Last night, about this time, I received an email from a friend of mine who happens to be from Jamaica. Most of it was scripture and one I recognized offhand because my Sunday school teacher drilled us on it, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3. All the rest of the verses were from 1 Thessalonians, Matthew and a couple others which were familiar to me but didn't recognize easily. However, the first part of this email is something I've had incursions into personally and have until now, left this under wraps. Now, I feel that the Lord has moved me to speak on this for what it is. This is not prophesy, but an interpretation of the events happening around us and Jesus' word. It is not date setting, because a date cannot be set until all the believers are aboard, hence Jesus' explanation "no one but the Father."
The subject was "The Year of Eve" and in all capitals "2010 IS THE YEAR IS THE YEAR OF THE EVE. WE KNOW THE EVE AS THE PERIOD BEFORE A GREAT EVENT." This is much like Christmas Eve in general terms, but the event he was writing about has much more significance than a few gifts under the tree, but a culmination of Jesus' greatest gift to all and those who acknowledge it. Yes, this involves the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning or the end, or the beginning of a new beginning, depending on what connotation you read. Less delicately, the beginning of the Tribulation. I know what you're thinking, Walt, you've flipped your lid and went cult on us. Again, this is a commentary and explanation of what I read.
Date setting, in the context of the Jehovah's Witnesses, psychics, Nostradamus, the witch at Endor, Jeanne Dixon and so many others was this, they were in it for their glory (and Satan's), not the Lord's. This man was truly in it for the Lord's, though maybe a little zealous. In truth, I can't blame him? Anyone who prefers the world in its present state over being taken up to be with Jesus for eternity should write, 10,000 times, "I would rather have a bag of iron filings over a diamond necklace." This is a token comparison, but I rest my case.
So how do we get to the year 2010 anyway? Well, the word is that Matthew 24:34 (Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled) and Psalm 90:10 (The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away) should explain this easily. Again, this is not predicting a date for the rapture because only God the Father knows this and that's when all believers are on board! Israel became a nation on May 14th 1948, so it would bear mention that 70 years (the actual lifespan of a generation, even today) from 1948 is 2018.
But wait, biblical years are not the same as a modern, Gregorian year of 365 1/4 days. A Biblical year is 360 days, so this could be off by as much as a year, making the middle of 2010 the start of the Tribulation. There's also the jubilee hype going around that may or may not agree with the results of the aforementioned explanation. Anyone can read in Revelation (KJV)
From what I've researched, the 70 years, the generation could be the real deal. Let's face it, all the other signs are here, the Veri Chip, a New Age movement, declination of the United States as a world power, ascending power in the E.U., earthquakes, not to mention a growing unrest all over the world.
Maybe this is wrong and for those who are lost, I would love to have that generation thing stretched out another ten years or so (aren't people living longer nowadays?). However, the fact so many are scoffing at the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in droves proves that His return for his Bride the church is imminent. If the 70 modern years holds true, then this could happen by late spring of 2011. If the biblical year thing stands (minus any jubilees business, which I don't think the Lord put in the equation) this could happen before late spring/early summer of this year. As of the 21st of this month, there could be less than five months before the tribulation starts.
However, the fact is that while we as Christians should be eagerly anticipating Christ's return for His church and his kingdom to start seven years later, we also have duties here. There are children to look after, bills to pay, jobs to do, etc. We can not afford dereliction of the duties that He has entrusted to us. After all, someone still needs to tithe, make casseroles for the church picnic, and those cars for the Pinewood Derby. Not to mention make sure the kids make it to the bus on time. All of these things matter and more, for the things we do for others is still building up our "savings account" in heaven when we get to meet Jesus, face to glorious face.
As for me, as much as I long to see Him, I want to live my life for Him while I'm here and make every minute count. All the mundane stuff that seems to pile up still counts for something.
Father in Heaven, as long as You allow us to be here, may we work toward Your design and glory. We know that life is a gift, no matter how hard it seems for us in these last days. May we serve You and Honor You with the time we have left and make it count for everything, never wasting it. As Your bride, we live in this world, but are not part it. May You ease the barriers and allow us to do according to Your will. In Your precious and holy name we praise You, Amen!