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Greetings and felicitations in the wonderful name of Yahshua Yahweh. 

I’m Elder Jackson Snyder coming to you on behalf of YAH Prince of Peace Congregation, B'nai Yahshua  Synagogues Worldwide, of Nazarene Yisraelites, in Tallahassee, Florida - with a series of critical prophetic messages for you entitled,

“The Seeing Generation, A People Prepared.” 

If we are correct, our generation will live to see it all, including the downfall of the old devil Belial and the rise of Messiah Yahshua Yahweh.  We must be ready if we are to escape death to be put to work in Messiah’s Millennium Kingdom.  We must be educated on what that will look like and what is expected of us now if we ever want to be a part of it.

I heard a preacher teaching on the subject of Revelation 20:5. 

The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.

Who are those people? one of the churchmen asked.  The answer given by this Pentecostal teacher almost caused me to fall off my chair.  He said, “The scripture is referring to you … and me.  Us Pentecostals are kept for last so that we won’t be spreading doctrinal confusion in Messiah’s earthly Kingdom.  By the time we’re resurrected, everybody already knows Yahweh, and they are ready to correct us.”

That was quite a surprising answer!

The fact is, Revelation 20 and 5, at least the first part of the verse, is a later addition to the book.  (See that passage at my site www.sinaiticus.com - the earliest New Covenant text we have.)  However, what the bible teacher was saying is absolutely true – we have the Torah and the Prophets to tell us exactly when that Millennial land is to be set up and what we should be doing to prepare.

You’ll hear new teachings in this set of messages.  I just hope I’m not too late to get some of these across before all the Baptists and Church of Christ people are raptured away.  We who are “left behind” – heretics, Judaizers, cultists and so forth – will need to know how to evangelize the world under the direct supervision of the Sovereign while these other guys are taking their harp lessons in a cloud.

And we are learning: we are learning and teaching Torah, the prophets rightly divided, the resurrection of the dead and the coming of the perfect Kingdom.

Lectors’ Prayer 1:  Father, invest me with Your Power as I prepare to proclaim the marvel of Your Message.  I have prepared my reading and tried to assimilate the meaning of what I am about to say: help me, I ask you, to read not just with my lips but with my whole heart and soul.  Make me a hollow reed so that Your Voice will be heard by all who hear me.  Free me of excessive concern over my performance and the impression I create in this Sacred Action.  Turn all my apprehensions into an energy for proclaiming Your Word with power and authority.  May Your Spirit fill me as it fills the set-apart words that I am about to proclaim. Amein.

Luke 1:8-17  Now while [Zechariah] was serving as priest before Yahweh when his division was on duty,  9.  according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of Yahweh and burn incense.  10.  And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.  11.  And there appeared to him an angel of Yahweh standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  12.  And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.  13.  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.  14.  And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; 15. for he will be great before Yahweh, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Set-apart Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  16.  And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to Yahweh their Elohim,  17. and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for Yahweh a people prepared.” 

THE MESSIANIC PROXIMITY

Previously, The Signs Were Missing

   Believers of all ages since the first have understood their generation to be the last before the return of Yahweh to rule over a united earth.  Consider the words of John in his first letter:

1 John 2:18.  Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antimessiah is coming, so now many antimessiahs have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour.

   Even as a boy living in a time four decades distant from this writing, I was indelibly impressed by the preacher who proclaimed the last hour.  Do you know, it’s been the last hour all this time, through the lives of countless generations?  However, in the past, the signs of the “last hour” were missing – especially those in the prophetic oracles of Yahshua.  My friends: those prophetic signs that were absent in past generations are clearly present in ours.  Inquiring minds are starting to realize the incredible possibility that Yahshua could really, really be “at the door” in our day.  Millions are terrorized by Left Behind fictions, but you and I are joyful and glad in these signs that so abound, for we know our redemption draweth nigh.

   Yes, in our day, in this hour, special biblical signs couldn’t be any more prominent.  And to see them clearly doesn’t require the Bible scholarship of a Jack VanImpe.  Consider just two of many convincing proofs.  Listen:

  When Is the Millennium?

 Barnabas 15:1 And, moreover, concerning the sabbath it is written in the ten commandments, in which he spake on Mount Sinai unto Moses face to face: Sanctify ye the sabbath of Yahweh with pure hands and a pure heart.

Where do we find the Ten Commandments?  ________________ & _______________


Which of the ten is the Sabbath commandment?     _______________

 

Barnabas 15:2  in another place he says, If My sons shall keep My Shabbat, then will I place My mercy upon them.

