For those who are left behind and wondering what just happened.
Of course we don't know the day or the hour of Christ's return, to meet us in the air and gather the Christian's to join Him in heaven.
Maybe 2012 is the year, maybe not. Don't know.
John 3, Matthew 16 and Hebrews 10 tells us that we ought to be able to smell the coffee and understand the season.
I firmly believe we are in the season.
Sunday September 16th, 2012 at 6pm in Israel begins the two day Jewish New Year. Also called Rosh Hashanah, The Feast of Trumpets and others.
In 1 Thessalonians 4, Matthew 24, 1 Corinthians 15 and others we learn that it will come suddenly, "with a shout and the trumpet call of God".
This is the same language of The Feast of Trumpets. Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23 tells us of God's holy days.
3 in the Spring. 1 in the Summer. 3 in the Fall.
Christ fulfilled the first 3 when he was here.
- Passover - Jesus died on Passover, at 3pm, when the Passover lamb was being killed. We don't need to keep killing bulls, goats and sheep - Christ's finished work of the cross has completed the need for sacrifice. He covered all of the sin for all time, to all those who believe in their heads and trust Him with their lives.
- Unleavened bread - Jesus, the Bread of Life, born in Bethel-hem (bread house / house of bread ) was dead in the grave on the next day, the sabbath and the feast of leavened bread. The Jews were leaving Egypt quickly and had not time to "leaven" their bread with yeast and had to eat flat, unleavened bread. No longer do we need to remember the rush to leave Egypt with pancake thin bread, but we remember His death, burial and resurrection.
- On Easter Sunday morning Christ was raised from the dead and This was the day of the celebration, "The feast of leavened bread".
The summer feast was fulfilled 50 days later at Pentecost. "Pente" = 50. 50 days after the Hebrew nation left Egypt they were at Mount Sinai. God told them that "He would be their God and they would be His people". The covenant was struck and the Ten Commandments were given.
On the same day, Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in power, 50 days after Christs death in Acts 2. In this chapter the church is born and the new Testament covenant was established. Two covenants, fulfilled, same day.
This leaves 3 fall feasts.
- The last one is the Feast of Tabernacles. When Israel spent 40.5 years wandering in the desert, God lived with them in a tent or "tabernacle". His presence was with us. Revelation 22 tells us that in the end God will once again make His dwelling place with us "his tabernacle". This will be fulfilled 1,007+ years from now.
- Before The Feast of Tabernacles is the Day of Atonement. This is the Day from Revelation 19-21 when God will judge the wicked at the Great White Throne Judgement and sinners are cast into the great abyss and destroyed.
- Before the Day of Atonement is the one we who believe are all waiting on. The Feast of Trumpets - Rosh Hashanah. When the summer harvest is brought in "the ingathering", the Jewish New Year, at the New Moon, with a shout and 100 blasts of the Shofar and at the last trumpet we are rescued.
In ancient days when a young man was interested in a young woman, he would go with his father to the bride's home to speak with her father. The dowry price would be negotiated and she would be offered a cup of wine. If she took the wine, she was accepting the proposal and the engagement was sealed. They were at this moment legally married or this would not be consummated until the groom returned.
The groom and his father would depart and the young man and his family would prepare a place for this new family residence. Typically homes would be a small compound with a few rooms. The groom would go and add on a room or two for he and his betrothed. When all the preparations were completed, he would return with his party to snatch the bride away. She never knew the day or hour of his arrival, but was to be ready, for at a moment, in a flash, in a twinkling of an eye he would appear.
We who are Christian are watching.
Again we don't know the day or the hour, but we are in the season and we know the holiday and the next annual occurrence of this holiday begins Sunday at 10am CT and continues for two days until Tuesday morning.
Rosh Hashanah is to begin when two witnesses see the first sliver of the new moon. This was hard to see in ancient days, without technology and so to ensure that God's Feast was observed and everyone had the word, it would continue for two days.
In Hosea 6, we learn that "after two days He will revive us".
In John 4, when Christ spent time with the woman at the well, we see that he spent two days, with the Gentiles. The last two millennia have been the two days for the Gentiles / Greeks to have their opportunity.
