from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender,
and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;
even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, even at
the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till
all these things be accomplished. (Matt. 24:32â€‘34)
It has been
realized by students of the Bible for more than a hundred years (Footnote #305,
published in 1876) that the parable of the fig tree meant that Israel would
become a nation again. The prophecy of the Lord related to the parable of the
fig tree stated that the generation that sees the fig tree put forth its leaves
shall not pass away till â€œall these thingsâ€ are accomplished. "All these
things" refers to verses immediately preceding these verses, verses that
describe outward signs of the end times and include the actual, physical return
of Christ to the Earth.
a nation again on May 14, 1948. This event was the fig tree becoming tender
(showing unmistakable signs of life). However, the last generaÂtion starts with
the putting forth of the leaves by the fig tree and not with her branch
becoming tender. This (as we shall see very shortly) refers to 1967.
Luke 21:25â€‘26 is a description of outward signs also occurring at this time,
since it is at the same time as these outward signs that the powers of the
heavens are shaken and Satan and his angels are cast out. What causes the
roaring of the sea and the billows (waves)? What is the main cause of wave
action? Mainly tidal forces resulting from the influence of the moon and the
sun form waves. What are the only signs in the sun that are visible to the
naked eye? Sunspots!
translated as 'stars' in Luke 21:25 may equally be in reference to the planets.
Is there a connection between the cause of this great
earthquake and these other, simultaneously occurring outward signs?
Let us narrow the time span for the most likely
occurrence of this earthquake. What day of the year should we choose as the
focal point of most likely occurrence? The most likely time for the triggering
of the earthquake is the time midway between the spring and fall of 1982. Thus,
the focal point of likeliest time is midnight August 4- 5, 1982 (Israeli time),
midway between spring and fall. Are
there any other outward prophetic signs that we may refer to?
then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man
coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matt. 24:30)
What is the
sign of the Son of man (accent on and in reference to His humanity), which will
appear "in heaven" before the time of Christ's actual return?
Due to the
juggling of records by the Roman Catholic Church, Christ was actually born in
the year that we record as 4 B.C. Subtracting 4 B.C. from 240 B.C. gives us 236
years between the time of the star that the Wiseâ€‘men followed and the recorded
date of the visit of Halley's Comet in 240 B.C. Dividing 236 years by three
(the number of intervals between successive visits) gives us 78 years and 8
months per interval- within the 74 to 79 year variation of the period of
Halley's Comet. Undoubtedly, Halley's comet was considerably more brilliant then
than now. Almost certainly this was the star that the Wiseâ€‘men followed, and it
was the tail of Halley's comet that was used by God to point their way.
The next appearance of Halley's comet will be in 1986
... it will appear brightest in February of 1986 . . 318
or fulfillment of prophecy? I also find it to be very significant that Halley's
Cornet reached its apogee and thus began its return to the vicinity of the
Earth's orbit in 1948, the year of Israel's reestablishment.
of the planets converges with a sunspot peak only once every 1,969 years. Due
to the mortality of shortâ€‘period comets, this will almost certainly be the only
time that such a convergence is followed at the appropriate time by an
appearance of Haleyâ€™s Comet. In this situation, we have the precise concurrence
of a series of events that is unique, with a single event (Israel) that is
likewise unique, all of which was prophesied nineteen centuries ago.
Mathematically, there is no chance whatsoever that these events are merely
statement can be made with complete assurance concernÂing the timing of the
commencement of the rapture (and of the occurrence of the great earthquake of
the sixth seal): No one (including this author) can know precisely when it will
be. Also, we will not know what week Christ will probably return in until the
Antichrist rises to power. NevertheÂless, there are strong indications that can
be drawn from the correlation of prophecy and astronomical-geological data.
It is as close
to 100 percent certainty as possible that the generational deadline for the
return of Christ applies to the generation that witnessed the possession of all
of Jerusalem by Israel. However, the precise length of such a
generational period is not 100% definitive.
we know also that Christ will not return physically until after the "sign
of the Son of man" appears. If Halley's comet is indeed this sign, then
the great earthquake cannot occur until the first week of August 1982, at the
earliest. We know also, from Scripture, that this great earthquake does not
occur until after the signs in the sun and moon and stars (planets) concur. The
concurrence of the signs in the sun and planets only narrows down the timing of
the occurrence of this prerequisite prophecy to the year of 1982. To narrow the
timing of this prophecy further, we must consider what must be the fulfillment
of the "sign in the moon."
What is the
only natural sign in the moon, and does such occur in 1982? The only natural
sign in the moon, an eclipse, occurred on the night of July 5â€‘6, 1982. How does
this eclipse relate to the beginning of the likeliest time for this earthquake,
the first week of August 1982? The most likely time of day (although by no
means conclusively) for the commencement of the rapture (the rapture of the manâ€‘child
and firstâ€‘fruits) is midnight ("At midnight, a cry was made."),
Israeli time. This spectacular total eclipse in July occurred precisely
one lunar cycle before midnight (Israeli time), August 4â€‘5, 1982; which, in
turn, is exactly mid-way between Spring and Fall. It is my opinion that the
inference to be drawn from this sign in the moon is that the last week of years
can start at any time after midnight of August 4â€‘5 1982.
This date of
4004 B.C. is a date indicated by the Scriptures. Its actuality may not
be verifiable directly from Scripture. This is to be expected as a ramification
of free will, since the direct determination of an exact date would be too
prone to objective methods of proof and disproof. However, the very fact of its
indicativeness increases the significance of this date, since
this indicated date applies as well to the date of Adam's "creation,"
i.e., his receiving of a human spirit.
As we have
seen previously, Christ was actually born in the year that we record as 4 B.C.
Thus, it was four of the Lord's days (exactly 4,000 of our years) from the
indicted date of "creation" to the birth of Christ. Using the same
reckoning, the time of the Lord's return (which will be at the beginning of the
seventh day, the millennium) should be the year 1996. If He has not returned by this time, then He has tarried because
the bride still hasnâ€™t made herself ready.