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Yesterday we received a significant revelation: "Elijah has ascended."
Recall that from April 12, 2009 to July 15, 2010 we saw the first eight miracle-signs of Elisha come to pass before our eyes. They were the first half of the 16 signs, and they equaled the mantle of Elijah, who did just 8 miracle-signs. Elisha got the double portion, so he ended up with 16 and not just eight.
After seeing the first 8 come to pass on a regular pattern, it seemed that the bottom fell out. The pattern ended last year, and we have waited to see the manifestation of the 9th sign, which goes beyond Elijah into the double portion of Elisha. This 9th sign, we believe, is the revaluation of the Iraqi dinar, the multiplication of the "bread" in 2 Kings 4:42-44.
During the past year, instead of seeing the continuation of the Elisha signs, we have observed an interim period in which Elijah's climactic work on earth was re-enacted in prophetic ways. Perhaps "re-enacted" is too strong a term. We saw HINTS and SIGNS of the work of Elijah. On Dec. 2, 2010 there was a huge fire on Mount Carmel at the place where Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Baal. That event was the climax of Elijah's ministry before turning it over to Elisha.
In January, we received the revelation that January was to be a "Passover" month. Passover is the first month on the Hebrew calendar, but we were to watch the first month on our Gregorian calendar. We saw Pharaoh (Hosni Mubarak of Egypt) begin to fall on January 14, or 1/14 (Passover).
We later saw signs that the other feast days were manifesting in subsequent months. In July we saw types of the autumn feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles). These, too, speak into the Elijah patterns, as I explained in chapter 6 of The Laws of the Second Coming.
Elijah's 7-day prayer for rain (1 Kings 18:43) prophesied patterns of the 7 days of Tabernacles, followed by the "rain" of the Holy Spirit on the 8th day (along with the harpazo of Elijah in outrunning the chariots of Ahab).
So on July 15-22, we finished this 7-day prayer for "rain," and on July 27 we saw the ascension of Elijah. An old friend of ours with the mantle of Elijah "ascended" (died) in the midst of prophetic signs of ascension.
This all suggests that the mantle of Elijah has now fully fallen upon Elisha, who is ready to carry us into the double portion work. It suggests that the 9th sign of Elisha is now fully ready to come to pass in the progression from 9-16.
This comes just as we are nearing the 21-year "Time of Jacob's trouble" (or "distress") since Iraq first invaded Kuwait on the night of August 2, 1990. The subsequent UN sanctions imposed on Iraq on August 6 and 9, 1990 caused the dinar to crash to near worthlessness. The Iraqi dinar has scraped the bottom ever since that time, awaiting its revaluation with the full removal of those UN sanctions.
News events show that this time is now drawing near.
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 has a significant history behind it. That war was fomented by Apollyon, the Prince of Persia, who is the regional spiritual archprince behind events in the Middle East. We fought against him on August 2 and 3, 1988 to take him captive temporarily (as a stop-gap measure). We had to release him a year later on the night of August 2/3, 1989. A year after that, the war with Kuwait broke out (August 2/3, 1990).
A fuller account of this can be found in chapter 7 of The Wars of the Lord.
In Daniel 10 the prophet fasted for 21 days, not realizing until later that the message (revelation) being sent to him was being delayed by the Prince of Persia (Dan. 10:2, 10-13). Hence the "Time of Jacob's Trouble" is directly associated with the Prince of Persia. The prophet may have had to wait for 21 YEARS, had he not fasted, because fasting compresses Time. In this situation, Time was compressed from 21 years to just 21 days. A similar compression occurred when Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, which compressed 40 years into just 40 days. (By contrast, Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness in their time of testing.)
In our current situation, we were not led to fast for 21 days in 1990, as God intended for this to play out over 21 years. But we have now finally reached the end of that 21-year cycle. It appears that Iraq's "Time of trouble" is ending, at least insofar as the war-effects are concerned.
The bottom line is that we now have some significant watch dates for the near future. August 2, 3, 6, and 9 are the main ones in regard to Iraq, the UN sanctions, and the revaluation of the dinar. Also, August 22-24 may be important, since it has "barley" implications. Since the 9th sign of Elisha was about multiplying the barley, this may prove to be the most important watch date this next month.
August 22-24, 2008 was when the Pinehaven conference was held just north of Minneapolis. It was the conference where the tithe from a barley harvest was distributed. Some of it was used on October 16, 2008, as people sowed barley and prophesied along Interstate 40 on the way to the Sweetwater conference that week end. When I heard what had happened, it told me that the Elisha ministry could not begin until the following April when the barley was ripe.
Thus, on April 12, 2009, the barley was ripe, and the Elisha ministry was prophesied. The first eight signs of Elisha then began to manifest. As I said earlier, these climaxed on July 9-15, 2010, at which time we entered an interim period that saw the climax of Elijah's ministry. That now appears to have reached its apex on July 27, 2011, and unless there is more that we are unaware of, we ought to see the resumption of the Elisha signs soon.