Now that the Feast of Trumpets has passed for 2015, I would like to pass on a few thoughts Of Days & Dates, Times & Seasons. Those of you who know me well, will know that all my life I have taught that Jesus could come at any time of any day of any year to take His Bride to be with Him in Heaven.
Also, I have always acknowledged that God is a God of order, a God of mathematical precision, and a God of anniversaries. This means that it is highly likely that there are some days, some dates, some times and some seasons, which would more likely fit the timing of the “First Resurrection”, perhaps better known to many as the “Rapture of the Church” than other days, dates, times or seasons.
Let me say right up front however, that although I have acknowledged that some dates, times and Jewish High Holy days may be high on the list for the possible return of Jesus for His Bride, I still very much believe that He can come back at any given moment in time. It does not have to be a High Holy Day. My reason for affirming this, is because “The Church” has never been given any signs that have to happen before the Lord returns for His Bride. There are no prophecies which have to be fulfilled before the Lord comes for us, rather the opposite, Jesus warns us over and over and over again, to be ready, watching and waiting every moment of every day, for at such a time as we think it won’t happen, that will be the very moment that the Lord will call us away from this earth. Not only Jesus, but Paul and Peter also reiterate the same warning.
There is currently a lot of talk about all the things that will happen during this coming week until the 23rd of September this year, which is of course “Yom Kippur” the “Day of Atonement”. And many are now putting forward the 23rd September this year as a possible day for the “Rapture” to take place. What do I think? Yes, I think it is very possible, but I also think that the 19th, 20th, 21st or 22nd are also possible. We cannot put God in a box and say it has to be so, or it has to be thus, God says when you least expect it will be when it happens.
Many believe that the Feast of Trumpets will be the day it takes place, because Jesus fulfilled the first four of the Jewish High Holy days on the exact day they were normally observed by Jewish custom, through His death, His interment in the tomb, His resurrection, and Pentecost, so it seems logical He will fulfil the next High Holy Day on the exact day of its observation. I do not disagree that that could be the case. But I would like you to consider the following.
The High Holy Day Feasts and festivals were given to the Jewish nation to observe when God gave them the Law. The Church is not under the dispensation of Law, we are now living in the dispensation of Grace. When God takes up the Jews again, as He has promised so many times throughout both the Old and New Testaments that He will do in the last days, the dispensation of Grace will then be finished, and the final seven year period of “Jacob’s Trouble” also known as the 70th week of years in Daniel Chapter 9, and also known as “The Great Tribulation” in the book of Revelation, will commence some time after that, maybe days, weeks or years, no one knows for certain just how long after.
I believe that it is very likely during this seven year time period of Jacob’s Trouble, that the Lord will fulfil the final three High Holy Day Feasts; (Rosh Hashana), “The Feast of Trumpets”, (Yom Kippur), “The Day of Atonement” for national Israel, when they will return to God, and He will be their God again, and they will again be His People, as so often promised in the Bible, and then finally, (Sukott) “The Feast of Booths”, when God comes and dwells amongst His people.
I have not ruled out the possibility that the “Rapture” could very well take place on one of these Jewish High Holy Days, and then be replicated again during the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”. As we hear politicians so often say “I’m not ruling anything in, and I’m not ruling anything out, ALL options are on the table”. That is my position, Jesus could come today, and I doubt very many would be expecting that.
Yom Kippur is the most holy day of the whole year for Jews. It falls this year on 23rd September, and as previously mentioned, there is a lot of speculation by Christians that it’s possible the Rapture could take place on this day, so I want to look at Yom Kippur a little from both the Jewish and Christian perspectives.
I find it extremely interesting that the term Yom Kippur is written in the plural in Hebrew. Yom Ha-Kippurim. This could be because Yom Kippur was observed every year during the dispensation of the Law. Rabbi Irving Greenberg explains that Yom Kippur “goes beyond the elimination of sin to the renewal of the individual.” https://www.biblicalperspectives.com/books/festivals_2/4.html Isn’t that interesting now? When will we Christians be renewed? At the Rapture! Rom 8:22 “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. v:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” We are all waiting for the renewal of our bodies. Maybe Yom Ha-Kippurim is plural in more ways than one, maybe it is plural in its dispensational aspect also. The Nation of Israel however will not be renewed until the “Second Coming” of the Lord, at the end of the time of “Jacobs Trouble”, and even then it will only be a physical redemption of the Nation of Israel, it will not be a resurrection, or a Rapture.
The Day of At one ment means at one with God. At the Rapture that is what shall happen, we shall all be at one with the Lord. And it will take place as a sequence of events. Jesus was the first, then, along with the dead in Christ, we shall be next, then maybe next will be the “Two Witnesses” or the 144000 Jewish Evangelists, and then the Tribulation Saints, all in their order as prescribed by the Lord. Will the Rapture take place this year on Yom Kippur? As I said earlier, it is very possible, but then every day is very possible, and only God really knows.
1Co 15:22 “In Adam all of us die. And in the same way, in Christ all of us will be made alive again”. v:23 “But everyone will be raised to life in the right order. Christ was first to be raised. Then, when Christ comes again, those who belong to him will be raised to life.”
What shall I say then? “Keep Looking Up Every Day.” Keep believing, keep the faith. If it doesn’t happen today, it could happen tomorrow, or on Yom Kippur, or next week, next month or next year, it can happen at any time at all. Mat 24:44 “So you also must be ready. The Son of Man will come at a time when you don’t expect him.” Luk 12:40 “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a time when you don’t expect him!”