 

For how many years is the seventh-day Sabbath to be observed?  See  Exodus 31:16,17  _______________

 

Barnabas 15:3, 4 He speaks, too, of the Shabbat in the beginning of the creation: And Elohim made in six days the works of his hands, and finished them on the seventh day, and rested in it and sanctified it. Consider, my children, what signify the words, He finished them in six days. They mean this: that in six thousand years Yahweh will make an end of all things, for a day is with him as a thousand years. And he himself bears witness unto me, saying: Behold this day a day shall be as a thousand years.

Barnabas 15:4b  Therefore, my children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, shall all things be brought to an end.

 

Barnabas 15:4c And he himself bears witness to me, saying: Behold this day - a day shall be as a thousand years. 

 

Who does Barnabas quote? ______________________

 

Barnabas 15:4d Therefore, my children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, shall all things be brought to an end.

      

What things do you suppose are all things?  What does the Bible say elsewhere that will be made an end of after six thousand years?  Check Revelation 20:1-3.

 

Barnabas 15:5  And the words, He rested on the seventh day, signify this: After that his Son has come, and has caused to cease the time of the wicked one, and has judged the unrighteous, and changed the sun and the moon and the stars, then shall he rest well on the seventh day.

 

Were you correct?

 

And further he says, you shall sanctify it with pure hands and a pure heart. Who, therefore, can sanctify the day which Yahweh has sanctified, unless he be pure of heart? in all things have we been deceived.

 

In a nutshell, what is Barnabas saying?

    (1) The Bible contains seven thousand years of salvation history.  We don’t know what happened before nor do we comprehend what’ll happen after.  This seven thousand year span is exemplified in the seven-day creation.  A day is as a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8).  We know that on the seventh day of creation, Elohim rested.  Likewise, on the seventh prophetic day, the last thousand-year span we call the Millennium, Yahshua will reign (Revelation 20:4) and all creation will rest from it’s groaning and be born anew.  ¿When are the Sovereign and his Millennium to arrive?   Let me tell you.

The Jews have always kept meticulous track of time.  If you check The Jerusalem Post today, you’ll find the Gregorian date and the Jewish date:

That means, 5 thousand 768 years from Adam.  Did you know that the tribes of Judah and Levi have made it their responsibility, through captivities and dispersions, to keep accurate tabs on time?  That’s so they might know when their Messiah was to come.  Nowadays, though, I think it’s more of just a habit for them, because their Messiah did come.

   In the Year  135 of our calendar – that is 100 years after the resurrection of Yahshua and about 65 years after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, the Jewish scribes, thinking the Messiah had come as a military leader (Simon bar Kokhba), set their calendar back 240 years to conform his advent with the messianic prophecies of Daniel (Seder haDorot). 

{Seder ha-Dorot: Jehiel ben Solomon Heilprin (ca. 1660–ca. 1746) is especially known through his Seder ha-Dorot. The book (sefer) is at this link. This work consists of three independent volumes or parts:

  • The first of these, entitled Yemot 'Olam, is a history from the Creation down to his own time. The author always endeavors to give, by means of calculation, the dates of Biblical personages. He bases his work on the Yuḥasin of Abraham Zacuto, on the Shalshelet ha-Kabbalah of Gedaliah ibn Yahya, and on the Zemah Dawid of David Gans. It seems that this first part was written when the author was still young, for the last event which he registered was one occurring in 1697.

  • The second part, Seder ha-Tanna'im weha-Amora'im, contains lists of the Tannaim and Amoraim in alphabetical order with their dates.

  • The third part is a kind of catalogue containing first the names of all the authors, then those of their works, both arranged in alphabetical order. Heilprin based this part on the Sifte Yeshenim of Shabbethai Bass, but added a great number of other titles. He states in the preface the many advantages of a knowledge of the chronological order of the Talmudists, which indeed in certain cases is absolutely necessary.

The whole work is followed by notes on the Talmud, also arranged in alphabetical order. It was published for the first time by Heilprin's grandson, Judah Löb Heilprin, at Carlsruhe in 1769. There exist several other editions, the latest being the revised one of Naphtali Maskileison, son of Abraham Maskileison Warsaw, 1882.

Of Heilprin's numerous other works mentioned in the Seder ha-Dorot, the only one which has been published is Erke ha-Kinnuyim, a dictionary of synonyms and homonyms occurring in the Bible, Talmud, and other works, chiefly cabalistic (Dyhernfurth, 1806).}

The Jewish calendar was never corrected – it’s 240 years short.  Check Rabbi Akiva!

