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We got back last night from the St. Louis conference. Other than being a little tired from all of the late-night fellowship, followed by the long drive home, we are doing well.
This was the largest conference that we have ever held up to this time. There were over 270 people there, including many children and young people. I recall that in 1996 there were about 160 people who came to Minneapolis for our Tabernacles conference. Most conferences have had about 100-130 attendees.
The sessions will be posted online for all to view. I will let you know when they are posted. The meaning and purpose for meeting in St. Louis near the Gateway Arch was discussed during these sessions. You can get the full story when the sessions are posted.
My second teaching was given on Saturday afternoon (the Day of Atonement). I showed the importance of that day, because it was 15 years since the Day of Atonement in 1996. Recall from two weeks ago that I wrote about the significance of Sept. 23. It was the 15th anniversary of the Jubilee declaration on Sept. 23, 1996, which turned the clock back 10 years and gave "Hezekiah" a 15-year extension of life.
The first endpoint of Hezekiah's extension arrived on Sept. 23, 2011, according to the solar calendar. However, going by the Hebrew calendar, we see a second important endpoint. From the Day of Atonement in 1996 to the Day of Atonement in 2011 was 15 years on Hebrew time. For this reason October 8, 2011 was the date of Hezekiah's death at the end of 15 years from Sept. 23, 1996.
The two endpoints on each calendar provide us with a double witness to establish this time period. We then moved fully into a new realm of authority. Even as Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, took the throne after his father died, so also did we take the throne in some prophetic way. Manasseh was a prophesied type of the Remnant (2 Kings 19:30, 31).
The problem is that Manasseh was the most wicked king that Judah ever had. How could he be a type of the Remnant? The key is in the fact that Manasseh came to the throne TWICE. The first time he was a wicked king, and God sent him into a Babylonian captivity (2 Chron. 33:11). While in the Babylonian dungeon, Manasseh repented, and so God caused the Babylonians to reinstate him on his throne in Jerusalem (2 Chron. 33:13).
It is this SECOND enthronement that fulfills the type that we are now seeing. Scripture does not tell us how long Manasseh was in the Babylonian dungeon. However, when we look at what has been happening in our own time, we understand that its modern counterpart is 18 years (1993-2011). 18 is the biblical number for bondage and oppression.
Essentially, our modern Babylonian captivity which began in 1913-14 with the Federal Reserve Act should have ended in 1993-94 after 70 + 10 years. The biblical pattern was a 70-year captivity, which was extended by the Hezekiah Factor for another 10 years. So in November of 1993 we engaged in the Jubilee Prayer Campaign, appealing to the throne of God for deliverance from Babylon.
What we did not know was that there was another Babylonian captivity from 1993-2011 to take into account Manasseh's captivity. It is like there have been TWO Babylonian captivities running consecutively. This second one allowed for the 13-year Jubilee Prayer Campaign (1993-2006), as well as the 15-year extension of Hezekiah's life (1996-2011).
It is quite complex, to be sure, but this was the revelation that I was given as I awoke on the morning of October 8.
I know that God always has purpose in any increase in spiritual authority. It is certain that this increase is necessary in order to do a particular work in the days ahead. I do not know yet the nature of that work. It may involve spiritual warfare, as we saw in 2001. Or it may be just the authority to conduct the Open Door Ministry that is opening before us now. Time will tell.