New Moon of the First Month and New Year of the 39th Year of the 120th Jubilee.
This month is the New Year and the commencement of the Sanctification of the Church of God and the nations of the earth.
Today is the New Year's Day of the 39th year of the 120th Jubilee and the beginning of the Fourth Year of the Sixth cycle of the Jubilee. Look at the paper The Moon and the New Year (No. 213).
At this time we have completed our obligations under the law regarding the Third Year Tithe. We have explained the texts of the Third Year offerings in the previous Sabbath Message as the Last Sabbath of the Third Year and preparation for the covenants of the New Year and oaths and dedications to God.
Deuteronomy 26:12-19 says:
12 "When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within your towns and be filled, 13 then you shall say before the LORD your God, 'I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all thy commandment which thou hast commanded me; I have not transgressed any of thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them; 14 have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead; I have obeyed the voice of the LORD my God, I have done according to all that thou hast commanded me. 15Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel and the ground which thou hast given us, as thou didst swear to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.' 16 "This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances; you shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17You have declared this day concerning the LORD that he is your God, and that you will walk in his ways, and keep his statutes and his commandments and his ordinances, and will obey his voice; 18and the LORD has declared this day concerning you that you are a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments, 19that he will set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor, and that you shall be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he has spoken.
We need to take time out to focus on our personal spiritual needs and then go on to the problem of organising the Churches of God for the coming of the Witnesses and then the Messiah with the Heavenly Host. This job in the last days rests with us as we know from Jeremiah 4:15 and 31:6. That is dealt with in the paper Warning of the Last Days (No. 044).
Last year was the Third Year of the Sixth Sabbath Cycle of the 120th Jubilee. On those Third years God usually brings about change to His systems both in the Churches of God and in the Hebrew peoples. In the Third year the New Year and the Passover were accompanied by a tetrad of an eclipse of the New Moon and a Blood Moon of the Full Moon.
These heavenly signs have a deep connection to Bible Prophecy and that aspect is covered in the papers Signs in the Heavens Part I (No. 038A) and the Heavenly Signs of the Sixth Seal in Context (No. 038B).
The significance of the tetrads has been noticed as reported in the articles mentioned above. The same tetrad of blood-red moons occurred after Israel became a nation in 1948 and it happened in the First and Seventh months in 1949 and 1950.
The last time this series of eclipses occurred was also of significance to the Jews in Israel. The signs marked the 1967 war and the unification of Jerusalem from that year, involving Passover of 1968. That time was 9.5 years before the Jubilee commenced in Atonement 1976-1977. It was the sixth year of the Sabbath Cycle, and Jerusalem was in Israeli hands for the Sabbath year one cycle before the Reading of the Law and the Jubilee of 1977. Of course Judah did not keep the Sabbaths or the Reading of the Law but that is irrelevant to the Restoration and they will do as they are told over this sequence. An eclipse of the Moon is always red for those who would make much of the colour.
Ten years from the Jubilee of 1977 in the Third year of the Second cycle of the 120th Jubilee the measuring of the Temple of God began for the Last Days. This aspect was covered in the paper Measuring the Temple (No. 137).
God always brings about change in the Third year of a Sabbath cycle in order that the laws can still be kept in spite of the difficult changes. In 1993-4 the Churches of God were dispersed and the lampstand was established in the Third Year 1994 to prepare the Warning of the Last Days prophesied by Jeremiah 4:15 (see the paper Warning of the Last Days (No. 44)). In the year 2015/2016 we saw the Russians occupy Syria and now they have warned Turkey and Saudi Arabia that they may have to deploy and use tactical nuclear weapons over the Saudi Arabian and Turkish deployment and the threatened deployment and occupation of Syria and Iraq. The Turkish and Saudi actions can occur at any time now.
The period from 1967 to 1997 was what is understood as the Mourning for Aaron which preceded the prophetic time period of the Mourning for Moses which was the Last Thirty years from 1997 to 2027 (see also the paper The Last Thirty Years: The Final Struggle (No. 219)).
The period of the forty years in the wilderness was to prefigure the last Forty Jubilees of the church in the wilderness and the two thirty-day periods, and the move into Canaan was to symbolise the last sixty years of the Forty Jubilees.
Jerusalem was given back into the hands of Judah in 1967 in order to prepare them for the coming of the Messiah and to prepare for their conversion. This aspect is dealt with in the paper Advent of the Messiah Part I (No. 210A).
