Ten-year patterns being repeated now--Part 3
Nov 14, 2011
The ongoing child abuse scandal at Penn State is a secondary manifestation of another 10-year cycle, linked prophetically to the same type of scandal in the Catholic Church in 2001-2002. To understand that connection, we need to give some explanation for those who were not following my bulletins that far back.
In the course of our Jubilee Prayer Campaign (1993-2006), we discovered that it would last a full 13 years, a year for each day that Israel marched around Jericho. Recall from Joshua 6 that the Israelites marched once around Jericho for six days, and then on the seventh day they marched around the city seven times before the walls fell. They circled the city 13 times in all.
Jericho is a type of Babylon. In fact, the story of Jericho gives us the general outline for the book of Revelation. This is only apparent if one knows how the Hebrew calendar works. A Sabbath year occurred every seventh year. At the beginning of each month, when the priests sighted the new crescent moon at sundown, they blew the trumpet to mark the calendar. The seventh trumpet, then, occurred at the start of the seventh month.
So the book of Revelation has seven seals, representing seven years of a Sabbath cycle. The seven trumpets are patterned after the seven months that it takes to bring us to the seventh month, which is the culmination of the feast days (under Moses). The seven vials (or "bowls") of wine poured out in Rev. 16 are the seven drink offerings that were poured out on the seven days of the feast of Tabernacles in the seventh month.
So also we were required to encircle Babylon for 13 years. For the first six years we prophetically "blew the trumpet" (of the Jubilee), even as the Israelites had done while encircling Jericho. It corresponded to the first six trumpets of the book of Revelation.
In the story of Jericho, the seventh day involved going around Jericho a full seven times. So also, the seventh trumpet in Revelation involved seven bowls of wine. For us, it spoke of a seven-year period from 2000-2006. This final "week" of years was like an extended feast of Tabernacles. And so, at each feast of Tabernacles during those years we were led to pour out a goblet of wine from the left hand (of judgment) along with a goblet of water from the right hand (of mercy).This was patterned after the same type of ceremony that was done in the temple in Jerusalem during the feast of Tabernacles. Alfred Edersheim explains this in his book, The Temple, page 278,
"While the morning sacrifice was being prepared, a priest accompanied by a joyous procession with music, went down to the Pool of Siloam, whence he drew water into a golden pitcher, capable of holding three log (rather more than two pints). . . . The priest then went up to the rise of the altar and turned to the left, where there were two silver basins with narrow holes--the eastern a little wider for the wine, and the western somewhat narrower for the water. Into these the wine of the drink offering was poured, and at the same time the water from Siloam, the people shouting to the priest, 'Raise thy hand,' to show that he really poured the water into the basin which led to the base of the altar."
The priests poured out pitchers of water and wine during the seven days of Tabernacles, the water on the right, and the wine on the left side of the altar. This is the ceremony described in Revelation 16 in regard to the seven angels pouring out the seven vials ("bowls") of wine in the overthrow of Mystery Babylon.
Because we were in a prayer battle against Mystery Babylon, we were led to do the same. The first bowl of water and wine was poured out at the end of the feast of Tabernacles in 2000. The final bowls were poured out on the Day of Atonement, Oct. 7, 2006 in Babylon, New York.
Each year at the feast of Tabernacles, we poured out the combination of water and wine, with the exception of the final one, which was done on the Day of Atonement. After each ceremony, I explained to the people its significance and what we might expect to see in the following year.
After the first ceremony in October 2006, I told the people to expect to see the beginning of the fall of the economic system. So it was no surprise to see the subprime mortgage crisis begin in the summer of 2007, leading to the banking crisis in 2008. This crisis then spread to Europe, and I do not believe it will end until "the kings of the east" overthrow the banking system of Mystery Babylon that is rooted in the West.
After the second ceremony on October 9, 2007, I told the people to watch divine judgment begin to strike the Church--the Roman Catholic Church in particular, though not limited to that organization. In November 2001 the Boston diocese was forced by court order to turn over records of Father John Geoghan in an investigation of child abuse. He was then charged and convicted of homosexual crimes against young boys on January 18, 2002.
This then led to many more such crimes being uncovered worldwide. A number of Catholic diocese went bankrupt. Cardinal Law of Boston fled to Rome, where he was given asylum. Millions of Catholics were heartbroken, many left the church in disgust and disillusionment. All of this followed the pouring out of the second bowl of wine in October 2001.
And so, after ten years we now see a similar scandal hit Penn State's sports department because of allegations that Jerry Sandusky had been abusing boys for decades. It is said that this was well known to many officials, who did nothing to prevent it, and therefore no one really knows just how many more people will be implicated for doing nothing to stop it. The University faces huge potential lawsuits.
Of interest to us here is the fact that this whole mess is surfacing precisely ten years after the Boston diocese was forced by court order to reveal its private records about John Geoghan. That court order implicated the church in a massive coverup scandal, as the bishops and cardinals simply moved child molesters to another location, where they could prey on more children.
So who knows how far this present scandal will take us in this next round. Seeing it from the perspective of a second round of divine judgment is helpful in understanding current events. Remember the words of Jesus in Luke 12:2,
"For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known."
God is requiring repentance these days, for we have entered a day of judgment. 1 Peter 4:17 says,
"For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?"
If judgment begins with the church, then moves toward secular organizations, then it is hardly surprising that the church would be judged in 2001-2002, and ten years later we would see the same judgment strike a secular institution such as Penn State. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning, because there are many other secular institutions (including government) that need some light to expose the hidden works of darkness.
The year 2012 could prove to be quite enlightening.
This is the final part of a series titled "Ten-Year Patterns Being Repeated Now." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones