Before Jesus comes back the world undergoes a time period know as the birth pains of Messiah. This term was not introduced to the Hebrew people when Jesus said it. This term was first advanced by the rabbis many years prior to the appearing of the Lord. The term the birth pains of the Messiah is derived from several scriptural passages. Jeremiah states, Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah. “For thus says the Lord: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, Of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it. (Jeremiah 30:4-7 NKJV) The salvation spoken of here is the Lord’ coming to rescue the covenant people while comparing it to a woman giving birth to a child. The prophetic scriptures actually revealed the time frames of both of His comings. Daniel 9:24-27 gives the time frame of the Lord’s first coming . Hosea 6:1-2 speaks of the Lord’s second coming. Both prophets speaks of it in Hebraic terms that must be approached with an understanding of their intended meanings. Hosea stated in the above scripture that after two days He would return and mankind would lives in His sight. The question should be what marks the time period spoken of by the prophet. Leviticus 25 speaks of the Year of Jubilee. It is a year of release from all financial debt that occurred every fifty years. Everyone is blessed with the opportunity to return to their family inheritance and start over again. Zechariah 14:6-7;20-21 and Ezekiel 48 alludes to the return of the Hebrew people to their inheritance at the Lord’s return. These combined scriptures give details of a fifty year time period and the events alluded to in a prophetic prospective. At a minister’s conference several years ago one of the speakers stated that the rabbis in Isreal had revealed that the fall of 1999 was the beginnings of what they termed the Birth pains of the Messiah. An explanation was never given to how the conclusion was reached. That statement ignited a desire to understand the scriptures from a Hebraic perspective that I knew would alter my beliefs. A few years passed and I was able to locate the study resources needed to began this quest for understanding. There are four levels of scriptural understanding that is necessary to truly understand the Word of God according to the ancient rabbis. All beliefs must be subject to God’s Word. The bible states that we know in part. 1Corinthians 13:9 Some of our understandings are not accurate so the Lord moves upon His prophets to right the wrong. Looking at the scripture through the Hebraic point of view it slowly began to unfold to me what Jesus meant concerning the Birthpains of Messiah. It was discovered that each year the high priest went into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for national inadvertent sin. The Hebrew writings stated that if the sacrifice was accepted a red rope placed at a visible location would turn white. The year after the Lord’s resurrection the rope didn’t change according to Hebrew history. Jesus died approximately 30 AD. God’s calendar is lunar meaning it is measured by the moon and not the sun and the earth’s rotation around it. Using God’s calendar, it seems the rabbis counted from the time the roped stopped changing colors at the Day of Atonement that came after the Lord’s passion two thousand years. The Bible states that a day is as a thousand years with the Lord. Psalms 90:4. I decided to look into the sod(mysterious) level of understanding of scripture. Included in this level is the Bible code, grematria, jots and tittles, and prophetic experiences. There are a company of prophetic ministries that are coming to the forefront of the church in the upcoming days. Periodically I seek confirmations of things the Lord reveals to me from this group of ministries. As an example, the Lord revealed to me that President Obama would be elected. I was given details including the state that television would announce the winning of the election. I later spoke to a prophetic friend who too saw it. He stated that he saw the adversary’s ultimate plan concerning the president and our nation. Later one of the ministers here locally had a like experience in the Holy Spirit that was so vivid that he thought it had happened. He got up and turned on the television expecting a news report. The apostle Paul stated we know in part and prophecy in part, therefore I seek confirmations from like ministries.(1Corinthians 13:9; 2 Corinthians 13:1)I found in this company of prophets concerning the Birth pains of the Messiah that they saw seven year cycles of warnings to this country and the nations of the world. Their words spans several years into the future. Jesus stated, Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. This is a Hebrew idiom that refers to the fall Feast of the Lord. Hearing this from a western prospective gives an misunderstanding of the Lord’s intentions when He made that statement. Therefore, combining the various facts it seems to say that the Lord could return within a fifty year timeframe beginning at approximately the fall of 1999. Nobody knows with certainty the exact time of His coming but He admonishes us to know the season. Matthew 16: 3 states, And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? September 11,2001 the birthpains of the Messiah were evident. The towers fell and wall was breached and the world that was will never be the same. Let’s enter into His work as stated in Romans 8:19-22. As the apostle Paul stated that as the world groans that we enter into those Birthpains of the Messiah in order that He and His son’s might manifest to the whole world that a Son was born and a child was given for the deliverance of all mankind and the entire world.
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