THE GREAT TRIBULATION
THE ELIJAH MINISTRY PERIOD
While we are addressing this matter of the final period of seven years spoken of in Daniel’s seventy periods of seven, there is some highly important truth that must be addressed. We will return to this matter of the abomination of desolation following this section.
As noted in The New Millennial Calendar and addressed in Shelah and Clay of Spittle, page 5, that seven-year period is a covenant that Yahweh made with man and is split three-and-a-half years and three-and-a-half years, with the last walked out first and the first to be walked out last – another one of Yahweh’s flips. The last, of course, was walked out by Yahshua in His three-and-a-half year ministry from Atonement, 29 A.D., to Passover, 33 A.D. But, that left a remaining three-and-a-half year ministry period that was unfulfilled. To whom does it belong?
To answer this question straight forward, it belongs to Elijah. How do we know this? Several ways, but one of the clearest is to see with whom it is already identified.
Based on Luke 3:1, which states that John began his ministry “in the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar,” we know that his ministry began in the spring of 29 A.D. This would have been at the time of Passover. John was six months older than Yahshua. He was born at Passover, and Yahshua was born on Trumpets. Thus, both of them began their ministries at the age in which a man entered into priesthood – at the age of thirty (Numbers 4:2-3). This means that John’s ministry was for a period of six months, whereupon he baptized Yahshua, beginning His ministry. John then decreased and Yahshua increased.
Thereby, we see, quite significantly, that by John carrying out or fulfilling those six months, he identified that preceding three-and-a-half year period as belonging to the Elijah! John had the spirit of Elijah (Luke 1:17), and whoever walked out the years of that covenant would be the Elijah. As John represented, Elijah would occupy the office of and prepare the way for Yahshua.
But let us ask yet another revealing question: If Yahshua’s ministry, that began in the middle of the covenant period of seven years, fulfilled the last three-and-a-half years, then did not John’s preceding six-month ministry period fulfill or use up six months of the preceding three-and-a-half years? Indeed so.
Not only did John’s six months of ministry identify that three-and-half year period as the Elijah work, but it also used up six months of it. Therefore, only three covenant years remain for the Elijah work that prepares the way for Yahshua’s return.
The covenant with the many for seven years
So what does this mean for us today as we anticipate Yahshua’s return? On October 25, 2007, Trumpets will mark the completion of a Jubilee of Jubilee waiting periods since the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, heralding Jubilee! As noted in The Revelation of the Millennium, page 5, this relates directly back to when the walls of Jericho came down when entrance was made into the promised land.
As will be discussed further in this writing, Trumpets, 2007, means that the nations will no longer rule over the kingdom of heaven, but the kingdom of heaven will rule over the nations. It means that with Trumpets/Tabernacles restored to its rightful place as the first of the year, the new heavens and new earth can now be built. But one other matter I hope is at hand, and this has to do with the Elijah ministry period.
With all of this potentially taking place as a result of October 25, it gives hope that the Elijah ministry period will begin as well. But upon seeing this, there was a problem. When that hope arose, I had not yet seen this fact regarding John having already used up six months of that time. The problem then would have been that if the Elijah ministry began at Trumpets, three-and-a-half years later would have been Passover. The fulfillment of the Elijah ministry will bring Yahshua’s return. But, this also means that the Elijah company must ascend alive, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 tells us that that will take place at Trumpets. So, the Elijah ministry must be complete at Trumpets; and having a three-and-a-half year ministry period starting at Trumpets, 2007, does not allow that – it falls at Passover.
One remedy for this extra six months was pointed out to me by Eric Schneggenburger. With Passover having been the first of the year, when Trumpets/Tabernacles now becomes the first of the year, that means six months of that transition year are actually lost, cut short. Therefore that would explain how the ministry period could lose that extra six months. But now we see as well that those six months are not even available, for John already used them up. All that remains of the Elijah period is three years. Therefore, if Yahweh so chooses to begin that Elijah ministry period at Trumpets, 2007, it would work, allowing ascension at Trumpets, 2010.
In closing this section, here are a few other points of interest regarding this. First, Yahshua was born at Trumpets; therefore, it would be fitting that at Trumpets the office that represents Him would begin. Also, the first Remnant had a ministry period of one-and-a-half years. It is often testified that the second Remnant receives a double portion. Therefore, it is quite fitting that the ministry period of the second Remnant would be three years (2 x 1 ½). And finally, three-and-a-half years is seven periods of six months. It is interesting that John walked out that seventh period, leaving the Elijah six periods in which to labor.
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