Jesus warned that He will come for His church on a day that most Christians are not expecting Him. He said that many of these people will be “appointed a place with the hypocrites (unsaved). There are many people today who claim to believe in Jesus but by the way that they are living and their lack of concern for Jesus’ return, they show that they are not saved. Jesus often referred to the “Tares” that will be present in His church who are pretend believers, while lacking a genuine relationship with Him.
But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 24:48-51
In the past few weeks as I have been finishing my new book “Great Tribulation,” I have become aware of just how many people there are who claim to believe in Jesus, but are not really interested in His return. I have thousands of followers on my Twitter account and other social media pages. Only a very small number ever respond to posts about the possibility of Jesus’ return during the Feast of Trumpets that begins tomorrow, September 20, 2017.
Jesus said that when He comes for His church at the Rapture, people who really love Him will be excited and expecting Him to come. They will be watching expectantly and not be moved if Jesus doesn’t; come when they though He might. These true believers will simply wait until the following year at Trumpets and expect Him again next year.
Some people say that we cannot know the day or hour of Jesus return because it is impossible to know when Jesus will come. In fact, as I wrote “Great Tribulation,” I realized that when Jesus said that “no man knows the day or hour” of His return, Jesus was really telling us exactly when He will come again for His church.
Many people are not aware of the meaning behind the phrase that Jesus spoke concerning the time of His return to earth, during the Rapture.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. —Matthew 24:36
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. —Matthew 25:13
We must remember that Jesus is a Jew and when He spoke He was addressing primarily Jews. When Jesus spoke He communicated in Hebrew or Aramaic and expressed His thoughts in a way that would be understood by the Jews who listened to Him.
The Fifth Feast of Israel is called Rosh Hashanah, or The Feast of Trumpets.” It begins on the first day of the seventh month in the Jewish calendar. In the mind of the Jew who is thinking of Rosh Hashanah, this would be the start of The Day of the Lord, the one thousand year reign of the Messiah on earth. This would also mark the time of the resurrection.
This important Feast of Israel is signaled by the New Moon. This is the time just slightly before the new moon becomes invisible on the earth, when it appears as a small crescent. Over the next two weeks more of the moon disappears, until it finally becomes dark, also known as full.
The appearance of the small crescent for the moon just before it is full, was so important to Israel that all of their feast days were signaled by its phases from new to full. This is why the total lunar eclipse, or blood moon, is such an important sign that we should pay attention to.
God gave authority to the Sanhedrin of Israel to announce when the start of these Feast days would begin, according to the cycles of the moon. (Vayikrah-Leviticus 23:4).
These are the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them
In the Torah; Mattityahu 18:18-20, we find that the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets occurs as soon as the New Moon is announced. In order to establish when this feast began, a watch was posted to observe the beginning of the New Moon. In Hebrew they refer to this watch as: “appointed times.” No man has the right to set this time, it is determined by God alone. No man has the authority to change the appointed time of this feast, according to Midrash Rabbah Numbers, Vol 2.21.25, p. 852.
It was the intention of God and well understood by the Sanhedrin of Israel that the watch for the Feast of Trumpets was a rehearsal for the time when this feast would be fully realized by Messiah’s return during this Feast. In Colossians 2:17, Paul describes these rehearsals as a shadow of the good things to come.
Determined By Two Witnesses
The Sanhedrin determined who would watch for the arrival of the new moon and this important task was completed by pairs of two witnesses, the basic foundation for all legal transactions in Judaism.
During the seven year tribulation God will send His two witnesses to Israel to proclaim to the Jews, from their Hebrew scriptures, that Jesus is the Messiah.
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. —Revelation 11:3
It is my opinion that these two witnesses during the Tribulation will be Moses and Elijah. Moses, representing the Law; Elijah, representing the prophets. Jesus said that all that God had spoken before John the Baptist arrived—as the last of the Old Testament Prophets—rests upon the Law and the Prophets.
The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. —Luke 16:16
Two witnesses were chosen to announce the coming of the new moon that would signal the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. They must be men of good character who were already proven as honorable, truthful, and reliable.
