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Journal 2014: April

The Friend of the Bridegroom is at hand

Part 3 – Bridegroom is at Hand 

The Bridegroom is coming - The Five Wise Virgins

The Threshing Sledge

The Wishbone

Come up Here!

The Spirit of the Lord raises a Standard

The 10 Virgins must Wake up and Prepare for the Bridegroom

The Four Wedding Cups

Cup of Redemption - Betrothal – Engagement

Cup of Suffering - Faithfulness

Cup of Consummation

The Wedding Feast

The Fourth Cup - The Cup of Elijah

Marriage Witnesses

Feast of Weeks or Pentecost

The Friend of the Bridegroom

Entering the Kingdom by Force from Now on!

First Tetrad Lunar Eclipse - 15 April 2014

The Friend of the Bridegroom at is hand

Posted on 20 May 2014 by "the witness" 

 

Part 3 – Bridegroom is at Hand 

29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom,

but the friend of the bridegroom who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice.

Then my joy is fulfilled.

(John 3:29 MKJV)

The Bridegroom is coming - The Five Wise Virgins

The next sign or series of signs, which appeared me, tells an entire story when we biblically and prophetically analyse these signs: We will be covering theses signs, which Yahshua, at the appointed time had shown me, step by step.

The first sign, which appeared to me, was an awesome sign of great prophetic significance. As I looked into sky I saw an angel, which appeared coming flying in mid air and prepared to blow a trumpet. He was getting ready to blow the trumpet, which was pointing towards the half moon. On 5 May 2014, while I was searching, I came upon a portrait of the 10 virgins, who was preparing for the coming of the bridegroom, above the 10 virgins were an angel came flying in, blowing a trumpet.

Above this sign, I recognised a threshing sledge, flying in from above. This was the same sign, accept that it had no man driving standing upon it, which appeared to two witnesses in 29 Oct 2008, having the Commander of the Armies of the LORD standing upon a threshing sledge. The signed referred to the arrival of the messenger, as was prophesied: 1 BEHOLD, I send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], Whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger or Angel of the covenant, Whom you desire, behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts. [Matt. 11:10; Luke 1:13-17, 76.] (Mal 3:1 Ampl) This messenger is the Elijah who is to come. On this same day, a sign of a rooster, falling out of heaven like lightning, also appeared to two witnesses, also referring to the coming of the Anti-Christ, who will sit in the temple and proclaim that he is God.

Winnowing the grain, threshing with donkeys The prophet John the Baptist, when the people came to him said to them: 11 “But He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy or fit to take off or carry; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fan (shovel, fork) is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear out and clean His threshing floor and gather and store His wheat in His barn, but the chaff He will burn up with fire that cannot be put out. (Matt 3:11-12 Ampl)

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The Threshing Sledge

The separation of the grain from the stalks was done on a hard, flat rock of the threshing floor. This was usually located outside the city or town, in a spot where the prevailing westerly wind could help with the winnowing.  The threshing floor was a wide, open space also used for public functions. Most famous Bible stories involved a threshing floor. Threshing was done by means of a winnowing fan or fork or in more modern times a threshing sledge was used.

A threshing board is a type of sled or sledge made of a heavy board or boards turned up at the front end and studded on the underside with sharp bits of obsidian or metal. Pulled in circles over harvested cereal crops spread on a threshing floor, the device will separate the grain from its husks and straw.

Although a threshing board could be weighted with stones and pulled by humans, the earliest depictions show it being pulled by draft animals. To add weight to the sled, the driver often would ride on it while it was in use. Traditional threshing sledges were made with flint chips and used in Corsica into the 20th Century, therefore the word of the Lord to me on 12 May 2001, in obedience to a vision which my brother saw, while two witnesses were standing before the Lord of all the earth, Yahshua the Messiah, at a park, we read the word of Yah, to each one of us individually. This was the word of the Lord to me on that day, saying: 15 Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff. 16 You shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest or whirlwind shall scatter them. And you shall rejoice in the Lord, you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 41:15-16 Ampl)

In Latin a threshing sledge is a tribulum, from which comes the English word tribulation, often used in the King James Bible. At Arslantepe-Malatya in central Turkey, in an archaeological layer dated by dendochronology to 3374BC, an impression of a cylinder seal showing a threshing sledge was found. The main figure is seated on a chair or throne on the sled under a shade made of cloth, while a walking person drives the donkey or mule pulling the sled. A wall painting at the same site shows a similar scene, where a seated figure rides on a sledge drawn by a pair of oxen.

Was the God of love, who in His mercy wants to warn us, through this sign of the empty threshing sledge, indicating that the time of the tribulation is at hand, as was prophesied by Yashua? Accoding to Yahshua the ‘Time of the Tribulation, consisted out of the birthpains and the great tribulation. Yahshua explains the events that would be the prelude to the greatest tribulation the earth has ever seen and then prophesied about those events that would take place after the tribulation of those days are completed, saying: 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. [Isa. 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10, 11; Zeph. 1:15.] 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and beat their breasts and lament in anguish, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [in brilliancy and splendour]. [Dan. 7:13; Rev. 1:7.] 31 And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect (His chosen ones) from the four winds, [even] from one end of the universe to the other. [Isa. 27:13; Zech. 9:14.] (Matt 24:29-31 Ampl)

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The Wishbone

Underneath and towards the left appeared a sign of a wishbone, pointing to the prophetic word from Yahshua, promising us the authority and power to complete the work He called us to, saying: “When the power is available the time will start ticking!” and “Ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you!” So that that which was prophesied would be fulfilled: 3 And I will grant the power of prophecy to My two witnesses for 1,260 (42 months; three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth. (Rev 11:3 Ampl) And 6 These [two witnesses] have power to shut up the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying (their prediction of events relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph); and they also have power to turn the waters into blood and to smite and scourge the earth with all manner of plagues as often as they choose. [Exod. 7:17, 19; I Kings 17:1.] (Rev 11:6 Ampl)

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Come up Here!

