“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up on a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)
I am post-trib, and believe at Messiah's one return, believers will be “translated” like Enoch (Heb. 11:5) and be visibly (to those left behind) taken up “into heaven” like Elijah (II Kings 2:11). Read that chapter and you'll discover that Elijah, Elisha, and all the prophets of three towns knew the day Elijah was going to be translated by YHWH. From discovering the year of 2012 from the end of Daniel (12:9-12) and Rosh HaShanah (the unknown day and hour, or the 'hidden' day) from Mat. 24, I arrived at September 16, 2012 as the day of Christ's return. The description of the stars in Rev. 12:1 occurred on Rosh HaShanah, September 11, 3 BC, Jesus' birthday; that's why He opened the first seal on September 11, 2001. Certainly believers would know the true birthday of their LORD and recognize they were living in the last days. But I didn't until I trashed the “doctrines of men” and allowed God's Holy Spirit to teach me eschatology from His Word. I did not 'predict' a sign from heaven would occur on August 23, 2011; I simply counted 391 backwards from September 16, 2011 for the beginning of the 6th trumpet (Rev. 9:14-15) and vial. Israel did a surgical strike and killed a Islamic Jihad member that day, and God shook the East coast and cracked symbols of America without killing one person to give a final wake-up call before one-third of mankind is killed.
Counting backward 1260 days (Rev. 11:2-3) that brought me to April 6, 2009. I knew the "son of perdition" would have to be in power for the entire 3.5 years (x 360) of 1260 days of the time-period John gave in Revelation for the period in which the "temple court" (the Temple Mount, not the Temple itself) would be trampled by the Gentiles; this is what I call the "great tribulation" (Rev. 7:14) - there is no 7-year tribulation. John never says 7 years or two 3.5 year periods. Rev. 11:2-3 makes it very clear that the "great tribulation" to which John refers is a 3.5 year period. Jesus said, "In this world you'll have tribulation", so basic tribulation has been ongoing for 2,000 years. I believe the 3.5 year period of 66-70 AD which concluded Daniel's 70th week was a microcosm of what will happen to the whole world; in the end the world will be destroyed by fire (II Peter 3).
Throughout the Bible September 16, 2012 is known as “the day of the LORD” which is often shortened to “the day” or “that day” of Messiah's return to judge the Earth and resurrect the righteous.
Let's take a look at Isaiah 26.
“1In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. 2Open you the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. 3You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. 4Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”Note the similarities to New Jerusalem, a 'strong city' with 'gates' for 'righteous nations'.
“5For he brings down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he lays it low; he lays it low, even to the ground; he brings it even to the dust. 6The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. 7The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the path of the just. 8Yes, in the way of your judgments, O LORD, have we waited for you; the desire of our soul is to your name, and to the remembrance of you.”In contrast those of the proud and 'lofty city' will be tread down by the 'poor' in spirit in their new resurrection bodies as they join their LORD in pouring out His judgments (Psalm 149:6-9), so that even the heathen will declare Yeshua is LORD.
“9With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you early: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. 11LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yes, the fire of your enemies shall devour them.”
Even now people still say these 'natural disasters' are not the work of the LORD's hand. Fire will devour them.
“12LORD, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have worked all our works in us. 13O LORD our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: but by you only will we make mention of your name. 14They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore have you visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. 15You have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation: you are glorified: you had removed it far to all the ends of the earth. 16LORD, in trouble have they visited you, they poured out a prayer when your chastening was on them.”Isaiah recounts the history of Israel and how the ten tribes were carried off into Assyria to chasten them for worshipping other gods.
“17Like as a woman with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs; so have we been in your sight, O LORD. 18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not worked any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.”Because of their idolatry, Israel was not fulfilling its purpose during the divided kingdom. But at the end of the “birth pangs” we are in now, Yeshua Himself will establish His everlasting kingdom.
“19Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust: for your dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”Isaiah encourages the people that in the 'regeneration' they will be able to live again with joy.
“And Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, That you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred times, and shall inherit everlasting life. (Matthew 19:28-29)
“20Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over.”
Refer back to Psalm 27:5. After Yeshua takes us to New Jerusalem, the door will be shut, and the Earth will be burned. It will be a "little moment" about a day to purify the earth by fire, and we will enjoy the wedding feast for 7 days until we return to a new Earth.
I think He even gave us the time on Rosh haShanah of His return, at midnight Jerusalem time.
“And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him. . . . And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.” (Mathew 25:6-10)
21For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”(end of Isaiah 26)
The LORD shall avenge the righteous blood of the saints (Rev. 6:10 and 19:2), and the innocent babies which have been slaughtered by the millions. The earth groans under the weight of that blood-guilt.
“For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23)
HalleluYah, our Bridegroom has purchased Us with His blood, and is coming to redeem His purchased possession. But Messiah will not rape us, there will be the 7th and final trumpet, and the shout “Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.” Be ready for that final act of obedience to respond “YES” when the shout comes. Do not turn back like Lot's wife (Luke 17:32).
I love doing Bible studies; I can do it for hours. Others can pray for hours, and I am amazed. We all have different gifts, use yours to the fullest in this final year.