When we add those years back to the date on today’s Jerusalem Post, we learn that we’re living in the 6008th year since Adam.  We call this adding back of years “the Hebraic Calendar.”  In doing so we see that six prophetic days have passed, six days of a thousand years each, six thousand and seven years.  That means we’re slightly into the seventh millennium; for those with ears to hear, we’re seven years into THE Millennium, according to this simplistic reckoning.

   The Christian calendar also bears this out.  The year 2000 corresponds with the Hebraic year 6000.  Therefore, though we're still in the waning 2007, The Hebraic Clendar ostensibly bears out 6008.

Our Messiah first came as a babe at the end of the 4th prophetic day and the beginning of the 5th prophetic day – after 4000 Hebraic years had passed from Adam.  His return is to be at the beginning of the 7th prophetic day – after 6000 Hebraic years. 

So, Snyder, if we’re in 6010, IN THE MILLENNIUM,  where IS the "Jesus Christ our Lord" right now? 

I’m glad you’re sitting down.  And I'm glad you're smart.

Consider: he has already returned. 

Like a Thief

   Before you put me out, let me remind you of our Savior’s words,

Matthew 24:42-44. Watch, for you do not know on what day your Sovereign is coming.  If the householder had known when in the night the thief was coming, he would have watched.  Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

There’s something secret about his return if he insists on using the metaphor, “like a thief in the night.”  Further, didn’t the “Risen Jesus” reiterate his warning of a covert return?

Revelation 16:15  I shall come like a thief. Blessed is anyone who has kept watch, and has clothes on, so that he does not go out naked and expose his shame (NJB).

   And didn’t Peter, Paul and John record the same metaphor – he’s coming as a thief in the night – sometime on the seventh prophetic day – the day of the seventh trumpet.  What does this mean?   It means that before the public appearance of the King of Kings, he’s already present to prepare the world for his reign.  Only a few will recognize his thief-like return because only a few will be watching.  (Acts 1:11: In like manner, just a few will perceive his return.)  It’s apparent that he’s preparing just a little flock to reign with him in his earthly Kingdom. 

Luke 12:32.  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

   Maybe rather than ask, “¿If the time has come, Jack, where IS he?” we should ask, “Where are we?”  Are we awake?  Are we alive?  Have we kept our pants on so we won’t be ashamed at his appearance?  Or do we stand exposed on this, the seventh prophetic day of creation?  Heaven forbid.

1967 and Beyond

   (2)  The second sign I’ll share is from Yahshua’s prophetic word.  He’s speaking of Judea when he prophesies in

Luke 21:23.  “For great distress shall be upon the land (thV ghV) and wrath upon this people (law); 24.  they will fall by the sword and be led captive among all nations.”

Of course, this was old news even in Yahshua’s day.  And the people of Yahweh have been dispersed in every generation since.  However, he also predicts the end of this dispersion:

Luke 21:24b “Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are completed.”

   Yahshua says the times of the Gentiles will be complete when non-Israelites no longer control Jerusalem.  This gives us a firm date to go by.  Jerusalem has always been occupied by Gentiles.  Until the 1960s, no one thought Gentile occupation could ever end.  Even after Israel became a nation in 1948, Jerusalem was still split down the middle into Israel and Jordan. 

But finally, on June 28th, 1967 after the Six Day War, the entirety of Jerusalem was annexed by Israel on the seventh day.  This was the only time since before Yahshua that Israelis had control of Jerusalem, the very people to whom this Olivette prophecy was addressed.  (In 1980, the Israeli Parliament passed the Jerusalem Law, which made this city the capital city of Israel, which it remains today.)

   Yahshua goes on to say

Matthew 24:33b When you see all these things, you know that HE is near, at the very gates.  34.  Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.

The “he” in the passage is the coming Sovereign.  The generation is the seeing generation.  Hallelujah!  I’ve made it to the seeing generation no matter how many times the devil’s tried to kill me, and I praise Yahweh that you’re here too!  We’ve lived to see Yahshua’s final sign come to pass, the liberation of the Set-apart City, thus we trust he’s at the very gates. 

   Next, we need to know that A prophetic generation, or cycle, is 40 years – the time period that the children of Israel wondered in the desert.  The rule of David.  The wonderings of Yahshua. 

