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The Year 2033 - A Time to Every Purpose

By Chris McCann
December 27, 2019

The Year 2033 - A Time to Every Purpose

Originally recorded July 16, 2018 at the Towson Bible Conference

Good evening, everyone. Welcome to EBible Fellowship’s Towson Bible conference. I thought it would be good to talk about the year 2033, as much as I am enabled to lay out the Biblical information pointing to that year. We want to present the evidence, so it is before everyone. We do not want to wait ten or twelve years to go over the evidence. The more time we have to look at it, the better.

The first thing I thought it would be good for us to talk about is “time” itself. The idea of time is interesting, is it not? No matter where you go in this world, you will find a clock on the wall or someone with a watch on his wrist. There are many people that have watches and there are clocks everywhere. If you think about it, time is instrumental and essential to just about everything. I was trying to think about some things that we will look at later, but time is really an amazing thing.

Time is part of this creation. God created time. We know that in eternity past, there was no time. When God destroys this world, He will destroy our sun, moon and stars and time will cease to exist. The elect people of God will enter into “eternity future.” You wonder how God is going to keep track of time. Is that not something we first think of? How are we going to know when we have been there “ten thousand years,” if there is no time? That is because we are “creatures of time.” We were created in a world governed by time. Let us look at that creation first, in Genesis 1. Before we get to the verses regarding the Lord creating the sun, moon and stars, we could start in Genesis 1:5:

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Here, God is already keeping track of time, from the very beginning on the first “day” of creation. It is a “day,” and we have no reason to think that “day” was a different duration than the 24-hour day we have today. God created. He waited a day and then there was the second day and the third day, and so forth. Then it says in Genesis 1:14-18:

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: *he made* the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that *it was* good.

God created the sun, moon and stars, as well as the earth. The earth then began to orbit, and time began to run. The time that God created through the establishment of these celestial bodies determines how time operates. It is really like a clock in the heavens that functions like our clocks with second after second, minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, month after month, year after year, and so forth, until history has unfolded right up to our present time. We know because God opened up the Biblical calendar of history that we are living in what year after creation? Depending on what time of year God created the earth, it could be 13,029 or 13,030 years after creation. But if we start with 11,013 B. C. and we add 2,018 and minus 1 (because there is no year “0”), it would be 13, 030 years for all the time that has transpired since the creation.

So, time has been “ticking away” and, like I said before, it is essential. It is built into the fabric of the world and all people. How many times has someone asked you how old you are? When someone first gets to know you, they will ask, “How old are you?” It is one of the first questions people ask, especially younger people. Why are people interested in that? Why do they want to know? When you see a little kid and you ask him how old he is, he may say, “I am six and a half.” They are trying to be as precise as they can be, and that is something else that is “built in” to man. We really want and desire precision when it comes to time-related things. And the interesting thing is that practically everything is time-related. I say almost everything because I cannot think of everything, but everything I can think of is time related – everything. Perhaps that is the reason when someone is late, some people just do not like that. I admit that I was not on time to the conference today. I told my wife I have an excuse, but she said, “It is not an excuse – it is a reason.” We had a little car trouble, but we got here, by God’s grace.

And, yet, it is really a problem, normally, if you are late to school, late to work, or even late for a date. Being prompt and on time is appreciated by most cultures and by most people in the world. If you are late, people can be a little disgusted with you. It is interesting to think that some people think that God is “late.” It is as if they are saying, “God, I was waiting for you. I heard you were coming on May 21, 2011 or on October 7, 2015.” When a time comes and goes like that, there are people that get upset. I would not say they are upset with God (although some could be), but the idea is that it did not happen when they thought it would happen. I think that is the problem some have regarding time paths and dates, so some people say: “Why even talk about time paths? Why do we have to talk about a date? Why do we bother? When the Lord comes, He will come, so why spend time looking at this in the Bible?”

If we did not bother to look at a time for the end, that would be the one thing in this world that is not time-oriented and where people are not looking for some kind of time relationship. Even those that like to say, “No man knows the day or the hour,” live their own lives by the clock. The people of the world live their lives by the clock or by the movement of time.

As far as asking someone how old he is, we find this in the first book of the Bible where Jacob appeared before the Pharaoh. I do not know if it was his first question, but let us see what it says in Genesis 47:7-8:

And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old *art* thou?

It was the first thing out of his mouth: “How old are you?” Then it says in Genesis 47:9-10:

And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage *are* an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.

And Jacob knew how old he was. Do you know how old you are? Is there anyone here that does not know how old they are? Then you know a time path, do you not? You know the time path from your birth to the present time. Let me see, my birthday is coming up in October, and I will be 57 years old. I know it exactly. From 1961 through 2018 is 57 years. And I am sure you know the time path of your life, and just about everyone does. They know exactly how old they are.

Now God caused Pharaoh to ask Jacob this question for a very important reason. The spiritual picture is that Jacob was entering into Egypt at a time of famine that points to the Great Tribulation. And the Great Tribulation began in 1988, which was the 13,000th year of earth’s history. If you break down the number “13,000,” the numbers are “13 x 10 x 10 x 10.” What is 130 years? It is “13 x 10,” so the same numbers are involved. In the Bible, when God uses the numbers “10,” or “100,” or “1,000,” it carries the same meaning of “completeness.” So, here, the Lord arranged for Joseph to be 130 years old at this time because He wanted to emphasize that the spiritual famine of the Great Tribulation would take place in the 13,000th year of earth’s history. That is the reason Joseph’s age was given at that time in the Bible.

Let us go to Psalm 39 where God moved David to write in Psalm 39:4:

JEHOVAH, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.

This relates to the whole idea of coming to an understanding of the timeline of history. The Biblical calendar established specific periods of time throughout the history of the world. We are really “measuring” the days or measuring the length of time, which does show our frailty and weakness because we realize time is very short.

Let us also look at Joshua 3:4:

Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed *this* way heretofore.

The word “measure” is the same word used in Psalm 39:4. This refers to the ark as it crossed over the river Jordan. The ark would cross first, and the Israelites were to follow about two thousand cubits behind it. The reason for that is because the ark typifies Christ and the crossing of the river Jordan points to going through the wrath of God. When the Lord Jesus went to the cross, He experienced the wrath of God in a demonstration of His having made payment for sin (at the foundation of the world). Nonetheless, He experienced wrath. When Christ went to the cross, it was 33 A. D. We are living at a time that is approaching 2033 A. D. which is exactly 2,000 years from the time when Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and then went to the cross. None of us know if we will be here in 15 years, but I am pretty sure time will continue for 15 years and the year 2033 will come, and it will be exactly 2,000 years since Christ went to the cross.

Is this not a problem? If we understand this space of “about” 2,000 cubits to be a time reference, is this not a problem? It does use the word “measure” and God spoke of measuring days. Remember, this is the Bible and God can use cubits to represent time, just like He could use a “field” to represent the whole world. We know God is very precise and exact. But if it was going to be exactly 2,000 years from the cross, then God would not have used the word “about,” so we have a problem.

By the way, we have understood this for a long time. I am drawing this from Mr. Camping’s teaching from a couple of decades ago. He would go to this verse and he would point to the ark of the covenant crossing the river Jordan, and he pointed out that it would be “about” 2,000 years later that the elect would cross over into the Promised Land of heaven, as represented by the land of Canaan. Mr. Camping was thinking that “1994” was about 2,000 years, and then he thought “2011” also qualified as about 2,000 years. But the year 2033 A. D. is exact. Does that mean we have a problem? Again, God is precise, and God would not have said “about” 2,000 years if He meant it was exactly 2,000 years.

We must remember we are talking about following the ark through the river Jordan, which typifies hell or death under the wrath of God. And Jesus experienced that wrath and death in 33 A. D. But remember when the mother of the sons of Zebedee was trying to promote them and she asked the Lord if her sons could sit on His right hand and on His left hand in His kingdom. In His response, I think Christ joined that idea of the “cup of wrath” with “spiritual baptism,” but let us look at that in Matthew 20:21-23:

And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but *it shall be given to them* for whom it is prepared of my Father.

We have discussed this before, but it is significant that Jesus agreed: “Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.” What “tense” did He use when He said this? It was “future tense.” You see, we had previously understood that there were all these elect in Christ before the foundation of the world, and when God poured out His wrath up Him for the sins of His people, it was as though we were in Him. And that is still true, but that is a past event. But, here, it is “future tense.” They shall drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism He was baptized with.

