Jack Kelley on End Times (1 of 3) In honor of Feast of Trumpets this week-end.

Rapture Fear

Q. I have been reading with much interest your comments on the rapture and I also, like many of your subscribers, for some reason fear it. I am born again, but have doubts that I will be raptured and fear that I will be left behind. I also am a husband and father of 3 boys who are not believers. I can’t tell you how sick I feel over the fact that my family will be left behind to face the horrors spelled out in the scriptures. I pray constantly for them, (and try to witness to them) hoping that they will escape our Fathers wrath, but it just does not seem likely that this will happen.
A very large part of me wishes to be left behind to take care of my family, knowing that I may possibly bring them to faith during the tribulation.  Having an understanding of the tribulation and what will take place,  I also know that we would more than likely have to be martyred. (I also know that it’s God that saves and not me).
I am in constant prayer about this, but I don’t seem to be receiving any solace, peace or answers concerning this from our Father in heaven. Quite honestly as a Christian, I am not finding the joy of being one that I so desperately seek which now brings me back full circle as to whether or not I will be raptured or if I am even saved for that matter. I know and believe with all my heart that we are very close. I believe that Jesus just told the angel to put the trumpet to his lips, we’re just waiting for that trumpet blast signaling our going home. Any advice or comforting thoughts?
A. In Rev. 10:8-9 John is told to take a scroll on which the coming judgments were apparently written and eat it.  He’s told that while it will taste sweet in his mouth, it will turn bitter in his stomach.  This is a model of how we view prophecy.  When it’s a long way off or when we’re focused on the end result we can agree it’s a desirable thing and look forward to it.  But when we’re up close and personal, some of the things that have to happen to make it come true are enough to make us sick to our stomach.
There are two things I’m sure of.  If you’re born again, you will go in the rapture.   And the best way to to save your family is through prayer.  Don’t give up on your family.  God doesn’t want any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 peter 3:10) Even now He’s knocking on the door to their heart (Rev. 3:20)  All that’s left is for them to respond, and your prayers can help.

The Day And Hour Of The Rapture

I have been looking through a lot of rapture web sites lately and some of the stuff I read is pretty “out” there. Date predictions abound but … do you think it’s possible to know the date or predict it with any accuracy?
Q. I have been looking through a lot of rapture web sites lately and some of the stuff I read is pretty “out” there. Date predictions abound but all that has done for me is cause disappointment and discouragement since they are always wrong. My question for you is do you think it’s possible to know the date or predict it with any accuracy? Considering Jesus’ statement that we cannot know the day or the hour, do you think Jesus was speaking about the rapture or His second coming? Forgive me if I’m being a pest. I’ll bet you have had this question before.
A. I do not believe it’s even remotely possible to predict the date of the Rapture because I believe it will happen when the Church reaches its predetermined number, not when our calendar reaches a predetermined date. In other words, there is no predetermined date, at least on Earth. My authority for this is Romans 11:25
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
The phrase “full number” was a nautical term describing the number of crewmen legally required for a ship to set sail. The phrase “come in” means to arrive at a pre-determined destination. Paul was hinting that on the day and hour the Church reaches its full complement, we’ll be launched toward our pre-determined destination, regardless of the date on the calendar. Some days I can almost feel the excitement and anticipation of those in Heaven as they watch the counter steadily click upward toward that “full” number.
It’s interesting that Jesus said we wouldn’t know the day or hour four times in the Olivet Discourse, but each time He was talking about the 2nd Coming. (Matt. 24:36, 42- 44, & 50, and Matt. 25:13)
It’s easy to calculate the end of the Great Tribulation. It’s 1260 days after the Abomination of Desolation appears. But apparently there’s an unknown period of time between the end of the Great Tribulation and the 2nd Coming when all that’s visible in the sky is the sign of the Son of Man, not the Lord Himself. (Matt. 24:30)
The connection of that phrase to the Rapture probably originated with an incorrect interpretation of these verses from Matt. 24-25, attributing them to the Rapture instead of the 2nd Coming.


