Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Nine Month Road Map to Peace?

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1 Thessalonians 5:3-4

The news about the recent peace talks seems to be putting much focus on the 9 month time line.  While this may be nothing, yet again it could speak volumes for the watchful.  One thing is certain, it should captivate our attention if we are looking through prophetic eyes since the disposition of the Great King's city, Jerusalem, is involved.  All should know that Jerusalem is the focal point for all things prophetic in the nightmare Tribulation coming upon an unsuspecting world. "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it (Zechariah 12:3)."  So why the stress on 9 months? 

Kerry sets 9-month goal for reaching accord on Israeli-Palestinian conflict | McClatchy
OK!  That is enough headlines with "nine" in it. 

What about Jerusalem?
Jordanian King to "Fight Judaization of Jerusalem" - Middle East - News - Israel National News

One might immediately notice that 9 months is the gestation period for a mother carrying a child.  That is interesting!  Notice the reference to that same concept in the scripture above from 1 Thessalonians?  Could we begin seeing increased birth pangs as we near this peace agreement?  

Nine months?  That would bring us into the Passover time frame as well as the first of the blood moons so many studying prophecy have been talking about. The first one also coincides with Passover 2014 (Nissan 5774). Some note that these have tended to occur at times when Israel, as a people, suffered greatly.  Could this be a warning too?  Could the agreement in 9 months lead to a seven year peace treaty brought about by recent wars in the region?  There are already threats of destroying Israel again even as the peace parties met.

Abbas: Palestine will be Judenrein - Middle East - News - Israel National News
Iran: Armageddon at hand, prepare for war

Just a reminder from a prior post linked here called Nine, nine is a very interesting number in scripture.  Using the rule of first reference, nine was first associated in scripture with war.  In Genesis 14, 4 kings led by Chedorlaomar of Elam (a part of current day Iran) attacked 5 kings in the plain of Sodom.  4 kings against 5 kings adds up to nine.  In every case after that, 9 or its multiples were associated with judgment or war.  Here is one more example from Haggai 11.  How many things are mentioned as a part of God's judgement?

"And I called for a drought upon the land, 
and upon the mountains, 
and upon the corn,
and upon the new wine,
and upon the oil,
and upon that which the ground bringeth forth,
and upon men,
and upon cattle,
and upon all the labour of the hands."

9 is the last and highest of the single digit numbers so it always speaks of finality as well.  Is the continued reference to nine signaling that we could be about to see the final 7 years of the Tribulation soon?  There should be no worries if you are a blood bought saint of God through Christ's atoning sacrifice, but it should signal to you that efforts to share the gospel need to be doubled.  If Christ is not your only hope of salvation--call on Him today for forgiveness of sin.  There is still time for you!

Lot's of questions and uncertainty with this post, but one thing is certain--Jesus Christ is Soon2Come!!

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