JH MINT Closed Sept. 17-18; Feast of Trumpets
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by Jason Hommel, Sept 15th, 2012
JH MINT, Inc., will be closed Monday and Tuesday, September 17-18, in observance of the Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanna, a Feast of the Lord.
I am not Jewish. But Jesus, a Jew, is my Lord. I believe this two day festival of the new moon is a prophetic rehearsal, an appointed time, an appropriate time for the rapture of the Church. Jesus and the apostles, observed the feasts.
For Bible verses and my studies on the Feast of Trumpets:
Summary of reasons why Christians expect to see the rapture happen on the
Feast of Trumpets in Scripture
But I don't think that the rapture is likely to happen this particular year.
Others think this year is likely, because Israel was founded in 1948, (when the fig tree sprouts leaves) and a generation later, or 70 years, would be 2018, which means that 2012 is a very likely year, given that it leaves 6-7 years for the tribulation to follow.
Scriptural support for their view:
Matthew 24:32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
But I think another more likely application would be to start counting in 1967, the year that Israel's leaves came out, and it took lands in the 6 day war. Then, counting 70 years brings us to 2037, and 2030 becomes a likely year. Also, that is more likely given that 2030 is 2000 years after the beginning of the ministry of Jesus. Who knows. Might also be 2033, 2000 years after the death of Jesus, who knows.
But for now, the season does not seem right. My reason is the following two scriptures, from Ezekiel 38 and Zechariah 14, both of which indicate that Israel will be known to be wealthy in silver and gold at the time of the end, around the time that it appears to me that the pre-tribulation rapture takes place. Here are the particular verses in context:
Ezekiel 38:10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.[d]” 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages[e] will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”’
Zechariah 14:12 This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day people will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. They will seize each other by the hand and attack one another. 14 Judah too will fight at Jerusalem. The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected—great quantities of gold and silver and clothing. 15 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the animals in those camps.
In case your eyes glazed over, while reading above, or skipped it entirely, here are the key parts of the verses above, to pay attention to:
Ezekiel 38:13 "--Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold--"
Zechariah 14:14 "--The wealth of all the surrounding nations will be collected—great quantities of gold and silver--"
The Bible says that truth is established by two or three witnesses. So, that was two verses on this topic. Here is another, a third witness:
Here's the key part, repeated for emphasis:
Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich--"
So, here's my thoughts on all three of these verses.
Israel is not widely known today to be wealthy specifically in silver and gold, as Ezekiel and Zechariah say. In fact, in today's world, silver and gold do not represent much wealth at all. The silver market is only a tiny $30 billion annual market, and only 1/10th of that, or $3 billion per year is purchased by investors, mostly investors in the USA, not in Israel.
But in Ezekiel, it indicates that Israel's wealth in silver and gold is so well known, it's the main cause of the invasion. In fact, Israel's wealth in silver and gold is so well known, that not only are the invaders invading for the silver and gold, but a third party nation is asking if that's the reason, because even the third party nation knows that Israel is wealthy in silver and gold. So, it's rather public knowledge that Israel becomes wealthy in silver and gold according to scripture in this prophecy.
I point that out, because for a long time, I was wondering if some of the world's wealthiest bankers had secretly moved a lot of silver and gold to Israel. But if that were so, that would not fit the prophecy that another nation, and the world, is well aware that Israel is wealthy in silver and gold. The reason prophecies are given are for a sign. If Israel is wealthy in silver and gold only secretly, that could not be a sign.
Furthermore, even if Israel did have a large secret stash of gold and silver, the price is not right. The value of silver and gold are too low for any significant quantities of silver and gold to have significant wealth on the world stage at the present time. The values of silver and gold must significantly rise before the rapture for these verses to become true, meaningful signs.
Zechariah confirms this; it describes silver and gold as "the wealth of the surrounding nations".
Silver today is not a significant marker or carrier of wealth, because the value of silver is just too low. Today, the wealth of the nations is more accurately measured in oil production, or paper money.
Revelation 3 confirms this, that gold values will be rising, a lot, in the end times.