 (# Many Bible Scholars avoid setting dates and try not to discuss the Feast of Trumpets...usually from a previous diappointment, My personal timetable could not start yearly till 2007 onward and yearly looking for the Lord daily but especially annually during ten days from Feast of Trumpets to Day of Atonement most time tables don't go beyond 2022 and most a whole lot sooner)

Q. I am so disappointed!  Since there was no rapture on rosh hashanah, even tho everything seemed to point to it with the eclipses, what do we wait for now?  Does that mean there is no chance for 2008?  What is the next date you guys think it points to?  I want to cry…I was SOOO hopeful!
A. You were misled by well intentioned people who haven’t done their homework.  There was nothing that pointed to the Rapture on Rosh Hashanah of 2008, and there will never be anything that points to any date.  The Rapture will happen on a day and hour that no one could have predicted in advance.
As for any other chance in 2008, every day carries an equal probability of the rapture, since there’s no day on which it can’t happen.  In other words it could just as easily happen today as any other day.  All any one can tell you with any certainty is that it’ll likely happen soon.

2012, A Very Good Year?

If I’m correct you said in an article that it is possible the sixth seal and prophecy concerning Dec 21,2012 could be one and the same. This will be 4 years away this December. If so, that would make the Rapture very very soon. What do you think?
Q. In reviewing what one website has said about December 21,2012 I found an interesting statement.
“It looks like this gravitational cosmic tsunami could cause the sun to scorch the earth. That means that the only immediate survivors would be people in the underground cities, caves, and submarines.”
If I’m correct you said in an article that it is possible the sixth seal and prophecy concerning Dec 21,2012 could be one and the same. This will be 4 years away this December. If so, that would make the Rapture very very soon. What do you think?
A. I’ve speculated on the possibility of the Magnetic Polar Reversal predicted for 2012 being the fulfillment of the 6th Seal judgment of Rev. 6 based on scientific descriptions of what it could cause to happen. I believe Dec. 21, 2012 is actually the last day on the Mayan Calendar, which I mentioned in the same article as something else predicted for that year.
Scorching the earth like that would be an extreme outcome that in my opinion is more likely to happen in Rev. 16:8, the 4th Bowl judgment. But yes, if the Polar reversal fulfillsRev. 6 then the Rapture is very near and within the earliest parameters of my 2018-2037 window for all end times prophecies to be fulfilled.

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More 2012 Follow Up

Q. You have become one of my favorite people to read.  Your article on 8/29-2012…The End Of The World was both exciting and scary. I thought you tempered it well, as you always do, so I am not going to sit on the roof in 2012, but I had a thought this morning that raised a question.

If Rev. 6:12-14 were to be fulfilled in 2012 and the sixth seal was broken, I am wondering how the time line would fit with Ezekiel 39:9-10, where Israel would be seven years using the fuel from the Gog-Magog war. Since the tribulation will be only seven years, and so many other things have to happen during that time, do you see that everything could fit into these next three years, and still allow time for Israel to have the seven years to burn that fuel? I had the idea that this war would occur before the last week of Daniel, and that we would be into that week by the time the sixth seal was broken.I am not challenging your article, rather I am always looking to see ways that these prophecies could be fulfilled. I would appreciate your insights.
A. I believe the seven years Israel spends burning the weapons from the Battle of Ezekiel will transpire during Daniel’s 70th week.  But remember in my article I said I wasn’t trying to tie any of the 2012 events to specific prophecies but rather show the similarity between Bible prophecy and secular prediction.
That said, I have speculated in the past on the probability that the dual magnetic polar reversal could indeed fulfill the 6th seal judgment.  In that case, then Daniel’s 70th week would have to have begun prior to that time.  From my understanding of Matt. 24:34and Psalm 90:10 it appears that all end time events including the 2nd coming will have to happen by around 2018.  If so then the 2012 time for the 6th seal is a realistic approximation.





Seven Feasts Series (1A) (Overview) Could this weekend be the Rapture? Feast of Trumpets


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Seven Feasts Series (1a) 
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Could this weekend be the Rapture?
Seven Feasts Series (1a)


How did Jesus fulfill the meanings of the Jewish feasts?






 Jesus fulfill Jewish feasts

Question: "How did Jesus fulfill the meanings of the Jewish feasts?"