So, this had to do with a future event that we learned relatively recently, which is the fact that God has brought the entire world into the Day of Judgment; He has ended His salvation program and shut the door of heaven. And He has been actively judging the world since May 21, 2011, and all the elect were left on the earth, along with all the unsaved people. We will remain on the earth until the last day when we will be raptured, but while we are here it could be said that we are going through the river Jordan or through the judgment of God. It is a tableau, just as it was a tableau when Christ went to the cross in 33 A. D. He did not have to go the cross and die to pay for the sins of His people. Our sins were already paid for, but He did it to demonstrate what He had done. Neither do God’s elect have to stand before the judgment seat to be declared “righteous,” because we were already declared righteous in Christ at the point of the foundation of the world. However, it is the same purpose for which God commanded Christ to enter into this world – it was to show forth what He had done because mankind was not alive to see it at the point of the foundation of the world. So, God wanted to put it on display to all the principalities and powers and everyone else what had taken place at the foundation of the world.

Likewise, God could say, “All my elect are righteous, holy and pure. They have no sin upon them because Christ paid for their sin.” By the date of May 21, 2011, the Word of God, the Bible, had dipped into that basin full of the blood of Christ and had applied it to the elect over the course of history in every generation. That is how anyone became saved: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” But now the basin is “empty” and there is no more application of the blood of Christ that any more would become saved. That is the only thing that has changed. The salvation program of God has always been preceded by the past action of God in predestinating some and paying for their sins, but the only thing that remained to be done was to apply that finished work to each soul of the elect. That application process has come to an end.

So, here we are, and all the elect are righteous, according to Revelation 22: “Let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still.” So, we are already righteous, and God knows this, but He is going through the process of bringing all His people before the judgment throne. We can prove that from the Bible. Just read 2 Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” The word “appear” is the same word translated as “made manifest” that was used of the Lord Jesus. Mr. Camping brought forth that understanding a few years ago, teaching that what Christ did was to “make manifest” what He had already done. It is the identical word. I believe it is #5319 in Strong’s Concordance, and this word is used of the elect in 2Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” Thereby God will show Himself as a righteous Judge. It is the righteous judgment of God. Everything is “above board” and everything is done in a righteous manner, so God is bringing both the saved and the unsaved before His judgment throne. It says in Ecclesiastes 3:16-17:

And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, *that* wickedness *was* there; and the place of righteousness, *that* iniquity *was* there. I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for *there is* a time there for every purpose and for every work.

There is a time for every purpose and for every work. He will judge the righteous and the wicked. It also says in Ecclesiastes 9:2:

All *things come* alike to all: *there is* one event to the righteous, and to the wicked…

Someone might say, “Oh, no! It is only the wicked that must go through Judgment Day, not the righteous. We will get raptured and taken out of the world, and only the wicked will remain.” That has been the traditional teaching for many centuries, but it is not true. God is the Judge of the quick and the dead. What does the word “quick” mean? It means “living,” so He is the Judge of the living. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:17, the elect will be “alive (quick) and remaining” on the earth when Christ comes. We are the living, or the “quick,” and by that point we will have gone through the entire judgment program of this “second tribulation” period to its completion. That is like going through the river Jordan and coming out on the other side.

But as far as entering the river Jordan and following the demonstration of Jesus in 33 A. D., we began this process when God began to pour out His wrath in 2011 upon the unsaved people of the earth; at that time, the elect began to appear before His judgment seat at that time. It was not exactly 2,000 years, but it was “about” 2,000 years from 33 A. D. In other words, the “about two thousand cubits” does not refer to the completion of the judgment process when we will enter heaven, but it refers to the point at which we first entered the river Jordan, following in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It also shows us that the pattern that the ark goes first. The ark went about 2,000 cubits ahead, and then the Jews followed. We will talk about this, but there is something coming, although it has been here to some degree, but it is coming in its fulness in 2033 A. D. We can say this without question: There is a pattern that will be in place, a time relationship that will be exactly the same as the time relationship between when Christ was born and when He went to the cross, but it will be separated by 2,000 years. The next time this time relationship would be in view would be in another thousand years. In other words, from 13 B. C. to 7 B. C. to 33 A. D. aligns with 1988 to 1994 to 2033 in a way that is so special it will not happen again for a thousand years.

A thousand more years? With the way the world is now, is that even remotely possible? It is not possible. We can prove that from the Bible because all the “indicators” (of the end time) are taking place now. They have not been in evidence in history during the past two thousand years or even back to the time of the creation of the world. These things have never happened to the degree that they are happening now. It is something that is unprecedented, and there is nothing parallel to it in all of history. It so happens these are the very sign posts the Lord Jesus indicated when He answered the disciples question: “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” The indicators are in place now.

And – no – we have not gone beyond or exceeded all the best time paths. No - there is one still ahead and coming shortly. And it has more Biblical evidence than any of the other years we have considered. It is strongly supported by the Bible, and we will look at some of that support as we continue our studies this week.

