Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Removal of the Restrainer

2 Thessalonians 2:7
... For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now restraineth will restrain, until he be taken out of the way.

There are people in the Pre-trib community who say that the Holy Spirit will leave this earth at the time of the escape/rapture and that will enable hell to spill out onto this earth. I don't think the way they describe it is accurate. Pentecost is when the church age started, it was when believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, but its not as if the Holy Spirit was'nt on earth at that time was it? God's Spirit is everywhere all the time, but how he operates appears to be different at different times.

This is illustrated by the difference in how the Spirit operated pre and post-Pentecost. This leads me to an interesting point, which is this: if the day of Pentecost started the church age, the day of Pentecost may very well end it. A kind of "reverse pentecost" would restart the clock with Israel on our Lord's timeline.

I find the days just ahead of us to be very interesting:

Gen 7 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. ...10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened

The day Noah went into the Ark: 17th of Iyyar, 5769 =
Mon, 11 May 2009

Ascension day - May 21st. 40 days after First Fruits. This is the day that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven. He was received by a cloud and the disciples were told he would return the same way.

Pentecost - May 31st. 50 days after First Fruits, always on Sunday. This is the day that God’s clock stopped for Israel and the Church Age clock began.

Look at how pretty that lineup is. May 11-May 21-May 31 = Noah? ( as it was in the days of Noah..), ascension?-caught up in the air-escape, reverse pentecost?-removal of restrainer?

Could May end up being a spectacular month? It could be. Why do I write this? We are called to watch and be ready. If have even an inkling that something might happen, we need to be ready to go. The preparation I'm talking about happens on your knees before the Lord, and throughout your day in your minds and hearts.

There has been something strange about the past week or two or three. I can feel it, but I have no idea what it is or why the change. It's the feel of sitting in a vacuum? That's the best I can describe it. The hot fire within me to tell people, time is short! Has been replaced with stillness, what does that mean? Does it mean the time for shouting this message from the roodtops is done? Does it mean , let those who heard and embraced the warning be watching and ready, let those who dismissed the message continue to "not watch, not be ready?"

I have'nt felt like this...ever. I don't even know what to make of it. Since I have no idea what this is I am sensing, we should increase readiness, increase watchfulness and we will see first hand what happens or what does not happen, meantime we'll BE READY. grace and peace