Answer: 
The way in which Jesus fulfilled the Jewish feasts is a fascinating study. In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish prophet Amos records that God declared He would do nothing without first revealing it to His servants, the Prophets (Amos 3:7). From the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, God provides picture after picture of His entire plan for mankind and one of the most startling prophetic pictures is outlined for us in the Jewish Feasts of Leviticus 23.

The Hebrew word for feasts (moadim) literally means "appointed times." God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story. The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at set times appointed by God. They are still celebrated by observant Jews today. But for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.

The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks) and they all have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament. The final three holidays (Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.

Many Bible scholars and commentators believe that these fall feasts have not yet been fulfilled by Jesus. However, the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) for all believers in Jesus Christ is that they most assuredly will. As the four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day in connection with Christ's first coming, these three fall feasts, it is believed by many, will likewise be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord's second coming.

In a nutshell, here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel:

1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah's sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus' body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah's resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the "first fruits from the dead."

4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's great sermon and his first proclamation of the Gospel.

5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:52).

6) Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they "look upon Him whom they have pierced," repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-625-36).

7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this feast day points to the Lord's promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).

Should Christians celebrate these Levitical feast days of Israel today? Whether or not a Christian celebrates the Jewish feast days would be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Christians are not bound to observe the Jewish feasts the way an Old Testament Jew was, but we should not criticize another believer who does or does not observe these special days and feasts (Romans 14:5).

While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming. As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.
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In the Series. I will try to summarize "key elements"

  1. God fulfilled prophecy with Jesus
  2. Jesus fulfilled four feast exactly.
  3. Three Feasts have not been fulfilled.
  4. Some think the Feast of Trumpets is the "rapture" feast.







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The Feasts of Israel

Copyright © Tim Warner






In order to understand the significance of the Jewish feasts, we must comprehend their purpose and timing. The most complete description of the feasts is found in Leviticus 23. 





Each of the feasts have both a historic and prophetic significance. They celebrate a historical event in Israel's past, but also are a prophecy of future events which have been, or will be, fulfilled. 


The first four feasts were fulfilled by Jesus Christ during the actual celebration of those feast days. The last three will be fulfilled at His second coming. The feasts are as follows:


1. Passover: [Ex. 12:1-14 & Lev. 23:4,5] On the 10th day of the first month, Nisan, [roughly equivalent to April on our calendar], every family of Israel was to take a lamb, without blemish, and separate it from the flock. On the evening of the 14th the Passover lamb was killed, cooked, and eaten during the night. The blood was applied on the door posts and lintel. 


This feast celebrates the Exodus from Egypt. But, like all of the feasts, it also has a prophetic meaning. It looked forward to the sacrifice of the "Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." This was clearly demonstrated by Paul when he wrote, "For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us." [1 Cor. 5:7]. Not only did Jesus fulfill this feast symbolically, but also quite literally. On the 10th of Nisan, Palm Sunday, Jesus rode down the mount of Olives on a colt. He was crucified four days later on Passover.


2. Unleavened Bread: [Lev. 23:6-8] The day following Passover, the 15th of Nisan, began the feast of Unleavened bread. This feast covered seven days, from the 15th to the 21st of Nisan. The first and last days, [15th & 21st], were "High Sabbath" days, although they do not necessarily fall on the weekly Sabbath. "High Sabbath" days are mandatory rest days which occur during some feast days. They are identified in Lev. 23:7, 8, 21, 24, 27, 28, 32, 35, 36, 39. Just as with the weekly Sabbath, the day before any "High Sabbath" is a "preparation day." 


This means Passover, the 14th, is also the "preparation day" for the "High Sabbath" on the 15th, [see: John 18:28, 19:14,31]. The feast of Unleavened Bread celebrates the journey of the children of Israel through the wilderness, when God fed them with manna from heaven and supplied water out of the rock. This feast was fulfilled by Jesus during the Feast of Unleavened Bread when He said, "I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." [John 6:51]. Jesus was crucified on Passover. His body [His flesh] was laid in the tomb just before sunset, when the "High Sabbath" of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began. His body laid in the tomb for the first three days of this feast, from the 15th through the 17th of Nisan.