In 1997 the New World Order (NWO) began to implement the Final Phase of the Empire of the Beast. See the paper World War III Part 1: The Empire of the Beast (No. 299A).
The final religious system began to be restored for the empire. See the paper WWIII Part II: The Whore and the Beast (No. 299B).
In 1998 the Reading of the Law of God in the Sabbath Years was re-established. This also occurred in 2005 and in 2012.
From 2001 the Wars of the End began. The sequence of the Sanctification over the last twenty-one year/days began from 2006.
These wars of the end continued on until the NWO became established, and in 2012 an effort was made to deceive the world through a False Prophet and an Antichrist according to a sequence the demons had themselves set up. See the paper 2012 and the Antichrist (No. 299D). It of course failed but will be recurrent over the next few years. In 2016 we have seen Pope Francis declare the NWO religious system and they will continue at an accelerating rate.
The last sequence involved the last of the Heavenly Signs. From 2006 the world financial system was set up for collapse so that it fell into the hands of the NWO in what is now known as the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The collapse of the financial order was organised so that the European system was forced into radical reorganisation so that the system could be completely taken over from 2013/14 and the crisis would then come into operation over the period 2015/16. The NWO as scheduled moves into the ten satrapies of the empire of ten toes. These are ten supranational financial systems run by bureaucracies. The next financial collapse was set to follow from 2013 through 2014 and then in 2016 the financial collapses in the EU, US and the Commonwealth are designed to destroy the Middle Class for the NWO and national currencies.
As we saw from the paper on the Heavenly Signs Part 2, the Middle East was reorganised by revolution from 2011 to 2012. The Wars of the End are set up so that the Final Phases of the Wars of the Kings of the North and South were set up and brought to a finale from 2013 to 2015/2016 with the wars commenced by the Fallen Angels at the Euphrates. After the wars in the North and East the King of the North occupies from the sea at Gaza to Jerusalem, and the final phase of their occupations is 42 months.
Contemporaneous with this period is the 1263.5 days of the Witnesses at Jerusalem (see the paper The Witnesses (including the Two Witnesses) (No. 135)).
The final sequence leads from 2012 to the Jubilee in 2027 in a series of phases. The year 2012 marks the end of the age of the transitions of Venus as determined by the Amerindian calendars and the New Age of the Transition of Venus as Morning Star under the new heavenly leader allegedly begins. Its purpose was to deceive the nations and pave the way for the False Prophet and the Antichrist. There were even ministers of the Churches of God declaring themselves to be the witnesses in this year.
From 2012-2013 the Wars of the Last Days continued into the final phases of WWIII. Occupation of the Middle East is still being undertaken (Dan. 11:40-43). However, it is broken by the news from the East and North of Daniel 11:44. This extermination of a great many will occur very soon and will be in conjunction with the sequences that we see from the beginnings of the wars of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets. The war of the Fifth Trumpet is based on biochemical warfare and the Sixth Trumpet is massive global conflict.
A third of mankind will be destroyed by these wars. They appear to have commenced now. When these wars are undertaken the heavenly signs foretold by the prophet Joel will commence to be undertaken in the wars (see the paper Commentary on Joel (No. 021B)). As we saw in 1967 and 1968 we were faced with war on an extended sequence. The conflicts began from the New Year and proceeded up into the New Moon of the Third Month. These conflicts were not resolved and recommenced in 1973 - May 1974 and this period will see them drag on for almost four years when the Messiah will bring the Vials of the Wrath of God to the earth and the elect will be resurrected in the First Resurrection (see the paper Heaven, Hell or the First Resurrection of the Dead (No. 143A)).
The sequence from 2016 will see great tribulation develop and the Witness to the world hopefully will extend into the Advent of the Messiah by the next Sabbath year of 2019 and the Vials of the Wrath of God should be completed by 2024 ready for the Treble Harvest of 2025 and the Sabbath of 2026 and the Jubilee of 2027. These are the 24 years from 2001 to 2024 of the Wars of the end spoken of the prophets. The 6000 years allotted to Satan will end in 2027 but they will be cut short and Satan will be placed with the Host in the bottomless pit of Tartaros until 3019 and released to the end of the Millennium in 3027 when they are released to deceive the nations once more from the End Sabbath Cycle of the Millennial system. Be prepared.