Just behind the threshing sledge another sign appeared. A sign of a right hand appeared, making a gesture with the finger, saying: “Come up here!” Yahshua now sits at the right of the power of God and will soon, with a mighty call of an Archangel, call His bride to: “Come up here!” as the apostle John prophesied and saw, saying: 1 AFTER THIS I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said: “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future. 2 At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit's power, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne! [Ezek. 1:26.] (Rev 4:1-2 Ampl) On that day the male child will be caught before the throne of God and coming with Yahshua our bridegroom to the Father, as was prophesied: 2 She was pregnant and she cried out in her birth pangs, in the anguish of her delivery. And 5 And she brought forth a male Child, One Who is destined to shepherd (rule) all the nations with an iron staff (scepter), and her Child was caught up to God and to His throne. [Ps. 2:8, 9; 110:1, 2.] (Rev 12:2 & 5 Ampl)

On that day, as Yahshua had shown two witnesses, that which was prophesied will also be fulfilled: 11 And after 3.5 days, a spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet. And great fear fell on those seeing them. 12 And they heard a great voice from Heaven saying to them, Come up here. And they went up to Heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. (Rev 11:11-12 Ampl) On the same day that the 5 wise virgins goes in with the bridegroom, even the two witnesses, ‘the Elijah' who was to come, the friend of the bridegroom, will be resurrected and will also be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Was the Lord referring to the beginning of the ministry of not only Elijah, but the two witnesses also, Elijah being one of them?

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The Spirit of the Lord raises a Standard

Above this the angel another sign appeared, which looked like a wave of the sea, which also came in at the same angle as the threshing sledge, as was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah, which YHWH Himself would do and has done, saying: 12 For our transgressions are multiplied before You [ O Lord ], and our sins testify against us ; for our transgressions are with us , and as for our iniquities , we know and recognize them [ as ]: 13 Rebelling against and denying the Lord , turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt , conceiving in and muttering and moaning from the heart words of falsehood. 14 Justice is turned away backward , and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) stands far off ; for truth has fallen in the street (the city's forum), and uprightness cannot enter [ the courts of justice ]. 15 Yes, truth is lacking , and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey .

And the Lord saw it , and it displeased Him that there was no justice. 16 And He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor [ no one to intervene on behalf of truth and right ]; therefore His own arm brought Him victory , and His own righteousness [ having the Spirit without measure ] sustained Him . [ Isa. 53:11; Col. 2:9; I John 2:1, 2. ] 17 For [ the Lord ] put on righteousness as a breastplate or coat of mail , and salvation as a helmet upon His head ; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal [ and furious divine jealousy ] as a cloak. [ Eph. 6:14, 17; I Thess. 5:8. ] 18 According as their deeds deserve , so will He repay wrath to His adversaries , recompense to His enemies ; on the foreign islands and coastlands He will make compensation. 19 So [ as the result of the Messiah's intervention ] they shall [ reverently ] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun .

When the enemy shall come in like a flood , the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [ for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives ]. [ Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:29. ] 20 He shall come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those in Jacob (Israel) who turn from transgression , says the Lord. 21 As for Me , this is My covenant or league with them , says the Lord: My Spirit , Who is upon you [ and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart ], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth , or out of the mouths of your [ true, spiritual ] children , or out of the mouths of your children's children , says the Lord, from henceforth and forever. [ Jer. 31:33; Rom. 11:26, 27; Gal. 3:29; Heb. 12:22-24. ] (Isa 59:12-21 Ampl) YHWH, YAH, the LORD of hosts, the Angel of the Covenant, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who appeared to Moses, looked to find a man, who could be the intercessor, between God and man, who could restore the relationship and bring right standing between them, but could not find even one man who was worthy. So God Himself, YAH, by His own right hand came to be our Redeemer and Saviour, Yahshua!

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The 10 Virgins must Wake up and Prepare for the Bridegroom

Yahshua told a parable about 10 virgins to warn us to always be prepared and alert for the coming of the bridegroom, saying: 1 THEN THE kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom . 2 Five of them were foolish (thoughtless, without forethought) and five were wise (sensible, intelligent, and prudent). 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they did not take any [ extra ] oil with them; 4 But the wise took flasks of oil along with them [ also ] with their lamps . 5 While the bridegroom lingered and was slow in coming , they all began nodding their heads , and they fell asleep . 6 But at midnight there was a shout [ trumpet ]: “ Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him! ” 7 Then all those virgins got up and put their own lamps in order . 8 And the foolish said to the wise : “Give us some of your oil , for our lamps are going out .” 9 But the wise replied: “There will not be enough for us and for you ; go instead to the dealers and buy for yourselves .” 10 But while they were going away to buy , the bridegroom came , and those who were prepared went in with him to the marriage feast ; and the door was shut . 11 Later the other virgins also came and said: “Lord, Lord, open [ the door ] to us!” 12 But He replied: “I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [ I am not acquainted with you ].” 13 Watch therefore [ give strict attention and be cautious and active ], for you know neither the day nor the hour when the S on of Man will come . ( Matt 25:1-13 Ampl )

This is an awesome parable with immense depth, and great beauty, told to us as a love story and warning not to be found wanting, when the bridegroom comes. The Hebrew wedding ceremony is a rehearsal and a shadow picture of things to come. The Hebrew wedding consists of different stages, which each point to the spiritual growth and preparation of those who believe in Yahshua and have accepted the prices paid for them to be saved.

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The Four Wedding Cups

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Cup of Redemption - Betrothal – Engagement

Unlike the western culture the engagement or betrothal is the first legal stage of the wedding of the bride and bridegroom. This is why the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: I have betrothed you to one Husband , to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

At this stage a covenant is made and bread and wine is exchanged as an agreement to the contract and vow of purity and being set-apart for one another. Then a ceremony of 4 cups, of which only the first cup is drunk, during this stage of the wedding ceremony, follows. The first cup that is drank, is a silver cup and is the sign of covenant of betrothal, as Yahshua said to His disciples: 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread and, praising God, gave thanks and asked Him to bless it to their use , and when He had broken it , He gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body .” 27 And He took a cup , and when He had given thanks , He gave it to them, saying: “ Drink of it, all of you ; 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant , which [ ratifies the agreement and ] is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins . [ Exod. 24:6-8. ] (Matt 26:26-28 Ampl) This cup is called the ‘ Cup of the covenant ' or the ‘ Cup of redemption !' Here the bridegroom promises to give up His live for His beloved and to love and cherish her till death parts them. She also promises to love and respect her husband and to treat him and her Lord and Master.

As a token of His love for the bride to be, the bridegroom gives his bride precious gifts, to remind her of him, and which is for her enjoyment, as Paul in joy, praising the Father, saying to the church in Ephesus: 2 May grace (God's unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [ which means peace with God and harmony , unity, and undisturbedness ] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ . 3 May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm! 4 Even as [ in His love ] He chose us [ actually picked us out for Himself as His own ] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy ( consecrated and set apart for Him ) and blameless in His sight , even above reproach , before Him in love . 5 For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [ because it pleased Him and was His kind intent ] 6 [ So that we might be ] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [the bridegroom] . 7 In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood , the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favour , 8 Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence) , 9 Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [ And it is this: ] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,...” (Eph 1:2-9 Ampl) Yahshua our bridegroom did not leave us without support, but richly blessed and supplied us in all that we might need, while He had gone.

