Sabbath 24/3/34/120

Dear Friends,

This Sabbath we will examine the end days and Christ’s words regarding this matter.

The Church in the Last Days will be as Noah was a witness of faith. In Hebrews 11:7 we read that “By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

Compare this with 2Peter 2:4-5: “For if God spared not the Angels that sinned, but cast them down to tartaros, and delivered them into the chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment (see the paper The Judgment of the Demons (No. 80)) 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly...”

God preserved the few and destroyed the ungodly that were the many so that they like Sodom and Gomorrah should be a witness to those that would follow.

In Luke 2:26 we read that the Holy Spirit revealed that the righteous should not see death before he (Simon) had seen the anointed of the Lord (Christou kuriou).

In Mathew 24:37-39 we are given a parable that refers back to the days of Noah. “But as the days of Noah were so shall the coming of the son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came and took them all away so shall also the coming of the son of man be.”

Then the text gives the parables of the two in the field where one is taken and the other left and the women grinding at the mill, where one was taken and the other left.

We were commanded to watch and be ready for at such an hour that you did not think then the son of man would come.

Thus is our readiness; we should be able to be prepared by such of the parables and the Bible lessons as will give guidance on those things that went before us.

This reference back to the flood has a number of lessons in it.

We know that the earth had become corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence (Gen. 6:11).
Noah and his family were tamim or without blemish in the generations or genealogy.

Here the word ark meant a tebah or floating building. In that sense it was not a chest and referred to a floating building with rooms or nests in the sides as we see was the case in the Temple of God.

The Temple of God is in fact the Church of God and in it there are many rooms for the elect as the priests of God.

It was, however, made of Gopher wood and the Ark of the Covenant was made of Shittim wood. Gopher wood (SHD 1613) means to house in and may have been akin to the cypress.

The flood occurred in the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life on the 17th day of the Second month. This was after the completion of the Second Passover and from the beginning of the last opportunity for repentance according to God’s Calendar. Noah took the unclean by two and the clean by seven so that the sacrifices were kept and the food was established. They went in as God had commanded and the Lord shut them in (Gen. 7:16).The rains were on the face of the earth for forty days and forty nights (v. 17).

This sequence is important. God gave Noah and his family the command to build the ark and they went about preparing the ark for the destruction of the then world for 100 years.

This sequence has relevance to the last days and the world is destroyed.  It rained until the Twenty-seventh day of the Third month before the New Moon of Tammuz. The waters prevailed up the earth 150 days (Gen. 7:24).  Thus the flood was upon the earth from the Second Passover until the Month of Tishri.

It is this sequence that is of importance to the establishment of the millennial system under Jesus Christ. The sequence is explained also in the giving of the law in the paper The Ascents of Moses (No. 070).

Look now at the entry in Nehemiah. This text refers to the destruction and also to the period of the wilderness under Christ. This sequence has its parallel to the Forty Jubilees in the wilderness from the start of the church in the Jubilee of 27 CE to 2027 CE.

