|The Story Behind the Story
"Whether you believe in the Rapture or not the moral is the same!"
Do whatever you need to do to assure that you have a relationship with God through his Son, Jesus Christ. You will be there in heaven with all the saints forever. Do not be like the rest of the world and accept a manmade religion. Don't find yourself working all your life to keep certain religious disciplines, only to realize after your death that you have missed the mark. You can never be good enough. You cannot save yourself through religious works. The only way is God's way. Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life. Accept him and live, reject him for man's religion and die.
This is how the book came to be. I went to bed one night, and my mind and spirit went into high gear. I could not go to sleep. I did not sleep the whole nightlong. The story unfolded in my mind from start to finish. I asked God to please let me fall asleep, but the words kept coming. I said, "God if you want me to write this story, don't let me forget it."
The next morning, I was so excited about the beauty of the story that I decided to put the fact that God wanted me to write it to the test. I would not forget it if that was what God wanted me to do. I tried to forget it and waited over a two weeks, but I could not get it out of my mind. I decided that the only way I was going to get it out of my mind was to write it down. As I wrote the story God guided me at evey turn in the tale. After writing the story, I realized that God would reach many people through these words. I believe that this story is a gift from God and in this book I have shared the story with you.
This story is not prophetic, as far as I know, or based on anyone's life. It is, as far as I know, total fiction. The only things that are real in this story are the spiritual precepts that the story is woven around. We don't know when God's "perfect year" will be, because it probably will not line up with either the solar or lunar calendars. It may fall on a Jewish ideal year, which would be when the first day of Abib falls on March 21 and when the new moon and the first day of spring occur at the same time. Or it may fall on some other year that seems to be totally insignificant. Only God knows what will be The Perfect Year when Jesus returns for his church.
Since this story is fiction, we can imagine that it is actually God's perfect year as this story unfolds. A scriptural fact is that someday someone will go through a very similar experience. Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ realize the truth in this story. The truth is the fact that we are all going to be greeted by Jesus, whether we die and go to be with him or are caught up together with the Church when it is taken out of this world. The joy and peace we will experience with him will be very real. It will truly be The Perfect Year.
For many years I have been interest in how Jesus fulfilled the Jewish Feasts.
For many years at Christmas time I would teach a class on how Jesus fulfilled the feast from His conception to when He will returns for His church.
I was realization in the spring of 2008 that this was a special year. The Jewish feasts and Christian holy days should have been celebrated on the same dates. According to the lunar calendar and God's instructions in Numbers, it should have happened that way. Both Christian and Jewish holidays are determined by the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar placed Good Friday (Passover) on March 21, which should have been determined by Abib (Nissan), the first month of the festival calendar, which should have fallen on March 8, 2008 (next time2228). It was almost the earliest date that it could fall on. The only earlier date would be when the first day of Abib falls on March 7 (next time 2285), which would put Good Friday on the March 20 and Easter on March 22. I got very excited when I thought this was a special year. At the time, I didn't know that the Jewish calendar made it a pregnant year and added another month.
The reason this year did not become special year was because of a flaw in the rules that determine when a lunar year would be a leap year, or a pregnant year in the Jewish faith. In a leap year, they add an extra month at the end of their civil calendar (Adar II). In this case, instead of being a special year and aligning with the Christian Passover, it caused the Jews to celebrate Passover a month too late. The Passover should be celebrated on or soon after the spring equinox, not a whole month later. Up until the fourth century, the Sanhedrin controlled when the festival year started, but they were disbanded, and the somewhat automatic system we have today was put in place. The Sanhedrin would look at each year as it occurred and decide if it would have to be a leap year or not. They tried to keep it as close to the scriptural mandate as possible. If they were still in control of the calendar, then 2008 may have been a special year when the Jewish and Christian holidays aligned.
Mankind has played with the calendar over the years, but we will not detour God from His perfect will. Someday, He will bring His people home. Guess what? Man does not have a clue when that will occur. Things will go on as they always have, and then the trumpet of God will sound. Now that I have you totally confused, let me plainly say 2008 should have been a special year. I still think it is a very special year for three reasons. One is that according to God's Word the Passover should have been on March 21. The second is that the last time Easter fell on March 23 was in 1913, the day my wife's father was born. The third reason is the next time it occurs, it will not be in my lifetime.
I never imagined I would ever attempt to write a novel of any kind. Most of what I have written previously has been books on theology based on the Bible and other logical or analytical subjects, but never anything like this. As you can tell, by the above explaination, I am a nuts and bolts kind of a guy. I guess because of my engineering background.