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Introduction

And He answered and said unto them,
When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather:
for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul
weather today: for the sky is red and lowering.
O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky;
but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
—Matthew 16:2-3


We are living in an epic moment of human history. Judging by events happening in the world around us, most Bible-believing Christians sense that the return of Jesus Christ is very near, “even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33). There is a real stirring taking place within the body of Christ, a tangible expectation that something is about to transpire.
     As in times past, the focus of the entire world has shifted to the Middle East. The State of Israel exists but is surrounded by a culture of people and nations that despise her. Iran (Persia) continues its nuclear ambitions gaining strength and influence throughout the region, while Russia has intervened militarily in Syria and Iraq. NATO ally and Mideast superpower, Turkey—once considered moderately progressive and secular—is embracing its Islamic heritage; an apparent move to position itself on the end-time proverbial chessboard.
    Not long ago, announcements that “Potentially game-changing oil reserves”1 had been discovered in Israel made headlines, reaffirming the controversy over the highly disputed Golan Heights territory. Even now, construction is underway installing the required infrastructure to drill for oil in the 100,000-acre Megiddo-Jezreel Valley. All of this possibly equating to the hook-in-the-jaw that will lead to the Gog of Magog campaign as prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Signs of the Times

The Word of God is full of exhortations to “keep watch” and to “be ready” (see Matthew 25:10; Mark 13:37; Luke 21:36; Revelation 3:2-3). During the time of His earthly ministry, Jesus performed many miracles, signs, and wonders, yet was ridiculed and accused of being a heretic and blasphemer. On one occasion the Pharisees and Sadducees approached Him and asked to see a sign from heaven, to which Jesus responded with the following rebuke: “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:3).

The Olivet Discourse
     The signs of Christ’s return are swirling all around us. A few days before the crucifixion, the disciples asked Jesus one of the most important questions relating to His return, “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3 NIV). Jesus responds by warning of wars and rumors of wars, famines, disease and pestilences, persecution, earthquakes in various places, the sea and waves roaring, and great signs from heaven (see Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21). Some would argue that these calamities have always been present in the world; however, never before have they manifested so collectively, in such numbers, and at a time when the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are back in their ancient homeland.

The Days of Noah
     Christ continues by likening the end of the age to the pre-flood world—a time when men’s thoughts were only evil continually, and the earth was corrupt and filled with violence (Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:5-13). Modern DNA cloning, genetic manipulation, and the current UFO-alien obsession remarkably parallel the Genesis 6 narrative, pointing to the reality that we are indeed experiencing a return to the “days of Noah.”
     Pursuing this further, Christ also indicates the general conditions that will exist on the earth when the church is raptured to heaven. His words describe a world in which life, for the most part, is transpiring as usual.

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.     —Matthew 24:37-39 (NIV)

Luke’s gospel adds:

It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.     —Luke 17:28-30 (NIV)

     The imagery presented in these passages is quite clear. On “the day” Jesus comes to resurrect the dead in Christ and translate living believers into the ark of heaven—the day the church is gathered to “mount Sion, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22-23)—an unsuspecting world will be busy carrying out the daily grind. The tribulation seals (floodgates) will be opened, and for those left behind, the only hope and source of refuge will be in Christ Jesus.

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Humanity continues to race toward the pinnacle of events that will usher in the return of the Lord and launch the planet into “the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10 NKJV). In his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, the apostle Paul writes:

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.     —1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (NKJV)

     Mantras such as “Make America Safe Again” resound throughout the global media. Renewed promises to pursue Mideast peace2, along with continued preparations to build a third Jewish Temple3, are now setting the stage for the final acts in fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Paul continues by reassuring the body of Christ that we are not in darkness concerning the Lord’s return, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day [the day of the Lord] should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4).
     We need to be fully awake, watchful, and aware of the biblical signs pointing to Christ’s return. Doing so will give us a sense of urgency and lead to a boldness in sharing the Gospel as we see God at work in the world around us.

The Final Harbinger

The prophetic revelation shared in The Final Harbinger was meant for none other than our generation. As Scripture clearly teaches, this revelation could have only been given through the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit. First and foremost, I want to acknowledge this and humbly echo the words of the prophet Daniel in giving thanks to God:

Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his…He revealeth the deep and secret things…I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers…for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.

But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes…that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.     —Daniel 2:20-23, 30


The Message

     In short, the word harbinger simply means “sign.”4 As a noun, it refers to anything that foreshadows a future event such as an omen, a portent, or particular sign. In verb form, it means “to herald or announce the arrival of something or someone.” Thus, the essential message of The Final Harbinger can be stated as: “The final sign heralding the return of Jesus Christ.” As mentioned in the preface, this harbinger is none other than the “great wonder in heaven” described by John in the apocalyptic vision of Revelation 12:1-5. To be clear and concise, this passage of Scripture will be referred to as the sign of Revelation 12 throughout this book.

