INTRODUCTION

Many of us know that God’s Word says that ‘no man knows the day or the hour’ when Christ will return.  However,  after learning about the feast of Rosh Hashanah, which started at sundown tonight, September 28th 2011, coinciding with midnight in Israel, and that Rosh Hashanah is known to the Jewish people as ‘the day when ‘no man knows the day or the hour’ because of the fact that it depends upon the first sighting of the ‘new moon,’ that would then make Rosh Hashanah last for more than one day.  And in the Jewish mindset, they would then know that Jesus was telling them that He would return during Rosh Hashanah/the Feast of Trumpets, also known to the Jewish people as the ‘Wedding Feast Of The Messiah.’  All the Jewish feasts have been fulfilled on the exact feast days, >>with the final three remaining to be fulfilled

  • Passover – The death of Jesus Christ
  • Unleavened Bread – Burial Of Jesus Christ
  • First Fruits – Resurrection Of Jesus Christ
  • Pentecost – Coming Of The Holy Spirit
  • Feast Of Trumpets/Rosh HaShanah – The Rapture Of The Church
  • Feast Of Atonement/Yom Kippur – The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ
  • Feast Of Tabernacles/Sukkot – The Millennial Reign Of Jesus Christ

I remember being so amazed when my first Bible study teacher shared with us about the Jewish wedding customs, and how they parallel the New Covenant and His return for us — the Church — the Bride of Christ.  Please consider watching the following videos for some very interesting information, but also  with a clear warning not to read too much into the wedding customs.

MORE ON THE ANALOGY BETWEEN JEWISH WEDDING CUSTOMS

 AND THE NEW COVENANT

It certainly seemed very possible that Jesus would return this September.  Especially because of the growing chaos we see taking place in our world and the increase in the amounts and intensity of earthquakes and other disasters, as well as the fact that we now see the Palestinians seeking the U N to declare Palestine as a state and force Israel to give up more of her *land that she desperately needs to defend their country from their enemies, as illustrated in the following video…

October  2011 Even though it certainly seemed as if Jesus would return on Rosh Hashanah of this year, and all the signs seemed to be (and still are) pointing to the imminent return of Christ for His bride, the church, I must say that I am thankful that God has given us some more time.  Many of us have loved ones who do not yet know Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives, but God’s Word tells us…  “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9) 

Since I was seriously thinking that it was very possible that Jesus would return at the end of September, I did make the most of the opportunity, and gave my mom one of my Bibles, encouraging her to read the book of Romans and also Luke  21.  What a blessing it was to me that she actually accepted it!  And when I called her later that day, she told me she even read some of it!  Sadly though, she returned it to me today, (Oct. 8th) and nicely said ‘if she decided to read the Bible again, she could always read the one I had given her many years ago.’  May God put that desire upon her heart to do so, and may He reveal to her, through the pages of His Word, the joy of sins forgiven.  “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD will never count against him.”  (Romans 4:7,8)

All that to say that we must live our lives in expectancy, as if Jesus could return at any moment of any day.  We should have an overwhelming desire within our hearts to ‘make the most of every opportunity’ God gives us with family, friends, and all whom God places in our lives, to make known to them their need for God’s forgiveness; that we are all separated from a completely Holy God because of our sin, so they can see their desperate need for a Savior.  We also need to pray for God to help them see from His Word that our forgiveness and acceptance by God is not based on our ‘good works,’ but only in placing our trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ when He died in our place on the cross, and leave the results to God.  By His Spirit, and through His Word, we can rest assured that He always accomplishes what He sends His Word out to do…

“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake His way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God for He will freely pardon.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,”  declares the LORD.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I send it.”   (Isaiah 55:7-11)

Knowing that Jesus will return, whether it’s today or fifty years or more from today, the reality of that thought should still cause us to be filled with determination not to allow any sin to have control over us.  We must make the choice, by God’s grace and with His strength, to turn from it completely as an indication of true repentance and love for God, so that whenever He returns, we will be found ready and unashamed.

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”  (Luke 12:40) (Emphasis added is mine)

“And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence , and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”  (1 John 2:28) KJV

 

VERY INTERESTING INFORMATION FROM A BIBLICAL JEWISH PERSPECTIVE

 

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON AND TAKE TO HEART

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately.  “Tell us,”  they said,  “when will this happen and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”  Jesus answered,  “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, claiming,  ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginnings of birth pains.”  (Matthew 24:3-8)

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.  On the earth nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.  At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”  (Luke 21:25-28)

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you.  I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.  First of all you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say,  “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s Word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world at that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless and blameless and at peace with Him.”     (2 Peter 3:1-14)

“Now brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying,  “Peace and safety,”  destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.  You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.  We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.  But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”                                (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard!  Be alert!  You do not know when that time will come.  It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge , each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.  “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”  (Mark 13:32-36)

 

COULD TODAY BE THE DAY?

Could today be the day,

When the bride of Christ will be caught up and away,

To meet our Lord and Savior in the sky,

And be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,

Will we hear the trumpet sound,

Will we feel our feet rise up off the ground,

Will we feel shame for things left undone,

When we stand before the glory and splendor of the risen Son,

The signs are in the sky and all around,

Blood moons, earthquakes, wars, and deception in the church abounds,

Men now do what’s right in their own eyes,

God’s Words of truth they reject and despise,

Don’t be among the ones who mock the truth of His return,

Don’t place your trust in your good deeds, forgiveness cannot be earned,

You must be covered in Christ’s righteousness, you must be born again,

You must turn your heart towards God, and turn your back on sin,

Will you watch and be ready, will you be found faithful and true,

Will you hear the trumpet call, or will you one day hear…”Depart, I never knew you.”

Copyright©2011 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

Picture obtained from Photobucket – heaven-28

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