May 20, 2018?
By Brother Mike (4-9-18; 15 minutes)
As we approach May 20, 2018, we wonder, could this be the date that we have been waiting for? First, we notice that May 20, 2018 is exactly 7 years from when the Day of Judgment began on May 21, 2011. This could be significant because the number 7 in the Bible often has to do with complete perfection of whatever is in view (see Bible Number 7
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation
2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female .
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth .
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth .
Of course, we now know that these 7 days symbolized the 7,000 years from the year of the flood in 4990 BC to the spiritual flood which came upon the world on May 21, 2011 because we read in 2Peter 3,
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day .
So, one day is as a thousand years, and there were seven days mentioned from when Noah was told to enter the ark to when the flood waters struck, which is 7,000 years from the time of the flood in 4990 BC to Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 when the elect had to have entered the ark of Jesus Christ to be eternally saved.
But, getting back to the number 7, it is representative of the complete perfection of whatever is in view (see
Bible Number 7
There are many other examples in the Bible where the number 7 represents the complete perfection of whatever is in view. For instance, on the Passover the Israelites were to eat unleavened bread for 7 days (Exodus 12:15;13:6-7). These 7 days represent the complete perfection of days in which the Israelites were to eat unleavened bread, and the last day of these 7 days represents the complete perfect end to the feast. Or, we find that the feast of tabernacles was to be observed for 7 days (Lev 23:34). This 7 days represents the complete perfection of days in which the feast was to be observed, and the last day of these 7 days represents the complete perfect end to the feast. And, there are many other examples of the number seven being used in this way. But, my main point is that since May 20, 2018 is exactly 7 years from May 21, 2011, May 20, 2018 could represent the complete perfect end of Judgment Day in which case the end would come on this date.
Now, there is another reason as to why May 20, 2018 may be significant. We read in Ezekiel 39,
9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years . . .
Notice that they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall burn the weapons with fire for seven years. In another study, we learned that the ones who burn these weapons are the elect who through their proclamation of Judgment Day with the removal of eternal salvation ever since May 21, 2011 spiritually set on fire and burn the weapons of Satan (see
Now, we should be elated to know that exactly 7 years from May 21, 2011 in which the elect burn Satan's weapons comes to May 20, 2018, which is not just any old date, but it is that great feast called Pentecost. The spiritual fulfillment of Pentecost began on May 21 in 33 AD when the gospel was sent into the whole world in Acts 2 and the elect began to be spiritually saved as the first fruits of that harvest. This spiritual harvest of Pentecost continued throughout the Church Age so that Pentecost represents that time when the elect were spiritually saved as the first fruits of the harvest. Pentecost on the Last Day is different. It represents that time when the elect will be literally and outwardly saved from their bodies and this world, and given new bodies fit to live in the new heaven and earth as the first fruits of the literal and outward harvest. So, Pentecost represents both the first fruits of the spiritual harvest of the elect and the first fruits of the outward and literal harvest of the elect. The spiritual Pentecost took place during the Church Age, but the outward and literal Pentecost will take place on the Last Day. So, in that 7 years from May 21, 2011 falls precisely on Pentecost of May 20, 2018 may be more significant than we think. It may represent that Last Day when we, the elect, are literally saved from these earthly bodies to be given new eternal bodies, and when we are literally saved from this world to be given a new heaven and earth created from the ashes of this earth.
At this point, it is of some import to recognize that May 20, 2018, Pentecost, falls on a Sunday. Sunday, the 1st day of the week, represents the beginning of a new week, or we might say, the beginning of a new age, and Sunday is the day when Christ rose from the dead. This is all quite fitting if the Last Day is May 20, 2018 because this day would be the beginning of a new age in the new heaven and earth, and it would be that Sunday when all the elect will be resurrected to follow Christ who was also resurrected on a Sunday. So, if May 20, 2018 is that Last Day, things seem to fit together quite well.
Now, as May 20, 2018 approaches we are hopeful that this could be the day of which we have all been waiting for. But, there is, I believe, a good reason not to believe that this date will be as we hope for. That reason has to do with the studies we have done in
So, as we consider May 20, 2018, there is perhaps a flicker of hope. But, that flicker of hope must be weighed against the need for more time to reveal judgment against the world and all the churches. When we honestly weigh these things out, it seems that there must be more time wins out, and I, quite simply, would not count on the end coming on May 20, 2018. Hopefully, I am wrong. But, it seems to me that what we should all focus upon is being a witness of judgment with no more eternal salvation possible against the world including all the churches. The faster we do this; the faster will the end come. Besides, I am not sure that we will even be able to know when the final Day is until it comes. Remember the flood account? Noah knew when Judgment Day would come (Gen 7:4) even as we also foreknew when Judgment Day would begin, namely on May 21, 20211, but Noah did not know the day in which he would finally step out of the ark onto the ground of the new world, which world was a type of heaven, until he was commanded on that same day to come out from the ark (Gen 8:14-15). This could very well be how it will be for us: we may not come to know when the Last Day is until, on that same day, we hear Yahweh's voice say, Come up here! So, the best thing we can be doing at this time is to continue to watch for that day, yes, but also continue getting out the message of judgment against the entire world including all the churches. From our studies, we know that Yahweh wants this message to be heard by everyone.
Now, may Yahweh through our Lord Jesus Christ, bless thee, and keep thee: Yahweh make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: Yahweh lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace .