But If you find that unacceptable - if you can't possibly question your existing assumptions even when the original biblical text differs from your English language Bible - you may as well leave this page now. Your mind is closed and you won't have eyes to see or ears to hear. Save yourself some aggravation and read something that raises no interesting questions.
Because what I am about to get into is even more mind-blowing to Christians than the idea that Jesus was not a carpenter - He was a stonemason.
I know, you're thinking I'm wrong and you were always taught "carpenter" and it says right in Mark 6:3: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?”
I never heard anyone in America question that Jesus was a carpenter – until I discussed Him with Israelis and Palestinians, who said: “Look around (we were in Nazareth) – do you see a lot of trees? Everything in Israel is built out of stone.” Where I live, wood is plentiful. Pennsylvania even means “Penn’s Woods.” We build wooden homes. England also had lots of trees and this influenced the King James translation. There aren't many trees in Israel. In the original Greek text of the Bible Jesus is referred to as a “tekton” (τεκτων) which means “builder” or “craftsman” – more likely a stonemason than a carpenter.
Did Jesus ever use wood or carpentry metaphors in his parables or sermons? He repeatedly uses stone metaphors – He changes Simon’s name to Peter (stone is “petra” in Greek) and says to him in Matthew 16:18 “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church.” Jesus Himself is referred to as a stone, such as “a living stone which has been rejected,” (1 Peter 2:4) or “the stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone,” (Matthew 21:42) or “I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation” (Isaiah 28:16) or the “top stone” (capstone) in Zechariah 4:7. Jesus spoke more like a mason than a carpenter. In Nazareth, they politely suggest that they portray Jesus as a carpenter for tourist dollars because that is what American tourists expect – but that in the Middle East He has always been viewed as a stonemason.
Hmmmmm. You may be wondering: If something that basic may not have properly translated into English - what else in my English translation of the Bible could be slightly off?
How about the idea that no one can ever calculate the date of the Second Coming or the End of the World?
Most Christians I talk to think of Matthew 24:36, which says: "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." Most Christians don't hear anything I say after they get that verse in their head. Someone even posted an online "book review" of my most recent book which says HE DIDN'T BUY THE BOOK because "when an author sets dates, they are always wrong." He doesn't have to read the book to give his self-righteous "book review."
Millions of people believe that we can’t know – or aren’t ever supposed to know – when future events are going to occur. Many American Christians read Matthew 24:36, in which their English-language Bible tells them “no one knows the hour or the day” and they assume that we can never know future dates. But the original Greek verb οἶδεν (“oiden”) in Matthew 24:36 is past tense; Young’s Literal Translation reads “no one hath known” – and the correct modern translation is “no one has known” or “no one knows yet.”
No one – not even Jesus Christ – knew then, in 33 A.D. As Philippians 2:7 tells us, He “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” To better experience humanity, He chose not to access His divine knowledge – but only during the Incarnation. Nothing in the original Greek text rules out knowing after 33 A.D.
“For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known.” Luke 8:17
“These words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.” Daniel 12:9
“If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come.” Revelation 3:3
“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4
We are given signs for a reason. The Bible does not give hundreds of signs and warnings so that we can remain ignorant.
The basic premise of End Times and 2019 is that many ancient sources gave us detailed warnings about the end of the world in their books, myths, and monuments. Their clearest clues are astronomical - they describe how the night sky looked in their visions of the end of the world. With modern astronomical software we can search future dates for a match - when the descriptions of the positions of heavenly bodies in sky will actually occur.
Clues from the Egyptians, the Maya, and especially Bible prophets - all lead us to December 2019, when the clearest and most amazing signs of all occur - the movements of the sun, moon, planets, and stars act out all the major steps of an ancient Jewish wedding ceremony between Christ and His bride - US.
So despite the Mayan pyramid on the book cover (and the use of supporting evidence from many sciences and cultures) End Times and 2019 is essentially an analysis of Bible prophecy. The Egyptians point us to late 2019. The Maya point us to late December, 2019. But Isaiah, Daniel, Haggai, Matthew, John, and other Bible prophets point to specific days. The most important are:
June 6, 2016 - The Day the Antichrist is revealed to the world
December 21, 2019 - When the Seven Years end and the week of the Heavenly Wedding begins.
December 26, 2019 - When the bride receives the ring from the Bridegroom
December 28, 2019 - The wedding ends on Judgment Day
(You know, the peace treaty mentioned in Daniel 9:27 where the politician associated with the Antichrist renews or strengthens a seven year covenant with Israel - which he breaks halfway through after three and a half years.)
Wouldn't that peace-renewal covenant have to have started on 12/21/2012, if it ends seven years later on December 21, 2019?
The official name for Obama's tour in Hebrew, as this banner shows, was
"A Covenant of Peoples."
This is not the single most important clue to establishing a timeline for end times Bible prophecy. It is, however, an obvious sign to those who pay attention.
And the most amazing evidence for a timeline is that the sun, moon, and stars are going to be in positions that act out ALL the major steps of an ancient Jewish wedding ceremony in December 2019. Guess who is coming for His bride?
If the stone top of Egypt’s Great Pyramid were completed, it would be 5780 inches high. Several British archeologists believed that the Great Pyramid represents the planet Earth, that the inch is an ancient measurement, and that measurements within the Great Pyramid are prophetic timelines with inches equal to years. The height in inches may refer to Hebrew calendar year 5780, which corresponds with December 2019 and may represent “completion of the world” or the end of the world as we know it in 2019.
The prophet Daniel told us that 42 months into the final seven years, the Antichrist will enter the Temple, break his covenant with the Jews, and proclaim himself to be God. 42 months is often referred to as 1260 days using 42 months of 30 days each. I suspect there will be an assassination attempt on the Antichrist 1260 days into Daniel's 70th week on June 3, 2016. He will appear to be mortally wounded at first, but in a tragic mockery of Christ's resurrection, he will rise 3 days later, fully healed on June 6, 2016, and present himself at the site of the Temple in Jerusalem as God on earth. As on earth, so it is in heaven: when the Antichrist enters the Temple, Venus appears to enter the Sun.
The Morningstar (Lucifer/Antichrist=Venus) enters the Temple (goes directly behind the Sun/altar of fire in the Temple.) As the Sun also represents Christ, and Venus is on the opposite (anti-) side we have our astronomical Antichrist in the right position.
This is a rare event that happens just 9 times every 105 years... And even the date fits activity for the Antichrist - the sixth day of the sixth month of a year ending in six - the only 6-6-6 date during the entire tribulation, The odds of Venus going behind the sun on any given day are about 9/(105*365.25) – about 1 in 4261 odds. It only happens on a 6-6-6 date one day out of every 15,563,302 days. That means on average it would not happen again for about 42,611 years. It is a VERY rare sign.
There are many other clues which require a more complicated explanation. I will attempt one on this web site: the JUBILEE. In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to let the land rest every 7 years and have a Sabbath year. After 7 Sabbath years, they were also told to celebrate a jubilee year. Every 49 years, debts were forgiven, slaves were freed, and land which had been "sold" reverted back to its original owner. This was to remind them that GOD owned the land and the people.
What better date could someone claiming to be God choose - than the date exactly one jubilee after the Israeli army liberated East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount?
The Israelis entered East Jerusalem on June 6, 1967, and by morning had taken back the entire city, including the Temple Mount. 49 years later we have June 6, 2016, when the Antichrist will try to mimic Christ and claim that possession of the land and the people should revert back to him.
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