After the bridegroom and bride had made a covenant and has exchanged marriage vows, the bridegroom leaves for 1 or 2 years, to go and prepare a room at His father's house, therefore Yahshua, in love, said to His disciples: 1 DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God ; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me . 2 In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes) . If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you . 3 And when I go and make ready a place for you , I will come back again and will take you to Myself , that where I am you may be also . 4 And [ to the place ] where I am going, you know the way .” Then 5 Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way ? 6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life ; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me . 7 If you had known Me [ had learned to recognize Me ] , you would also have known My Father . From now on, you know Him and have seen Him . (John 14:1-7 Ampl) Yahshua is going to return and going to take away His bride, who has kept herself from idols, living by faith, in thankfulness, because of the Love of the Father and His Son. He told us to not store up treasure on earth, but to store up treasure, which is pleasing to the heavenly Father, for He will one day come to reward us according to our deeds of faith in His righteousness, through His Spirit.

The Lord Yahshua made this covenant on the night before the Passover, on preparation day. Thus, the Feast of Passover is a shadow picture and has been a constant rehearsal and reminder of our betrothal, until Yahshua returns for His spotless and pure bride. The word for feasts or the Times and seasons of YHWH, used in Hebrew, therefore are mo^?e^d mo^?e^d mo^?a^da^h - mo-ade', mo-ade', mo-aw-daw' - From H3259 ; properly an appointment , that is, a fixed time or season ; specifically a festival ; conventionally a year ; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation ; by extension, the place of meeting ; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): - appointed (sign, time) , (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast , (appointed, due) season , solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed) . Thus, the Feasts of YHWH are like a time clock and are actually a rehearsal for an appointed prophetic fulfilment of time in Yahshua. On the Feast of Passover, Yahshua made a covenant through His broken body and in His own blood, becoming the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He abolished sin in His flesh so that we could be free from sin and the constant consciousness of sin. This feast was a betrothal feast, in which He gave His marriage vows to His bride, as Paul wrote: 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her , 26 So that He might sanctify her , having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word , 27 That He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendour , without spot or wrinkle or any such things [ that she might be holy and faultless ]. 28 Even so husbands should love their wives as [ being in a sense ] their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself . 29 For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it , as Christ does the church , 30 Because we are members (parts) of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh . [ Gen. 2:24. ] 32 This mystery is very great , but I speak concerning [ the relation of ] Christ and the church . (Eph 5:25-32 Ampl)

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Cup of Suffering - Faithfulness

The next cup that they dink, they give their marriage vows to one another and promises of faithfulness to one another, just as was written: 34 And Jesus called [ to Him ] the throng with His disciples and said to them: “ If anyone intends to come after Me , let him deny himself [ forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests ] and take up his cross , and [ joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party ] follow with Me [ continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me ]. 35 For whoever wants to save his [ higher, spiritual, eternal ] life , will lose it [ the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth ]; and whoever gives up his life [ which is lived only on earth ] for My sake and the Gospel's will save it [ his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God ] . 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world [ love the world ], and forfeit his life [ in the eternal kingdom of God ]? 37 For what can a man give as an exchange ( a compensation, a ransom, in return ) for his [ blessed ] life [ in the eternal kingdom of God ] ? 38 For whoever is ashamed [ here and now ] of Me and My words in this adulterous (unfaithful) and [ pre-eminently ] sinful generation , of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory (splendour and majesty) of His Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:34-38 Ampl) Yahshua calls us to lay down our selfish, self focused lives, trying to preserve our earthly lives, loving the honour of the world and its people more than to please God. We must remain faithful and thankful and not grow tired of doing good, because of the Love the Father was demonstrated for us on the cross, allowing His only Beloved Son to be marred and killed so that we could be freed from sin and death.

During this time the virgin is a chaste and pure woman, who promises to remain so until her beloved returns. During this time the virgin daughter is tested and must keep herself awake and alert, guarding her eyes and her heart from other lovers, who might want to lure her away from her lover, as was written in the Song of Songs: 15 [ My heart was touched and I fervently sang to him my desire ] Take for us the foxes , the little foxes that spoil the vineyards [ of our love ] , for our vineyards are in blossom . 16 [ She said distinctly ] My beloved is mine and I am his ! He pastures his flocks among the lilies. [ Matt. 10:32; Acts 4:12. ] 17 [ Then, longingly addressing her absent shepherd , she cried ] Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away , return hastily , O my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young hart as you cover the mountains [ which separate us ] . (Son 2:15-17 Ampl) During this time the bride is separated from her beloved and long for him and desires his speedy return.

During this time many suitors also comes to ask her hand and might even offer her something, which seems better than what the bridegroom offered of her. She might forget or be deceived by good intentions of false friends, as the apostle Paul, in great love, said to the church in Corinth: 2 For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy , for I have betrothed you to one Husband , to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ . [ Hos. 2:19, 20. ] 3 But [ now ] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ . [ Gen. 3:4. ] 4 For [ you seem readily to endure it ] if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached , or if you receive a different spirit from the [ Spirit ] you [ once ] received or a different gospel from the one you [ then ] received and welcomed ; you tolerate [ all that ] well enough! ( 2Cor 11:2 -4 Ampl) Many have started to run the race well, but after years have burnt out, because their house is built on the sand. They never knew the truth, because they never practised and truly lived the words of Yahshua, truly believing the words He told us to remain living in. Therefore, people are carried away into all kinds of doctrines and teachings, which does not benefit in becoming more and more like Yahshua, having started with faith and still living by faith in the righteousness, which God supplied in His love. They have heard He is a loving bridegroom, but because of the pressures of live have being choked and have forgotten their marriage vows of First love.

The second cup, which they drink is called the ‘ Cup of suffering .' We often see our suffering as a trial and feel abandoned by God when things do not work out as we thought they would, while Paul says: 3 Moreover [ let us also be full of joy now! ] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings , knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance . 4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity) . And character [ of this sort ] produces [ the habit of ] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. 5 Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us , for God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. ( Rom 5:3 -5 Ampl) How and why can we rejoice in suffering? What should be our mindset when suffering comes? Paul explains, saying: 10 [ For my determined purpose is ] that I may know Him [ that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly ], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [ which it exerts over believers ], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [ in spirit into His likeness even ] to His death, [ in the hope ] (Php 3:10 Ampl) We rejoice in our suffering because we know we can overcome, because God is not our enemy and Yahshua had overcome through the cross, for us to restore us to glory. When we suffer in persecution or even in frustration, we know that this world is being brought into the glorious freedom of the sons of God, through our patient endurance to overcome and not to get discouraged and become weary. From this moment the bride wears a veil to cover herself from all other suitors and is completely set apart.