IF

If six thousand years of time has passed; if we’re living at the beginning of the seven millennium; if the time of the Gentiles was completed in 1967; if a biblical generation amounts to 40 years; if he comes as a thief when the world is sleeping; if we are the seeing generation; and if we aren’t asleep or adverse to this possibility – then Yahshua may be inside the gate right now.  One prophetic generation beyond 1967 culminates in 2007; and it seems like more than coincidence to me that the Hebraic year number 6000 and the Christian year number 2000 coincide, as do 6007 and 2007.  As Ronald Reagan said, “Everything happens for a purpose.”  You’re here for a purpose, my friend.  “Repent, and believe the Good News.”

 

One More Sign Added

The most pervasive date for Yahshua's birth these days in 7 AD.  Read it again, historian - 7 AD.  For 6 AD was the only time in that 20 year period when all the signs of Matthew and Luke were aligned.  The main sign was the "taxation" or census.  Secular history tells us the census of the "world" was in 6 AD and at no other time.  In addition, this is the only time of the finalists that had Quirinius as governor of Syria (Luke 2:2).  Go to your old antiquated study books and see for yourself, Rabbi.  This is why Luke's short history of the Good News covers such little time and says that yahshua was "about 30" (Luke 3:23).  Actually, he was 27 - 29 years of age. 

If he was born on at the end of the 4th prophetic day and the beginning of the 5th, this gives us 2006 - 2008 as the beginning of the 7th prophetic day and the Millennium.

You rabbis and preachers - be bold!  You know this to be the truth and then case, and that he returns as a thief in the night to only a few.

What need have we of charts and talk of some Beast or Antichrist.  Good night, man; the time is up!


The Signs Not Perplexing

   My friend, the signs of Yahshua’s return aren’t meant to be obscure or difficult to figure out, especially for the generation that dwells upon the event horizon – the very lip of eternity.  As Reagan said, let’s not overlook the obvious, although there is vast prophetic confusion in our day. 

Hey!  Why would Yahshua tell us that he’s coming as a thief if he didn’t expect some few to catch him?  I’m watching closely; are you?  I will catch the thief!

   Some contend, “the Bible says nobody may know dates or times.” 

These folks have no idea of the context of this saying.  Messiah assured us that a righteous generation ought to be able to interpret the signs of the times.  ¿Are we not a royal priesthood, a holy nation?  I’ve just outlined to you the signs of the times – the calendar is about times!   In the next installment of this series, I’ll share another irrefutable sign of Yahshua’s presence for your consideration.

   Yet our prophetic insight isn’t our main objective today, only the alarm bell that hopes to awakes us from slumber, and the slothful, pew-centered, program-polluted religion observed by the spiritually dead.  Our primary mission is to prepare now for his visible appearance any day. 

(For me, the rapture is a far too iffy foundation upon which to build my claim upon eternity.  If Yahweh was going to rapture believers out of tribulation, why isn’t the rapture happening now in places like Sudan and Algeria, where millions of innocent believers have been slaughtered in this seeing generation.) 

As for me, I want to be ready to walk in Jerusalem just like John.  How about you?

THE SEVEN-FOLD MINISTRY OF PREPARATION, 1

   When the angel of Yahweh came to Zechariah in the Set-apart Place, he gave the priest good news about a most unusual son that was to come from his own loins; we know him as John the Baptist or Yochanan the Dunker.   Yahshua made it clear that John was given to be the forerunner of the Messiah not only in days gone by but in the last days. 

The angel gave Zechariah a sketch of John’s purpose – to prepare the way of Yahweh, appearing in the persona of Yahshua of Nazareth, Yahweh’s only begotten son.  John came and gave his life in preparing hearts for Yahshua’s advent – “Repent!” he cried.  “For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  Those who heeded this trumpet call were later entrusted with the sacred oracles of the end-time plan by the Sovereign Yahshua himself.

   In our time, we understand that the latter-day forerunner is to be a small John-the-Baptist movement a little flock.  Indeed, Yahweh is preparing his little flock now in the same way that he once sent John to make his path straight.  If we look at the angel’s prophecy to Zechariah about John’s ministry, we see a supernatural diagram for preparing the way for the soon-coming King of Kings and his austere Rule. 

We find in the angels’ prophecy that, just as there are seven millennia in salvation history, there are seven characteristics of a people prepared.

Yahweh bless Bar-Nabba, who, in these latter days, gives us the key to truth.