Passover and the days of Unleavened Bread are rapidly approaching and we have to plan ahead for this very important Feast period and today we commence the Sanctification Process which will take us then to the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. If we do not commence today we can find ourselves not properly prepared for the Passover (Sanctification of the Temple of God (No. 241)). It is the spiritual preparation that needs the most care and attention and we now work on to the Seventh of Abib where we pray for the Sanctification of the Simple and Erroneous. We will deal with this for the next week from Sabbath (see the paper Sanctification of the Simple and Erroneous (No. 291)). We will take the details from a previous New Year's message so that the new members may benefit.
Traditionally the women spend a lot of time house cleaning and ensuring all leaven is removed from the premises before heading off to their assigned Feast site. Sometimes, so much time is spent cleaning that they do not take enough time focusing on their spiritual condition and cleansing the Temple, which we are, often arriving at the Feast in a state of exhaustion.
We do not need to wait until 1 Nisan to commence the cleansing process. The removal of leaven is a must, being critical in the keeping of the Commandment, but the spiritual cleansing is equally important. There are many papers that deal with the spiritual meaning of the Passover period and a list of these is attached at Appendix A. Some of these may be part of the Feast Services or pre-Feast Services.
Take the time now to assess your situation and plan your activities accordingly. Ensure you take the time to pray and read your Bible and the papers. Most importantly: Is there anyone with whom you still need to make peace? (Mat. 5:24) If so deal with it now. Don't wait for a person to come to you – you take that first step. The day before the Feast is too late!
Look at your pantry now and assess what leaven you have that needs to be used before 14th Nisan. Organising the pantry early will make the final de-leavening much quicker and easier.
Confirm your travel and accommodation arrangements and costs. If driving, don't forget the safety check on your vehicle. If something needs fixing it might take time to do it or to get that spare part. Again, don't leave it until the last moment.
Think about your offering and Feast expenses. Your Second Tithe is an ongoing matter and should be set aside all year to ensure you have the funds for each Feast period and those who are financially able may wish to assist those who are in more difficult circumstances. Feast Coordinators and Caterers should provide an estimate of costs to those attending to assist them to assess and manage their finances for the period.
If the necessary physical activities are planned, prioritised and started early there will be less stress at the last minute and one's spirituality will be better dealt with. It is good to arrive at the Feast ready to fellowship and enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones and ready to feast both physically and spiritually before God in joy and thanksgiving.
Get yourself ready by making sure we are all at harmony and have forgiven each other for our assumed trespass. We are about to go into very serious times and in a short time the Witnesses will be here to prepare us for the Coming of the Messiah.
2016 Passover Papers for Study
|09 March 2016||1 Abib||New Moon/New Year: Sanctification of the Nations P077
Sanctification of the Temple of God (No. 241)
|15 March 2016||7 Abib||Sanctification for the Simple and Erroneous P291
FAQ on Ezekiel 36-48 & the Sanctification of the Temple P292
|21 March||13 Abib||Arrive at the Passover site on 13 Abib on site ready for the Lord's Supper that evening.|
A_P2016 Passover Calendar 2016
P190 Preparing for the Passover
P103B Procedures for the Lord's Supper
P93 Preparation for the Passover Meal
P51 Passover Questions and the Reasons for our Faith
P49 Seven Days of the Feast
P103 The Lord's Supper
P242 Death of the Lamb
P98 The Passover
P99 Significance of Foot Washing
P100 Significance of the Bread and Wine
P101 The Night to be Much Observed
P106A The Old and the New Leaven
P106b The Wave Sheaf Offering
P107 The Seven Great Passovers of the Bible
P070 The Ascents of Moses
P56 Keeping the Feasts
P102 I Thirst
P159 Timing of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection
P160 The Purpose of the Creation and the Sacrifice of Christ
P267 Eating together in Worship
Papers for Children's Study Periods
God's Sacred Calendar (No. CB20)
The Sabbath Day (No. CB21)
God's Holy Days (CB22)
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (No. CB33)
Song of Moses (No. CB98)
Who is God? (No. CB1)
Who is Jesus? (No. CB2)
Moses and the Exodus (No. CB16)
The Ten Commandments (No. CB17)
Click A_P2016 for the Passover & Days of Unleavened Bread Calendar