A Time of Departures

Grace, strength, and blessing to you, Friends! This week has just flown by; and there are so many things coming together telling us that time is so very short! I thought about making a radar recap video, today; but the Lord impressed other tasks that needed to be tended to, due to the shortness of time. With all that He has shown and worked, lately, I know we must go forward day-by-day, and hour-by-hour, seeking what He would have us do to redeem the time! Praise the Lord, those tasks are done for today, so I thought I'd check in with another post.

If I would describe this past week, it would be: tired, weary, ready to go - but definitely excited on the inside at all that the Lord is doing and showing us about the time. For the past several weeks, we've had very clear skies, so I've often got to see the celestial sign of Jupiter over Scorpius, reminding me of the time, and how the Lord has brought us thus far. Tonight I got picture to share with y'all, and we can easily see how Jupiter, the King planet (that rules the night (Gen 1:16-18; Psa 136:1-9)), is highlighting the celestial story of Ophiuchus standing/treading on the scorpion.

Of course, Jupiter is just further along the same line - and in the same story rehearsal - from the Rev 12 sign, and Star of Bethlehem reminder celestial events from 2015 onward. It's been one, continuous story; we are now seeing the next chapter being highlighted, where He is expected to start making His enemies His footstool. See our 2-pg handout, As Ye See The Day Approaching for a concise overview and summary. Every night, this celestial story is easily visible in the southern sky, about an hour after sunset. We have seen so much, before; and we see how the heavens - God's celestial clock - have been reminding the world about what the next prophetic chapter is. With the peace and safety calls, recently in the news, we have so many reminders that The Day of sudden destruction is looming closer than most realize. We have seen it approaching, for some time now.

Praise the Lord, this week has been 'slower' than the marathon of activity in the previous three weeks; but it has still been getting the Brook Cherith ready, with a lot of the smaller - but important - details. The clinic is ready, in the sense that nothing is half-built, or disrupted, or drastically lacking. With what is here now, it can be put into immediate use, if need be. However, there are still plenty of things to do, maintain, check, and also augment and bolster - especially when we know that time is short. This week we received the second oximeter and sensors (ordered after observations during the medical emergency last week), as well as reviewed possible improvements to the patient/visitor experience, also from those notes.

We (YOU and ME) were able to purchase 3 super-giant print Bibles, to replace the ones in Hospice; along with new cubbies for each bay, to hold the resources, and other items close to the patients. Most of the immediate driveway drop-off area for patients has been graveled over - greatly improving traction, reducing mud, and also greater bouncing the area's night light. Also, several days were spent improving the clinic's internal, off-grid intranet, to allow instant messaging between key departments; thus vastly speeding up communication, reduce runners, reduce walkie-talkie traffic, and keep the patient updates and status more available - for staff and visitors. Praise the Lord, throughout these improvements, the Lord also showed His hand working in several ways - that further shewed His leading and guiding for such a time as this. We know that time is very, very short.

When we look on the Timeline, for best readability and review, we see that reminders of the celestial signs and celestial time - pointing to Hydra and Scorpius being treaded on; as well as reminders of the wine mixture cup of judgment. Very apt for this expected day we see approaching so closely. We are just past a 2-yr anniversary of the Rev 12 sign; so we know, in that initial account, that bloodshed followed quickly after Herod's decree concerning that age. To see that mark lining up with the celestial time soberly reminds us what we see approaching.

Looking at the Biblical time, the 7th month is expected to end on Sept 29th; and start the 8th month. Other people are expecting the start of the 7th month; but that would ignore multiple Biblical guidelines for a Biblical calendar understanding. POP QUIZ: If we look on the Timeline, and we take note of when the real grape harvest (vintage) started in Israel, we will know when the FIRSTFRUITS of the vintage were collected - in the real world. We also know that God expressly told the Hebrews NOT TO DELAY bringing in the firstfruits/products of the vintage. Exodus 22:29, "Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors [H1831, juices [which would be in various forms]]..." We also know that (a few verses later, Ex 23:16) God called the feast of Tabernacles, the feast of ingathering - for the firstfruits of the summer fruits (largely figs and grapes).

