Back in the 1980s, the late J.R. Church discovered that the psalms seem to have been encoded with allusions to modern events that happened in the specific year according to the number of the psalm. The Psalms also seem to tell the story of the Jews and their return to the Promised land in this century. Going back through modern history, one can see that this is the case. The Psalms are positioned as the 19th book in our Bible. Book 19, chapter 48 tells the story of Israel’s re-birth in 1948. All of that sounds good, but how do we know that the Psalms have always been the 19th book? Can we be sure that God has supervised it’s placement in our Bible? It is listed as the 14th book in the Hebrew Bible. Why does there appear to be a discrepancy? How can one prove to a Jew that the Psalms tell the story of the 1900s if it is only the 14th book in the Hebrew Bible? One must be able to corroborate it’s position as the 19th book in some ancient 2,000 year-old document. In fact, there is indeed a first-century writing in which the Psalms were listed as the 19th book in the Jewish canon (collection of sacred writings). It was written in A.D. 100, some 30 years after the destruction of Jerusalem. After finishing his historical account of the “Antiquities of the Jews” and “The Wars of the Jews,” Flavius Josephus launched a criticism of Greek historians for their many inaccuracies in writing their own histories. In the course of his treatise, “Against Apion,”he notes the Jewish acumen for complete truth and accuracy in their writings – so careful as to regard their history of the human race to be divinely inspired. Josephus reported that Israel had only 22 books in which their history was recorded. Of course, those 22 books contained all of the material that we now regard as 39 books of the Old Testament. There were no divisions of Samuel, Kings or Chronicles. Ruth was appended to Judges. Lamentations was considered a part of Jeremiah and the twelve minor prophets were considered as one book. The number of books set at 22 correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Flavius Josephus writes about the Jewish collection of biblical books in his treatise, “Against Apion,” Book 1, Paragaraph 8 …
“For we have not an innumerable multitude of books among us, disagreeing from and contradicting one another, [as the Greeks have] but only 22 books, which contain the records of all the past times; which are justly believed to be divine; and of them five belong to Moses, which contain his laws and the traditions of the origin of mankind till his death … but as to the time from the death of Moses till the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, who reigned after Xerxes, the prophets, who were after Moses, wrote down what was done in their times in thirteen books. The remaining four books contain hymns to God, and precepts for the conduct of human life.”
Note that the first five books were attributed to Moses. Following those were 13 books written by other prophets – making 18 books. The 19th book contained “hymns to God.” There it is! The Psalms were listed by Josephus as the 19th book in the Jewish collection of sacred writings. Even though his reference to the 22 books was not in the same order as those in our modern Bibles, the Psalms were still listed as the 19th book even back then. About the same time as Josephus, there were a group of rabbis who established a school at Jabneh (Jamnia) in western Judea under the leadership of Yohanan ben Yakkai, to discuss the reconstruction of Jewish religious life after the collapse of the Jewish commonwealth in A.D. 70. They also discussed which books to include in their Bible. Eventually, the Jews set the number of books at 24 books which “defiled the hands.” Those were sacred books. Anyone handling them was to wash his hands in observance of a special ritual. There were other books which did not “defile the hands.” Though they were distributed and read as historical, they were not considered to be sacred. We call those books apocryphal. The Jews came to regard the Torah (Law) as containing the five books of Moses – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Their second division is called Ne’bi’im, (Prophets). These Jewish writings were set at eight (though Josephus reported them as 13) – four former prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings) and the four latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Book of the Twelve Prophets). The 12 Minor Prophets were regarded as one book. Their third division is called Ke’tubim’ (writings). It comprises 11 books. They are comprised of the Psalms (now regarded as the 14th book), Proverbs and Job; then a group of five called the Me’gillot’ or Scrolls – (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther); finally Daniel, Ezra/Nehemiah (reckoned as one book), and Chronicles. Though early Jewish theologians changed the order of their books to contain 24 books, instead of 22, and making the Psalms their 14th book, Josephus implied that it was the 19th book. And though early Christian theologians rearranged the books of the Old Testament into their present order of 39 in our Bibles, the Psalms remain as the 19th book. This says that the 48th division (Psalm 48) of book 19 tells the story of the re-birth of Israel in 1948! The actual date for the re-birth of Israel appears to have been set centuries ago. The divisions of the Psalter are called “psalm” rather than chapters and had already been designated as such in the first century. In Acts 13:33, Paul mentioned the “second psalm” and then quoted from Psalm 2. Evidently, all 150 Psalms had already been collected and positioned in their proper order so that Paul could refer to Psalm 2 as the “second psalm.” This is not the case with other books in the Bible. All other books were divided into chapters in later years. Only the Psalms were positioned in