2000: The Conquest of Jerusalem
Three very important time cycles came to an end toward the end of the year 2000. The first was the seven-year agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat on Sept. 13, 1993. They had agreed to establish a Palestinian State in seven years—that is, by September of 2000.
In July 2000 at Camp David, they were making good progress on this, but then they could not agree over the status of Jerusalem. The meetings broke up on July 26 with both sides angry at the other, and nothing was accomplished.
On the same day, the Concorde crashed in Paris. Concorde means “harmony, peace,” and the Lord said, “Peace has been taken from the earth.” Subsequently, 414 days later was Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the Twin Towers disaster, which brought America into a “generational war” against “terrorists.”
On Sept. 29, 2000 Ariel Sharon ensured that no peace would be concluded by taking a trip to the Temple Mount to “pray.” (As an atheist, how could he pray at all?) He took 2,000 police with him, showing that he knew his presence would cause a riot. His timely visit put the nail in the coffin of any peace process that might have been signed.
The Israeli government does not want peace; it wants the entire land of Palestine with the Palestinians driven out or killed. In fact, Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated in 1995 for signing the peace deal with Arafat in 1993.
The second major time cycle to end in the year 2000 was the seven-year Jubilee Prayer Campaign. It began November 29, 1993 and ended on the same date in the year 2000.
The third major time cycle was the 7½ year transition from Saul to David, beginning May 30, 1993 and ending November 30, 2000 just a day after the seven-year Jubilee Prayer Campaign. The coincidence of these two end points was seen back in 1993, but we had no idea what would happen seven years later.
In observing the 7½ year transition from Saul to David, we came to see from 2 Sam. 5:4 and 5 that this time period was the time that David reigned in Hebron before moving his capital to the newly-captured city of Jerusalem.
4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
Shortly after David was crowned king over all Israel, he captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites (2 Sam. 5:6-9). It was David’s first recorded act after receiving the full authority over all Israel and Judah.
And so, as this prophetic pattern manifested in the year 2000, we saw the “crowning” of David occur at the feast of Tabernacles on October 20, 2000, followed by the “capture of Jerusalem” on November 29. We read in 2 Sam. 5:7,
7 Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold [castle, tower, or bulwark] of Zion, that is the city of David.
The following day, November 30, 2000 we established the New Jerusalem by prophetic decree as the capital city of the overcomers. We read in 2 Sam. 5:9,
9 So David lived in the stronghold [castle, tower, or bulwark] and called it the city of David.
So the year 2000 was indeed a pivotal year. First, it forever buried the possibility of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, making war a certainty at some point. Secondly, a month later at the feast of Tabernacles, the overcomers were given the full authority over the earth by the anointing of Tabernacles.
Finally, Prime Minister Barak's last-ditch attempt at peace with the Palestinians failed on July 26, 2000, and Sharon's calculated visit to the Temple Mount on Sept. 29 succeeded. This was actually a defiant challenge by Jebusites of the old Jerusalem against the people of the New Jerusalem.
The result saw the seven bowls of wine poured out upon Babylon-Sodom-Egypt-Jerusalem, the city of seven hills.
Incidentally, while it is true that Rome sat on seven hills, Jerusalem also sat on seven hills: Scopus, Nob, Mount of Corruption, Mount Zion, Mount Ophel, “The Rock” (site of Fort Antonia), and the later Mount Zion (southwest hill).
Along with the seven bowls of wine (judgment on Babylon and old Jerusalem) we were led to pour out seven bowls of water, signifying the outpouring of the Spirit upon New Jerusalem. Thus, the judgment is not to come without a corresponding level of mercy. The destruction of Babylon is matched by the construction of the Kingdom of God. It is not all bad news. There is as much good news as bad. The bad news is only “bad” to the Babylonian supporters of old Jerusalem. The news is all good to those of the New Jerusalem. It depends upon one’s perspective and situation.
The seven bowls of water and wine signified the seven days of the feast of Tabernacles, wherein the priests used to pour out drink offerings of water and wine for seven days in ancient times. We merely followed their prophetic pattern each year during the feast of Tabernacles.
There were many who were involved in these prophetic events. Many people contributed words, insights, and discernment. Please do not think that I did all this on my own while hidden in a corner. Many people contributed revelation. In the year 2000 Sunny Day Roberts was led to organize seven prophetic gatherings, culminating with the seventh on Nov. 28-30, 2000. These gatherings foreshadowed the seven feasts of Tabernacles from 2000-2006. The gatherings were:
1. Dec. 22, 1999 “Directive”
2. Feb. 14, 2000 “Exigency” (urgent requirement demanding immediate action)
3. May 23, 2000 “Wedding Symposium” (soul and spirit marriage)
4. June 21, 2000 “Firstfruits Awakening”
5. July 22, 2000 “Addendum to Firstfruits”
6. Sept. 23, 2000 “Trilogy”
7. Nov. 28-30, 2000 “Meeting of the Right Guard, the White Horse Army”
Each of these gatherings brought forth additional revelation that added to our understanding of the divine plan. Each is a story in itself, but to record each detail would make this book too large. It will be sufficient to relate the final meeting which marked the time of the conquest of old Jerusalem and the establishment of the New Jerusalem as the capital city of the Tabernacles Age to come.