Jesus died and was raised in 33AD. 2012 - 33 = 1979. However the Jewish calendar is not 365.24 days, it is 360. Therefore 2009 years have elapsed. The time of the Greeks / Gentiles is over.
Interesting Greece is at it's end, with financial implosion.
Regardless of all of this history and theology, something may happen in the next few days that will create much chaos and confusion.
It will be explained many ways, a time portal, aliens, some accident with the CERN high energy particle accelerator or the Shia Muslims will believe that their "messiah" the Twelfth Imam has appeared and caused all of the infadels to diasppear.
You will certainly see that with million disappearing much chaos will ensure. Wrecks, accidents, people who are not on duty to
America's enemies will certainly take advantage of the chaos and confusion. Certainly America will be destroyed with the sudden departure of much of the poplulation.
The Arab Spring has done nothing more than allow all of the middle east to prepare for unification in a Califate.
Most importantly Israel will be completely surrounded, will I think (I think) be attacked from Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and internally. They will unleash hell on these and they will be destroyed. Psalms 83, Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49, Obadiah, Ezekiel 29-39. Russia and China will take their turn at some point and will be destroyed.
It appears many more animal deaths, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons, meteors and other horrid events will come.
A full one third of the population of the world will be killed. If the church has indeed been raptured and you are reading this, be warned.
God will send something called a locust to torture everyone on the planet for 5 months, in a last ditch effort to gain their repentence.
A charismatic world leader will arise and rally the nations together, under one world government. This has already happened in Europe and many preparations have been made for the rest.
People will be scared, the store shelves will be empty, electricity and other services may be out. An electronic magnetic pulse (EMP) attack may make everything from the electric grid, to airplanes and cars useless. This will create massive chaos.
The U.S. government has already setup camps and people will gladly surrender their freedom and guns are removed and people are imprisoned in these camps.
Over the next few years some sanity and order will return. People will rally together, not wanting to be taken by little green men. Identity theft will be a huge problem as so many have abandoned everything in the rapture. From these issues a new tatoo, RFID/NFID implant will be rolled out to the world. India and Mexico have already started. The Bible calls this "The Mark of the Beast". Taking this mark will be a rejection of God's Lordship. Just as credit card companies change the terms at will, the terms of citizenship will change. Debit and Credit cards will be replaced with this mark. No one will be able to buy or sell anything with out swiping their wrist or forehead.
3 1/2 years in, two witnesses will begin standing in Jerusalem and preaching. The 3 1/2 years that follow are called "The Great Tribulation". It will get really bad.
At the end of the 7 years this one world leader will move into the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple, stop the sacrifices and declare Himself God.
At this moment Christ will return. He will touch down on the very spot He left, about a mile east of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. It will be a tremendous and awesome sight, as He comes riding a horse that makes a bull elephant look like bambi and on His thigh is written "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" and He will be joined with the armies of heaven. We the church may be with Him.
Demons and Satan will scatter. Satan will be cast into the great abyss for 1,000 year.
Christ himself will rule and make all things new.
At the very end is judgment and then God will make a new heaven and a new heaven and once again He will make His dwelling place for us.
I wish I knew you today and you were here in my living room.
Be very careful. Pray. Repent.
If you are killed you'll just come join a party that is more wonderful than you can imagine. Don't be too worried about dying.
This weekend there is a super typhoon heading for Japan.
California and the New Madrid appear ready to go off.
Israel is ready to attack Iran and will likely have to engage the entire middle east and ultimately Russia and China. World War III. (Armageddon comes 1007 years or more from now).
Certainly a rapture and the Israeli war will send the fragile economies from Greece, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, the EU in general and the US to collapse.
Again I am not setting the date. Peter told us that God is exceedingly patient, wishing that no one would perish. His love and patience are immeasurable, but we are definitely in the season and His coming is at the door.
Maranatha Lord Jesus.
Lastly He wants more than some intellectual ascent to His existence. James 2:19. He wants Lordship. Only in His rule in your life will their be peace and joy in your life. He is not an ego maniac, but He alone is good and anything that blocks His Glory, introduces sin and is hurtful.
Praise God for 7 more years of opportunity to turn. Turn quickly - quickly - times up!!!
God bless you and may His spirit direct you. We hope to see you soon.
God is good. His love endures forever.