no word for “coincidence” in the Hebrew language? None!

To emphasize the importance of 1897 I want our readers to know how it fits into the pattern of end-time Bible prophecy, and the closing of “the door.” I have already pointed out that in “the days of Noah” a 120 year warning was given. Go back and read it again in Genesis 6:3. The Lord emphatically stated in that passage that man’s days, because that the whole of mankind upon the earth, was almost totally given over to rebellion and wickedness against God, would be only 120 years. It is glaringly obvious that at the exact end of that 120 years the flood came on the earth wiping out all living things except those in the ark. That ark then was literally the “ark of safety.”

When will the Door Close?…..

Now if we apply this same truth to mankind living today upon the earth, what do we find? Don’t miss this! Read it over if you have to, but let it soak in. It is exactly 120 years from 1897 to 2017. Hello! 2017 is the year that marks the middle of the Tribulation period. The middle of the Tribulation period begins “the hour of His [God’s] judgment,” Revelation 14:6-7. The “hour of His judgment” refers to the last half of the Tribulation period, when all wicked, God hating, Christ rejecting humanity will be destroyed from off the face of the earth, exactly as all wicked, God hating, Christ rejecting humanity was destroyed in “the days of Noah.” See my study entitled The Two Hours. It will be sent to any reader upon request. This is significant enough,…..

But let’s narrow this down even further. From the day of “firstfruits,” April 20, 2014 to “Yom Kippur, the Great Day of Atonement,” September 30, 2017,is exactly 1,260 days, the exact number of days in the first half of the Tribulation period. This day of atonement on the Jewish calendar will be the weekly Sabbath Day, Tishri 10, 5778 or September 30, 2017. Coincidence? Sure, when donkeys start flying, strumming banjos and braying Yankee Doodle Dandy! Count the days for yourself! Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

What this indicates is that the Day of Atonement, September 30, 2017, is the exact middle of the Tribulation period on earth. Now just back up 1,260 days from Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in 2017, and see if this gives our readers any idea of when the resurrection and rapture is going to occur this year? When the resurrection and rapture occurs, “the door” to be raptured and escape the terrible Tribulation period will swing “shut” for every living person on earth who has refused to believe the multiplicity of warnings given by all “preachers of righteousness” today, just as “the door” was “shut” in “the days of Noah.” Are you listening?

More “Coincidences?”

This year, Easter, April 20, 2014, the day the religious world has set aside to observe the resurrection of Christ Jesus, perfectly coincides with “firstfruits” on the calendar God gave to Israel in Exodus 12. What I am saying plainly, is that April 20, 2014 is “the morrow after the Sabbath” following Passover, Leviticus 23:9-11. It is therefore the exact same day Jesus Christ was resurrected from among the dead in 30 A.D. Now is it just “coincidence” that Easter and “firstfruits” fall on the exact same day this year? Amazing enough?

Well let me add to this information. This year the Gregorian calendar used by we Gentiles today, the calendar used by the Greek Orthodox Eastern Catholic religion, and the Jewish calendar which God gave to Israel in Exodus 12, all correlate together in perfect harmony exactly on April 20th, 2014, Abib 20, 5774, the exact day Christ rose from the dead in 30 A.D.. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

But let’s not stop here! It is now well known and documented that April 15, 2014, the day the modern religious Jews observe Passover, is also the first in a series of “blood moons.” In other words, a total lunar eclipse will occur that day, causing the Moon to appear as blood red. Now read the inspired prophecy of Acts 2:19-20. Well…???

What does all of this mean?

I would have to be a “close minded” religionist, if I said that all of these things coming together in perfect harmony this very month, in fact, in just another 16 days, are just “coincidence” and that nothing of any prophetic significance is going to occur. There likely are some who will read this who qualify as “close minded” religionists, but I am not one of them! I believe God’s Word, and by the grace of God I have spiritual discernment, so that I can discern the hand of God moving in human events to fulfill His Word and bring this present dispensation and age to a close.

