Place yourself in Jerusalem, it’s 32 A.D. For the past week you have been studying the scrolls of Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zechariah.
After careful computation, you realize that the last day of the 173,880 days of Daniel’s prophecy is today. (From the prophecy of Daniel 9:25)
You turn to look down the street and see Jesus of Nazareth on the foal of a donkey, turning the corner to enter the street that leads into Jerusalem. People are lining both sides of the entrance of the city, waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosannah to the son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” A quote from Psalms 118.
As you run to see what all the excitement is about, you can hear hundreds of people at the city gate shouting, “your Messiah comes to you, humbly, riding on the foal of a donkey.” A quote from Zechariah 9:9.
Jesus Was Following A Precise Timeline
Many times the disciples of Jesus urged Him to go to Jerusalem and tell the leaders of the Sanhedrin that He is the Messiah. Jesus said, “My time has not yet come.”
Jesus was waiting until this precise day when Daniel’s prophecy would be fulfilled before He went to Jerusalem. This is the day that David proclaimed when he wrote, “this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” It is Palm Sunday, the day Israel inspects the Lamb for defects, four days before a Passover.
John the Baptist said that Jesus is “the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.”
Jesus planned every day of the past three and one half years, to be here, in this exact place, on this precise day.
Very few knew or understood that this day was coming. Fewer still, knew it was the day Daniel and other prophets had predicted. Messiah had arrived but the world was not prepared for Him.
Later, Jesus condemned the Pharisees because they did not “recognize the time of their visitation.”
Why Would Jesus Come For His Church During Trumpets?
Tomorrow evening, September 9, 2018, begins the Feast Of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah for the Jews. Jesus arrived the first time, on The First Feast, Passover. He was crucified on the same day that the Passover Lamb was offered. They placed Him in the tomb on the Feast of Unleavened Bread where He remained un-raised.
Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, as Paul described Him, “the Firstfruits of those who will rise from the dead,” on the precise day the Feast of First Fruits was observed. Jesus instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the “promise of the Father,” arrived, the coming of the Holy Spirit. Forty days later, on the precise day of the Feast of Pentecost was observed, Jesus birthed His church.
Jesus was carefully fulfilling each of the first four Feasts of Israel, on the precise day they were to be observed.
The Harvest Period Interval
After the first four Feasts, a four month harvest period began. Jesus stopped at the fourth Feast, and called that time “the harvest.” We have been living during the Harvest for the past 2,000 years. God has been patiently waiting for the whole world to hear about Jesus and make a decision.
When the disciples stood before Jesus, He told them that a great harvest period remained for all those who can believe in Him and receive eternal life. The four month harvest was described by Jesus as the interval between the fourth Feast (Pentecost), and the Fifth Feast (Trumpets).
Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! ~John 4:35
Then Jesus returned to heaven and promised to come again when everything was ready.
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ~John 14:2-3
If Jesus chose to precisely fulfill all of the first four Feasts on the precise day they were observed and purposely attributed what He was doing as the fulfillment of these Feasts, will He come again to fulfill the remaining three Feasts; Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles?
The Feast Of Trumpets 2018
When the ram’s horn is blown on Sunday evening, September 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm, in Jerusalem, this will begin 48 hours, or two days for the Feast of Trumpets. Trumpets will end at 6:49 pm in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Just as those who were in Jerusalem during Jesus’ first arrival were utterly shocked by His proclamation that He was Messiah, on the precise day that Daniel predicted Messiah would arrive, so also will the whole world be if Jesus shall arrive tomorrow during the Fifth Feast of Trumpets.
The world is not ready, nor is it expecting the return of Jesus. We who love Him and are following the scriptures which promise His return, we are always watching and waiting.
If Jesus comes tomorrow, here in the United States and all over the world, we will adjust our clocks to get the precise start of the Feast of Trumpets. Here in The U.S., at Mountain time, Trumpets begins at 8:52 am on Sunday morning. On the East coast, Trumpets begins at 11:52 am on Sunday, September 9, 2018, and continues till 11:49 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
You can follow the start of Rosh Hashanah, or Trumpets, by examining your world clock on your phone and noting the time at Jerusalem. The start of this Feast is based upon Jerusalem time, not where you are.