1) “He Will Be Great” – We Must Be a Great People 

   What makes a people great?  Many equate greatness with fame.  But the most foundational meaning of “great” is “big” in the sense of magnanimous or all-encompassing.  A people becomes great if its hopes, dreams and faith are big.  In his essay on successful human resources strategies, Dr. James W. Walker describes what greatness requires in the workplace.  He writes,

“Companies too often set their sights too low and end up with human resource strategies that are too functional, too operational, too narrow, and too generic.  At best, these strategies maintain parity.  They fail to make the compelling and convincing case necessary to energize their organizations to take bold actions and [make] changes to achieve a competitive advantage through people.”


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   What Walker is saying is that “companies” should be less conservative and more willing to take risks.  Risk-taking excites employees and invites them to take “bold actions” on behalf of their common goal.  Friends, we desperately need some excitement!  We need to abandon the status quo and make a new case for Messiah.  We must NOW set our sites higher than the rest and focus on Yahshua first, then our collective vision. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m desperate for something thrilling.  There's nothing thrilling about sitting around reciting Hebrew in a Nazorean Synagogue.  There's nothing thrilling about the dead old corrupt Episcopal Church any more, yet once even I GOT A THRILL THERE.

I’m so sick and tired of sitting around I could live forever.  Too many lives at stake – eternity at stake – the fate of the world at stake.  So what are you worried about?  Your reputation?  It's already shot.

   Walker’s advice applies to us perfectly.  Being the seeing generation, we’re in the human resources business.  We may not be a great people in number or fame, but that doesn’t matter.  We can always be a great, magnanimous and wider-visioned people if we decide that’s what we want to be, because we already claim an apostolic faith and a powerful Mighty One, yes? 

The sky’s not the limit. 

¿Shall we not be great in the eyes of Yahweh (John 1:15) and be called the children of the Most High?  Yes, if we want to, we are able!  Get excited then!  Focus in!  BE GREAT!

2) “He Shall Drink No Wine” – We Must Be a Serious (Sober) People

   To be great, we are to be consistent in our Messianic witness and dedicated entirely to our mission as preparedness workers.  In John’s day, “to drink no wine” was a technical expression indicating that John was dedicated to Yahweh from birth.  When he reached the age of bar mitzvah, he accepted a Nazarite vow.  You see, John was a Levite of the priestly class.  He was to inherit his father’s office in the Temple, if he would just take it, but he denied his just desert in favor of just the dessert.  He abdicated his glorious ecclesiastical office in favor of his true calling.  He avoided a career to take up a life-consuming mission.  He chose death rather than a parchment and a pension – all for the sake of preparing saints of all ages – saints like us – to look up and live.

   ¿What does this have to do with wine drinking?  With a sober determination, John passed up the convenient and profitable for a Kingdom he couldn’t even see – the Kingdom of Heaven.  He wasn’t disappointed. 

The Nazarite, having taken a vow, didn't even go near a grape, its juice, its flesh - or a raison.  Too much like body and blood - too much like a corpse.  Not qadosh like Messiah was to be.  (Jeremiah 35 - Rechabites.)
 

MULTIPLE CHOICE

The same Messiah who fulfilled John in his day

a) is returning

b) has returned

in ours. 

We who stand the watchtower will not be disappointed.  You might recall Yahshua saying, “He who is least in the kingdom is greater than John” (Luke 7:28).  However, at the time this was said, there was only one other person in the Kingdom and that person WAS the Kingdom.  John is second only to Yahshua because “many are called but” John made the sobering first choice.

For us, sobriety means we seek Yahweh’s will for our mission and allow nothing, nothing, nothing to deter us.  Consider the terse statement of your Savior found in

Luke 14:26.  “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.  27.  Whoever does not bear his own torture stake and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  28.  For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 

Oooh!  This is a hard saying.  But what more can we add to the notion of sobriety to this?  Listen!  Six thousand years have passed.  Now serious choices must be made, and serious sacrifices are required.  Time’s up.

And time’s up for my message.  We’ll conclude this morning’s word with the third of the seven characteristics of the forerunner, certainly the most powerful:

3) “He Will Be Filled With The Set-apart Spirit” – We’re to Be a Spirit-filled People

These days, everyone who can sing, “This Is the Day” considers herself spirit-filled. 

Entire churches and denominations call themselves spirit-filled while denying the very foundation of what that term entails.  Nowadays, “spirit-filled” has come to mean upbeat or exciting or enthusiastic or entertaining or guitar strumming.  But in truth, to be “spirit-filled” or “spirit-baptized” means to be personally endued from the Set-apart One above with a two-fold power – first, unto personal set-apartedness (holiness) – second, unto boldness to witness. 