The Meeting of the Right Guard
Sunny Day Roberts had called for a “Meeting of the Right Guard” from Nov. 28-30 that year. This was her revelation, dated Oct. 6, 2000. Later she received the Word:
“When I say mobilize My troops, that is an order from your Commander-in-Chief . . . the White Horse Army.” (Oct. 11)
“My daughter, it is a magnificent mustering of the White Horse Army that is coming, and the trumpet is sounding to call those troops together for the long march ahead. They shall march in perfect order, keeping step with My called out itinerant forward echelon . . . My troops shall be adequately arrayed with full armor, an armor of light that shall flush the enemy out of the darkness and defeat those powers of darkness, so that they will retreat . . . and then vanish.” (Oct. 12)
She then heard the Lord say, “45 days.” Dating from the first day of Tabernacles (Oct. 14), this came to Nov. 28, and she was led to schedule three days of meetings from Nov. 28-30.
During Sunny Day's meetings, it was revealed that Nov. 29, 2000 marked the conquest of old Jerusalem, even as King David had conquered Jebus (2 Sam. 5:6-9). In the biblical story, David then moved his capital from Hebron to Jebus, and then changed its name back to Jerusalem, “City of Salem,” as named by Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18).
In our modern context, Nov. 29 completed the negative work of conquest (Babylon, old Jerusalem). Nov. 30 was the positive side of it, establishing Kingdom authority for the overcomers in the Age to come.
What Does it Mean in Practical Terms?
When God took Israel out of Egypt in the days of Moses, that entire nation became “chosen,” that is, God's “elect.” The term indicates Kingdom authority. They were chosen or elected to have authority over the other nations. This did NOT mean that they were to enslave the other nations, as the rabbis later came to believe. It meant that they were given the authority to carry out the Abrahamic promise in Gen. 12:3, “in you all the families of the earth will be BLESSED.”
The New Testament clarifies this blessing in Acts 3:25, 26, where we discover that to “bless” means to turn everyone from their wicked ways through Jesus Christ. Hence, Jesus' disciples were told to preach the Gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).
Because the original people chosen to bless the world had rejected this calling, the authority to bless was given to a smaller group of people—believers in Jesus Christ. They were “crowned” with this authority on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. For the next 2000 years, the Saul company retained this authority under the anointing of Pentecost. It was the Kingdom of Saul, a legitimately called Kingdom having legitimate authority.
Yet because it was linked to King Saul, it was meant to fail from the beginning. Pentecost was able to begin this work, but it was inadequate to complete it. King Saul was of the tribe of Benjamin, while the Dominion Mandate had actually been given to the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10). So it was a foregone conclusion that Saul would fail—and likewise the Kingdom under Pentecost would also fail to turn everyone from their wicked ways.
God gave Saul 40 years in which to succeed or prove himself to be an utter failure. Obviously, he failed, and this established the pattern of failure in the Church.
The 40 years of King Saul prophesied of 40 Jubilees of the Church under Pentecost. This time period extended from 33 A.D. to 1993 A.D. (40 x 49 = 1,960 years.) Prophetically speaking, when the Church reached its 40th Jubilee anniversary on Pentecost, May 30, 1993, we say that “Saul died,” having failed to bless all families of the earth by turning them from their iniquities.
A transfer of Kingdom authority then began to take place. For the first 7½ years God gave “David” (i.e., the overcomers) partial authority, which gave them time to grow in the knowledge of the Kingdom and learn how to utilize Kingdom authority without abusing it as Saul had done.
The transfer of Kingdom authority to the overcomers means that the Church under Pentecost no longer has the divine right to rule the world. Saul is dead. The Age to come will see the establishment of righteous government, administered by the overcomers under the anointing of the feast of Tabernacles.
This transfer of full authority was completed on November 30, 2000. However, it would be challenged on two fronts in the years ahead, because both Judaism and Pentecost believe that they are the ones “chosen” to rule the world. So they have challenged the overcomers periodically in the Divine Court, as we will see.
The first major challenge came just two months later on January 29, 2001. This challenge began a whole series of spiritual battles that did not end until November of 2001.