In the Mishna 6, chapter 2, regarding Rosh Hashanah, it describes how the witnesses are tested, regarding the start of Rosh Hashanah.
“The senior of them is brought in and they say to him, tell us how you saw the moon – in front of the sun or behind the sun? To the north of it or the south? How big was it, and in which direction was it inclined? And how broad was it? If he says (he saw it) in front of the sun, his evidence is rejected. After that they would bring in the second and test him. If their accounts tallied, their evidence was accepted, and the other pairs were only questioned briefly, not because they were required at all, but so that they should not be disappointed, (and) so that they should not be dissuaded from coming.”
In Qualifying the Witnesses, the Sanhedrin Used the Following Criteria:
- They never arrived at the same time.
- They were never questioned at the same time.
- There were always two new witnesses each month.
These two witnesses would stand before the Nassi or President of the Sanhedrin to give account of the moon’s appearance prior to becoming totally dark. —Moed Rosh HaShanah, Chapter 3, Mishnah 1
The way in which the witnesses could mark the beginning of the new moon and the Feast of Trumpets was seen in an event that took place just prior to the total blackness of the new moon. Immediately before the moon enters its new phase, a thin sliver of moon is observed along the edge, called “the horns of the moon.”
The Moon At The Feast of Trumpets: Read All About This In The New Book: “Great Tribulation.”
Two witnesses would watch until the sliver of light appeared just after the Moon was completely dark. It was at this moment that the Feast of Trumpets began. Because no one knew precisely when this moment would arrive, it was known as “No man knows the day or the hour.”
Once the two witnesses had been thoroughly evaluated for their truthful account of the new moon, the President of the Sanhedrin would announce the beginning of the “Rosh Chodesh,” (new month), with the words: “Sanctified.” Following his proclamation, all the people would answer: “Sanctified.”
Because no man knew which of the two days of Trumpets this would take place, or the hour for the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, this became its secondary name: “no many knows the day or the hour.”
When Jesus said: “But of that day and hour no one knows,” this precise process for determining the beginning of this feast was what He had in mind.
Jesus is telling us precisely when He will come for His church—without setting a specific date: during the two days of Trumpets when no man knows. which day it will happen as they are waiting for the crescent to disappear and the Moon to become dark before Trumpets begins. This takes place during the two days of Rosh Hashanah in 2017 on September 20-22.
It is for this reason that we cannot say precisely what day or hour of the two days for the Feast of Trumpets Jesus will return for His church at the Rapture.
Jesus did say that we can know the times and the seasons of His return. We can know that it will happen during the Feast of Trumpets, but there are two days in this feast. No man knows which day or which hour.
Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their lack of discernment in the times and seasons of His arrival on the earth as the Messiah. Jesus said that because they had not known the times and seasons of the Messiah’s arrival by the prophecies, they had rejected Him. This caused their House to be left to them desolate.
When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. —Matthew 16:2-3
If Jesus does come for us on this Feast of Trumpets, September 20-22, 2017, it will be between 6 pm on Wednesday evening, September 20th, 2017, and Friday, September 22, 2017, at 6pm.
For West Coast U.S.A, this will begin at 8 am on Wednesday the 21st.
For East Coast U.S.A., this will begin at 11 am on Wednesday the 21st.
Jesus could arrive at anytime after the 6 pm start of Trumpets, up until the 6pm end of Trumpets in Jerusalem at 6 pm.
All times for the Feast of the Lord are computed from Jerusalem time, not your local time.
In examining Jesus’ words about the Master arriving on a day when His servant was not watching, it may be that Jesus is describing a important part of the Rapture that we may not have considered. Perhaps Jesus is only coming for those who are watching for Him and everyone who is not, will be left behind to go through the Tribulation. Jesus said in Matthew 24:48-51:
...the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 24:48-51
The words of Jesus seem to indicate that when He comes at the Rapture, those who are not looking for Him or are not aware, “He will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers…” The evidence that this may be true is what comes after Jesus said this:
“There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…” These are words used to described people who are in Hell, not of those who are saved.
Could it be that Jesus will leave those who are not expecting Him, because they really don’t love Him and the evidence of this fact is seen in their lack of concern that He is coming soon.