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The Storm hits Washington

Feb 09, 2019


Seattle and other parts of Washington and the Pacific Northwest felt the full wrath of Winter Storm Maya as heavy snow fell Friday. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency as conditions worsened Friday afternoon.

When we moved from Arkansas to Seattle, Washington in 1993, we understood that Washington state was a prophetic type of Washington DC. We moved in November of 1993, and the newly-elected President Bill Clinton moved to Washington DC just a few months earlier in the same year.

Washington is the 42nd state. Bill Clinton was the 42nd president.

We understood when we moved there that Washington state was like a spiritual headquarters for Washington DC. In other words, events happening in Washington state would be prophetic signs of what was happening in Washington DC.

When Bill Clinton was inaugurated in January 1993, a powerful windstorm hit the Seattle area, knocking down every power line on the main street in the northern suburb of Lynnwood, where we moved shortly afterward. We knew then that an evil wind had blown into Washington DC.

The present storm has a little different significance this time around, mostly because President Trump talked mysteriously about “the calm before the storm” on the evening of October 5, 2017. It appears that this “storm,” whatever it means, may now become a reality.

The timing of this present storm seems significant. The evening of October 5, 2017, by Hebrew time, is the start of Friday, October 6, and the present storm hit Seattle 490 days later, which was Friday, February 8, 2019.

Daniel’s 70 Weeks (490 years)

This is, of course, 70 literal weeks. We know it as “Blessed Time,” but it is specifically a forgiveness cycle in Matthew 18:21, 22. Jesus answered Peter’s question by telling a parable of the man owing 10,000 talents, how the king reckoned the accounts after 490 days (or years), and how the debtor found forgiveness (Jubilee). Yet because the debtor then refused to forgive the small debt that his neighbor owed him, his debt was reimposed, and he was held accountable to pay the whole debt.

The main example of this is seen in the fact that the ceremonies which the high priest performed on the Day of Atonement every year extended forgiveness to the nation. The sin-debts of the nation were forgiven 490 times in 490 years, after which time God reckoned the accounts. Jesus then died on the cross to pay the debt and obtain forgiveness for us.

That is why Jesus had to die on the cross at the end of Daniel’s 70 weeks and not in the middle of the week as is usually assumed. He was baptized unto death in the middle of the week, but He actually died on the cross after God had forgiven Judah 490 times. I explained this in greater detail in my book, Secrets of Time, chapter 9, beginning on page 108.

When Judah was taken captive to Babylon, their calendar essentially ended, at least on a prophetic level. The nation was “dead” and swallowed up by Babylon, but after 70 years Judah was raised from the dead by the Edict of Cyrus in 534 B.C. After coming out of the “tomb,” Judah had to undergo 76 years of cleansing, as if it had been in Cursed Time.

After 76 years, the Edict of Artaxerxes, which came in his seventh year (Ezra 7:8), or 458 B.C., was the signal to restore the calendar and to begin the countdown of 490 years to the Messiah’s death on the cross. During that time, the high priests obtained forgiveness for the people 490 times in 490 years.

Accounts must be settled eventually, however. That is what happened in 33 A.D. when the sin of Judah (and of the whole world with them) came due, and Jesus Himself took the penalty upon Himself as our Jubilee.

The Forgiveness Mandate

The lesson of Jesus’ parable is that those who are forgiven must also become forgivers, for this is the chief characteristic of love in an overcomer. As a part of this, we should also recognize and come into agreement with Jesus’ prayer on the cross: “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34). This was Jesus final prayer before the Divine Court. By the Law of Victims Rights, He had the right to forgive every sin ever committed, simply because He took upon Himself the sin of the world (1 John 2:2).

Nonetheless, in the short term, God does hold men accountable for their sins, as we see in Jesus parable (Matthew 18:34 KJV). A "tormentor" was what they called a prison warden in those days. This is consistent with the biblical teaching on divine judgment and the Great White Throne. But we must also understand that the purpose of divine justice is not merely to punish but to restore all of the victims’ losses and to obtain forgiveness for the sinner.

Likewise, the law of Jubilee limits all debt (liability for sin), so that sinners are not punished perpetually as many teach. The “eternal punishment” is actually aionian judgment, where judgment is limited to an age (aion, or eon). God’s justice does not allow perpetual debt and slavery, for all debts are cancelled when the trumpet of the Jubilee sounds.

Neither Israel nor Judah ever kept a Jubilee, of course, because it never made sense to them, and their carnal desire to collect on debts blinded their eyes from knowing the mind of God. The same is often true in the Church, at least since the 5th century, when the truth about Universal Reconciliation began to be opposed by the Bishop of Rome (400 A.D.).

Up to that time, this truth had hardly been questioned, for it was taught almost universally. Only some of the Latin fathers such as Tertullian and Lactantius taught that sinners would be burned in a literal fire for eternity. The Greek fathers, however, who stuldied the New Testament in their native Greek tongue, openly taught Universal Reconciliation.


When we understand the purpose of a 70-week forgiveness cycle, and when we relate it to Daniel’s 70 weeks and to Jesus’ parable in Matthew 18, then we can apply it to other such cycles, such as the one that seems to define “the calm before the storm.” That “calm” can be viewed as the forgiveness cycle itself. Though politics is anything but an exercise in forgiveness, nonetheless, we have probably not seen the full brunt of “the storm” up to this point. This might indicate that some politicians and others will be held accountable now for sins yet to be revealed in the mainstream news, much like the man who owed 10,000 talents, who refused to forgive others.

I have no doubt that these will be released from their sin-debts at the great Creation Jubilee at the end of time, but meanwhile, they should and will be held accountable because of their lack of repentance during the time of redemption and forgiveness.

Note also that we are now coming up on our Second Passover cycle, which (on our calendar) is February 14-16. This could well be an appropriate time to watch, seeing as how Jesus is our Passover. Jesus is also our Second Passover (Numbers 9:10, 11). So each year we see signs of Passover from January 14-16 and signs of the Second Passover from February 14-16.

In each case, the selection of the lamb occurs on the tenth day of the month, which in this case is tomorrow, February 10. Hence, we should watch that date as well. As usual, we do not know precisely how these watch dates will manifest in real events, but if we understand the biblical and prophetic background of our watch dates, then we will be better equipped to recognize what is happening when those events actually occur.

Isn’t it amazing what a simple storm in Seattle can reveal to those who have some knowledge of timing?

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