———— November 10, 2014 ————

Cheshvan 17

Can you believe I forgot an important day on my sidebar? I did. I’m such a Gomer sometimes. ((The Pyle kind, not the Hosea kind.)) You’d think I’d keep track of these things, but every year, I seem to lose something along the way, and it looks like this particular day is an easy one to drop in my line up of ‘Important Things in the Fall’. And no, I don’t mean 10 Cheshvan (Ark Day)… although I have to add that one, too… but we just did that exactly one week ago.

No, the day I refer to is 17 Cheshvan.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; — Genesis 7:11-13 KJV

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. — Luke 17:26 KJV

Now, most chrischuns just pass over all of that technical stuff and get to the point, as if that stuff is just filler that isn’t important. But dates in scripture? There’s a REASON Yehovah put them there. If you believe the Bible is divinely inspired, you have to know He does EVERYTHING for a reason. Why isn’t there a date for David becoming King, but there is for this? Because He wants us to know this, for a very specific reason. And by now you’ve got to know where I’m going with this.

But before we go any further, I have to address the people who are saying ‘Cheshvan is the eighth month, stupid’. So here we go, from Wikipedia – the information on Cheshvan:

Marcheshvan (literally “eighth month“), sometimes shortened to Cheshvan, is the second month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei) and the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year (which starts on 1 Nisan) on the Hebrew calendar. …Cheshvan is an autumn month which occurs in October–November in the Gregorian calendar. …In Jewish History:

11 Marcheshvan – (2105 BCE)- Yartzeit of the righteous Methuselah

  • Methuselah was one of the greatest tzaddikim and the longest-lived human being. He was the grandfather of Noah and died aged 969. The Holy One blessed be He, delayed the great Flood because of the 7 days of mourning for Methuselah.

17 Marcheshvan – (2105 BCE) – Great Flood began

  • The rain started on the 17th of Marcheshvan of the Hebrew year, 1656 (2105 BCE), flooding the entire earth. Only Noah and his family is said to have survived, in the ark (Noah’s Ark) he built (by Divine command), and a pair of each animal species.

Hey, even Wikipedia doesn’t dispute with Cheshvan 17 being the Great Flood. Personally, I’ve always considered this to be fact – even before I knew one Jewish month from another – because All Hallow’s E’en (precursor of the Day of the Dead across the globe) has always been Flood Day to my mind. I don’t know why – even when I was still a church-attending Christian, I had the Flood pegged on Halloween. It just made sense. Of course, because the Jewish year and the Gregorian one don’t match up, rarely is it ACTUALLY on Hallowe’en. But to my mind, originally it was.

The suggestion being that – if Messiah said the end times will be ‘like the days of Noe’, then not only will the vague christian references regarding these times being ‘evil’ and ‘corrupt’ be true, but the more specific scriptural references about times and days could be true. Meaning that the taking of the Lord’s own to shelter (aka rapture?) could happen on the same day. We just don’t know, but it’s a distinct possibility.

Now there IS a ‘discrepancy’… Genesis 7:7-10 say that Noah and his family went into the ark, and then seven days later the rain fell. Then in Genesis 7:13 it says that Noah and his family went into the ark the same day that the Flood started – not seven days earlier. The fact of the matter is that seven days earlier, they went in and the Lord sent the animals to them. They spent seven days inside, getting the critters situated, apparently, according to verses 7-10. They were still on the ground, though, and gathering/prepping inside and out. I think of it as packing my camper. I’m in and out, both, working on getting stuff packed up to go. But until those seven days, Noah wasn’t messing around inside of it, apparently. Then, seven days later, they were loaded up and the door sealed on that ‘selfsame’ day of the Flood. So I don’t personally see it as a discrepancy, just something to nit-pick.

Now I used to (when I was ignorant and christian) hold that pre-Trib thang about how Noah went in the ark seven days before the Flood, and that meant that we’d be raptured before the 7-year Trib. Obviously everything in those verses and the explanation thereof that I just gave you points to the contrary. The seven days are prep-time. And I can’t help but smile, because it was at the end of 2006 that I got the prompt to start prepping for ‘something’… and here we are, closing in on seven years later, and I’m looking for a rapture/start of the Wrath. Ironic? Not if it’s ‘as it was in the days of Noe’. I don’t write about prepping, anymore, because that time is over. And frankly, I’m not a wacko who spends all her time being all zombie-hunter survivalist super-rogue freak-out. It takes a special kind of person for that, and I just won’t fit the bill, ever. Mine is my own special brand of weird. I’m more of a Noah… trying to explain to people who just are not interested… and taking care of my own spiritual needs, while trusting in Him to either take care of me or tell me what I need to know.

But to the point: I’m expecting Revelation 7: 9-end to be fulfilled in this six month period between June and the New Year? 17 Cheshvan fits, although there’s also the possibility of the first day of Chanukkah (which is also the ISON event). But 17 Cheshvan is WAY more symbolic and likely, because if Noah and his family went in on the self-same day as the Flood began (Genesis 7:10-13), and the wrath of God was released on that day, and destruction continued from that day forth for 40 days and nights (and some time afterwards, before Noah could disembark)… then it makes sense that the rapture would happen on the same day as the wrath of God is released, and destruction begins and goes on for a set period of time.

And of COURSE it would be the day I forget!
Well… now we know, though.
And hey – today’s the day!

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