In conclusion, looking forward to the day of the return of the bridegroom, Paul teaches how to look at the suffering we now, only for a short while, must endure, saying: 11 For [ the proclaiming of ] this [ Gospel ] I was appointed a herald (preacher) and an apostle (special messenger) and a teacher of the Gentiles . 12 And this is why I am suffering as I do. Still I am not ashamed , for I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [ positively ] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [ to Him ] until that day . 13 Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [ all ] the faith and love which are [ for us ] in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard and keep [ with the greatest care ] the precious and excellently adapted [ Truth ] which has been entrusted [ to you ] , by the [ help of the ] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us. (2Tim 1:11-14 Ampl)

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Cup of Consummation

After the bridegroom has gone to prepare a wedding room for consummation he returns with an element of surprise. The virgin bride must always be ready and expectant of her beloved's coming. Therefore, Yahshua told His disciples, who asked Him about His coming and about the end of the age, to be alert and awake, saying: 36 But of that [ exact ] day and hour no one knows , not even the angels of heaven , nor the Son, but only the Father . 37 As were the days of Noah , so will be the coming of the Son of Man . 38 For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking , [ men ] marrying and [ women ] being given in marriage , until the [ very ] day when Noah went into the ark, 39 And they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away - so will be the coming of the Son of Man . [ Gen. 6:5-8; 7:6-24. ]

40 At that time two men will be in the field ; one will be taken and one will be left . 41 Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken and one will be left . 42 Watch therefore [ give strict attention, be cautious and active ], for you do not know in what kind of a day [ whether a near or remote one ] your Lord is coming . 43 But understand this: had the householder known in what [ part of the night, whether in a night or a morning ] watch the thief was coming , he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be undermined and broken into . 44 You also must be ready therefore, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him . 45 Who then is the faithful, thoughtful, and wise servant , whom his master has put in charge of his household to give to the others the food and supplies at the proper time ? 46 Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is that servant whom, when his master comes , he will find so doing . 47 I solemnly declare to you, he will set him over all his possessions . 48 But if that servant is wicked and says to himself, My master is delayed and is going to be gone a long time , 49 And begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with the drunken , 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he is not aware , 51 And will punish him [ cut him up by scourging ] and put him with the pretenders (hypocrites); there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. (Matt 24:36-51 Ampl) Yahshua is looking for those who have remained faithful and who have constantly warned the other servants to watch and be prepared for the coming of the Loving Bridegroom.

When the Bridegroom comes He comes with a shout, as was depicted in the parable of the 10 virgins, saying: 6 But at midnight there was a shout : “ Behold, the bridegroom! Go out to meet him! The word used for shout is very significant, for it means a cry or a summons. Normally this summons is accompanied by joyful sounds of trumpet blasts in announcing the coming of the bridegroom, as Paul revealed to the church in Thessalonica, saying: 13 Now also we would not have you ignorant, brethren, about those who fall asleep [ in death ], that you may not grieve [ for them ] as the rest do who have no hope [ beyond the grave ]. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him through Jesus those who have fallen asleep [ in death ]. 15 For this we declare to you by the Lord's [ own ] word, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede [ into His presence ] or have any advantage at all over those who have previously fallen asleep [ in Him in death ]. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons , with the shout of an archangel , and with the blast of the trumpet of God . And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first . 17 Then we, the living ones who remain [ on the earth ], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [ the resurrected dead ] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air ; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord ! 18 Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.

1 BUT AS to the suitable times and the precise seasons and dates , brethren, you have no necessity for anything being written to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [ return of the ] Lord will come [ as unexpectedly and suddenly ] as a thief in the night . 3 When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. 4 But you are not in [ given up to the power of ] darkness , brethren, for that day to overtake you by surprise like a thief . 5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day ; we do not belong either to the night or to darkness. 6 Accordingly then, let us not sleep , as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect) . 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night , and those who are drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But we belong to the day; therefore, let us be sober and put on the breastplate (corslet) of faith and love and for a helmet the hope of salvation . 9 For God has not appointed us to [ incur His ] wrath [ He did not select us to condemn us ], but [ that we might ] obtain [ His ] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) 10 Who died for us so that whether we are still alive or are dead [ at Christ's appearing ], we might live together with Him and share His life . 11 Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing. (1Thess 4:13- 5:11 Ampl) When Yahshua comes He will come with the powerful shout of a summons, like a war trumpet, as was shown the apostle John on the Island of Patmos, revealing the Revelation of Yahshua, according to His times and seasons, as was prophesied: 1 AFTER THIS I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven ! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [ the calling of ] a war trumpet said: “ Come up here , and I will show you what must take place in the future.” ( Rev 4:1 Ampl)

Paul reveals that Yahshua will come with the shout of an Archangel, for John says: “The First voice” spoke like a war trumpet or a shofar, as was written: “10 I was in the Spirit [ rapt in His power ] on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a great voice like the calling of a war trumpet , 11 Saying: “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last .” (Rev 1:10-11 Ampl) Yahshua will come with a mighty shout or cry like a war trumpet, and summons His people, saying: Come up here!

On a Feast of YHWH, Yahshua Himself told everybody to believe Him, saying how on that day the dead shall hear His Voice and shall live, as is written: 25 Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live . 26 For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent. 27 And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is a Son of man [ very man ]. 28 Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice , 29 And they shall come out - those who have practiced doing good [ will come out ] to the resurrection of [ new ] life , and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [ raised to meet their sentence ]. [ Dan. 12:2. ] ( John 5:25-29 Ampl ) Thus, Yahshua Himself will shout with the Voice of an Archangel and the dead in Christ will be raised to life and be caught up into the air to meet Him in the heavens.