their order as they were collected and remain to this day. The Psalms are divided into five books. David collected the first (Psalms 1-41) and the fourth books (Psalms 90-106). Solomon collected the second (Psalm 42-72) and the third books (Psalms 73-89). Ezra is reported to have collected the fifth book (Psalms 107-150) after the Babylonian captivity. Evidently, all 150 psalms had been completed by the first century when Paul referred to Psalm 2 as being the “second psalm.” Now, here is the strangest thing! Not only can we count forward from Genesis and find that the Psalms had been juxtapositioned as the 19th book of the Bible, we can count backwards from the book of Revelation and find that the Psalms had also been juxtapositioned as the 48th book! It’s position in the Bible yields both the number 19 and the number 48! Once again, the year 1948 being the very year that Israel was re-established as a nation, thus fulfilling the astounding end times prophecy of the re-formation of the nation of Israel in one day. Does this strange juxtaposition confirm the birthdate of Israel in 1948? Did God give us a foreview of the year that one of the Bible’s biggest prophecies would occur by placing the Psalms in it’s present location in the Bible? What makes this so remarkable is that the most prominent prophetic event predicted by the biblical prophets was the re-birth of Israel. It is the opening theme of the Psalms. Psalm 1 opens with the words, “Blessed is the man …” referring to Israel. Jewish scholars say that David used the parting words of Moses to introduce the theme of the Psalms. The metaphor of the “man” points to the restoration of Israel as a man-child reborn. Verse 3 says, “He shall be like a tree planted …” The
metaphor of a tree also refers to the restoration of Israel. Furthermore, in the Hebrew language, the term translated “planted,” in verse 3, actually refers to being “replanted.” These two metaphors for the restoration of Israel, found in Psalm 1, actually set the theme for the entire book. The 1948 rebirth of Israel as a nation is the most prominent theme found in the prophets of the Old Testament. It is the opening event of a series of predictions that lead up to the coming of the Son of God to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Not only do we have the birth of Israel recorded in Psalm 48, the entire book appears to have been juxtapositioned in our Bible to yield the numbers 19 and 48! To consider this as more than a coincidence says to me that God guided the completion of the Bible into 66 divinely inspired books. They are more than just a collection of canonized writings by early Jewish and Christian theologians. They are the very Word of God – not just the Old Testament, but the New Testament as well. This also further confirms that God recognizes both the Jewish calendar and the Julian calendar. Even though there are questions about the accuracy of each, both the Jewish date of 5708 for 1948 and our Julian calendar date of 1948 appear to be confirmed in the Bible. Jewish scholars recently reported that the 5,708th verse of the Masoretic text of the Bible (Deuteronomy 30:5) predicts the restoration of Israel. It says …
“And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it …” (Deuteronomy 30:5).
That prophecy came to pass in the Jewish calendar year 5708 (1948). Even though the Jewish calendar is 240 years shy of our calendar which dates from the birth of Christ, nevertheless, it appears that God recognizes both of them! Regardless of any human errors in ancient chronology, we live in the generation which witnessed the restoration of Israel in both 1948 and the Jewish calendar date of 5708! This confirms that God recognizes both Gentile Christianity and Judaism (Old Testament and New Testament) for their prophetic value. It must be more than a coincidence that the juxtaposition of the Psalms in our Bible yields the number 19 when counting forward from Genesis and the number 48 when counting backward from Revelation – giving the exact date for the birth of Israel – 1948!
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: THE AFTERTHOUGHT
With Israel a state again, it is very obvious that we are in the final stages of this particular prophetic development since 1948. Simply put, the signs occurring thereafter in all realms of geopolitics, social development and geographic/weather conditions and development are maneuvering the world toward it’s ultimate climax. The wars and rumors of wars in this century have been nothing short of prophetic. In the midst of this development yesterday in Israel, we just so “happen” to have a president with the biblically peculiar last name of “Trump,” the very word that describes the method God will use in calling the true church home to Heaven in the rapture event …
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Can we get any more obvious? Think about the fact that the word “Trump” is coming out of the mouths of the inhabitants of planet Earth right now due to him being president. It is as if God is placing a verbal “sounding of the alarm” in humanities, both collectively and individually, that the trump of God is getting ready to sound and judgment is getting ready to strike the earth. Think of it … trump, trump, trump everywhere you go, the word Trump is going forth from the mouth as a sort of warning or declaration of what is getting ready to happen and most don’t even realize it! It would be a matter of minor importance if Trump had been president before 1948, but with Israel being regathered and restored as an official nation state indicating the end times are here, to suddenly have a president of the world’s superpower with a biblically peculiar last name such as this cannot be ignored as a major signal from God that the age of grace and God’s mercy before judgment is wrapping up. As with anything prophetic, nothing is coincidence.