By the way, since we are talking of “about two thousand cubits,” let us go to John 21. Something occurred to me the other night about John 21 where we read a similar statement regarding the great catch of fish. After the disciples had caught no fish, then the Lord appeared and told them where to cast the net. Then it said in John 21:7-8:

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt *his* fisher's coat *unto him,* (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

This is very similar, except that it is “two hundred cubits,” not “two thousand cubits.” We have a lot of spiritual understanding of what is going on here. It is picturing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the Latter Rain and the “great catch of fish,” that great multitude that came out of Great Tribulation. They were in the net and the net did not break. The net was taken to the land where Christ was, and it says, “for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits.” This is similar to the idea of crossing the Jordan to the Promised Land of Canaan. The ark went before them, and the Israelites followed about two thousand cubits behind. In John 21:8, it says, “as it were” two hundred cubits, so it is not exact. But we can show that this fits in with the entire period of Latter Rain, because the Latter Rain began in 1994 and lasted until May 21, 2011, so it was “almost” 17 years. It was a few months short of 17 years, so that is why we say “about” 17 years, and the number “17” points to heaven. When we count the number of months of the Latter Rain, it is “16 x 12” or “192.” The 16-year period would cover 1995 through 2010, which would be the 192 months. Then if we look at the months remaining since September 7. 1994, we have September, October, November and December. Then if we jump ahead to the year 2011, we had January, February, March April and May. So, there are nine months, but it is not quite nine months because there was lacking one week in September 1994 because the Latter Rain began on September 7, 1994; then there were ten days remaining in May 2011 because that time period concluded on May 21, 2011. So, there was really eight months and one-half months plus 192 months, which equals 200 ½ months of Latter Rain. It is not exact, but it is “about.”

Again, the statement was made in John 21 that they were dragging a net full of fishes that were taken out of the Tribulation – they were all saved during that Latter Rain period. Even though the Great Tribulation was a full 23 years, no one was saved during the first 2,300 evening mornings. (We are conditioned to saying that “virtually” no one was saved, but the more we look at it, it would seem that none were saved; but just to be careful, we say “virtually” no one was saved.) So, the great multitude were saved during about a 200-month period of time. So God is being very accurate when He is saying “about” or “as it were” two hundred cubits.

Let us look at Ecclesiastes 3 where we see verses that really summarize our life and whole existence in this world. It says in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

To every *thing there is* a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up *that which is* planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

There is a “time” to every season and a “time” to every purpose under heaven. We know how old we are, and we know what time it is. For example, when you go to school, do you go to school at any time of the day or night? Do you get up at 3:00 A. M. and do you just walk out your door and go to school? What time is school? It is a set time. You get out of class at a certain time. You go to lunch at a certain time. We go from one period to the next period to the next period, all according to time. Even the time when you start going to school is determined by your age. It can vary from country to country, but countries will set an age for starting school; you must be a certain age, then in late August or early September you go to school, and you get out of school in late May or June. There is a set time. Then there is a summer break period. And if you want to go with your family on a summer break, you better talk to mom and dad because dad had to put in a request for his vacation “time.” He has a job that he goes to work from 9:00 to 5:00. He goes to work at a certain time; he has lunch at a certain time; and he gets off work at a certain time. He works so many months to “accrue” the time off for vacation. When he has accrued enough time, he can schedule a vacation.

Recently someone said to us regarding the conference, “Can you arrange the conference by December, so I can schedule it around my work schedule?” At the end of the year or beginning of a year, people need to lay out their vacation time. Time applies to everything, whether it is work or school. You have grade school for a certain number of years. You have middle school for a certain number of years. You have high school for a certain number of years. You have college for a certain number of years, and so forth. Everything is time related – everything. The bus is time-related. How are you going to catch a bus? How about the train? How about the plane? You must select the day and the specific time.

You know, I was trying to think of anything in this world that is not related to time. Even this conference has a schedule. It is all related to “time,” is it not? It is Monday today, and then comes Tuesday. One thing for sure is that we all know what time the meals are, do we not? [Laughter] And the days pass, and Friday comes, and it is the end of the work week. It is a time path. There are time paths everywhere. There are wedding anniversaries. We mark them off and anniversaries like 25, 40 and 50 are big events. We keep track of our ages. We keep track of the time of our marriage relationship. And how long have you worked at your job? Is it 10 years, 20 years, 25 years or 30 years? Then there is your retirement year. The government lays out retirement programs for certain ages, like 62, 65 or 67. It used to be 65, but now they are varying the official retirement age. Everything is related to time.

