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Annual Introduction - AM 5979 (29 September 2019 - 18 September 2020)

Shalom Aleichem and welcome to the Issachar B7D Fellowship!

Sunset today (Sunday, 29 September 2019) marks the beginning of a Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah - "head of the year") with the blowing of the Shofar (Ram's horn) to commemorate the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah - "Day of Trumpets"). More importantly, this Feast is prophetic of Christ's return at the Last Trumpet.

If we go by the official Jewish calendar, we are entering the Hebrew year AM 5780 (AM or Anno Mundi means year after Creation - meaning we are entering the 5780th year after Creation), but if we take into account the possibility that there are 165 missing years in this calendar (which I have covered in my study here), then this brings us much closer to the end of the Sixth Millennium at AM 5945. In my own study, where I have based my dates on the chronology of people and events in the Bible, we are even nearer at AM 5979 before Christ returns to usher in His Millennial Sabbath Rule as symbolized by the Seventh Day of the original Creation account.

Looking back, the Issachar B7D journey started three years earlier in May 2016 with a prophetic word that the Lord released in His Kairos or appointed time, a word that I was commissioned to write down. Although I didn't know then when or where it would end, God knew and in His Kairos exactly two years later, in May 2018, I finished putting down all that was needed to be said and the full B7D materials can be found here in my website. It was only recently that I realized how prophetic God's timing was. God ensured that I finished putting down His word for His people in the year that Israel celebrated 70 years of nationhood since its rebirth in May 1948. It is my personal belief and deep conviction that God's final countdown started from that Kairos moment, meaning that some of us will live to witness Christ's return.

Since then, I have put up short Youtube podcasts - each lasting just a few minutes - every first and fifteenth day of the month to unpack the word that the Lord has for His people to prepare this final generation for His soon return. We are now slightly past the halfway mark in my series of podcasts, which will end just before we enter into the next Jewish New Year in September 2020. From then on, I hope to faithfully repeat my series of podcasts every Sabbath or Friday evening, completing each cycle of the entire Issachar B7D message according to the cycle of the Jewish year, year after year after year, so as to keep the flame of God's Truth alive even as the world grows darker.

I guess time will tell if I heard my Lord correctly or am I merely deluded. Like the men of Issachar, we are called to understand the times and know what we should do. For my wife and I, we have chosen to start realigning our lives to what we believe is God's Rhema for His people today, and that means recognizing and seizing every opportunity for fellowship now as God's means of preparing His people to encourage and support one another when the storms and trials eventually come until we see our Lord return in His glory or until He calls us home.

"Let us not neglect meeting together ... but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

- Hebrews 10:25

God bless you,

Stephen & Wei Ling Lim

Song credit - Yamma Ensemble

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