Nehemiah 9:1-38 [1]  Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth upon their heads. [2] And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. [3] And they stood up in their place and read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day; for another fourth of it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God. [4] Upon the stairs of the Levites stood Jeshua, Bani, Kad'mi-el, Shebani'ah, Bunni, Sherebi'ah, Bani, and Chena'ni; and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God. [5] Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kad'mi-el, Bani, Hashabnei'ah, Sherebi'ah, Hodi'ah, Shebani'ah, and Pethahi'ah, said, "Stand up and bless the LORD your God from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be thy glorious name which is exalted above all blessing and praise." [6] And Ezra said: "Thou art the LORD, thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and thou preservest all of them; and the host of heaven worships thee. [7] Thou art the LORD, the God who didst choose Abram and bring him forth out of Ur of the Chalde'ans and give him the name Abraham; [8] and thou didst find his heart faithful before thee, and didst make with him the covenant to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Per'izzite, the Jeb'usite, and the Gir'gashite; and thou hast fulfilled thy promise, for thou art righteous. [9] "And thou didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and hear their cry at the Red Sea, [10] and didst perform signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for thou knewest that they acted insolently against our fathers; and thou didst get thee a name, as it is to this day. [11] And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on dry land; and thou didst cast their pursuers into the depths, as a stone into mighty waters. [12] By a pillar of cloud thou didst lead them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go. [13] Thou didst come down upon Mount Sinai, and speak with them from heaven and give them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments, [14] and thou didst make known to them thy holy sabbath and command them commandments and statutes and a law by Moses thy servant. [15] Thou didst give them bread from heaven for their hunger and bring forth water for them from the rock for their thirst, and thou didst tell them to go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them. [16] "But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey thy commandments; [17] they refused to obey, and were not mindful of the wonders which thou didst perform among them; but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their bondage in Egypt. But thou art a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and didst not forsake them.
[18] Even when they had made for themselves a molten calf and said, `This is your God who brought you up out of Egypt,' and had committed great blasphemies, [19] thou in thy great mercies didst not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud which led them in the way did not depart from them by day, nor the pillar of fire by night which lighted for them the way by which they should go. [20] Thou gavest thy good Spirit to instruct them, and didst not withhold thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst. [21] Forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing; their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell. [22] And thou didst give them kingdoms and peoples, and didst allot to them every corner; so they took possession of the land of Sihon king of Heshbon and the land of Og king of Bashan. [23] Thou didst multiply their descendants as the stars of heaven, and thou didst bring them into the land which thou hadst told their fathers to enter and possess. [24] So the descendants went in and possessed the land, and thou didst subdue before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and didst give them into their hands, with their kings and the peoples of the land, that they might do with them as they would. [25] And they captured fortified cities and a rich land, and took possession of houses full of all good things, cisterns hewn out, vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees in abundance; so they ate, and were filled and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness. [26] "Nevertheless they were disobedient and rebelled against thee and cast thy law behind their back and killed thy prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to thee, and they committed great blasphemies. [27] Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of their enemies, who made them suffer; and in the time of their suffering they cried to thee and thou didst hear them from heaven; and according to thy great mercies thou didst give them saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies. [28] But after they had rest they did evil again before thee, and thou didst abandon them to the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them; yet when they turned and cried to thee thou didst hear from heaven, and many times thou didst deliver them according to thy mercies. [29] And thou didst warn them in order to turn them back to thy law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey thy commandments, but sinned against thy ordinances, by the observance of which a man shall live, and turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck and would not obey. [30] Many years thou didst bear with them, and didst warn them by thy Spirit through thy prophets; yet they would not give ear. Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of the peoples of the lands. [31] Nevertheless in thy great mercies thou didst not make an end of them or forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God. [32] "Now therefore, our God, the great and mighty and terrible God, who keepest covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to thee that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day. [33] Yet thou hast been just in all that has come upon us, for thou hast dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly; [34] our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept thy law or heeded thy commandments and thy warnings which thou didst give them. [35] They did not serve thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness which thou gavest them, and in the large and rich land which thou didst set before them; and they did not turn from their wicked works. [36] Behold, we are slaves this day; in the land that thou gavest to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves. [37] And its rich yield goes to the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins; they have power also over our bodies and over our cattle at their pleasure, and we are in great distress." [38] Because of all this we make a firm covenant and write it, and our princes, our Levites, and our priests set their seal to it.

The chosen of Israel did evil again and this time they have continued in evil almost endlessly.

God sent them into captivity to deal with them and it is so now and has been so in war continually. It should be expected that the sword will not depart from us now until the Millennium. We will not have finished fleeing through the cities of Israel till the Son of Man comes (Mat. 10:23).

The Times of Jacob’s Trouble began in 1916 after the build up from 1912 through 1914. The sequence of the 100 years of the end paralleling the building of the ark with the rooms of those to be saved ended in 2015/16. This may represent the period of the Restoration of the laws of God under the Witnesses and commence the period of the end, or may indeed represent the Coming of the Messiah himself and the beginning of the great wars of the wrath of God. If that is the case we may well see the First Resurrection by 1 Abib 2016. Whatever the case we will know the time when the Witnesses stand in Jerusalem.

The time sequence is explained in the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses) (No. 135).

Pray that we are protected and that our officers are protected.  Let no one be harmed and pray that the Holy Spirit surrounds our people and deals with those who would harm us as they would seek to harm us. Out of their mouths let them be judged.

Wade Cox

Coordinator General  Hear O Israel Yahovah our God, Yahovah is one. Eloah is Allah', Allah' is Eloah. We will all be Elohim.
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