Hezekiah's Second Pattern--October 8
Sep 27, 2011
On Sept. 23, 1996, we declared the Jubilee on the Day of Atonement, which is the biblical day for any Jubilee declaration. Lev. 25 says,
(9) You shall then sound a ram's horn abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall sound a horn all through your land. (10) You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.
So every 50th year the Day of Atonement was to be celebrated as a Jubilee, wherein every debtor was to be released from debt. Everyone who had been sentenced by the law to be enslaved to another for debt (or sin which created that debt) was to be released to return to his family and his land inheritance.
That is why we declared the Jubilee on the Day of Atonement in 1996. It happened to fall on Sept. 23 that year. But now, 15 years later, the Day of Atonement falls on October 8, 2011. So according to the Hebrew calendar, Hezekiah's 15-year extension is not fully complete until October 8.
Hence, we have two endpoints for the 15-year extension, one according to our solar calendar, and the other by the lunar calendar on Hebrew time.
The first endpoint was marked by a small conference in a local church where Ron and I were asked to speak from Friday evening through Sunday evening. The second endpoint is marked by a larger conference in St. Louis, hosted by Stone Kingdom Ministries. I believe that last week end's conference here was like a precursor to the greater conference in St. Louis.
The two endpoints also provide us with a double witness. We have often seen this kind of thing occur. The first event alerts us and gives us revelation about the second, and this gives us time to pray and ponder the divine plan during the interim time between the two endpoints.
So all that I wrote about in regard to September 23 is perhaps even more applicable for October 8. That makes October 8 a very important watch date in regard to Hezekiah, Manasseh, and Jesus. With the Remnant people (i.e., "Manasseh") being 12 years old now and coming to the throne in some manner, we can perhaps expect a greater anointing to be given during the St. Louis conference.
Likewise, when we look more carefully at Jesus' words in Luke 2:49, we can see how these words apply prophetically to us today:
"Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" (KJV)
"Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?" (NASB)
Notice that "business" and "house" are italicized in these versions. This is because these words do not appear in the original Greek. They are supplied by the translators according to their view of what Jesus meant. A more literal rendering is:
"Did you not know that I must be in My Father?
This brings us to the Declaration of Identity that jump-started the current Prophetic Year, beginning Nov. 21, 2010. It was a declaration to identify with the New Man within, rather than with the fleshly, Adamic man.
Secondly, in February the prayer was altered where we appealed to God for the Sons to be glorified, even as Jesus prayed to be glorified in John 17. Then in April we were led to declare Isaiah 61:1-3. This was what Jesus read as a prophetic declaration at the start of His ministry in Luke 4:18, 19.
We are now coming to the culmination of this Prophetic Year. The revelation has now progressed to the crowning of the Remnant. It is about entering the actual work that the Remnant is called to do. It is based also on Jesus' words: "I must be in My Father." And, of course, it also means that we are to be about our Father's business--to do the work of reigning with Christ that is indicated by the crowning of Manasseh at the age of 12. We can also view it as the NASB does, seeing that we are to be in our Father's house.
All of these views speak into the present revelation. These are the things that we should now contemplate in the time leading up to the St. Louis conference.
Take note also the dual significance of October 8. It is the Day of Atonement and Jubilee at the same time. Atonement is about fasting (or "mourning"), but the Jubilee is about jubilation (rejoicing). In our case, we mourn for Hezekiah upon his death, but we rejoice for Manasseh, who is coming to the throne.
One final thought. In regard to our first date marking the death of Hezekiah (Sept. 23). . . when a monarch died during any particular year, the rest of the year was attributed to him as the final year of his reign. His successor began to reign immediately, but the first year of his reign did not begin officially until the following year (at Rosh Hoshana, the New Year). This way they were able to keep their calendar accurate.
So if Hezekiah "died" on Sept. 23, then the first year of Manasseh would be actually begin on Rosh Hoshana this year, Sept. 29, 2011. It is possible, then, that this date may reflect something significant. It may not be so important, but we should be aware of it in case some sign of this comes to pass.
Dr. Stephen Jones