The Eleventh Hour

As I began typing this blog, it was the early morning hours of December 17, 2020. It was the 7th day of Hanukkah, also known as the Season of Light. Many things have been on my mind since December 14, 2020- which is the day the electors cast their votes in the U.S. presidential election. A flood of information has been storming my brain and I must share it. Perhaps it can shed light on the days we are facing and help guide our prayers of intercession.

In previous blogs I’ve shared some important biblical dates that coincide with the United States elections. I will review this first as it will tie into the new information I will share.

November 3, 2020 was the United States presidential election. Since the election, a flood of corruption has been revealed layer by layer. The deception runs as deep as the ocean. It’s not surprising that the election fell on a date of great biblical significance. On the biblical calendar November 3 fell on the same date the biblical flood began.

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights,” Genesis 7:11-12.

The verse states the flood began on the seventeenth day of the second month. This coincides with Cheshvan 17 on the biblical calendar. Keep in mind that God has his own calendar that has 12 months. Most Christians are not familiar with this calendar because they see it as a strictly “Jewish” calendar. But let me just say it is designated as HIS CALENDAR. This means we must pay attention when specific events occur on God’s biblical calendar.

The election date of November 3, 2020 fell on Cheshvan 16 and 17. The reason I am putting both 16 and 17 is because on the biblical calendar, days begin and end at sunset.  This means when voting began on November 3, 2020 it was Cheshvan 16, but as the sun went down that day it became Chesvan 17. Voting on November 3rd continued into the evening as the calendar date became Cheshvan 17 at sundown. Thus, the biblical flood date and the election voting coincided.

Genesis 7:11 says, “all the springs of the great deep burst forth and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the flood gates burst open on November 3rd and thereafter. A flood of information has been uncovered which highlights the corruption and schemes used to steal the election from President Trump. A struggle has ensued and the race is on to get the courts to examine the evidence.

Genesis 7:12 says: “And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

After the flood gates opened and the flood began on Cheshvan 17, the rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights. Let’s see where 40 days after November 3rd takes us on our calendar: December 13, 2020. That’s quite interesting because the electors cast their votes the day after this on December 14, 2020. This means all the evidence of corruption was collected, examined and presented during this 40 day period. The number 40, by the way, is tied to testing.

Here are some examples of how 40 is used in the Bible to show testing:

As I’ve already mentioned: God flooded the earth by allowing rain to fall for 40 days and nights (Genesis 7:12).

Jesus fasted and was tested in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:2). Moses and Elijah fasted for 40 days as well (Exodus 34:28, 1 Kings 19:7-8).

The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years after being freed from Egypt (Deuteronomy 8:2-5).

Jesus prophesied the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in Matthew 24:1-2 and Mark 13:1-2.  Forty years after his crucifixion, the Roman Empire destroyed the city and the Temple in 70 A.D.

Ezekiel laid on his right side for 40 days in order to “bear the iniquity” for Judah’s sins (Ezekiel 4:6).

Israel’s first three kings were Saul, David and Solomon. They each reigned for 40 years.

The giant Goliath bullied and threatened Israel for 40 days. After the 40 days David defeated him (1 Samuel 17:16).

Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). He also interceded for Israel for 40 days and 40 nights (Deuteronomy 9:18, 25).

The Law said the maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime was 40 (Deuteronomy 25:3).

The Israelites spied the land of Canaan for 40 days (Numbers 13:25).

Elijah fled from the evil Jezebel and traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).

There were 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension (Acts 1:3).

The prophet Jonah went to Nineveh and told the people they had 40 days to repent or Nineveh would be destroyed (Jonah 3:4).

The Election Flood

The 40 days since the election have been a time of testing for our nation. The foundations of our nation are at stake during this “national flood.”

Even Donald Trump’s birthday points to this theme of a flood because he was born on June 14. As a date, this is the number 6:14. The story of Noah’s Ark is found in Genesis 6. But the FIRST TIME THE WORD ARK IS USED IS IN GENESIS 6:14. This is also the specific verse where God tells Noah to build the ark.

“So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out,” GENESIS 6:14.

Certainly we are facing a spiritual battle that is like a flood. But there’s even more information we must consider.

A Time of Testing

As stated before, December 14, 2020, the date the electors cast their votes, occurred after 40 days of gathering evidence and publicly presenting it. But there’s another pattern of 40 tied to the December 14 date. Counting from December 14, 2020 it has been almost 40 months since the August 21, 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse (39 months and 24 days to be exact). This eclipse only touched U.S. soil, and was the most watched eclipse in our nation’s history. It was the first total solar eclipse to touch only United States land since 1776.