Many people have denied the literal application of these scriptures by claiming that Revelation is talking of spiritual things, and that these things are spiritually discerned. I agree. Many people are blinded by the spirit to ignore the plain truth of what the verses say. Besides, holding physical gold is a spiritual action; it is showing that you agree with the Spirit of God that using honest weights and measures in commerce is important. Buying and holding gold says that you trust in the Lord, that you trust in his provision, that you trust in his creation, that you trust in his ways, that honesty is better than dishonest money, that you trust in his prophecies, and that you will be obedient to his instructions to buy gold even if the rest of society does not agree, and that you reject the lies of men that dirty paper with printing on it, a special image, has value, which can only be an idol, of course.
So, I like today's letter. Many people will continue to accuse me of using the Lord's word in a perverted way to further my own selfish ends, that I'm twisting scripture to sell silver and gold. Such evil accusations are discouraging, of course. But of course I'm using scripture to sell gold! But I'm not the one who is twisted and I'm not twisting anything. The world is twisted.
But you won't be able to buy silver and gold from me on Monday or Tuesday. We will be closed in observance of the Feast of Trumpets. So, if this letter has whipped you up into a religious frenzy to buy gold from me, I apologize. I will not be able to benefit, you will have to go to another dealer and I will miss out on the benefit of preaching the Words of God on this topic on this day.
Thus, once again, my honesty trumps and makes fools of the accusers and haters out there.
On an even more honest note. I feel odd preaching this message. It's a unique one. I don't like being unique in preaching prophecy. Prophecy is not by "private interpretation", so says the scriptures. And I'm the only one with this message, I feel. I've tried to find others who preach it, but sadly, I can't find any, except those who have read my work in the past. This does not invalidate the message, though.
The Bible Prophecy teaching world is very small. I once attended a pre tribulation rapture conference nearly 10 years ago. There are about 50-75 major, well-known, prophecy teachers in the United States. The Bible says that in the time of the end, the wise will instruct many. Therefore, to find the wisdom of God is not difficult, because if someone is not instructing many, then they are not yet wise, or perhaps it is not yet the time of the end for the message to go out.
So, that further confirms, to me, that the rapture is not yet likely this year.
At the prophecy conference, I discovered there that only about 10-20% of the pre tribulation rapture teachers also believed that the rapture is likely to happen on the Feast of Trumpets, or that the Feast of Trumpets teaches about the rapture. See, this means that the more specific you get with your message and prophecy, the less who are preaching it. Interestingly, I've noticed that the teachings on the Feast of Trumpets is increasing, especially via www.wnd.com.
So, how many of those prophecy teachers have also taught about the Biblical view of gold, as well, and how many understand the gold and silver markets worldwide? Maybe very few, perhaps even fewer than those who understand the Feast of Trumpets. Maybe five to ten preachers? Less? Again, the statistics of the silver market show that only $1 out of $5000 is going into silver each year. If that is reflective of demand and understanding of people, then the average is that only one person out of 1000 to 5000 has bought silver in the last 5 years. There are not that many popular prophecy teachers. This means that, odds are that less than one popular prophecy teacher in the world will have enough of an interest in silver and gold to be able to teach about what the Bible has to say about silver and gold in prophecy, in the time of the end, especially since conditions are not yet ripe.
It's far easier, in a future world that has abandoned paper money and gone back to silver and gold, to armchair quarterback, and look at world conditions in that future world and say, "lookie here, Bible prophecy has already come true, the wealth of the world is in silver and gold, and lookie here, it is concentrated in Israel. Quite a coincidence, really!"
I suppose that explains another of my hesitations to preach on this topic more regularly.
I'm sticking my neck out in two ways. First, nobody else is confirming the message, and second, the world conditions today do not match up with what the Bible says. It's prophecy, it's a message of the future. Gold will become very valuable in the future!
And then, in the tiny world of silver advocates, there are maybe only 100 of us or so? Silvercirclemovie.com recently created a list of the top 100 silver and gold blogs. Again, you can ask the question: How many of the top 100 silver advocates are Bible Prophecy students and teachers? Very few.
See, you almost have to be an expert in two areas to preach this message, and even if you are an expert in both prophecy and gold, the facts don't seem to line up. Because Israel is not known for being wealthy in gold yet.