“I have baptized you with water,” cried John, “but he will baptize you with the Set-apart Spirit and fire.”  And the Risen Yahshua reiterates the same message to his disciples at the time of his ascension:

Acts 1:4,5.  Yahshua charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Set-apart Spirit.” 

What does this mean?  Indeed, for the seeing generation, the baptism of the Set-apart Spirit has little to do with entertainment.  It has much more to do with accepting the call to your mission then tarrying in prayer, faith and expectation until the Spirit of Yahweh ignites your spirit ablaze through the Shekinah of his glory or the hands of the Apostle. 

3a) Spirit-baptism Evidence ? ¿ ? Questions, Questions

There’s also confusion as to the evidence of spirit-baptism.  We mustn’t overlook the obvious.  We may ask ourselves, “Have I remained in expectation until I’ve felt the power of Yahweh’s esteem coursing through my body?”  “Am I being supernaturally motivated to model the fruits of the Spirit and seek His gifts?”  “Am I acquiring a mission and boldly going forth like never before?”  “Am I lifted up in the sight of Yahweh because I’ve first humbled myself before him?”  “When I am weak, is he made stronger through me?”  “Am I strengthening the brothers and sisters, or am I at the business of tearing them down?”  Most importantly, “Am I loving Yahweh with all my being?”  Now that’s the most important question of all.

   John the Dunker and the Bible clearly teach that this baptism is a second work of grace apart from justification, salvation or born-again experience.  It’s also called ‘the gift of the Set-apart Spirit’ because when you receive, you’ll know for certain – there’s a powerful assurance.  No more will you have doubts about your salvation because you’ll obtain an inner, undeniable proof that Yahshua is real and alive and “nigh unto you”; and that he’s called and empowered you to be his witness in your seeing generation.  Your devotion, actions and words are indicative of your interior condition.

   So the Baptism in the Set-apart Spirit isn’t some optional thrill or merely a useful accessory to being a believer.  If we are to be a people prepared and preparing, if we are to fulfill the heavenly calling, if we are to be awake with our clothes on, then we mustn’t let another powerless, tedious and tasteless month go by  - even if we are doctrinally correct - without seeking out this essential blessing.  There may not be many months remaining before his presence (Matthew 24:3) becomes a public spectacle.  Don’t be caught naked; be clothed in the Shekinah Glory at all times in the meantime.

NOTE: Matthew 24:3 is grossly mistranslated causing us to lose heart.  

kai  ti to shmeion thn shn parousian
and what the  signs     the ones  of your   presence  

kai sunteleian tou  aiwnoV
even   completion    of the   age / dimension?

parousian (parousian) is the problem.  Everywhere else in the New Covenant it is correctly translated as "presence."  The word literally means "being alongside."  Only here is it translated "coming," as through it were to be a public exhibition.  This gross error is included in even the ISR The Scriptures.  However, one's presence has little to do with one's public exhibition!!  Yahshua left a small group of elect and he will return to a small group of elect if he hasn't already.  As far as I am concerned, time is up.  He is here.  And that's why I'm fulfilling a mission I was called to over 40 of my 54 years ago.

   Finally, if you’ve already received this second blessing, there’s no better time than now, as we study to be a prepared people, a seeing generation, to examine yourself anew to determine how you’ve used your precious endowment. 

As there are seven great prophetic days of creation, and as there are seven long millennia of salvation history, there are also seven levels through which we may progress to assure our receiving empowerment and becoming a seeing people, a people prepared.  We shall learn the other four along with an unquestionable sign at our next meeting.

RECEIVE OR RENEW THE BAPTISM IN THE SET-APART SPIRIT IN SEVEN STEPS

1.     Sincerely make confession of your commissions and omissions against the Father Yahweh and your generation.

2.    Renounce all evil, all unsavory attachments, all occult bondage, all habitual bad behavior and worldly folly. 

3.     Affirm your trust in Yahweh and his son to save you from the wrath to come.  Ask that you might be born again.

    4.    Determine now to start leading a life that reflects   
        Yahshua and keeps the commandments of Yahweh.

5.    Nurture a personal relationship with the Father and Son through prayer, devotion, charity and good deeds.

6.     Determine that without fail you’ll frequently assemble with likeminded believers and worthily partake in the sacrament.

7.    Remind the Father that you are a holy nation and ask Him to gloriously baptize you in the Set-apart Spirit. 

8.    Keep seeking; keep asking; keep living in total expectation of receiving your endowment at any time. 

  Jackson Snyder, May 24, 2005; March 1, 2007; June 17, 2010.