I’m thinking Jeremiah 3:14-15 ‘…I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:…”. I don’t want any of my family left behind when the prophet calls. I believe that like the parable of the 10 virgins many will not take the invitation seriously and will be left behind, not ready in the hour required. I want my loved ones to be found watching so like the parable of “the lord of the house” says, “And it is like unto a man who is an householder, who, if he watcheth not his goods, the thief cometh in an hour of which he is not aware,… And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:45, 47
Recently I have been impressed to share some things with my family. I have been guided in my studies to both the scriptures and the writings and experiences of others. Isaiah had a vision of Judeah and Jerusalem in our day. Joseph Smith sent the elders out to gather in Judeah and Jerusalem to this the American continent. Isaiah stated that we could know the “end” (our day) from (by the history of) the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). So Isaiah ordered his prophecies and writings from his times, according to his visions and recorded them for our times. They are for us and are to be taken literally. He has taught us that the destruction of the wicked would overtake those whose eyes would not see and who’s ears would not hear (Isaiah 6:9). We need to never discount the meetings and words of His ordained leaders, when in is due time we will be invited in to the feast while those who don’t listen will be left when the door is locked.
I have also been led to consider Moses 2:14 “… Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years;” and Joel 2:30,31 “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” This is happening now; we are witnessing the fulfillment of scripture in the unique occurrences of lunar and solar eclipses which have fallen directly on the holy days of the Lord, Passover and Tabernacles. Are we desirous to have the destructions of the wicked pass over our families and to tabernacle with the Savior through the millennium?
I have considered the precision of the fulfillment of the Savior’s sacrifice and atonement on the exact divinely appointed seasons (days and hours) established by Himself, Jehovah, during the time of Moses. Bound to the cross at the exact time the sacrificial lambs were bound to the temple alters, Dying on the cross at the same time the lambs were sacrificed, Buried without sin while the feast of unleavened bread was observed, Rising as the first fruits of the resurrection while the feast of the first fruits was initiated. Then 50 days later on the feast of Pentecost the Holy Ghost was poured out upon many of the disciples.
I have contemplated the occurrence of the plural “Sabbaths” in the scriptures and have wondered about the Sabbath of the creation, the Sabbath of days, the Sabbath of years (called Shemitah in the Hebrew) and the Sabbath of Shemitahs (called Jubilees in the Hebrew). Do we remember and consider all of these? The Sabbath is a blessing to the obedient but a cursing to the disobedient. The two greatest and last financial warnings of God have fallen on these years. The attack on the trade center combined with the crash of Wall Street in 2001, and the crash of Wall Street in 2008. 2015 is a Shemitah year and beginning late September 2015 is a Jubilee year.
We also witnessed the “star” Jupiter, as it was struck by another “star” 21 times (on a Sabbath of years). Are these Harbingers and reminders to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see?
I have most recently been introduced, in an inspired turn of event, to one Julie Rowe. (On a fun side note the introduction was through one of my distant cousins named Kelly Kunz. his grandfather was Mom’s cousin and bishop and his great grandfather was Clara Kunz’ brother.) Julie had a near death experience in her 30’s and was shown the beginning through the end. She has seen our day and the pending horrific destructions of the wicked, and the miraculous salvation of the righteous (or those that have ears to hear and eyes to see) as they are called out by the brethren at the last hour. She writes of her experience in 2 books titled “A Greater Tomorrow, My Journey Beyond the Veil” and “The Time is Now”. These can be purchased at a discounted through Seagull Book. However, Julie also has a web page “julieroweprepare.com” where she has 9 recorded interviews that cover most of what is in the books. Her message is prepare, wake up and be ready physically and spiritually to respond to our first presidency when they extend the invitation to come out from the world. I invite you to read and listen with an ear tuned to the whisperings of the spirit. If it resonated with you then heed the promptings. But also importantly, give equal time to the scriptures and the gospel.
Like Julie, I believe the time is now. We must be prepared to hear and understand the voice of God. We must be anxiously engaged in seeking the greater light and truth promised to us if we are diligent. We must be attending all of our meetings all of the time and focusing on what the spirit is telling us as individuals. And equally as important, we must be found watching and waiting on the Lord as he gives us direction through personal revelation and his ordained leaders and prophets so that we are ready and willing to heed the call with expediency and faith.
Let us not be left behind spiritually or physically is my prayer, in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.