Knowing when Messiah returns…. Part 2
In America we have this near obsession with the clock, whether it is time to get up or go to bed. Like the pop song says “time keeps on ticking, ticking, into the future.” Yet the “church”, under their dispensational theology, has not focused on the times that YHVH has appointed.
Leviticus 23:4-6, 10 “These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:”
The Israelite people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. The next 7 days are the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven).
In commemoration, for the duration of The Feast no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it was called the feast of unleavened bread in the Torah or Old Testament. This is the sacrifice of the Lamb for the protection of the elect. Christ fulfilled this on the exact same day when he went to the cross.
When you read Exodus 12:17 “And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.” do you ask yourself why the local church does not adhere to this practice? My local church did not and I ask the preacher why when it said “forever”; when does forever end?
The point, the people of YHVH knew when YHVH was going to move among the people. The Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Unleavened Bread, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. The word Shavuot means weeks, and the festival of Shavuot marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.
Thes feast all describe events that occurred in the Torah as well as the first coming of Yeshua the Messiah. His second coming will be represented by the remaining Feasts. The Feast of Trumpets marked the beginning of ten days of consecration and repentance before God. It is also called Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head of the Year,” because it marks the beginning of the Hebrew civil calendar. Even the Jewish Rabbis believe the resurrection of the dead will happen this day as it is interpreted literally as “The day of the Awakening Shout”.
This is the only feast that cannot be calculated by numerical value. It is from the New Moon to the first visible sliver of the moon. This means the actual feast is a two day feast to verify the sliver of the moon and this coincides with the scripture. “No man knoweth the day or the hour”.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”
Revelation 10:7 “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Booths and Sukkot, is the seventh and last feast that the Lord commanded Israel to observe and one of the three feasts that Jews were to observe each year by going to “appear before the Lord your God in the place which He shall choose” (Deuteronomy 16:16). The importance of the Feast of Tabernacles can be seen in how many places it is mentioned in Scripture.
In the Bible we see many important events that took place at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. For one thing, it was at this time that Solomon’s Temple was dedicated to the Lord. The Feast of Tabernacles takes place on the 15th of the Hebrew month Tishri. This was the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar and usually occurs in late September to mid-October. The term tabernacle means “to reside with us”, Jesus was born on this day, would it only make sense for him to return on this same day to reside with us again.
Luke 24:44 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
So we can see from the fulfilled scriptures and the exacting days in which Jesus fulfills them in accordance to the feast on his first coming as precedent; we can be assured He will do the same for the second coming. We will see these trumpets come to fruition and at the last trumpet the dead in Christ will rise. It will be these risen saints that will be ready for the Atonement found in the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. Once we are atoned we will be ready to Tabernacle with Him.
The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27-28), also known as Yom Kippur, was the most solemn holy day of all the Israelite feasts and festivals, occurring once a year on the tenth day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. On that day, the high priest was to perform elaborate rituals to atone for the sins of the people. Described in Leviticus 16:1-34, the atonement ritual began with Aaron, or subsequent high priests of Israel, coming into the holy of holies.
So now ask yourself; is it possible to know the day and hour? Maybe not down to the precise moment. But, as for the times and season we definitely have a clearer perspective. All will be according to the meod, or appointed time of YHVH. Our first tip off will be the appearance of Antichrist, this is the danger of the rapture doctrine.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Those waiting on the Jesus of the rapture will fall for the Son of Perdition. Revelation 14:20 tell us “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” This tells us in no uncertain terms that the arrival of Satan in at the culmination of 6th Trumpet, the 6th Seal and the 6th Vial judgements. Yeshua the Messiah will arrive at the culmination of the 7th of each judgement fulfilling the verse “at the last trump”.