If you know of any Bible Prophecy teacher that has a teaching on why the world will return to silver and gold in the time of the end, please contact me, as I'd kind of like to know I'm not alone on this, and I'd like to read their view on this issue, and I'd be happy to link to their teachings.
Other, confirming reasons, from scripture, why this is likely, that the world will return to using silver and gold as money.
Passages say that the last days will be like the days of Noah, with people taking no note, eating, drinking, marrying, until the time of the end. This indicates relative peace and prosperity to me, things that happen when the world would be using honest money. This was what world conditions were more like before central banking took over in about 1913.
Verses from Matthew to support:
Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
This is not like the Bible's descriptions of the seven year tribulation, during which time, two witnesses will be resurrected in front of the whole world, who will be taking note.
Verses to support:
11 But after the three and a half days the breath[b] of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
The time of peace, marrying, and "taking no note" before the rapture is not like the Bible's descriptions of the seven year tribulation, during which time, the seas turn to blood, and at first, 1/3 of all sea life dies, and then, all life in the Oceans dies.
Verses to support:
Revelation 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Revelation 16:3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
This means, to me, that not only is the rapture before the tribulation, but also, just before the time of the pretribulation rapture, it's a time of relative peace and normalcy, and prosperity at the time of the rapture, which further indicates that the world will be using silver and gold as money, with much of the world's silver and gold finding its way to Israel.
Only later, after the rapture, does the tribulation happen, where the witnesses are killed, and sea life dies, and the mark of the beast take place.
Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
So, it appears there will be a series of events then.
First, silver and gold become money again, and are used around the world, which leads to end times peace and prosperity.
Scriptural support this end times peace and safety:
Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.
Ezekiel 38:11 You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.
Ezekiel 38:14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?
1 Thessalonians 5:1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Second, silver and gold, at high value, will be gathered to Israel, as the "wealth of the surrounding nations".
Scriptural Support: Ezekiel 38:13, Zechariah 14:14, and Revelation 3:18, previously quoted.
I believe that the gold is gathered to Israel through the natural productiveity of Israel, or perhaps through massive oil discoveries in Israel, or perhaps also through usury in operation during a gold standard. At a 5% interest rate, that would gather all the gold and silver in 20 years, or most of it in 10-15 years, and it appears also likely that much of the world's gold may have already been gathered by certain wealthy banking families, who have been, for the last 20 years, trying to get nations to dishoard gold so they can buy it themselves.
Third, the pre tribulation rapture happens, and the enemies of Israel who war against it for the gold are killed by the fire of God as described in Ezekiel 38, and 1 Thessalonians 5:3, and then Israel burns the weapons of their enemies for 7 years, which is the length of the tribulation.
Ezekiel 39:9 “‘Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel.
Fourth, the antichrist arises after the rapture, and then likely blames silver and gold for the "Armageddon" that took place, and he bans ownership of silver and gold, while taking it all for himself, and brings about his "mark of the beast" economic plan. This is very similar to central banking today, which has, like a prophetic rehearsal, seized the gold of the people time and time again, and issued paper money to the people, paper with a special mark on it, instead.
Scriptural support for the Antichrist taking the gold:
Ezekiel 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
The antichrist is really a man who claims to be God.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
So, the antichrist will likely call his "mark of the beast" plan, the "seal of God".
Revelation 9:4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
But in an ironic twist, those who take the mark of the beast are granted a nightmareish immortality, that they will be horrifically tortured, and they won't even be able to kill themselves to get away from the torturous punishment for having taken the mark of the beast.
Revelation 9:5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
Paper money, and the mark of the beast, are abominations that cause desolation.
Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’[h] In the middle of the ‘seven’[i] he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple[j] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.[k]”[l]
It seems to me, that if the mark of the beast is going to be one of the two unforgivable sins, (the other is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit) that it seems all the more appropriate for the world to taste one last time of peace and prosperity that using gold as money naturally brings about. In this way, those who choose the mark of the beast for their source of safety and peace will be more fully and rightously condemned.
So, in conclusion, I urge you to choose God's ways, to choose honesty, honest money, real gold and silver, for yourself, to be blessed by God in the time of the end. This action comes with a promise, a blessing, and reward.
Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich;
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