So, the FIRST FRUIT products of the vintage must be brought, without substantial delay, to the feast of ingathering. Obviously, this should be expected to land sometime NOT VERY LONG after the vintage ends. HOMEWORK PART: Look on the Timeline, and find: 1) when the vintage First-Fruits would have been gathered and pressed for their juices. 2) Find when the vintage harvest roughly ended in Israel. 3) Note the amount of time (particularly for those in Israel) to make it to a REQUIRED, NON-DELAYED FEAST OF INGATHERING after the vintage ended - IF the Feast of Ingathering started on Sept 14th (7th month reckoning), - OR - if it is DELAYED OVER AN ENTIRE MONTH LATER, on Oct 13th (7th month reckoning).

One of those months is ignoring God's requirement; one of those reckonings is not the correct Biblical time. God's calendar requirements were meant to be used in the real world. It does not matter how good your 'Biblical' calendar looks on paper - the proof is in the pudding: does it work in the real world? You can learn more about this subject, in our PDF resource, Understanding God's Celestial Clock. Friend, I am stressing this right now, because we do not know the day or hour; but we do know what time it is. I do not want you, or others, to get bent out of shape if nothing happens on the 1st or 2nd of the next celestial month. It won't be starting the 7th month; and when we know the time, we go with the correct time, and not undue expectations from a wrong understanding of time.

When we look at the Timeline, consider the Biblical time, and see how we are right on time (as we have consistently been since the beginning of the year, and real-world agricultural seasons) - then we know the true time. We are at a time of expected DEPARTURES. We have studied the Wise Men/Herod account - how there were two rapid departures connected with that 2-yr decree. One thing we need to keep in mind, though, is that the Wise Men and Mary and Joseph would have still been on the road, once the decree went out. It would take time for Mary and Joseph to get to Egypt; and it would certainly take the Wise Men much longer to return to their home. The departures and journeying extended beyond the 2-yr decree!

With all that we have seen, it should not surprise us that the Gregorian 2-yr mark would have been right when the Feast of Tabernacles and the 8th day were ending. What happens then? Departures. All those that were gathered at the Feast of Ingathering, would now be taking down their temporary tabernacles, and heading back to their permanent homes. Even hundreds of years before Christ, it was well known that the travel times would take some of the travelers up until the 7th of Chesvan (8th month) to finally get home. Up until that date, everyone knew that the festivities and involvement of Tabernacles was still affecting those on the road. For the average person, those festivities weren't considered concluded until that date, when lives returned to normal activities.

Friend, when we know the time, we see that we are at a time of departures; both in the calendar time, and in the celestial story time. This is also a time that there is the very real sense and understanding that judgment and sudden destruction is looming; evacuations are expected, and will be done in haste. Certainly, we also see in how the Lord is shewing His hand mightily with the medical missions - on a ground level - also urgently showing us the time. There is a very real sense that we are in the calm very shortly before the storm. At this calendar time, we can so beautifully see the pictures that the Apostle used, and tied together, with our understanding of OUR departure (II Cor 5:1-2):

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit."

With all that we have seen on this extensive and long learning journey, yes, we do very much groan and long for the adoption into glory - the dissolving of our soul's temporary shelter and vessel in this strange world. As believers in Jesus Christ, as our one and only Mediator, we know that He has given us the Holy Spirit as an earnest (payment made above the price, to demonstrate good for a promise) - that one day He will return and redeem (pick up) His purchased possession. This is what we long for, and see drawing nigh with so many reminders and trumpet calls!

Friend, the hour is very late; but our Beloved is very nigh! LET US live in light that our departure is nigh at hand! The Bridegroom cometh! Go. Ye. Out. To Meet Him. Come, LET US rise up, gird up, trim up, listen up, and look up - going out to meet Him: LOVING Him, and SERVING Him - FIRST - and HIGHEST ABOVE ALL ELSE!!

Brother Daniel



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