Each Feast of YHWH has a very specific purpose and fulfilment. The Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah is also a very significant feast and has beautiful meaning in the rehearsals of the bride preparing for her coming bridegroom. Just like the Feast of Passover was the betrothal and marriage covenant, so the Feast of Trumpets is awesome in its prophetic fulfilment. According to Hebrew and Jewish tradition, those who are out in the field must prepare themselves about 10 days ahead of the feast so that they will be well prepared in advanced. They take white clothing with them to the field, where they work so that they can just wash and put on their white linen garments, and go directly to the Feast of Trumpets, just as was prophesied: 6 After that I heard what sounded like the shout of a vast throng , like the boom of many pounding waves , and like the roar of terrific and mighty peals of thunder , exclaiming: “Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns! 7 Let us rejoice and shout for joy [ exulting and triumphant ]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honour, for the marriage of the Lamb [ at last ] has come , and His bride has prepared herself . [ Ps. 118:24. ] 8 She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen , dazzling and white --for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just , and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God ) of the saints (God's holy people). 9 Then [ the angel ] said to me: “Write this down: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who are summoned (invited, called) to the marriage supper of the Lamb .” And he said to me [ further ]: “These are the true words (the genuine and exact declarations) of God. (Rev 19:6-9 Ampl) The final restoration of the covenant with God is the restoration of the understanding of the awesome Love of God, making us righteous, not by our own effort in self righteousness, trying to attain peace and harmony with God, the All ruler of Heaven and earth, but accepting our adoption as sons and daughters.

The Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah takes place on the 1 st day of the seventh month . The first day of a month is determined by the appearance of the new moon. This day in Hebrew culture is known as: ‘ The day and the hour no man knows .' Therefore Yahshua said to His disciples: “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour of which he is not aware ...” Many think, but no one will know when He will come! If we know He will come on the Feast of Trumpets, then the Son will know and therefore this interpretation of scripture cannot be true. But we must keep in mind that this feast is kept once a year and therefore Yahshua says: 42 Watch therefore [ give strict attention, be cautious and active ], for you do not know in what kind of a day [ whether a near or remote one ] your Lord is coming . We still do not know in what year Yahshua will come although we do know the day and the hour when He will come. The other important fact to remember is that over the years the times and seasons has been changed and because of leap months, the correct and precise year, day and hour has been lost. Only the Father in heaven knows the exact day and hour in time on which Yahshua will appear in the heavens to come and take away His First Love, the Bride, who has kept herself pure and holy, as Yahshua prophesied: 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days [ The birth pains and the first 3.5 years ] the sun will be darkened , and the moon will not shed its light , and the stars will fall from the sky , and the powers of the heavens will be shaken . [ Isa. 13:10; 34:4; Joel 2:10, 11; Zeph. 1:15. ] 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and beat their breasts and lament in anguish , and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory [ in brilliancy and splendour ] . [ Dan. 7:13; Rev. 1:7. ] 31 And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call , and they will gather His elect (His chosen ones) from the four winds , [ even ] from one end of the universe to the other . [ Isa. 27:13; Zech. 9:14. ] (Matt 24:29-31 Ampl)

After, Yahshua had made a covenant with His disciples and with all those who accepted the sacrifice, which He has made for their sins, to free them from condemnation and a guilty conscience, He said to them: 29 I say to you, I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it with you new and of superior quality in My Father's kingdom. (Mat 26:29 Ampl) When we hear Yahshua say that He will not drink this cup again until He drinks it in His Father's kingdom, we think that He is referring to the same cup of the covenant, but because of a lack of understanding the Hebrew custom of marriage we do not understand what Yahshua refers to when He said: “I will not drink this cup again!” In referring to ‘this cup' Yahshua, refers to the third cup, which was standing on the marriage betrothal table. This cup is called the ‘ Cup of consummation !”

On this day the bride is brought to the bridegroom and they drink the third cup of consummation in celebration that the day has arrived. In this sense the Hebrew wedding ceremony is also very different from the traditional western way of marriage. In the traditional western way the bridegroom and bride is married before witnesses and then leaves to go on honeymoon and then they become one. The traditional Hebrew way is very different in the sense that they first consummate , know one another and become one. According to some tradition, after 7 days, the couple comes to the Wedding Feast, when she brings forth the evidence of her chastity and faithfulness to her bridegroom, when the virgin produces the blood on a white sheet.

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The Wedding Feast

After the Bridegroom and the Bride comes out of the bridal chamber, the blood stained linen cloth is danced with and given in celebration to the Father of the bride. The white linen cloth is also called a Sukkah or a ‘covering'. In traditional Jewish weddings a booth is made with a white linen cloth, which represents the faithfulness and the covenant with one another, where wedding vows are renewed and strengthened.

When the wedding feast begins and the wedding couple is brought before the wedding guests, as was beautifully expressed by the psalmist, showing how the bridegroom and the bride with her brides maids or wedding guests, comes to the feast, saying: 1 To the Chief Musician; [ set to the tune of ] ``Lilies" [ probably a popular air. A Psalm ] of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. A song of love . MY HEART overflows with a goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King . My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer. 2 You are fairer than the children of men [ Yahshua ]; graciousness is poured upon Your lips ; therefore God has blessed You forever. 3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh , O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty ! 4 And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things. 5 Your arrows are sharp; the peoples fall under You; Your darts pierce the hearts of the King's enemies. 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom . 7 You love righteousness, uprightness, and right standing with God and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows . [ Heb. 1:8, 9. ] 8 Y our garments are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia ; stringed instruments make You glad. 9 Kings' daughters are among Your honorable women ; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father's house ; 11 So will the King desire your beauty ; because He is your Lord , be submissive and reverence and honor Him . 12 And, O daughter of Tyre , the richest of the people shall entreat your favor with a gift. 13 The King's daughter in the inner part [ of the palace ] is all glorious; her clothing is inwrought with gold . [ Rev. 19:7, 8. ] 14 She shall be brought to the King in raiment of needlework ; with the virgins , her companions that follow her , she shall be brought to You . 15 With gladness and rejoicing will they be brought; they will enter into the King's palace . 16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons , whom You will make princes in all the land. 17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise and give You thanks forever and ever. ( Ps 45:1-17 Ampl )

The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot is on the 15 th day of the seventh month or Tishri 15 . YHWH gave this Feast to Israel, saying: 33 And the Lord said to Moses, 34 Say to the Israelites, The fifteenth day of this seventh month , and for seven days, is the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths to the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation ; you shall do no servile work on that day. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord; on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation and you shall present an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly ; you shall do no laborious work on that day. (Lev 23:33-36 Ampl) YHWH specifically chose a prophetic cycle of 7 days, four days after the Day of Atonement for the Israelites to rehearse another prophetic fulfilment of the Wedding of the Bridegroom and the bride. This is a great Feast, which lasts for 7 days, beginning and ending with a Sabbath day rest.