Interestingly enough, there’s another celestial phenomenon that occurred exactly 40 months from the August 21, 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse. It was called the Christmas Star. This phenomenon was actually a conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter and it took place on the winter solstice on December 21, 2020. This conjunction was rare, as these planets passed closer to each other than they have in 400 years. This alignment took place at night so it was easier to view. This has not happened (the close conjunction and occurring at night) for 800 years! As Jupiter and Saturn moved closer together they appeared as a star. In 1623 something similar happened, but most people likely had no idea, as communication was a major issue. Some biblical scholars believe a planetary conjunction may have happened when Jesus was born. With all these signs in the sky taking place, we must ask ourselves if God is trying to get our attention. Our nation must focus on Jesus, as he is the only star we should follow.

The time span of 40 months reminds me that our nation is facing a great time of testing. This time of testing involves much repentance and prayer. In fact, the August 21, 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse occurred on the first day of Elul, which is the biblical month set aside for repentance. This is the month the Prophet Jonah may have gone into Nineveh to warn the nation to repent. They were given 40 days. Thankfully, the King and the people repented and the nation was spared.

The time of testing started on November 3 and it continued up through December 14, 2020.

On December 14 the Electoral college met and the electors cast their votes, but something unusual happened. Republicans from the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico cast additional electoral votes for their states. Usually, the electors cast votes according to the vote of the people. This would mean those state electors would automatically cast their votes for Joe Biden. With these additional electoral votes, however, we now have DUELING ELECTORS. These seven states are contesting the vote because evidence of voter fraud abounds. There is still time to make a case and it’s possible that the votes in these states can be given to Trump. The evidence has been presented, but the battle isn’t over.

The December 14, 2020 date fell on the 28th of Kislev, which is the 5th night of Hanukkah. This is also known as the Festival of Lights. For eight days and nights the menorah is lit by the servant candle. This servant candle points to Jesus, who came to earth as a humble servant. He is also called the Light of the World and The Branch, which is clearly seen in the beautifully lit branches of the Hanukkah menorah.

The season of Hanukkah is a time to remember the rededication of God’s Temple after it was desecrated by an evil, pagan ruler named Antiochus Epiphanes. It’s a time to remember when good triumphed over evil. It’s quite fitting that this December 14th date fell during the season when we remember light defeats the darkness. Hanukkah is also a time to remember Jesus, who is the Light of the World and the Living Menorah and Temple. He will help us in our fight to overcome the darkness and the evil agendas of this world. For more info on Hanukkah click here. This December 14 date occurring during this special time should remind us to look to the the Light (Jesus) for guidance, strength and wisdom.

This brings us to the next date on the calendar– JANARY 6, 2021. This is the date the electoral votes will be certified. Where does this date fall on God’s biblical calendar? Before I tell you, I need to give you some background so you will be able to tie it all together.

The Season of Light

As I stated before, December 14, 2020 fell on the 28th of Kislev. The next month after Kislev is known as Tevet. Here’s where it starts to get very interesting. It has been said that “Hanukkah bleeds into Tevet.” Why? Because Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev and lasts for 8 days and nights. This means that Hanukkah will continue on from Kislev into Tevet. For instance, the last day of the month of Kislev was on December 15 (the 6th night of Hanukkah), and then the next day began the new biblical month of Tevet, occurring on December 16. The last night of Hanukkah was on December 17 at sundown and this was the 2nd of Tevet. Hanukkah is the only festival that spans two biblical months.

Why is this significant? The month of Kislev is tied to the Season of Light. It’s a time for things to be brought out into the light. Many things have been brought out into the light during the 2020 Hanukkah season. But now we are in the month of Tevet, which is much different than Kislev. The month of Tevet is referred to as the month of sinking or immersing. Its tone is less about joy and more about fasting and remembrance. A very important event happened during the month of Tevet that should register in our spirits as a nation.

The 10th of Tevet

A very significant biblical event occurred during the month of Tevet. The Siege of Jerusalem began on the 10th of Tevet. 2 Kings 25:1 records the event:

“So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it.”

The tenth day of the tenth month is known as the 10th of Tevet. This was the day that led to the eventual fall of Jerusalem.

After the 10th of Tevet, other events would transpire that would lead to the final fall of Solomon’s Temple. For example, on the 17th of Tammuz (occurs in June/July on our calendar) the walls of Jerusalem were broken through. On the 9th of Av (occurs in July/August on our calendar) Solomon’s Temple would be completely destroyed.

The 10th of Tevet is significant because it’s the first event in a series of calamities that led to the captivity of the Jewish people. When the Temple was destroyed, the Jews were taken from their homeland and brought under the power of a totalitarian regime led by King Nebuchadnezzar. The Siege of Jerusalem lasted about a year and a half before Jerusalem finally fell.

The 10th of Tevet was so significant that the prophet Ezekiel wrote the date down and recorded the future event:

“In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.'”

This is why the Jewish people fast and mourn on the 10th of Tevet.

January 6th and the month of Tevet

Now let’s focus our eyes on America and the January 6th date. January 6, 2021 falls in the month of Tevet. It falls on the 22nd of Tevet to be specific. This is significant because the votes for the U.S. presidential election are certified during a biblical month marked by mourning and fasting. Many intercessors have been mourning and fasting since the election. After the electoral votes were cast on December 14th, even more are probably doing this!

Now stick with me for a moment because you’re probably saying, “Whew, January 6 does not fall on the 10th of Tevet, the day the Siege of Jerusalem began! Not so fast because another date falls on the 10th of Tevet that will likely surprise you! What is it you ask? It is December 25th! That’s right- Christmas 2020 falls on the 10th of Tevet. This is quite interesting because the 10th of Tivet is a FAST DATE, but Christmas is a festival, or celebration date.

What could this mean? Is it just a coincidence?

Christmas is the time of year when Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Though it’s not likely that Jesus was born on this date, it is regarded as a special festival day to give honor and celebration to the birth of Jesus. How could this celebration tie into the 10th of Tevet? Well, as the January 6 date approaches and we celebrate Christmas, perhaps this is a great date to intercede for our nation by appealing to our Messiah Jesus. Christmas is a day when Christians come together and focus on Jesus and how he came to earth to save humanity through his blood. This year, with Christmas falling on the 10th of Tevet, it’s a great time to call on the Savior to save us from this flood of corruption. The Left has seiged our nation with lies, treachery and lawlessness. They have their battering rams and boulders, but we have the Lord Jesus Christ. As Christmas arrives, let’s flood the Lord with extra prayers and continue all the way to January 6th and beyond.

The Siege of Jerusalem on the 10th of Tevet is enough reason to pray, but there is still another event that happened in the month of Tevet that should remind us to keep praying that the Left will not be successful in their quest to consume our nation.

Tevet and Queen Esther

Tevet just happens to be the month that Esther became Queen of Persia. We read about this in Esther 2:16-18.

“She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth (Tevet), in the seventh year of his reign.

 Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.  And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.”

Esther is made queen during the month of Tevet. Because of this divine appointment she is able to intercede for her people when a decree is established that could wipe out all the Jewish people in Persia. She was placed in her royal position as queen for “such a time as this.”

America needs Queen Esther

How does this apply to America? Certainly there are many “Queen Esthers” who continue to intercede for our nation. In the story of Esther, the evil Haman plotted to wipe out the Jewish people. He thought his plan was watertight. He didn’t count on Queen Esther being the iceberg that would sink his ship.

America has many enemies like Haman who want to annihilate our Christian foundations. They want to wipe out the name of freedom, justice and even Jesus Christ. That’s why it’s time for us to take up our royal positions for “such a time as this.” The month of Tevet, which began on December 16, 2020 and lasts until January 13, 2021, is our “such a time as this” moment.

Are you going to take hold of that moment?

What’s amazing is that after the month of Tevet ends, a new month will begin known as Shevat. This month is tied to producing fruit. This is the month where God looks at the fruit of the trees. In terms of nations, this means he looks at the fruit of that nation. What has the nation accomplished for God? What are the people doing to follow God and his commandments? How is the nation producing fruit for the kingdom?

Yes, we have a tough road ahead. But no matter what happens, we must trust God to guide and protect us. While under siege we must dwell in the shelter of the Most High as Psalm 91 describes.

Zechariah 8:18-19 has some great news.

 “The word of the Lord Almighty came to me. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.'”

To this very day there are four dates/months on the biblical calendar that require fasting. One of those dates is the 10th of Tevet. But one day all those fasts will be turned into feasts! This means the times of mourning will be turned into times of joy. Jesus will restore all nations.

I do not know what the end result of the election will be. I don’t know every bump in the road we are going to face as our enemies plot and launch attacks. But I do know this- we can trust our country and our lives to the ONE who founded our nation under his mighty hand. We trust you Jesus in the midst of the siege.

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