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WHO GOES IN THE RAPTURE? – THE WAY OUT AND YOU
In order to accept the offer of God’s grace and his salvation, you must take the crucial three steps of …
1. Agreeing – A belief and agreeing with God in all that he says in his word, the Bible, about the fact that you are separated from God, as every man and woman on the face of the earth are before accepting his salvation. The Bible reveals that all are separated from him in a spiritual state of death, or in another way that the Bible puts it, in a state of sin, that will result in eternal damnation. Agreeing with God in your heart that you are in need of his salvation. The Bible reveals that God looks upon the heart of a man, and thus, responds accordingly to the man or woman who comes to him for salvation in recognition of his inability to save himself. The Bible makes these facts very clear – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Bible describes these three kinds of death: physical death (the state experienced when life leaves our bodies); spiritual death (spiritual separation from God caused by our state of spiritual death, or state of sin that results in outward acts of sin on a daily basis as the Bible also puts it – the state of sin is received from the first man Adam); and finally eternal death (the fixed state entered into by the individual who dies physically while he or she is dead spiritually). It is eternal death, in particular, which is the horrible result of receiving the wages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ frequently described such a death as being eternal (without end) in a destiny which he called Hell. He described Hell as a literal place of judgment (Matthew 13:42); a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8); a place of torment (Luke 16:24,28); a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50); a place of remorse (Mark 9:44-48); of bitter memory (Luke 16:25), and a place originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). In fact, Jesus more often warned about Hell than he spoke about Heaven. It is not God’s will or desire that any person should be consigned to perish in Hell (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that all should come to repentance of unbelief toward him and believe on him for the salvation of the individual’s soul. But God’s justice requires that the “soul who sins” (remains in it’s state of death or state of sin) is the one who will die eternally (Ezekiel 18:4). So, agree with God, admitting that you are unable to save yourself and in a state of sin under God’s just condemnation for that sin and that you are in need of his salvation.
2. Believing – Then, believe that God does not want you to perish eternally in the torment of Hell because of your sin. Believe that God loves you so much that he provided a way whereby he could still be a just, holy and righteous God, and yet pardon you. Believe that God did not just overlook sin, but that he sent his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to provide salvation by personally paying the penalty for sin. Believe that Jesus Christ, whose life, death, burial and resurrection is the best-attested fact of antiquity, did come to earth to live, die, rise again and ascend to Heaven in order to provide justification and salvation for all who trust him. Believe that he, and he alone, can save you because he has fully satisfied the just demands of God. Believe that you can’t become righteous in God’s sight by your own effort. Believe that he wants to save you and that he will save you. The Bible provides a solid basis for such belief …
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
“But God demonstrates his love toward us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
God presented him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man or woman who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26).
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures … ” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“Jesus answered, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out [drive away]” (John 6:37).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
3. Calling – It is not enough to agree with God, admit your need, and believe that Christ can and will save you. You must act upon those facts. You must repent of the sin of your unbelief toward him and actively call upon him for the salvation of your soul based on the fact that you cannot save yourself because of your sins. You must be willing to completely turn from your own efforts to save yourself or from any other hope. You must come to Christ, calling upon him for salvation and counting on the fact that he will do what he has promised. This means simply taking the gift of pardon and eternal life which he offers. Merely believing about Jesus Christ without coming to him makes as much sense and is as effective as believing that a medication can successfully treat a fatal disease, but failing to take it. Yet again, the Bible emphatically and authoritatively provides the basis for such statements:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
The word translated “believe” here means to “rest one’s entire weight and trust on the object or person in which the belief is placed.” It requires action in keeping with the intellectual assent of that belief.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
” … but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The logical question you may be asking at this point is: “how do I come to Christ and call upon him?” The answer is that “calling upon the Lord” is just another term for praying, or talking to God. To talk to God is not a complicated process, dependent upon some special rituals. God has invited people to approach him through his Son in simple, straightforward terms. In fact, Jesus approved of the dishonest, despised tax collector who simply prayed, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” While the exact words of your prayer to God are not of vital importance (since God sees and knows the attitude of your heart), the following is the kind of prayer that you could pray in calling upon God for salvation …
“Dear Lord Jesus: I realize that I need you. I admit that I have sinned and that I deserve your just, eternal punishment for that sin. But I am sorry for my sin and I am turning to you and asking for forgiveness. I believe that you died and rose again to pay sin’s penalty on my behalf. I come to you and open my heart to you. I ask you to come into my life, forgive me for all of my sin and make me your child. I invite you to take control of my life and to cause me to be the kind of person you would have me to be. I thank you for doing this because you have promised that whosoever calls upon you, as I am doing now, shall be saved. I pray this in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, I urge you to sincerely and genuinely express it to God as your prayer. The Bible makes clear that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart, God forgives our sins and counts us righteous, and that when we openly confess with our mouth what we have done in our heart, God gives us assurance of that salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7).
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