3. Firstfruits: [Lev. 23:9-14] During the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread fell a Sunday. In the year of the crucifixion, Sunday fell on the 18th of Nisan, three days after Jesus was put in the tomb. On this Sunday, called the Feast of Firstfruits, each Israelite family brought a single bundle of barley to the Temple. The priest would then wave it before the Lord. This bundle represented the very first of the harvest. It was gathered at the beginning of the harvest and given to the Lord. Jesus fulfilled this feast as well. He rose from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits. 


The Apostle Paul said, "But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that slept."..."For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order, Christ the firstfruits, afterward they that are Christ's at his coming." [1 Cor. 15:20,23]. The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee of our resurrection.


4. Pentecost: [Lev. 23:15-21] From the feast of Firstfruits, the Jews were to count seven Sabbaths, [49 days]. The Sunday following the seventh Sabbath, was the Feast of Pentecost, [which means "fiftieth"]. This feast commemorated the giving of the Law to Moses on Mt. Sinai. On that day God himself came down in a cloud on Mt. Sinai in fire and smoke and a blast of God's trumpet, to establish His covenant with His people. This feast was also a prophecy of the coming of the New Covenant which was consummated on the same day, the Day of Pentecost, with a mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire and miraculous demonstrations of the Holy Ghost. Even though the disciples were trained by Jesus for their task of world evangelism, Jesus instructed them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit which came on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost.

The first four feasts were fulfilled by Jesus both symbolically and literally at His first coming. The last three will be fulfilled by Jesus at His second coming. Since the first four feasts were fulfilled on the very days God commanded His people to celebrate them, it is reasonable to conclude that the remaining three feasts will also be fulfilled on the actual feast days as well.


5. Feast of Trumpets: [Lev. 23:23-25] God commanded Israel to keep a "High Sabbath" on the first day of the seventh month, by blowing a series of trumpets. Although the Scripture does not specify what this feast represents, it possibly looked forward to the fall of Jericho. In the days of Joshua, they were instructed to march around the city of Jericho seven days. Each day the trumpets were blown by the priests, but the people kept silent. On the last day, they marched around the city seven times with the seven priests blowing seven trumpets. When the last trumpet sounded, the people raised a great shout, and the walls of the city fell flat. Is it a coincidence that Paul said we will be raised at the "last trumpet?" [1 Cor. 15:54]. Is it also a coincidence that at the rapture there will be a great "shout?" [1 Thes. 4:16].


6. The Day of Atonement: [Lev. 23:26-32] The Feast of Trumpets is followed by ten days called by modern Jews, "the days of awe." This is a time of national repentance for Israel. The 10th day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. On this day the priest entered the Holy of Holies into the presence of God to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. The Passover clearly represents personal salvation, [each family had their own lamb, and celebrated Passover at home]. But the Day of Atonement represents national salvation for Israel. Only one sacrifice was offered for the whole nation. The Bible makes it clear that at the second coming of Christ, the surviving Jews will look upon Christ and be saved in a day. [cf. Zech. 12:9,10 & 13:1, Rom. 11:25-27, Rev. 1:7] If there is any day on the Jewish calendar which is a prophecy of the second coming of Christ to overthrow the world kingdoms and deliver His people Israel, this is it.


7. The Feast of Tabernacles: [Lev. 23:33-43] Five days after the Day of Atonement is the Feast of Tabernacles. From the 15th to the 22nd of the seventh month was a time of the greatest rejoicing. It was the festival of all festivals. Israel was commanded to build tents [tabernacles] and live in them during the feast days. This commemorated how God brought them out of Egypt, through the wilderness into the promised land. Secondly, they were to cut off branches of palm trees and wave them, rejoicing before the Lord. Even the Jews today recognize that the Feast of Tabernacles looks forward to the Kingdom of the Messiah. Zechariah 14:16-21 states clearly that after Christ sets up His Kingdom the people will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles as a yearly memorial. 


Also, Revelation 7:9-17 describes the saints who have come through the "great tribulation." This scene takes place at the inauguration of Christ's Kingdom. It depicts a grand celebration with the saints waving "palm branches." Why are they waving palm branches? Obviously they are celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles. The marriage supper will likely take place during this feast, [Isa. 25:6-8].


There is another day that is celebrated by Israel, Channukah. It begins 75 days after the Day of Atonement [the 25th day of the ninth month - or in our December] and lasts for 8 days. Channukah is not mentioned in the Old Testament, because it began to be celebrated during the period between the Old Testament and New Testament. Basically, it is a celebration of the cleansing of the Temple after the Jews defeated Antoichus Epiphanies. Antiochus was a Syrian King who invaded Jerusalem, defiled the Temple by placing an image of Zeus in the Temple, and offering a pig on the altar. He persecuted the Jewish people terribly, and they began a gorilla resistance against him. Eventually, they recaptured Jerusalem, and immediately set about to cleanse the Temple. So, in essence, this is the celebration of the cleansing and rededication of the Temple to God. It is referred to one time in the New Testament, where Jesus was present in Jerusalem for Channukah.


John 10:22-23
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
(KJV)

That Channukah is always 75 days after The Day of Atonement may be related to an interesting prophecy in Daniel.
Dan 12:12
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
(KJV)

1,335 days is exactly 75 days more than the 1260 days that Antichrist will reign. So, if the Antichrist is destroyed on the Day of Atonement, then the extra 75 days lands us directly on the first day of Channukah. It seems likely this has to do with the rededication of the Millennial Temple, from which Christ will rule.

Since Jesus fulfilled the first four feasts on the actual feast days, we can conclude that He will fulfill the last three in the same manner. This means that the battle of Armageddon will likely be on the Day of Atonement, the 10th day of the seventh month. Could the rapture be the same day? Or, could it be perhaps 10 days earlier on the Feast of Trumpets? 



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In the Series. I will try to summarize "key elements"
  1. God had a historical and purpose for the Feast Days
  2. God used exact timetables to fulfill his Feast Days
  3. There is agreement on what some of the future feasts mean
  4. Though Channukah IS NOT A GOD GIVEN Feast Day there are interesting facts possible about its purpose or design.


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We are Commanded to Lift up Holy Hands.
We are Commanded to Pray always.
We are commanded to set aside time to pray.


Last Feast of Trumpets, during Rosh Hashanah
I was helping plant a church.

I asked the people to write down the names of people who they knew and wanted Salvation for. That they would know Jesus and Choose to Follow Him.

Each Night from 10:00pm pst to 2:00pm pst I asked for volunteers to join me in prayer, to pray for the salvation of the Jewish People as a whole first, then to pray for each name on the list.

The First Night, I lit a seven branched menorah discouraged as no one had turned in any names of the little form I made. I prayed anyways. 

I was greatly surprised for I had prayed in the Mens Prayer Watch at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa with those Men who stood by night in the house of the Lord praying over every single prayer request sent or called in. It was a draining very very powerful time for me and others I met there.

This Prayer Watch, alone, for the Salvation of Jew and Gentile alike, when many believe the Rapture will Occur some time between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, moved me in ways I was shocked to encounter, though Jesus and I do have intimate moments and I have seen more than My share of miracles.

This was more. This was Holy. This was God, this felt like the Father.

The next day, Pastor Bob gave me the Prayer requests filled out on the "little menorah" forms he had forgotten to give me.

I cried when I got alone....added together there were forty.

I sent all the names to a friend in Jerusalem. He and I prayed each night for those souls listed. He and I, as far as know, are the only ones who prayed all ten days as no one else came.

Will you let me Pray for You?
Will you let me be the One to Stand these ten days?

The First Day it is said God writes names in the Book Of Life, and for ten days he considers them.
On The Tenth Day, Yom Kippur, He seals them for another year.

Some Jews think what occurs that year, was already written that first day and revised by our prayers those ten days.

I will Pray. I will pray 10:00pm pst to 2:00 am pst. I will pray that God write the names of those sent to me for Him to write in the Lambs Book of Life.

Will you let me Pray for you Unsaved loved ones?

Send to mrnetbizness@gmail.com

They will be prayed for and sent to a friend in Jerusalem who will put them in the Western Wall, thew Wailing Wall and will pray.

Can we serve you this way?
Send the names (just first names) and WE WILL PRAY.

I will Pray the Lord for these loved ones of yours that they be saved.

Michael James Stone

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