The Sign of Revelation 12
     Most scholars agree that the book of Revelation was written around AD 95. Since that time, the sign of Revelation 12 has predominantly been interpreted as an allegorical depiction of the past. By far the most popular view is that the man-child represents the birth and ascension of Jesus Christ. However, insofar as the book of Revelation is a futuristic book of prophecy, the context of this passage does not adequately reflect the birth, life, ministry, or overall purpose of Christ’s earthly mission. Additionally, neither does the man-child being “snatched up” (Greek: harpazō) in verse 5 (NIV) accurately describe the nature of Christ’s ascension as recorded in Acts 1:9-11.
     Contemporary Bible scholar and theologian, John Campbell, writes:

According to Scofield, the man-child being caught up signifies the ascension of Christ (1341, margin), but here the man-child is caught up to heaven as soon as he is born, which was not the case with Christ.5 To be caught up in verse 5 is to be raptured. After being resurrected prior to the great tribulation, all the overcomers of the past generations will be caught up, raptured, to the throne of God.6

     Notwithstanding the absolute literal interpretation put forth in The Final Harbinger, the idea that the man-child represents something other than Christ Himself—namely the church, or in some cases Christ and His church—is not unfounded. Proponents of such view include: Albert Barnes, Justin Edwards, John Gill, George L. Haydock, Barton W. Johnson, Hanserd Knollys, George H. Lang, Watchman Nee, G.H. Pember, Matthew Poole, Charles G.A. Gibson-Smith, Foy E. Wallace, Daniel Whedon, and L.S. White, to name a few.
     Further, Joseph A. Seiss, one of the nineteenth century’s foremost ministers in the Lutheran Church, had this to say concerning the man-child:

This child is unborn until the period of the end is reached…By this man-child we understand saints begotten of the Holy Ghost, and pervaded with the highest qualities of virtue, courage, self-denial, and strength. They are all conquerors…we see in this Child the collective body of God’s true saints…It is, in fact, their great and glorious Birth into the immortality and everlasting life in glory at the Second Advent of Christ (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:16-17).7

     The Final Harbinger breaks from the allegorical-historical perspective by arguing that the sign of Revelation 12 is not to be understood as representing the birth and ascension of Christ. Rather, there exists a plain and more literal interpretation—one with absolute prophetic and impending consequences.
     With this understood, the first eight chapters of this book summarize over three years of intense biblical study and research into the sign of Revelation 12 and provide scientific, archaeological, and scriptural support for a literal, futuristic interpretation. As a result, substantial evidence is being brought to the forefront which correlates the birth of the man-child with that of the pretribulation rapture of the church. The Final Harbinger concludes that the sign of Revelation 12 is a literal cosmic alignment signaling the second coming of Jesus Christ in much the same manner as the Star of Bethlehem signaled His first.

Signs in the Heavens and On the Earth
     We read in the very first verse of the Bible that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1 NKJV). We also know from Scripture that He is “the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). We should not be surprised, then, to find that the Bible contains two very distinct signs—one in the heavens, and one on the earth—that converge in signaling the time of the end.
     Accordingly, in addition to the “great wonder in heaven,” The Final Harbinger unlocks the greatest mystery known to man—the Great Pyramid of Giza. This earthly representation of the New Jerusalem, along with the Great Sphinx, aligns with the astronomical sign of Revelation 12 in fulfillment of the “altar” and “pillar” spoken of by the prophet Isaiah (19:19-20). Through these prophecies, we are given one New Testament sign in the heavens, and one Old Testament sign on the earth—each bearing witness to and confirming the other. Have no doubt, these signs were created to be joined together like a “lock and key.” Just as Noah and Methuselah preached of the coming flood, or how two witnesses will appear during the tribulation, these two signs are prophetic harbingers indicating the imminent return of Jesus Christ for the church.

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A Word On “Date-Setting”

As indicated in the subtitle, the sign of Revelation 12—that is, the literal astronomic alignment of sun, moon, and stars described by John—will occur in the skies over Jerusalem during the upcoming Jewish Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah, September 21–23, 2017). Given this revelation, assuredly there will be those who view The Final Harbinger as yet another attempt to predict the exact timing of Christ’s return. Let me be clear: Christ’s return is imminent and could take place at any minute. In an effort to address this issue more thoroughly, I offer the following considerations:


  1. An astronomical alignment matching the described sign of Revelation 12 will occur during the Feast of Trumpets in 2017 (the 70th celebration of such feast since the autumn of 1948). Aside from this scientific fact, The Final Harbinger never proposes an exact day or hour for the Lord’s return. In this regard, the Scriptures are upheld in the most literal sense.

  2. Before passing judgment or reaching any conclusions, I would caution each reader to prayerfully consider the vast amount of scriptural and prophetic revelation presented in this book, particularly that of the first eight chapters.

  3. Consider the scriptural truth that God is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV). In addition, we should bear in mind the prophetic principal, “that which has been is what will be” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV). In respect to these, recall that Israel was told exactly when to expect the Messiah as part of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks prophecy. The first sixty-nine weeks were fulfilled when Christ’s rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. In contrast, the Seventieth Week will conclude when Christ, once again, returns to Jerusalem. This time, however, He will be riding a white stallion. Similarly, the church has been given a timeline prophecy—the parable of the fig tree—which speaks of the lifespan of a final generation (see Matthew 24:32-35). These are parallel prophecies both centering around the number seventy (see Daniel 9:24; Psalm 90:10).

  4. Past predictions concerning Christ’s return have typically been based on one individual’s interpretation of Scripture, certain calculations, and creative speculation. William Miller (1844), Edgar Whisenant (1988), and Harold Camping (1994/2011) are three individuals who come to mind. The sign of Revelation 12 is completely different. How so? Simply put: the sign of Revelation 12 was ordained by God the Father at creation, concealed by God the Father in the “Book of Truth”, and revealed by God the Father to a glorified Jesus Christ after His ascension back to heaven (see Genesis 1:14; Luke 21:11, 25; Isaiah 46:10; Daniel 10:21; 12:4, 9; Matthew 24:36; John 16:15; Revelation 1:1; 5:7).

  5. The sign of Revelation 12 is not based on my or any one person’s private interpretation, speculation, or “cracked” secret Bible code. It results from a plain and literal reading of a passage of Scripture—from the book of Revelation no less—that has been right in front of us for over nineteen hundred years now. Over the last three to four years, I have watched the information, excitement, and anticipation of this sign spread throughout the body of Christ like wildfire. Believers all around the globe are talking about and sharing the revelation of this sign in the sun, moon, and stars. The wise virgins are waking to the sound of the “midnight cry” (Matthew 25:6).

  6. I fully believe the revelation that will be shared has been received and made known by the Holy Spirit (see John 16:13). In fact, I was given a word by a complete stranger in early 2016 who stated: “I am an intercessor, and the Lord just told me to tell you what you are working on is anointed.” As such, I am fully aware of the consequences (both to God and my fellow man) and take full responsibility for the information presented in The Final Harbinger.


     With the many Scriptures that speak of signs in the heavens, along with the precedent established by the Star of Bethlehem, approaching the sign of Revelation 12 from a literal perspective should be considered the normal hermeneutic rather than not. Respected author and prophecy expert, Ron Rhodes, strongly supports a literal approach to interpreting Scripture, stating:

By rebuking those who did not interpret the resurrection literally, Jesus indicated the literal interpretation of the Old Testament was the correct one (Matthew 22:29-32). Jesus’s use of Scripture constitutes one of the most convincing evidences that Scripture ought to be interpreted literally.8

     It’s unfortunate that such a definitive allegorical interpretation of Revelation 12:1-5 has been etched into our mindset. Then again, scholars and expositors of the past were not afforded the technological achievements we have in this modern age (see Daniel 12:4). In respect to this, never before have we been able to understand “the revelation of Jesus Christ” in such a real and profound manner (Revelation 1:1).
     After receiving and interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, the prophet Daniel stated: “there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known…what shall be in the latter days” (Daniel 2:28). As we consider the sign of Revelation 12, it is through the eyes of the apostle John that a similar declaration from the prophet Amos is realized:

For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.     —Amos 3:7 (ESV)

     As we continue, I pray that God will instill upon each reader a sense of clarity, a spirit of discernment, and the wisdom of Daniel through the anointing power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Notes:

1. Paul Alster, “Potentially game-changing oil reserves discovered in Israel,” Fox News, October 2015,
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/10/07/potentially-game-changing-oil-reserves-discovered-in-israel.html.

2. S.A. Miller, “Trump brings ‘art of the deal’ to Middle East peace negotiations,” The Washington Times, February 15, 2017,
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/15/trump-brings-art-deal-middle-east-negotiations.

3. TempleInstitute.org, “Blueprints for the Holy Temple,” http://www.templeinstitute.org/blueprints-for-the-holy-temple.htm.

4. Dictionary.com, “harbinger,” http://www.dictionary.com/browse/harbinger.

5. John Campbell, Affirmation & Critique, Volume XI, No. 2 (Living Stream Ministries, October 2006), s.v. “The Rapture of the Saints (1),” 83.
Available online at http://www.affcrit.com/pdfs/2006/02/06_02_wr.pdf.

6. Ibid., 84.

7. J.A., excerpt from The Apocalypse: Lectures on the book of Revelation, s.v. “The Manchild,” http://www.themillennialkingdom.org.uk/TheManchild.htm.

8. Ron Rhodes, The End Times in Chronological Order: A Complete Overview to Understanding Bible Prophecy (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2012), 17.