If you want to watch television, the TV Guide will tell you what comes on at what time. It is really amazing. All these things prove the truth of the verse that says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

I am going to ask you a question: Can anyone think of something that is not time-related in some way? Think about it. This is the reason I said that we are “creatures of time.” God created the world with a celestial clock, and He set that clock in motion. We operate in accord with that clock in everything we do.

This is the reason it is so strange for those in the churches to say, “Do not be interested in time.” When they say, “No man knows the day or the hour,” they are basically saying, “Do not know time.” But we know time regarding so many things. Of course, it is true we would not know anything about the times the Bible speaks of if God did not reveal it by opening our understanding to it, but there are many indicators in the Bible to say that God does that very thing. Remember that it said in Ecclesiastes 3:1 said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” but God goes on to say in Ecclesiastes 8:5-6:

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment. Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man *is* great upon him.

There is time to every purpose in the context of a wise man’s heart discerning (knowing) both time and judgment, God also says, “Because to every purpose there is time and judgment.” These are not the only verses, but there are many Scriptures where God indicates that He will reveal the “time” to His people. Of course, it is obvious to anyone that is honest in looking at the Bible, because the disciples asked Jesus this specific question: “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus responded, “Do not ask me that. No man knows the day or hour, not even me.” True, or false? That is false. Jesus did not say that, but He went on in Matthew 24 to lay out many things to answer the disciples’ question, because the fact is that God always intended to reveal time to His people.

So, many of the same churches that declare you cannot know the day or the hour also have a stone sign out front of their church building declaring the foundation date of their church, the year their church was built. They can also tell you how long their denomination has existed, whether they trace it back to the Reformation or back to the Catholic Church. They also operate their services according to a time schedule.

I wanted to take a quick look at this to begin with, because we are going to get into a discussion of time. We are going to look at the date of the year 2033. Yes – I know it is 15 years away, so it does not carry the sense of urgency it would if we were in the year 2031 or 2032 right now. But as I was thinking about it, I cannot be presumptuous and assume I will be here in 2031 or 2032. If the Lord is opening up information now (and He is), then let us look at it now. Let us check it out to make sure it is true and accurate, and to see if we can learn anything else. That is what I would like to do at this conference, Lord willing.

Let us look at one more passage before we end our study tonight. After the children of Israel had remained in the land of Egypt for centuries, God sent Moses to deliver them. Remember that Moses wanted to do this forty years earlier when he was 40 years old. God did not allow Moses to do so at that time. God arranged things so that Moses would be taken away from the situation and he lived in the land of Midian for forty years, which had to do with testing. (We will not get into that aspect at this point.) But when Moses returned forty years later, he was 80 years old, and He had been sent by God because God had heard the cries of the people of Israel. Moses came to Pharaoh, again, and again, with the message from God: “Let my people go.” Pharaoh resisted and the Lord sent plagues upon Egypt. What if Pharaoh had let the people go a week earlier? We would not have had this verse in Exodus 12:40-41:

Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, *was* four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of JEHOVAH went out from the land of Egypt.

Here, we find that God was “watching the clock,” just like mankind watches the clock. Why are we humans so time-oriented? Why do we operate the way we do in relationship to time? It is because we are made in the image of God, and God created time and He has a very specific program for the earth that He causes to unfold over the course of “time.”

We can see that God knew the exact day Jacob entered into Egypt, because it was that very day that the Pharaoh asked him, “How old art thou?” And Jacob responded, “I am 130 years old.” Then the Lord waited for century after century to pass. For 430 years He waited, not only until that year came, but until it was “the selfsame day,” to emphasize the fact that He is a God that operates according to a very definite timetable. He accomplishes His plan of salvation and of judgment according to that timetable. Nothing is done haphazardly or randomly. It would be like us trying to live our lives without consulting a clock. God does not operate that way in this world either. He knows the exact timeframe for this creation because He has designed it, measured it and meted it out. We are about to come to the fulness or completion of that timetable.

I think we will begin to see that it had all been laid out in a previous pattern with the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord willing, we will look at that pattern and we will see how well it matches with our present circumstances. If we had been raptured on May 21, 2011 and God had ended the world on October 21, 2011, then this pattern could not have been completely fulfilled – there would have been a part of it “missing.” I think we will see God’s purpose in allowing time to continue beyond that time and, probably, for a few more years to come to fulfill all things.