The Feast of Tabernacles is called the Feast of Booths and was chosen by God to commemorate how He had led the Israelites out of Egypt and how they stayed in houses, made of palm leaves, called booths, as was stipulated by Moses: “...On the fifteenth day of the seventh month [ nearly October ], when you have gathered in the fruit of the land , you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days , the first day and the eighth day each a Sabbath . 40 And on the first day you shall take the fruit of pleasing trees [ and make booths of them ], branches of palm trees , and boughs of thick (leafy) trees , and willows of the brook ; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year, a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall keep it in the seventh month. 42 You shall dwell in booths (shelters) for seven days: All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 That your generations may know that I made the Israelites dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt . I am the Lord your God. (Lev 23:39-43 Ampl) The Hebrew word used for booths are Sukkah: ???? - su^kka^h - sook-kaw' - Feminine of H5520 ; a hut or lair: - booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent, ( ??? ) is “ wholesomeness ” and “ totality ” ( ?? ), “ shelter ” ( ??? ), “ to anoint ” ( ??? ), “ divine curtain /shelter” ( ??? ) and “attentiveness” ( ??? ).

This is the same word used for the booths in which the Israelites had to stay, as the word used the linen roof under which the couple stand for the wedding feast ceremony, when the Father bring out His Son and the His beautifully dressed bride, now presenting them as One, therefore Isaiah prophesied: 1 AND IN that day seven women shall take hold of one man , saying, We will eat our own bread and provide our own apparel ; only let us be called by your name to take away our reproach [ of being unmarried ]. 2 In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious , and the fruit of the land shall be excellent and lovely to those of Israel who have escaped . [ Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12. ] 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem and for eternal life , [ Joel 3:17; Phil. 4:3. ] 4 After the Lord has washed away the [ moral ] filth of the daughters of Zion [ pride, vanity, haughtiness ] and has purged the bloodstains of Jerusalem from the midst of it by the spirit and blast of judgment and by the spirit and blast of burning and sifting . 5 And the Lord will create over the whole site , over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies , a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night ; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection). 6 And there shall be a pavilion for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain. ( Isa 4:1 -6 Ampl) The prophet prophesied about a time when the remnant will, after they have been purged, will accept Yahshua and will marry the Lord the God, Yahshua, as their Bridegroom and they will be brought in under covering or a canopy of God's grace and Love, on the wedding Feast also.

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The Fourth Cup - The Cup of Elijah

Another mysterious cup will remain undrank during the betrothal wedding contract ceremony. This cup is left and is not touched, although it is also provided for at the wedding ceremony. Many have lost the understanding of the fourth cup, which is called the ‘ Cup of Elijah .'

During the entire wedding process, from beginning to end, this cup stands as a witness of the wedding contract. In the book of Deuteronomy YHWH told Moses that any case or contract must always first be established by the mouth of two or three witnesses, as was written: 6 On the evidence of two or three witnesses he who is worthy of death shall be put to death ; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness . 7 The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death , and afterward the hands of all the people . So you shall purge the evil from among you . ( Deut 17:6 -7 Ampl)

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Marriage Witnesses

In order to make the wedding contract binding at the first stage in the marriage, witnesses must always be present. Witnesses that are most reliable will be used. The Father of the bride is also a witness to the preceding, although, if he is a good father, does not manipulate his daughter, but allow her to choose of her own free will who she wants to marry. After this he only gives His daughter in pledge to the young bridegroom, if he will faithfully pay the bridal price agreed upon, just as Yahshua said to his disciples: 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone ; or if he asks for a fish , will instead of a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, evil as you are , know how to give good gifts [ gifts that are to their advantage ] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him! (Luke 11:11-13 Ampl) Just before Yahshua left the earth and returned to His Father, He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem, for the gift the Father has promised, saying: “4...He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised , Of which [ He said ] you have heard Me speak. [ John 14:16, 26; 15:26. ] 5 For John baptized with water, but not many days from now y ou shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit .” (Acts 1:4-5 Ampl) The bridal gift and its accompanying gifts, which Yahshua gave His bride, as comfort while He is away and to be with them until He comes is the Holy Spirit. He will remain in their hearts and remind them of the Bridegroom and His love for her. The apostle Paul spoke of the gift of the Holy Spirit as a down payment, saying: 13 In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth , the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation , and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him , were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit . 14 That [ Spirit ] is the guarantee of our inheritance [ the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage ], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [ complete ] possession of it--to the praise of His glory. (Eph 1:13-14 Ampl) Halleluyah! Once again the wedding procedures of a Hebrew wedding are portrayed even through the gift of the Holy Spirit, consisting of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Feast of Weeks or Pentecost

Not only this, but YHWH, in His wisdom and love for His bride has included a Feast, which beautifully foreshadowed and still foreshadows the future of the consummation of the bride and the bridegroom, as was written: 1 AND WHEN the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place , 2 When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast , and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire , which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues) , as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [ in each tongue in appropriate words ]. ( Acts 2:1 -4 Ampl) Not without coincidence, because God is not a God or confusion, but of perfect order, in His wisdom, foreshadowing the future, on the very day of the Feast of Pentecost or Shavuot, the Holy Spirit was poured out and 120 people were baptised with the Holy Spirit.

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The Friend of the Bridegroom

In most cased the best man of the bridegroom and best woman of the bride are used for as witnesses when the marriage agreement is signed. Mostly there are witnesses on both the sides of the bridegroom and the bride. The prophet John the Baptist, when asked who he was, understanding his prophetic fulfilment and foreshadow as the best man or the groomsman of the bridegroom, gave witness to Him, saying: A man can receive nothing [ he can claim nothing, he can take unto himself nothing ] except as it has been granted to him from heaven . [ A man must be content to receive the gift which is given him from heaven ; there is no other source. ] 28 You yourselves are my witnesses [ you personally bear me out ] that I stated, I am not the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah) , but I have [ only ] been sent before Him [ in advance of Him, to be His appointed forerunner, His messenger, His announcer ]. [ Mal. 3:1. ] 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom ; but the groomsman who stands by and listens to him rejoices greatly and heartily on account of the bridegroom's voice . This then is my pleasure and joy, and it is now complete . [ S. of Sol. 5:1. ] 30 He must increase , but I must decrease . [ He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so. ] [ Isa. 9:7. ] 31 He Who comes from above (heaven) is [ far ] above all [ others ] ; he who comes from the earth belongs to the earth , and talks the language of earth [ his words are from an earthly standpoint ]. He Who comes from heaven is [ far ] above all others [ far superior to all others in prominence and in excellence ]. 32 It is to what He has [ actually ] seen and heard that He bears testimony , and yet no one accepts His testimony [ no one receives His evidence as true ]. 33 Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal of approval to this: God is true . [ That man has definitely certified, acknowledged, declared once and for all, and is himself assured that it is divine truth that God cannot lie ]. 34 For since He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God [ proclaims God's own message ], God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure , but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit ! [ Deut. 18:18. ] 35 The Father loves the Son and has given (entrusted, committed) everything into His hand . [ Dan. 7:14. ] 36 And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life . But whoever disobeys (is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to) the Son will never see (experience) life, but [ instead ] the wrath of God abides on him . [ God's displeasure remains on him; His indignation hangs over him continually. ] [ Hab. 2:4. ] (John 3:27-36 Ampl) John the Baptist identify himself as the friend of the bridegroom or the groomsman and declared that he is only a witness of the bridegroom, preparing the hearts of men to see Yahshua.

