Get yourselves prayed up, people!

A number of seers have reported that a significant End Time event will be something called The Warning or The Illumination of Conscience.

Sulema Gomez describes it as “a purification, the first sign for all that your time is drawing to a close. … A deafening noise will be heard, and the luminous Cross will shine in the sky. … The day will become night. … [And] the moon will darken and there will be great phenomena all over the earth! … People will believe that the end of the world has come. Fear will be dependent on the sins committed by each [person who] sees his state of mind in the light of divine justice. When it occurs, everything will stop. … Your sins will be exposed to you, … for nothing will be hidden any more, not to make you suffer, but rather out of love and mercy.”

Conchita Gonzalez says, “It will not cause death by itself, but it is possible that some die of it so the emotion will be intense.”

It sounds a lot like The Sixth Seal: “Then I watched while he broke open the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth and the whole moon became like blood. The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind. Then the sky was divided like a torn scroll curling up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place. The kings of the earth, the nobles, the military officers, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid themselves in caves and among mountain crags. They cried out to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come and who can withstand it?’” – Revelation 6:12-17

After the Warning is over, Father Michel Rodrigue says there will be “a period of repentance lasting about six and a half weeks when the devil will not have the power to act. This means all human beings will have their complete free will to make a decision for or against the Lord. The devil will not bind our will and fight against us.” They say that so many people will be lined up to go to Confession that priests will be busy all day, every day. To me, this sounds like The Seventh Seal: “When he broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” – Revelation 8:1

In Matthew 24, Jesus says that while we can not know the day or the hour of His return, we should watch the signs, so we will know when the time is near. I’ve written before about how the signs predicted in the Scripture have been fulfilled. These include a great increase in the number of dreams and visions that believers have been receiving to warn us, which I’ve also been sharing with you.

But … I recently learned something that suggests The Warning may be coming even sooner than I was thinking. This is not to frighten, but to encourage you. I want all y’all to be fully repented and confessed, so that when He comes, you’ll be among the happy souls who rejoice to see their souls as He sees them.

First off, do you remember how Jesus died for our sins on Preparation Day, was buried during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits, and then, the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles on the Feast of Pentecost? If you don’t already understand the significance of these holy days, please go look them up. It’s awesome stuff! But it would take too long to explain here and would distract from my point, which is simply that God has fulfilled these Feasts.

But there are four more major feast days in the Jewish calendar that He has not fulfilled yet. These include:

  1. The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah, Tishri 1)
  2. The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur, Tishri 10)
  3. The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot, Tishri 15-21)
  4. The Eighth Day (Shmini Atzeret, Tishri 22).

I’m going to focus on the first two.

The Jewish calendar has a seven day week, where the seventh day, the Sabbath, is a day of rest. It also has periods of seven years, where the seventh, or Shemitah, year, is a year of rest for both the people and the land. The Scripture also dictates a special year called a Jubilee. Some folks have argued that we can’t know when the Jubilees happen, because the Jews no longer mark them. But the fact that they do still mark their Shemitah years and that these are easily calculated by dividing the Hebrew year by seven makes it obvious that the Jubilee year was both the 50th and the first of the next Shemitah cycle. This is similar to how we count Sundays as both the eighth day of the previous week and the first day of the next week.

From My Jewish Learning: “According to Maimonides, there is a commandment to consecrate the jubilee year [and to] sound the shofar throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants.” During a Jubilee year, all debts were wiped out and all slaves were set free.

What does this have to do with the End Times? Just that we are currently in the Hebrew Year 5782, which is not only a Shemitah year, but a 49th Shemitah year. The Jubilee year 5783 will begin on Sept 26, 2022. Given the current state of the world and all the signs of the End Times that are already in place, it isn’t much of a stretch to suppose that God has planned this coming Jubilee to be the one where Jesus calls us to be free of all our sin debts and slavery to Satan.

But a Jubilee year is just that … a whole year. Can we narrow it down any? Maybe. The first key is that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the next two Jewish holy days in the calendar for Jesus to fulfill. I know this sounds confusing. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, so why did He start in the middle?

The Jewish calendar actually has two new year days, much like the Catholic calendar does. One is the civil calendar, when the year number goes up by one. For Jews, this is Tishri 1; for Catholics, it’s January 1. The other new year is when the liturgical starts over. For Jews, this is Nisan 1; for Catholics, it’s the First Sunday of Advent. So Jesus’ fulfillment of the holy days during His first coming began in 3793 with the first three holy days of the liturgical calendar. And perhaps His fulfillment of the holy days during His second coming will begin with the first Holy days of the civil calendar.

Jubilee year 5783 will begin on Tishri 1 (Sept. 26, 2022) with the Feast of Trumpets (aka, Rosh Hashanah). From that day until the Day of Atonement (aka, Yom Kippur) on Tishri 10, Jews will focus on examining their consciences, repenting, confessing their sins, and getting right with God. On Yom Kippur (sunset on Oct. 4, 2022 until sunset on Oct. 5, 2022), devout Jews will fast from all food and drink and attend up to five services in synagogue where the prayers will focus on asking God for forgiveness. At the end of the final service, the shofar will sound to mark the end of the Atonement fast.

However, preparation for Yom Kippur will actually begin not ten days before, but almost forty days before, on the first day of Elul, which is the last month of the Hebrew civil calendar. This year, Elul 1 will be on Aug. 28, 2022. The whole month of Elul will be a time of reflection and repentance during which the faithful will spiritually prepare for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In Hebrew, this personal stock-taking is known as cheshbon hanefesh — literally “an accounting of the soul.” Catholics call it “examination of conscience” or “examen.” Also, during Elul, the shofar will be blown every weekday after morning services to rouse the faithful from spiritual complacency.

But wait, you say. Shouldn’t the Feast of Trumpets coincide with the Seven Trumpets of Revelation? Yeah. I don’t know. It is true that there are a whole lot of shofar trumpets throughout the Elul to Yom Kippur period, particularly with the advent of a Jubilee year. But the repentance and conversion themes of the Warning and the weeks of peace afterwards match both the Sixth and Seventh Seals and the Elul through Yom Kippur period very closely. By contrast, when the Seven Trumpets sound, “all hell breaks loose”, which is what the visionaries say we can expect right after the period of peace.

Basically, I don’t know. And I’m not predicting dates or times. I am, however, calling you to enter into a summer of deeper prayer. Download an examination of conscience (link below) and talk with the Lord and your Confessor, if you have one, about where you have failed, where you can improve, where you need to forgive, and where you need forgiveness. Try to pray the Rosary and/or the Divine Mercy Chaplet daily. Get to Mass (or whatever Sunday service you go to). And dive into the Scriptures.

The fact is that none of us knows when we will die and be required to see our souls as God sees them. Whether it’s the Warning or my personal judgment, I want to be as shiny and clean as I can be when that day comes!

P.S., There’s one funny little quibble I want to mention, which is that the period from Elul 1 to Tishri 10 is five and a half weeks long, while Father Rodrigue said the period of peace following the Warning will be six and a half weeks long. Revelation 8:1 says the “silence in Heaven” will last “about half an hour” which in Bible symbolism could just as easily be a little less than or a little more than six weeks. And I recently heard someone else say it would be “40 days” long. Again … I don’t know and I am not predicting dates or times.

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  1. Maureen

    I love your comment about the fact that while you cannot truly predict, you are calling your readers into a summer of deeper prayer. This was just what I needed to read today. Thank you!

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