If this is not the year of the Lord’s return, then these two days will pass as any others have. Next year we will begin our vigilant watch again during the two days of Trumpets.
Jesus was right. We don’t know which of the two days, nor which of the 48 hours within those two days, He will arrive.
We will watch and wait and hope that this is the time of Jesus’ promised return. If He does come, the world will be shocked by the removal of perhaps, a billion people at the Rapture described by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Chaos will begin in the world and the new world leader known as the antichrist will make his entrance and begin the final seven years of this current world.
At the end of seven years, Jesus will return physically to earth and bring His church with Him. He will fight the Battle of Armageddon north of Jerusalem and destroy the waiting armies of the antichrist. Every soldier and armament will be destroyed by the words of Jesus’ mouth, just as He spoke and the universe came into being by His great power.
Jesus will return to Jerusalem and begin the establishment of His kingdom on earth for 1,000 years, as promised to David in the Old Testament. Those who have lived for Jesus during their earthly lives, will be given places of authority at various cities around the world, where they will co-rule with Jesus.
At the end of the 1,000 years, Jesus will destroy the heavens and the earth and create a new heavens and earth. All those who have loved Him will live together in peace and perfection forever.
These are the plans of God that He determined before the universe existed. The time in which we now live is our opportunity to turn from our sins, believe in Jesus as our Savior and join those who will be with Him and reign with Him.
At the writing of this article, the world has less than 15 hours before Trumpets begins. I don’t know if this is the time of Jesus’ return, but I do know that there have been events taking place all over the earth for the past seven years, which have caused me to believe that this is the best year during my 44 years of following Jesus, for His return. All of the things that Jesus said would happen before He comes again, have taken place. Now we may be on the precipice of one of the greatest days in human history.
Waiting Until The Final Moment
Some may wonder when the Lord is most likely to arrive, if He does come this year. I was thinking about this today and what Jesus’ arrival will mean for the world that doesn’t know Him. For those who love Jesus, the moment He comes for us is the greatest time of our lives. For those who do not know Jesus or reject Him, this will be a time of untold judgement for the world. Knowing that God “takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked,” and He often withholds judgment until the last moment, it may be that when Jesus does come, it will be at the final minute of the Feast of Trumpets.
I wait with all of you who love our Lord, with great anticipation. If the next two days do not bring the return of Jesus, we will all continue to be faithful, vigilant, and watchful so that we do not forget or become lax in waiting for Jesus’ return, perhaps next year during the Feast of Trumpets. It is also important to say that my theory about Jesus coming during Trumpets is only a theory. Jesus could come for us at any time of the year.
By Resurrection Or Rapture?
I want to remind you that should you begin to feel sad or disappointed if the Lord does not come for us at this time, remember something very important. If the Lord should delay His return for many years and you and I die and leave this earth, we will immediately go to be with the Lord in heaven. When He does return to earth we will be coming with Him. The first persons to get their new bodies at Jesus’ return are those who have already died and have been in heaven with Jesus. Then those who are alive and remain on the earth will rise to meet the Lord in the air and also receive their eternal bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Ask yourself this: would it be better to have the experience of death and the angels coming to carry you to heaven, seeing that beautiful place and all of your loved ones, then returning with Jesus and all the believers to earth; or to be alive when He comes and rise to meet Him and go to heaven? It seems to me that those who die have a much fuller experience than those who are alive when Jesus comes.
Many times, people are excited for the return of Jesus and they forget that whether by resurrection or rapture, we are all going to be with the Lord. The dead who go to be with the Lord, and return, I think, have a more incredible experience. Something to think about.
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Categories: Believers Removed before Tribulation, Believers saved during the Tribulation, Israel in the Last Days, Messianic Prophecies, Not Watching For The Rapture, Salvation through Jesus, The Battle of Armageddon, The Time and Season of Jesus Return, The Tribulation Period