Back to the “Door”

A few weeks ago I wrote and posted a Bible study entitled “After.” In that study I pointed out that it is “After” the church age has ended in Revelation 3:22, that we see John in Revelation 4:1 saying that he saw “a door was opened in heaven…” [having been opened…Greek text], and John then hears the Lord say to him, “Come up hither.” This is obviously a foreshadowing of the rapture of God’s people. The rapture then occurs in a brief transition period immediately following the end of the church age, and before the Lord God in Heaven begins to open the seven seals on “the little book,” Revelation 5:1-5; 6:1.

Wake up dear readers. We are living in that transition period right now as I write. The church age, I am personally convinced, ended on March 31,2014, with the last day of Adar on the Jewish calendar which the Lord God Himself gave to Israel. A brand new year began with Abib [Nisan] 1 on April 1st. Oh yes, it is also highly significant that the month of April this year correlates exactly day by day with the calendar month in which Christ was crucified in 30 A.D. Another “coincidence?” Not hardly! Those readers who cannot see the hand of God in all of these things coming together this month likely need to receive Christ for real as their own personal Savior. It is so much later than many today want to believe!

Conclusion

Folks, following the rapture, as foreshadowed by John in Revelation 4:1, the “door” to Heaven will be shut, just as the “door” to the ark was shut in “the days of Noah.” Any reader of this Bible study who hasn’t received Christ on or before the Jewish holy day of “firstfruits,” April 20, 2014, will likely miss the rapture and be left right here on earth to enter into and face the terrible Tribulation period. Remember that Christ is the ONE who “openeth, and no man shutteth,” but Christ is also the ONE “that shutteth, and no man openeth,” Revelation 3:7. It will not do a bit of good for a person who misses the rapture to cry out to the Lord to “open unto us.” It did no good for the people in “the days of Noah” to beat on the door of the ark and cry out to Noah to open the door. Read this truth for yourself in Luke 13:24-27.

The Lord God has warned all humanity to “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man,” Luke 21:36. You have possibly 15 days [or perhaps even less…???] to receive Christ as your own personal Savior, or “the door” of Heaven will slam shut, and you will be left here on earth to go into the terrible Tribulation period. Is that what you really want? If not, then you better get serious about seeking and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior right now in the few days that you may have left. How? Get on your knees and face before God, and cry out to Him in earnest, sincere prayer until the answer comes. But what if He doesn’t immediately answer? Then just stay with it for the long haul until you receive the answer.

I have a sister in Christ, now deceased and in Heaven with the Lord, who told me how that under deep conviction she sought the Lord for months, not really knowing how to seek Him. Finally, under deep conviction one night she simply cried out in prayer, Lord, I believe that you died for me, and paid for my sin at Calvary, yet I don’t know what I have to do to receive you as my Savior. If I die in my lost, sinful condition, I will go to hell trusting you.” She related to me that at that instant, when she had come to the end of her own resources, the Lord graciously saved her. Dear reader, He will do the same for you.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him,” John 3:36. Read John 3:3-8, 3:16, 5:24, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31, Romans 10:8-13, Ephesians 2:8-10, and Titus 3:5.

Whether some want to believe it or not, the Pre-tribulation rapture will occur…..

And the Door will Close!

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Permission is granted to any true believer or Bible believing Christian ministry to reproduce this study to share with others, or to quote from it in context as written.

NOTICE….The past two days we have had terrible storms in central Missouri with lightning, hail, high winds, tornadoes, and massive amounts of rain resulting in flooding. Those readers who have attempted to call me need to know that my phone was knocked out and is still out as I write. I hope to have it working again in another day or two, but just know why I haven’t been able to answer the phone. I am physically okay, and thank each one who has tried to contact me and are praying for me.

Please address all comments, questions, and correspondence to: Pastor F. M. Riley, Last Call Gospel Ministry, 184 County Road 108, Harisburg, Missouri 65256, or I can still be contacted by email at

fmr7sngn@centurylink.net

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Blessings this new Hebrew year,

Gene Benjamin II

April 6, 2014 AD