According to Hebrew customs, both the groom's parents and the parents of the bride would assign formal witnesses to the betrothal marriage contact. These witnesses are also legal witnesses that declare the marriage contact valid.

Over the period of 1-2 years that the bridegroom has gone to His Father's house to go and build and add the bridal room, the bride's maids serve and remain with the bride for her encouragement. The Father of the Bridegroom, after having inspected the room, set a time for the bridegroom to go and take His bride.

Then at the appointed time the groomsmen and the friend of the bridegroom comes to forewarn the bride and her bride's maids to prepare for the coming of the bridegroom. Even though they do not know when He is coming, they do know that His coming is at hand, according to the words of the Lord to the prophet Isaiah and the call of the prophet John, as was prophesied: 1 COMFORT , COMFORT My people , says your God. 2 Speak tenderly [ love & mercy ] to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry to her that her time of service and her warfare are ended , that [ her punishment is accepted and ] her iniquity is pardoned , that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins . 3 A voice of one who cries : “ Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord [ clear away the obstacles ]; make straight and smooth in the desert a highway for our God ! [ Preparing the hearts of men – Mal 4:6 ][ Mark 1:3. ] 4 Every valley shall be lifted and filled up , and every mountain and hill shall be made low ; and the crooked and uneven shall be made straight and level , and the rough places a plain . 5 And the glory (majesty and splendour) of the Lord shall be revealed , and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord [ John the Baptist's cry from the Holy Spirit ] has spoken it.” [ Luke 3:5, 6. ] ( Isa 40:1 -5 Ampl) And as John cried out, when he was asked by the priests and the Levites, who he was, he told them: “I am not the Christ!” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah ?” And he said: “ I am not !” “ Are you the Prophet ?” And he answered: “No!” [ Deut. 18:15, 18; Mal. 4:5. ] 22 Then they said to him: “ Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself ?” 23 He said: “ I am the voice of one crying aloud in the wilderness [ the voice of one shouting in the desert ]: “ Prepare the way of the Lord [ level, straighten out, the path of the Lord ],” as the prophet Isaiah said. [ Isa. 40:3. ] (John 1:19-23 Ampl)

Therefore, as a witness John the Baptist said to the people: 26 “...I [ only ] baptize in (with) water. Among you there stands One Whom you do not recognize and with Whom you are not acquainted and of Whom you know nothing. [ Mal. 3:1. ] 27 It is He Who, coming after me, is preferred before me, the string of Whose sandal I am not worthy to unloose.” (John 1:26-27 Ampl)

And he also said: “After me comes a Man Who has priority over me [ Who takes rank above me ] because He was before me and existed before I did . 31 And I did not know Him and did not recognize Him [ myself ]; but it is in order that He should be made manifest and be revealed to Israel [ be brought out where we can see Him ] that I came baptizing in (with) water.” 32 John gave further evidence, saying: “ I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven , and it dwelt on Him [ never to depart ] . 33 And I did not know Him nor recognize Him, but He Who sent me to baptize in (with) water said to me: “Upon Him Whom you shall see the Spirit descend and remain, that One is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” 34 And I have seen [ that happen--I actually did see it ] and my testimony is that this is the Son of God ! (John 1:30-34 Ampl) John was commissioned by the Father, through the Holy Spirit. John was told to look for a sign, which would be the proof that the time of the Messiah and the King of Israel, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world has indeed come and that the prophecy was fulfilled. John was sent with a very specific commission to reveal Yahshua as the Lamb of God and to testify about His coming.

Many who hear this statement from John the Baptist have concluded that John the Baptist was not Elijah, for John himself says he was not. Even though John the Baptist declared that he was not Elijah, but only the voice, who prepare the way, Yahshua said to His disciples, when asked why the teachers says Elijah must come first: “Elijah does come and will get everything restored and ready. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has come already , and they did not know or recognize him , but did to him as they liked. So also the Son of Man is going to be treated and suffer at their hands. 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist . [ Mal. 4:5. ] (Matt 17:12-13 Ampl)

Once, when send to Yahshua, John the Baptist's disciples, asked Him whether He was the Messiah? Because of wrong expectations, doubt arose in the heart of John. As these disciples left to give report of all that was happening in Yahshua's ministry, Yahshua turned to the people and asked them what they went to see in the desert, referring to John the Baptist? Then He said to them all: A prophet ? Yes, I tell you, and one [ out of the common, more eminent, more remarkable, and ] superior to a prophet . 10 This is the one of whom it is written , Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who shall make ready Your way before You . [ Mal. 3:1. ] (Matt 11:9-10 Ampl) Then He continued, saying about John the Baptist: 11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist ; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he . 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault , and violent men seize it by force [ as a precious prize--a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion ]. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied up until John . 14 And if you are willing to receive and accept it, John himself is Elijah who was [ yet be ] to come [ before the kingdom ]. [ Mal. 4:5. ] (Matt 11:11-14 Ampl)

Was Yahshua declaring John the Baptist the final fulfilment of the prophecy? No, for another translation says: 14 And if you will receive it , this is Elijah who is to come . ( Matt 11:14 Ampl) Therefore, Yahshua was also prophesying, saying that John the Baptist was the one who is to come . If the word of the prophet Malachi was still to be fulfilled, then John the Baptist did indeed speak the truth, saying he was not Elijah , who is to still come in the last days, even though it was prophesied about him that he would come in the Spirit and power of Elijah, as was prophesied about him: 14 And you shall have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice at his birth. 15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord , and shall neither drink wine nor strong drink . And he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit , even from his mother's womb. 16 And he shall turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God . 17 And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah , to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children , and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just , to make ready a people prepared for the Lord . (Luke 1:14-17 Ampl)

We know that John the Baptist declared that he was the friend of the bridegroom and understood his calling and purpose to prepare the way before Yahshua. Therefore ‘the Elijah' who is to come, will also be the friend of the bridegroom and will understand His calling and will prepare the way before the second coming of Yahshua, when He comes to take away His bride to consummate with her. Before the bridegroom comes the friend of the bridegroom, goes out to prepare the bride, just as Yahshua revealed in the parable, saying: “ 6 But at midnight there was a shout , Behold, the bridegroom ! Go out to meet him! (Matt 25:6 Ampl) The friend of the bridegroom goes out before the bridegroom, at the appointed time, with a shout to prepare the bridegroom and those who wait on her - the 10 virgins.

