The Work of the Watchers--Part 3
Aug 04, 2011
After the initial phase of the Jubilee Prayer Campaign was completed in November of 1993, we then began to discuss its effects on the earth. What would we see? When? The most obvious answer, of course, was that we would see something after 12 months according to the pattern in Daniel 4. But there was also another pattern to watch.
We understood that Babylon had been overthrown because of the king's pride. He thought that he was answerable to no one. He did not recognize or understand that the only reason he had been given authority over many nations was because God had given it to him. See Jer. 27 says,
(2) Thus says the Lord to me, Make for yourself bonds and yokes and put them on your neck, (3) and send word to . . . [various kings] . . . (5) "I have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight. (6) And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon."
The king of Babylon, then, was accountable to God, whether he knew it or not. Nebuchadnezzar was raised up to bring judgment upon Judah and Jerusalem for their continual refusal to submit to the laws of God. Babylon was God's judgment upon them. By right of creation, God claims the right to raise up anyone (as it pleases Him) to the position of authority.
When nations refuse to recognize their subordinate place under God, they could come under the judgment ("curse") of the law. It happened to both Israel and Judah. Later, it happened to Babylon as well.
In many of these judgments, we see examples of that 414-year cycle known as "Cursed Time." In my book, Secrets of Time, I show many examples of this from Scripture and from history. Cursed Time is a grace period beginning with the divine sentence and ending with the sentence being carried out. It gives a nation time to repent, comply with the law, and recognize the sovereignty of God. If they do this, then at the end of their 414-year period, their judgment is averted, they enter into a 76-year transitional time of cleansing. At the 490-year mark they come into "Blessed Time."
This is not well known, because up to now, Judah is the only example we have of a nation coming into Blessed Time. When Judah's judgment was completed with the Edict of Cyrus in 534 B.C., the nation entered into a 76-year transitional, cleansing period until 458 B.C., when their Creation Jubilee Calendar resumed on 490-year cycles. This was prophesied in Daniel's "seventy weeks" (i.e., 70 x 7 = 490 years). It began with the Edict of Artaxerxes, which was decreed 76 years after the Edict of Cyrus.
With that brief background, let us return to the present time. The judgment ("curse") of the law fell upon Mystery Babylon on Nov. 29, 1993 when the Overcomers won their case in the Divine Court. Mystery Babylon was thus given 414 days before divine judgment would strike them. As for the Overcomers, we would see the sign of their acceptance after 490 days.
Nov. 29, 1993 414 days = Jan. 17, 1995 (Babylon judged)
Nov. 29, 1993 490 days = April 3, 1995 (Overcomers fully justified)
We understood clearly that Babylon was on a 414-day countdown, and so we marked our calendars to watch Jan. 17, 1995. So what happened?
Well, first we saw an event that occurred one year early, Jan. 17, 1994. It was the date of the Los Angeles earthquake. It registered 6.8 on the Richter scale and occurred at 4:31 a.m. This surprised us, because we were expecting to see an earthquake a year later on the same date. We could only conclude that this quake was a sign of a greater quake that would occur the following year. In fact, because we were living in Seattle at the time, and because Washington state represented Washington D.C., we felt that we would most likely see the quake hit Seattle.
On Jan. 17, 1995, a 7.2 Richter quake hit Kobe, Japan at 5:46 a.m. their time. My first reaction was, "Kobe? Why not Seattle?" I was taken by surprise. But then we learned that Kobe was the "sister city" of Seattle. Furthermore, we discovered that Kobe means "God's door" or "God's gate."
Babylon called itself "Bab-ili" in their own language. It means "God's gate," no doubt named after the Tower of Babel, which was designed to open a spiritual gate (or portal) to heaven.
In other words, Kobe and Babylon had the same name, only in different languages. The quake that hit Kobe was actually a sign of the destruction of Mystery Babylon.
76 days later we arrived at April 3, 1995, when we were to watch for signs of the Overcomers' victory in the Divine Court in obtaining the divine right to rule the Kingdom of God. It happened that on this day a friend named David Parkhurst asked me to drive to Tacoma to "inspect the house of David." He had just purchased a house. Because he was acting as a type of David (the Overcomer, as opposed to Saul), he felt that his house was a type of the New Jerusalem.
On the same day, we received a box of barley in the mail. Barley, of course, represents the Overcomers, as I showed in my book, The Barley Overcomers. I even had $490 worth of checks to deposit at the bank that day. These may seem like insignificant things, but they were personal confirmations of things going on in the spirit on that day.
The inspection of the House of David was based upon the law in Leviticus 14:34-57, which deals with a house of leprosy. An inspection process was to take seven days (vs. 38). So we began the inspection on April 3 and returned a week later on April 10, pronouncing the house CLEAN (vs. 53). If you have read chapter 10 of The Laws of the Second Coming, you will be better able to understand the laws of leprosy and how these laws foreshadow the path to immortality that is revealed more clearly in the New Testament.
So we understood by these signs that Babylon had lost its case and that the Overcomers had won their case in the Divine Court.
More on the L.A. Quake
The Los Angeles quake seemed to occur a year early (Jan. 17, 1994). This was in appearance only, because we were focused upon the sign of Babylon's fall. In reality, the L.A. quake was more connected to a different stream of prophetic events.
We understood at the time that we were to watch the year 1996, but we did not yet have a clear revelation. Clarity came in October of 1994, which was nearly 9 months after the L.A. quake. This was when the Lord revealed the Hezekiah Factor (Oct. 2, 1994). Only then did we see clearly that we were to declare the Jubilee on the Day of Atonement of 1996, ten years after the 120th Jubilee had occurred in 1986.
The Hezekiah Factor was where God would turn the clock back to the appointed time, so that we could do something ten years LATE, and yet still be ON TIME. It was based on 2 Kings 20:11.
As it turned out, the Jubilee declaration was made on Sept. 23, 1996, which was the Day of Atonement for that year. We discovered later that this was 980 days after the L.A. quake. Of course, 980 = 490 x 2. Hence, the Jubilee declaration was connected by a Blessed Time cycle to the L.A. quake.
The L.A. quake had occurred at 4:31 a.m. Ron Oja discovered that 4 years and 3 months earlier was October 17, 1989, the day that San Francisco was struck by a 7.1 Richter earthquake during rush hour. This accounts for the 4 and the 3 (in 4:31 a.m.), but he was not aware of the significance of the 1. It represented one day, bringing us back to October 16, 1989, a day that changed my life.
This is the third part of a series titled "The Work of the Watchers." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones