Thursday, August 30, 2012

3 1/2 Three and a half times / Granted to Understand

QUESTION:

greetings Pearl

it is said that the two witnesses will prophecy 3.5 days. Do you think that they have started this and how much longer do you think?

Thank you

REPLY:

Dear Daniel,

Isn't it true that all of us would like a date to depend upon? Wouldn't we all love to know exactly how much longer we have to suffer in this cruel and unjust world? (Rom.8:22,19)
Jesus told us that an exact timetable regarding the end, was not possible (Matt.24:36).
What then is meant by the 3 1/2 times, and the 7 times (the 3 1/2 of which, is half of)?

I will not go ahead of Holy Spirit's revelation of the meaning of these 7 times, but will tell you what holy spirit has shown me thus far.
The 7 times are for a certainty, symbolic. They represent the full requirement placed upon each anointed one, to bring them to the point of being sealed. That requirement has TWO aspects, EACH represented by 3 1/2. This is because the representation of full dominion, is 7. There are two requirements placed upon anointed, each 3 1/2 represents one of those requirements. When they are BOTH fulfilled, it results in "7".

This number also represents the period, during which the "Nations" are dominating the "Holy Ones". It is during this persecution, that the anointed must fulfill divine requirements, in order to be sealed into their dominion to come.
If you read the scriptures which refer to these 7 times, as well as the 3 1/2 times, you will see that they refer to the expectations placed upon faithful anointed, in order for them to fulfill God's Will for them. This is the case, regardless of when they live, chronologically.

Regarding the knowledge of a "date" for the end, Jesus told us that at best, the faithful anointed would only be able to discern "times and seasons".
In order to make this discernment possible, Jesus provided "signs" (not a date).

Here is a helpful excerpt from http://pearl-sign.blogspot.com/ ............
       
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At Matt.24:32,33; Jesus makes plain that his disciples who are present upon the earth during the fulfillment of these signs, will need to "discern the signs of the times". We can turn to when this happened before....
Matt.16:1 "Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed."


These people wanted a physical, obvious sign, to test Jesus claim of divine authority and Truth. He points to their ability to read symbolic indications of weather and their meaning, and contrasts their inability to read symbolic indications of the "signs of the times"...the meaning of the critical days in which they lived.
Jesus then condemns them as wicked. Why? What bad thing did they do?
Those who are unable to discern the meaning of the symbolic "signs of the times" (Matt.24:3) are blind for a reason. Jesus tells us that reason, at Matt.13:14,15. Jesus' disciples asked him outright..."And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”Matt.13:10
Jesus answered, "13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." Matt.13:13
By always teaching by means of symbolism, Jesus and Jehovah control who they grant understanding to. This is confirmed at Matt.13:11: " He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given."
"However, brothers, you are not in the darkness, in order that the Day of the Lord might surprise you like a thief." (1Thess.5:4)

By always teaching by means of symbolism/illustrations/signs, Holy Spirit would determine who is granted to understand the words of Christ; especially when it comes to grasping "the signs of the times". Those who do not grasp it, have not been "granted"/"given" understanding, by design, and on purpose. Such ones are physical men, who seek physical signs. Jesus expects us to show our appreciation for these hidden spiritual treasures, by digging for them (John6:27; Matt.13:44,36,51; Luke8:8,9,10,11; Rev.2:29; 3:22). We must look to Jesus for the meanings (by means of scripture), not look to Satan's world. Only those willing to "beg" for God's spirit and truth by means of his Word (John17:17), are we granted understanding and insight (Luke16:3; 11:13; Matt.7:7; 21:22). For those who are physical and want everything given plainly, Jesus said, "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet[b] Jonah.” And He left them and departed." Matt.16:4
[The only physical sign given, would be Jesus' death and resurrection (Matt.12:40). No further "understanding"/"visible sign, would such men be given. In the same way, the only reliable physical/obvious sign given physical men today, will be the death of the "two witnesses" Rev.11:7,11; Matt.24:30; 1Cor.2:14]


At Matt.13:35, it says of Jesus, " that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:“I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
With certainty, the "signs" of the end of our age, are such precious "secrets" (Dan.12:4). To be granted understanding of the greatest mysteries of all time, is the one of the most precious of divine favors. Should we expect then, that Jesus' words about "the signs of the times" of the end, would not also be by means of illustration? If he tells us that wicked false prophets are present at that time (Matt.24:4,5,24,25), would he not cloak these precious secrets in symbolism as well? Those with wayward hearts are prevented from having insight...by means of symbolic illustrations...
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’Matt.13:15
Only those who are granted, will see the deeper meaning (Matt.13:11,16,17). The time would arrive for those blessed ones, to understand (Rev.22:10; Matt.24:33).
Daniel 12:9,10 reads:
And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand."


In light of the fact that in the "time of the end", the wicked will not be granted "understanding", it is a certainty that the "sign of your presence and of the end of the age", would be by means of illustration. The meaning of those signs would not be obvious and physical (Luke17:20), and the "sealed up" understanding of those signs, would be granted by means of spirit (Matt.16:17; 13:11; John16:13; Daniel 12:4; Luke11:9,10,13; 1Cor.2:7,10,12,13,14; Luke10:21) and truth (John17:17; Heb.4:12; Gen.40:8; John7:16; 8:47), which are the requirements of our faith and beliefs (John4:24; 2Cor.5:7).

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If you would like to see more clearly, exactly what God is waiting for (7 times), please read
http://pearl-waiting.blogspot.com/
and
http://pearl-dayandhour.blogspot.com/
These will help you to see, that the end will come at the symbolic fulfillment of the 7 times...and what that requirement is.

I know that we all may feel a sense of disappointment when we learn that we can not mark our calendar and plan our life according to a concrete date of the end; but Jehovah HAS indicated something more important. He has revealed to us, what each of us must do in order to survive, and be welcomed by Him and His Son, into eternity. This is what will assure that our own eyes will witness the end, and the arrival of the glorious Kingdom...
That reward will not come through a knowledge of the date and hour in which it will come.
That knowledge is of no benefit to us, if it is the day of our death.

If, after reading the three relevant article links above, you still have a question about the 7 times, and the two 3 1/2 times, please follow up.
I expect that due to the fact that I saw the 7 times in vision (the night I was anointed), the time will also come when the meaning of that vision will be revealed to me. So far, that understanding is still partial. I will not go ahead of it, based upon my own conjecture. As I grow in understanding, I post notice on my main page... of any new articles which explain that growth in understanding. That main page is updated often, and also contains questions from readers. It is located at
http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/

My current directory of articles, is located at
http://www.blogger.com/profile/13281232149590681155

The articles I recommended above, are in that list, as well as many others which may interest you.
All of them are totally based upon the scriptures, as you will see.

Thank you for your question, and I pray Jehovah bless you with Wisdom.
Pearl

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