One more awesome revelation is hidden in the bridal rehearsal of the Feast of Trumpets. According to Hebrew custom, before the Feast of Trumpets can commence, at the appointed time, two witnesses will arrive, at evening, just before the expected time, to witness the first appearance of the new moon, for it happens on the 1 st day of the 7 th Month, at new moon. As soon as the new moon was sighted these two witnesses are brought before the Sanhedrin to be questioned whether they have indeed seen the new moon. When it has been confirmed that the new moon was seen, for at the word of two witnesses the appointed time is confirmed. Then the trumpets are blown and the torches are lit to send the message into all the country that the new moon was sighted in Jerusalem. Therefore, Yahshua said about Jerusalem, prophesying: 36 Truly I declare to you, all these [ evil, calamitous times ] will come upon this generation . [ II Chron. 36:15, 16. ] 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem , murdering the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you ! How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings , and you refused ! 38 Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate (abandoned and left destitute of God's help). [ I Kings 9:7; Jer. 22:5. ] 39 For I declare to you, you will not see Me again until you say: “Blessed (magnified in worship, adored, and exalted) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord ! [ Ps. 118:26. ] (Mat 23:36-39 Ampl) At the appointed time, two witnesses or prophets will be sent to Jerusalem, coming from the ends of the earth, as was prophesied: 7 But when they have finished their testimony and their evidence is all in , the beast (monster) that comes up out of the Abyss (bottomless pit) will wage war on them, and conquer them and kill them . [ Dan. 7:3, 7, 21. ] 8 And their dead bodies [ will lie exposed ] in the open street (a public square) of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called [ by the mystical and allegorical names of ] Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified . [ Isa. 1:9. ] 9 For 3.5 days men from the races and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and will not allow them to be put in a tomb . 10 And those who dwell on the earth will gloat and exult over them and rejoice exceedingly, taking their ease and sending presents [ in congratulation ] to one another, because these two prophets had been such a vexation and trouble and torment to all the dwellers on the earth. 11 But after 3.5 days , by God's gift the breath of life again entered into them , and they rose up on their feet , and great dread and terror fell on those who watched them. [ Ezek. 37:5, 10. ] 12 Then [ the two witnesses ] heard a strong voice from heaven calling to them : “ Come up here !” And before the very eyes of their enemies they ascended into heaven in a cloud . [ II Kings 2:11. ] (Rev 11:7-12 Ampl)

Through this series of signs YHWH, in Yahshua, indicates that the friend of the bridegroom, the Elijah, who rides on the threshing sledge, to prepare the hearts of all mankind, at the appointed time, at the beginning of the tribulation, during the birth pains, has come to blow the trumpet and to be a voice in the wilderness calling the bride to prepare herself for the time of the bridegroom is at hand. The time for the upward calling in Yahshua, when the people must make white their garments in the Loving righteousness of the blood of Yahshua, accepting the Love of the Father, listening and expecting the summons of the Voice of the Messenger, the Angel of the Covenant, sending His two witnesses to prepare the way before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives, when He will call His faithful followers to trim their lamps and to: “ Come up Here!

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Entering the Kingdom by Force from Now on!

Underneath the angel having the trumpet in her hand, blowing towards the half moon was what looked like a pit-bull terrier, because of the word of Yahshua about John the Baptist, saying: “...from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault , and violent men seize it by force [ as a precious prize--a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion ] (Matt 11:12 Ampl),...” according to the word of the apostle Paul, saying: “But from the point of view of God's choice (of election, of divine selection), they are still the beloved (dear to Him) for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For God's gifts and His call are irrevocable . [ He never withdraws them when once they are given , and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call . ]” (Rom 11:28-29 Ampl) Yahshua kept promising me that He will not remove the call and predestined plan He has for my life, to fulfil that which was prophesied. Through this sign God also prophecy that from now on the kingdom of God is going to endure violent assault as many will accept the truth and enter the kingdom, through the righteousness of Christ, the Anointed One, until He comes, by force, to take away His bride.

Next to this bull terrier, which looked like it came riding upon its back was a number 7! The day on which this series of prophetic signs appeared to me was on 8 April 2014 , on the day of the half moon . The cycle of a moon is 30 days. Thus, a ½ moon cycle, from new moon to full moon is 15 days and a ¼ moon cycle from new moon to half moon would be 7 days. Thus from 8 April 2014 , 7 days later would be the 15 April 2014 , the day of the first tetrad blood moon and on the day of the Feast of Passover .

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First Tetrad Lunar Eclipse - 15 April 2014

Lunar eclipse April 15 2014 California Alfredo Garcia Jr1.jpgA total lunar eclipse took place on April 15, 2014 . It is the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 , and the first in a tetrad (four total lunar eclipses in series) . Subsequent eclipses in the tetrad are those of October 8, 2014 , April 4, 2015 , and September 28, 2015 . The eclipse was visible in the Pacific Ocean region, including Australia and New Zealand , as well as the Americas . The moon passed south of the center of the Earth's shadow . As a result, the northern part of the moon was noticeably darker than the southern part. It occurred during the ascending phase of the moon's orbit , part of lunar saros 122 .

In conclusion, according to Hebrew tradition, on the day of Passover, a place setting remains empty for Elijah the prophet, the honoured guest at every Passover table. The Jewish people expect Elijah to come at Passover and announce the coming of the Messiah. So a place is set, a cup is filled with wine, and hearts are expectant for Elijah to come and announce the Good News. At the end of the feast Jewish kinds are sent to open the front door to see if the prophet Elijah has come? Therefore, the fourth cup is not drunk at the meal, but wine is poured out without being touched, kept in expectation for the prophet Elijah to arrive and announce the coming of the Messiah.

According to Hebrew tradition the prophet Elijah, the friend of the bridegroom is expected to arrive on the Feast of Passover, to announce that the coming of Yahshua the Messiah is at hand. That time has indeed come, as was prophesied by the prophet Malachi: 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes . [ Matt. 11:14; 17:10-13. ] 6 And he shall turn and reconcile the hearts of the [ estranged ] fathers to the [ ungodly ] children, and the hearts of the [ rebellious ] children to [ the piety of ] their fathers [ a reconciliation produced by repentance of the ungodly ], lest I come and smite the land with a curse and a ban of utter destruction . [ Luke 1:17. ] (Mal 4:5-6 Ampl)

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