Greetings, In the Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was raised from the dead on the third day and today sits by the right hand of God until the appointed day and hour when He shall return for us.
We have a lot to discuss and break down as for years the division on the topics we will bring up has been shared to defend our ideas, thoughts and pre-conceived idea’s on the Rapture.
But can we truly know when Jesus Christ is going to come?
GO AHEAD AND SAY IT!
YOU KNOW YOU ALREADY DID...
"NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY, NOR THE HOUR WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMETH"
PART ONE: The Rapture – Christian Scriptures for discussion.
We find verses that tell us we won’t know the exact day or hour of that event. Is Matthew 25:13 saying Jesus will return at an unknown time?
What does it mean when we says Jesus will return but no one will know the day or the hour?
Matthew 25:13 (KJV) Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
So is it clear that we can not know the time when Jesus will come?
The Scripture is saying you can not know the exact day or exact time. However, we must be careful to not jump into any conclusions. I know for years it has been taught by everyone to everyone that we can not know the day or the hour, when our Lord will come. We hear that we will be taken off guard just like a thief in the night will catch you unaware.
So what do we know for sure that will take place?
The Scriptures are clear on many factors of the coming of the Lord.
Can we agree that Jesus is coming back again?
If we look at the following scriptures we can see that the topic of our Lord Jesus Christ coming back for us is biblical and scriptural. First Thessalonians 4:16, and 17. Truly has a lot of information for us to consider. Notice how descend from heaven is. Mentioned in the verse and that many other activities are happening at the same time.
First Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”
First Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
It is clear that the scriptures are saying that the Lord will come from Heaven one day to bring us up to himself to be with Him.
Descend from Heaven:
> With a Cry…
> With the Voice…
> With the sound of the Trumpet of God…
and the result of all these things happening the Dead in Christ will rise up from the place they have been. (Which is not heaven by the way)
As you can see the scripture is strong in proclaiming the return of Jesus Christ. There are many scriptures that support the coming return of Jesus Christ and it is part of our HOPE AND FAITH.
Titus 2:13 “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, you may be also.”
THE RAPTURE IS A MAJOR EVENT.
BUT WHAT DOES THE RAPTURE HAVE TO DO WITH THE FEASTS OF THE LORD?
It would take a lot of pages to talk about all the feasts of the Lord. Here. But let’s consider the following.
The Feasts of the Lord are important as their point the way to the main events of time for both the Jews, and for the Gentiles.
7 Major Feasts
Let me just say right from the start here that the feasts which God gave to the nation of Israel (and are often called the feasts of Israel) are incredible in their truth about Jesus and for their prophetic revelation concerning God’s plan to redeem and retake this planet. I thought I had a good understanding of the feasts before I did a recent study on them… but I was wrong! My understanding was very limited compared to what I discovered! So whether you think you know the feasts well and hardly at all, I can honestly say that this is a very important topic to study once again. It is one that will only become all the more important as we edge closer to the return of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of these feasts.
7 FEASTS OF THE LORD:
FEASTS OF TRUMPETS:
DAY OF ATONEMENT:
FEAST OF TABERNACLES:
Matthew 24:30-31 “ Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
I would like to point out that a Loud Trumpet call is mentioned in Matthew and can I state the obvious? I never heard of a quiet trumpet call. The word used for Loud is the same word that would be used to describe many variations of the word which one that fits the meaning is LONG. MEGAS IS USED AS LONG 33 TIMES 150 TIMES AS GREAT. WHICH ALSO WOULD FIT IF YOU THINK OF THE GREAT LONG TRUMPET BLAST THAT IS BEYOND THE NORMAL SHORT BLASTS WE HEAR DURING THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS
First Corinthians 15:51-53 “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”
The Days of Awe
As mentioned earlier, the feast of Trumpets starts on the Jewish month of Tishrei 1. It is a two day feast (Tishrei 1-2) because the feast requires the sighting of the new moon and then the sighting had to be reported to the priests. Because of the uncertainty of when exactly this will occur, it is celebrated over two days. Tishrei 1 to the day of Atonement on Tishrei 10 are collectively called ‘the days of Awe’. They are the most solemn and holy days in the entire Jewish year. In fact, preparing for this time even starts in the previous month. The previous month of Elul starts a 40 day period known as Teshuvah (meaning repent or return) which concludes on the day of Atonement in the following month of Tishrei. For each day during Elul, the trumpet (ram’s horn) is blown to remind to the people to return to God in preparation for the upcoming ‘days of Awe’ between Tishrei 1-10. Everyone had to search their own hearts during this period and make sure they were right with God.
The Feast of Trumpets
Rosh HaShana Head of the Year
Yep, it was the first day of the first month which is Tishrei 1 – the same day that would become the feast of Trumpets, or Rosh HaShanah, the new year, the new beginning! Noah saw his new world on this day. It is quite likely that this is a type for resurrected believers seeing their new world (Heaven) for the first time on this day.
THE LAST TRUMP
Philippians 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
A DAY OF REMEMBERANCE
Clearly, the day that the righteous are spared from is the time of judgment and wrath that is coming upon the earth. This corresponds exactly with the feast of trumpets being the rapture and removal of the bride to Heaven before the ‘days of awe’, the time of wrath, that falls upon this earth. God will remember us. God will draw a distinction between the righteous and the wicked just as He said in Malachi.
DAY OF JUDGEMENT
In connection with the feast of trumpets beginning this period of judgement is the fact that the Jews also associated this feast with ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’. Thus they saw that the ‘days of Awe’ were going to be an incredibly difficult time for the nation of Israel as well. It is their ‘dark day’. But, as Jeremiah tells us, they ‘shall be saved out of it’ (Jer 30:6-7)
DAY OF THE KING
This process of judging and retaking this world will carry on through the 7 year period until He returns with this name on His robe – ‘King of kings and Lord of Lords’! (Rev 19:16) It is quite likely that the 7th trumpet which announces that the ‘kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Christ’ will also fall in the final year of that period on the feast of trumpets.3